Friday, May 27, 2016

Best Books of May

It's once again time to tell you about the best books I read this month. Here are my favorite May reads!



The first book I read this month is on my list of best book premises ever! Jen Malone is a fellow M!x author who also writes YA and comes up with some of the best plots. The cover of this new one will draw you in right away:



Imagine a tween version of The Hangover. Substitute a bachelor party for a sleepover, replace the crazy-wild bachelor stuff with things that could go wrong when a group of tweens is hypnotized, and you have The Sleepover. What I love about Jen Malone's books is that they remind me so much of an 80s movie. Think Adventures in Babysitting, where a group of young people end up on a quest, faced with one adventure after another. And best of all, Jen's voice is magnificent. When it comes to capturing the voice and mindset of a 12-year-old female girl, she's one of the best of all time. Even more amazing, she can jump to writing a young adult book and capture that age group perfectly as well. Once you start reading a Jen Malone book, you won't stop until you've read them all!

I've known the next author a long time and she's one of the sweetest people I've ever met. Phyllis Bourne is an award-nominated romance novelist and her latest book has a cover you'll fall in love with.




Between a Rock and a Hot Mess puts a hotheaded female construction company owner right in the middle of a love triangle. There's Hudson, her sexy archenemy who is everything she doesn't want in a man, and there's Ian, the suit-wearing most eligible bachelor. Phyllis always creates strong female characters and sexual tension that oozes off the page.

My next book is the third Elizabeth Seckman novel I've read and I've loved every one. This time she covers a family mystery, with a man in search of his long-lost sister.




Swept Away is a mystery-slash-romance that will hook you from page one. Two friends survive a bad storm...or do they? We switch to Tucker's story and learn one of the girls in the prologue may be the sister he's never met. He follows the clues to an island, where he meets a woman who closely resembles the girl in the picture...but is she? I've read quite a few mysteries and I have to say this is one of the most unpredictable I've ever read. You'll keep eagerly turning the pages until you reach the end!

You've probably seen Rebecca Green Gasper around my blog. We met during this year's A to Z Challenge and I already feel like we've known each other for years. This month, I waited eagerly for her new book, A Spy in Me, to launch.



I'm not exaggerating when I say I loved this book! Harley (named for a geeky comic book character, not a cool motorcycle) is a reporter for the college newspaper who has been demoted to fashion and stye. When girls begin fainting in her dorm, she knows something is behind the mysterious illnesses. Not only does Rebecca set up a perfect mystery, but she also manages to include a very important message to young girls in the process. I can't wait to read more in the series!

You never know what you'll get when you download a Medeia Sharif book. She writes across a range of genres. I was so excited for her latest because the premise is just so fascinating. Who can resist a possessed stepsister?



The Haunted Stepsister tells the story of a young girl possessed. But it's so much more than that. Early in the story, we learn of an incident that took place just before...and that incident is still hanging over the Moradi family. The possession part of the story is intense and suspenseful, but the underlying message about the complexities of blended families is the best part of the book, I think. You'll totally admire the journey these two stepsisters take.

What are you reading?

37 comments:

  1. Congrats to all these authors. These sound like a great group of books to have for summer reading.

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    1. It is time to stock up for the beach!

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  2. I know several of those authors!
    I have two books by blogger buddies Sandra and Deb that I need to finish.

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    1. Always too many books to read, too little time!

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  3. I haven't heard of anyone these books, but they also sound good. I now want to read "The Sleepover."

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  4. This was a good month of books for you! All of them seem unique!

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    1. I love reading variety, if you can't tell! It actually helps to go from reading a lighthearted tween book to an intense mystery and back again.

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  5. You are such a good friend to other authors. You really are.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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    1. You're so sweet, Sandee! I'm a total geek-out fan of the writers whose work I love.

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  6. What a fun range of titles! Thank you for sharing. And I appreciate finding you from your kindly comment on my little blog. Happy writing and reading!

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  7. I love book recommendations! Thanks for sharing these. I'm reading The Girl on the Train. I have to take a long train ride tomorrow, so maybe I'll finish it then. :)

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  8. Oh thanks for the tips!! I need to start getting books to read!

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  9. Excellent choices! I hope to devour every one ;-) Can't wait to see another one of yours come up on the roster.
    Enjoy your holiday weekend!

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  10. More booky temptation. So many books, so little time.

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  11. quite a variety and your enthusiasm shines through. Very fun!! Thanks for the suggestions

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  12. Quite a few good ones to choose from.

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  13. Thank you so much, Stephanie for featuring me and my new release on your blog! What a wonderful surprise. I have to make sure to get the other books. Can't wait for a few good reads this summer!

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  14. Thank you for featuring my book. :) I'd like to read the rest.

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  15. What a variety, Stephanie. You've added to my reading list!

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  16. I cannot wait read Medeia's book! I LOVE a good scary story!

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  17. So many great sounding books. The Sleepover sounds hilarious! I have been wanting to read Medeia's book- as I have loved all of her books so far. I also look forward to reading the other books you mentioned. Swept Away has a great cover! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Oh my gosh. Got some good ones here. I'm going to have to check into these. Elizabeth's particularly intrigues me.
    Totally off topic. You need to pit stop by Adam's blog. The post is right up your alley:)
    https://linkrandom.blogspot.com It's about Bobby Dunbar or did you all ready know about that one?

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  19. Great suggestions! I'm currently reading (AND LOVING) Swans of 5th Avenue...if you love glitzy old school NYC books, check it out!

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  20. It's not my type of book, but THE SLEEPOVER sounds like an absolutely genius idea. ^_^ I have several friends who have daughters and I have a feeling I'll end up gifting them that book later in their lives.

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  21. What a lovely blog, Stephanie - I found it after you left a comment on mine!

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  22. I need to check out Swept Away. I'm so glad you liked Medeia's book!

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  23. The Harley Files is on my iPad, and I've read The Haunted Stepsister. The others are new to me.
    I'm reading Stone's Heart by Darby Karchut now. Loving it.

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  24. You've made me want to read all of these stories. Well done! Sadly, I find I paint instead of read these days which is sad. You could cause me to change directions!

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  25. Sounds like a good clutch of books. I've been spending a lot of my reading time in India recently: Samskara by Anantha Murthy and Kim by Kipling. Good stuff.

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  26. Oh, girl. I'm gonna be adding this to my ever growing reading list. And it's only May! So many books to read so little time.

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  27. What a wonderful group of books. Thank you Stephanie.

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  28. More to add to my TBR. Thanks, Stephanie, for the great suggestions!

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  29. "Imagine a tween version of The Hangover" - this is possibly the best line on any blog ever. Also, Seckman and Sharif are on my list for sure!

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  30. so happy for Elizabeth and Medeia! and when I saw the blurb for The Sleepover in a tweet last week I died! That sounds soooo cute!

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  31. You've totally blown up my TBR ;) Great reviews--especially on The Sleepover. Love your comparison!

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