book recommendations

Book Haul!

Okay, so recently I ordered some books, all of which I’ve read, and I thought I’d tell you a little bit about them. Kinda like mini reviews.

#1 The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1)  by Michael Buckley

Goodread’s Summary:

For Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, life has not been a fairy tale. After the mysterious disappearance of their parents, the sisters are sent to live with their grandmother–a woman they believed was dead! Granny Relda reveals that the girls have two famous ancestors, the Brothers Grimm, whose classic book of fairy tales is actually a collection of case files of magical mischief. Now the girls must take on the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives.

My Opinion:

This book was great, like absolutely wonderful! Although it’s an older  book I still enjoyed it immensely. The characters are also amazing, even stinky old Puck. There isn’t really anything wrong with this book except some slightly scary content, nothing too bad. I would highly recommend it to anyone ages ten and up.

#2 The Unusual Suspects (Sisters Grimm#2) by Michael Buckley

Goodread’s Summary:

Orphaned sisters Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live with their mysterious grandmother. The girls start school, and Daphne is lucky to get Snow White for a teacher, but Sabrina is stuck with mean Mr Grumpner and a class of mildly psychotic sixth graders. When Mr Grumpner is murdered, the sisters must discover which Everafter is responsible.

My Opinion:

This was another awesome read! It did not disappoint me a bit and the humor was great! Like the first book it was fairly clean but there is a murder, nothing too vivid, but I’ll have to admit the nutty frog girl and the evilness of Rumpelstiltskin is a bit creepy. I would recommend it for anyone eleven and up.

#3 Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life by Barbra Dee

Goodread’s Summary:

Twelve-year-old Cassie has a lot to cope with when her father moves “out of the picture.” Her mom’s constantly working overtime, her teenage sister’s going AWOL, and her little brother seriously needs attention. It’s up to Cassie to prevent total chaos at home — or so she thinks. 

She can’t control everything, though. At school Cassie’s two “best” friends are turning nasty, and a cute boy is sending mixed signals. And then there’s Mr. Mullaney — the weirdest, hardest English teacher in the seventh grade — who hates everything she does. Since Mr. Mullaney isn’t even reading her brilliant work, Cassie starts submitting journal entries like “A Virtual Tour of My Insanely Messy Desk.” But her sassy humor isn’t winning her any friends or helping her ailing grades. What’s a girl to do when life gets totally insane? 

Barbara Dee has created a witty, poignant portrait of an intense, honest, feisty girl who is ferociously funny and only too human.

My Opinion:

I can’t remember too much about this book expect that it was HILARIOUS! It was extremely funny and I enjoyed it a lot.

#4 Absolutely Truly (Pumpkin Falls Mystery #1)  by Heather Vogel Frederick

Goodread’s Summary:

An unsent letter in a first edition copy of Charlotte’s Web leads to a hunt for treasure in this heartwarming middle grade mystery from the author of The Mother-Daughter Book Club.

Now that Truly Lovejoy’s father has been injured by an IED in Afghanistan and is having trouble finding work back home, the family moves from Texas to tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, to take over Lovejoy’s Books, a struggling bookstore that’s been in the family for one hundred years.

With two older brothers and two younger sisters clamoring for attention, her mother back in school, and everyone up to their eyebrows trying to keep Lovejoy’s Books afloat, Truly feels more overlooked than usual. So she pours herself into uncovering the mystery of an undelivered letter she finds stuck in a valuable autographed first edition of Charlotte’s Web, which subsequently goes missing from the bookshop. What’s inside the envelope leads Truly and her new Pumpkin Falls friends on a madcap treasure hunt around town, chasing clues that could spell danger.

My Opinion:

Once again, I don’t remember a ton about this book but it was really good! It was a good mystery, still if I remember correctly it wasn’t exactly heart stopping, just interesting. Still, it was a funny read definitely worth looking into.

Book Reviews

Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison

Title: Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzelgrounded

Series: Tyme #1

Author: Megan Morrison (website http://meganmorrison.net/)

Pages:384

Publication Date: April 28th, 2015

Goodreads Summary:

“Think you know Rapunzel’s story? Think again, because the tower was only the beginning…” — Jennifer Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author of THE FALSE PRINCE

In all of Tyme, from the Redlands to the Grey, no one is as lucky as Rapunzel. She lives in a magic tower that obeys her every wish; she reads wonderful books starring herself as the heroine; her hair is the longest, most glorious thing in the world. And she knows this because Witch tells her so—her beloved Witch, who protects her from evil princes, the dangerous ground under the tower, even unhappy thoughts. Rapunzel can’t imagine any other life.

Then a thief named Jack climbs into her room to steal one of her enchanted roses. He’s the first person Rapunzel’s ever met who isn’t completely charmed by her (well, the first person she’s met at all, really), and he is infuriating– especially when he hints that Witch isn’t telling her the whole truth. Driven by anger at Jack and her own nameless fears, Rapunzel descends to the ground for the first time, and finds a world filled with more peril than Witch promised … and more beauty, wonder, and adventure than she could have dreamed.

My Summary:

It all starts one night in Rapunzel’s tower. She was enjoying a relaxing evenin
g when she heard a noise outside. At first, she thinks it is her beloved witch coming to tell her goodnight, instead she finds a short, dirty, thief, who she assumes is a prince. She is surprised to find that this boy is quite rude and has none of the attributes that her books told her a prince should possess. Eventually, she gets sick of his demands, which make no sense to her, and rings her bell for witch. At the sound of the bell, witch comes running and the boy takes off, knowing what the witch could do to him. Once witch arrives she comforts Rapunzel and reveals the boy’s purpose of boy’s visit. He was trying to get a cure for a very powerful fairy who could kill witch. Witch offers to take the horrible experience from Rapunzel’s memory so she won’t have to endure the memory of the disturbing experience. Seeing this as the best solution Rapunzel agrees and by the boy’s next visit, she has no remembrance of the past events.When the strange boy arrives he tricks her into giving him a rose, which will cure the fairy. This infuriates Rapunzel and causes her to do something drastic. She leaves her tower and chases the vile boy into to the forest, where her hair gets tangled in the branches and her feet get cut by the rough ground. Before she has much time to hesitate, she and the boy (Jack) are swept into a fairy wood by one of Jack’s fairy friends, who is named Rune. Rune insists that Rapunzel fatally injured his mate and that she should be killed for her acts, but with lack of the memory, Rapunzel tells Rune that she has no remembrance of these events and that he has no power. Although Rune is infuriated by her words,  he only shrinks her to his size and takes her to his mate, who is the ruler of the red fairies. Fortunately, Eldest Glyph (Rune’s mate) has compassion on Rapunzel, despite the condition Rapunzel induced upon her. She tells Rapunzel that she will be spared if she goes on a journey with Jack, so she can learn the truth. Since this is Rapunzel’s only option she consents and begins a daring adventure to discover the truth.

My Review:

This was a fantastic book that kept me interested throughout. I loved the ad
venture and humor that were combined perfectly and I eagerly await the next book. There was no language except some mild name calling such a liar, embassy, brute, troll, ugly little gnome. There is a small amount of violence, such as Jack and Rapunzel being chased by a Stalker (their version of a lion), Jack getting knocked out with blood around his head, and at the end of the book when witch ages rapidly her hair falls out in clumps and wrinkles appear. Lastly, there is nothing inappropriate other than Rapunzel asking Jack how children are made and him giving a completely undetailed response. This was a fantastic book that I would recommend to anyone ages ten and up.