Book Review: Mia Goes Fourth by Meg Cabot

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Never before has the world seen such a princess.

Nor have her own subjects, for that matter. Mia’s royal introduction to Genovia has mixed results: while her fashion sense is widely applauded, her position on the installation of public parking meters is met with resistance.

But the politics of bureaucracy are nothing next to Mia’s real troubles. Between canceled dates with her long—sought—after royal consort, a second semester of the dreaded Algebra, more princess lessons from Grandmère as a result of the Genovian parking—meter thing, and the inability to stop gnawing on her fingernails, isn’t there anything Mia is good at besides inheriting an unwanted royal title?


Mia Goes Fourth takes place just before Mia has to go back to school for her second semester. Yes, you read that right. Just before she went back to school. I was actually looking forward to her touring the castle and Genovia in general but that didn’t happen. Instead she complained about failed speeches, meetings and parking meters, oh and of course…Michael’s unclear stance on loving her as a friend or more. Every. Dang. Page!

If you hadn’t noticed by the above, I didn’t like this book. My rating would’ve been a dead giveaway in any case. When reading a book, there’s only one thing I ask for -besides good writing- and that’s a protagonist that won’t make me want to throttle them. The older I get, it seems I get more annoyed at obvious immaturity. There’s a difference between innocence and just plain stupidity. Mia’s stupidity in this novel made her immaturity come so much into the light I’m sure I would’ve needed sunglasses if it got any brighter. I’m not saying that all teenagers are stupid or immature, but Mia definitely was. I was reminded constantly just how young she is and how little she knows of life. My main clue: her constant fretting over whether Michael loved her as just a friend or whether he was going to dump her because she wouldn’t be able to make their date.

Lilly wasn’t a bother to me in this book. And there were times I wish Lilly would shut Mia up- which she did a time or two- because I couldn’t deal with her anymore.

I don’t know what it was about this book in particular because Mia has basically had a one track mind in the other books as well, but this book made me almost hate her. I feel like this book wasn’t needed. It was nothing more than a filler. We didn’t get to see Genovia at all, Mia listened to her grandmother- I mean seriously! You know that woman’s out to get you, why even take her advice?. She made me wonder if I too was thing annoying when I was 14.

**Just a little extra thing here: I felt a bit strange (I don’t want to say offended because I think that’s too strong a word for what I want to say) that they used Jane Eyre as a means of relationship advice/material. Jane Eyre wasn’t about ‘getting the guy and keeping him’, it was about a woman refusing to be tied down and treated the way society deemed ‘proper’. She went against the social barriers and put herself first. Not so that she could get the guy, but because she wanted to be certain of herself as an individual! …Okay so maybe I was a tad bit offended. Give me a break, it’s my favourite book so I noticed.

One day when I re-read this series, I’ll probably ignore this book completely since nothing of great importance happened here. I shall continue on with the next books but of this one I was not a fan.

Reviews of other books in the series:

Read: 24 February 2017
Rating:
 ★★

Publication Date: 6 September 2003
Publisher: MacMillan
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Meg Cabot

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Reading Goal for 2017: Complete

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Yes! Victory is mine. Mine, I tell you!

I set my goal for 20 this year because I didn’t know what my year was going to look like. I still don’t know so I’ll be leaving the goal as is and won’t be increasing the number. I want to continue reading without the constant reminder that there’s a challenge I signed up for. I want the freedom to read at my leisure so that’s what I’m going to do.

See my reading list of 2017 here.

I feel like a bit of a cheat because about 5 of these books were either sneak peeks, novellas or short stories. I know that I don’t need to feel this way but I’ll add a few more reads just to give myself some peace of mind.

I’m probably going to be reading another 30 or so books before the year’s up as I have a ton of review books to get to and I’m trying not to disappoint authors as many of them rely on reviewers to get their books out there.

My favourite book that I’ve read so far this year was An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld with Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy taking up the second place. I’m currently reading 3 books and I should be starting another review book soon.

