Recent Reads #3

I was doing more editing in the month of March, so there wasn’t a lot of time for books. But this is what I read, and some thoughts on them for your book-choosing enjoyment.


Radiant Shadows & Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr- You know about these books. You’ve seen them on the shelves. They’re those haunting-looking books with beautiful and mysterious titles, and I’m telling you now, they’re wonderful.  And, one of the great perks if you start reading now, the whole series is out! I’ve been into the Wicked Lovely books for years and waited so I could read the last two together. I’m so glad I did. It was great to see how everything finally unfolded. There was so much tension in this series as you have four main characters (plus plenty more) who all seem to want things they can’t have. And I’ve been torn from the very start on who would or should be able to get what they want at someone else’s expense. I’ve gotta give props to Melissa for using what should have been an obvious detail to give things the potential to work out. Faves. Two thumbs up for an awesome story, negative thumbs because it’s over!

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney- I knew that this book dealt with date rape, and I was afraid I’d be cringing the entire time, feeling dirty while I read it. But not so! Alex, our main character, deals with the sadness of what she’s been through, but is very brave in the face of her rapist. She’s not alone, of course, and I think that’s the point of the story. You don’t need to be ashamed, you don’t need to be quiet, and you don’t need to be alone. It was great to see her simply live her life. When terrible things happen to me, I wallow, and I think it’s great to watch someone (even if they’re fictitious) move forward. I’d like to give Alex a high five. Two thumbs up for kick ass girls!

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer- There’s nothing I can tell you about this story that you don’t already know, but let me share what this book is to me. I have a copy of Twilight on CD, and when I go on long road trips by myself, it’s what I listen to. It’s comforting. And, while I like sitting with the book, Ilyana Kadushin does such a great job with being the voice of an average girl and a cocky vampire that it’s so much fun to hear this book. And it was great to be reminded of all the lines that didn’t make it into the movie: “Did you stab Edward Cullen with a pencil?” “Stupid shiny Volvo owner.” “Do I dazzle you?”… These were the things that made me like the story so much in the first place. And we all know that Rob and I are deeply in love, but, I’m sorry, my darling, it must be said: THE BOOKS ARE BETTER. Go back to the books people. Two thumbs up for kicking it old school.

Sleepless by Cyn Balog- I met Cyn at the writers conference I attended in March, and I bought this book there, though I’d seen it around enough before. It’s a fun, dreamy little story that flips perspectives between a teenage girl and the boy, her Sandman, who makes her sleep at night. All I can say is sleep is complicated. There are so many issues standing between some very simple wants, and I had to hold on to the very last page to know how it all worked out. My favorite part of the whole thing is this guy, Eron, has been out of popular culture for a century, and I adore that he thought “nine-one-oneing” was the new way of saying “calling”. That was fun. Two thumbs up for cute and confused boys.

 As you can see, it was a short but good list. I was happy with everything I got my hands on in March. Stay tuned! I’m giving away another one of Cyn’s books very soon! And it’s signed, people!

Have you read any of these books? Thoughts?