This is a weekly feature, where I get to go all fannish about two randomly-picked favvies (which may not actually be favorites, but got a rating of 3 or higher) that I would recommend to friends! So, here are this week's two picks:
Title: Plain Kate
Author: Erin Bow
Part of a Series: No
Rating: 4 out of 5
Who'll Like It: Girl and guy read, great for fans of fantasy and paranormal/supernatural stories, with strong female protagonists, talking cats, Gypsies, a lot of emotion, and just the right amount of spooky - all with a medieval backdrop.
Why I Like It:
For some reason, Plain Kate really pulled me in emotionally. I was attached to Kate, I adored the talking cat, and I loved the spooky aspect. The bleak ambiance of the world also really appealed to me, and of course I love Gypsies! They always appear in exciting and mysterious stories. There was just nothing about this book that I didn't like. I was hooked the moment I started reading, and it didn't let me go. The end had me in tears, and for all the right reasons.
Title: Kat, Incorrigible
Author: Stephanie Burgis
Genre: historical fantasy/comedy
Part of a Series: Yes
Rating: 5 out of 5
Who'll Like It: Girl-read, any age, great of Jane Austen fans! The Author imitates her wit and style excellently, while blending a dash of magic into it.
Why I Like It:
Kat Stephenson is one of the best girl protagonists ever. She's brave, she's clever, she's funny, she's practical, and she has no romantic asperations. And no, she doesn't meet a young man who changes everything she thought about romance. Kat is also a tomboy befitting the Regency Era. I adored the Author's style, her nods to Jane Austen, her blend of magic and history, and her ability to write chaotic scenes that were genuinely funny and not headache-inducing. Her characters are all to die for, and I just overall found this to be one of the best books I've read in a long time.