By the Numbers
Review Copies: 3
Teen: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
It's a story as old as time . . . boy meets ghost, ghost rips boy's tormenter in half (um, literally), boy falls for ghost, breaks the curse that makes her all murdery, and then discovers that they've both got much, much bigger problems. Bloody, creepy, and altogether a thrill ride with some pretty solid romance.
Just like last month, I'm reading Cybils nominees almost flat-out. So you just get a Teen standout this time.
Because I Want To Awards
Most Welcome Change in Tone: Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
I can only call this a zombie romp. After weeks of reading Deadly Serious Novels about the Fate of the World, a light-hearted and hilarious story about a girl genius up against a zombie virus was just what I needed. The plot is so thin you can see through it, but you're having too much fun to care.
Slept with the Light On: White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick
This story of two girls discovering the hideous secret underneath a decaying seaside town scared the bejeezus out of me. I didn't want to get out of bed in case something grabbed my ankle. Brrrrr.
Thank You, JLB!: Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
This story of a female alpha werewolf who's struggling to keep her pack together is densely packed with terrible choices, political power plays, and conflicting family loyalties, but not a whisper of luuurve triangles.