Sunday, May 29, 2011

Shimmerspell by Kimberly Spencer

 Sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows hands out tall tales like a vending machine. After all, with a con-artist for a big sister, she knows the value of a well executed lie. But when she overhears a murder confession at school and is abandoned by her sister, Jensen learns three new things:

Drinking Red Bull isn't the only way to get wings: The faerie realm is real, and it still hasn't gotten over King Arthur's death.
Shimmerspell, the power to move between the mortal and faerie realms, is lost.
And somehow, her sister is tied to it all.
With the help of a few teenage light-elves, Jensen searches for the truth in a sea of lies and begins to suspect that her whole life has been the tallest tale of them all
I found this novella a breath of fresh air. I picked it up after a week of reading some depressing contemporary books (that I did enjoy) but really needed a break from.
It was around 73 pages long and with all the action and adventure going on felt like it flew by. I really enjoyed Jensen and her reaction to this new world. She was fantastically funny and courageous.
The world building was well built and very descriptive. A lot of great characters and intense situations that kept my heart beating fast. And before you know it the story is over leaving you wanting more.
Jensen of course has more to her than a normal human, one day while at school (breaking into someone's locker) her ability to see others for what they really are is triggered unexpectedly and before she knows it she's on her own having to explore a whole new world. Of course Liam has to witness this transformation in her and all crazyness breaks out.
A very thrilling ride.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Die for Me by Amy Plum

     Description from
My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.

Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.
Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.
Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.
While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family's—in jeopardy for a chance at love?

What I am going to admit off the bat here is that it was the romance factor that kept me reading. I am usually a little queasy when it comes to the young adult romances and all those triangles that end up in most books. But Katy and Vincent are going to hold a special place in my heart. I found that I was really emotionally invested in their story, and there was no triangle to interfere.
I really enjoyed all the side characters Grandparents, sister, Vincents "family". I even felt that I loved to hate the enemy. He was evil, you wanted to hate him, you wanted to see him get defeated. The enemy you love to hate.
And how much more romantic and historical is the fact that their story takes place in Paris. I loved the descriptions of the places they went and it gives a little more aesthetic feeling to the story.
I was really leaning towards 4 stars throughout most of the book, but I let the ending get me and when it ended I thought....I could keep reading this over and over.
So Romance, Mystery and Action all get my votes for an awesome story. And now for once I really do wish this one is part of a series, I'm not ready for their story to end.

*possible spoilery statement*
Although you may have heard this book is a zombie story, and technically they do use that word in this book, my personal view was more of a reincarnation view than the dead walking (brain dead human eater kind)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Angel (Angel Trilogy, #1)  Description from
In a world where angels are beyond redemption, Alex thinks he's found one that might deserve mercy. Alex is a ruthless assassin - of angels. Forget everything you've heard about them before. Angels are not benign celestial creatures, but fierce stalkers whose irresistible force allows them to feed off humans, draining them of their vitality until there is barely anything left. As far as Alex is concerned, the only good angel is a dead angel...until he meets Willow. She may look like a normal teenager but Willow is no ordinary girl. Half-angel, half-human, Willow may hold the key to defeating the evil angels. But as the hunter and the hunted embark on an epic and dangerous journey and Willow learns the dark and terrifying secrets of her past, Alex finds himself drawn to Willow...with devastating consequences. Eoin Colfer reinvented the fairy, Stephenie Meyer reinvented the vampire, L.A. Weatherly reinvents the angel! This is a heart-pounding, knuckle-whitening, paranormal romance action-adventure for fans of the "Twilight" series. This is the first in a devastating new trilogy

Is nothing sacred anymore? I was raised thinking Angels were heavenly creatures, beings that represented good and happiness. But this book has shattered those ideas. These "Angels' are evil with a capital E. They feed off your energy, slowly sucking away all your body's nourishment to live, all the while your dying with this idea that your in heaven, your completely happy and the "Angel" is the best thing to ever happen to you. If your lucky the hotty bad-ass Alex may come and kill the angel before it does much damage, but he's a rare soul. An "AK" -Angel Killer, trained to identify and shoot them in their HALO's!
The romance was swoon-worthy, the action was awesome and the angels were freaky. The main character Willow is a half angel, She can fix your car, see your future and save your world.
This book was Extremely unique, action packed, and left me with unanswered questions (yes it's the first of a series) So pick it up, and keep your pants on because your in for a wild ride.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Awaken By Katie Kacvinsky

