Dragon’s Keep-- Janet Lee Carey

“Pity it should be your wedding finger.” ~20th Queen of Wilde Island

Rosalind, the 21st queen of whom Merlin spoke in his prophecy, is cursed. Her left ring finger is that of a dragon’s claw, and for this she wears gloves her entire life. Until one day a dragon finds beauty in her claw, and takes her away. Rosalind will have to learn to embrace both sides of herself. Both man, and beast.

Too much death.

That’s my only complaint about the book. Too much death. I just felt weighted down and depressed whenever someone died. Once I even cried.

But other than that it’s a really fantastic read. It’s interesting to see how much a person can love someone, and yet what they’ll do to get what they want.

Simple enough review.

~Enna Isilee

Coming soon, a review of Mira, Mirror by Mette Ivie Harrison

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~Enna Isilee

A Personal Book Meme

Tagged by Q

What's your favorite nursery rhyme?
Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater. Had a wife but couldn't keep her. Put her in a pumpkin shell and there he kept her very well. (First one that popped into my head. Not even sure that's correct.)

2. First chapter book you read.
Probably a Time Warp Trio or Magic Tree House book.

3. Do you read best in day time?
I read best any time.

4. Or when you are in bed?
*pokes answer to 3*

5. A funny or serious tone?
It all depends. I like funny, but it's generally the serious or especially well-written books that stick with me longest. If you can combine both (B1000) it's fantastic!

6. A favorite character who is a guy.
I've had a crush on Nawat from Trickster's Choice for a very long time. And I absolutely swoon over Book of a Thousand Days' Khan Tegus. *Swoon*

7. Some books you want to own.
"Too many to list. Your brain would explode. Trust me, it's for your own good."

8. And the first book that made you cry.
Probably The Westing Game or The Giver I can't remember which I read first, but I do remember that my mom read them to me and she could hardly finish through her tears.

I tag all those interested.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox-- Mary E. Pearson

“I wonder at the weight of a sparrow.” ~Jenna Fox

Jenna, the adored miracle-child, has been in an accident. Or at least that’s what they tell her. She
can’t remember. But she knows something’s not right. Why are they here in this rinky-dink town? Why does her grandmother hate her? And why all the secrets?

Ya know. I don’t like Sci-fi generally. And this book is sci-fi. But I LOVED this book. OUTRAGEOUSLY loved it. It’s just… so good, and beautifully written. I absolutely bawled at the end. It’s so sad and yet so beautiful. Jenna is so interesting. And to see her re-learn and figure out things that are so confusing and convoluted is utterly fascinating. And asks you the question, “How far would you go for someone you loved?”

I definitely recommend it. It comes out later this spring.

~Enna Isilee

Coming soon, a review of Dragon’s Keep by Janet Lee Carey

The Sweet Far Thing-- Libba Bray

The end of the Gemma series. And what an end it was. (what added more drama was the missing book debacle. Oi.)

That’s really all I’m going to say. It’s not like these are obscure books that you’ve never heard
of, they’re well known and popular books.

Lots of racy (Q) but it didn’t bother me much.

Cried at the end.


~Enna Isilee

Coming soon, a review on The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Mondays With Jane

"Brandon is just the kind of man... whom every body speaks well of, and nobody cares about; whom all are delighted to see, and nobody remembers to talk to."
~Mr. Willoughby, Sense and Sensibility

My First Interview-- Jessica Day George

The following is an interview with Jessica Day George discussing her latest book Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow.

(Wow, that sounded really... proper)

What made you decide to write a novel based on East of the Sun, West of the Moon?
East o' the Sun is my favorite fairy tale. I grew up with the P.J. Lynch illustrated picture book, and I always wanted to write a novel based on it, to really explore the whole story.

In Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow the main character has no name. What did you intend by this? Significance?

In many fairy tales, the main character isn't named, particularly in Scandinavian stories. They are called "the woodcutter's daughter" or "the youngest son", and I thought it would be interesting if that were because she actually didn't have a name. This adds a complication to her life, because there is a superstition that unnamed, unbaptized children are at the risk of being taken by trolls or other evil creatures.

