By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters -- Daelyn Rice feels worthless. So worthless that she has decided there is no point in living any longer. She logs into a website called Through-the-Light that not only helps her decide the day she's going to commit suicide ("Date of Determination"), but provides her with tips and a how-to manual. But more importantly, the website gives Daelyn a platform to discuss why she feels so bad about her life and reveals to readers a life-long struggle with bullies and abuse that led to her first suicide attempt at age ten and her most recent attempt, which left her in a neck brace and unable to talk. Now she's determined to get it right and begins to break all connections to her life on earth, including getting rid of her possessions. Then she meets Santana, a talkative pest of a boy who just won't leave her alone, which puts a bit of a snag in her plan to make no attachments to the living. I was roaming around the Young Adult Fiction section of the local library when this title caught my attention. I knew what I was getting myself into, but I didn't quite expect to be completely wrecked as I read each page. It absolutely broke my heart. This is a compelling, eye-opening, and important story that I wish was required reading for anyone who has ever bullied someone.
Impossible by Nancy Werlin -- Lucy is seventeen years old and pregnant. But that's not the worst of her problems. She finds her Mom's journal--written while she was pregnant with Lucy--and discovers that generations of women in her family are cursed and must complete three impossible tasks or fall into a state of complete insanity upon the birth of their daughter. Based on the ballad, “Scarborough Fair,” this was a gripping story filled with suspense, fantasy, and romance from beginning to the very nail-biting end. I stumbled upon this book by accident one Saturday afternoon while I was wandering around the library, and I'm so glad I did. What a unique idea for a novel. I can't wait to read the sequel!
Don't Blink by James Patterson -- Nick Daniels is a reporter who has landed an interview with a former New York Yankees player who inexplicably quit playing baseball during the World Series. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Nick knows will be one of the best stories of his journalistic career. Instead, while conducting the interview at at Lombardo's Steak House, he accidentally ends up in the middle of the biggest news story in New York as his tape recorder captures key evidence in a brutal murder. What unfolds is a trail of dead bodies and a race to solve the crime before he becomes the next victim. This book was a bit gory, but riveting.
Private by James Patterson -- Jack Morgan is a former CIA agent who now runs Private, a famous investigative company with an equally famous clientele. Private is a company respected for its discretion, top-notch forensic team, and state of the art technology. In the midst of investigating an NFL gambling scandal and trying to track down who is murdering teenage girls, his best friend's wife is murdered. Jack decides to focus all of his energy and use every resource possible to solve this crime, which has hit too close to home. The story moved at James Patterson's famous fast pace, but I felt there was too much going on to get involved in any of the subplots or to care about any of the characters.
The Postcard Killers by James Patterson & Liza Marklund -- NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is tracking serial killers. His daughter Kimmy and her boyfriend were the first victims in a string of brutal killings throughout Europe. The only clues are postcards sent to newspapers prior to each of the killings. He teams up with a Swedish reporter named Dessie Larsson who has just received a postcard that he hopes will lead him to the killers before they have time to kill again. James Patterson takes readers on a rapid-fire journey through Europe's famous cathedrals and museums as Jacob and Dessie uncover the twisted past of two relentless killers. As someone who loves to travel, I enjoyed the romp through Europe. This book was definitely a page-turner that kept me up late at night wanting to know what happened next.