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Impatiently Waiting For: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
TBP Jan. 2, 2018
384 Pages

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.- Goodreads

Book Review: Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1) by Gail Carriger

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Published Feb. 5, 2013 307 Pages
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published Feb. 5, 2013
307 Pages

Sophronia has always been a lot to handle as a baby but at 14 years old she becomes too much to bare. Her mother, at her the end of her wits, enrolls Sophronia in the Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. Here Sophronia is to learn how to become a proper lady.

Quickly Sophronia learns that this isn’t an ordinary school and that learning how to dance, dress and eat is part of the course but not the main focus. Soon Sophronia finds that her curious ways is needed in the field of espionage. 

Cute. That is the first thing that comes to mind when I was reading this book. Sophronia is an active girl both mentally and physically. She loves mechanics and figuring things out which makes her perfect for the school.

What I like about Sophronia is she is not just book smart. She has common sense and she isn’t drawn into herself. She is friendly and really nice girl. Overall just a very likable character.

I loved the pace of the novel. When you meet Sophronia she is in her element and things just move really well after the first introduction. However, my biggest issue with the book is there wasn’t much going on. Yes, there is a bigger picture and a mission Sophronia takes upon herself but leading up to these points there is no thrill, passion or intensity. Although I was in love with Sophronia and the surrounding characters, the lack of emotion provided a difficult read. Difficult in the sense that I didn’t feel the need to keep reading the book. I wasn’t curious enough about the school nor was I curious enough about what happens to Sophronia.  There wasn’t enough emotion but most importantly engagement.

But there is nothing in me that believes this book is bad. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed Sophronia, the surround characters and the pace. I just wanted more for the actual story. I wanted to be sucked in and sadly I wasn’t.

This story gets points for originality.

3 Pickles.










































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Book Review: Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

Ever After High is an enchanted high school in which students are trained to take over the stories their parents

    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers       Published Oct. 8, 2013             320 Pages
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published Oct. 8, 2013
320 Pages

were once in such as Snow White, Cinderella, Evil Queen, etc. There is little choice for these students; so each year they have to sign their name in the Storybook of Legends and begin living the life they are trained to live.

Raven is destined to be the Evil Queen in the Snow White story but Raven isn’t nor doesn’t want to be evil. Apple, daughter of Snow White cannot wait for her story to begin but if Raven doesn’t sign the book that could mean her story will never happen.

So I was a bit taken back by this book because when you begin reading it you get a middle school childish feel to it. This is not typical for books that are considered Young Adult; so if you feel middle school reading is a bit too young for you although this is a good read, this is not the book for you.

I enjoyed this read (although I wished for more of an adult feel to it). The story itself is extremely creative and it is well written. Told from Raven, Apple and the Maddie (The Mad Hatter’s Daughter) point of view readers can see both sides of the story and the desperation for the future. It’s a colorful retelling of fairy tales that I was surprised how fun it was.

I literally do not have a single complaint about the writing, the setting or even the characters. The book was written for those younger than the age of 14 not for those older.

Overall the book gets 10 out of 10.

Love, Pickles