Delayed Reactions

Okay, couple of delayed reactions. First off, I just realized that this is my 101 post, which means the post before it was 100. w00t? I guess I should do something... but I'm not going two.

Secondly, I have discovered that I should not read books while under mental or physical duress. I read Sarah Beth Durst's Out of the Wild in one day and it was a day where everything bad seemed to be happening to me, and I think that my have slightly affected my opinion of the book. Plus I wish I had savored it more, but the aforementioned "duress" required something to take my mind off my current situation. So in this case it is a delayed review. I won't be reviewing it until I read it again under more welcoming circumstances.

~Enna Isilee

Out of Pre-Scheduled

Hey guys,

I'm out of pre-scheduled posts, so everything I post now I will actually post personally. As handy as having Blogger automatically publish my posts is, it just didn't seem right. I would go on my own blog and go, "Oh! Did I write that?" *sigh*

So I'm back. My posts will be less regular and more random. And that's the way I like it.


~Enna Isilee


Hey guys, guess what? I have my own domain now!

That's right! If you just type in you'll come here! I feel so official. Plus I get to choose a spiffy new e-mail. I think I'll make it something simple...

I'm so excited!

~Enna Isilee

Rise of the Evening Star-- Brandon Mull

I read this book because, at the time it was the highest in my poll that I did a while ago, and I had just met the author. It was even better than the first Fablehaven. It was a little less… accidental. It took more thinking and strategy to solve the problem. I won’t give you a summary because I don’t want to create any spoilers(not that I can really think of any). I’m excited to read the third book.

~Enna Isilee

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers-- Mary Roach

Before I begin, a random fact: If you google “Squeaky Books” I am the first result. w00t! Of course, Squeaky Books is not a very… common term, seeing as I made it up. But if you google “squeakybooks” as one word, then I’m not the first result. A livejournal account is. And if you go to you will find a blog that hasn’t been posted on in a while but, if you scroll down you will find that the second-to-last post is on Stiff. I found this after I had started reading the book.

I didn’t finish this book. I found it curious, but not interesting. I got over half-way through and decided that I just didn’t care enough to keep reading. Really, the only reason I posted about it is because I wanted to point out the coincidence of the other blog. And now I’m going to the other blog-hosting websites and registering Squeaky Books so no one else can have it. I’m very territorial.

~Enna Isilee

I am a comma (though it looks like an apostrophe)

You Are a Comma

You are open minded and extremely optimistic.

You enjoy almost all facets of life. You can find the good in almost anything.

You keep yourself busy with tons of friends, activities, and interests.
You find it hard to turn down an opportunity, even if you are pressed for time.

Your friends find you fascinating, charming, and easy to talk to.
(But with so many competing interests, you friends do feel like you hardly have time for them.)

You excel in: Inspiring people

You get along best with: The Question Mark

Airman-- Eoin Colfer

Let me start off by saying that Eoin Colfer is an amazing author. I’ve read all his books (I think), and Airman is one of my favorites.

It’s about a boy, Conor, who yearns to fly. It’s his dream. But his dreams come crashing down when he’s thrown into prison by a very evil man, and no one can save him but himself.

This book was very enthralling, but also very frustrating. The entire plot was based on a misleading lie that caused everyone to act in ways that, to me as the reader, were utterly infuriating. It's been two weeks since I read this book, and I’ve yet to decide whether this added or detracted from the book.

Nevertheless, the characters were loveable, the story was gripping, and it certainly invoked emotion.

~Enna Isilee

Remembering Raquel-- Vivian Van Velde

Raquel was never very popular, that is, until the day she died.

Huh? How can you not want to read a book that starts out like that? ;-)

This was a very interesting novella (it’s short). I only took me a couple hours to read and that was during school, so less than that if I had read it straight through. It’s about how people react to this girl’s death. She’s overweight, unpopular, and plays online fantasy games, and everyone has a different reaction to her death.

Not only does this teach you a great lesson about “popularity” it also leaves you with questions: “How would people remember me?” “Is there someone I should be noticing more?” “How would I feel if so-and-so died?”

It was fascinating.

~Enna Isilee

Fablehaven-- Brandon Mull

I’d heard a lot about Fablehaven, but hadn’t picked it up until recently.

It’s the story of Seth and Kendra who go visit their grandparents and discover that their grandparents live on a wildlife preserve for magical creatures. But (of course) not all the magical creatures are good. In fact, most aren’t.

This book was a breezy read. I was able to read it straight through in a short amount of time. My younger sibling is now reading it and really likes it. It’s great for little kids, even though there are some words and concepts that a kid wouldn’t understand.

I liked it.

~Enna Isilee

Beauty-- Robin McKinley

Have you read this book? You should. I loved it. There’s really not much you can say about it except that it’s just so good. There’s no definitive villain, and yet the story still carries you along. The characters are sweet. You can trust everyone. It’s humorous, gripping, and touching.

Read it.

