Calendar Girls: Second Best Novel Set in School (Because I Can’t Always Choose Harry Potter)

I almost missed this meme because I completely forgot the due date of this prompt, but worry not, I have made up my mind and ready to introduce to you guys the book of my choice!

The Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event that was created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, and is now hosted by Adrienne at Darque Dreamer Reads, and Katie at Never Not Reading. It was inspired by the 1961 classic song by Neil Sedaka and created to ignite fun bookish discussions among readers and bloggers.

Each month we will vote between two themes, and when the theme is decided we have to choose one book around the theme to post and discuss in our blog. The other fun part is there will be a group twitter chat to discuss about the books we picked! If you’re interested to participate you could visit Adrienne’s or Katie’s blog to learn more about the meme!

This month’s theme is Best Novel Set in School and believe me I have to resist the temptation to chose Harry Potter countless times! Of course Harry Potter is the best novel set in school, there’s no doubt about it, but I think it’s unfair to choose it because everyone have already know that! So yeah, I’ll go with my second best, which is….

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I know I just discovered this series last month but the addiction is real people! The world is so similar with Harry Potter, I can see some resemblances from the characters, place, and a little bit from the plot too, and not to mention the “Chosen One” trope. This series is either hit or miss, some might be pissed to see so many similarities to HP but for me, this series hit me hard!

The story is not mostly set in the magic school, because it’s not a boarding school, unlike Hogwarts. Foxfire is the most prestigious school for Elves, the grades are called levels and there are eight levels in Foxfire. Every elves has different abilities, they will have to take Ability Detecting class and if they don’t develop an ability by level 4 they have to leave Foxfire as Talentless. Level 7 and 8 are the Elite levels, they only allowed prodigies with “special” ability to learn there.

There are so many interesting classes in Foxfire like Alchemy, Elementalism, Agriculture, Metaphysic, Multispeciesial Study and many more.

The set is not too focused in the school though, it has a lot more adventures outside the school. I really admire the wide and amazing magic world in this series, whenever I thought I already now every places in this world, there are always a new awesome place I have yet to discover!

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Do you participate in Calendar Girls too? Have you read this book? If not, are you interested to read it after this post? Please say yes, I know you’re interested!

carolina

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Keeper of the Lost Cities

Title: Keeper of the Lost Cities
Author: Shannon Messenger
Publisher: Aladdin
Pages: 496 pages
Year of Publication: October 2012
Rating: (1)
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Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.” 
There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.line

worldDARE I SAY THAT THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING MAGICAL WORLD I’VE EVER READ IN MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS AFTER HARRY POTTER!

Although I must admit that I saw many resemblances to HP but it doesn’t make this book less brilliant!

This book is set in a whole different unique world and I’m amaze by how well the author built this entire magical world. Everything seems very well thought out, every detail of places, histories, people, and creatures, they are so amazingly well written!

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Sophie has been feeling out of place for her entire life, she has no friends, and her family sometimes doesn’t understand her, it doesn’t surprise me that she will have this temptation to leave all of her life behind and start a new life in this new world which seems understand her and full of people like her. But, I didn’t expect that she would willingly to go so easily it seems like her family didn’t matter to her at all. She lacks of emotion in the beginning of the book but I’m glad to see she developed as the story goes.

As much as I hate “The Chosen One” trope I won’t deny myself that I like this book so much, I feel kinda irritated though because this book is too centered on Sophie herself, meanwhile there are so many equally amazing characters that should have shine more.

Sophie is also a “Special Snowflake” character which I usually really hate, well I admit I kinda hate her in the beginning but her character development is so well done I turn to love her and want to protect her in the end!

Like I said, there are so many amazing side characters that I think deserve more shining role in this book. Maybe I’ll find it in the next book?

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I loooove the writing style, it flows easily with the story, it’s so light and really fun to read. The pace is rather rushed in the end. It’s funny that the climax is the only scene I didn’t like, it feels so forced and end up really quick I barely had time to think.

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This is the next MG books that I think I’ll fangirl over after Harry Potter. So I think everyone who love HP should read this book, it’s sad that I don’t see this book much on the blogosphere! I finished this book in 12 hours straight, while I was on shift and working!! This is instantly become my favorite book. I ordered the second book immediately after I finished this, and I really can’t wait to read it!!

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carolina