This was a crazy ride of a book and I’m still not sure quite what happened. It’s a YA book with male main characters, so I’ll definitely be recommending it for boys. Oscar has a supernatural dog, Mr. Cigar, a loyal best friend, Lytle, and an uncanny ability to cause trouble. He is also close friends with a tech genius whose inventions help him stay out of jail. When his estranged sister is being held ransom, they go on a road trip to save her, while also trying to outrun a crazy army colonel who has a vendetta against Mr. Cigar. Writing this description sounds so normal, but this book is anything but.
Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery, by Brom
Londoner Abitha is married off to a puritan in Connecticut in the 1640s. While her husband is a nice man, the puritan community is highly toxic. At the same time, an ancient god is being resurrected by his demon followers just outside Abitha’s village. I think if this set-up doesn’t intrigue you, then this book isn’t for you, but I have to say this story rocks! I cried my eyes out in places and the ending was truly satisfying (although, of course, dark).
Game Changer, by Neal Shusterman
Ash is a football player who tackles hard. One Friday on the field, he hits so hard, he slips into another dimension. But only little things have changed. The following Friday it happens again, but this time the world is very, very different. As the changes spiral out-of-control, he finds that he can control the changes and if he doesn’t find a way back to his original world, the Earth is in deep trouble. This book is brilliant. Compelling, funny, and expertly executed. I loved it.
One Last Stop, by Casey McQuiston
A queer romance about finding yourself by finding your people, and, of course, your true love. While firmly grounded in the real world, this story has an element of the supernatural. But it’s the story of cynical August as she learns to open up to all types of relationships. Plus the romance between August and Jane is delightful. A must read!