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princesses

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Author: Susann Cokal

In the fictional Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn the royal court is trying to produce a male heir to keep the family line in power. This proves difficult when mysterious illnesses and other traumatic events keep killing members of the family. Like every royal court there are circles upon circles of people close and not so close and all of them have motives of one kind or another that impact the royal family in one way or another. Innocents are caught up in this constant grab for power and are subject to fates mysterious and dark. This book was awarded a Printz Honor award and received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. This book has a beautiful quality to it and a very well paced sense of time and place, but it is definitely for mature readers. Publishers Weekly's review ended with this sentence "Though the novel’s frank and upsetting depictions of rape, child-marriage, miscarriage, and syphilis mark this title for mature readers, its brutality, eloquence, and scope are a breathtaking combination. Ages 16–up".

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Title: Legacy
Author: Cayla Kluver

Set in the mythical country of Hytanica, this fantasy story centers around the princess of a kingdom that was once at war with a ruthless country, Cokyri. As Alera is the crown princess and nearing her 18th birthday, she is being pressured to chose a man to marry with all the traits that will suit the next ruler of the country. While Alera attempts to find any suitor to her liking that her father will approve of more than his choice for succession, the arrogant Lord Steldor, a young man, Narian, who was stolen from his home country of Hytanica as a baby to be raised in Cokyi returns to his birth place to find his family and captures Alera's attention. With an impending war ensuing over Narian's return the choices that Alera make became even more important as heir to the throne. Struggling to deal with growing up while balancing her wishes, her father's wishes and what is best for the kingdom, this is also a coming of age story for a young girl. While the writing style is a somewhat unrefined in the first novel of this series, the story is captivating to the point that I couldn't stop reading and the writing definitely improves in the second book of the series.

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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

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: Meg Cabot

This book is basically a guide to how Mia, and her friends and family spend Christmas. It has basic traditions. It also has how people in other countries celebrate Christmas, what they call santa, how to say Merry Christmas in other languages, how to celebrate Hanukkah and Kwanza, the real meaning of the dreidal, their top ten favorite movies for Xmas, good Christmas music (by their standards), what to wear, and how to do your make-up. Pretty much everything you'd need to know how to do during the Christmas holidays. I recommend this book if you're looking for new holiday ideas, wanting to learn about different culture, or maybe even wanting to learn words from a different language.

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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: Michelle Knudsen

What a wonderful story! "The Dragon of Trelian" by Michelle Knudsen is one of the best books I've read in a long while. It tells of the friendship of a princess and the mage's apprentice, about her relationship with a dragon, and about young love, magic, and what it means to have good relationships within a family. There is something for everyone: dragons and evil magicians, a handsome young man with a dashing smile and deep eyes, a grumpy old man, a wedding, adventure...there is so much to be thankful for within its pages. The author does such a great job describing what goes on in a young teen's mind. It's really neat. One thing that bugged me, though, was the fact that you could tell where the author was "inspired" by other writers. I saw obvious ties to Eragon, LotR, The Runaway Princess (by Kate Coombs), and others. But that was the only negative thing I can say about the story. "The Dragon of Trelian" is simply the type wonderful fantasy for young teens that is so rare nowadays. I would highly recommend it.

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Author: Robin McKinley

Spindle's End is a retelling of (you guessed it!) Sleeping Beauty. Rosie, a long awaited princess, was kidnapped legally (don't ask, read the book) and was raised as a country girl. After a very long, very complicated plot, she is now being legally impersonated (don't ask) and is being a lady in waiting to her best friend. She's the princess. The animals know. Aunt and Katriona know. Peony knows. A certain magician knows. So does the queen's fairy Sigil, and Barter. But no one else. They can't afford to let the knowledge leak out. Pernicia might find out before Rosie's twenty first birthday. How will the conflict resolve? Don't ask. Read the book, if you are ambitious enough to try it.

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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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