This post lists my top reads of April 2018. I will do a post like this every month, with books that I gave a rating of 4 or 5 stars. They are in all different genres and are for different age groups, so usually there is something for everyone.
I absolutely LOVED this book. It is the ultimate terrifying, edge-of-your-seat, neglect-your-children kind of novel. Christopher Golden hit this one out of the park, in my opinion. I read it in less than 24 hours, and I was definitely hungry for more!! I am not sure if this author plans a sequel, but he definitely left it open for one.
It begins with a newly engaged couple, Adam and Meryam, planning their wedding, but also itching to go on another one of their legendary adventures. There has just been an earthquake and avalanche in the country of Turkey, on Mount Ararat, the mountain that the Bible tells us that Noah’s ark lands on after the global flood. Adam and Meryam race to the base of the mountain to be the first to explore a cave that the earthquake has uncovered. They do find the ancient ark of the Bible, but they also find something out of your worst nightmare, something that should have never been there. No spoilers here, but this is definitely in the adult horror genre (which means older teens and adults only), and totally reads like a movie. This is one of those books that would turn a non-reader into a reader!
This next book is in a genre that has quickly become my favorite, and that is paranormal historical fiction. Cat Winters is the master of this genre. She takes a specific period in our history and adds ghosts to it! I love it! This book takes place in 1920s Oregon, during a very tense period in our history, where white hoods and lynching were, tragically, very prevalent. The female protagonist is Hanalee, who has a black father and white mother. Her father has just recently been killed in a tragic accident. She soon discovers through his ghostly presence, that what she has been told about his death may have been a lie and a coverup. This was a great mystery with a paranormal aspect, and I really appreciated how the author approached a very difficult time in our history.
This next book, “Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds, is a Newbery Honor book, A Coretta Scott King Honor book, a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Walter Dean Myers award, and many other awards and honors. This book proves that just a few words can make a huge impact. This is one of those books that makes you think. I don’t normally read books written in verse, but maybe I should start.
Will’s brother Shawn has just been gunned down, killed right in front of him, and he thinks he knows who did it, and they will pay. There are only a few rules in his neighborhood and one of them is to always get revenge. He grabs his brother’s gun from his dresser drawer and heads down the elevator to get his brother’s killer. But before the elevator gets to the first floor, several people from his past step on board to give him their perspective.
My last read for April is from a great writer of historical fiction for teens. “Fever 1793” was published quite a while ago, but I just got around to reading it, and of course I loved it. It was the winner of the ALA Best Books for Young Adults in 2001.
It takes place during the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793. Thousands of people died, thousands more left the city. The once bustling city becomes a ghost town, and its main character, Matilda, refuses to succumb to the illness and fights to keep her family’s business afloat.
Thanks for reading, and please let me know what your thoughts are about these books in the comment section!