Book Review: Winnie Goes Wild! by Laura Owen and Korky Paul

Winnie Goes Wild!. by Laura Owen
Winnie Goes Wild!. by Laura Owen

Lena’s rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Published: March 2013
Copy: Library


In Winnie Goes Wild! Winnie the Witch (who unlike Hermione is not the brightest witch of her age) tries to be a detective, does everything different for a day, wants to drink hot chocolate on a cold freezing day where the moths have eaten all her woollies, and goes lost in the jungle on her way to her sister Wendy’s exotic party. And as always she is accompanied everywhere by her black cat Wilbur.

When I was young my parents enforced a solid witch-disapproving policy that apparently still bears fruit in me today. Continue reading

Book Review: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimée Carter

Image from Harlequin.

Image from Harlequin.

Pawn
Lena’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: October 2013
Copy: Bought


“YOU CAN BE A VII IF YOU GIVE EVERYTHING.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. Continue reading

Book Review: Anomaly by Tonya Kuper

Anomaly
Lena’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: November 2014
Copy: Bought


Reality is only an illusion.
Except for those who can control it…

Worst. Birthday. Ever.

My first boyfriend dumped me—happy birthday, Josie!—my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening… Continue reading

Mini Review: Seraphina – The Audition (#0.5) by Rachel Hartman

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Seraphina: The Audition
Lena’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: June 2012
Copy: Free on Scribd


In this prequel, Seraphina auditions for the position as music assistant and tutor at court that she holds in Seraphina (#1). You get to see how her relationship with Princess Glisselda, crucial to book #1, is formed and takes its first steps. You also get more uncle-niece interactions between Orma and Seraphina, this time without impending doom hanging over their heads, highlighting Orma’s odd behaviour in a quirky way. Continue reading

Book Review: Seraphina (#1) by Rachel Hartman

New cover. Image from Random House US.

New cover. Image from Random House US.


Seraphina

Lena’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: July 2012
Copy: Bought


“Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Continue reading

Book Review: The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle

The Giggler Treatment
The Giggler Treatment
Lena’s rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published: October 2013
Copy: Library


This is a book about a man, who is about to step into poop – but will he or won’t he? You know how adults step into dog poo? That is the Giggler Treatment. The Gigglers punish adults who are mean to kids, and they like to use the dog Rover’s poop to do so (because it’s the best poop around, if you were wondering). Continue reading

Book Review: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5) by Marissa Meyer

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Image from Macmillan US.

Fairest
Lena’s rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published: January 2015
Copy: Bought


The Lunar Chronicles are fantasy with science-fiction elements fairytale retellings (the author lovingly calls them ‘space opera’ ;D), of which as of now, three books are out: Cinder (reimagining Cinderella’s story), Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood), and Cress (Rapunzel). Winter (Snow White), the forth and last book in this series, is expected to come out in November 2015. Fairest fits into this series as a kind of prequel, a story about the evil queen in Snow White, in this case called Levana.

Who is Levana, how did she become queen on Lunar and the horrible villain we know her as? This short novel answers all these questions. Fairest is a lot darker and more twisted than the three novels that went before it. And while it’s just as readable as Marissa Meyer’s other books, it is not at all cute or fun like the books before were. Continue reading