Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Books Recently Read

Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends ForeverFreckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever by Julianne Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a sweet children's book about resisting peer pressure, accepting people’s differences, and having true friendships. The illustrations are delightful.

Defying ReasonDefying Reason by Elizabeth Seckman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this series. This book takes us through a relationship between Jo and Tanner, who seem opposite in every way. They also both have baggage in the matter of exes, as well as some kooky family stuff going on. The pacing is just right, and the dialogue and ongoing conflicts make this a fast-moving summertime romance. More Coulter romances, please.

How Andrew Got His SpotsHow Andrew Got His Spots by Louise Lintvelt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Andrew is a giraffe without any spots. This is upsetting, because he wants them badly. He asks the owl, ladybug, and leopard how they got their spots--they have interesting and unusual stories about how theirs popped up. Andrew just has to be patient, because spots will erupt on his fur shortly. This is a charming story with lovely illustrations.

Of Mist and Magic: Really Slow MotionOf Mist and Magic: Really Slow Motion by Amy Willoughby Burle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This anthology is an enchanting collection featuring re-imagined fairytales and all sorts of fantastical creatures. As with any collection, I had my favorites as well as some stories I felt lukewarm about, but overall this is a worthwhile read. I’m glad I had a chance to borrow and read it through Amazon Prime.

My Mom is an AlienMy Mom is an Alien by Susan Oloier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This middle grade book follows Zac and Carl, who have strange things happening around them, all of which are questionable at first until the facts become stronger. Did a UFO really land? Why are there strange feline creatures around them? What is the green monster with talons that seems to be after them? One of their friends disappears, but to where? This was both a fun and spooky tale. It’s a fast read with a tight plot and good pacing.

UntetheredUntethered by Jax Spenser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Keegan and his father are on the road headed to Arizona when they pick up a strange hitchhiker named John Bruce. Along with the creepiness of this man, Keegan has to contend with horrendous memories of an abusive mother. The tale was eerie, haunting, and bizarre as the three made stops and the creepiness factor intensified. I wanted to read more, but this was part 1 of a serialized YA novel. Because of the length, it ended all too fast. I will have to pick up the rest of the series to find out what happens next.