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Wicked Game by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush

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About the book:

ONE BY ONE, THEY’LL DIE…Twenty years ago, wild child Jessie Brentwood vanished from St. Elizabeth’s high school. Most in Jessie’s tight circle of friends believed she simply ran away. Few suspected that Jessie was hiding a shocking secret—one that brought her into the crosshairs of a vicious killer…

UNTIL THERE’S NO ONE LEFT…Two decades pass before a body is unearthed on school grounds and Jessie’s old friends reunite to talk. Most are sure that the body is Jessie’s, that the mystery of what happened to her has finally been solved. But soon, Jessie’s friends each begin to die in horrible, freak accidents that defy explanation…

BUT HER…Becca Sutcliff has been haunted for years by unsettling visions of Jessie, certain her friend met with a grisly end. Now the latest deaths have her rattled. Becca can sense that an evil force is shadowing her too, waiting for just the right moment to strike. She feels like she’s going crazy. Is it all a coincidence—or has Jessie’s killer finally returned to finish what was started all those years ago?

My Review:

20 years have passed since the disappearance of Jezebel “Jessie” Brentwood, but the case is back in the news after bones are discovered at St. Elizabeth’s school. Detective Sam NcNally is hoping that he will finally get the break he deserves, and prove to all of the skeptics that she was murdered all those years ago.

Becca Sutcliff is shocked when she receives a phone call from her ex-boyfriend and true love Hudson Walker. The group of friends that hung out with each other at the time of Jessie’s disappearance is meeting to compare stories. The common belief is that the remains will be identified as Jessie, but they want to make sure that their stories haven’t changed. There seems to be a dark cloud hovering among the members of the group, and when tragedy starts to strike, Becca feels it’s only a matter of time before she’s next.

This paranormal romantic suspense thriller was well thought out and it was impossible for me to tell that it was written by two sisters. I have a feeling I know where the added romance came in, as this isn’t common in most of Lisa’s books. I felt it added nicely to the storyline, and made it appealing to a more diverse crowd.

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Sucks to be Me by Kimberly Pauley

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Mina Hamilton’s parents want her dead. (Or undead to be precise.) They’re vampires, and like it or not, Mina must decide whether to become a vampire herself. But Mina’s more interested in hanging out with best friend Serena and trying to catch the eye of the too-hot-for-high-school Nathan Able than in the vampire training classes she’s being forced to take. How’s a girl supposed to find the perfect prom date and pass third-year French when her mom and dad are breathing down her neck–literally? 

Mina Hamilton has a good life.  A best friend who she can share her secrets and dreams with…even if she is in a Goth stage right now, and loving parents who would do anything for her.  Well, anything except be human.  They’re vampires and have been since Mina was a baby, and now that the Vampire Council has found out that they have a human child it is time for her to decide – stay human or become a vampire.  What a choice to make when you are only 16.

But, she agrees to at least go to the vampire classes and be sponsored by Uncle Mortie – this is a huge sacrifice already, in her mind.  But even though she is creeped out by the teacher of the classes – Vampire Council member Ms. Riley, Aubrey makes it all worthwhile.  He’s gorgeous and he seems totally interested in getting to know her better.  And she also make a new friend in George, a boy that belongs to her high school and who she comes to see as a true friend…or maybe a little bit more.  And there’s always Nathan, a boy she has had a crush on forever and who now seems to be showing an interest in her…or is he?

I really got a kick out of this book and thought it was easy to read and very clever.  I loved the pros and cons lists that Mina makes throughout the book and how each chapter starts with a “myth” about vampires and how she feels about it.   She is a character that I am hoping I will see again.

Kimberly Pauley loves a good book she can sink her teeth into. As her alter-ego, the Young Adult Books Goddess of yabookscentral.com, she has devoured more books than she can count. This is her first novel. She lives in Illinois.

 

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Be Strong & Curvaceous by Shelley Adina

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After spending spring break in Mexico with her grandparents, Carly Aragon can’t wait to get back to school at SpencerAcademy in San Francisco. With Lissa Mansfield and Gillian Chang by her side, she’s ready for anything . . . except a new roommate.

Lady Lindsay MacPhail, flamboyant daughter of the Earl of Strathcairn, quickly becomes Carly’s worst nightmare. “Mac” not only swoops in and steals Carly’s privacy, she’s also dating Brett Loyola–Carly’s biggest crush!
But when Mac starts receiving strange, threatening e-mails, she and Carly must come together to figure out who’s behind them and why. In the end, the fate of one girl will lie in the other’s hands. Will the two learn to trust one another and trust God?

I didn’t realize that this book was part of a series…it is actually the third book in Shelley Adina’s It’s All About Us series.  It is perfectly easy to follow as a stand alone, although I certainly want to read the other two books that prelude this one. 

Although these books are considered young adult, I feel that there are lessons that can be learned by anyone while reading them.  This book is centered around the students at Spencer Academy, and elite high school in California that really does cater to the rich and famous.  Carly is there on a scholarship and is embarrassed by this fact.  She will do anything to keep this a secret from her fellow classmates and the few friends she’s made.  But Carly’s life is about to get a whole lot worse.

Carly finds out that she is getting a new roomate named Mac.  But, this just isn’t any roomate.  She is actually Lady Lindsay MacPhail, the daughter of the Earl of Strathcairn and is Carly’s nightmare come to life.  She is arrogant, and feels as if the whole world should bow to her will.  And if they won’t?  Well, she’s willing to make it happen no matter what it takes or who stands in her way.  And Carly becomes the prime target.

When Mac starts getting emails from someone who appears to be a stalker, she isn’t sure what to do or who to turn to.  Will Carly use her faith in God to help her see past the struggles between the two and reach out to someone in need?

I thought this was really a great book, and an easy read for anyone. 

Shelley Adina is a world traveler and pop culture junkie with an incurable addiction to designer handbags. She knows the value of a relationship with a gracious God and loving Christian friends, and she’s inviting today’s teenage girls to join her in these refreshingly honest books about real life as a Christian teen–with a little extra glitz thrown in for fun! In between books, Adina loves traveling, listening to and making music, and watching all kinds of movies.

Thanks so much to Miriam Parker, of The Hachette Book Group for sending me this ARC to review!

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