Book Review: The Queen by Kiera Cass (A Selection Novella)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

I felt that this book wasn’t really relevant to the whole series besides adding some background to the story of the current queen. However, I still enjoyed the book! The story was very well written and I loved all the characters. I wouldn’t recommend reading this book before reading the series but it’s definitely fun reading after!

Queen

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Amberly is one of the contestants of the Selection. She has loved the prince for as long as she can remember and getting selected was a dream come true. When she starts getting closer to the prince, her health problems start acting up and are getting in the way of her dream.

Will Amberly get selected?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Queen: A Novella (Kindle Single) (The selection)

Book Review: Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction (although I wish it wasn’t)

Age Recommendation: EVERYONE

I cannot believe that I forgot about this book. A very nice family friend gave me this book as a gift and another one: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them for my birthday! For those of you who don’t know (tsk tsk), these books are mentioned in the Harry Potter series and I am elated that J.K Rowling decided to actually write them! I hope she publishes The Monster Book of Monsters next.    😉

All in all, this was a great book and I found it fascinating. My only complaint: IT ISN’T REAL! I have long wished that Harry Potter truly existed…    😦

Quidditch Through the Ages

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Basically, this book starts with the evolution of the broomstick: the flying one that is…

J.K.  Rowling has drawn some wonderful diagrams depicting the various types of broomsticks in the wizarding world and how they changed over time. The next chapter is about games that involved broomsticks and different types of balls. It covers ancient games from different countries which leads into how Quidditch was formed.

Later on, the book talks about the different Quidditch teams and the details of each one. It also informs one about how the racing broom was formed.

Personally, I loved this book and I think that all Harry Potter fans should read this as well.

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Quidditch Through the Ages (Harry Potter)

Book Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Rating: 5 out of  stars

Genre: Fiction (if only it wasn’t)

Age Recommendation: Everyone (I cannot stress this enough)

Another one of the amazing books mentioned in the Harry Potter series has come to life in J.K. Rowling’s hands. I found this book especially funny because it is Harry’s property and he has written his own funny notes all over the book. To be honest, I found his notes more interesting than the actual text of the book (which I am sure was the author’s intention).

Also, I just realized- they’re making a movie on this book!!! It will be released next year and I can’t wait!]

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This book is basically an encyclopedia on every monster in the wizarding world. Or at least the ones that we know of…

Some of these creatures are mentioned in the books or the movies but the other aren’t and the way that they are described is hilarious! I don’t exactly know how to do much more of a review but I’ll post some of the encyclopedia entries here:

Introduction:

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Mentioned in Books/ Movies:

Gnomes

Hippogriff

Not mentioned, but still incredibly entertaining:

Fwooper

See what I mean?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Harry Potter)

Sisterhood Of the Worlds Bloggers

Hey everyone! I recently got nominated by The Outsidehook (thank you!) for the Sisterhood of the Worlds which is basically a tag where you answer questions about yourself and then nominate other bloggers for it.

The rules are:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog.

2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.

3. Nominate ten other bloggers (I am choosing only four-can’t think of many)

4. Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination.

Questions from the outsidehook:

  1.  What’s your favorite TV show? I’m going to say Psych because I find crime television shows fascinating.
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate all the way!!
  3. What book character would you bring to life? -and what role would they have in your life? I would definitely want to bring Hermione Granger to life because I love Harry Potter and Hermione seems like she would be a good friend.
  4. Pick a place, any place, to travel to or to live. I definitely want to live in London in the future because I’ve been there once and I loved it. Also, I feel like one can never run out of things to do in London.
  5. Favorite animated film? (Disney, Pixar, Dreamwork, etc) Definitely Inside-Out because the comedy is great!
  6. What’s a big part of your personality that people wouldn’t know about you just from reading your blog? I definitely pride myself on the ability to make others laugh. However, that may or may not come across in this blog because my blog is less conversational and more information-based.
  7. Favorite ship? (my favorite question of all time) Rachel and Mycroft from Every Breath by Ellie Marney. I don’t really have an idea of what their ship name would be and I don’t want to ruin it…
  8. What is your spirit animal? I can never actually answer this question. It’s like asking me what my patronus would be…
  9. How long have you been blogging? And what is your favorite thing about it? I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half and my favorite thing about it is getting recommendations from other bloggers and discovering new blogs.
  10. Got any celebrity crushes? Nah. I tend to occupy myself with the one at school just fine.   😉

