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About the book
When Abby meets Luke online, she can’t believe her luck. He’s nice. He’s funny. He listens to her and he thinks she’s pretty. He even gets jealous of other guys, which is adorable. Without Luke, Abby’s not sure how she’d make it through her first year of high school. Everyone, including her mom and her best friend, Faith, tells Abby that if she just made more of an effort, she’d be having fun instead of dreading each and every day as if it’s a prison sentence. But there’s nothing fun about being the lowest link in the social food chain.

Abby knows she’s not supposed to chat with random guys online. But Luke isn’t random, and he isn’t a stranger. Best of all, he really loves her. So what if she never goes out with her friends anymore and her grades are slipping? All she needs is Luke. Luke is her secret, and she’s his — it’s perfect that way. So when Luke suggests that they meet each other in person, Abby agrees. And then she’s gone. Missing. Without a trace. And everyone is left to put together the pieces. If they don’t, they’ll never see Abby again...

My thoughts
This book will open your eyes to the dangers facing teens in this day and age with the amount and types of technology all around us. This story is disturbing at times, and yet seems so possible! These things really happen to young girls, they are victimized without even knowing it. The author has obviously done research into internet predators and has shined a lot of light on how they prey on teens. I think teen girls need to read this book, i think their parents need to read this book and then they need to discuss it.

Posted by Holly
Wildfire

About the book
Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

My thoughts
I have never read anything containing Polynesian mythology, and while this book isn't focused totally one one supernatural type I really liked the fresh new take on the supernatural. So much of what is being published today is a variation of something else already out there, it is refreshing to read something different from the pack. This book is a page turner, don't pick it up unless you are prepared to make it an all nighter! I was sucked into the story from the first page, the interesting characters and driving plot line had me flipping pages like a mad woman. Check this out, excellent read!

Posted by Holly
Seating Arrangements

About the book
Winn Van Meter is heading for his family’s retreat on the pristine New England island of Waskeke. Normally a haven of calm, for the next three days this sanctuary will be overrun by tipsy revelers as Winn prepares for the marriage of his daughter Daphne to the affable young scion Greyson Duff. Winn’s wife, Biddy, has planned the wedding with military precision, but arrangements are sideswept by a storm of salacious misbehavior and intractable lust: Daphne’s sister, Livia, who has recently had her heart broken by Teddy Fenn, the son of her father’s oldest rival, is an eager target for the seductive wiles of Greyson’s best man; Winn, instead of reveling in his patriarchal duties, is tormented by his long-standing crush on Daphne’s beguiling bridesmaid Agatha; and the bride and groom find themselves presiding over a spectacle of misplaced desire, marital infidelity, and monumental loss of faith in the rituals of American life.

My thoughts
I throughly enjoyed being transported into the cape cod world portrayed in Seating Arrangements. The book held me from start to finish and I found myself thinking about the characters and their motivations in the book long after I had turned the last page. Shipstead writes and excellent character study and shows deep insight into the minds of her characters making for an intriguing book. The story was interesting but the characters were where the book really shone. Without giving anything away this book takes a peek behind the cover of cape society showing that it isn't really so different from small towns, just more expensive. I like how the book shows the flow of disfunction, from one generation to the next and how the issues evolve over time. A little something for everyone this book has all its bases covered. Funny, inventive, sordid and charming. Seating Arrangements is a book worth reading and then reading one more time.

Posted by Holly
The Kissing List

About the book
The interlocking stories in The Kissing List feature an unforgettable group of young women – Sylvie, Anna, Frances, Maureen – as their lives connect, first during a year abroad at Oxford, then later as they move to New York on the cusp of adulthood. We follow each of them as they navigate the treachery of first dates, temp jobs and roommates, failed relationships and unexpected affairs – all the things that make their lives seem full of possibility, but also rife with potential disappointment.

