Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - I adore the Hunger Games series, so it was bittersweet to read this final book. No one is safe. The districts are at war. And Katniss is, once again, the center of vicious games (sometimes mental, always violent) and President Snow's wrath. It wasn't as mesmerizing as The Hunger Games and Catching Fire and the ending was predictable, but I marveled at Suzanne Collins' imagination and storytelling skills. Katniss will always be one of my favorite YA Fiction heroines.
Worst Case by James Patterson - Children of the rich and privileged are being kidnapped by a vigilante with an ax to grind with society. Joined by FBI specialist Emily Parker and connected to the kidnapper via taunting phone calls, NYC Detective Michael Bennett is fighting to bring the kids home before the worst can happen. Fast-paced (as usual) and riveting, I couldn't put this book down. My only complaint was that the kidnapper used a ransom collection tactic exactly like one used in 9th Judgment. For a second, I was confused about which book I was reading.
Much Ado About Anne by Heather Vogel Frederick - I'm far too old to read The Mother-Daughter Book Club series, but I can't help but love it. Each chapter is told in the alternating voices of Emma, Jess, Cassidy, and Megan, real girls who are genuine, intelligent, and feisty. In this installment of the series, the book club is reading the novels of Lucy Maud Montgomery. Heather Vogel Frederick does a great job of using the Green Gables series and characters to convey and solve the problems of modern day girls. It was a treat to read. I wish I had a book club as cool as this one.
Dear Pen Pal by Heather Vogel Frederick - Another great Mother-Daughter Book Club novel. In this one, the girls are reading Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster, which unites them with another book club via snail mail. At first, the girls aren't exactly thrilled about their new pen pals, but the interactions add another level of learning and friendship to the story. It was a quick, heartwarming read.