We handpicked the hottest and most buzz-worthy releases coming out just in time to kick off your summer. So throw on your sunnies, find a hammock, and dive into these thrilling stories. Just like long days spent in the sun, you’ll never want these amazing books to end.
1. The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter ($23): One of 2017’s most sizzling books, The Darkest Promise is the must-read romance of summer. New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter delivers an epic paranormal love story that’s sure to captivate your imagination and heart. From demons and kingdoms to wars and kisses, there isn’t a single dull sentence in this sweeping story.
2. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins ($28): Leave it to Paula Hawkins — of The Girl on the Train fame — to make a summer splash. Her book is definitely the hottest of the season. This chilling suspense novel will take you on a harrowing journey as the horrifying truth behind a string of dead women found at the bottom of a lake is revealed.
3. Proof by C.E. Tobisman ($16): Chances are you’ve already fallen in love with Tobisman’s magical ways of storytelling in the prequel Doubt — luckily, the sequel is here. Attorney Caroline Auden’s adventures continue when her family’s heirloom charity Oasis conjures storms of secrets, paranoia, and sinister plots. Will she escape from danger’s grip again, or will it truly destroy her this time? One of this summer’s most suspenseful treats, Proof is a must-read by all means.
4. Startup by Doree Shafrir ($26): Our favorite Buzzfeed editor brings her storytelling prowess to the next level in this dazzling debut about the adventures (and misadventures) of one startup. Brimming with unforgettably relatable characters who will be your pretend BFFs forever, Startup belongs on your summer TRL.
5. American Family by Catherine Marshall-Smith ($17): A tale that’ll break your heart and put it back together again, American Family is the most engrossing family drama coming out this summer. Richard and Michael have decided to celebrate their love and sobriety by moving in together, but Richard still pines for his estranged 10-year-old daughter, who now lives with her grandparents. A dramatic trifecta of custody battles, tragedy, and undeniable love, this one is a tear-jerker.
6. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan ($28): If you think American soap operas are dramatic, just wait until you experience this uproarious fortune-hungry family in Singapore. A delicious literary cocktail of great fortunes, long-buried secrets, jealousy, and likely the most dysfunctional family in Asia EVER, Rich People Problems is a roller coaster of laughs.
7. The Leavers by Lisa Ko ($26): This breathtaking read isn’t only recommended; it’s mandatory for understanding the human experience. When an undocumented Chinese immigrant goes missing and her son is left behind, a captivating story unfolds about familial bonds, growing pains, and the unstoppable forces of fate.
8. Blinded by Hope by Meg McGuire ($17): Every parent needs this story on their bookshelf this summer. When a mother’s son enters a tragic spiral of mental illness, addiction, legal troubles, and broken relationships, it tests her love to the extreme. This touching tale of a mother’s eternal love for her child paints a vibrant portrait of what hope looks like in the face of despair and disappointment.
9. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah ($17): Easily the most anticipated historical fiction paperback release of spring, there’s no excuse to not have The Nightingale on your nightstand. You’ll be moved to your core by the final page of this breathtaking portrait of World War II, two sisters, and the path to survival.
10. The Lioness of Morocco by Julia Drosten ($15): Originally published in Germany, this bestseller is now being translated for the masses to enjoy — and we couldn’t be more thrilled. A modern international love story about independent-minded Sibylla Spencer and the ambitious man she falls in love with, this stunning tale celebrates how love can transcend cultures, borders, and gender adversity… even in the face of grave danger.
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