To those who have completed their reading goal, congrats. Good luck to those who are on this awesome journey and for some who are considering joining, please do. It’s never too late.

Don’t forget to have fun reading.

Caron xx

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Book Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met – a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .


The Sword of Summer is Rick Riordan’s take on Norse Mythology narrated by Magnus Chase. As we know, sixteen is a very important age to demigods and this is made clear when he finds out that not only is his dad a Norse god but that there is a fire giant after him.

“My name is Magnus Chase. I’m sixteen years old. This is the story of how my life went downhill after I got myself killed.”

I thought that this book started out pretty good and since I’m a big fan of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series as well as The Heroes of Olympus, I had high hopes for this book. I will not compare Rick’s Roman/Greek mythology books to the Norse as that’s not what we’re here for.  The beginning of the book promised a wild and entertaining story and while there were quite a few high points, this was not my favourite. The writing was as amazing as I hoped it would be and if it weren’t for my lack of interest in the world itself, I would’ve gone through this a lot quicker. I don’t know if it’s Norse mythology in general that I don’t like but I wasn’t fully grasped by this story and I don’t see myself continuing this series at the moment.

The characters were fun to get to know but they were nothing to write home about. They didn’t have that ‘wow factor’. Odin reminded me a lot of Dumbledore, which I found weird. I do like that we learnt more about the world of Norse mythology but I have to say that not much knowledge was put out there. We got snippets here and there but not enough to give us a full picture- not even half a picture really. As I said, no comparing, but almost everything about this book seemed way too familiar and I think that’s the main reason why I didn’t completely enjoy it.

The actual story took a bit long to get on and I felt that about 60% of this book dragged. There’s a time for when to be serious and when jokes are okay and Magnus didn’t seem to get that. I knew that the story was going somewhere but it was taking forever and there came a point when I was starting to get annoyed because nothing of import was happening. The battle was anticlimactic. I honestly expected a lot more from it and most of the time I wasn’t at the end of my seat. I feel like this was a long and unneeded journey that could’ve possibly been wrapped up in a smaller book.

The last 20 chapters did go by pretty fast and I wish that the whole book was as fast paced. There are too many things I did not like about this book and I’d have to be heavily persuaded into continuing this series which I don’t see happening.

Read: 12 March 2017
Rating: ★★★

Publication Date: 6 October 2015
Publisher: Puffin Books
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Rick Riordan

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My Week and Happenings #8

Back again with yet another odd week. Not bad, but I’ve been thinking more about what I want from myself and that acceptance is an important thing.

I’m used to thinking very negatively and I had to basically train myself out of that but sometimes those negative thoughts seep through and once it’s there I can’t get rid of it. That’s why I’ve decided to just accept things as they come, in the sense of the Serenity Prayer- ‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.’ You know how it goes. I panic and I stress and maybe I can’t help the stressing but I can at least control some portion of my life that the things that seem impossible won’t mean the end of the world in my head. Does that make sense? Yea, for me neither.

Enough of that morbid stuff. On to the more pleasing events of my week. I finally managed to watch Logan on Sunday and it was amazing! There were tears in my eyes and I so want to watch it again. I’d rate it a 11/10 would recommend. Beauty and the Beast premiered yesterday and I’m probably going to watch it either this weekend or early next week. It depends on my mood and whether I’m good to go. I wrote a post about why Beauty and the Beast is my favourite fairytale so you can go check that out here.

Speaking of posts, I’ve decided to bring back the Movie/TV Show vs. Book segment (New post just went up- it’s for A Series of Unfortunate Events. See here). There are so many books that are being made into movies and series and a whole lot of them that’ve been out for a while so I figured I’d dive in those a bit more. Besides, this is a good thing for me. Because of this segment I have found so many new books which is not too good for my already huge TBR but I love learning new things. It’s a win-win really.

