Category Archives: Series

Love and Other Unknown Variables (mini-review)

Finished Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander. 

Charlie is a science genius. It’s his thing and he’s planning to go to MIT. And then he meets Charlotte, his sister’s new best friend…

Oh, guys, this book. Everything about it is absolutely perfect. I can’t even discuss it rationally. And I can’t talk about it because (a) spoilers and (b) my heart. 

I am a fan for life of Shannon Lee Alexander. Anything she writes is now a must-buy. 

Highly recommended. 

The Merciless II

Finished The Merciless II by Danielle Vega. 

This is only slightly less intense than its predecessor. Sofia is now at a Catholic boarding school (her mom dies early on in the book) but she’s still haunted by the events in the first book. And bad things happen around her…

OK, as I’ve come to expect from Danielle Vega, this book is incredibly messed up. It’s creepy and graphic and beyond unsettling. (And really fun, if you like being scared.)

There’s going to be a third one next year. I can’t wait. 

Recommended. 

Chasing Truth

Finished Chasing Truth by Julie Cross. 

Ellie is living with her sister Harper after their parents’ life of crime ended. They were grifters, though Harper ran away when Ellie was 12. Now Ellie is starting over with Harper and Aidan (Harper’s boyfriend). That’s all backstory, though. This is about Ellie’s friend Simon, who may or may not have commited suicide. Now Ellie is using her special skills to solve the case. 

This has been compared to Veronica Mars and that is an incredibly apt description. I absolutely love Ellie and am really happy that this is the first book in a series. 

Maybe we can get a movie here, too?

Recommended. 

The Wrong Side of Goodbye

Finished The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly. 

I love getting to spend time with Harry Bosch and I’m so happy that his retirement isn’t the end. 

Harry’s volunteering with a small police department, mostly working cold cases. It keeps him somewhat busy, and now he’s also trying to find any heirs that a billionaire may have. (He got a girl pregnant ages ago but doesn’t know if she had the baby.) Between that and a serial rapist, his hands are full. 

You probably already know that you want to read this but if you don’t already know my friend Harry, this is a good one to start with. 

Highly recommended. 

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily (mini-review)

Finished The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I received a copy for review. 

I’ve been in a bit of a dark mood lately (job search and accompanying setbacks) and I thought this might be just the thing to snap me out of it–who can resist Dash and Lily?

Well, like me, Lily is ALSO in a dark place. Her grandpa had a heart attack and is recovering but it’s a slow process. So now Dash (and his friends) are trying to get Lily back to herself. 

This is an incredibly sweet story and just what I needed. I skew more toward Dash (sarcastic and literary, those are my people) but I secretly wish I could be more like Lily. 

I dare you to read this and not smile. 

The Rains (mini-review)

Finished The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz. I received a copy for review. 

Chance and his older brother Patrick are super-close and have been since their parents died in a car crash. You wouldn’t think things could get worse, but they do: all the grownups in their town have essentially become zombies AND have captured most of the kids. They escape but now what?

This book is INTENSE. It’s not scary, per se, but there’s very little room to breathe. 

This is the first book in a series and you’ll be desperate to see what happens next. I know I am. 

Recommended. 

The Dead Boyfriend (mini-review)

Finished The Dead Boyfriend by RL Stine. I received a copy for review. 

The Fear Street books are a huge part of my childhood and I’ve mostly loved the new ones. They’re not scary (at least, not to me) but they’re really fun. 

That said, I was not a huge fan of this one. The plot started out solid (Caitlin is dating a seemingly perfect guy…until he’s not. He ends up dead–not a spoiler; it’s literally the title!–but now he’s back) but got increasingly silly. And the ending was a cheat. 

Finn’s Choice

Finished Finn’s Choice by Darby Karchut. I received a copy for review. This originally ran last month. 

It breaks my heart that this is the last Finn Finnegan book. This series has been such an absolute delight and, while this book was everything I could’ve possibly wanted, I am not ready to say goodbye to Finn or Gideon. 

It helps that there’s a little crossover between both of Darby’s other series…but it doesn’t help that much because I will probably never read a new Finn story again and frankly, that’s unacceptable. 

If you are looking for a fantastic MG series that features one of the best father/son relationships ever plus Irish folklore plus strong characters, read these four books. You’ll thank me later.

Highly recommended. 

A Night In With Audrey Hepburn

Finished A Night in with Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday. I received a copy for review. 

Things aren’t going well for Libby Lomax. She’s about to make her major acting debut (relatively speaking–she’s in a hideous costume but she’s got a speaking line!) when she humiliates herself in front of the super cute lead actor by setting her hair on fire…which, of course, leads to the end of that particular role. Except when she gets to her new apartment, she learns she has a roommate: Audrey Hepburn. Ghost? Hallucination? Brain tumor?

I flew through this delightful book. I love Libby and I spent a lot of the book cringing for her as things kept going wrong. (Think Bridget Jones-level mishaps.)

And who doesn’t want Audrey Hepburn as a surprise visitor? (Subsequent books have Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly stopping by. I want to read them but given my choice, I’d probably opt for Katharine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall.) 

Recommended.