Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I didn’t realize Ella Enchanted was a retelling of Cinderella. I loved discovering that and I especially loved this take on the classic fairytale. It was so interesting to see how it all played out, how it was the same, and how it was different.
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne. I really liked this take on the apocalypse. I liked that it was all natural disaster related and seemed like it could actually happen, even though the ramifications would be really scary and I wouldn’t want to live during it.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Wow. The Night Circus is beautifully written and magical. Morgenstern had a way of transporting me to the circus and feeling what the characters felt. While it wasn’t fast-paced, it was very intense and I wanted to read it as quickly as I could so I’d know what happened. And, at the same time, I wanted to take it slow, enjoy it, and savor it.
Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne. Sky on Fire is a great addition to Monument 14. It doesn’t suffer from middle book syndrome at all. Things happen, the characters go places, relationships progress, etc. I’m very pleased with how the story progressed.
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys. What a very powerful, moving, horrifying tale. I knew Stalin killed more people than Hitler did, but I had no idea what he did to the Baltic States. I had no idea the horrors they had to face when they were deported and sent to labor camps in Siberia. The story was engaging and full of information and history.