Monday, December 16, 2013

*Drum Roll, Please*

Guys, I have some news. I don't know whether it's good or bad, I guess that's up for you to decide. I think it's good.

I'm not so good with breaking news, so I'm just going to give it to you straight: I'm moving my blog. It will no longer be just a book review blog. Basically, I'm integrating all of my blogs into one big, fat, overly pink and shiny one. Huzzah.

So if you'd like to follow me there, you can find my link here.

If you're frustrated with me and want me to jump off of a bridge, well, shame on you.

I just want to thank you all for your love and support of my crazy obsession, and I hope you will have as much faith in my new blog as you did in Slaying Books.

Love you all,


Monday, December 2, 2013

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom... News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo meets her at the airport! Downer: Dad can't have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.) Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material. Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmére, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne. Well, her father can lecture her until he's royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty--no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what's a girl to do when her name is Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo?

Okay, okay, okay. I know I haven't posted a book review in ages. I've been busy, finals are coming up. Bite me. 

I actually started reading this book while trying out a service called Oyster, which is basically the Netflix for books. Kind of like that thing called the library, except you pay $9.95 a month to read a smaller selection of books. I don't recommend it. 

Anyway, this book was a delightful surprise. I had always heard that Meg Cabot was one of those sassy authors with a knack for teen voice. It's totally true. 

Mia was such a hilarious character, even more so than she is in the movie (in which Anne Hathaway worked her magic). She reminds me of everything I was when I was a freshman in high school: hopelessly "in love" with a senior, whiney about everything, and in a constant annoyed mood with grandmothers and their pretentious, better-than-you attitudes. The only difference is that Mia Thermopolis is a princess, and I'm just your average book reviewer. But other than that tiny detail, she gave me nostalgia as I read through her "diary." 

The plot wasn't anything too spectacular in the beginning. Just a normal girl turning into a princess. We've all seen the film. But what the movie leaves out (from what I can remember of it) is the self-realization that Mia goes through when she realizes the boy of her dreams isn't what he seems. I know this is a middle school-level read, but the deepness of the last few scenes really stuck with me. 

I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a cute, funny, and overall fantastic light read. 

I gave it 4/5 stars, because I did enjoy it, but again, it was just something to hold me over until I could decide whether or not to keep using the service Oyster.