What I want to talk to you all about is the fantasy genre of young adult books. There are a lot out there; and a lot with a similar storyline. In this post I will bring up two fantasy novels that I enjoyed reading and are breaking the mold.
Book #1 Ruby Red
One of the books in the genre that I enjoyed reading was Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. It is an interesting and fun read. Fast paced and never boring, it is a fun read. It is a novel filled with romance, mystery and time travel, the first of the precious stone trilogy.
Unexpectedly it is Gwyneth (Gwyn) instead of her cousin Charlotte that hurls into the past. However, unlike her cousin, Gwyn has had no training about this ability whatsoever. What she has instead is the mystery of her mothers’ reason to lie about her birth and a rickety partnership with Gideon, an unbearable time-traveler from a similar gifted family. Together they are to fulfill a quest and unlock an even more mysterious power. The journey proves to be hazardous (death-defying) as they traipse through 300 years of family secrets (literally).
A mysterious and funny story, the present intertwined with the past. Buy here
Book #2 Cinder
A different take on your average fairytale, this is a re-telling of Cinderella (the title didn’t give it away at all did it?) by Marissa Meyer. This was pretty a strange book to read, but enjoyable nonetheless. I am not big on science fiction, and this does have a lot of those elements in it.
The story is in a far future where Humans, androids and cyborgs crowd the earth. Where a deadly plague runs amuck and devastates the people. Cinder, who is a talented mechanic, is a cyborg and therefore viewed as a second-class citizen. She is a woman with a mysterious past and abhorred by her stepmother. Her life tangles with that of Prince Kai’s and she finds herself in the middle of an intergalactic skirmish and a love that is forbidden.
Can you see the resemblance with the classic fairytale? Buy here
So… what did you think of these two books? Have you read them or are you planning to? Which books do you curl up with on your chair, bed or couch?