Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

Shoutout to Elena from Sweaters and Storms for tagging me in this! Her blog is absolutely lovely, so go check it out.

Prepare for a lot of rambling about books I’ve already rambled about. 🙂

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Me, freaking out about books.

  1. Best Book You’ve Read This Year So Far

Thats a tough one. There’s not a stand out book because I’ve read so many books wonderful so far this year. Some of them leapt instantly onto my favorites list.  Some of the best books I’ve read this year are: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, Heartstone by Elle Katherine White, and The Raven Boys by Leigh Bardugo.

  1. Best Sequel You’ve Read In 2017

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan. It’s the second book in the Trials of Apollo series. I was very skeptical about the Trials of Apollo series begin with, and it’s not my favorite Rick Riordan series, but I am really enjoying it. It’s got oodles of that “Rick Riordan” voice that I love. I mean, all the chapter titles are Haikus, enough said. There’s a lot of representation happening and I’m not mad at it. (Some people are. Some people are very mad.) More about that soon probably.

  1. Must Read New Release

I am dying to read Geekerella. I don’t read much contemporary, but it seems right up my alley. It’s one of the books that is making me seriously question my “Read it then buy it” policy, because I want to read it so bad but my library still hasn’t gotten it. Basically I’m dying.

  1. Most Anticipated Release

The Speaker by Traci Chee. I read The Reader, the first book in the Sea of Ink and Gold series, back in February and I absolutely loved it. It’s got such a creative premise that I go sucked into right away. For all my thoughts on The Reader check out the BNTEEN Young Adults post from March.

Link Here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/teen/teen-readers-share-last-book-loved/

  1. Biggest Disappointment

Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz. I got this book for my birthday because, at the time, I was at the height of my Hamilton obsession. I liked the story okay, but I had a hard time connecting the characters in the book to the characters I’d fallen in love with from the musical. Their characterization was just incredibly different. I think I wold’ve liked the story itself if I had been able to separate it from the musical, or if it had been about different people.

6. Biggest Surprise

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. I’ve talked about this book before on multiple occasions because I love it so much. It was certainly the most surprising read I’ve picked up this year, probably because the only thing I knew about it before reading it was that a reviewer on the back had described it as “Monty Python meets The Tudors.” I remember thinking “How the heck does that work?” I just had to see for myself. It’s such a uniquely hilarious book, with some of the strongest voice I’ve ever read, and I love it to bits.

7. New Favorite Author

Hands down Elle Kathrine White. I read her debut novel, Heartstone, back in April and I haven’t shut up about it since. It’s on this list more than once because I have no self control. To find out exactly why I loved it so much you can check out the review I wrote for BNTEEN or pop down to question 11.

On a whim I followed her on twitter and I have not regretted it. She does this thing called #TuesdayNightTales and it’s absolutely hilarious.

(Get ready for me to freak out about The Raven Boys just a lil bit)

8. Newest Fictional Crush

At the moment I’m basically in love with the main group from The Raven Boys. (We call them The Gangesy right? Is that information correct?)

9. New Favorite Character

I’ve only read the first book in Leigh Burdugo’s Raven Cycle, but like I said I love all of the characters so far. I just want to be friends with all of them. I’m going to be devastated if I don’t end up liking the rest of the series, because I absolutely adored the first book.

10. A Book That Made You Cry

Stranger than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer. It’s a book about four friends who are planning a road trip together before they all head off to different colleges. As a joke they invite the lead actor of their favorite TV series to come along with them, because it’s his show that brought them together as friends. They’re not at all prepared for what happens when he actually shows up.

It’s a story about friendship, fame, and finding yourself. I laughed, I cried, it was wonderful.

11. A Book That Made You Happy

Heartstone by Elle Katherine White. Honestly, I was destined to love this book from the start because it had dragons in it, and I love dragons. Elle Katherine White took one of my all time favorite books, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, stuck it in a beautiful fantasy world, and somehow made me love the characters even more than I did before. I can’t read this book without grinning like an idiot.

