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Andi Watson
Dark Horse Comics, 2017
Source: Library
Audience: Older Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
Strange things happen around Glister Butterworth. A young girl living on her family's English estate, Glister has unusual adventures every day, from the arrival of a teapot haunted by a demanding ghost, a crop of new relatives blooming on the family tree, a stubborn house that walks off its land in a huff, and a trip to Faerieland to find her missing mother. - Perfect for ages 8 and up!

I didn’t get Glister. It wasn’t bad, and I’m sure it has its audience, but I wasn’t that audience. I liked the use of color in the art, but the story didn’t grab me. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish it.

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The Winter People

The Winter People
Jennifer McMahon
Doubleday, 2014
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Older Teens, Adults

Goodreads doesn’t have a description for The Winter People! WHY?

I loved it. It contains:

ZombiesMurder/SuicideMysteryHorrorA BlizzardA Face on the Milk Carton-like situation
What more do you need in a book?

The book went back and forth in time, building the suspense. Everything tied together so well, and it was really well-written. I knew there was a twist coming, and I had an idea of what was going to happen, but I was just a little bit wrong. It’s great for fans of Stephen King!

Coming Up for Air

Coming Up for Air Miranda Kenneally Sourcebooks Fire, 2017 Source: E-Galley, Library Audience: Older Teens
From Goodreads: All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic tryout, so Maggie feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to sacrifice in the water to win at love?

Whew! Coming Up for Air = Forever by Judy Blume + the Summ…

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway Jeff Kinney Harry N. Abrams, 2017 Source: Library Audience: Children, Younger Teens
From Goodreads: Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town.

With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family.

But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family's vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?

The Getaway was one of my favorite Diary of a Wimpy Kid books - the best since Dog Days! I loved it. While I have never been to a resort, I have been on a family vacation. Kinney depicted the experience perfectly and hilariously. Some of the experiences were highly unlikely to happen in real life, whi…

My Friend Dahmer

My Friend Dahmer Derf Backderf Abrams Books, 2012 Source: Library Audience: Older Teens, Adults
From Goodreads: You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer — the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper — seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, “Jeff” was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides.

In My Friend Dahmer, a haunting and original graphic novel, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche — a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. With profound insight, what emerges is a Jeffrey Dahmer that few ever really knew, and one readers will never forget.

I can’t imagine living life so close to a serial killer. This …

Did Not Finish

AfarLeila del Duca Image Comics, 2017 Source: Library Audience: All Teens
From Goodreads: Boetema suddenly develops the ability to astrally project to other worlds, unintentionally possessing the bodies of people light years away. 

Inotu, her inquisitive brother with a penchant for trouble, finds himself on the run after he’s caught eavesdropping on an illegal business deal between small town business tycoons and their cyborg bodyguard. When Boetema accidentally gets someone hurt while in another girl’s body, the siblings are forced to work together to solve the problems they’ve created on their planet and others.

This book had amazing art and a captivating story. It just wasn’t my style, though, and I quit reading it (and all of my DNF’s get 1 star, unfortunately.) I think other people will absolutely LOVE it, though.

The Backstagers, Vol. 1 James Tynion IV BOOM! Box, 2017 Source: Library Audience: All Teens
From Goodreads: When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he's…

Rose and the Magician’s Mask

Rose and the Magician’s Mask
Holly Webb
Hodder and Stoughton, 2013
Source: Library, E-Galley
Audience: Children

From Goodreads:
A precious mask of unimaginable power has been stolen from the royal palace. Rose suspects that dark magicians are at work – and that danger looms...

The race to stop the evil thieves will take Rose to the mysterious city of Venice, where nothing is quite what it seems... Can Rose use her magic to find the terrible mask, before its true powers are revealed?

Well, it’s been longer than I thought since I read the first Rose book. I remembered very little. However, Rose and the Magician’s Mask was well-written and creative. It reminded me a bit of Lord of the Rings. My favorite character was definitely Gus. Holly Webb is a great author!