AwakenDescription from
Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.
Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.
In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.
I have to admit the picture on this book threw me off. I was expecting the story inside to maybe be a coming of age contemporary novel. But was pleasantly surprised.
This book takes place in the future, where computers (surprise!) rule our lives. The novel focuses on DS or Digital School and how taking kids out of normal public shools and putting them into home schooled computer classes (all the way through college) has disrupted what we call "community." The whole concept of even having to leave your house has bencome obsolete.
My Opinion: A concept that can 100% be our future and the near future. As a person who spends 8-10 hours a day on the computer myself, how can I not see this as a possible future. I have to say that although I really liked some ideas in the book, it does make you look in at your own life and realize how much we really do depend on the safety of our own homes and how easy it is to stare at a screen all day, lacking physical activities. Katie's writing is amazing, the romance and action was a perfect fit. The writing flowed perfectly and made me not want to stop reading. I loved every minute of this book and completely fell in love with Justin and Maddie and am hoping that this will not be the end of their story. I want to continue reading about them and love that I was able to be introduced to them. I am going to recommend this to everybody, adult and teen, it's got some awesome messages and in a  very fast paced, entertaining way .
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky   - add it to your to be read list today

Saturday, May 21, 2011

A Series of Unfortunate Events #1 The Bad Beginning



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I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.
It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing

Yes I just barely decided to pick this series up. I LOVED the movie and literally watch it at least once a month to this day. I for some uknown reason believed that the movie was based on the first book and they would make a series of movies to go along with the books, since it's a very long series. But I soon found out for myself that no, the awesome movie is based off of several of the books and this first book only has some of the events happen.
The thing that did finally get me to get this copy (it is the audiobook I purchased from that Tim Curry does the narration. It was only 2 hours and had the production feel with music, background noises and other characters voices like an old radio show.
Amazingly enjoyable production and if you have not checked out some of the great things they are doing with some of the audiobooks these days I really recommend you give this a try, it also makes a really good bedtime story for the kids without having to sit and read to them, just plug it in and off to sleep!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Day of Sacrifice by S.W. Benefiel

Day of Sacrifice: The Prophecy (Day of Sacrifice Stories, #1)
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With only three days left until her twenty-first birthday, her Day of Sacrifice, Flora Hamilton should be living it up. But when another Supernatural family puts a hit on her she’s forced to go into hiding with Julian, her gorgeous new Guardian Angel. Sometimes running for your life isn’t so bad.

I am very happy I came across this novella, it was absolutely enthralling. It had me hooked from the first page. The action, story, characters all very entertaining. As I was reading through this I saw great potential in this story line and how it could become a fantastic series and built upon. I found that I really wanted to get inside some of the other characters heads besides the main one, Flora. I wanted to be at that meeting when the father found out something had gone wrong, what he was thinking about his daughter. I wanted to be inside Fauna's head as she watched Flora get shot. And most importantly the blow by blow of what Aiden and Julian were experiencing as well. There are some pretty steamy sex scenes and some swearing, but they were some heart pounding well written scenes at that!

I hope that in the next stories I get to see more of the world, maybe meet some other witches, vampires, guardians etc. Completely awesome and has tremendous potential for full length novel/series. And yes I have already purchased the next book and really excited to read it and see where this story goes

Monday, May 16, 2011

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn't know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel.

I have to admit, I want this to be me really badly. Although I of course would not want somebody to die to have that happen but this would kinda be my dream vacation. Although I would of course do things differently. Ginny spends some of her time traveling in what I thought was not a very good use of time, I mean your in Europe girl! You have money and adventure ahead of you and you spend too much time just wandering. I totally would have taken advantage of any extra time to visit more landmarks and shopping (yes I know the 2nd is technically not allowed in the rules of the story..but I would)
I thought this was a very cute story, and pretty accurate. You will meet all kinds of people  when traveling and most countries do have a high amount of English speaking residents to help you out. I really wanted to see Ginny open up a little more, she seemed so timid and scared, but that is also a bit hypocritical of me because I am also very intimidated by new people and unfamiliar places. Oh and forgetting to wash your clothes..ew that would have been a high priority for me.
I really enjoyed her story, it was a fast read and something that is near and dear to my heart..traveling. She did not spend enough time in Rome! Saw plenty of sites in the Netherlands, needed more site seeing in London. Oh the things I imagined her doing while taking reading breaks. The perfect vacation book.

