Review: The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1)

Title: The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1)
Author: Meg Cabot
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen 
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: July 1, 2001
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

What? A princess??

Me??? Yeah, right.

Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there’s nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra.

Is she ever in for a surprise.

First Mom announces that she’s dating Mia’s Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn’t have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance?

Review:

I was trying to think of a light, fun book to read, so I chose The Princess Diaries. I loved this series when I was growing up, and I haven’t read it in many years. It was so fun to revisit an old favourite.

This story was still so entertaining today. It was exciting when Mia found out she was a Princess. I couldn’t remember all of the details of the story, so it was like reading it for the first time all over again. There were so many funny situations between Mia’s strict grandmother and her mother’s new boyfriend who also happened to be Mia’s algebra teacher.

One thing I noticed right away was the out-of-date references in the story. For example, there was a joke that someone may have been building a bomb in their room. That would be totally unacceptable in a book today. There were also references to certain politicians and New York socialites which probably wouldn’t appear today. This book was originally published in July 2001, so it was a completely different political climate.

I really enjoyed rereading The Princess Diaries!

What to read next:

Princess in the Spotlight (The 
Princess Diaries #2) by Meg Cabot

Shadowland (The Mediator #1) by Meg Cabot

Have you read The Princess Diaries? What did you think of it?

Review: Kevin Keller

Title: Kevin Keller
Author: Dan Parent
Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Archie Comics
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 8, 2012
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Read all about Kevin’s introduction to the world of Riverdale! Journey into the mind and heart of Riverdale’s newest resident.

You’ll see how Kevin first met Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica; how he came to love journalism, and what drives him to want to follow in the footsteps of his father, a retired Army Colonel, and serve in the military!

Experience what it was like for Kevin growing up and how he learned to deal with all kinds of issues ranging from schoolyard bullying to discovering who he is and who he wants to be.

Writer and artist Dan Parent brings to life a brand new character for a bright new world!

Review:

This book is a great introduction to Kevin Keller in Riverdale. His first appearance in Archie Comics is in this book.

Kevin plays a funny role in the group. He is Jughead’s equal when it comes to eating. They have many eating contests. Veronica was very attracted to him at first, even ditching Archie to go after Kevin. But that was before she knew he was gay! It turns out he is the one guy in Riverdale who doesn’t want to date Veronica.

This book also showed a lot of Kevin’s family life. He traveled around the world with his family growing up because his dad was in the military. Kevin even wants to follow in his dad’s footsteps and be a reporter in the military.

I loved this book! I can’t wait to read more Kevin Keller comics!

What to read next:

Kevin Keller: Welcome to Riverdale by Dan Parent

Kevin Keller: Drive Me Crazy by Dan Parent

Have you read Kevin Keller? What did you think of it?

Review: ttyl (Internet Girls #1)

Title: ttyl (Internet Girls #1)
Author: Lauren Myracle
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 18, 2014 (first published April 1, 2004)
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

On the first day of tenth grade, best friends Maddie (mad maddie), Angela (SnowAngel), and Zoe (zoegirl) vow not to let school stupidness get them down… or split them apart. But as the weeks pass and the instant messages accumulate, it’s clear that tenth grade will be a roller coaster ride of boy temptation, math torture, donut emergenices, and Queen Bee encounters.

Then a jerky boy sends peppy Angela into the dumps, tough Maddie makes a mistake that has the whole school talking, and good girl Zoe gets in over her head with a flirty teacher. Will the winsome threesome make it through the year? 

Review:

I remember seeing this book in the bookstore when it first came out, but I never read it. After reading the book Upside Down Magic, which is coauthored by Lauren Myracle, I decided to give this series a try. Since I knew this book was published 14 years ago, I was shocked at all of the current references. The girls watched Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. These references actually really confused me at first, until I read that it was actually an updated version if the book with current popular culture references! This makes the book relevant for today’s teens. I really enjoyed this story. It is told in a unique format, because it is only told through texts between three friends. They have to summarize some things they do outside of the texts so the reader knows what’s happening. The subject matter of the story was very serious at times. One of the girls has an inappropriate relationship with a teacher while another is bullied once an explicit video is posted online. These are realistic issues that can come up in any high school. This is a great book! I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

What to read next:

ttfn (Internet Girls #2) by Lauren Myracle

Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle

Have you read ttyl? What did you think of it?

