From Rick Yancey’s website:
These are the secrets I have kept.
This is the trust I never betrayed.
But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets.
The one who saved me…and the one who cursed me.
So begins the journal of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor, and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the middle of the night with a grueso me find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet.
It’s very horror-meets-suspense-meets-Sherlock Holmes. There’s an edge to this book that might not appeal to a lot of people, but I enjoyed it. I couldn’t put it down. It’s a part of a wonderful series that’s still going.
From Scott Westerfeld’s website:
Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.
Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.
With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected ways, taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.
This book is a fast read, it keeps you on the edge of your seat, the characters are well-developed and likable, and the illustrations are wonderful.
I don’t know exactly how to summarize this, but the book revolves around Captain John Yossarian, an Air Force bombardier stationed in Pianosa during WWII. It follows his attempts at getting out of combat missions and his constant struggle against Catch-22, a rule that practically enforces ‘no-win’ situations. The tone and experiences are slightly sardonic, making way for a lot of moments where dry humor shines through.
I personally love this book to death. The first time I read it I was laughing so hard at certain points that my teacher almost threw me out of class. It’s witty and quick and the situations the characters are put through make you feel extremely sympathetic towards them.