Title: The Two Princesses of Bamarre
Author: Gail Carson Levine
What it's about: So, there are these two princesses, right? Anyway, Meryl, the older sister, is very brave and outgoing, while Addie is shy and cowardly. When Meryl comes down with the Gray Death, though, Addie has to be the brave one and search for cure for the sister she's devoted to, overcoming her fears along the way.
What I thought: Addie's an interesting heroine. She's got some genuine character flaws, but at the same time she's not unlikable. The world of Bamarre is nicely developed, and the whole story has the nice feel of a fairy tale, a quest story, but it's also fresh since it's also not very obviously based off any particular story.
Overall: Fun, charming read, especially for fans of fairy tale re-tellings.