I also reviewed the audiobook. I think I did enjoy it better than physically reading it except the accents of the different people Ginny met, especially for the main boy interest. For some reason I just didn't feel the accent fit his description in the book. I have seen other reviews in which readers had trouble reading the physical book because of the way it is written, and I would in those cases recommend the audiobook, it was worth it! 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

What's happening to Charlie Bone? Charlie doesn't want to believe it when he discovers that he can hear the thoughts of people in photographs. But his horrible aunts are delighted – it means that he is one of the chosen and must attend the Bloor's Academy for gifted children. Once there, Charlie realizes that some of his classmates have equally mysterious powers, and soon Charlie is involved in uncovering the mysterious past of one of them.  Book One in The Children of the Red King series!

I listened to the audio book on this one. I hate to always compare books to others, but as I was listening I could not help but see some similarities in this book that I have previously seen in Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket. This book reminded me of Harry Potter in which the characters have special powers, for example Charlie can hear photographs and he attends a school in which others have powers as well. It reminded me of Lemony Snicket in the fact that this story was dark, several menacing mean people overpower the others.  A dark mystery enveloping more dangerous situations than positive or light-hearted ones.
Even with his hermit-like behavior Charlie's uncle Peyton was my favorite character. 
I know that there are already several books out in this series and am interested to see what direction the other books will take Charlie in. 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Blast from My Past: Alane Ferguson

It's been awhile since I did an oldies but goodies post and recently I got thinking of what got me into the Young Adult genre and realizing that I never stopped reading it. One of my absolute favorite books from my past was:
this is a little more dated cover than the one I had, but I am going to fangirl for a minute on Alane Ferguson. I got to meet her when this book had recently either come out or had just been reprinted with the new cover, but it was hardback and she came to my class (sold several copies) and signed them. Technically she was my very first book signing. I was very lucky to have a teacher that supported authors and a school that allowed them to come into the classroom to talk about and sign their books. I can remember that during this particular school year I got to meet 3 different authors and it obviously had an effect on me to remember those days vividly even today. (And one of those signed books was none other than Alane's mother who was also a writer Gloria Skurzynski in which I still have that signed book from many years ago as a prized item in my collection).  I was saddened when I had realized that signed copy of Show Me the Evidence,  I was so proud of, was lost when I had moved 2 years after. I have recently purchased a used copy but I sure wish I had that signed one around today.
     As I was thinking about this post I discovered that she had a series of books called the Forensic Mysteries that are also Young Adult/Middle Grade novels that were recently made available on one of  my favorite sites and am now the proud owner of the whole audio series and extremely excited to see what new things she had published since I fell in love with her writing way back when.
    Do you have a book or an event that means a lot to you? Is it book related? I'd love to hear!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I have been searching around lately to find a book with the name Krista as the main character's name. I have had no luck in my searches yet but I am more than positive I am going to find one out there eventually.
Today I saw a tweet from Alyxandra Harvey saying that I could possibly win a prize of having one of her minor characters named Krista if I win. OH YES! Check out the contest here:

and the trailer for the next Drake Chronicles Book here!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith


Description from
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and its prequel, Dawn of the Dreadfuls, were both New York Times best sellers, with a combined 1.3 million copies in print. Now the PPZ trilogy comes to a thrilling conclusion with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After.

The story opens with our newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defending their village from an army of flesh-eating “unmentionables.” But the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the proper course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote under development in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love—and for everyone to live happily ever after  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After (Quirk Classics) 

The third book in the series we see Darcy turn into a Dreadful/Unmentionable right from the beginning and Elizabeth hands him over to Lady Catherine De Bourgh who in turn sends Elizabeth to London to procure the antitode.
Elizabeth's sisters and Father join her in the adventure and they find the ill-tempered Scotsman who can get the antitode. With some cunning, flirting and a lot of fighting this story is a lot more complex than the first. The chapters are very well paced, jumping from the girls's story in London and the creepy house where Darcy is being kep with his weird cousin Anne. The characters all become more developed and we get to see more of Mary and Kitty and who they are becoming in life.
I was glad to see that the mother did not make an appearance much in this book, she is written in as a real B if you know what I mean and I really did not like her much after the first 2 books. I really enjoyed seeing Kitty develop and I think she was my favorite character in this book.
The mix of Ninja fighting skills and the girls is really hilarious in itself. Of course for me any girl that is trained to kick butt and can still maintain some sophistication in heated situations gets an A in my book.
So far I think this is my favorite book in the series, the character development, and the fast paced story-line really kept me laughing and rooting for the girls to overcome not only the Zombies but everything that was in their way from finding the cure to England's infestation.

