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!

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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: Rio- The Street Kid Stargazer by Craig S. Wilson

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This book is an advance copy, courtesy of the author himself (who found me on Twitter)!

This book was a great read and the characters were all very well developed. Moreover, the characters weren’t all the same general age, which allowed for different perspectives, even though the book was written in third person.

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Lucas has just lost his older brother and his mother, both of whom were breadwinners for his family. Now, Lucas must rely on the scraps and money he can get with panhandling and pick-pocketing to feed his two younger sisters.

Lucas must make a choice- start working for a drug lord that offers a lot money, but can kill his family at any moment if he messes up, or panhandle and steal for the rest of his life, and not have any security in case of a crisis.

“Sometimes good people do bad things for a greater good.”

This is the motto that has kept Lucas going because his justification for stealing is that it will help his sisters- a greater good.

Wallets, watches, and wireless phones- every little bit helps.

But will that be enough?

If you would like to read this book, you can pre-order it here – it’ll be available May 5th: Rio: The Street Kid Stargazer

 

 

 

Book Review: Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommendation: 14 and up

I loved this book but I felt that there were several unnecessary plot twists and that took away from the book.

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Rory Vaughn lives in a world of technology. A world where there are apps that make decisions for you. A world where intuition is something to be frowned upon and rationality means letting devices make all the choices for you.

Rory isn’t a huge fan of technology and sees no reason to use an app to make all of her decisions. In addition, the Doubt (i.e., intuition) starts speaking to Rory as soon as she gets into a prestigious college. Once there, Rory find out that she is a genius and one of the smartest kids the school has seen in decades.

However, in class, Rory gets good grades because she listens to the Doubt instead of ignoring it. This makes one of her teachers suspicious and eager to get Rory expelled because a person isn’t supposed to heed the Doubt.

Moreover, Rory realizes that there’s something that’s not quite right about her school. People are becoming overly dependent on technology and her best friend turns out to be a spy working for an evil teacher. Then Rory learns something that may endanger her life and the lives of others.

Will she survive?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Free to Fall

Book Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass (Book Four of the Selection Series)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommendation: 14 and up

This book was a lot more appealing to me because it was written from the point of view of a princess rather than the prince. However, this book had a cliffhanger and Ms. Cass just has to write another one now. Also, there are two fantastic book covers for this book so I’m going to include them both!

Feel free to comment and tell me which one you like better!

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The future queen of Illea is standing in front of her people, ready to announce the biggest decision of her life: there will be another Selection. All of the crowd is astounded as there have only ever been Selections for princes- not princesses. However, what nobody realizes is that the Selection is only a way to divert attention from the impending war.

Princess Eadlyn’s parents have almost begged her to host another Selection to distract the people. Eadlyn has no choice but to give in, lest the subjects of their kingdom lose faith in the royal family. Eadlyn meets the 35 men who will compete for her heart but she is not attracted to any of them.

When a candidate for the Selection assaults her, another gets in a fight, one doesn’t know her language, and some are too forward, Eadlyn starts losing whatever confidence in the Selection she had in the first place.

Will she ever find a man to rule by her side?

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

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.

Daughters

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

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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.

The Red Magician

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