Until three months ago, sixteen-year-old Camelia’s life had been fairly ordinary. Then a mysterious boy named Ben started junior year at her school and changed everything. - Blurb from book
Camelia is being stalked. I can say that without giving anything away. And while I do believe that teenagers tend to keep the serious stuff to themselves, even though they shouldn't, I would have liked to have seen what could happened if she did tell her parents. I didn't like that the reason she didn't was because her parents were dealing with their own crises. Yes, that does happen, but I wonder what she would have done if her parents were completely available to her. Would Camelia have made the same choice?
I also had a hard time seeing Camelia and Ben as an item. I felt like their chemistry wasn't really defined and am hoping it gets developed more in the next book.
As someone who likes supernatural stories, I did enjoy the wholePsychometric thing. It’s not something I've read in other YA books, so it brings a new element to the story.
I do believe this story is a good read. I found myself quickly turning the pages to get to the next scene and debating in my head who the stalker could be. I am also curious to see where the series go especially with the hints that Camelia may have some abilities of her own.
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Several years ago a reviewed a book of reverse poetry called Mirror Mirror. Now here is the companion to that book: Follow Follow.
How would the third little pig and the wolf each relate their sides of the story? How about Aladdin and the jinni? - Blurb from book
True to the first version, Follow Follow features fairy tales such as The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea, and The Emperor's New Clothes. And just like the first version, this book as the same bright, bold pictures depicting both sides of the poem.
Poetry isn't as mainstream as fiction, but books like this can help kids discover this genre of writing that is often overlooked. It combines the magic feeling of fairy tales with the colorful images kids are attracted to.
I liked this book so much, I even did a reading of two of the reverse poems. Check it out on YouTube as well as the original reading of Mirror Mirror.
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Sleeping Beauty has always been my favorite of all the fairy tales. So when I heard this movie was coming, I couldn't wait to see it. I loved the idea of seeing the story from the villain's point of view, and Maleficent is one of the greats. However, since this is a book to movie review, I will limit my comments to Grimm vs. Disney and not Disney vs. Disney. Aside - Grimm didn't pen the first story of Sleeping Beauty. That was Charles Perrault and the story was called La Belle au bois dormant ("The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood"). But since people know Grimm, that is who I will use here. - End Aside. Here goes.
In the Grimm tale, why did the evil fairy cast the curse on the princess? Because she was not invited to the party the king and queen threw when the princess was born. While some people might find this offensive, I never did feel it warranted a death curse. However, in Maleficent, the story changed. They gave Maleficent a reason to be mad at the king and a good one at that. Though I was not a big fan of the whole "woman scorned angle", I did feel it was a better reason than just not being asked to a party.
What I liked best, though, is that true love's kiss didn't come from the prince. Disney has been changing this concept for a while now. In the Once Upon a Time TV series, it was a mother's love for her son. In Frozen, it was sisterly love. They've begun to expand on this concept and I like that. There is so much more to love than between a man and woman and I like that Disney has been exploring that.
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