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Best Fiction Reads of 2015

On her blog today, Janet Reid has given us her top ten (plus one) reads of the year, and has invited us to do the same. I could have just commented on her site, but there may be some of you who don’t follow Ms. Reid (hoo boy, are you missing out!) and might be interested, so I decided to post them on the blog. So, here they are, my top fiction reads of 2015:

Even though I don’t review every book I read in Goodreads (I used to, but it became way too time consuming), I maintain a spreadsheet of books I’ve read, and I rate them by the Goodreads 5-star system. These are the novels I read this year to which I gave 5 stars. Most of the other books I’ve read received 4, and there were some 3s. Thankfully, no 2s or 1s this year!

I’ve linked to my review of the book on the blog where one exists:

FAIREST by Marissa Meyer: This was a novella Marissa released at the beginning of the year to tie in with the release of WINTER, the fourth and final installment of her “Lunar Chronicles” series. Such wonderful storytelling. More below.

THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renée Ahdieh: Renee’s debut novel is a re-telling of the famous Arabian Nights tale, Scheherazade. Beautifully written–an effortless, page-turning read.

DEATH EX MACHINA by Gary Corby: I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a big fan of Gary’s “Athenian Mysteries” series. Set in Ancient Greece, the protagonist is Nicolaos, Athens’s only private detective, employed by the famous Pericles to investigate various crimes that affect him, or the well-being of the state. Meticulously researched, but written in an entertaining first-person narrative that never feels like a textbook, despite the fact you end up learning so much about the classical world.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee: My only fiction re-read of the year, I read this after reading GO SET A WATCHMAN, for comparison purposes. After re-reading it, I stand by my assessment that TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is the best novel ever written. A masterpiece. GO SET A WATCHMAN… not so much.

A PRISONER IN MALTA by Phillip DePoy: I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of this and really enjoyed it. Set in Elizabethan England with playwrite Christopher Marlowe as the spy/sleuth for the crown, this is a page-turner, and, like Gary’s  novels, packed with historical detail without being stuffy.

WATCHED by C.J. Lyons: The premise to this novel sounds a little too creepy for comfort since it deals with an online pedophile predator, but it is very sensitively written for a YA audence. A difficult subject handled in a compelling and empowering way.

WINTER by Marissa Meyer: The final 800-page part of Marissa’s “Lunar Chronicles” series. Given it’s part four of four, it’s hard to review without giving away spoilers for those who haven’t read books one, two, or three. Suffice to say, if you enjoyed the previous novels, this doesn’t disappoint. A great story, well-told, with extremely engaging characters. What I particularly appreciate is that Marissa managed to write for a YA audience without profanity, sex (though there is romance), or excessive violence. Some parts of WINTER are not pleasant, and the body count is high. But I think this series is suitable for anyone middle grade and older.

What are some of your favorite reads this year?


New and Upcoming Books!

This is a quick post to draw your attention to some novels that have just come out, and one that’s due out in a few months. I’m highlighting these because they are all part of series that I’m enjoying right now. So if you don’t have these on your TBR list, add them!

THE STOLEN MOON by Rachel Searles

This is the second in Rachel Searles’ THE LOST PLANET series, and it released just yesterday. I won an ARC of it last year and posted a review HERE. The series is written for Middle Graders, but it’s a lot of fun for all ages. And I really really like the cover artwork. As you can tell from the title, it’s Sci-Fi, but it’s Middle Grade Sci-Fi which means it’s not full of heavy science. It’s an adventure in space with space craft, monsters, good guys, and bad guys. Chase, the main character, can’t remember much of his past, and aside from all the drama of the story, he’s recently met his little sister and is trying to get to know her. To his frustration, she knows things about his past–things he used to like, things their family did together–that he doesn’t remember. As you might expect, that becomes a bit of a sore point between them. Especially since Chase really wants to find out what happened to their parents, and why he was separated from his family.

