The “Great Alta” series by Jane Yolen is one of my favorite classic YA series. It’s a fantasy story about a girl destined to be a great warrior and leader for her people. In a time of great need, Jenna drew her shadow sister, Skada, from the mirror world far earlier than anyone ever had. Together the sisters, one living in light, and one only in shadow, create myths and legends. Jane Yolen writes amazing lyrical fantasy in a way that really connects the reader with the characters while also creating a sense of otherworldly mysticism.
I fell in love with Jenna and Skada from the moment I picked up this book. Jenna was a strange girl, always different from her peers – she excelled in areas they did not and lacked many skills they found natural. I could really relate to this as a girl. While I wasn’t able to really appreciate the quality of writing and storytelling of Sister Light, Sister Dark when I first read it over 10 years ago, I definitely can now. I plan to reread the whole series at some point soon, and I’m sure I’ll discover new things to love about it.
Monday Memories is an original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by Miss Print and the Book Bandit. We created Monday Memories because we both love and collect books and wanted to talk about them. We hope you’ll want to share too.
Anyone can join. But please, if you join in the fun, link back to Miss Print and/or the Book Bandit on your own Monday Memories post AND add your name to the Link list included with our posts every week so that everyone can check out other posts! If you don’t have a blog, you can post your thoughts as a comment. And, of course, have fun!
Now that you know how it works, here’s what it is: Monday Memories is super simple. Just take a photo of a book from your personal library (or a library book that’s significant to you, etc.) and talk about why it matters. Is it your first ever signed book? The first book you reviewed on your blog? Whatever it is, write it up in a Monday Memories post and share it.