Review: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Pottermore Presents #1)

Title: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Pottermore Presents #1)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Pottermore Limited
Source: Purchased
Format: Ebook
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

‘Minerva was the Roman goddess of warriors and wisdom. William McGonagall is celebrated as the worst poet in British history. There was something irresistible to me about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the buffoonish McGonagall.’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing from the Pottermore archives: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way.

Review:

This is a great collection of stories from Hogwarts. It is part of an ebook series created by Pottermore. This book gives some details of characters, which do not appear in the Harry Potter series.

The book begins with Minerva McGonagall’s life story. It wasn’t until I started reading it, that I realized we don’t know much about her past from the series. She faced many hardships in her early adult life, but they shaped her into the strong woman she was as professor and headmistress of Hogwarts.

The second part was about Remus Lupin, so it was definitely a tear jerker. J.K. Rowling even said it was an emotional story to write. He is one of my favourite characters in the series, and he had a tragic life.

The book ends on a lighter note with stories about Sybill Trelawney and Silvanus Kettleburn. They were minor characters, and Kettleburn doesn’t even appear in the original series, but their stories were entertaining.

This is a great start to the Pottermore series, which is a must read for Harry Potter fans!

What to read next:

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K. Rowling

Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by J.K. Rowling

Have you read Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies? What did you think of it?

Review: Gimme a Call

Title: Gimme a Call
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: April 27, 2010
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A new life is just a phone call away!

Devi’s life isn’t turning out at all like she wanted. She wasted the past three years going out with Bryan—cute, adorable, break-your-heart Bryan. Devi let her friendships fade, blew off studying, didn’t join any clubs . . . and now that Bryan has broken up with her, she has nothing left.

Not even her stupid cell phone—she dropped it in the mall fountain. Now it only calls one number . . . hers. At age fourteen, three years ago!

Once Devi gets over the shock—and convinces her younger self that she isn’t some wacko—she realizes that she’s been given an awesome gift. She can tell herself all the right things to do . . . because she’s already done all the wrong ones! Who better to take advice from than your future self?

Except . . .what if getting what you think you want changes everything?

Review:

This was such an awesome book! I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading it. I was smiling within the first couple of pages so I knew it would be good!

I loved the plot of the story. I’m sure most people have thought that they wish they could change a decision they made. In this story, Dev has the chance to change everything in her life by telling her past self to do different things at the start of high school, such as not date the boy who becomes her boyfriend. However, each thing that she changes ends up altering her current life, so she doesn’t know what’s happening. There were so many twists, and the changes between the chapters were unpredictable!

This book was a quick read! I flew through it. I highly recommend this great story!

What to read next:

Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Bras and Broomsticks (Magic in Manhattan #1) by Sarah Mlynowski

Have you read Gimme a Call? What did you think of it?

Review: Grace and Fury (Grace and Fury #1)

Title: Grace and Fury (Grace and Fury #1)
Author: Tracy Banghart
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Source: Owlcrate
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: July 31, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace – someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

Review:

This was a great book! I was hooked at the start. It actually reminded me a little of my current WIP, so I was very interested in it.

The story was fast paced. Each time I thought I knew what was going to happen, the story would change. It was unpredictable, but that made it exciting.

I really liked the sisters who were the main characters. They were opposites, and they were each placed in worlds that didn’t suit them. I loved the setting of the palace, but I was also intrigued by the prison. It was very well written.

I’m looking forward to seeing where this story goes in the next books!

What to read next:

Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Have you read Grace and Fury? What did you think of it?

Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3)

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Title: The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived.

Review:

I loved this conclusion to the Mara Dyer trilogy.

This story was even more intense than the first two books. It began right in the middle of the action, with Mara still at Horizons where she was being studied and experimented on. It was thrilling and scary.

I don’t normally mention trigger warnings, because I think they can be spoilers for the story. However, there was a scene of self harm, with someone cutting their stomach which really affected me. I almost had to stop reading it, but thankfully the scene only lasted a short while. Some of the psychological elements could be disturbing at times as well, but it also made the story unpredictable.

I was surprised at how satisfying the ending was. I was pleased with how complete the series felt to me. I can’t wait to start on The Shaw Confessions, because I have no idea what will happen next.

What to read next:

  • The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #1) by Michelle Hodkin

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  • One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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Have you read The Retribution of Mara Dyer? What did you think of it?