Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Author: Rae Carson
Source: The MindHut
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Talk about a book that surprised me. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a fantasy novel, with a world based loosely on Catholic Spain. Elisa is a royal princess who has been blessed with the Godstone, a gift from God that signifies that she is destined to perform a great act during her life. She doesn’t feel great, though, as she drowns her loneliness in food. When a marriage is arranged between Elena and a handsome prince, she is scared she won’t live up to anyone’s expectations. It’s a book that’s all about the unexpected. Readers won’t see the plot twists coming, and the growth in Elena’s character is absolutely amazing. If you’re looking for a book with a strong female character and a unique storyline, give this one a try.
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Author: Jessica Khoury
Pia is a sixteen-year-old girl who has lived on a compound in the Amazon rainforest all her life. She’s the product of generations of experimentation, which has made Pia the first immortal being. She knows her role and what’s at stake, but Pia can’t help but wonder what’s outside the electrified fence that surrounds her home. This is another original YA novel (which are increasingly hard to come by). It’s also a standalone, which is refreshing. It’s got well drawn characters and vivid descriptions, and though the storyline didn’t suck me in quite as much as I’d hoped, it was still a very enjoyable read.
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Title: Carnival of Souls
Author: Melissa Marr
Source: The MindHut
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Melissa Marr’s latest novel for teens (and another first in a series) is so difficult to summarize that I’m not even going to try here. Suffice it to say, it involves daemons and witches and centers on the conflict between the two groups. Marr’s imagination is amazing as she brings to life this strange, different world, but it’s clear over and over again that this is the first in a series. Because she has more books over which to develop the setting, Marr doesn’t really flesh out her world, so the reader may feel lost and confused at times. There’s great things to come with this setting, and I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the series, but this one did have some disappointments for me (including the all-too-cheesy YA romance storyline).
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