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message 1: by Allison (new)

Allison (inconceivably) I just recently discovered her, I have only read a couple of her books but I enjoyed both.

The Hero and the Crown
Beauty A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast

I have a TON of her books at home waiting to be read, one is what is perhaps her most popular: The Blue Sword.

She has also written some things that aren't YA so I won't go on about those.

Anyone else read anything YA by her?


message 2: by Allison (new)

Allison (inconceivably) yeah, I think Beauty should be considered a read for children that are still pretty young more than "mid level YA"...I enjoyed it, but it was a very simple story.


message 3: by Allison (new)

Allison (inconceivably) Hero and Crown that I read is definitely a higher level read.


message 4: by April (new)

April (booksandwine) | 312 comments I've read one book by Robin McKinley, Spindle's End which is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, but in a woman are awesome not damsels-in-distress way. It was pretty good!!


message 5: by Allison (new)

Allison (inconceivably) she also did a Robin Hood story called The Outlaws of Sherwood I'm excited to read.


message 6: by Josie (new)

Josie (maid_marian) | 126 comments Allison wrote: "she also did a Robin Hood story called The Outlaws of Sherwood I'm excited to read."

I used to love that book Allison, but whenever I've recommended it to friends, they always dislike it! I tried reading it again not long ago, and was surprised at the old-fashioned language - which put me off finishing it, strangely. Obviously the younger me could handle 'ye' and 'twas' and 'aye' more than I can now!
I used to love Beauty A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast and Rose Daughter, but again, I haven't read them in a while.


message 7: by Tahleen (new)

Tahleen | 229 comments I read Spindle's End too and really liked that one. I've also read both her retellings of Beauty and the Beast, and I tried to read Outlaws of Sherwood but couldn't get into it... I'll try it again someday. I recently bought The Blue Sword and I'm excited about that. Right now I'm in the middle of Sunshine, which is technically an adult book, but it is soooooooooo good. I haven't had such a strong reaction to a vampire novel since I read Anne Rice for the first time.


message 8: by Allison (new)

Allison (inconceivably) Tahleen wrote: "I read Spindle's End too and really liked that one. I've also read both her retellings of Beauty and the Beast, and I tried to read Outlaws of Sherwood but couldn't get into it... I'll try it again..."

ooo glad you mentioned Sunshine even though its not YA, I have it sitting on my shelf.


message 9: by Tahleen (new)

Tahleen | 229 comments Definitely read it, it's so good.


message 10: by Allison (new)

Allison (inconceivably) Tahleen wrote: "Definitely read it, it's so good."

thanks! I will soon :) I have Blue Sword and really want to read it too though...


message 11: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (affie) | 468 comments I really like Robin McKinley. She basically initiated me into the Fantasy world, but more specifically YA fantasy. I LOVE The Hero and the Crown, and The Blue Sword. I also really liked Beauty, and I liked Outlaws also. Those are the ones I loved, but I have at least really liked at her YA books. I haven't read the newest few though. She also did a collection of short stories with her husband called Water, and I really liked that one too. She makes me happy!


message 12: by Tahleen (new)

Tahleen | 229 comments Yay happy! She makes me happy too. And I just bought The Blue Sword (I probably mentioned it 20 times already) so I'm looking forward to that one too.


message 13: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (affie) | 468 comments I'm really glad you are looking forward to The Blue Sword! I LOVE it! One of my all time favorite books in general, not just YA!


message 14: by Josie (new)

Josie (maid_marian) | 126 comments I just bought The Blue Sword too, but I keep lending it out to people, and so I haven't read it yet!


message 15: by Allison (new)

Allison (inconceivably) lol...we need to have a Blue Sword reading sounds like :P


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