I am currently reading two new books: Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie (the author of Midnight Pearls), and I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter by Lynn Cullen.
Scarlet Moon is a novel based on the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood, and is part of the Once Upon a Time series (see my article entitled: Part 1: Innovative versions of classic fairy tales). Unlike the original fairy tale, this story includes werewolves and passionate love. I think that Midnight Pearls is better than Scarlet Moon. There is too much passion…and dare I say…sexual tension stuffed into Scarlet Moon for young adults. Midnight Pearls had romance, but Scarlet Moon is too comparable to a romance novel. However, the werewolf element in Scarlet Moon was clever on the author’s part. Caution…there are some gory descriptions in this book, unlike Midnight Pearls.
I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter is partly a historical novel, being set at the end of the 17th century in Amsterdam, Holland. Cornelia, Rembrandt’s illegitimate daughter, is the narrator of the story, which intertwines her life, the life of Rembrandt, and the life of her future husband…but I’m not saying which character he is ;). It is a very good novel, written fluidly and including many of Rembrandt’s famous paintings with their own personal stories in each chapter.
I have yet to finish these two books, but I was always a fast reader… 🙂