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Author: Jennifer Nielsen

I was swept away by the current this book provided.  The characters have a dynamic feel that keeps you involved from the beginning to the end of the book.  We are swept into a story where orphan boys are being collected and groomed to replace a long lost prince.  Who will be the replacement prince and what will happen to those that are not selected as the new prince all becomes evident as the story proceeds.  The author successfully leaves you satisfied with the book, and craving the release of the next book in the trilogy.

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Author: George R. R. Martin

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective wall. To the south, the King's powers are failing, and his enemies are emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the King's new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but also the kingdom itself. A heroic fantasy of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and evildoers who come together in a time of grim omens. The first volume in George Martin's series. This book is amazing! It has a great plot and I would give it 5 stars :) The one draw back of it is that it is quite ling, hence why its called an epic.

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Author: Gail Carson Levine

At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally." When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella's life and well-being seem in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery, trying to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way.

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Author: Gail Carson Levine

The Fairy's Return is a book made up of six different fairy tales. The first one, "The Fairy's Mistake," is a story about two twin sisters. One girl who gets rewarded by the fairy, has jewels fall out of her mouth when ever she speaks. And the other gets punished. When she talks insects and snakes crawl out. Then every thing goes wrong, the reward gets turn into an punishment and the punishment gets turned into a reward. The second story, "The Princess Test," is about a girl that is picky about everything. Her bed has to be made just right, with the proper kind of sheets. She will only eat certain foods. Even though her wants to, she can't help with the laundry or the dishes, because she skin is so sensitive and she will get a rash. Then one day she find herself in a contest. It is a contest to see if you are a real princess or not. One of the things to prove she was a princess was to sleep on twenty mattresses with a pea underneath...does that sound familiar?

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Author: E.D. Baker

Quite sadly, I hardly have time to review these days. Heck, I hardly have time to READ these days! But when I came across 'The Wide Awake Princess' by E.D. Baker, I knew I had time enough to read it.

The story is simple enough: Princess Gwendolyn (aka Sleeping Beauty) has a younger sister, Annabell (or Annie), who is completely unaffected by magic of any kind, due to the one spell placed on her. In fact, she reverses any magic in the area where she is. Her family stays away from her so that their magically enhanced beauty, charm, and grace do not fade. Annie is just herself. Even though she is a little lonely at times, she doesn't want to be someone she's not, due to magic. At any rate, when Annie's sister's curse comes true, Annie feels the need to break it. The whole kingdom is at stake while the castle sleeps! So she sets out on a quest to find Gwendolyn's true love: a prince of any kind. And she runs into all kinds of princes...

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Title: Dragonfly
Author: Julia Golding

I first read this awhile ago, so if you have read the book, bear with me. "Dragonfly" is mostly about love. And politics. And religion. And adventure. Anyway, I'll share with you the summary Julia Golding wrote herself and that I changed a little bit (I'm so lazy!): *********** Princess Taoshira (known as Tashi to her friends) is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil ac Burinholt in order to unite their lands, the Blue Crescent Islands and Gerfal. Ramil's not too pleased either. They hate each other on sight. So when she and Ramil are kidnapped,

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Author: Cameron Dokey

Seriously...in a Cinderella retelling, is it possible for the stepmother and stepsisters to be good people and kind people and nice people and...you get the picture. This fact about "Before Midnight" by Cameron Dokey really ticked me off. As a whole, character issues excluded, the book is only mediocre, if that. There was almost zero conflict and the little conflict that did exist was either resolved too easily or not resolved at all. When I finished the book, I felt like I had been cheated. Don't waste your time. You could be reading something great. "Before Midnight" is simply NOT a good Cinderella retelling. If you like the story of Cinderella, try reading different retellings from around the world. The Chinese Cinderella is pretty good. Or try Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine. Those are my favorites, but there are many more good ones. Just don't read "Before Midnight"...it totally ruined the Cinderella experience for me. P.S. "Cinderella"'s godmother isn't even a fairy! How much more terrible can you get? I mean, seriously...

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Author: Gail Carson Levine

Ella is cursed. That fool of a fairy Lucinda didn't mean it, not really. She gave Ella perfect obedience when given a specific order. This fact makes Ella's life absolutely miserable. When Ella's mother dies, she is sent by her father to a finishing school, with her future stepsisters, and it is they who torture her the most, at first. Ella will soon be tortured even more by the fact that her curse will prevent her from doing what she wants most. Will she ever be free of it? Ms. Levine certainly has mastered the art of writing (or rewriting) fairy tales. Ella Enchanted is probably the best Cinderella spin off I have ever read. Read more»

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Title: Fairest
Author: Gail Carson Levine

The message "Fairest" presents is one every girl, young and young at heart, should hear. The kingdom Ayortha, in which the story takes place, is set in the same world as "Ella Enchanted." Aza, our heroine, is ugly. Everybody knows the horrid fact. Aza is scorned, ridiculed, and hurt by most of the tenants of her father's inn. Despite her ugliness, Aza has a gorgeous voice. She discovers that she can illuse, or make her voice come from somewhere else. No one else that she knows of posses this gift. In short, Aza ends up being a lady-in-waiting for the queen herself. Amidst the struggles of dealing with the powerful queen, the king's illness, her love for Prince Ijori, and a terrible falsehood, Aza learns what it means to be truly beautiful. Aza is so easy to relate to because she is like the average girl. She is no astounding hero or raving beauty.

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Author: Julie Berry

Lucinda Chapdelaine became an orphan at the age of five when her parents left for a ball and never returned. She was taken in by her ex step uncle and his wife and became the grueling slave of her demanding and head strong aunt. Her uncle is the gold smith of the town, fixing bracelets, rings, pendants, and any jewelry which wander into his shop. Lucina's aunt runs the business, ordering Lucinda to do any job to keep her out of the way. Once, when Lucinda was working, cleaning the shop, a woman entered, wishing for her gem to be refitted into a pendant setting. The goldsmith shop had never seen such a large or pricey stone. The woman exits, leaving her gem in the hands of Lucinda. That night, while Lucinda waits in her room for sleep, a boy breaks in through the window and begs for her to hide him and give him shelter for the night. When Lucinda wakes the next morning, the boy along with the stone has disappeared. This woman begins an adventure for Lucinda, spinning her world into something she never could have imagined.