Clever reworking of the story - I liked the tidbits the author pulled in from the original story.
The characters are well-developed and strong.
Entertaining - I zipped thru the audiobook!
And what I didn't like:
Ugh - I guess I didn't realize this was part of a set. This volume finishes just after the ball, but I think if you commit to reading this, you'll want to read the rest of the series. (Which I likely will pick up at some point, but I've got some other things to read first.)
I asked D what he thought "young adult" meant, and he said almost the same thing I thought - 13 or 14 years old. But I think there are too many intense themes in this for 99% of the 14 year olds out there. Maybe 16 or 17? I dunno - but forewarned that I don't think it's appropriate for middle or most junior high school kids despite the "young adult" label.
I just started Muse yesterday but so far, I'm really loving this book. Based on the poet Petrarch and his mistress, Solange Le Blanc, and set in medieval Avignon, it's just the sort of historical fiction I enjoy!
I haven't heard about my loan of The Last Unicorn via the library, so if that doesn't arrive by the time I'm done Muse, I may pick something else. I still need to get thru a graphic novel but I suspect I will have to buy a copy of the one I've got earmarked - but those are the last books on the list for 2015!
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