Today, we are taking on the letter B titles for Blogging Through The Alphabet. Come see what we enjoy.
Bounders series – Monica Tesler
This is currently a 4-book series (Earth Force Rising, The Tundra Trials, The Forgotten Shrine, and The Heroes Return), with a 5th (Fractured Futures) on the way. These books follow the story of the Bounders, a special group of pre-teens, who are trained by a space-military agency (the Earth Force) as an attempt to protect Earth. 12-year-old Jasper and his new friends soon realize, however, that they must stop a war from breaking out and destroying Earth.
E – When I picked up Earth Force Rising at the library to try, I wasn’t reading very much science fiction at all. Mostly I was reading fantasy. But I really enjoyed it because the characters were so entertaining and relatable. I especially liked how Jasper thought (most) things through before making a decision. This books got me reading more science fiction.
Britfield and the Lost Crown – C. R. Stewart
This is the first book in the Britfield series. In this book, Tom, a 12-year-old orphan, escapes the cruel orphanage he has lived at for 6 years. He also brings along his best friend Sarah, and together the two of them attempt to find out anything they can about Tom’s past. Along the way they make new friends… some of whom are not what they seem. Together, Tom and Sarah discover that Tom may be the true heir to the British throne. But with police officers everywhere looking for them, resulting in several close escapes, Tom and Sarah may be sent back to the orphanage before they solve the mystery.
E – I liked this book because it was a compelling mystery with several twists that I didn’t see coming. It was also easy to sympathize with the characters because of all the hardships that they had to endure.
Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild
This is a book about three orphans, adopted by an eccentric man who lives with his nephew’s wife and little girl, who help to look after the children when Gum (Great Uncle Matthew) heads off on one of his trips for quite a while. As a matter of fact, that was where he found the babies in the first place. Three girls, all with different stories and different backgrounds now grow up in the same nursery. Soon, they are accepted into an academy of dance and stage training. The book is mostly about their lives as they take on the stage and pursue their separate interests, all while waiting for the uncle they never really met to come back. Pauline loves the stage and wants to be an actress. Petrova would rather pilot an airplane. And Posy (my favorite) has her heart set on being a ballerina.
L – I loved this book partly because it is about dance (obviously) and partly because I liked reading about their everyday life in the wings of the theater. I found it very interesting to read about these ordinary-but-not-so-ordinary girls, and their lives on-and off-the stage.
Books of Bayern – Shannon Hale
This is a 4-book series as well (The Goose Girl, Enna Burning, River Secrets, and Forest Born). The first book, The Goose Girl, follows Princess Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee (Isi) as she leaves the castle and country, Kildenree, where she spent her first 16 years. Her mother, the widowed queen, attempts to marry her off to the prince of Bayern, but as in the Grimm fairy tale (The Goose Girl) the servant girl takes the princess’s place. The other three books continue on with other characters from the first book.
E – I loved this book. I really like the way that Shannon Hale writes and these books were no exception. I could relate to how Isi, Enna, Razo, Rin, and other characters felt about themselves and other people. I also liked how the first book stayed true to the Grimm story but also had so much other detail that made the story longer. I don’t know how many times I have reread these books. I think that most teens that like to read fantasy will love this book. I wish that I could think of something else to say because it was that good!
See you next week for the letter C!
The two oldest giggly girls and
Lori, At Home.
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