Amanda’s Randoms: The Lowdown on My Last 5 Reads

I don’t get to read nearly as much as I used to, but here’s the lowdown on the last five books I’ve read.

1) Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott: I’d been hearing a lot of buzz about this book—including the age recommendation of sixteen and up—and after discovering this was one of my editor’s books, I asked her to send it to me. This story is told through the eyes of ‘Alice’ who was abducted on a school trip by a pedophile, and years later asked to find her own replacement. Grim, and disturbing—without being graphic—I read it in one sitting because I had to find out what would happen to a girl so broken she goes out in public without telling anyone what’s happened to her. I think the age recommendation is spot on as this is a very difficult book to read, and I made sure to remind my children to scream as loud as they can if anyone tries to lure them away! So scary!

2) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: This was another one I had a hard time putting down. Angie mentioned this one, too, so I’ll just say children fighting to the death in a dystopian future made for another intense read and has me counting the days until the sequel hits the shelves.

3) Split by a Kiss by Luisa Plaja: A British girl living in America for a year heads into a closet to snog the hottest guy in school and is literally torn in two—one part of her lets the cheeky guy have his way, the other tells him off and loses her place in the popular crowd. I had the pleasure of reading the first few chapters when Luisa and I took an online class together, and I couldn’t wait to find out how she was going to take the two Josephine’s very different storylines and end up at the same place. I loved how the last chapter was a minute by minute switch between the two halves of Josephine, with each girl ending up in the exact same spot—joined again. Fancy writing footwork!

4) Bringing the Boy Home by N. A. Nelson: Tirio was cast out of the Takunami tribe at a very young age because of his disabled foot, but rescued by an American woman who adopted him. As his thirteenth birthday approaches, he starts having visions and hearing voices calling him back to the Amazon. Luka’s whole life has been practice for his soche seche tente, a sixth-sense test all Takunami boys must pass just before their thirteenth birthday—his family’s future depends on it! Two boys, one tribe, and one amazing twist! I couldn’t stop reading—I had to find out how the boys were related. This is another great read where the two protagonists’ stories come together in a most surprising way.

5) Lament by Maggie Stiefvater: Ok, I’m not done with it yet—blame my son grabbing it from me and then leaving it in his locker for a weak, and a deadline coming all too soon—but I am enjoying it very much. It’s a story about a girl who plays the harp so well she’s attracted the attention of the Faerie Queen. Add some hunky faerie assassins and a funny best friend and this unique take on the fairy world is right up my alley!

~A.M.

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