Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens was a parody/spoof/comedy book, based on the concept of a plane full of teenage beauty pageant contestants crash landing on a deserted island and how they survive that. Think of a comedy version of Lord of the Flies, but with girls. I like clever parodies, and I really enjoyed Beauty Queens. It was […]

Quidditch Through the Ages Audiobook Read by Andrew Lincoln

Quidditch Through the Ages is isn’t exactly fiction in the sense of telling a story: it’s the fictional history of the very old, very traditional, and very popular magical sport on flying broomsticks conjured up for JK Rowling’s famous Harry Potter series. The sport itself consists of 7 wizards and witches per team, with your […]

Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant

Where to begin with Skulduggery Pleasant. It’s an Urban Fantasy about a private investigator with magical powers. Sound familiar? It should because that’s the Dresden Files too. But unlike the decidedly adult tone of Jim Butchers master-works of Urban Fantasy, Derek Landy offers us something just as good, but a little more Artemis Fowl. Set […]

The Princess Diaries Audiobook

The Princess Diaries Audiobook

SUMMARY Mia Thermopolis’ extraordinarily ordinary American teenage world is thrown upside down when she finds out she is the one and only heir and Princess to the throne of Genovia, a small but rich country bordering France. WORLDBUILDING I have to say, I know Genovia’s totally fake – I mean, what country can afford not […]

ARC Book Review: Royal Wedding (Princess Diaries #11) by Meg Cabot

ARC Book Review: Royal Wedding (Princess Diaries #11) by Meg Cabot

SUMMARY Her Royal Highness Princess Mia of Genovia details the pressures of being royal, having a self-destructing father/prince of Genovia, a wicked grandmother/queen of Genovia, a wonderful boyfriend/fiancé/future prince of Genovia, and all the hysterics that come when several unexpected issues may change the heirs to the throne forever. WORLDBUILDING So, Genovia’s not a real […]

Book Review: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Book Review: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

SUMMARY Frankie Landau-Banks is somewhat of a rebel, and possibly a criminal mastermind. When she returns to sophomore year at an exclusive private boarding school, she’s determined to become a part of her boyfriend’s all boys’ secret society. Because she’s a) a girl b) a sophomore, and c) the society is a secret she can’t […]