Monday, October 31, 2011

October Round-Up

I started out strong this month...but then I got hit with a bad case of B-ADD (Book Attention Deficit Disorder)...But I did get some great books read this month and I think I am only 10 books and 2 months away from my goal of 200 books for 2011.  I think I can handle 10 books even with the holidays coming up!

Well here is my list of books completed in the month of October:

Dusty Covers Monday #3

Dusty Cover Monday is a meme started here at Novel Goddess by KristyZ (me), that is a gentle reminder for us to go back to a book published a year or so ago, dust off its cover and read it! Sometimes we get caught-up in the new releases and forget all those books we were excited about in much the same way, not so long ago.

Kristy's Dusty Cover for this week is: I Am Number Four by Pitticus Lore

Why did I choose this book? Well is does have about half an inch of dust on it, seriously. I was about 100 pages into the book when I set it down to read other books and just never got around to finishing it. Now it is time to dust off the cover, finish what I started and move on to the second book in the series.

I Am Number Four
In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.

The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next. (synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Review: Tempest

Tempest by Julie Cross

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*NOTE* - I received an ARC of this through "First Reads" as well as NetGalley

Synopsis: It's 2009 and Jackson is a regular 19 year old college student. He has a girlfriend, Holly, and a job, oh, and he can time travel. No Biggie! He and his pal Adam test the limits and track the results...the furthest back Jackson has ever gone is a couple of days.

That is until the day that these weird people show up in Holly's dorm room and she gets shot in the process...that's when Jackson travels back to 2007 and can't seem to get back to 2009 and help Holly.

When the same people who shot Holly in 2009 start showing up in 2007, Jackson doesn't know what to do or who to trust.

Review: This was an incredibly complex story! But I never felt lost, which was amazing considering just how much is going on throughout the book. The story doesn't sit still for a second once Holly is shot and that happens within the first 25 pages or so.

Different timelines allow for new questions and even more opportunities to wonder who, exactly, everyone is as well as their affiliation. We were able to "witness" the back story through Jackson who was observing those key moments as his 19 year old self, which I think makes for a really authentic experience for the reader.

Jackson was absolutely "swoon-worthy" because of all the soul searching he does and what he learns about himself...he confronts his demons/fears head-on and comes out the other side all the better. I loved the change in how he related to Holly after he witnessed certain events.

Julie Cross you wrote one heck of a book! I hate that I have to wait to see what happens next.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review: Hounded

Hounded by Kevin Hearne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Atticus O'Sullivan is a 2100 year old Druid, he believes the last remaining Druid. He only looks 21 years old thanks to a special blend of tea he's been taking for a very long time. He owns a new age shop and is on a first named basis with all the Gods. However one God in particular wishes him dead for stealing a powerful and priceless sword. Everyone is involved...vampires, werewolves, witches, several Gods, and many humans under the control of these various characters.

This book falls under the heading of "Urban Fantasy" takes place in our time in an urban setting. In this case Tempe, AZ. I did like Mr. Hearne's story and characters, but his descriptions tended to be rather lengthy.

In amongst all the seriousness of monsters coming to kill you, Hounded had some great comic relief in the guise of an Irish Wolfhound named "Oberon" and a 90-something Irish lass down the street that drinks Irish Whiskey like water. The discussions between Atticus and Oberon were laugh out loud funny.

Another thing Mr. Hearne did in his mythology for this series is make it clear that all the Gods exist...Thor, Christ, Vishnu, everyone...which leaves lots of story possibilities. In Hounded, the story centered around the Gods of Celtic mythology this a few references to Norwegian Gods. Apparently everyone hates Thor and I'm hoping he will appear in a future installment.

Overall, it was a very fun read with a lot of laughs...which is always a bonus in my book.

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I have officially been diagnosed with a really bad case of B-ADD!

What is B-ADD, you ask? Well, my co-contributor on this blog, Kristy Zee made the original discovery of this affliction and coined the term, "Book ADD", as in Book Attention Deficit Disorder.  It's general symptom is an overwhelming inability to "get into" a book, thus prompting the afflicted to pick up another book in the hopes of "getting into" that book.  When you have started and stopped more than 3 books in the same week, you are said to have Book ADD, or B-ADD.

I have B-ADD, bad, this week.  I have picked up and put down the following books since Monday...

