The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth WareThe Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Published by Simon and Schuster on May 29th 2018
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers
Pages: 384
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads

There was a lock on the door. Two, in fact. They were long, thick bolts, top and bottom.
But they were on the outside.

 

This book was so creepy. In a great way. I’m really glad I finally broke down and read a Ruth Ware book.

One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone by Lisa JewellThen She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Published by Simon and Schuster on April 17th 2018
Genres: Mystery & Thriller
Pages: 368
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads

 

This was a fairly average experience for me. It’s a very quick read – I read it in a single day – and it goes down smoothly and easily, but it is so easy to predict everything that will happen. I was always several chapters ahead of the characters and it sapped a lot of tension out of the story.

One StarOne StarOne Star

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

The Mars Room by Rachel KushnerThe Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
Published by Simon and Schuster on May 1st 2018
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Pages: 352
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads

 

It’s taken me a long time to admit that I just didn’t like The Mars Room very much. Even as I was struggling to keep my eyes on the page, keep reading, and not get distracted by that piece of fluff on the floor, I was doing my best to write a positive review in my head.

One StarOne StarHalf a Star

Draw the Line by Laurent Linn

Draw the Line by Laurent LinnDraw the Line by Laurent Linn
Published by Simon and Schuster on May 17th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, LGBT
Pages: 528
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads

After a hate crime occurs in his small Texas town, Adrian Piper must discover his own power, decide how to use it, and know where to draw the line in this stunning debut novel exquisitely illustrated by the author.
Adrian Piper is used to blending into the background. He may be a talented artist, a sci-fi geek, and gay, but at his Texas high school those traits would only bring him the worst kind of attention.
In fact, the only place he feels free to express himself is at his drawing table, crafting a secret world through his own Renaissance-art-inspired superhero, Graphite.
But in real life, when a shocking hate crime flips his world upside down, Adrian must decide what kind of person he wants to be. Maybe it’s time to not be so invisible after all—no matter how dangerous the risk.

Unlike Michelangelo, I may not have church ceilings and museum walls to hang art on, to show what I need the world to see. But I do have lockers.
And I have the Internet.

Draw the Line is my definition of great Contemporary YA: a serious look at hard-hitting social issues, with a warm fuzzy tingle of hope to wrap it up.

One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

We Are the Ants by Shaun David HutchinsonWe Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Published by Simon and Schuster on January 19th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads

Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button.
Only he isn’t sure he wants to.
After all, life hasn’t been great for Henry. His mom is a struggling waitress held together by a thin layer of cigarette smoke. His brother is a jobless dropout who just knocked someone up. His grandmother is slowly losing herself to Alzheimer’s. And Henry is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriend’s suicide last year.
Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him.
But Henry is a scientist first, and facing the question thoroughly and logically, he begins to look for pros and cons: in the bully who is his perpetual one-night stand, in the best friend who betrayed him, in the brilliant and mysterious boy who walked into the wrong class. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry is left with the ultimate choice: push the button and save the planet and everyone on it…or let the world—and his pain—be destroyed forever.

Your entire sense of self-worth is predicated upon your belief that you matter, that you matter to the universe.
But you don’t.
Because we are the ants.

One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy

The Creeping by Alexandra SirowyThe Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
Published by Simon and Schuster on August 18th 2015
Genres: Horror, Mystery & Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads

Romance, friendship, and dark, bone-chilling fear fill the pages of this summertime thriller in the spirit of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.
Now Stella is seventeen, and she’s over it. She’s the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it’s her small town’s ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She’s got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her.
Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.
And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.

One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star