I had picked up this sequel to "The Runaway Princess" for my 10-year-old daughter. Meg has managed to escape the tower, and convinced her parents to let her have a variety of lessons, but when her dragon flies away from home, it is a struggle to convince them to let her go questing after him. On the adventure, Meg is joined by Dilly, lady-in-waiting; Cam, assistant gardener; Nort, a clumsy and skinny guardsman, and Lex, the second-most powerful wizard in the land. Of course everything soon goes askew. But Meg, with the help of her friends and a little luck, will manage to get everything to come out okay.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Willoughbys are old-fashioned children, like the ones in storybooks, except for the fact that they're not orphans. They decide to send their odious parents on a dangerous trip, little knowing that their parents have decided to hire a totally un-Mary Poppins nanny. Who will end up with the storybook ending, the children or the parents?
Monday, June 25, 2012
Heck is the inbetween place for bad kids, a holding stage for them until they hit 18 and can be judged. When Milton and Marlo die in a marshmallow polar bear explosion, this brother and sister duo must figure out the rules of Heck if they hope to have any chance of escaping.
Friday, June 22, 2012
I've real five of these books in the series, and finally caught on that there is the same counselor and teacher in each one. I like the little subplot twist there. Great reads if you just want something fun and not too serious in a graphic novel.
This graphic novels are all about girls falling in love with different paranormal creatures. This one has Vanessa falling love with Jean-Paul, who all the signs point to being a vampire. But Vanessa quickly finds out that not all is as it seems.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
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Saturday, June 16, 2012
"Mistress of Mourning" by Karen Harper is a wonderful look at a intriguing part of English history. This work of historical fiction brings alive a segment that I hadn't read much of, and deals with the possible reasons for the deaths of the boys in the Tower, along with how their sister might have dealt not only with their death but the long-reaching aftermath. Karen Harper's books have a favored spot on my bookcase, with each one finished leaving me eagerly awaiting her next one.
Kate Emerson always does a fantastic job of bringing English history to life, choosing little known characters and creating wonderfully detailed backstories. Fans of Philippa Gregory, Karen Harper and historical fiction, will thrill to this new look at the Tudor Court.
Friday, June 15, 2012
A.J. Jacobs has decided to pursue the "perfect body" with the same level of obsessive dedication that he showed when going after the ideals of biblical law and reading the entire encyclopedia. Over two years he spends a month concentrating on a different body part or health ideal, culminating in a triathlon. One of my favorite chapters was "The Lower Intestine: The Quest to go to the Bathroom Properly" with him buying a squatting chair. His wife is a long-suffering sidekick, willing to go along with some of his journeys to optimum health.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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Rue's mom has disappeared, her dad is arrested for the murder of a student and Rue's mom, and now Rue thinks she's going crazy because she keeps seeing odd things. It turns out that maybe Rue's mom is Fae, making Rue half-fairy.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Digger is a thief on the run after from the Greenmen, magical inquisition soldiers. She finds herself a lady-in-waiting in a secluded mountain castle, where everyone seems to have secrets. Digger, now going by the name Celyn, finds herself forced to ferret out everyone's secrets, and she must decide just how far she is willing to go to save her life.