I reviewed it for BNTEEN. Link here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/teen/teen-readers-share-last-book-loved-summer-love-magicproblems-twist-tropes/

12. Most Beautiful Book

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Colhurst. I picked this book up because of how much I liked the cover, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that I liked the story just as much. It’s on of the few LGBT+ books I’ve read thats not a contemperary. (Carry on by Rainbow Rowell and Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova also come to mind, both of which have really nice covers as well.) I liked the world, the magic, and the characters, but what I really loved was the fact that the reason the main couple couldn’t be together had nothing to do with the fact that they were both girls.

13. TBR for the rest of 2017

Here’s what I’m hoping to read by the end of the year:

-The rest of the Raven Cycle!

-Geekerella

-Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

-Eleanor and Park

-Nora and Kettle

-The Night Circus

-Spare and Found Parts

-Why We Broke Up

-The Hate You Give

-The rest of the Grisha trilogy

Which ones should I read first? Do you have any other recommendations? Like any of the books on this list? Leave a comment and let me know!

 

Rereading Harry Potter

It’s a big time for the Harry Potter fandom. The 20th anniversary of the Philosophers Stone was a few days ago, and Harry’s birthday is coming up next month.

Speaking of Harry’s birthday, next month I’lll be doing my yearly reread of the Harry Potter series.

Harry Potter has had such a huge impact on my life.

 

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Little Eva as Ginny Weasley

As a kid I struggled to start reading, but once I started I never stopped. Harry Potter was the first large series I read by myself. In the second grade I lugged the books to school every day. My tiny second grader backpack couldn’t take it, and the strap literally tore off.

Needless to say I’m a very dedicated fan.

So once a year, during the month of July, I hop back into the Wizarding world. I’ve got a lot of Harry Potter love and memories, so throughout the next month you’ll probably be seeing a bunch of Harry Potter themed content.

I’d love to hear about some of your favorite Harry Potter memories, so leave a comment. I love hearing from you guys!

#asidefrombooks

My friend Angela (@_bookishly) on Instagram tagged me in this #asidefrombooks challenge and I figured I’d post my answers here as well as on Bookstagram.

Favorite Hobby?

Writing. If I need a break from that I read. If I need a break from that I work on my playlists.

Favorite Food?

Pretty much any Mexican food. My grandma makes the best tortillas ever.

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I got to help her make a batch for Christmas. This was my first one.

Favorite Color?

I like all the colors. The more color the better! If I had to pick a color it’d probably be green or yellow.

Favorite City I’ve Visited?

Every city is beautiful in it’s own way, but Paris was especially beautiful.

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Where Would Your Dream Home Be?

I really like Denver, so maybe there.

Favorite Accessories?

Even though I don’t usually wear them in pictures I really love my glasses.

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Favorite TV Show?

There’s so many to choose from! Right now it’s Agents of Shield. I’m behind though, so no spoilers please.

Last Movie Watched In Theaters?

Wonder Woman!!

Current Read?

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

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Rebel of the Sands Review (+The Perfect Roadtrip Playlist)

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I recently finished Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, and I loved it. It’s the story of a girl named Amani, who’s lived her entire life in a rough desert town called Dustwalk. She spends her days dreaming of crossing the legendary desert and finding a new home in the city of Izman. She’s a self taught gunslinger who never misses a shot, but as an orphaned female there’s no way her skill will ever get her out of Dustwalk.

That is until she meets a mysterious foreigner named Jin at a shooting contest and rides with him into the dangers of the desert. Swept up into an adventure she never wanted, Armani is set to discover just how many secrets the desert holds.

Alwyn Hamilton has created a rich, beautifully written world full Middle Eastern culture with just a hint of Wild West adventure. It’s one that I cannot wait to dive back into.

