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Sunday, October 21, 2012
Name: Beauty 
Author: Robin Mckinley
Genre: Fairy Tales, Retellings, Romance

Rating: 


A strange imprisonment...

Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.

When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, "Cannot a Beast be tamed?"

Robin McKinley's beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple, Beauty and the Beast.
  (goodreads)

REVIEW: 

I have read this book twice before and I like it more every time! The story is about Beauty, the youngest girl of 3. She thinks her name is not suitable for her, since she is not as beautiful as her older sisters. Throughout the book she keeps remarking beautiful things and comparing herself to them, ending in feeling sad that she is not pretty at all. She is the opposite of her sisters not only physically but in personality as well. She is a tomboy, loves to read and study, and likes rough work. Later on, her father returns from a trip with a beautiful rose and tells his experience with a magical beast who asks for Beauty to live with him. She goes with him and even though he is a beast they get along good and soon they fall in love. I love this story, it is a retelling of the Original French version of Beauty and the Beast and it is all I expected it to be. I really enjoy Robin's retelling books.


Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41424.Beauty

#58 in my 150+ Reading Challenge
#23 in my Antonym Challenge
#2 in my Fairy Tales Retold Challenge
#2 in my Telling Tales Challenge
#2 in my Fairy Tales Challenge
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The Fairy Tales Read a thon has started! 2nd update.

Hosted by Debz Bookshelf, it ends in October 22nd (my birthday!!! :D).


Books Read:

0/6 as in 10/20

Books to Read:

1. Cinder
2. Chalice
3. Pegasus
4. Princess Bride


Books Currently Reading:

1. Beaslty
2. Beauty: A Retelling

I am close to ending Beauty :D I love it so far! I also participated in the Fairy Tale Personality Quiz over at Pages Unbound and I got Belle!!! :D I already knew I would :D




Monday, October 15, 2012
Name: Princess in Pink (Princess Diaries #5)
Author: Meg Cabot
Genre: YA, Series
Rating: 


Mia is dreaming about the prom -- and contending with a hotel workers' strike -- in the fifth, supremely hilarious episode of Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries. This time, Mia's in the pink about the upcoming Albert Einstein H.S. prom, and she's crossing her fingers that Michael will ask her to go. (They're in love, so why wouldn't he ask her, right?) But during Seven Minutes in Heaven at her b-day party, Mia learns that Michael is not the prom-going type. Good grief, what's a princess to do? To make matters worse, Grandmere has gotten a busboy fired due to a mishap with her pooch, Rommel, at a swanky restaurant, so when all of the city's busboys go on strike, it causes a chain of events that result in Grandmere crashing at Mia's mom's place, her pal Lilly Moscovitz picking up a picket sign, and the prom being brought to a screeching halt. Thankfully, staunch yet boy-wise Grandmere has a plan to change Michael's mind and put everything back on track, making Mia the happiest "prom princess" on this side of the Atlantic -- and readers more starry-eyed than Molly Ringwald in her prettiest pink frock. Following up the brief Volume IV and a Half and introducing a new addition to Mia's family, this knee-slapping fifth volume makes the series glitter brighter than ever, placing yet another jewel in Cabot's crown.  (goodreads)

REVIEW:
In here, Mia's adventures continue as crazy as ever. She turns 15 in here and the most important dance of her life--Prom-- is compromised thanks to Grandmere and her dog Rommel. To make it worse, she and Lilly have a HUGE fight thanks to said incident with Rommel and a busboy. Mia's happiest day is almost ruined so she must figure out a way to end the huge strike against discrimination of busboys that all of NY City is on, lure Michael into asking her to the Prom, make him see that the Prom is not lame, get her to return with Boris and leave the busboy, convince her mom to have her future sister/brother in a hospital and not at home, and finally find a place to have the canceled prom and make it there. Yes it is a mess, but it was truly a VERY fun book! I think it was way better than last book and I just cannot wait for the next one! :D

The Good: I loved the ending! Also, Grandmere is not so bad here!!

