Book Review: Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye

Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo (Leven Thumps #1) by Obert Skye

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

WELCOME TO FOO.

Fourteen-year-old Leven Thumps (a.k.a. “Lev”) lives a wretched life in Burnt Culvert, Oklahoma. But his life is about to change and his destiny be fulfilled as he learns about a secret gateway that bridges two worlds — the real world and Foo, a place created at the at the beginning of time in the folds of the mind that makes it possible for mankind to dream and hope, aspire and imagine. But Foo is in chaos, and three transplants from that dreamworld have been sent to retrieve Lev, who alone has the power to save Foo.

Enter Clover, a wisecracking, foot-high sidekick; Winter, a girl with a special power of her own; and Geth, the rightful heir to Foo. Their mission: to convince Lev that he has the power to save Foo. Can this unique band of travelers help Lev overcome his doubt? Will Lev find the gateway in time? Or will Sabine and his dark shadows find the gateway first and destroy mankind?”

Age Range: 9 and up
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Aladdin

RATING ~ 4 INSPIRING STARS

This book……….Is certainly different from others that I’ve read.

The main character in this book is a fourteen-year-old boy named Leven Thumps. He lives with his terrible Aunt Addy and Uncle Terry, in Burnt Culvert, Oklahoma. But his life is about to change. Big time. When he meets Clover, a cute, little sycophant, he finds out that there’s another world other than our one. One called Foo. Clover tells him that there’s a Gateway to get to Foo; that anyone can enter it and be in Foo……And the other way around. People can also leave Foo if they find the Gateway. That’s when Leven is told he needs to destroy it, before an evil being named Sabine finds it. To assist him during his search is a girl named Winter Frore and Geth.

Dun, dun, dun!!

I enjoyed reading this book..A lot. It’s not one of my ‘I’m absolutely obsessed’ books, but it’s still pretty darn good. I loved the plot and the characters.

My favorite character out of them all was Clover. He was just plan awesome! His attitude rocked, along with how he gets along with Leven, Winter, and Geth. 😀 I mean, check this out..

“You have food?” Winter scolded. “I thought you said you were hungry.”
I’m hungry for other things besides what I have,” Clover argued.

~~~~~~

Clover: “Well, it’s not my fault that you can’t manage your money.”
Winter: “You threw away my purse.”
Clover: “I thought it was an enemy.”

