First and foremost- I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review!
I LOVED this book. I’ve been on a YA binge lately, and Kara’s books do not disappoint. The Cheerleaders is intriguing from the beginning, and doesn’t leave you waiting for the hair-raising, thrilling moments. The ending had me on the edge of my seat, and was entirely not what I expected. This is definitely another YA novel I’ll be recommending to anyone and everyone.
After multiple horrible tragedies that took place 5 years ago, the cheerleading squad no longer exists. Still searching for clues, and not entirely believing the story of what took place that night, Monica Rayburn finds her dead sister’s phone in her stepfather’s desk. Jen’s phone contains starting information, including the phone number of the person Jen spoke to right before she killed herself. Unable to turn to her family, who basically refuses to speak about any of the deaths, especially Jen’s... Monica is forced to dig deep into the past on her own, and what she discovers is equally horrifying and life-changing.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Monday, July 30, 2018
This is one of those books that I occasionally had to put down because I just needed a break from the heartbreak. It was also one of those books I struggled to put down because it was such a well-written and compelling story and I wanted to know what happened next.
This one definitely puts the reader through the ringer but it is so worth it.
Beartown is a dying town deep in a forest and they have one point of pride - the hockey club and its various teams. Something bad happens to someone and the aftermath threatens to destroy the club and the town.
Yowza, this was brutal and powerful. Racism, rape, bullying and peer pressure are all explored. I loved this in a whole different way from my normal awe of Fredrik Backman. There is now a follow-up to this book, "Us Against You." Ohh, can't wait!
Many people, including some of the librarians I work with, love Frankenstein and their encouragement helped me finish it. I mostly wanted to thump Victor Frankenstein on the noggin throughout the book and tell him any problems that arose in his life were indeed his fault because he panicked and couldn't love what he created.
Didn't enjoy it, but glad I read it.
Saturday, July 28, 2018
One thing I love about Moore's works are that they (especially the last 5 or so) are so wildly different subjects, but still deliciously his writing. He writes paragraphs you want to chew for a while. This was a foray into post WWII San Francisco, with night clubs, sassy dames, racial issues, and - oh, yeah - a government cover-up of the existence of aliens. If you love 30s and 40s-style noir and really appreciate a well-turned phrase, don't pass this one up!
Over a decade ago, Lindsey is forced to flee in the middle of the night from her husband, Andrew. As the night goes on, Andrew is sent to jail, giving Lindsey the chance to start over with her young daughter, Sophie. But, upon Andrew's release from jail, Lindsey's life is once again in jeopardy, as she is sure that her ex-husband has tracked her down. Multiple things begin happening, including her home being broken into, and her new boyfriend being assaulted. Lindsey is almost positive that Andrew is behind all of this, while he claims that he has changed.
Monday, July 23, 2018
Kacey is forced to move in with her father and his new family, which includes a step-mother, step-brother, and a younger half-sister. Everything about her life is new- new house, new family, new school and new friends. Bailey and Jade are her best friends and everything seems perfect, until they start distancing themselves from her. When they attend the biggest party of the year without her, Kacey is stuck at home wondering what she did to cause the distance between them. Unforunately, before she can get any answers, Bailey goes missing. Everyone turns to Kacey for the answers to their questions, and she realizes she didn't know her best friends as well as she thought she did.
Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are spending time at their remote cabin. They are miles away from any sort of civilization or cell service, and enjoying the uninterrupted family time. Wen is 7 years old and enjoys exploring outside. While catching grasshoppers in their front yard, a stranger suddenly appears at the end of the driveway. He introduces himself as Leonard, and quickly gains Wen's trust and interest. Everything changes when Leonard looks at her and says, "None of what's going to happen is your fault." Wen notices 3 more strangers quickly approaching, and runs inside to warn her dad's, but not before Leonard tells her that he and the strangers need her family's help saving the world.
Finn and Layla are young, and crazy in love. Driving home from a vacation in France, they stop at a rest stop. Upon returning to the car, Finn realizes that Layla has seemingly vanished. Ten years later, he is doing his best to move on and start over. Finn is engaged to Layla's sister, Ellen and they live a relatively quiet life, until something from both of their pasts shows up on their doorstep and changes everything.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
There are an endless number of stories still to be told about the atrocities, trials, and triumphs related to World War II. This is a beautiful and sometimes heart wrenching novel that gets the word out about a few more of those stories.
Monday, July 9, 2018
Fifteen years ago, 13-year-old Emma Davis is away at Camp Nightingale for the first time. She is shown the ropes by 3 older campers- Vivian, Allison and Natalie. Everything changes when Emma wakes up to the girls sneaking out of their cabin in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, this is the last anyone will ever see of the girls. Now, Emma is a successful artist, based in NYC, and gets all of her inspiration from that night at camp. When her exhibit is visited by the camp's former owner, Franny. During the visit, Franny offers Emma something she just can't resist- a chance to return to Camp Nightingale. Franny sees it as a chance to restore the camp's reputation, but Emma sees it as her chance to finally figure out what happened that night. Immediately upon returning, Emma realizes that something isn't right at Camp Nightingale. Between the sinister clues left behind by Vivian, the security camera that seems to only record her cabin, and the lies that quickly come to the surface from basically everyone around her, Emma realizes she's on her own in figuring out what happened fifteen years ago, and seemingly can trust no one.
If you loved Pullman's His Dark Materials series, as I did, you absolutely must read this new series! It was like putting on your favorite, comfy pajamas jumping back into the rich alternate reality of Lyra's Oxford. Of course, this is a prequel to the other series, so Lyra is just a baby. The main character is Malcolm, an industrious boy who helps his parents at their inn, does odd jobs for the nuns nearby and jack-of-all-trades tasks up and down the river. His trusty canoe, La Belle Sauvage, affords him the luxury of accomplishing this in quick fashion. Strange folk and rumors are moving through his parents' inn and Malcolm gets absorbed in a dangerous mission to protect the mysterious baby that is being sheltered at the nuns' priory.
This was an absorbing, beautifully written story and I can't wait for the next one in this series!