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So my Minnesotan brains has trouble not putting scare quotes around unique and thinking of it as meaning a bad thing, like what you say when you’re trying to give a compliment but can’t think of anything good to say, haha. However, that is not how I mean it this time! I tried really hard to come up with the ten books that have something that makes them different from anything else I’ve read.
Also, so many of these books actually fit into multiple of these categories >.>. But I had to try to fit them since that’s how my brain works ;-).
- The Mark of the Dragonfly – All I can say is meteors of forgotten items raining down from the sky. Meteors with items from other worlds!!!
- Where the Rock Splits the Sky – The Earth’s rotation has been stopped by aliens so the western US is stuck in a forever twilight. The Moon has been broken apart, screwing up the Earth’s ocean tides. Crazy things happen in the Zone in the far west of the US and discovering all of them was so awesome!
- Elantris – The gods died a few years ago and ever since people have been waking up cursed instead of blessed. They’re dumped in the former city of the gods where they can’t die, but they also can’t heal even the smallest scratch and slowly go mad. A lost magic system involves writing letters in the air absolutely perfectly :D.
- A Turn of Light – This one I reviewed only last week, but my absolute favorite thing about it was the world. The magic that is hinted at and the magical realm hidden from site are just astounding. There are toads that lay eggs and have pointy teeth, grain that will kill you if you enter the field before harvest but then harvests itself, and so much more. I can’t wait for book two to find out more!
- The White Forest – This book is so weird but so awesome to read. It has a very gothic feel to it and was generally trippy, but I absolutely loved the writing and the feelings it evoked.
- The Waking Engine – Another trippy book but the writing was like chocolate to my brain! I had some quibbles with other things, but I couldn’t stop reading because I just loved how it made my mind feel haha.
- Mind Games – I fully admit that I love stream-of-consciousness narration and therefore loved the writing of Mind Games. Fia is definitely screwed up, but the more disjointed her thoughts became, the happier I was ;-). Do you know of any other awesome stream-of-consciousness books for me?
- Vicious – I looooooove grey characters and you can’t really get more grey than the main characters all being super-villains, haha.
- The Lies of Locke Lamora – I honestly love everything about this book, but decided to go with the characters (and the world really) making it unique. More grey characters :D. They are thieves in a gang called The Gentleman Bastards and it is a wonderfully accurate name! I listened to this one on audio and the excellent narration with unique voices for each character just made me love them more ;-).
- Earth Girl – Jarra is the typical spunky MC that we love in YA but she is so much more since she is also Handicapped. She’s one of the few people that can’t seem to survive going off planet in the age of teleportation and human settlements all over the galaxy. Jarra’s narration is priceless and I adored her for being strong while also dealing with her weaknesses.
Have you read any of these? Do you agree that they are unique? If you don’t, then I’d love to find more like them :D.
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