I’m way behind again with my blogs, that I don’t even seem to remember which books I’ve read lately :S Here’s a quick recap from my latest reads.

Book 14: Lies – Michael Grant

Summary:  It’s been seven months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

It happens in one night. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness—or so they thought.

As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself, spread by the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free? (source: goodreads.com)

Personal Opinion: I LOVE MICHAEL GRANT! His books are brilliant and his plots are always thrilling and totally unpredictable. Can’t wait to read book 4 in the series.

Book 15: The Truth About Forever – Sarah Dessen

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen is looking forward to a long, boring summer. Her boyfriend is going away. She’s stuck with a dull-as-dishwater job at the library. And she’ll spend all of her free time studying for the SATs or grieving silently with her mother over her father’s recent unexpected death. But everything changes when Macy is corralled into helping out at one of her mother’s open house events, and she meets the chaotic Wish Catering crew. Before long, Macy joins the Wish team. She loves everything about the work and the people. But the best thing about Wish is Wes—artistic, insightful, and understanding Wes—who gets Macy to look at life in a whole new way, and really start living it. (Source: goodreads.com)

Personal Opinion: For some reason I always end up crying over movies/tv series, but with a book I almost never cry. Well, with this one I did! And that says a lot about the book. If you read the summary it seems like nothing really happens and it’s one of those predictable coming of age stories. However, I never imagined that this would be so beautifully written and so rich with emotions….I loved every page and every word of it!

Book 15: Beauty Queens – Libba Bray

Summary: The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program–or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan–or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again. (Source: goodreads.com)

Personal Opinion: At first I was like WTF is this. I totally did NOT expect the book to be the way it is. I imagined a whole different story. But when I warmed up a bit and got used to the funny writing style and the AWESOME hilarious footnotes, I raced through this book like a madman and found to have a soft spot for almost all the girls in the book. It’s a book with satire and it’s way over the top, but that’s what makes the message even stronger; beauty isn’t everything 🙂

ps: When I traveled by train to work and brought this book with me to read, I totally left the cover at home. I would be so embarrased to read it with this cover for everyone to see, lol. But again, the cover totally fits the book…