Saturday, July 20, 2013

Weekend Recommendations #13

This is a weekly feature, where I get to go all fannish about two randomly-picked favvies (which may not actually be favorites, but got a rating of 3 or higher) that I would recommend to friends! So, here are this week's two picks:

Author: Susanne Dunlap
Genre: historical fiction/mystery
Part of a Series: No
Rating: 4 out of 5
Who'll Like It: Girl-read, fifteen-and-up, fans of historical fiction mysteries, especially ones who are more into the mystery than the romance and like a strong female protagonist who doesn't have Attitude.

Why I Like It:

I happen to be a fan of historical fiction mysteries, not a lot of romance, and strong female protagonists who don't have Attitudes! I can also connect to the protagonist - Theresa - with her love for the violin. The Author's love for music rings true in this book, which also struck a chord with me, being a musician and big fan of classical music (especially Mozart and Handel).

Title: Incarceron
Author: Catherine Fisher
Genre: dystopian/futuristic
Part of a Series: Yes
Rating: 3 out of 5
Who'll Like It: Girl-and-guy read, fifteen-and-up, fans of dystopian, futuristic, science fiction, and just plain strange stories - especially ones akin to Neil Gaiman's work.

Why I Like It:

Sometimes I like strange stories, and the world of Incarceron is definitely that. I loved the isolated feel, the bizarre world of the prison and the Outside, and most importantly, the two girl characters in this are awesome. Neither are ridiculous or annoying. Atia especially is practical and tough, while Claudia is strong and decisive. The mystery is sort of obvious, but it has some surprising twists.

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