I loved, loved, LOVED the Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. It's a retelling of the Grimm Brothers Goose Girl, which I hadn't heard before, of a princess, Ani, who's betrothed to the neighboring kingdom's prince. On the way to her new home to be her lady in waiting, Selia, and a handful of the guards betray the Ani so Selia may take the princesses place. Luckily Ani was able to escape the mutiny and was able to go the the king of Bayern (where she was to marry the prince) and ask for a job there as the goose girl, taking care of the king's geese. Ani is not only a princess or even a normal girl, but she also has the gift of animal speaking which makes her succeed with the animals. Through these turn of events she learns even more compassion and strength in all things. Soon it would be time for her to gather her friends and tell the truth to the king... which is where I'll stop. One of the things that thrilled me most about this book was the turns. I would get to where I'd see everything fall into place for her success & then BAM something would through a kink in the plan. It was a fun, light, exciting, and dramatic story & I absolutely loved it!!
I also loved Shannon Hale's Princess Academy and look forward to reading her other books such as Enna Burning, River Secrets, and The Book of a Thousand Days!