I absolutely adore reading - my love for books has had a huge impact on my life! I'm going to grad school to be a children's/YA librarian.
Another book that I read for my young adult literature class. I have to admit, I didn't have high expectations for this, because most of the other books that I've read for this class have fallen short of my expectations. But this book was WONDERFUL. It sucked me in from the very beginning and I couldn't put it down - so thankfully, I read it while I was at the beach and I actually had time to read non-stop, haha.
This book takes place in a fantasy world, with humans and dragons (who can take human form) at the forefront, but the world bears many similarities to medieval history, so it's very easy to adapt to as a reader. The world is easily understood and what isn't immediately understood is explained soon enough, and done so smoothly, without deviating from the story.
The characters are so wonderfully crafted, each with the perfect medley of character flaws and strengths. Sometimes, the narrator's decisions could be frustrating, but even when she made decisions that I disagreed with, her reasoning was so solid that I couldn't get mad at her. I liked each character so much that I couldn't get mad at them, even when I wanted to be.
The story had the perfect amount of mystery and adventure, tragedy and romance, magic and reality. It even had political undertones, but wasn't so overbearing with them as to distract from the story. This is truly the first young adult novel that I've read in a long time - especially from the fantasy genre - that I want to thrust upon every reader that I know. If you're thinking about reading this book, don't think about it any longer - just pick it up and read! I highly, highly recommend this book. It fully deserves all five stars.