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Book Review- Entwined

Yes, yes, I know. This is what, the third fairy tale retelling? I don’t care! I am so happy that I read this! If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen a tweet from me that said I was a little bit in and hated it! This is unfortunately true, I wanted to quit for about the first half of the book. But I stuck through it so that I could fairly review it, and I am very glad I did.

This is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. This isn’t the most well known fairy tale, but it was one of my favorites when I was a little girl! Another retelling of this story is one of my favorites: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George. Review here. It is basically about 12 princesses who are bound to dance every night in an underground kingdom, and a man who comes to free them but falls in love with one of the princesses in the process. Each version of this story that I have read so far has had a different take on it! This particular version had not only one, but 3 romance stories. (the perfect amount, mind you, not sickening at all. very natural) It was also more involved as far as dark magic goes than the versions. In the others, not much of the magic was explained, but now I understand all of it! This version has quite a bit of girl- power in it, and I learned a lot about each of the 12’s personalities.

There were 2 things about this book that I was not pleased with. The first is its sheer size. Compared to most other books teens read, this book is a 472 page beast. It took me a few days to read it, but if you are willing to put in the time for this book, you won’t be sorry! The other thing is, like I said before, I didn’t like this book at first. I can’t explain why. I think it might be that it takes a few chapters to get used to Azelea (the main character) ‘s voice. Once you are about halfway through this book, though, it feels impossible to stop. The author is great at bonding you to the characters and giving you a personal connection with each one!

Overall, this is a wonderful read! I liked it better than Princess of the Midnight Ball 😉 and even that surprised me! The characters are deep and beautiful, and I hope everyone reads this book!!!

Hope you guys are having a great weekend, and Happy Mother’s Day too! Library Awesomeness Haul no. 4 soon!

😀 Olivia

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Reading Update and a couple of book reviews!

Hey guys! So, I have been pretty bad lately with reviewing the books that I finish.  But I am about to fix that! 🙂 I’m going to make “mini-reviews” within this post of the two books that I finished recently, plus some news!

As I have said many times, this book was recommended to me by my dear friend Cara! Wow, I loved this book so much! It is a retelling of the “bedtime” story, The Twelve Dancing Princesses.  This was my favorite book as a little girl, and I still have my copy(that happens to have some BEAUTIFUL illustrations in it!). Cara told me that she hasn’t read the original, so she can’t compare the two. But I can say that they are very similar! I totally recommend this to ANYONE! I particularly loved the knitting references and the pattern in back- and I am currently knitting Rose’s Shawl from the book! (I’ll let you know how it turns out!) Despite the “girly” cover, this is NOT a child’s book, but a timeless classic that everyone should read!

I had a lot of people comment on my Library Awesomeness-Haul and tell me that I was going to like this, so I had pretty high hopes. I am a little in the middle on this one, I thought it was OK.  The concept that the book was centered around was quite interesting, but I didn’t like the way the author carried it out. I felt it dragged on a little bit(OK, a lot), and one of the main characters was drunk or with a new girl like every single minute.  However, the ending did suit me, even though it was sad.   Would I recommend this? I gotta be honest, just go check it out on Google or Goodreads for yourself if you’re considering it, because it’s not for everyone.  I bet the movie will be good though!

And lastly, some news!

1. I checked out two books from the school library today! Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines, both by John Green. I am reading the latter now, and it is my first ever John Green book! I am very excited about reading his books because all of the book bloggers seem to love his work. That isn’t to say I’ll like it, but I think there is a pretty good chance I will. I know I want to read The Fault in Our Stars but it isn’t in paperback, and there are like 80 requests for it. I can wait. But I am still super excited, I’ll keep you folks updated!

2.I am also reading a free book on my Kindle called 44.  So far it is pretty good, especially because it was free! Check my Goodreads on the sidebar if you want more info.

3. My local Barnes and Noble just called to tell me that my copy of Divergent by Veronica Roth is in!!!! Yayayayay! And I didn’t even have to pay shipping, I called to see if they had it in paperback and they offered to order it for me! It is all I can do to put down everything and read it! But no. No, Olivia. You must finish the books you have first. Be a responsible reader! 🙂 But I’m excited! Has anyone read it yet?!

