Reckoning by Lili St. Crow (personal copy via J. Kaye - thanks!)
Since I'm so motivated by characters, though, lets discuss them... I wanted Dru to treat Ash better. To view him as more than a puppy or toddler, but a friend. I was dissapointed in how that aspect worked. I just can't decide on Christophe. I never loved him, and I don't think I ever will, but I came the closest to being okay with him in this book. I stopped loving Graves after the first book, but the insight to him in this one helped me remember why I had. Even if the changes in him make me think I never could love him again. I don't know what to say about Dru herself.
Artistic License by Julie Hyzy (ebook free through Sony Reader Store)
"Clever is as Clever Does" by Linsey Lanier (ebook short story free through Sony Reader Store - still currently free in multiple e-formats - I've linked to Smashwords)
The second of the Clever Detective shorts. It was fun just like the first. I really want to read the third "Cleverest of Them All" but unlike the first two, it's not free. So it's only $0.99... I have not paid for a single e-book yet. I might have to break down and make this my first. Very frustrating. But that tells you something about how fun they are, right? Try the first one. And try reading it out loud in a dramatic fashion. Seriously. Maybe you'll be as hooked as me.
Overall, I liked this story. It's a young adult book, and it can be difficult to remember that when the characters are going off to war, being killed and/or injured, etc. Then you think about how soldiers really do go overseas and fight that young and you get chills. Anyway, it's a very emotionally driven story.
I've been trying to work on The Roman Hat Mystery (Ellery Queen) for the Vintage Mystery Challenge but it's slow going, even though I like it so far.