Book Name:
The False Princess
Author/s: Eilis O'Neal
Source: Bought
Publisher, year: Egmont USA, 2011
Page total: 336
Date Read: January 28 to 31, 2011
Genre/s: YA, High Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
First line of Book:The day they came to tell me, I was in one of the gardens with kiernan, Trying to decipher a three-hundred-year-old map of the palace grounds.

Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia's led a privileged life at court. But everything changes when it's revealed, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection. Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city of Vivaskari, her best friend, Keirnan, and the only life she's ever known.

Sinda is sent to live with her only surviving relative, an aunt who is a dyer in a distant village. She is a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece, and Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks. But when Sinda discovers that magic runs through her veins - long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control - she realizes that she can never learn to be a simple village girl.

Returning to Vivaskari for answers, Sinda finds her purpose as a wizard scribe, rediscovers the boy who saw her all along, and uncovers a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor's history, forever.

A dazzling first novel, The False Princess is an engrossing fantasy full of mystery, action, and romance.


The first thing that caught my attention on this book was not the magic (though that was also awesome) but the "false princess" part. All I thought was Cool! It's like Princess Diaries reversed!. Though then I found out that it was just a small part in the beginning. I don't mind though, because the story is really complex and that's even better.

Sinda was a likable character, and I appreciated that she was not a snotty cocky princess and that when she found out she was not a princess, she was mad (and admitted it) but not vengeful.
Kiernan was a great friend and I have to admit I loved his extroversion.

The plot was good, and though some things were obvious from the beginning, it was still quite twisted. Still, what I liked the most was a question made somewhere during the course of the story:If there are two possible candidates to the throne, one of them raised as a commoner but of pure royal blood, and other with blood not so pure but with a better education, and if they both had good ruler qualities, which should sit on the throne? Would it make a difference? and I didn't stop thinking of it till the end of it.

Overall, I'd recommend this book if you like fantasy, and I think you'll like it even if you don't like princesses.

4/5
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Book Name:
Other Words for Love
Author/s: Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
Source: Bought
Publisher, year: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2011
Page total: 368
Date Read: February 01 to 02, 2011
Genre/s: YA, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Coming of Age
First Line of Book:In 1985, just about everyone I knew was afraid of two things: a nuclear attack by the Russians and a gruesome death from the AIDS virus, which allegedly thrived on the mouthpieces of New York City public telephones.

"When an unexpected inheritance enables Ari to transfer to an elite Manhattan prep school, she makes a wealthy new friend, Leigh. Leigh introduces Ari to the glamorous side of New York—and to her gorgeous cousin, Blake. Ari doesn't think she stands a chance, but amazingly, Blake asks her out. As their romance heats up, they find themselves involved in an intense, consuming relationship. Ari's family worries that she is losing touch with the important things in life, like family, hard work, and planning for the future.
When misfortune befalls Blake's family, he pulls away, and Ari's world drains of color. As she struggles to get over the breakup, Ari must finally ask herself: were their feelings true love . . . or something else?"


I have so much to say about this book I don't know where to start. There were so many things I loved, and others I didn't like so much, but overall it was a lot better than I expected.

New York in the eighties was a lovely background to this story, and though I wasn't born yet back then, I could imagine and see myself in there- that was fantastic.

I don't know how to describe Ari properly, she's perfectly average, but she's got something I couldn't help but like; she has problems, she's not perfect, she's talented but she doesn't know if that's enough, she's the good girl and has a naughty best friend, and she's never been in love.
That's when Blake enters the scene. I have to admit I really liked Blake- he was sweet, nice, respectful, and caring -but eventually he got on my nerves. The boy doesn't know what he wants. That was so annoying. I felt so bad for Ari because of that.
But it's not just Ari and Blake I want to talk about though, because all of the characters were really well written. Ari's mother was very believable and so was her sister, her brother-in-law and her friends. And since it's set in 1985, I found myself wondering how they'd be nowadays.

I also liked how STDs were talked about in here. I mean, from all I've been told, thirty years ago people didn't know how they could get AIDS, and it was really interesting to read about it too, even though it was only a very, very small part of the story.

