Trust Me, I’m Lying

Trust me, it’sTrust Me, I'm Lying good. I adored Julep’s voice. She was snarky, sarcastic, and witty. The story had its “grin-worthy” moments and its “try-not-to-laugh-too-loud-because-you’re-at-the-gym-and-you’re-not-supposed-to-be-laughing-while-working-out” moments. Julep is just the kind of girl you’d never think would be a con artist.

If you need more convincing just take a look at the cover. She’s wearing a necklace with a gun pendant. A gun. It pretty much has to be good with that kind of foreshadowing. And just in case Mary Elizabeth Summer reads this — I’m pretty sure you and I would be best friends.

Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer:

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

Red Queen

I devoured this book. Mare is the kind of girl you want to be your best friend. Combine that with smokin’ hot (literally) guys and it’s no wonder it’s a bestseller. Red Queen

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: 

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

The Winner’s Curse

I bought this on Saturday and finished it on Sunday. It was so good!The Winner's Curse

Kestrel and Arin’s story was one of the more unique love stories I’ve read. I loved their chemistry and the fact that they didn’t get along at first. I couldn’t predict what would happen.

One of my favorite things that Rutkoski did was weave in the different points of view. While I felt that Arin’s cause was just, I too felt for Kestrel and her point of view. I can’t say too much without giving everything away, but the ending was wonderfully thought out. I couldn’t have thought of a better way for it to end.

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski:

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

I can’t wait to read the next one! And that cover…I mean…really! Just please judge this book by it’s cover.

–Jessie

The False Prince

The False PrinceI finished this book this week and it was by far one of the best books I’ve read in a LONG time! I was completely sucked in and I’ve already finished the second book.

Jennifer A. Nielsen crafts an incredible world full of in-depth characters that you love to love — and love to hate.

Sage is officially one of my new favorite characters. I was behind him every step of the way. I loved his defiant and arrogant nature. It reminded me so much of the Alex Rider series. I’ve been waiting a long time to find another series that fills the Rider void in my life.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen:

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

You just have to read it. It’s one of the greats.

–Jessie

Six Swoon-Worthy Summer Reads

If you’re looking at this post hoping to get some good ideas of books to help stimulate your mind while you’re off school for the summer – look somewhere else.

I’ve compiled a list of what are my type of “Beach Reads.” They’re the kind of books you don’t have to think about. The kind of books that are fun and light and perfect for vacations. I’m not saying they’re bad – they’re not – I’m just saying that you don’t have to think. You can take it to the beach, read for a while and get lost in the story while soaking up the sun. You don’t have to worry about whether or not the heroine finds out who the murderer is or if that guy is actually a serial killer disguised as a CIA agent. They’re not Stieg Larsson or Dan Brown.

Sometimes, all you really need is a good relaxing read. And just a little romance to keep things interesting.

  1. The Boys Next Door: Jennifer Echols

TheBoysNextDoor–Jessie’s Thoughts: Cheesy? Yes. Great make-out scenes? Yes.–

Goodreads Description:
Lori lives for summertime on the lake. She spends all season wakeboarding, swimming, and hanging with her friends—including the two hotties in the house next door. With the Vader brothers, Lori’s always been one of the guys. 

But while Lori and the “baby” brother, Adam, are inseparable friends, she can’t deny a secret crush on Sean, the older Vader boy. This year Sean’s been paying Lori a lot of attention, and not in a brotherly way.

But just as Lori decides to prove to Sean she’s girlfriend material, she realizes that her role as girlfriend to Adam may be even more important. And by trying so hard for the perfect summer romance, she could be going way overboard….

  1. Shadowland (The Mediator #1): Meg Cabot

–Jessie’s Thoughts: This is one of my favorite series by Meg Cabot. I can’t even count how many times I’ve read it.–

Goodreads Description:
Suze is a mediator — a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won’t leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn’t seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.

But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it’s not that easy. There’s a ghost with revenge on her mind … and Suze happens to be in the way.

  1. Ghost of a Chance: Laura Peyton Roberts

–Jessie’s Thoughts: Similar to The Mediator series. A fun and light read.–

Goodreads Description:
Melissa Soul is looking forward to a long California summer—one sunny enough to make her forget her parents’ impending divorce and the ugly “For Sale” sign in her yard. Her goals are pretty basic: 1) avoid babysitting her annoying little brother, 2) hang out with her best friend, Chloe, and 3) manage to exchange a few intelligent words with Chloe’s gorgeous brother, Chaz.

But all that changes fast when Melissa meets the new “man” in Chloe’s life. Magnetic, mysterious, and eternally 18, James haunts Chloe’s 1920s mansion—and Melissa’s dreams. Melissa falls for him so hard that soon she forgets everything else, including the heartbreaking possibility that he might be in love with her best friend. 

If two souls are meant for each other, can death—or even Chloe—keep them apart? 

