Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Palace of Mirrors

The Palace Of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Quick Summery:
Cecilia has grown up all her life being told she is the true princess being protected by being in hiding while a fake princess rules for her until she can come out of hiding.She embarks on a journey to the Castle to confront her and release her form her duties when she has a couple of nears misses of being captured.With her best friend she is shocked to find out that she is not the only one who has been told she was the princess.10 other girls have been captured.Can she set them free and with the help of friends over throw the cruel government?

Romance:Ella(from Just Ella) traveled all the way form her country to be with Jed,Cecilia and her best friend Harper kiss at the end and there are hints of how they like each other.

Language:None that I can remember.

Violence:There are a couple fights but they aren't big parts in the books and not that violent.Cecilia is afraid at one point that they might have taken Harper off to fight in the War, but he is fine.

Other:She thinks once how it would be nice to lay next to Harper as a Husband and Wife do.

Time Period: Medieval but in another world.(I finally got it Rachael!)

5 out of 5 stars.It was an AWESOME books but one thing that I didn't like was that the bad guy is ruling for the princess on the the throne and is a bad guy.He tries to catch them and all that but they catch him.They don't go into it though.It is like some people are trying to get her,she finds out he is bad and then they catch him.He isn't a big part at all.

12 and up.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Just Ella

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

*Note*This is not the cover I read it in and the other cover is a lot prettier!
Quick Summery:Ella is a Cinderella gone wrong.Her Prince isn't so Charming as he was at first and there is a rumor that she used magic to get to the ball!She has to battle with the "etiquette" of the castle.If she's cold what is wrong with making a fire if the servant hasn't come?Apparently everything.There is one calm spot her new teacher,
he's her age and seems to understand her.He has a passion for was victims that have been robbed of their homes.She must find a way to fight through all this madness around her.She never imagined it like this in a castle.

Romance:Jed(teacher) and Ella,at one point when their chaperon is dismissed she tries to tell the Prince she doesn't love him and wants to break the engagement he makes a couple grabs for her and locks her in a closet.They lock her up in the jail with a jailer with a reputation for raping women. Some talk of marriage.

Language:I can't remember anything, but I read this a while ago so I am not sure.

Violence:Talking about the war but nothing gruesome.

Other:Nothing that I can think.

14 up.

3 out of 5 stars.

I liked it as a fairy tale very well great retelling!
But there were those spots...

Sorry if I have been absent.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Last Olympian

Percy Jackson And The Olympians:The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Quick Summery:It is almost Final Battle time.Percy, in order to find some way to destroy Luke/Kronos, has to see if there is any way that he has a weakness.He visits Luke's mom and baths in the river Styx as Luke did did gaining invincibility (with one week spot).
The Titan Typhoon is acting as a diversion for the gods while Kronos battles camp Half Blood, Artemis's maidens and Centaurs for Olympus.
(also naiads,satyrs and other woodland mystical beings)There is another spy in their midst as well as the Ares cabin not being there.
Will Kronos be stopped?And what is going on with Rachel?

Romance:Percy and Annabeth finally(!!!!)get together.some other couples at Camp Half Blood.Percy and Annabeth finally kiss.
Percy tries to figure out if he likes Rachel or not.

Language:One of the Centaurs had "Kronos Su**s" only spelled  wrong.

Violence:Monsters, sword fights and a couple gory spots.

Other:Magic,gods and etc.

I liked it it was sooooo exciting!I would totally recommend this series.
5 out of 5 stars.
13 up.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Battle Of The Labyrinth

Percy Jackson And The Olympians:Battle Of The Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Quick Summery:Percy and his friends learn that Luke and his forces might be using Daedalus's Labyrinth to attack the camp.They journey into the labyrinth ending up becoming friends with Nico again,visiting Hephaestus at his forge and then Percy gets injured making an explosion that weekend the bonds holding Typhoon and ends up on Calypso's island  He gets back in time to stop his funeral and find his friend he met from running away from the skeleton warriors when Atlas was after him, Rachel who can see through the mist and navigate the Labyrinth.He fights a Giant saves a renegade half blood who ends up being the last part of Kronos's uprising.Then his monsters attack the camp.

Romance:Rachel and Annabeth are kind of fighting because of Percy and he is caught between them.His mom is seeing a guy, he asks Percy if he can marry his mom.Clarisse(Ares) likes a guy.

Language:None that I can think of.

Violence:Fighting monsters,Giant,demon and people.There is also a part were it is like a gladiator arena. A bunch of people die.

