This is a fun book told from the point of view of a tenth grader in high school (not actually written by a teenager, author is a grown man.) Contains several laugh-out-loud moments. Nice, wistful, realistically told.
The author almost tries to essay a new genre, a sort of "supernatural/horror cozy", if you will, with a part-time SAHM as heroine. While the concept is interesting, the book drags and the mysterious/supernatural aspects very parsimoniously doled out for at least the first half of the book, consisting almost solely of creepy dreams the heroine has as she goes about in a grief-inspired daze. If you want the book because you think the description of a "special school for children with psychic ability" seems interesting, don't be fooled - this aspect of the story is a very tiny part of the whole and doesn't really come into play until the last 15% of the book. Most of it is living inside the heroine's largely prosaic world with "occasional weird things happening", which is the sort of amateurish mistake you expect from a writing student. (Oh, and don't be fooled by the lavish praise on or inside the cover from the likes of Dean Koontz and John Saul, or the "subtle" reminder that Clegg is a Bram Stoker Award winner. He certainly didn't win for this book, although the publisher does their level trickery best to try to make us think he did by pulling in prior glowing reviews from other Clegg novels, and carefully leaving out any details identifying the actual work which earned the praise.)
Well, if you already know and like the Mitford books, you'll know about this one. If you have been living under a rock, the series concept is that of a small-town man of the cloth and his interactions with the other denizens of his small village. Never overtly religious, the author strives to be ecumenical and just to tell a sweet story about bucolic life. Imagine "Ballykissangel" crosssed with "The Gilmore Girls".
One of that year's most acclaimed novels. If you haven't read it you should. I always give extra points to an author who attempts to write a character completely different from what they themselves are. Ian McEwan does this beautifully, telling a story from the point of view of a young girl and never faltering.
One of my favorites, provides several laugh-out-loud moments in the midst of the drama. If you like the protagonist, Ben Kincaid, and the rest of his recurring cast of lawyer and private-eye assistants, you'll want to read all of them. Nice blend of genre and humor with a scrappy hero.
Interconnected young adult short stories from the man who later went on to create the TV show "Veronica Mars". As you probably know if you're at this site, short stories aren't usually big sellers and for a young adult author to contract for an entire book of them, well, you're in for a treat (check out "Rats Saw God" if you like this one).
British series novel that is a cut above the detective genre. If you haven't discovered Deborah Crombie yet, this one is a good candidate (it is not necessary to have read all books in this series to appreciate this one by its own).
Hambly is best known for her vampire novels. This one introduces an interesting, engaging protagonist "of color", Benjamin January, and weaves the struggles of an educated, cosmopolitan African-American man at a time when such individuals were extremely rare, along with a heaping helping of voodoo-laced mystery and societal intrigue. A cut above the usual.