By Maricarmen Estudillo
Let’s Fall into a book together.
It’s time to put down those sun bleached, sand filled paperbacks and crack open the vault of Fall Reads. We will trade out sizzling summer romance for the toxic and mysterious. We will trade our LOL’s for dark sarcastic “muahaha’s” and the melting of hearts for the hardening of character. I invite you to fall into one of my top 5 Autumn picks.
1.Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
My Take: Heart racing and palm trembling suspense, three sisters, a fight to the death, some dark romance and uuuu did that just happen? I give you a page turner.
“In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.” – Three Dark Crowns
2. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
My take: Firstly, I invite you to take good look at this cover, it is as beautiful and mysterious as the story behind it. I was absolutely enchanted with the interweaving of the Spanish words, folklore and magic within. But I must also warn you, if your mama told you to stay away from brujas, this might be a bit much. ((wink wink))
“Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.” – Labyrinth Lost
3. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
My Take: Go to the store and buy this now along your new most trusted bodyguard teddy bear. Mara (our main yet unreliable character) had me on the edge of my seat for days after I finished this. Scary Bananas and also sequel please. Side note: I don’t know if I want to call this a Psychological or a Paranormal thriller so how about I ship it and call it “Prara-Psy”?
“After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s sister, and as if that weren’t enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations—or are they premonitions? —and then corpses, and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there’s Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what’s real, what’s imagined—and what’s very, very dangerous.” – The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
4. The Cellar By Natasha Preston
My Take: I have read many many books, a few have been scary but this was terrifying. It had me looking over my shoulder and staying inside after dark. Yet I must ask you to not let this not scare you, it’s just that well written.
My stomach dropped as a tall, dark-haired man stepped into view. Had he been hiding between the trees?
“No. Sorry.” Gulping, I took a step back. “I’m not Lily.”
He shook his head, a satisfied grin on his face. “No. You are Lily.”
“I’m Summer. You have the wrong person.” You utter freak!
I could hear my pulse crashing in my ears. How stupid to give him my real name. He continued to stare at me, smiling. It made me feel sick.
“You are Lily,” he repeated.
Before I could blink, he threw his arms forward and grabbed me. I tried to shout, but he clasped his hand over my mouth, muffling my screams. My heart raced. I’m going to die.” – The Cellar
5. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
I went into this book blind, meaning I never even read the blurb, so you can only imagine my fascination with the bio-medical-artificial-intelligence-cell-cloning-toeing-with-humanity ethics that were presented in this book. Just read it I promise you’ll love it.
“Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn’t remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?” – The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Need more summer Read-s-perstion? Check out my Book Instagram @readerinheels_