The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man around. And her skills as an artist rival those of any artist she’s met. But for a woman in medieval times, the one skill she most desires is the hardest one to obtain: the ability to read.

After yet another young man asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides they need to move once again, but this time to a larger city. Rapunzel’s heart soars—surely there she can fulfill her dream. But Mother won’t let her close to a man. She claims that no man can be trusted.

After being rescued by a knight on the road to the city, and in turn rescuing him farther down the road, Rapunzel’s opportunity arrives at last. This knight, Sir Gerek, agrees to educate Rapunzel in order to pay back his debt. She just has to put up with his arrogant nature and single-minded focus on riches and prestige.

But this Rapunzel story is unlike any other and the mystery that she uncovers will change everything—except her happily ever after

I finally got around to reading the next book in this series, and I think it’ll be the last book in the series I read. I’ve read the previous 5 books in the series already and, after this 6th one, I’m finally giving up.

Literally every book in this series is practically the same, except the characters have different names. Seriously. It’s not even a good pattern. It’s an annoying stereotypical series and I’ve only partly enjoyed one of these books (The Fairest Beauty. It was the most original and a little better than the rest).

As I mentioned in my review of the The Princess Spy (the 5th book in this series), here’s the basic plot outline for ever single book.

A boy who comes in to rescue the girl, falls in love with her, tells himself she doesn’t love you so you can’t love her, and ends up with her.

A girl who is wealthy (whether she knows it or not), is strong willed, fights for her life, tries to avoid a man she doesn’t want to marry, falls in love with mysterious boy, tells herself she doesn’t love him, and ends up with him.

A villain, usually a guy (but not limited to being one), normally wants to marry the girl, the girl doesn’t want to marry the villain, he goes off and attacks, kidnaps the girl several times, and ends up losing to the boy in the end. (Though The Fairest Beauty is the only one that changes away from this plot. It has a female villain.)

I challenge you to read these books and try to find one WITHOUT these plot points. I know some people love these books and that is totally okay with me. But I’m just not one of those people anymore.

As for cleanliness, it’s a Christian book and its clean! Nothing inappropriate here.

Do you feel this way about any series? Let me know below!

-Lilian-

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Interview with Ashley Royer

I recently got the opportunity to ask Ashley Royer, a teenage up-and-coming author, a few questions! She was very kind and I hope you enjoy her answers! But, first, here’s the plot of her book Remember to Forget!

In Remember to Forget from Watty Award-winning author Ashley Royer, Levi has refused to speak since the tragic death of his girlfriend, Delia, and can’t seem to come out of his depression and hindering self-doubt. Desperate to make some positive change in Levi’s life, his mother sends him to live with his father in Maine. Though the idea of moving from Australia to America seems completely daunting, Levi passively accepts his fate, but once he lands faces personal struggles and self-doubt at the same time he and his dad battle through resentment and misunderstanding. And then, while at therapy, Levi meets Delilah, a girl who eerily reminds him of someone he lost.

Does that description intrigue you as much as it intrigues me? I hope so! Now, read on to learn some more about seventeen year old Ashley Royer.

Did you read a lot as a kid-young teen? If so, what books did you read?

I read a lot when I was in elementary school and middle school. Once I entered high school, it became somewhat difficult to find a lot of time to read, unfortunately. When I do read, I tend to read realistic teen fiction books. I enjoy reading books that I can imagine or relate to in some way. I’ve never really been interested in vampires or mystery or horror.

What are some of your personal favorite books?

Some of my favorite books are The Fault in Our Stars, Between Shades of Gray, and Thirteen Reasons Why.

Who is your favorite character in your Remember to Forget?

My favorite character in Remember to Forget is Levi. I like how he changes and finds himself throughout the story.

What do you want readers to take away from Remember to Forget?

I want my readers to either connect to RTF or take some sort of message from the book, whether it’s knowing more about mental problems or just how to treat others. I began writing because I wanted to change people’s outlooks and make them feel something. So far, I seem to have touched a lot of people, so I’m doing exactly what I set out to do!

Do you have a favorite line from your book?

That’s a tough one! I have a lot of favorite quotes. Sometimes when I’m rereading parts of my book, I see a line and think “Wow, I actually wrote that? I came up with that?” If I had to choose one quote though, I think it would be “My heart hurts.” It’s said at a very cute moment and now I even say it a lot in my daily life.

What can readers expect from Remember to Forget?

Readers can expect a whirlwind of emotions. They will feel happy and sad, angry or excited. The book goes through the characters’ emotions, which are constantly changing. Readers can connect to them, and they feel their emotions with them.

What Disney character are you most like?

If I were a Disney character, I think I would be most like Belle. We both like to read (haha) and we’re both smart. She was also very friendly, and I like to think I am too!

What Disney character do you hate the most?

I don’t like Mulan, which everyone gets mad at me for! BUT I have a valid reason. When I went to Disney World when I was 6 years old, Mulan told me to “run from my father” and I ran away from her. I think it traumatized me a little.

If you were stranded on a desert island with 3 books, what books would you bring?

I would bring Remember to Forget, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Fault in Our Stars.

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed reading more about Ashley, and you can check out her book here!

Do you have anything in common with Ashley? Anymore questions for her? Let me know down below!

-Lilian-

 

 

 

Remnants: Season of Glory by Lisa T. Bergren

In the third and final volume of the Remnants series—Seasons of Glory—the power of the Remnants and their people are growing, threatening Pacifica’s careful plans for domination. Among the Trading Union, village after village, outpost after outpost, and city after city are drawn to people of the Way, and agree to stand against those who hunt them. But Pacifica intends to ferret out and annihilate the Remnants—as well as everyone who hasn’t sworn allegiance to the empire—setting the stage for an epic showdown that will change the course of a world on the brink … forever.

I was sent an ARC copy by the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my review.

If you know me well, you know that this was one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. I fell in love with this series about a year ago, and I’m faithful to it until the end. These books are unlike any I’ve seen before and my love for these books cannot fit into this post, so I’ll stop ranting now and give you my review (but we all now the review will be full of ranting, too).

Okay, so this book. THIS BOOK. Lisa knows how to write, and she always seems to mess with my heart (I’ve started believing she does it on purpose). This book was no exception. I shed so many invisible tears (and maybe a few real ones) and my heart was aching. This book was a beautiful ending full of adventure, intrigue, and love.

So the plot was A+, as always, and carried on the series very well. I love how it showed what happened with even the minor characters from the first 2 books. Questions were answered and personalities were revealed and explored.

The characters were amazing (duh) and I loved learning new things about them. I won’t spoil anything, but things happen (and of course with my favorite character), and your heart will ache. If it doesn’t, I don’t think you have a heart and then you should probably get that checked out.

The end was satisfying for the most part, but it left me with a few questions about other characters. I really would love a set of novellas about the future of certain characters (I won’t name them cause I don’t want to spoil anything, but Lisa knows what I want;) So yeah, it was a great ending, but I’d love more. Of course, I always want more, so this is nothing new.

As for cleanliness… The book is Christian and has no language or inappropriate scenes. I has a few kisses and mention of people desiring each other fully, but no desire is acted upon. This finale is just as dark as the first two, so if you can handle the darkness of the first two, you’ll do fine with this one. Plus, there are some fighting and a few blood wounds, but nothing too bad.

-Lilian-