Other:the gods, magic etc.

13 up.
5 out of 5 stars.
I like how in this one they had a bit more mythical stuff with Daedalus and all.The maze was quite interesting.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Titan's Curse

Percy Jackson And The Olympians:The Titans Curse by Rick Riordan
Quick Summery:Grover has found 2 kids,Nico and Bianca, that are half-bloods.They narrowly make an escape from a monster that Artemis saves them from.Annabeth falls with the monster and Artemis goes after her.Thalia, the daughter of Zeus, has been heeled by the fleece that Percy and his friends brought back to save the camp.The Titans are rising and there is a Prophesy that one of the "big three"gods (Zeus, Poseidon and Hades) kids will save them (I am so sorry, but I already turned in the book and I can't remember :(I am so sorry!) from them or something so there is a lot of pressure on Thalia.Because it is for when one of the big 3's kids turns 16 and she is about to.A couple of Artemis's maidens(including Bianca who just joined) and Thalia are going after Artemis after the Oracle of Delphi prophesies it.Percy follows them and joins them and warns them that Atlas is after them.(they don't know this at the time though)Percy gets some kind of skeleton monsters after him.They have lost Bianca and reach Atlas and have a battle.When they get back they learn a secret about Nico and he is angry about Bianca.

Romance:Grover has a crush on all of Artemis's maidens.

Language:None that I can think of.

Violence:Fighting the monsters,Atlas and the skeleton warriors.
Also one of Artemis's maidens is really wounded and dies.As well Bianca.

Other:the gods,magic etc.

13 up.
5 out of 5 stars.

Very exciting! I love how he makes you want to stay up all night long to finish it(which kinda happened...).


Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Sea Of Monsters

Percy Jackson And The Olympians:The Sea Of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Quick Summery:Grover the Satyr is off on an adventure to find the lost god of the wild Pan.He is in danger and calls to Percy for help.Percy,Annabeth and his new friend, who also is a son of Poseidon, Tyson set off to rescue him without the exact consent of the camp.They get into a fight with Luke, the guy who betrayed them by being a spy and helping Kronos arise.They have to go through many things to get to Grover.The camp is dieing because someone has poisoned the tree that used to be Zeus's daughter.The must get the golden Fleece as well as Grover. 

The inkling that Percy might like Annabeth and the fact that Annabeth kinda has a crush on Luke.

Language:None that I can think.

Violence:They fight a Cyclops,Luke,monsters one Luke's ship.

Other:Magic.The gods.

This is set in modern times and very nicely done into ancient as well.
And what I mean by that is he brought all the gods and monsters very well into the modern world.It is a very exciting book!
5 out of 5 stars.
13 up.


Monday, November 8, 2010

The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson And The Olympians:The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Quick Summery:Percy Jackson was a normal kid until his Math teacher attacks him.Then he is suddenly on the run and surrounded by ancient Greek monsters and gods. He learns that he is the son of Poseidon and is now being accused of stealing Zeus's master bolt.He takes demi-god Annabeth , daughter of Athena, and a satyr, Grover, on an adventure to find Zeus's bolt.They travel to The Underworld to see if Hades has it and discover a dark force rising.

Romance:Annabeth has a crush on Luke, son of Hermes.The whole gods come down and have a kid with a mortal thing.


Violence:Percy slays a a couple monsters and monsters come after him.
The Ares kids don't like him and want to beat him up for humiliating them and their dad.

Other:The whole gods come down and have a kid with a mortal thing.
the Greek gods. The magic.

5 out of 5 stars!
It was modern and still had the ancientness that you'd want.
I'd say 12 up!


Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Sixty-Eight Rooms

Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone.

 Ruthie has a boring life so when her and her best friend, Jack, find a key that lets them shrink to doll size and wander around a museum exhibit. A complex doll house.They learn that they can go outside of the rooms.They go into France 1780s and Pilgrim/Salem witch trials.
There are little mysteries along the way.Such as why doesn't Jack shrink.They solve this one and several others.

I loved it!
It was a fantasy book with a different feel hten others I have read.I felt like it was more for 8-12

5 out of 5 stars.

It was quite original.

Romance:There was maybe a kiss between Ruthie's parents and Jack's mom is hinted with liking a guard at the museum.A girl they meet in France slightly captivates Jack.


Violence:Talking about the Salem witch trials.

Other:The Magic concept.

I hope you enjoyed this review. :)

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Allyssa Spur
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