Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mash Day- Mysterious and Fantastical

Welcome to another Mash Day here at TPL Tigard Teen. This is where we highlight media that blends stuff and that you can find at the library. Today I'm sharing mystery novels that have a touch of fantasy, or fantasy novels with a touch of mystery, depending on how you look at it. YA fiction tends to boldly go where no lifeforms have gone before, so there's lots of fabulous and experimental genre blending. Makes sense for books written for folk who are just starting to figure out what they like, what is made of awesome and what exemplifies suck. Try out one of these books and get hooked (or not).

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy:
I recommend this one A LOT. It's a mystery; It's supernatural; It's noir; It's dark; It's hilarious; It's scary. Read it!

Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow by Daniel Nayeri:
This is the ultimate mash-up: A collection of four novellas, each in a different genre, including a crime story in which every wish comes true and only the Imaginary Crime Unit can stop them.

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb:
Helen has been haunting people for over 130 years, but she's finally met a teenaged boy who can see her and help her solve the mystery of her past. Supernatural-mystery-romance. Yum.

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix:
Two teenagers learn that they were found as babies on a plane that appeared out of nowhere filled with other babies and no adults. To unravel this mystery they must travel through time.

I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells:
John Wayne Cleaver insists that he is not a serial killer, in spite of certain rather grim tendencies, but when people in his town start showing up brutally murdered, he finds himself on the case and wondering whether the perp is a man or a monster.

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard:
Emma solves crimes with the help of her twin sister. Her dead twin sister.

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