March is coming to a close and that means it’s time to talk about the books that I read during the month. My usual goal is to read five books a month. I have actually surpassed my goal by reading five books plus three graphic novels. I have also started two other books, but unfortunately will not be finishing them by the end of the month. I won’t go into my thoughts on each book, but a link will be provided to my reviews for each book.
BOOKS I READ IN March 2015
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Edward Scissorhands Vol.1, Parts Unknown by Kate Leth
The Fade Out, Vol.1, by Ed Brubaker
Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Sex Criminals, Vol.2: Two Worlds, One Cop by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky
*Books I started in March but haven’t finished yet
The Duff by Kody Keplinger
The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich
A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Horror
Release Date: January 1st 2011
Page Count: 215
Goodreads Synopsis: The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
Author: David Arnold
Publisher: Viking Children’s
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Roadtrip, Quirky
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
Page Count: 336
Goodreads Synopsis: “I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.” After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland. So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane. Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, “Mosquitoland” is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
Edward Scissorhands, Vol.1 Parts Unknown
Author: Kate Leth
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Dark, Quirky
Release Date: May 19th 2015
Page Count: 124
Format: eBook provided by NetGalley
Goodreads Synopsis: An all-new adventure revisiting Edward Scissorhands’ two decades after the end of the fan-favorite movie! In a castle just outside a sleepy suburban town, a brilliant inventor created Edward Scissorhands… but left him tragically unfinished. Two generations of exile have left Edward digging through abandoned experiments, but once he wakes up a creature left buried, he discovers he isn’t the only one missing a vital piece. As Edward tries to fix a grave mistake, he comes face-to-face with a teenage girl who was sure he was only myth… despite the stories her grandmother told her about the man she could never touch.
The Fade Out, Vol.1
Author: Ed Brubaker
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Mystery, Crime, Noir
Release Date: March 10th 2015
Page Count: 120
Format: eBook provided by NetGalley
Goodreads Synopsis: Ed Brubaker (FATALE, VELVET, Captain America: Winter Soldier) and Sean Phillips (FATALE, Criminal, Marvel Zombies) launch the first show-stopper from their unprecedented five-year deal announced at Image Expo in January—the hotly anticipated epic noir series, THE FADE OUT. As an added bonus to this exciting launch, this first issue will clock in at 40 pages and feature exclusive back page articles. For fans wishing to experience noir fiction in true ‘40s style, an oversized “movie magazine replica” variant edition with 8 extra pages of behind-the-scenes art and articles will be available for order. An intricate and groundbreaking crime story on a level Brubaker and Phillips have never tackled before, THE FADE OUT weaves a tangled web through the underbelly of a 1948 Hollywood… A noir film stuck in endless reshoots. A writer plagued with nightmares from the war and a dangerous secret. An up-and-coming starlet’s suspicious death. And a maniacal studio mogul and his security chief who will do anything to keep the cameras rolling before the Post-War boom days come crashing down. THE FADE OUT is the most ambitious series yet from the award-winning Noir Masters.
All The Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Health
Release Date: January 6th 2015
Page Count: 388
Goodreads Synopsis: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.
The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Aliens, Science Fiction
Release Date: May 7th 2013
Page Count: 457
Goodreads Synopsis: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ
Release Date: February 21st 2012
Page Count: 359
Goodreads Synopsis: A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
Sex Criminals, Vol.2: Two Worlds, One Cop
Author: Matt Fraction
Illustrator: Chip Zdarsky
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Sci-Fi, Romance, Comedy
Release Date: February 25th 2015
Page Count: 128
Goodreads Synopsis: The second storyline from the Eisner-award winning SEX CRIMINALS finds the honeymoon to be over for Jon and Suzie. Once the thrill of new lust fades, where do you go? Come along and laff and love with Matt and Chip as they brimp back ceaselessly against the past. Collects SEX CRIMINALS # 6-10.
*Books I started in March but have not finished yet
The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
Author: Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Little Brown/Poppy
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit
Release Date: September 7th 2010
Page Count: 280
Goodreads Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him. Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.
The Hand That Feeds You
Author: A.J. Rich
Publisher: Simon and Shuster Canada
Genre: Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Mystery
Release Date: July 7th 2015
Page Count: 288
Format: Paperback ARC (sent by publisher)
Goodreads Synopsis: From celebrated authors Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment writing as A.J. Rich, a smart, thrilling, sexy, and emotionally riveting novel of psychological suspense about an accomplished woman involved with a man who proves to be an imposter. Morgan Prager, at age thirty, is completing her thesis on victim psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. She is newly engaged to Bennett, a seductive but possessive and secretive man. She returns from class one day to find Bennett mauled to death, and her dogs, a Great Pyrenees and two pit bulls she has rescued, covered in blood. Bewildered and devastated that her dogs could have committed such violence, she worries that she might suffer from one of the syndromes she studies: pathological altruism, when selfless acts do more damage than good. When Morgan tries to locate Bennett’s parents to tell them about their son’s hideous death, she discovers he was not the man he said he was. Everything he has told her, where he was born, where he lives and works, was a lie. In fact, he has several fiancees, and fits the clinical definition of a sociopath. And then, one by one, these other women are murdered. Suddenly Morgan’s research into Bennett takes on the urgency of survival: to stay alive, she must find out who is killing the women Bennett was closest to. Unsettling and highly suspenseful, this is a brilliant collaboration between two outstanding writers.