There are a pile of books I just finished that already have a plenty of reviews on them. So, instead of going into detail, I decided to do "Quickies" for three of them.
Final Grade: 93/A
BLURB: Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident.
REVIEW: This isn't a new-new book but I saw a bunch of really positive reviews on it so I decided to check it out. Now, after finishing it, I REALLY want to take a road trip. And listen to the totally awesome playlists Matson has throughout the book. Amy's a fantastic character. I would have liked to get a bit more in depth with Roger, as he seemed a bit flat (totally obsessed with his ex-girlfriend). There are some loose ends at the conclusion of the book but nothing that detracts too much from the story itself. Definitely recommend this one!
Quickie Review #2: MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins
Final Grade: 93/A
YA Science Fiction/Fantasy
BLURB: Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.
REVIEW: Of course! How could I resist this one? Loved most of it. Still love HUNGER GAMES much more. I was annoyed by Katniss's refusal to engage but love her nonetheless. All in all, a pretty darn decent ending to a fantastic series.
Final Grade: 94/A
YA Paranormal Romance
BLURB: Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.
But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.
REVIEW: What an awesome debut! Evie's a great character and I really liked Lend, too. Creative twists on the whole paranormal-creatures-in-the-world trope. Fun, fast read. Looking forward to her next endeavor (whether it's the next book in what seems will be a series or a whole new world).
I purchased all these books.