We may have Game of Thrones back in our lives, but let’s face it: That’s not enough to sustain our TV habits alone. Have no fear — we have the books that will fulfill your cravings for drama and delicious plotlines until all your fave fall shows make a grand comeback. This is sweet hiatus relief at its finest.
1. The Goddesses by Swan Huntley ($27): Big Little Lies season two may be in early development (we’re still waiting for the glorious day when it’s officially announced), but The Goddesses will surely satisfy all cravings for TV-style drama. A mother moves her family to Hawaii in the hopes that winds of paradise will have a positive effect on her home life, which is still recovering from the damage of her husband’s infidelity. Instead, an intoxicating new friendship stirs up new dangers… ones that could destroy her nest forever.
2. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden ($16): For those with fantastical cravings that can’t be contained by Once Upon a Time, The Bear and the Nightingale is one of the most magical events in the reading world this summer. Spoiler alert: It’s brimming with Russian folklore, spirits, tales, love, and everything in between.
3. The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor ($16): Seeing is believing — especially when it comes to magic. The plot behind The Cottingley Secret involves making people believe in the impossible… fairies, to be exact. Charming and delicious from the first word to the last, The Cottingley Secret will leave you bewitched.
4. Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam ($27): If you’re a fan of House of Cards, you’ll love this pick: Who is Rich? is one of the most refreshing books on domestic alliances to hit bookshelves this year. A famous cartoonist leaves his family to teach in New England every summer, but is maintaining family and monogamy enough to keep him satisfied? Who Is Rich? is a deep examination of familial relationships and the lengths we go to when they’re in crisis.
5. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake ($19): Take your love for dark forces to the next level by indulging in Blake’s latest gift to the reading world: One Dark Throne. This magical plot explores the journey of three sisters with magical powers who must battle to the death for the throne. Trust us — you won’t be able to put it down.
6. The Breakdown by BA Paris ($26): If you devour story lines with FBI agents constantly battling between their own gut feelings and suspicions and their duty to serve, this pick will have your attention. The main character in bestselling author BA Paris’s latest chilling release is caught in the crosshairs of her own dilemma — a woman who struggles to hold on to belief in herself and her family while solving a nightmarish mystery.
7. The Other New Girl by LB Gschwandtner ($17): Can’t get enough of Riverdale’s high school woes, or perhaps you miss The Vampire Diaries (sans vampires)? Then you’re going to consume The Other New Girl in one sitting — it’s an unputdownable story about a girl who gets pulled into a dark clique and finds herself battling between wrong and right. The book is brimming with emotion on every page, and high school drama fans will be deeply satisfied.
8. The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand ($28): We all know it: Family dynamics are often a far cry from normal. If you love watching the characters of Modern Family shattering familial norms in America, you’re going to LOL at the ridiculous drama in The Identicals. We’ll give you a preview: Two twin sisters who live only 11 miles apart haven’t seen each other in a decade.
9. Lying to Children by Alex Shahla ($15): Another perfect read for those who love family drama, Shahla’s book delivers an irresistibly decadent plot about a fictional father who writes letters to his college-aged children — and spills the beans about their family drama in the best way possible. Charming, rich, and hopelessly good, Lying to Children is one of the most entertaining family-centric novels of summer.
10. Mikey and Me by Teresa Sullivan ($17): If you are 100 percent obsessed with the dynamics between siblings, then you’re going to love Mikey and Me — the touching and emotionally gripping story about the author’s relationship with her disabled sister and how their bond survives through thick and thin in the most beautifully touching ways imaginable.
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