Sterling Young’s Delayed Reckoning is a book quite different from the run-of-the-mill mystery/crime novel.
The synopsis for the book reads:
"Jack Estep’s charred, paralyzed body lay in the briars. His secret lab had been discovered. Death was imminent.
Sheriff Bill Wilson pondered the situation. Nicholas County, Ky., was suddenly a hotbed of crime. Was Tom Padgett a vigilante? Wilson was the law around here, if there was a vigilante, it would be him.
Tom Padgett’s life has been up-ended. Divorced after 25 years, he lost half his pension to his ex-wife and was forced into early retirement from the police force. Tom and his dog, Bella, now share a remote, run-down trailer. Adding to his woes, Sheriff Wilson seems to have it in for him.
Since the meth lab explosion near Padgett’s trailer, numerous crimes have occurred. Will Wilson finally implicate Padgett, or will Padgett slip Wilson’s net?"
When I first picked up the book, I had a difficult time deciphering through the chapters. They're simple and shorter than the average mystery novel chapters, but they tend to jump around a lot between multiple character points of view.
Right after the introduction of Jack Estep in the first chapter, the story jumps into Tom Padgett, a bitter police officer's story.
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Julia Karr is back with her second installment in the XVI series, Truth.
The goodreads synopsis reads: "Nina Oberon's life has changed enormously in the last few months. When her mother was killed, Nina discovered the truth about her father, the leader of the Resistance. And now she sports the same Governing Council ordered tattoo of XVI on her wrist that all 16-year-old girls have. The one that announces to the world that she is easy prey to predators. But Nina won't be anyone's stereotype. And when she joins an organization of girls working within the Resistance, she knows that they can put an end to one of the most terrifying secret programs the GC has ever conceived. Because the truth always comes out . . . and the consequences can be deadly."
In this book, Nina Oberon has received her government mandated XVI tattoo, which all girls must get when they turn 16. The tattoo tells the world she is of age and easy prey, but Nina refuses to allow herself to become prey.
In the last book, Nina learned the secrets of her father, who heads the resistance movement and what her mother was really doing with her terrible boyfriend. Now, she is doing her own resisting by joining up with a group of girls from her school; all from different tiers and all against the government regulations. But, an accident during the execution of a simple plan will change Nina's life forever.
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If you're tired of romance, dystopia and supernatural creatures, pick up a copy of James Patterson's Confessions of a Murder Suspect.
Patterson, who has been compared to a watered down Stephen King, has taken a break from his Alex Cross death threats and written a story to appeal to slightly younger readers.
The Good reads synopsis of Confessions of a Murder Suspect reads: On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, Tandy Angel knows just three things: 1) She was the last person to see her parents alive. 2) The police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings. 3) She can't trust anyone—maybe not even herself. Having grown up under Malcolm and Maud's intense perfectionist demands, no child comes away undamaged. Tandy decides that she will have to clear the family name, but digging deeper into her powerful parents' affairs is a dangerous-and revealing-game. Who knows what the Angels are truly capable of?
The story follows the first person view of Tandy Angel, who wakes in the middle of the night to the police pounding on the front door of their penthouse apartment. Upon meeting the police, Tandy realizes her parents have been murdered.
The catch? The door was locked and no one else had entered or left the apartment; meaning it has to be one of them.
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In 95 days, Lena will be 18 and safe from the disease. She will have the procedure to eradicate amor deliria nervosa, or love, from her brain and she can't wait. It's the same disease Lena's mother succumbed to before taking her own life, leaving Lena an orphan who's life has been filled with careful whispers about her family's shameful past.
But everything changes for Lena when she meets Alex, a boy who encourages Lena to open her mind. A boy who infects Lena with the disease. Now, she would rather live out her life infected than undergo the procedure.
Lauren Oliver, bestselling author of “Before I Fall” has crafted a beautifully written story about a world where the government chooses everything for it's citizens, including education, profession, marriage and children. The streets are constantly patrolled by regulators who look for signs of the disease, which include hugging, too much kissing, or even dancing. Showing too much concern for a child when they are hurt can even warrant a visit from regulators.
I was hooked on this book as soon as I read the synopsis. I couldn't believe someone had written a book about eradicating love from the brain. It was a plot I had not seen before. My curiosity peaked. How was this procedure done? Why was it being done? I took the book home with me and read it in two days. Then I re-read it numerous times.
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There are some YA novels that seem to cross the line from acceptable to "do I want my child reading that?" Julia Karr's XVI would be one of those books.
The synopsis of the book reads: Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world -- even the most predatory of men -- that she is ready for sex.
Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past -- one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.
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There are few books I can say I have read multiple times, but A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray is one of them. The book is the first in the Gemma Doyle trilogy.
The synopsis on the back of this book reads: “It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?”
At the beginning of the book, Gemma is a spoiled 16-year-old, who spends her entire birthday complaining because she is in India, instead of dancing at balls in London, like most girls her age. But, when she witnesses the death of her mother and is forced to go to a finishing school in London, her personality changes. She no longer wants to be in London, but back in India, with her ill father and obnoxious older brother, Tom.
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Our beloved Rose and Noah are back in Belonging, the second installment of the Temptation trilogy by Karen Ann Hopkins.
The synopsis of this book reads: I left everything I knew behind. But it was worth it. He was worth it. No one thought an ordinary girl like me would last two minutes living with the Amish, not even me. There are a lot more rules and a lot less freedom, and I miss my family and the life I once had. Worst of all, Noah and I aren't even allowed to see each other. Not until I've proven myself. If I can find a way to make it work, we'll be Noah and Rose together forever. But not everybody believes this is where I belong.
Rose has left her home to reside in the Amish community, in order to prove herself and be with Noah. But, becoming Amish is a lot harder than Rose has ever imagined. And, to make things even worse, she is not even allowed to touch Noah, or exhibit any feelings publicly.
Rose is determined to make things work, but she struggles with the day to day life of an Amish girl. Small mistakes she made back home result in shunning or harder labor in this new community. Rose isn't sure if she will make it long enough to prove she can belong.
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If you are looking for a young adult romance novel without all of the supernatural or cosmic aspects, look no further than Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins.
The synopsis of the book reads, "Your heart misleads you. That's what my friends and family say. But I love Noah. And he loves me. We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each others arms. It should be Rose and Noah forever, easy. But it won't be. Because he's Amish and I'm not."
I have never been much of a romantic when it came to books. However, the Amish/non-Amish romance caught my attention, because it was different.
The story begins with young Rose, who has just moved to Meadowview from the big city. She is upset to have left her friends and school to move to such a rural area, until she meets an Amish boy named Noah. Both understand their romance is against Noah's ways, but they refuse to stop seeing one another. However, their sneaking around could come at a very high cost when an incident threatens to separate the two forever.
The book is written for young readers and immediately sucks you into the story line. The teenage romance is believable. Hopkins takes some time to build the relationship, instead of jumping into it as other YA romance novels tend to do.
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Christy Howell is the author of the Eloquentia series