Sunday, June 22, 2014

Add These To Your Need To Read List!

There will never be enough days in my life to read all the books on my Need To Read List.

I love reading and constantly find books I want to read. Here are the books I finished this weekend.


The Girl In The Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab 

Ariel's birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season, with a private concert by rock star Hudson Winters on the grounds of her family's east coast estate, and all of Ariel's elite prep school friends in attendance. The only person who's dreading the party is Sera, Ariel's former best friend, whose father is forcing her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel, and she now avoids Ariel and their former friends. Thrown together, Ariel and Sera can agree on one thing: this could be one very long night.

They have no idea just how right they are.

Only moments after the concert begins and the lights go down, thugs open fire on parents and schoolmates alike, in a plot against Ariel's father that quickly spins out of control. As the entire party is taken hostage, the girls are forced apart. Ariel escapes into the hidden tunnels in the family mansion, where she and Sera played as children. Only Sera, who forges an unlikely alliance with Hudson Winters, knows where her friend could be. As the industrial terrorist plot unravels and the death toll climbs, Ariel and Sera must recall the sisterhood that once sustained them as they try to save themselves and each other on the longest night of their lives.

The 411 by Maria:

Two ex best friends find themselves needing to count on each other in this quick paced murder, mystery drama.

The lights go out at a lavish birthday party for Ariel. When they are turned back on Ariel is missing, bodies lie bleeding on the floor and all party goers find themselves hostage to a terrorist group.

While chaos is going on around them, Ariel watches from her hiding place and Sera is the only one who knows where she could possibly be. I loved how each chapter was in the voice of either Ariel or Sera.

This is a great book and while I am unsure of the genre classification (YA), it is about teenagers and there is a rock star romance brewing but there is also a whole lot of death and blood. While I thought the book was excellent it is not something I would want my kids to read until they are in college only due to the violence to teens. However, if your kid likes this kind of thing, go for it just know that it is violent. I however, thought it was very well written, quick paced and intriguing and at times I was nervous.  LOVED IT!

Great Summer Read!  


Simon's Choice by Charlotte Castle

"But Daddy, who will live with me in heaven?" Doctor Simon Bailey's previously perfect life is shattered when his seven year old daughter is given months to live. While he can almost come to terms with her impending death, and feeling he may one day deal with never being able to see her again, he cannot stand the idea of his child facing death alone. He answers the question in a moment of desperation, testing his marriage, his professional judgment and his sanity to the limit. He offers to go with her. As cracks form in the foundations of a family that once appeared unbreakable, we wonder - as do his loved ones - will he really make the ultimate sacrifice? Combining poignant moments of both humor and pain, and never maudlin despite its subject matter, 'Simon's Choice' is a penetrating, and surprisingly heart-warming, account of parenthood as we would never wish to live it.

The 411 by Maria

Intense and heartbreaking story of a little girl dying with leukemia and the different ways her parents are coping or not!

I had to remind myself that this author is writing fiction even though there are so many non-fiction stories that are probably, unfortunately very close to this.

What happens when a doctor cannot save his own daughter? Well, he gives her whatever she could possibly ask for even telling her that he will be with her in Heaven.

This is not a story about a dying girl. We fortunately don't cry our eyes out because the author chooses to give us sad, intense details about a child about to die. This is a story from the parents position. It is gut wrenching and very real! The characters either drinking too much, crying, yelling, and fighting through their grief was wonderfully written.

This is truly a wonderful book. I loved Simon and my heart hurt for him and how much he loved his little girl.

Who wouldn't wish to be there for their child even after the end!?

The ending was beautiful and unexpected. Wonderful way to give the reader peace.

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