In Rebel of the Sands, Armani goes on a pretty epic journey. Although I won’t be shooting soldiers or battling any mystical beings I am going to be going on a sort of adventure of my own. For the next few weeks I’m looking at spending pretty much every day in the backseat of my parent’s car. This isn’t a new experience for me. We travel long distances by car all the time, so I’m pretty used being crammed back there with only my books for company.

Most of the time we’re traveling for my dad’s work, so my mom is the one who drives. My dad sits in the passenger seat where he gives directions and freaks out about my mom’s driving.

I don’t have any siblings, so I’m the lone ruler of the back seat. This usually means I get to lounge in the back and read, occasionally passing water and snacks up to the front seat. The back seat is also where we keep the CDs, which means I get to be in charge of the music.

I take this job very seriously, because to me the music sets the mood of the whole trip. It’s easy for moods to turn foul when you’re stuck in an enclosed space with the same people for several hours. You can start to resent the sound of each other breathing. To me the perfect music should keep everybody’s spirits lifted.

I’ve complied a playlist of some of my favorite songs to listen to in the car. It’s got everything from The Beatles, to Hamilton, to George Gershwin. I think it’s perfect for long road trips, or long hours of reading, dreaming about going on awesome adventures. Whatever floats your boat.

Playlist here: https://play.spotify.com/user/evalyn4200/playlist/7kxwqMb1UVfDdxa4vcqOb4

 

Library Book Haul

Library Book Haul

I feel like as a community it’s really abnormal for us to share photos of the library books we’re reading, and as someone who reads a ton of library books I think that’s a shame. I love libraries. Because of my dad’s job I grew up hanging out at libraries across the state. I’m probably going to become a librarian someday.

I have a pretty abysmal book budget, so I only purchase books that I’ve read and know that I love. Sometimes that means I have to wait a while to read new titles I’m excited about, but it also means that I’m not blowing a bunch money on books that I end up disliking.

Yesterday I went to the library and checked out a huge pile of books that I’ve been wanting to read for a while now. Some of them are new releases, and some of them are just the first books in series that I have yet to start.

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Mass

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Colhurst

I’m really excited to start reading. Hopefully I’ll be switching some of these books from my “To Read” list to my “To Buy” list.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Book Tag

A little over a year ago one of my favorite BookTubers, A Clockwork Reader, introduced her own book tag based on one of her (and my) favorite TV shows of all time, Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Video Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpEvXo91K-I&list=PLCEDPyDoIBAaKXILmG60pAcdNliTs8vcT&index=12&t=15s

I was recently re-watching a bunch of her videos, which you should totally watch because they’re great, and I decided that I wanted to participate in this tag. It’s about a year late, and I don’t have a YouTube channel (yet) so I’ll just be doing it on here.

I’ve been in love with ATLA since I was about nine. I loved it then because of the cool powers the characters have and the all the hilarious moments. I love it now because of he wonderful diversity of the characters and the lessons that they learn (plus the cool powers and funny jokes.)

So lets jump into the tag! It’s separated into four parts, one for each of the four nations in the series.

Water 

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1.Katara and Sokka: Best sibling relationship.

For this one I’d have to go with the Weasleys from Harry Potter. I don’t have any siblings, and as a kid I always wanted to have siblings like the Weasley kids. They might tease each other and give each other a hard time, but in the end they’re always there for each other when it’s really important.

2. Yue: Best star crossed lovers.

America Singer and Aspen Leger from The Selection series by Kiera Cass. I can’t go into details for fear of spoilers, but let’s just say that these two had me yelling in frustration at several points throughout the series.

3. Blood Bending: A book with a disturbing/unsettling concept.

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig. I’m still not sure if I actually liked this book or not, but I will say that it was so intense that I had to finish it. It’s about this kid named Flynn who’s girlfriend January goes missing, presumed dead. Over the course of the story he discover’s the disturbing truth behind her disappearance, and uncovers a few truths about himself.