  • The Fallen by Thomas Sniegowski
  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates
  • Prized by Caragh O'Brien
  • Graveminder by Melissa Marr
  • Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
  • The Line by Teri Hall
  • Exile by Rebecca Lim
  • Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
  • Raven by Alison Van Diepen
  • Godmother by Carolyn Turgeon
I think I've finally settled on Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles. I say "I think" only because I'm 10 chapters in and still am not sure if I am going to put it down and try something else.

I've never had B-ADD this bad before. I hope it's only temporary!  

Monday, October 24, 2011

Review: Sweet Venom

Sweet Venom
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Grace is adopted. She's always known and has a wonderful family and life. Because Grace received a scholarship to a very prestigious school, the family has recently moved to San Francisco.

As Grace is acclimating herself to the Bay Area, she starts seeing monsters, but it's clear she is the only one who can see them. That is until Gretchen bursts onto the scene and takes out one of these monsters. And Gretchen looks just like Grace! Yep, you guessed it, Gretchen is adopted as well.

It turns out both Grace and Gretchen are descendants of the Gorgon Medusa and her mortal husband. And it is their duty to protect the world from the mythological creatures that slip through the crack between Frisco and the Underworld.

This book was OK. Primarily is was the set-up for the future books. We were hit with several mysteries, only a couple of which were partially answered before the book ended. There really wasn't any huge climaxes, just small ones leading up to the cliffhanger ending. I'm hoping that next book will have more story and more action...because this one lost momentum about half way. I did put it down and read another book then forced myself to finish it out.

I did enjoy the new mythology that Childs created for the Gorgons and see a lot of potential in future storylines. I just hope she can get the story up and running then keep it there.

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Dusty Cover Monday - #2

It's Dusty Cover Monday once again!

What is Dusty Cover Monday? Well it's a meme started here at Novel Goddess, by our own Kristy Zee, that reminds you to pick up one of those books you've been "meaning to read" that's been collecting dust and actually read it.  Or, in lieu, of anything dust covered, pick up a book that was published in a previous year, that you've been "meaning to read" and read it.

My Dusty Cover for this week is:  The Fallen Omnibus (Books 1 & 2) by Thomas Sniegoski

On his eighteenth birthday, Aaron begins to hear strange voices and is convinced he is going insane. But having moved from foster home to foster home, Aaron doesn't know whom he can trust. He wants to confide in the cute girl from class, but fears she'll confirm he's crazy.
Then a mysterious man begins following Aaron. He knows about Aaron's troubled past and his new powers. And he has a message for Aaron: As the son of a mortal and an angel, Aaron has been chosen to redeem the Fallen.
Aaron tries to dismiss the news and resists his supernatural abilities. But he must accept his newfound heritage — and quickly. For the dark powers are gaining strength, and are hell-bent on destroying him....

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Review: Beautiful Chaos

Beautiful Chaos
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Warning: You will need a box of Kleenex as you read this book!

Typical of Caster Chronicle books...there is a moon "song" running throughout. "18 Moon" is the prophecy of Beautiful Chaos. While everyone is running around trying to figure out who is what, we learn a lot of backstory.

We learn the story of Sarafine, from her claiming through the fire that nearly killed Lena as an infant. We learn more about Abraham and Silas and where John Breed fits into the story. There is a lot going on with Aunt Marian because of what Olivia did in the second book. We have comic relief provided by the Lincubus. Most disturbing for me was what was going on with Amma! I love Amma and her biting wit! But she is definitely not herself in this part of the story.

I am amazed at how Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl are able to create a story with such a unified voice...I would love to know how they do it.

I did find the story slow to start, but knew it would get better. And it did not disappoint. I didn't find the mystery of the 18 Moon as tough to figure out as our characters after certain bits of info was reveiled...but our heroes still fumbled around with it for quite a while longer.

Kami and Margaret if you are reading this I would love to see a short story about Liv and John!! Oh, and you suck for that ending! LOL, just kidding. But I, like the rest of your readers, will be waiting with baited breath for the next installment!

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Review: Clarity

Clarity by Kim Harrington

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Clarity "Clare" Fern comes from a family of sensitive individuals. Her Mom is a telepath...she can read your thoughts, but only your current ones. Her brother Periwinkle "Perry" is a medium, he can communicate with the dead. And Clare who can touch belongings and see scenes of the past.

The Fern family has a new age business in their sleepy New England town. That is until a murder occurs and Clare is called into help with it and Perry is one of the main suspects.

