As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark
This series features television journalist Delaney Wright, who is covering the trial of Betsy Grant. Betsy is on trial for the murder of her husband, who has Alzheimer’s disease. Her lawyer wants Betsy to accept a plea deal but Betsy refuses. She wants to prove her innocence. As the trial unfolds and the evidence against Betsy mounts, Delaney’s own life is in danger as she gets closer to the truth that will leave the reader surprised to the very end.
Siren by Kiera Cass
The Siren, by Kiera Cass, is a tender little love story that is perfect for younger teens! Light and airy, very gentle on the romance side, and a great introduction to this genre for this target age group. This is not like her popular Selection series in any way, but still has that same floaty language, and romantic angst that she’s known for! A sweet summer romance novel for your middle school reader!
Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson
This is a nice story about a girl dedicated to her family. She has great respect for her parents, letting her own needs go for them by nursing a dying mother. But in the end she is rewarded for her loyalty.
An Ember in the Ashes
I’m always a little cautious when I pick up fantasy books that are on the larger side. Often I feel that YA fantasy isn’t necessarily well-written, as if solid writing is sacrificed for a large world with swords and war, but with the amount of author buddies and writer friends who praised this book, I knew I had to take a chance on it.
I loved it. The story and concept felt both familiar and unique. The world wasn’t a place I’ve never read before, but rich and captivating none the less. What made the characters solid was their development arc. It was strong, and you could trace their growth from point A to B.
Well written, strong story, tried and true concepts made AEITA a book I’d recommend to any voracious reader, even cautious fantasy readers (let’s be honest, I’m probably the only one of those) like me.
The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen
The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen is the first in a series of fast-paced page-turners. With short chapters and lots of action, these books are suggested for mystery fans. If you like The Professionals, you will enjoy the rest of the series which currently has 4 other titles.
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
How did I miss this one, ya’ll? I had this recommended to me from one of my old Teen Advisory Board members, and it is FANTASTIC! Political maneuverings, old hedge magic, and the coming of age of a lonely ostracized boy–a must read for the fantasy fan.