These days I haven’t liked everything I’ve read, except for The Lightning Thief, which I won’t gush over again after today. I dug into my archives and found a few favorites. My bookshelf is piled with must-read-books that are waiting for me. Soon, someday soon.
1) Troy by Adele Geras: This is the story of Troy from the point of view of the women, specifically two sisters. Marpessa is gifted with God-sight and is handmaiden to Helen, and Xanthe tends to the wounded soldiers in the Blood Room. This book is so impressive. Troy was a finalist for the Whitbread and won a Horn Book Honor in 2001.
2) Friction by E.R. Frank: I thought the author got the uneven relationship between the two girls just right. A new girl who dares to do it all fascinates the main character… This book may be why I’m having a hard time with a manuscript about an unbalanced friendship—in fact, I put it away six months ago.
3) Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr: I loved this urban fantasy. It was not as wordy as some fantasies, yet she gave me enough to draw me into her world. I want more of this world. Is there more?
4) The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson: I usually don’t like any story set in the future. It makes me uneasy and I can’t focus on the story. I never enjoyed A Wrinkle in Time, and couldn’t stick with Feed. I KNOW!! This book may be the one that sends me back to Feed for a second try. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that I loved the main character and that’s what kept me reading.
5) A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly: This is a mystery, historical fiction, and coming of age novel all at once. The gentle main character and the historical setting sucked me in. I was transported back in time and I didn’t want to leave. I loved it! I wish I’d written it…