Waiting on Wednesday #42

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

My pick of the week is...

The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Heskell

A magical adventure set in an enchanted castle that is sure to appeal to fans of Gail Carson Levine, Karen Cushman, and Shannon Hale

When Sand wakes up alone in a long-abandoned castle, he has no idea how he got there. The stories all said the place was ruined by an earthquake, and Sand did not expect to find everything inside-from dishes to candles to apples-torn in half or slashed to bits. Nothing lives here and nothing grows, except the vicious, thorny bramble that prevents Sand from leaving. Why wasn't this in the stories?

To survive, Sand does what he knows best-he fires up the castle's forge to mend what he needs to live. But the things he fixes work somehow better than they ought to. Is there magic in the mending, granted by the saints who once guarded this place?

Unexpectedly, Sand finds the lost heir, Perrotte, a girl who shares the castle's astonishing secrets and dark history. Putting together the pieces-of stone and iron, and of a broken life-is harder than Sand ever imagined, but it's the only way to gain their freedom, even with the help of the guardian saints.

With gorgeous language and breathtaking magic, Merrie Haskell's The Castle Behind Thorns tells of the power of memory and story, forgiveness and strength, and the true gifts of craft and imagination.
~*~Why I Am Waiting~*~

Do you see that synopsis? Need I say more?! This not only looks like a great fantasy, but an awesome retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Sign me up. I am a retelling fiend! <3 

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  1. This looks like MG and Im not usually a fan, but I hope you enjoy it. I do enjoy MG covers, though!

    YA Sisterhood

  2. It has the cover of an MG, but apparently it is still a YA! It's just a younger YA if that makes sense.