The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison

Princesses! Princesses who actually understand princess responsibilities re: kingdoms and marrying and having kids. These princesses aren’t the frou-frou, super modern romance princesses you may be used to from other YA books. I found that very refreshing. It was SO NICE to have more realism in a book with royalty and romance and magic! The realism balanced out the fantastical bits, and I think it made the story more exciting than it would have been Read More …

REVIEW: Bitter Melon by Cara Chow

So: Bitter Melon. There’s been some drama about this book, mostly because I think it came out around the same time as Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and people were kind of like “ANOTHER book about an obsessive Chinese mother?” Well, yeah. But it’s more a book about an abusive Chinese mother, about the clashes between Eastern and Western cultures, and about finding your own voice. It’s a little hokey in some places, Frances’ Read More …

REVIEW: The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal

I must just be in a mood for princesses lately, because it feels like I’ve read quite a few books with princesses in them. Have I gotten tired of it yet? Hell no! I adore princesses, actually– I like them when they’re snooty, when they’re nice, when they’re disguised as commoners or even when they’re boring as mud. Probably this is because I want to be a princess, myself– the nice kind, who does a Read More …