The Bad: I greatly dislike Lilly here. I cannot believe her! She crossed the line. And then she felt like the victim when it was all HER fault!

Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/93731.Princess_in_Pink

#147 in my 150+ Reading Challenge
Name: Princess Diaries in the Spotlight (Princess Diaries #2)
Author: Meg Cabot
Genre: YA, Series
Rating: 


Just when Mia thought she had the whole princess thing under control, things get out of hand, fast. First there's an unexpected announcement from her mother. Then Grandmère arranges a national primetime interview for the brand-new crown princess of Genovia. On top of that, intriguing, exasperating letters from a secret admirer begin to arrive.

Before she even has the chance to wonder who those letters are from, Mia is swept up in a whirlwind of royal intrigue the likes of which hasn't been seen since volume I of The Princess Diaries
. (goodreads)

REVIEW:
This is the second book of the series and it is just as hilarious! I read this book very fast (2 and a half hours) and I had SO much fun! In here Mia has to deal with problems no normal teenage girl should deal with---her Mother getting pregnant, being a single mother AGAIN, the father being Mia's Algebra teacher, a secret admirer and later on a boyfriend (not Michael :S). I enjoyed the book a lot! I do think it is not as good as the first book but it is absolutely worth reading and totally entertaining. Grandmere's cruel personality will NEVER cease to amaze me, that is for sure!. Also in here, we start seeing Michael getting jealous and starting to like Mia!!!

The Good: I loved the ending and it promises some interesting scenes in the next book!

The Bad: Not as good as the first book but a decent sequel! Also, Mia rambles a little :)

Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/439275.Princess_in_the_Spotlight

#21 in my 150+ Reading Challenge
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Name: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Mythology, Fantasy

Rating: 


The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan's amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a "half blood" whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan's series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book's drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come. (goodreads)
 

REVIEW:  

This is a GREAT sequel! Not only does Percy's hilarious comments make my day but the book also ends with a HUGE cliffhanger. That maybe a bad and irritating thing, but it also promises the next book to be AMAZING! In here, Percy has finally made it one year without getting expelled from his new school, but before the final day of school ends chaos breaks loose. Monsters keep appearing and appearing and they all seem to multiply. Because things just CANNOT go worse, he must return to Camp Half Blood and try to protect it because Luke keeps sending monsters over for a visit. On top of that Grover is in trouble, he left to find the god Pan and has not returned. Percy keeps having dreams of Grover and he knows he must find him or else he'll die! The Camp starts dying (because of Thalia's tree being poisoned) and he must set in yet another quest along with Clarisse, Annabeth and Tyson to get the Golden Fleece (first acquired by Jason and the Argonauts) and rescue the camp and Grover! This book is so good. I really enjoyed it and the next book is bound to be better!

The Good: Great sequel to a great book. Makes you really wonder what Percy's future will be.

The Bad: Worse. Cliffhanger. EVER.

Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28186.The_Sea_of_Monsters

This book is
#146 in my 150+ Reading Challenge
Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
(07/24/12) 


 Top Ten Most Vivid Book Worlds/Settings

 1. Harry Potter- Harry Potter probably has the most vivid world setting. I mean witches and wizards living along with Muggles and having invisible castles?!

2.  I am Number Four- The Lorien Legacies series is set in Earth, but they come from a distant, advanced planet. Awesome!

3. Hunger Games- As we all know, this is set in Panem. In a place where the rules are different and it is chaos beyond imagination!

4. Journey to the center of the Earth- I absolutely love the setting in these book. The other "world" in the center of the Earth is so much better than Earth itself!

5. Starcrossed- Another Mythological setting!

6. The Last Apprentice- In these series, ghosts, witches and boggarts exist. And they can harm humans and other animals. Its the paranormal world we don't usually see. A great setting!

7. 39 Clues- Imagine being related to the most powerful family in the world? Now imagine being related to the MOST important people in history? Meet the Cahills!

