Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Top 5 in 2017: Johanna Takes the Stage

This week we're looking at our favorite books of the year... so far. 

Today, teen reviewer Johanna steps up to the mic to share her faves, because she's graduating, we're letting her sneak an extra fave in!:

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir.
As the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes (see more posts on this title here), Torch matches its storytelling, tension, and teetering cliff-hangers. 

Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung
I loved the exploration of the characters’ relationships, especially the main character’s transition from going to a run-down neighborhood school to attending an elite girls’ private school. However, when you read that sentence  you might have fears that this book will be filled with girls’ private school clich√© – it is not so! The eye-opening plot twists are handled really nicely and address themes that everyone should be able to relate to in some way.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (see more posts on this title)
There is a monster in Conor’s backyard at night -- he's  awesomely tall and messily hewn from tree branches. But there is also another, more subtle monster (one that doesn’t tell stories). I openly sobbed through almost the entire book, however this might just be me (my friends say it’s just me). Also comes with illustrations!

Zodiac by Neal Stephenson
In this eco-thriller, Sangamon Taylor uses his talents – he's a witty scientist, cynical environmentalist, and is gifted at wreaking havoc– to take down big polluting business. In a word, awesome.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (see more posts on the title)
Page-turning historical fiction following a group of refugees on a treacherous journey as they flee the Red Army's advances. Each character's perspective adds suspense, intrigue, and drama to the novel.

Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
In this detective/fantasy-adventure with social dramas which is inspired by South Africa and political dramas to boot, Hartley revives the steeplejack profession - climbing massively tall industrial chimneys for their upkeep.  You'll meet the intrepid Anglet, a woman who has survived past adolescence, a rare accomplishment among the steeplejacks.

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