Apr 28, 2015

Booking into Spring: Mini Challenge #2!

Happy Tuesday!


I wasn't really into doing the first mini challenge for this read-a-thon, but when I saw what the second one was going to be about, I definitely didn't want to miss out!

Don't forget to check out the awesome girls over at Novel Ink and GenGen's Book Blog to see their posts!


Mini Challenge #2! Here's how it'll work:

I will list a category and all you have to do is list books in that particular category.  But the hard part, you only get to use books that spell out your name! I’ll do mine below so you can have a visual on what I’m talking about.  If a book starts with ‘The’ then you can use the next word in the title.

Category:  Books You’re Excited to Read (Can either be released or not yet released)


Talina in the Tower (DID YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE!?)



That was fun! I especially loved the first book in my list! If  you guys are participating, leave your links down below and I'd love to stop by! 


Happy reading!


Apr 26, 2015

Bookish Into Spring Read-A-Thon!

Happy Sunday!



I just found about this awesome Read-A-Thon and I couldn't pass it up! The amazing girls over at Novel Ink and GenGen's Book Blog have teamed up to bring this awesome Read-A-Thon, where mini-challenges, events, and giveaways will be hosted! It definitely sounds like so much fun and I'm excited to see what happens! Here's a little bit more information about it! :) 


- The event runs from April 26th to May 1st 
- There are going to be mini challenges every single day throughout the read-a-thon dates and they are totally optional 
- There are also twitter chats using the hashtag #BiSReadathon
- There is one huge giveaway for all the participants and smaller giveaways for the mini-challenges and chats.


MY GOALS

I'm currently reading The Courage of Cat Campbell, but for this Read-A-Thon, I'm wanting to read All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry, LIARS, INC by Paula Stokes, and possibly Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee. :)


Sunday April 26th
Pages Read: 25
Books Completed: 

Monday April 27th
Pages Read: 136
Books Completed: 1 - The Courage of Cat Campbell by Natasha Lowe

Tuesday April 28th 
Pages Read: 63
Books Completed: 

Wednesday April 29th
Pages Read: 70
Books Completed: 

Thursday April 30th 
Pages Read: 
Books Completed: 

Friday May 1st
Pages Read: 
Books Completed: 


I hope to see you guys joining in because it definitely sounds fun! :)




Happy reading!

The Oracles: Emily Wibberley's Street Team - Join & Win Amazing Prizes!

Happy Sunday!


As you can tell by the title of this post, it's going to be quite exiting. But first, I want to talk about another thing that happened this weekend. So grab your popcorn and continue reading on! 


The first thing that happened this weekend... is I now have a Twitter account! (Big hugs and kisses to my dad for allowing me to!) I'm still working my way around it since I started it just yesterday, but it seems to be quite easy and fun! You can find my account HERE. :)

Please don't feel shy in following me because I love getting to know other book bloggers! :) Now, let's get onto the fun stuff, shall we? ;)




Sorry for how this picture looks blurry. Red photos always has that effect on here!


If you haven't already read my review for Emily Wibberley's debut novel, Sacrificed, you can click HERE and it will direct you to my review. 

If you already have read my review, then you'll know that I absolutely fell in love with it and wanted the second book soon! Not too long ago, I was talking with another fan of this book, (If any of you guys have an Instagram, you seriously need to check her out because she has gorgeous pictures! HERE is her link.) and we got to talking about what we should call the fans of Sacrificed and then we came up with the idea of doing a street team. 

Two days later, Colette, Emily and I, started a street team and it got quite a lovely response! We all decided that we needed to add a reward system to go along with all the tasks each member completes. So, below are the instructions, the tasks and the prizes of what we've put together....


INSTRUCTIONS AND TASKS!

Complete the tasks listed below to earn the following rewards! You can go to the tabs for each task and post your links when you have completed the task. We will keep track of your points and when you have reached a level we will message you via GoodReads and get your details and mail you your prize. Your points carry over, so once you reach level one, you only have to get another hundred points to reach level two.


