Wednesday, October 23, 2013

{Mini-Reviews} Superheroes and Fairy Tales

by Bethany Frenette
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Year pub: 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
First lines:
"You know when you have that dream?

The one where you haven't been to math class all year, and suddenly you're taking the final exam? Or the one where you're about to go stage, and not only have you forgotten your lines, but for some reason you aren't wearing pants?

This dream wasn't like that."
 Leon's puppy-dog face. 

My Rating:

by Soman Chainani
Pages: 488
Format: Hardcover
Year pub: 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
First lines:
"Sophie had waited all her life to be kidnapped.

But tonight, all the other children of Gavaldon writhed their beds. If the School Master took them, they'd never return. Never lead a full life. Never see their family again. Tonight these children dreamt of a red-eyed thief with the body of a beast, come to rip them from their sheets and stifle their screams."

"IN THE FOREST PRIMEVAL
A SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL
TWO TOWERS LIKE TWIN HEADS
ONE FOR THE PURE
ONE FOR THE WICKED
TRY TO ESCAPE YOU’LL ALWAYS FAIL
THE ONLY WAY OUT IS
THROUGH A FAIRY TALE"

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20 comments:

  1. Oh, it's raining here! I love it!! The little puddles are so CUTE.
    Okay, let's talk books! I really like the cover of Dark Star and I also like the dream talk at the beginning. Sounds like a promising book. And I've heard great things about The School of Good and Evil (plus it's another pretty cover). Oh, what a funny coincidence! That both books start with dreaming. :D
    "THE ONLY WAY OUT IS
    THROUGH A FAIRY TALE" - LOVE these lines.

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    1. Rain. <3

      YES. Dark Star, READ IT. Oh and The School for Good and Evil? READ IT. They both are GOOD ADFKLJADLK.

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  2. I agree that the rain is pretty neat!

    I'm glad to hear you liked the School for Good and Evil (another summer read for me, can't wait!), but I would really like to hear more of your thoughts about it.

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    1. Thank you, Romi. <3 Credits to the website down below from which I got it from. ^^

      AHH I can't wait to hear your thoughts!! To hear (read them) my thoughts more click the full review link. ^^

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  3. First of all, Delaney, you have SUCH A CUTE BLOG! It shouldn't even be called "Awkward." It should be called "Adorbs"! ;) Okay, now that that's out of the way...

    I haven't read DARK STAR yet, but I've always wanted to, so I'm so glad that you enjoyed it! I'm loving Audrey already, even though I haven't met her, and even though she shares my mom's name. That's bound to be a bit awkward... But I have a soft spot for witty and fiery characters. Humor is always a nice plus -- no matter the kind of book!

    The only thing that remotely bugs me is that Audrey seems to be the damsel-in-distress kind of protagonist, which I'm not fond of. But if that means we get to see Leon, whom I'm assuming is the adorable love interest, then I guess that makes it better. :P

    THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL: Yay! Five stars! Again, this is another book I haven't read but REALLY want to (I mean, just look at that gorgeous cover), and your review makes it sound so promising for a middle-grade novel. Maybe I should get it for my younger sister... and then sneak it away from her when no one's watching. >:)

    I usually find that MG books tend to lack characterization, so it's such a relief to hear that this wasn't the case here. I mean, this: "Both were very enjoyable to read about, but I loved Agatha much more. How she grew in confidence it was just applauses." -- Hooray for character development!

    And the plot, too. I can't say much about it other than that it sounds so original and unique, and I'm glad that it lived up to your expectations. I definitely hope to give this a read one day. Great reviews, Delaney! And lovely blog. I just can't get over the raindrops and the cute cursor. :3

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    1. Aww thanks so much, darling. >///3///< *chu*

      Dark Star is good, like why aren't you reading it yet, girl? ;D And humor. Always a thumbs-up! She is kind of a damsel in distress because she doesn't have powers and these creatures you can't kill with just a knife, you know? But she tries her best, and having Leon appear isn't so bad. ;D

      Middle Grade is kind of my guilty pleasure. If it was written as YA it would be even amazing. Sneak away, my friend! It's one not to miss!