FAIREST by Marissa Meyer

Also just released yesterday was this much-anticipated prequel to Marissa Meyer’s “Lunar Chronicles” series. Those who have read CINDER, SCARLET, and CRESS know well the evil Queen Levana, the “glamour” ability she uses to manipulate people, and her plans for taking over Earth. But what’s her story? Was Levana always this way, or is there a very different tale to be told about her? I have this book, but I haven’t read it yet. Although it’s a prequel and, I presume, not significant to the main plot of the Chronicles, I’m looking forward to reading the story. Marissa’s a great storyteller, especially the way she effortlessly blends familiar fairy tale with original characters and plots. The series makes for enjoyable, page-turning reading, so if nothing else, I expect that much of FAIREST. And with the final book in the series, WINTER, not due out until the Fall, this will help keep series fans going until then. FAIREST, as with the other books in the “Lunar Chronicles,” is marketed to YA, but if it’s anything like the others in the series it will have broad appeal. I don’t recall any bad language or sex. There’s some violence, but nothing that most upper Middle Graders couldn’t handle (IMO).


This novel, the fifth in Gary’s “Athenian Mysteries” series featuring Ancient Greek sleuth Nicolaos, and his wife, Diotima, is due out in May. I’ve raved about this series a number of times, so I was excited to learn the next book would be available soon (so excited, I pre-ordered it already!). For those who aren’t familiar with these books, they are set in Greece around the mid-400s BC, the days of Pericles, Callias, and Pindar. Nicolaos has been hired by Pericles to investigate mysterious deaths, which so far have brought him into the murky world of Athenian politics, into conflict with Persians, snooping out possible foul play at the Olympics, and investigating the sudden return of the remains of Athens’ most infamous tyrant. In DEATH EX MACHINA, Nicolaos and Diotima are looking for ghosts at the Great Dionysia, and trying to rid the theater of them before the festival begins. The situation is complicated when one of the festival’s actors is found hanging from the machine used to make those playing the gods fly.  The series is intended for an adult audience. There’s not much by way of bad language, but there are a number of sexual situations and innuendo, though nothing very explicit. One of the things that really impresses me is Gary’s deep knowledge of Ancient Greek history, and the way he effortlessly blends that knowledge into the stories, giving life to ancient texts and dusty textbooks. I wish these books had been around when I was studying A’ Level Ancient History at school!

What books are you looking forward to this year? Do you have any 2015 book recommendations?

My Book of the Year for 2013



I hope 2014 finds you well and excited for the year ahead. There are certainly things I want to accomplish this year–some of which I had hoped to do last year, but… oh well!

To kick things off this year, I want to start by announcing my Book of the Year for 2013. Yesterday I posted the titles in contention out of all the five-star books I read last year. Here’s a recap:

  • SCARLET by Marissa Meyer
  • UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi
  • A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by Khaled Hosseini
  • THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey
  • SACRED GAMES by Gary Corby
  • THE SHERLOCKIAN by Graham Moore


And the winner is . . .


What set this book apart was not the gorgeous writing (UNRAVEL ME, A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS, and THE 5TH WAVE are all beautifully-written books too), but other notable factors:

  • It’s the second in the series, and yet it’s at least as good as the first.
  • It was my pick of the month for March, a month where I gave five stars to five of the books I read. In other words, in a month where I read the most number of excellent books, it was my favorite. That says a lot.
  • It left me wanting more. I’m truly looking forward to CRESS, the next in the series, coming out next month.

What do you consider the best book you read last year? Are there any books coming out in 2014 you’re really looking forward to (as if my TBR list isn’t big enough!)?

RTW: Uomo d’Acciaio

This week is the last of our YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday/A-to-Z Blogging Challenge mash-ups. Next week, we’ll be back to the regular Road Trip Wednesday. The question this week is:

In Debra Driza’s MILA 2.0, the main character discovers she’s an android trained to obey orders. We want to know: What other human-like robots (or robot-like humans?) have you enjoyed in books, TV, or movies?

Our letter for today is “U” which explains my brief excursion into Italian for the blog title. “Uomo d’Acciaio” literally means “Man of Steel”–in this case a reference to robots, not Superman. A bit of a stretch, perhaps, but it’ll do…

My first thought went to Iko, Cinder’s very likable robot friend and the family factotum, from Marissa Meyer’s “Lunar Chronicles” series. She has a lot of sympathy for Cinder, and is loyal to her. But she also longs to be more like a human. She’s a great character… but in the end I had to go for Marvin, the Paranoid Android, from Douglas Adams’s HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY. Marvin is not actually so much paranoid, as manically depressed. He came with The Heart of Gold, the ship that the heroes of the story hitched a ride on. All the computers and robots on The Heart of Gold have GPP: Genuine People Personalities. The doors are obnoxiously cheerful, and delighted to open for you. Marvin, on the other hand, is like Eeyore on his worst day. And then some. For example:

“Sorry, did I say something wrong? Pardon me for breathing, which I never do anyway so I don’t know why I bother to say it… I’m so depressed. Here’s another one of those self-satisfied doors. Life! Don’t talk to me about life.”