1. Buy Sacrificed: The Last Oracle (75 points) Email a pic of your receipt or if you don't have the receipt anymore, a picture of yourself with the book to emily@emilywibberley.com. Comment below once you've done this so we can give you your points.

2. Write an honest review of Sacrificed: The Last Oracle on GoodReads, LibraryThing, your blog, etc. (20 points for first review post, 10 points for each additional review post).

3. Write entire Blog post about Sacrificed: The Last Oracle and include Amazon buy link (50 points) Comment the link to your post below so we can give you your points.

4. Facebook, Tweet, or Instagram about Sacrificed: The Last Oracle (5 points) (up to one entry per day) Comment the links to your posts below so we can give you your points. Up to one entry per site per day. 5 points for each post on each site on each day. You can earn up to 15 points a day by posting! 

5. Fan or Friend Emily on GoodReads. Post your GoodReads username or link to your GoodReads profile below so we can check to make sure you fanned/followed, and give you your points. You get 5 points each for fanning and friending.

6. Follow Emily on Twitter or Instagram! Post the links or usernames to your social media accounts on this feed so we can check to make sure you followed Emily, and give you your points. You get five points for each site on which you follow Emily.

7. Add Sacrificed: The Last Oracle to one of your GoodReads shelves. Post your GoodReads username or link to your GoodReads profile below so we can check to make sure you added it, and give you your points.

8. Create Sacrificed: The Last Oracle Fan Art and post on Social Media site (20 points) (Up to one per week) Comment a link to your post below so we can give you your points. 

   REWARD SYSTEM!

Level 1 (100 points):
Basic swag pack: signed bookmark, signed bookplate. Sacrificed: The Last Oracle cover sticker!

Level 2 (200 points):
Personalized thank you Sacrificed: The Last Oracle postcard from Emily Wibberley!

Level 3 (300 points):
Official The Oracles Street Team Pin!

Level 4 (400 points):
Free e-book copy of Sacrificed: The Last Oracle for yourself or a friend!

Level 5 (500 points): 
Mentioned in the acknowledgements page of the next Sacrificed novel!

Level 6 (600 points):
Free e-book copy of the second Sacrificed book three days before its official release!

Level 7 (700 points):
A free signed copy of Sacrificed: The Last Oracle!

Level 8 (800 points):
$10 amazon gift card

Level 9 (900 points):
Exclusive The Oracles Street Team T-Shirt!

Level 10 (1000 points):
“Tea” with Emily Wibberley via Facetime for you and your friends! 




Amazing, right?! Not only do we complete tasks and earn rewards, we can also talk about the characters of Sacrificed, decide if you are Team Riece or Team Derik, and even play a few fun games! If you are interested in joining the team, HERE is the link! You MUST have a Goodreads account to join the group. 


If you are bloggers and want to add the Street Team Button to your sidebar, contact me via e-mail or you can tweet me with the link to my account above! 

So, what are you waiting for? Embrace your destiny and sign up to become an Oracle today! 


Happy reading!


Apr 24, 2015

Talina Recommends - Middle Grade!

Happy Friday!


I am here with yet another Talina Recommends where every Friday I recommend four books of a certain genre. Occasionally, I'll switch it up with some e-book deals on Amazon!

For this week's segment, I will be talking about the genre Middle Grade! Continue scrolling to see this week's picks! :)





Title: The Wide-Awake Princess
Author: E.D. Baker
Genre: Middle Grade, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: May 10th, 2010
Publisher:  Bloomsbury

BUY LINKS: | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository |
In this new stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie—blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic—can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen's true love to kiss her awake.

But who is her true love? The irritating Digby? The happy-go-lucky Prince Andreas, who is holding a contest to find his bride? The conniving Clarence, whose sinister motives couldn't possibly spell true love? Joined by one of her father's guards, Liam, who happened to be out of the castle when the sleeping spell struck, Annie travels through a fairy tale land populated with characters both familiar and new as she tries to fix her sister and her family . . . and perhaps even find a true love of her own.


