Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – Lazlo Strange has dreamed of the lost city for his entire life. When the name of the city is ripped from the world (and Lazlo’s mind), he becomes obsessed. Then, travelers from the forgotten city come looking for help… and Lazlo is chosen. This story starts off slow, but, wow, what an amazing story it becomes. This was a five-star read for me and my favorite of the year, so far.
A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis – Grace Mae is unjustly sent to a mental asylum in 1890. When a visiting doctor sees something special in Grace, he recruits her into helping him investigate criminals and the psychology behind them. This book starts off unbelievably dark, but finds a small ray of hope to shine a light on the power of friendship and illuminate the mind of a killer. This is a great read… once you plow past the horror and sadness of the beginning chapters.
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis –Three years after Alex Craft’s sister was murdered, someone tortured and killed her accused attacker. Who did it? Can vengeance and vigilantism be justified? How does the horror of a close family member being murdered change the psyches of surviving relatives? Can love forgive past horrible acts? McGinnis writes a great dark tale and The Female of the Species is another amazing example. This book will keep you thinking well after you have finished reading it. Highly recommended read. (see John and Meredith's crosstalk on this book here)
When by Victoria Laurie - Maddie knows when people are going to die because she sees death dates on the forehead of everyone she meets... and she will tell you When… for a price. Would you want to know? When is a very entertaining, suspenseful, and well written story about growing up, bullying, high school, a serial killer, and Maddie’s strange ability. Very enjoyable read. Highly recommended.
Missing by Kelley Armstrong - Winter Crane is looking forward to graduating and leaving her podunk little hometown… and not coming back. When she finds Lennon, battered and half-dead, in the forest, Winter begins to wonder about all the other kids who have left and have never been heard from again. Did they really leave or is there something more sinister going on? Then Lennon disappears again… Missing is an engaging, character driven, exciting thriller. Author Kelly Armstrong is moving from writing paranormal romance to thrillers and Missing is a good example of how a good writer is just a plain good writer no matter the genre.