“Confessions of a Murder Suspect” by James Patterson

Description from Goodreads.com

“James Patterson returns to the genre that made him famous with a thrilling teen detective series about the mysterious and magnificently wealthy Angel family… and the dark secrets they’re keeping from one another.

On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, Tandy Angel knows just three things: She was the last person to see her parents alive. The police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings. She can’t trust anyone -— maybe not even herself.

Having grown up under Malcolm and Maud’s intense perfectionist demands, no child comes away undamaged. Tandy decides that she will have to clear the family name, but digging deeper into her powerful parents’ affairs is a dangerous — and revealing — game. Who knows what the Angels are truly capable of?”

 

I would have to say my favorite genre of books is Young Adult fiction.  I find that these books are often well written and they move along quickly.  I always like a book that leaves you wanting more at the end of each chapter.  Most of the Young Adult fiction books that I read leave you hanging in suspense at the end of each chapter and make you want to push forward.  They are not overly descriptive which lets me create my own images and I can read them at a decent pace (I tend to be a slow reader).  I also like reading books that I can recommend to my children and help to encourage them to read more.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect, was definitely a quick read.  Each chapter is very short and ends with a lead into the next chapter.  It follows a teen girl, Tandy, whose parents have been found dead in the apartment and she and her brothers are suspects.  Tandy works on solving the case and learns a great deal about her parents in the process.  James Patterson does a great job portraying the characters and leaving the reader in suspense until the very end.  Just when you think you know who did it, you have no clue.  I like to try to solve the mysteries as I am reading (I am usually wrong).  This book definitely left me for a loop.

I would recommend this book to teens and adults that enjoy murder mysteries.  It is a suspenseful thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat.  James Patterson manages to put in a great deal of twists and turns leading up to an unsuspecting truth.

“The 13th Reality” by James Dashner 

I love to read.  Young adult fiction is probably my favorite genre, and I enjoyed youth fiction as well.  I recently read “The 13th Reality” by James Dashner.  It is for young readers (tweens), and I really enjoyed this book.

The book follows a young boy named Tick, who is invited to become part of a group working to save the world (or better put, the realities).  Before Tick can join, however, he has to solve several riddles that are sent by letters.  You can read a full description on Goodreads.

This is the first book in a series, and I have also read the second book.  I am on the wait list for the 3rd book at my library.

To me, a good book is one that I have a hard time putting down.  I want to keep reading and find out more.   Each chapter of this book left me wanting to find out what was next.  This book is a great introduction to an adventurous series.  I definitely recommend it to middle school kids, teens, and adults.

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Book Review: “Good In Bed” by Jennifer Weiner

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Book Description via Good Reads:  For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She’s even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body.

But the day she opens up a national women’s magazine and sees the words “Loving a Larger Woman” above her ex-boyfriend’s byline, Cannie is plunged into misery…and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become.

My Thoughts:

I have recently taken to listening to audio books.  It isn’t because I don’t want to read, it’s because I want to read too many books.  My Good Reads list is crazy full of all the books I want to read, and I don’t always have time to read.  So, I listen to audio books on my way to work.  I can borrow them through the digital media at my library and it is really easy.  I also read books at home, listen to audio books with the kids when we are in the car, and read books to the kids at home.  I am currently reading/listening to five different books; an audio book for me, one for the kids, reading a book at home, one at work, and one to the kids.  As you can see, I am a little book crazy.

I listened to Good In Bed in the car on my way to work or while I was running errands without the kids.  I really enjoyed the story.  Do not be fooled by the title.  It is not, as my husband put it, a “bodice ripper”.  Basically it is about a woman and some trials she faces.  Ok, I know that was not very detailed, but I think the above summary takes care of the description.

The author does a really good job of creating the main character.  Throughout the story there were times that I could relate to the character, times when I felt she should chill, and times when I could understand her pain.  The book is funny, (especially when she’s with her weight group), frustrating, sad,and heart warming.  I recommend this book to people who enjoy books that show characters overcoming struggles.

I really recommend trying audio books,  if you haven’t already.  But make sure you don’t get too engrossed while driving. 😉