Saturday, February 28, 2009

Forever Princess

First off, if anyone reading this is a fan of the Princess Diaries series this is your first and last warning. DO NOT read this review if you haven't read the last book yet (this means you Holland).

Author: Meg Cabot
Title: Forever Princess
Number of Pages: 400
First Publication: 2009
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Synopsis: "It's Mia's senior year, and things seem great. She aced her senior project, got accepted to her dream college(s), and has her birthday gala coming up . . . not to mention prom, graduation, and Genovia's first-ever elections.
What's not to love about her life? Well . . .
• Her senior project? It's a romance novel she secretly wrote, and no one wants to publish it.• Prince Phillipe's campaign in the Genovian elections isn't going well, thanks to her totally loathsome cousin RenĂ©, who decided to run against him. • Her boyfriend, J.P., is so sweet and seemingly perfect. But is he the one? • And her first love, Michael, is back from Japan . . . and back in her life.
With Genovia's and her own future hanging in the balance, Mia's got some decisions to make: Which college? Which guy? How can she choose? Especially when what she decides might determine not just the next four years, but . . . forever!"

Since this is my second or third attemp at writing this review, I am going to keep it short.
In the begining we see that Mia is now dating J.P. (I really hate dislike him!), Lily's still not talking to her, she's friends with her former enemy Lana (and her crony), her father's losing in the polls, and if that weren't weird enough, her former boyfriend (Michael) is back from Japan.
In the final book you’ll notice that Mia’s character sounds a little less neurotic than she did in the past nine books. Could it be because she has actually *gasp* matured.
As long time readers of the series will surely notice, Mia has also become more self reliant and she has learned to stand up to Lily.
While I am sad to say goodbye to Mia, I'm satisfied with the happily ever after end to a fantastic series.

I loved Forever Princess so much that I am giving it 5 out 5 cameo pendants.

Dame Orchid

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tiny Blog: Book Poll Results

First, I would like to thank everyone who voted on the poll. Because without you, I would still be trying to decide what book to read. :)
And the poll results are...
Swordsman's Legacy, Alex Archer 16%
White Tyger, Paul Park 0%
Death by Darjeeling, Laura Childs 16%
Hacking Harvard, Robin Wasserman 66%
Dame Orchid

Monday, February 23, 2009

I-pod Shuffle Game

Since I am a huge fan of music, I was thinking what better game to play than the I-pod Shuffle Game. Which was featured on Dahlia's Eclectic Mind, and she got it from Musings of a Fledgling Writer's blog.

So here are the rules for of the game:
1. Set your I-tunes, ipod, Windows Media Player to shuffle.
2. Answer each question with the next song that comes up.

If someone says "Is this ok?" You say:
"South Side of Lonesome" Chely Wright
I am not sure how this applies to the question.

How would you describe yourself?
"Gonna Get There Someday" Dierks Bentley
I guess this means that one day I might be able to describe myself.

What do you like in a guy/girl?
"Unbroken" Tim Mcgraw
Yeah, ok.

How do you feel today?
"Big Star" Kenny Chesney
I feel great, today.

What's your life purpose?
"Hard way" Mary chapin Carpenter
Does this mean that I make things more difficult than they need to be?

What do your friends think of you?
"Pieces" Rascal Flatts
Ahh, everyone wants a piece of my time.

What do your parents think of you?
"Robin and Marion" Nickel Creek
That I am silent.

"What do you often think about?
"For a Minute There" Garth Brooks
For a second I forgot what the question was.

What do you think about the person you like?
"The River" Garth Brooks
I don't know.

What is life's story?
"I Believe" Diamond Rio
I believe in aliens (joking).

What do want to be when you grow up?
"You Know Me Better Than That" George Strait
If I knew the answer to that, I still wouldn't tell you.

What will you dance to at your wedding?
"The Dance" Garth Brooks
This is the greatest song in the entire world!

What will they play at your funeral?
"Sing Me Back Home" Merle Haggard
I just like this one a lot.

What is your biggest fear?
"Stampede" Chris LeDoux
Being trampled by robotic bunnies.

What is your biggest secret?
"Goodbye Says it All" Blackhawk
I already told you goodbye, so why are you still here.

What is your future going to be like?
"Aint Goin' Down (Till the Sun Comes Up)" Garth Brooks
Wait, does this mean I don't get to sleep anymore?????

What do you see in the person you like?
"Free Fall" Montgomery Gentry
I am not even going to try to answer this one.

What will the song be for you and your spouse?
"Almost Over You" Lila McCann
I guess it doesn't work out.

That was fun, yet extremely long.
If you want to play copy the rules and questions. If you don't have a blog leave your answers in a comment or if you do have a blog just leave a link to you post in the comments.
I know my answers were kind of weird, but that's what happens when I put my ipod on shuffle.

Dame Orchid


I was almost done writing one of my reviews, until I realized I hated everything I wrote didn't like what I had written, so I think I am going to start all over again.
So, until I finish re-writing it you're stuck watching videos, like, this one by Patsy Cline called "Crazy".

Dame Orchid

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tiny Blog: Updates

So I'm, like, maybe half done writing two out of three of my book reviews. But, It is going to take me awhile, since I am in the middle of reading the fourth book in the Cotton Malone series (it's really, really good) and I'm also trying to work on a post for 13 and Co.
Let's just say I have a pretty cool idea (I think) for a post for 13 and Co. Except I am having the hardest time getting it from my brain, to draft form in some semi-coherent fashion.

