Saturday, July 23, 2011

Great recent reads

As you can see by the photos I've been posting, I've had a busy summer. But now that I'm home, I'm back to reading every spare moment. Here's a quick review of some great books:

DEAD RULES by Randy Russell

LOVE this book!Complex characters where no one is as they first seem. And loved the crazy humour - real left-field things that had me laughing out loud. Kept me surprised, entertained and frustrated throughout. 

Possession by Elana Johnson

Very creative! A whole new world for the reader to enjoy. Action junkies take note. And features a hard-core female mc.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
A wild, wild ride! Brilliant. Every page had tension. AMAZING READ!

BLOOD MAGIC by Tessa Gratton
Loved the romance bits of this story. Such great characters! Mystery, romance, magic and suspense all wrapped together. Creepy and addictive. I read this a while ago, but it has stuck in my head. A good sign!

Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. by Medeia Sherif

Great characters here. Especially Grandpa! I love to read books where I learn something new, and I must confess to not really knowing what Ramadan was. Funny and touching and brought me back to highschool and all the drama and problems of those tender years. Medeia is a contemporary Judy Blume!

Merle's Door: lessons from a free-thinking dog by Ted Kerasote (non-fiction)

Okay, as far as dog books go - this is a MUST READ! I feel changed.

Black Star Bright Dawn. by Scott O'Dell

Scott O'Dell. Need I say more? Great stuff here, of course. I bow down.

Watch for my next ELEVENSIES giveaway this fall where some of these books and more will be up for grabs.
What great books have you read recently?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I still have your book waiting in the wings to read!

Anonymous said...

Thank you!! Will grow my to read list...!

Jemi Fraser said...

I've read a couple of these and Divergent & The Bestest Ramadan are on my wishlist! So many great books!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I loved Possession, Divergent & Blood Magic too. I met Tessa on Monday at hers and Maggie Stiefvater's book signing and will be interviewing her at the end of August.

Dawn Simon said...

Ooh, great books! I finally read THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH and loved it!!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I need another doggie book to read!

JRo - Jaye Robin Brown said...

Definitely going to check out that dog book!

Anita said...

Wow! I'll say you've been reading! Right now I'm in the middle of TEH STORY OF BEAUTIFUL GIRL. The premise really grabbed me and the writing is solid.

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

I don't believe there is another soul on earth who reads more books than you annually, Terry. I'm always glad when you share your reviews with us.

Jess said...

Love your list! I need to read a good non-fiction dog book, so thanks for the recommendation. They always leave me feeling full of warmth.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Great reviews, Terry! I'm reading Medeia's book right now and am loving it. :)

Michelle Fayard said...

With Possession and Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. on my list of reads, I was delighted to see your reviews, Terry Lynn. And who can forget Scott O'Dell after once reading Island of the Blue Dolphins?

I've left a response to your comment on Bird's-eye View,

And I'm delighted to be a new follower!

DEZMOND said...

DIVERGENT has been sold for a film adaptation so you can expect a movie in the future :)
And we love Medeia and so we love her book too! :)

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm reading Bestest Ramadan Ever by Medeia Sharif and My Beginning by Melissa Kline and Nighshade City by Hilary Wagner right now.

I loved Divergent.

Blood Magic is on my book pile and Dead Rules is on my to-buy list.