I have been bitten by the reading bug. Ever since I picked up Twilight a couple months ago I haven't been able to keep myself away from books. I have been just loving it too. I use to read all the time, always trying something new; but unfortunately I haven't picked up a book (except for Harry Potter) in a while. During this new reading phase I have been going through, I have discovered a delightfully sweet book by Shannon Hale called, "The Goose Girl", which is a retelling of a Grimm's Brother story.
"The Goose Girl" is a wonderful fairytale about a princess named Ari and her story of betrayal, strength, and resilience. With her mother sending her off to a far away land to marry in a strange place. Unfortunately she is betrayed by those closest to her and has to escape with her own life. With trying to figure out a plan as to how to get home, find her soon-to-be husband, and unmasking the traitors, she stumbles across friends, lessons, and talents that she never knew she had.
This is a fun sweet read that had a plot that kept me always wanting to know more about Princess Ari and her world. With pages filled with their history, tradition, and mystical legends I was constantly smiling and having my mind filled with beautiful painted images. After reading "The Goose Girl" I am really excited to read more by Shannon Hale: Book of a Thousand Days, Rapunzel's Revenge, Enna Burning, Princess Academy, and River Secrets.
You can find "The Goose Girl" for around $4 on amazon.com.