Rosenthal's writing is really good, I'll probably read whatever she writes from now on, and I loved that the story wasn't just set in a short time period, so it was great to see Ari mature during those years the story goes. The only thing I didn't like was the title of the book and the synopsis: none of them do this book justice (and they could've been more appropriate, I think)

I'd most definitely recommend it, especially if you like the eighties (or even if you don't, it's a good book nonetheless) or just good realistic fiction.

5/5

"The memory of tonight was as unblemished as new-fallen snow that I had to protect from careless footsteps."

"She was wearing her fuzzy pink had and she was happy, which was so obnoxious. She'd become one of those people who waltzed through life without so much as a split end, and I was still one of those people who changed diapers for free but still got treated like a rented mule."


Book Name: XVI
Author/s: Julia Karr
Source: Bought
Publisher, year: Puffin/Speak 2011
Page total: 325
Date Read: January 16 to 17, 2011
Genre/s:YA, Romance, Dystopia
First line of Book: Panic clutched at my throat; I glanced around, looking for anyone out of the ordinary, but everyone appeared normal- except for their confused looks.


Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world—even the most predatory of men—that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past—one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.


I've been trying to put my thoughts about this book into coherent sentences for the past week and I'm still not sure if I got to the point.

Nina was a likable character, though I wanted to hit her when she didn't think! I admired her for not believing in everything people and the media told her too. A different thing about this book is that Nina's mom had raised her (better yet, had willingly created all the right conditions for her to be a rebel). Yes, Nina herself had to rebel but I'm glad it was because of her mom that she was not like the other girls who only wanted to have sex when they were sixteen. Usually in dystopian novels, the heroine has to understand the world she lives in all by herself, this was not the case.
Sandy wasn't a very original character (the airhead bff, reminds you of something?) but I really liked her anyway, and I was especially happy when I found out she was a true friend, even if she was very silly.
I also liked the other characters though I'd like to know more about one of them (Mike).

The world portrayed in XVI is more believable than what one might think at first. Sex is already a business anyway and the media's influence in people's lives was kind of frightening because I can almost see it happen.

The ending was a cliffhanger so I'm pretty glad there is a sequel. I'm really curious about the nonCons and what will happen to Nina and her friends.

4/5

"I'd choked back so many tears, they'd become a lake of sadness in my belly."

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Book Name: Delirium
Author/s: Lauren Oliver
Language English
Publisher, year: HarperCollins 2011
Page total: 440
Date Read: December 12th-17th 2010
Genre/s: YA, Dystopian Fiction, Romance
Synopsis/Description: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -the deliria- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
First line of Book:It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.
Review:
After reading Before I Fall, I decided I’d read anything Lauren Oliver wrote. She writes amazingly , you know? Well, now you do.

I love Delirium’s concept, especially because love does sound like a disease, in the way it is described by the authorities, and the symptoms... my God! That part was so cool! I also liked the way even huge love stories (think R+J) and poems were distorted to prove the Government’s point of view, and that there are scientific articles about amor deliria nervosa (aka ”love”, though I think the first it way cooler) and its relation with other problems of Mankind. (Speaking of which, if you go to LO’s website, there are some pretty great “testimonials” of cured people and other things like that. Just so that you know...)

Lena was a likable heroine. She was brave (even without knowing it) and strong-minded and stubborn. She matured so much from the begining of the story, though in a believable way, I think.

I loved Alex, the way he showed Lena the good things of the world, his patience and rebelliousness and when he tells Lena why he loves her... that was so sweet!

The plot had some predictable (or maybe obvious) things, but there was a huge twist that left me gaping open-mouthed at the screen.

The ending was a cliffhanger, but I guess that’s the point – it’s a series, after all, but if you, like me, are afraid it will end like Uglies... I can’t tell you how it ends but it is not like Uglies (thank God for that).

So if you’re looking for a futuristic, anti-love society, with a couple of star-crossed lovers and some fantastic quotes, this is the book for you.
Rating: 4/5
Quotes from book:
"Hearts are fragile things. That's why you have to be so careful"

"Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger than an edge. That's what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything it two.
Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side.
Before and after-and during, a word no bigger or longer than an edge."

"Love, the deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it, and when you do not.
But that isn't it, exactly.
The condemner and the condemned. The executioner; the blade; the last-minute reprieve; the gasping breath and the rolling sky above you and the thank you, thank you, thank you, God.
Love: it will kill you and save you both."

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