Earth 

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4. Toph: A character who’s strength surprised you or the characters in the book.

My first thought was Neville Longbottom (who I love with all of my being), but I want to go with a badass female character in honor of Toph, so I’m gonna go with Meg McCaffery from the Trials of Apollo books. She has what I like to call “The Toph Factor” she looks sweet until she opens her mouth and all the snark comes out, and she could kick your ass if she wanted. Even though she’s younger than me I want to be Meg when I grow up because she’s just so great. I want all the best for her.

5. The Tales of Ba Singh Se: Best short story collection.

I’m absolutely obsessed with Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson. I reread it at the beginning of November every year when I start getting hyped for Christmas. I can’t decide which of the three short stories is my favorite because they’re all so wonderful and clever and hilarious.

6. Kyoshi Warriors: Best warrior character.

Charis Brysney from Heartstone by Elle Katherine White. Heartstone is one of my new favorite books. It’s based off of one of my old favorite books, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Charis is the equivalent character of Charlotte Bingley, but unlike Charlotte she’s not a horrible human being. She’s one of the most complex characters in the book, and a badass warrior to boot. I highly recommend reading Heartstone if you haven’t already.

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7. Zuko: Best redemption arc (or one that should’ve happened.)

Nico DiAngelo from the PJO/HOO series. He started out as the sweetest character and seeing him start to go dark was absolutely devastating. There are some people who don’t like his story arc in the HOO books, but they can fight me because he’s finally found a place to belong which is all he ever really wanted and it makes me so happy.

8. Iroh: Wisest character.

For wisest character I picked Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter. Although she might be a little odd (Which never made sense to me because they go to a literal magic school. Everything there is weird and its great. Like where do you draw the line?) she’s one of the cleverest characters in the series. She’s not bookish like Hermione, but she always seems to know how to make Harry feel better and she’s never really bothered by what other people think and I just really love Luna Lovegood.

9. Azula: Best downfall.

Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. I really loved reading Fairest because it provided a glimpse into her mind and motivations. She’s one of those villains with a backstory that seems super real to me, like it could actually happen, which makes her even more scary. Her eventual downfall was incredibly satisfying.

Air

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10. Appa: Fave fictional animal/pet.

This was surprisingly hard for me because I had SO MANY choices. (Aragog, Arnold, Black Jack, Buckbeak, Crookshanks, Fang, Fawkes, Festus, Fluffy, Kazul, Kufu, Pantalaimon, Peaches, Pigwidgeon, Mrs O’Leary, Norbert. The list goes on and on.)

Ultimately I have to go with Hedwig from Harry Potter because I love her relationship with Harry and how she has her own very distinctive personality. If I had to pick a pet of my own from this list it would be Hedwig. Also she and Appa would totally be buddies because they both fly.

11. Aang: The purest cinnamon roll.

Crescent Moon ‘Cress’ Darnel from the Lunar Chronicles series. She’s just the sweetest character. She’s adorably innocent and optimistic and she always tries to see the best in people, but she’s not stupid. She’s incredibly clever and an amazing hacker and a total badass. She’s just a really sweet badass.

12. Avatar State: A stubborn character/a character that struggles with letting go.

Lyra Belacqua from the His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman. Like Aang, she’s got an extreme stubborn steak, she’d do anything for her friends, and the fate of the world is on her shoulders. Also like Aang she featured in a movie adaptation so terrible that it made me cry.

I had so much fun with this tag. I know it’s impossibly late, but I enjoyed it so that’s what counts. Thanks so much for reading.

-Eva

Broken: A Lunar Chronicles Playlist

“Broken isn’t the same as unfixable” -Marissa Meyer

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I warned you that I would be talking about The Lunar Chronicles a lot. This was the first bookish playlist I ever made. It took me all last summer to perfect, and I’m still really proud of it so I wanted it to be the first playlist I share with you guys.

