I'm going to try to keep track of the books I read this year. So, while I didn't read as much as I would have liked to in January, here's a look at what I enjoyed along with some small reviews...
The Name of the Book is Secret by Psuedonymous Bosch
This was a very entertaining book. Funny and so wonderfully wacky. It had a bit of a slow start but I stuck with it and was very glad I did. My 11 yo loves this book and the others in the series.
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
I read this one years ago. It had been long enough that I didn't completely remember what happened. I love the main character (I can't remember her name now...). I love how Lois Lowry wrote a book about a girl with a disability and while the disability impacts the plot, it's not what the book is about. I love the magic system she creates in these books.
The Messenger by Lois Lowry
I've read the Giver, too. But I hadn't read this one before. I love the worlds Lois Lowry creates. Excellent. I was left wondering about the forest though. How did it change? What made it that way? What was with the guy in charge of the market? How did he trade the way he did?
The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
I can't even begin to say how great this was. I couldn't put it down. The premise is fantastic. Totally and completely great. A secret society of Cindys devoted to building up women and putting a stop to the Wickeds of the world. Yeah, I've known a few Wicked Girls in my lifetime. So, it was an awesome ride. Throw in some hot boys, gadgets and a secret headquarters....oh, and the MC gets a great makeover. Yep, totally fun.
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
I read this one years ago, too. I love the character Aza. I wanted so badly for her to see her own worth. I loved watching her gain a backbone and get back at that nasty queen. I loved the prince and their sweet romance. It's a spectacular twisty retelling of Snow White.