Keary got me this book for Christmas because he knows how much I love Gregory Maguire's books. Wicked is one of my my all-time favorite books, and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister ranks pretty highly too. So, even though I had not heard of The Next Queen of Heaven, I was excited to read it.
The previous books of Maguire's that I have read were fantasy-based. The Next Queen of Heaven was based in reality and centers around several people living in a small town in New York who don't really fit in and are anticipating Y2K and changes in their lives. This was a good book, but I think I prefer his fantasy books. The characters and plot just felt a little lacking: the characters were normal, regular people like you and me, and the plot and actions seemed that way too. Some people may love a story like that, but I prefer to escape the regular and normal when I read.
Would I recommend it? If you are a fan of Maguire's, sure, just be prepared that it isn't fantasy based. If you read the back cover and are intrigued, do read. It delivers just what the back cover indicates it will.
I've read four more books over the past couple months. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins was fantastic and I can't even come up with fitting enough words for a review. I went into reading them not thinking I would like it, but since it was so highly recommended, I wanted to try it. Oh my! Loved it! The writing style wasn't my favorite not was the subject matter, but it all fit so well together and worked out. Read them.
Another highly recommended book was The Book Thief. I wanted to like it, but I couldn't get into it. I read about half of it, but reading started feeling like a chore and I stopped. Maybe I will come back to it in a few months, maybe it just wasn't for me.