~~~~~~

[Clover] secretly hitched a ride with a nice German couple and their new baby…Clover appeared to the baby, so as to be a delightful, soothing surprise. Well, the child did like Clover. In fact, she held him and cooed. When the parents turned around to look at her and saw their child holding a furry, living creature, they needlessly panicked.

~~~~~~

“What was that you gave me to eat?” Winter panicked.
“A Filler Crisp,” Clover said, his eyes seventy percent concerned and thirty percent mischievous.

See! SEE! That’s what I mean. His awesomeness is almost tied with mine…….Almost. 😉

Speaking of ‘Almost’, this book was almost on my ‘Awesomest-Books-Ever-Read’ list. It didn’t get one because of these reasons:

1. The author didn’t elaborate very well. As I read the book, I was figuring some parts out by myself. He didn’t go into depth about what Foo is, about why Leven needs to be the one to destroy the Gateway, and about..Well, everything he didn’t describe well.

2. Leven didn’t have much self confidence. I know why, and I feel for him, but he needed more.

There. That is why this book is not on my ‘Awesomest-Books-Ever-Read’ list. Other than those 2 reasons, this was a very good book. I saw some reviews, where the reader compared it to Harry Potter, and I have to say that I see what they mean. This book did remind of Harry Potter in a way. Leven and Harry are actually similar, where they’re up against evil and people expect a lot of them.

I give this book 4 stars. Good read, great for passing time, very awesome characters. 🙂

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I recommend to ages 8-17. It would be a good bedtime story for 8-year-old boy or a good book to read at night. If you’re an adult who likes fantasy adventures, you can pick this up and try it. If you’ve checked out Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, you might wanna pick this up. 🙂

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Book Review: Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George

Princess of the Silver Woods (Princess #3) by Jessica Day George

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor’s twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it’s not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

RATING ~ 5 STARS OF ROYALTY

OH MY FREAKING AMAZING GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Petunia, the youngest of twelve sisters that were forced to dance at the Midnight Balls ten years ago, is the main character in this amazing book. Actually, there are two protagonists. Petunia, and a young man named Oliver.

This book has a wicked cool plot((One that suggests a 4th bookmight be coming)). The new King Under Stone has a plan; one that involves Petunia, her 11 sisters, and betrayal. This book takes place in a neighboring country of Westfalin and in Westfalin.

I enjoyed reading Jessica Day George’s writing. It’s always fun and exciting to read. The 12 sisters get reunited at the end and I was grinning ear to ear whenever Poppy made a comment. I had not yet read a book from Petunia’s point of view, so it was exciting for me to do so. Petunia is a bright spirit and enjoys gardening. One of my favorite parts was when Jessica made a reference to when Petunia was younger and how she’d burned a rosebush, because she’d learned how to make a fire. 🙂

Oliver was also an amazing character. I enjoyed learning about him and watching((Well, reading, but you get the point)) how he quickly got sucked into a problem that he wasn’t quite comfortable with. ^-^ Hehehehe..

Now, as for the ending…………..ARE YOU KIDDING ME JESSICA?! YOU LEAVE ME THAT ENDING, BUT YOU SAY THAT THIS IS THE LAST BOOK IN THE PRINCESS SERIES???!! You. Have. Got. To. Be. Freaking. Kidding. If not, plan on writing another book. Because you’re not just allowed to have Rose give that announcement, then finish the series.

I really want there to be another book as you can see. My reasons?

Reasons Why I Want Another Book:
1. Because of Rose’s announcement at the ending
2. Who’s the new King Under Stone?
3. Will the Under Stone brothers seek revenge?
4. I WANT TO READ MORE

Overall, this book gets 5 stars. It was absolutely amazing!!

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I would recommend it to Jessica Day George fans, if you’ve read the previous two books, if you love magic, and if you’re okay with a little romance. Ages 12-Adult will have no problem reading this book. 😀

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Book Review: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

Rose Hathaway’s life will never be the same.

The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life’s vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She’ll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir’s and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Razorbill (April 6, 2010)

RATING ~ 3 STARS

I didn’t like this book as much as the others, which is a disappointment, but it was still pretty cool.

Rose has left St. Vladimir’s Vampire Academy to hunt her true love, Dimitri, and kill him. She’ll be traveling across Russia, meeting new allies, and getting into trouble. Then again, Rose is always getting into some kind of trouble. 😉

The enjoyed reading her experiences with Sydney. It was interesting to see Rose with her and I enjoyed that Sydney was mentioned and there with Rose, almost, throughout the entire book.

The whole book, except for the ending, was slow. Too slow. I did not like that there wasn’t as much action as in the previous book. Rose was mostly complaining, and upset, and un-happy the entire book, which I can understand why she was, but I didn’t enjoy how much she actually was and how often I had to read about it. Around half to three-fourths of the book was over, I just plain didn’t like it. It was just…Ugh!

