As soon as we decided to start the virtual book club, I headed to the local library's website. I looked up Forest Born and The Actor and the Housewife in the library system, but to no avail there were no copies available. Not only were there no copies available, but I was 40+ on the waiting list.
Plot (excitement/interest & feasibility): The Bayern series does a great job of including the knowledge from the previous books; however, each book very much stands on its own. The plot is a little confusing at the beginning b/c you can’t quite figure everything out, but it begins to take shape at a good pace when the action starts to pick up.
Pacing: This had a decent pace. It wasn’t a constant page-turner, but I never had to push myself to keep reading. I definitely wanted to keep going.
Characterization (strong or weak characters/readers' connections to MCs, etc): The characters are strong, and you feel that you truly “know” them by the end of the story. You feel that you have been through the pain and struggle that they have, and you are now rejoicing in their accomplishment.
Originality (concept/subject/etc): The Bayern Series is a very original fantasy series to me. For those that like adventure as well as the princess and happily ever after will love these books.
Writing quality (car lot commercial fare or poetic): Much closer to the poetic writing. She describes the powers and the connection to the trees very beautifully. At times, I felt it was similar to Kate DiCamillo’s writing.
Contribution to the YA genre (obviously for some books this will just be n/a): Another great contribution to the series, and to YA genre. Shannon Hale does a great job of writing clean, well-written stories for the YA genre.