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I am Maiden Myth, just a humble servant of the Lit Castle in the Clouds, devouring literature as I anticipate moving up to Queen : )

Sunday, October 24, 2010

In My Mailbox-10/24/10

Hey Loyal Subjects of the Lit Castle!

In My Mailbox is a meme created by The Story Siren (http://www.thestorysiren.com/) and inspired by Pop Culture Junkie (http://aleapopculture.blogspot.com/). In My Mailbox is a meme where bloggers share what books they got this week. Here are mine:















Borrowed:

-The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (have been looking forward to this one!)

-Ready or Not by Meg Cabot (the sequel to All-American Girl)

-Fallen by Lauren Kate (GORGEOUS cover! <3)

-The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (drool longingly)

And one more thing:

Flippin' Fabulous-A Reader's Record is having their 100 Follower Giveaway (congrats!)

Here are some of the goods:

-Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

-The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

-Looking for Alaska by John Green

-Oh My Gods by Tera Lynn Childs

-Radiance by Alyson Noel

-Forget You by Jennifer Echols

And many more!!! Stop by Flippin' Fabulous today and enter to win: http://areadersrecord.blogspot.com/2010/09/fabs-first-official-100-follower.html

PLUS, did you watch the book trailer for Matched by Allyson Condie? It's great.



What books did you get this week? I'd love to know!

Until the next post,

Maiden Myth.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

YA Wednesday: Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen


Hello Loyal Servants of the Lit Castle!

Welcome to my meme, YA Wednesday!* This particular book that I am going to review, Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen,is special to me, because I won it in a Goodreads contest.** And, to tell you the truth, even though it was exciting to win it, I initially wasn't all too thrilled with the book that I received. BUT, you can not always judge a book by its cover, or even its synopsis-you have to soak your mind into the pages in order to note either its beauty, its ugliness, or that murky place in between. This book was a beauty, and I will tell you why after the synopsis:


"The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties.

Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York's glittering metropolis. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star. . . .

Cordelia is searching for the father she's never known, a man as infamous for his wild parties as he is for his shadowy schemes. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined—and more dangerous. It's a life anyone would kill for . . . and someone will.

The only person Cordelia can trust is Astrid Donal, a flapper who seems to have it all: money, looks, and the love of Cordelia's brother, Charlie. But Astrid's perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets.

Across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the illicit speakeasies of Manhattan, and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls' fortunes will rise and fall—together and apart. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age."

Although a good summary, it didn't pique my interest at first glance. This is probably because I usually don't prefer historical fiction, and this one sounded somewhat cliche. But, once I got into the book, I loved it. I would define it as a vague cross between Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars set in the Jazz Age, with some unique aspects thrown in. We have Letty Larkspur, the sweet, shy girl who fantasizes about stardom; Cordelia Grey, a virtual orphan until she happens upon the father that she has long searched for; and Astrid Donal, whose lifestyle is luxurious and seemingly perfect. The way that these girls' lives intertwine bring scandals and thrills, and it made for a great story.

Of course, much of the content in this book wasn't anything new-themes of aspiring stardom and dark secrets and such, but what set it apart was Anna Godbersen's exquisite, sophisticated prose that was believably old-fashioned (I have read a number of historical novels where the voice faltered into a more modern tone) and interesting characters. Even though the characters aren't exactly role models (for example, Astrid has no problem flirting with other guys even when in a relationship with someone else, and maybe even cheat), but they were fascinating on the whole, and forced my fingers to keep turning the pages. There were also sharp, exhilarating plot twists that made my heart race, something that I did NOT expect. And the CLIFFHANGERS! I adored them-it makes me crave the next novel in this series so that I can learn a bit more about the secrets that were strongly hinted at in BYT. It was also incredibly interesting to learn more about the 1920's-it seems like it was an exciting time to live in, laden with secrets and mystery. I was bewitched by this novel, and I can't wait until the sequel.
Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Ending: 4/5
Writing:4/5

Overall: 4 Stars

Question: Did you read Bright Young Things? What is your opinion? I would love to hear about it!

And, one more thing. You heard me mentioning the sequel; well, I have discovered a bit of information about it; it's not much, only little pieces to whet your appetite. The sequel is called Beautiful Days, and here is the cover (sorry, I could only find one that's super-tiny):

It's supposed to be depicting Cordelia Grey. Aren't you excited? I am.

Until the next review,

Maiden Myth.


The synopsis was taken from Harper Teen's official website, and the cover from the book's official website.

*Feel free to take part in my YA Wednesday meme, as long as you link it back to Lit Castle in the Clouds!

**Even though I received this book from Goodreads, I was in no way influenced or compensated by them. My thoughts are entirely my own.

