This is a newish segment of my blog which will shamelessly promote the Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Children’s Books that I have or my team has worked on that I’m particularly excited about.
Twelve princesses suffer from a puzzling (if silly) curse, and anyone who ends it will win a reward. Reveka, a sharp-witted and irreverent apprentice herbalist, wants that reward. But her investigations lead to deeper mysteries and a daunting choice—will she break the curse at the peril of her own soul?
My thoughts: This is a fairytale retelling at it’s best: part Twelve Dancing Princesses, part Beauty and the Beast, part Persephone. It’s a vividly imagined and fully developed Romanian(ish) medieval fantasy world. One of my favorite parts of this novel is that it’s a smart, witty girl who solves the curse, not a suitor looking to save and marry the princess. Reveka is clever and fun. This is by far one of the best fairytale retellings I have ever read—right up there with Robin McKinley and Gail Carson Levine.
My role in its publication: I didn’t provide much editorial feedback on this one, but I helped the manuscript, flaps, and jacket circulate through the departments. And I’ve promoted this book whenever possible because it’s so so good!