Deeply Odd (Odd Thomas)
I love the Odd Thomas series, definitely one of my favorites. Odd is a fry cook who wants to JUST be a fry cook, but unfortunately, he has the ability to communicate with the dead as well as psychic connections that enable him to see tragedies that may happen if he doesn't intervene. While this novel definitely doesn't work as a stand alone, I appreciate that you don't have to have the others absolutely fresh in your mind when reading it. Remembering the major events is enough to get the references back to earlier novels. In this novel, Alfred Hitchcock is the dead spirit who Odd communicates with and the impending tragedy seems to involve children and a psychotic cowboy. If you haven't read any of the Odd Thomas books, I would definitely recommend this series. While they're written by Dean Koontz, they contain a little more humor and voice than his usual stories.
The Prophet of Yonwood (Ember, Book 3)
This was the third book in the City of Ember series, yet it was a prequel. It felt a little misplaced to me. While it tied in to the previous books, it didn't tie in until the very end and would've functioned easily at the end of the series, as most prequels are usually released. I'm not quite sure why it was released as book three out of four, but while it was an interesting read, I kind of wanted to continue with the story that I left off in book two and didn't feel like I was doing that.
The Diamond of Darkhold (Ember, Book 4)
The last book of the City of Ember series. This one ties it all together and helps the main characters unlock the mystery of Ember and discover how to help humanity along. Overall, I enjoyed this series. There is a lot better dystopian lit out there and it took a strange sci-fi turn that didn't quite fit, but for younger readers, it's a good series.
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