This week I had the pleasure of reading two spectacular Tenner books. I know you may think I'm biased and I guess I am, but I'm also extraordinarily impressed with the Tenner books I've read so far.
This time around I read MISTWOOD and A LOVE STORY: STARRING MY DEAD BEST FRIEND.
MISTWOOD by Leah Cypess was another one of those books I'd likely not have chosen to read on my own. Having said that twice now, I realize that I'm going to have to overcome my own biases and read more books I wouldn't normally read because I think I'm missing out. MISTWOOD was beautiful and haunting and reminded me a lot of the fantasy novels of Raymond E. Feist that I read as a boy. You can check out the plot here, but the short of it is that Isabel is a shape shifter who must navigate court politics to protect her liege. Start this one when you have enough time to finish it otherwise you'll miss out on a night of sleep. Seriously. Leah's writing style is so fantastic that this book is like a black hole that sucks you in and refuses to let go.
A LOVE STORY: STARRING MY DEAD BEST FRIEND by Emily Horner had the kind of characters that I wanted to jump through the page and hang out with. They reminded me a lot of my own friends from my own drama days in HS. It's two stories in one: The story of Cass trying to get over the death of her best friend, and the story of Julia's friends trying to pull together and put on the musical that Julia penned before her death. It was funny and awkward and perfect. Emily's writing style is easy and heartbreaking. Oh, and if Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad is ever made into a real musical, I'm totally in. Seriously, Emily. Call me. I can sing. And I don't mind fake blood.