Friday, October 14, 2011

Recap: October 11-14

Happy Columbus Day Week! Here are your twitter recommendations:

IF I DIE by Rachel Vincent

The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee's no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee—she screams when someone dies. 

But the next scream might be for Kaylee. 

Yeah—it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend's needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren't quite human, either. 

But Kaylee's borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life. 


Review:  The most adrenaline-rushing, heart pounding, holy-Tod-what's-going-to-happen-next? book in the series. 

I highly recommend IF I DIE by Rachel Vincent to fans of fantasy and/or romance (you don't need to be fans of both). 


Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives. 

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

Review:  A standout book with a very unique voice and style.

I recommend THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO by Patrick Ness to fans of fantasy/sci-fi.


The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic. 

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

Review:  Pure genius. 

I highly recommend TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee to everyone. Seriously, everyone. It's incredible.


Ginny Blackstone thought that the biggest adventure of her life was behind her. She spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt Peg laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny's backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how it was supposed to end.

Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he's found her bag. Finally, Ginny can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a new adventure—one filled with old friends, new loves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ginny finds she must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.

Review:  Quirky and insightful. A lovely heartfelt read.

I recommend THE LAST LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPE by Maureen Johnson to anyone looking for an enjoyable with insightful narration.

*Summaries provided by GoodReads.


  1. Ooh, I want to read "If I Die". I've already got that on my TBR list - it sounds so good! I've never read "To Kill a Mockingbird", but I think I should. I've heard so many good things about this classic story.

  2. *gasp* Yes! You have to read To Kill a Mockingbird. :D

    You should read If I Die too. It's really good.