Kim Harrington wrote a fun, fast moving mystery, that I devoured in one sitting. I do have to say that I called the killer back on page 40-something...but that was a guess based partly on the writing and mostly just on instinct from reading lots of mysteries.

I thought the Fern family was brilliant! Loved that they all had a gift and were using them as a family. Justin was a cool guy and he had a great back story with Clare. Also loved Gabriel's back story and how he is at odds with himself all through the story. I absolutely can't wait to read the next story in the series! I'm dying to see how Madame Maslov's prediction works out! And also if Perry quits being a man-whore. LOL

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Review: Old Magic

Old Magic
Old Magic by Marianne Curley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved, loved, loved Marianne Curley’s “Guardians of Time” trilogy…as soon as I finished it, I had to see what else she had written. I’ve had “Old Magic” sitting beside my nightstand getting dusty for a while and pulled it out on Monday.

Kate is a witch, or so her classmates will tell you. She lives with her grandmother, Jillian, who runs a new-age type shop and is proud of her witch heritage. Jillian is the real deal and very gifted. Kate would tell you she can only manage a few small spells, nothing like Jillian.

Enter Jarrod, the new boy in town. His first day of class, he gets bullied by the “jock” in science class. While that is happening some freak wind blows through class and causes some destruction. Kate see it for what it truly is, Jarrod has some power of his own, make that a lot of power, only he doesn’t know it. Nor is he willing to believe in his power or magic of any kind. The other thing Jarrod can’t reconcile is the streak of bad luck his family has been going through for as long as Jarrod can remember.

When Jarrod’s family starts falling apart at the seams, Jarrod begins to wonder if there isn’t some truth to what Kate and Jillian have been telling him.

Another fantastic, fun read from Marianne Curley. This one has some time travel too, that was a hugely pleasant surprise! Time travel really allows for some great story possibilities, which might explain why I enjoy them so! This one was great, with a ton of twists and turns and Marianne is a master of them. If you like young adult stories, magic, and some medieval history…you gotta read “Old Magic”.

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Review: Awaken

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Maddie lives in a future world where everything is done via computer. School, especially, is all done through the internet. In fact, it’s Maddie’s Dad that developed and implemented Digital School (DS for short).

Because Maddie’s Dad is in charge of DS, she was targeted in the past, by an extremist group…Maddie made some poor choices and has subsequently been under house arrest for the better part of 3 years. Because of this, Maddie keeps a low profile when online. She does manage to make a friend at an online tutoring group. His name is Justin, and it’s Justin that manages to convince “Alex” (Maddie’s Alter-ego) to meet at a tutoring group…in person.

Maddies is taken with Justin! Justin seems to be interested in Maddie as well…but Justin has some aspirations that don’t jive with her Dad. Will Maddie awaken to the possibilities?

This book grabbed me from the first page…first I wanted to understand why Maddie went online as Alex, then what she did to basically be grounded for 3 years, then what the deal was with Justin, and so on. Each mystery revealed led to another larger mystery. So much so that I couldn’t put the book down and read it in one sitting.

The other thing I deeply appreciated about the story was the ending. The whole story is completely realistic and imaginable…and with that, the ending was not tied up in a nice, neat little bow. It reached a logical conclusion and left it there.

I loved Justin’s sense of duty. He’s lived in a world of self-sacrifice his whole life and just doesn’t know how to reach out and grab a bit of life for himself…and if he did know how to do it, he wouldn’t. I also loved how Maddie awakened and blossomed to new possibilities…with Justin gently guiding her. Awaken was a great cautionary tale with just a bit of romance…a wonderful way to spend an evening.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Dusty Cover Monday - #1

So my partner in crime, and occasional poster here on Novel Goddess, Kristy Zee had what I would call, "A Brilliant Idea".  With all the excitement out there for Newly Released books...Kristy thought we should start a Meme to remember those books we were once so excited about, but have yet to read.  You know, the ones sitting on your nightstand collecting dust. Or maybe you are a better housekeeper than I am and you don't have Dusty Covers, but still have a stack of books on the nightstand.

See, Kristy knows me so well! My stack of excitement isn't sitting on my nightstand, but on the floor next to the night stand and is taller than the nightstand.

So with this being the inaugural "Dusty Cover Monday" post...I am committing to reading a book out of my stack of "Dusty Covers". My choice for this week is....
Old Magic
by Marianne Curley

GoodReads SynopsisJarrod Thornton is mesmerizing, but Kate Warren doesn't know why. 