My thoughts
I love the idea of this book and found it interesting in general, but the book itself was difficult to read and stay interested in. There was a lot of characters that were linked, but I had trouble keeping track of who was who and how they were linked. I feel like I missed out on some of the books nuances because I simply couldn't keep it all straight. That being said I think the author really has some good insight into young women. The characters are written well and the story lines interesting. I actually enjoyed each individual story but when it came to the book as a whole I wasn't really sure how I felt.

Posted by Holly
I totally meant to do that

About the book
Jane Borden is a hybrid too horrifying to exist: a hipster-debutante. She was reared in a propert Southern home in Greensboro, North Carolina, sent to boarding school in Virginia, and then went on to join a sorority in Chapel Hill. She next moved to New York and discovered that none of this grooming meant a lick to anyone. In fact, she hid her upbringing for many years--it was easier than explaining what a debutante "does" (the short answer: not much).

Anyone who has moved away from home or lived in (or dreamed of living in) New York will appreciate the hilarity of Jane's musings on the intersections of and altercations between Southern hospitality and Gotham cool.

My thoughts
Jane Borden is somewhat funny in her debut memoir. I wouldn't put this in the same category as say Chelsea Handler though. I didn't find myself laughing out loud but I was amused at some points. She tells a very relatable story of leaving home, finding your way and then ultimately feeling that pull back home again. Anyone who has moved to a big city can tell you that they have felt that way at some point or another. Her stories were funny, but tended to drag on a bit at times. I could have used either more meat or more humor, but this sort of fell in between. It was an interesting, yet ultimately forgettable read.

Posted by Holly
Carry the One

About the book
Carry the One begins in the hours following Carmen’s wedding reception, when a car filled with stoned, drunk, and sleepy guests accidentally hits and kills a girl on a dark country road. For the next twenty-five years, those involved, including Carmen and her brother and sister, craft their lives in response to this single tragic moment. As one character says, “When you add us up, you always have to carry the one.” Through friendships and love affairs; marriage and divorce; parenthood, holidays, and the modest calamities and triumphs of ordinary days, Carry the One shows how one life affects another and how those who thrive and those who self-destruct are closer to each other than we’d expect. As they seek redemption through addiction, social justice, and art, Anshaw’s characters reflect our deepest pain and longings, our joys, and our transcendent moments of understanding. This wise, wry, and erotically charged novel derives its power and appeal from the author’s exquisite use of language; her sympathy for her recognizable, very flawed characters; and her persuasive belief in the transforming forces of time and love.

My thoughts
I have always wondered about the lives of people after a life altering event. You read about them in the paper and unless you know them you never find out how it shaped the course of their lives. This book gives you an idea of how things can go. I really like the way the characters were developed in the book. I felt as though I really got to know them all and I cared about what happened in their lives. The book for me was a page turner, I really needed to find out what would happen with the characters and that kept me flipping pages late into the night. I think this is a great book with spectacular detail. If you are looking for a cliche thriller/mystery this is not for you. This is a smart work of fiction.

Posted by Holly
The Night Season

About the book
With the Beauty Killer Gretchen Lowell locked away behind bars once again, Archie Sheridan—a Portland police detective and nearly one of her victims—can finally rest a little easier. Meanwhile, the rest of the city of Portland is in crisis. Heavy rains have flooded the Willamette River, and several people have drowned in the quickly rising waters. Or at least that’s what they thought until the medical examiner discovers that the latest victim didn’t drown: She was poisoned before she went into the water. Soon after, three of those drownings are also proven to be murders. Portland has a new serial killer on its hands, and Archie and his task force have a new case.

Reporter Susan Ward is chasing this story of a new serial killer with gusto, but she’s also got another lead to follow for an entirely separate mystery: The flooding has unearthed a skeleton, a man who might have died more than sixty years ago, the last time Portland flooded this badly, when the water washed away an entire neighborhood and killed at least fifteen people.