It’s a pretty good playlist, if I do say so myself, so even if you haven’t read the series you can still listen to it. Although, if you haven’t read TLC I’m seriously judging you right now. Four books, based off of classic fairy tales, set in a fascinating futuristic world, with a cast of hilarious and interesting characters. What more could you ask for?

Here’s the link: https://play.spotify.com/user/evalyn4200/playlist/4eCuteCbj2V8RqSKZSbw8m

Each song reminds me of a character from the series, so I’ve provided a helpful key for you. (You’re welcome.)

Linh Cinder-

Titanium by David Guetta (feat. Sia)

Fading Flower by Yuna

Prince Kai-

Selene by Imagine Dragons

Viva La Vida by Coldplay

Iko-

Mechanical Heart by Beth Hart

While My Guitar Gently Weeps- Girl in a Coma (cover)

Scarlet Benoit-

Little Pistol by Mother Mother

Bulletproof by La Roux

Wolf-

Hometown by Twenty One Pilots

I Know I’m A Wolf by Young Heretics

Captain Thorne-

Oasis by A Great Big World

I’m Still Here by John Rzeznik

Cress-

I Follow Rivers by Lykke Li

It’s Only A Paper Moon- Ella Fitzgerald

Dr. Erland-

The Scientist by Coldplay

Jacin Clay-

Safe and Sound by Jason Chen (cover)

I Found by Amber Run

Princess Winter-

Moon and Back by Alice Kristiansen

Bravado by Lorde

Queen Levana-

Control by Halsey

Whisper by Crywolf

Looking Back: Shakespeare and Company

This past New Years I had the wonderful opportunity to travel with a group of my fellow marching band members to Paris, France to march in their New Year’s day parade.

It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Paris is a beautiful city full of wonderful sights. I got to see the Mona Lisa in person, stand atop the Eiffel Tower, and march down the Champs Elysses, but there was one spot in the city that spoke to me more than any other. The world renowned english book store, Shakespeare and Company.

Me and my roommate are both extremely book obsessed, so Shakespeare and Company was #1 on our list of places we wanted to visit. While the rest of our friends were shivering in line to get into Notre Dame, we took a quick jaunt across the street.

There was a line outside but while we were standing there we witnessed a literal proposal (she said yes) and it was one of the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen.

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They ask you not to take pictures inside, but trust me, it was amazing. You can’t catch a glimpse of wall, because every single inch is covered in bookshelves filled with every kind of book you can imagine. The warm smell of paper permeated the air and instantly made me forget the cold outside. Someone was playing a piano upstairs, a familiar  melody I couldn’t quite place. I spent a few minutes perusing the shelves, attempting to pet their cat, and exploring all the intriguing titles. Then it hit me: I had to choose a book to buy, and it had to be perfect.

Usually I buy at least three books on a shopping spree like this, but I had a limited number of euros and I still hadn’t figured out what I was bringing home to my parents, so I limited myself to one book.  At first I was drawn to the fantasy section where I’d spotted several new titles I’d been looking forward to reading. But what if I didn’t like the book?  Although I already wanted to go back there someday, there was no guarantee I’d be able to, so I needed something I was guaranteed to love.

Just as I was about to give up I spotted the Jane Austen books.

You see, Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favorite books. It’s one of three books (along with To Kill a Mockingbird and The Poisonwood Bible) that I had to read for school that I actually liked. Actually, I like the other two, but I love Pride and Prejudice. You could sell me pretty much any reimagined version of Pride and Prejudice. (Except that zombie one. I’m just not down with zombies.) But since I purchased it for a school project, and had to start it three times to actually finish it, the copy of Pride and Prejudice I had was probably the ugliest book I’ve ever seen.

Now I own a really adorable copy of Pride and Prejudice complete with a Shakespeare and Company stamp on the title page. (And a very adorable dog to boot, but I had her before I went to Paris.)

