YA Highway asks today “What’s the best book you’ve read this month?” I’m assuming “this month” means May, and, wow, that’s a tough choice. I read a bunch of great books in May.
I think if I had to say best, as in the one that kept me most entertained and made me run out (okay, to my iPod) and buy the audiobook of another book by that author, it would be Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. This is one I’ll definitely be rereading. I couldn’t help but compare it to the Disney movie that’s (loosely) based on it. I enjoy both in different ways, but the book felt much richer. It’s been a while since I read a non-contemporary fantasy novel, mostly because most of them make me roll my eyes at cliches. This was refreshing and cliche-free. Just like Ella refused to conform to her curse or to what her peers and father want, the book refused to conform to fantasy standards (despite having elves and ogres and giants and being based on Cinderella, lol).
I can see why people who have read the book were disappointed in the high-school-Disneyness of the movie, but having seen the movie first, I think I’m going to enjoy both of them as separate entities with a similar concept. My only complaint about the book, though, was that in the movie, Ella’s solution was kinda clever, and in the book, it all came down to love (which I’m usually cool with, I just like the clever movie solution).
But when I finished the book, I totally wanted to read it again, which doesn’t happen that often for me, so I have to give the book two thumbs up.
Currently on iPod: Good Enough by Darren Hayes
Lots of love,