Become- Ali Cross- One of the best eBooks I’ve read this year. Most of the eBooks I’ve read this year have been marred and— in one particular case— made unreadable by bad, bad grammar. Not the case here. A weird thing to start with, I know, but I care about proper grammar (or at the very least not obviously horrible grammar) and if you’ve read a lot of these reviews you know that that’s a dealbreaker for me— me, the girl who will read anything, regardless of how terrible it may be. But again, that didn’t happen here. Hooray for good proofreading! In addition to the grammar, there is an awful lot to like in this story. Desolation Black is, first of all, a kick ass name for a heroine who does, in fact, kick ass. The fight scenes are very well done. I also enjoyed Cross’s way of smooching certain phrases together for emotional impact— i.e., she heldmeheldmeheldme. Very nice.
The Spellmans Strike Again- Lisa Lutz- These books make me deliriously happy and this is my favorite of the entire series so far. One of the quotes on the cover says this book is “hands down the most hilarious, thrilling and moving book” of the series and I wholeheartedly agree. Rae gets what she deserves (finally). Isabel gets what she deserves. There’s even a part when Isabel gets chocolate croissant from a no name bakery located on None of Your Business street because she doesn’t want readers to know about it because then we’d all go there and the already too long lines would become even longer. Oh, how well she knows me. I know I’m on the east coast and not anywhere near
Explosive Eighteen- Janet Evanovich- I don’t even want to dignify this book with a review because it’s that bad. The only good thing is I had sense enough to borrow the book from the library instead of shelling out money for my own copy. Stephanie, you are a whore. And if Morelli hasn’t figured out by now that he’s far too good for you, I don’t think he ever will.
Heads You Lose- by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward- Because Lisa Lutz is my new literary obsession, I am required to read everything she’s written. This is a novel she co-wrote with David Hayward. She wrote the first chapter and all odd numbered chapters while David wrote the rest. Neither was allowed to change what had come before. They could only build upon what they had been given. In between chapters were the notes written between the two authors. Honestly, the best part of this book were those notes. Oh, and chapter fourteen which literally made me laugh out loud for a good long while before I’d even read a word of it (just ask The Man. He was trying to sleep at the time…). I really, really wanted to adore this book as much as I adore Lutz’s Spellman series, but I just didn’t. It was too disjointed and tiresome. I was glad when it ended and that’s never a good sign.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- Michelle Hodkin- This book is insane. In all the right ways. I didn’t know what to expect from it and I was left very pleasantly surprised. Though there were parts that were far too Twilight-esque for my taste (I’m sorry but I really hate that series), the novel overall is very well written with good characters, great dialogue (that is, on occasion, rather hysterical dialogue) and a mystery that’s just bursting with intrigue. It’s also the first volume. I didn’t know this book was part of a series. I thought it was a stand alone. It became ever clearer as I read though that this book wasn’t going to wrap up with a nice neat bow. And while I am delighted to have the chance to read more, I kind of want to read the more now because I really want to know what’s going to happen next.