Books4Hearts – Book Reviews: February 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Fortune’s Folly by Deva Fagan

I could not afford to worry about that, however. I had a fortune to make come true, and it would take all my wits to do it. Somewhere to the east, three days from here was a village (I hoped), and somewhere in that village I would have to find a weapon that could slay a witch that didn’t exist. I had a lot to think about.

Fortuna has fallen on hard times. Her father is the best shoemaker in all of Valenzia. Or… he was, before Fortuna’s mother died, and he lost his “faries” that helped him make his shoes. Now, Fortuna and her father are struggling every day to sell even one pair of shoes, when there used to be waiting lists of customers waiting to buy his shoes. When Fortuna and her father are picked up by a group of performers, and a fortune teller, Fortuna starts her apprenticeship to Allessandra, the fortune teller. When, by a series of events, Fortuna becomes the fortune teller, she earns their keep with the group- until she is tricked into telling the fortune of a prince. Soon she is on the quest along with the prince, and she has to figure out a way to have the fake fortune happen- her father’s life is at the stake.

A halfhearted wave of clapping rose from the crowd of courtiers. A glance from the queen provoked a few additional cheers, but for the most part, the onlookers remained remarkably unenthusiastic. Well, I thought, slightly offended, it was the best I could do on short notice. Hadn’t they heard the part about the witch? That was worth at least a few huzzahs.

I really liked this book. It was on the “youth” (aka, teen) section in my library, but I think anyone from the age 10 up, could read it. There isn’t anything bad in it… just romance. I would give this book five stars, it was really good. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed “The Runaway Princess”, but thought that it lacked romance. 🙂

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Random post from Cat, right here, haha
I just thought since Percy Jackson and the Olympians the lightning thief movie just came out, you should really check out the book, which is right here!
Have fun reading bookworms!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern

Bettina called out, “Troy,” and the hottie from the hallway stood up. “I’m still on hall restriction for hitting Benny in the head with a chair.”
Anna Bloom is terribly depressed. She’s overweight, and has panic attacks. Her parents deal with it, until she stops going to school. Then they send her to a mental hospital, where she meets a bunch of other “messed up” teens. A lot of the people she meets there end up becoming her friends, and aren’t crazy at all. While she’s there, in the “loony bin”, she raises her self-esteem, falls in love, earns a whole boatload of new friends, and ultimately changes her life.

Morgan is quite an entertaining plastic baby. She loves to play all sorts of games. Following is a short list: Morgan Overboard: This game involves Sandy and me standing on our respective beds and tossing Morgan back and forth as fast as we can. If we drop her, she falls into the ocean and is eaten by sharks
When I started this book, I thought it was incredibly dull. Nothing was happening, and I wasn’t particularly fond of Anna, the main character. I thought that when I finished it, I’d write a review on it, advising everyone to steer clear of the horrid book, etc etc. Boy was I wrong. As you get further into the book, Anna starts being more and more likeable, and soon I was enjoying it immensely. WARNING: THIS BOOK HAS LANGUAGE AND ROMANCE NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF THIRTEEN. I’m not even kidding… so, make sure you read that warning, and still, only read this if you think you’re mature enough for… *thinks* really mature content. Anyway. I think it was a really good book, but it was also depressing. When I finished it, I was like “oh, well, it’s not true.” and then I saw the back. Hey! Guess what?! it is a true story! so… just be warned… if you don’t like bittersweet endings, don’t read this book. I’d give it a 4 out of five. 😀
Hide-and-Seek: This is where one of us hides Morgan, and the other has to find her. I wonder what the staff here would say if they knew we were stuffing the “baby” under our mattresses. Smush in Morgan’s plastic face: Self-explanatory.

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