Hi there, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it?!
I just discovered a really delightful author, so delightful, in fact, that I polished off two of her books in one day! The fact that these books are solidly in the YA/children’s category may have had something to do with that. Confession: the YA section is one of my favorite places for finding well written, light, but not too fluffy, books when I want to just relax. I read a lot of non fiction books, so sometimes I like to just kick back with something light and fun – like these ones! They make excellent summer reading books!
So, Jessica Day George. I just discovered this author when my sister told me I Needed to read her books. So I hopped on my computer and requested three of her books randomly from our library. All three books are written in a lovely fantasy/fairy tale style. Again, huge fan here, I’ve always been drawn to the fantasy genre, hello Narnia, LOTR, Harry Potter….I may tell myself that I’m previewing them for when my kids are ready to read them, which by the looks of things, won’t be too long, but really, it’s just because I love reading them, that’s all. 🙂
The first book: Princess of the Midnight Ball was a brilliant retelling of the famous story “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”. I thoroughly enjoyed that one, as I’ve never grown out of fairytales myself! She fills out the backstory beautifully, and while I don’t always enjoy retellings of classics, this one was a total win in my books.
Another, titled Tuesdays at the Castle, features the spunky and softhearted Princess Celie who, with her brother and sister must save the day when invaders try to take over the kingdom. The castle is really the other main character, and you’ll see why when you read the book!
I’d recommend these books to girls or boys starting around age 10 or 11, although, of course, parental discretion is advised, as only you know your kids best! If you’re not sure, you should probably do what I did, and read them to yourself first! 🙂
Disclaimer: there are magical references throughout both books, good magic and bad magic, just so you’re aware. 🙂