I’m unfamiliar with the original fairy tale that this novel is based on, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, so I can’t comment on the uniqueness of this re-telling. However, I can say that it is a thoroughly enjoyable book in its own right. I did keep expecting the sisters to disappear into a magical land but I think this was down to the book being placed under the myths and fairy tale category. I think it would be better suited in young adult romance.
The Goodreads Choice Awards were announced recently, and I was happy to see YA author, Sarah J. Maas scooped another win in the YA Fantasy & Science Fiction category, this time for A Court of Mist and Fury (great book!). In 2015 it was her Queen of Shadows novel that secured her win, however, this year she was able to amass an astounding 57,000 votes!
The fact that I’m 44 years old and a huge YA fantasy fan has never seemed odd to me. I’ve been a fan of this genre for many years and plan to remain a loyal YA reader for a long time to come. I know I’m not the only ‘oldie’ who likes to read young adult tales and I see this in the number of likes and comments I receive on my blog posts when a young adult title is featured. Continue reading “My Top Ten #YA Reads #amreading”→
I created the Friday Book Share Gameto help search for that ideal novel/author.
Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you enjoyed reading (old or new) and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare – Simples!
First line of the book.
Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.
Introduce the main character using only three words.
Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).
Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)
Your favourite line/scene.
I’ve had this book on my TBR pile for a while and only recently managed to start it – so far, I’m loving it! If you want to know more about Ally Condie’s books you can follow her on Twitter @allycondie
My twin sister, Bay, and I pass underneath the brown-and-turquoise banners hanging from the ceiling of the temple. Dignitaries perch on their chairs in the gallery, watching, and people crowd the pews of the nave.
Recruit fans by adding the book blurb –
Set within a civilization that lives deep beneath the sea, twin sisters, Rio and Bay, are about to make the most important decision of their lives.
Will they choose to stay Below, sacrificing their soul but living in happiness, or to go Above, keeping their soul but living in weakness and misery.
No one could have predicted their choice.
Introduce the main character – Rio is confused, dedicated, and scared
Delightful Design –
Audience appeal – Perfect choice for fans of YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Dystopian.
Your favourite line/scene –
My mother’s sister.
The siren woman some people call a witch.
The one I think might have killed my mother.
How else to explain her crumpled figure on Maire’s doorstep? Or why Maire never said anything, never offered a single word of explanation as to why my mother might have come to her?
“Maire wouldn’t have killed her,” Bay said, when I told her about my suspicions. “A sister couldn’t do that.”
Here on the Reader Spot, I share the bookish love of our avid book reviewers. From young adult to historical romance, chick-lit to a murder mystery, they know what they like, and they’re happy to share. Whether you are a reader looking for a new book, or a writer wondering what your reader wants, I hope you find this series enjoyable.
Next up to the Reader Spot is the very lovely, Claire from Brizzle Lass Books. Find her beautiful book review blog HERE.
What genre do you enjoy reading?
Fantasy is my go to but I also enjoy Paranormal, Chick-lit and Romance and I enjoy them all in adult and YA.
I am beyond excited to share the cover for my new release, Guardians of the Lost Lands, the third and final book in my Guardians young adult trilogy.
The book launches on Friday 11th November and will be available as eBook and paperback.
I’ve loved every second of writing these books. Amber, Connor, and Redka have become a huge part of my life, and although I’ll be sad to see them go, they’ll always hold a very special place in my heart. I’ve been able to explore so many elements with these characters, incorporating many of my ‘day job’ skills such as meditation, energy healing, and my love of dragons! Continue reading “It’s Here! #CoverReveal of Guardians of the Lost Lands #YA #Fantasy”→