I have a lot of books. Not enough of course...I could use many many more...but a lot.
And I lose track of which ones I've purchased. The root of this problem may lay with Amazon. I love them but their cart lets me add duplicates and then I'll buy a book but later I'll find it in my cart and it will look really good...so I'll buy it again. Most of the time I can return them but I have a few where time ran out or they were used, so I was stuck.
But not for you!
I will be giving away three today (well actually four but I'm going to give two of them together as they are sort of a series) which works out well since I think I only have three readers...maybe four. You each get a book! ;-)
I was going to do the giveaway over on my "book" page...but I don't think anyone knows it exists so...here we go:
The Woodcutter by Kate Danley
I actually won this book on Goodreads First Reads. And now i'm paying it forward. If you like it and want to be nice to the author, go here after you've read it, and leave a review. It's her first novel and she needs all the good press!
Cinderella is dead and one of Odin's hellhounds has gone rogue. The Woodcutter, protector of peace between the Twelve Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of Faerie, is charged with finding the beast and returning him to the Wild Hunt. Unfortunately, it seems the forces of evil have other plans. It is a race against time as the Woodcutter travels east of the sun and west of the moon, up beanstalks and down to the bowels of the earth to unravel a mystery that can only be described as Grimm.
I really liked this book. I get nervous about retellings of fairytales but this is a different take on things and very entertaining. It's a little dark so probably better for high school age and up but very clean.
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
This is one that I double-bought. I've been loving Robin McKinley lately and this is the first book in her Damar series. Well actually it's the second book...but it's a prequel...so I would read it first. Amen.
Aerin is the only child of the king of Damar, and should be his rightful heir. But she is also the daughter of a witchwoman of the North, who died when she was born, and the Damarians cannot trust her.
But Aerin's destiny is greater than her father's people know, for it leads her to battle with Maur, the Black Dragon, and into the wilder Damarian Hills, where she meets the wizard Luthe. It is he who at last tells her the truth about her mother, and he also gives over to her hand the Blue Sword, Gonturan. But such gifts as these bear a great price, a price Aerin only begins to realize when she faces the evil mage, Agsded, who has seized the Hero's Crown, greatest treasure and secret strength of Damar.
If you like fantasy, you will enjoy this book. Very exciting. Strong hero and heroine. Listed as a Young Adult novel but very clean. I would say high school and up again.
The Truth-Teller's Tale and The Dream-Maker's Magic by Sharon Shinn
There are actually three in this "series" but you can read these two just fine without the first...which is good because I don't have the first one to give!
Innkeepers daughters Adele and Eleda are mirror twins, identical twins whose looks are reflections of each others and their special talents are like mirrors, too. Adele is a Safe-Keeper, entrusted with hearing and never revealing others secrets; Eleda is a Truth-Teller, who cannot tell a lie when asked a direct question. The town of Merendon relies on the twins, no one more than their best friend, Roelynn Karro, whose strict, wealthy father is determined to marry her off to the prince. When the girls are seventeen, a handsome dancing-master and his apprentice come to stay at the inn, and thus begins a chain of romance, mistaken identity, and some very surprising truths and falsehoods.
Kellen's mother has always insisted that her only child was born male, not female—so Kellen has been raised as a boy. At school, she meets Gryffin, whose mind is as strong as his legs are damaged, and the two become friends and allies. A few years later, the two get jobs working at an inn nearby. When it is discovered that Gryffin is the kingdom's new Dream-Maker—someone whose mere presence can help dreams come true—he is whisked away to the castle, leaving Kellen behind. By now, their friendship is shading into something more. Will it endure?
I am loving Sharon Shinn right now too. Her books are very entertaining. These would probably appeal more to girls...they are a bit romantic...but still have adventure and intrigue. They are "Young Adult" and the School Library Journal rates them for grade 8 and up.
Okay - THE RULES
Just leave me a comment with your favorite book from your high school years. If you can't think of one, just say hey. I will leave the contest open for one week when I will draw three winners randomly and announce them Friday morning (21st).
Thanks for visiting!