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The Thirteenth Princess: The Twelve Dancing Princesses, with one extra!

Once upon a time, when I planned my blogging schedule, I’d wanted to do either Physik, the third in Septimus Heap, or Forest of Secrets, a sequel to Fire and Ice. Sadly, I couldn’t get to the library over the weekends, so I’ve cozied up with another fairy tale twist. This one’s called the Thirteenth Princess. The twelve princesses are the damsels in distress, but it takes their brave thirteenth sister to save them all. A fantasy fit for a Fantasy Bookshelf!

The Thirteenth Princess: The servant princess

Zita isn’t a princess, not one of the blond-haired, blue-eyed, beautiful girls who lived in the tall towers, way out of reach of a simple scullery maid. She had ugly red curls, and her green eyes was nowhere near the clear aquamarine of her sisters’. But Cook isn’t one to lie, and caught whispered conversations confirmed Zita’s relation to the legendary princesses. To her delight, she was welcomed among her sisters and the week passed in anticipation of the Sunday meetings through the dumbwaiters. But when her sister start acting strangely, is she up to the task to save them, and can she?


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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?


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Flyte versus Fire and Ice

Hey guys,

It’s time for the book reviews to come on! Today we’re gonna have a contest. Drumroll… Flyte versus Fire and Ice! So here’s how it goes: I’ll review both books in this post and there’s going to be a poll at the end of it for you to vote. It’ll be slightly hard to choose as both are the second books in series of six or seven, but I’ll do my best to explain things that happened in its prequel. Enough talk. Books ahoy!


Everything’s off to a new start: Jenna has taken her rightful place as princess at the Palace, moving in with her adopted parents Silas and Sarah, and Septimus is learning the ropes to being the ExtraOrdinary Apprentice to Marcia Overstrand, who has been lately shadowed by her Shadow. They’re settling into their new roles and everything is well… until the dark horseman arrived. Simon, the eldest brother among the seven Heaps, has turned Darke. He is jealous of Septimus for usurping his right to be ExtraOrdinary Apprentice, which he always assumed would be his place. Now Simon is the apprentice to the late DomDaniel and he has been performing gruesome tasks for a year, ordered by the skeleton of his mentor. Simon has kidnapped Jenna to complete his latest task and has taken her to the Badlands, but no one will believe Septimus that Simon is really Darke. While Septimus tries to convince Marcia to search for Jenna, Jenna is being taken to Simon’s Observatory, tucked deep into the Border Mountains. Finally giving up his verbal battle with his mentor, Septimus sets off on his own with Nicko on a quest to find Jenna. But Jenna isn’t the ordinary type of princess; she carves her way out (literally!) and escapes on Simon’s horse. Now that the Heap children are scattered out in the wilderness, what does it take to bring it all together? (Hint: Flyte!)


Fireheart and Graystripe are finally made warriors after hard moons of training. But Tigerclaw’s malevolent presence is still lurking in ThunderClan, buried in secret. Fireheart has to warn Bluestar what Tigerclaw is capable of, to uncover the churning secrets under the surface. Meanwhile, a rift forms between the two best friends with Graystripe’s love in the middle. Graystipe has fallen in love with a cat from a rival Clan; namely, Silverstream of RiverClan. Fireheart is torn between decisions: should he betray his friend and tell Bluestar about the forbidden love, or is Tigerstar’s treachery more important?


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…


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: All star!

Read years ago, this magical book by J.K. Rowling keeps drifting back. Harry is a special boy. But he doesn’t think so. He is his cousin Dudley’s “punching bag” at a normal occurrence, and is barely recognised by his “Muggle” aunt and uncle. A couple of days before his eleventh birthday, strange things start happening. Owls are out in the daytime, and he keeps receiving the same letter, despite his Uncle Vernon’s best efforts. Driven beyond the point of madness, Uncle Vernon tries an escapade to a shack on a small rock outcrop a little ways out to sea. Woken in the middle of the night, Harry counts down to his birthday on Dudley’s watch. As it reached midnight, the shack’s door is kicked open with a deafening BANG! There stands a giant of a man, who introduced himself as Hagrid. He delivers and extraordinary message… “Harry, you are a wizard.” And so begins Harry’s new life at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, accompanied by his friends Ron and Hermione. But Voldemort, the darkest wizard of the century, is on the move. Can Harry save the Stone before it’s too late?

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Magyk: Five out of five!

This wonderful first in the series introduces us to the Heaps, a large family with six sons and one daughter. There is a prophecy… “The seventh son of the seventh son shall wield the most extraordinary Magykal power.” Septimus, seventh son to Silas Heap, also the seventh son, comes at last. However, on the day the seventh son to the Heap family arrives to the world, a midwife declares him as dead. On the same day, Silas, journeying home from the Forest surrounding the Castle with herbs for his wife Sarah, discovers a dark-haired baby with violet eyes in the snow. As he enters the gates into the Castle, Marcia Overstrand, newly made ExtraOrdinary Wizard, gives vague instructions to Silas of keeping the baby and raising her as his own. Named Jenna, the baby becomes part of the family… But where is Septimus? A charismatic introduction to the fantastic world of Septimus Heap, with breath-taking moments around every corner.