I read fast. Like, a-book-a-day-fast. Because of that superpower, I’m always behind on my reviews. But, taking inspiration from Twitter, I realized I can talk about a lot of books in just 140 characters. Most of these tweet-short review books are three-star reads for me: good but didn’t blow me away and inspire me to uber-prolific-ness.
Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman
(YA Mystery; 288 pages; Published May 6, 2014; St. Martin’s Griffin)
Cheesy goodness=decent read, as long as you don’t overanalyze. Or analyze at all. The story’s totally inconceivable (I do not think it means what you think it means) but there are spies and fashion and plenty of action (rhyme time!).
The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex #1) by Lindsay Cummings
(YA SciFi Dystopian; 398 pages; Published June 10, 2014; Greenwillow Books)
Meadow made this story work for me. She loved her family unconditionally; would do anything for them, including kill. Tons of action, plenty of blood but reminiscent of several other recent YA SciFi Dystopians.
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
(YA Thriller; 400 pages; Published October 7, 2014; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Liked the mystery; totally lost me when it came to the romance, which was just not good. Kind of wish we’d just had the imminent threat of death and bad guys, sans weird romantic “connection” between MC and creepy guy.
Exile (Exile #1) by Kevin Emerson
(YA Contemporary; 320 pages; Published April 29, 2014; Katherine Tegen Books)
Liked the rock and roll aspect but why did this romance even happen? The two were so very unsuited for one another. I really wish this one lived up to the premise and the beginning…but, sadly, it didn’t for me.
Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
(YA Mystery; 359 pages; Published April 1, 2014; Katherine Tegen Books)
A serial killer? With fifty deaths under her belt at the young age of 17? Um…hard to suspend disbelief quite that far, though I might have been able to if the writing/characterization were strong enough.