The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. YA fiction, but after enjoying the Twilight series more than I thought I would, I decided to give it a try.
Two marks against: the end feels very rushed, like Hale got tired of writing and just threw it together. Also I found the extreme innocence of all the teenaged characters to be super hard to swallow. Long winter days, many teenagers cooped up in a great hall, no sexual tension, much less unintended pregnancies. Yeah right.
That said, the story is fun and compelling and it's a quick read. I liked the main character and enjoyed watching her develop through the course of the book.
Fun but shallow. 3 stars.