Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: The Stolen One
Author: Suzanne Crowley
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (Harper Collins)
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-123200-8 (Hardcover)
Release Date: June 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: YA/Historical Romance
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Grades 9+
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Grades 8+
Year/Setting: Queen Elizabeth's Tudor Reign
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Suzanne's Website: www.suzannecrowley.com
I have to tell you all that, recently, I have been extremely pleased to read a myriad of Young Adult Fiction. I never really read anything YA except, of course, for the amzing Harry Potter series. (Like everyone else in the free world and beyond) :) I have to tell you that not only have I noticed that the YA books are far and away, better, than the adult fiction being released right now, but they are also presenting historical stories that are among the best I've ever read. This review is for one such book which I honestly could not put down.
Katherine Bab is a young girl living in Blackchurch Cottage in England. She has the ability to create the most beautifully embroidered clothing: hand-sewn cloaks, slippers, etc., that are truly fit for a Queen. Her adoptive mother consistently tells her that no one wanted her when she was born. Her mane of auburn curls is scary to most people - making her look like a devil's sprite. She has an adoptive sister named Anna who is a strange, young girl. When she speaks, it is rare, and her words have a tendency to sound like Anna knows things that other people just can't see. In the town, is a young man by the name of Christian who is head over heels for Katherine (Kate); and unfortunately, Anna feels the same for him. Kate has other plans.
When Grace, her mother, passes away, Kate practically runs to London. She's always wanted to be in the city - far away from the small town and small town boy who simply refuses to let her go. Kate wants more than anything to unravel the mystery of who she really is and where she came from. Almost immediately, she is hired to work for Queen Elizabeth - making her extraordinary clothing for the Virgin Queen. Very soon, because of the amazing red hair, rumors fly around the castle that Kate is, in fact, the daughter of the beguiling, powerful Queen. In addition, two suitors for Kate's hand appear at court, and she is thrust into a world of love and fake promises. Can she choose between them, or does she truly miss the young, safe love of Christian?
What can I say, guys? We have intrigue, sensuality, history, and the writing is extremely well done. As I said before, instead of combing through the library shelves for new adult fiction, take a chance. If you are not a YA afficiando yet - give it time - you soon will be if publishers are smart enough to keep putting out books of this quality.
Until Next Time, Amy
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