As the sunny weather starts to finally arrive, I’ve found myself dipping into some more challenging reads lately. Sometimes a random draw from my TBR pile can oddly come together as if there is a theme, when there really isn’t one intended. This time it seems to be blue covers and secrets and lies. I zoomed through all of these recent reads and here is a mini review for each of them.
I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson
I was sent a review copy of this unsolicited from the publisher and something about the boldness of the cover art and the unusual set up for the story made me hang onto it. We follow the story of Jemma, who is the only person who could help solve a serious crime but she’s trapped with the confines of her own body. Jemma has a severe type of cerebral palsy and can’t communicate at all but she’s still as sharp as a tack and strives to reach out to the world that surrounds her. A great suspenseful, thriller with a unique twist that was handle with real care and attention to detail. Very interesting and highly recommended for all school libraries to expand their diversity range for students.
Release by Patrick Ness
From one of the leaders in YA fiction comes a new novel about strength of heart, mind and spirit. Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, we enter the world of Adam as his world gets thrown into turmoil all in one day. This book is going to have a lot of noise made about it for the rest of the year and it completely deserves it. Strong characters, sharp dialogue and intense drama; all the things that make up a great Patrick Ness book. I don’t think I need to say much about it because everyone is talking about it already but I was really impressed.
Truth or Dare by Non Pratt
How far would you go to help someone you cared about? Tell the ultimate truth or do the scariest dare? That’s the questions for Sef and Claire as they start out with good intentions but things soon start to spiral out of control. Another great piece by Non Pratt which is hardly shocking now because all her books have been great but this one has the extra trick of having two POVs told in a unique way. I don’t think I’ve ever had to flip a book over half way in and start reading the other way to finish it. Clever and heart-warming and one that is a guarantee winner for the summer.