Sep. 9th, 2010

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O'kay, how come nobody told me the YA section had good books? I don't know if it is my horrendous bad luck in this department that makes me like this book so much, but I do. It's not the best book out there, trust me, but it has many good qualities.

1) The main character is blessed with suck. I LOVE that trope. Unlike other female characters, she has something to overcome. She's not super girl, it is hard for her and we get to see the difficulties in full display instead of never addressing them or just glossing over them.

2) I don't want to punch Ella in the face. She's not perfect, but neither is she bitchy. Her voice is pretty normal and a nice change from the purple prose. Plus I love that when she met the prince she didn't drescribe him as a ¨smoldering adonis with a velvet walk that calls to the inner longings of her heart¨ Nope, we got freckles and curly hair. Although by his behavior I got that he was a very friendly fellow too (which is better than mysterious prick if you ask me)

3) The fact that magic is not to be used. I love it when a book describes the problems of using magic at leisure, it seems like most books need to think about that. Magic, like anything else, is something that should be use thoughtfully. That's Ella's problem: her fairy was not very thoughtful.

So far this book has been very cute and likeable. I don't like the route it's taking with the step family (not all steps- are evil, but oh well. Here's to hoping it's not so bad.
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I have to say I'm really loving this book for a YA novel.

Ella's stay at the finishing school was delightful. I like how the curse could be seen as an asset for easy learning besides as just a curse. Also I love Ella just finding ways of pissing people off.

But does Ella have any other interests besides pushing her curse to the limits? Yes, linguistics. Ella is a fucking linguist. Ella, you are speaking to my soul.

Also Hattie may have been a bitch, but she's a smart one. If everyone knew Ella's curse she would have to share.

So far this book is really awesome for its genre (and extremely cute to boot). Wonder if the movie is just as cute (No spoilers)
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Man, the couple was cute. May I just give props to the author for using things like chemestry between the characters and personalities to stablish a romance. It's been my luck so far that all a couple needs to be together is lots and lots of smoldering.

I'll write a proper review later. But wow, this book was tiny.


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