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The Two Princesses of Bammare Review by Mattea

The Two Princesses of Bammare Review by Mattea

The Two Princesses of Bamarre

With her adventurous sister, Meryl, suffering from the Gray death, meek and timid Princess Addie sets out to find a cure. Author: Gail Carson Levine

This book was a very good mix of fantasy and adventure. The main plot is about Addie,a princess,who always relied on her sister Meryl to provide protection from spiders and other things she was scared of. This all changes when Meryl falls victim to the Gray Death, a plague that has no known cure. With the help of her friend Rhys, a sorceror in training, Addie sets out on a quest on which she gets captured by a dragon, fooled by a specter, battles an ogre and defeats gryphons. The end is so surprising, it was a real page-turner! -by Mattea

Thanks Mattea for the great review.  I haven’t read that one yet but will add it to my list.

If you like reading about Addie, try these other princess heroine stories by Gail Carson Levine. Perhaps you have heard of Ella Enchanted, it was made into a movie starring Anne Hathaway (the actress who played Mia in The Princess Diaries). The book is better!
Fairest Ella Enchanted Ever The Fairy's Return
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The Chestnut King

The Chestnut King

The Chestnut King

In Book 1: The 100 Cupboards Henry York found 99 cupboards hidden behind the plaster in his bedroom wall. The doors lead to other worlds and one door lead to Henry’s real home and his real parents. In Book 2: Dandelion Fire Henry learned about himself and the power of the dandelion fire that burns inside him. In this, book 3, Henry faces the evil that has been after him from the beginning. If he doesn’t win the battle everything he knows will be gone, everyone he knows will be gone. What kind of evil is Henry facing?

…[She] reached into the wicker cage and pulled out a bird. It blinked in the sun, wobbled, and slumped on her palm. She closed her fingers around it…She opened her hand and released a small pile of ash into the wind. It swirled and descended, dusting the surface of the lifeless pond. It was a small life, but she savored it. Greater lives would come. Inhaling slowly, she reached for another bird.

Wow. She devours life with just the touch of her fingers. This witch, she’s ice cold. The minions that she sends out to hunt Henry and his family are ruthless. They don’t care if their victims are old or young or helpless. The tension in this story stays really tight through the whole book. There is no let up in the suspense and the action. That makes you feel Henry’s urgency and makes for a very exciting read. Henry discovers that his only hope is the Chestnut King. The Chestnut King will help, but at a price. Is Henry willing to pay that price to save everything he cares about?

I really liked the characters around Henry in his story.  He has companions that are helping him fight the fight. He has his father and his grandmother, a couple uncles, his cousins and his wonderful, acid tongued friend, Franklin Fat-Faerie. Pay close attention to Fat Frank, and that’s all I’m going to say. Author N.D. Wilson

Watch an Interview with the Author:

100 Cupboards Series:

#1: 100 Cupboards on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#2: Dandelion Fire on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#3: The Chestnut King on CD, or Downloadable eAudiobook

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Smile

Smile

Smile

Finally, a story that’s really what it’s like to get braces. Not somebody saying, “it will be worth it later,” or somebody saying, “it’s little wires, it can’t hurt that much!” Raina’s story is the real deal. If you want to know what braces will really be like, this is the book to read.

Raina is in the sixth grade when she falls and knocks out her two front teeth – her permanent teeth. This incident sets in motion a series of dental visits that last for the next three years: molds, braces, headgear, brackets, wires, rubber bands, bonding, a retainer – about any procedure that can be done to teeth, Raina has done.  And she has it all done between sixth grade and ninth grade…in Middle School…right when she’s getting worried about how she looks and what other people will think.

