This is one of my favorite books. It's middle grade, short, and just so much fun. It's a retelling of Cinderella with new magical elements and cool curses. I've read this book several times and really want to read it again. It's just so fun!
This was my first Dean Koontz novel and it got me hooked. I read about 20 of his books in three months after picking this up. And he is still one of my two favorite authors. If you enjoy suspense mixed with a little horror and lots of humor, pick this up. It made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions.
This list wouldn't really be complete without some Eoin Colfer. Really I've loved every book of his I've read. It's been a while since I've read this one, but if you enjoy Middle Grade adventure you'll probably like this. It has cool characters, an interesting story, and brilliant writing.
I can't remember why I first picked this book up. I think it was a random selection in the library. And honestly, I'm really glad I did. It has time travel, which makes it really cool. And there are interwoven time periods that keep you guessing. And I loved the characters. Finn in particular. Just adored him. If you like YA novels that involve time travel and a little bit of complicated romance, pick this up. I really want to reread it now.
This was the first Sarah Dessen novel that I've read and it continues to be my favorite. All of her books kind of punch me right in the chest, but this one was just great. It deals with very complicated family issues, drugs, abuse, and learning to love and grow. A very nicely constructed story.
I loved this book. In the beginning I really wasn't sure about Emily, but as the story progressed her character really grew. There's a list that Emily gets from her best friend (who has disappeared) and she starts completing it in hopes that it'll bring them back together. But she grows up along the way, makes new friends, makes mistakes, and it's just all around fun. I highly recommend this book.
What are some standalone books that you've enjoyed? I would love to have some recommendations from you!