The moment the new guy walks into the room, Kate senses something strange and intense about him. Something supernatural. Her instincts are proven correct a few minutes later when, bullied by his classmates, Jarrod unknowingly conjures up a freak thunderstorm inside their classroom.

Jarrod doesn't believe in the paranormal. When Kate tries to convince him that he has extraordinary powers that need to be harnessed, he only puts up with her "hocus pocus" notions because he finds her captivating. However, the dangerous, uncontrolled strengthening of his gift finally convinces Jarrod that he must take Kate's theories seriously. Together, they embark on a remarkable journey—one which will unravel the mystery that has haunted Jarrod's family for generations and pit the teens against immense forces in a battle to undo the past and reshape the future.

I loved Marianne Curley's "Guardians of Time" Trilogy, so I knew this was another book for me when I saw it on the bookstore shelf.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Review: The Death Cure

The Death Cure
The Death Cure by James Dashner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wahhhhh!!!! Maze Runner is over!!!! Wahhhhh!!!!

If you are going into Death Cure hoping that all the loose ends are going to be tied ain't gonna be happy!

Personally, I would have been disappointed if all the loose ends WERE tied up into nice, neat little bows! One of the things I have loved about this series is the fact that no one knows which way is up, who they can trust, who is lying, or who is telling the truth. That continues! In fact, I was still expecting major storyline shifts as I was reading the last paragraph! Trust me Death Cure doesn't disappoint when it comes to surprises!

I can't think of a way to summarize the story without revealing major plot points, so I am going to suffice it to say that when the story starts, the gang is under WICKED's control, at some point they escape to Denver, and then return to the WICKED headquarters.

The ending was both shocking and one of those "well duh!" moments. It's what WICKED should have done all along...but you know what they say about hindsight being 20/20!

This was a fantastic series and I'm so pleased that James Dashner stayed true to the tone of Maze Runner. At one point I thought we were going to have a "Bobby Ewing taking a shower" moment from Dallas...but we didn't...I was going to have to personally kill Dashner if it had turned out to all be a bad dream!

Mr Dashner, I give you high praise for such a mind-bending, stomach-churning, roller coaster ride of a series! I look forward to reading your work in the future!

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Review: A Need So Beautiful

A Need So Beautiful
A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was a total WOW for me! I loved it!

Charlotte has had these weird kind of psychic urges for as long as she can remember. Only now, they are intensifying in strength and frequency. When they hit, she feel drawn, ultimately, to a person. When she finds the person in question, she sees certain events from their point of view. This leads her to tell that person something they need to hear. Something that will give them closure. The odd part is that as soon as she delivers the message, that person immediately forgets her, like she was never there.

This story sucked me in so completely. I could feel the love between Charlotte and her boyfriend Harlin. Charlotte's unconditional acceptance of her best friend. Her love for her foster Mom and siblings was palpable. But what really got me were Charlotte's flashes when she is viewing a subjects life from their point of view. Suzanne Young's eloquence in these scenes was so emotionally powerful! I was reading this at work with tears just streaming down my face and trying to hide it so everyone wouldn't come over and ask what was wrong! Then add to that Charlotte not wanting to be forgotten...I tried to put myself in her shoes. Thinking how I would process the knowledge that everyone I knew and loved would eventually forget me...GAH! What an awful realization to have to live with.

I remember hearing a lot of hype about this story when it came out and it has been on my "to-read" list for quite a long time. I'm just so sorry I didn't get around to it until now! Suzanne Young is a gifted writer, she knows how to pull the emotions out of the reader. I will be rereading this beautiful story many, many times. Just loved it!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Review: If I Tell

If I Tell
If I Tell by Janet Gurtler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jasmine is bi-racial, born to a 17 year old mother, raised by her very loving grandparents. Jasmine’s father hasn’t had anything to do with her, except for setting up a trust fund for her on the condition she never try to contact him…NICE! This, she feels, sets her apart and she’s never made friends because it was easier to hang with her Grandfather and her guitar.

One night at a party, Jasmine sees something she wishes she hadn’t and it shakes her to the core. Once she decides to tell her Mom what she saw, her mother reveals she is pregnant. Now what is Jasmine to do?

