Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
That's right folks. I read 'Mistborn'. I'm putting in a caveat right here so that everyone knows where I'm coming from. The last real fantasy novel I seriously got into (barring Harry Potter) was The Lord of the Rings. After that, I sort of stopped reading fantasy so much. Can you blame me? It's hard to follow a series as awesome as that. But, when Donna recommended 'Mistborn' so highly my interest was piqued. Anyhow, I picked it up and let me tell you, it doesn't disappoint! The magic system alone was enough to keep me reading, but added to that was the impeccable timing and well-developed characters. I love a novel that builds and builds until everything comes together in a tidal wave at the end and that is absolutely what Brandon Sanderson accomplishes. Read it!
Mr. Monster by Dan Wells
Mr. Monster came out in the U.K. recently, but I didn't have to wait for shipping because...oh, that's right! I bought it from the man himself at LTUE 2010. Woohoo!
Be warned: 'Mr. Monster' is not for the faint of heart. The story picks up not long after 'I Am Not a Serial Killer' ends. John Cleaver is as messed up as ever, a situation not likely to change anytime soon. We see early on that John is having difficulty containing his darker side, manipulating his rules to accommodate his changing needs. While 'I Am Not a Serial Killer' deals with John letting his darker side out, 'Mr. Monster' deals with John trying to lock his darker side back up. Whether or not he is successful is debatable. He spends a lot of time with his daydreams which are incredibly disturbing and not for wide consumption. However, if you can stomach the ride, the entire book is worth the read for the last page alone. Dan Wells does an excellent job creating a character that is not lovable, but that we're still able to root for right up to the end. I can honestly say that I can't wait to see how the whole thing wraps up!