|Blackthorn Winter||Reiss, Kathryn|
When Juliana's parents separate, Juliana's mother drags them to a tiny English town known for its artists. Juliana is expecting to miss her father and be bored. What she's not expecting is a murder, a cute boy, and clues about her own mysterious past.
I liked this book a lot. The writing was good and the descriptions were vivid and well done. The only problem I had with it was that the three main storylines--murder, separated parents, mysterious past--all seemed to fight for supremacy. It was a little distracting. Still, if you want an entertaining mystery and you love the English countryside, you'll probably like this book. 3 stars.
|Wildwood Dancing||Marillier, Juliet|
I'm not sure what I liked about this book more, the smooth, descriptive writing or the inventive mix of fairy tales. This book is Twelve Dancing Princess + The Frog Prince+ vampires + fairies with a generous seasoning of Romanian history and myth. Around every corner is a different fable, like an old friend, but somehow it all seems new and fresh.
The main character, Jena, is a determined, wonderfully human girl who is trying to hold her family and land together when their father must leave. She's stubborn and she makes mistakes but I loved her anyway, and the bonds between her and her sisters are some of the best parts of the book. 5 stars
PS-Also, the cover for this book was done by Kinuko Y. Craft. She's one of my favorite artists, as you can tell by the art scattered over this blog. :)
I started following Maureen on Twitter and she was hilarious, so I figured I should read her books. Devilish is my first one, but it won't be my last.
When your best friend sells her soul for popularity, how far will you go to save her? High school outcasts, demons and a cute dead guy, all written in a funny, engaging way. A definite recommend. 4 stars
Has anyone else read these books? What did you think?