The 2012 Children's Writer's And Illustrator's Market
Edited by Chuck Sambuchino
An excellent resource for anyone interested in the current state of the Children's Publishing Industry. Also a vivid resource for writer's, the interviews were my favorite bits.
by Melina Marchetta
Jellicoe Road was truly this woman's masterpiece, but Saving Francesca carried the same literary tone and depth as JR, which was published after Francesca. The Piper's Son, the companion to SF, was published last year and the second I was done with this novel I purchased the next. Marchetta knows what she is doing and she does it well.
Irish Fairy Tales
Edited by Joseph Jacobs
I would have appreciated a more consecutive and consistent compilation, but there were certainly a few treasures to be discovered here. Irish Cinderella, anyone?
Throne of Glass
by Sarah J. Maas
This started so well, but the book took at least five different odd turns from the original premise (Assassin Cinderella in a high fantasy world competes for her freedom in a castle of glass, Hunger Games style) which left the glass castle to shatter, the excitement of the tournament to die out and the supernatural elements to be taken as a farce. Maas' writing was intriguing at points, and I was interested in her characters, but the love triangle proved to be a bit much and ultimately turned the assassin (pardon me while I cough
laugh) into a fickle-faced, two-timing ninny. I doubt I will be reading book two.
Hinds Feet On High Places
by Hannah Hurnard
This is an incredible book. Serving as a life guide with a Biblical world-view, the struggle of Much-Afraid through the fathomless low places is a beautiful love story. I cheer for her every time I read this, as she surrenders over and over again, to achieve the victory on High! I re-read this book every so often for encouragement and would suggest you do the same.