I enjoyed the ending the absolute most! It was awesome. Lots of action, the regular Rose(The sarcastic, kick @$$ one) came back and kicked MAJOR booty. There were some other parts I enjoyed, but they weren’t with Rose. They were with Lissa, back at the Vampire Academy. Whenever Rose went into Lissa’s head, I enjoyed reading about what was happening back at the Academy. Jill and Christian were, wait, no, are awesome!

That’s pretty much all I have to say about the book. Between everything, it was ‘Eh’. This book is my least favorite out of the series so far. 3 stars.

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I recommend to adults and teenagers. People who enjoy romance and Richelle Mead’s work should take a look, BUT ONLY IF YOU’RE OKAY WITH CURSING AND HAVE READ THE PREVIOUS VAMPIRE ACADEMY BOOKS. Ages 15-Adults will probably enjoy this. Any younger than 15..Well, wait a bit.

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Book Review: Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

The Crimson Crown (The Seven Realms #4) by Cinda Williams Chima

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed—Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love.

Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she’s falling in love.

Through a complicated web of lies and unholy alliances, former streetlord Han Alister has become a member of the Wizard Council of the Fells. Navigating the cut-throat world of blue blood politics has never been more dangerous, and Han seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it?

A simple, devastating truth concealed by a thousand-year-old lie at last comes to light in this stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series.”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 608 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (October 23, 2012)

RATING ~ FIVE AMAZING STARS!

Five freakin’ stars!

Han Alister and Raisa ana‘Marianna have returned in the conclusion to the Seven Realms series. The main conflicts in the Crimson Crown are, 1. Everyone is trying to steal the throne from Raisa and take it for themselves. 2. Everyone is also trying to keep Han and Raisa apart. The book takes place in the Fells, where Ragmarket, Southbridge, and Gray Lady are.

I enjoyed this book BIG TIME. It had bits of sarcasm and more humor than the other books did. Crow was awesome. I loved his remarks and statements. They were just either awesome or hilarious. The characters felt stronger, like Han’s and Crow’s and Willo’s. Raisa’s didn’t strengthen much, but it did grow stronger.

The Bayars….Well, I hate them. Duh. But I didn’t want that to happen to Fiona at the end. 🙁 I actually enjoyed seeing her and Han well at each other. Hehehe! Lord Bayar..Eh, his character did strengthen, but it just made me hate his guts more. Heck, why would I like him more? But, I liked his son Micah more. He wasn’t a complete jerk. Not completely, but he still was one.

I enjoyed the ending. There was a freaking awesome action scene that I looooooved! But I feel like the book and series could’ve kept going. There’s still a conflict at the end, I don’t know what happens to Micah, and I want to know more about Han and Raisa!

But. Above all of the downers and awkward moments…..5. FREAKIN’. STARS. Go Cinda Willaims Chima! Ye-ah!

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I recommend to people who have read the previous Seven Realms book. Also, people who enjoy Cinda Williams Chima’s book, magic lovers, and action lovers should pick up this book. 🙂 After reading the previous three of course.

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Book Review: Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Infinity (Chronicles of Nick #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.

As if starting high school isn’t hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

RATING ~ FIVE ROCKIN’ STARS

Five. Freaking. Stars. DUH.

The main character in this paranormal fiction is Nick Gautier, a 14-year-old boy. Nick thinks his life stinks, which it does in someway. Nick soon meets a man named Kyrian, who happens to save his life. The main conflict appears soon enough in this book: Nick’s classmates are turning into zombies and he and his companions have to stop it.

The book takes place New Orleans, Louisiana. What I loved about this book was all the sarcasm in it. There was tons of it all throughout the book! The book was full of funny moments, action scenes, quick and smart-mouth retorts. Here’s an example of a funny/awesome moment:

“You need to up your vocabulary, boy. You can’t walk around letting people think you’re stupid. Expand your horizons. Besides, it’s fun to call people names they have to look up to realize they’ve been insulted.”
“Yeah, that’s a twofer there. You get away with it and then they’re twice as mad when they realize how bad you really insulted them. Especially if they mistake it for a compliment when you say it and thank you for it.”

This book does have some adult language in it, which made me a bit uncomfortable. I think the author intended to soften the curses with humor, but some of that failed. She used words that I don’t like, making squirm a bit when I read it. In some of the situations, it was funny to read. In other situations, I was mostly thinking: “Did someone really raise their kid allowing him to say that?”

The end of this book was a cliffhanger, but luckily I had the second book on hand. ^-^ Special me. Anyways, it was a rockin’ awesome book. 5 stars!

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I recommend to teens, adults, and paranormal lovers. Of course, people that love sarcasm will also enjoy this book. Ages 13-Adult should be able to enjoy this. If you’ve checked out Bane (Vampire Apocalypse #1), you’ll most likely enjoy this. 🙂

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Book Review: The City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

