Tuesday, September 18, 2018

My Friends Are All Strange by M.C. Lesh

My Friends Are All Strange
Seventeen year old Becca has lost touch with reality, and is sent to a mental hospital.  We follow her journey as she struggles with the medication that has been given to her to help her sleep, the wizard who appears in her dreams and also when she is awake, and her feelings of disconnect from reality.  I like that she makes friends with the other teens in the facility with her and seeing her gradually get better while realizing that some of her friends there may never get better.  I think this is an excellent book about mental illness for teens and I like that it is hopeful while still realistic.  I highly recommend this book.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Cat Zero by Jennifer L. Rohn

Cat Zero
Artie is a lovely female research professor who is studying cat viruses.  She is in the process of a divorce, when a strange mutation appears in a cat virus that can also spread to humans.  Her handsome post doc, Mark, is eager to help with her research and her personal life.  When Artie decides to try and befriend the mysterious and creepy mathematicians who work nearby in the basement, she winds up in a situation that could be catastrophic.  

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

Heretics Anonymous
Sixteen year old Michael isn't happy that his family has moved for the fourth time and he is even less happy that he has to go to a private Catholic high school, however, he soon finds some friends who also have a variety of views about religion and life in general.  Michael is an atheist, Avi is Jewish and gay, Eden is polytheistic, Max is a Unitarian, Lucy is a Catholic and they are all heretics.  Together, they try to change the school rules and go through the struggles of being different when you are a teenager. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Generation One by Pittacus Lore

Generation One (Lorien Legacies Reborn, #1)

A new set of characters is introduced in this action packed sequel series to the I Am Number Four series.  Human teens who have developed legacies have been asked to go to a special academy to hone their skills, however, not all teens wish to go there and the academy is not the only group who wants to use the teens' powers.  Taylor is a healer and Kopano is not sure exactly what his powers are.  Together with Ran, Nigel, Isabella and Caleb, they have unexpected adventures as they learn to use their legacies.  If you liked the first series, you should enjoy this one as well.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Healer by Susan Miura

Healer (Book #1)
In this Christian YA fantasy novel, 17 year old Shilo learns that she has inherited the ability to be a healer from her grandmother.  Her parents are worried and don't want her to use her power from God to heal others because of the attention that would bring to her and because the gift caused her grandmother to become self-centered.  However, Shilo wants to help people and after inadvertently healing 18 year old Misty's son, Tyler, she has to hide her ability and learn how to deal with it. Shilo deals with boyfriend problems and as her family helps Misty to escape her abusive boyfriend, they deal with other issues as well.  There are gang  problems, a mission trip, romance and supernatural healing in this Christian YA fantasy novel. 

Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery by Mary Amato

Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery
This is an excellent book!  Written in the form of a two act play, it begins with sixteen year old Lacy awakening, as it were, dead, in a the cemetery where Edgar Allen Poe is buried.  Prior to her arrival, the last resident arrived in 1913, so Lacy is seen as a "modern", by the other residents who include Sam, who died during the civil war, Poe's wife Virginia, two sisters who do needlework, and Sam's overly controlling mother, Mrs. Steele, who rules the cemetery and has the disorderly dead "suppressed".  Lacy doesn't know she is dead and doesn't remember dying.  Her last memory is of being on the way to participate in an open mic night to perform her poetry.  Throughout the story we get to know the various dead and they work through their troubles from the past, and present.  I would love to see this performed as a play!  I think it would be very entertaining.  It has humor and sadness and seems original and fun.

Friday, August 10, 2018

The Space Between by Dete Meserve

The Space Between
In this mystery/thriller, Sarah returns from a business trip to find her husband gone, the security camera footage erased and a gun in her nightstand drawer.  Her teenage son said that the last thing his father told him was to keep the doors locked and set the alarm.  As more details emerge, and Sarah has no idea if her husband is dead or alive, or guilty of a crime, Sarah recalls the good times in her marriage and becomes more and more determined that things are not what they seem.