If you've read my blog before, you know I love Kristina Springer's books. So, of course, I was excited to learn she has a new book coming out. And I was even more excited to get an advanced copy of it from the publisher. That means I get to tell you about it before it comes out in the hopes you'll pre-order it and boost her first-day sales! This is her book:
How can you see the cover of this next book and not want to open it up and see what's inside?
The Eighth Day is the first in Dianne K. Salerni's Eighth Day series and it starts off with a bang. A 13-year-old boy wakes up one day to find he's the only person around. Cars are parked on the road, just as they were when he went to bed the night before. What he soon finds out is that he's stumbled upon the eighth day--a day of the week only a small group of people are around to enjoy. But there is a dark side to the eighth day...and that dark side is what brings the action that will keep you reading the next book and the next and the next.
I love this blogging community because it introduces me to books I wouldn't have read otherwise. Books like Travelers by Meradeth Houston, a time travel that is awesomesauce. Seriously!
One of the most complicated things about writing a time travel book is making the travel vehicle believable. In Travelers, the author gets that out of the way by creating characters who are travelers. It's just how they were born. Their way of life comes with very strict rules, including that they can never travel outside of their lifetime. When something happens that breaks all the rules, the main character is forced to try to make things right again. This book combines time travel with action and a little romance...once you start reading, you won't be able to put it down.
Just after finishing Travelers, I dove into a more serious book. Jumping from time travel to the real world was an interesting experience, especially since I went from one book to the other in the same sitting! The real-world book I chose was Beverly Stowe McClure's Under a Purple Moon.
We like to close our eyes and pretend that bad parents don't exist, but they do. As the author illustrates in Under a Purple Moon, there are lost children out there, abandoned by their parents but afraid to find out what happens if they turn their neglectful parents in. Eden and her friend Murphy have created a home for themselves in an abandoned house. When two new friends join them, they create a family of their own. But nothing lasts forever. I wanted to adopt Eden by the end of the book. A compelling, dramatic read that is both heartbreaking and uplifting.
My next book is something different. I haven't read a book of poetry in a long, long time. But Lidy Wilks is such a talented blogger and great friend, I had to check it out. Plus, look at this colorful cover:
Can You Catch My Flow? is a compilation of poetry that covers different phases of a person's life. After reading, I noticed that these poems were written starting when the author was young, progressing to today. It feels as though we're maturing with Lidy as we read, but the poetry is beautifully written from the first page. The book is a statement about youth, maturity, and parenthood, as well as the deeper meaning of life.
Did you read any good books this month?