Okaaay. Recently I've promised to review oodles of books that I'd borrowed from the library a week or two ago, yeah? Well, that sounded okay at first. But the thing is, is that I go to the library regularly and read--well, I usually read--a book a day. If I wanna go back and review, then I would have to stop reading so I wouldn't post a lot. So that's where it gets complicated. Soooo, I've concocted a plan of some sorts. It isn't very genius but neither am I. I've just decided to hold back on these review I have in store for you, and if I forget about the book then it isn't worth reviewing. I'm just gonna keep reviewing the books I've read that day and save the others for a rainy day. Speaking of catching up, here is another two-book-er.
(summary frooom B&N, of course. For that is the only book site my computer can support that is recent. Gotta love outdated computers, no?)
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
And if I should die before I awake,
I pray the popular attend my wake.
Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she's dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn't stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal.
This book was DEFINITELY out of the ordinary for me. And the majority of my books are out of the ordinary, so that's saying something. I guess I had never gravitated towards the ghost books, but this one is a keeper. Definitely. And, as much as it hurts to say, I guess most books sold from Walmart are worth a shot. (ouch, i just died a little inside) Ghostgirl absolutely is gruesome in it's ways. I am almost tempted to leave a sarcastic message to the author--"Thank you for the detail! I definitely needed to know that there was a gaping whole in the side of Kim's head and it was scabby." Or, "I love that you tell me that there are bugs crawling out of the pores of someone's skin." Isn't that delicious. I sure thought so. But Charlotte--Charlotte, Charlotte, Charlotte. Exasperated sigh.--definitely has some problems. Aside from being dead that is. She had problems way before she died. And she failed to realize that one of the main reasons she died is because of a guy's lack of attention toward her. Gosh, Charlotte, what do you expect? He has a girlfriend, he's popular, and what are you? A wallflower who just happens to show up one day dressed as a prep poseur? Did you really expect him to fawn over you in your not so original style and stalkerish attitude? As if. Charlotte is a stalker. A stalker in life and death. Her problem is that she won't let go of some guy who doesn't even realize--and never will--that she's alive. Or dead. Oh, and her other problem is some psycho bitch named Prue, a.k.a. Prudence, who apparently thinks she's queen of the Dead Kids. Prue is a serious headcase. She bitched throughout the whole story and causes one catastrophy after another. Almost killing people, and then in a snap she has a change of heart and everyone forgives her. I was like, WHAT? ARE YOU PEOPLE CRAZY? But of course they are, they're dead. Dead peoples' brains aren;t supposed to work after death, stupid. But the people I did like, however, were Scarlet and Sam. No they do not get together, but I believed they were the ones with the most personality. Although I seriously did not need to know how Sam's ass looks--somewhere along the lines of huge, hairy, and pimpy--he has a funny personality in the way that he acts like he has a mental disorder because he thinks it's an easier way to get through high school. Heh. And Scarlet, well she's the cool goth who get's the guy in the end. Nuff said. And if you don't think it's worth reading so far, go pick it up and appreciate it anyway. 'Cause this is the prettiest book I have ever seen. Seriously, go check it out just for the pictures. Well, if you are a psychopathic teenage stalker with raging hormones then go read this. And if not, if you're just some regular Jane or Joe who likes a good plot and laughs, then I recommend it to YOU, yes YOU. Enjoyyyy!!!
I give it aaaaa...... *what will she do next? dot, dot, dot... pause...* 4 outta five piles of bacon, if not for the story than for the kick-ass looking pages. Heh-heh.
Benevolence is not your typical princess and Princess Ben is certainly not your typical fairy tale. With her parents lost to unknown assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia, who is intent on marrying her off to the first available "specimen of imbecilic manhood." Starved and miserable, locked in the castle's highest tower, Ben stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted room. So begins her secret education in the magical arts: mastering an obstinate flying broomstick, furtively emptying the castle pantries, setting her hair on fire... But Ben's private adventures are soon overwhelmed by a mortal threat facing the castle and indeed the entire country. Can Princess Ben save her kingdom from annihilation and herself from permanent enslavement?
Okay, all of you lovely readers will get a better take on this book than I did at first. While walking through my library and glancing at the names of the books, I abruptly said the name of this one and paused. I thought, Oh, god. Is this books about a drag queen? I couldn't help it. I usually associate the name Ben with Benjamin, so I just thought Benjamin? Princess? Whaaat? But luckily, when I opened up the cover it said Benevolence. Ohhh. Okay, then. And reading the description, I saw that it would definitely not be a boring read so I picked it up without a second thought. I just read and completed it today, and lemme tell you. As much as I think Ben is cool and all, I hate that in the end she has to conform and bend to everyone's will to be the Princess everyone wants her to be and to save her country. And the crazier thing is that it actually works. This book was mingled with a lot of fairy tales, and this book was somewhat a fairy tale of its own. Most people think of fairy tales as childrens' stories, but fairy tales actually deal with adult issues with a touch of fantasy in the mix. That's basically what this book is. And the author was excellent at capturing the essense of the old times. The grammar, the descriptions, everything was sounding right and realistic and I doubt many could pull that off. The only thing that I didn't like was her relationship with Prince Florian. (sorry for spoilers, chickies) But, the ACTUAL relationship was established much too quickly and said that they loved each other although the only time they could talk remotely heart-to-heart was when Ben was mistaken as a boy and taken into captivity as a prisoner from the Drachensbett army. It was crazy, to be honest. But they work well together, I guess. I also grew to like Sophia after a while, she may have been like a dictator but she was just doing what was right for her country. That pretty much summarizes my thoughts on the book and if you wanna know more then go check it out. I saw it at my Borders, so it should be somewhere near you where they sell books. Good luck.
It also got a 4 out of 5 piles of bacon. Books I enjoy get tons of my fav breakfast food. Yumm.