Princess Academy – The Book That Took Me Eleven Years to Read

★★★


“No wolf falters before the bite, so strike.
No hawk wavers before the dive, so swing.
No sun pauses before the set, just strike.
No rain delays before the fall, just swing.”

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Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king’s priests have divined her village the home of the future princess. In a year’s time, the prince will choose his bride from among the village girls.

The king’s ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess. Soon Miri finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires. Winning the contest could give her everything she ever wanted-but it would mean leaving her home and family behind.

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Shadow Weaver – ARC Review

★★★☆☆


“To most people, shadows are things that remain stuck to walls and floors, but for me, they become whatever I wish-tacky, like clay, or as thin as smoke. I can mold them all to my will.”

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The shadows that surround us aren’t always as they seem…

Emmeline has grown up with a gift. Since the time she was a baby she has been able to control shadows. And her only friend and companion is her own shadow, Dar.

Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and offers to take Emmeline away and cure her of magic. Desperate not to lose her shadows, she turns to Dar who proposes a deal: Dar will change the noble’s mind, if Emmeline will help her become flesh as she once was. Emmeline agrees but the next morning the man in charge is in a coma and all that the witness saw was a long shadow with no one nearby to cast it. Scared to face punishment, Emmeline and Dar run away.

With the noble’s guards on her trail, Emmeline’s only hope of clearing her name is to escape capture and perform the ritual that will set Dar free. But Emmeline’s not sure she can trust Dar anymore, and it’s hard to keep secrets from someone who can never leave your side.

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Whichwood – ARC Review

★★


 

“Maybe it was not naiveté, but suffering, that inspired kindness. Maybe, she thought, it was pain that inspired compassion”

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Our story begins on a frosty night…

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.

But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.

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Artemis Fowl – The Book I Almost Didn’t Finish

★★


6090919This was a hard one for me, it really was. I am surprised I even finished it after putting it down for over a week. I almost thought I wouldn’t be able to go through with it.

For a long while I had been meaning to read this series. I’ve been wanting to get more into children/middle grade fiction and I figured this would be a good starting place. I had this series in mind for years now and only recently decided to pick it up, hoping perhaps for the next Percy Jackson. That’s not what I got.

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Raymie Nightingale – A Middle Grade Book Review

★★


25937866I must admit, I went into this with few expectations. This is not a typical read for me and I did not know what to expect. What I got was a beautiful, heartbreaking story of childhood, loss, and friendship. And I loved it.

The story follows ten-year-old Raymie Clarke, a girl determined to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition. The reason or this is that her father has just left home with a dental hygienist, and she believes that if her father sees her in the paper he will come back home.

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The Lost Hero

★★

(Real Rating: 2.5/5)


7736182This is a book that I have been wanting to read for a while now. Every time I would pass by it at a library or a bookstore I would tell myself to pick it up. Finally, I did. And you know what, I was very disappointed by it. In no way did this live up to my expectations.

Before I start let me just say that I am totally biased. Percy Jackson is one of my favorite male characters of all time and the world in which he lives, filled with Greek gods and monsters, is by far one of my favorite to read about. That said, I did not enjoy the fact the Percy Jackson does not appear once in this novel. For that alone I think my enjoyment of this book diminished. Not that Jason didn’t have his moments, he just wasn’t Percy, and will never even come close to being.

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