My only previous exposure to Ms. Hale was Princess Academy, which I found interesting but slow. Still, I'd like to read the sequel which came out recently. Also, Austenland, which I loved!
This book was better for me than Princess Academy. A very interesting take on the old folk/fairy tale.
I liked the development of Ani. It's a really coming of age/growing up story of a girl who knows who she's expected to be but doesn't know who she really is and is looking for her true place in the world/where she belongs/where is home. A universal theme anyone can relate to.
There are magical elements but it isn't a true fantasy style book for me.
Good solid writing.
There is violence so I'd keep it to those over the age of 12/13 for that reason.
A lovely read.
I think I'd like to try Enna Burning next by Ms. Hale.
What is your favorite book by Shannon Hale?