books and cleverness

I read books of all sorts, but mostly kids' lit and young adult literature and speculative fiction for all ages—usually from a feminist perspective. 


I've adopted a personalized version of the CHOICE reviews approach to recommendations/star ratings:

***** = Essential, a.k.a. truly love, absolute must-read, buy it now
**** = Highly Recommended, a.k.a. this is a really good book; I would buy it as a gift
*** = Recommended, a.k.a. pretty good; worth reading
** = Optional, a.k.a. meh
* = Not Recommended; a.k.a. this is not a good book

A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen's Thief Series #4)

A Conspiracy of Kings - Megan Whalen Turner Perhaps this should, objectively, get another star, but I reeeeally like the first three books, and the reason I like them so much is mostly due to the charisma of their main character. Guess who isn't in this one very much?