Okay, so before I begin, I have to say that I really wanted to like this book, and that I think this book has a lot of potential. However, there were a few stylistic issues that I could not overcome (too many capslocks, too many “likes” and “alls” and things that make me feel like I’m totally out of touch with your average teenager, though it’s only been a couple of years since I’ve been one myself). If the author sounds familiar, it’s because she wrote the Gemma Doyle trilogy (the first book being A Great and Terrible Beauty). Unfortunately, I didn’t like those books, despite a myriad of my like-minded friends telling me that I’d love it. Anyway, I think that the issues that Beauty Queens tackles are really good, and though I couldn’t make it through all of it, I thought it deserved a review based on sheer audacity of topic and interesting characters.
The Song of the Lioness is possibly one of my favorite series, even if it’s marketed to teenage girls. Because you know what? I’ve still got some teenage girl in me, and I am not ashamed to say so. It’s a quartet, with the books following the life of Alanna of Trebond, a young noble girl who hatches a plot to disguise herself as a boy and be sent to the royal kingdom to train as a knight, while her twin brother, Thom, goes to the convents to learn magic. More after the jump.
Well, I figured I might as well dive right into a review. And of course, this will be one of the longer ones, as it’s for the longest series I’m covering. This post will be about the series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin. There will be major, major spoilers, as I’m addressing the entire series (published to date).