This book was one of my absolute favorite MG reads of 2015! I enjoyed seeing our protagonist on an adventure to help her kingdom, and to also see her develop as a character. There were moments in the book where you could see a possible romance developing between the two main characters, and I'm excited to see how it all turns out in the next book! You can read my review for it, HERE. :)


Title: The Power of Poppy Pendle
Author: Natasha Lowe
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: September 2012
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster

BUY LINKS: | Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository
Poppy Pendle was born on the floor of the Patisserie Marie Claire bakery in the little town of Potts Bottom. When, as an infant, Poppy unexpectedly performs her first bit of magic, her parents, Edith and Roger, know their dream has come true. Their daughter has inherited the family gift.

But as Poppy grows up she isn’t as thrilled about her magical talents. Even though she was born into a long line of witches, has inherited the extraordinary gifts of famed Great-Grandmother Mabel, and is enrolled at the exclusive Ruthersfield Academy, a school for witchcraft, she wants to be a baker instead.

Making yummy lemon cakes, buttery almond cookies, chocolate melt-aways, and caramel crunch cookies is Poppy’s passion—and it makes her happy. Poppy Pendle has no choice but to take matters into her own hands. “Whose life is it anyway?” she asks.


What a delicious read this book was! I was so excited to start reading this and once I did, I was NOT disappointed! I loved reading about Poppy Pendle and the delicious treats she would bake and no matter how many times she was put down by her parents, her love for baking was still there. The Power of Poppy Pendle also shows that there truly is no greater thing than friendship and I loved that aspect! Keep on the look out for my review of this book! :)


Title: You're Invited (RSVP #1)
Author: Jen Malone & Gail Nall
Genre: Middle Grade
Release Date: May 19th, 2015
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Aladdin Mix

PRE-ORDER LINKS: | Amazon |
Four best friends start a party-planning business in this fresh, funny tween novel from the authors of At Your Service and Breaking the Ice.
Twelve-year-old Sadie loves helping her mom with her wedding planning business, and with Sadie’s mad organizational skills, she’s a natural! That’s why it’s so devastating when her mother “fires” her after a Little Mermaid–themed wedding goes awry.

Enter Sadie’s best friends: sporty Vi, ace student Lauren, and boy-crazy Becca. The girls decide that in order to get Sadie’s mom to reconsider, they have to make her see how amazing Sadie is at party planning. Except no one’s gonna hire a twelve-year-old to plan a wedding. A birthday party, though? Definite possibility.

Before long, RSVP—your one-stop shop for the most creative parties in town—is born. Of course, Sadie can’t wait to prove herself to her mom, but the other girls also have their reasons for enlisting: Vi has her eye on the perfect gift for her hardworking dad, and Becca’s all aflush at the thought of connecting with Ryan, the new Irish cutie in town. And though Lauren thinks she’s too busy with summer studies to “officially” join, she’s willing to help out in any way she can.

But in this particular party-planning business, nothing goes according to plan! Sadie’s mom is a perpetual no-show, Vi’s archrival is dead set on ruining her summer, Becca can’t seem to get Ryan to glance in her direction, and Lauren keeps choosing studying over her friends. Is the girls’ friendship strong enough to survive a business? Or does RSVP spell the end of these BFFs?

You're Invited was a quick, cute summer read and I would highly recommend this book to anyone of all ages! I was given the opportunity to read this book before it's release date and I'm so happy I got that chance! This book is written in the POV's of the four main characters and I think that was my favorite thing about it. There were cringe worthy moments, happy moments and the occasional sad moments, but that made me love this book even more and I'm excited to see what happens in the second book! Keep a look out for my review of this book! :)


Title: Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings (Book #1)
Author: Helene Boudreau
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: December 10th, 2010
Publisher:  Sourcebooks, Inc.

BUY LINKS: | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository |
First zit. First crush. First…mermaid’s tail?

