Even though NaNo is in full swing (I'm currently at 15,542 words!), I'm still reading lots of new books, so let's throw in some reviews!
The Heart of Christmas by Mary Balogh, et al.
This is actually three novellas in one, led off by the Regency master Mary Balogh. I wanted to read this Regency for inspiration before I began my own Regency novel for NaNo! All three of these stories center around the Christmas holidays in Regency times, with dashing lords and strong ladies - well written, entertaining, and easy to read. I love well written, non-simpering, woe-is-me holiday books! :-)
You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs
This, of course, is a very different holiday book. ;-) Comprises of stories from the always popular Burroughs, some are hilarious and horrifying, and some are truly touching - I especially liked the last two stories in the book. Burroughs isn't for everyone, but I enjoy his writing!
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
This is the final volume in the "Mortal Instruments" trilogy, written for YAs, and packs a lot of action, drama and a satisfying finale into its pages. I thought this was an excellent trilogy for teens - well written, imaginative, sexy, and with great characters. I loved it!
Front and Center by Catherine Murdock
This is also a final volume of a teen series - the final chapter in the story of D.J. "Dairy Queen" Schwenk, the Wisconsin farm girl who plays football, plays basketball, and is struggling with her family, her college decisions and her relationship with Brian, the cross town rival's quarterback. I'm so glad to have closure on D.J.'s story, and thought it was a great ending to a unique protagonist. Everyone I know who has read these YA books has absolutely loved them - teens and adults alike!
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