June 5th, 2020

books

Book Reports (34-47) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

This is a long one -- sorry for the delay.

(R) *****
The Naturals series, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -- YA thriller with teen FBI consultants -- Cassie joins a small group (five total) of teen FBI consultants who each have 'natural' crime-fighting abilities, mostly because each has been through trauma involving serious criminals (especially serial killers) in the past.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376344414

***
The Game, by Linsey Miller -- YA mystery -- Lia wants to win 'The Game' that her high school puts on every year for the seniors, but when people begin dying for real, she ends up looking like the perpetrator and must figure out the true murderer to save herself and others.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376392707

(R) ****-
The Hero Agenda series, by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs -- YA superhero thriller -- Kenna hates that she's powerless in a world filled with heroes and villains, especially because her mom is one of the heroes' leading scientists; but when Kenna witnesses a break-in at their top-secret lab, she discovers a whole new side of the world ... and herself and her mom too.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376399647

(R) *****
When, by Victoria Laurie -- YA paranormal thriller -- Maddie can see death dates, and when a boy dies after she tells the boy's mom about his death date, Maddie's already complicated life becomes incredibly challenging and dangerous.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376430745

****+
Bred in the Bone, by Kendra Elliot -- adult mystery -- the 4th installment of the Widow's Island series and probably my favorite to date.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376441479

(R) ****+
The Testing trilogy, by Joelle Charbonneau -- YA dystopian -- Cia is chosen for The Testing, a process her world (earth many years in the future) uses to narrow down future leaders; however, after she receives this highest honor, she quickly learns that failure means death.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376452131

As you might guess, I've been using this past month (once my day job eased up) to re-read some favorites. Along with the above, I've also re-read 2 others (which I already reviewed recently -- within the last year -- so I won't do it again here).