What was the most difficult part of writing Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow?

Finding a way of showing how the isbjorn and the lass became friends without going on and on about everything they did all day. "First they got up. They had breakfast together. Then they took walk. . . .SNORE!"

What did you do in preparation for writing Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow?

I didn't do a whole lot of research, if that's what you mean. I had studied folk and fairy tales in college, and also Old Norse, Norwegian, and Scandinavian history, so I had that as a background to give the story a definite Norwegian flavor. But I did reread the original story, and I kept Norwegian and Old Norse dictionaries at hand, so that I could look up words that I wanted to use, like the names for the old mosters' horses. I ate a lot of Twizzlers, and chocolate chips, that always helps the writing process.

Will there be more books about the Lass?

To me, her story is finished, so at this point I have no ideas for other books about her. I am mulling over a book about the vikings, but that would probably be mostly historical fiction, no magic or talking polar bears.

What advice do you have to future writers and avid readers?

For writers: read and read and read. You need to experience good books so that you can see how it's done. And try to read a variety of things: fairy tales, mysteries, biographies, the classics, poetry. And don't be afraid to write, and keep everything you write, even if it looks silly to you later. I've tossed a couple of my first short stories, and now I wish that I had them, because fifteen years down the road I've realized that they weren't too bad, and I could have rewritten them! For avid readers: don't be afraid to try new authors, different books.

Anything else you’d like to add/say?
Dragon Flight, the sequel to Dragon Slippers, comes out at the end of April. And I like it when people send me roses and dark chocolate. ;)


You guys will probably believe me when I say that I'm here sitting at my computer litterally "squee"ing. Serious. I'm going "Squee-ee-ee-ee-ee!" and bouncing in my chair. All y'all who have interviewed authors before, I applaud you. All y'all you haven't I say go for it! It's really not that scary (especially if you pick someone super coolio).

Whoo! I really hope Jessica does more local things, and it'd be even better if she did it with Shannon! I was going to go to one of the events but I think it was snowing and I probably would have crashed and died. [Edit:] I just saw that I missed her yesterday but she's going to be at LTUE which I really hope to be able to go to!

Uh-oh, I'm starting to go off on tangents.

Anyway, thanks again to Jessica George, you're a peach! And I'll be sure to go out and buy some chocolate and roses, just for you!

~Enna Isilee

Coming as soon as I'm out of my "squee" phase, a review of Hush by Donna Jo Napoli.

Also, for those of you interested you can visit Jessica's Site at http://www.jessicadaygeorge.com/ and under Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow you can find a handy "Interview" link that has a video of Jessica talking about the book.

Mondays With Jane

"The enthusiasm of a woman's love is even beyond the biographer's."

~Mansfield Park, Volume 2, Chapter 9

Hush-- Donna Jo Napoli

From what I’d heard of Napoli, I knew she was a pretty depressing author but as I was leaving the library I saw this book on the new books shelf and so I decided to grab it. After all, it said “And Irish Princess’ Tale” and who doesn’t love a good Irish Princess?

It’s the story of Melkorka. A Viking wants to marry her and in order to prevent it, she and her sister run away. They don’t get far however, because they are captured and sold as slaves. The sister escapes. Melkorka doesn’t.

At first it seems like a tale of magic and folly but as the story continues and horrible things are done to Melkorka. And the ending tries to be hopeful, but doesn’t exactly succeed.

I like it, surprisingly. I found it a good book. But it is NOT a happy book. Not in the slightest.

What saved it for me is that it’s based off a real event/legend. I thought that was interesting.

So read it if you wish. But you’ve been warned.

~Enna Isilee

Coming soon, a review of The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan.

And I'll post the interview as soon as Jessica responds

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow-- Jessica Day George

A girl with no name, known simply as “the lass” or “pika” is given the ability to speak to animals, and the most beautiful name. She is taken to live with a great white bear for one year and one day and her family will become rich. But soon her true love is taken away from her and she must travel east of the sun and west of the moon to save him.

