Britt's Picks 2013

Britt's picks
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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
An interesting narration that done by anybody else I may not have liked. I am completely in love with David Levithan, so I may be a bit biased. I thought this was such a powerful and true novel and my heart ached with every line. 

The Year of Shadows by Claire LeGrand
This is the second book by Claire LeGrand and every bit as delightful. This time we are taken to an old music hall that is filled with ghosts. Olivia has to decided whether or not to help the ghosts so that they can move on. Lovely illustrations are sprinkled throughout this story and makes it just lovely. 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This is the third book by Rainbow Rowell and definitely my favorite. Cath goes off to college with her twin sister, by her sister wants them to kind of go their own ways once they are there. Cath hates the idea and tries to throw herself in to writing her fanfiction. Then she meets a boy, or two. I just love the feel of this book and it's a great read for anyone who's a bit nerdy.

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
A great spooky read. This was not the story I was expecting at all. It starts off with a bang and pulls you deeper into the weird chain of events that lead you to the startling conclusion. A very strange read that I wish was a bit scarier. It had potential to be terrifying, but stuck with being creepy instead. 

Easy by Tammara Webber
This was a fab read and I highly recommended it for those going off to college. Some rough things happen to the main character while she's in college and some excellent things happened to her. I thought this was a very realistic love story and look forward to reading more by this author. 

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
You may have to read this book more than once, or at least some parts of it, to fully comprehend and fall in love with it. The story twisted and turned and jumped and left you feeling breathless. It won the Printz award though, because Melina Marchetta knows what she is doing. 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
 A great throwback to the '80s. I dare you not to fall in love with these two characters. Their relationship will build you up and tear you apart. This book was so honest and real. 

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
I know, I know, you're probably sick of vampire novels, but I feel like this one is different. This is about a human trying to fit in to the vampire world. Things are going fairly okay for Gene until he gets picked to be part of The Hunt. Where a few lucky vampires get to hunt and eat some of the remaining humans. Gene has to find a way out of this situation, because they will know he's not a vampire as soon as The Hunt begins. 

Peanut by Ayun Halliday & Paul Hoppe
This was a fun and quick read about fitting in at a new school and the extreme measures one girl took to stand out. 

Destiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
This was such a lovely novel about whether or not you control your destiny.

Icons by Margaret Stohl
Lots of action in this one. Margaret Stohl is one half of the duo that wrote Beautiful Creatures and this is possibly an even more exciting series than that one. Definitely check this one out.

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin
YES! YES! YES! I adore this book. If you read only one realistic fiction book this year, make it this one.

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
This is great for fans of Howl's Moving Castle. A really exciting, fun read with a bit of magic and evil dashed about.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I wish I had read this one sooner. It was such an amazing read. I loved the characters, I loved the world, I loved Graces. It was a great fantasy read.

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
This was a much different book than what I had expected. If you're looking for a novel that's a bit off the beaten track, that pushes your comfort zone; check out Maggot Moon. It was fascinating and totally worth the read.  

Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos
Another different novel about a boy struggling with some depression and deals with it in some unique ways.

Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
Sort of, kind of like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Oliver Tate was a very interesting character. We also have this movie, so check that out too. 

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Simply lovely. 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
So I'm sure that I am nearly the last person on Earth to read this book, but I knew it was going to be heartbreakingly amazing and didn't want to read it and have it be over. So if you also have yet to read this book, just do it.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab
This was a very interesting take on ghosts/the afterlife. It was a really fun mystery and I look forward to seeing the next part of it. Victoria Schwab is just a really great author.

Death Cloud by Andew Lane
 I didn't pick this series up for a long time, because I didn't like the Bieber looking kid on the cover. I certainly wished I had read them before, they are simply fantastic. If you have ever wondered where the great Sherlock Holmes learned his secrets (or if you just love a great adventurous mystery), check out this series.

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
This was a great zombie book. Plenty of gore. Don't let the title fool you; though there are a few references from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, it doesn't have that same whimsical magic. It was still a really fun read. 

Chime by Franny Billingsley
Franny Billingsley has re-imagined witches and fairies into this awesome story. From the very first page I was captured in this story and didn't want to put it down.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka-Brunt
What a wonderful novel filled with heartache and beauty. Every single chapter was just perfect. Fourteen-year-old June is a very interesting character. She seems so alone but so magnificent. June, Finn, Toby and Greta's relationships are just amazing. There is so much unspoken between all of them and that only adds to the novel. 

Never Let You Go by Emma Carlson Berne
The psychological thriller aspect of this was lovely though. Anna was totally sketchy and it made me a bit sick thinking about what she might do next. If you like being kept awake and on the edge of your seat, definitely check this out. The beginning might not suit you, but the last third of the book is intense. Enjoy.

Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin
It's the 1920's and Garnet is sent to the country for some "fresh air". Garnet loves ornithology, and carries a pair of scissors to snip out bird silhouettes. This is something that she does with ease. Though Garnet is fascinated by this new place she has come to stay, the company is less than desirable. Her relations are stuffy and snobby and Garnet just wants to escape them desperately. Then she finds someone to escape with. There are many reasons that people would find the friendship between Garnet and her new flapper friend scandalous, so they have to sneak around. This works fine until things come up that threatens to tear apart the happiness the two of them have built. Some things that should be, simply are not to be. 

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
This novel was fantastic. I loved learning all this information about Lincoln's life, he was an incredible person. If you love history than this will probably be for you. This story isn't weighed down by lots of vampire information. The vampires are peppered throughout the novel and I think it works best that way. 

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
This was a quick pleasure read. A story about a young women with some mind-reading abilities and vampires coming into the human world hoping to integrate themselves into society. Not for young readers due to some adult content, but a delightful read for those venturing just out of YA. Sookie Stackhouse is a 100% loveable character. This was a really fun start to a vampire story that's a little bit different (and also includes way more supernatural than just vampires).

a + e 4EVER by i. merey
A weird graphic novel. Not for everyone, but fans of Fun Home and similar titles might want to pick this one up. The illustrations were very awesome.

The Darkness Dwellers by Kirsten Miller 
The third book in the Kiki Strike series was just as good as the first two. This is a series you should be reading. You can check out the first book here and the second here

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This was a super fun novel. If you enjoy video games or 80s pop culture definitely pick this one up. I loved how immersed in the world you become. The main character Wade/Perzival was just fantastic to follow around in this bizarre reality.

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
The final book in the Across the Universe Trilogy and just as good as the rest. Though I find this series a bit predictable, you're never sure until you're sure of what is actually going to happen. If you haven't read Across the Universe yet, do yourself a favor and grab it today.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
The sequel to Shatter Me and still more beautiful writing. Tahereh Mafi knows how to write a sentence. This book has plenty of surprises up it's sleeve including some scandalous scenes. If you're looking for something beautifully written and action filled pick this one up. 

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