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Beanbag Love

I read. I write. I talk about reading and writing. That is when I'm not driving kids somewhere or teaching them. Married, educated, domesticated. I really enjoy the friends I've met through a variety of different message boards and venues regarding reading and authors. I try to take a positive view when I write reviews but sometimes I can't. Those times are few and far between, but they do exist. I'm mostly an old softy, though. I think so anyway.

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Susanna Clarke
The Thief - Megan Whalen Turner This is one of my favorite book series. It was one of those odd things where a book cover just grabs you and you just have to buy it. I'm so glad I did.

I read The Thief a couple of years ago and I'm not exaggerating when I say that I always leave all three books in this trilogy out and accessible for a quick fix. They sit on my desk and they don't get moved unless I pick them up to read them. I'm so thrilled they've come out in e-book form because I miss them when I travel.

It's actually kind of difficult to get people to read this series for some reason. Maybe because it's not a romance -- or rather it's not an obvious romance -- and the first book is written in the POV of a young teen. A thirteen-year-old boy (age is a guess -- we're never told) named Gen tells the story and he's a great narrative character.

But it's so worth reading them. But don't looking at the back covers. Seriously, you do NOT want to be spoiled with these books. The twists and surprises are excellent.

This is the first book of Turner's YA Queen's Thief series, followed by The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia.

It's actually a quick read if you sit down to it. Her self-created mythology is engaging, and challenging. Some have said they had trouble 'getting into it.' To that I can only say 'stick with it.' If you read all three books, I can nearly guarantee you'll want to go back and start over at The Thief to see all the subtle clues as to what was going to happen later.

Um ... have I mentioned I really love this series? ;^)