Book Review: Royal Wedding ARC by Meg Cabot

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Adult, salve Contemporary, treat Romance

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Part of a Series?:

The finale book of the Princess Diaries series. Keep in mind! The first 10 are strictly YA while this is an adult novel!

Release Date: 

June 2nd, 2015

You Can Find the Book At:

Check your local bookstore!

GoodReads

Barnes and Noble 

Book Depository

Author Website

GoodReads Summary: 

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother’s leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone–especially herself–that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?

My Review:

Getting my hands on this book meant the absolute world to me. The first time I read the first Princess Diaries book was when I was 12 years old. I am now 27 years old so you know how long I’ve been reading Meg Cabot and how much these books truly mean to me. I’ve been trying to get my hands on this book for ages and I legitimately cried when I did.

This book is exactly what I could have ever wanted in a final PD book. I’ve been waiting since I was twelve years old for Mia and Michael to live happily ever and in this book…we actually get to see this happen. It’s like…legitimately a fairy tale coming true! I’ve always loved the two of them together and loved that they managed to end up together in the end…as they should!

But it’s more than that! I grew up with Mia Thermopolis. I’ve always felt incredibly close to her as a character, she’s also felt very familiar and relatable. I’ve always wanted to find my own Michael Moscovitz. I followed her through her awkwardness of high school, figuring out friends and boys and school and all of that. I love revisiting the books but this book was amazing. It was written for us that have been around for years. Mia has grown up and so have I and the rest of the fans. Reading Mia’s diary again, as an adult, with problems that I legitimately understand because we are basically the same age. I loved it. I loved seeing them get engaged and having sex and growing up, renting apartments, doing adult things. It felt so weird but so right.

But I also loved that Mia was still SO Mia. She’s grown up but she’s still also awkward and she still does silly things and freaks out over the small things and I love it. I also love that there were surprises in the story that I didn’t expect and it was awesome. I was both extremely happy and bittersweet while reading this book.

Lastly I liked that we got to meet Olivia, Mia’s sister from Mia’s point of view. I have already read Olivia’s story but it was cool to read it from Mia’s side. Olivia sees Mia as cool and sophisticated and mature during the whole thing while we get to be in Mia’s head while she legitimately is like, what on earth is going on and I’m confused and what the hell do I do? It’s so Mia and I liked every bit of it. There was so much newness in this book, and honestly I thought it was an amazing end to the series. I thought Princess Diaries 10 was great and a fabulous ending but this one was just straight up perfect. I can’t imagine a better book to end one of my absolute favorite series!

Rating: 

5 out of 5 Stars

Book Review: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess (ARC) by Meg Cabot

22718809This review is based on an advanced reader’s copy of the novel obtained through snail mail at the permission of Feiwel and Friends. This is in no way had an effect on the integrity of my review. Please note that published novel will differ from this ARC.

Genre: 

Middle Grade, tadalafil Contemporary

Pages: 

192

Part of a Series?:

First in a Planned Series

Release Date: 

May 19th, what is ed 2015

You Can Find the Book At:

GoodReads

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Book Depository

Author Website

GoodReads Summary: 

In FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCESS a new middle grade series, viagra readers will see Genovia, this time through the illustrated diaries of a spunky new heroine, 12 year old Olivia Grace, who happens to be the long lost half-sister of Princess Mia Thermopolis.

My Review:

I don’t often read middle grade novels, I tend to focus more on YA and NA but there was NO way at all I was going to turn down the chance to read the newest novel by Meg Cabot in one of my favorite fictional worlds, The Princess Diaries series. Without getting too spoiler-y, we’re introduced to Olivia, who is a somewhat awkward, but totally adorable 12 year old girl who somehow gets into a load of trouble with the most popular girl in school, who wants to beat her up after school. That is, until she finds out that her father, a mysterious man who has sent her letters and presents for years, is actually a crown prince, and her sister, a princess, THE Princess Amelia of Genovia. Enter a whirlwind of changes for the girl as she steps into her new role as Princess Olivia.

There was SO much I liked about this book.

One, the fact that Olivia is biracial. We need more and more diversity in our books and this is just plain beautiful. I love every bit of this completely.

Two, I love that Olivia is writing in a journal the way Mia did. It feels so familiar. It feels familiar to get to know this character in such a similar way that you got to know Mia when she learned that she was a princess.

Three, I love that Olivia is younger than Mia, and I love that she has had different reactions, and a different exposure to this news. True, she’s younger than Mia was in that first novel, and this book is geared toward a different age group but I love that we get a sort of familiar story but with a brand new character.

Four, Olivia is just SO incredibly fun. She’s spunky and honest and fun. She kind of takes things as they came to her. She’s a princess? Cool. She gets a new dog? Awesome. She has the weirdest grandmere on the planet? All right. She has to move to Genovia to learn how to be a princess? Why not?