[In response to the question “What are you supposed to do with a manically depressed robot?”]: “You think you’ve got problems… what are you supposed to do if you are a manically depressed robot? No, don’t bother to answer that, I’m fifty thousand times more intelligent than you and even I don’t know the answer. It gives me a headache just trying to think down to your level.”

My favorite screen depiction of Marvin is still the one from the 1981 BBC television series adaptation, voiced by Stephen Moore (see the picture on the right–that’s Marvin, not Stephen Moore, btw). His low, bored, almost monotone fits the character perfectly.

And if the picture’s not enough, here’s a clip I found on YouTube, a little over 4 minutes long, featuring Marvin:

Who’s your favorite literary or screen robot/android/uomo d’acciaio? You can answer in the comments, or better still, join the Road Trip (details at the YA Highway blog)

RTW: Book of the Month for March, 2013

Before we begin, you might have noticed a new look to the blog. This is not my doing. I use a template designed by someone else (“SimpleNotes” by Carla Izumi Bamford), and sometime recently, the designer updated the template. I don’t hate it, though I prefer the old look. Oh well. I plan to make my own template some time soon. Then I’ll feel like a real blogger–like when a Jedi makes their own lightsaber. Anyway, just in case you were wondering…

It’s the end of March. 2013 is already a quarter done. And Spring is sort-of-here-but-not-really. Technically it’s Spring, but the weather has yet to catch up. Most importantly for today, it’s that time on the YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday calendar to reflect on our past month’s reading and pick a favorite book. Last month I had a hard time choosing a book–in fact, I didn’t. None of the books I read measured up to the standard I set for consideration as a “Book of the Month.” This month, I have the opposite problem. Just about every book I’ve read this month was great, and worthy of recommendation. And the list of books I’ve read include YA, non-YA, and non fiction. The book I have chosen for my March Book of the Month is…

SCARLET by Marissa Meyer. No surprise there to readers of this blog, or to people who have read–and raved about–this book. I reviewed it a few weeks ago (see HERE), so I won’t rehash my verbal exuberance here. I will say that this is more than just a great idea for a story. It’s a good book on many levels: execution, style, voice, character. The way Scarlet’s story is integrated into Cinder’s. The twists in the tale–especially when you know it’s based on “Little Red Riding Hood,” and so you have expectations about where it’s going… and it doesn’t go there… or does it…? Very cleverly done. I can’t encourage you enough to read this. I don’t care if sci-fi’s not your thing, or YA isn’t your thing. This is a series that transcends “things.” Yes, it’s that good.

At the beginning of the month, I gave a heads-up about the release of Stephanie Jaye Evans’s SAFE FROM HARM, the second in her Sugar Land Mysteries series, featuring Pastor Walker “Bear” Wells. I expected it to be as good as her debut, FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH, which I enjoyed, and I was wrong. It’s better! I have a full review of it on Goodreads, but since I mentioned the book on the blog prior to reading it, I wanted to let you know that I have read it and it is excellent. The story revolves around the death of Phoebe, a sometime-friend of Bear’s teenage daughter. It seems a clear-cut case of suicide, but as the story progresses, there’s more to the case than meets the eye. I especially want to draw my YA reader/writer friends to this book because Jo, Bear’s daughter, features heavily, and I think Stephanie has done a wonderful job of writing her. Jo is a complex character. She’s a pastor’s daughter, but she is struggling with her own identity, living with parents she loves, but wanting to strike out on her own, not always wanting to follow the rules. She’s rebellious, and there are times she breaks her parents’ hearts, but she knows she’s loved. There’s something very real about Jo and her family situation that I think readers of YA will appreciate. So, my shout-out of the month is SAFE FROM HARM, by Stephanie Jaye Evans.