The City of Class (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters—never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City—whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of bestselling series the Mortal Instruments.

Includes an exclusive sneak peek of the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series: City of Fallen Angels! And don’t miss the teaser from Clockwork Angel, the first book in the Infernal Devices trilogy, the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series.”

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 576 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (August 3, 2010)

RATING 5 STARS

The City of Glass was awesome! Oh yeah!

In this book, Clary and the gang have returned. 🙂 This book takes place in the City of Glass, the home of the Shadowhunters. This book’s main conflict is….Clary has entered the City of Glass to find a way to get her mother out of a magical coma. A little weird I guess, but still a good conflict.

This book has action, romance, and lots of twists and turns. There were some pretty hilarious parts. Here’s an example:

Malachi scowled. “I don’t remember the Clave inviting you into the Glass City, Magnus Bane.”
“They didn’t,” Magnus said. “Your wards are down.”
“Really?” the Consul’s voice dripped sarcasm. “I hadn’t noticed.”
Magnus looked concerned. “That’s terrible. Someone should have told you.” He glanced at Luke. “Tell him the wards are down.”

I was laughing my head off at that. Magnus Bane is awesome! I enjoyed all of the twists in this book, but it did get a little confusing at times. :/

I enjoyed the action more than the romance in this book. The romance was confusing , sense it kept getting more complicated. Clary and Jace, Jace and someone else, Clary and Simon, then back to Clary and Jace. Honestly, romance shouldn’t be this confusing.

The ending was super cool and I liked it..A lot. 😀 All in all, this book was amazing, a must read, a five star book. 🙂

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I recommend to teens and adults. People who enjoy paranormal, romance, and paranormal/action/romance. If you’ve checked out The Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1), you should enjoy this. 🙂

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Book Review: Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s talents for storytelling and creating strong female characters take a fresh turn in this spirited and sophisticated fairy tale.

Benevolence is not your typical princess.
With her parents lost to assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia. Starved and miserable, locked in the castle’s highest tower, Ben stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted room. So begins her secret education in the magical arts: mastering an obstinate flying broomstick, furtively emptying the castle pantries, setting her hair on fire . . . But Ben’s private adventures are soon overwhelmed by a mortal threat to her kingdom. Can Ben save the country and herself from foul tyranny?”

Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Graphia; Reprint edition (May 4, 2009)

RATING 4 STARS

Princess Ben is one wicked awesome princess.

This book is about Princess Benevolence, a girl who soon finds out she’s different from the rest of the royal family. That’s basically the main conflict. Ben is not like the rest of the royal family. She is part of the magical arts. This book takes place in Ancienne, a fantasy land.

The book has four parts. Part one, to me, went slow, even though they were explaining the fantasy world, it was still slow. Part two kept me interest and made me love Ben so much! Part 3: the whole thing was an adventure that I would go on again. 🙂 Part four had awesome laughs, good adventure, and some funny but interesting scenes. Altogether, the book was good enough for me to keep reading. 🙂

The ending, has to be my favorite part of the book, because of the laughs, scenes, adventure, and how much it made me smile. The beginning was slow, but it made me realize, READ 100 PAGES BEFORE YOU GIVE UP ON A BOOK. I was on, like, page 76 when it finally got interesting. SO KEEP READING IT WHEN YA’ GET IT.

The character Ben was amazing. She has natural talent that shows more toward the end of the book. Prince Florian, I usually always wanted to punch his face, that annoying nuisance of a prince. Hmph.

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I recommend to people who enjoy fantasy, magic, and princesses. I mostly recommend for woman and girls, teen girls especially. Girls, 9-15 might like this. If you want to read this to your 9-year-old, make sure they can handle blood, otherwise wait until they are older, just to be safe. If you’ve read The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, you’ll enjoy this book. Miri and Ben kick butt. 😉

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Book Review: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

 

Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2) by Shannon Hale

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DESCRIPTION: Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have been brought to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding.There, Miri also has a chance to attend school-at the Queen’s Castle. But as Miri befriends students who seem sophisticated and exciting she also learns that they have some frightening plans. Torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends’ ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city, Miri looks to find her own way in this new place. Picking up where Princess Academy left off, and celebrating the joys of friendship, romance and the fate of fairy tale kingdoms, this new book delivers the completely delightful new story that fans have been waiting for.

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (August 21, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS

This book is going to be memorable. Very memorable. 🙂

