Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The False Princess and Anna and the French Kiss

The False Princess Review

Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia's led a privileged life at court. But everything changes when it's revealed, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection. Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city of Vivaskari, her best friend, Keirnan, and the only life she's ever known. Sinda is sent to live with her only surviving relative, an aunt who is a dyer in a distant village. She is a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece, and Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks. But when Sinda discovers that magic runs through her veins - long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control - she realizes that she can never learn to be a simple village girl. Returning to Vivaskari for answers, Sinda finds her purpose as a wizard scribe, rediscovers the boy who saw her all along, and uncovers a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor's history, forever.

Sinda has grown up her whole life as Princess Nalia, heir to the throne of Thorvaldor. Until her sixteenth birthday, the king and queen tell her that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real one who has been in hiding. Orienne has grown up in a convent, and the king and queen think she is their real daughter. Mika lives in a neighboring kingdom, poor and desolate with no one to love. These three girls all look like each other, could be cousins. Only one of them is the true princess, but evil threatens Sinda's search for the truth. As she also falls in love with her best friend Kiernan, she will have to risk her heart and her life to do what is right. Will they be able to find the right girl and put her on the throne in time?

  I liked the plot to this book, how it moved pretty fast and left the reader wanting to know what was going to happen. I don't like the cover at all, but I think the details in this book really made it worthwhile. It is a complete story and nothing less, nothing more. It is not heart pounding like the Maze Runner nor is it as slow as the slowest book you can think of. It is set a a really good pace; the characters are all very well, although the reader does not know all of their motives. It's an interesting story overall, and I'm glad I read it, even if it wasn't one I loved.

The false princess also fulfills the Book Blogger Recommendation challenge.
This is the cover: (It doesn't make sense to me/irrelevant to story)

The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal

Anna and the French Kiss Review

Summary from Good Reads: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

For all the good things I had heard about this novel, I found it to be just a tad disappointing. For one, I can't stand the cover. For two, I didn't even like St. Clair. For three, I felt that there were relationships in this novel that were not fully fleshed out. For four, there was not enough of the whole Ellie/St. Clair relationship drama happening. For five St. Clair didn't seem to mind breaking up with Ellie who he once regarded as the love of his life. For six, there were a bit of some inappropriate things that if left out could have made the novel better. For seven, there were problems that never got solved, and after the problems happened it was just like the guys forget about them. For all of the good things I've heard, here's what actually lived up to expectation. It's set in PARIS! The Notre Dame, Point Zero, Shakespeare and Company, the Effiel Tower, L'Arc de Triomphe, and the film capital city of the world. Did I mention it's set in PARIS, FRANCE?? It's like a perfect setting. I loved the French words, because one day I want to speak French. One day. There were places in this book that I've always wanted to go. Point Zero fascinated me. A place where all roads go out of? Fascinating. That was pretty much the best part of the novel. The other really good part is Anna. As much as I disliked St. Clair, I loved Anna. She was so much like me, which is probably why. She's such a strong, passionate gal, although she's a bit shy and nervous.

That's all I got for Anna and the French Kiss, although I will say that I liked Lola and the Boy Next Door a whole lot better. Anna and the French kiss also fulfills the Book Blogger Recommendation challenge. Share your thoughts below.