Five, I like that even though this is a middle grade novel…it hints at some deeper things as well. First off, that even though she’s with her family now, her real family hasn’t been there for quite some time, even though her father knew she existed. Sure, there’s more to that and Olivia’s mom wanted her away from that, that sort of thing but it opens up a larger question of whether she would have ever gained a relationship with her father.

And it also shows the family that she had already, a family that treated her kind of terribly actually. Her adopted family was kind of neglecting, even in their attempts to protect her so that’s kind of interesting as well.

Six, we get to see Mia again, and see the beginnings of her preparations for her wedding to Michael (which, like, ohmygod, I’m fangirling so hard over this! I’ve been waiting…let’s see, I was 12 when I read the first book…so 14 years, 15 years for this?). And Olivia is going to be a junior bridesmaid. We get to see Prince Philipe and Grandmere and it just feels good to see those characters again. I LOVED it.

Straight up, its a great book for those who are already fans of The Princess Diaries and would like a dose of nostalgia and I think it’ll be great for those who haven’t been introduced. They can meet Olivia and perhaps go back and read Mia’s story and that’s just fabulous!

Rating: 

5 out of 5 stars

Tuesday Top Ten-Belated Father’s Day Edition

Okay, visit so I logged into WordPress today to start writing the Tuesday Top Ten, sildenafil and whoa, its all different. Not hugely different, just vamped up a little bit. So I am momentarily distracted by the new prettiness that is my dashboard…its just so shiny and new…

Okay, sorry. 

Moving on, today’s Tuesday Top Ten is a little special. Last month, when it was Mother’s Day, my dear friend Gabby from iFandoms Collide went to an author event where Alyson Noel, Tahereh Mafi, Marie Lu, Kami Garcia, Ransom Riggs, and Margaret Stohl were and asked them who their favorite fictional mothers are. Of course, myself, Tatiana, Gabby, Megan and Sylvia had to jump in and say who our own fave fictional mothers were. 

This month was a little different, and we weren’t able to do that again, so I decided that we do a special Father’s Day edition of The Tuesday Top Ten, and I would tell you all my own favorite fictional fathers. 

So here we go :)

Oh, can I just say? Its actually really hard to pick fictional dads. Why is it most fictional dads are super evil, or dead? I don’t understand it…

Anyway.

MY FAVORITE FICTIONAL DADS!

10. Darth Vader from Star Wars

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I know, I know, this is kind of a weird father to pick because he wasn’t really a good father. He totally tortures Princess Leia in the first movie, and repeatedly tries to kill Luke, his son. I mean, he is NOT fatherly material in the slightest. But he’s kind of a badass, and in the end, he did what was right. Granted it was too late for him, and he wasn’t able to have an actual bonding relationship with either of his children but hey, he killed Emperor Palpatine and saved Luke’s life. So that, in itself, is enough for me. I just wouldn’t be buying him “Dad of the Year” mugs any time soon. 

9. Mufasa from The Lion King

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Mufasa! James Earl Jones, man. He plays some badass dads. Mufasa is an AWESOME dad. He’s the KING of Pride Rock. Mufasa runs around, saving Simba when he does stupid things and he’s brave and wise and he’s just freaking awesome. Its like, when the hyenas say “Mufasa” and shudder in excitement haha. That’s exactly what it is. Mufasa is the kind of dad, had he lived (and don’t lie, you cry every single time that he dies in the movie) would have been that awesome dad that made sure Simba grew up strong and proud and wise. He would have taught all the lessons that were necessary for Simba to be a great king. Which I believe he would have been anyway but Mufasa, man, Mufasa is awesome. 

8. Mr. Bennett from Pride and Prejudice

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Seriously, the reason Mr. Bennett is here is because anyone that can have FIVE daughters in that time period is a brave, brave, special man. Add in the fact that he is married to the kind of cuckoo (but lovable!) Mrs. Bennett and he’s just an amazing man. He’s a man of very modest means and has not much to offer a man in pursuit of his daughters. However, if he doesn’t marry them off, he faces their future, when he dies, because they cannot inherit his house. He takes everything in stride and does what he can to do well by his daughters and he supports them with every fiber of his being. And he’s so funny. He cracks me up, as he deals with his crazy wife and his five, very different daughters and their every day dramatics. What a brave, brave man. 

7. Luke Garroway from The Mortal Instruments 

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Okay, technically Luke isn’t a real dad, but he might as well be. He has been Clary’s stand-in dad her entire life, raising her while she thought her dad was dead (though all us TMI fans know the truth), and he loves her as if she were his own. Everything he does, in the entire series, is to protect her and he treats her as an adult, values her opinions and recognizes her abilities and does what he can to help her and to support her. He’s an amazing dad, and is the most honest he can possibly be with her. Once he saves her from Hodge and she demands answers from him, he sits her down and tells her everything, everything that is true as he knows it. He is one of those dads that steps up to be a dad, even though he doesn’t have to. Clary isn’t his daughter but he wants Clary to be and he does all the work that any dad would do. I LOVE Luke. He’s one of my favorite characters in that series. 

