This was WONDERFUL. It was a fully realized fantasy, and I mean that in every way. The world building was impeccable, from Prague to a planet with two moons, and the characters were better developed than in almost anything I've read this year. 17 year old art student Karou has blue hair, a marionette-making best friend called Zuzanna, and a very complicated home life. I know this is published as YA, but I think it might truly be more of an adult book. I wonder a bit if some authors are allowing themselves to be steered towards publishing in YA because it is a more accepting realm? Either way, this is one of the best books I've read this year.
This is a log of what books I've been reading and movies I've been watching. Comments are welcome!
One explanation seems necessary - the phrase "Life-Changing Fiction" is not in any way an endorsement of those books- in fact, I think those books are Awful, and want that to be clear. "Life-Changing Fiction", as a phrase, has been trademarked, absurdly, by the "Christian fiction" writer Karen Kingsbury, and that is Just Not Right. Aside from being ridiculous, it just sheds light on the hypocrisy of the writer. What would Jesus copyright?