The basis of why I have been giving these books 4-5 star rating is that they are really a great story. The first book really just being a humorous version of Pride and Prejudice (with a twist). The second helps building of the characters and the setting. And the third is just tied up with lots of action, still some great humor and just all around Kick Ass girls with Ninja skills..there really is nothing else I could ask for in a good story. They are very entertaining. And I know I am not a little kid anymore, but I really enjoyed having the pictures thrown in every couple of chapters to add to the experience.

I wanted to say a note about the audiobooks as well. Because they may appeal to some of you more than reading the physical books. The narrator Katherine Kellgren maintains the Proper British accent throughout all three audiobooks and I really recomment you check them out even if it's from your local libray. You can get an example of the audiobook here:
Thank you to Quirkbooks for the review copy Quirk Classics

Friday, May 6, 2011

Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith

                                 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Quirk Classics: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)

Description from            
With more than one million copies in print, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was the surprise publishing phenomenon of 2009. A best seller on three continents, PPZ has been translated into 21 languages and optioned to become a major motion picture.

In this terrifying and hilarious prequel, we witness the genesis of the zombie plague in early-nineteenth-century England. We watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a naïve young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. We laugh as she begins her first clumsy training with nunchucks and katana swords and cry when her first blush with romance goes tragically awry. Written by acclaimed novelist (and Edgar Award nominee) Steve Hockensmith, Dawn of the Dreadfuls invites Austen fans to step back into Regency England, Land of the Undead

The prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, we open up to see the family attending a funeral in which the dead man himself rises up from the coffin obviously undead. This leads Mr Bennet and others to begin training his children as he has sworn to do, to fight the Unmentionables that will once again become a Plague among them. Mr Bennet throws Mrs Bennet out of his Dojo and begins training his daughters in the necessary skills they will need to fight off the Zombies.
Baron Lumpley who sets his sights on Jane when he comes to discuss the Zombie situation with Mr Bennet. Becomes a destraction for the family and the young and handsome Jeffrey Hawksworth shows up to take over the training of the family in their Ninja skills and make them warriors. Then with the new arrival of a couple other new characters we get more drama and courtship thrown in to attest to the truest Austen novel scenarios. And without having to mention the fits of drama all the new company throws Mrs Bennet into.
I have to say that I did not enjoy most of the new characters in this book. I liked that Mr Bennet finally put his foot down when it came to making his own decisions regarding his house and children vs Mrs Bennet.
It is really Jane and Elizabeth that stand out more in the story and the other sisters, though they are all going through the same training are still more in the background. There is a lot of fighting, blood, gore and swords in this book as they see the Plague affect more people and they must fight to save their lands and livelihoods.
I really enjoyed the fact that the Zombies play a major role instead of just something that is discussed and maybe seen once or twice throughout that unfortunately,  is popular in other zombie novels.
There is drama, a lot more fighting and Zombies than the first novel. Hilarious moments that sneek up on you and make you laugh aloud. I am really enjoying these stories and cannot wait to see how it ends in the final book Dreadfully Ever After.
Again I want to make a note of the audiobook, the narrator Katherine Kellgren does an awesome job and I recommened picking it up. But yet again here in the physical book we get the wonderful drawings throughout the story to enhance the reading experience.
You can find an example of the audiobook here
Thank you to Quirkbooks for the review copy Quirkbooks

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies



"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains."

