March 28, 2010
Book Review- Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale by Donna Jo Napoli
BOOK #: 14
CHALLENGES: 100+, Young Adult, Year of the Historical, TwentyTen, Support Your Local Library, YA Through Decades, New Authors
PUBLISHER: Atheneum Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
GENRE: Historical Fiction, YA
RATING: 3.5 Stars
Hush is based on an Icelandic tale and is about an Irish princess named Melkorka who is captured and taken aboard a slave ship. She is thrown into a vastly different world- one where she must learn the rules, learn the new languages, and learn how to survive. Melkorka does have one trick up her sleeve- she takes a vow of silence- which fascinates her captors and masters. She realizes her silence is a source of power and quickly learns to use it to the fullest advantage.
The characters are well-defined and the descriptions are such that you can clearly see the world of Melkorka. At first I thought she was a complete snob, but she grows to become more than that and becomes a stronger person than she was as a princess.
The story didn't take any twists and turns that I didn't see coming. In fact, I saw one of the big surprises at the end of the book about 100 pages before it was revealed. However, I did enjoy Melkorka's determination and resilience in the face of trauma.
I think this is a good book for a light, quick read. But since it didn't have any surprises or true twists, I personally can't give it a higher rating.