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Let’s Read It Again! >> 01

13 Apr

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Midnight Ball Hello everyone! I’m happy to return to posting with a brand new feature, entitled Let’s Read It Again! where I will talk about I book that I am reading for the second (or third…or ninth if we’re talking about The School for Good and Evil) time. I’m kicking off the feature with a re-review of Jessica Day George’s adaption of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Princess of the Midnight Ball, so let’s get to it!

S U M M A R Y > > Due to a deal their deceased mother made, Princess Rose and her eleven sisters have been cursed to dance every night in a mysterious kingdom of darkness and danger since they’ve been able to walk. Due to his parents’ death, young solider Galen is returning home to a family he doesn’t know. Together, Rose and Galen will dive into a world of magic – both good and bad. Can they break the curse that plagues Rose’s family before it’s too late?

W H Y   I   D E C I D E D   T O   R E R E A D   I T >> A few weeks ago, I was looking for something to read and realized that I had gotten to the bottom of my pile of library books. I turned to my shelf looking for something to read until I got a chance to take out some more books, and I ended up grabbing Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George, the third book in one of my favorite series. Of course, while I was in the middle of reading Silver Woods, I decided I might as well reread the series from the beginning. And so, I put the first book in the series (Princess of the Midnight Ball) on hold, and here we are!

M Y   O R I G I N A L   T H O U G H T S >> I remember reading this book on the bus on my way home from school and being so engrossed in the story that I didn’t realize it was my stop and almost forgot to get off…so I’m going to assume that I loved it! (I have a very vivid memory of this bus ride for some strange reason – I even remember that I was wearing a blue sweatshirt. Odd.)

M Y   T H O U G H T S   N O W >> I’m definitely glad I reread this! Jessica Day George is such a great author and I was able to get lost in the world she created just as easily this time as I was when I first read it. I enjoyed reading from both Galen’s and Rose’s points of view (Poppy, Pansy, and Petunia remain my favorite princesses however. I guess I like characters whose names start with a “P.”) and thought that their individual takes on things intertwined well. The settings were described in great detail and I can still see them in my mind as I write this review, so yay! :) My only complaint is that there are so many characters that not all of them felt developed. I had a bit of trouble keeping track of everyone, but while I was reading I found a bookmark I had made a few years ago to go with the series. It lists all the characters, their ages, their significant others, and their enemies. It also has some very mysterious stains…

And just for fun, here are some of my favorite quotes from Princess of the Midnight Ball…

>> “Your voice sounds familiar.’ Her eyes sparkled. ‘Could you pretend to snore, so that I could make sure?”

>> “What does it say? Does he love you madly?”

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What books do you think I should reread next?

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Lulu’s Love List of Ultimate Awesomeness!

31 Mar

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Apple White’s Fainting Couch

I love the Ever After High doll line, and was so excited to learn that one of my favorite characters in that line was getting a play set. My parents got me that set, Apple White’s Fainting Couch, as a gift last weekend, and I’ve been using it everyday since then:) It’s very cute and fun to photograph, and I even wrote up a guest review for one of my favorite blogs. You can expect some photos soon!

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A World Without Princes Book Trailer

I’ve talked about my School For Good and Evil obsession so many times before, (you can read more about it here, here, and here) but the book trailer for the sequel, A World Without Princes, was recently released, so I couldn’t help but feature it again! The graphics are so cool and it got me super excited for the book–only 15 more days until it comes out:)

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Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

I’m a bit obsessed with Pinkberry frozen yogurt and its delicious flavors and toppings, so when I found out that an Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt shop was opening in my town, I wasn’t sure if I would like it as much. I went a couple of weeks ago, got the cookies and cream flavor, and ended up loving it! I’ll definitely be going again soon…

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The Muppets Most Wanted

Oh, I can’t wait to see The Muppets Most Wanted! I’m going with friends to see it next weekend, and I’m so excited to hear more cheery songs and funny jokes! It just feels impossible not to be happy when watching a Muppet movie:)

Book Covers

Jessica Day George’s New Book Covers

Jessica Day George is one of my favorite authors, and after the suspenseful cliffhanger in the end of her last book, Wednesdays In The Tower, I’ve been eagerly waiting to find out what will happen to Princess Celie and my other favorite characters. The cover of the next book in that series was released a few days ago, along with the redone covers of her other trilogy, Dragon Slippers. Aren’t they amazing?