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As an aspiring writer, Shakespeare and Company felt like a haven. Paris was beautiful, but intimidating. I don’t speak much french and I’m not great in crowds, so I spent the entire trip frantically repeating “Excuse moi” as I hurried, slightly terrified, through the beautiful streets.  I got so nervous at the Eiffel Tower that I burst into tears. But when I stepped into Shakespeare and Company I felt right at home, like being with the books was where I belonged.

 

Books for the Modern Princess

Practically every little girl dreams of being a princess at some point in their life, but recently princess have gotten a lot of slack for not being good, strong role models for young girls. People are tired of the same old ‘damsel in distress’ routine. So I’ve complied a list of  middle grade and YA books featuring badass princesses (and other assorted royalty) who I think could help rehabilitate the princess image. Because these ladies rule.

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede

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There are plenty of strong female characters in the magical world of Patricia C. Wrede, from no-nonsense witches to super awesome dragons, but none of them is as wonderful as the fiercely independent Princess Cimorene.

Cimorene is the youngest daughter of the King and Queen of the kingdom of Linderwall. Unlike her six older sisters, who are all blonde, polite, and interested in proper princess hobbies, Cimorene wears her long black hair in braids, and she’d rather learn how to cook, or fence, or speak Latin than do nay of the things deemed proper by her parents. She has no interest in embroidery or etiquette or marrying the incredibly boring Prince Therandil like her parents want. So, on the advice of a talking frog, Cimorene runs away to become the dragon Kazul’s princess.

This leads to a series of exciting adventures for Cimorene. The Mountains of Morning are packed full of interesting characters and mysterious magic. Any other princess might be in over her head, but Cimorene isn’t just any princess. She’s clever, and she faces challenges head on. From evil wizards to enchanted princes, she’s always ready for a little adventure.

This series has been one of my favorites since before I can remember. I first read this story when I was a little girl, and to this day I still want to be like Princess Cimorene. Wrede’s witty characters and charming writing style appeal to readers of all ages.

Pretty much any E. D. Baker book.

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I love a good fairy tale adaptation and E. D. Baker is an adaptation master. I grew up devouring books from both the Tales of the Frog Princess and Tales of the Wide Awake Princess series.

To anyone who’s seen Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, the plot of Baker’s The Frog Princess might seem somewhat familiar. That’s because the movie was based very loosely on the book.

Princess Emerelda (or Emma as she prefers to be called) isn’t any good at being a princess. She’s clumsy, awkward, and would rather spend time in a swamp than with Prince Jorge, the obnoxious prince her mother wants her to marry.

It’s when she’s hiding out in the swamp that she meets Eadric, a frog who claims to be a prince under a spell. He convinces Emma to kiss him, insisting the only way to break the spell is for him to be kissed by a princess. Unfortunately, the kiss backfires and leaving Emma stuck in the swamp as a frog.

Now she must work with Eadric to find a way out of the swamp, facing obstacles like angry witches, greedy otters, and a very disgruntled swamp fairy, and into the castle where her Aunt Grassina can help them become human again.

Baker somehow managed to fit even more fairy tale madness into her Tales of the Wide Awake Princess Series.

After their elder daughter, Princess Gwen, is cursed by an evil fairy, Queen Karolina and King Halbert of Treecrest are willing to go to drastic measures to make sure their second daughter, Princess Annabelle, is safe from harmful magic. Usually when princess are christened they are blessed with many magical gift from fairies. Gifts of beauty, and song, and all sorts of other talents befitting a princess. Princess Annie received only one gift, the guarantee that no magic, good or bad, would ever be able to touch her.

That’s why, when on Gwen’s sixteenth birthday she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel, sending the entire castle into an enchanted sleep, Annie is the only one who stays awake. Now it’s up to her to find her sister’s true love so he can kiss her and break the curse.

Accompanied by Liam, one of her father’s guards, Annie travels through a land of fairy tales, running into all sorts of trouble, from enchanted princes, to witches in gingerbread houses, to really tall stacks of mattresses. Annie is willing to do anything to wake her sister and save her kingdom.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows.

