Series of books to read during the summer

by ledger staff

“We Were Liars” and “Family of Liars”
by Madi Williams

I came across the first book on TikTok last summer and loved the twists and turns it took you, and I was so excited to hear that a prequel came out, and freaked out when I saw it in the store. These books are definite reads if you like mystery and suspense.

We were liars

Following the life of Cadence Sinclair and her childhood summer vacation on the family’s private island. When Summer Fifteen arrives, an incident occurs where the secrets, lies, and flaws of the Sinclair family come true.

family of liars

Follow the life of Carrie Sinclair (Cadence’s aunt) during her summers and on the family island. Learn about the Sinclair family and how the secrets and lies began generations earlier.

If you want to read these books, you have to read “We Were Liars” first, otherwise “Family of Liars” will spoil what happened in the other book.

Three alternatives to the “Harry Potter” series
by Andrew Anderson

Illustration courtesy of John Rocco | A collection of book covers for “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”.

JK Rowling‘s “Harry Potter” series has been the subject of much controversy since its public release, and so here are a handful of “Harry Potter” alternatives to read over the summer following a child, or children, as they explore magical worlds and often end up saving them.

The first is “The Chronicles of Narnia” by CS Lewis. While the books carry with them an overt Christian undertone, the series has long been established as a classic. It follows the story of the world of Narnia, a fantasy land filled with mythical creatures. Many books often focus on the adventures of the Pevensie children as they explore the world when they first encounter it. Those wishing to read the series can find the complete works in a pdf file through Amazon Web Services.

Another alternative is “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” by Rick Riordan. While this series has become many spinoffs over the years, the original five-book series follows the story of Percy Jackson, who is the son of the Greek god Poseidon, and his journey to becoming a demigod hero. Those who wish to read the the first book can do it on Freebie Books.

The final alternative is Derek Landy’s “Skulduggery Pleasant” series. The series focuses on the adventures of young detective Valkyrie Cain, first introduced as Stephanie Edgley, and her mentor Skulduggery Pleasant as we are introduced to a world of fantasy magic that faces the threat of end. The first series of novels has nine books, with the first three chapters of the first book available to read online through the official “Skulduggery Pleasant” website.

Do you think “Akira” (1988) is good? read manga
by Jaida Noble

Illustration courtesy of Akira, Volume 3, p. 266-267 | Otomo’s artistry is demonstrated in this two-page spread of Volume 3.

In my years as a fan of Katsuhiro Otomo’s work “Akira”, I noticed that many who watched the movie didn’t take the time to read the manga series. So, with graduation approaching, I’m using this latest issue to publicize this classic.

One of the main reasons I love the manga series so much is that while the movie is an animated masterpiece that will forever be on my favorites list, it’s basically a version Cliff Notes from the manga. The movie “Akira” (1988) roughly covers volumes 1, 2, and part of 6, all compressed into a two-hour movie, making the events that occur in the story, of course, a bit rushed.

When reading the manga for the first time a few years ago, I was shocked at how much more there was to the story.

Although it is over 2,000 pages in total, the series reads surprisingly quickly as the tempo of the action picks up, allowing time to slow down for exposition and the more emotional parts of the story.

As for the characters, there are more. Otomo gives each character substantial attention and development, making it nearly impossible to pick a single favorite.

Finally, and my favorite aspect is the art. Otomo’s artistry is demonstrated in the 1988 film, but I would say even more so in the print version. There are instances in the series where I’m just blown away by Otomo’s talent, especially in his architectural and cityscape drawings, some of which fill two full pages, and his unique take on semi-realism in big plans.

If you liked the 1988 film, why stop there? Live the full experience of this classic by reading the manga!

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