I Kiss Girls by Gina Harris

Title: I Kiss Girls
Author: Gina Harris
Published: 2008
Summary:  Kate is the new girl in town; she’s gorgeous and really nice. Joanie’s in the closet and her best friend Zane joins her crush on Kate. Does Kate like girls? Joanie hopes so. 🙂

This book was such a short read. The story was cute and the ending was happy, but there were a lot of spelling and editing errors that confused me. The one that got me the most was Joanie’s birthday. On one page it said “Fourth of May” then a few pages later, the chapter started with “May fifth was Joanie’s seventeenth birthday.”

I don’t know if I recommend this or not. I’ve definitely read better GLBTQIA fiction, but I’ve also read worse.

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Secret Society by Tom Dolby

Secret Society by Tom Dolby

Secret Society by Tom Dolby

Title: Secret Society
Author: Tom Dolby
Published: 2009
Summary:  Prep school students are chosen to join a secret society (aptly named “The Society”); one of their friends didn’t get the invite so he decides to infiltrate the society. What follows is a tale of not-knowing what will come next for you and self-discovery.

I hope what I’m reading about this book being the first in a series is correct. I was first intrigued by this book when I read about it on TeenReads.com (love that site; I suggest you check it out!), so I was quite excited when I finally found it at my mother’s library (yey for being the daughter of a library technician). I immediately picked it up because I wasn’t even aware it had been published yet!

Anyway, enough gushing; I need to tell you about this book, right? 😀 First thing I notice upon opening to the actual story (and skipping copyright and title pages) was the nice typeset. I didn’t have to put on my glasses to read this book since the font was larger than most novels I read.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the novel because even though I have not read the Gossip Girl (and related) novels, the beginning of this book reminded me of what I know of them. Prep school students, clubbing, name-dropping brands, etc. Then The Society plotline kicks in and I am intrigued. Here is where I must admit that I was almost jealous of the characters recruited in the organization. I would love to have that much success so quickly.

Ahem; back to the novel. After the initiation things happen so fast for the characters of the novel that they all don’t know what to do. As things happen and they learn more, their character is called into question and they are required to define themselves and their position in life.

I liked the moral dilemma posed to the characters and how Dolby handled this with his writing style. I look forward to reading more about these characters, especially because I feel the ending was a cliffhanger.

And Another Thing… by Eoin Colfer

And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer

And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer

Title: And Another Thing…
Author: Eoin Colfer
Published: 2009
Summary: In book six of three for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, Colfer channels Adams while staying true to his own style and continues the universe of H2G2.

I really enjoyed most of And Another Thing…. I especially appreciated that Colfer didn’t completely write this as if he were Douglas Adams; Colfer’s own style shown through and made for an enjoyable read. Though, I will admit that reading the prologue made it so that I didn’t actually have to read the novel, but of course I did anyway.

It was great to read about the gang again. The only character I didn’t like, besides all the Vogons (but no one likes them anyway, so they don’t count), was Random Dent. I found myself so annoyed by her; I wanted to punch her in the face most often when she was around in the book.

This is definitely not your father’s H2G2. If Adams had written it this way, I would be disappointed but since it’s another author, I can’t really be too picky. While it stays close to the original writings, it takes a spin on things that at times I liked and at times I found myself not enjoying it, but for any Hitchhiker’s fan this book is a must read.

Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters

Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters
This book is about teenage zombies and is the sequel to Generation Dead.

Kiss of Life takes place not too long after the end of Generation Dead. At the end of the first novel, Adam is shot by Pete Martinsburg because he jumped in front of a bullet to save Phoebe (aka “Morticia Scarypants”). Adam then came back as a zombie and a whole mess of legal trouble started. Is it murder? Is it assault? Nobody knows, but Pete is sentenced to community service and counselling with Angela Hunter at the Foundation.

This whole novel is mostly about Adam and Phoebe and their relationship and how it changes now that Adam has become “differently biotic”. (It’s not “living impaired” anymore, kids. That’s not PC.) It’s also about Phoebe and Tommy and their relationship. There’s also some bit about blaming grave-digging on zombies and more men in white vans who come and reterminate the differently biotic.

We’re also no closer to figuring out why only teenagers (and only certain ones at that) reanimate.

I really liked this book (and this series), though. I wouldn’t mind reading a third book. What was really cool was finding a few parallels to Breathers by S.G. Browne, especially in the portrayal of zombies.