Welcome to Day 7 of my Blogoversary Bash!
Leah Cypess is the author of Mistwood:
The Shifter is an immortal creature bound by an ancient spell to protect the kings of Samorna. When the realm is peaceful, she retreats to the Mistwood. But when she is needed she always comes.
Isabel remembers nothing. Nothing before the prince rode into her forest to take her back to the castle. Nothing about who she is supposed to be, or the powers she is supposed to have.
Prince Rokan needs Isabel to be his Shifter. He needs her ability to shift to animal form, to wind, to mist. He needs her lethal speed and superhuman strength. And he needs her loyalty—because without it, she may be his greatest threat.
Isabel knows that her prince is lying to her, but she can't help wanting to protect him from the dangers and intrigues of the court . . . until a deadly truth shatters the bond between them.
Now Isabel faces a choice that threatens her loyalty, her heart . . . and everything she thought she knew.
I have read SO many books I loved this year that this is really difficult! But if I had to break it down into my absolute tops, I would say:
1. Favorite YA speculative fiction – The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan. This is the second in a trilogy about a pair of brothers caught up in a world of demon-summoning magicians. It’s got everything – intrigue and magic and humor and absolutely awesome characters. (The first book is The Demon's Lexicon.)
2. Favorite YA contemporary – Split by Swati Avasthi. About two brothers who have escaped an abusive household, and the secret that is consuming one of them.
3. Favorite YA fantasy/contemporary blend: I’m torn between Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. But I’m going to go with Revolution, about a grieving girl who discovers the diary of a girl who lived during the French Revolution. Mostly because I still can’t believe it didn't get a Printz honor.
4. Favorite non-YA speculative fiction: Blackout & All Clear by Connie Willis (published as two books, but it’s really one large book split into two). About a group of academic time-travelers who find themselves trapped in London during the Blitz. To be honest, Blackout started a bit slowly, and if I wasn’t such a huge Connie Willis fan, I might have given up on it. But I am really, really glad I didn't.
5. Favorite non-YA contemporary: The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I admit that I only picked it up because it's such a huge bestseller, but then I stayed up until 3 a.m. to finish it.
I've heard a lot about The Demon's Lexicon trilogy -- I really need to pick it up! Revolution has been sitting on my shelf for too long. I'm going to try to read that one over break too. I hadn't heard of Blackout but I'm intrigued! I need to branch out of YA, and anything with time travelers immediately has my interest.
Thanks so much for sharing, Leah!
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