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Series Review: Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

Series: Queen of Babble
Author: Meg Cabot
# of Books: 3 (Queen of Babble; Queen of Babble in the Big City; Queen of Babble Gets Hitched)
Book Order: Chronological
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit
Heat Rating: warm

Thoughts:

I was a huge Meg Cabot fan as a teen and once I read her teen series, I migrated up to her adult series. Some were hits with me and others were misses. This is one of those misses.

I loved the first book, Queen of Babble. It was a typical Meg Cabot book–funny moments, entertaining heroine and a cute romance–and I really enjoyed reading it. It put a smile on my face and I couldn’t put it down.

I really didn’t see a need for a sequel but because I enjoyed the first book, I was looking forward to reading Queen of Babble in the Big City. But once I read it, I went back to wishing it was only a standalone novel. I just didn’t enjoy the story or where the plot went in the next two books.

Again, I think I didn’t enjoy these books because I read them as a teenager. I wasn’t the target audience and that showed. I think if I read these books when I was older, I would have liked the realistic edge to these books a lot more.

Conclusion:

A classic Meg Cabot adult series that fans will probably enjoy but younger audience will not.

Rating: 3/5

Similar Reads: Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Synopsis for Queen of Babble (from Goodreads):
What’s an American girl with a big mouth, but an equally big heart, to do?

Lizzie Nichols has a problem, and it isn’t that she doesn’t have the slightest idea what she’s going to do with her life, or that she’s blowing what should be her down payment on a cute little Manhattan apartment on a trip to London to visit her long-distance boyfriend, Andrew. But what’s the point of planning for the future when she’s done it again? See, Lizzie can’t keep her mouth shut. And it’s not just that she can’t keep her own secrets, she can’t keep anything to herself.

This time when she opens her big mouth, her good intentions get Andrew in major hot water. So now Lizzie’s stuck in London with no boyfriend and no place to stay until the departure date written on her non-refundable airline ticket.

Fortunately, there’s Shari, Lizzie’s best friend and college roommate, who’s spending her summer in southern France, catering weddings with her boyfriend, Chaz, in a sixteenth-century château. One call and Lizzie’s on a train to Souillac. Who cares if she’s never traveled alone in her life and only speaks rudimentary French? One glimpse of gorgeous Château Mirac – not to mention gorgeous Luke, the son of Château Mirac’s owner – and she’s smitten.

But while most caterers can be trusted to keep a secret, Lizzie’s the exception. And no sooner has the first cork been popped than Luke hates her, the bride is in tears, and it looks like Château Mirac is in danger of becoming a lipo-recovery spa. As if things aren’t bad enough, her ex-boyfriend Andrew shows up looking for “closure” (or at least a loan), threatening to ruin everything, especially Lizzie’s chance at ever finding real love…

Unless she can figure out a way to use that big mouth of hers to save the day.

Series Review: Heather Wells Mysteries by Meg Cabot

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Series: Heather Wells Mysteries
Author: Meg Cabot
# of Books: 5 (Size 12 is not Fat; Size 14 Isn’t Fat Either; Big Boned; Size 12 and Ready to Rock; The Bride Wore Size 12)
Book Order: Chronological
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Chick Lit, Humour
Heat Rating: cool
Point of View: First Person

Thoughts:

Coming from a small town, my library has a limited collection of books so when I went through my Meg Cabot reading phase I quickly progressed to her adult contemporary romances. The Heather Wells Mysteries series was one a few of my other friends had read around the same time and enjoyed it so I decided to give it a shot (not like I really had a variety of options).

I have to say that this series is probably my favourite adult series by Meg Cabot for a number of reasons. One is that I always had fun reading these books. I loved the cast of characters that we get and the somewhat absurd situations Heather finds herself in. Each book was very entertaining in terms of the mystery, plotline and the romance(s) so I never had a dull moment.

Because of the setup of this series, it definitely could have gone on forever but I’m glad it’s only 5 books long because I was tired of waiting for Cabot to finish writing them :P. While the character relationships flow throughout the series, each book has its own mystery that starts and is solved within the novel. While it is listed as a romance, I have to say that the focus is on Heather finding herself after her career as a popstar and her solving the mystery in the novel. Romantic scenes definitely do happen but don’t expect an erotic suspense novel–so it is a cleaner read for young adults as well.

Conclusion:

If you are looking for a clean, fun chick lit series–this is a series for you! Heather Wells is a fun and funny heroine who solves crimes all while balancing her job and love life. A lot of fun and one of Meg Cabot’s best series.

Rating: 4/5

Similar Reads: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (Shopaholic Series #1) and Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot (Queen of Babble Series #1)

Synopsis for Size 12 is not Fat (from Goodreads):
Heather Wells Rocks!

