Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
The hardest question you could ask me is what my favorite book is. My favorite book is always the one I have most recently read. Here is a list of books, series, and authors that I adore, will read again and again and never stop loving.
Kristin Cashore – Graceling, Fire and Bitterblue (The Graceling Realm series)
This series tells a Hunger Games-like story of a girl “Graced” with a talent for murder, the last monster woman alive in the Dells, and the daughter of a murderous madman, and the court intrigue, wars, and romance surrounding them all.
R.L. LaFevers – Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin series)
This is a historical fiction series that takes place in Brittany in the late 1400s, about the typical court, war, and romance, and the atypical assassin nuns.
Sherwood Smith – Crown Duel/Court Duel (one book in two parts)
Possibly the best book ever written, Crown Duel tells the story of a war fought through cunning and trickery against force and might, and Court Duel illustrates the aftermath, and the battle of words and position in court.
Maria V. Snyder – Poison Study, Magic Study and Fire Study (Study series)
Yelena is saved from death by hanging only to wait for a slow death by poison… and a lot of romance, magic and awesome assassin moves.
Kerstin Gier –Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green (The Precious Stone Trilogy)
Gwen (my namesake), is just a normal girl living in present-day London, only she can travel back in time, gets to wear beautiful ball gowns, flirt with handsome long-haired boys, and might die from the evil wrath of the Count of Saint-Germain.
L.A. Meyer – Bloody Jack series
It is the beginning of endless adventures, lovers, mysteries and daring escapes for headstrong Jacky Faber, when she jumps aboard the HMS Dolphin as a ship’s boy in the early 1800s.
Vivian Vande Velde – Heir Apparent (Rasmussen Corporation Book 2)
Giannine has no idea what she is in for when she hooks herself up to the virtual reality game Heir Apparent, and has to fight her way through head-chopping statues, backstabbing thieves, riddle-saying dwarves, untrustworthy handsome princes, and deadly dragons to win the game, and save her life.
Favorite Authors (and my favorite books by them):
Jessica Day George – Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, Princess of the Midnight Ball series, Dragon Slippers series
Shannon Hale – The Goose Girl series, Book of a Thousand Days, Princess Academy series
Gail Carson Levine – Ella Enchanted, Fairest, The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Ever
Tamora Pierce – Song of the Lioness series, The Immortals series, Protector of the Small series, Trickster series, Beka Cooper series
Robin McKinley- The Hero and the Crown, The Blue Sword, Beauty
JK Rowling – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince