Book Review: Sphinx’s Princess by Esther Friesner

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Historical Fiction

Age Recommended: 12 and up (6th grade+)

Sphinx’s Princess was a great book. I love how each book of this series is based on historical princesses. The book did have a very abrupt end which is why I immediately checked out the next book to figure out what happens next.

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Nefertiti is the beautiful daughter of a commoner. Her hunger for wisdom and her thirst for adventure often get her into trouble. Like taking secret lessons from a scribe when women aren’t supposed to know how to read and write.

Nefertiti’s beauty has also attracted one person that she would rather have nothing to do with. Her Aunt Tiye. Aunt Tiye is the cunning, manipulative sister of Nefertiti’s father.

Aunt Tiye is also the Pharaoh’s wife, which makes her Queen Tiye. This means that she has authority over people and can tell them what to do. Her hot temper keeps anyone from crossing her path.

Queen Tiye wants to use Nefertiti to get what she wants and she will stop at nothing to attain it. Nefertiti is forced to stand up for herself and her beliefs in ways that she has never imagined.

Nefertiti must leave her family and enter a world filled with lies, betrayal, and treachery in the very heart of the Pharaoh’s kingdom.

If you are intrigued by this book, you can buy it here: Sphinx’s Princess (Princesses of Myth)

Book Review: Nobody’s Prize by Esther Friesner

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up (7th grade+)

A satisfying but somewhat crude sequel to Nobody’s Princess. There are some jokes that I felt were inappropriate. A little disappointing in the beginning of the book but it gets better from there.

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Helen of Sparta is back. Her brothers have accepted her as an equal but that is not enough. She also wants to prove to everyone else that she is as good if not better than her brothers.

Helen sets off on a new mission: to sneak aboard the ship Argo with her friend Milo. If she can get to the destination, Delphi, unnoticed, then everyone will marvel at how clever she is. Helen’s disguise has not failed her yet and she hopes that it will take her through this trip.

Milo is separated from Helen when they are put aboard the ship to work. The co-captain becomes aware that Helen is a girl but he agrees to keep her secret.

Since it is considered unlucky for women to be on a ship, Helen must keep her disguise until the voyage is complete and they are at their destination.

Will Helen be discovered?

If you think that this book is amazing, you can buy it here: Nobody’s Prize (Princesses of Myth)

Book Review: Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Age Recommended: 11 and up

Esther Friesner is an amazing woman who vocalizes, in this book, every woman’s wish: to be equal to men. I think that every girl should read this book and I guarantee that most of those who do will love it.

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Helen of Sparta is a young, spirited girl. She doesn’t enjoy most things that women do, but everyone is envious of her beauty. Her sister, Clytemnestra, is also envious of her, and she thinks that Helen gets away with everything just because she is pretty.

One day, Helen decides that she wants to learn weaponry with her brothers. After much arguing, her brother’s teacher decides to teach her. However, Helen faces much difficulty in getting to the classes because her nurse, Ionne, is always keeping her busy.

When a famous boar hunt comes along, Helen sets out with the others to prove her worth as a warrior. The others are appalled when they find her, but another young warrior, Atlanta, who is the only other girl among them, is very impressed by Helen’s bravery.

Atlanta agrees to give Helen secret riding lessons but sneaking away is harder than Helen thinks. In addition to all of this, Clytemnestra is getting married! This means that Helen has even less time to practice her skills.

When Helen’s twin brothers decide to go on a voyage, Helen wants to go along but her parents say it is too dangerous. Helen decides to disguise herself as a boy in order to get on the ship. Will she be discovered?

If you think you might want to read this book, you can buy it here: Nobody’s Princess (Princesses of Myth)

Book Review: The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars

Genre: Children’s Literature

Age Recommended: 10 and up

I checked out this entire series from my school library. The amazing librarian from my middle school recommended them – I have read all four of the books in this series and loved every one of them. I hope to review the rest of the series soon.

This is a book about one girl’s courage and determination to take a stand against a corrupt government and her will to survive against all odds.

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Parvana is a girl in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Her father is sent to jail and after many futile attempts to get him released, she must disguise herself as a boy to earn money to feed her family.

Parvana has to cut off all of her beautiful hair in order to pass as a boy. She assumes an alias and takes on her father’s job, selling items at a vendor’s stand. She even digs up graves with her friend Shauzia to earn a little extra money.

Parvana’s older sister, Nooria, is getting married. Her entire family goes off to Mazar-e-Sharifa place not yet controlled by the Taliban, leaving Parvana in charge of the household.

Parvana runs into many troubles living alone. She also finds out that Mazar-e-Sharif has been taken by the Taliban. Her desperation reaches new heights and forces her to do things she has never dreamed of doing before. Will Parvana survive and be reunited with her family?

Buy this book here: The Breadwinner

Book Review: The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

Age Recommended: 15 and up

Genre: Fiction

My dad and I read this book together because some parts weren’t appropriate for a kid my age ( 12 ). I enjoyed this book because the author tells a fascinating tale about a young girl and how she deals with adversity and betrayal.

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Laila is forced to flee the country when her father is murdered by her uncle. She runs away with her mother and brother to the U.S. Laila is busy blending in and making friends at her new school but her mother seems focused on the past.

Laila knows that it was her uncle who killed her father. She looks through many newspaper articles for more information but one article stops her in her tracks. It calls her father a tyrant.

The father that she knew and loved, the one who used to spin her in the air while she whooped with laughter, had somehow managed to inherit the title of a Tyrant.

Laila knows that she has to do further snooping. Something just didn’t seem right when she heard her mother talking with her uncle on the phone.

Her country had gone into civil unrest because her uncle is a dictator and her mother is talking to him? The man who murdered her husband?

Will Laila figure out the plot of betrayal and treachery before it’s too late?