The School for Good and Evil

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani 

So, I totally judged this book by its cover…come on, look at it!

The School for Good and Evil

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This is an awesome story! Two girls, an isolated village in the woods, a late night kidnapping, a mysterious school full of Good Evers and Evil Nevers, and a masked School Master with a dark secret. Yup, I’m hooked!

This book reminded me of Harry PotterCharlie Bone, and The Grimm Collection, but with such a different and unique twist! I loved Chainani’s spin on the classic fairy tale world, good versus evil, love, and friendship.

So. Much. Fun!

I saved this one for our Thanksgiving trip and I wasn’t disappointed! Excuse the blurry pic, but I was in the car (nope, wasn’t driving…I am too slow for Schmoopy!). I finished it last night & didn’t really want it to end!

Of course, I needed to find out which school I’d end up in, so I went online applied to SEG myself. The results weren’t that shocking, even though I kind of secretly wanted to be a little more evil.

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I’ll totally read the second book, A World without Princes when it comes out. I even hear the film rights have been acquired; I’d love to see this one made into a movie!

The School for Good and Evil  gets 4 Blings! from me. There were a few spots that left me kind of eh, but overall it was a great read. Middle Schoolers and anyone who is kinda dreamy would totally like it!

4 Blings!

4 Blings!

 

Here’s some more info about the book from http://somanchainani.net/books/:

The School

In 2013, the adventure begins. HarperCollins Children’s Publishers presents THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, the first book in an epic fantasy trilogy by Soman Chainani.

“Invention in overdrive, indulging in a gnarly smackdown of folklore conventions, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL is a comedic education by a writer primed to shoot to the head of the class.”

Gregory Maguire, Author of WICKED

“Wow. From the very first sentence, you know you’re entering a thrilling world of strange fantasy. The beautiful Sophie can’t wait to be kidnapped by the mysterious School Master. And I couldn’t wait, either–because I knew I was in for a wild and dangerous fairy tale ride. I loved this book.”

R.L. Stine, Author of GOOSEBUMPS
and FEAR STREET

“A whip-smart debut… If I could bewitch you all to read it, I would. Grade A.”

Tara Fowler, Entertainment Weekly

Hardcover Release: May 14, 2013
Page Count: 496 pages
Reading Level: Ages 9 & up
ISBN-10: 0062104896
ISBN-13: 978-0062104892

Synopsis

“The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.”

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go Gets 4 Blings!

Wow!

Never Let Me Go is a simple story, yet so complex. There isn’t much I can say without giving away important information about the plot.

I will say that the story of Hailsham students sounds so calm and beautiful, but quickly begins to hint that all is not quite right in this tranquil setting.

It is a beautiful story. I think I will find myself thinking of it often. A story that that at feels effortless yet intricate at once. It is told in a gentle rhythm, and it left me in a state of awe.

Also, did not know this was a movie. I’m trying to decide if I want to watch it or not.

Have you read Never Let Me Go? Seen the movie? I’d love your thoughts! 

Reviewed! Madly in Love with Michelle Leighton’s Series!

4 Bling Book!

Madly & Wolfhardt

I really am in love with Madly! (I’m not going to say I’m Mad about Madly…but I really want to!)

Michelle Leighton really got it right with her awesome mermaids. Yup, that’s right…mermaids! How awesome is that?!

I have to admit, I’ve been in quite the reading slump lately. I haven’t been crazy about much that I’ve read this summer. I think I was reading too much of the same thing. I was totally over reading the same stuff with different characters. Then, like in answer to a readers prayer, Madly came along. I totally got pulled into Madly and her world as soon as I started reading. That hasn’t been happening lately! I believe Madly’s world, her best friend Jersey, and the trouble with being a teenage mermaid who is also the future queen of the Mer.

I also loved the super hot Jackson/Madly/Aidan love story action. Madly is tied to Aiden. Jackson isn’t allowed. You can tell as soon as Jackson steps into the story that this forbidden super crush is going to be awesome & it doesn’t disappoint!

There are good guys, bad guys, mermaids, werewolves, and classic story telling-all of it is set to awesome.

I hope you check out the first two books of the Madly Series & visit Michelle’s blog to find out more about this great author! (She’s super fun, too, BTW!)

Mermaids. That is new & super exciting! Here’s the book info:

**INCLUDES BOOK 1 & 2 OF THE MADLY SERIES**

Madly is your average nearly eighteen year old girl—for a mermaid princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, Madly’s home beneath the sea.   A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants.

The first spirit to arrive is that of Ulrich Wolfhardt, a man that was once obsessed with wolves and a young maiden he would follow through the woods.  After a bite from a wolf, Wolfhardt’s obsession with the girl became an unnatural hunger and the young maiden’s grandmother cursed him with a fate worse than death.  And now he’s back…with a vengeance and a bite that can infect others as well.

Madly must learn the identity of Wolfhardt’s descendant and stop him before he kills again and spreads his curse across the earth.  But the only person strong enough to help Madly is Jackson, the Sentinel who vowed to protect her and the one person capable of breaking her heart.  Can Madly resist forbidden love long enough to save the world from Wolfhardt?  Or will she have to sacrifice her heart and her destiny to save the ones she loves?

