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

The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief Series #3)

The King of Attolia - Megan Whalen Turner

I. love. these. books. I am IN love with the main character, and I love Turner's ability to surprise the reader—not in a pulling-the-rug-out-from-under-you sort of way, but in a subtle, carefully detailed storytelling way.