4 Books You Must Read Right Now by Kristen Simmons
Author Kristen Simmons is passionate about her books. Here are the reads she is currently recommending–including one so powerful she was almost tempted to tattoo quotes from it on her body.
I have read some excellent books recently and now am eagerly awaiting sequels. First, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, beautiful and tenacious Shahrzad vows to avenge her friend (and keep herself alive) by stringing along the cold, secretive king with a piece of a story each time he visits. This book had me absolutely captivated. The writing is gorgeous, and the characters are all so layered and intriguing. I cannot wait for the sequel (The Rose and the Dagger) to find out how some of these secrets unravel!
I can’t even explain my love for the sci-fi thriller Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. This book had everything I love about the Star Wars AND Star Trek movies – swashbuckling heroes, a strong, smart heroine, a complicated (okay, really complicated) bad guy, and a lot of stuff blowing up. Between all this were really touching moments and poetic sequences, some of which I still think about. I can’t wait for the second book, Gemina.
For those who haven’t read The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, do so immediately. Holy cow. This book stuck with me for days. If I were tougher, I would tattoo quotes from it on my body. Everything worked so well – the gorgeous, lyrical writing, the devastation of the characters’ situations, the slow-to-boil plot. This is one of the hardest, but most hopeful stories I have ever read. Will read everything by this author from now on.
Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, and METALTOWN. She has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma as a mental health therapist, taught Jazzercise in five states, and is forever in search of the next best cupcake. Currently she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, where she spends her days supporting the caffeine industry and chasing her delightfully rambunctious son.
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