Good Reads – April 2013


My first read of April was Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews.  The first lines, “From her seat in the sanctuary of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Annajane Hudgens wondered if there had ever been a more flawless day for a wedding.  Spring had arrived spectacularly early in Passcoe, North Carolina.  Only the first week in April, yet the dogwoods and azaleas were already burst into bloom, and the weeping cherry trees lining the walkway to the church trailed fingertips of pale pink onto a blue and white carpet of violets and alyssum.”  I really like a lot of other books by this author, as they are great, light, fun reads, so I was intrigued to read more of her work.  Summary from Goodreads:  “First husbands, second chances…When you think the past is over and done and when you believe you’ve moved on in life, there’s no harm in catching a little spring fever. . . is there?  Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless.  They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history.  She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia.  Celia: the woman everyone in town adores.  Everyone, that is, except for Annajane and her lifelong best friend, Pauline “Pokey” Bayless.  But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance.  Maybe everything happens for a reason.  And maybe, just maybe, she wants Mason back.”  (3.5/5 Stars)

I was super excited when I was able to snag Sever (The Chemical Garden #3) by Lauren DeStefano from the library.  The first lines, “In the Atlas the river still flows.  The thin line of it carries cargo to a destination that no longer exists.  We share a name, the river and I: if there’s a reason for this, it died with my parents.”   I REALLY liked this book – and it was a great end to the trilogy.  This book actually made me appreciate book #2 a bit more since I didn’t like it as much as #1.  Summary from Goodreads:  “With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.  Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.  In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.”  (4/5 Stars)

Another great library score was Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver.  The first lines, “I’ve started dreaming of Portland again.  Since Alex reappeared, resurrected but also changed, twisted, like a monster from one of the ghost stories we used to tell as kids, the past has been finding its way in.  It bubbles up through the cracks when I’m not paying attention, and pulls at me with greedy fingers.”  Another ending to a great trilogy.  Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view.  The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.  Summary from Goodreads:  “Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.  After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.” (4/5 Stars)


What has been your favorite read of 2013 so far?  Any recommendations for me? xoxoJen


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