Friday, August 3, 2012

Book Review: The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison.

The Princess and the Hound (Princess, #1)
The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison.
Book Summary: He is a prince, heir to a kingdom threatened on all sides, possessor of the animal magic, which is forbidden by death in the land he'll rule.She is a princess from a rival kingdom, the daughter her father never wanted, isolated from true human friendship but inseparable from her hound.Though they think they have little in common, each possesses a secret that must be hidden at all costs. Proud, stubborn, bound to marry for the good of their kingdoms, this prince and princess will steal your heart, but will they fall in love?

Liana's Summary: Prince George grew up with the animal magic. He grew up, looking at the citizens getting killed because they had the animal magic. He had to keep it secret. When his mother dies, his father tries to get closer to George, to try to teach him the way of the kings. Princess Beatrice is different, though. She doesn't have the animal magic. George knows that it's his duty to marry, to connect the kingdoms together. When he actually meets her though, and realizes how she is different from others, he changes his mind completely, from disinterestedness to love at first sight.

Rate(1-10): 6

Yeah. Guys. I know. FINALLY. I finished! Right. Too much talk. Less read. Maybe it was because I was so tired of this book. Partly because I was so sleepy, partly of the plot. Or maybe because I was sleepy because of the plot. I mean, there's only a slight twist in this book, and it didn't do more than make me go like, "Wow, really? Cool." I mean, it's a huge twist, and not at all predictable, but, you know. Not so much enthusiasm. Well, I just have to rant about the cover: DUDE. SHE'S FRECKLED. AND PALE. AND A REDHEAD. DOES SHE LOOK LIKE THAT HUUH DOES SHE OMG. So, when I first prepared to read this book, I saw ratings, and they weren't all that good. Although I can't really trust other people's opinions. So like, yeah. There's no romance. D; I thought the Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry had no romance, but after I read this, the romance in Amaranth seemed plenty. Sorry to say that it wasn't what I expected. :c There you go. I'm being a big fat mean book critic again. I'm sorry! D;

There were some parts that were so stupid I laughed.You know those immature moments. :p No, I'm not talking about the author's writing. I'm talking about the character's acts. LOL. Which is why I gave it a 6 instead of a 4.

Okay, so usually I LOVEEEEE princes in shining armor. But like, George. Really. First of all, I just dislike that name. Second of all, and most importantly, I dislike his attitude. Even though I made a massive pedoface when he turned 17. And I dislike Princess Beatrice even more. I don't know. I suppose. He reminds me a lot of Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, but the main difference is, I like Charlie better. I would give it a lower rating, but, after all, it's not that bad. I was just somewhat disappointed. Also, it had a lot of lines and scenes I thought I must use as ideas for Incend. (: That's a good thing. I'm not even sure why my summary was so vivid and yeah. I don't even know. Like, for Pride and Prejudice. omg. My description. <3 But then the book sort of bored me. It is a worthwhile read, though, as to not contradict what I said about that book. Okay, back to this book. Quote reactions! There's a lot. It's quite easier to highlight when the text is big, you know. :3 omg. Watch with Infernal Devices. I will be so impatient. Text is so small.

"There he stopped and threw King Richon overhead.."

Throw a king. This is just so bizarre, omg.

"Kind Richon wandered in that strange forest a week before he was found at last by his fearful guards."
OH PHEW HE'S ALIVE.Don't even know why I'm relieved.

"You will live as a bear until you understand what it is to be hunted."
Like that Disney movie Brother Bear. omg.

"George held out his hand. The little foal came and licked at it, and George laughed at the delicious, gentle sensation."
Ah. Delicious.... I would be grossed, actually. Pet peeves. Yaknoe.

"..and at his feet George saw one of the bitch hounds.."
Oh yeah. Female dog. Forgot. They use that word a lot in this book, unfortunately.

"It nudged at him, then tried to suck at his fingers but was soon disgusted at the lack of milk and pushed him away."
Ewww. George lets animals do anything to him. I sound like a brat. omg.

"One night, when his mother came to tuck him into bed, as she often did, George demanded a story.."

"But George did not like to hear about how much his mother loved his father. He wanted her to love only him."
How. Selfish. I know he's a little boy at this time and all, but really. This is where I started disliking him.

"..he began to learn to become a sheep,.."
Oh how wrong that sounds.

"Come, let me touch his fine hair," said Lady Fittle, reaching.
"No!" the queen stepped in her way..

So dramatic. LOL.

"The king took in a breath, then seemed to choke on it. George did not understand until later that this was his way of weeping.."

Uh. I don't even know what to say.

"But who was this dream man?"
He means the man in his dream. LOL. If George were gay, it wouldn't be surprising. Just saying. I do not mean it as an offense. But still. George gay.

"Besides, kissing was far more disgusting than touching a toad.."
Oh George! Man. Really.

"..and then he sleepily pulled on his best leggings.."
LEGGINGS. Oh yeah. EW, Leggings. To think that the hottest princes in books wore LEGGINGS.

