Book Review: “The Princess Diaries”

“The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1)” by Meg Cabot

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

Other Princess Diaries books

Summary from Goodreads:

She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…

News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!)

Downer: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)

Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmére, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.

Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty–no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what’s a girl to do when her name is Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo?

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Behind the Blog: Michelle at The Writing Hufflepuff

Behind the BlogA big welcome to Michelle from The Writing Hufflepuff

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m an aspiring writer and bookaholic. I’m currently in my last year of high school and then I’ll be (hopefully) off to study journalism.

How did you end up here in the world of book blogging?

I used to blog about… Well, I’m not sure what I blogged about. Really random stuff, actually and I never really liked to blog about that stuff, but blogging about things that I actually liked (books and writing) felt like betraying my followers. In the end I quit and then my mom asked me a few months ago why I didn’t blog. Well, that got me thinking and here I am!

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Listed: Male Protagonists

The idea for making a book list like this came from the occasional teen boy asking for a ‘boys’ book. I know he means he wants a book with a male protagonist. I, of course, draw a blank when asked for books directly. This is obviously not a comprehensive list of books but rather a mix contemporary, fantasy, and science fiction books with a male protagonist.

See here for the Female Protagonists list.

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If You Like…Doctor Who

We do these at work so I thought I’d see how they worked out on the blog. It’s pretty easy, if you like book A you might also enjoy books B, C, and D. I’m tweaking this a bit and using a television show for inspiration instead.

If you enjoyed Doctor Who,


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Book Review: “Thorn”

“Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling

Source: Bought

Summary from Goodreads:

For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she’s never had … until she’s betrayed.

Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family’s cruelty and the court’s contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future.

But powerful men have powerful enemies–and now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman’s, giving Alyrra the first choice she’s ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she’s never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometime the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.

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This Week (127)

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Book Review: “Mockingbird”

“Mockingbird” by Kathryn Erskine

Genre: Children’s/Middle Grade Fiction. Contemporary Fiction

Summary from Goodreads:

In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white—the world is full of colors—messy and beautiful.


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