If she hadn’t been so clueless, she might have seen it coming. But really, who expects to get into a relaxing bathtub after a stressful day of shopping for tankinis and come out with scales and a tail?

Most. Embarassing. Moment. Ever.

Jade soon discovers she inherited her mermaid tendencies from her mom. But this revelation raises a serious question: if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown?

Jade is determined to find out. But how does a plus-sized, aqua-phobic, mer-girl go about doing that, exactly? And how will Jade ever be able to explain her secret to her best friend Cori, and her crush, Luke?

This summer is about to get a lot more interesting…

I read this book a few years ago and I fell in love with it! I've always had a fascination with mermaids or anything related to Greek Mythology, and when I dove into this book I was not let down! I definitely related a lot to the main character, Jade, by how awkward she was and it made my reading more enjoyable. This book is definitely a great read for girls (and even boys!) of any age and I would highly recommend it! :) 



What do you guys think? Did any of these books catch your eye or have you already read some of them? Let me know what you think in the comments below! :)


Happy reading!


Apr 23, 2015

Book Blast: Caterpillar Shoes by Angela Muse - Giveaway!

Happy Thursday!


I'm so happy that tomorrow is finally the weekend! I'll be doing lots of stuff such as writing up reviews, rounding up blog posts that need to be up soon and many other things, so stay on the look out for that! :)

But today, I have the opportunity to host a book blast for Angela Muse's book, Caterpillar Shoes. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below!




Title: Caterpillar Shoes
Author: Angela Muse
Genre: Kids
Release Date: March 26th, 2015
Publisher:  4EYESBOOKS

BUY LINKS: | Amazon |
Patches is an energetic caterpillar who is trying to decide what activities to do. In the end, she doesn't put any limits on herself and lives her life to the full.



                                            





Angela was born in California to a military family. This meant that she got used to being the “new kid” in school every couple of years. It was hard trying to make new friends, but Angela discovered she had a knack for writing. In high school Angela began writing poetry and song lyrics. Expressing herself through writing seemed very natural. 

After becoming a Mom in 2003, Angela continued her storytelling to her own children. In 2009 she wrote and published her first rhyming children’s book aimed at toddlers. Since then she has released several more children’s picture books and released her first young adult romance series, The Alpha Girls, in 2012. Angela’s husband, Ben Muse writes suspense/thriller books that can also be found on Amazon. 


         
                                                            Connect with Angela Muse!

                                                   | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads |

Happy reading!


Apr 17, 2015

Talina Recommends - Young Adult Romance!

Happy Friday!


For the past few weeks now, I've been wanting to add something new to Sassy & Dangerous. I feel as though I always post reviews or book tours and that might seem a little boring to you guys, my readers. So I started brainstorming on ways to make my blog a little bit more unique and fun and I came up with a cool idea!

Every Friday I will be posting a segment called Talina Recommends where I recommend four books of a certain genre. Occasionally, I'll switch it up with some e-book deals on Amazon!

For this week's segment of Talina Recommends, I will be talking about Young Adult Romance! Continue scrolling to see this week's picks! :)





Title: Sacrificed (The Last Oracle #1)
Author: Emily Wibberley
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: February 13th, 2015
Publisher:  Paranoid Productions

BUY LINKS: | Amazon |
Knowing the future can save her city - but not her heart.

Born to serve the merciless Oracle, Clio wants nothing more than to break free. But when her entire family is murdered by Mannix, the king's adviser, Clio inherits the Oracle's power, a power she never wanted and doesn't understand.

Hunted by Mannix, Clio is forced to flee her home in Sheehan and seek refuge in a foreign city where oracles are forbidden. If she's found out, she will be sacrificed atop its great pyramid.

Clio has no choice but to win the trust of Riece, an enemy warrior. Despite the undeniable attraction between them, Clio knows that if he finds out who she really is, he won't hesitate to execute her.

Clio tries to hide her budding powers, but the Visions she keeps having of Mannix and his barbarian army slaughtering her people torture her conscience. She alone has the strength and foresight to stop him, but only if she can embrace her destiny and sacrifice everything.