I. Loved. This. Book. It was simply wonderful! I don’t know what it is about fairy-tales turned into novels but I just can’t get enough! The characters were delightful and the mystery was entrancing. I loved Dragon Slippers but it doesn’t hold a candle to this book! Jessica, you’ve outdone yourself!

I didn’t even know it was out yet! I saw it a week ago at the bookstore (while meeting Rick Riordan) and my grandpa offered to buy it for me (I would have bought it myself but I have absolutely no money). I didn’t think it would be anything like it actually turned out to be. I don’t know why exactly.

Ah! Now I’m so excited for Dragon Flight I want more George! (or is it Day George? Is Day part of the last name? A middle name? A maiden name? Inquiring minds want to know.)


~Enna Isilee

Coming soon, an interview with Jessica Day George discussing Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow (squee!).
And a review of Hush by Donna Jo Napoli

Midnighters-- Scott Westerfeld

There is a secret hour, in a secret place, and the people who know of it keep it secret. It’s not hard, they’re the only ones who know about it. Them… and the monsters.


Nice stories. They seem long but they’re really easy to read. I’ve only read the first two. There are some parts that are fascinating. I love numbers and words, and this has a lot of numbers and words in it (if you don’t like numbers or words, don’t worry, you don’t have to think about them really hard).

It’s a pretty typical Westerfeld story and I have a little warning. I think Mr. Westerfeld went through some kind of… crisis between the first and second books because the first book it fine, a little tense in places but clean. The second book… confused me. All of a sudden it’s like the characters all learned how to cuss. And they aren’t afraid to do it either.

It’s not horrific. Nothing you don’t hear in a high-school hallway, but that’s no excuse. Language is language.


~Enna Isilee

Coming soon, a review of Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

A Great and Terrible Beauty-- Libba Bray

First, let me say that I am insanely jealous of all of you that have recently met Libba Bray and Shannon Hale. That is SO not fair (jk. I’m a pretty fortunate person when it comes to Shannon).

Okay. I’ve gotten that off my chest (again) and now I can get to the review.

About a year ago I picked up the ABRIDGED version of AGaTB and listened to it. It was… okay.

And then, when I heard Shannon was touring with Libba I actually picked up the book and read it.


DO NOT listen to the abridged version! It doesn’t do it even the remotest bit of justice! *gasp*

I read this book almost a month ago and I’m still in too much shock to say much else. Most of you know the basic plot so I won’t go into that.

Rebel Angels is equally good. I haven’t gotten my hands on The Sweet Far Thing yet and it’s eating me up inside. What happened to Gemma?!

I know that some people don’t like these books because of the racy-ness (Q), and I don’t blame them. So far it’s just dream-racy-ness, but I don’t know what happens next so… I'm no authority

*Deep breath* Woo.

~Enna Isilee

Coming soon, a review on the Midnighters series by Scott Westerfeld.

The Icing on the Cake-- Elodia Strain

*raucous laughter* This- book- made- me- laugh- so- hard! Taiger’s aunt recommended it to her and then Taiger recommended it to me and I adored it! It was so cute. Utterly non-fantasy (which I usually never read) and yet utterly enjoyable.

It’s LDS fiction and all about a young woman and just the stresses of her life. Balancing work, church, love, family, and morals. Delightful. It's also a fantastic love story. And it's real.

There were a few LDS moments that were slower (even for me, and I am LDS) but these moments gave the book a more... real feel, and added a dimension beyond just comedy.

I was a bit reluctant to post this, as I know that not all of you are LDS and don’t agree with some of the views, but I keep a perfectly neutral view and so does the book. Of course, most of the characters believe their religion is correct, but there is no bashing of other religions.

