Midnight Blue

The setting: a hot-air balloon called Midnight Blue for its beautiful color, disappearing into the clouds with a girl, a shadow, and the promise of a land beyond the sky…

If this doesn’t sound interesting to you, you probably have never read a good fantasy novel. In this case, I strongly recommend that you start with this one. If you have read a good fantasy novel, I recommend even more strongly that you read this. And if you say that you have read it already, go read it again. The book in question: Midnight Blue by Pauline Fisk.

I have many things to say about this book. How could I not? It is written in spectacular prose, with dramatic flares and suspenseful cliffhangers. Full of daydreams, darkness, and daring, topped with thrill, terror, and tenderness, it is everything from adventurous to zesty. There were parts that made me laugh loftily, and parts that made me cry compassionately. And somehow I’ve suddenly slipped into accidental, ambitious alliteration. Inspiration is interesting, isn’t it?

 

Summer Reads Part 2: Starry River of the Sky

Next up is also on the sequels list, and also from the author of a California Young Reader Medal Awards nominee. This one was actually from last year, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, and now its sequel, Starry River of the Sky!

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: This is a very meta book, for while being a story in and of itself, it also contains stories that are delights as well. Set in Ancient China, it is so convincing and beautiful that one can almost feel themselves in it. It isn’t too fast paced, and yet not too snail-like either.

Starry River of the Sky: Also a story-within-story book,but starting rather suddenly. I’m sure you’ve read those books where it starts in a situation with no exposition and no back story and you have to struggle to keep up until a few chapters later when it begins to piece together. I’ve always sort of respected those books. They’re like puzzles. This is one of them. Later in the book you’ll understand what it has to do with the first book.

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