Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings
By Helene Boudreau
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc
Fourteen-year-old Jade feels like a freak-of-nature when she finally gets her first period while trying on an XL tankini at the mall. It gets worse when she runs into handsome Luke Martin in the feminine products aisle while her dad Googles 'menstruation' on his Blackberry. But 'freak-of-nature' takes on a whole new meaning when raging hormones being on another metamorphosis - complete with scales and a tail. When Jade learns she's inherited her mermaid tendencies from her late mother, it raises the question: if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown?
An utterly charming (and pocket-sized) Young Adult book about growing up and families, with a hint of romance in there too. The mystery plot is nicely put together, although I'd like a sequel to tell us where things move on after this story's resolution.
The Devil's Edge
By Stephen Booth
Published by Little, Brown Book Group
The newspapers call them the Savages: a band of home invaders as merciless as they are stealthy. Usually they don't leave a clue. This time, they've left a body. The first victim is found sprawled on her kitchen floor, blood soaking the terracotta tiles. Before long, another corpse is discovered, dead of fright. As the toll rises, it's up to DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry to track down the killers. But the enemy isn't who they think it is. Beneath the sinister shadow of the mountain ridge called the Devil's Edge, a twisted game is in play
-- a game more ruthless than the detectives can imagine.
Borrowed off Mum after I bought it for her birthday this year. Set in an area of the Peak District I know very well, and with some characters bearing more than a passing resemblance to people I know, this was a good continuation of the series. Contrary to the blurb, Cooper spends much of the main case with a new partner, while Fry is dragged away from very boring training (with some detestable companions) to work on a case that's very close to Cooper's home and family. I'm hoping we see more of the new officer in subsequent books.
By Clare London
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Tanner Mackay and Niall Sutherland were once far more than just fellow intelligence agents. But then a mission went horribly wrong and everything fell apart, sending Tanner into hiding and splitting the team and their affair wide apart.
Now an unknown traitor is threatening the team, and their ex-boss is determined to reunite them before it’s too late. She finds Tanner in a run-down trailer park, bringing with her a most unwelcome refugee in need of temporary sanctuary: Niall, the man he thought he'd never have to face again. The man he's sure feels exactly the same in return.
Trapped in a situation that’s both claustrophobic and highly dangerous, Tanner and Niall will have to revisit their past and reconsider their perceptions, their loyalties—and their desires—in order to survive, let alone forge a future together.
This has been lurking in my To Read files for far too long. I loved the way the chapters were divided by day and exact time, and there was a lovely cast of characters circling around the main two. One to reread for definite.