January 4, 2012

Ladies' Goodreads 2012: January

The Goose Girl
Shannon Hale

Goodreads rating: 4.25 of 5

She can whisper to horses and communicate with birds, but the crown princess Ani has a difficult time finding her place in the royal family and measuring up to her imperial mother. When she is shipped off to a neighboring kingdom as a bride, her scheming entourage mounts a bloody mutiny to replace her with a jealous lady-in-waiting, Selia, and to allow an inner circle of guards more power in the new land. Barely escaping with her life, Ani disguises herself as a goose girl and wanders on the royal estate. Does she have the pluck to reclaim her rightful place? Get ready for a fine adventure tale full of danger, suspense, surprising twists, and a satisfying conclusion. The engaging plot can certainly carry the tale, but Hale's likable, introspective heroine makes this also a book about courage and justice in the face of overwhelming odds. The richly rendered, medieval folkloric setting adds to the charm.

Recommended by Charise

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1 comment:

  1. Can't say I normally read girl fantasy fiction books about princesses, but I did read this one and rather enjoyed. Honestly, I'm not sure if it's because I'm in my first trimester of pregnancy, or not. But I did read it in two days and felt pretty nauseous and moody and weak that week I read it. IT was about princesses and struggle to find out who she was. I must have related to that during my nausea. :)

    But it's a nice break from the heavier non-fiction, biographies, or historical fiction I typically read. And one I think may be fun to read with a daughter who's in middle school or something. (which I won't have anytime soon)