8.  Percy Jackson- In here, the world setting is normal. Except that mythological Gods still exist after thousands of years.

9. Kane Chronicles- Again, normal world setting. Except for Egyptian Gods.

10.  Beauty: A retelling- In this retelling, magic is in the air. And secret castles in the middle of forests exist with a beast and magical servants.
Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


(07/17/12) 

Top Ten Series I have read this year:



 1. 39 Clues by Rick Riordan

2.  Fairy Tale Retellings by Cameron Dokey

3. Bones by Kathy Reichs

4. Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

5. Crank by Ellen Hopkins

6. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

7. Diary of a Wimpy kid by

8.  The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

9. Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore

10.  Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

(07/10/12)  

 Top Ten Most OCD Bookish Habits

 1. I hate covers. I have always thought that covers don't show how pretty a book really is. I always take them off (unless its someone else's book) and leave the book just the way it is. It must be an AWESOME cover (think Starcrossed :D).

2.  I HAVE to stop reading in the beginning of the next chapter, I can't stop in any page.

3. My books MUST be in order by Author's last name and series in my shelves.

4. I MUST finish books at night.

5. I must read at night. It is my preferred time.

6. I like to finish series, unless I absolutely hate them.

7. I must read a book before its movie comes out. I am currently re-reading Breaking Dawn before November :D

8.  If I have to finish a book, I must carry it everywhere! Until I finish it. 

9. I like to read all the books an Author has written.

10.  I must have Celine Dion music on while reading.. :D

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


(07/02/12) 

Top Ten Books For People Who Liked X Author




 1.If you liked Robin McKinley and fairy tales you should try Cameron Dokey

2.  If you liked Meg Cabot and teenage girl drama you should try Louise Rennison

3. If you liked Rick Riordan and mythology you should try Esther M. Friesner

4. If you liked Dan Brown and mystery you should try Elizabeth Kostova

5. If you J.K. Rowling and long series you should try Rick Riordan's 39 Clues.



MUSING MONDAYS is a weekly event where MizB will ask a book/reading-related question, and you answer with your own thoughts on the topic. Everyone can join in! Just acknowledge them and post the link to your Musing Mondays in their comments. http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/




(10/08/12) Today's Topic is Do you have a favorite series? Do you have a favorite book out of that series?


I have tons of favorite series! Twilight is an obvious one along with Harry Potter.  My favorite out the two series are "Breaking Dawn" and "Deathly Hallows".   Another series I like is the "Georgia Nicholson" series, it as a British Series. My favorite out of that series is "Away laughing on a fast camel". Then there is the "Percy Jackson" series, my favorite out of that one is "Titan's Curse". And out of the sequel series is "Son of Neptune". :D
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

(10.02.12)

Book: Princess in Love
Author: Meg Cabot
Genre: Series, YA,

Teaser (1)-  

"Well. That's it. I'm fifteen now. Not a girl. Not yet a woman. Just like Britney. HA HA HA. I don't actually feel any different than I did a minute ago, when I was fourteen. I certainly don't LOOK any different. I'm the same five-foot-nine, thirty-two-A-bra-size freak I was when I turned fourteen". ---Mia Thermopolis. (Page 35)

Teaser (2)-

"This plan was unfairly destroyed, however, by my mother, who just came barreling in (at her current size, she can't help but barrel everywhere she goes) and sat down on the edge of the bed, nearly crushing Fat Louie, who had slunk down underneath the covers with me and was snoozing at my toes". ---Mia Thermopolis. (Page 103)




(10/03/12)

WWW Wednesdays:  is a weekly event where you share (1)What you’re currently reading, (2)What you recently finished reading, and (3)What you think you’ll read next. Should be reading hosts this.

1, I am currently reading "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Princess in love, and Sea of Monsters".
2. I have just finished "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" by J.K. Rowling
3. I will read "Princess on the brink", "Titan's Curse" next.


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