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My questions for other bloggers:

  1. Favorite book series?
  2. Ice cream or Popsicles?
  3. What is your blog focused on?
  4. Favorite movie?
  5. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
  6. What would be one thing you could eat forever?
  7. What made you interested in blogging/would you recommend it?
  8. If you could talk to any author, who would it be? What questions would you ask them?
  9. If you could go into any book, which one and why?
  10. What is your favorite of the Seven Wonders of the World?

My nominations:

Forwards and Bookwords

Book Minx Reads

Book Junkies

Bonfire Books

Stacks of books

BOOKS!!!

 

June Recap

Okay this month had by far, the greatest number of reviews this year. Summer break has given me great opportunities for reading books and writing reviews!

My favorites this month were definitely The One and The Elite by Kiera Cass!

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Book Review: Paint Me A Monster by Janie Baskin

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommendation: 14 and up

This book was very unnerving because it was centered around child abuse. When I first picked up the book, that was not what I imagined it would be about. Also, I found the book was confusing because the first hundred or so pages spanned six years (but there was no chronology) so I found it difficult to keep up with the story.

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Margo and her older sister Liz are surprised to see another being enter their house- a baby boy named Evan. Evan is a chubby boy and their mother, Rosa, makes it very clear that she loves Evan and Liz the most. Margo is more of a forgotten child and she is somewhat content that way.

Until her mother starts taking out her anger about her impending divorce on Margo. Margo is punched, slapped, and verbally abused by her mother but nobody, not even her grandparents, will believe her. Margo’s sister knows about all of this but turns a blind eye so as to not lose her mother’s favor.

Eventually, Margo starts starving herself and performing poorly in class. Her mother takes Margo to a psychologist where she calls Margo a “monster.” Upon hearing this, Margo explodes with emotion, proving to the psychologist that she is indeed a monster.

Now, Margo has nobody but her brother. However, he drifts away from her as well. To make matters worse, Margo’s father marries a beautiful lady with two daughters and a son, and no longer has time for Margo.

Will Margo be able to live with this broken family?


If you like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Paint Me a Monster

Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This book was similar to the Hunger Games and Divergent series in that the story takes place after a huge war that causes wide scale destruction in The United States of America. However, I found this book to be more appealing since it doesn’t have as much gore and violence.

The Selection

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When the United States of America is destroyed, a new world called Illea is created. A world with new rules, new rulers, and no democracy. The people of this nation are divided into castes- there are Ones, which are highest class and consist of the royal family and their descendants; there are Twos, who still live in luxury, just not in the palace; there are Threes, who are a little less fortunate than the Twos, and so on.

America is a Five. To her, caste means nothing, but it still defines her. Since America and her family are Fives, they have just enough food to sustain themselves, and everyone in their household has a job to do, no matter how small. Everybody pitches in to make ends meet. That’s just what being a Five is like.

Then there is the Selection. The Selection is a tradition of Illea that dates back many decades. The Selection is basically a competition between all eligible girls in Illea to be the future kings’ wife. The girls go through rounds of testing and are judged to see who may adapt the best to royal life.

America is bribed to participate in the Selection by her mother but to do so, she must give up her secret love, Aspen, who is a six. When America arrives at the palace, she is by far the lowest ranked but she somehow catches the Prince’s eye.

America approaches the Prince, Prince Maxon, and makes it very clear that she doesn’t want to marry him. However, she says that Maxon looks like he might need a friend and she would gladly be his friend if he would let her be in the competition, since America’s family is paid money as long as she is in the competition. The Prince obliges and the two of them form an alliance of sorts.

Many of the girls are eliminated in the first few days but America is chosen to be in the top six as the Prince has secretly fallen in love with her. She is now part of the Elite.

Will she end up marrying the prince?

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