Friday, October 2, 2009

A Princess of Landover by Terry Brooks

One of my all time favorite series of books are the Magic Kingdom For Sale Sold by Terry Brooks.  My mom always read Romance or Sci Fi stories while I was growing up.  I was never ever the mushy type, so Romance never appealed to me.   The Sci Fi did though, growing up I always watched Star Trek with my dad.  I tried reading the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in high school, but couldn't get into it (one of my favorite books now though).

My mom then gave me  Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold! (The Magic Kingdom of Landover) and I was hooked.  No more Babysitter's Club or Sweet Valley High for me!  I read quickly through the entire series of 5 books.  Then I waited and waited and waited for another.  Brooks rights a lot of books, but he never went back to my beloved Landover.  Every so often, I check his website to see if he has any updates.  I never got into his other series, I ended up going in the direction of Mystery/Thriller/Suspense with only a few sci-fi/fantasy books hitting my book shelves. 

Then the other day, I stopped in Barnes and Noble to use the internet while Allie was at dance class.  Her new dance studio does not offer wi-fi like her old one.  The reason I bought a netbook was to use it while the girls were at dance.  Luckily Barnes and Noble isn't that far away.  When I first went there, I decided to look around first.  I hardly ever go into book stores, but I realized the other day it is a great way to find new books to read.  I happened to notice The Magic Kingdom of Landover Volume 1.  At first I thought it was new, then realized it was the first 3 books of the series.  A bit disappointed, I was still admiring the cover.  Then I realized it said from the author of A Princess of Landover.  What??  I hurried over to the sci-fi section and sure enough, there it was.  Of course on the very top shelf, so I couldn't even look at it.  I hurried over to the Starbucks area and requested it from my library.  I will wait to buy the paperback version because that is what my other 5 books are.  I'm so excited, I can't wait for it to come in!  I'm trying not to build it up to much, I don't want to be disappointed, just want to enjoy it.  I read the first one about a year ago again, now I have to pull out the rest so I'm ready for it.

A Princess of Landover ~

After fourteen years, New York Times bestselling fantasy master Terry Brooks has returned to the magic kingdom of Landover. The remarkable realm of dragons, demons, wizards, and wonders that wove an irresistible spell in five classic novels throws open its gates at long last for a brand-new adventure featuring a dazzling cast of characters and creatures.

Ben Holiday, Chicago lawyer and mere mortal turned monarch of enchanted Landover, has grappled with scheming barons, fire-breathing beasts, diabolical conjurers, and extremely wicked witches. None of whom have prepared him for the most daunting of challengers–a teenage daughter. Sent by Ben and his beloved sylph bride, Willow, to an exclusive girls’ prep school, headstrong (and half-magical) Mistaya Holiday has found life in the natural world a less than perfect fit. And when her latest rebellious antics get her indefinitely suspended, she’s determined to resume her real education–learning sorcery from court wizard Questor Thews–whether her parents like it or not.

But back home in Landover, Mistaya’s frustrated father is just as determined that the precocious princess learn some responsibility, and he declares her grounded until she successfully refurbishes the long-forsaken royal library. Mortified by the prospect of salvaging a king’s ransom in moldy books–and horrified by word that repulsive local nobleman Lord Laphroig seeks to marry her–Mistaya decides that the only way to run her own life is to run away from home.

So begins an eventful odyssey peppered with a formidable dragon, recalcitrant gnomes, an inscrutable magic cat, a handsome librarian, a sinister sorcerer, and more than a few narrow escapes as fate draws Landover’s intrepid princess to the last place she expected to go, and into the thick of a mystery that will put her mettle to the test–and might bring the kingdom to its knees.

Review ~ Baby Einstein World Animal Adventure

Both my girls have always loved watching the tv when animals are on it.  Something about animals, just captivates children.  That is why I'm so excited about the world Animal Adventure DVD. It is the newest product from The Baby Einstein Company that brings exotic animals from all over the world home to babies. 

While watching this dvd, viewers visit the seven continents to learn about the animals that live there. One of our favorite features is that Native music accompanies each segment. World Animal Adventure also has two new features to facilitate learning: “Select-A-Segment,” which allows you to choose shorter parts of the program to view when time is limited, and “Grow with Me,” which has added spoken and written language, plus extra puppet shows that will stimulate your child’s growing sense of humor.

Did you know that Baby Einstein has a YouTube channel?  You can view it at to see samples of their DVDs.  Keep up to date with Baby Einstein on twitter as well.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Baby Einstein and received a World Animal Adventure DVD to facilitate my candid review.
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

September Round Up

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I am missing some books I have read over the summer.  I'm getting annoyed with myself.  I'm going to try and post a round up of books read each month, starting with September

I ended up reading a ton of James Patterson ~ I read Dangerous Days of Daniel X and I'm about half way through the 2nd book in this series ~ Watch the Skies.  I also started Alex Cross's Trial, but didnt' finish that as well.  I did finish The 8th Confession though and loved it!

I also read Memoirs of Fortune Teller and Down the Rabbit Hold that I really enjoyed. 

My 7th grader has to read for 20 minutes a day in her lexile reading group.  She hates to read, but read some books she enjoyed this month

Diary of a Wimpy Kid ~ I picked up the third one at a garage sale or something.  She absolutely loved it and wants to read the first two books.

Geek Chic - Zoe Zone or something like that

Middle School is Worse then Meatballs

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Lisa Lutz ~ The Spellman Files

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Series I read ~

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