Hope you enjoyed this multi-tasking post! Stay tuned for more reviews and Book Challenges! (and I am having so much fun with the 30 Day Book Challenge!)

🙂 Olivia

 

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 1- Favorite Book

As you can tell by the title, I have decided to join the 30 Day Book Challenge! I am super excited to do this, and I think it is really interesting to read everyone’s different take on this. No worries, I’m not stopping the rest of my book reviews or anything else. Just adding a little something! I’ll try to do this every day, but I can’t promise anything. Sometimes I just need a day off. 🙂 I think this was created by A Novel Place! To see her blog, click here.

This is probably tied with I Capture the Castle for my favorite book ever! But since I expect to be reusing books, especially I Capture the Castle, I used Fire instead. Once I reread this, I’ll do a review of it. But basically, it is about a girl-monster named Fire who is extremely beautiful. This particular “monster” is the only human monster left.  Monsters are seen as a danger to society because they can control humans’ minds. Fire decides that she doesn’t want to use her beauty to control people, yet she is still shunned.  This is her journey of using her powers for the good of her country, and inspiring hope in a war-ravaged world.  It could be seen as a love story (and even though it is not meant to be one, it is one of my favorites).  I LOVE this book, I reread my copy probably about once every 2 months at least. So if you haven’t read this yet, DO IT!

Update- LOVING The Princess of the Midnight Ball! And I called my local Barnes and Noble and ordered a paperback copy of Divergent! It ought to be there in 3-4 business days! Well worth waiting while listening to elevator music! 😀 I can’t wait to read it!

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

– Charles William Elliot

Olivia 😀

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Library Awesomeness- Haul

Can you even call books you got from the library a “haul”? I’m not sure, but I’ll do it anyway. 😀 Yesterday I ordered some books that I wanted to my local library, and picked them up a few hours ago. Man, there is nothing like a brand new, shiny book. But it makes me sad that I can’t keep these forever! Maybe I’m irrational. That or I like books. 🙂

Anyway, I got 6 books today. That might seem like a lot, especially considering the fact that I am already in the middle of a book. I don’t care.

Goodreads’ Description- “Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.”

One Day was inadvertently recommended to me by Chew Your Lipstick in her day 4 of the 30 day book challenge (a book that makes you cry). I say inadvertently because I don’t know her personally, I just read her post and knew I wanted to read this book. I also saw it at a local used bookstore, so I know if I love it I can buy it for cheap.  I am almost always interested in books that have movies of them, so I’d be excited to see the movie after I read this.

This is similar to Phillipa Gregory’s other books in that she is writing again about the kings and queens of old England. This one in particular is about Queen Elizabeth, and her rise to power. I am interested in this one even more after reading The Other Queen-  because it makes Elizabeth seem like a nasty person. Her point of view will be refreshing.

Those of you who have read my last few posts know I have wanted to read this book for a long time. I have already read a sample of it on my Kindle and fallen in love, so this is most likely the one I will read first.

The Princess of the Midnight Ball is a new version of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. If you haven’t read this, it is about a handsome man who has to rescue 12 princesses from a curse- every night they must enter an underground kingdom and dance the night away.  I really enjoyed the original version as a little girl, and I look forward to reading this version. This was recommended to me by Cara, and it seems like we have similar tastes! I can’t wait! 🙂 Thanks, Cara!

This is another one of those werewolf series’. Unfortunately, I am a sucker for those. 🙂 These seem to be better than the other stereotypical sagas though. I think maybe because so many people dislike Twilight, they give all other romantic fantasy werewolf/vampire type books a bad rap. Yes, I realize these are meant for preteens, but after reading a chapter or two in target, I was hooked.

OK, so if you have read any of these books, comment and tell me what you think! I will hopefully review all of these once I am finished! Also, I LOVE recommendations, and as you can tell, most of the time I read what you recommend! So please tell me what you would suggest!

Spread the love, my fellow bookworms!!

Olivia

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