I love Gayle Forman’s books. She always creates engaging characters that you want to read about. Her latest book I Was Here is no exception, it was wonderful. The book is about a girl, Cody, whose best friend, Meg, commits suicide leaving everyone stunned, hurt, and confused. Cody feels incredibly guilty that she was unable to help her best friend, or even notice that she was so depressed. Thus begins her investigation into why her best friend committed suicide which leads to past boyfriends, college friends, and an encrypted laptop.
Forman did such an amazing job with her character development. Cody begins her quest in the thick of her grief and as she continues to try to understand why Meg died she finds that she can finally move forward with her life. Forman’s books are so true to life and genuine. Her captivating stories pull you forward until suddenly you have reached the end of the book. If you are looking for a new contemporary young adult fiction author to read her books would be a perfect choice.
Fear the Darkness is the follow up to Becky Masterman’s first book, Rage Against the Dying. Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn is settling into marriage, making friends, and trying to figure out how to fit into her new life in Tucson. To complicate matters, Brigid takes in her sister-in-law’s teenage daughter Gemma Kate who has suddenly taken an interest in dissecting the desert wildlife. On top of her family drama, Brigid has also told a local couple that she will investigate the death of their son. Needless to say, life is far from quiet.
Masterman excels at red herrings stories and I love a book that keeps me guessing. She also creates some of the baddest of bad guys keeping her novels intense and suspenseful. Brigid is such a great character. She is resourceful, smart, and one tough-cookie. It has been refreshing to read a main character who is a little older and wiser but can still hold her own in a fight. This is a great mystery series to start reading. Her first book was a nominee for both an Anthony and an Edgar.
Becky Masterman will be here for a book signing on January 31st from 2:00 – 3:00 PM.
I have been loving Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness series. The first book in the series is Her Royal Spyness. Lady Georgiana (Georgie to her friends and family) is 34th in line to the throne of England. Her family lost all their money in the crash of 1929 and now she is trying to figure out what to do with her life. Georgie has no desire to marry for money, even though that is what is expected of her. Before long her grandmother Queen Victoria sends her off to spy on her son – so she begins her spying career.
This was an entertaining historical mystery that takes place during the 1930’s in Great Britain. Bowen captures the atmosphere the time period and location so well. I loved reading about the fashions, the historical figures and the new inventions of the time. This is such a great era to read about since the world is constantly changing politically. Georgie is such a fun character, she is feisty and resilient. No task is too small for her, whether that means tracking down murderers or starting a cleaning business just to get by. Her Royal Spyness series is a great escape read that is full of charm.
Rhys Bowen will be attending this year Tucson Festival of Books on March 14th and 15th, so this is the perfect time to start reading her books.