The Princess Diaries

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: YA Fiction

I really enjoy the movie with Anne Hathaway. So I decided to give this a go. Mia Thermopolis is your average weird teen. She’s an akward nerd whose terrible at algebra, her mom is dating her algebra teacher and then she gets the shock of a life time: she is heir to the throne of Genovia. Making her a princess. Madness ensues as she starts getting princess lessons and gets a makeover. Life shouldn’t be this hard right? 



I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest in the series. I did feel that I may have liked this better if I were younger. Still really enjoyable though. πŸ™‚

Standard

Goldenhand

Goldenhand by Garth Nix (#4)
β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy 

‘The library is very old, and deep, and contains many things that have been put away for good reason. Creatures, dangerous knowledge, artifacts made not wisely, but too well…books that should not be opened without proper preperation, some books that should never be open at all.’

This is the 4th installment of the Abhorsen trilogy, which I had no idea that it was that. I thought it was another Clariel, which was actually leading up to this one. Go figure, I’ve been sitting on this for weeks. 

This book picks up 6 months or so after Abhorsen  ends and we find Lireal adjusting to life without the Dispreputable Dog and learning to be Abhorsen alongside Sabriel. When Sabriel goes on vacation with her husband, things start moving under way and Lireal finds herself connected to Nick from Across the Wall and having to fight down the greater dead, ending Chlorr of the Mask once and for all and discovering what Nick is after his run in with Orannis. 

Overall, I LOVE this series and it is one of my favorites. Especially regarding the universe in which it is located. It also contains one of my all time favorite literary libraries. The only thing I disliked about this book was that each chapter swapped between 2 different characters and it was hard to follow sometimes. 

But still, a highly anticipated suprise sequel. πŸ˜€ Reminds me I need to go back and read Abhorsen again since it’s been about 6 years or so. Highly recommend this series.

Standard

The MagiciansΒ 

The Magicians by Lev Gossman (#1)
β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fantasy 

It’s like he’s opening the covers of a book, but a book that did what books always promised to do and never quite did: get you out, really out of where you were and into something better.

So I’ve been told to read this one by my house mates. And then I’m supposed to watch the show based on these books. I was told that it was like…a Harry Potter for adults but instead of primary school, it’s a wizard college. 

Quentin Coldwater has never felt right. Until he gets a mysterious acceptance into a magical college that seems like right out of his favorite childhood story. He proceeds to learn magic, make friends, and be awed by the world that has finally accepted him. Until he graduates and learns that stories are, in fact, real. And straight out of Narnia-esque setting, find himself with his friends overthrowing an evil tyrinical overlord in a magical land. 

I did like this one, despite feeling rushed as Quentin and co. went through school. I love books about books and this was no exception. Luckily I have the entire series on hand and look forward to reading the rest of it. 

I do recommend this to people who like fantasy and books about books. It was quite good.

Standard

Heartless

Heartless by Gail Carriger (#4)
β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy 

Serious brain candy this is. I did like this one quite a bit and I’m intent on finishing all serials by the end of the year. 

A very very pregnant Alexia is told that she has to give her baby up for adoption to appease the vampires. So pulls a couple strings and makes a plan for her good Rouge vampire friend, Alkemeda, to take her baby under his wing. And then she buys the house next door. 

Mystery is, per usual, afoot. This one focuses alot on the vampire hive and Alexia’s role as a Souless. 

I’d say give this a shot because it IS A fun read and doesn’t require alot of thought process.

Standard

The Palace of GlassΒ 

The Palace of Glass by Django Wexler (#3)
β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Juvinille Fiction 

As most of you know, I like Juvinille Fiction and YA books. I started this series and wanted to see where it went. 

Our MC, Alice, finds herself at a loss. She found out the truth of her father’s murder and what hand her mentor had to play in it. With her labyrinths advice, she devises a plan to overthrow Greyson. And it takes her far away from the forbidden library in search of a book. 

Revenge is not always so sweet. 

This one was a little darker than the last 2 books and I look forward to the next installment.

Standard

Changeless

​Changeless by Gail Carringer (#2)
β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy

Okay. So I liked this one a bit more than the first. 

It picks up a little after the first one let’s off and Alexia is the newly married Lady Maccon (to the Scottish werewolf). Funny buissness ensues and they find themselves on the strange trail of a powerful weapon that makes supernaturals human. The trail leads them to Scotland where the truth is unveiled and mystery afoot and so on.

This combines all the elements of a steam punk novel with that of a paranormal romance. I’m not quite sure how I feel about Alexie because while bad ass, doesn’t represent true soullessness. And the ending was a bit of a cliffhanger. 

I have all the books on hand so I’ll see where it takes me. I’ve read worse. πŸ˜‰

Standard

Soulless

Soulless by Gail Carringer 
β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy

GOODREADS GOAL ACHIEVED 

So I needed some brain candy after finishing Tropic of Cancer. What better to purge the brain than smutty steampunk vampire werewolf supernatural shennanigans?

Written in the tone of a badly written fan fic, we meet the Soulless Alexi, who is a spinster at the ripe age of 26. She is somewhat involved in the supernatural community and her best friend is a flippant vampire who has the best fashion sense in London. She also has the hots for the Alpha BUR sexy werewolf detective guy, Earl Maccon. 

Of course he’s scottish. Let’s just throw that in there for good measure.

So there’s something going on with the vampires, werewolves disappearing, and Alexi being targeted by mad scientists. Throw in mad science, a secret society and a secret lab and a few automotons, and you have the blend for perfect brain candy.

It wasn’t bad…..but it’s what I needed right now after such a dense book. It certainly wasn’t the best thing I’ve read and I made sure to get the rest of the books because I want to see if the author has it in her to actually develop her characters. 

Did I mention the Scottish werewolf?

Standard