The Goose Girl is probably my example of a perfectly-written book. It has all the elements of a perfect story- adventure, magic, and romance, and I just could not put it down. Ani's story was really distinctive for me (having never read the fairytale version of this story), and I loved how she could interact with the wind. The best part of The Goose Girl is that whenever I reread it, I always take away something new and discover things I didn't notice before.
Enna Burning wasn't as good as The Goose Girl for me, but it was enjoyable all the same. Enna's character is so different from Ani's, and it was interesting to read from her point of view. (Go fire!) I just loved the whole story and I reread this book over 20 times. :)
Isn't this cover just luscious? It's probably my favorite Allison Jay cover. River Secrets is just as good. Finally from the point of a male character, Razo, the story tells the tale of the young boy's travel to a neighboring city, where there is a mystery to be solved... For the first time in the Books of Bayern, River Secrets had a hint of mystery in it as well, which I really liked. It was fun to read about Razo's coming-of-age and becoming a man (I loved when he accused Enna of shrinking his pants), especially since he really didn't believe it. :P
Very intriguing book, written in diary formatting. Unlike most other diary books I've read, this one was very serious. Surprisingly, it was the most realistic Shannon Hale book for me, because it seemed to encompass different cultures, lifestyles, and people. Gosh, I should've written this review when I actually remembered most of the book. :-/ But anyways, I had fun reading it, and you probably will too.
Now we come to the Newbery Honor book. And my first Hale book too. It didn't look very interesting from the back summary, but I'm glad I read it, because it was very good. Shannon Hale took the concept of a academy for princesses and transformed it into a school for "mountain girls." Miri was an interesting character as well as Katar, Britta, Olana (she reminded me of Umbridge), etc. etc. Very nicely written and definitely deserves the Newbery.
And I have a question for everyone:
Which of these covers do you like the best? I say The Goose Girl, but most people seem to go with Enna's.