With Archie following the bizarre trail of evidence and evil deeds to catch a killer and possibly regain his life, and Susan Ward close behind, Chelsea Cain—one of today’s most talented suspense writers—launches the next installment of her bestselling series with an electric thriller.

My thoughts
Chelsea Cain is sure to have staying power up against the thriller greats. She writes in a way that makes the reader uncomfortable, like they have to solve the case or they might not make it. I really like the sense of urgency she builds throughout the book. I was listening to this book well into the wee hours, dying to know what happens. This wasn't as gory as a Patterson book which I really liked. She also stays away from some of the more cliche styles of thriller writing which is refreshing. A must read, especially on a cold dark rainy night.

Posted by Holly
Fated

About the book
Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead. There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she's meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy.

My thoughts
This author really does her research. She puts a lot of work into her novels and it shows in the great amount of detail in her books. She sees her readers as smart young adults that want more than just a fast paced fun story to tear through. That is why she has such a large following of faithful readers! Fated was a great start to a series. The author did a great job setting up the characters, giving us an idea of the supernatural elements and enticing us with an interesting story. I was engaged from start to finish and am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. Highly recommend any book by Ms. Noel!

Posted by Holly
The Social Climbers Handbook

About the book
HIGH SOCIETY CAN BE A KILLER. Upper East Side socialite Daisy Greenbaum is accustomed to the finer things—designer clothes, summers in the Hamptons, elite private school educations for her daughters, and a staggeringly expensive Park Avenue apartment. But Daisy finds her well-heeled lifestyle on precarious footing after her husband, master of the universe Dick Greenbaum, learns about some shady dealings that threaten his position at The Bank.

Daisy refuses to allow her family to slip down the social ladder, so she devises a madcap plan: Anyone who jeopardizes her place at the top will simply have to be dispatched—six feet under. From Dick’s arrogant boss to his scheming former mistress to a pair of nosy bloggers, Daisy’s hit list is a who’s who of big names with even bigger secrets. But with the body count rising as the Dow Jones falls, can Daisy really get away with murder?

My thoughts
Somehow this entire book just doesn't quite work. There is no clear idea as to what kind of a book it is, and it bumbles around trying to be light, yet trying to sound important all at the same time. There is a lot of build up to the end and it just stops, leaving plot lines undone. The characters are poorly developed and there isn't a lot of insight into their behaviors. Mostly they just are perpetually unhappy because of their own behaviors. Don't bother with this one, its not memorable.

Posted by Holly
Tiger's Eye

About the book
Stacy Justice is looking forward to a lazy summer of hot dogs and beer; swims in the lake with her Great Dane, Thor; and hanging with her rekindled old flame, Chance. But when she gets a creepy anonymous call hinting that her father’s “accidental” death fourteen years ago was actually a murder, she’s too unsettled to relax. Stacy has blamed herself for his death all along—in fact, it’s the reason she’s fought so hard against being a witch. But who’d want to kill an innocent small-time newspaperman? That’s the question on Stacy’s mind when she casts a spell that goes horribly wrong. And between the white tiger that keeps appearing out of thin air, the body in the lake, the feisty razor-toothed Chihuahua, and the gun-toting maniac, she suddenly has her hands full once again. But solving the mystery of her father’s death is Stacy’s number-one priority…and avenging it, if necessary, is a very close second. Continuing the thrilling Stacy Justice saga, Tiger’s Eye drives the reluctant witch deeper into the mysteries of her family’s past…and the darker regions of her soul.

My thoughts
I am so glad that I got this book! I started with this one not knowing anything about the series and now I am going to go back and get the first two books and catch up. This is a really exciting series and I had no problem reading this book without having read the other two. I love a good mystery with a strong female lead and this book absolutely fit the bill. The author has an easy writing style that is funny and quirky. I fell in love with the characters and the story flowed flawlessly. If you are a fan of other mysteries with strong female leads then I highly recommend you pick this series up, but maybe start with the first book!

Posted by Holly
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