The Disney Princess Sidekick tag

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag this one is super cute I love anything Disney. 
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Mushu from Mulan & Olaf & Sven from Frozen

The Comic Relief, name your favorite hilarious character or your favorite comedy/funny book

Squirrel Girl, the Squirrel girl comics are so funny there’s so many puns and I just love those comics so much.

The Seven Dwarfs from Snow White

Favorite Group/Ensemble

The Dregs from Six of Crows, obviously, they will forever be my favorite squad. I also love the golden trio of course, who doesn’t?

Pascal from Tangled

The loyal cheerleader chameleon (not a frog, Flynn Rider) – Name a book that started out one way but changed for you.

When Dimple Met Rishi I loved the first half but not so much the second.

Meeko from Pocahontas

Pocahontas’s sly and sneaky raccoon friend – Name a plot twist that you did not see coming

I usually predict plots twists but there was a few in the Throne of Glass series that I didn’t at all expecte I won’t say what they are though, after all I don’t want to spoil anyone.

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Gentle with their princess but protective with everyone else – Name your favorite best friend in a novel

I just read Truthwitch and I was blown away by how well done the friendship between Iseult and Safi was it was the best friendship I’ve ever read. It made me aware of how much YA fails when it comes to depicting friendship.

Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, & Chip from Beauty and the Beast

The Musical Bunch
Name a novel where music played a big part or made you want to sing its praises

The Winner’s trilogy, music didn’t exactly play a how part but it was important to the main characters. I’m not sure if I have read a book where music is at the center of the story.

Maximus from Tangled

The obstacle in Flynn Rider’s way – Name a character that faces a lot of obstacles

Pretty much every character in every fantasy book faces a lot of obstacles I’ll go with Truthwitch again, Safi and Merik go through a lot to get that contract.

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Favorite family dynamics in a novel

I really enjoyed the Song family from the Lara Jean books I found the relationships between the three Song girls to be realistic and wonderful.

Ray from The Princess and the Frog & 3 Fairies from Sleeping Beauty

The Advice Givers – Book that most impacted your life

I wouldn’t necessarily say it most impacted my life as there are a few books that have effected my life but Pegasus by Robin McKinley was a book that I read at the perfect time. I read it when I twelve and loved it. it became my favorite book to escape into.

Hei Hei from Moana

Name a character that steals the show

Nikolai From The Shadow and Bone trilogy he was my favorite part of the second book, I still haven’t read the third book.

Gus & Jaq from Cinderella

Opposites Attract – Name your favorite or worst opposite attracts pairing

Matthias and Nina there so amusing and cute.
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Book review: When Dimple Met Rishi

synopsis3Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?my-thoughts3The first half of this book was so cute! I was loving this book, despite the cliches until about half way through then the talent show happened. I was so confused as to what a talent show had to do with coding it made no sense for a talent show to be apart of a program for aspiring web developers. The talent show was just odd it didn’t fit the book and caused me to loose interest. Nothing after the talent show was that great either the book became a lot more cliche or maybe I became more aware and less forgiving of the cliches.

Other then the talent show, a couple of aggravating side characters and a few things about the ending this book was good. I liked the writing and the character the romance was very sweet. When Dimple Met Rishi os a fun, fluffy book with a rom com feel to it. While it was an adorable book it could have been better I would have liked more of a focus on coding and it would have been better without the talent show.

It seems like everyone either hates this book or loves it I’m in the middle it has a lot going for it and I think most of the negative reviews are absurd. Most of the negative reviews were saying they hated Dimple because when she first met Rishi she thought he was a creepy stranger and threw iced coffee on him. I think her reaction was warranted, I don’t know why people are so bitter about fictional iced coffee, anyway, I liked that scene. I liked the whole book for the most part and even though it was obvious it was a deput I really liked the writing. 

Book review: The Girl with the Red Balloon 

I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.synopsisWhen sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.

my-thoughtsThis book was so good I enjoyed the story and liked the magic system everything made sense even the time traveling was not at all confusing. I liked the characters, and I liked their relationships with each other and how there is no annoying cliches. However I did have some quibbles with this my biggest issue is the writing I can’t quite explain why but the writing wasn’t for me. I always struggle to describe writing styles and this one was unusual it’s not crisp, lyrical, flowery or any of the words I would usually use when describing a writing style. However you would describe the writing it didn’t work for me but it could also be that this is a debut novel and just needed more refinement, Lock’s writing could improve.

