Hi all, I’m back with another top books of the month post! I apologize for being late with this post; I am doing National Novel Writing Month, and I didn’t have a chance to get around to it until now. So, here we go!
The Obelisk Gate (Broken Earth #2, Jemisin): Essun has fled her village; her former mentor is trying to teach her to use the floating obelisks to carry on his work to destroy and rebuild a brutal world. Meanwhile Essun’s missing daughter comes into her own powers, but she is in the hands of someone extremely dangerous. The sequel to The Fifth Season delivers a compelling narrative; Jemisin has created a unique world, and the reader has the opportunity to explore the world’s secrets alongside the characters. If you are looking for a fantasy series with a unique world and engrossing story, pick up the Broken Earth series.
Princess Princess Ever After (O’Neill): When Princess Amira rescues Princess Sadie from her tower, the two instantly hit it off. As they wander the countryside, Sadie’s jailer forces a confrontation, and Amira and Sadie will have to figure out who they really are. This adorable graphic novel is a heart-warming story about friendship and self-discovery. Amira and Sadie are awesome characters, and their relationship emphasizes the importance of finding your true friends. If I have one complaint, it’s that this awesome graphic novel was not long enough. I’m looking forward to seeing more from Katie O’Neill.
The Nazi Hunters (Nagorski): The Nuremberg Trials are known throughout history for their judgement of major Nazi figures, but what happened when trials of Nazi war criminals stopped occurring? Andrew Nargoski tells the story of the Nazi hunters–men and women who took it upon themselves to track down the still-free Nazis and push to hold them accountable. Andrew Nagorski weaves the exciting stories of the hunts with a discussion of accountability and collective memory; the result is a fascinating read.
The Motion of Puppets (Donohue): Recently-weds Kay and Theo are living in Quebec while Kay performs in a circus. Kay is fascinated by a puppet shop and one puppet in particular. One night, she hides in the shop in order to escape someone following her and she disappears. The frantic Theo begins a long, grim search for his beloved, but, unbeknownst to him, Kay has become a puppet. The only Kay can escape her new existence is for someone to recognize her in her new form and lead her away from the show before dawn comes. Kevin Donohue remixes some classical ideas into a fresh, hair-prickling read.
That’s all, folks! Good luck to any readers who are also doing Nanowrimo!