Have an awesome week!

Lulu:)

Wednesdays In the Tower-A Book Review

14 May

To read my book review of the first story in this series (which will probably make this make more sense!), click here.

Hey:) Guess what???!!!! I’m finally doing a book review of the sequel to one of my favorite books ever! Enjoy…

Wednesdays in the Castle by Jessica Day George 

What in the world are you supposed to do when the Castle you live in is constantly taking away or adding rooms, hallways, or towers and seems to have it’s own mind?

When Princess Celie finds a new tower with a mysterious giant egg in it, she has no idea what to expect! Soon she’s caring for a pet griffin that she has to keep secret, also she has to figure out why the Castle has been acting so weird lately, and she has to deal with a mysterious visiting wizard, who doesn’t want Celie to learn anything about the Castle’s history! Can Celie keep on hiding her new pet, and try to save the castle?

My Thoughts: I’ve been waiting to read this for what feels like forever, so you can imagine my excitement when I ripped open a package on Friday, and found this! After diving into the story of Celie and her beloved Castle, I was immediately sucked in to the world of griffins, magic, and creepy old wizards who try to take away your favorite character’s stuff! (Sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself…)  Anyways, my point is that I LOVED this book! (Which is to be expected, since Jessica Day George is one of my favorite authors, and I also LOVED Tuesdays at the Castle, but…) Moving on, the writing was superb as always; full of whimsical adventures and characters, plus original and creative ideas. The beginning starts off with a bang, goes into an eventful, intriguing, (sometimes complicated middle) and finishes with a great, yet torturing ending! Speaking of the ending, that cliff hanger is so, so, so…umm…cliff hanger-like! Now, the next book in this series better be ready, or I think I’ll die of suspense! Don’t worry, I’m joking, but I still just want to read the next book so badly!!!! (Cue dramatic music:))

Anyways, before I continue to ramble on about how much I want (no, need!) Jessica Day George to write her next book, I’ll talk about the characters. Celie was such a memorable one in the first story, so I was really looking forward to reading about her again this time, and she didn’t disappoint at all! She was still her adventurous, caring, silly self, but for some reason that I can’t quite put my finger on she was even more entertaining. She was so sweet with Rufus, and had quick reflexes when she went to investigate the Castle “Eye.” I also thought that it was a good choice to show Bran’s character more in this book because you didn’t get to see his personality in the last story, though I did miss some of the other characters, like Rolf, Lilah, and Pogue because they were more interesting and important in the last book, but weren’t featured very much this time.

Continuing with my thoughts about the characters, Wizard Arkwright was my least favorite one of all. He was so mysterious, evil, and clever, but I still can’t wait to see what happens with the rest of his story. I also can’t wait to see what else happens with Rufus and the other griffins. Overall, I give this book five stars out of five for being a wonderful fantasy story, that leaves you in suspense!

Lulu’s Superlative Love List!

28 Apr

Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt

I love Pinkberry’s frozen yogurt! All the flavors are so delicious, and I can never decide which toppings I want because there’s so many! It’s a lot of fun to mix them all up, (I like the strawberries and chocolate covered pretzels the most,) and I can’t wait to see which combination I’ll try next! Anyways, next week, the company is  launching a new flavor, Cookies ‘n’ Cream, that I’m eagerly awaiting to try:)

Wednesdays in The Tower!!!!

