Tea: the foundation of your reading life
|dashti my precious fierce kind queen i love you|
To be frank, Shannon Hale's books have influenced me so much—not only this one, but her Books of Bayern series and Princess Academy as well. So much girl power and magical goodness. So much brilliance. If you haven't read anything from her, you should get on that ASAP because I can assure you, your childhood has a Shannon-Hale-shaped hole in it.
Milk: a rich, smooth book
|dragon books at their ABSOLUTE FINEST tbh|
Sugar: a book you love but is controversial
|okay but like the covers for this series are PRETTY HIDEOUS|
|okay these covers are pretty hideous as well but like WILL HERONDALE so i don't care|
Ice: a book just for fun
|HOW GORGEOUS IS THIS. WHAT A WORK OF ART|
Silk stocking: a book that's much better than it sounds
|SHIIIIP — also i'm so so glad this got redesigned|
Yinyang: a book with foreign influence
|the title text treatment though. also YAY for non-whitewashed covers|
NOTE: By foreign, I'm going to assume you mean non-US or non-western. (I live in the US anyway, so.)
Shadows on the Moon is a Cinderella retelling set in a Japan-inspired kingdom. Just hearing that description makes your eyes widen a little, right? RIGHT. It's also got revenge, illusions, intrigue, and gorgeous writing. It's fabulously diverse and really well-done. Plus, although Cinderella retellings have obviously been done to death, this story is a stunner and handles the retelling aspect nicely. This book isn't appreciated nearly as much as it should be and you really should read it so we can talk.