"Teeth had died last year."

"Your Highness," he said stiffly, "this does not concern you."
 Oh, really now?

"He tossed his head angrily but regretted it as a new wave of pain and nausea struck him."

"One can tell much of a man by his friends," said Henry at last.
I like this quote. :3

"If only I had a son."
Such an old git! He's got a daughter already, trying to act like a son just for him. Man.

"I don't like you," said Beatrice. "I'll never like you."
Ooou. Right in the face.

"I will give you more than one son," the woman said. She moved herself closer to the king, pressed her body against his.

What. A. Whore.

"Beatrice pointed to a dusty streak down his side from where he had brushed against the floor,.."
Oh hey, there's dust near your butt. So I thought I might point to it.

"I shall be black."
Of course she will. Like hungry people eat.

"No," he said..
... How difficult.

"May they make..beautiful hounds."

"He touched Marit's head gently in thanks."
I like Marit the dog. :3

"..never wished to know his wives beyond their beauty and ability to make sons.."
What. A. Dumb. Git. Just refer to that gif above^, and that's how I feel. omg.

"He had never felt so alone in his life.."

"She was awkward, jerking this way and that..."

"I swear I will boil the man in his own medicines and feed him to the pigs for their supper.."image

"Henry looked away, and George realized he had hurt him."
What a big bully. :c I like Henry. ;3

"Except for his smell."
You have no idea how scared I was when I read that line.

"Sir Stephen blinked rapidly, usually a sign that he was about to start..."

"Sir Stephen, she is a woman unlike any other.."
Wait, so love at first sight? :c How unfortunate.

"You look very like your mother today."
Very.. feminine.

"George, what is wrong with you?"


"They said he was an ugly man.."
LOLOLOL. omg. I know they don't mean ugly ugly, but like, UGLY. LOL. They mean ugly as in brute-like.

"Tell me."

"I do not believe it would be possible to train another such as myself." 
How..pompous of you.

"Who are you?"
D: aljfl;askjfklsd NOOOOOOOOO! I do have to say I like the king better than George. omg.

"He brought him a triple dose of the black elixir...."

"There was a man."

"George smiled at the thought."
Uhh. So obsessed with his love.

"I do not know what kind of animal.."
Well. Anger issues.

George's mouth fell open.
And Liana laughed.

"Because he is evil," said Beatrice. "He stinks of it."

"He's called Ass," said Henry helpfully.
Oh, Henry! Ass, though? Really. Ass.

"Because anyone who tries to ride him ends up on his ass."
That's... a good explanation.

"I do not take orders from women."
Sigh. Yes you do.

"Not my mother."

"Do you think I am an idiot?"

"Beatrice began to weep,..."

"Guessed what?"
So clueless. But, then again, I don't even know either. omg. LOL.

"Get off me! Help! I've been attacked!" called the pigkeeper frantically.
Oh. My. Goodness. -resists the urge to laugh like a pig-

Great. Perfect. ka;fjasldf

"Give me an hour to eat and change my clothes."
It doesn't take an HOUR to do that!

"You mean you intend to torture him?" 
 Just looking at this gif gives me a headache. omg. Don't look for too long.

"You will regret this,"

"And you,"

"You must let her go."
D: Totally reminds me of that part in Shrek. Is it Shrek 2? Yeah.

"It is not your choice. It is mine."
YES SIR STEPHEN. I like Stephen after Henry. :3

"Beatrice, come to me!"
Uh. I don't even know what to say.

"It must be this way,.."
My sister once wrote a story called Seven Flowers of The Sun, and then there was this girl called Catherine. And she fell in love with a dragon that could turn into a human. Idk, she weeped on him, and there you go. Human. Oh my god. And then before he turned human, she went like, "OH CELARDUS! WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE THIS WAY?!" And this part just made me laugh so hard because of that story.

-disgusted- He fell in love with a hound.

"Wrists. Ankles. Toes. George marveled in all of them. The tip of her nose. The curve of her hips.."
Okay you know what? I can't stand this anymore.

"He looked at Marit, waiting for her to slap him......"

"How will I survive if I lose you as well?"
AWWWH. "I lost her once. I'm not losing her again." A must-use quote.

"Say it. Say those who have the animal magic,...."
A unicorn.
A what?
A unicorn.

"But if he kills you.." said George.
Marit blinked at him. "Then I will be dead."

SIMPLE. I will use that.

"..and the letters were only words.."

"For the look in your eyes," said Marit.
Awh. <3

SLOW, SLOW, ROMANCE. I mean, I think the False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen has more romance than this. omg. Well, that's all, I suppose. I know, tons of quotes. Yeah. So, that's it.
I think my love for using GIFs have increased. :3

You see, there were some moments of amusement for me, (lots of LOL's.)but the plot wasn't that.. astonishing.. Full, alluring. If you know what I mean.

I realized I don't like the name George for another reason now. It's hard to type! Yeah, so picky. omg.

So guys. Infernal Devices. Here I come. YEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAW.

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