If you are lucky enough to be traveling this month or just looking for a new captivating story to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather with, well I have the perfect books for both.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon is the first book in the ever-popular dystopian young adult genre. With the success seen by The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner series, The Bone Season is a refreshing change of pace from it’s earlier counterparts.
The story takes place in England in 2059. London as well as many major cities around the world are ruled by an organization called Scion. People with powers called “clairvoyants” are outlawed from existing in this world, which puts nineteen year old Paige Mahoney’s life in danger.
Paige is a “dreamwalker.” She is able to access people’s minds by being near them. Her gift has allowed her to work for a secret underground group called the Seven Seals.
One day while out on a mission Paige is captured and sent to a clairvoyant prison in Oxford. It is there that she meets the Rephaim, a society of foreign creatures who train clairvoyants for their army. Paige soon meets other “voyants” along with a strange and beautiful Rephaite named Warden. Warden becomes Paige’s trainer and as the story progresses their relationship becomes more complex.
Like many trilogies from this genre, The Bone Season is captivating and highly imaginative. The second book comes out in October and the film rights have already been purchased so you have time to catch up before the hype!
Night Film by Marisha Pessl is a refreshing change of pace from the novels I have been reading lately. While I don’t tend to read many thrillers, I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed Night Film. The story takes place in present day New York City. Ashley Cordova, the daughter of legendary (and reclusive) film director Stanislas Cordova, is found dead. Although investigators consider her death a suicide, investigative journalist Scott McGrath believes it was something else.
Scott is familiar with the Cordova’s and believes that a curse haunts the filmmaker and his family. McGrath then embarks on an incredible and suspenseful journey to find out the truth while meeting interesting characters along the way.
Pessl’s skillful writing manages to captivate readers and lead them along a haunting story full of mystery and intrigue until the very last page. I don’t want to give away too much of the story but I will say I haven’t read a book in while that was so suspenseful and “page-turning” as Night Film is.
Travel Belles, have you read a good book lately? Please share your book recommendations with us in the Forum or on our Facebook Page!