There are some things that you return to, over and over again. Movies, songs, tv shows, and books. Heck, in fandom there are fics that you read again and again. If you are me, at least. Sometimes it's just because you like it and it's familiar. Other times it is for some other reason entirely.
I just finished one of those books myself. And, as I gushed about it over twitter, felt the need to make a proper rec post for it.
The book is Aria of the Sea
by Dia Calhoun.
In this book Cerinthe leaves her island far in the north to become a dancer at the royal school. She travels not only towards her dream, but from dark occurrences in her past. On her island she was an apprenticed folk healer and something horrible happened so she gave up healing totally. She can no longer even give the simplest advice for healing burns or sore throats.
At school, she encounters many hardships. One of her greatest is that she is a commoner, where most of the other children are wealthy. Cerinthe even enters into a rivarly with one of the most spoiled girls in her class.
From that description this book sound like any other boarding school story. But is is so much more. It is not "good vs. evil" like Harry Potter
. It is not all about the different classes. Instead it is about choice and life. The book does not say, like how so many do, that as long as you try hard you will succeed. It is realistic. The children feel like children and everyone is a person.
Every time I read it I think how, even with having a little girl being followed by the dark ship of death, the book is very positive. Something about it makes me want to give it to every young girl. It tells you to follow your dreams and know what your dreams really are. There is even a section that deals with harmful relationships. Heck- the romantic aspects aren't even the main point of this story but the conclusion to it makes me so joyous. You know how reading Twilight
made you feel? This book will fix it.
So, that. Check this book out from your library. Read it. It's great.