“Tiger Moon” by Antonia Michaelis

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A wealthy rajah chooses Raka to be his newest bride. Though she does not wish to go, her father arranges the marriage and sends his daughter off to the rajah’s palatial estate. Despite numerous escape attempts, she remains imprisoned within his walls. Lalit, a young man who works for the rajah, asks Raka why she tries to escape and she tells him it is because she is not a virgin, and she knows the rajah will have her killed when he discovers this.

While Raka waits for her imminent death, she tells Lalit the story of a thief named Farhad, who is chosen by the god Krishna to save his daughter from the clutches of a demon king. Farhad, with the help of his magical white tiger, travels across the desert and slowly evolves from a self-serving thief into a compassionate and brave hero. As the end of Farhad’s story approaches, so does the end of Raka’s–until the transcendent power of her magical tale takes over.

This masterfully-written novel, translated beautifully from German by Anthea Bell, utterly captivated me. I felt transported to India, spellbound by the story, sometimes surprised to return to reality when I looked away from the pages. Readers who enjoy sweeping fantasy or fairy tale-inspired novels will love this book.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

–Amanda Coppedge Bosky

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“Tyger, Tyger” by Kersten Hamilton

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Teagan Wylltson is a girl with a good head on her shoulders and big plans for her future. When her free-spirited friend Abby tells Teagan about strange, frightening dreams she’s had, Teagan wants to brush her off. But Abby dreams about the paintings Teagan’s dead mother created–and in those dreams, the nightmare creatures in the pictures come to life and try to harm Teagan.

Things only get stranger when Finn Mac Cumhaill shows up at her house and claims to be of the mythic Celtic line of Mac Cumhaills. Now Teagan must confront the truth about her family’s history, protect her little brother from goblins, and deal with her growing feelings for Finn.

This story is such a pleasure to read. It has plenty of twists and turns in the plot (including one big jaw-dropper), but is very character-driven. The relationships between the characters are rich, loving and full of life. Great for teens who love reading mythology and fairy tale retellings.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

-Amanda Coppedge Bosky