Saturday, November 27, 2010

Knightly Academy

HOLA! Happy Thanksgiving! (Sorry I haven't been writing!) Now it's up to Knightly Academy, by Violet Haberdasher. Henry is a servant, a commoner—but not at all stupid. He studies in secret and is a very hard worker. When the examiner from the prestigious school of Knightly Academy comes, he sits the entrance test. After passing the test with flying colours he is the first commoner ever accepted to the Academy. But trouble is afoot when deliberate sabotage impedes the boy's progress at school. Henry has to deal with the noble bullies that roam the halls, and find his mysterious enemy before he and his friends are expelled from Knightly. I really liked this, the characters were nice and funny and they were very realistic. The time period that it takes place in is rather conflicting, but it can be overlooked for the entertainment of the story. Not the most thrilling of reads but it should not be passed by. Three stars for Knightly Academy.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Forbidden Sea

Hola... Forbidden Sea, by Sheila Nielson. Adrianne is another one of her small island's many inhabitants. Working hard to pay for the food and clothing needed to support her family, Adrianne is a tough girl. But when her sister goes missing, she has to look for her, and she does, on a rock, in the ocean. Cecily, (The sister) comes back with tales of a beautiful mermaid that wanted only good to come onto their family. However, Adrianne thinks about it somewhat differently. She remembers the story of poor Lady Lauretta, convinced by a beautiful mermaid that she could marry the Sea Prince and live forever, she left, was never seen again, and was considered drown. Adrianne has enough problems to deal with without a malicious mermaid on her trail, though her tough exterior, can she even confront her past? This was a good book, Adrianne was a good character and Denn, (a friend) made me laugh. The story was interesting, a good eye-opener between legends and the truth, very entertaining. Three stars.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Oh. My. Gods.

HOLA!!! GO GIANTS!!! YAY!!! I am now doing a book called Oh. My. Gods. no, seriously, that's what it's called. It is by Tera Childs. Phoebe Castro is a normal girl who runs track, with a normal therapist mom. But one day, after a trip to Greece for a family reunion, her mom becomes not quite so standard. Suddenly Phoebe finds herself being shipped off to Greece so that her mother can marry a complete stranger. And just when she thinks it can't get any worse, there's a catch. All of the kids on the little island Phoebe is getting thrown on are, however distantly, related to the Greek Gods. Can Phoebe get good grades, get her crush to like her, and just survive in Greece? Even she doesn't know. I really liked this book. I thought that is was a kind of teen-girl-y version of the Percy Jackson series, just not so adventurous. It's a quick read but long enough to feel fulfilled. And I just figured out that there is a second book: Goddess Boot Camp. Can't wait to read it! Three stars! (For Oh. My. Gods.)