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When I think of spring, I think of pale blue sky, crisp air, and flowers. So for my Top 3 Spring Reads, I tried to find books that matched the season so that reading them at this time of year would only add extra enjoyment to already fantastic stories. Here’s what I came up with:
1 Seed by Lisa Heathfield
This one is a lot to do with nature. Bees on the cover, a flower, daffodil-yellow, and its title even fits the spring theme! Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives at Seed with a closed-off group of people who worship Nature. Pearl has lived her whole life at Seed. She doesn’t know who her parents or siblings are among the group because they are all one family. Their leader, Papa S, will do anything to keep the group in line, to keep their unquestionable belief in him and Mother Nature. When Outsiders join the community, how much of that world will they bring with them? And what will that knowledge do to those who’ve never known anything other than Seed? This was gorgeously written with an effortless flow to the story. I was swept along with Pearl, sharing her worries, her smiles, her confusion, her friendships. I completely fell into her story. Dark themes are explored with a gentle touch, leading to a heart-pounding conclusion. With shocker twists, Seed is an edge-of-your-seat read from beginning to end.
2 The Next Together by Lauren James
The cover for this one really fits my spring theme—sun and faded blue sky, clouds and fields. I loved this book too! It’s a reincarnation romance novel where the two main characters are brought back together throughout history. The whole idea captured my attention right away and I loved experiencing different timelines with the same two main characters and seeing how their actions had impact on their next life. There’s a sweet romance to root for (multiple times!) and great humour. Very well done and told in an interesting way.
3 A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Most of this takes place in a fantasy land where the main character stays in the Spring Court and it’s one of my all-time fave books, so it had to be here! Feyre is taken to the faerie lands of Prythian to repay a debt. There she is to stay – her life for the wolf she killed. At first she plots her escape but things begin to change as she settles more and understands more. Even though Feyre never lets her guard down, she start to come to terms with forever remaining at the Spring Court with Tamlin. As the two steadily grow closer, it’s not only who and what they are that stands against them – there’s a sickness over the lands, a darkness, and it threatens everything they have. The author spins the tale of Beauty and the Beast into a fresh and breath-taking story of love, darkness, hope, and courage. I love retellings, and I enjoyed this one immensely. Utterly captivating and achingly romantic.
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Kate Ormand is YA author of DARK DAYS and shape-shifter circus series, THE WANDERERS and THE PACK. THE WANDERERS was honored as “Winner” in the “Fiction: Young Adult” category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards. Kate lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She graduated from university with a first class degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. She also writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise.