Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella - Even though I get a bit twitchy when people throw money around on unnecessary material things and brand names, I can't help by love the Shopaholic series. In this book, Rebecca's stubborn two-year-old daughter Minnie joins in on the shopping adventures. When a financial crisis strikes, Rebecca is forced to live on a budget, which proves to be difficult when planning an over-the-top extravagant surprise birthday party for her husband Luke and a daughter who is always screaming "Miiiiine!" There were so many laugh out loud moments in this book. It was a sharp addition to the series.
The Karma Club by Jessica Brody - After her boyfriend dumps her and her Mom forces her to go on a weekend-long New Age retreat, Madison Kasparkova decides to take matters into her own hands and starts The Karma Club. Why wait for karma when you can get revenge on those who have done you wrong? The Karma Club is a witty, fun look at the obstacles teenage girls face and the consequences of interfering in the lives of others. I don't know if I believe in karma. I've seen amazingly good people get a lot of crap handed to them. I've seen insanely evil people get a world of riches handed to them. But I do believe in sending as much positivity into the world as possible, regardless of the hand you've been dealt in life. Jessica Brody does an excellent job of exploring the topic. The story was thought-provoking and the characters, especially Madison, were charming.
You Wish by Mandy Hubbard - Kayla wakes up the morning after her sixteenth birthday party to find wishes from birthdays past coming true. There's a life-size My Little Pony galloping around her back yard, gum balls everywhere, and so many other strange things happening. As Kayla tries to piece together all fifteen of her previous wishes, she realizes that one of them is to kiss Ben, her best friend Nicole's boyfriend. Afraid of ruining their friendship, Kayla tries to find a way to stop her wishes from coming true. Along the way, she ends up learning about herself and finding joy in unexpected places. Mandy Hubbard is a fun writer. You Wish is a fun book.
Fang by James Patterson - While in Africa, Max and her flock meet a doctor obsessed with using genetics to insure survival of the weakest. He's creepy and his intentions aren't that noble. They also meet Dylan, a bird kid just like them. The flock is also dealing with Max and Fang's relationship, which is changing the group dynamic. Tension and suspense move the story along to a climactic life or death ending. I'm a big fan of the Maximum Ride series. The books teach the importance of taking care of our planet and being socially aware without being too preachy.The characters are also incredibly lovable and sympathetic. I always look forward to reading about their latest adventures.