I can be a little pushy and a little bossy when it comes to promoting my favorite books. Five Flavors of Dumb, anyone? All things Michael Grant? Bloody Jack? Anyone who has ever read even just a single post here has probably seen those names on my blog! I can’t help myself. So, I have two brand new favorites that I think everyone should run out and read (if you haven’t already).
Best Book Ever #1: The Diviners by Libba Bray
Evie O’Neill is thrilled when her parents decide to ship her off New York City. The recent use of her “gift” has caused a scandal in small down Zenith, Ohio. Evie has every intention of living a glamorous flapper lifestyle with her best gal pal Mabel. The catch is that she will be living with her bachelor uncle at The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, aka, “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies”, where Uncle Will is the curator. When a rash of occult-based murders begin to plague the city Evie, her uncle, and his assistant, the mysterious Jericho Jones (please visit The Diviner’s website for a picture of this dreamboat) find themselves mixed up with the police investigation. Now, Evie’s secret “gift” seems both a blessing and a curse. It could help her solve the murders or make her a target!
Just in time for Halloween, folks! This creeptastic monster of a book has it all! First of all, the setting and time period is the cat’s meow. Libba Bray does not romanticism the glitz and glamor of the Roaring Twenties. Instead, she invites readers into the seedy underbelly of the time period, addressing issues of racism, labor disputes, and eugenics. The dark side is balances out with glorious descriptions of care-free speakeasies, soulful musicians and poets, and of course, the Ziegfeld Follies. Then there is the occult. And the murders. And the spine-chilling Naughty John song. Oh, man. And the deep dark secrets that ALL of the characters are hiding. No one is who they appear to be. They all have secrets to protect. The characters are amazing and heartbreaking and swoon-worthy. Evie is a real spitfire. Theta refuses to be broken. Sam, the rake, is out for revenge. Memphis will steal your heart. There is a lot going on in this book. It’s long and complex, and dark, but worth every ounce of effort you put into it. It’s the elephant’s eyebrows, I tell ya.
Fans of The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray, I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga, and The Curse Workers trilogy by Holly Black won’t want to miss this one.
On a lighter note, on to The Best Book Ever #2: Mothership by Martin Leicht
Elvie Nara is smart and sassy and determined travel, see the world, and work on Mars. Life is good until a malfunctioning birth control pill and the gorgeous but dumb Cole throw a monkey wrench into all of Elvie’s dreams for her future. Now, she’s sixteen and pregnant and being shipped off to the newly opened Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers. Junior year is off to a terrible start. In addition to her “condition”, Elvie is stuck on a spaceship with her nemesis, mean girl Britta. Of course, her evil classmates are nothing compared to the band of armed commandos who invade the school and reveal that their teachers are really a race of evil aliens who are using the girls to repopulate their species. Seriously? Seriously.
Laugh-out loud hilarious outer-space fun. Plenty of hat-tipping to classic 80’s pop culture, fast-paced action, and surprise twists make for roller coaster thrill ride. That sounds cheesy, right? Well, so is this book. Cheesy fun. I love the snark. I loved the nerdy fun and the best friend named Duckie. I loved Elvie’s dad and his crisis readiness plans. I even love the endearing doofus Cole. The cliffhanger ending is killing me! I need the next one now.
I am still thinking about readalikes for this one. Any suggestions?