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review 2018-10-08 10:59
It's nothing what I expected and a lot more interesting than I thought.
The Last Dragon Princess - Cynthia Payne

This book is absolutely amazing. If you enjoy a good paranormal fantasy then it's a must-read. The story is set in a world of dragons and Creators. It's full of mystery, action, and adventure. It revolves around one breeder and a flock of dragon shifters or warriors, as they are called sometimes. Their job is to fight Creators and keep them from enslaving Hisgeii.

 

The story starts when young breeder, Danu, and young shifters come off age. They will now enter society and do their duty. As a breeder, Danu must ensure the continuation of shifter's next generation. Although she is nervous about her role and what it entails, she has learned enough to deal with it. However, councilman Calmus has a surprise for her, at the last minute he changes the rules of the game. He pronounces her as their breeder queen and the one who would marry her would become king. That has never happened before. It's bound to ruffle some feathers and cause chaos in this small community. As Danu tries to make up her mind about her next step she finds out things that she probably shouldn't have. In order to make the right decision, she would now lose somethings that are precious to her. No matter what happens next, one thing is for sure, Danu has the best interest of her people at heart and she would do anything to protect them and ensure their survival.

 

Things get more complicated when the creators come looking for them. It turns out that there is a lot which they don't know about themselves as well as their worst enemies. Divided by castes, will these people be able to stand against an enemy so powerful that even their best warriors don't stand a chance against them... unless there is another way to defeat this time old foe? One thing is for sure, it's going to get far more complicated than it ever was, but maybe this is their chance to reclaim their true identities and finally be able to live in peace.

 

This story made me imagine primitive Roman society. The story is quite engaging and characters are all well-developed. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend to all fans of dragon-shifters, this one is definitely an original and interesting take on dragons, where they came from, and how they live.

 

P.S. Can I just say that the book cover is absolutely gorgeous and goes well with the story?

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text 2018-10-07 09:53
Reading progress update: I've read 56%.
The Last Dragon Princess - Cynthia Payne

I do love dragon shifter novels and it's definitely a good one. So far, I'm enjoying reading this story of dragons and mayhem.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-10-03 13:06
The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace
the princess saves herself in this one - Amanda Lovelace

     Today I went to the library to find a book that my friend recommended to me. This book happened to be "The Princess Saves Herself In This One". As soon as I got home, I sat down and started reading. In the first couple pages, it lists trigger warnings. It warns you about things such as self harm, various types of abuse, cancer, queerphobia and more. There are four chapters in the book. As you go futher into the book, you start reading The Princess chapter. This chapeter talks about how she (the author) was abused as a child and as a result, she started depending on books to help her sink into her imaginary life away from her mother. She also vaguely tells her story of being bullied into starving herself. One of the poems stated that she gets a friend request from ________. Then, there are many types of girls that bullied her; or just one girl. Im not sure. The next chapter, The Damsel tells her story of teenage years and how her mother and sister died and how she goes through grief. The book tells her story about  her abusive relationship with a "sleepy dragon". The guy who treated her like a (in my opinion) joke. Then comes the second to last chapter, The Queen. This chapter talks about how she doesn't let anyone or anything take away all of the self confidence she has built up in the last couple of years. She gets a very loving boyfriend who treated her like the woman that she is. The Sleepy Dragon comes back and she kicks him "to the curb". Now, the last chapter of this marvelous book talked about you ( the reader). She basically tells you to believe in who you are and to never let yourself down to be someone you don't want to be. Overall, this book taught me and many other readers that we are who we want to be and no one else can change that.

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review 2018-09-20 06:38
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Princess Bride: An Illustrated Edition of S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure - William Goldman,Michael Manomivibul

I did not think I would have to start this review with a trigger warning, of all books, but here we are. Trigger Warning: Suicide (There is a line in this that really rubbed me the wrong way.) Fat shaming a child.

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About the suicide, the line is "She had never seriously contemplated suicide before. Oh, of course she’d thought about it; every girl does from time to time. But never seriously. To her quiet surprise, she found it was going to be the easiest thing in the world."

 

Every girl does? What is that even supposed to mean? This line makes suicide sound like a silly fad, a phase that "every" girl goes through, but only when she is feeling emotional.

Every few chapters, the author, William Goldman (who is pretending not to be the author) breaks the fourth wall and talks about his life and why he cut this and that from the "original" novel. In a lot of these fourth wall breaking segments, he talks about his "fat" son and "cold" wife, he even talks about almost being tempted to cheat on his wife. I get that he is trying to go for a style and pass this novel off as something some great S. Morgenstern wrote, but what is the point in talking so horrible about your son and wife? Is that really how you treated your family? Please tell me those parts were fiction, too.

I skipped the last part "Buttercup's Baby." So in that sense, I DNF'd this book. This is a rare case where the movie is better. Oh sure, I liked this book. It had the same heart as the movie, but Goldman's interruptions really ruined my enjoyment. I don't think I want to read anything else by him.

Don't fat shame your children, please. Don't body shame, in general! This line comes from the book: "Oh. Daddy, I'm ugly and I've got no friends and all the girls laugh at me and make fun because I'm so fat."
I had to blink back tears myself -- because it was all true, y'see." (Goldman talking to his son.) Why is this even relevant to The Princess Bride? I don't get it! This is gross. Just gross.

I have a bad relationship with food because all through my childhood, my stepdad mocked my weight, doctors put me on diet pills at 16...etc. Guess what, I look back and I wasn't even obese, bigger than the average kid my age, maybe, but not big enough for diet pills, or big enough to "diet". What is "too big" and what is normal? As a child, I shouldn't have been thinking I was wrong because I had a few more pounds than other classmates. Now I'm an adult with body image issues, weight "problems", depression, anxiety and I always put myself down, hate on myself.

Thinness does not equal happiness. Fatness does not equal sadness. Goldman said that now his son is ripped and gorgeous and now he is popular. What kind of message does this send to anyone?

Also, I want to point out, I did not really care about the way Fezzik is treated as not smart just because he is a large guy.

Sorry I went on a rant here.

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text 2018-09-18 09:50
Reading progress update: I've read 110 out of 496 pages.
The Princess Bride: An Illustrated Edition of S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure - William Goldman,Michael Manomivibul

I'm reading the kindle verson, which I beleive is still $2.99!!

 

I like it so far. Of course, I know the story (from the movie, and I think I might have read some of the book as a kid.)

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