To be a bookworm is to have a sixth sense when it comes to plots. Half the time, it’s real easy to figure out where the book’s storyline is heading by only reading the synopsis and relating to the book’s genre. There’s always a protagonist – most of the time a female – a fantasy world, a corrupted society, monsters, love triangles, forbidden love… etc.
Whenever your predictions are defied, exceeded then definitely the book is to be on the “Favorites” shelf and you’re left with your utter astonishment and wonderment at how on earth the author managed to trick Y O U, a professional bookworm.
However, that’s not always the case. In fact, there’re books that goes up against every expectation you might have and every plot you can think of. Three of them are full time residents on my shelves, and let me tell you, they’re mind-blowingly weird.
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.” – Michelle Hodkin
It’s a trilogy of a never ending mystery, intrigue, hair-pulling insanity and igniting romance. It starts with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer; a story about a girl that’s not named Mara Dyer, and boy with a half feather, half dagger necklace; a miraculous survival but with no memory whatsoever on what she survived. Is the boy here to help her remember or is he himself another dilemma? The frustration and curiosity levels will break a record but it will be worth it… totally worth it.
- The Archived by Victoria Schwab
“Because the only way to truly record a person is not in words, not in still frames, but in bone and skin and memory.” – Victoria Schwab
A never encountered before plot, un-put-downable and haunting.
Close your eyes and imagine that a place exists where the dead rest on shelves, in a library just like books, a library for souls; an archive for the dead. Every soul has a story to tell, every moment of your life-time is documented and it’s a story that Librarians can only read, Keepers can only protect for every day Histories are shuffling, waking up to roam the archives once again.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar children by Ransom Riggs
“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.” – Ransom Riggs
A story based on a collection of V E R Y extraordinary photos, a parallel universe and a mysterious island inspired by a mind that thrives on creativity. A tragedy puts our protagonist 16 years old Jacob on a journey to discover an abandoned orphanage, only the orphans are not mundane, they’re very peculiar indeed. A day, a history and a life that repeats itself every 24 hours, but every time it gets stranger and wonderfully bizarre.