What was your favorite read this month? Have you read SCARLET or SAFE FROM HARM and want to offer your thoughts? Or perhaps you want to participate in the Road Trip yourself: the details are on the YA Highway blog.

Book Reviews: THE QUEEN’S ARMY and SCARLET by Marissa Meyer

SCARLET is the second in Marissa Meyer’s “Lunar Chronicles” series that launched last year with the release of CINDER. Each book in the series is a re-telling of a classic fairy tale, and while each novel tells the tale of a different character, all the novels together are telling a much larger story. CINDER was based on Cinderella, and told of Linh Cinder, a teenage cyborg living with her stepmother and step-sisters, suffering their abuse, until she catches the attention of Prince Kai. In that novel, we learned of the evil machinations of the Lunar Queen, and her designs upon Kai, and the Eastern Commonwealth over which he rules. At the end of the novel, Cinder was imprisoned, facing a death sentence. Why? You’ll have to read it to find out!

SCARLET is based on Little Red Riding Hood. Cinder has broken out of prison and is now a fugitive. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, in the town of Rieux, Scarlet Benoit is looking for her grandmother. She went missing from her farm weeks ago, and the authorities have all but given up on her. Scarlet knows her grandmother wouldn’t run away, and she’s determined to look for her. She finds an unlikely ally in Wolf, a street fighter. But Scarlet is blissfully unaware of the fact that her hunt for her Grandmother intersects with Cinder’s mission to bring down the Lunar Queen…

THE QUEEN’S ARMY is a novella, a prequel to SCARLET, that gives some of Wolf’s backstory. Aaaand that’s about as much as I’ll say about that.

I am a fan of this series. I’ve suffered series disappointment in the past–you know, where book one is great, and book two not as good, and by the third book you’re past caring. Not so with The Lunar Chronicles–at least not so far. CINDER was excellent, and SCARLET is just as good. It’s well-written, and easy to follow. There are plot twists, but not a whole lot of sub-plots to keep up with. I think there’s a time and a place for complex story-telling, but sometimes you just want a good, exciting adventure, where you’re not left wondering what just happened. I didn’t find the plotting in SCARLET to be contrived: the characters’ motivations were reasonable, and there was a natural flow to the story. There wasn’t a single moment where something happened, or something was said, that seemed out of place. And the last 100 pages were, for me, un-put-downable. They kept me up past my bedtime, which is always a good sign!

There’s some romance in both CINDER and SCARLET, but for both books, it’s not the story; Cinder and Scarlet have much bigger issues to deal with! I’m not a big fan of romance novels, so that was a plus for me–though I don’t think romance fans will be too disappointed with what there is. The series certainly leans heavily toward sci-fi, but I think even those that don’t usually read sci-fi can appreciate it. The characters are engaging, their goals are clear, and I think you’ll end up getting sucked in. If you would watch an episode of Doctor Who, you won’t have a problem with CINDER or SCARLET!

I’ve not said much about THE QUEEN’S ARMY, and given it’s length, there’s not much to say except it doesn’t let the series down. I actually read it after reading SCARLET, and while I don’t think it would hurt to read it first, I think I appreciated it’s relevance more for having read it after. Again, the writing is excellent.

Regulars to my blog will remember how I gushed over Scott Westerfeld’s LEVIATHAN series. We’ll I’m gushing again folks. A very different story, but just as enthralling. I would rate it PG-13, mainly for violence (especially in SCARLET). There’s no profanity (except for one instance where Scarlet questions the legitimacy of one of the character’s parentage), and no sexual content. I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend this book/this series (at least so far)! Part three, CRESS (a character we’ve met already, based, I think, on Rapunzel), is due out next year, and the final part, WINTER (based on Snow White), in 2015. I can’t wait!!

RTW: Book of the Month for January, 2013

It’s that time again! Every month, the YA Highway team ask us to select our favorite read from the past month and write about it for the weekly Road Trip Wednesday meme.

Hands down, the best book I read in January was ON WRITING by Stephen King. But this was the third or fourth time I’ve read it, so even though it’s a great book, I’m not going to count it. Sorry Stephen!

Of the remaining books, my favorite reads of the month were actually two novellas: GLITCHES by Marissa Meyer, and DESTROY ME by Tahereh Mafi. Both of these are tie-ins with the authors’ current series, written to expand upon what has already happened, not to further the plot.

