It's time for another lightning round of book reviews! Look alive, people!
Instant Temptation by Jill Shalvis
This is book three in the "Instant" series (dammit, I missed #2), and it was just as fun as the first one. Three cute brothers, an outdoorsy mountaineering business, and the women who make them crazy. I really like Shalvis' writing, which is easy and breezy!
The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken
This is actually the 50th anniversary edition, and I read an advanced copy I picked up at ALA. This is just written in such a fun, conversational, no holds barred way, and I just loved it. :-) Filled with lots of easy "go to" recipes for those who don't frequent the kitchen as much as others. Great read!
Heist Society by Ally Carter
I actually listened to this young adult novel, which features Kat, daughter of art thieves, who has just been thrown out of private school when she finds out her father's life is in danger for a crime he didn't commit (and no, he can't call the A-Team). Kat decides to steal - and needs a crime syndicate of teens to help her. This was a great read, but I would have enjoyed it a lot more had I not listened to this rather lackluster audio edition featuring Angela Dawe.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Jay Asher blurbed it, so I'm going to read it. Sam Kingston is popular, pretty and not particularly nice - but you will get into her very psyche as she relives the day she dies - over and over and over again - until everything fits into place the way it should. I loved seeing her grow as a character, the resolution of her romances, and though you know how it will end, you are devastated anyway. This is a FANTASTIC young adult read!
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
I really didn't know how Collins was going to follow the outstanding Hunger Games, but she found a way to recapture that magic in a bottle and put it on the page. Another heartbreaking, breaktaking scenario, another glimpse into the not always likable Katniss Everdeen's head, and another chance for teens to decide it they are Team Peeta or Team Gale (for the record, I'm Team Peeta). Middle novels often disappoint - this one didn't.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
And of course I had to read the final book in the trilogy straightaway! Mostly, I'm mad at Suzanne Collins for a variety of deaths and destructions that happen in this novel, but once again, Katniss Everdeen is front and center in all her depression, glory, and anger. The romance resolves, the Capitol and the Districts resolve, but I wonder that Katniss will ever be resolved. A solid finale to the trilogy - though in all honesty, I think the first book was my favorite.
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