There’s only 9 days left till the day of Wednesdays in the Tower’s release!!!!!! As many of you know, I’m a very enthusiastic Jessica Day George fan, and Tuesdays at The Castle is one of my favorite books ever, so it makes sense that I’m practically shaking with eagerness for this story! The plot seems to be that Princess Celie discovers a new room in the castle, (no surprise there) and she finds a mysterious egg inside, but she would never have guessed what would hatch out of it…Yay!!! I just can’t wait to find out what happens in Celie’s next adventure, but luckily to keep me busy while I wait, I just found a short holiday story that Jessica Day George wrote about the Castle Glower family!

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Yoga

For a school project, I made a poster about yoga yesterday, and I haven’t actually thought about how interesting it is before now! It dates back over 500 years ago, and there are lots of different types. Plus, there are tons of poses that you can learn and master! I really like doing it because it’s fun, relaxing, good exercise, and it’s challenging at some points, but simple at others!

Good Luck Charlie Season 4 Premiere!

Good Luck Charlie is one of my favorite Disney Shows that’s on right now, and its fourth season is premiering today! I loved the other three seasons, and the acting is awesome, so I look forward to seeing what happens next. In the last season’s finale, the Duncan family’s house was destroyed after being eaten by termites, and it left off with them staying in a hotel. After reading up on spoilers, I learned that the muppets are guest starring, so it’s sure to be an entertaining episode:)

Bibbidi…Bobbidi…Books!-8 Fantasy Books I Really Think You Should Read! (Volume 4)

2 Apr

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Yay! It’s time to write about my favorite genre! I could list you hundreds of awesome fantasy stories that I love, but these are some of the best that I’ve read. Most of them are part of a series that I would definitely recommend.

Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George, now this was hard to decide on…because I LOVE all of Jessica Day George’s amazing books! (She’s such a great author!) I decided to show this story because it was part of the first series by her that I had read:) This story is really fun, and full of adventure: A perfect read for a rainy afternoon!

The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley, this is an awesome series! I finished it pretty recently, and loved it:) The first book is shown above, and I really suggest you try it. The whole series is a mix of mystery and fantasy, with quirky and likable characters!

The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler, this series is great! The first book (shown above) is my favorite, plus it has a really fun cover! They’re quick reads, but are still filled with great description and whimsical adventures!

 

Fairy Lies by E.D. Baker! This is actually the sequel to another book, (Fairy Wings,) but I chose to show this story because it has a more springy setting. It is based after A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and takes place in the mystical fairy kingdom. It also has outstanding characters! I love all of E.D. Baker’s books, (she’s one of my favorite authors!) and they’re perfect for anyone who loves fantasy stories as much as me:)

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, this is a great book! The whole concept of it is really interesting, and it’s filled with suspense. You always want to keep reading! I also really like the setting of the story too, it’s filled with great detail and depth.

Whatever After, Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski, this book is a great spin on a classic fairy tale! In it, two kids get sucked up by a mirror in their basement, and find themselves in Snow White’s story! This leads to them stopping her from eating the poison apple, which also unfortunately messes up the whole story! It’s really cute and silly, but creative read that is filled with entertaining characters!

Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver, this is an AMAZING piece of writing. It has wonderfully developed characters, and detailed settings. The cover is also really awesome…I don’t really know what else to say because it is so good:)

Princess For Hire by Lindsey Leavitt, this is an amazing book! It’s about a girl named Desi, who randomly answers a magical advertisement. The next thing she knows, Desi is substituting for princesses all over the world who need a quick break! She can’t believe this is happening to her, there’s all sorts of mystical elements, like the magical disguise make-up “Royal Rouge” that allows you to look just like a princess! But Desi isn’t sure if the job is actually perfect…anyways, this is such a good book! It’s full of suspense, good detail, and some fantasy! It’s a perfect read for a long weekend:)

7 Books coming out that I really think you should read:)

21 Jan

Sugar and Spice, (Confectionately Yours #3,) Publication Date-Febuary 1st.