This book is interesting, thought the ending will probably be unsatisfactory to many people. You don’t really get answers, I usually like open endings but I do want some more closure. I felt like there should have been an epilogue or something I needed just a little more. There is going to be a another book and I’m glad there is but it isn’t a sequel which I am a little sad about, but then again it doesn’t really need a sequel it needs an epilogue. The companion novel is going to have one one character from this book in it I don’t know who or anything else about it but I’m looking forward to it.

I’ve never read anything quite like this it’s only the second YA book I know of that takes place in the 80s and the only book I’ve read that’s set in Berlin. I like how it’s about two time periods it’s unique and flawlessly done. Most of the book is set in 1988 then there’s one pov that takes place in Germany the way both time periods connect is amazing. Overall this is a great read if you’re looking for something a little different and like historical fiction, and imaginative, thought provoking stories.

A Million Worlds With You

This review has no spoilers for any of the books in the Firebird trilogy. My spoiler free reviews of the other books can be found here and here

SynopsisThe fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

My thoughts (1)This trilogy is so fun all of the many dimensions are intriguing and I love not knowing what situation the characters are going to end up in anything can happen and its exiting. In this you’re introduced to even more dimensions as well as transported back to some from the first two books. All of the dimensions that Margaret spent a lot of time in get an ending and I was satisfied with each of them. It’s interesting to see all the different ways her and the other characters lives could have gone and in a way did. The dimnsions are hands down the best part of the trilogy there imaginative and I love how basically every headcanon is canon since it’s bound to have happened in at least one dimension. It does get confusing keeping up with the dimensions there’s so many different versions of each character and it gets hard to keep track of them all.

Just like with the second book I found the recapping annoying at first it was helpful since I read the first two books months ago but there was too much off it. Also like with the second book I found all the talk about faith a bit too cheesy and unrealistic for my liking, thankfully though there was less lines about destiny, and I liked Marguerite better. I’m surprised this trilogy isn’t more popular it’s flawed but it’s good and would appeal to fans of The Selection. Just like The Selection a lot happens in only a few hundred pages and there’s a lot of twists, feels, good charterers and it’s hard to put down. It’s fast paced and the writing is good and easy to read. This book definitely has its flaws the charecters can be agrivating and the plotting isn’t perfect but its a great adventure all the same and it was ultimately a satisfying conclusion.

How and why contemporary YA has become my favorite genre

I used to say that YA fantasy was my favorite genre but I recently realized that I now love YA contemporary’s just as much as YA fantasy I used to read primary fantasy and even now that I read a wider rang of genres its still half of what I read, when I first started reading fantasy books are what was primary available to me. Fantasy and dysopian were the two most popular genres when I got into reading and didn’t know what books existed outside off what my sister was reading and what was becoming a movie. Even when I started to learn about all the books out there and knew off a lot of contemporary books I still didn’t read them mostly because I thought they were all supper sappy or sad or at least all the ones I knew of seemed to be one of those things. The first contemporary that I read was Fangirl I loved it and it’s still one of my favorite books even though I loved Fangirl it was a while before I actively read books in the genre.  Continue reading “How and why contemporary YA has become my favorite genre”

Book review: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

SynopsisShe is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desireMy thoughts (1)Almost every review says this is better then The Star-Touched Queen but I actually disagree I think I like both of them equally, for different reasons. This is technically a campaign novel to The Star-Touched Queen therefore you can read it without having the previous book, however, I strongly suggest reading The Star-Touched Queen first. It will give you background on Gauri and the world that will make the book easier to follow, and make for a better overall reading experience. I really like the two main characters Gauri is fierce and Vikrram is clever they are both devolved well as is the romance, I adored their banter. At first I was indifferent towards Gauri it took me a while to grow attached to her but by the end of the book I had grown to really like her. I immediately liked Vikram he is very charming and I appreciated that he is less broody and territorial  then the typical YA male love interest he’s also nicer.

Vikram and Gauri change a lot throughout the book and have great individual arcs while also working very well together and having a lovely romance.  My only real problem with this is that I felt disconnected to the story, and at first the characters, I like all the elements of the story but while I did greatly enjoy it it wasn’t outstanding. The writing is lyrical and absolutely lovely, Roshani is an excellent storyteller her writing isn’t quite like anything else I’ve read and for me it’s the best part of her books. These books are based on Indian mythology I’ve never read anything else that is so it makes the books very interesting this one had a lot of magic and mythical creatures some are horrific, some are wonderful and some are both. My favorite character was one of the poisonous  poisonous courtesans mentioned in the synopsis I love her and I’m hoping she’ll get her own book. The synopsis makes this book sound more exiting then it is it is a fun book but it’s not one that keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat. It is rather slow yet it’s also hard to put down, the writing grabs you from the very beginning.

