March 2016 Books

The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1)The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Enchanting. Absolutely beautiful language, in the clearest, purest form. Not one extraneous word...somehow this author managed to find verbs that described actions, feelings and appearance all in one. I wish I had that talent.

The story is great, character arcs believable and rewarding. I'd read again, just for the language TBH. As with most "becoming strong" stories, I cringed at the mousey, fearful girl the MC starts out as. Don't have any sympathy for wimps. Fortunately, the beautiful prose carries you through and you start seeing some chutzpah =)

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Underwhelming. Don't understand the hype. Didn't feel like there was anything original--all the hot fiction trends of the last 5 years seemed recycled here. There were no surprise twists, you could guess what came next. Would not recommend, would not read again.

Poison Study (Study, #1)Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Saving qualities = details on food tasting and poisons.

Damning qualities = (view spoiler)

I kept skimming, hoping that something would improve, but it only got more preposterous. Such a disappointment! I've been waiting for weeks on the library waiting list for this book, and have heard such good things, but I'm now stymied by the hype. Either I'm missing something, or this book is missing a lot.

Magonia (Magonia, #1)Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked it. The POV voices were a lot more contemporary than I'd expected from the unique premise. Probably wouldn't read again, didn't have enough heart connection to draw me. Not inspired to read the next in series. While the "singing into being" concept was Narnia-like and beautiful, for some reason I found Aza & Dai's "connection" a little hokey. Maybe 10 years ago I would have disagreed =)

All that aside, I'm a big fan of authors taking truth out of history and telling a tale. Worth the read.

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