Review: In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2) – Tamora Pierce


In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2) – Tamora Pierce

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Title: In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2)

Author: Tamora Pierce

Release Date: January 1, 1984

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: eBook

Page Number: 264

Source: Book Club

Disguised as a boy, Alanna of Trebond becomes a squire, to none other than the prince of the realm. But Prince Jonathan is much more to Alanna; he is her ally, her best friend, and one of the few who knows that she’s really a girl. Now it will take all of Alanna’s awesome skill, strength, and growing magical powers to protect him from the mysterious evil sorcerer who is bent on his destruction, and hers!

Here continues the story of Alanna, a young woman bound for glory who is willing to fight against enormous odds for what she believes in.

5 out of 5 stars


Oh my gosh. You guys. If you’ve never read anything by Tamora Pierce, you HAVE TO. This book was so amazing. I loved reading every single page of it. It has knights, thieves, love, travel, magic. This is the epitome of a perfect book.

Okay, so this is the second book in this series, and only a few people know Alanna’s true gender. She is told by a Goddess to learn to love, but she doesn’t know what that means. She befriends a beautiful cat. She refines the friendships she already has; this is truly a beautiful book.

I don’t want to give too much away, but there is a little bit of a love triangle between Alanna, Jonathan, and George. I don’t know who I like more at the moment because they’re both amazing. I think I’m leaning towards George because Jonathan needs to marry another royal in order to help Tortall, but he loves Alanna. Oh my goodness it’s just too much sometimes. I really love George. He’s precious and mysterious and he loves Alanna so much. I DON’T KNOW WHO TO CHOOSE.

Her brother, Thom, also shows up in this book. I honestly didn’t think he would show up until the next book, so it was nice seeing him introduced into the story again. I don’t know how I feel about him anymore. At the beginning of the first book he wanted to do anything to help and was very humble about his skills, but in this one he’s very arrogant, actually. It made me sad because Alanna didn’t think he would be like that, so she’s a little conflicted. He is staying behind at the castle to help Jonathan, so I’m anxious to see what he’s like in the third book.

If you can’t tell by this gush review, I highly recommend this series. It’s so lighthearted and intense and beautiful and guys. It’s so good. Please read this if you haven’t; just give it a try!

Series:

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1)

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Review: Fire (Graceling Realm #2) – Kristin Cashore


Fire (Graceling Realm #2) – Kristin Cashore

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Title: Fire (Graceling Realm #2)

Author: Kristin Cashore

Release Date: January 25, 2011

Publisher: Firebird

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 461

Source: TBR Shelf

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her. Exquisitely romantic, this companion to the highly praised Graceling has an entirely new cast of characters, save for one person who plays a pivotal role in both books. You don’t need to have read Graceling to love Fire. But if you haven’t, you’ll be dying to read it next.

1 out of 5 stars


I marked this book as “currently reading” on Goodreads in April. As in 6 months ago. I try not to do that, but I couldn’t help myself. I really hated this book. I found it to be so unbelievably boring I could hardly stand it.

I loved Graceling. It was such a cool plot and was written very well and kept my interest the whole time, but the I think I just had too high of expectations for this one, because I was thoroughly disappointed.  There was no plot to this one. Fire was pretty, she was considered a monster, she had a friend with benefits, she moved away, shit went down, and then something somehow worked out in the end for her.

She had a hard life, but then she gets what she wants in the end? Hmm. Idk how I feel about that one.

I didn’t like Fire as a character. She wasn’t as strong as everyone thought she was. I just. I really did not like her. I feel like if I talk more I will just spoil this book entirely.

Just remember, just because I didn’t like a book doesn’t mean it was awful. Just because I didn’t enjoy it doesn’t mean you won’t. I believe in it being the right or wrong time to read a book, and this was probably just not the time for me to read this one. If you enjoyed Graceling, give this one a try; I know a lot of my friends have LOVED this book.

That’s all.

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Review: Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) – Tamora Pierce


Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) – Tamora Pierce

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Title: Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1)

Author: Tamora Pierce

Release Date: January 1, 1983

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: eBook

Page Number: 274

Source: Online

From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight.

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.

But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins – one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.

5 out of 5 stars


This book was absolutely amazing. I started reading this for book club because the other members LOVE this book, so we decided to read it and discuss it. I started and finished in within about a week, and it was soooooooo great. I have read a couple of Tamora Pierce’s novels before, but apparently I read them completely out of order, so I had no idea what was going on. So, this is her first book, and I loved reading it.

Middle grade fantasy is one of my favorite genres, because you just get to go on the journey with the characters and it’s just so much fun. I loved that this book took place over about 4 years, so you got to know Alanna, but it didn’t have too much unnecessary information. So Alanna and Thom switch places, and Alanna is training to be a knight. She is seriously so cool, because that would take a lot of guts to do that. One of my favorite parts of this book was when she got her period, because she had no idea what was happening to her. It was just funny and relateable.

Also how someone, not naming names, found out that she was a girl was pretty great. I highly recommend reading this book, because it’s just so innocent and cute. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!

Series:

In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2)

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Review: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) – Robin LaFevers


Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) – Robin LaFevers

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Title: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)

Author: Robin LaFevers

Release Date: April 3, 2012

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 550

Source: Library

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

4 out 5 stars


We read this book for my book club, and it was a pretty enjoyable read. I love historical fiction/fantasy-esque books, so this was right up my alley. I love reading about castles and kings and princes and everything set in that time period, so I really enjoyed the setting. I really loved that it wasn’t somewhere that I had heard about before. My friend who is in charge of the club, Rachael, researched about the history of Brittany, and most everything was historically accurate but with a fictional twist.

