Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Triple Knot by Emma Campion BOOK REVIEW!


                                                   



Title: A Triple Knot

Author: Emma Campion

Published: Broadway books

This book sets you up with Edward II's family. The story follows mostly Joan The Fair Maid of Kent and starts when Joan is a preteen then it follows her as she grows...
Joan's father Edmund was just executed as a traitor but since Joan's family was still related to the royals they were asked to live in the castle along side Philippa's family.
War is beginning to start so Edward starts to prepare for it by pulling together his allies. Meanwhile Joan and Edward (Ned, the prince of wales) begin to get close as they have become good friends. Ned begin's to become quite smitten with Joan and tells her that he plans to marry her one day. Joan of course blows off his words as him being young. Isabella the Dowager Queen doesn't approve of the match because of all the drama caused by her father. She convinces Philippa to marry Joan off so she can be away from Ned. The decision to use Joan's marriage as a way of helping Edward fun his war becomes apparent and Joan quickly become betrothed to Arnaud Amanieu the son of Barnard Ezi IV.
to present herself to Barnard as well as separate herself from Ned Joan was put on a boat for Flanders to stay at the Artevelde estate. While on her way she befriended Thomas Holland the 1st earl of kent, he was just a knight at the time of the boat ride. The two quickly became friends which helped settle her nerves on Joan's nerves on her trip.
At the Artevelde house Joan gets pampered to look like a princess complete with new owns. The gowns are very revealing which causes trouble when Ezi comes to see her. Ezi becomes to handsy to Joan which gets out of hand to the point of her almost being raped by him. Thomas saw Joan being attacked and came to her rescue which cause their friendship to grow. From the moment of the boat ride to the attack Joan can't seem to get Thomas out of her mind, as the two begin to see more an more of each other Joan can't shake the love that she begins to feel for Thomas. She would give anything to marry Thomas Holland but she is betrothed and royalty doesn't marry knights.....or do they.

Lies, betrayal, secrets, forbidden love, and history!



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Thoughts: It took me quite some time to read this book because it was a bit slower paced than what I am used to but I found myself falling in the love with the main character Joan as well as her family and loves. Though this book is historical fiction the people and most of the events are actually true. By the middle of the book I couldn't put it down and I could feel my heart racing by the end of the book. My only problem is I wish there was more of the story as well as more story told form Thomas's point of view. I just think it would have been nice to get a better look at the battle field at the time of the crusades.







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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger MINI REVIEW!






Title: The Catcher in the Rye

Author: J.D. Salinger

Published: Little Brown and Company


This is a short book about a teenage rebel named Holden Caulfield who is getting expelled from yet another school. The story spans in just a few days and follows Holden as she talks with with a wide choice of characters. After getting expelled from school some drama ensues which made hold leave school earlier than he was supposed to after his expulsion. He ends up getting a crappy hotel room before going out on the town to drink, smoke, and he even ordered a hooker. As the story goes on you learn more and more about Holden and what makes him tick.


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Thoughts: I enjoyed this story even though nothing really exciting happened the whole time. I however found the main character Holden very funny and found myself laughing at the trouble he seemed to get himself into. The whole book was full of teenage angst and I felt like I understood Holden.


Quotes:  " The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one."

" If you want to, and if you look for it and wait for it-to the kind of information that will be very, very dear to your heart. Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior."

Song That Reminds Me of the Book

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Mini Reviews for The If You Were Me series by Carole P. Roman and The Captain No Beard series by Carole P. Roman!

Below are my ratings for the books in the If You Were Me and Lived In.... series. All of these books in this series teach kids about different locations across the world! Not only teaches them a bit of the culture of the area but also teaches them some of the language as well. I loved this series a lot and even found myself learning a little bit from reading these.

1. If You Were Me and Lived In....Norway by Carole P. Roman
   
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2. If You Were Me and Lived In...India by Carole P. Roman
  
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3. If You Were Me and Lived In... Turkey by Carole P. Roman
  
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4. If You Were Me and Lived In...Russia by Carole P. Roman
    
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5. If You Were Me and Lived In...South Korea by Carole P. Roman
   
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6. If You Were Me and Lived In...Portugal by Carole P. Roman

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7. If You Were Me and Lived In...Kenya by Carole P. Roman
   
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8. If You Were Me and Lived In... Australia by Carole P. Roman
  
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9. If You Were Me and Lived In...Mexico by Carole P. Roman
   
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The Captain No Beard series was also very cute. This series is different from the last series in the fact that it teaches values to children such as sharing. I did however enjoy the characters in this series and were able to get a better connection with them than in the If You Were Me series which has different characters every book. Below are all books in the Captain No Beard series. 


1. The Crew Goes Coconuts! by Carole P. Roman
  
 About: Being kind to others and treating them the way you would like to be treated. 
   
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2. Stuck In the Doldrums by Carole P. Roman
   
About: Sharing and Helping each other in times of need. 
  
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3. Captain No Beard An Imaginary Tale of a Pirates Life by Carole P. Roman
   
  About: The beginning of the Captain No Beard series. You get to meet all the characters and get to know them. 
    
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4. Strangers On The High Seas by Carole P. Roman
  
  About: You get to mean new Cabin Girl Cayla who isn't liked very well when she first shows up but becomes a big help. 
   
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Now that is 13 books in all and since I read them I figured I would share the love of the stories by donating the whole stack to Autism and Dyslexia school down the road in the hopes that they would enjoy them as much as I did. The ladies at the front desk were very happy to take the books off my hands and seemed very excited about all the new books they had to add to their little library in the school. 



If you have one of these schools near you then feel free to donate any children's books to them that you don't want. They would be happy to take them and any other donations I am sure. 




I would just like the thank Red Feather Publishing for sending me these books. You have cheered up many children!