Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn
AR Reading Level: 5.9
On the library stacks: YA Fiction/Fantasy/Adult Sci-Fi
Award: ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Recommended for: Grades 9+
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Corie is the illegitimate daughter of an important noble in the land of Auburn. Her Uncle Jaxon insists that she spend her summers at the castle, hobnobbing with the court and getting to know her half-sister. During the rest of the year, she lives with her grandmother in a rural village where she is learning herb-lore.
Corie's sister Elisandra has been engaged to the future king since birth. But there are many girls madly in love with Prince Bryan, including Corie herself. However, as Corie grows up and matures, she sees that Bryan is nothing like the man of her dreams. She becomes concerned about her sister's future as well as the fey creatures, the aliora, who are hunted and sold as slaves to the wealthy. In due time, Corie has the courage to be true to herself, and she is rewarded with her love match.
This is a cute fairy tale and a clean romance. However, some of the thematic elements surrounding palace intrigue and the political upheaval would make this a book better suited for older readers. I saw the plot twists coming a mile away but it was a fun beach read, perfect for this Spring Break.
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