Monday, October 29, 2012

Kay's Korner ~ Book Review~ The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

"Kay's Korner"

is a new feature here at Colletta's Kitchen Sink.  It will consist of book reviews and art by my 11-year-old daughter, Kaylee.  She is very excited about this feature and I will be sure to pass along any encouraging comments to her.


The Two Princesses of Bamarre

*Library Book*

Title:  "The Two Princesses of Bamarre"
Series:  N/A
Author:  Gail Carson Levine
Publisher:  Scholastic
Publication Date:  4/15/2003
Pages:  272
Buy From Amazon:  HERE

Book Description:

Twelve-year-old Addie admires her older sister Meryl, who aspires to rid the kingdom of Bamarre of gryphons, specters, and ogres. Addie, on the other hand, is fearful even of spiders and depends on Meryl for courage and protection. Waving her sword Bloodbiter, the older girl declaims in the garden from the heroic epic of Drualt to a thrilled audience of Addie, their governess, and the young sorcerer Rhys.

But when Meryl falls ill with the dreaded Gray Death, Addie must gather her courage and set off alone on a quest to find the cure and save her beloved sister. Addie takes the seven-league boots and magic spyglass left to her by her mother and the enchanted tablecloth and cloak given to her by Rhys along with a shy declaration of his love. She prevails in encounters with tricky specters (spiders too) and outwits a wickedly personable dragon in adventures touched with romance and a bittersweet ending.

My Overall Feeling of the Book:

At first, I thought it was kind of confusing but then as I read on it got more exciting and easier to understand what exactly the Gray Death was.  It was very sad disease.

I liked everything about this book and will try to read more books by this author.

Main Characters:

Princess Addie:  She is very timid and shy but she was my favorite character because she gains courage throughout the book and in the end she saves her sister.

Princess Meryl:  She is very brave and she likes to fight monsters.  She made a promise to Addie to not go on any adventures until Addie was wed.  Meryl gets the Gray Death.

One of My  Favorite Scenes:

My favorite scene is when they almost made it to the waterfall where the cure for the Gray Death is, but Meryl doesn't make it and the fairies come and turn her into a fairy.

A Brief Excerpt:

Step follows step.
Hope follows courage.
Set your face toward danger.
Set your heart on victory---
Victory for Bamarre!
Page 241 (from the closing of the epic poem Two Princesses)

The Cover:

I really liked the pictures on the cover because it captures everything about the book. Meryl's sword "Blood Biter" and also Addie's magic boots that she uses to get places faster.

Other Notes:

-It was kinda violent when Vollys captured Addie.

-I think older readers would also like this book.




 I'm so excited to have helped Kaylee with her very first bloggy book review!

1 comment:

  1. My 11 year old daughter just read this book for an independent reading project for school and had to write an alternative ending, which was a lot of fun. I'll have to show her Kaylee's review. It's great that she is getting involved with your blog, and I look forward to seeing her other recommendations.


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