Book Review: The Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin (book two in the Daughters series)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

Daughters Rule Number Six: Never talk to the press about your parents.

If you haven’t read my review of the first book in this series, here’s the link:

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Carina is sick and tired of her father; he always restricts her activities with her friends and is very nosy about her personal business. Carina is already very upset and when her dad blames her for something she didn’t do, she just loses it.

Carina seeks revenge by leaking a story about her father to the press, and in turn, her father takes away her privileges. Carina loses her iPhone, access to her father’s money, and worst of all- she now has an allowance instead of a credit card.

Carina also gets into trouble by volunteering to plan her school dance to earn money. But when Carina finds out that the party manager wants her to do this for free, Carina has to decide- tell the manager about her money problems or go on bluffing and chance messing the party up.

Lizzie and Hudson, Carina’s best friends, volunteer to help her but she refuses, saying that she can do this on her own.

Will she be able to pull it off?

If you would like to read this book, you can buy it here:  The Daughters Book Two: The Daughters Break the Rules

Keep an eye out for my review of the 3rd book in this series, The Daughters take the Stage!


Book Review: The Daughters by Joanna Philbin (Book one of the Daughters series)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

This was a very funny and witty book about the life of a supermodel’s daughter.


Lizzie Summers is the only daughter of supermodel Katia Summers. Everywhere she goes, she is known as Katia’s daughter and she is sick of that. Lizzie is the exact opposite of her mom- her mother is beautiful, Lizzie is not, her mother loves the spotlight, Lizzie does not. Whatever her mothers likes, Lizzie doesn’t.

Lizzie’s best friends are Carina Jurgensen and Hudson Jones. Carina’s father is a multi-millionaire and Hudson’s mother is a famous singer so they both know how Lizzie feels.

Lizzie is an outcast in her own family, but when a photographer approaches her and tells Lizzie she wants her picture, Lizzie surprises herself by saying yes. She further surprises herself by liking it.

There’s only one thing- Lizzie hasn’t told her mother yet because she doesn’t think her mother will approve. Lizzie has Carina forge the signature on the consent form for the photo shoot, but Lizzie doesn’t know how long she can keep it a secret.

Will her mother find out?

if you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Daughters

Keep an eye out for the 2nd book in this series, called The Daughters Break the Rules!

October Recap


I think my fave this month was definitely The Blood Of Olympus. Anyway, here’s all of the books I read and reviewed in October (actually I read many more books, but I just can’t write reviews for every book I read or I’d have no time for school work):

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Book Review and Interview with Author: The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction with a little fantasy

Age Recommended: 12 and up

This story was a little creepy at times but overall it was great. It was set in the time of WWII and I really liked that the author combined the idea of witchcraft with WWII, making it seem as if they were related.

Read below to see my interview of the author, Lisa Goldstein.

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WWII has begun.

Kicsi is a young girl who lives in a rural village. One night, a man named Voros comes to her village, and speaks of death and destruction coming soon. Kicsi believes him and together they try to protect the village. Kicsi discovers that Voros is a magician after he saves someone’s life.

However, the local rabbi says that this is all garbage and that he is the real magician, not Voros. The two of them have a battle and Voros ends up disappearing after a spell gone wrong causes him to get hurt.

Kicsi realizes that she has fallen in love with Voros and cannot bear to see him go.

Soon after, Nazis come to Kicsi’s village and take her family to a concentration camp. Kicsi is separated from her family, faces a lot of adversity and falls ill . Miraculously, Kicsi survives long enough to meet Voros again. He takes care of Kicsi but she is still sick and may not be able to pull through. The rabbi also challenges Voros to a final combat…

Will Kicsi survive? Will Voros win?

Here is my interview with the author, Lisa Goldstein. (Thank you for answering my questions, Ms. Goldstein!)

Q: When did you start writing?

A: I wrote all my life, probably soon after I learned to read.  But I started seriously writing, actually sitting down and working every day, around when I graduated college.  Part of that was realizing that I had to get a job soon, and that if I was going to be a writer, now was the time to get to work.

Q: Who is your favorite character in the Red Magician?

A: That’s a hard one.  I like both Kicsi and Voros, Kicsi because she’s so familiar to me and Voros because I wrote him to be slightly distant and mysterious.  I actually think the two characters work best together, a combination of innocence and knowledge.

Q: Who inspired you to write?

A: I had a babysitter when I was a kid who had known several writers, including John Steinbeck, and her talking about them made me realize that writers were actual people, and that maybe I could write a book too.  She also encouraged me to write, something no one had ever done before.  I dedicated The Red Magician partly to her, and, amazingly, she lived long enough to see it (she was over a hundred when she died).

As for writing fantasy, I was very inspired by Ursula Le Guin.  She started at a time when people still said women couldn’t write science fiction, and it was terrific to find someone who not only wrote it but who wrote it better than anyone else around.

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: Not sure if this is about my favorite of my own books or my favorite book in general — but since I don’t like picking a favorite among my books I’m going to answer the second.  There are several books I keep coming back to and rereading.  One of them is _Little, Big_ by John Crowley, which is a brilliant history of a family in New York living with magic.  I think of it as sort of _A Hundred Years of Solitude_ set in the United States. Another is _Possession_ by A.S. Byatt, which moves between two stories, one about the relationship between two writers in Victorian times and the other about two contemporary academics trying to learn the truth about them.  It jumps back and forth in time, making connections between the two sets of characters and their writings and histories.  It isn’t fantasy, but one of the writers tells terrific stories about ghosts and fairy tales and a woman who turns into a serpent.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

A: Mostly that you have to sit down and write.  Make time to do it every day, or, if you don’t have time for this, at least several times a week.  And read a lot, from every genre, and try to learn from the good stuff and to see where the bad stuff goes wrong.

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Red Magician