The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold

(recommended by Kelsey)

The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold, with illustrations by Emily Gravett, is destined to become a 21st century classic. With the wit of The Phantom Tollbooth and the ingenuity found in the best of Roald Dahl’s works, The Imaginary will captivate the minds of young and old alike. This book will become a family treasure in every household it enters.

Persona by Genevieve Valentine

(recommended by Allison)

Persona is a near-futuristic, character-driven techno-political-thriller and it is just as awesome as that mouthful sounds. The protagonists, Suyana and Daniel, are each flawed and sympathetic and kick-ass in their own ways, as is the varied supporting cast of diplomats, paparazzi, and environmental activists. The action is brisk, the setting is engaging, and this would likely make for a great film. Ecoterrorism, advanced photo-tech, Parisian street chases….and flashes of taught political suspense woven throughout. Highly recommended for fans of sci-fi or dystopian fiction, or someone simply looking for a very different, very fun book.

REFRESHING.

The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen

(recommended by Teresa)

I was totally taken aback by how much I loved this novel. I picked up the ARC solely on the title and the cover picture, and boy am I glad that I judged this book by the cover! Set in a small town in Texas known for its chemical plant, the novel focuses on the talented high school basketball star, Mercy Louis. Raised by her zealot grandmother, Mercy is not allowed to do much of anything that doesn’t involve either church or prayer, so she loses herself on the basketball court. Illa Stark is the basketball manager, who admires and longs to be friends with the town’s golden girl. When a horrendous crime sets the town on edge, all the girls will be judged by what they have done, how they dress, and how they act. This crime and its repercussions brings Illa and Mercy together in ways they couldn’t imagine, and unearths secrets that were suppose to stay in the shadows. Excellent read, great female characters, and truly a book that makes you think.

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