In which I cheat and choose three best books instead of one, then give away an ARC.
(look at me using my Spanish degree.)
by Nova Ren Suma
Creepy. Eerie. Lyrical. Mind-bending. I couldn't imagine how she would end the book without breaking its lovely trance, but Nova found a way to make "this explains nothing!" completely satisfying.
(I had to take French for that Spanish degree, which means ten years later I just used Google translate to remember "number" en francais.)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
by Laini Taylor
So fantasy is not really my thing, but Laini Taylor pretty much made it my thing here. Maybe because Karou's "real" life is full of hilarious dialogue and achingly lonely. Maybe because Laini immerses you in exotic settings in a way that makes them immediately fantastic but also familiar. Or maybe just because her writing is freaking kick ass. I dunno.
(I took Portuguese for a few weeks during an ill-fated attempt at grad school. Hello again Google translate.)
by Sara Zarr
Dual POV, both female, but utterly distinct. The girls' sections are rendered in different typefaces, with the simpler, less educated girl written in a sans-serif, and the other in a Times New Roman-esque font. As I font nerd, I love that, but it's not a gimmick. Even without that detail, these are some of the most singular voices I've read in YA.
Because I want you all to read it, I'm giving away an ARC of How To Save a Life!*
Everyone who leaves their Road Trip Wednesday link in the comments at YA Highway will be entered in the drawing!
(I want you all to read the others, too, but my mom is reading Imaginary Girls and my husband is reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone. However, keep an eye out for some future giveaways... I may have a copy of Shatter Me or The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer or Tempest to send out in the next few weeks...)