I thought Janet did a fantastic job of tackling the feelings of being bi-racial in a primarily Caucasian environment. A lot of the things Janet wrote about were the same feelings many bi-racial friends have shared with me that they experienced growing up, only my friends were growing up in large urban areas with their family unit intact, unlike Jasmine.

I felt tremendous sympathy for Jasmine all the way around. I loved that Jaz spent a lot of time in self-reflection and did finally find two people who were willing to climb the wall Jas had erected to separate herself from her schoolmates. I also loved the honesty with which Jackson carried himself. I appreciated that he’d made his mistakes, done his time, and was doing everything he could to stay on the straight and narrow. I loved the potential influence he would have had on Jasmine and the growth I believe she would have experienced with him in her life.

I so enjoyed this book that I finished it in one sitting. I am adding Janet Gurtler to my list of authors I want to read more from.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Review: Eve

Eve by Anna Carey

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

It's 20 years in the future and the vast majority of the populace has been take out by a virus. The vaccination against the virus only aided in the destruction.

The orphans have been rounded up and the boys are in labor camps and the girls are in school. What the girls don't know is that when they graduate they will basically be chained to a bed and forced to go through multiple pregnancies, until they either die or can't get pregnant anymore. What's a girl to do? Why, escape! And that's what Eve does.

This book was absurd! For example, Why would you subject girls to 12 years of schooling if you are only going to chain them up to bed and basically pop litter after litter? What was the point of making Eve the valedictorian? Giving her a medal for being the best and the brightest?

Part of the curricula was to teach girls about the evils of men...the only good man being the King...a left over politician from before the virus that was the first to get things moving after the devastation. So when Eve encounters a male of the species she assumes he wants to have sex with her...and she voices it to him. UGH.

Just about everyone that comes into contact with Eve ends up dying...she may have been the best and the brightest at school (best and brightest what I have yet to figure out), but she is incapable of thinking beyond what she wants right this second and the possible effects her decisions have on those around her. Instead of quietly walking away from a baby bear cub she decides to pet it and wonders why the Mama is pissed and chasing after her. REALLY?

Then she gets to the sanctuary she's heard about and finds out it's for women only and she lets the love of her life leave her there and walk away??? Absurd I tell you, especially after everything they have just gone through? I guess there had to be something for Eve to do in the next book. OY!

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Top 100 Young Adult Books

How Many Have You Read??

Books I Read
Books I Have, But Still Must Read

1.                  Alex Finn – Beastly
2.                  Alice Sebold – The Lovely BonesDescription:
3.                  Ally Carter – Gallagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
4.                  Ally Condie – Matched
5.                  Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
6.                  Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
7.                  Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
8.                  Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
9.                  Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
10.              Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
11.              Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
12.              Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2)
13.              Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
14.              Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
15.              Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)
16.              Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
17.              Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3)
18.              Christopher Paolini – Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)
19.              Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
20.              Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
21.              Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3)
22.              Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
23.              Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
24.              Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
25.              Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
26.              Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
27.              Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
28.              Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3)
29.              J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
30.              James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
31.              James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
32.              Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
33.              Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
34.              Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
35.              John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
36.              John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
37.              John Green – Looking for Alaska
38.              John Green – Paper Towns
39.              Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
40.              Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
41.              Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
42.              Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
43.              Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3)
44.              Lemony Snicket – Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
45.              Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)
46.              Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
47.              Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
48.              M.T. Anderson – Feed
49.              Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)
50.              Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
51.              Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
52.              Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
53.              Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
54.              Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
55.              Mary Ting – Crossroads
56.              Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
57.              Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1, 2)
58.              Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
59.              Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
60.              Meg Rosoff – How I live now
61.              Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
62.              Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)
63.              Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
64.              Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
65.              Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
66.              Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
67.              Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
68.              Neal Shusterman – Unwind
69.              Neil Gaiman – Coraline
70.              Neil Gaiman – Stardust
71.              Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
72.              P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,8)
73.              Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
74.              Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
75.              Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick; Norah’s Infinite Playlist
76.              Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
77.              Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
78.              Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks
79.              S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
80.              Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
81.              Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
82.              Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key
83.              Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
84.              Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
85.              Scott Westerfeld – Leviathan (1, 2)
86.              Scott Westerfeld – Uglies (1, 2, 3)
87.              Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
88.              Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
89.              Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
90.              Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
91.              Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
92.              Stephanie Meyer – The Host
93.              Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
94.              Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
95.              Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
96.              Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3)
97.              Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
98.              Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
99.              Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)
100.          Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped

I have read, or have in my possession to read, more of that list of 100 books than I thought. I'm going to have to check out the rest of them and see if I want to add them to my "to-read" list!