Okay! I had to delete 2 words from my title. My husband snuck in and added “About Zombies” and I almost published it with that. He was hoping I would. I have to stay on my toes around here.
But besides watching out for zombies, I’ve been reading a lot this summer. Several books I’ve even read a second time because I loved them so much. They are like comfort food (except with less calories). Here are some of my highlights (zombies not included).
I have People by Taylor Dean – This one has emotional depth as it deals with domestic abuse. Holly Sinclair wakes up from an 8-month coma and wants only her husband. But Gabe and Angela (her best friend) seem anxious about her missing memories, which the doctor insists must NOT be brought back through prompting. Holly’s life seems perfect, and besides mixing up words (I’m head over high heels in love with you, why are you walking on eggs around me?), Holly doesn’t seem to think she’s forgotten anything. She remembers all that’s important. But when HE returns in her life, her perfect world crashes to pieces. She’d forgotten about HIM.
Crux by Julie Reese – Thrilling YA coming of age story. Birdie is living on the streets after running from a scary foster home right before she turns 18. Life becomes crazy when she sees a man go down the street offering money to all who follow him. Birdie gets more than she bargained for when she takes the money (and a magical amulet). She runs, and takes refuge with a normal looking family eating outside a cafe. There she meets Grey, whose life becomes intertwined with hers as they take on the Snatcher, train for battle, and try their hand at a relationship. An adventure of a lifetime…if only she and Grey weren’t in mortal peril.
For Nick by Taylor Dean – This book hooked me from its small blurb: Andie was so in love that she would do anything for Nick, even marry a total stranger. What? I couldn’t see how this book would turn out, and that made it so fun to read. Hang onto your emotions, because they will be running all over the place. One minute you’ll be sighing with joy, the next your mascara will run down your face (unless you’re a guy–then I hope not). I’ve read all Taylor Dean’s books and find them like candy for my story brain. The characters in all of them become my best friends. Sierra, Lancaster House, Middle Aisle, Joshua’s Folly are some of her others I love.
In her Shadow by August McLaughlin (Free right now on Amazon until Aug 10)
An intense thriller that switches off between two different characters. Most of the book I was trying to solve the riddle of the mystery person. Were they real? Were they a memory? I won’t give away the plot, but the mystery drew me in. The author has dealt with eating disorders in real-life, so the disease shown in her characters was very real, and I could connect with it (even though I have no problem loving food like those girls). The villain in this book is evil, raunchy, despicable…yet able to wrap people around his fingers and get them to do his bidding. He seems invincible…and believes he is. You might believe so too as you read it. There is a lot of graphic abuse talked about in this book— It’s not for the weak.
A Different Blue by Amy Harmon
I interviewed Amy earlier this year, but just reread this book and some of her others this summer, and I still LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. Amy made it to the NY Times Best Seller list with this one and her other book, Running Barefoot. Way to go! This is probably one of my favorite stories of redemption I’ve ever read. Amy writes beautiful words to describe Blue’s growth through a few years of this book. She’s an amazing writer!
There you go! If you need some comfort food with no calories, try gobbling up one of these books. They are delicious! (But watch out for zombies)