1. Lying in the Deep by Diana Urban – Young Adult Fiction, Murder Mystery. (Really good book)
I will start with a little summary of the book and then, I will talk about what I liked and didn’t like and how much I would rate it. This book is a murder mystery thriller that includes friendship, jealousy, betrayal, and an interesting mystery. It is set on a cruise ship where Jade, a middle-class student who goes to Stanford, attends an educational semester. They will see 11 countries in 4 months. Also, each book cover leads to a GoodReads summary in case you want more comments on it!!
Jade is trying to escape her harsh life where her best friend Lainey and boyfriend Silas betray her and her mother, who is too selfish and cold. She quickly makes new friends and meets her new crush. But her backstabbing enemies, Lainey and Silas are both also on the ship. As she becomes more and more obsessed with them, it eventually leads to Lainey’s murder. Everyone thinks it’s Jade, and now she has to clear her name by finding the killer before anyone else gets killed.
Okay, the mystery is not just about the murder but also about Lainey and Silas. Jade keeps wondering why they both betrayed her and why Lainey just hates the sight of her even though Jade is the victim. I liked this book because it kept giving twists on the mystery. You think one person did it, and then suddenly there are clues that there’s no way it was them. One thing I didn’t like in this book is that it dragged a little bit, there were a lot of details and a lot of flashbacks and not a lot of murder mystery chasing according to me.
But, I didn’t hate that it gave details, I just think it should be a little less so it gives room for readers’ imaginations. All in all, I would rate this book a 8/10. It is a really good book and I kind of maybe might read it again.
2. We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han – Young Adult Fiction, Romance
Okay, watching the series on Prime video and then reading the third book is so weird because there are slight differences between the book and the series. Also, I keep imagining the actors from the series every time they talk about the characters and it is nice to have an image of how the character looks like. So, this book is a romantic fiction that includes first love, true love, and marriage. It is the third and final book of the series The Summer I Turned Pretty. Belly is in her freshman year of college and she is still dating Jeremiah.
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Although she’s loved Conrad before, after so much time with Jeremiah, she is positive he is her soul mate. And despite Belly finding out Jeremiah cheated on her, she still takes the ring and gets engaged to Jeremiah. Her mom and Mr.Fisher don’t agree at first but eventually, everybody gives in. But just a day before the wedding, Conrad confesses his feelings for her, and how he has always loved her. Now, she has to choose between the two of them and discover who she truly wants to be with. I don’t want to say anymore and spoil the book in case you want to read it.
What I loved about this book was that the plot was so complicated and her feelings kept wavering between them both. What I didn’t like about the book was they ended the story so quickly, I would’ve loved to know how Belly and Conrad got together again and what happened to Jeremiah. I would give it a 9.5/10. It was an excellent book and I can’t wait for season 3 on Prime.
3. Ghosts by Raina Telegeimer – Juvenile Fiction, Comics and Graphic novel
This book was a graphic novel that took me about an hour to read, it was short and not that complicated. I didn’t feel like reading a long book that day, so I just read this. It was good but not something I usually prefer reading. Here’s the summary: It is about a girl named Cat (Catrina) and her family moves to a new town for Maya, her little sister who has cystic fibrosis. And their neighbor, Carlos, tells them about ghosts in this town.
Cat doesn’t believe it at first but when he takes them on tour, she sees for herself. But, the ghosts hurt Maya so badly she ends up in the hospital, Cat starts to fear ghosts and pushes Carlos away. But, with her new friends, she goes to the annual midnight party in town where she meets friendly ghosts gets through her fears, and also makes ghost friends.
It is a little imaginative and fantastical, but the theme is to face your fears, it will be so much better later. What I liked about this book was the illustrations were so cute. I have read a lot of graphic novels by Raina Telegeimer and she does not disappoint. What I didn’t like about this book was it wasn’t all that complicated or something I might relate to. Others might relate to this depending on their experiences. But, it is a fun little getaway from reality. I would rate this book a 7/10.
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