Sunday, September 25, 2011

"The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible."

You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis: It's been a year since Luna's mom was hit and killed by a taxi and she's still dealing with the pain. A hurt she shares with her brother Tile and her dad.

When Luna begins to clean out what used to be her mother's studio, she stumbles upon her mom's old cellphone - fully charged and with seven messages in its voicemail box. Messages that have been sitting there for a year.

As Luna plays through each one it becomes clear that there was a lot about her mom that she didn't didn't know and that the accident that was her mom's death may not have been an accident at all.

I really like the synopsis of this book. I also like the idea of truly getting to know someone after they're gone through the things they leave behind. In this case, seven messages on a cellphone in a studio that hasn't been touched in a year. I wonder who they're from, what they say and what they reveal about Luna's mother. Whatever the answers, my interest is caught.

The Shattering by Karen Healey: Keri always has a plan and she knows exactly what to do in an emergency. But she finds herself at a loss when her brother commits suicide, leaving her grief stricken and confused.

When a childhood friend named Janna tells her that it wasn't suicide but murder, Keri can't quite believe her. Especially since Janna lost her own brother a few years ago. But Janna insists that she's telling the truth and that they're not alone in their loss. A tourist in their town named Sione has also lost a brother to suicide that same year.

As they dig deeper, the facts start to pile up and form a pattern: one boy killed every year, all older brothers, and each boy had spent New Year's Eve in the town of Summerton. Can the girls save the next intended victim and stay alive long enough to uncover the truth?

It sounds so creepy that it must be good or at least entertaining. I know...I'm a bit morbid. I blame the fact that I watch a lot of Criminal Minds. The show always gave me the why driving the violent action and I suppose that's what interests me the most about this novel - the why. Why a boy each year? Why older brothers? Why is Summerton important? I have a reason now for why I should read this book.

Quick cover comment, I don't like it all that much. I think a lot more could have been done here design wise. I haven't seen the actual print book so that opinion may change but over the internet? It's a little underwhelming.

Burnout by Adrienne Maria Vrettos : On the morning following Halloween, Nan wakes up in a subway car. She's wearing skeleton makeup and an unfamiliar extra small costume she doesn't remember putting on. In fact, Nan can't remember where she was or what she did yesterday. At all.

Nan swore to herself that this wouldn't happen again. She's no longer the girl who gets black out drunk all the time. She's changed and she needs to know what happened. As she tries to gather the pieces of her forgotten day, Nan has flashbacks of her old and dangerous life. She wouldn't go back to that, would she?

But the more Nan figures out, the more scary things become. She thinks that maybe this time, she may have gone a little too far.

This kind of reminds me of The Tracey Fragments by Maureen Medved except that Tracey wakes up naked with only a shower curtain in the back of a bus. Anyway, that's not important. What's important is that this novel sounds pretty cool. I mean, Nan has a preexisting problem with alcohol and she assumes it may be the cause of her forgotten day. It could be. It might not be. I don't know. I guess we'll find out when we actually read the book.

Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer: Willa believes she's lucky because she's got a family that gets along. Not many can say the same. But then hundreds of miles away, a savage and bloody crime takes place that threatens the peace of Willa's life and family. Willa's biological father has murdered his new family and is now traveling east towards Willa and her mom.

While under police protection, Willa begins to learn secrets that her mom has spent years keeping from her. Secrets that make her rethink her own identity. Willa sets about trying to decipher and understand the facts of her past but her own dark secret looms over her and threatens to pull her happy family apart.

First off the cover just gets me. The girl staring at you with her cold blue eyes and blank expression. It should make me run for the hills or want to buy the girl an ice cream to brighten up her day but instead, it just fascinates me. I look forward to seeing the story unfold and finding out what Willa's secrets are as well as if her father actually catches up with her.

All these books are out now. So run to your local bookstore or if you're hip, order it online.

(note: title quote is from Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.)

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