Thursday, August 7, 2014

Fantastic Summer Reading

Thanks to a toddler who prefers self-directed play, I've been able to read quite a lot of books this summer! Most of them, of course, are YA fantasy, cause it's my favorite genre. Here are some of the awesome books I've read and a bit about them.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City
The first two in a series by Ransom Riggs, these books are full of suspense, mystery, magic, and horror. The protagonist learns, after his grandfather's death, that the strange stories he told him weren't make-believe after-all. The discovery a race of 'peculiar' humans who have been living in hiding from everyone else takes him away from everything he knows - including his own era in history.

The Diviners
A thick novel set in 1920's New York City, where dark magic is awakening and people with special abilities (most of which are secrets) are the only hope for humanity's salvation. The novel follows a multitude of characters - from chorus girls and bookies to museum curators and flappers -  their interactions, secrets, and clashes. This is the first in a series and I can't wait until more books are published!

Doll Bones
A horror story as a coming-of-age story for 3 teens who are realizing that they're too old for the same old games they've been playing together. Their friendship is about to fall apart when they discover a doll, haunted by the ghost of her owner, and travel to her grave to put her to rest, despite all the challenges they meet along the way.

After: 19 Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia
This collection of stories focused on the teen experience of possible future horror, and I liked ALL of them... except for 2 that were written in "dialect." The stories were inventive and not quite like other end-of-the-world stories I've read before. I really enjoyed the variety.

Discordia: The 11th Dimension
This novel follows a teen who's obsessed with a RPG game, and who is magically transported to the dimensional world that it was based on. He has to quest to find his way home, and on the way he learns that he is more of a hero than he knew. Plus, he has a soul-bonded bunny as a pet, which is incredibly adorable.

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
This is an adorable story about a squirrel who dies after being sucked into a vacuum cleaner, is brought back to life by Flora, a young girl, who performs CPR on him, and through that gains new mental and physical abilities. He becomes a super hero squirrel! Flora must help protect him from her mother - his evil nemesis - who thinks he should be put in a bag and hit repeatedly with a shovel. Hijinks ensue.

What have you been reading this summer?

And just FYI - Henry had his first salon haircut this week. Check out Little Henry's Big Adventures to see pics!

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1 comment:

Average Jane said...

Thanks for the recommendations!