My schedule is finally back to normal after our move, but I still find myself reading a lot of audiobooks. This month I have Natalie Lloyd and Stephen King to thank for keeping me entertained on audio while I did boring household chores. But first--three books I read the old-fashioned way!
The first book is from a Twitter friend of mine who is an amazing woman. She sold a four-book deal to Simon & Schuster when she was only 20 years old. In the eight years that have followed, she has sold more than 20 books, including Wild Hearts.
This was the first book of Jessica's I've read, but it won't be the last! She has a talent for describing a setting so vividly, you feel as if you're standing in the middle of it. She perfectly captures the mind of a teenage girl, complete with a love for makeup and a desire to fit in. Added to that is a mega-conflict that forces the main character to choose between family loyalty and her own convictions. I can't wait to read more of Jessica's books!
I was so excited to finally get to read this book from my blogging friend Megan Whitson Lee.
Song from the Ashes tells the story of a man who is torn between the woman he feels obligated to marry and the woman who has captured his heart. It has a Christian undertone to it, which makes the main character's struggle all the more compelling. The characters and their stories are so realistic, you'll feel like you know them.
After reading two romances, I was ready for a scary read! J.H. Moncrieff didn't let me down. I love J.H.'s spooky blog, which usually includes riveting stories about unsolved mysteries, so I knew I'd love her book, too. The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave does what some of the best horror stories ever have done--it turns an innocent childhood toy into something scary. Can anything be spookier than an evil teddy bear?
I have to say, this book is about so much more than an evil teddy bear. It's dark and complex and it pulls you right in and won't let you go. You can't help but root for Josh and the surprise ending will have you thinking about this book long after you put it down.
My first audiobook this month comes from the lovely Natalie Lloyd. I sat with her and Kristin Tubb at a booksigning in early May and vowed to read both their books. When I got home, Natalie's book, A Snicker of Magic, was already on my Audible.com wish list. I downloaded it and started reading right away. How can you resist this cover?
And here's my second audiobook. It had been a while since I'd read a Stephen King novel, but the cover to Joyland had long fascinated me.
This book is one of Stephen King's shorter books, which is a good thing for those of us who can't quite commit to one of his 1,000-page tomes at this point in our lives. Joyland is the story of a teenage boy who takes a job at a carnival for the summer. Of course, all is not as it seems at this particular carnival. I enjoyed it, but if you're looking for a great Stephen King read from recent years, I'd recommend 11/22/63.
What's the best book you read in June? Tell us in comments or add your name to the list and tell all of your readers!