This was a fun little book, but stopped from being four stars because it never once surprised me.
I actually won the book in a contest quite a while agThis was a fun little book, but stopped from being four stars because it never once surprised me.
I actually won the book in a contest quite a while ago, but finally felt like digging in to it. I had been afraid it would feel a little too much like Percy Jackson. It actually isn't much like Percy at all. It's actually set in Greece, the characters are older. The students are descendants of gods, but none of them are first generation demigods. Childs definitely had her own ideas.
Sadly, the whole thing was just too predictable. I expected every twist. Every issue was resolved in a neat little package. The ending gets wrapped up very quickly.
Great ideas, some good moments, but ultimately nothing I would recommend. That said, though, I believe this may be Childs' debut book. I liked it enough that I'd be willing to read more, and can only assume it gets better....more
I picked this little guy up in the bargain section of B&N. I expected this to just be a silly read for a few laughs.
I was genuinely surprised by hI picked this little guy up in the bargain section of B&N. I expected this to just be a silly read for a few laughs.
I was genuinely surprised by how much fun it was. It did indeed have iambic pentameter throughout, and every moment a soliloquy could have been given, it was. Plenty of Shakespeare lines were stolen ("What light through yonder flashing sensor breaks?") and other stylings used.
Overall, the story doesn't lend any surprises (spoiler alert: they destroy the Death Star), but there's plenty here for a fan to enjoy. Highlights were the many soliloquies that give better character development than the movie, R2's asides written in English expressing his annoyance with everyone around him, and Han vs. Greedo.
I enjoyed reading one this way, but I can't imagine picking up the other five....more
I tried the first four Princess Diaries novels, and after the fourth, I was bored. Probably because I tried to pick up Mia the teenager as an adult. TI tried the first four Princess Diaries novels, and after the fourth, I was bored. Probably because I tried to pick up Mia the teenager as an adult. The high school drama and the high school life crises were just not floating my boat as a twenty-something.
But, write a book in the same style set ten years later and written for an adult, and it becomes a great time.
I had to re-orient myself, having watched the Disney movie recently. I'd forgotten that the books are set in New York and Grandmère is nothing like Julie Andrews. It didn't take long, though. I also didn't feel like I'd missed anything skipping all of those books and jumping to this one. Any plot points I had missed were covered by Mia anyway and they were all pretty minimal.
Anyway, it's a great fluffy read that made me laugh out loud mutliple times. Mia's wedding planning takes a back seat to the everything else going on around her and it keeps the story fun. Cliché at points, but what else would you expect? I don't know if Meg Cabot's planning on continuing the series now with Mia the adult, but she ended this one with plenty of material to work with moving forward if she so chose.
I'd say you could probably jump right into the books here and ignore the YA, but reading the original just to get characters straight would probably make it more enjoyable....more