Thursday, June 27, 2013

He's Gone by Deb Caletti

This is a perfect summer/beach read.  Beautifully written, fully developed, if flawed, characters and an amazing plot.  There were moments when I wanted to highlight paragraphs because of Caletti’s writing – but alas my librarian side took over and I stopped.  I truly had no idea how the book was going to end, the suspense was killing me…I literally could not put it down. 

Book Description via Amazon

From National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti comes an intensely gripping story about love, loss, marriage, and secrets—perfect for readers of Jodi Picoult, Kristin Hannah, and Anna Quindlen.
“One of the best books I’ve read all year.”—Barbara O’Neal, author of The Garden of Happy Endings
“What do you think happened to your husband, Mrs. Keller?”
The Sunday morning starts like any other, aside from the slight hangover. Dani Keller wakes up on her Seattle houseboat, a headache building behind her eyes from the wine she drank at a party the night before. But on this particular Sunday morning, she’s surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home. As the hours pass, Dani fills her day with small things. But still, Ian does not return. Irritation shifts to worry, worry slides almost imperceptibly into panic. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He’s gone.

As the police work methodically through all the logical explanations—he’s hurt, he’s run off, he’s been killed—Dani searches frantically for a clue as to whether Ian is in fact dead or alive. And, slowly, she unpacks their relationship, holding each moment up to the light: from its intense, adulterous beginning, to the grandeur of their new love, to the difficulties of forever. She examines all the sins she can—and cannot—remember. As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth—about herself, her husband, and their lives together.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Any book description that has “the Passage meets Ender’s Game” has my name on it.  This book was near perfect.  I loved all the characters and their relationships, there was a touch romance but it didn’t overpower the storyline.   This is a great summer read if you’re looking for action and suspense (especially if you will be spending any summer nights gazing up at the stars wondering if there really is anyone out there???  And after you read this book you’re going to hope that the answer is no!)

Book Description via Amazon

Release date: May 7, 2013 | Series: 5th Wave

"Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances."—Entertainment Weekly (Grade A)

The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

"Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."—Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review

"A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . . should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires."—

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Easy by Tammara Webber

I now know why this book got over a thousand 5 star reviews on Amazon…so, so, so good.   It deals with a very prevalent and tough topic – date rape on college campuses – yet doesn’t feel overly heavy and preachy.  It has a phenomenal love story…with just the right amount of naughty bits (she says with a blush).   

Book Description via Amazon

Publication Date: October 9, 2012

The New York Times Bestseller by Tammara Webber
Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn't easy...

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior...

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he'd worked so hard to overcome, and the future she'd put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth - and find the unexpected power of  love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl's struggle to regain the trust she's lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.