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All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab

All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarab

Carly has been dead for a year.  Her ex-boyfriend Neily found her shot to death on the bridge where they often met.  Her uncle, Enzo Ribelli, was found guilty of her murder.  As an unfit father and an alcoholic, Enzo was quickly tried and convicted of Carly’s murder.  Though a year has gone by, Enzo’s daughter Audrey (Carly’s cousin and seemingly best friend), can’t move on.  Audrey is convinced that her father could not have killed Carly.  Audrey is determined to find the real killer and approaches Neily for help.

Since finding Carly’s body on the bridge, Neily’s life has been unwinding.  He no longer sleeps due to nightmares and he has allowed he perfect grades to fall.  Though Neily and Carly had a terrible breakup, Neily knew that Carly was different from other girls and he held onto the hope that one day Carly would come back to him.  Now that she’s dead, Neily can’t move on and is stuck dwelling on the death of Carly and what that means for him.

Told in alternating viewpoints of Audrey and Neily, this novel delves deep into each character and what connected them to Carly.  Jarzab weaves a great mystery here, told at just the right pace to keep you guessing until the killer is revealed.  Jarzab also tells the stories from different time periods.  You read about what is happening during the current day (Audrey and Neily’s senior year), but you also jump back in time to important moments–like to eighth grade when Neily and Carly first met.  Slowly these flashbacks reveal more and more about Carly and her murder.

I really enjoyed All Unquiet Things.  The mystery told here was very intriguing.  Sometimes books in alternating viewpoints are not appealing to me, but the way that Jarzab wrote All Unquiet Thingsmade it very easy to follow.  Even though everyone is a suspect in this novel, I also really liked the characters of Neily and Audrey and the way their non-romantic relationship develops.  The ending is very satisfying, as the truth about Carly’s murder is revealed in a way that is surprising but also plausible.  Pick this book up if you are looking for an excellent mystery to devour.

Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez

OK, the title alone, Dead is the New Black, should make you want to pick up this book!

I know that’s why I read it.

Everyone in Daisy’s family has psychic powers– except for Daisy.  Daisy is used to being the “norm”, and she is OK with being an average high schooler.  All she needs is her best friend Ryan, who she also happens to have a huge crush on.  However, when head cheerleader Samantha shows up at the start of the new school year clad in black and carrying a coffin around, strange things begin to happen at Nightshade High School.  Teenage girls are attacked and killed and Daisy’s family joins forces with the local police to help solve the murders, using their psychic gifts.  Daisy, though, is determined to find the killer with Ryan’s help.  Daisy doesn’t know it, but trying to track down this killer will put her in danger and have scary consequences–- like having to join the cheerleading squad!

This novel is a quick read, and it is hilarious because Marlene Perez has such a funny and sarcastic style of writing.  Dead is the New Black has a unique and interesting plot, that has been continued in a series. So far there are four books total in the series and the fifth book will be on bookshelves in May 2011.  Here’s the series order so far:

1) Dead is the New Black
2) Dead is a State of Mind
3) Dead is so Last Year
4) Dead is Just a Rumor
5) Dead is Not an Option

I recommend this book, especially if you want a fast read that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

True Blue reviewed

This review is taken from a MPPL Teen Summer Reading Program log:

I read the book True Blue by David Baldacci.  It was about a girl cop, Mace, who was framed for a crime.  She was sent to jail.  The book focuses on her trying to solve a crime to get back on the force.

Gallagher Girl series reviewed

This review is taken from a MPPL Teen Summer Reading Program log:

I read a book from the Gallagher Girl series.  It’s about a girl named Cammie who goes to a secret school for spies.  She learns about herself, develops her relationship with her mom and makes her friendships stronger.


Pretty Little Liars reviewed by Manning

Pretty Little Liars book coverI loved Pretty Little Liars. It’s an amazing book. After their best friend Ali DiLaurentis goes missing, the four other best friends start getting texts from A about secrets that only Ali knew, threatening to expose their secrets if they told anyone about A. But before they can even realize what is going on, its too late. This is a must read! It is a series and is followed by Flawless, Perfect, Unbelievable, Wicked, Killerand Heartless by Sara Shepard.  Watch for Wanted, coming in June!

review submitted by Manning