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bookprincessfemke

Just a blog about an other girl who loves books/series.

Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

Stars: 4/5

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Gods of Anthem – Logan Keys

Stars: 5/5

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

Stars: 5/5


Summary:

When Alice follows the White Rabbit down a rabbit hole, she finds herself in an enchanted world, filled with creatures like the Mad Hatter, the disappearing Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts. Alice quickly finds out that nothing is as it seems in the wild world of Wonderland….


Review:

It’s been a while ago that I have read this book. But I thought that it deserved a review, nonetheless.

Okay, so the first thing that I have to mention is the fact that it was in older English. So not being an native English speaker, it was a lot harder for me to read. But that didn’t keep me from enjoying the story. But than again, who doesn’t enjoy a classic story like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? This is a really timeless book, even my three year old niece likes it. I guess that the Disney movie helps a lot with all that.

I like Alice, she’s a very interesting character. I mean, the way she sees life. Alice is a very positive girl. The quotes that the use of her are the best. She’s so wise.

It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.

Not only Alice is interesting, we also have the very weird/interesting Cheshire Cat and The Mat Hatter. Let’s be honest, all the characters are all interesting.

There’s nothing that I didn’t like about this book and it’s a recommendation for everyone!

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BTW, how gorgeous is this Puffin Chalk edition? I love them and I want to collect them all!

-Femke

A weird habit of mine

Well hello there,

I know that it has been a while since I posted something. I have the tendency to disappear from social media from time to time. It’s one of my rather weird habits.

Another one of my weird habits is not reading the last book of a series, or not watching the last movie. Why, you may ask. Actually, it’s pretty simple. If I really like something, I don’t want it to end. And I’ve figured if I don’t read the last book or if I don’t watch the last movie, it isn’t over. Like if someone in the last book dies and I don’t read it, than he isn’t dead because I don’t know it.

Which also can count as one of the most stupid things I’ve done, because now I haven’t even read Mockingjay, so I can’t watch the movies. And I kind of regret it, but now I have 30 other books that I also need to read. It’s a mess.

But I can’t be the only one doing this, right?

There’s a lot of books that I still need to read though, books like the Twilight serie and the Percy Jackson serie (don’t judge, okay? I know that I should be ashamed).

But anyways, on Tuesday school is starting again for me and during school I am more productive and I read a bit more. So I’ll upload a whole lot more than.

– Femke

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them – Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)

Stars: 4/5


Summary:

As featured in the first year set texts reading list in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an extensive introduction to the magical beasts that exist in the magical, non-Muggle world. Some of the animals featured in the A-Z you will have already met in the existing Harry Potter books: for example Hippogriff, Flobberworm, Kappa – others you certainly won’t: read on to find out exactly what a Chizpurfle is, or why one should always beware of the sinister Lethifold …As Albus Dumbledore says in his introduction, this set text book by Newt Scamander has given the perfect grounding to many a Hogwarts student. It will be helpful to all Muggles out there too …On reading the book you will also find that Harry, Ron and (in one instance) Hermione – couldn’t resist grafittiing the book, and adding their own personal hand-written opinions.


Review: 

You noticed that it’s used as a schoolbook. Although, it was fun to read about all those creatures or ‘beasts’. Also those little annotations were a plus point.

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you would really enjoy this book. Even if you like mythical creatures.

There’s not that much to say about it though, it’s a very short book. But I did enjoy it.

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– Femke

The Isle of the Lost – Melissa de la Cruz

Stars: 5/5


Summary:

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?

Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.

Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent’s daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon’s eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.

Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie, doesn’t know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she’s a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal’s little tricks.

Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he’s not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon’s eye.

Carlos: Cruella de Vil’s son may not be bravest, but he’s certainly clever. Carlos’s inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon’s eye and ending the banishment for good.

Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon’s eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the dragon’s eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.


Review:

As most girls (even boys), I grew up watching Disney movies. Even though Peter Pan was always my favorite, I adored the princesses and their stories. The villains were a thing that I didn’t like so much, but growing up I started to understand them more and more.

Just like I understand how Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos feel.They feel like a disappointment to their parents. And lets be honest, we all do from time to time. It mustn’t be easy to live in the shadows of the worst Disney Villains.

But while reading this book, I felt their pain. I felt like Mal and Evie, I understood them. You just knew that they were just teenagers who needed love, from their parents but maybe also from friends. Even thought they would never say so, because they are rotten to the core. I mean, everyone needs some love.

But I didn’t only relate to the descendants of the villains but also to Ben, he has to live in the shadow of his parents (Beast and Belle) and everyone always tells him what to do and how to do it best. He empathizes with the descendants and the sidekicks. He feels like he is stuck in his own world, just as the others are stuck on the Isle of the Lost.