Mini review: The Rose and the Dagger

This review is spoiler free but the synopsis does have mild spoilers for the first book, if you would like to read my review of The Wrath and the Dawn, the first book in this series, you can find it here.

synopsis3In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. 

my-thoughts3The Wrath and the Dawn was one of my favorite books of last year I’m glad I finally got a chance to read the sequel, it’s more or less what I was expecting and while it could have been better I  still really enjoyed it. It gave me all the things I had wanted more of in the first one, the magic got expanded upon, there’s more action and adventure, it’s more exciting and you meet two new chatterers one of them is Shazi’s sister Irsa whom I adore. Irsa was a wonderful character I liked that she started out as timed but realized she was stronger then she knew and I liked the cute romance between her and Rahim. I loved the new characters and that the magic was so excellently expanded upon but one of my favorite characters from the first book, Despina is hardly in this I missed her and the friendship I loved so much between her and Shahrzad.

I think all the characters are great but not all of their stories were handled in the best way and I wanted more of some of them, I know this is Shazi and Khalid’s story but it would have given the books more depth to expand upon the other charterers. Tariq especially needed more development I liked his role in the first book, even though he annoyed me, but his storyline in this one wasn’t the best. I felt like he was regressing at some points and then his development was rather sudden, his arc could have been so much better. This book was not as good as the first one it has new and good things but it’s not as romantic, the banter isn’t as good and I really missed Despina,  however, it is still a great end to an excellent duology and I cant wait to read Renee Ahdieh’s other book, and anything she publishes in the future.

Book review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

synopsisBeauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

my-thoughtsI had high hopes for this book but I had no idea that I would completely adore it and that it would end up being so special it’s definietly favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling, maybe even my favorite retelling. I love retellings and I always have high standards for them this one exceeded my expectations it blew me away. It kept the heart of the original tale while adding a unique spin, it has that perfect balance between classic and new that ever fairytale retelling should strive for. Beauty and the Beast retellings can easily get strange or even problematic but this one was pulled of masterfully and the romance was especially handled well and developed so well. Both Beauty and the Beast felt familiar and similar to other versions of the characters but they were each distinct and good characters with something new to offer.

I very much like this version of Beauty she’s called Yeva in this and she is clever and loves fairytales this is a great help to her, having a vast knowledge of fairytales is a valuable thing when your in one. Yeva is not quite nice as Beauty usually is she feels restricted by society she loves hunting but it’s not proper for a lady to hunt, she’s someone who longs for more. I understood her so well I could relate to feeling unsatisfied with your life even though you don’t have much reason to be, this book made me feel so unexpectedly understood. I’m not sure I’ve ever resonated with a charecter as much as I do Yeva, our personalities are different but I could relate to her loyalty towards her family, I can relate to not knowing what it is your searching for and merely knowing you want somthing more. You don’t get to know the Beast or any of the other characters nearly as well as you do Yeva but each character is in it just enough and I adored her sisters.

The writing is absoultly lovely it seemed like there was magic woven between the words, sometimes you read a book at the perfect time and it ends up being so specel that you struggle to find the words to deescribe how and why its so meaningful to you. I know this review isn’t objective in the slightest, but I actually can’t think of a single flaw everything was so carefully thought through, its magical, the charecters are fantastic and pacing was perfect the story moved fast but not too fast each storyline got just enough attention. Everything about this book is so good especially the ending I did predict the twist but that didn’t make me love it any less and it didn’t seem like it was meant to be that surprising. What a perfect book, with perfectly imperfect characters. This is a amazing fairytale retelling and a fairytale in its own right, it’s timeless, and utterly enchanting, read it.

Book review: The Siren

synopsisYears ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.

my-thoughtsThis book was not what I was expecting despite what the synopsis implies this so much more then a romance which is a nice surprise, the synopsis is very flawed this is not a supper cliche romance it has a lot gong for it. All of Kiera Cass’s books have lot more depth then people give them credit for they are a bit cheesy but there so good they have great charecters and great romance. The romance in this one is very fast and cute Akenli is a sweetheart him and Kehlen are adorable, but they did fall in love ridiculously fast. I know that’s a huge turn off for a lot of people it is for me too, but it works in this. It was still annoying just not wholly unnecessary and I don’t know that there was a way around it. Even though he isn’t even in it much I loved Akenli however, I didn’t love Kehlen she was bland but I didn’t dislike her she’s just sorta there carrying the story along.

