The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls, by Julie Schumacher:
Some of her questions do get asked and answered, others don't. On one hand, in that regard, it's the most realistic book I've read in a while. On the other, it definitely feels like a Literary Fiction Book on a Summer Reading List. Not because of any literary pyrotechnics—Adrienne's voice is very straight-forward and frank—but because of the plotline and again, the feel.
Enchanted, by Alethea Kontis:
Diana Wynne Jones is clearly an influence here. There are a bazillon seemingly unrelated threads that don't always seem to jive—sometimes they even seem extraneous—at the time, but by the end, everything somehow magically fits together. Magically, mind you. It doesn't feel contrived or forced. It feels inevitable and right, as a fairy tale should.
A Troublesome Boy, by Paul Vasey
Teen Boat!, by Dave Roman and John Green
Until I Die (Revenants), by Amy Plum
Wuftoom, by Mary G. Thompson
The Hunt, by Andrew Fukuda
In Honor, by Jessi Kirby
Jersey Angel, by Beth Ann Bauman
Ladies in Waiting, by Laura L. Sullivan:
LONG, LONG, LONG STORY SHORT: DON'T LISTEN TO THE AMAZON REVIEWERS. THIS BOOK IS BOSS.
Never Fall Down, by Patricia McCormick:
So often, authors write—and we read—survival stories for pure entertainment. As you may have gathered, Never Fall Down doesn't read like that: rather, it reads as testimony from someone who witnessed (and survived) something that just shouldn't be. And, as with Between Shades of Gray last year, in reading it, it makes us witnesses as well, albeit a few very large steps removed.
The Princesses of Iowa, by M. Molly Backes
Second Chance Summer, by Morgan Matson
Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale, by Tamra Norton
Steampunk: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, by Zdenko Basic and Manuel Sumberac
Struck, by Jennifer Bosworth
Abandon Book 2: Underworld, by Meg Cabot
City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments), by Cassandra Clare
Endure (Need), by Carrie Jones
Fall from Grace, by Charles Benoit
First Comes Love, by Katie Kacvinsky
Happy Families, by Tanita S. Davis
Hemlock, by Kathleen Peacock
New paperbacks (of titles I've read):
Kiss of Death (Scarlett Wakefield Series), by Lauren Henderson:
But, overall... it was just... lacking. Lacking in the spunky verve of the first two books, lacking in the suspense and romance, and lacking in the energy, period. Some of the lethargic feel can be chalked up to Scarlett's general emotional state, but not all of it. Kiss of Death just didn't POP! like the first two.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, by Lish McBride:
I don't know if there's a way, in text, for me to convey just how much I loved this book. Any attempt would involve WAAAAAAAAHEYHEY more exclamation points, capital letters and hearts than ANYONE should be subjected to on a Monday morning.