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.
What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead.
Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read
This book,  of course is a New York Time's Best I'm not not one of the first to blog about and I sure hope I'm not the last. It seems that you either hate these books or you love them. I think that the idea of re-writing the classics is genius. I 100% support the new trend and am enjoying reading them as they come out, so bring 'em on!
I have never read a classic all the way through within such a short period of time, and Yes I do consider myself as reading the classic even with the Zombie addition. It is my understanding that Seth Grahame Smith  left almost all of the original wording and just added his to it for the monster twist. In the original I always got the fact that their mother was a bit overbearing and incredibly pushy and greedy when it came to marrying off her girls. But in this rendition it seemed to make her even more so. ( I even at one point was wishing  that she got turned into an umentionable). The father who I liked very much in the original turned into more of a fighter who trained his girls to kill first and ask questions later. He still keeps some of his kind-heartedness especially when the proposals eventually start rolling in, but there are moments when his Sensei side shows truest. Next the girls for the most part keep their personalities but it really gets funny when Elizabeth daydreams of cutting off their heads instead of listening to their girlish prattle. Not to mention when she argues with Darcy it turns into an all out battle instead of just the usual war of words. And if that is not enough to keep you amused, I found hidden jems with lines such as
"My dearest sister, now be serious. I want to talk very seriously let me know every thing that I am to know, without delay. Will you tell me how long you have loved him?"
" It has been coming on so gradually, that I hardly know when it began. But I believe I must date it from my first seeing the way his trousers clung to those most English parts."pg 305

There are awesome pictures throughout the book that add to the humor and enjoyment, you should read this.
Thank you to Quirkbooks for the review copy Quirkbooks

And for the most brilliant audiobook version, a must listen: you can listen to an excerpt here:

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Cellar by A.J. Whitten

Ok quite possibly the best Zombie book I have picked up
From Goodreads: 
Meredith Willis is suspicious of Adrien, the new guy next door. When she dares to sneak a look into the windows of his house, she sees something in the cellar that makes her believe that Adrien might be more than just a creep—he may be an actual monster.
But her sister, Heather, doesn’t share Meredith’s repulsion. Heather believes Adrien is the only guy who really understands her. In fact, she may be falling in love with him. When Adrien and Heather are cast as the leads in the school production of Romeo and Juliet, to Heather, it feels like fate. To Meredith, it feels like a bad omen. But if she tries to tear the couple apart, she could end up in the last place she’d ever want to be: the cellar. Can Meredith convince her sister that she’s dating the living dead before it’s too late for both of them?

Ok. So Weird boy moves in next door. Sister falls in love with him. Seeing a Dead body hanging in the neighbors basement: being eaten by neighbor and his mother...."brains are the best"... All the girls are acting weird at school. Something is def. going on!

This book not only had an incredibly smart Zombie (which is unusual because they are always brain-dead flesh eaters), but also a love story. (*ahhh* right?)

It really is...who would have thought that a zombie would make a swoon worthy boyfriend?
This is THE FIRST book I have ever read that I immediately re-read. I seriously read this book through 2 times in one week! I fell in love with Adrien...and kinda wanted Meredith (the main character) to leave him alone, because of his awesome swoonworthy-ness. There is a lot of action and romance in this book, but guess what...they never even kiss! This is the type of romance zombie story that will fill your hearts with affection and infections...ha ha.  I would def. recommend this one L.O.V.E.D it!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

NetGalley Challenge

This month I participated in the NetGalley Challenge hosted by Red House Books Red House Books
I had a whole list of 10 books I was planning on reading and failed by own challenge. But I did manage to finish some of the NetGalley books I put on that list. You can click on the name to see my review.
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Plan B By Charnan Simon
Bumped by Megan McCafferty  Video Review: Video: Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Between Two Ends by David Ward

I did read some other NetGalley books previously that did post this month as well, but they were not read by me this month so I am not counting them in my challenge.
The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder
Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler
The Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird
Shine by Lauren Myracle

I did have a great month of reading I have to say that my major mistake in the challenge month was I picked up City of Bones for another challenge I was doing and found myself distracted with it. And can see what all the hype is about.

Thank you for this awesome challenge, I read she is hosting another one in July if you want to join along visit the link above!

Here are my favorite books from the list above that I would recommend to you today:

Shine by Lauren Myracle

ShineShine Description from

When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.
Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a beloved author.

This book gets down and dirty. To the point and in-your face. Nobody likes the fact that Cat is looking into each of their stories on the night of this beating, but the stories that come out of her investigations are just as shocking as the resulting hate crime.
I have to say that I knew that some sex was going to be involved but was a little shocked at the descriptiveness and details of the scene in this book. I do consider myself to be on the prude side when it comes to sex talk but I was a little more than embarrased at having to read through that chapter.
This book hits on every type of negative thing that one town could attribute. Alcoholism, poverty, drugs, hate crimes, death, bullying, rape.
This was a very sad story to read, very real and very intense.