The romance in Sacrificed was an aspect that I loved and did not want to stop reading. The author had a way of writing that you just had to know what happened next, and I was dying to know what would happen between the two love interests, Clio and Riece! If you are looking for a good fantasy/romance novel, you need to pick this one up! You can read more of my review, HERE. :)


Title: Temptation (Book #1)
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Chick-Lit
Release Date: June 26th, 2012
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

BUY LINKS:Amazon | B&N |
Your heart misleads you.

That's what my friends and family say.

But I love Noah. And he loves me.

We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other's arms.

             It should be ROSE & NOAH forever, easy. But it won't be.

                                 Because he's Amish. And I'm not.

Diving into this book, the two characters hit it off immediately. What's the problem then? Our male lead is Amish and our female lead isn't. Forbidden romance? Count me in! I loved the chemistry between these two characters and how they would fight through almost anything to be together. If you are interested in a quick, fun romance novel, then I would HIGHLY recommend picking this one up! You can read more of my review, HERE. :)


Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: July 31st, 2012
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

BUY LINKS: Amazon | B&N |
So wrong for each other …and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.


I read Pushing the Limits not too long ago and it was one of my favorite 2014 reads! Not only did I love the two main characters, Noah and Echo, but I also loved the romance! The author definitely got me hooked on it like a drug and I will be sure to pick up Breaking the Rules, Noah and Echo's second story! 


Title: Play of Light
Author: Debra Doxer
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: December 8th, 2014
Publisher:  Self-Published

BUY LINKS: | Amazon |
I lived in paradise, and I loved Spencer Pierce.

At fourteen, my life was perfect. The beach was my playground, and the boy who stole my heart lived just around the corner. But perfect never lasts. In one horrifying moment, I lost it all. My family was destroyed, and the boy I believed in turned his back on me. Paradise became a nightmare.

That was five years ago. Everything changed when we moved from our home by the sea. I’ve changed, and I don’t like who I’ve become. I miss the smiling, carefree beach girl who disappeared that terrible night. I want to find her again. I want to face the people we ran from so long ago. Most of all, I have to face Spencer. So I can prove that when he broke my heart, he didn’t break me.

But when I see him again, Spencer Pierce is no longer the boy from my memories. He’s now a man who could devastate me if I let him. He watches me when he thinks I’m not looking. There’s regret written on his face when he’s near. Each time I see him, my heart aches for what might have been, and I think his does too. How can I convince myself I’m over him when I suspect he never got over me


Play of Light was definitely an emotional roller coaster for me, especially the romance. I've never felt so connected with characters in a book than with these two main ones. Even though I felt as if the younger version of our female protagonist seemed a bit pushy and naive at times, I loved seeing her develop and to see how her relationship built with our male lead. If you are looking for an easy romantic novel, I highly suggest trying this one out! You can read more of my review, HERE. :)




Those are my YA Romance picks! What are yours? I'd love to know what you'd recommend so please feel free to leave a comment below! 


Happy reading!


Apr 15, 2015

|Review | Sacrificed by Emily Wibberley

Happy Wednesday!


Today is Wednesday. I have to have a new feature on my blog by Friday. I am on a deadline and I am going to go crazy if I miss it! *twitches*

In other news, I'm on Instagram if you haven't heard yet! It's a book based account where I talk about all of my favorite books, do bookish tags and talk about what I'm currently reading. You can view it HERE if you'd like! :)



  
Title: Sacrificed (The Last Oracle #1)
Author: Emily Wibberley
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: February 13th, 2015
Publisher: Paranoid Productions

MY RATING: 5 MINDBLOWING STARS!
Knowing the future can save her city – but not her heart.

Born to serve the merciless Oracle, Clio wants nothing more than to break free. But when her entire family is murdered by Mannix, the king's adviser, Clio inherits the Oracle’s power, a power she never wanted and doesn't understand.

