Book Review: Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (Book one of the Princess Academy series)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommendation: 12 and up

This book was great and I loved how the characters developed throughout the book. Many characters seemed to be placeholders in the beginning, but their importance became clearer as the story progressed.

Princess Academy

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Miri is a mountain girl. For her whole life, she has lived on the mountains with her friends and family, taking care of livestock without a care in the world. She hangs out with her friends and enjoys her life.

One day, people from the city, lowlanders, come to visit with a message from the king. Any girl over the age of 12 and under the age of 18 will be sent to a Princess Academy. There, they will be tutored and taught the ways of the royal palace until their tutor deems them fit. After that, the prince will arrive and choose one of them to be his wife.

Miri, along with several other girls, are taken away from their families and put in this academy with a horrid tutor. None of them have the chance to enjoy as there are too many rules and too few opportunities to be free like they were used to. When a competition for the first dance with the prince is announced, the girls’ animosity towards each other becomes clearer.

Who will be his future wife?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Princess Academy

Book Review: Aquarius Rising by Christopher John Chater

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

I received this book courtesy of BookRature.

I loved this book because the author found a way to tie the past to the future, while putting the entire story in a new perspective. Moreover, the characters were very well-developed but the author didn’t spend half the book developing them, as was the case for some of the other books I have read recently.

I found some of the parts confusing because of new character introductions but most of the book was fast-paced and fun to read given the various plot twists. The only criticism I have for the book is that people seemed to be in grave danger almost every second. Almost every page of the book was marked by the presence of an assassin. I understand that because this is an action book, but a few calm sections in between would have been nice.

Aquarius Rising

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Nicholas Fellow is a divorced 38-year-old architect, who is currently living in his father’s apartment. He is trying to get a job with an architecture firm. However, a meeting with a representative from the firm shows Nicholas that if he chooses to accept the job, he will have to relocate and cut all ties from his family.

When Nicholas and the representative, Lisa, are attacked by a group of people who seem bent on killing them, Nicholas is forced to run to a safe house with Lisa. Once there, he is told that there are two rival companies who will do anything to see the other crash and burn.

Moreover, their quarrel is not only over money, but also over the world.

Nicholas and Lisa are force to run for their life after a series of events destroys their safe haven.

Will Nicholas and Lisa survive? Will they beat their rivals?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Aquarius Rising

Book Review: The Oddfits by Tiffany Tsao (Book one of the Oddfits series)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 11 and up

I felt that this book was very drawn-out and I kept waiting for something exciting to happen, only to find the book end abruptly. Also, the author introduced a random character in the middle of the book, only to kill him off later, and I didn’t really see the point of that because the author didn’t really build the character  and the character had close to no relevance to the book.

The Oddfits

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Murgatroyd Floyd, has never really exceeded expectations, or even met him. To those around him, he seems to be a dull boy, who has the misfortune of being dumb. This is true, but only because Murgatroyd is in the wrong world. Murgatroyd is what is known as an Oddfit, a person who doesn’t fit into the Known World.

Lucky for him, there is a place called the More Known World- a place for people that don’t fit in anywhere else. However, as soon as Murgatroyd finds out about this wonderful place, everyone else seems hell-bent on not letting him reach it. Even his own parents guilt-trip him into wanting to stay.

Who else will try to keep Murgatroyd from this wonderful world?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Oddfits (The Oddfits Series)

 

Book Review: The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

This book was incredible. Normally, books like this where one can predict the events aren’t very much fun to read, but the seemingly endless plot twists in this book kept me engaged and guessing.

The Short Drop

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Suzanne Lombard went missing at age fourteen. Her mysterious disappearance created a nationwide panic. Moreover, her father was running for senator at the time of her disappearance and the event shook her family up.

It’s ten years later and Suzanne’s whereabouts are still a mystery. Her father is now vice president, running for president and many people have gotten over her disappearance.

Except for one Gibson Vaughn.

Gibson is a marine and a legendary hacker. He was like a brother to Suzanne and on the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, her father’s head of security asks for his help when new evidence is revealed.

Gibson will do almost anything to get Suzanne back, even if it means digging up old memories and reopening wounds. However, there seem to be many people out there who want to stop him from finding Suzanne, even after ten years. They will do anything to make sure she remains hidden, forever…

Will Suzanne be found?

If you would like to read this book you can purchase it here: The Short Drop