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Lady Jane Grey was the Queen of England for nine days after her cousin King Edward died. Her reign was cut short when her other cousin, Queen Mary, took over and had her executed.

Now you might be thinking- “Eva, why are we getting this history lesson? Jane wasn’t even a princess.”

Yes, Lady Jane Grey was not a princess, but she also didn’t live in a world where people were able to turn into animals. That is, unless you believe Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows’s version of the story.

My Lady Jane is the story of Lady Jane Grey, with a pinch of humor and a dash of magic aded to make it more interesting.

When King Edward learns that he’s dying he knows he’s going to need a successor. in an attempt to keep the throne away from his sister Mary, he changes to line of succession so that crown will go to his cousin Jane and her male heirs, she just needs to get married first. The solution: Arrange for her to be married to Gifford Dudley, the younger son of his most trusted advisor.

This raises even more problems. Firstly, Jane has no interest in getting married, and would rather be reading than running a country. Secondly, Gifford is a horse.

No, literally, he turns into a horse when the sun rises and stays that way all day.

But Edward doesn’t have much times to worry about little things like that.

When Jane is forced to take the throne after Edward’s apparent death, she’s dropped into the middle of a dangerous political war. Tensions in the kingdom are rising, and with Mary threatening her crown, it seems like Jane’ll have her work cut out for her.

I picked this book up because a review on the back described it as “Monty Python meets The Tudors” and I wanted to know how that could possibly work. What I found was an absolutely charming and hilarious story that made it straight onto my list of favorite reads.

 

 

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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I’ve been slightly obsessed with this series for a while. It’s one I always recommend to friends looking for a new read. You’ll probably be hearing a lot about Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter (and Throne. You can’t forget Throne.) on this blog.

When you think Cinderella what comes to mind? It’s probably not the words Cyborg mechanic and revolutionary, unless you’ve read the Lunar Chronicles. That’s because Cinder, the main character of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series, isn’t your typical Cinderella character. Meyer does a flawless job of blending the plots of classic fairy tales into her futuristic society. In fact, this four book series has pretty much everything you could ask for: An interesting and diverse cast of characters, an extremely well developed world, and romantic subplots that are free of awkward love triangles.

When the Queen Levana, the evil Queen of Luna, who, like all lunars happens to have the power to control people, starts threatening the earth with war, it’s up to Cinder to defeat her. She’s certainly not alone though. She’s got her friends to help her. Readers can’t help but fall in love with this misfit band of fairy tale characters turned revolutionaries. After all, who doesn’t love ex-convicts, mutant wolf soldiers, eccentric androids, and slightly crazy princesses?

 

 

*rings doorbell* Hello!

Hi! I’m Eva and I’ll be talking to you about books.

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Look, it’s my face!

At least that’s what I’m hoping this blog will be about. I love books more than pretty much everything, and I want to share the books that I love with the world. I’ve been writing monthly reviews for Barnes and Noble, but I read a lot more than one book a month, and there are so many great books out there that it’s really tough to just pick one to write about.

Here’s what you can expect to see from this blog:

Reviews: (duh) I can tell you now that I’ll mostly be reading YA Fantasy because thats kind of my thing, but I’ll try to mix it up as much as possible.

Playlists: I like to listen to music while I read/write, and I’m pretty much addicted to Spotify, so I tend to make a lot of book playlists. I want to share my favorites with you.

Photography: I love taking photos and I’ve got a bookstagram account (also called @heretherebefandoms) so pictures will big part of the blog.

Fangirl rants: I have lots of feelings about fictional characters and the authors who torture write about them. My favorite authors include: JK Rowling, Rick Riordan, Marissa Meyer, and many, many more.

General bookish stuff: I’ve got lots of ideas I’m excited about, and I hope you’ll stick around to see them.