Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Everyone has their secrets, especially four pretty girls from Rosewood. Spencer is chasing after her sister's boyfriend. Aria is hooked on her English teacher. Emily is crushing on the new girl at school. And Hanna does some pretty ugly things to stay beautiful. But these four girls have an even bigger secret that they've hidden since their friend Alison has vanished. Alison was the queen bee, the aspiration and admiration of everyone who laid eyes on her. Spencer, Aria, Emily and Hanna, all former outsiders, soon found themselves the new best friends of popular Alison. At first it seemed like a sweet deal. But Alison is far from innocent and it was only a matter of time that someone stood up to her. Three years after her mysterious disappearance, Spencer, Aria, Emily and Hanna start getting text messages from someone named A decoding their personal lives, things only Alison would have known. Now these four girls must band together to solve who killed Alison and who A is.

We've all seen the TV show, most of us can't wait to see what unfolds in the Pretty Little Liar's lives this week. While the TV show is great, the book takes this addicting series to the next level. Filled with more suspense, drama and secrets, the books make you feel as if you're one of the liars. Not to mention there are over ten of them filled with more scandals and mysteries than any program can contain. You'll find that you won't be able to put down this addictive novel, and you won't stop until you've solved the mystery yourself.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the Lying Game or seen the TV shows on ABC Family. Not familiar with this phenomenon? Well this series is perfect for anyone dying to dive into a good mystery.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Addicted to Gossip Girl? Love to emerge yourself in the drama and luxury of the young elite? Do you love that Historical Fiction takes you back to another time and culture? The Luxe follows the lives of five teenagers living in 1899 Manhattan. Elisabeth Holland is the golden girl and when her family's financial future is on the line, she is forced to choose between her duty and the love she feels for a member of her staff. But when New York's darling's carriage turns over and there is no Elisabeth to be found, the entire city falls into a state of grieving. Some wonder if the lifestyle was too much for Elisabeth or if someone wanted her to disappear...

This book combines the drama, mystery and scandal found in today's young media, with the glitz and allure of the Nineteenth century to create a masterpiece of literary genius. While the characters may have lives more than one hundred years ago, they fit seamlessly into the mindset and ideals of modern elite youth. This book is like fancy French chocolate, luxurious, rich and completely delicious. This series makes you wish that you were going to balls with the Holland sisters, living the life that we'd all love to have.

I would recommend this book to someone looking for an escape from the modern era. While this book is historical fiction it is anything but dry and boring. Think Titanic mixed with Gossip Girl, and you'll get The Luxe. Sorry guys, while we all know you love a little drama, this book is geared more towards young ladies ages 14 and up. So grab this book off the shelf, I bet you're dying to know what really happened to Elisabeth Holland.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo By Stieg Larsson

Dark, suspenseful and utterly page turning. All accurately describe the mysterious world of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. Set in Sweden, the novel begins with Mikael, a journalist, loosing a libel case for allegations made on billionaire, Hans-Erik Wennerström. Soon after he meets with Henrik Vanger, who is the retired CEO of the Vanger Corporation. Mikael is unaware that Henrik has had an extensive background check done on him by the edgy, socially unique and most of all brilliant computer hacker. Henrik asks Mikael to perform a job for him that will last one year, he is assigned to investigate the murder of the sixteen year old Harriet Vanger which occurred 36 years prior. Mikael accepts, moving out to Henrik's estate and quickly learning about the twisted Vanger family. With the help of Lisbeth, Mikael dives into the secrets and scandals of this elite family, putting everything on the line to solve a case that haunts the Vangers to their core.

WARNING! This book is not for the faint of heart. Graphic. Violent. And at times disturbing. This book will turn your insides out while keeping you addicted like a drug. Consider this novel as the spiciest salsa a Mexican restaurant has to offer, you've got to have guts to take it in. But if you dare to open the pages of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, you will be anything but disappointed or bored. Mysteries your thing? Well folks we have a winner. Throughout the entirety of this novel you will be solving the murder of Harriet Vanger in your head, never knowing the truth until it is skillfully unravel. When you set down this book you'll be left is utter awe at the beautiful written work that has captivated millions world wide. Not to mention, its hard not falling in love with a bad-ass like Lisbeth.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an edgy and thrilling escape from our pedestrian world.  Enjoy The Snowman by Jo Nesbø or the suspense of Stephen King? Then you'll love the spellbinding trilogy by Stieg Larsson.