Princess Academy & Palace of Stone 

Hola, reader! Today’s post is a double review – Princesd Academy by Shannon Hale and its sequel, Palace of Stone. I read them once when I was a small child, and then last week this happened in my head:

Decent-Human-Being Me: Hey, you know what we should do today?

Sarcastic-and-Generally-Rude Me: *boredly filing nails because hey, cliches are fun* What?

DHBM: We should reread some old books!

SAGRM: Isn’t that what we do every day?

DHBM: Yea, but specifically those Shannon Hale ones.

SAGRM: Why should we do that? 

DHBM: Because reasons. 

…and through that overwhelmingly powerful logic, it was decided.

Anyway. Princess Academy is actually a pretty good duo, despite its ridiculous-sounding name. I felt connected to only a few of the characters – namely Miri and Katar – but with them I thought I had a great insight into their minds. 

Things I liked:

  • Miri was an intelligent, capable, and highly articulate female lead, which I love. 
  • Each of the characters was fleshed out really well in the first book. 
  • No instalove, in my opinion!
  • The romance was NOT the central focus of the story, and instead it played a background role for most of the books. 
  • Miri’s letters to Marda were adorable. 
  • The songs. 

What I didn’t like:

  • In Palace of Stone, there were a LOT of characters with barely any background, and I honestly didn’t care about them. 
  • Bena has NO personality. Literally, none. 
  • The plot twist with Liana was good in the idea, but not in execution. 
  • Making characters disappear into thin air just to tie up your loose ends annoys me. 
  • The barely-existing romance was great. Until the end. When Miri suddenly dropped all independence and clung to Peder like he was a lifeboat. What?!?
  • It felt like there was a palpable shift in the writing style from book 1 to book 2. 

This is a very quotable duo, with great gems like these:

“An idea is like a fire under ice. You can try to put out the fire, but the melting has already begun.”

“A kingdom at war with itself will not long stand. Let us wash the blood from our hands and start anew.”

“A rock lasts forever, but people don’t, and that’s what makes them more precious.”

“Gerti’s voice was soft, but her words flowed like the music of her lute.”

Tl;dr: This is a decent duo with a strong female lead. There’s a shift from children’s book to children’s/YA from book one to book two, and it’s not without its flaws, but a good read. 

Overall rating : 3.73 stars 

Heartless

Greetings, reader! So to kick off my newly remodeled book blog, I’ll be reviewing Heartless by Marissa Meyer.

Now you may be saying, if you know of the book, Wait! That doesn’t come out till November! How are you doing this??

Well, you’d be correct. The book doesn’t come out until November. HOWEVER, the preview has just been released as an eBook, and I’ve gotten it! So that’s what I’m reviewing ☺

The basic premise of Heartless is that it’s a prequel to Alice in Wonderland/Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, telling the story of the young Queen of Hearts. *pauses in writing and squeals* It even SOUNDS incredible!!

Anyway, Heartless seems to be a well-written novel with a brilliant premise. Marissa Meyer is, as I know from the Lunar Chronicles, an amazingly talented writer with a true gift for making the fairy tales you thought you knew, her own. I can tell from reading these first few chapters that Cath (the Queen of Hearts) is a clever and likable character, and there’s a nice dose of Marissa’s trademark sly humor thrown in. And if you need convincing, check out these great quotes:

“Margaret had the great hardship of being unbearably unattractive. Not the homely-caterpillar-waiting-to-turn-into-a-beautiful-butterfly sort of unattractive, but the sort of unattractive that gave those around her a sense of hopelessness.”

“And the moral of that is ‘Once a goldfish, forever a goldfish.'”

“It’s just sort of snout-like is all. He probably has an excellent sense of smell. I wonder whether he couldn’t track down truffles with a nose like that.”

And of course, cleverly slipped in jokes and references like “hotheaded candles,” “rocking-horseflies,” and a cuckoo clock with a dozing cuckoo inside. Plus, you can enjoy names like Idonia and Whealagig Pinkerton! 

Rating : 4.98 so-crazy-excited stars!!

~Important Update~

Hi reader!

Okay, so I have an announcement  (pronouncement?) to make. As of today, I am once again completely revamping this blog – and making it a book blog! So I’ll hopefully be posting a lot more often ☺

Stay tuned for the first book review, coming soon!