I really enjoyed reading about an assassin, because Ismae was a really strong character. I love reading strong female leads because they’re just so much. Ismae is very sassy, but in a dry sense of humor sort of way. She was confident, but also fragile. It was really a beautifully written story.

Also. Her relationship with Duval. Oh my gosh I shipped that so hard. They were perfect for each other, and it was perfect because she didn’t want to love him but she did. Oh my goodness it was beautiful. The scene where she was praying that she wasn’t in love made me crack up. By crack up I mean smirk and make some scoffing sounds, but it was still cute.

The only reason I didn’t give this book five stars was because of the ending.

SPOILERS

I liked that she had to leave the castle, because I really thought that LaFevers was going to kill off Duval. I didn’t want her to because they’re perfect together, but I would have given her props for having the guts to kill him. Anyway, she literally came back and was like “oh yeah the only way I can save him is to suck the poison from his lips, then have sex with him.” Hmmmmmmmmm. Idk about that one. I loved the whole book, and then this scene was so anti climactic! I didn’t want to read porn by any means, but it was so…. anti climactic. The lead up to the sex scene was kind of creepy with her sucking the poison out of him, and then the sensual part was over in a paragraph. I get leaving it to the imagination of the reader, but it was basically saying the only way to make things better is to have sex with the guy you like. I just feel like because the beginning of the book started with her almost getting raped by the man she was supposed to marry, that having sex was a bigger deal to her than what happened. I feel like she should have been more emotionally invested into the situation, but those are just my thoughts.

SPOILERS OVER

Overall I really enjoyed this book, and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series. I love reading historical fiction, and I think the next one should be interesting because it’s from a different point of view. Super pumped. Also, the cover is pretty on the next one. Stay tuned for that review that will probably come sometime not super soon (knowing my reading habits). oops.

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Bookish Podcast!


Hello, hey, hi.

So, I think I have something a lot of you would enjoy. What is that you may ask? A bookish podcast brought to you by yours truly and a bookish friend, Allison!

For our Journalism class, our teacher asked us to add something new to the social media side of things, so we created a podcast where we talk about books. We talk about what we’re reading, our favorite book characters, reading challenges, upcoming releases, and much more. We would really appreciate it if you could listen in to our podcast!

PODCAST LINK

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Aww, cute logo ;)

Again, we’d really love it if you listened in. You’d also get to hear what I sound like. Ooh, ahh.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) – J. K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) – J. K. Rowling

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Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: June 21, 2003

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 896

Source: Grandmother

It’s official: the evil Lord Voldemort has returned. His influence is suddenly everywhere in the Wizarding world, and his former allies, the Death Eaters, are returning to his side in droves. In response, the Order of the Phoenix, which worked to stop him during his last rise to power, has reconvened. This time, all of the adults Harry trusts have joined in. And even though Harry is at the center of many of their plans—Voldemort is intent on killing him, after all—they want so badly to protect him that they are keeping him completely out of the loop.

Problems are cropping up at Hogwarts, too, where government officials are meddling in just about everything. And just because Voldemort and the Death Eaters are threatening open warfare does not mean that fifth-year students get out of their exams. Meanwhile, Harry’s powerful connection to Voldemort seems to be growing even stronger, as he realizes that he has direct access to the Dark Lord’s mind. It’s time for Harry and his friends to take drastic action, but the course they choose will have terrible unforeseen consequences.

Truly dangerous times have arrived in the fifth Harry Potter novel, but it never loses the trademark fun, excitement, and wonder at the possibilities of magic.

5 out of 5 stars


It’s so much fun being in the Harry Potter world of Hogwarts and wizardry. I have always held a special place in my heart for Harry Potter, and this fifth installment is no different. This is the first book that is actually rather dark. The fourth is still getting to know the characters to a certain extent, and this one finally deals with all the issues in the world Rowling has created.

This book has been my second favorite so far; I think The Chamber of Secrets still holds my first spot as of now. I really loved reading this one because SO much happened! One of the reasons I love the Harry Potter books so much is because they read as a complex movie. They’re easy to understand, but there is depth and reasoning behind all the decisions that are made. This was the first in the series that I was legitimately angry at the book; as in throw it across the room angry. Umbridge made me want to push the book into the Chamber of Secrets. Honestly. Get a grip on your life, Umbridge, and stop being so evil and cold. Ugh.

My favorite part of this book was the friendship dynamic of the Golden Trio. I love watching Hermione, Ron, and Harry interact, so it was really fun. One thing that I didn’t expect to make it a little boring, was the lack of Quidditch. Now, I am not a huge sports fan, but not being able to see the joy that Quidditch gave Harry was a little hard. He loves it so much, and when he didn’t get to play, I could feel for him.

I can’t wait to continue on with this series and finish it out!

Series:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8)

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September Wrapup + October TBR


Read:

  1. Flawed (Flawed #1) – Cecelia Ahern *review*
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) – J. K. Rowling *review*

TBR:

  1. Mercer Street (American Journey #2) – John A. Heldt
  2. Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt
  3. Class of ’59 (American Journey #4) – John A. Heldt
  4. November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson
  5. November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson
  6. What We’ll Do For Blood (The Almost Human #1) – C. L. Mannarino
  7. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) – Robin LaFevers
  8. Tiny Pretty Things (Tiny Pretty Things #1) – Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
  9. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) – Rick Riordan
  10. Fire (Graceling Realm #2) – Kristin Cashore

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