Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. This is the companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, which I loved. I didn’t identify with Lola as much as I did with Anna, but I still devoured this book. It’s an adorable, innocent love story.
Bloody Valentine by Melissa de la Cruz. I read a lot of the Blue Bloods series very quickly and sort of burned myself out on the story so I wasn’t sure home much I’d like diving back in. This was three short stories instead of a full length novel and I thought it worked really well. It was just enough time with each character to “catch up” and get you ready for the next book.
The Dark Glamour by Gabriella Pierce. This was the sequel to 666 Park Avenue, and a little on the disappointing side. I don’t feel like much happened in it at all – and found the main characters to be quite annoying.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Even though this was a children’s book, I thought it was brilliant. It’s a little dark for younger children – the family is all murdered in the first few pages – but the main character’s antics of being raised in the graveyard are adorable.
Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobsen. I love a good government conspiracy so I absolutely adored this book. The history of this place is fascinating – evoking both awe and unease.
Messenger by Lois Lowry. This is the third book in The Giver trilogy. I didn’t like the story of this one as much, but loved that you got to see what happened to the characters in the first two.
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. The librarian described this as a mix of Twilight and The DaVinci Code, which I think it a really good way to put it. There’s a lot of history and mystery mixed in to the vampire/witch love story. It had a lot going on – more than I felt was necessary in one book.
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. Andi, the main character, is depressed and suicidal which made the book darker than I was expecting. It was a fun adventure, though.