Friday, July 26, 2013

Persephony the Phony review

Persephone the Phony
The Goddess Girls series by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
In Persephone the Phony, Persephone develops a crush on bad-boy Hades. Her mom (Ceres) and friends don’t approve, and Persephone finds herself sneaking around to see him. Hades convinces her to tell the truth, and it’s revealed that he isn’t all that bad, just misunderstood!
Persephone the Phony is a pretty good book. This book provides an entertaining way to learn life  lessons like : don't judge a book by its cover and always be yourself,  it also has a good plot. This book is a fun and short read.
What I really liked about this book series is that even though it is a twist on Greek mythology it still contains raw Greek mythology facts that help to enhance your knowledge while you get to enjoy a fun story.
I think that this is a good book for ages 8+ (I'm 13 and I enjoy these books)
My book rating: *****meg-a-stars
If you enjoyed this book you may also like:
Athena the Brain
Aphrodite the Beauty
Athena the Wise
The Girl Games

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

River Secrets review

River Secrets
Book three in the Books of Bayern series by Shannon Hale

Razo has no idea why he was chosen to be a soldier. He can barely swing a sword, and his brothers are forever wrestling him to the. great enemy.
But when the Bayern arrive in the strange southern country, Razo discovers the first dead body. He befriends both the high and low born, people who can perhaps provide them with vital information. And Razo is the one who must embrace his own talents in order to get the Bayern soldiers home again, alive.
Newbery-Honor winner Shannon Hale returns the reader to the intrigue and magic of Bayern, first introduced in her critically acclaimed novel, The Goose Girl. Enter a world where even those with no special magical skills find in themselves something they never imagined.

In River Secrets you get to revisit some of your old friends from the previous books.
In this book Razo is chosen to go on a mission to help and protect the ambassador while they try to make amends with the people of Tira.
It proves to be more difficult than they thought, many people still have grudges from the war.
It's up to Razo to seek out information, and try to solve the mystery.
Along the way, Razo has to use his talents to help him overcome obstacles.

River Secrets is a great book. It has a lot of action, romance, humour and suspense. Razo is a fun character and is sure to get a few laughs. I like this series because you get to learn about all the characters in each book.
Enna burning and River secrets have a bit more fighting than the first book Goose Girl. However, it is very light and no matter how serious it is there will always be some humor to lighten the mood.

My rating: ****meg-a-stars

If you like this book you might also enjoy:

Goose Girl

Enna Burning

Forest Born

Princess Academy

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Princess Academy review

Princess Academy
Book one in the Princess Academy series by Shannon Hale

Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates

Princess academy is a great book. It has romance, adventure and heart. When reading the book there were moments that grasped all of my attention and I was fully immersed in the book! I love the characters. Miri is an awesome character. In my personal opinion there were parts of the story that were a little slow, but other than that I really enjoyed the book.

My book rating: **** meg-a-stars

If you enjoyed this book you might also like:

Princes Academy: Palace of Stone (book two in the Princess academy series)

Goose Girl

Ella Enchanted

The Wide Awake Princess

Keeper of The Lost Cities review

Keeper of the Lost Cities

Book one in the Keeper series by Shannon Messenger

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She's skipped multiple grades and doesn't really connect with the older kids at school, but she's not comfortable with her family, either. And Sophie has a secret--she's a Telepath, someone who can read minds. But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she's not alone. He's a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well ... she isn't. Fitz opens Sophie's eyes to a shocking truth, and almost instantly she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

But Sophie still has secrets, and they're buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death--and time is running out

In Keeper of the lost cities, Sophie is introduced to a world she never knew. She has to face many problems and mysteries along the way to finding out who she really is and why she was raised so differently.

I loved Keeper of the Lost Cities! The whole idea of an elf society was intriguing. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. It has mystery, action, romance, humour, fun characters and a great plot. Throughout the book you will be able to learn about the characters and watch as the mystery unfolds.
I love Shannon Messenger's writing, it flows together nicely and describes everything so vividly.

Click here to go to Shannon's website for news, contests and more!
My book rating: ***** meg-a-stars

If you like this book you may also like:

Keeper of the Lost Cities Exile (book two of the Keeper series)

Of Giants and Ice (book one of the Ever Afters series)

The Percy Jackson series


Friday, July 19, 2013

Of Witches and Wind review

Of Witches and Wind (ARC)

Book one of The Ever Afters series   by Shelby Bach


Once upon a time, there was a story waiting to be told…

Rory Landon has a Destiny. Everyone knows about it, but no one will tell her what it means. This is all very troubling considering the similarities between her and the infamous Snow Queen, trapped in her glass castle. No matter what it turns out to be, Rory is certain about one thing; she doesn’t want to be like her. But at the Ever After School program, you cannot choose your Tale. Having been a Companion on her best friend’s successful Tale, Rory has finally found her footing in this new world, where fairy tales are real. But when a nefarious plot threatens all her new friends, Rory finds herself back on another quest, this time to the lost continent of Atlantis. With the clock ticking away, and a never-ending cast of characters interrupting them, Rory’s destiny might not even matter if she can’t get through this alive.

If you liked Of Giants and Ice than you are going to love Of Witches and Wind!
In this book you get to revisit Rory, Chase and Lena as they start yet another exciting adventure! I loved the plot in this book!
Of Witches and wind is full of exciting twists and turns. There are many secrets that unfold in this book!

After reading Of Giants and Ice I didn't think that any book could top it... I was wrong. I absolutely loved this book! It was well thought out. I love how you get to learn more about the characters. Of Witches and Wind is a well paced book with tons of adventure and excitement.
(I would say more, but I don't want to give anything away)

My book rating: ***** meg-a-stars

If you enjoyed this book you might also like:

Of Giants and Ice (book one of the Ever Afters series) review here

Half Upon a Time (book one in James Riley's trilogy)

The Land of Stories 

The Wide Awake Princess

Of Giants and Ice review

Of Giants and ice

Book one of The Ever Afters series   by Shelby Bach

Rory Landon has spent her whole life being known as the daughter of a famous movie star mom and director dad. So when she begins a new after-school program and no one knows who her family is, Rory realizes something is different. After she ends up fighting a fire-breathing dragon on her first day, she realizes the situation is more unusual than she could have imagined. It turns out the only fame that matters at Ever After School is the kind of fame earned from stories Rory thought were fictional. But as Rory soon learns, fairy tales are very real—and she is destined to star in one of her own.

This first installment of The Ever Afters series reimagines classic fairy tale characters in a modern context, merging familiar fantasy with the everyday realities of middle-grade existence.

Of Giants and Ice is one of my favorite books! Its packed with adventure and I think it has an awesome plot.
 I am a big fan of fairy tales, so when I read this book I instantly loved the idea of people being characters and starring in fairy tales!
Rory Landon is an awesome character. She has a  great personality and makes a wonderful heroine. I personally love Rory because I can relate to being the new girl in school( I just started in a new middle school! YIKES). 
I think this is an awesome book for both boys and girls to read.
You will have a blast reading this book if you like modern fairy tales.

I highly recommend reading this book!

If you want to visit Shelby's website click here

My book rating: ***** meg-a-stars 

This book is for ages 8 and up

If you like this book you might also like:

Of Witches and Wind  (book two of the Ever Afters) review here

Half Upon a Time ( book 1 of James Riley's trilogy series)

A Hero's Guide to Saving your Kingdom 

Keeper of The Lost Cities... Review here