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c.j.'s selections ten ten ten
|one||The Devil in the Corner - Patricia Elliott |
This one flew under everyone's radar, but it's a really prettily written Victorian mystery, with elements of family drama, murder, madness, and a morally ambiguous heroine.
Backward Glass - David Lomax
I don't usually do time travel, but Lomax nails it in this sci-fi mystery that spans multiple generations, with endearing characters.
The Unquiet - Mikaela Everett
I can't talk this one up enough. The premise is kickass: two parallel Earths, and for years, a group of teens has been trained to kill their doubles and infiltrate the second Earth in preparation for an invasion. The writing is gorgeous and the characters are multilayered, morally complex, and memorable.
The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand - Gregory Galloway
A boy keeps trying to kill himself--failing every time. It's an unusual story reminiscent of Matthew Quick or A.S. King, and it takes issues of life, death, and depression into the realm of dark comedy and magical realism.
|five||A History of Glitter and Blood - Hannah Moskowitz |
Another one that doesn't get enough credit, about fairies who sell themselves, magical tightrope walkers, and one fairy's struggle to deal with his self-loathing and unrequited love through a constantly evolving story.
|six||We'll Never Be Apart - Emiko Jean |
Maybe you'l guess the twist, but it doesn't make it less satisfying. A brilliant psychological thriller that deals with toxic relationships, mental illness, and the desperation born from love and obsession.
|seven||Sword and Verse - Kathy MacMillan |
The romance is a little quick, but once you accept it, what's left is a stunning story about love, classism, and the power of language to damn and to save.
|eight||The Accidental Highwayman - Ben Tripp |
Lighthearted books never get enough love. This historical fantasy adventure reminds me a bit of Ella Enchanted with its whimsical creatures, tongue-in-cheek humor, and sweet romance.
|nine||Quicksilver - R.J. Anderson |
First of all, it's like the only asexual character I've ever read about. Second, she's a mechanical wizard. Third, it's an awesome mix of sci-fi, psychology, and enduring friendship.
|ten||The Unquiet - Jeannine Garsee |
Very different from its twin on this list, it's one of the first ARCs I ever got. It's a compelling story of a girl's struggle with bipolar disorder in the midst of a ghost mystery--is it the voices, or a real threat?