THE SERPENT KING by Jeffrey Zentner 

This is a coming-of-age story that will keep you glued to its pages. Told in the point of views from three characters, Dill, Travis and Lydia, we have a story that is memorable, deep and tragic. Dill has a reputation trashed by his own father. Travis has an obsession with a book series that is similar to Game of Thrones and Lydia is the smart sassy fashion blogger who wants nothing but to head out to college and leave the small Tennessee town behind. I was hooked from the beginning and I pretty much gobbled the story up in two sittings, which rarely happens to me with realistic fiction.

I can’t sing this book enough praises because I loved it to pieces. Living in a small town and wanting to leave isn’t anything new, but Jeff Zentner writes it in such a way that you’re right there beside the characters as they journey on. The author made these characters so real that it made me care about each and every one of them. I can’t even remember all the emotions I felt while reading this.

Highly recommended! A story about friendship, family and love, The Serpent King is definitely one of my favourite and memorable reads of the year!

THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING by Morgan Matson

Don’t be intimidated by the high page count because you will fly through The Unexpected Everything. Trust me, I loved every moment of it. Morgan Matson knows exactly what it’s like to combine wonderfully flawed characters and eventually have them realize the error of their ways. She does a great job combining romance with the importance of family and friends.

Our main character, Andi, is a girl who plans everything and having all these plans cancelled last minute makes her anxious. I loved her character growth and her relationship with her father. Clark, her love interest, is a book lover’s dream come true and you will know what I’m raving about if you read this book. But the character that stole the show for me is a Great Pyrenees dog, Bertie. He is the cutest pet character and so full of life!

If you’re looking for a great summer read, you need to pick this one up. It will have you laughing, and also sighing with relief. Morgan Matson is definitely a favourite contemporary author of mine and her latest book will have readers clamoring for more!