I don’t think it’s a secret that I tend to seek out the weirdest and strangest books and that my favorites list is made of mostly books that could be considered “unique.” So narrowing down the list to five was a tad difficult.
1. White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick. I am absolutely in love with this author’s books. Every singe one I’ve read so far has been mind-blowing in its own way, but White Crow is my favorite. It’s creepy and atmospheric and scary, and has such a surprise ending that I don’t think anyone will see coming.
2. The S Word by Chelsea Pitcher. I don’t think I can adequately explain how much I love this book. Everything about it is wonderful, especially especially especially the romance. You guys know I’m not a huge romance fan, but this one gave me SO MANY FEELS. I also think the heroine is very stand-out, and the voice in which this was written is one that will stick with you.
3. Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton. Another favorite of mine. There are a lot of supposedly “emotionless” YA heroines out there, but Kelsey Sutton has actually perfect that sort of voice. The MC literally has no emotions – not in the angry, simmering under the surface way, but in the way where she actually struggles to feel things. Finally, these emotions are personified. How badass is that?
4. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. All of the yessssss. This is one retelling that manages to take its source material and flip it on its head without totally losing the story and themes throughout. Plus major bonus points for serious fucking creativity in every fiber of this book from the heroine, the love interest, the world building and the Inception-like results.
5. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. Dangerous Girls is about a teen girl who is accused of murdering her best friend. What makes this unique, beyond the MC’s voice, is that there are many different infrequently seen settings, like prison and a courtroom. It’s intriguing, it’s terrifying, and it’s delicious.