Saturday, 5 October 2013
15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 13 - Describe one under appreciated book everyone should read
I stumbled across the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge hosted by April from Good Books Good Wine and it looks like so much fun that I have to take part. You can find out all about the challenge and how to join in HERE. Obviously the idea of the challenge is to take part 15 days in a row but I don't have enough time for that and since April is so relaxed over the rules I've decided dedicate one day a week to the challenge.
The Day 13 topic is: Describe one under appreciated book everyone should read
It took me a while to decide on just one book that I think everyone should read but in the end I had to go with my favourite book by one of my favourite British authors - Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott. This is one of many books that I probably would never have discovered if I hadn't started blogging and although it was very popular with the British YA bloggers when it was first published back in 2011 I really don't think it was given the attention it deserved and I would LOVE to see people start talking about it again.
She can be anyone she wants.
Only one man sees through her illusions.
Only one man loves the girl within.
And he will not give her up.
Not even to a prince.
Visit Zoe Marriott's website more information.
Zoe is an amazing author with a beautifully descriptive writing style that pulls you into the story completely, I have loved all of her books but Shadows on the Moon is still my favourite. It's a retelling of Cinderella but the main character Suzume isn't the kind of girl who is sitting around waiting to be rescued by prince charming, in fact she's smart, brave and determined to get revenge for the things her family suffered. The story is set in feudal Japan but with a fabulous magical feel to it and it combines fantasy and history perfectly.
Shadows on the Moon touches on some difficult subjects but it does it in a way that fits the characters perfectly and it never feels like anything has been added for shock value. The characters are ones that will stick with you for a long time after you've finished reading it and I don't think it's possible for me to love a book more. I could rave on about the story for ages but I'm not going to, if you want tor read my full review you can find it HERE though. I will say that if you've not already got a copy then I'd highly recommend buying one immediately :o)
Have you read Shadows on the Moon or any of Zoe's other books? If you have I'd love to know what you thought of them. If you had to pick one under appreciated book to recommend which one would it be?