Book Review: “She Dreamed of Dragons”

“She Dreamed of Dragons” by Elizabeth J.M. Walker

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

GoodreadsSource: The author in exchange for an honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

Trina is more likely to set the palace on fire with her powers than be a princess – could a dragon mage be the next ruler of the magical kingdom of Dorlith?

Trina is a fifteen-year-old dragon mage in a kingdom ruled by witches and wizards – the same people who have brought dragons and other magical creatures near extinction. Trina can barely control her fire powers and is desperate for an apprenticeship, but finding a fellow dragon mage to be her teacher is proving more difficult than coming across an actual dragon.

Then there’s the Royal Tourney – a competition presented by the Queen to find a successor to the throne. Trina heads to the competition in the hopes of sparking some interest in the mage society and earning herself an apprenticeship.

She never intended to be a frontrunner in the competition.

She never meant to catch the attention of the evil witch trying to take over the throne.

She never expected to fall for a wizard.

Now Trina must face tough decisions about who she is and who she could become. Trina must ask herself: Can she really win the Royal Tourney?

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Behind the Blog: Danielle at Bookish Monsters

Behind the BlogSay hello to Danielle from Bookish Monsters.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m 15 years old and have a very healthy obsession with books. I’m right in the middle of high school and am trudging through with books by my side! Er I’m not sure what else to say… I have blue hair! That counts… Right?

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

I watch book tubers on YouTube and figured- I can totally do this! Then I started a blog because I wouldn’t be good at making videos :P

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Listed: Female Protagonists

ListedI couldn’t forget about the girls. Here’s a quick list of young adult books with a female protagonist. Once again, this is not a comprehensive list but a mix of genres.

See here for the Male Protagonists list.




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A Psuedo Librarian’s Take On: Tween Programming Part 4

I’m not a full library professional at the moment but I am making baby steps in that direction. My coworkers know I’m passionate about libraries and youth services so they allow me to have control on many projects around the library. This will be a somewhat regular feature where I talk about what I’m trying and how it’s working/not working.

Seventh Month- Rubber Band Bracelets

I was a bit late to the movement but I noticed how popular the rubber band bracelets were in our area. I saw many kits in stores. I saw many kids at the library wearing their creations. I decided to have a program to teach kids who don’t know how to make bracelets as well as a session for those who do know how to make the bracelets.

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Book Review: “Scorpion Shards”

“Scorpion Shards (Star Shards Chronicles #1)” by Neal Shusterman

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction

Other Star Shards Chronicles books

Summary from Goodreads:

Dillon has the terrifying power to create massive amounts of destruction with the slightest tweak of his will. Deanna is so consumed by fear, it has become like a black hole, drawing to her the very things that terrify her. Then, when the glare of a supernova sixteen light-years away illuminates the night sky, they have a vision: There are six of them out there, all teenagers, and all suffering from supernatural afflictions that disfigure their bodies and souls. Only by finding one another will the six ever be strong enough to defeat these mysterious forces that, bit by bit, are devouring their souls from the inside out.

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This Week (128)

Are you a book blogger? I’d love to interview you for my Behind the Blog feature. Make new friends and gain new followers!

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Acquired Books*

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz and Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl [library]

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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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