Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book. Having it broken up into days instead of chapters made it a really fast read. I couldn't put it down when I got to the middle of the book.
I love Shannon Hale's writing style here. This is the first of her books that I've read, so I don't know if she carries this style through with the rest of them. I've been wanting to read her books for a long time and just hadn't done it until Tuesday when I saw one at the library and decided to pick it up. The story is a retelling of an old Asian folk tale, so it is one that most of us here in the U.S. haven't heard before and according to her author's note in the back, she took a lot of liberty with it.
Her writing is beautiful and deliciously descriptive. The story is not one that I would recommend to small children. Even though it is a "fairy-tale" there is some violence that I couldn't imagine reading to Megan (5). Megan is pretty mature for her age and can handle some books that are maybe considered too old for her, but this one I would wait until she's at least 8 or 9. Maybe I'm too overprotective, any comments from people who have read it that would read it to their kids or let their young kids read it on their own?
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