If you haven’t heard of Megan McCafferty, I’m not surprised. She, like many YA (Young Adult) authors, is criminally overlooked and underrated. My hope is that this review will encourage you to consider her for your summer reading list. Sloppy Firsts is the first book in the Jessica Darling series, which is more than just YA. Sure teenagers get it, but the content and the tone are way funnier and way more enjoyable for adults. That is Megan McCafferty’s gift. … Continue reading
Michael Grant has created a world of children and teens. Everyone 15 and older has disappeared from the town of Perdido Beach. Just GONE. And even more surprising are the mysterious powers that some of the kids are beginning to show. Well, not just the children. What happens when your world gets tipped over so that nothing is normal anymore? Who do you turn to for leadership when the oldest person present is 14? GONE is the first novel in … Continue reading
As a librarian I try to read the “popular” books so I will know what everyone is talking about. That’s why I started reading Fifty Shades of Grey. I read the second one because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened to Ana Steele and Christian Grey. There are a series of three books about these characters. It is set mostly in Seattle, WA. Ana meets “Fifty” when she falls through his office door. She’s only there because she’s helping a … Continue reading
After a 4 year hiatus, Richelle Mead is back and picking up where she left off in the Vampire Academy series. Bloodlines is written from Sydney’s perspective. Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, an ancient group sworn to protect humans from Vampires. Because of her “close” association with a dhamphir (a half-human/half-vampire) in the Vampire Academy books, Sydney’s place among the Alchemists is tenusous. However, Jill Dragomir – the fifteen-year-old sister to the Moroi queen – has been attacked and needs protection. Sydney is … Continue reading
Ballard and Sandrine are traveling on a seemingly endless journey down the Amazon river. This one-night read covers the story of twenty-five years of their very emotionally charged life. They are on a yacht with a crew they never see because that’s one of their rules. They hear strange sounds and have many weird experiences. Only Peter Straub can make a story so disturbing.
Emma Forrest is 33 years old, and the film rights to her memoir, Your Voice In My Head, have already been acquired. At 13 she was writing stories for the London Evening Standard. At 16 she had her own column in the Sunday Times. She was contributing to the Guardian, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and the Independent by the age of 21. At 22 she published her first book, Namedropper. It was very well received, as were the other two novels … Continue reading