GLITCHES is a prequel to CINDER, describing Cinder’s first encounter with her step family. Marissa’s characters are so engaging, and Cinder is a truly delightful MC. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It’s a shame it was so short, but it certainly amped up the anticipation for SCARLET, the second part of her Lunar Chronicles series. You don’t have to read GLITCHES before reading SCARLET, but it’s worth reading anyway.

DESTROY ME is very different in tone to GLITCHES. Rather than giving back story to SHATTER ME, Tahereh picks up the story from the end of SHATTER ME, but from the perspective of a different character, namely Warner. I won’t say too much more about the plot in case you have yet to read SHATTER ME. Suffice to say, Tahereh show us a new dimension to Warner, and even helps us understand him better–and perhaps even have some sympathy for him? This is much longer than GLITCHES, and very well written.

If I had to choose between the two, DESTROY ME would just get the edge, simply because I thought Tahereh did a great job of adding depth to Warner’s character, and giving us a very different perspective on things… and that’s all I’m saying.

What were your favorite reads in January? Comment here, or participate in the Road Trip (details on how to join in are on the YA Highway blog).

Nano Maybe…?

It’s October which means NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, for those that don’t know) is right around the corner. Next month to be precise. The past few years I’ve thought momentarily about participating, but for various reasons decided I didn’t have the time. Last year, my brothers were visiting for a good portion of November, so I knew I wouldn’t get much NoWri done that Mo. This year, however, I have a pretty clear calendar for November (aside from work, Thanksgiving, a couple of birthdays–nothing unusual), so I am giving it serious thought. Also, I freely admit that reading and really enjoying CINDER (I’m talking hot contender for Book of the Year right now), and finding out that Marissa Meyer wrote the first draft as a NaNoWriMo project (and wrote 150,000 words!), encourages me to think seriously about participating. Not that I’ll write anything close to the quality of CINDER, but I’m encouraged by the thought that such awesomeness is possible.

My initial idea for this year was to cheat a little. I have a WIP that I’ve started, but needs a lot more work. The idea I had was to use NaNoWriMo to finish it, or at least make significant progress on it. My plan was to write at least 50,000 new words, picking up from where I last left off. So it wouldn’t be a complete cheat, but perhaps bending the rules a little.

But then I had another thought: why not just start over? While I like what I have already, it’s by no means the best. In its current form, I doubt it would survive the editing process. This way, I get a second chance to make it closer to what I want. And if I get to November 30th with 50,000 words written, I’ll be really happy. I’ve been chewing on this WIP for over a year now (as you know if you’re a regular to this blog), and I’m anxious to write, edit, CP-review (I’m in the market for CPs, btw–more on that later), and query it. Also, I have other projects waiting patiently in the wings that need my attention.

So right now, I am strongly considering NaNoWriMo-ing this year. My blog hasn’t been the most active (RTW, Sunday Devotional, Sunday School Notes… I know, predicable… *yawwwn*), and if I do NaNo, that might not change much. Though I’d probably post some updates, which might make things a little more interesting on the blog (yay!).

If you want to know about the story I would be working on for NaNoWriMo, check out the WIP tab. Feel free to use the comments to let me know if you plan to NaNoWriMo this year, or to cheer me on, offer advice, warnings, etc.

On a different note, I meant to say something on Wednesday but forgot: last Wednesday’s Road Trip Wednesday was my 400th blog post. Just for those that like to know that kind of thing. Like me.

RTW: Book of the Month for September, 2012

Is it that time again already? Wasn’t it the beginning of summer just a few weeks ago? Wow. So, here we are with YA Highway‘s monthly Road Trip Wednesday look at our favorite book from the past month. In passing, I forgot to note that last week’s RTW actually marked my Road Trip anniversary. I’ve been participating in RTW for a whole year now. That means this month’s Book of the Month marks one year since I started tracking this. Curious to know what my Book of the Month was for September, 2011? Take a look!

Back to the present. This month I have a shout-out as well as “book of the month.” And this one was a close call. You hear me? A really close call, because I liked both of these books almost equally. My shout-out book is… ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis. I’ve reviewed it on Goodreads (here), so I’ll just give you some quick thoughts.

