* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- definitely will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite.
The Body Finder, by Kimberly Derting ***** This was a great romantic suspense (for me). Even though I suspected some of the resolution, the tension was fantastic, and the romance was even better! I rarely find YA romantic suspense that I like, but this totally fit the bill for me :D The story: Violet senses dead bodies if they've died a violent death. This isn't a problem until girls start disappearing in Violet's hometown. At the same time, Violet's feelings for her long-time best friend Jay are changing, and she wonders if their friendship will survive. (YA romantic suspense)
Jekel Loves Hyde, by Beth Fantaskey ***+ This is more of a horror story than I first realized (um, yeah, I probably should've gotten that from the title) -- and horror isn't really my thing. I feel very unqualified to even read it because I don't ever read it so I don't know what makes one horror story better than another. However, I will say that there were elements of psychological suspense/horror that I found very intriguing in this. The story: Jill Jekel and Tristan Hyde decide to work together on a science project which will recreate the experiments done in the classic tale of Jekyll and Hyde -- but neither has any idea of the repercussions on both their lives. (YA horror mystery, just released)
Zen & Xander Undone, by Amy Kathleen Ryan ***** I loved this too! I'm not surprised, because I really connected with Ryan's voice in her first book, Vibes. This one is just as good. I love the relationship between the sisters, I love how they realistically deal with their grief, I love the romance -- it's all so well done! The story: Zen and Xander lost their mom to cancer months before, and both are trying to find out how to live again without her in their lives. Although a sad subject, there's much hope throughout. (YA contemporary, just released)