Raina tells her story in all its gory detail from the pain to the funny looks to the self-conscious smiles. Her story isn’t just about braces raina-dentistthough, it’s about Middle School. She makes and loses friends, discovers that some boys are cute (and nice) and figures out how to be confident in her own self. She earns her smile, and it isn’t just from the dental work. This one is a graphic novel – be sure to look inside. Author: Raina Telgemeier

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Dreamdark: Silksinger

Dreamdark: Silksinger

Silksinger

Dreamdark is a wonderful, imagined place full of faeries and hobgoblins and dragons and imps and dragonflies and moths and other creatures. Look at the cover. Check out that sword, and the facial tattoos. It worked perfectly for my imagination. The picture brings to vivid life this tale of a battle against the forces of evil fought by some faeries that can really “bring it”!

The heroes in this story are faeries; small enough to ride on the back of a bird but gifted with magic as well as passionate loyalty. These faeries are not fairies; they are not pixies or Tinkerbells or the little creatures in The Spiderwick Chronicles. These faeries are warriors. Meet them:

Magpie Windwitch: Tough, loyal, experienced warrior, possesses special magical powers she is just learning to control. She doesn’t like to brush her hair, that’s not her thing. Magpie is all action. She’s also champion to the Djinn King who has given her a task to collect five hidden Djinn that can help him save her world.

Talon: Magpie’s right hand. He’s a Scamperer Faerie. He doesn’t have his own wings but has crafted himself magic wings out of spidersilk. He’s strong and fast with good instincts. He’s the guy you want to watch your back – he’s got Magpie’s at all times.

Whisper Silksinger: A quiet girl from a family of weavers. She’s small and fragile. She can’t fly, but she can weave a magic carpet and fly on that. She can conjure and do spells. Her clan lives in secrecy on an island she has never been away from. She thinks she’s not a warrior, but oh, she’s a warrior all right.

Hirik: Determined to become a champion even though his clan has been exhiled for a betrayal that occurred long before he was born. Hirik knows what it is to be the ousider and will fight to protect the weak, the underdog and the fragile little faerie named Whisper.

These four share devotion to family, friends & to a cause. Their stories begin separately, but they eventually meet to take on the very worst kind of evil, the kind that passes itself off as a friend. Dreamdark is an exotic place, where powerful Devils hide in bottles & where singing makes silk weave itself into flying carpets. Author: Laini Taylor

Dreamdark #1: Blackbringer
Dreamdark #2: Silksinger

The setting of Silksinger is exotic and interesting but the real appeal to me is the four friends and how they make up a team. They have the same appeal as Percy, Anabelle, Grover & Tyson or Harry, Ron & Hermione. If you like that kind of tight friendship where each person makes the group stronger, try some of these out. These stories are also set in fantastic places:
Ruins of Gorlan The Lost Conspiracy The  Nine Pound Hammer Dragon Games
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After Ever After

After Ever After

After Ever After

In Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, we met Stephen, who is trying to cope with the fact that his little brother Jeffrey has been diagnosed with leukemia.

In After Ever After…we get Jeffrey’s side of the story. Jeffrey is through his chemotherapy…

The treatment lasted almost three years, and it was rough. I lost all my hair, which used to be blond and curly and really cool. When it grew back in, it was brown and straight and really dorky….I don’t remember most of the details, but I know that being treated for leukemia was torture.

The funny thing is, the treatment is nothing compared to what happens after you’re “cured.” And that’s the  most annoying thing in the world: They tell you how lucky you are to be cured, like you’ve escaped a death sentence. But being a cancer survivor can be a life sentence all its own.

now he’s “that kid who had cancer.” As his mom asks on the way home from the last hospital trip “What do we do now?”  For Jeffrey, that’s a really, really hard question. This is his story about what it’s like to move on after such an experience.

Jeffrey is irreverant, that means he likes to mock things, even cancer. He’s funny, but most of all, he’s brutally honest. I liked him right away and I liked the way he spoke upfront about his feelings and about what it’s like to be “that kid who had cancer.” I liked seeing how Jeffrey’s illness effected everyone in his family and all of his friends. Most of all, I liked Jeffrey attitude that life has stuff happen in it. You have to deal with it and move on. Author: Jordan Sonnenblick

 
Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie Notes from the Dog
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