Whew - I have had a busy day of blogging, but I'm finally caught up, and that feel good. Hope you find some books in all the reviews posted today that catch your fancy, as there are books from a wide variety of genres reviewed here.
Only the Good Spy Young is the latest in the Cammie Morgan Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. Love her! Love Ally Carter and love Cammie. Would also love to BE Cammie, also called the Chameleon because she's so good at blending in. It's not often that I love the fourth book in the series more than the others, I mean REALLY never happens, but in this case it did. Cammie just keeps getting smarter, ally Carter's writing just keeps getting better, and the tension just keeps mounting. Boys and girls will love this series because of the spy school angle. Highly recommended. Ally Carter's blog is also quite fun.
Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks is one of the best books I've read this year. It's seriously about a group of reformed vampires who've taken an oath not to fang people any more and live on guinea pig blood. Now one of their own has been killed, and the group that never has anything interesting happen to them - and forever can last a REALLY long time when things are that boring - has all kinds of action and suspense on their hands. A rollicking great mystery. Set in Australia.
Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick. An intense story of an 18 year old soldier who sustained a traumatic brain injury in Iraq. He's trying to figure out what happened to him, and it's a difficult journey. What he remembers doesn't jive with the story his friend in his unit that he was with just before the incident happened. Searingly powerful. Pair with Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers.
In a Heartbeat by Loretta Elsworth This is a book about a young woman who gets a heart transplant and then has a bit of a personality transplant as well. For example, she now loves purple lollipops when she never did before an she's drawn to ice skating. Her heart, it turns out, was that of a young figure skater who died in a skating accident. The story is told in alternating voices of the young skater (now dead and not happy about it) and the young recipient. It's well crafted and brings home the point of why organ donation is so important without being preachy. The story culminates in a meeting between the donor's family and the young woman who gets a new heart - and she's taken to the family's home by a new boyfriend. Lovers of Lurlene McDaniel especially will love this story.