Dame Orchid

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

How Clingy Are You?

I command you to (please) take this quiz. I am really curious what everyone else's answers would be.

Dame Orchid

Monday, February 16, 2009

Guitar Slinger

Since I have, like, three book reviews to write up, I thought I would post this video for "Guitar Slinger" by Crossin Dixon.

Dame Orchid

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Princess Diaries 7-9

Author: Meg Cabot
Title: Party Princess
Number of Pages: 304
First Publication: 2006
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

4 out of 5 cameo pendents.

Author: Meg Cabot
Title: Princess on the Brink
Number of Pages: 256
First Publication: 2007
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

2 out of 5 cameo pendents.

Author: Meg Cabot
Title: Princess Mia
Number of Pages: 288
First Publication: 2008
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

4 out of 5 cameo pendents.

A review for Forever Princess will be up in the next few days.

Dame Orchid

Friday, February 13, 2009

Princess Diaries Books 4-6

Author: Meg Cabot
Title: Princess In Waiting
Number of Pages: 240
First Publication: 2003
Genre: Young adult Fiction

5 out of 5 cameo pendents.

Author: Meg Cabot
Title: Princess in Pink
Number of Pages: 272
First Publication: 2004
Genre: Young adult Fiction

5 out of cameo pendents.

Author: Meg Cabot
Title: Princess in Training
Number of Pages: 288
First Publication: 2005
Genre: Young adult Fiction

4 out of 5 cameo pendents.

Dame Orchid

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ratings for the Princess Diaries Series Books 1-3

Since there are entirely too many books in the Princess Diaries series, I am only going to rate the first nine books.
But as soon as I finish reading Forever Princess, I will write up a review for it.

Author: Meg Cabot
Title: The Princess Diaries
Number of Pages: 240
First Publication: 2000
Genre: Young Adult Novel

Rating 5 out of 5 cameo pendents.

Author: Meg Cabot
Title: Princess in the Spotlight
Number of Pages: 240
First Publication: 2001

4 out of 5 cameo pendents.

Author: Meg Cabot
Title: Princess in Love
Number of Pages: 240
First Publication: 2002
Genre: Young Adult Novel

4 out of 5 cameo pendents

Dame Orchid

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Teeny Blog: Princess Diaries Series Update

After only three days of reading, I am on to the sixth book in the Princess Diaries series. This means I only have about four and a half books left in the series, not counting the half books (since I only have one of them).

Friday, February 6, 2009

Girl at Sea

Author: Maureen Johnson
Number of Pages: 336
First Publication: 2007
Genre: Teen Fiction
Synopsis: "Sometimes you have to get lost . . .
The Girl: Clio Ford, seventeen, wants to spend the summer smooching her art-store crush, not stuck on a boat in the Mediterranean. At least she'll get a killer tan.
The Mission: Survive her father's crazy antics. Oh, and also find some missing underwater treasure that could unlock the secrets of civilization.
The Crew: Dad's wacky best friend Martin, his bizarre research partner Julia, her voluptuous daughter Elsa . . . and then there's Aidan, Julia's incredibly attractive, incredibly arrogant assistant.
What's going on behind Aidan's intellectual, intensely green eyes, anyway?
As Clio sails into uncharted territory she unveils secrets that have the power to change history. But her most surprising discovery is that there's something deeper and more cryptic than the sea—her own heart.
. . . to find what you're looking for"

After reading the first three Inheritance books I was desperately in need of something light and fluffy, well I found that light read in Maureen Johnson's Girl at Sea.
The only draw back to Girl at Sea is that it took half the book to get where I could not put it down. But once it did pick up, I was hooked.
I totally felt Clio's pain when she got stung by all of those jellyfish (having been stung myself). Although, it was painfully obvious who liked whom (just in case you haven't read it yet, I will not tell you who ended up with who).
I really wish that the cover had a picture of her tattoo (it sounded really cool looking).
Girl at Sea Has earned it way on to my (very long) list of books that I would like to have in my personal collection.

Girl at Sea receives 3 out of 5 cameo pendents.

Dame Orchid

Thursday, February 5, 2009

I Am Finally Finished (yay)

I finally finished The Iliad last night around 12:15 AM. I (almost) feel that I should celebrate, especially since I was starting to wonder if I would ever finish it.
Just out of curiosity, have any of you been reading a book and no matter how many pages you read, you feel like that you have made absolutely no progress?
It was actually an okay book. But, I don't plan on re-reading it again any time soon (maybe one day).

Dahlia informed me that I forgot to mention the name of the series I am getting ready to start reading. Actually I should say series that I have already started. I am currently re-reading the entire Princess Diaries series and I have already finished the first one and am at present reading the second one Princess in the Spotlight.

Dame Orchid

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

(Another) Teeny Blog: Book Update Part 2

Since I can only take so much of The Iliad in one sitting, I haven't finished it yet.
But, as soon as I do finish it I am going to reward myself by re-reading the first nine books in a book series, followed by the tenth and last book in said series.

I guess I will stop procrastinating now, and go read since I only have (like) 32 pages left in the book.

Dame Orchid

Monday, February 2, 2009

Teeny Blog: Book Update

I don't know what possessed me to start reading "The Iliad" (boredom maybe). But I should be done with it by tomorrow or maybe the next day, it all depends on whether I can bring myself to finish reading it since I already know how it ends (and not because I have seen the movie Troy).