Emily Windsnap and the Land of The Midnight Sun, (Emily Windsnap Book #5) Publication Date-Febuary 12th

My Summer of Pink and Green (Sequel to My Life in Pink and Green) Publication Date-March 19th

Whatever After #3: Sink or Swim

Sink or Swim (Whatever After #3) Publication Date-May 1st

Wednesdays in the Tower

Wednesdays In The Tower (Sequel to Tuesdays at the Castle) Publication Date-May 7th

Pi in the Sky, Publication Date-June 11th

Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking: A 14 Day Mystery

Moxie and the art of Rule Breaking, Publication Date-July 11

My parents/sister got me this elephant as an early Valentine’s day present!!! Isn’t she adorable? I named her Juliet:)

Princess Of The Silver Woods-A Book Review

2 Jan

Sorry this review is so long…but, it was a really good book:)

When princess Petunia and her twelve sisters Rose, Lily, Jonquil, Violet, Poppy, Daisy, Lilac, Hyacinth, Lilac,  Iris, Pansy, and Orchid were younger they were forced to go into the dark Kingdom Under Stone every night and dance against their will because their mother, the late Queen Maude, had made a deal with the evil King Under Stone. The princesses had defeated The King Under Stone and some of his sons along with the help of Rose’s lover Galen, but are still being haunted with the cruel nightmares of the new King Under Stone, along with visits in the night from the princes’ shadow forms.

Petunia, the youngest of all her sisters, was on her way to stay at her friend The Grand Duchess’s estate along with the duchess’s grandson Prince Grigori, when her coach was attacked by a group of bandits, The Westfalin Wolves! And even worse, brave Petunia was abducted by their leader Oliver!

When Petunia gets to the Grand Duchess’s estate not everything is how it should be…The nightmares about The Kingdom Under Stone are becoming more and more real, the evil princes of the Kingdom Under Stone are out to get Petunia and her sisters, Oliver has discovered mysterious writing on the floors of a hot house at the estate, and everywhere the princesses look there is someone trying to get them into the Kingdom Under Stone! Is the duchess really one of the Nine Daughters of Russaka? Why does the maid Olga seem so suspicious? And will Oliver, Petunia, the Princesses, and their husbands be able to defeat the King Under Stone once and for all?

My Thoughts: I LOVE this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It may even be my new favorite!  As many of you know I love all of Jessica Day George’s books and she is one of my favorite authors. Since I read the other two books in the trilogy Princess of the Midnight Ball (which you can read my review of here) and Princess of Glass and loved them I have been awaiting the release of this ever since I found out about it over the summer. When I got it for Christmas I was so excited and I immediately went in to reading it, and then I read it again because it was so good! It’s really interesting to see more of Petunia’s personality now that she is older. I really liked the take on Little Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, and the Twelve Dancing Princesses all in one. Oliver was so sweet to Petunia and they were such a cute couple:) It was really cool to have the good frau come back since she played such an important role in the first book. I was really surprised at the end of the story, but I’m not going to tell you what happened because I’ll spoil it:) Jessica Day George did a great job with the writing and I was never bored:) The princesses are definitely my favorite characters and I understand what they’re feeling throughout the whole book. Princess Poppy is really funny and brings comical relief to really suspenseful moments:) I understood why Oliver turned to banditry after I heard his story and it was kind of funny to read about him abducting Petunia. It’s really cute when Oliver tries to deny that he loves Petunia, but you know he really does. Prince Grigori and The Grand Duchess are so evil! They are my least favorite characters in the whole book, but the Nine Daughters of Russaka tale was really interesting to read about. The King Under Stone and his brothers are so evil and bad, but they’re funny at the same time, especially when Violet and Poppy beat them at poker and got all the princesses’ things back:) Galen and Heinrich were really sweet and you could tell that they cared about the princesses a lot:) And they were really brave when they helped Oliver and his men escape and when they went into the Kingdom Under Stone. I know that Oliver’s men are minor characters, but they are very loyal and they have so much confidence in Oliver! I give this book  10 stars out of 5 (It was that good!)