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Tara’s Best of 2013

Beauty Queens by Libba BrayTitle:  Beauty Queens

Author:  Libba Bray

Call #:  YA BRAY

Oh no!  The contestants of the Miss Teen Dream beauty pageant have crashed on a deserted island!  But are they truly alone?  In this hysterically funny young adult novel, the girls find a way to survive in the wild and discover their individual strengths as they unravel the mystery of the island.

Ready Player One by Ernest ClineTitle:  Ready Player One

Author:  Ernest Cline

Call #:  CLINE

A wealthy and eccentric game designer has left his entire fortune to the first player to find the “Easter Egg” he left within his game – the all-consuming virtual-reality Oasis.  Will the egg be found by one of the independent egg hunters or the evil uber-corporation determined to exploit and ruin the Oasis for all?  Futuristic and dystopian, riveting and full of adventure.  There are elements of mystery, romance, fantasy, humor, action and drama.  There is truly something for every reader to be found within this book.

Feast for Crows by George R.R. MartinTitle:  A Feast for Crows

Author:  George R.R. Martin

Call #:  FSY MAR

Book 4 in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series is just as compelling as the first three.  Despite the length of the novels and the gruesome, gritty death of ALL my favorite characters, I keep coming back to this epic fantasy.  Martin has painted a far-reaching and intricate landscape of intrigue, power-plays, and double crossing in which there is no clear “good guy” or guiltless party.

Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienTitle:  The Hobbit

Author:  J.R.R. Tolkien

Call #:  FSY TOL

Tolkien’s classic has long been a favorite of mine.  Bilbo is a perfect “anti-hero”.  He is a coward who wants no part of any dreadful adventure, thank you very much.  He’d much prefer to stay home with his pantry full of food and a cup of tea.  However, with the help of 13 bumbling dwarves, Bilbo finds himself plunked right in the middle of misadventure after misadventure.  Yet, from giant spiders to shape-shifting bears to elvish imprisonment, he always emerges relatively unscathed and manages to save his dwarves, mostly due to pure luck and the possession of a magic ring.

Recommended by:  Tara