The Super Fun Kids' Graphic Novel Sale

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ready Player One

Dieveney, September 24, 2015

This dystopian novel is both a realistic view of our future and a love letter to the past, specifically the John Hughes, Atari, Goonies 1980s version of the past. In a world where everyone spends their time plugged into a virtual reality simulator, friends are only known by their avatars and travel means teleporting from one virtual planet to another. When a billionaire dies, leaving his fortune as the prize winnings in a video game challenge, a plucky teen named Wade Watts, AKA Parzival is willing to risk anything to win the prize, including physical danger, celebrity, and friendship. Suspenseful, laugh out loud funny, and charming it’s a cross between Charlie and the Chocolate factory, The Westing Game, and Goonies, not to mention the most fun I’ve have adventuring in a novel in a long time.
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Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
Luckiest Girl Alive

Dieveney, July 23, 2015

Although widely touted as the next “Gone Girl”, this book deserves great praise on its own merits and the only similarity to “Gone Girl” is that it is a fascinating study of identity and authenticity.
Ani FaNelli is all about reinvention and has succeeded in turning herself in the perfect person to fit into her perfect job and perfect Manhattan apartment she shares with her perfect fiancé. But keeping up this superficial persona is exhausting especially because she’s continually haunted by events in her past that she can’t escape. The only way she’s been able to show the world that those events haven’t defined her, is by becoming someone else.
The author does a beautiful job of dropping clues regarding the mysterious event and even though you’ll have it figured out long before the story is told, the book is impossible to put down until you experience every heart pounding moment. Likeable despite herself, Ani’s forced to make impossible choices that while you may not agree with her decisions, they are understandable and relatable, and you’ll find yourself caring for this broken girl more than she’s able to care for herself.
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At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
At the Water's Edge

Dieveney, June 24, 2015

The search for the Loch Ness monster becomes an allegory for the search for authenticity. A young couple estranged from their family tries to repair family ties with a trip to wartime Scotland for recorded proof of Nessie. They end up revealing much more of themselves than they expect and the search for truth is the overwhelming theme. Riveting and with a building pace, this search for monsters is my favorite summer read this year.
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A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
A Desperate Fortune

Dieveney, May 30, 2015

A Desperate Fortune Is a sweeping adventure and romance with two strong protagonists living centuries apart. Sara Thomas, is hired to solve a cipher that hides the text on a nearly 300 year old diary written by a young Scot Mary Dundas. Sara, diagnosed with Asperger’s, struggles to find her own place in the world as she becomes absorbed into the mystery of Mary’s life. Mary Dundas, a Jacobite exile living in France is struggles with issues of abandonment and a desire for adventure as takes a fascinating journey with hilarious and strange companions. Susanna Kearsley fans will recognize her style of threading parallels between the lives of her two main characters not to mention the recurring Jacobite themes. While the direction of the story was completely unpredictable, the ending was incredibly satisfying. Definitively worth a read!
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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
The Darkest Part of the Forest

Dieveney, February 21, 2015

I began reading the Darkest Part of the Forest on my commute to work yesterday and after chapter 1, I started considering the merits of calling in sick and spending the day reading. Like Holly Black’s other novels, this is about relatable teenagers in extraordinary circumstances. Fairfold is a pretty normal town except for the strange fairy prince asleep in a glass coffin in the middle of the woods who is used primarily as a tourist spot and sometimes dance floor at high school parties. That’s not to say, other strange things don’t occasionally happen and residents of Fairfold find it helpful to turn their socks inside out and tuck a bit of iron in a pocket before leaving home, just in case. This is a lightning fast page turner and a great adventure where the knight in shining armor is not at all who you might expect.
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