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review 2018-03-23 17:38
Princess Smartypants Rules - Babette Cole

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I was obsessed with Princess Smartypants when I was little. I had the first book and read it so many times that it is falling apart. But I still have it and it's still awesome.

This one is pretty good too. It's one of the most ridiculous books I've ever read, but it a good way. Weird things happen, like Princess Smartypants accidentally "making" a baby, but it's funny and silly and not meant to be taken seriously. It's not as good as the first one, but it is still a lot of fun. 

Some people have criticized the book, saying it is insulting to single parents, because the queen says a princess can't have a baby without marrying a prince. I don't think it's insulting, because Princess Smartypants proves her mother wrong by having a baby without a prince and figuring out how to take care of it on her own. If anything, this is all a big metaphor for single parenthood, in a weird ridiculous way. Just like in the first book, Princess Smartypants redefines what a "princess" is and what a princess can do. 

Anyway, it's a funny book with humorous illustrations. It's really out there, but still a fun read.

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text 2018-03-23 15:13
Dear Abby

I started a new "Dear Abby" blog post section from readers, answered by one of my readers!


Dear Mia & Sugar,
I want to attend a book signing(s), but there are SO many types to choose from. I must admit—I am overwhelmed and am in need of book signing advice.

Keep reading here http://cristinharber.com/archive/dear-mia-and-sugar/dear-mia-and-sugar-seeking-book-signing-advice/


Source: cristinharber.com/archive/dear-mia-and-sugar/dear-mia-and-sugar-seeking-book-signing-advice
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review 2018-03-20 07:28
not for me
Eloping With The Princess (Brotherhood of the Sword) - Robyn DeHart

Isabel’s only family was her uncle Thornton who had kept her in school. At Saint Bartholomew's School For Girls and he was too busy to have isabel come home even on holidays.  Now he was dead and Lilith her aunt by marriage was to come for her but before she can someone tries to take her. Gabriel was there and suggested she stay with his friend Jason Ellis who is a fellow member of the brotherhood Of The Sword and could keep her safe. Then they could into who is trying to take Later they learn Isabel is the last royal family member from the island nation of Saldania. To keep Isabel safe Jason agrees to marry Isabel in name only. Jason learned early in his youth he was a bastard and his father was the stable manager. So viscount Jason planned never to have his own kids and let his nephew inherit the title. But Jason and Isabel have a growing attraction. Isabel was to be used in a plot to usurp the throne from Victoria that is why someone os trying to take her. That was when Isabel realized the easiest way to stop the problem was to marry and Jason agreed..

I just couldn’t get into this book. I did finish it but i didn’t really care for it. I felt the ending was rushed. The plot seemed to be all over the place and not consistent as far as I am concerned. I also didn’t connect with the characters. I am sure someone else will like this book a lot more. It just wasn’t for me.

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review 2018-03-19 17:04
Basically, sisters suck . . . plus magic~
Daughters Of The Storm - Kim Wilkins

Disclaimer: Reviewing pre-publication paperback ARC/proof copy.


This wasn't the right fit for me, but the quality of writing and storytelling was excellent, so I'll try to give some detail so you can figure out if it's a match for your own tastes.


This is the story of five sisters as they try to save their father (the king) from a magical curse. Only, being as how they're sisters, they mostly fall prey to rivalries and selfishness and do more harm than good. It wasn't clear from the copy I had, but this looks like the first in a series, which makes a lot more sense. I found it pretty depressing, as it seems to be an excellent argument for sticking to one child per family, and it also delves into the sex lives (and terrible choices) of each sister, and as a general rule I find a person's sexuality to be the least interesting part of them. But, y'know, tastes differ and all that. It's adult fantasy, not really romance, so the scenes don't get excessively explicit or drawn out. Somewhere from 1-3 of the sisters have some level of spiritual/magical powers that get tangled with some potential psychosis, so that part was interesting and has potential. It was a surprisingly fast read considering its size.


I'm not terribly knowledgeable when it comes to high fantasy subgenres - this might be considered grimdark? Or crossover literary-fantasy? Not really to my tastes, but the writing was very well done and the storytelling was smooth, if a little slow at the start. It switches perspectives between all five daughters, their stepmother, their stepbrother, and maybe a couple more, I don't really remember, so that does make it hard to get into the story and build attachment to the characters up front. It was a fascinating choice in terms of storytelling and suspense, though, since it really lends itself to exploring the moral ambiguity and deceitfulness of characters. They each portray themselves as sympathetic and make observations on the others, and then you switch POV and get a different look at the same people and actions. So I think this would be an excellent book for the right reader (review: 3/5 for taste, 5/5 for quality), but just not right for me.

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review 2018-03-11 23:05
Superstar Barbie: The Fairy Princess (Little Golden Book) - Anne Foster,Jim Robinson,Fred Irvin

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This is a nice, happy read. It's not very well-developed plot-wise, but it's a nice, simple story with an easy happy ending. 

Not necessarily a realistic story, but hey, it's Barbie, so whatever. 

An okay read.

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