So I read a vampire book...I swore I never would (aside from Twilight - which I think is why I swore I never would but really, there could be several reasons why). I actually enjoyed it. There were parts I wanted to vomit, or tried to curl my wrist (something I do when there is way too much talk of blood and gore). It's definitely a teen vampire novel - so you know, keep that in mind if you decide to read it.
I really enjoyed this book. I've been meaning to put a Maxwell book under my belt and I did it! It took me a long time to read, but I found a lot of what it said applicable for myself or for friends who were going through a difficult time.
Paperboy by Vince Vawter
I started this one - not too sure if I would actually enjoy it. But there's something about a young, stuttering, baseball playing coming of age story that really gets to you. It really was one of those coming of age stories where a young boy is made to deal with very real issues and how that changes the way he sees the world and himself. Overall - a feel good book.
Miss Peregrine's School For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
It took me a little while to get in to this one. Our main character visits the place where his grandfather grew up as a war refuge. He makes some peculiar friends while trying to solve the riddled last words of warning his grandfather gave him. I am still processing the end of the story - I think that's because it sounds like there will/should be a sequel. Not sure if it will happen, but this is a book where I would be interested in seeing the sequel.