Friday, May 29, 2015

The Cephalopod Coffehouse: Best Books of May

It's the last Friday of the month, which means it's time to reveal the best books of the month. It's part of the Cephalopod Coffeehouse:



I'm so excited to tell you about this first book...mostly because authors Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson are so supportive of authors. Any time I see a supportive author, I want to tell everyone I know to buy that person's book! Like many supportive authors, Jessica and Stephanie have oodles of talent to go with their wonderful personalities. The Secret Lives of Fairday Morrow has everything I love in a book...



It combines the spookiness of the supernatural with the suspense of a story about child detectives. I love Fairday Morrow. She's so courageous while also being realistic. The supernatural scenes are scary without being too scary for young readers. It's the perfect tween book!

My second book this month is Ghost of Death by Chrys Fey. 


If I haven't mentioned it before, I love ghosts. Stories about what happens after death have always fascinated me. Chrys's story doesn't disappoint. Jolie Montgomery wakes up with no memory of how she ended up dead in an alley. She follows the lead detective throughout the investigation, with the mystery unraveling as the story progresses. There isn't a single slow moment in Ghost of Death. In fact, I read the entire book in two sessions on the treadmill. I couldn't stop reading!

Book #3 is Kinetic by S.K. Anthony.



You don't have to have supernatural powers to relate to Annie Fox's feelings for her ex. In fact, almost every woman has, at one time or another, been attracted to a man who is completely bad for her. Only Annie's ex has special powers...and those special powers are dangerous. Annie's orders are to kill him when she sees him, but she can't quite bring herself to do that. If you like kick-butt, but relatable, characters, you'll love Kinetic.

I also read two books on audio this month. The first was this amazing tween book by Sarah Mlynowski. I may be the last person in the world to start on the Whatever After book series but after reading Fairest of All, I know I'll have to read more of them!



Just as the Magic Tree House series takes readers through history, the Whatever After series takes readers through fairy tales. Ten-year-old Abby and her seven-year-old brother find a magic mirror that allows them to step right into their favorite fairytales. Mlynowski has that great writer's "voice" that makes girly tween books so fun.

My last book was my grown-up indulgence. I do that every now and then. The Stranger is the book that knocked The Girl on the Train off the top spot on the best seller list. There's a reason. Harlan Coben rocks!



Imagine a stranger approaching you and telling you your wife faked her pregnancy. Or your daughter has been working as an online "escort." This is the basic setup of The Stranger, but why is the stranger telling people these things? You'll just have to read it to find out!

What's the best book you read in May? Tell us in comments or add your name to the list below and tell all of your readers!

74 comments:

  1. Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys was my best book of May. I really liked Ghost of Death too. And am looking forward to The Secret Files too.

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    1. I loved Coraline...I read another of his books about a graveyard that was extremely creepy, but I can't remember the title. He has a true talent for scaring the bejeebers out of kids (and adults!).

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    2. Hi Elephant's Child, We hope you enjoy Fairday's story! :) ~ Jess & Stephanie

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  2. Thanks for sharing the best books of the month. I'd say mine is Cuckoo's Calling.

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    1. I've been meaning to read her new books. I love mysteries, but if it focuses too much on the detective stuff, I lose interest.

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  3. The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs.

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    1. I remember her name from my romance-writing days...I'm not sure I've ever read any of her books, though. She was often cited as "favorite author" by many romance novelists in the Romance Writers of America group I was in.

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  4. Hey, Chrys and SK's books! Very cool.
    My best book would be Brandon Sanderson's The Way of the Kings.

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    1. I always hear about all the books I'm missing when I do this!

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  5. KINETIC has a nice cover!

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    1. It's very colorful and eye catching.

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  6. Some greats picks and sure Chrys will love seeing her book there too.

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    1. She's very excited! We have to get her to join us on Twitter.

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  7. I am going to have to read Chrys' new book! I've been reading a lot of "place" and "river" books lately!

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  8. I got my hands on an ARC of TRUST NO ONE by Paul Cleave - creepy, suspenseful and heartbreaking. Fantastic read!

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    1. Fairday Morrow was an ARC. I need to pass it along to someone else so they can read it and post reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. I'll have to join up with Jessica and Stephanie to do a special giveaway post.

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    2. Hi Stephanie, We love that you want to pass the ARC onto another reader! We'll definitely connect and put together something fun. :) ~ Jess & Stephanie

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  9. I always enjoyed detective stories for children so the Secret Files book would be a good match for my young readers.

    Can I hold off in answering your question until next month? Ha, I have not finished the only book I have been reading for May, but June is beach trip and I have big reading goals for that time...

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    1. I remember when I was first writing Ghost Patrol--I described my concept of teen ghost hunters to my husband and he said, "You just described Scooby Doo." I watched Scooby Doo as a kid and never even thought of them as ghost hunters, but that was what they were! I thought ghost detectives and ghost hunters were very similar, but I can see the difference after reading this book.

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    2. Hi Slamdunk, We love a good mystery too! We're thrilled you want to share The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow with your young readers. Thank you! ~ Jess & Stephanie

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  10. Awww you're the best! Thanks for featuring Kinetic. :D

    I can't wait to read Chry's Ghost of Death! I hadn't heard of the other books, but they sound great. Abby and Fairday sound like my kinda tweens! And The Stranger? Well, now you have me curious lol

    Have a great weekend ;)

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    1. I read The Stranger while packing up my old house and scrubbing down the windows and the kitchen in my old house. I have to say, without that book, I probably would have been miserable but I found myself getting so caught up in the story, I didn't mind moving...which is a sucky process. Any author that can make that enjoyable is a VERY talented author!

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    2. S.K. Anthony, We hope you enjoy Fairday's story, and we're looking forward to checking out Kinectic. ~ Jess & Stephanie

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  11. so many awesome books and authors...and you know how I love Harlan!

