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A Variety of Cool Summer Reads

on June 22, 2014

booksalereduced I love the variety found in novels for teens, don’t you? Whether fantasy or science fiction, romance, mystery, or history (yes, I rhymed), it’s all there — sometimes in wild and wonderful combinations of those and others.

Today I offer an interesting selection from the teen fiction buffet, released or releasing this summer: one historical containing intrigue and a touch of the supernatural, one fantasy tale of persecution and a female warrior, and one contemporary story of a boy who restores a vintage Mustang at a Bible camp! Now that’s variety.

I’ve had the opportunity to read only one of these so far, in spite of reading a few teen novels per week. (I’ll never catch up with all the great ones available!) But I wanted you have a look at some you may not have heard of yet.


519e-kyucvl-_sy344_bo1204203200_  Moonfall by Vanessa Morton:

When 16-year-old Rachav drinks the Moon Temple’s forbidden wine, she hardly expects it to result in the death of a priestess. But when King Nur orders Rachav to serve the Queen of the Night—the kingdom’s powerful goddess—as restitution, Rachav’s identical twin, Zaron, has her own reasons for joining the priesthood and offers to take her twin’s place.

But choices have consequences.

Now Rachav’s family is in danger. As she uncovers the shocking reason why, she finds an ally in Salma, a brooding nomad who wields an ancient force powerful enough to destroy the entire kingdom. While the epic showdown rages above the city, Rachav plays a dangerous game of her own. Can she rescue her sister and right the wrongs of that fateful choice? Or will the king succeed and trap her in the doomed city?

web-ready-color-vanessa-15  Vanessa Morton, a two time semi-finalist in the prestigious Genesis Writing contest, earned her BA in History/Politics from the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio and studied writing at UCLA.

Vanessa lives at the family vineyard in East Texas with her husband and two daughters. Exploring and volunteering at archaeological sites on three continents inspired her to write epic YA fantasy based on historical events. 

Learn more about Vanessa at and Connect with her on Twitter @VMorton.


Of the Persecuted (ebook cover) copy  Of the Persecuted by Angie Brashier:

Laila Pennedy awaits death by hanging. For the Rendow Clan rules the Woodlands Region, aiming to slaughter the Faithful. And she deserves to die. But Lars Landre, the man destined to lead the Faithful out of persecution, has other plans hidden behind his rare and mysterious blue eyes. Rescue.

Following the daring escape, Laila seeks the path of a warrior and vows revenge against the Rendow Clan. She embarks on a dangerous journey with Lars, one in which they endeavor to reach the promised safety of a magical village, to train for battle, and to ultimately assure freedom for those with faith in the Maker.

Clashes of weapons and souls. Brutal loss of lives. Unrequited love. How in all the Woodlands will Laila survive?

Angie Brashear - Headshot (2)  When Angie Brashear isn’t working or taking care of her family, she writes. Usually at night after her kids fall asleep. She’s a fan of speculative fiction and an avid runner, both of which perplex her nonfiction-reading, football-loving husband. Saved in her early twenties, Angie is grateful for the Lord’s presence in all aspects of her life. She is originally from Rockland, Maine and currently resides in Cameron, Texas with her husband and three children. Follow her at,, and


SpeakNoEvilFront  Speak No Evil (Book 2 in the Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series) by Mary L. Hamilton:

At 15, Taylor dreams of getting his driver’s license and one day driving race cars. But Dad refuses to let him get his license, because his younger sister’s adventurous spirit keeps landing Taylor in trouble. Dad thinks he’s heading for the same jail cell as his once-favored older brother.

Taylor returns to Rustic Knoll Bible Camp, expecting softball, swimming and sermons, but no cars. Then he discovers a classic Mustang in the camp’s machine shed and accepts an invitation from the owner to help restore it. But when his younger sister falls for his snobbish cabin mate, the ensuing pranks escalate until Taylor’s efforts to keep her out of trouble nearly destroy the car and his dreams for the future.

Will Taylor fulfill Dad’s prediction and end up in jail? Or will he understand the message illustrated by the old Mustang’s engine?

(Releasing in August.)

Mary Hamilton  Mary L. Hamilton is the author of the Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series for tweens. She grew up at a camp much like the setting for Hear No Evil, Book 1, and Speak No Evil, Book 2. When not writing, Mary enjoys knitting, reading and being outdoors. She and her husband live in TX within range of their three grown children.

Links to connect with Mary:

 What are you reading this summer that’s a little different from your usual fare? Have you enjoyed a teen novel that was an unexpected mix?


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