I started Before I Fall because as you could guess from the above, it’s part of the segment. The movie also premiered yesterday. I was hoping to finish the book before the movie came out but it’s okay. I’ve got about a week to finish it. And I need to finish this one review book and then I’ll divert all my attention to Before I Fall. I also started a new review notebook. As I’m reading, instead of adding sticky tabs to my book, I write my thoughts in the notebook. This works better as sometimes I forget to mark off pages and reviews can get a bit…difficult. A review: Crying Over Spilt Light by George Saoulidis. See here.

MEFCC (Middle East Film and Comic Convention) is in less than a month, 3 weeks to be exact and I’m not going this year. I’ve gone every year for the past three years and I’ve decided not to go this year because I didn’t financially plan for it and I guess I just want a new experience where Comic Con is concerned. I’m not too bummed about it so we’re good. Also about things that I didn’t financially plan for…LORD OF SHADOWS AND HOW TO BE A BAWSE! Well, I planned but that plan was thrown into the gutter- relating to the acceptance thing- and now I might not get either book as it releases. This sucks because I’ve been looking forward to those since the announcements but once again, I should accept that this is the way it is and I shouldn’t make a mountain out of a molehill.

Holy shucks this post is long. This all went on this week yea, nothing happened last week that’s why I didn’t post anything. Wow, it’s almost as if I have an interesting life. Guys! A good thing happened yesterday. So our local supermarket/mart thing had copies of Fantastic Beasts the screenplay and I wanted to price check it just in case I want to buy it-it was too expensive but that’s unimportant now- I found An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean. I recently decided that I need this book in my possession because reasons and I’ve been looking for it allover. This market thing has it! I was so happy. Imagine me squealing in the middle of the aisle, slowly losing my mind. My sister said it would make a good coffee table book. *Scoffs* coffee table book. No way. This baby is being displayed on the shelves with lights and a huge banner marking it’s importance.

I think that’s about it for now. Emphasis on the ‘for now’ part. Oh yea! I finally got the white sneakers I wanted- kinda, it’ll do.

Thanks for tuning in,
Caron xx

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Beauty and the Beast: My Favourite Fairytale

‘Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one winter’s night, an old beggar-woman came to the castle, and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. And when he dismissed her again, the old woman’s ugliness melted away, to reveal a beautiful Enchantress. The prince tried to apologize, but it was too late, for she had seen that there was no love in his heart. And as punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast, and placed a powerful spell on the castle, and all who lived there. Ashamed of his monstrous form, the Beast concealed himself inside his castle, with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his 21st year. If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return, by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a Beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair, and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast?’

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Beauty and the Beast has been one of my favourite fairytales for as long as I can remember. I don’t know what first drew me to it but I do know what caused me to stay and grow to love it more and more each time I experienced the story.

I was probably about five or six when I first watched the Disney movie and I was so engrossed in the story, the narration, the characters and the amazing plot. I remember falling in love with Belle and being scared of the Beast. I remember drooling over Gaston and thinking LeFou was so silly. When the Beast opened the doors to the library I was so enamoured because I had never seen so many books before. Bookworm dream come true to be honest.

I think it officially became my all time favourite once I myself became a lover of books. It had been years since I watched the movie, the last time being just before I graduated high school, but I decided to watch it again a little bit ago and man! I have forgotten how great it actually is. I love books so much and seeing a character who loves books just as much, who wants to do nothing but read all day…did anybody say spirit animal? Uh, spirit person?

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Gaston on the other hand…while I think that yes, as a specimen he is intimidating, and no one’s neck could ever be as thick his, nor could anyone be as quick as he but…dude’s an a-hole. My heart basically leaped out of my chest when he just grabbed the book out of Belle’s hand and chucked it in the mud! If your conceitedness wasn’t a major factor in Belle not accepting your proposal, that stunt would’ve certainly turned her away. What a horrible thing to do. I have nothing against people who don’t like to read but there’s something to be said about people who think that reading is this…this abominable crime.

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The Beast though! It was meant for us to be afraid of him. I think that was part of the point of the curse. Not just that he wasn’t ‘attractive’ but that he was completely unsightly. People wouldn’t want to look at something that scares them so the enchantress achieved the desired effect. 

