Hey guys! So I am late with this post. I don’t know if you guys saw but in December I posted about Riveted and how they do the 25 Reads Of December. You can find the post HERE. They had a different book free each day in December leading up to Christmas. I discovered this 3 years ago. I love this idea because even if you can’t read the whole book in a day you can sample it and see if it’s worth picking up. I also love that a good amount of the books are releases from that year. So people who weren’t able to buy these books or get them from the library have a chance to access them. It’s just a really wonderful thing.
Last year I kept my list short because I knew it was going to be a busy month. It ended up being really busy and I only ended up picking up one of the books I wanted to read. So let’s dive in and see what I read, attempted to read and missed out on!
Serious Moonlight By Jenn Bennett
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Mystery
Pages: 426 pages
Published: April 16th 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Plot: After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.
Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.
In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.
To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that the most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.
Did I finish the book in a day?: No, I did not.
My Thoughts: I feel I have a mixed relationship with Jenn Bennett’s books. I enjoyed Alex, Approximately but wasn’t a fan of Starry Eyes. So going into this I wasn’t sure but I ended up really enjoying it. It was a heavy contemporary with some mystery in there which I was not excepting. Overall I ended up enjoying this one a lot more than I thought I would. I’m glad I decided to pick it up.
Genre: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 384 pages
Published: June 4th 2019
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Plot: Pretty Little Liars meets People Like Us in this taut, tense thriller about two teens who find their paths intertwined when an anonymous texter threatens to spill their secrets and uproot their lives.
PRIVATE NUMBER: Wouldn’t you look better without a cheater on your arm?
AMANDA: Who is this?
The daughter of small town social climbers, Amanda Kelly is deeply invested in her boyfriend, real estate heir Carter Shaw. He’s kind, ambitious, the town golden boy—but he’s far from perfect. Because behind Amanda’s back, Carter is also dating Rosalie.
PRIVATE NUMBER: I’m watching you, Sweetheart.
ROSALIE: Who IS this?
Rosalie Bell is fighting to remain true to herself and her girlfriend—while concealing her identity from her Christian fundamentalist parents. After years spent in and out of conversion “therapy,” her own safety is her top priority. But maintaining a fake, straight relationship is killing her from the inside.
When an anonymous texter ropes Amanda and Rosalie into a bid to take Carter down, the girls become collateral damage—and unlikely allies in a fight to unmask their stalker before Private uproots their lives.
PRIVATE NUMBER: You shouldn’t have ignored me. Now look what you made me do…
My Thoughts: So I started this on the date it was free but I honestly didn’t get that far. I think I might have only read a chapter. It really wasn’t enough to form an opinion on it. I did end up picking it up on e-book but ended up forgetting about it. This is a book I would like to try reading again though.
Wanted To Read
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 352 pages
Published: August 13th 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Plot: Two teens go on a life-changing sailing trip as they deal with the grief of losing their best friend in this heartwrenching, hopeful novel from the author of Something Like Normal and In a Perfect World.
Willa and Taylor were supposed to spend the summer after high school sailing from Ohio to Key West with their best friend, Finley. But Finley died before graduation, leaving them with a twenty-five-foot sailboat, a list of clues leading them to destinations along the way, and a friendship that’s hanging by a thread.
Now, Willa and Taylor have two months and two thousand miles to discover how life works without Finley—and to decide if their own friendship is worth saving.
From acclaimed author Trish Doller comes a poignant tale of forgiveness, grief, and the brilliant discoveries we make within ourselves when we least expect it.
Girls with Sharp Sticks By Suzanne Young
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 400 pages
Published: March 19th 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Plot: The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears.
As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.
So those were the books I read, attempted to read and wanted to read. I really love that Riveted does this. It’s something I always look forward to when December comes around. I’m always excited to see what books are going to be part of the 25. I feel it’s fun trying to read the ones I want. Sadly this year I just ended up being a lot busier than usual so didn’t have the time. I do hope to squeeze in more when it comes around this year.
Have you guys read any of the 25 Reads of December? If so what did you think of them?
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