It’s almost the end of June and I have a mini-goal for myself: finish reading 50 books by the end of the first half of the year. It’s funny that the books I chose for my 50th are just extraordinarily long. Can my reading speed keep up to my goal by Wednesday?
Let’s see! Good thing Wednesday is a holiday here.
To recognize this effort, I’ve got two teasers for this week’s Teaser Tuesday!
The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell
Sixteen-year-old Damien Locke has a plan: major in messing with people at the local supervillain university and become a professional evil genius, just like his supervillain mom. But when he discovers the shameful secret sheâ€™s been hiding all these years, that the one-night stand that spawned him was actually with a superhero, everything gets messed up. His fatherâ€™s too moral for his own good, so when he finds out Damien exists, he actually wants him to come live with him and his goody-goody superhero family. Damien gets shipped off to stay with them in their suburban hellhole, and he has only six weeks to prove heâ€™s not a hero in any way, or else heâ€™s stuck living with them for the rest of his life, or until he turns eighteen, whichever comes first.
To get out of this mess, Damien has to survive his dadâ€™s â€œflying lessonsâ€ that involve throwing him off the tallest building in the cityâ€“despite his nearly debilitating fear of heightsâ€“thwarting the eccentric teen scientist who insists sheâ€™s his sidekick, and keeping his supervillain girlfriend from finding out the truth. But when Damien uncovers a dastardly plot to turn all the superheroes into mindless zombie slaves, a plan hatched by his own mom, he discovers he cares about his new family more than he thought. Now he has to choose: go back to his life of villainy and let his family become zombies, or stand up to his mom and become a real hero.
I’m having fun reading this, and Damien is such a charming character for a supposed supervillain. :P
We’re quiet until we get to the store. Then Kat stands in front of the door and grins at me. “Tonight,” she says, “we’re real supervillains.”
I hope that’s not spoiling anyone — it’s pretty far into the book already.
The other book I’m reading is Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl:
There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
So far, this book feels like a male version of Twilight — I don’t know if that’s a good impression. But it’s dark and creepy and I’m enjoying it, I just hope it lives up to the hype?
“Sundown. Uncle Macon will be up, any minute. We have to put the Book away.” She closed it, zipping it back into my bag. “You take it. If my uncle finds it, he’ll just try to keep it from me, like everything else.”
Mystery in a small town. To Kill a Mocking Bird, anyone? :)