  1. Lucky T: Kate Brian

–Jessie’s Thoughts: Girl goes to India and learns great life lessons. Premise is a little weird, but it’s good, I promise.–

Goodreads Description:
Carrie Fitzgerald is the luckiest girl: She is the only sophomore on the varsity basketball team, she always had the lead in the school play, and she has the cutest boyfriend in school. Carrie Fitzgerald is also the most superstitious girl: She attributes all of her good luck to a Moroccan T-shirt that her father sent her from one of his distant jaunts around the world. When her mother accidentally donates Carrie’s lucky T to Help India and her good luck starts running out, Carrie does what any logical girl would do — she travels halfway around the world to get it back. But as she scours a foreign land for her luck, she finds a lot more than she ever expected. She’s going to need more than luck to find her way back home again.

  1. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You: Ally Carter

–Jessie’s Thoughts: The first few books in the Gallagher Girls series are basically just fun to read. The next few draw you in and you’re so involved that you can’t wait for the final book.–

Goodreads Description:
Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her? 

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.

  1. Peaches: Jodi Lynn Anderson 

–Jessie’s Thoughts: I love the descriptions in this book. I could feel the heat and the peach fuzz sticking to my fingers.–

Goodreads Description:
In a Ya-Ya Sisterhood for teens, Peaches combines three unforgettable heroines who have nothing in common but the troubles that have gotten them sentenced to a summer of peach picking at a Georgia orchard.

Leeda is a debutante dating wrong-side-of-the-tracks Rex.

Murphy, the wildest girl in Bridgewater, likes whichever side Rex is on.

Birdie is a dreamer whose passion for Girl Scout cookies is matched only by her love for a boy named Enrico.

When their worlds collide, The Breakfast Club meets The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in an entirely original and provocative story with a lush, captivating setting.

 

Happy reading!

–Jessie

Non-Girly Books Everyone Will Enjoy

Sometimes in life you need a break from romance. Not all the time, mind you, just sometimes — like when your love life heads south for the summer. That’s where this list comes in. I love all kinds of books (yes, especially YA romance), but I really enjoy these action/adventure books. Whenever someone (usually a guy) needs a recommendation for a good YA novel I recommend one of these:

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider #1) by Anthony Horowitz

–Jessie’s Thoughts: If Alex was 24 instead of 14, I would date him. I love the entire series sooo much! I seriously cannot recommend the series enough. They get even better as you go!–

Goodreads Description:
They told him his uncle died in an accident. He wasn’t wearing his seatbelt, they said. But when fourteen-year-old Alex finds his uncle’s windshield riddled with bullet holes, he knows it was no accident. What he doesn’t know yet is that his uncle was killed while on a top-secret mission. But he is about to, and once he does, there is no turning back. Finding himself in the middle of terrorists, Alex must outsmart the people who want him dead. The government has given him the technology, but only he can provide the courage. Should he fail, every child in England will be murdered in cold blood. 

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

The Warrior Heir–Jessie’s Thoughts: The original Hunger Games.–

Goodreads Description:
Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great – until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.

Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game – a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.

As if his bizarre heritage isn’t enough, Jack finds out that he’s not just another member of Weirlind – he’s one of the last of the warriors – at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.

The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer

–Jessie’s Thoughts: I really wish this book had a sequel.–

Goodreads Description:
In the future, in a place called Satelite City, fourteen-year-old Cosmo Hill enters the world, unwanted by his parents. He’s sent to the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys, Freight class. At Clarissa Frayne, the boys are put to work by the state, testing highly dangerous products. At the end of most days, they are covered with burns, bruises, and sores. Cosmo realizes that if he doesn’t escape, he will die at this so-called orphanage. When the moment finally comes, Cosmo seizes his chance and breaks out with the help of the Supernaturalists, a motley crew of kids who all have the same special ability as Cosmo-they can see supernatural Parasites, creatures that feed on the life force of humans. The Supernaturalists patrol the city at night, hunting the Parasites in hopes of saving what’s left of humanity in Satellite City. Or so they think. The Supernaturalist soon find themselves caught in a web far more complicated than they’d imagined, when they discover a horrifying secret that will force them to question everything they believe in. 

Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman

–Jessie’s Thoughts: It kept me laughing out loud, although not entirely romance free.–

Goodreads Description:
Vince Luca is just like any other high school guy. His best friend, Alex, is trying to score vicariously through him; his brother is a giant pain; and his father keeps bugging him to get motivated. There is just one thing that really sets him apart for other kids? His father happens to be the head of a powerful crime organization. Needless to say, while Vince’s family’s connections can be handy for certain things-like when teachers are afraid to give him a bad grade as they can put a serious crimp in his dating life. How is he supposed to explain to a girl what his father does for a living? But when Vince finally meets one who seems to be worth the trouble, her family turns out to be the biggest problem of all. Because her father is an FBI agent-the one who wants to put his father away for good. 

Happy reading!!

–Jessie