5 stars! I don't know when the last time was that I've given a book the ultimate glory of being
rated 5 stars, but A Northern Light really is fitting for this. Historical fiction has always been one of my favorite genres, but as of late, I haven't exactly been blown away by any of the previous books. This book has stolen the title of being one of my favorite historical fiction books not only this year, but of my entire life. The main character is lovable, the mystery is gripping, and the writing superb. I'd recommend this novel to feminists and history lovers everywhere.
4 stars. Normally, the dystopian genre never really works for me. The plots in dystopia books I've read bore me, and make little sense at all. I can finally say that I've found a dystopia book I thoroughly enjoyed. The plot is nor overly complicated; it's actually quite simplistic while at the same time managing to be very interesting. I'd recommend this to fans of The Giver.
3 stars. After how much I had been entertained by the creativity of the first novel, I was expecting the same from the second installment, if not more. While the creativeness of the series did not dwindle, the predictability of A Darkness Strange and Lovely was unbearable and was the main downfall and the reason for my disappointment. If not for the introduction of a character I very much loved, I would have given this book 2 stars. For fans of Jie, Joseph, and Daniel, they didn't make much of an appearance in this book, unfortunately focusing mainly on Eleanor.