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Updates + Mimi and Fifi

21 Jun


MimiWell. Long time no see, right? I feel a bit bad about leaving all of you lovely readers for so long. The end of the school year has been crazy busy for me, and I haven’t had a lot of time to blog. :( To help fill you in on past and upcoming events, I have compiled a purple-panda-approved list! Enjoy…

  • Mimi got a new buddy named Fifi… (See below)
  • I auditioned, went to call-backs, and got cast in my school’s production of Once on this Island. Yay!
  • Zig-Zag the Zebra (Mimi’s traveling buddy) went to Turkey. Pictures coming soon, not to worry. :)
  • I just went to see Inside Out, which was super adorable, and therefore deserved to be on the list.
  • Feeling like you need an extra dose of purple panda-ness? Go check out my recent posts on Doll Mag, the online magazine devoted to dolls that I write with my amazing sister Bella, (who blogs here).

Speaking of Mimi’s new friend, I recently received a very cute Disney Marie Tsum Tsum as a gift from my wonderful mom, who I have named Fifi. After meeting her tiny look-alike, Mimi immediately knew that she had found a new friend! I couldn’t wait to take a few pictures of the two cuties together – check them out below!

Mimi and Fifi 1 Mimi and Fifi 2 Mimi and Fifi 3 Mimi and Fifi 4 Mimi and Fifi 5

Have a great night!


New Rating System + Purple Panda Points: Pegasus Series

12 Jan


A few days ago I was going to do a Purple Panda Points review of the book, Pegasus: Flame of Olympus by Kate O’Hearn. I, of course, procrastinated and didn’t review it until after I had read the second book, and then I just headed straight into the third one. (Speedy reader I am!) And, then I really had no choice but read the fourth one, right? So now, I might as well review them all together!

Here’s a quick review of the Purple Panda Points format (along with a few rating updates) for your reading pleasure…

My book review format is called “Purple Panda Points”, where I talk about three elements of the book (setting, plot, characters) in brief points. Hopefully this will help to keep the reviews informative, interesting, and spoiler-free!

I’ve decided to adjust my rating system. Until now, I’ve been assigning stars to books, but I haven’t had a clear description of what these stars mean. I may give five stars to a book I enjoyed, but I also may give five stars to something like The School For Good and Evil (my all time favorite) and that just doesn’t seem fair. And so, today I’m switching to “Panda Points” instead of stars. This ratings, of course, are based on pandas and ice cream, (what else?) You can see full explanations for what each of these “Panda Points” mean below…

1 Panda PointOne Purple Panda Point: One point means that the book was just plain bad. I would never read it again. It’s the book equivalent of spinach ice cream.

Two PointsTwo Purple Panda Points: Two points means the book was okay. Fine. Nothing remarkable. The book equivalent of vanilla ice cream with no toppings in a dish.

Three PointsThree Purple Panda Points: Three points means the book was good. I enjoyed it and would read it again. The book equivalent of vanilla and chocolate swirl ice cream in a sugar cone.

Four PointsFour Purple Panda Points: Four points means the book was great. I loved it actually! The book equivalent of cookie dough ice cream with rainbow sprinkles in a sugar cone.

Five PointsFive Purple Panda Points: Five points mean that the book was one of the best ones I’ve ever read. Amazing! Awesome! Cool beans! The ice cream equivalent of chocolate cookies and cream ice cream in a sugar cone with chocolate sprinkles. Yum!

Woo, that made me hungry! And now onto the review…

PegasusAbove or below you can read a brief summary of my thoughts on the Pegasus series by Kate O’Hearn.

Summary: When the Olympian winged-horse, Pegasus, falls onto the roof of New Yorker Emily’s apartment, she is suddenly thrust into the dangerous world of Roman gods and goddesses, blood-thirsty monsters, magic, powers, and mysterious scientists. As her adventures with Pegasus continue, Emily begins to discover more about the powers that hold the key to protecting Olympus…and herself.

Characters: The best part of this series was the characters. Despite being Olympians, they all felt realistic to me, and I enjoyed their friendly natures, (not including the villains.) I’m also glad the romance between two characters didn’t overpower the story.

Plot: The entire series was suspenseful and exciting, though I sometimes thought it got a bit too strange. My favorite books in the series were #1 and #4 because they felt more original than the middle two. I was sick of the CRU after awhile

Setting: The characters in this series travel so much, it’s sort of hard to discuss one setting. Each did what it was supposed to do: the prison was creepy, Olympus was whimsical, New York was busy. I wanted to learn more about Xanadu, but there’s always a chance for one more book! :)

Overall rating: 4 Purple Panda Points

Four Points

Have a great week!