Thursday, January 2, 2014

Review: BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS

Let's kick off the one-and-a-half day old year with a review!

BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS is a fabulous story by Shannon Hale. Ms. Hale has written many great books for kids and teens. A well-known piece of work is her PRINCESS ACADEMY, which was awarded the Newbery Honor.

Goodreads says:

When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years for Saren’s refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.
As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. But the arrival outside the tower of Saren’s two suitors—one welcome, and the other decidedly less so—brings both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.
With Shannon Hale’s lyrical language, this forgotten but classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm is reimagined and reset on the central Asian steppes; it is a completely unique retelling filled with adventure and romance, drama and disguise.

My review:
This book was written in a diary-like format with small sketches throughout. The way you were able to see the hope when the girls first entered the tower, then the pain as the rats destroyed their food supply was wonderfully written. I did not like some of the magic in the end. I hoped the story would stick with the current laws of physics. There were some moments where you were unsure of what would happen next, but most of the story was predictable.  I would rate this book slightly above average.

3.5 stars out of 5.

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