The Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan

I love a good YA read and when I got this for review I dove at it. It took me a little while to get to reading it but it was absolutly worth it. The characters were amazing in this story and it was a great first novel to build form. It didn't have a terrible cliffy, but left you excited for more. This book had fantastic world building and a really strong message woven through it. I loved that the novel had a great depiction of the world these characters were inhabiting and that the author did the story its due justice. Read the blurb. Buy the book. It was a fantastic read. Add To Goodreads

Synopsis:

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.

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