Title: Tiger Queen
Author: Annie Sullivan
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Goodreads Description: From Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold, comes Tiger Queen, a sweeping YA fantasy adventure that tells the story of a fierce desert princess battling to save her kingdom. Fans of Rebel of the Sands and Meagan Spooner will devour this retelling of Frank Stockton’s famous short story, “The Lady, or the Tiger?”
In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an ancient law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, winning also means fulfilling a promise to her late mother that she would protect her people, who are struggling through windstorms and drought. The situation is worsened by the gang of Desert Boys that frequently raids the city wells, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is a choice between two doors: behind one lies freedom, and behind the other is a tiger.
But when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In desperation, she turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. What Kateri discovers twists her world—and her heart—upside down. Her future is now behind two doors—only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which releases the tiger.
Mid-Book Review: Normally I would wait til I finished a book to review it. However, it is my scheduled date for the blog tour. This is my second YA Fantasy book and I’m pretty sure that it is not the genre for me. Even though this book isn’t really peaking my interest, I can tell it has everything to be a YA Fantasy hit. The book starts out with Princess Kateri is in the midst of a challenge where she has to defeat so many men in order to win the throne from her father. If she loses then she has to marry the man she lost to. When she meets her final competitor she realizes that maybe she is being set up for failure.
In true teenage fashion she runs away from home and teams up with a group of young boys that are treated as villians when they are more like Robin Hood and his merry men of the desert trying to get water to help people survive. It is during this time that she starts to find herself and find out that her father isn’t the man she thought.
Will Kateri turn her back on her bloodline to help her people or will she continue to reign with fear or coercion?
🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 out of 5 stars) As I said this just isn’t my genre of book so it has been a struggle for me to read it. Annie’s writing is so fantastic though. Her detailed writing makes me feel like I’m really in the desert. It probably doesn’t help its been close to 100 degrees here this week. Her graphic detail of the food had me cringing at times. I would never survive in the desert for many reasons but the food may be the main reason if it’s anything like they were eating in this book.
Annie Sullivan is a Young Adult author from Indianapolis, Indiana. Her work has been featured in Curly Red Stories and Punchnels. She loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s teaching classes at the Indiana Writers Center and working as the Copy Specialist at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company, having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles. You can follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram (@annsulliva).
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