Friday, April 1, 2011

Favorite by Karen McQuestion

Published: April 2011
Publisher: Amazon Encore
Copy: for review
Summary: Goodreads

Angie Favorite was just eleven years old when her mother disappeared, leaving Angie and her brother Jason to be raised by their grandmother while their rock-star father hit the road with his band. Since that day, Angie has gone through the motions of everyday life. She thinks she has everyone fooled — until the summer morning when she’s abducted from a mall parking lot. She narrowly escapes and her attacker, Scott Bittner, is arrested, but the weirdness has just begun. When Angie receives a letter from Scott’s mother, entreating her to meet so that she can apologize for her son’s actions, the girl reluctantly agrees. But it is soon obvious that Scott’s attack wasn’t random at all and that there is more to the strange Mrs. Bittner than meets the eye. In fact, she may hold the key to Angie’s mother’s disappearance. Part thriller, part coming-of-age tale, Favorite is an engrossing young-adult novel from a captivating author.

I was lucky enough to be sent an arc of this title for review. I had never heard of Karen McQuestion before, but the blurb on the book sounded interesting and I thought I'd give it a try. I'm very glad I did.

Favorite was a short (under 200 pages), quick read with some serious suspense going on. I couldn't help thinking as I was reading that the story would make a great movie. It was full of dark, mysterious rooms, weird servants and strange older characters. I kept hearing creepy movie music in my head. This made me laugh a bit, but it certainly shows that Ms McQuestion got the atmophere right in the book.

Angie Favorite, the main protagonist is 16 years old and a little naive, although she has had some serious sadness in her life prior to the start of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the snarky, sarcastic asides that Angie delivers throughout the book, and these contributed to the realistic feel of the story. Angie's brother, Jason, also seemed like a very real character, trying to make the best out of a bad situation and the appearance of Mike helped to add that little touch of romance that we all love with books these days.

Events in the books take place very quickly and the suspense really doesn't let up at all throughout. Favorite is one of those stories that seems predictable, but you have to keep reading to see how things will play out - just in case it doesn't turn out quite the way you're expecting. It's a very clean read, and would be completely suitable for younger teens that like a contemporary suspense story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It looks as though Favorite was originally published in November 2009, with the cover below

Not sure which one I prefer. Favorite is being re-published through AmazonEncore, which is a fairly new enterprise from Amazon. Here is what has to say about it:

Unearthing Exceptional Books and Emerging Authors for More Readers to Enjoy
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