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Monday, April 11

Huntress by Malinda Lo

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  April 5th 2011, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
384 pgs., Trade Cover
From Publisher for Honest Review
Young Adult Fiction

From Goodreads:
Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn't shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people's survival hangs in the balance.

To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls' destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever.

The exciting adventure prequel to Malinda Lo's highly acclaimed novel Ash is overflowing with lush Chinese influences and details inspired by the I Ching, and is filled with action and romance.

Opinion:

This book had an intensive plot that kept me intrigued. One issue I found throughout was POV issues, within the same paragraph there would be POV switches. About halfway through it seems as though a third POV became the norm.

The plot is superb. Kaede and Taisin emotional struggle to stay apart even though they love each other is touching. When we start out Kaede resents her father for promising her hand in marriage as a political alliance with a male even though it is known that she favors females. She does not believe he loves her and only feels duty towards the country as the King’s second. Soon she encounters things that make her more experienced in the arena of life and this helps to age her and make her more of an interesting character.

I liked Taisin better from the start, but soon I loved them both and wanted them together regardless of Taisin’s premonitions or her duty as a Sage. The world in which this is set is one where one is free to love regardless of gender, but there reserved personalities keep the romance at bay well into the story and then it is more emotional than physical.

The side characters were just as interesting as the main characters particularly Shae.

The paranormal aspects of this book are immediately fascinating. One of the early scenes had my heart beating faster as the action kicked in.

In all, the plot was superb! The characters were dynamic and felt like friends by the end of the book. I would definitely recommend this book.

Rating: 4/5

2 comments:

  1. Amanda P @ Paranormal RomanceApril 12, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Hey Rie: I was going to send you an email but my stupid work computer blocks all email...But anyway i saw your comment on my blog about the iPad. I was wanting an iPad too, but here was my thoughts on that 1. It is super expensive. 2. I was really only going to read on it anyway, between my lap top and my Droid X phone, I can cover everything the iPad does and more with those devices and really how often would I be carting around a heavy iPad with me everywhere I go. 3. The battery life on the iPad is about 4 hours, Kindle is up to a month.

    I will get a tablet eventually, but I think I will wait a few more years for the technology to get better (when the tablet can do everything a lap top can)and when the price has come down.

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  2. Ohh! I've seen this book somewhere before and seriously the cover is awesome. Also sounds like a great read, too.

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