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    1. He favorited my tweet. It made my day!

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  12. i love how you support fellow authors. :)

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    1. Thank you, Tex. I love that there are SO many supportive authors out here in the blogosphere. We have to help each other out.

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  13. I read so many books it's hard to pick one. I usually have a pile to read too.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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    1. I can't tell you how many times I go to my carousel on my Kindle and find books there I didn't even remember buying. I'd pre-ordered them months ago and, surprise!

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  14. Wow! Those all need to be on my TBR shelf . . . thank for the reviews, Stephanie!

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  15. I bought my daughter the entire Whatever After series. It looks really good. She's finishing another series at the moment, so she hasn't started this one yet.

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  16. That The Stranger sounds intriguing! Actually I remember a book I read this month, LOL. I just finished "At Risk" by Alice Hoffman. It was good, sad but good.

    betty

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  17. What a great selection of books. I visit The secret dms files of fairday morrow blogs all the time but I’ve not read the book – sounds interesting though..

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    1. It doesn't come out until December but they're marketing dynamos!

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    2. Hi Barbara, We always look forward to your visits and we love popping over to March House Books. We hope you enjoy The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow! ~ Jess & Stephanie

      Thank you, Stephanie! That's so nice to hear. :)

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  18. I need to get reading! This looks like a fun selection here. :D

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  19. All of these books sound exciting. I'm so looking forward to reading The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow and Chrys Fey's new book.

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    1. There never seems to be enough time to read them all.

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    2. Hi Beverly, The selection does sound amazing, and we're honored to have The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow mentioned in such great company. We hope you enjoy the story. :) ~ Jess & Stephanie

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  20. I suspect we like similar types of books, Stephanie. ALL of these sound great, but especially Chrys Fey's book. She'll be on my blog on June 9th!

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  21. This was a great post for me. My son and daughter will love some of the books posted, esp Fairday Morrow and my husband and I will enjoy the rest plus I'll get to read the kids books too. I always read them before I let the kids read them. It started out as an overprotective parent thing but I really love a lot of the books! Then we can discuss them as well.

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    1. You'll love Fairday Morrow...nothing inappropriate there that I can remember, unless they just get easily spooked. It does have some scary scenes. Even I felt scared by them and I'm 44!

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    2. Hi Kat Writer, We're excited you think The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow would be a good fit for your son and daughter, and we hope you all enjoy the mystery. Fear not the unexpected! :) ~ Jess & Stephanie

      P.S. We're glad we could give you a thrill, Stephanie!

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  22. You've been busy! Wherever After sounds like a lot of fun, and a potential hit with my daughter.

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    1. She and Mom are big fans of Once Upon a Time. Whatever After might be an appropriate companion read.

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  23. My Goodness so many comments already.
    And have you been busy.
    The Ghost of Death sounds like something I just might read.
    There have been a few TV series bashed on this same idea and I liked them.

    cheers, parsnip

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  24. I've heard of The Girl on the Train, but didn't know about The Stranger. Sounds good. I like the looks of the teen books you featured. I read and reviewed Kinetic in the past. S.K. Anthony is an up and coming writer and all-around nice person.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. The Girl on the Train was good but I like every one of Harlan Coben's books I've read better. I do rank Gone Girl up there with some of his books...but I didn't like any of Gillian Flynn's other books that I tried and with him, I've liked all of them. There's a series he's known for that I don't like--can't remember the name of it, but I avoid those. They're just too testosterone-y for me!

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  25. Okay! You've hooked me. I'm off to buy Harlan Corben!

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    1. I like them all but I recommend starting with Six Years. That's the one Hollywood bought the rights to (starring Hugh Jackman). It's stuck in development Hell, I guess, but it was the first book I read of his and I still think it's one of the best books I've ever read (and I read a LOT of books, as you can tell!).

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  26. I basically spend May rereading books I read before. For some reason I've needed the comfort of familiar stories.

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  27. These look great. I read Witch of Death and I believe I have Fairday on pre-order. You have me curious about The Stranger.

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    1. Hi Medeia, How exciting that you have Fairday on pre-order! We hope you love the story. :) ~ Jess & Stephanie

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  28. Great shouts! I've got Chrys' recent releases on my Kindle and can't wait to read them very soon. Think I've got Kinetic on my TBR. I'm also intrigued by The Stranger.

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  29. Those all look like great releases!

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  30. You always have the coolest recommendations. Thanks! :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  31. I love it when authors support each other and 'shout out'! That's how it should be done. Great post, Stephanie. All the best to you and writers worldwide!!

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  32. Now these got me. They are interesting and not my genre. I like it when someone can put a hook out like that.

    PS: Food is a big thing about traveling. We are passing thru where we usually get to go to one of our favorite Italian stop, and they are out of business. (hurt)

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  33. Hi Stephanie, Thank you so much for spotlightingThe Secret Files of Fairday Morrow. We're honored to be in such excellent company. We appreciate your kind words, and we always love supporting fellow authors. :) ~ Jess & Stephanie

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  34. So many awesome reads! I can't wait to read Fairday Morrow, and Kinetic sounds very fun!!

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  35. That Fairday Morrow book sounds really good. I may have to add it to my list. ;-)

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  36. You have had a busy but great month reading these books. I love ghost stories!

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  37. These sound like some really great choices Steph... I'd love to read The Secret Lives If Fairday Morrow... I think Valentina would love this series ;-) xox

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  38. Sounds like some great books. I love ghost stories as well. Need to read Fey's book.

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  39. Great choices! I don't get a lot of tween reeds in, but I tell you the Coban book will likely cross my path soon!
    Thanks for sharing?
    Best,
    Veronica

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