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Apology and My Bookshelf

Hi, everyone! I have not posted in forever and I’m so, so sorry! I had spring break, then, finals, and then summer  break and by the time I got around to writing reviews, I was too tired. Sorry again!

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Book Review: Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Description (from the back cover): High on the slopes of Mount Eskel, Miri’s family pounds a living from the stone of the mountain itself. But Miri’s life will change forever when word comes that her small village is the home of the future princess. All eligible girls must attend a makeshift academy to prepare for royal life. At the school, Miri finds herself confronting bitter competition among the girls and her own conflicted desires to be chosen. Yet when danger comes to the academy, it is Miri, named for a tiny mountain flower, who must find a war to save her classmates–and the future of their beloved village. Continue reading

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Book Review: Beauty and the Beast: The Only One Who Didn’t Run Away by Wendy Mass

This was a delightful book. I enjoyed it greatly and I liked Wendy Mass’ take on it. Belle has always been my favorite Disney princess, so when I saw this at my library I picked it up immediately.

From the back cover: When you’re stuck with the name Beauty, people expect a lot from you – like beauty and grace and courage and a sense of style. But what if you have none of these things? What if all you like to do is read books and search for odd objects that other people drop? Oh, and you have a perfect older sister who really should have had your name instead of you.

And when you’re a prince, you’re supposed to be athletic and commanding and brave and tall. But what if you are none of those things? What if all you like to do is play the bagpipes (badly), study the stars, and try to figure out how to make worms live forever? Oh, and you also have a perfect older brother who is a lot more princely than you’ll ever be.

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Book Review: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

I wrote this review for my school newspaper: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is an amazing book. It is written by Christian author, singer, and songwriter Andrew Peterson. I recommend it to children and adults of all ages. The main characters are Janner, age 12, Tink, age 11, and Leeli, age nine. Their last name is Igiby… or so they think. They live with their mother, Nia, and ex-pirate grandfather, Podo Helmer. They believe they are normal children. They live in the small town of Glipwood, in the world of Aerwiar. Aerwiar is full of strange and creepy animals, such as bomnubbles, snickbuzzards, and toothy cows. All three of the children have a different gift that their mother has helped them develop throughout their lives: Janner can read and write very skillfully; Tink is talented at drawing and painting and the like; and Leeli is gifted in the musical arts. They will need all of their gifts to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang, who have crossed the Dark Sea to search for the Jewels of Anniera. On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is written with much imagination, cleverly pulling together many things that make a good story, such as tragedy, love, loss, adventure, secrets, family, betrayal  and many others.

Sequels: North! Or Be Eaten, The Monster in the Hollows, The Warden and the Wolf King (available 2013)

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Book Review: Ranger’s Apprentice Series by John Flanagan

My sister and I have been reading this series over the last month. I borrowed the first book — The Ruins of Gorlan — from a friend sometime at the beginning of December and placed holds on the rest of the series at my library. These books take place in an imaginary world that is very similar to ours during the Middle Ages. My favorite characters included Will, Halt, Erak, Evanlyn, Alyss, Tug, and many others. I loved reading about how Will grew up, from a skinny fifteen-year-old boy to a young man known across all of Araluen.

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Book Review: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

My English class read The Hobbit last semester and went to see the movie last Monday. It was a delightful book, full of adventure and mystery. I liked the songs included in it, especially the dwarf song. My favorite characters are Kili, Fili, Gandalf, and Gollum. Tolkien is an amazing writer; he really captivates his readers. Two of my favorite quotes in this book come from Chapter One, and they are both said by Mr. Bilbo Baggins:

“We are plain, quiet folk with no use for adventures. Nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”

“Tell me what you want done and I will try it, if I have to walk from here to the East of the East and fight the Wild Were-worms in the Last Desert.”

To quote the book, Bilbo’s “Tookishness” is winning out in the latter statement. However, the former statement is spoken like a true hobbit.

Overall, it was a great book and I recommend it to all ages.

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