Thursday, August 23, 2012

Internet Girls

TTYL by Lairen Myracle
Internet Girls book 1

Maddie, Zoe, and Angela are three very different high school sophomores. They each have their own talents, interests, and issues, but they have been best friends for years. They have made a pact to stick together through thick and thin. But the pressures of high school, mean girls, boys, parents, and more threaten to divide the "winsome threesome." Told through a series of IM's, TTYL is a fun look into the lives of modern day teenage girls.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Silent Prey

Silent Prey by John Sandford
Lucas Davenport book 4

Lucas had helped to capture the evil Dr. Bekker in Eyes of Prey. Now as Dr. Becker is preparing to stand trial, he inexplicably escapes and begins killing again in New York City. Lucas is contacted by Lt. Lily Rothenberg, former lover, to help in the hunt for Becker while also investigating some rogue officers in her station.

Another good installment in the Prey series.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Nick and Amy, both writers in New York City, met at a party and eventually fell in love. They married and enjoyed the NYC writer's life until they both found themselves out of work. At first they were not too concerned, as Amy had an inheritance from her parents who wrote a very popular YA series called Amazing Amy, based on Amy herself. However, a series of bad luck, Nick's ailing father, and dying mother force them to leave the city and head to Nick's childhood hometown of North Carthage, Missouri.

The marriage takes a turn for the worse and on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick returns home to find the house a mess and Amy missing. What happened to Amy? Is she even alive? Flynn takes the reader on a psychological roller coaster full of evidence, lies, and red herrings.

I was very excited to buddy read this book with some fellow mystery lovers. One reason is that I loved Flynn's book, Sharp Objects. Her dark and twisty writing appeals to me and she tells a great story. Her characters are usually very unlikeable and it is hard to know who to root for. But that just makes the characters more interesting and more sinister.

More Wicked History

Wicked History by Scholastic

I have been wanting this series for my classroom for a long time. I have slowly been collecting them and so far I have collected and read six of them. They are great biographies of cruel rulers from around the world across history. The books give a lot of great information in an easy to read and follow format. Pictures, artifacts, works of art, maps, and genealogies provide visuals to aid in student's understanding.

Taylor Jackson

So Close the Hand of Death by JT Ellison
Taylor Jackson book 5

Taylor and Baldwin are after the Pretender again and he is getting closer and closer to his target - Taylor. Meanwhile, all across the United States, horrendous murders are being committed to mimic some of the world's most infamous serial killers. There are only two things thee murders have in common: a true crime blog run by a Nashville native and widow of a former officer and they are all being orchestrated by the the same man. Taylor knows the mastermind behind this string of murders is The Pretender, so she begins to prepare once and for all for their final showdown. One of them will not come out of it alive.

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