Hunted by Mannix, Clio is forced to flee her home in Sheehan and seek refuge in a foreign city where oracles are forbidden. If she's found out, she will be sacrificed atop its great pyramid.

Clio has no choice but to win the trust of Riece, an enemy warrior. Despite the undeniable attraction between them, Clio knows that if he finds out who she really is, he won't hesitate to execute her.

Clio tries to hide her budding powers, but the Visions she keeps having of Mannix and his barbarian army slaughtering her people torture her conscience. She alone has the strength and foresight to stop him, but only if she can embrace her destiny and sacrifice everything.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23795267-sacrificed?ac=1

This debut novel will captivate you from the very beginning and make you beg for more at the end! Full of mystery, adventure and a steamy romance, this book will definitely get you out of your reading slump!


The minute I received this book, I was exactly like the minions above. Excited as all hell! This book had mystery, romance, suspense and adventure... everything I love in a book, so I of course finished this it in a short amount of time!

Clio is skeptical and doesn't believe in the calling and apparent Fate of her mother and sisters. She lives in the city of Sheehan, a city with its own King and laws. These laws will no longer mean anything if the King dies and when the Empire takes over, so will a world in which Oracles are feared and executed.

Everything changes for Clio when she gets a vision of her family being murdered by Mannix, the king's adviser. Sneaking into the city of Morek to save her sister Ali, she comes across Riece; a strong, handsome warrior that has an interest in Clio.

Now the Oracle, she must do everything in her power to stop Mannix's plans and try to save her city. But will she be too late?

"Wait," she called before he took his leave. "You saved my life. Can I at least know your name?" He turned back, barely looking at her over his shoulder. "My name is Riece, but you should stick to calling me 'Sir'."

(Literally me when I read that line!)

Occasionally, it's hard to find a good fantasy book that has a fascinating world, compelling characters and a good romance, but I actually found it! 

In a shorter version: I LOVED THIS BOOK! I devoured it in two days and after that, I wanted more. It killed me when I realized the second book isn't out yet and it still does! 

The author did a wonderful way of captivating me from the very first page till the last. She put such exquisite detail into her writing and described certain situations so perfectly that I felt as if I was swept up into the story and apart of her characters! 

The story is definitely fast paced, but the author knows when to add some flare and twists to the story, and there are some plot twists that leave you wondering what will happen next!

With the characters, I definitely connected with all of them. My favorite would obviously have to be Clio; a feisty, strong, well-written and believable female protagonist that I couldn't get enough of. I also enjoyed seeing the relationship between her and her family...I just couldn't tear my eyes away nor did I want to! 

At times there were moments where I would find her to be naive or just doing repetitious things, and it annoyed me slightly because of how it dragged on in the first couple of pages. But as I read deeper into the book, I grew a great fondness toward her and I'm definitely excited to see how she develops in the second book! 

The romance in this story was also another aspect I loved. Even though I'm not a huge fan of love triangles, I loved this one! The connection between Riece and Clio was actually believable and that's why I loved it. 

Most YA books would push the romance very quickly into the book, but the author took her time with this one and I applaud her for that. (But if I were Clio, I would seriously forget Derik and go for Riece! ;) )

"And couldn't stay away ever since." She clasped her hands together over her heart in mock sentiment. He flashed her a grin. "Now, let's not get too carried away."



Do you know that moment where you're just reading a book, and then you come across a character and you just gasp, hug the book tight to your chest and squeal with delight? Yeah, that was me when I met Riece and I am not embarrassed!  

Riece was a witty, humorous, handsome and oh-so amazing character! I seriously can not tell you that enough. I loved his humor, his intelligence and the way he easily cared for Clio and the girls that were going to be sacrificed...I loved everything about him and I am VERY excited to see him in the second book! 

Overall, Emily Wibberley has created an amazing fantasy world full of romance, suspense and mystery, and I am excited to read what she has in store for the next book! I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good fantasy read!



So what do you guys think? Will you be picking this one up? What do you think of the cover? Gorgeous or not to your liking? Let me know in the comments below! :)


Happy reading!


