Thursday, January 15, 2009
THE SUGAR QUEEN by Sarah Addison Allen
There are times when you want to read really meaty fiction full of complex word usage and literary devices. There are other times when you just want to get lost in a good story. THE SUGAR QUEEN offers the latter. Allen's follow-up to the much enjoyable GARDEN SPELLS, THE SUGAR QUEEN follows Josey Cirrini, daughter of the infamous town rich man. Josey has spent her life trying to overcome a disastrous childhood and has lost herself in doing so. Things are about to change, however.
The book is filled with engaging characters trying to make sense of their lives and figure out how to make the right choices. I especially loved the bits of magical realism that Allen included. One of the characters is plagued by books that show up in her life in the most random and, often, inconvenient places. (I would love that!) The story offers enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested while being charmed throughout the whole journey.
A quick and delightful read!