Five Great Gifts for a Reader

Jenna Mello

This holiday season, get the perfect gift for the reader in your life! Here is a list of books that they probably have not read.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince is the first book in the ascendance trilogy, a thrilling series about a country named Carthya where civil war is brewing. In the The False Prince, Conner, a nobleman of the court devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince to unify the divided people. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. This is an amazing book that will keep you guessing. To read my interview with the author of The False Prince, click the link below.

Origin by Jessica Khoury

Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her home and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life. While in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin, a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever. This book is one of my favorites and I literally could not put it down when I was reading it. Any reader would love this book.

The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan

A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach for an old wizard named Arcadias. The Crown Tower is the only part that remains of the greatest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels that they are after, and this prize can only be obtained by the combined talents of two remarkable men. Now if Arcadias can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed. When I first decided to read this book it was because of the first sentence of this summary. The Crown Tower is full of surprises and is a really quick read.

Cinder by Marissa Mayer

Humans and androids crowd the streets of New Beijing while a deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past. When her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. She must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. I know that the summary sounds a little strange, but don’t let that deter you from reading it. It has everything you could want in a book, action, suspense, and even a little romance.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms is a fantastic book that chronicles people in three different kingdoms,  Auranos, Paelsia, and  Limeros while a war for power is brewing between them. Cleo is a princess from Auranos who must travel into enemy territory in search of magic that can save her dying sister. Meanwhile, Jonas is a rebel from Palesia who finds himself one of the leaders of a revolution after his brother is killed. Also at this time, Lucia and Magnus are royalty in Limeros. Magnus is always there for his sister Lucia, even when she begins to discover that she has strange magical powers. Which side will you choose?