What I've Been Reading...and Other Nonsense

It's been quite some time since I've posted. I realize you all are either celebrating my silence or wondering if I've fallen off the edge of the square planet. You see, I won't bore you with the dreadful details of why I've been away. I'm sure none of you want to know about my mini-visit to the hospital, my long-lasting "headache", or how busy Kids #1, 2, & 3 are keeping me. Nope. You don't want to know!

What you might be wondering is what I've been reading. Right?! Because I've read a lot of books lately, and I'm looking forward to the release of several books in the next month, including CHARMING.

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So, let's start with the Ruby Red Trilogy!

I read all three of these books in a hurry. They weren't deep, didn't carry any special message that the world needed to hear, and they were far from perfect. But they were a wonderful escape from reality. This trilogy is about a girl who can travel through time, even though she wasn't supposed to. Her cousin Charlotte is the one who should have inherited the gene to transport her to the past, and she'd been trained for it her entire life. So when Ruby dematerializes and winds up traveling, she's not brainwashed to do what she's told. She knows nothing of the "cause" her superiors, family members, and such all want her to support. And this is a very good thing.

I have to admit, the three books all ended rather abruptly, with very little closure. But, again, they were a perfect escape from reality! Check them out.

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Next up is I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. I've mentioned this book to you all before, but I never got around to telling you what it's about. Part of me doesn't want to tell you anything. I want you to have to suffer and figure this one out on your own. But, alas, you need some reason to want to read it. Think: Infamous Serial Killer raises his son to be just like him. Fast-forward a few years, and now that killer is in prison and that son is struggling with his humanity. Will he be just like his father, enjoying murder, enjoying that moment when a vic takes their last breath? Or will he hunt down people just like the man who raised him?

This book was seriously disturbing, yet I love the way the character is written, always struggling with the demons and angels inside him.

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Have you all heard of Jennifer Armentrout? Sure you have. Everyone has. But I'd never read any of her books before. So when I saw Don't Look Back sitting on the shelf in Barnes & Noble, and I had a gift card, I decided to pick this book up.

How awful would it be to not have a clue of who you are, only to slowly discover the person you were was not very nice at all? I'd say that would make the list of worst day(s) ever!

Not only do you know nothing of yourself, but you know your best friend was murdered and most people think you did it. The more you investigate, the more dangerous life becomes. This was a great psychological thriller!

That's enough of my mini-reviews for now. If you want to keep up with more books on my pile, check out my Goodreads profile page. I don't always write reviews, but I always leave a rating behind.

Just in case any of you are counting down the days until October (or, more specifically, CHARMING's release), we have 13 days. THIRTEEN days until you can read what Fresh Fiction called "A dark, twisted version of Cinderella." I seriously love that review.

There are other things about October that I'm looking forward to. Like The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter (technically this book comes out September 30th, but *shrugs* close enough). I love her Alice in Zombieland books, even though I'm not that big a fan of zombies (just ask Ryan Hill. He's my friend and practically had to beg me to read his awesome, upcoming zombie book!). Also, there's Unraveled by Gennifer Albin (a really cool chick with a really cool story. If you ever get a chance to sit and talk with her, make sure you take it!). While I've struggled with certain aspects of this trilogy, these are fun books to read. I'm really looking forward to some sort of conclusion. Time's Edge by Rysa Walker (a cool Trekkie chick I met in Nashville this summer!) is another book coming out in October. If you haven't read any of her time traveling books, you're missing out. My brain balks at time travel--the CONTINUUM. Great Scott!!!!--but I love the characters. And the last thing in October that I'm 'cited about (at least that I'm going to share)? Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. She's my favorite author, y'all. Like MY FAVORITIST EVER! Check out her Raven Boys books. You may or may not be disappointed. I can't be sure. We're all different. ;-)

Umm...and the other nonsense? Just to fill you in, I'll be at the Baltimore Book Festival this weekend (make sure you stop by and say "What a Charming display you have" in order to win something), the Collingswood Book Festival October 11th, and at the DC Public Library October 14th. Check my events page to keep up to date with my appearances!

<3 Krystal

Tell me what you've been reading in the comments! I want to know.