Title: Get Even (Don't Get Mad #1)
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Publication date: September, 16, 2014
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary/Mystery)
This book. Just. Oh my god. To recap the ninja long synopsis, Olivia Hayes, Kitty Wei, Margot Mejia and Bree Deringer are completely different people. Olivia: The Socialite. Kitty: The Sporty Chick. Bree: The Punk Rock Loner. Margot: The Super Smart Nobody. Not similar in any way, right? Wrong. These girls are part of a secret group called Don't Get Mad, or DGM to everybody else. DGM right wrongs. They get revenge on the bullies who pick on defenseless kids. But when one of DGM's targets is murdered with a DGM card in his hand, Don't Get Mad is on high alert. Tension begins to tear the girls apart, but the real question hangs in the air. Who killed Ronny DeStefano?
I was perpetually hooked on this book since page one. I loved every single minute spent reading. I was actually so engrossed in this book that I didn't realize I finished it until I saw the acknowledgements. I loved how the book flowed from character to character, with all four girls stating their opinions and even the stupid love interests. There were parts in the book where I was going "Awwww..." and other times I was like "(S)He likes you, don't be so ignorant, like, seriously, are you blind, character?" Which was aggravating in it's own amazing way. But you know what irked me? The ending. A terrible cliff hanger. And I mean terrible as in "Wait. It's over? No, no, nonononononooooooo." I was in shock. I cannot wait for the next book in the series, and I recommend this book for people who like Pretty Little Liars (♥) and Burn for Burn. Hopefully you'll enjoy this book as much as I did.
Title: Beware the Wild
Author: Natalie C. Parker
Publication date: October 21st, 2014
Genre(s): Young Adult (Fantasy/Paranormal)
Sterling Saucier's big brother, Phin, ran into the swamp. He did the one thing everybody in Sticks, Louisiana, knows not to do. You see, the swamp is dangerous. Only the fence surrounding the town keeps the things, the monsters, in the swamp out. Sterling waits, and finally, somebody emerges from the sticky murk of the swamp. It's not Phin. A strange girl named Lenora May clambers over the fence, and nobody has second thoughts. Lenora May Saucier takes the place of Phin in everybody's memories. Not one person in Sticks remembers Phin, except Sterling, and she's going to do whatever it takes to get her brother back.
This book was one of those books where I get sucked in, but it doesn't take me more than two seconds to put it down and do something else. You can decide if that's a good thing or not. I definitely liked this book though. Sterling is a great character, although I don't understand something about her. She doesn't eat. Not because she thinks she's too fat or something like that, but because her brother is going off to college, and that makes her mad. I don't understand why she chooses not to eat, because not eating isn't going to stop your brother from getting further educated, but maybe one of you guys will relate. Sterling and Heath's relationship seemed a bit forced, and even though I liked it, I kind of wished we got a little bit more background before they started dating.
The plot was a bit fast paced at some points, but not too fast. I think that some parts were left a bit loose ended (Spoiler- highlight if you want to read it: Like the part with the cherry. If Lenora May ate the cherry, she'd be dragged back into the swamp with Fisher, and she'd never be able to leave. So why is it that when Sterling ate the cherry, all it did was enhance the glow of the shine?). Also, there wasn't really any parents in the book. They were there, but they weren't mentioned even as their kids left in the middle of the night or vanished for hours. Even though there are a few faults in this book, it's still a great read for anyone in the mood for a little dash of paranormal. Recommended for teens ages 13-18.