12. Delirium Lauren Oliver *** This started out a bit slow for me, but the good writing and intriguing premise kept me going and the pace/tension picked up more. I enjoyed seeing Lena’s gradual change as she learned more about the truth of the world around her. I also liked the way her relationship with Alex progressed. The ending caught me by surprise and now I want to read the next book to find out what happens.
13. Glimmerglass Jenna Black *** What I liked most about this book was Dana and how realistic her reactions to things were. I also liked how smart she was and how much she thought through different choices before she made them. And I liked how, even though there were definitely consequences to her choices, they weren’t because she doing stupid things just so there’d be some obstacle for her to overcome. Her choices made sense. I also enjoyed the story and look forward to seeing what happens in the next book.
14. The Line Teri Hall *** (reread) I reread this because I plan to read Away soon and I really couldn’t remember much from the last time I read this. I did like it a little better this time around, but had a hard time connecting with any of the characters. I think it’s because of the way the POV was written. Don’t get me wrong, I love 3rd person, but only when it’s deep 3rd. This was a really distant 3rd and there was so much pulled back narration that I never really felt like I got into Rachel’s head. However, the world building is well done and the story is intriguing and I do plan to read the next book.
15. Birth Marked Caragh M. O’Brien *** This had an interesting premise and a first chapter that really hooked me. There were a few slow spots, but overall, it held my interest pretty well all throughout. I noticed a couple of the events that happened toward the end were very similar to another book I read recently, which I found interesting. I wonder if it’s a trend in dystopian or just a coincidence. The main storyline for the book was wrapped up pretty well but definitely left open enough for another book.
16. Between the Plums Janet Evanovich *** As usual, Stephanie Plum books are my go-to when I need something light and quick to read. And considering I read this during my moving week, it was just what I needed. The stories were a bit more mystical than I’m used to with the rest of the series—not that they’ve ever been all that realistic to begin with—but they were still fun to read.
17. Plum Spooky Janet Evanovich *** I also read this during my moving week—in fact I think it was during our flight out to CA—and it helped take my mind off how stressful that week was and give me something to laugh at.
18. Turn Here Jackson Pearce **** This was a fun short story. I liked the concept of following the scavenger hunt meant for someone else and I liked what Alex and her mom learned about themselves and their relationship with each other while on the hunt.
19. Bittersweet Sarah Ockler **** This had beautiful writing and excellent character development. I really liked Hudson’s relationship with her brother. The scenes with them together always made me smile.
20. Everybody See the Ants A. S. King **** This book made me really angry, but I think it was supposed to. It was so frustrating to see the adults in Lucky’s life just kind of stood by and didn’t really stand up for him when he was being bullied. It took something pretty extreme just to get his mom to get him out of there. Thankfully, Lucky found the inner strength to stand up for himself, but not everyone who gets bullied is able to do that. And too much in real life, I see adults stand by either uselessly or helplessly and just let bullying happen. Along with obviously striking a chord with me emotionally, this had A. S. King’s trademark awesome writing and character development. I also liked the element with Lucky’s dreams about trying to rescue his grandfather from a Vietnam prison camp.
21. Legend Marie Lu **** I really enjoyed this one too. Great writing, excellent world building and character development. The pacing and tension were well done too. The stakes for both Day and June were very high and I liked how well they intertwined. And the story kept me guessing too. There were many times where I just couldn’t see how they’d get out of different predicaments or how certain elements were going to work out and then I was surprised and pleased by the results. I’m looking forward to the next book.
22. Ashfall Mike Mullin **** This reminded me a lot of Life As We Knew It. Disaster stories like this both fascinate and scare the snot out of me. I read this in a day and a half, in between trying to unpack my kitchen. I just couldn’t put it down. The tension was strong and I had to know what happened next. I still need to know and can’t wait for the next book to come out.
23. Ashes Ilsa J. Bick *** I had a really hard time getting through this book. But the reason was more of a personal one. Had I known before that Alex had a brain tumor, I never would have bought it. In general, I have a hard time with books that have cancer in them, but I especially avoid ones where a character has a brain tumor. It just hits too close to home. Also, the dog’s name didn’t help matters either. In order to push through it, I had to mentally change the dog’s name whenever I read it. The premise of the story was interesting but toward the end, for me, it lost some steam. Of course, that could just be because I found it such a hard book to read and toward the end, I just wanted it done so it seemed to move slower. I’m not entirely sure though. Even though the book ended on a cliffhanger, I honestly don’t know that I’ll read the sequel.
24. How to Ruin a Summer Vacation Simone Elkeles *** This was a fun book to read, but it also had some emotional depth to it. I like books that feel light and fun but still have plenty of depth. At first, Amy got on my nerves because she can be pretty negative at times, but because I could understand the reason for her attitude and because she did work to change it, I got over it.
25. How to Ruin My Teenage Life Simone Elkeles *** I think I like this one best out of the trilogy. It was nice to see that Amy hadn’t regressed from the personal progress she’d made in the first book, but she still had plenty of growing to do in this one.
26. How to Ruin Your Boyfriend’s Reputation Simone Elkeles *** While I did like this one, there were times when I found myself getting frustrated with Amy because I felt like even she should have known that some of her expectations were a bit ridiculous. But I did like seeing her overcome more of her insecurities and take a leadership role. I liked seeing her work so hard to be more positive and the changes that made in her and her relationships. I thought it was a satisfying end to the trilogy.
27. Out of Sight, Out of Time Ally Carter **** I really like where this series is going and how the stakes keep getting raised with each book. I felt so bad for Cammie as she struggled to regain her memory and dealt with the way her friends reacted after she returned from being missing for several months. It made for some really good character development.