Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Shadows on the Moon

This weeks post is Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marroitt. It is 447 pages long excluding the author notes at end and it is published by Candlewick Press. This is a young adult story with young woman being the intended audience. It is a retelling of Cinderella with a very strong Asian flavor. The name character is Suzume. At the start of the book she is 14. Her father and dearest cousin are murdered and she barely survives the attack. Her mother remarries one of her father's oldest friends but Suzume believes that he has something to do with the murders. She discovers that she has an ability to shadow weave. She can make people see what she wants them too. Suzume uses this gift to help her survive living in her stepfather's house. When she learns the truth about the murders she is forced to hide as a cinder girl. In the end she has her revenge against her stepfather. There is love story going on the back ground and many other wonderful characters I don't want to spoil this read. The writing is excellent, when I sat down to read it, before I knew it I was over half done with it. It is broken into three parts for the three names that Suzume has over the course of the story. It is told in first person. I look forward to reading more books by Ms. Marriott.