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Beach Bag of Books 2018

Summer Beach Bag

Beach Bag of Books 2018

It's time to think about summer reading --- and we're not talking about the list of books you'll be receiving for required summer reading from school. We're talking about the kinds of books that you're glad you now have time to kick back with and enjoy. The way we see it, it wouldn't be summer without sun, surf and great reading. You supply the beach chair, and we'll provide the fantastic fiction in our Twelfth Annual Beach Bag of Books Feature and Contest. Enter now through Monday, July 9th at noon ET for your chance to be one of five lucky readers who will win a copy of each of the featured books.
  • BUT NOT FOREVER by Jan Von Schleh
  • CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE (Legacy of Orisha) by Tomi Adeyemi´╗┐
  • FURYBORN (The Empirium Trilogy) by Claire Legrand
  • THE HARPER EFFECT by Taryn Bashford
  • LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT by Becky Albertalli
  • LEGENDARY: A Caraval Novel by Stephanie Garber
  • A REAPER AT THE GATES (An Ember in the Ashes) by Sabaa Tahir
  • SCREENSHOT by Donna Cooner
  • SOULSTRUCK by Natasha Sinel


Christina from Loris, SC
Glenna from Amarillo, TX
Jessica from Rockwell, NC
Laura from Birmingham, AL
Pamela from Carmel, IN
But Not Forever by Jan Von Schleh - Fiction

It’s the year 2015 and Sonnet McKay is the daughter of a globe-trotting diplomat, home for the summer from her exotic life. Everything would be perfect if not for her stunning sister, whose bright star has left her in the shadows. In 1895, Emma Sweetwine is trapped in a Victorian mansion, dreaming of wings to fly her far from her mother, who gives her love to her sons, leaving nothing for her daughter. Fate puts them in the same house at the same moment, 120 years apart, and the identical 15-year-olds are switched in time.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) by Tomi Adeyemi - Fantasy

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy) by Claire Legrand - Fantasy

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first. One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter, Eliana believes herself untouchable --- until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire's heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

The Harper Effect by Taryn Bashford - Romance

Sixteen-year-old Harper was once a rising star on the tennis court --- until her coach dropped her for being “mentally weak.” But when Harper is taken on by a new coach who wants her to train with Colt, a brooding tennis phenom, she hits the court hard to prove to Colt she can be a champion. As the two learn to become a team, Harper gets glimpses of the boy beneath the surface, the boy who was deeply scarred by his family’s dark and scandalous past. As she walks a fine line between Colt’s secrets, her forbidden love and a game that demands nothing but the best, Harper must choose between her past and her future and between two boys who send her head spinning.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli - Contemporary Romance/LGBT

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat, but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. She’s an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom, and decidedly less privileged. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends --- not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting, especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Legendary: A Caraval Novel by Stephanie Garber - Fantasy

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has escaped her father and saved her sister from a disastrous arranged marriage. But Tella isn’t yet free. She made a bargain with a criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name. The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more. If Tella can’t deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes) by Sabaa Tahir - Fantasy

Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger. Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister’s life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor’s volatility to grow her own power --- regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path.

Screenshot by Donna Cooner - Fiction

Skye's social media game is always on point. Until her best friend, Asha, films an embarrassing video of Skye at a sleepover and posts it online. But Asha quickly deletes the post, so everything's okay. Right? Then Skye gets an anonymous message. Someone has texted her a screenshot from the video. This person threatens to share the shocking photo online...unless Skye does whatever they say. Skye's perfect image --- and privacy --- are suddenly in jeopardy.

Soulstruck by Natasha Sinel - Fiction

Seventeen-year-old Rachel tries to get struck by lightning, hoping it will lead to finding her soul mate, like it did for her mother. But when she discovers a devastating secret from her mother’s past, Rachel questions everything and quits chasing lightning. Now her best friend has ditched her, her mom’s angry with her, and the evolving relationship with her friend Jay starts to unravel. The impulse to get struck by lightning resurfaces…and there's a thunderstorm coming.

Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis - Contemporary Fiction

Losing her mom has 16-year-old Tiffany a little bit traumatized and now she has to leave her hometown to live with the biological dad she’s never known. Anthony Stone is a rich man with four other daughters and rules for every second of the day. Tiffany tries to make the best of things, but she doesn’t fit into her new luxurious, but super-strict, home. The only thing that makes her new life bearable is the boy across the street. But Tiffany has a secret. Another man claims he’s Tiffany’s real dad --- and she has only seven days before he shows up to demand a paternity test and the truth comes out.