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Princess Academy: A delightfully royal surprise from Shannon Hale!

Do you know that kind of feeling, like when you’ve eaten the same thing too many times and you think it’s sick? I never thought I’d say this, but since I only do reviews once a week it’s getting boring reading the same series on a regular basis. So boo-yah! Something to change the tastes a bit. I’ve read both Princess Academy books and they are definitely awesome. And don’t be fooled by the royal title, the fantastical story behind it might surprise you!

PRINCESS ACADEMY: The prequel to the sequel (I came up with it)

Miri was just a mountain girl on Mount Eskel, milking the goats and fetching water for the quarry-workers. But no, she wasn’t allowed into the quarry, not the like other girls, Frid and Bena and Liana and Marda, using their mallets to mine linder blocks among the others  from the heart of the mountain. She was as skinny as a lowlander’s arm, not even alike in the slightest to her namesake, the miri flower, bravely pushing up from the craggy rocks and up into the sunlight. Miri was useless, and she resorted to Peder, her only friend who didn’t work in the quarry, as a source of laughter and fun. She liked him a lot, in fact, before the traders came with the chief delegate and everything was changed. Before the princess academy started.

The chief delegate came to only announce of one matter: the princess academy. The prince of Danland has come of age and it was time for him to choose his bride. For the first time in forever, the priests of God have divined Mount Eskel as the place where the next princess was to be found, the first territory chosen instead of a province. And so a princess academy was to be started, to educate the coarse mountain girls that were of age in the ways of the lowlands, from Speech to Poise to Diplomacy, to be fit to marry the price and be the future princess of Danland. Miri, fourteen, was singled out from Marda, her sister, to go to the princess academy, leaving her plain home behind. Ahead was a new future full of education and the chance, however slim, to go to the lowlands and start a new life where she had the power. Could Miri have found where she belonged at last? Or did her happily ever after await her in another direction?


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Easter Combo: The Magical Duo!

So here it is; another sorry. (Yikes!) I guess you guys get a bit tired of these, but I gotta apologize for skipping the reviews over during Easter. Well, let’s not plain talk. Make way for the Easter Combo: The Magical Duo! In reality it’s actually two books from series that you guys have met: Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Potterheads, start cheering! Percy Forevers, whoop! So why don’t we get a head start from the boring details. Books, books, more books!


Harry is more than glad to start his second year at Hogwarts; Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia fear him and has reverted to pretending he was invisible, and Dudley is as obnoxious as ever, if not a safe distance away. However, a surprise visit from Dobby the house elf puts him in the doghouse. Escaping to the sanctuary of the Weasley’s Burrow, he thinks that things are back to normal, but another surprise awaits him. At Platform 9 and 3/4, he and Ron are stuck. When they finally arrive at Hogwarts via Mr. Weasley’s flying car, they are on the line. Harry tries his best not to get into any trouble, but a mysterious journal in the abandoned girls’ toilet. Harry is fascinated with the journal and he soon discovers its magic: It has a life of it’s own. Harry exchanges questions Tom Riddle, the owner of the journal, through it’s magic. When strange things start happening at Hogwarts, the diary is mysteriously stolen from his dormitory. Ominous warnings about the banishment of Mudbloods appear, and spiders are to be seen everywhere, escaping into the Forbidden Forest. Harry keeps hearing voices enaminating from the walls, using his gift of Parseltongue. Hermione is Petrified, and the only clue that she has left Harry and Ron is a crumpled page about the basilisk. There is only one word to lead them on: PIPES. Rumours are flying everywhere, but is the Chamber of Secrets truly open?


Percy didn’t ask for anything, but without meaning it his crazy world had just turned crazier. Two powerful demigods, a manticore, Annabeth missing, and an unexpected encounter with the Hunters of Artemis was definitely not asked for. Especially not staying with them back at Camp Half-Blood. Once back at camp, Percy keeps having nightmares about Annabeth being imprisoned in a dark cavern and the General. Percy has gone to the Oracle for answers, but only during a “friendly” game of capture the flag does the Oracle finally appear. Out of the attic for the first time in hundreds of years, the mummy speaks a worrying prophecy of a group of five, combined of Hunters and campers, off to save Artemis. One is to die in the land without water, and another is to perish at a parents hand. Percy can’t go on the quest, not with Thalia also being a daughter of Zeus, children of one of the Big Three. But he yearns to go after Annabeth, and after a monster rescue under Long Island Sound, he has set his heart. He sets off to join the quest of four invisibly while one of the chosen Hunters remains at camp. But can they succeed on their quest, and will the two lost demigods be only two of many that are going to die?



The Sea of Monsters: Frighteningly funny!

The school year was seemingly peaceful for Percy Jackson until an unluckily dangerous game of “deathball”. Without meaning to, Percy had found an one-eyed Cyclops brother and a couple of vicious Lastrygonians. Arriving at Camp Half-Blood, he discovers that the pine tree that had been guarding the magical borders of camp have been poisoned and Chiron, their centaur activities director and the teacher of heroes, has been banished. Instead, he is replaced by Tantalus, the evil mortal king brought back from the Underworld. When Percy finds Grover, his friend the satyr who has been missing for months, in his dreams, Grover pleads for him to rescue him at the Sea of Monsters. The campers demand a quest, and Tantalus has no choice but to elect the hero…. Clarisse LaRue, Percy’s arch-enemy. Percy hates being stuck in camp, but he can’t do anything. Surprisingly, Hermes drops in for a visit and urges Percy on,  leaving him with the supplies necessary. Driven by the harpies, Percy takes Annabeth and Tyson on a charismatic adventure into the Sea of Monsters, to save Grover and the unknown element that might save the camp…

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The Lightning Thief: Stunning!

This shocker from Rick Riordan is more than enough for eager readers. Percy is attention deficit and dyslexic, and he has been expelled from every school he has attended with field-trip-related incidents. So Percy is determined to be good when his class goes on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, but his hopes are dashed when Mrs. Dodds, his algebra teacher, wanted to “talk” with him. Mrs. Dodds revealed herself as one of the three Furies from the Greek myths and swooped down on Percy. Mr. Brunner, who is his Latin teacher and is leading the field trip, tosses him a pen that turned into a bronze sword. Percy swung the sword as Mrs. Dodds/the Fury and vaporised it. When it was all over, Mr. Brunner was gone and all he was holding was a plain ballpoint pen. Nobody remembers Mrs. Dodds, including Mr. Brunner. During break, Percy and his mom Sally Jackson go on a trip to Long Island, in a small cabin that they have been visiting since Percy was a baby. That night, Percy’s friend Grover Under-wood  came running out of nowhere and tell them that they have to leave. They try to outrun whatever was chasing them, but it was not successful and Sally vanished in a streak of light by the Minotaur. In anger, Percy wrenched off a horn and killed the Minotaur. He supports the hurt Grover to the house that Sally had instructed for him to go and collapses. He comes through again three days later, healed by nectar and ambrosia. Grover turned out to be a satyr, half human, half goat, and Mr. Brunner was actually the Chiron, a centaur. Percy discovers that this was Camp Half-Blood, the only safe haven for the Greek demigods, which meant that all the other kids there had a godly parent, like Percy. As he settles in makes a friend named Annabeth, the Oracle, or the fortune teller, predicts that Percy must go on a quest to save Zeus master lightning bolt before summer solstice or Zeus will declare war against Poseidon, Percy’s father. Can Percy save the bolt?