Miri is back and awesome as eva’!!!! 😀 The book takes place in Asland, has more humor, and awesome action.

Miri arrives in Asland with her other Princess Academy friends. Britta is getting ready to marry Steffen, the prince. Book = Awesome. :P:D

I can’t really describe the main conflict, but let me try. There are plans brewing among the people of Asland. And they aren’t good for the palace. -_- Uh oh.

I loved Miri. She was funny, exciting, and an awesome main character. I loved following her through the story. What’s fun about her is, she does things I don’t expect.
Peder was also a favorite. He was a awesome guy. THE awesome guy. 😉

The ending was happy. But it was also sad. You know why it was sad? Because now I’m stuck wondering what happens next! :O Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I liked the action parts of the book. There were enough that it wasn’t just Miri wandering around and talking. I liked the parts where they were partly sad, but then something funny, awesome, or someone got mad happened. Yes, someone getting mad in a sad scene can make it better for me. Why? It takes your mind off of the sad scene. 🙂

I loved Miri in this story, and I hope you do too! 🙂

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If you liked you’ll like this. Princess Academy is on sale right now for under $5! Go get it! I recommed to 10-Adult. Adult readers will like this if they like Shannon Hale. Anyone who loved Miri before, will love her even more. If you liked The Gray Wolf Throne(Seven Realms #3), you’ll love this one. 🙂

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Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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DESCRIPTION: “Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.”

Paperback: 320 pages
Recommended Age: Older Teen
Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (July 3, 2012)

RATING 4 STARS 

I almost walked away from this one a few times… But, I kept picking it up anyway and, eventually, it was worth it.

Anna Dressed in Blood has a great premise – and that’s what kept me from giving up on it. It’s not vampires, love triangles, and teenage angst (at least not entirely.) It’s a ghost story. A really creepy ghost story at times.

The problem, at least for me, was how slow it was to take full advantage of the premise. I was almost half-way through the book before the plot itself was gripping enough to keep me turning the pages. In and of itself, that wouldn’t be a deal-breaker. But, during that down time there wasn’t anything to balance out the lack of excitement. Every time it felt like it was about to kick into gear, it still managed to meander of pretty quickly.

I would really have liked to see more character depth from the beginning. More relationships. More conflict. More to keep me reading, and building the suspense, while waiting for the “ghosty” parts. Heck, I really wouldn’t have been upset to see any of the characters suffer a horrible death for the better part of half the book. That’s a problem.

As the story goes on, I never really fell for the protagonist, Cas, but there was still enough there to keep me hooked. Maybe that was the problem – the bulk of the beginning was supposed to be introducing Cas… and I just never really grew to like him during that time. At times I actually disliked him. If nothing else, how do you have a “ghost hunter” who seems so weak at times.

I normally would have rated this around three stars. But, my rule is that if I’ll pick up the next book in the series it’s worth 4. And, I just may grab the next one. Maybe. This book actually ended on a note that strongly reminded me of Demon Kissed – and that’s a great series.

***Although YA, my twelve year old will have to wait for this one… Otherwise I foresee a lot of nightmares in the near future. Just an FYI – maybe your kid is made of stronger stuff. But, I was creeped out at times, and I’m old enough to know the bogeyman isn’t under the bed.

4 star book review

Recommended for people who read YA Horror, Ghost Stories, and like a good creep-out.  Need a spooky read for Halloween?  This is it.  Anna Dressed in Blood is followed by Girl of Nightmares (release date Aug 7, 2012).

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Book Review: The Selection by Keria Cass

The Selection by Keira Cass

A Pirate Princess Review

DESCRIPTION: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (April 24, 2012)

RATING 5 STARS OF AWESOMENESS!

AWE-SOME! It’s not even just some part awesome, it’s all awesome!!! 😀

♥♥♥ed it!!! America Singer is the main character int his book and is-may I say?-AMAZING! The other main character is Prince Maxon, whom America meets when she ends up in the Selected 35 girls that the Prince will meet and converse with to see which one he will marry.

I had covered my mouth to keep from yelling, “I knew it!” when she ended up a Selected. The main conflict in this book is something like this: America thought what she wanted, but now she’s having second thought. I know it’s not a question, but that’s the main conflict, at least how I see it.

The book was a fun mix of competition, questions, and excitement! I love excitement!!! The book is not dystopian, of course, unless you count attacks (I don’t count that.). The book had lots of laughs that I loved and parts that made me go, “Oh no she didn’t!”. The moment I read about Aspen and America together, I loved it. I wanted them together. But then I met Prince Maxon and I knew they would be together a lot. When Aspen did what he did, I called him a jerk.I officially don’t like Aspen. Hmph.

The end of the book was very good (I want mooooore!!!). I. Can’t believe how long I have to wait for the next book!!!

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Recommended for readers who enjoyed Matched, Shiver, YA, Paranormal, and lighter dystopian books. Related posts: MATCHED SHIVER reviews.

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