Saturday, 27 December 2014

Best December reads

Another month has flown by but not without some excellent reading being had.  This past month, I read the following incredible reads:

1. Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Not your typical Fitzpatrick read.  This book was filled with murder, mystery, suspense and romance. Britt has planned to show her ex-boyfriend how strong she really is by hiking the Teton Range.  Things go wrong very quickly as the weather changes and Britt finds shelter only to learn that she's run into two fugitives.  Suddenly Britt is trying to stay calm and stay alive.

2. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Jam has experienced loss and can't come to terms with it.  As a result, she's been sent away to a treatment school. While there, she's one of 5 chosen to be in the Special Topics in English class that everyone else is clamouring to get into.  The class spends the entire semester examining the works of one author.  This semester it's Sylvia Plath and The Bell Jar resonates with all 5 students.  Loved this book.

3. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Raina desperately wants to be a big sister but when she becomes one, it isn't what she expected.  A honest look at the often tumultuous relationship between sisters.  I can see why I can't keep Telgemeier's books on the shelf.

4. The Opposite of Love by Sarah Lynn Scheerger
A very raw and realistic novel.  Rose is struggling with her past and has chosen to stay true to the memory of her real mother and not love her adopted parents.  She's worked hard to make sure she never loves.  Then Chase enters her life and she's struggling to regain control.  Chase has his own demons but is attracted to Rose and is determined not to be pushed away.

5. Under the Bridge by Michael Harmon
I really enjoyed this book because it felt very realistic.  Tate's trying to keep the family together as his brother, Indy, spirals out of control.  Tate's parents are trying to parent as best they can but what they are managing to do is push Indy further away and Indy falls deeper into a world of drugs.

6. Rain Reign by Ann Martin
What a beautiful book. Rose is a high functioning autistic girl who loves her dog, prime numbers and homonyms.  She lives with her single dad who is trying to do the best he can.  When a superstorm hits Rose's hometown, everything starts falling apart.  Trust Rose to collect all the pieces and make the best out of a terrible situation.

7. A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Felicity Pickle sees and collects words but struggles to find the right words for herself.  Her mother is a restless soul and when they move to Midnight Gulch, a town that once held magic, Felicity realizes that there is still a snicker of magic out there.  All she has to do is find the right words.

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