Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Recent Reads: Stories and Sirens

Book: Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
Count: 5
Genre: YA Contemporary
Deanna Lambert's life is defined by a single event: getting caught in the backseat of a car with a boy by her father. Two years later, all the stories of that night still float around her, leaving her to decide if she's going to continue to let that night haunt her forever or if she's going to rise above it. Fantastically told, the story seems simple on the surface, but there are so many underlying emotions. Sara Zarr's amazing.

Book: Siren by Tricia Rayburn (out June 2010)
Count: 6
Genre: YA Paranormal
Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything. The complete opposite of her fearless older sister, Justine. After a late night cliffdive, Justine's body washes ashore the next morning and Vanessa's fear struggles with her attempts to find closure after her sister's death. As more and more victims, are pulled from the sea, Vanessa and her childhood friend Simon begin to find these are not freak accidents. Something is calling to these people, inviting them into the water. This was one of those stories that continued to haunt me long after I finished reading it. Loved it!


Tess said...

these sound pretty good

I'm in the thick of my Newbery reads that finally came in the mail. I finished "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" yesterday and started "When You Meet Me" last night.

aren't new reads so much fun???

Elana Johnson said...

Oh, I loved Story of a Girl. One of my faves for this year. And sounds like I need to get Siren for sure!

lotusgirl said...

Those both sound really good. Right down my alley.

WindyA said...

I totally recommend both! Happy reading!

Nisa said...

Nice reviews. I'll have to check them both out!