Friday, June 10, 2011
Review: A Golden Web by Barbara Quick
Release Date: March 19, 2010
The Story: Alessandra is desperate to escape.
Desperate to escape her stepmother, who's locked her away for a year; to escape the cloister that awaits her and the marriage plans that have been made for her; to escape the expectations that limit her and every other girl in fourteenth-century Italy. There's no tolerance in her quiet village for Alessandra and her keen intelligence and unconventional ideas.
In defiant pursuit of her dreams, Alessandra undertakes an audacious quest, her bravery equaled only by the dangers she faces. Disguised and alone in a city of spies and scholars, Alessandra will find a love she could not foresee -- and an enduring fame.
My Review: Beautiful writing is sets this novel apart from so many others in the young adult genre. It's almost poetic and each page is easy to read. I enjoyed Alessandra's story. As the first anatomist in Italy, Alessandra's life is compelling and has left me wondering what really did (if anything) happen with Alessandra.
The characters are likeable and realistic and the romance is interesting and improbable. Alessandra is a wonderfully strong female lead who knows exactly what she wants and is willing to whatever it takes to get it. She's not afraid to take risks, even with her life, in order to achieve her goals. Medicine calls to her and there is no doubt that Alessandra is a heroine that should be admired. In a time when females would have been accused of being a witch, she still will not back down. It's refreshing, quite honestly.
I really enjoyed A Golden Web and look forward to reading more by Barbara Quick.