One of my favorite things about the invention of ebooks is the whole new world of literature available to me. I have discovered amazing authors from all over the world. Authors who would most likely have not had their books on the shelves of my local bookstore. One such Author is Liz Grace Davis. I really enjoyed this YA novel and am looking forward to reading more by Liz. She has a new adult book coming out next week. Yay!!!
When Tangi's father dies, he leaves her nothing but three empty bottles. A kind uncle takes the poverty-stricken girl and her stepsisters in, and for a time life gets better on his farm. But Tangi remains a lonely outsider; her stepsisters tease her for her crippled leg, and the housekeepers use her like a servant.
Just before her thirteenth birthday, Tangi learns the truth about her father's strange legacy: the three bottles aren't empty any more. They're filled with all the tears she's cried since her father died, and her tears are enchanted. She must use them to travel to Rosevine, the world of her dead mother. Tangi not only belongs there but is necessary to keep Rosevine alive.
Tangi's tears will save Rosevine, and Rosevine will save Tangi from a cruelty-filled life, except for one thing: Tangi's lost the bottles.
Tangi's Teardrops by Liz Grace Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am not even sure where to begin. This retelling of Cinderella was so unique and simply beautiful. I was immediately drawn into Tangi's world and while it was a sad premise (as are all Cinderella tales), there always seemed a glimmer of hope that made the sadness not so sad. I am just so happy that this book found me. Yes, I believe books find us. Feel free to chuckle ;).
Here are some things I enjoyed about this book:
*The book took place in a culture completely unlike my own, yet I felt like I was there and not just observing.
*This story is one I consider a true YA. I would feel comfortable recommending it to any teen. There were hardships and she faced cruelty, but there was no violence I would want to shelter a younger teen from and absolutely no sex/sexual tension.
*I loved the author's voice. I can not pinpoint exactly what it was about her writing that drew me in, but it was beautiful.
*I read a ton (too much if you use my Goodreads Book ticker as a guideline). Among those books, were many Cinderella based tales. This is the first one where I was not sure what was going to happen next. I knew would most likely have a "happily ever after" type ending, but I had no idea how it would get there.
*I enjoyed the characters, even the "bad guys". It was great to see how even through all of the difficulties of her life, Tangi always had someone there who truly loved her and cared about her well being. Even though she felt "less" because of her disabled leg, they never did. The "bad guys", that was a different story ;).
*I love the idea that good can come from your tears. It is something I wish more people truly believed, especially when hard times are upon them.
This is Liz's first novel and I am so glad I read it. I read this after reading a string of really bad, poorly edited books. The timing was perfect! I can only imagine where Liz's writing will go from here. I am looking forward to her adult novel, which is coming out next week. I hope it holds all of the magic Tangi's Teardrops did.
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