The story cheats – it fails to follow genre standards in two places! Well done. Nameless boy, who might or might not be related to heroes from previous books, has leadership written all over him. This does not sit well with one other boy, who would quite like leadership and has a sharp knife to … More Tale of Oriel & Tale of Elske by Cynthia Voigt
When two people don’t quite fit into the crowd – he’s the Baron-to-be, she’s the witch – it must mean that they are meant for each other, right? But no. The square shape doesn’t fit into the round hole, but the dodecahedron doesn’t fit into the circle or the square. The Baron is dying, and … More I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
Loved the first book in the series, Jackaroo. (What’s the deal with naming the book “Hero’s tale”? That’s not an interesting title!) Picked this one up for being a sequel, but the only connection is that Berle is the grand-daughter of Gwynn and Burl ((Get it? feminized name1) and therefore is taught to read. When … More Tale of Birle by Cynthia Voigt
I used to read lots of sword-and-sorcery, and this book has some of my favorite authors… I was so bored.
Read this book during daylight hours only. Yikes. Grandma dies in a nursing home after a long and mostly happy life. What could be more normal? Grandma’s two older grandchildren are embarrassed by her insistence that she is the Sleeping Beauty and she is a princess who once lived in a castle and slept until … More Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
Excellent story – could not put it down. Potential subtitles for this book: The one where no one gets what they want. The one where things snowball because no one wants to take responsibility. The one where a kid doesn’t know the rule and the kid pays for it, and when the teacher doesn’t know … More Nothing But the Truth by Avi
I don’t usually read romance, and I don’t usually like conspiracies. This book is smoking hot and the conspiracy doesn’t intrude too much. The series had to potential to trip one of do-not-finish wires: The wise yet hot guy guides the completely ignorant girl, and ends up taking her to bed – shades of teacher … More Wildfire by Ilona Andrews