Hello humans! Normally, when I’m working out which book to choose for W2RW I explore my want to read shelf on Goodreads. However, I recently went through and added a LOT of 2019 releases to that shelf and, while I am very excited about them, I don’t want to talk about them almost a year before they are released. So instead I decided to shake things up and to see what was in my Goodreads recommendations.
I’ve been using Goodreads for a couple of years now almost every day so they’ve got quite a lot to go on in terms of my likes and dislikes. Despite this, very few of the recommendations actually caught my eye, so either something went wrong with their algorithm or I am not shelving things properly! Nonetheless, I found one book which looks incredibly cute and I want to read it now.
In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. This isn’t most fairy tales.
Princess Violet is plain, reckless, and quite possibly too clever for her own good. Particularly when it comes to telling stories. One day she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book. A forbidden book. It tells a story of an evil being—called the Nybbas—imprisoned in their world. The story cannot be true—not really. But then the whispers start. Violet and Demetrius, along with an ancient, scarred dragon, may hold the key to the Nybbas’s triumph . . . or its demise. It all depends on how they tell the story. After all, stories make their own rules.
Iron Hearted Violet is a story of a princess unlike any other. It is a story of the last dragon in existence, deathly afraid of its own reflection. Above all, it is a story about the power of stories, our belief in them, and how one enchanted tale changed the course of an entire kingdom.
This is a middle-grade novel, which I am not opposed to reading at all, in fact, I think some of the best books out there at the moment are middle-grade. I must confess I was mostly taken by the cover which I just think is beautiful.
This was in my recommendations based on my ‘dragons’ shelf on Goodreads, which is pretty self-explanatory. I do think that MG books have wonderful dragons in them so I am looking forward to reading Kelly Barnhill’s take on my favourite mythical beasts!
Have you read this? Would you like to? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!