Apart from the point that books are important and should be treated as precious gems, what Beauty and the Beast also teaches us is that we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. It could be ratty and torn and even though people don’t want those damaged books, those could be the very ones that have hearts of gold. We judge people based on our perception of them and everyone views a person the way they want to but it’s up to us to decide whether we want to shun them because they don’t look like us and/or do things that we consider the norm or if we’ll take them for what they are without trying to change them and mold them to our image. Basically what I’m saying is: Beauty and the Beast teaches us not tolerance, but acceptance and I think that’s extremely important for everyone.

That was my take on Beauty and the Beast and why I love it so much. I’ll definitely be watching a lot more often and of course the new movie! Come on! I thought this post fit right in this week as of course the live action premiered and everyone’s excitement is all over the place. Mine included.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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Movie/ TV Show vs Book (#15): A Series of Unfortunate Events [Books 1-4]

This will only be about the first 4 books as the first season was adapted from those.

The Books

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1) The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2) The Wide Window The Miserable Mill. Lemony Snicket

A Series of Unfortunate Events is a series of thirteen children’s novels by Lemony Snicket (the pen name of American author Daniel Handler), which follows the turbulent lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire after their parents’ death in a fire. The children are placed in the custody of a murderous relative, Count Olaf, who attempts to steal their inheritance and, later, orchestrates numerous disasters with the help of his accomplices as the children attempt to flee their clutches.

Source: Wikipedia

I took way too long to start this series but hey, better late than never. These novels are such quick reads and even as a person in their 20s, I’m finding them extremely enjoyable. Count Olaf is a villain I love to hate and I think he was probably the villain for me growing up. I initially wanted to wait till I had the entire series before I started but the announcement of the TV Show came and I put myself on a book buying ban so I read what I had. I’m excited for the day I finally finish all 13 books because what I’ve read so far already put me on this emotional rollercoaster. Is is bad that I think that maybe my life isn’t so bad because it doesn’t come close to what the Baudelaires are experiencing?

Movie/TV Show

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is a 2004 American dark comedy film directed by Brad Silberling. It is a film adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, covering the first three novels The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, and The Wide Window. The film stars Jim Carrey, Liam Aiken, Emily Browning, Timothy Spall, Catherine O’Hara, Billy Connolly, Cedric the Entertainer, Luis Guzmán, Jennifer Coolidge, and Meryl Streep as well as Jude Law as the voice of Lemony Snicket.

Source: Wikipedia

I watched this movie quite a few times growing up and I had no idea that it was based on a series. I found out about the books when I joined the book world and promptly started looking for the books. I loved the movie and I still make sure I watch it whenever it comes on TV. It wasn’t until I actually started reading the books that I realised how much was changed and left out. Even the order was all wrong. That didn’t take away from my enjoyment. Jim Carrey made for an awesome Count Olaf though.

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, or simply A Series of Unfortunate Events, is an American black comedydrama[4] television series from Netflix, and developed by Mark Hudis and Barry Sonnenfeld,[2] based on the children’s novel series of the same name by Lemony Snicket. It stars Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, K. Todd Freeman and Presley Smith.

Source: Wikipedia

The first season of the TV Show only focuses on the first four books of the series. Even though it’s only those four, we got 8 hours worth of plot and action and amazing scenes that is impossible to dislike. As a booknerd, I don’t mean to look for changes and mistakes, it just happens automatically, but I’d give the show 11/10 if I could. I liked everything they did with it. It’s a lot like ‘for the fans by the fans’. It ticked all the boxes for me and I can’t wait for season 2.

*Btw season 2 was announced this week along with this message: A Series of Unfortunate Events | A Miserable Message | Netflix Take note of the highlighted lettersSeason 2 will be the adaptation of books 5-9; The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital and The Carnivorous Carnival.

The Decision

It’s a battle between the books and the TV show but I think I’ll go with the show here only because I like the visual effects we’re given. Also, who can ignore Neil Patrick Harris. Dude’s awesome.

