Laura’s Summer Reading List

FionaFiona by Meredith Moore
Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Publisher: Razorbil 

What it’s About:
Fiona, an independent loner with wild red hair, leaves her fractured home in Texas for a brand-new life in the Scottish Highlands to be the au pair for Poppy Mackenzie, the young daughter of her mother’s recently deceased childhood friends. Fee, as she’s called, is thrilled to be free of her less-than-ideal home life. But there’s another motive driving her eagerness to flee to the Highlands: the desire to reconnect with her mother, who succumbed to suicide after a long battle with schizophrenia when Fiona was only twelve, leaving her to live with distant relatives of her absentee father.

Fee doesn’t have much time to settle into her new home—a castle maintained by the Mackenzie family fortune—before a series of strange events starts to make her question her sanity. As the attacks on her mental health become more and more intense, Fee finds herself both the pawn and the target in a ruthless, greed-driven plot with roots that go all the way back to her mother. Alone and friendless in a foreign country and half-convinced she’s losing her mind—just like her mother—Fee must rely on her wits and her street smarts to save not only herself but also the lives of her newfound Scottish family.

Lauras Thoughts: Fiona sounds like a dark, moody, physiological suspense. I can’t wait to explore the Scottish Highlands and see what this book has in store. I’m hoping for a plot twist so we’ll see!


ChampionChampion by Marie Lu
Publication Date: November 5th 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile 

What it’s About:
June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

Laura’s Thoughts: I found this whole trilogy at a second-hand store at The Outer Banks. I’ve been reading one installment of this amazing series a year to drag it out. Champion is the last instalment and I heard the ending isn’t what people hoped for so I’m going into this with medium-to-low expectations. I hope to read this one this month and write a series review on all three books.


Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesPride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Publication Date: May 1st 2009
Publisher: Quirk Classics 

What it’s About:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

Laura’s Thoughts: Believe it or not, when I first heard of this book I thought it was a joke. When the move trailer came out it intrigued me to go buy and read the book. The reading part was a little harder to execute. But, I am determined to read it this summer. I love Pride and Prejudice and I’ve been dying to read a book with zombies. This should be interesting.


Live OriginalLive Original by Sadie Robertson
Publication Date: October 28th 2014
Publisher: Howard Books 

What it’s About:
Sadie Robertson represents everything that a well-adjusted teenager should be, even while growing up in the spotlight on Duck Dynasty. She exhibits poise, respect for her family and friends, and a faith that influences her choices. Everyone wants to know how a family as eclectic as the Robertsons are raising such confident, fun, family-loving kids. With this book, Sadie sheds light on the values instilled by her family that make her the person she is.

Sadie lives by a simple list of principles that lead her to personal and spiritual growth and allow the relationships she has with her friends and family to flourish. These values include think happy, be happy; dream big; shake the hate; do something; and many more.

Laura’s Thoughts: I have always admired Sadie Robertson. 1)  She’s gorgeous, 2) She’s my age, and 3) She’s got her head on straight. Recently, she put a video on YouTube called Self Confidence and the things she talked about I totally agreed with, they were so insightful, so biblical. It made me realize this book had been sitting on my shelf for a little too long.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Publication Date: August 10th 2004

Publisher: Scholastic

What it’s About:
All Harry Potter wants is to get away from the Dursleys and go back to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby – who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself.

Laura’s Thoughts: I know that in the Christian community Harry Potter is a subject of much debate. Many people have very strong opinions about this series, whether they have actually read the books themselves or not. I am reading through this series to see what all the controversy is about and write an honest review of the series as a whole.


NimonaNimona by Noelle Stevenson
Publication Date: May 12th 2015
Publisher: Harper Collins 

What it’s About:
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit. 

Laura’s Thoughts: This book is something completely different from the rest of these titles. It is a graphic novel, which is something I have wanted to try for some time now. I love reading comic books and the art in this book is so fun and whimsical. Nimona is sure be a hit for me.

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