Some of us know winter break as that time surrounded by presents, delicious meals and annoying family members. Others know this time as a way to escape reality into a world of fantasy and imagination. We prefer the latter. Here are 12 books to read during your two weeks off of school that will take you away from this winter wonderland and into a world of romance, drama and even death.
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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Samantha Kingston has it all: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. And as she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her–before she runs out of time for good. Read the book now before the movie comes out next March!
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Replica by Lauren Oliver
We just can’t get enough of Lauren Oliver. Replica follows the stories of two girls whose lives are seemingly different yet intertwine all the same. Lyra lives on a beautiful island home to the Haven Institute. But what many don’t realize is that this beautiful island hides a horrible secret. When Lyra and the boy known as “72” escape, they meet a mysterious girl named Gemma. Gemma, who has been in and out of hospitals her whole life, begins to question her family’s past and discovers her father might not be who he says he is. As she meets Lyra and follows her quest for answers, she uncovers earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls. (Find out what Griffin Arnlund and Maia Noelle think of this fantastic book here).
From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon
Despite difference in religion and circumstance, young Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco find themselves falling in love. However when the church calls to Angelo, he chooses the priesthood instead of Eva. A decade passes and Eva finds herself with nowhere to turn from the Gestapo. Angelo decides to hide Eva within the walls of a convent and Eva discovers she is just one of many Jews being sheltered by the Catholic Church. With the world at war and so many others in need, Angelo and Eva are forced to make choice after agonizing choice, until they are left with the most difficult decision of all.
Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel
After being dumped by her handsome, French boyfriend, Kate Pearson becomes completely unmotivated. Instead of grad school, Kate spends her days watching TV on the couch and only leaving for the occasional dog walking job. Somehow Kate manages to land a job in the admissions department at the prestigious Hudson Day School. Simultaneously, Kate’s sister and her closest friends are suddenly keeping secrets, hiding boyfriends and dropping bombshells on Kate. On top of it all, her cranky, oddly charming, and irritatingly handsome downstairs neighbor is more than he seems.
Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman
Ellery has bought the gun, made arrangements for her funeral, and even picked the day. Now all she needs to do is die. Unfortunately, her death doesn’t go as planned. When returning her faulty gun, she runs into a security guard she knows-Colter Sawyer from her English class. When he discovers what she’s up to, he tries to changed her mind all while keeping her secret. Ellery fights her growing attraction to him as the shadows of her past cling tight around her, but when she’s faced with another tragedy, she must decide whether she can learn to live with what she’s done or follow through with her plan to die.
Saving Sophie by Ronald H. Balson
Jack Sommers is a typical accountant from Chicago until his wife passed away and his young daughter was kidnapped. Now, he’s the main suspect in an $88 million dollar embezzlement case. Two detectives, Liam and Catherine, as well as a new CIA operative, try to not only rescue Sophie, but thwart a major terrorist attack in Hebron.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Clay Jensen comes home from school one day to find a mysterious package sitting on his porch. He opens the package addressed to him and finds several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker. Hannah is not only Clay’s crush, but also committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah confides in Clay thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life and Clay is one of them.
Everyday Magic by Emily Albright
Maggie McKendrick has big, big dreams, if only her dad would just understand. Her overbearing Hollywood-director father has planned out every detail of her life: UCLA, law school, then working as an entertainment lawyer, preferably for him. If Maggie had her way she’d enroll at Thrippletons School of Fashion and Design in England and become wildly successful designer. Luckily, a movie shoot takes Maggie and the family to the Scottish Highlands for the summer. Here she meets Preston Browne, a charming and intriguing Brit. As she falls for Preston, Maggie’s father blackmails her into dating the lead actor of his new movie. Along with lying to Preston about her dream school, fake-dating Ben Chambers and facing her father’s wrath, Maggie must find the courage to forge her own path and follow her dreams.
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
17 year-old Britta Flannery spends her days tracking criminals with her famous, bounty-hunter father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam. And then—her father is murdered. Britta has no rights to her father’s land or inheritance and runs to the Ever Woods to feel safe. There, Britta is caught poaching by one of the guards. Instead of punishment, she is met with a deal: she gets her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer. Britta ultimately finds that the man she once loved is actually the dark man who hunted her father down.
The Twilight Wife by A. J. Banner
After a diving accident causing 34 year-old marine biologist Kyra Winthrop lose her memory, she has narrowed down her close friendships on the island where she lives with her husband, Jacob. But suddenly, she’s seeing visions—or are they memories? A rocky marriage, broken promises, and cryptic relationships with her supposed friends. Kyra tries to uncover her past and finds that the truth is actually a terrifying nightmare.
Hannah and Lacey and best friends. So much so that it’s passionately violent, making their relationship twisted and toxic. A public suicide brings good girl Hannah to the town’s bad girl, Lacey. Their lust for chaos and rebellions causes their relationship to reach a head and makes their small town grow more and more concerned for their well being. What’s more, Lacey has a secret about her life before meeting Hannah and it takes a drastic turn for everyone involved.