Source: All images (except bookcovers) taken from Google Images

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eARC Book Review: Crying Over Spilt Light by George Saoulidis

Crying Over Spilt Light

Goodreads Synopsis

What If You Could Hire Your Own Personal Muse?

On the verge of abandoning his life-long project, an obsessive physicist hires the innovative service of an android Muse to help him finish his work. But when things start to go missing from his life, he must learn that not all is worth sacrificing on the altar of science before he has nothing left to live for.

Do you want to know what’s next for poor-but-brilliant Yanni? Do you wanna meet the Muse? Then read this unique sci-fi thriller that toys with the very concept of inspiration.

From ScifiSelect: “Inspired by Dan Simmons’ Ilium, this fast-paced world blossomed into dozens of intertwined stories spanning all subgenres, from mystery to action to young adult and is certain to keep you at the edge of your seat.

What is the god complex universe?

The gods are back in town. Skyscrapers pop out of nowhere all over Athens. Corporations rename themselves as Greek gods. It all started with the Greek crisis of 2009 and will forever change the world as we know it.
Some say that CEO’s have gone mad. Others, that they know damn well what they are doing. That there is something solid amongst the myth. In the day of inter-connectivity and social media admiration, can the myths come back to life?

What happens when a corporation gets a god complex? Find out in our series of books on Kindle. Described as light cyberpunk, definitely sci-fi and with a fresh twist on Greek mythology.

Visit http://www.mythographystudios.com/the…


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

Again with all the information given in the synopsis and none in the actual story. *Cue dramatic eye roll*

Crying Over Spilt Light is a book that’s kind of difficult to explain simply because even though I’ve read it, and I understood most of what was going on, I feel like this book needs to be read in order to grasp the full effect. It’s easy to say that it’s about a man who’s stuck in the labyrinth of his mind and his goal is to find the answer to his life-long project. To find that Eureka moment. See? Easy. Thing is though, as annoyed as the layout of this book made me, I can’t say I hated it, because I didn’t.

Another thing: I’m glad I waited a while to write this review because I was so pissed off and I honestly have no idea why. I was ranting about this book but none of the rants make sense. Again I say, read the book because what I say wouldn’t come close to what you’ll experience. *Ignore my 2 star rating. That’s my stubbornness taking effect.

‘[About light] “It spills out, like milk from a fallen bottle. And there is no use crying over spilt milk.'”

I’ll be honest and say I didn’t like the story because it’s true. Then why continue the book if I seemed to hate it that much? But as I said, I didn’t hate it but the plot was not something I enjoyed. I continued reading because the author’s writing was amazing. I’m actually in a state of awe over how much I loved the writing. It’s been a while since an author’s work was able to pull me in like that and I felt that it [the story] deserved to be finished. Forgetting that this book-novella actually- was only 90 pages, it was a very quick read.

I’ve come to realise whilst reading this novella that I do not like androids. I seem to have developed a deep dislike for them and probably won’t be picking up another book that features them ever again. My reasons for the low rating (even though I keep saying that you should still read this book) is because 1. I don’t like androids 2. I didn’t like the actual story (it wasn’t bad, I just didn’t like it) and 3. the time jumps annoyed me. We kept having flashbacks, then jumping to the future and I started wondering what really was. I wasn’t confused by this per se, but I would’ve appreciated if the story was told in chronological order. I will admit that it added a bit of dramatic flare and called for a need of extra thought to be put in the reading…it also appealed to my like on unpredictability but my opinion remains what it is.

So while I didn’t like this book, I know there are others out there who’ll fall in love with it. If not the story itself, then definitely the writing. This is my personal recommendation to whomever would wish to read it.

Yes, I know that this review was basically me contradicting myself the entire time but my brain is still in shambles over this dang book.

Read: 13 March 2017
Rating: ★★

Publication Date: 2014
Publisher: Mythography Studios
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: George Saoulidis

*Note: My review for this book is long overdue and I apologize for taking so long to get to it.

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