I have been filling my e-reader with books these days – some from the library and others from Net Galleys. It is a wonderful way to read but I must say there can be some ups and downs with new books. Most times I have been excited but my last read left me wanting to quit every time I picked it up to read.
I was reading Get Happy by Mary Amato. Mary has a long list of books she has written and I love the hook of music. Our main character, Minerva, dreams of owning a ukulele. She writes songs in her notebook and they end up at the end of chapters. Mary includes a great amount of details and builds the relationship with Minerva and her mother as well as her friends.
The story has the intrigue of the missing father in her life – all the parts are there but for some reason I just didn’t really care about the characters. I think Minerva was such a typical, more that negative, teenager that I lost interest in her pretty quickly. I did finish the book to see how it would end. I like the twist as to who really was creating the problems in her life but all the tension shows up in the last two chapters.
It is a book that will pull in a specific type of reader but not sure it will reach a wider audience. Sorry Mary it just not be my genre. I think I will look at your Mystery series instead –Edgar Allan’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook.
- Trash Mountain by Jane Yolan
A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream by Kristy Dempsey- I am fascinated with the word of the illustrator Floyd Copper
Nightingale’s Nest by Daniel James Brown