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Reading Roundup: January 2018

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

I read a couple new books and reread a couple old ones this month. Here are my favourites.
I reread The Summer The World Ended, by Matthew S. Cox. I liked the book because, despite its serious nature, it's still kind of funny: the main character, 14-year-old Riley, has to deal with her dad shoving condoms in her coat pocket when she's not looking and then the condoms falling out at the worst possible time and embarrassing her. Riley has to move cross country to live with her estranged dad after her mom dies suddenly, and bombs fall unexpectedly soon after Riley moves in with him. Also, there's a bit of mental illness; I'm not going to say more than that, because it would spoil the ending. New, $5.99
I read The Crown of Zeus by Christine Norris. This is the first book of hers I've read, but we follow each other on Twitter and Instagram, and we're friends on Facebook. I figured I'd give one of her books a shot, since we're both Potterheads and this one seemed a bit Harry Potter-ish. The main character, 13-year-old Megan, moves to England and starts a posh private school. Like Hogwarts, Megan's new school has houses; she ends up in Whitmore. Within a week of being at her new school, she makes some new friends and invites them over for a sleepover, where they discover a diary and strange stuff owned by the mansion's first owner, Sir Gregory. The Greek-mythology-inspired theme was especially cool, as was the overall bookishness. New, $5.95

I just finished reading Stolen Away by Kristin Dearborn this afternoon. Trisha's a single mom doing her best to take care of her kids. One day, she discovers 2-month-old Brayden missing, and his 4-year-old sister, Kourtney, says a monster took him when she's asked what she saw. Now, Trisha has to face the fact that Brayden's father is a demon not interested in sharing custody. It was a surreal, crazy story, and I didn't really have a lot in common with Trisha, but that's why I liked her- I guess all the crap about opposites attracting is true, after all. New, $14.95

 

Melissa lives in Baltimore with her cats, Stan Lee and Spencer. She likes fantasy, pet-themed books, and historical fiction, especially World War 2-era and Revolutionary War-era fiction. When she's not reading, she likes playing canasta and hanging out with her cats.

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