So, I’ve been trying to write this blog since Saturday; how ironic that I’m extremely chatty and terribly passionate about books, yet here I am with writer’s block. I imagine this post to be like that â€œyou’re trapped on an island what one book do you takeâ€ question. How, if I am only going to put one good book in someone’s hands to narrow my options? Now that I have an answer to, I don’t, I cheat and give you the best I know, not matter how many titles that might be.
I give you my favorite sigh worthy novels you’ll read and pass on to friends; books with plots that you’ll want to escape into again and again.
Perfect Chemistry By Simone Elkeles
With the flavor of West Side Story and The Outsiders mixed together, Perfect Chemistry satisfies the need for drama while maintaining an air of reality that lends credence to the struggles of main characters Alejandro and Brittany. Imagine a tough Latino boy who secretly desires a stable life, possibly as a teacher, who meets flawless Caucasian rich girl Brittany who seems to have it all together but inside she’s falling apart from the chaos in her household; now what if they each fulfill in each other their suppressed desire to be seen as they truly are and loved for that?
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
A great and noble experiment had gone horribly wrong. The outside world believes the prison of Incarceron can rehabilitate its inmates but Finn, trapped on the inside must rely on Claudia, the warden’s daughter who is trapped in her father’s castle. So many questions impede both characters happiness. Can Finn ever escape a jail that devours souls? Can Claudia escape an arranged marriage that will steal her freedom? Finn and Claudia hold keys both real and imagined that can unlock prisons of metal and lies. A sequel, Sapphique, was just published in December.
Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
What do you know that you can never tell? Can your family help or are they part of the problem? Lucy cannot ask for help, no one can know her mom is a hoarder. Lucy could end up in foster care, a fate her sibling’s escaped, but how can she tell someone the heat and the water at her house don’t work without risking more people knowing she is â€œGarage Girl,â€ a nicknamed she earned the last time she revealed the truth. Lucy is faced with the ultimate decision that will change the rest of her life by setting her free from her mother and burden her with yet another dirty little secret.
I have other books that are on my permanent favorite list but I am a reader of opportunity and if the one I want to read isn’t available I look for a another novel to pique my interest. This is how I stumbled onto The Hungry City Chronicles.
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
I don’t usually recommend people read series out of order and with four previous titles in the Mortal Engines series, Fever Crumb being Book 5 and also a prequel wouldn’t be an ideal place to start. I broke two of my rules reading Fever Crumb; I didn’t read the first 4 novels and I chose the book because the cover is fantastic. What I loved the most is the uniqueness of Reeve’s steampunk world, a fantastical mix of historical Europe, aliens, technology that’s cobbled together and of course magic and science masquerading as each other. Immediately hooked, I kept thinking how this was a world I had never been to in any other books. Equally captivating are all of Reeve’s characters, especially Fever Crumb herself, who is named after symptoms her mother experienced during pregnancy and also the scientist who took the infant orphan into his home, the Order of Engineers.
–Laura Perenic, currently reading The Room by Emma Donoghue
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