Another roundup of books I'd like to review more carefully for you--but which I simply can't if I'm to attempt to finish looking at as many of the 205 YA SF/F nominees as I can...
tough to do; as soon as I'm through with one book, I'm on to another,
and even when I'm ruminating on a book, a few days' distance makes it
hard to put together a few lines. I hope this gives you a few hints and
inspires you to go looking for yourself!
I love the cover of The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke (Strange
Chemistry). The detail, the paper-cut feel, and the swirly font all
hint at the story of Ananna, a girl whose world might have been a
parallel universe to any bit of the Arabian Nights. Ananna's
parents, pirates (quite respectable ones), have plans to marry her off,
but Ananna is having none of it. She makes a daring escape on a camel
and carries on: there's no going back. It's not easy to be a young girl,
on her own, with no tools or funds at your disposal, but things are really not easy when there are assassins involved.
though it's quickly clear that privilege does not come with freedom;
her best friend kills herself to escape an arranged marriage, and soon,
Felicita has escaped to the slums. Her friend's death has called forth a
strange magic that might or might not be the best thing for everyone,
and Felicita has to decide where to fight...
All of these books are nominated in the YA SF/F category for the 2012 Cybils awards. These reviews are based on copies provided by their respective publishers.