I think that’s all I need to say…

~Enna Isilee

Coming soon, a review on A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

Jinx-- Meg Cabot

I have never read a Meg Cabot book before, though I’ve heard of her, of course. This book was… interesting. At first I read it and I said to myself, “Oh great another teenage relationship/social problem book.” Blech. I get so bored of those. Only one author comes to mind that I’ve read that can really pull it off (I’m sure there are others I’ve just never read). But I was wrong! This book is about magic and it’s truly magical. She’s mixed in the “relationship/social problems” into a story of witchcraft and cunning. There are still a few “teenager angst” moments and some drug usage, but nothing critical.

I liked it.

~Enna Isilee

Coming soon, a review of Icing on the Cake by Elodia Strain

Mondays With Jane

"Perhaps I did not always love him so well as I do now. But in such cases as these, a good memory is unpardonable. This is the last time I shall ever remember it myself."
~Elizabeth Bennet

Ink Mage's Meme Tag

Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews? Honestly?
Hm… I don’t know… I don’t like anything non-fiction. I’d have to say…
Is there a book I won’t read?

If you could bring three characters to life for a social event (afternoon tea, a night of clubbing, perhaps a world cruise), who would they be and what would the event be?
Easy peasy. Enna (Shannon Hale’s Enna Burning)… okay. Maybe this isn’t so easy.
But we’d go… and do…

I’m bad at this.

(Borrowing shamelessly from the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde): you are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for awhile, eventually you realise it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?
Criss Cross. I know it won the newbery but YAWN.

Come on, we’ve all been there. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it?
Stargirl is the first one that comes to mind. Everyone seems to have read it… except me.

As an addition to the last question, has there been a book that you really thought you had read, only to realise when you read a review about it/go to ‘reread’ it that you haven’t? Which book?

You’re interviewing for the post of Official Book Advisor to some VIP (who’s not a big reader). What’s the first book you’d recommend and why? (If you feel like you’d have to know the person, go ahead and personalise the VIP.)
It depends on who it was. My first choice would be B1000 by Shannon Hale, but not everyone would be right for it.

A good fairy comes and grants you one wish: you will have perfect reading comprehension in the foreign language of your choice. Which language do you go with?
FRENCH! J’adore francais! Ah!

A mischievious fairy comes and says that you must choose one book that you will reread once a year for the rest of your life (you can read other books as well). Which book would you pick?
Enna Burning. It’s my favorite for a re-read.

I know that the book blogging community, and its various challenges, have pushed my reading borders. What’s one bookish thing you ‘discovered’ from book blogging (maybe a new genre, or author, or new appreciation for cover art—anything)?
I learned that summarization is not as easy as it seems. And it’s a bad idea to blog on a bad day. Very very bad.

That good fairy is back for one final visit. Now, she’s granting you your dream library! Describe it. Is everything leatherbound? Is it full of first edition hardcovers? Pristine trade paperbacks? Perhaps a few favourite authors have inscribed their works? Go ahead—let your imagination run free.
Linen covers, of all colors. With ribbon bookmarks attached. Warm wooden bookcases and a computer in the corner. All books signed, with personal messages (because I am very close friends with every author). A massage chair, a giant bean-bag, a comfortable arm chair with a foot rest, and finally a big warm bed, for those books that you just want to snuggle up with.


I tag: Cuileann, Taiger, Anidori-Isilee, and Maribeth-Kayla

Nobody’s Princess-- Esther Friesner

The story of Helen of Troy, like I’d never seen before.

When I think of Helen I think of a beautiful girl who caused one of the greatest wars of all time. I don’t think I ever really thought of her as a person. But let me tell you- Helen is sassy and she rocks! It was great to see her grow up and her thoughts.

This book read a little choppily for me. Jumping from event to event and not really flushing out any of them. It seemed to me that the ending of this book was more of a beginning, which makes me eager for the sequel, Nobody’s Prize.

Great girl-power book. Enjoyable read.

~Enna Isilee

I've got a ton of overdue reviews hanging over my head, so I'll be posting at least once a day. And I WILL do Mondays [note lack of apostrophe] with Jane tomorrow. It's a good 'un. So...

Coming soon, a review of Jinx by Meg Cabot
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