Monday, October 18, 2010

MG Mondays: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan



*MG Mondays is a meme that I created that features reviews of the Middle-Grade books that I read. Feel free to also use the meme, as long as you link back to Lit Castle in the Clouds!*

Loyal Subjects of the Lit Castle:

Before I begin this review, I would like to apologize for my neglect of this blog. I haven't said much about this for fear of being branded TMI, but I think that you should know a bit about why I have been absent from the blogging world, so that you don't think that I am being incompetent. I'll spare you the details, but I have been so sick off and on for the past five or so months that sometimes it's difficult to get out of bed. When those times pass, I am either so busy catching up on the schoolwork that I've missed and completing the latest assignments, or offering constructive criticism for my writer friend's query letter and manuscript (which I am happy to do for my crit partner, of course). So, it has been difficult to restructure my schedule again. But, I plan to commence this new chapter of my life with this review of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

Here is the official synopsis:

"Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is on the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction – Zeus’ master bolt. Along the way, he must face a host of mythological enemies determined to stop him. Most of all, he must come to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend."

You have probably been bombarded with the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series over the past couple of years (especially this year, it seems), as I have been. I have been restlessly confronted with comments about this series, from the lovers, from the haters, and from every reader in between. You have probably heard me talking about how much I adore Greek mythology, so this series, a modern twist on Greek mythology, piqued my interest. I initially saw the movie (before I read the book. I know, I committed one of the worst literary sins), which I liked (although most people insisted that the book is better, naturally). But, when I read the book, I liked the book even more. Rick Riordan's writing is sharp and the plot is paced so well that it was hard to wedge in even a sliver of boredom-however, some things came across as cliche to me.

I loved the modern makeovers to the Greek myths, especially for the Fates (I love that they were three knitting-crazy elderly women!) The only thing that I didn't prefer about the modern treatments for the villains was that they all seemed to bear the same personality-cloying, manipulative, etc. I mean, I know that this is the design for a villain, but they all seemed to be the same, just with a different name and style. I loved Camp Half-Blood! I wish that I could go to a camp like that. Camp Half-Blood was specifically designed as a realm of protection for the demi-gods, the children of a god and a mortal, and a place in which they could train. It was often a dangerous place to be, what with the pseudo-battles that they would often have, but it was interesting to see how the demi-gods bore the traits of their immortal parents.

I loved Percy Jackson. Rick Riordan concocted the perfect pitch of a twelve-year-old boy, and he was incredibly entertaining. To talk about the plot, I have to be honest. Since I saw the movie, I saw most things coming. But, even when I did see the movie, everything was a tad bit predictable. I would've liked the twists to be a bit more shocking, but they seemed to fit too much into the standard formula of fantasy fiction stories.

When comparing the book to the movie *spoiler alert*, there were several things that I liked better in the book, and some things that I liked better in the movie. Such as, I liked it better when Luke was the son of Hades in the movie, rather than the son of Hermes in the book; actually, I have mixed feelings about this, because, if we knew that he was the son of Hades in the book, it would have been easy to guess that he was going to betray Percy (although I saw it coming, and I'm sure you did if you read/watched it, too), but it seemed to be a better fit. Also, the part about Persephone's pearls seemed a bit random in the movie, even though I know it is in Greek mythology, and I think that I would have liked for them to stick a little bit more to the original plotline. But, hey, that's just my opinion. : )

Plot: 3.5
Characters: 3.5
Writing: 4.5
Ending: 4

Overall:3.5 stars

Until the next review,

Maiden Myth.

The synopsis and the picture were taken from Rick Riordan's official website.

P.S. I really did like the book, though; I plan to read the next book in the series as well!

Oh, and a question for my readers: Which did you like better, the movie or the book? What would you have changed? I'm curious. : )

Pre-Order Signed Copies of Forever by Maggie Stiefvater!


Hello Loyal Subjects of the Lit Castle!

Maiden Myth here, after a short hiatus (which I will explain in my next post). If you are as much of a Maggie Stiefvater fan as I am, you will be thrilled to hear that you can pre-order a signed copy of Forever, the last book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, at the Fountain Book Store website.

Here is the link:

http://www.fountainbookstore.com/autograph-maggie

I can't wait to read this book!

Until the next post,

Maiden Myth.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sorry.....

Dear All of the Loyal Subjects of the Lit Castle:

I'm sorry that I haven't been frequent in updating this blog lately. As you might know from following me on Twitter (if you do, and, if not, it would be awesome if you did!) I have been slaving over an enormous research paper that has taken nearly all of my time, plus other schoolwork that piled when I was ill last month. That being said, I want to give you a glimpse of what's to come in the following weeks:

In the last post, I described my YA Wednesday and MG Monday memes (and you can totally use them if you want, as long as you give credit to me, preferably as Maiden Myth @ Lit Castle in the Clouds, and do that-computer-thing-that-I-don't-know-how-to-do where the link for my blog is attached to my name, although you don't have to do the second part). These will continue starting this Monday; here is the blog itinerary:

MG Monday 10/11/10: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book 1: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

YA Wednesday 10/13/10: The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones (I know, I know, I should've done this a long time ago!)

MG Monday 10/18/10: The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler

YA Wednesday 10/20/10: All-American Girl by Meg Cabot (I LOVE Meg Cabot!)

There will also be a few contest notices and such, cover reveals, etc., as time allows. Hopefully I'll reach 25 followers soon, and I can have my big 25 Followers Giveaway! Okay, that's it for now. Thank you for reading. : )

Until the next post,
Maiden Myth.