My Favorite Books... Right Now
Only The Dead Know by C.J. Dunford
I am always a fan of a good mystery and CJ Dunford does it so well in this book. I love that our main character is a little bit unreliable. He is struggling with PTSD which made me question what he was seeing and feeling. The one thing that I needed to see more of was development between Daniel and his love interest. It seemed like a lot of their relationship was built before the novel started and so it made their relationship seem abrupt to me. That being said - I thoroughly enjoyed this book all the way through and I can't wait to learn more about Daniel and his story.
Ghost Virus by Graham Masterton
This book has one of those first sentences that reels you in. You have to keep reading to find out why someone would want to burn their face off. I will say, as a warning, that this book is not for those faint of heart. The description of the deaths are brutal. I definitely mean that in a great way because the writing is incredible. It puts you right there, front and center while all the gore happens. The balance between the POV's could have been more focused on our detectives for me but I understand why it's important to see the different affected people. I thought the build up in this novel was fantastic and it kept me reading the whole time, even if I was breathing really heavily during some of the more gruesome parts!
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
I was really intrigued by the premise of this book and loved the world that the author created. There were a few two many points-of-view for me to really get hooked into the characters. There's a little inkling of a love triangle, which I wanted more of but reading six different POV's didn't allow for much character development. This book felt like the first half of a story and not an entire standalone novel. (Not sure if a sequel is in the works or not.) I wasn't sure what the stakes of the story were and was looking for a climax but there wasn't one. I'm interested to see where the story continues.
The Initiation by Chris Babu
This book is part HUNGER GAMES with a dash of MAZE RUNNER and some sprinkles of a very terrible dystopian future. I enjoyed this book from the very beginning even though it starts with quite a kicker. The world that Chris Babu built pulled me in probably because it freaking terrified me. It's something that I could actually see happening to our world. The main character, Drayden, is an intelligent and somewhat nerdy kid who enters a test that could (and tries to) kill him in order to better his family. Honorable, right? It's easy to cheer him on throughout the crazy trials that he has to go through because his motives are pure. It helps that he's super freaking smart. I promise, you won't be able to put this book down!
Furyborn by Claire LeGrand
You guys, what can I say about Furyborn? It might be dangerous to get me writing about this book because it was amazing. I was SO intrigued by the premise and after figuring out who was who - I was hooked. Rielle is everything. She is SO real and doesn't make excuses for her power or her feelings. She's strong, but she also has some powerful emotions that make her different from the typical YA heroine. Rielle has darkness in her life, and inside her which I felt like makes her so relatable. People aren't perfect. People have anger inside of them, and sometimes it just feels good to feel angry. Rielle is beautiful. This story is amazing, and I'm straight up obsessed. Can the next book come out already?
#Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberley Reid
I picked up this book because it has everything I love: spies, exclusive high schools and a pretty boy! The first chapter was a little hard for me to get through but once I did - I couldn't put this book down. The idea of teenagers working for the CIA is so fantastical but amazing. I mean, that would have been like my dream as a teenager. Peter's voice throughout the book is great and the action is perfectly paced. My only question is: when does the next book come out? I need more Peter Smith!
Half Moon Bay by Alice LaPlante
Coming out: July 10, 2018 -- The beginning of this book was hard for me to push through. The way it's written is different, which isn't bad, but it made for tedious reading. I just wasn't expecting the choppy narrative between Jane's memories and Jane's present. Jane is a flawed character and she was frustrating at times, but I'd be flawed too if my daughter died. Admittedly, I wasn't that interested in her story until about 70% of the way through. The ending, while satisfying, was very abrupt. I wish there had been just a few more pages to wrap things up.
The Baetylus Stone by Michael Lee Morrison
Do you love Indiana Jones? If you've answered YES, you will love this book. Morrison has brought to life a lovable bad-ass of a character whom you'll want to join on his adventure. This book takes place during the Cold War and we meet Cason Lang as he's about to discover a long hidden treasure when he's chosen to be a part of The Huntsmen. They are an elite group whose purpose is to uncover the great mysteries of the world. (Side note: Where can I fill out an application?) Add in a mole as they set off on their first mission and a problematic relationship with Lang's Dad and you'll have a hard time putting this book down. This adventure is believable, exciting and keeps you guessing at every step.
Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky
OH MY GOSH. I don't even know where to start. I was so excited to read an advanced copy of this novel and WAS NOT disappointed. The mystery of what happened the night that Theo's mom died was woven through the book in a skillful way from the beginning. But it wasn't all tension and drama because he is still a teenager. He's in school and on the diving team, trying to perfect that 5337D. It was the perfect mix of normal teenage shenanigans (and that lovely teenage love) and the craziness that is going on with Theo. The twist at the end blew my mind a little and after I had closed the book - I sat there putting all the pieces together in my head. This debut is amazing. Theo is the kind of kid who I think we can all see ourselves in. He's amazing. This book is amazing. GO PREORDER IT NOW, it comes out June 19, 2018.
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
I was REALLY excited about this book when I found it at Powell's. A Jane Eyre like character who is a serial killer? COUNT ME IN. This book is well written and very true to the time and style of writing BUT I just didn't connect with Jane. And it's not because she kills people, because I am an avid murderino. Jane killed when she had to but it really just seemed like she killed in order to avoid dealing with problems. The reasons that she murdered weren't reasons I could get behind which didn't really redeem her killings. Let's compare her to another fictional serial killer - Dexter. He killed people and was a little messed up in the head but the writer made him likeable. We cared about him and understood why he was murdering people. That was missing from Jane Steele's story. I wanted to like her, but I just didn't.