As summer looms, you gotta find some beach reads (or pool reads — as long as you’re reading!). I sifted through the summer’s most-promising books and I think these five have a lot of potential! If you agree, you can purchase at the links below!

May 17

COMPANY TOWN by Madeline Ashby

The only truly organic person left, Hwa is assigned to protect the Family’s youngest child, who’s been receiving death threats — possibly from another timeline. There’s also a serial killer on the loose. Coincidence? Connected?

Buy COMPANY TOWN

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May 24

THE CITY OF MIRRORS by Justin Cronin

The third in the vampire-apocalypse trilogy sees heroine Amy and her friends take on Zero: the first of all the virals who infected the world. If she’s anywhere near Sunnydale, she should check with Buffy Summers for some tips!

Buy THE CITY OF MIRRORS

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June 30

THE LONG COSMOS (THE LONG EARTH #5) by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

When Earth receives a message — JOIN US. — from outer space in the year 2070,  mankind assembles a computer the size of a continent (!) to respond. The repercussions will change everything for all species forever.

Buy THE LONG COSMOS (THE LONG EARTH #5)

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July 31

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD PARTS ONE AND TWO by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

Based on Rowling’s continuation of the HARRY POTTER series, THE CURSED CHILD is the official script of the West End production, which will premiere July 30. Jumping 19 years into the future where Harry has three children and works at the Ministry of Magic, The Boy Who Lived finds that even having conquered He Who Must Not Be Named, things are still stressful, especially for his youngest son, Albus.

Buy HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD PARTS ONE AND TWO

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August 2

IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES by Dave Barrett

When Allison reluctantly joins her friend TJ’s live-action role-playing game, she’s unprepared for the fantasy world to become real. With mythical creatures and danger at every turn, she’ll need to use her gifts as a healer to save herself, TJ, and their friends. Think Dungeons & Dragons in real life! (But in a book.)

Buy IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES

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