Summary: A powerful tale of magic, love and revenge with a strong female lead set in fairy-tale Japan; this is “Cinderella” meets “Memoirs of a Geisha”. Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, sixteen-year-old Suzume is able to recreate herself in any form – a fabulous gift for a girl desperate to escape her past. But who is she really? Is she a girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama, or a lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens, or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands? Whatever her true identity, Suzume is destined to capture the heart of a prince – and determined to use his power to destroy Terayama. And nothing will stop her, not even love.
Review: I did not enjoy reading this book. The characters all seemed a bit flat and shallow. The shadow-weaving aspect was never fully explained. Plus, Suzume just happened to have this talent and it became stronger, but nothing was explained as to how it became stronger. Every time something in Suzume’s life started going well, everything was thrown into chaos…every time. Then the ending was so quick! After all the strife and hardship Suzume went through, her issues were cleared up fast!
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages: 464 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: Purchased from Amazon.com
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