~Enna Isilee

Nickle And Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America-- Barbara Ehrenreich

I had to choose from a short list of nonfiction books for my AP English class. This was the only one I could even get through, and I do NOT recommend it.

The author goes “undercover” to see if she can survive for a month at a time working various low-end jobs. And let me tell you something, the author is not a role model. This is just my personal opinion, some of you may disagree. The author kept complaining about “how hard it is not to cuss on the job” or “I have to take a bunch of detox crap or else they’ll find out that I smoke marijuana.”

Huh? Plus, the book was randomly peppered with very colorful language, that didn’t seem to be there for any reason. Perhaps it was just to ease the author’s addiction to profanity.

Anyway. Aside from the author the subject matter was fairly interesting. I didn’t really care what happened to the author, but I became concerned and interested in the other characters—the people she met while “undercover.”

So I don’t recommend it. I found it crude, and by the end I felt sorry for people who are in that situation, but that’s all I felt. Nothing about this book really pushed the fact that we should help the less affluent, just that they have hard lives.

So I didn’t like it. Bleh.

~Enna Isilee

Refreshed Poll

I re-did the poll after reading some of the books. Thanks guys! I'm likin' this method (At least until I get my groove back). So vote again, please!

~Enna Isilee

Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird-- Vivian Van Velde

Not much to say about this book. It’s a light, sweet read that made me laugh out loud more than once. Some of the twisted fairy tales are very disturbing, however. Others almost made me cry. I actually fell in love with Rumplestilskin. He’s amazing.

Anyway. Cute read. And most of the tales are great for little kids. I thought the “Rated PG-13” on the back was a joke, but after reading it I see that it’s not, not really. It’s not inappropriate at all for anyone over 13 I think. Just a little creepy.

~Enna Isilee

Spring Cleaning Sucess!

Some of you may remember this. Well, I’m glad to announce that my spring cleaning was a success!

Take a gander:

Pretty nice eh? I had to stack them two deep so that they would all fit:
And, I convinced my mom to let me take my wittle bookshelf out of my closet and display it prominently… in the corner. But hey! At least she let me take it out of the closet (for some reason my mom didn’t want it out. I don’t know why).

And check out this cool box I found downstairs. It’s my princess box! It’s green and gold (my favorite color combination is green and silver) velvet. I like it. I display it along with my bookshelf.

So that’s that. I think it looks good. Certainly better than it did

~Enna Isilee

Blogger in Draft

So I'm going out of town near the end of this week and, because of that, I decided to try out Blogger's new "Blogger in Draft" which will allow me to set posts to a later date and have them automatically published for me. I think it sounds cool. I hope it works. If it does then I'll have it post something every 1-2 days (I'm so behind in reviews) if it doesn't... well, hopefully I'll figure out if it doesn't before I leave.

So that's the scoop!

~Enna Isilee

I'm in a bit of a block

I can't decide what to read. I keep half-heartedly picking up a book and then puting it down again. It's not that I don't have anything to read, it's just that I feel... well I don't know the word to describe it. Suffice it to say that I'm stuck, and I need y'all's help. If you could just vote in my nifty sidebar poll that would be fantastic. Here are the books up for option:

Kiki Strike and the Empress's Tomb, Kirsten Miller
Carpe Diem, Autumn Cornwell
Pilgrims of Rayne, D.J. MacHale
Rise of the Evening Star, Brandon Mull
Blue Noon, Scott Westerfelt
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Erec Rex, Kaza Kingsley


~Enna Isilee

Runemarks-- Joann Harris

Have you read Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer? Well then you’ve read a bit of Runemarks. It’s a story of Norse gods, magic marks, and a girl finding herself.

This book was… too short and too long.

It’s a fairly large book, but doesn’t flush out anything.

Run, run, run, run, run, run, run! No time for a drink of water! RUN!

Okay maybe just a little sip… That’s enough! Don't want to be too hydrated. Run, run, run, run, run, run, run!

Okay now let’s sit down for no apparent reason… still sitting… okay…

Run, run, run, run, run, run, run~

There you are. I’ve outlined the plot for you.

On GoodReads the biggest complaint seems that it’s too long, I don’t think it’s too long. I think it should be longer! So long as the author just took a breath now and then it could be a really fabulous story.

As it was, it came off seeming like a SoT knock-off. It’s still a good story, but I don’t recommend that you run to the nearest book store and buy it. If you happen to stumble on it and have a few free days, then give it a try.

~Enna Isilee

Kiki Strike-- Kirsten Miller

Ananka Fishbein is your average person with an interesting past, and an even more interesting future (no, she doesn’t travel through time). She meets up with Kiki Strike, and with some friends they explore a hidden city underground. But who is Kiki? And what are her true motives for searching this hidden city?

I really enjoyed this book, though I did have some problems with it. The story was fascinating and gripping. I wanted to know what happened next. And then I still wanted to know. And then I still wanted to know. And then—Oh my goodness! I finally know!. And then WHAM! New story.


