by Carrie Ryan
First off I have to say look at this pretty book cover! Don’t you just love it, and it doesn’t give away anything but definitely draws you to pick up the book. Daughter of Deep Silence is quite the mystery and thriller. Not in the way you might be thinking, it is a edge of your seat thriller that slowly unravels and has you going oh my stars. Frances is out for revenge and she will not rest till someone pays for killing everyone she has loved. I can’t even imagine witnessing what she saw and being 14. Carrie Ryan did an excellent job at character development and having the reader really fall into the world she created for Daughter of Deep Silence. I loved how each character had their own back story not just Frances/Libby. You really got to know the main characters and she even developed great little back stories for the minor characters. My favorite besides Frances/Libby was Shepherd. I really like him! The ending is not what I expected and I loved it. This book is absolutely perfect for summer reading. However don’t plan on doing much else than just reading this book. Trust me I speak from experience, I love books that grab you and don’t want to let go of the book till you finish it. This book would be perfect for a movie (hint, hint) it kinda reminds me of Revenge for YA readers. It is really pretty clean minus a few kisses and talking about wanting to kiss someone, no bad language or adult situations.
summary: At fourteen, Frances survived a slaughter that claimed the lives of her parents and best friend, Libby, but she took on Libby’s identity and wealth while plotting revenge against the powerful Wells family and now, at age eighteen, is ready to destroy them, including her first love, Grey.
by R.L. Stine
My kids have always been big R.L. Stine fans. I think we have owned every Goosebumps and watched every episode and movie over the years. My oldest still enjoys a good scary book and so I knew I had to grab her a copy. Little did I know we would all read it and love it. It was like our own little book club and it was fun! R.L. Stine has a great series for kids who are out of elementary school and into the bigger books and bigger scares. Fear Street is for middle and high school readers. I love a good scary books as much as my girls and R.L. Stine is a master storyteller right up there with Stephen King in my book. Now we just wish the Fear Street Relaunch would launch into a series like his fabulous book series Goosebumps! 🙂 Wishful thinking we know but hey maybe one day…
Don’t Stay Up Late had me grabbing minutes here and there so I could finish it. I had to know if I was right about what was going on. Don’t Stay Up Late will keep you staying up late just to finish it. R.L. Stine is the master at writing creepy scary books that are real page turners but not so scary they cause nightmares! Grab a copy and block out a chunk of time because you will not want to put this down! Now we are off to read The Lost Girl, and Can You Keep A Secret before My Dead Boyfriend comes out September 27.
summary: Ever since a car accident killed her father and gave her a severe concussion, high school junior Lisa’s been plagued by nightmares and hallucinations, and when she accepts a babysitting job in hopes it will banish the disturbing images, she faces new terror as she begins to question exactly who–or what–she’s babysitting.
by Pintip Dunn
I love a good suspenseful mystery and so does my YA high school reader. We are always watching movies and Scream tv show and trying to figure out who did it? So suspenseful books are right up our alley and perfect for summer (and anytime) reading. We both read The Darkest Lie and had about the same reactions. Did we figure out the ending? Yes. Did it take away from the book? No it didn’t it was still an enjoyable book to read and kept us reading. The Darkest Lie is a quick mystery to read this summer. While any reader who has read their fair share of thrillers and mysteries will guess the suspect before it is revealed the writing is really good and keeps you reading. The main character CeCe is dealing with so much and was written in a very realistic manner. Grab a copy of The Darkest Lie when it comes out and have some suspenseful summer reading.
summary: “The mother I knew would never do those things. But maybe I never knew her after all.”
Clothes, jokes, coded messages…Cecilia Brooks and her mom shared everything. At least, CeCe thought they did. Six months ago, her mom killed herself after accusations of having sex with a student, and CeCe’s been the subject of whispers and taunts ever since. Now, at the start of her high school senior year, between dealing with her grieving, distracted father, and the social nightmare that has become her life, CeCe just wants to fly under the radar. Instead, she’s volunteering at the school’s crisis hotline—the same place her mother worked.
As she counsels troubled strangers, CeCe’s lingering suspicions about her mom’s death resurface. With the help of Sam, a new student and newspaper intern, she starts to piece together fragmented clues that point to a twisted secret at the heart of her community. Soon, finding the truth isn’t just a matter of restoring her mother’s reputation, it’s about saving lives—including CeCe’s own…
thank you Kensignton books, Pintip Dunn and netgalley for allowing us to read and review The Darkest Lie. All thoughts and opinions are our own and were not influenced by the free book.
