What it’s about: A young boy trains to become protector of his best friend, the prince, but on the verge of doing so he breaks an oath he did not know about and his world is shattered until he goes on a journey to uncover the truth.
What made me pick it up: I was ordering books for the library years and years ago and saw this and planned to purchase it and read it. Purchase, yes. Read? Not for ages because I changed jobs and my new library did not have a copy. We do now. And the sequel which I am very excited to begin.
My favorite things: This is some top notch YA fantasy. Once you get through the initial world building and character introductions the tale sprints along to the conclusion. Equal parts action and mystery, you will be fully immersed following Raim as he tries to clear his name and discovers the truth about his world and powers in the meantime.
Who it’s great for: Teens and adults looking for some great fantasy writing.
What it’s about: Um… nine women, and one dress. No really, through a series of purchases and returns they all end up receiving/wearing the same size small perfect LBD for the season in the course of this book. It also has love stories.
My favorite things: Easily the fairy tale endings to all the stories (spoiler). I am a sucker for sweet rom-com story endings, and stories for that matter. These are all mostly sweet love stories that happen on account of the ONE DRESS.
What it’s about: Fourteen-year-old Linda lives her life as an outsider, her solitude punctuated by problematic relationships. She struggles to find herself as she navigates intrigue, illness, fringe religions, and death.
What made me pick it up: I loved the cover art and, although I couldn’t remember what it was about, I knew I’d read good reviews.
My favorite things: I gave this a lot of shells because it is very well written and I recognize that it’s a great book, but it’s also a bummer and I’m not a big fan of literary fiction, so at times it kind of made me want to gouge my eyes out. That said, Fridlund’s perfectly crafted prose walk the line between sinister and simply heartbreaking with ease.
Who it’s great for: Readers looking for a complex and unusual coming of age story. Those seeking a young woman protagonist who is believable and strong. Anyone interested in an extremely well-written story.