The Princess and the Snowbird by Mette Ivie Harrison
Series: The Hound Saga #3
Published by HarperTeen on May 4th 2010
She is the headstrong daughter of the hound and the bear, heir to all her royal parents' magic and able to transform at will into any animal she wishes.
He is an outcast, a boy without magic, determined to make his way in the forest beholden to no one.
Though Liva and Jens are as different as night and day, from the time their paths first cross they are irresistibly drawn to one another. Each wrestles with demons: Liva with the responsibility that comes with the vast magic she's inherited, Jens with the haunting memories he's left behind. Separately, they keep a lookout for each other and for the immense snowbird whose appearances signify a dark event on the horizon.
When a terrible threat surfaces, Liva and Jens set out in an attempt to protect all they hold dear. Much is at stake—for while their failure could spell an end to all magic, their success could bring them together at last.
I'm a huge fan of Mette's books and loved seeing this book's perspective from the daughter of two characters I have loved and see what she turns into. It's definitely a dark book, with the abusive way of not belonging so evident in Jens past. I really love the world and the plot of these books and this last one did not disappoint. The reader gets a fuller glimpse into the world around these interesting characters who can change their form and contain magic.
The bad guy in this book was horrific and one that I won't soon be forgetting. I think it takes a really well made bad guy to turn the story into something darker and this one definitely does such. Mette writes so beautifully and really engrosses you in a world so magical that it comes alive in the reader's mind. I can't wait to read her latest novel, Tris & Izzie.
Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?
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