Friday, May 17, 2024

Spell the Month in Books - May

Spell the Month in Books is hosted by Reviews From the Stacks and occurs on the second Saturday of each month or maybe a bit later!

Here is my May installment:

The Murderer’s Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers (2010). Lulu is haunted by the fact that, as a child, she ignored her mother’s warning not to let her father inside their home – he then killed her mother and injured her little sister Merry. The sisters survived and remained close because they have no one else. The book covers the thirty years that follow the worst day of their life and their very different ways of coping. My review.
Act Like It by Lucy Parker (2015). Lainie Graham is a talented young actress whose modest personality appeals to the media; she is co-starring on the London stage with talented bad-boy Richard Troy after a bad break-up with another cast member. Obviously, a fake romance is the perfect way for the show's management to use Lainie to whitewash Richard’s reputation, despite the fact that they don’t want to spend time with each other – at least, not at first . . .  This is Parker's first outstanding book: it did not take long for her to become many people's new favorite author.
The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty (2003). You can’t go long without bumping (figuratively speaking) into one of the talented Moriarty sisters from Australia, three of whom are internationally known writers. This is my favorite of her books, an epistolary YA novel set at imaginary high schools near Sydney, Australia, in which a teacher arranges pen-pals between preppy private Asbury High school and the urban public Brookfield High. Cassie, Emily, and Lydia start writing letters to three boys at Brookfield with both predictable and unpredictable results.

Have you read any books by these authors?


Marianne said...

May is a short month, so it should be easy. But the Y ruins it all, right?
Still, you managed well.

My Spell the Month in Books.

CLM said...

Exactly! I may have to look for Y books at the library!

thecuecard said...

If those Moriarty sisters run in the same circles, perhaps they'll have to avoid using similar plots. Hmm. I wonder if they ever had a problem with that?