Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Top 5 in 2011, so Far: Five Fast and Furious Recommendations from Pat

Pat is giving you her recommendations in living color: her top 5 are:

Beauty Queens  by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
 Oh, and

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

What can I say?  A bevy of beauty queens falls from the sky.  Onto a deserted (or is it?) tropical island.  There is mystery, terror, irony, self-realization, pirates—very hot pirates, romance (see pirates), a pinch or so of politics, and mostly hilarity.  Read it and weep. From laughter, mostly.

(Actually she put this 5 times, but we're going to move on to the bottom of her list now...)


Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I wasn’t sure I’d like this one and was a little tentative when I started, but I got sucked right in.  As she is about to turn eighteen, Lena is preparing for the procedure to cure her forever of “deliria” aka love. Everyone knows that life without the complications of love is better for society, right?  Yeah, right.  Well, you know things aren’t going to go exactly according to plan for Lena, but it’s how the whole thing unfolded that kept me turning pages. 

Shine by Lauren Myracle

I’d like for books like this not to have to be written.  In a situation somewhat similar to the Matthew Shepard case, a young man named Patrick is beaten and left for dead in a brutal assault that has all the trappings of a hate crime.  Set in rural western North Carolina, mysteries abound as 16-year-old Cat sets out to discover who is responsible for beating her former best friend.  Drugs, abuse, and intolerance plague members of the tight-knit community, but things aren’t always black and white.  Lauren Myracle writes with a keen ear—this town and its troubled inhabitants come to life in their struggles to survive a world that has largely forgotten them.

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

I love Piper—she rocks and is an awesome character.  I love that the book is all about music.  And finding your voice.  And I love the Seattle setting—it’s almost like a character in the book.  This is a perfect summer read.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
In a book about people being cryogenically frozen to be awakened in 300 years when their spaceship reaches the planet they will colonize, something is bound to go wrong.  And it does when Amy is unfrozen about fifty years too soon.  Apparently, all is not well on the spaceship that the teenage Elder will come to lead.  Who is unfreezing the bodies?  And why?  Will Elder and Amy join forces?  Read this engaging thriller and enjoy a wild ride!

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