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2019 Summer Reading List!
Understandably, most reading fiends bring books on their summer vacations or local poolside ventures; my personal issue is that I often pack too large a selection—more books than I could possibly hope to read on one trip alone. Still, it's better to have too many than not enough.
If you haven't taken your summer vaca or staycation yet, here is a list of books to consider! Consisting of current titles and fresh June releases from new voices, I cannot recommend the selection below highly enough. The Parliament House Press boasts a formidable batch of talented writers who spin bewitching adventures of tragedy and triumph.
And, for those of you staying in this summer, our books provide many an enchanting escapade all their own.
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Wandering In Wonderland, by Aislinn Honeycutt
“Lewis Carroll didn’t get it right?” “No, my dear. I don’t think anyone truly will.” Far away and down a rabbit hole sits the magical world known as Wonderland. A safe haven for the souls who lived less than ideal lives in the waking world get to experience peace in their afterlife. Jessica is the newest member of this enchanted land, but after eating a cookie that took away her memories of who she was, she doubts herself at every turn. Jessica participates in The Looking Glass Ceremony to find her new role in the afterlife, but fate has different plans. As the Queen of Hearts takes Jessica under her royal wing, plots of regicide bubble up from the depths of Wonderland. With the help of new and eccentric friends, Jessica might be able to stop the treasonous threats and bring true peace to Wonderland. But only if she heeds the cryptic words of the Caterpillar. Familiar faces take on new roles in this fantasy retelling with a dark and romantic LGBT twist This isn’t the Wonderland you’ve experienced before, and you definitely don’t want to be late for it.
Coming June 11th, 2019
You've heard of Neverland and its inhabitants... Fairies, pirates, mermaids and a boy who didn't want to grow up. But you can't always believe the stories. Elena Hart arrives in London, bound for a new boarding school operated by her estranged uncle. A fresh start is exactly what she needs. But when strange things begin happening, things she can't explain, she begins to wonder if she has lost her mind.
Until the night a strange girl appears in her room, claiming to be a fairy from Neverland, come to take her to the fantasy world at the request of its ruler.
Skeptical, Elena refuses. But the following night, a young man with strange green eyes appears, and though she tries to resist his charms, something about him draws her in and Elena is whisked away from the world she knows, to a world she always thought was make believe.
But when she arrives in Neverland, it is nothing like the stories and Elena realizes that she must figure out for herself who the true heroes and villains are.
Healing the Bayou, by Mary Bernsen
Coming June 18th, 2019
After learning that she is adopted, Eliza sets off to locate her biological family and finds them in the Louisiana bayou. But they're more than just locals-they're descended from the area's most famous Voodoo queen, Marie Laveau-Eliza's great-great-grandmother. Surrounded by a mysterious world of seances, spells, and sacrifices, Eliza finds herself worshiped as the last great priestess. What's more, she's inherited the ability to heal the souls of others with a simple touch of her hands.
Eliza is expected to cultivate this gift so she can claim her title as Queen and return the Voodoo community to glory. A task Eliza wouldn't mind as long as she could perform it beside the devastating Samuel Mueller. But according to tradition, Samuel is her keeper, and a keeper never becomes romantically involved with his ward. His sacred duty is to protect her. And the bayou is rife with enemies who would sacrifice anything to eliminate outsiders like Eliza...
Collateral Damage, by Taylor Simonds
Coming June 25th, 2019
Power. Courage. Invincibility. The marks of a true hero. Meg Sawyer has none of these things. Meg has never stopped a moving bus with her bare hands, been bitten by a radioactive insect, or done anything moderately resembling saving the world. She doesn't have to. She's a background citizen, a nobody, one of the swarms of faceless civilians of Lunar City--where genetically enhanced superhumans straight out of the comics have thwarted evil for years. For as long as the Supers have existed, Meg has had one goal: to not become a casualty in their near-daily battles for justice. And for the last seventeen years, she's managed to do just that. Sure, her minimum-wage job at the local coffee shop isn’t great, she can’t even leave her apartment without loading herself up with protective gear, and her car was just hijacked to throw at a supervillain (again), but she’s not dead yet. But when Meg accidentally finds one of the city's perfect, invincible protectors murdered under extremely suspicious circumstances, her whole “innocent bystander” strategy falls apart. After being coerced by his determined girlfriend into a mission to help prevent the deaths of the remaining Supers, Meg finds herself forced into the foreground of a story she never wanted to be part of—one that challenges everything she thought she knew about both her city and herself.
Happy reading, Monsters! Enjoy the rest of your summer.
The Attic Witch