Strangely enough, I haven’t had a good year in books. While my total is one away from sixty at the moment, plenty of books this year weren’t particularly five stars to me. And when I say reads of 2017, I don’t necessarily mean those published this year. Just the ones I’ve read.
The Black Mage Series by Rachel E. Carter #1-3
This counts as three books on my list. As you can see, I didn’t include book #4. The conclusion wasn’t my cup of tea–just a shaky three stars. Otherwise, I loved this series. Looking forward to more Carter books in the future.
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
I usually stay far away from contemporary books unless there’s something special which might interest me. Allegedly is a very suspenseful story with a plot twist that I still think about. Some people will either love or hate it, but I really enjoyed it.
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
Magical. Beautiful. Waiting anxiously to see what Yangsze Choo writes next.
by Tiffany D. Jackson Published by Katherine Tegen Books
on January 24th 2017 Genres: Alternative Family
, Orphans & Foster Homes
, Social Themes
, Young Adult Fiction Pages:
Orange Is the New Black meets Walter Dean Myer’s Monster in this gritty, twisty, and haunting debut by Tiffany D. Jackson about a girl convicted of murder seeking the truth while surviving life in a group home.Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary’s fate now lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But does anyone know the real Mary?
Mary allegedly killed a baby when she was only nine years old. But did she commit the act or was it someone else? Following her life within a group home and struggles with other the girls, Mary strives to create a future for herself despite the bleak uncertainty. Full of drama, suspense, and the all too realness of the judicial system, Allegedly is a fastpaced page-turner meant for more than just entertainment but also for discussion.
My expectations were blown away by Allegedly. The story went in a totally different direction from what I thought was going to happen, and it was—wow. It’s certainly a story that you’ll have to think about even after finishing the last page to fit the pieces into the puzzle. Allegedly is a prime example of great storytelling, I could not say more than that (actually I could say I’d like to read a sequel or something of that nature).
So read it.