There is no denying it. I am a review-writing slacker! In the first six months of 2012 I have read or listened to 100 books and written reviews for only 19.
I started out strong in January and wrote six reviews. It’s been downhill since. Here are some gems that I meant to write about from the
past six months the first three months of the year. See what I mean? I set out to write six mini reviews and lost steam after only three. Sigh.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Vera Dietz lost her best friend, twice. Once when he totally betrayed her and screwed her over and again when he died. Vera and Charlie had been best friends for most of their lives. They protected each other and kept the other’s secrets until the day Charlie stopped. A few months later he dies and is accused of a horrible act, which Vera knows he didn’t do. Even after his death Vera keeps his secrets, but she sure as heck hasn’t forgiven him enough to clear his name. Vera clings to her anger, even as Charlie haunts her, begging her to forgive him.
This Prinz Award winner is haunting and heartbreaking. The characters are multidimensional and realistic. The story is suspenseful, humorous, and a tiny bit odd at times, which just adds to its charm. This is how a coping with grief story should be told-just right amount of heartache and angst, but not so much that it’s unbearable (ahem…TFIOS, I’m looking at you…).
You may also enjoy Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder is a cyborg mechanic living in New Beijing when she is hired by the prince to repair his robot. In accepting the job, she gets dragged into an intergalactic political scandal. She also learns the disturbing truth about her true identity and destiny.
This unique futuristic retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale will appeal to fans of dystopian science fiction and fairy tales alike. Secret identities, true love, an evil queen, and a deadly plague mash-up with robots and cyborgs for an exciting and fun read.
You may also like Sisters Red and Sweetly by Jackson Pearce, Beastly by Alex Flynn, and Legend by Marie Lu.
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
When Rory Deveaux arrives at her London boarding school from Louisiana, she has no idea that she will soon be in the midst of Ripper Fever. London is gripped with fear as someone begins to copycat the horrific murders of Jack the Ripper. Rory becomes involved when she comes forward as the only witness to one of the murders. From there things spiral out of control and it becomes clear that there is more to this case than meets the eye.
The first book in the Shades of London series is a spooky, suspenseful thrill! A great boarding school setting, a paranormal mystery, a touch of historical fiction, and just a hint of romance make this a series that will appeal to a wide range of readers.
You may also like Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender, Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore, and Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.
I’ll work on April, May, and June for next week. Fingers crossed.