I loved this book so much, I loved the writing, I loved how everything was described. I felt like a part of it all. And it got me excited to read other books from Melissa de la Cruz.

And well, of course I had to see the movie after I read the book. And I also loved the movie. I wasn’t very happy with the cast at first, but they did surprise me. By the end of the movie I was crying. Yes, I’m one of those people that cries easily while watching things or reading a book. But if it made me cry than it’s a good thing.

The main reason I cried was because I kind of got how the felt, wanting to make your parents happy but also trying to find yourself at the same time. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels the same. But it shows that as long as you believe in yourself and follow your heart, it’ll be alright.

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– Femke

I read this book in Dutch, that’s why it says Dwaaleiland and not The Isle of the Lost.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

Stars: 5/5


Summary:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive.


Review:

I had already heard a lot of good things about this book before, but I never really wanted to know what it was about. I felt like this was one of those books I just had to read without knowing anything, I was right.

But I enjoyed it so much, especially with those pictures along it. Those pictures give you an idea of what the people looked like because they wasn’t much described in my opinion. And that is honestly the only complaint that I have about this book.

I did really enjoy the world they live in, the loop and all that. It’s an amazing aspect to the story. And the fact that it takes place during World War II is also a cool thing to read about. I’m not really the type to enjoy war stories (Although I do really enjoy the ones by Michael Morpurgo).

When I started to read this book I was getting into a reading slump but still I wondered what would happen even though I didn’t really enjoy reading at that very moment. It’s a book that captivates you. And when I finally picked it up again yesterday I couldn’t stop reading.

This book should be recommended to everyone, it should be read by everyone because I feel like most people would love it!

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– Femke

Flight – Charlene Moncrief

Stars: 3/5


Summary:

18 year-old socialite Camille Vanderhale’s life is not going the way she had planned. Her days are normally spent attending one vapid social event to another. Ballroom galas, charity auctions at the Met and afternoon tea with New York’s elite is how she spends most of her time. The Vanderhales are American Royalty and she is the perfect gilded princess. Between her countless social obligations, and watching over her partying 16 year-old sister and best friend, Noelle, her path is clear and her destiny certain.

But Camille’s perfectly predictable life is turned upside down when she develops supernatural abilities, abilities she can’t explain. It’s a secret Camille has to keep safe, even from Noelle. All of that confusion is brought to a halt when she meets a mysterious stranger, Xavier Williams. His unusual sense of calm and tranquility stills the storm that is her life. But Xavier’s got his share of secrets too, secrets that are going to affect her in ways she never imagined possible.

Unfortunately for Camille, developing these superhuman powers isn’t her only problem. The history books she studied in school about the birth of our nation, and her family’s role in it, couldn’t have prepared her for the truth: the Vanderhales are part of a century’s old secret society consisting of America’s most prominent families, with dark intentions and even darker secrets hidden in their history.

All that Camille’s ever known, all that she’s ever believed in, has been a lie. Camille must make a choice – choose the path that has been destined for her and continue her family’s legacy, or choose the path less certain. Either decision could cost her greatly, maybe even her own life.


Review:

To be honest, I never really was into books about angels but I always want to give them a try. And that is exactly what I did with Flight. Because the summary of it sounded promising. But I was kind of let down by it.

I honestly did not like Camille, she annoyed me. Mostly because of the fact that she knew that she was better than everyone else and she acted towards it. Her love for her sister is was I loved the most about her. Although, she could’ve spent a bit more time with her brother though. He could’ve been a bigger part of this story.

But the fact that they are a part of one of the most important families in the socialite world was an interesting theme. And I loved the plot twist.

The thing that annoyed me the most about this book and this is the main reason why I don’t like it that much, is that everything happened at the end. I absolutely hate reading a book where almost nothing exciting happens and than at the end, it’s all too much.

I did really liked the way that Moncrief described everything. I knew exactly what everything looked like and that’s one of the things I enjoyed the most. I also like her writing style.

I wonder if there will be a sequel to it though. I mean, you just can’t stop a book like that. With Camille going after Melanie and Melanie going after Joseph. If there were to come a sequel, I’d be excited to read it though.

Flight

– Femke

Also, I got this book as an ebook from Netgalley.com, so thank you to them for letting me read it!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

Stars: 4,5/5


Summary:

The story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.


Review:

It was just such a fast read, I did read it in a day.

I don’t have much to say about it other than that it was a funny read and that I loved all the characters. Also, I feel like I’m a bit like Lara Jean. Family is everything to me and I’d rather stay at home and read a book or bake something than to go out. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun sometimes to go out with friends.

BTW, can someone get me a real life Kavinsky? He just seems so asdfghjkl!

I can’t wait to pick a the sequel, I think that I’m going to order it this week!

– Femke

I didn’t get a chance to take a picture to post along with it because I lent it to a friend. I’l upload one as soon as I get it back.

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