The most unique character is the Ocean she was extremely interesting but I can’t decide if I love or hate her, either way she’s a neat part of the book. Kehlen is the Oceans favorite they have a complex mother daughter like relationship that I felt was just as prominent as the romance. The Ocean and the way the Sirens are done is very cool and now I want to read more books about Sirens and Mermaids. I like all of the sirens especially Padma, I love Padma it’s amazing how much emotion and complexity Kiera managed to convey in her few short scenes. I really like how much being a Siren effects Kehlen the other girls have found ways to be content with their new lives but Kehlen can’t accept the terrible things she’s done and obsesses over the pepeople she’s killed.

The other sirens don’t exactly like what they do for the Ocean but their more forgiving of themselves then Kehlen. They all cope in their own way, but Kehlen’s way was not healthy, the others are just trying to live the best lives they can given the unusual and dificult circumstances. All of the girls conversations, and the complex feelings they have about being Sirens as well as their compelling individual storylines added a lot substance to the book. My main problem with this book is a mayor spoiler but basically there’s a twist that I didn’t like and I think there had to have been a better alternative too. This book overall is captivating every thread of story is interesting, but there’s also something about nearly every storyline that I feel could have been mproved upon. Ultimately The Siren is a very good book and I don’t think it gets enough love there’s so many good things in it you just have to be willing to look past the insta love.

Mini reviews: disappointing fantasy edition

Long May She Reign By Rhiannon Thomas

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Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

Rating: 3/ 5 stars
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I should have loved this it has a lot of good elements like: female friendship, political intrigue and a decent mystery yet as a whole I didn’t like it much, although, it was refreshing in a lot of ways. I’ve talked before about about how I think more fantasy’s should have Worlds in which everyone is equal this book has a world like that and I think this is the only book I’ve read that does I really enjoyed this element. I also liked Freya she is adorable and she has a fluffy grey kitty! I have a fluffy grey kitty that’s not something I thought I would ever have in common with a fictional character. Freya has anxiety and I was initially exited about this since mental illness is almost never represented in fantasy books, but in the last few chapters Freya’s anxiety just disappears, obviously that’s not the way it works in real life, and it really bothered me.
I’m disappointed I expected more I thought it would be exiting but]t it was dull and nearly everything in it is mediocre, and I just wasn’t a big fan of the writing it wasn’t awful but it did need more refinement. This took me a while to read and it felt longer then it was probably since it’s slow and not much happened until the end. Most of the book is spent in one place as the characters attempt to solve the mystery surrounding the massacre and Freya adjusts to being Queen, these things are interesting but there needed to be more going on. I didn’t particularly care for most of the characters and therefore the side stories, as usual I didn’t like the romance it was generic, and badly done, it came out of nowhere and the way it was wrapped up was odd. This was a decent standalone that had a lot of compelling aspects that could have made for a great book if they had been executed well, and if the the story had progressed faster.

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

 

I received this book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review.

synopsis330811001As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

Rating 2.5/ starsmy-thoughts3I have seen praise for this all over the internet and I wanted to love it, I thought I would love it, but I don’t instead it was only mildly enjoyable. It took me a few chapters to get into this during which I considered not finishing it the first third of the book is dull  but it picked up when they get to the palace. There was a lot of interesting concepts that ultimately weren’t executed well. The writing was good but needed more editing, I don’t even want to talk about the romance I feel like I keep repeating myself in every review as usual I didn’t like I didn’t like the romance, but this time it was harder to overlook then normal. The romance was my least favorite part of the book I might have given it a higher rating if it had been less intense there was no development.

I thought this would have a badass heroine but I didn’t like Kalinda she’s plain and doesn’t have many skills she’s feisty but can’t fight and isn’t even that clever everyone she encountered thought she was special but I couldn’t understand why. She isn’t a terrible character but she didn’t stand out to me in any way nothing in this book did. I was expecting more, there’s a lot happening but I didn’t love any of it, and it’s heavily bogged down by the romance. I also think that some of reasons behind the characters actions are weak and while the story is intriguing it’s also extremely predictable and familiar. I wanted to love this I though it would be captivating and action packed but it wasn’t either of those things and I’m disappointed, I just don’t think it’s a very good book overall.