What I Liked:

  • Beth’s description of the cryogenic process in chapter one, which is a touch on the horror side, definitely squirmy for the squeamish, and sure to make anyone uncomfortable. But I can’t imagine being preserved in this way would be a pleasant experience. Beth describes both Amy’s observation of the process, and how she felt as it was being done so well, it sounds real. Perhaps it is… does Beth know something we don’t??
  • There’s life as people on the ship know it, and then there’s the truth. As Elder trains under Eldest, we learn things that only he should know, and things that Eldest would rather not have to tell him. I like the way life under the delusion seems to make sense, but when we know the truth, it makes even more sense.
  • Oh, and I like the fact that even at the end you can never be sure that what you know is, in fact, the whole story–as the sneak peak at chapter one of A MILLION SUNS showed. And about that… I already decided I wanted to read A MILLION SUNS before I finished ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. When I read that first chapter preview, I really wanted to read A MILLION SUNS!

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The fact that I figured out the who and how of the murder plot fairly early into the book. But this isn’t a major quibble since it was fun seeing all the pieces fit together, and there was one aspect to the mystery I didn’t anticipate.

Overall, though, a great book!

My Book of the Month for September is…

CINDER by Marissa Meyer. I just got through reading this, so my Goodreads review is available for you to look at (here). If FIFTY SHADES OF GREY has you wondering if anything good can come out of fan fiction, then allow CINDER to set your mind at rest. While this book is not the direct product of fan fiction, Marissa cut her authorial teeth writing lots of Sailor Moon stories (the influence of which may be discernible to readers of CINDER who know Sailor Moon). And the best of all that she learned has ended up in these pages. CINDER is a wonderful re-telling of the Cinderella story, set in futuristic China. The characters pop from the pages, the dialog rings true, and even the tech stuff sounds plausible. And it’s not just the same old Cinderella story we’ve all come to know. There’s a lot more to it, and I thoroughly enjoyed the way Marissa played with the traditional story, really making it her own. I had figured out many of the big “reveals” not long after the initial clues were laid (and I suspect we’ve now already met a future Lunar Chronicle heroine…), but that didn’t at all impair my enjoyment of the story.

I hoped “The Lunar Chronicles” would be a series of stand-alone stories set in the same universe–largely because I’m getting a little weary of series books (which seems to be the norm in YA these days). And while it looks like the other three books in the series will tell the stories of different characters, it appears they’re all part of the same general story arc, and their adventures intersect, and, I daresay, will all eventually come together at the end. Even so, I will gladly pick up SCARLET–the next in the series–simply because of the quality of writing and story-telling.

Have you read either of these books? What was your book of the month for September? You can talk about it here, or blog your answer and post a link to your article on YA Highway.

RTW: Once Upon Another Time…

This week’s Road Trip Wednesday challenge from the YA Highway team is:

Name a fable or story you’d like to see a retelling of. If you’re feeling creative, come up with a premise of your own!

Of course, I’m feeling creative! Here’s a query letter for a novel I haven’t written, and may never write… but it sounds like it could be fun:

Kelli is gorgeous, and she knows it. She won beauty pageants as a child, and she’s set to be crowned Tarramont High School Class of 2312 prom queen. Jealous rivals? She’s earned them. One, whose father works for the government, has found a way to trap her in a cryogenic freezer for a few hundred years. And one of her geekiest enemies has found a way to program it so only a person of royal blood can release her. And once she’s released, she has three days to fall in love with her prince, and be loved in return, since only the fiery glow of true love can melt the last crystals of ice in her blood. Without it, she will die.

Unfortunately for Kelli, the last royal dynasty is not known for producing princes of the classic “handsome” variety. A prince’s nerdy curiosity might be able to release Kelli from her icy tomb, but will she be able to see beyond his less-than-attractive exterior and fall for the man within? And will the prince think this stuck-up, self-important blond bombshell worthy of his deepest affections? Only time will tell… seventy-two hours, to be precise!

THE ICE QUEEN is a 70,000 word YA science fiction romance re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, with a Beauty and the Beast twist. Fans of CINDER will hopefully like the idea.

Can you tell I recently finished ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis? 🙂

What do you think would make a good fairy-tale/fable/story retelling, in the vein of CINDER? Comment below, and/or join in the Road Trip Wednesday fun on YA Highway by blogging your answer and posting a link to your article in the YA Highway comments.