Contagious Reads Book Report

September 28, 2014 Book Report, Feature, Review 0

CR Book ReportWelcome to the Contagious Reads Book Report (please say in your head like the Colbert Report)! We’ll be recapping all the books we read this week that didn’t get the full review treatment

by H.D. Gordon
published on June 30, 2012

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From the author of the Alexa Montgomery Saga, comes a book that will take you into the mind of a genuine psychopath, the lives of six ordinary people, and the world of a very special girl named Joe.

Joe is seemingly an ordinary college student. She works, studies and reads. But in between these activities Joe has a gift that promises to add a dose of color to her life at any given moment. Joe sees things before they happen. Bad things, and the worst thing she has ever faced is just around the corner. Someone is planning a massacre at the college university that Joe attends, and the only person with a hope of stopping the psychopath is her.

Oh, the beauty of foresight. More like a curse. Joe has four days to figure out the mystery, make plans to take down the psycho, and save the lives of people. People like you and me. Ordinary people.

So we’re at the point where I have to restrain myself from gushing on and on about this book, and demand that you all go purchase it this very second (although, I will point out that it is WAY underpriced for such an amazing book, so you should buy it before the author realizes her mistake and raises the price).

The story is horrifyingly sad, and far too realistic. Know your limits. If this book hits a nerve for you, don’t read it. I can’t even imagine the research that Gordon had to do for this book. But what REALLY blows my mind is that this book isn’t even one of her best sellers! This book is clearly not getting the credit that it deserves. Either that, or her other books are even better… *runs to buy them all*

The book tells a complicated story, while touching on several different characters, including the villain. It’s such a dark and horrifying space inside the mind of a psychopath. I can’t say that I understand the thought processes (nor do I want to), but he definitely made me queasy. Joe’s chapters are the only ones told in first person, but they also bounce into the past to tell bits of her childhood and how she adapted to her ability. Joe is officially my favorite female lead ever. She’s modest and of few words, since she has a speech impediment. She repeatedly claims that she isn’t a hero, but the decisions she makes tell me otherwise.

This would be a perfect book to read with a book club. There are a lot of important themes running throughout the story, and I would have loved to have read this with someone else so I could talk about it! And now I am irrationally excited to find that there’s a sequel! I don’t even have to wait for a release date years in the future! You can bet that I’ll be digging into it at the fastest possible opportunity!

**A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

by Staci Hart
published on September 23, 2014

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** 2500 word Halloween short **

I was beautiful once. He loved me once. But our love slowly died, fading like old wallpaper, curling and peeling away from the wall, begging to be ripped and shredded, to be wiped clean.

This one is super short, but definitely worth the read! I LOVED this story! The whole thing can be read in under ten minutes but it will leave you with chills and tears for weeks to come. It’s a tearjerker, heartbreaker and an all around mood depressor (in a good way). It’s the perfect time of year for a good emotional gutting. Happy Halloween. Here’s a tragic story that will haunt you forever.

**A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

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by Staci Hart
September 23, 2014once

5 stars!

Like Lindsay, I also had the opportunity of reading Once!

An elegant and haunting short story just in time for Halloween! Staci always does a remarkable job of creating a picture in my mind with just words on a page. This beautiful story plays on the grief and loss of a family, a woman battling to remember her life and what she has lost. But would you want to remember, for it to only replay over and over again?

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Make Me

Amanda Heath

“Make me, Channing. Make me fall. Push me, shove me, just make sure I get there.” I shout at him, taking a step back. His eyes clash with mine. I read the challenge there, making me take another step back.
He stalks the few steps to me and grabs my arms slamming his forehead down on mine, “I’ll make you.” His lips skim against mine as he continues to speak, “And I’ll be falling right there with you.”

Paisley Vaughn grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. After finding her mother dead from an overdose, Paisley and her baby sister are shipped off to live with her maternal grandparents.

She always knew they were rich, she just didn’t realize how rich they were. Now she’s being forced to go to a prestigious high school. One where the tuition is more money then she’s ever seen.

Thinking these rich kids are going to be snobbish and rude, she’s surprised to find the Vaughn name means she is untouchable. Well unless your name is Channing Southerland.

Paisley has to navigate her new life and all the new people in it. While her mother might have lied about her grandparents, no one is lying about Channing. He’s beautiful, mean, arrogant, and turning her on.

Before long a war is fought, leaving Paisley wondering if she’ll be ruined or made. Though she might just fall irrevocably in love.


Amanda Heath is one of those awesome NA authors, like Tijan, who write super amazing stories about the High Schoolers that we all wish we could have been. Make Me is no different than that. It’s super dramatic, super cool, and super readable. You can easily pick up this book and read it in a sitting, because those darn kids have the very best soap opera lives.

The characters aren’t always likable because they’re teenagers, but in the end you find yourself drawn to them. Make Me is probably my least favorite of Heath’s books, with Norma Jean being my favorite.

A word of caution to people who are super picky about editing. My version, which may not be the most up to date from Amazon had a generous amount of editing errors in it. Did it stop me from enjoying the story, not a bit, but that’s me.

Overall I think Make Me comes in at a high 3 star, probably a 3.5-3.75 rating.

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