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The Blair Book Project

Hello! I'm Janus. I am a 3D Graphics Artist by profession, and a proud Book Addict - i mean Enthusiast, and Blogger. I'm very much into Young Adult and Fantasy genre but I open myself to reading other genres from time to time. I run a blog launched as The Blair Book Project on Blogger, where I post entries such as my book reviews and other book related articles. I obviously got the name of this blog for the movie "The Blair Witch Project," why the name you may ask? I have no idea! I just thought it had a good ring to it. Ha! Ha! I post reviews twice a week and I regularly participate in book memes and features that readers and blogger all over the globe share their book interests (i.e. In My Malibox, Top Ten Tuesdays, etc). I have 230 GFC Followers. My blog has over 37,000 pageviews history and have roughly 200 page views per day. I have written over 267 reviews since my span of blogging. I am also an avid Instagram user, with over 350 followers, where I post pictures mostly of books I'm currently reading, books I got for review, galleys, purchased from bookstores, etc. (Statistics as of March 2013). My book reviews are not exactly "reviews" in a sense because I simply just type down what I feel about the book. What I write is solely my opinion and should not be taken as a definite basis of how the book is to be judged entirely. We all have different likes and dislikes so please do understand that although I'm very optimistic about the books I read, there will be negative comments towards those that I don't find suiting for my taste. BLOG URL: http://theblairbookproject.blogspot.com/ GOODREADS ACCOUNT: http://goodreads.com/janusvielle AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AFAGLA0UYBOMH?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_56 INSTAGRAM: @janusvielle

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Palace of Stone (Princess Academy)

Palace of Stone - Shannon Hale Miri has known no other life than of Mount Eskel. A simple but fulfilling life in these mountains only got better when their little village was divined to be the home of the future princess of Asland. After spending time learning at the Princess Academy, Miri ventures into an even more challenging experience than before. She, along with a handful of girls, and Peder, are set to go to the city and help Britta (the chosen princess) to prepare for her wedding.With the overwhelming life in the city, Miri is torn between a new and brighter world, and the comfort and security of her old life…Shannon Hale truly is one of the best in creating fairy tales. As much as I thought I enjoyed Princess Academy, I didn’t expect the kind of change Palace of Stone presented readers with. I found Miri relatable when it comes to, somewhat, a career growth. Before the academy was set up, Miri had known nothing more than to tend to goats and do house chores. Once she learned to read, write and discover means of making life in Mount Eskel much better for everyone, the possibilities for greater things seemed endless. Having the chance to be a scholar in the city, who would think twice about it? Here lies in the thought of succeeding and yet never forgetting where you once came from; staying grounded in spite of all the many privileges you gain through your accomplishments.I kind of feel that Miri isn’t the same girl I met from Princess Academy. She changed quite a lot. I guess I can’t blame her given that she’s experiencing an entirely different world. There’s the feeling of being out of place, trying to fit in, meeting new people, learning new things… it’s a lot to take in. And I guess Miri is simply confused most of the time. I don’t understand the need for another guy to be in Miri’s life though. I mean Miri already likes Peder, even though he wasn’t exposed much from the first book but I think it’s already fitting that they belong together. The girl is already swamped with all these new things, not to mention a sort of culture-shock, but you have to let her feel a sense of infatuation to top it all of? Poor girl. I just wish I could’ve seen more Peder-Miri moments than see Miri ogle over Timon. He just came out very manipulative.Palace of Stone really took a whole other leap from Princess Academy. But the question is, was it a good or bad change? I’d have to say it would be in between. The change was good and fresh but it didn’t come out extremely exciting. If you are planning to read this book [and Princess Academy], be forewarned that these books really are set for a younger audience. If you’re a more mature person and you’re not used to this kind of writing approach, you’ll probably find this a bit shallow. Since I’m accustomed to Hale’s writing style, I was sort of prepared for what is installed, and the familiarity made me enjoy this book just as well. For more of my reviews, please visit my blog: The Blair Book Project @ www.theblairbookproject.blogspot.com