What I Read in April
|May 13, 2014||Posted by Jess under Books, Television|
Week Fifteen (April 6-12): Headed for Trouble by Suzanne Brockmann. A collection of short stories and other miscellanea Brockmann has written over the years using her characters from the Troubleshooters series. I will basically read anything that has Jules Cassidy and Robin Chadwick in it, and this does, both from Jules’s heartbroken perspective when they’re not together, and with both of them being adorable once they’re married. JULES X ROBIN 4 LIFE. (Also the other stuff is good too.)
Week Sixteen (April 13-19): Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. This is the first Veronica Mars novel, inspired by the success of the recent movie and set a couple months after it. It’s pretty good, though there’s a massive red herring that is way too big to be dropped the way it is, and Logan is, as he was in the movie (and honestly for much of Season 3), fairly bland. I also think it would be more Veronica Mars-ish in third person, like her old voiceovers. Still, it’s nice to be back in this world (well, not actually in it because Neptune is a horrifying dystopia, but you know what I mean), and Wallace, Mac, and Keith are perfect as always. For fans of the series wondering if they should pick it up: sure, though the unsolved mysteries from the movie are not addressed, and the Returning Character Who Wasn’t in the Movie who is mentioned in the blurb is not who you’re thinking, though still used in an interesting way.
Week Seventeen (April 20-26): Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson. Scarlett’s family owns the Hopewell Hotel in New York City, but life isn’t as glamorous as that would make it seem. The summer gets considerably less boring, though, when Scarlett finds herself working as a personal assistant to an eccentric guest and helping out on her brother Spencer’s bizarre production of Hamlet – complete with cute and confusing love interest for Scarlett. This was very cute and funny, a nice love letter to wacky theater people and weird old New York.
Week Seventeen (April 27-May 3): Cinder by Marissa Meyer. A futuristic Cinderella story in which the titular heroine is a disenfranchised cyborg; her rags to riches tale is complicated by a plague that’s ravaging the Earth, and the looming threat of war with the moon. I found this to be a fast, gripping story that I had trouble putting down, but I’m still having a little trouble getting my head around all the stuff in the book: cyborgs, mind-controling moonmen, lost princesses, a plague, werewolves, etc. Really interested to see where this goes in the next few books.