Apr 12, 2015

| Review | The Wide Awake Princess by E.D. Baker

Happy Sunday!

My day has been pretty good so far. Had some delicious pancakes, watched a movie with my siblings and spent about two hours writing up this review! 

At the moment, I don't want to start reading anything until I've finished up writing at least two more reviews for this coming week. I'm hoping to do a fun little blog post this week, so don't miss out on that! ;)

But for now, please enjoy my review for this wonderful retelling of Sleeping Beauty!




Title: The Wide-Awake Princess
Author: E.D. Baker
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: May 11th, 2010
Publisher: Bloomsburry
ADD TO GOODREADS 
MY RATING: 5 MAGICAL STARS
In this new stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie—blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic—can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen's true love to kiss her awake. But who is her true love? The irritating Digby? The happy-go-lucky Prince Andreas, who is holding a contest to find his bride? The conniving Clarence, whose sinister motives couldn't possibly spell true love? Joined by one of her father's guards, Liam, who happened to be out of the castle when the sleeping spell struck, Annie travels through a fairy tale land populated with characters both familiar and new as she tries to fix her sister and her family . . . and perhaps even find a true love of her own.

Cute, charming and full of humor, The Wide-Awake Princess will keep a smile on your face and make you wish you were a princess!




I completely did not expect this book to show up at my doorstep, but boy oh boy, when it did, I was super excited! First off, let's talk about the cover. I absolutely love the color of the font and the font itself. So pretty! I also love how the entire cover portrays the story and how you can easily guess what the book is about just by looking at the cover. Now, don't even get me started on how the back looks... the minion says it all!

A Wide Awake Princess is a retelling of the wonderful, classical story of Sleeping Beauty. In this retelling, the heroine is not Princess Gwendolyn (AKA Sleeping Beauty), but her younger sister Princess Annie, who was born without magic and can repel it: good or bad.

On Gwendolyn's 16th birthday, she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and the entire castle is sent to sleep. Now it is up to Annie to try to find a way to break the evil curse and set everyone free.

I was so engrossed in this story that it only took me a day and a half to finish it! The writing style was elegant and straightforward, which I found to be a good thing, especially since this book is directed toward a younger audience. I also loved how the author managed to weave in other fairy tales into this book such as Rapunzel, Hansel & Gretel, Princess and the Pea and so much more.

When I came across the scene of a slightly intoxicated Prince Digby at the pub, and how he brought a barmaid down onto his knee, I was a bit surprised at that, to be honest. But then I thought about Beauty and the Beast and how Digby kind of resembled Gaston, in a way and I think that was what the author was wanting to accomplish. Most people would find that scene improper for a middle grade kid, but I didn't find it explicit or something that would be deemed wrong or inappropriate.

With our heroine, I definitely found her to be a great character from beginning to end and knew that she would be a good role model that a lot of girls looked up to. Even without having magic like most of the characters, I found her to be kind, very intelligent, she had a good sense of humor, and she was willing to do anything to protect the people she cared about and I think that was the best aspect about this character.I'm definitely excited to read about her next adventure and see how she develops in the second book!

From the very first pages, we get to meet Annie's love interest, Liam. This character had me smiling from time to time with his sarcastic comebacks or just the funny things he says. 

I've read so many books that usually have a handsome, breathtaking and oh so good looking male lead, but Liam is not that character. The author put flaws into his features, but his personality made me forget about those flaws and I think other readers like myself, will love reading about Liam. 

Even though the secret he was hiding was obvious, I still found him to an admirable, smart, and witty character and I am excited to read about him in the next book! 

Nonetheless, E.D Baker truly surprised me with this book and I am excited read Annie's next adventure! I would HIGHLY recommend picking this up, whether you are a kid or an adult, because you will not be disappointed with this lovely Sleeping Beauty retelling! 





What do you guys think? Will you be picking this one up or have you already read it? Also, what is your favorite fairytale? Let me know in the comments below! :)

Happy reading!