by Megan Miranda
The Safest Lies was a good weekend book and I liked it. Yes, it was predictable but that’s OK the description was very lengthy and pretty much tells you what to expect. There were some parts though that I didn’t expect and liked that she threw a curve ball in the story. Those are always good and keep you reading. The budding romance between the main character Kelsey and Ryan was sweet. I really was kinda questioning if Ryan was a good guy at one point. Kelsey is not your average teen this girl could get herself out of any situation thanks to her mom’s fear of being found. All that training she thought was not necessary ending up coming in handy. Kelsey was a think fast and on the spot tough girl. I liked her character as well as Ryan’s. The mystery and mom’s story within the story that is The Safest Lie was good and made for a great book to read over the weekend. This one is perfect of YA readers and really I’d let me middle grade reader read this one. There was kissing but nothing more, one scene where she falls asleep in Ryan’s room but that is it and she has seen that on Grimm. Over all it is pretty clean and fast paced, geared for YA so use your judgement on if you’d let your tween middle grade reader read this one.
summary: Kelsey has lived most of her life in a shadow of suspicion, raised to see danger everywhere. Her mother hasn’t set foot outside their front door in seventeen years, since she escaped from her kidnappers with nothing but her attacker’s baby growing inside her—Kelsey.
Kelsey knows she’s supposed to keep a low profile and stay off the grid for their protection, but that plan is shattered when her dramatic car accident and rescue by volunteer firefighter and classmate Ryan Baker sparks media coverage.
A few days later, she arrives home to find her mother missing. Now, to have a chance at a future, Kelsey will have to face her darkest fears. Because someone is coming for her. And the truth about the past may end up being the most dangerous thing of all.
by Vivian Vande Velde
23 Minutes was an interesting book and a concept I had not read before now. Some would say it was like a crime fighting ground hog day. However while I see the similarity of the repeating that is about it. In this book the main character Zoe is a fifteen year old girl living in a group home and after an accident she can repeat 23 minutes of time. She needs to be careful since once that 23 minute window closes she can’t go back. She is in desperate need of repeating a certain 23 minutes and getting it right or many lives are going to end. Oh and one more thing she only gets 10 repeats, after that the last one is the one that sticks and no going back. She tries so many different times with so many different outcomes but she still thinks she can get a better one. She makes a friend, helper and ally in Daniel and between them work hard at getting the best 23 minutes they can. This is a short book coming in at 176 pages, the author did a great job at telling many different 23 minutes and really hooking the reader. I really liked the Zoe – Daniel team and enjoyed this quick book over a morning thunderstorm. I think it would be a great summer book to read and can be finished in a day’s time.
summary: Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret ability: she can travel back in time twenty-three minutes to relive events she wants to change. But Zoe has learned from experience that this is more curse thangift. Things almost never end well and people just tend to think she’s crazy.
But when she steps into a bank to get out of the rain and finds herself in the middle of a robbery gone horrifyingly wrong, Zoe knows she’s the only one who can help. The problem is, she has only a limited number of tries to make things right. Plus, a single mistake could get her killed—and not even time travel could bring her back from that.
by Kara Thomas
“Everyone has something to hide”
First Line: Hell is a two hour layover in Atlanta
The Darkest Corners is a great thrilling roller coaster ride. You have no clue where this book is going and what is going to happen next. The only thing you do know is The Monster is back and the police are not looking for him. It is up to Tessa, Callie and a small group of friends to solve this mystery. The will be putting themselves out there and in danger but that isn’t the only mystery to solve. Tessa finds out her family has a few skeletons in the closet that some will do anything to make sure they stay there. The Darkest Corners was so good I flew through this book and while I figured out part of 1 mystery the others I didn’t figure out till they were revealed to the reader. I loved that about this book, I usually figure this stuff out. The characters were all very well developed and likable. Tessa and Callie are two girls who use to be best friends till they had an event happen that shattered the innocence of childhood and they each dealt with it in different way. However when they are thrown together again the bonds of their friendship and the event prove that it was unbreakable and they are in this thing together. The plot was so good and I loved that there was mysteries within The Monster mystery. I could really see this being a movie and man would it be good. Add The Darkest Corners to your summer reading list and your teen’s summer reading list. I really hope Kara Thomas writes more thrilling mysteries like this one. I enjoyed this one and will be checking out her Prep School Confidential Series. Callie and a small group of friends to figure out who he is before one of them is the next target.
summary: There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.
Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.
Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.
But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.
Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.
thank you so much Random House Children’s, and Kara Thomas for allowing us to read The Darkest Corners. All thoughts and opinions are our own and were not influenced by the free book.
by Erika Johansen
When I read that Emma Watson was going to be in the movie adaptation I was so happy and grabbed a copy of book 1 and 2. I mean what bookworm wouldn’t love to read a book series about a kick butt Queen that loves books! Than I read in an article a publishers 11 year old read it and loved it, so I was thinking cool my upper elementary aged reader would love this since it’s got Emma Watson, a Queen and she is a bookworm. Wrong, so glad I read it before hand, no way am I letting my upper elementary aged reader read this, or probably see the movie. This book is very heavy and has many adult situations as well as the F word. I enjoyed the book and will read book 2 The Invasion of the Tearling. However I didn’t jump right into it, I took a break to read a light hearted book. I would recommend this book only to high school aged readers, however you use your own judgement since only you know what is right for your child.
summary: On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon–from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic–to prevent her from wearing the crown.