Monday, 27 April 2009

Ransom My Heart by Princess of Genovia Mia Thermopolis (AKA Meg Cabot)

Title: Ransom My Heart
Author: Princess of Genovia Mia Thermopolis (Though, Mia doesn't exist, so it was really Meg Cabot)
Summary (from Shelfari): He's a tall, handsome knight with a secret. She's an adventurous beauty with more than a few secrets of her own. Finnula needs money for her sister's dowry, and fast. Hugo Fitzstephen, returning home to England from the Crusades with saddlebags of jewels, has money, and lots of it. What could be simpler than to kidnap him and hold him for ransom?
Well, for starters, Finnula could make the terrible mistake of falling in love with her hostage.

I'm really enjoying watching people all get in a tizzy about the adult scenes in the book. Come on now, anybody that's read Princess Diaries knows how Mia is and it IS an adult book.

But anyway, I stopped following The Princess Diaries series on book 9 , having outgrown the series, and never even finished the book. But then I heard the words 'Meg Cabot' and 'Historical Fiction' and had a little moment like this: 4TEJORIGJJKLBNDJGRIOUHRDGHDERHNGIUVHFDFGKJBNDIKGNDKWHAT THE HELL? and then decided I had to read it. Even if it was "written" by Mia Thermopolis.

This book was insanely amazing. Predictable? Yes. But it had a kick ass (literally) heroine and a realistic (though slightly dilusional) hero. And the little side stories all really made it come together, tying up everything and leaving me with this beautifully covered book.

But, in total, you need to read this book. Then you can help me make a petition for a sequel...or at least a lot more historical fiction books from Meg.

-Julie

Friday, 24 April 2009

One Book Meme

Alright, I had originally planned to review some books I had read ages ago seeing as I haven't posted many reviews recently - and I will do that at some point (I'll try and add at least one review a week), but until then, I thought I'd post something else book related; a book meme.

1. One book that changed your life:
The Old Man and the Sea by Hemmingway - not because it has a particularly amazing plot or anything like that, but we had to study it in English and I reread it over and over and wrote essays on it and it basically just changed the way I read books and made me love searching for meaning in books.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:

Looking for Alaska by John Green.

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (it's huge! It'd certainly kill more time than a regular book with just a few hundred pages).

4. One book that made you laugh:

Paper Towns by John Green.

5. One book that made you cry:

Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix by J. K. Rowling (okay, I admit it, I bawled my eyes out at a few of the other HP books too - but certain character deaths just got to me! Quite a lot of books have made me cry actually, I like books that can do that to me. Maybe I'm just a masochist).

6. One book that you wish had never been written:
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Honestly, it's not the worst book I've ever read - I have read worse, but this one just irritates me so much... Stephenie Meyers writing is mediocre at best in the Twilight series, her character development is almost non-existent and it's just pretty bad in general - but at least the other three books in the series had some redeemable qualities that made them the kind of books that you could call a guilty pleasure, something you can love to hate and like it all at the same time. But with Breaking Dawn, that was just one big literary epic fail with nothing that made it worth reading. And then there was Smeyers immature reaction to the feedback it got that annoyed me too).

7. One book that you wish had been written:

A Simple Case Of FAB by Team FAB (Gahahaha! Actually - that *may* exist soon-ish. I refuse to explain it - just go to www.team-fab.net and it may make more sense).

8. One book you’re currently reading:
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (I *think* that is the authors name, I could be wrong - I actually have this book, but my to read pile is massive and I haven't got to it yet but I've heard a lot of good things about it).

10. Now tag five people:
I tag anyone who is reading this. :]

Later.

P.s. Should this blog be strictly book reviews, or would you like/mind having other book related things on here too (like book memes, the whole "in my mailbox" and "waiting on Wednesday" things etc. that other book blogs do)?

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Stranger With My Face by Lois Duncan

Okay, so I haven't been posting many reviews recently - the most recent one I was going to review was Stargirl, but Nia just reviewed it and said pretty much what I would've said about it anyway.

So I've decided I'm going to post some reviews of books I read a while ago/years ago that I liked. Just until I read some new books I want to talk about.

First up:

Title: Stranger With My Face
Author: Lois Duncan
Summary: Have you ever been haunted by the feeling that someone is spying on you, lurking around your house and yard, even entering your bedroom? Are your friends plotting against you when they say they've seen you do things you know you haven't done? What's going on -- and does Laurie really want to find out?

I first read this book when I was about 13 or something and I reread it a few times since, I don't know what it is about it, but I really liked it.

It's one of those books that takes something far fetched/supernatural but it's written in a way that is totally believable - after reading this, there was a tiny part of me that was afraid to go to sleep incase I projected out of my body and someone else took my place... really irrational, yes, but the way Lois Duncan wrote the book it just made it seem so real and convincing.

I loved the characters too, especially Laurie and the guy whose name elludes me at this time (if you read the book, you'll know who I'm talking about though) - it's hard to say the things that made me like her without spoiling the book, so I won't try.

It's been years since I've read it, but I still love it - I kind of have a soft spot for all of the books I loved when I was a kid.

Later.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Realised I haven't written any reviews for a while, so I'm cheating - here's one from a few years ago about my old favourite book.



Stargirl arrives at Mica Area High School and is the talk of the town. Everyone admires her quirks; everyone wants to be like her. The pet shop runs out of rats, girls start dancing in the rain and above all, everyone wants her to appear on Leo and Kevin’s cable show, “Hot Seat”. After endless quibbling, Kevin and Leo arrange for Stargirl to appear on their show. Everything goes to plan, Stargirl shining and keeping everyone hooked. Then, the jury, (students from Mica) interfere and questions get out of hand. All of a sudden, Stargirl is shunned for everything that seemed to make her unique before and others’ hate tests the strength of Stargirl and Leo’s new found love.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is a thoughtfully written book, a celebration of being unique. Not only does Jerry Spinelli show others’ point of view, but also Stargirl’s and how she reacts to being treated in this way. The book goes through various stages. There’s happiness; sadness and excitement, all wrapped into this amazing book with a bright pink cover.

Stargirl as a character was very mysterious, and it was her ways that kept me hooked. couldn’t put the book down. As a reader, I felt sorry for Leo, as his love for Stargirl was obvious, but in answer to the question asked in the book (“Who’s affection would you rather, hers or theirs?”) the students shunning Leo and Stargirl was too much for Leo; he chooses between the students and Stargirl.

Although I feel that the book was very slow-moving, after Chapter 12, you get a rush of feelings, the anger of the students, Leo’s helplessness and Stargirl’s amazement all rolled into a few chapters, but these feelings are portrayed during the rest of the book. In my opinion; it is this writing that truly makes the book something out of the ordinary.

The book as a whole was amazing and after reading it, you’ll see how it’s truly unforgettable.



And, there you go. My rather poncy review. I'll stick by what I said - it's a damn good read.



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