The Fairyland series is one of my all time favorites. It's exquisitely well written in an alliterative and whimsical voice, and the stories pull you in; the characters are splendidly human (even the ones who are fairies or winds, or paper lanterns), and the world in which they fall together is simply magnificent.
The Deathsniffer's Assistant was great - a combination of mystery and fantasy that I fell for instantly. the system of magic in this world is never explained point blank, but it was written in such a way that the magic, systems and politics of this highly original world felt like second nature. I love the story and the charmingly and terrifyingly unpredictable lady detective. The ending felt perfectly resolved but when I started to think about it more there were a lot of loose ends, so I was very relieved to learn there would be multiple sequels.
Oh my God. Just oh my God.
The Book Thief. It deserves every positive review it has ever had.
The Book Thief is a very slow read, as in it took me a solid eight months to read it, but I enjoyed every page. The time is World War II. The place is Germany. The narrator is Death and the main character is a girl. Liesel Meminger is nine years old at the beginning of The Book Thief and the story follows her through the war, as she plays soccer in the street with her friends, as her family hides a Jewish man in the basement, as she steals books from the mayor's house, as her papa is drafted and her home bombed. The Book Thief is a perfect plot written perfectly and there are a lot of tear stains in certain sections of my copy.
I completely and whole-heartedly recommend this book.
Lord, this book is good.