Kiki Strike seemed to me to be two (or maybe even three) novels squished into one. You go along this entire intricate plot and then it just… stops. Then, after a very brief reprieve, it picks right back up again.

Now I think you should either extend the reprieve, or get rid of it. Because with the break in the story being so short, I had a hard time understanding the characters’ minds (which seem to have changed quite a bit).

That’s my only complaint. The rest was fab!

~Enna Isilee

Wildwood Dancing-- Juliet Marillier

Fate wanted me to read this book. Plain and simple. I saw that my friend was reading it on GoodReads, and the next day I saw it in the library.

It’s a slight twist on The Twelve Dancing Princesses only, there aren’t twelve, there’s only five. Every full moon the sisters sneak out of their palace-like home through a portal and into the Other Kingdom. Where they dance with sprites, and faeries and Night People. But while the Other Kingdom seems to be a bright place, it has it’s dark corners that may suck up the girls before they can stop it.

I absolutely adored this book. Ah! I loved it! I didn’t at first, because it took me almost two weeks to read the first 100 pages, making me find it a little boring. But oh, I was wrong.

The strongest theme in this book is love. I usually have a hard time with these books, because it never seems to me to be proper love. It’s always too passionate or too lax. WD mixed them together and created a love so beautiful and believable, that it made my heart cry out for it. Add in some magic dances, a pig-headed cousin (that I wanted to kill throughout the entire book, honestly), and a frog, and you’ve got something wonderful.

I was on the edge of my seat. I CAN’T wait for the next book to come out in the fall. Grah! Curse you Juliet Marillier! Why must you be published outside America?!


~Enna Isilee

Another play. Oh my goodness.

Well. I've gotten myself buried into another play, but not as an actress this time... director.

Oh good glory.

Actually... I don't think I'm technically the director, or that I have any title at all, all I know is that I have a little more than 3 weeks to put together a show and we haven't even had auditions yet.


So... life is going to be stressful. I'm already way behind in my reviews, but I'm working on catching up.

Anway. I'm done now. Toodles.

~Enna Isilee

The Mutating Meme

This is a Meme-y week.

Tagged by Ink Mage

-Copy and paste the questions, then fill in your answers. Post this on your blog, livejournal, etc. There’s a catch, though. You have to change/add a question from the meme you were tagged with.

- Post the rules.

-Link to the person who tagged you.

-Tag 3 people by commenting on their blog.

-Link back to the original to see how much it has mutated.

1.) If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

Enna-Isilee. Of course, I would only change it to that if I went back in time and that’s what it was originally. Because I’ve grown so used to it without the hyphen that I couldn’t readjust now. Though it would be nice… might stop some people from calling me just plain “Enna” (if you call me that then no worries, but now you know that I do not like it.

2.) If you were writing a book, what would your lead character's name be?

*sigh* Kaytan or Chloe. Kaytan’s more for a mythical setting, Chloe for a more realistic.

3.) What is your least favorite food?

Oh… I don’t like complicated foods, I may have mentioned this before. I like cheese, I like rice, I like chicken, but mix them all together and it’s a gag-fest. Chicken pot pie is extremely horrible. I’m “Monk”ish in these situations but… meh. C’est moi.

4.) Are there any songs that get stuck in your head really easily? How do you get them out? Ah! And now they’re all playing in my head at the same time! Thanks a lot! *grumbles* Stupid question.

5.) If you could be (or are) a mythical creature, what would it be (or what are you)? First instinct is to say dragon, but after thought I have decided that, despite their royal nature, I would not want to be hunted down, or scaly. So… maybe a winged horse.

6.) What do colors taste like?

Old eggs and toothpaste. Seriously.

7.) Which Disney princess is your favorite?

InkMage’s Answer:”Eew, Disney's animation?! None of them, thank you. They're all helpless little perfect-looking sticks.”

Not true! Granted, most of them are, but not Belle! I love her! She’s a reader and she loves her family.

8.) Name three (or more if you like) fawesome words.

Asparagus, lackadaisical, hippopotomonstrosesquipadaliophobia

9.) What kind of toothpaste do you use?

Crest and Colgate

10.) If you could chose one superpower, what would it be?

Flying! No doubt!
11.) What do you usually eat for breakfast?

Just an instant breakfast. That powdered chocolate put into warm milk. Easy, fast, and fills me until lunch.

12.) If there was one thing you could fix about your school (or work if you don’t go to school, or home if you don’t do either ;) ) what would it be, and what would you change it to?

Hm… what would I change… I would change the old, crotchety history teacher (who hates me) into a nice, young new teacher who could actually teach.

I tag... (I hate tagging, because I really want to tag people, but I don't know who's already been tagged or who reads my blog) Anilee...(I've seen you around a couple times) Q... (I know you do memes, I've seen it ;) ) and... um... I want to say Mima, but it's almost garunteed that she's already been tagged. Well. I'll say it anyway. Mima!

Okay, there's my three.

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