At My Bookstore (2)

Ever been to your bookstore and seen a book on the shelf that you've never really heard anything about before? Well I don't know about you, but that happens to me all the time! I always like to read a few reviews before I purchase a book so I can get a better idea of if I'll enjoy it or not. So enter this new feature! Here I'll show you two books I found while browsing the shelves at my bookstore that I thought sounded awesome, but just wanted to know more about.

First I'll say what grabbed my attention, then link to two reviews of the book written by fellow book bloggers and finally I'll give my final verdict on whether or not I'm going to read the book.

The Boy Recession

The Boy Recession
Flynn Meaney
Published August 7, 2012
Amazon - Goodreads

It's all about supply and demand when a high school deals with the sudden exodus of male students.

The boy recession has hit Julius P. Heil High, and the remaining boys find that their stock is on the rise: With little competition, even the most unlikely guys have a good chance at making the team and getting the girl. Guitar-strumming, class-skipping Hunter Fahrenbach never wanted to be a hot commodity, but the popular girls can't help but notice his unconventional good looks. With a little work, he might even by boyfriend material.

But for down-to-earth Kelly Robbins, the boy recession is causing all sorts of problems. She has secretly liked her good friend Hunter for a while now, but how can she stand out in a crowd of overzealous Spandexers?

As if dating wasn't hard enough without a four-to-one ratio!

What Grabbed My Interest
In the bookstore the very first thing I noticed was the fun cover! I love that the boy symbol is lounging back and the title definitely caught my attention too. Once I started reading the summary I thought this book might be the perfect summer read. 'Guitar-stumming, class-skipping' Hunter sounds oh so swoon worthy and I love that they describe his attractive appearance as unconventional.

Dani from Refracted Light Reviews rated it 4/5
"...this book shines in character development, snappy inner monologues and hilarious, witty dialogue, all of which made it an extremely fun read for me."

Frishawn from WTF Are You Reading rated it 5/5
"This book is hilariously funny without trying. It has just the right amounts of teen cluelessness, self deprecation, epiphany, and swear words to make it a truly great coming of age story."

Final Verdict
I'll definitely be picking this book up to read this summer! I never can get enough of a laugh-out-loud, fun read!

The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1)

The Name of the Star
Maureen Johnson
September 28, 2011
Amazon - Goodreads

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

What Grabbed My Interest
I've heard so many great things about Maureen Johnson's writing, but I still have yet to pick up a book written by her. I love that Jack the Ripper is tied into the story and that it takes place in London at a boarding school!

Emily from Emily Reads A Lot rated it 4/5
"'s a clever book. Maureen doesn't condescend to her readers and she doesn't beat them over the head with all the answers. She shows amazing control over the pace of the story, and I think that is one of the things that makes this novel work so well."
Check out Emily's full review here.

Kate from Midnight Book Girl rated it 5/5
"There's danger, hauntings, team sports (which might be the scariest part of the book), a 21 Jump Street feel to the plot, quirky characters, normal characters, boring, prissy characters, and a tiny bit of romance... The Name of the Star is just brilliant."

Final Verdict
I totally need to buy this one! I mean who could ever get enough of clever, yet spooky, stories?!

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  1. I love how you do this. So cute. :)

  2. Love the title of the first and the cover for the 2nd and actually haven't heard of them either.
    Thanks for spotlighting, and happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog