Friday, December 23, 2011

Best of 2011: Librarian M Strikes Again

The best:

Jasper Jones- by Craig Silvey
On the surface this book is about a boy who gets dragged into a murder mystery by a local outcast kid, but it's about so much more than that. Charlie faces the racism his best friend endures, the crumbling of his parents' marriage, and a family's horrible secret.

A Monster Calls -by Patrick Ness
A beautiful story about a boy dealing with his mother's terminal illness.

I Don't Want to Kill You- by Dan Wells
The third book in the John Cleaver series. It's about a sociopathic guy who kills demons. Why wouldn't I like this book?

The best of the rest:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone- by Laini Taylor (see reviews here & here)
Exciting settings, awesome magic, and a romance that didn't make me want to retch.

Why We Broke Up- by Daniel Handler
An entertaining melodrama about the end of a relationship.

Chime- by Franny Billingsley
The self-deprecating and sarcastic sense of humor of the heroine is reason 
enough to read this book.
Where Things Come Back- by John Corey Whaley
The main story is about the disappearance of Cullen's brother Gabriel, but the seemingly unrelated parallel stories are just as compelling and all plots are woven together gracefully in the end.

Rotters- by Daniel Kraus
Joey's mom dies and he has to go live with his father- who turns out to rob graves for a living. This book takes the exploration of a father-son relationship to new levels.

Burnout-by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Harrowing portrayal of drug and alcohol addiction and a girl's efforts to remember what she did the night before when she wakes up alone on the subway.

Ashes-by Isla J. Bick
Fast-paced survival fiction, with zombies!

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