“And it was all stupid daydreaming, because even assuming for one minute there was a cure and the doctor would give it to a nobody werewolf like him, he still would have a long way to go before he was anything but a homeless, worthless nobody.” Midsummer Moon by Megan Derr
Final Verdict: A very different werewolf story that is hard to put down, and introduces you to the wonder that is the town of Midsummer and the crazy characters that live there!
Book Title: Risk It All Author: Megan Derr “If it was a trap…He’d already killed one Alpha, three Candidates, and more than a dozen of the wolves that had been trying to hunt him down. That didn’t count all the death matches in the pits that he’d been forced into. Alpha or not, Kipling could best him, and it wasn’t like he’d let the man take him somewhere he and a bunch of friends could jump on Kipling. Lunch and a f*** were a risk he could afford to take.” Risk It All by Megan Derr
Final Verdict: While not as polished as some of Derr’s stories, it is a fun, guilty read.
“It turned out M.C. didn’t really do Christmas the way An-An’s family did, with presents and cookies. Instead, there was a lot more mayhem and death.”
From Ad Meliora in A Touch of Mistletoe edited by Megan Derr Final Verdict: A great collection of winter holiday themed stories that make for a fun way to take a break no matter the time of year.
“This is your first Christmas without Granny Birch, I know you probably want to hide, pretend Christmas doesn’t exist, spend time drinking it away and reading books, but we’re not going to let that happen.”
Beth in Season’s Meetings by Amy Dunne
Final Verdict: Fun holiday romance book that is perfect with a cup of tea and curling up on the couch.
“He squeaked in dismay when he saw he was not wrong, not even a little. The Hot Twins were sitting at the breakfast nook with his dad. Oh, god, what the hell were they doing there? At nine in the morning? While his hair was standing on end and he was wearing Spiderman pyjama pants?”
Sidney from Rabbit Season by Megan Derr
Final Verdict: A fun novella that packs a lot in such a short space.
“Always he was second or third choice. Just once he wanted to be someone’s first choice. He wanted to be offered, accepted, with pride. Not from obligation or with resignation. He wanted to be a preference, not simply the least disappointing of limited options.”
Kristof from With Pride by Megan Derr
Final Verdict: A great quick read, with an amazing new world, characters that will engage you, and a romance you can root for.
“Shouldn’t someone give a pep talk or something?” Minho asked, pulling Thomas’s attention away from Alby. “Go ahead” Newt replied. Minho nodded and faced the crowd. “Be careful,” he said dryly. “Don’t die.” “Great. We’re all bloody inspired.” Newt said.” The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Final Verdict: An enjoyable read that’s plot-driven. If you like books that have strong characters that draw you in, this isn’t the book for you.
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Book Title:Secret Lies Author: Amy Dunne
“The more time she spent with Nicola, the more she liked her. Which was strange, considering she generally didn’t like many people. But liking Nicola wasn’t enough to deter her. She remained adamant she would discover Nicola’s dark secret. Another of her own darker qualities, which she’d failed to mention earlier, was she always got what she wanted in the end, even if it was at someone else’s expense.”
Jenny in Secret Lies by Amy Dunne
Final Verdict: A very realistic book for middle/older teens that I wish I had been around when I was a teenager.
“So there’s only you left now, son. You’re the last chance. The last hope. Someone has to do it. Someone has to stand against the dark. And you’re the only one who can.” Mam in The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney
Final Verdict: A great start to a series and a good book for boys and girls that don’t mind some more gruesome witches!