Saturday, November 12, 2011

Six Sentence Saturday - November 12, 2011

Welcome to Six Sentence Saturday.
Where I try to express my thoughts on recent reads using only 6 sentences!!!!.
At the end of each review I will post a
rating scale of 1-5 using the cute and original (lol) Playing Cards.
Rating scale will be as follows:
5 of Hearts- You must read this book NOW!!
4 of Hearts- A great read, put it on your TBR list.
3 of Hearts- Glad I read but no big deal
2 of Hearts- Why did I finish this?
Joker Card - Don't bother (why did I?)

Six Sentence Saturday is an idea that I occasionally borrow from Staci at Life in the Thumb.

Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
Completion Date: May 25, 2011
Reason for Reading: Sequel to Princess of the Midnight Ball.
Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other's countries in the name of better political alliances--and potential marriages. It's got the makings of a fairy tale--until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way.
I really enjoy fairy tale retellings, so I am very happy to be enjoying this series by Jessica Day George. One of the sisters from the first book, Princess Poppy, is the main character this time. She is on an exchange program where there is a chance she can find a potential husband, but things do not quite go as planned. The story involves an evil fairy godmother, enchanted glass slippers, and a servant who wants more from life. This is not my favourite series ever, but it is enjoyable enough because George tells well-known aspects of fairy tales and writes creative stories. I look forward to what direction her next book will go into.

This book was read for the Once Upon a Time Challenge. (Bit slow on the review, I know!)

Princess Series:
Princess of Glass

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Book One of the Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
Completion Date: May 26, 2011
Reason for Reading: Fun!
Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate - and gods and mortals - are bound inseparably together.
I wasn't sure what to make of this book, not even when I finished reading it, but it was a bit different. I don't read a lot of books where gods play a major role, so it was nice to break out of the normal comfort zone. There is so much going on in this book, so it is hard to narrow down what to even talk about. I really enjoyed it and look forward to getting to book 2 sometime in this century. Yeine is the main character and both her herself and her interactions with other characters make her very readable. I recommend this book for its different idea and good writing.

This book was read for the Once Upon a Time Challenge.

The Inheritance Trilogy:
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Broken Kingdoms
Kingdom of Gods

Promises to Keep by Charles de Lint (Newford Series, Book 21)
Completion Date: May 27, 2011
Reason for Reading: Part of the Newford Series.
With the help of a mentor and an anonymous benefactor, Jilly Coppercorn has overcome abuse, addiction, and a stint in juvie. Though she still struggles to stay clean, she has found safety and love in a newly formed family that includes her loyal best friend, a lovely artist, and her caseworker. Temptation comes knocking, however, when her best friend from the bad old days rides in on a motorcycle and takes Jilly to a beautiful, mysterious city full of wonderful opportunities. It seems perfect at first, until Jilly discovers that it was a one-way trip—and she still has unfinished business in Newford. At turns playful and serious, this urban fantasy introduces de Lint’s most enduring character and grapples with the realities of life-changing choices.
I really enjoy Jilly Coppercorn as a character in the Newford world, but this book was a disappointment. It really just rehashes information that has all ready been revealed in The Onion Girl and Widdershins, so if you have not read either of these books this is a good introduction, but otherwise you should just stick with those two books. There were a few different ideas, don't get me wrong, but it still wasn't enough to make me love this book. I still enjoy Jilly, though, and if you have experienced the wonder that is Charles de Lint and his Newford series, you really need to do so! I did enjoy the trip into the world of the dead, but I am not sure I would want to visit there myself. I guess I just don't think this book was really necessary.

This book was read for the Once Upon a Time challenge.

Newford Series:
The Dreaming Place
From a Whisper to a Scream
I'll Be Watching You
Memory and Dream
Someplace to be Flying (Read, but not reviewed)
Moonlight and Vines
Seven Wild Sisters
Tapping the Dream Tree
Spirits in the Wires
Medicine Road
The Blue Girl (Read, but not reviewed)
Make a Joyful Noise
The Hour Before Dawn
Old Man Crow
Little (Grrl) Lost (Read, but not reviewed)
Promises to Keep


  1. They all sound good. Great reviews!

  2. Anonymous5:26 PM

    It's been ages since I visited might be time for a return visit. Although with a different book. :-)

  3. Anonymous9:03 PM

    I really enjoyed Princess of the Midnight Ball but have yet to read the sequel - I'm thinking I definitely should! I've also been dying to read the Newford series.

  4. Amazing how six sentences can actually be enough sometimes!!! I love the playing card rating system too. The Joker is classic!

  5. I added the first two series to my list. Great, more series to start is just what I need! :-)

  6. **Linda: They were. Thanks!

    **softdrink: Yes, totally a different book. It wasn't terrible, but he can do so much better!

    **thekams: I hope you do read the Newford series. I love it!

    **Jenners: It is helpful when I am very far behind on reviews, that's for sure!

    **joanna: ha ha, I know exactly what you mean!


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