      Haha thank you for the lovely and amazing long comment.<333

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  4. I love your blog's design, it's so fun and unique! Glad to hear you enjoyed The School of Good and Evil, that was a fun one! And love the puppy dog face gif for Dark Star, I'm dying from the adorable. Great minis! :-)

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    1. Aww thank you, darling.<3

      It was a really good one. A unique plot and awesome characters and relationships and themes. Haha Ouran High School Host Club is da bomb! XD

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  5. LOVE the raindrops!! Such a cute design. I'm glad you enjoyed Dark Star, it looks really cool, love the cover, looks just like my kind of badass book. Hehe, nice puppy dog face gif! :D Great mini-reviews Delaney!
    ~Tilly @ Hardcore Heroines

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    1. Thanks! ^^ It involves superheroes I don't know how badass things can get. XD

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  6. Ooooh, I am so glad you liked both of these because they are two books that I have been interested in but a little iffy on. Now I'm excited to read them :3 Love the gifs, great mini reviews!

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    1. You better be!--they are AWESOME AKLDJFAK BOOKS!!!<3

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  7. ... RAIN!

    I haven't heard of Dark Star very much, but your review makes me want it SO BAD! I can't resist super heroes, or puppy-dog faces, for that matter, so I think that me and this book will be getting along fine. Audrey seems like a great protagonist, and I love that her voice is full of humor and wit!

    "She had a burning fire in her that I loved." <--- I adore the sound of this. Everybody loves characters with fire burning in their hearts! Also, I find it really nice that there is a focus on a mother-daughter relationship in Dark Star. You rarely get those in YA novels that aren't contemporary (and even in contemporary they are uncommon), and this mother-daughter relationships sounds absolutely refreshing.

    I don't think that I will be too bothered by Audrey being a damsel in distress. I mean, I assume that the fact that she can't use her powers while her opponents can is what makes her one. If so, I think it's a good reason and hopefully she will become stronger in the next books!

    I will definitely be picking Dark Star up, Delaney. I love super heroes-- and adorable puppy-dog faces. Seriously, Leon sounds so cute!

    I've been wanting to read The School for Good and Evil for such a long time! And you review makes it sound amazing! Good characters and character development are always requirements for me, so I don't think that this book will disappoint. Agatha seems like a character that I would just want to huggle.

    "There were so many themes put into there that I so adored." <-- I absolutely love it when books have many themes in them, especially if they are ones that you can reflect on. Add all that to an original premise, and you get a book that Lesley must absolutely read. Not so sure about Sophie, though. She sounds pretty terrible.

    Great reviews!

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    1. The relationships that presented in Dark Star are so refreshing. Like I have fights with my mom but I still love her and I know she loves me too (just I don't say it aloud as she does XD). I just really want her to get super powas already! I guess cause most kick-ass heroines get their powas in the first book, so the author wanted a change, so now I am anticipating her powers. :D Leon is just freaking adorable. XD

      Agatha<3 Yes. Stay away, Sophie. Agatha seemed more the main character somehow. Lots of twists and amazingess EVERYWHERE!!!


      LOVE THE LONG COMMENT<333

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  8. Super cute gif and mini thoughts, Delaney! Hope life is going great for you.:D

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    1. Ever so thank you Sarah. <3 So far, life is confusing but everything's a journey.

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  9. These both look good so I'm glad you liked them! I've been eyeing The School for Good and Evil for awhile! And seeing how you say there are a lot of twists then I'm sold!

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    1. Good plot twists are always the best! ^^

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  10. Delaneeeey! I enjoyed The School for Good an Evil. The world-building and illustrations---superb. What a cute blog! I like your old design but this one is cuter!

    -Dannielle
    BookWhales

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    1. Your review of The School for Good and Evil actually made me super excited to read the book so thank you! Aww thank you, darling, you are the best, Dannielle! <3

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