I read whatever I can get my hands on, but I particularly love YA and paranormal fiction. I watch way too much TV (Curse you, Fringe!), and when I'm not writing I'm usually jogging, biking, or gardening.
Jay can't wait to make his girlfriend, Jorinda, his wife, but his plans for a romantic proposal go horribly wrong, and now it's up to Jay to save his true love.
This short story is an update of the Grimm Fairy Tale 'Jorinda and Joringel'.
After a horrific car accident, 13 year old Grace Richards is deaf. She has trouble connecting to a new world with no sounds. Grace soon discovers she's developed a new gift -- though she can't hear people, she can read their thoughts.
Adventures In Funeral Crashing (Funeral Crashing Mysteries #1)
on Nov. 20, 2012
Sixteen year-old Kait Lenox has been coping with her mother's recent death in an unusual way -- by crashing funerals. While crashing a local funeral, she finds herself face to face with the most popular (read: cute) guy in school, Ethan Ripley, who calls her out on not knowing the deceased. Instead of making a scene, Ethan enlists Kait's help. The deceased, Ethan's half-sister, died from an apparent drug overdose, but Ethan is convinced his sister was never into drugs, and that her death was actually a murder.
What I liked about this book:
This was a fast-paced a fun whodunit, with plenty of twists and turns along the way to keep me guessing. Realistic characters and dialogue flesh out the story, and Harris' descriptions of teenagers and school ring true.
What I didn't like about this book:
I had a really hard time getting through the first chapter. The first few pages are Kait's internal monologue, introducing herself, and she reads more like a 12 year old than a 16 year old. There's about ten exclamations points in the first three pages, and it was hard for me to get past the 'OMG! I'm such a teen! Look, I talk really excitedly! Because that's what teens do!' bit. After the first chapter, though, the exclamation points and X-Treme Teen language simmer down a bit, and the fun plot takes center stage.
Guys, it's free! And it's short and entertaining. If you like mysteries, you'll dig this story of a teen detective. If you have a couple of hours to kill this week during holiday travels (or while dodging relatives), pick this one up. A solid 4-star read.