Michelle Leighton’s Blog: http://mleightonbooks.blogspot.com/p/madly.html

FIND AT Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/Madly-Wolfhardt-Book-ebook/dp/B005CKHYDE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1310992867&sr=1-1

FIND AT Barnes & Noble  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/madly-and-wolfhardt-m-leighton/1104277798?ean=2940012836878&itm=1&usri=madly%2band%2bwolfhardt

Sookie & DEAD RECKONING get 4 Blings!

4 Bling Book!

I usually don’t read reviews of books. I just read what I like or what a friend (or awesome blogger) recommends. But, for some reason, I read a few reviews of DEAD RECKONING and they were awful. So, of course, I had to read more reviews. I was pretty shocked at how negative they were. I mean, this is like the 11th book in the series, they knew what they were getting into.

I thought the book was Sookie being Sookie, vampires being vampy, and everybody else doing what they usually do in this awesome Charlaine Harris series. The only thing I really (REALLY) noticed was the lack of explicit bedroom scenes. There was a pretty heavy one on the porch, but that was it. And let me tell you, that was quite fine with me. Didn’t really miss it. I always look around like a guilty kid when I read those hot and heavy scenes, like I’m about to get caught doing something really awful, anyway. So, aside from that, I still don’t see what the big fuss is all about.

Several reviews stated that not much happened in this novel. I thought the amount of action was on point for the Sookie series. But, I also think that DEAD RECKONING was a “bridge book” of sorts. By that I mean that it was needed to act as a bridge between the book before it and the book after it. I mean, really, Charlaine Harris knows what she’s doing with this series, so I trust her on stuff like this. Every major series has a few “bridge books” in their lineup. It just has to happen sometimes.

Another common comment that I read was that there were several inconsistencies in the plot. They named details that, quite frankly, weren’t ones that stood out to me or even mattered once they were pointed out. I kinda wanted to tell those guys to chill the heck out. It is a super fun and trashy vampire series for heaven’s sake. It’s not going into the cannon! Geez! But, I can see why those super obsessed fans would like to point out stuff like that. I do know many a fan of other things (cough, cough, Star Wars, cough, cough, my Schmoopy) that would be able to rattle off any slight inconsistency ever in any related material. I get it, but really. Calm down. It’s not a deal breaker to me.

All that being said, I enjoyed the book. It was fun and had a bit of mystery. The plot made sense to me and everyone I wanted to hear about was there. I still don’t totally get Eric and Sookie’s relationship. I mean, he is way hotter and way less caring than she is. Even though I think he is way hotter than Bill (bad boy complex, I know, I know), I just don’t see them together for long haul-not that they could be anyway, since she has no interest in being a vampire.  But, maybe we’ll see a Sookie and Bill, Sookie and Sam, Sookie and somebody that she can have a happily human ever after with relationship soon. Maybe.

What can I say. I’m a fan and I look forward to the next in the series, the new story collection  HOME IMPROVEMENT: DEAD EDITION by some of my favorite authors of all things supernatural & the SOOKIE STACKHOUSE COMPANION, both due out in August, 2011.  I’m counting down the days until the new season of TRUE BLOOD on June 26, too. I am so totally crushing on that Eric’s vampire hotness! Uh-huh!

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13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

4 Bling Book!

This book wasn’t on my list to read next, but after I flipped through a few pages of 13 Little Blue Envelopes I had to find out what happened!

I love the idea of this story. Ginny gets a package from her long-lost (and now deceased) favorite & eccentric Aunt Peg and she is instructed to follow the directions in each little blue envelope exactly as stated. She has to follow rules like no maps, guide books, or cell phones. She has to go by herself with only a backpack. She has to open the envelopes in order and only after she has completed the task in the opened envelope. She basically has to completely abandone her safe little world and just dive into the world of the envelopes. Wow, I don’t know if I could have that much self control or trust in anyone or anything!

I really liked this story and Ginny’s adventures. I loved the way her aunt slowly revealed herself with the pictures and information that accompanied each envelope. So, why only 4 Blings? I couldn’t get past the part of her parents letting her take off to Europe on her own at 17. I didn’t totally buy the love(ish) story between Ginny and Keith. It was too fast and too sketchy at times. Other times, I totally believed it and couldn’t wait for them to see each other again. I also felt like I needed to know more about a few things in the plot. I wanted to know more about Richard, more about the paintings, and I just hated that the envelopes were gone. I get why they had to be, but I just didn’t like it.

I will read the second story The Last Little Blue Envelope and that may make me feel better about what I felt was missing. I do love the concept and Maureen Johnson’s writing style.

Book Basics
Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: HarperTempest
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Pages: 317
BLING Rating: 4 Blings!

Today I am thankful

Today I am thankful that my parents let me read banned books, old books, over my age limit books, books that I should have outgrown, books that nobody else let their kids read, silly books, awful and trashy and horrible books, really just any books.

I am so thankful for their reading! My mom reads anything she can her hands on (and I was proud to be able to put a Kindle in her hands this year). My dad read magazines and trade publications and loved audio books on long car trips (he usually got the gist of it, but he never really paid much attention to the details).

They were readers. Now I am a reader. I get to inspire others to read.

THAT TOTALLY ROCKS!

Today I am thankful for my awesome parents and their love of reading. That is a feeling that is better than all the Bling in the World!