6. Philippe Renaldo from The Princess Diaries 

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Yeah, so in the book? Mia’s dad? He’s not dead haha. He’s not dead like he is in the movies. And in the books, he is absolutely, positively hilarious. He’s stricken with cancer, testicular cancer, and this leaves him unable to have anymore children, which is when Mia finds out she’s a princess, because she is now the heir to Genovia, albeit an illegitimate heir haha. This leaves Prince Philippe a little down in the dumps and he’s isn’t the most attractive man in the world haha. But he’s a prince and he loves finding beautiful weather reports or news reporters or Victoria’s Secret models to be his “friend” for a week or two. And he’s just one of those dads that is so good to their daughter, so support, and loving, but so absolutely clueless. Some of the conversations between Mia and her dad have literally made me laugh until I cry because they’re just so CLASSIC. But at the end of the day, Prince Philippe is a great dad and does a great job, co-raising Mia with her mother and turning her into a perfect princess. 

5. Marlin from Finding Nemo 

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I LOVE THIS MOVIE and I don’t get to watch it enough because my boyfriend isn’t the biggest fan in the world. But anyway, Marlin is a badass dad. He literally crosses oceans, battles sharks and deals with jellyfish and crazy deep water fish and turtles and all of that just to find his son, Nemo. He does EVERYTHING he possibly can to get his son back. And sure, in the beginning he’s a little too protective but he just loves his son and wants him to be as safe and happy as possible. And his journey across the oceans of Australia taught both him and Nemo lessons and they have even stronger bonds as father and son, and its a wonderful father/son story. This is a kid’s movie but you really see the development of Marlin’s character as he loosens his grip on his son and becomes a better dad because of it; able to protect his son and make him happy but able to let him go off on his own as well. 

4. George Cooper from The Tricksters Series 

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George Cooper is an awesome dad as well. We don’t get to see George Cooper as much as a dad in the series. We see him a ton as a companion of Alanna’s in The Song of the Lioness but we do get to see him somewhat in the Tricksters series. And what we do get to see, we see a very awesome and loving and caring dad. George doesn’t leave Aly to the simple life of a wife, though he does not excuse the skills necessary to run a household, because he does find that legit. But he teaches her amazing skills; the ability to wield a dagger, the abilities of hand to hand combat, the skills of a spy, and so much more. He gives Aly the chance to take her of herself, no matter the situation and she is definitely able to do that. He also trusts her decisions. He comes to retrieve her from the Copper Isles and she insists on staying, saying that she has more work to go, and he trusts her enough to make her way, on her own, even if it is in a foreign country. I think that’s admirable when a father teaches their child and then allows them use to that knowledge to carve their own path. 

3. Goofy from Disney

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I love this picture above and I freakin love this movie. Its possibly one of the BEST movies that Disney has put out. I have seen it multiple times and know majority of the songs by heart (thanks dad!). I constantly have to try and forget that someone totally had to have sex with Goofy in order for him to have Max…and then apparently she took off. Think about it! Goofy is a single dad, trying to raise a teenage boy who finds him incredibly embarrassing! And so he takes him on a road trip to bond with his son, and his son LIES to him and completely doesn’t enjoy most of the trip. But of course, its Disney and it works out in the end, and Goofy ends up getting Max to the concert that he promised all the kids back home that he was going to be at and they end up having a SERIOUS blast. Goofy is a pretty awesome dad…and he has the best dance moves ever!

2. Carl Frederickson from Up

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Carl isn’t a dad, but damn, he’s a good father figure to Russell in Up. Russell has an absent father, who seems to be a little busy with his new girlfriend/wife and he could really use a fatherly figure in his life. Carl still hasn’t quite recovered from his wife’s death and is pretty lonely. Put those two together, on a flying house with a talking dog and a brightly colored bird named Kevin and you get epic adventure. And along the way, you get a serious father/son type of relationship. I really love at the end when Carl is so determined to protect Russell and that he stands in for his father at his Wilderness Explorer ceremony. I also really like the end credits where they have the scrapbook/Adventure Book thing going on and it shows Carl and Russell doing all kinds of cool stuff together, the way a father and son would do together. Its SO BEAUTIFUL!!! Okay, I’m done…

1. Mr. Weasley from Harry Potter series 

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Mr. Weasley is the BEST dad in all of literature and fictional worlds. I don’t know, maybe its because he reminds me of my dad. Any dad that raises as many kids as Arthur Weasley does, is good in my book. I mean, the Weasleys only have one more kid than my family does so I totally know what their life is like. I wish we would have had a house like the Burrow. I think that Mr. Weasley is the epitome of what a dad can be (besides my own dad, of course, duh). He works his ass, and provides the best that he can, but he provides all the love and the right lessons and morals and values and he raises wonderful kids, even Percy. He’s brave and wonderful and silly and always there for his kids no matter what, even for those kids that aren’t his like Harry and Hermione. I can imagine that he’d be a great father-in-law and an even more awesome grandfather. 

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Who are some of YOUR favorite fictional dads? As always, share in the comments below! I LOVE hearing from you guys!