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August Book Reviews

I didn't read anything during July and read these two in the first four days of August D:



Title: Trickster's Choice
Author: Tamora Pierce
Genre: fantasy, YA
Rating: 5/5
Summary: Alianne, daughter of Alanna, is ready to create her own legend. As the book opens, Aly, 16, longs to follow in her father's footsteps as a spy, but her parents refuse to allow it. Annoyed, she sails off in her boat, only to be captured by pirates and sold into slavery, fortunately to kindly Duke Balitang. She meets Kyprioth, the Trickster, and strikes a bargain: if Aly keeps the Duke and his family safe for the summer, Kyprioth will return her to her family and persuade her parents to let her be a spy. With magic, spells, winged horses that are part human and part metal, crows that take human form (and provide a romance for Aly), brutal fighting, treason, and attempted kidnapping, this fantasy has plenty to hold readers' attention. It also offers an interesting examination of race, as well as a look at an adolescent's finding her independence, an especially difficult task with such a powerful mother. Aly is a strong, intelligent, and resilient feminist who stretches this fantasy to a parable of girl-power.
My thoughts: Reread. One of my favorite books ever by my favorite author. Aly is a wonderful character and I really feel like I can relate to her. She's everything that I would want to be and always knows what to do in any situation. There are so many wonderful characters in this book and it's really a point of inspiration for my own writing and world building.



Title: Trickster's Queen
Author: Tamora Pierce
Genre: fantasy, YA
Rating: 5/5
Summary: Still bound by the trickster god Kyprioth to keep the Balitang children safe, Alanna now must make certain that the rebel conspiracy against the harsh Rittevon Crown and its supporters succeeds so that Sarai, the oldest of the Balitang children, will ascend the throne. But Sarai throws a wrench in the plans by eloping, and it's left to her younger, more intelligent and more committed sister, Dove, to prove herself to the people. Characterizations are complex and well developed, and the intricate intrigue is compelling as Aly uses her cadre of spies to collect information and manipulate events leading up to revolution.
My thoughts: Reread. One of my favorite books ever by my favorite author. This may actually be my favorite book period. Through both of these books I felt like I was there with the characters through all the problems they encountered. One of my favorite parts of this book was when Aly realizes she has underestimated Nawat, that he has now become a real man. It makes me smile just thinking about it :D

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