Or, at least, she did. That was before she left the pop-idol life behind after she gained a dress size or two — and lost a boyfriend, a recording contract, and her life savings (when Mom took the money and ran off to Argentina). Now that the glamour and glory days of endless mall appearances are in the past, Heather’s perfectly happy with her new size 12 shape (the average for the American woman!) and her new job as an assistant dorm director at one of New York’s top colleges. That is, until the dead body of a female student from Heather’s residence hall is discovered at the bottom of an elevator shaft.

The cops and the college president are ready to chalk the death off as an accident, the result of reckless youthful mischief. But Heather knows teenage girls . . . and girls do not elevator surf. Yet no one wants to listen — not the police, her colleagues, or the P.I. who owns the brownstone where she lives — even when more students start turning up dead in equally ordinary and subtly sinister ways. So Heather makes the decision to take on yet another new career: as spunky girl detective!

But her new job comes with few benefits, no cheering crowds, and lots of liabilities, some of them potentially fatal. And nothing ticks off a killer more than a portly ex-pop star who’s sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong …

Movie Mondays: Avalon High

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: Avalon High by Meg Cabot | Movie: Avalon High (2010)

Which did I read/see first? the BOOK

Book Cover | Movie Poster

The Book:

Series: Not a part of a series but it does have a graphic novel set. See full list here .
Genre: Young Adult, Arthurian, Romance, Action, Mystery
Point of View: First Person

Thoughts:

Back in the day, I read everything by Meg Cabot and I continue to read most of adult books now that I am older. But even if I wasn’t familiar with her work, I would have grabbed this book anyways because the cover and synopsis really interested me.

This book is a lot of fun! I loved Ellie’s character: she was strong, smart and independent. Will was also a great character and an excellent match for Ellie. The rest of the cast is intriguing as well and all contribute to the story in a positive way.

While this story does feature a lot of the typical “high school drama” there is a lot more to it. I love Arthurian stories and this book has a great interpretation of the Arthurian legends. It’s a cool spin and quite the mystery which makes it a joy to read.

I only read the first graphic novel which takes place after the events of Avalon High but I never bothered with the rest. They just weren’t as exciting as the other story once everything is revealed but I was also quite a bit older by the time they came out.

Conclusion:

This is probably my favourite Young Adult novel by Meg Cabot. It’s a lot of fun, has a great plot and a strong female lead. A winner!

Rating: 4.5/5

Similar Reads: Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs (Oh. My. Gods #1)

The Movie:

I was really excited to final watch this as a movie when it was announced because I loved the book. It’s got a great plot and I could easily see how they would make this novel into a movie.

It is important to keep in mind that this is a made for TV movie so the acting and special effects aren’t fantastic–but I can simply appreciate the fact that this was made into a movie and I’d take it anyway I can.

I’m not a huge Britt Robertson fan so I was a little disappointed that she was cast. She wasn’t what I pictured Ellie (or Allie as she is called in the movie) and I don’t particularly love her acting (she overacts or something–I’m not sure but I’ve never enjoyed her previous roles). In the end, she did an alright job but I don’t blame her for the slight flop this movie turned out to be.

I think the fault lies in the adaption. I know that things get cut and changed when movies are made–and I can respect that–but sometimes the cuts really take away from what makes the book so great in the first place. The movie just lacked the excitement of the novel and the lack of chemistry between Allie and Will in the movie hurt that aspect of the story as well.

This is definitely one of those movies that you watch before you read the book so you can appreciate how awesome the book is 😉

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is the BOOK. The movie was just flat and not as exciting as the book. The book is a must read for YA fans; the movie is a guilty watch on a rainy weekend day.

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for Avalon High (from Goodreads):
To newcomer Ellie, Avalon High seems like a typical American high school, complete with jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, and even the obligatory senior class president, quarterback, and all-around good guy. But it doesn’t take Ellie long to suspect that something weird is going on beneath the glossy surface of this tranquil hall of learning. As she pieces together the meaning of this unfolding drama, she begins to recognize some haunting Arthurian echoes, causing her to worry that she has become just a pawn in mythic history.

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Movie Mondays: Princess Diaries

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot | Movie: The Princess Diaries (2001)

Which did I read/see first? MOVIE

Book Cover | Movie Poster

The Book:

Series: The Princess Diaries
Genre: Teen, Romance, Drama, Humour

Thoughts:

I read these books quite a few years after the movie was released because I loved the movie and I was also a huge fan of Meg Cabot when I was younger (still am!) so that was an added bonus.

I liked the characters and the plot. It’s a fun read and if you are familiar with Meg Cabot’s other works it has that charm to it that she adds to all her books. Mia is an everyday girl that I think all young girls can relate with throughout her trials.

I did read a few other books in the series but I’m pretty sure I read a few of them out of order (I blame my small town library’s limited availability). Either way, there were easy to follow so it wasn’t a big deal though I do recommend reading them in order!

Conclusion:

These books are definitely geared to the younger teen set and being in my early 20s now, I probably wouldn’t enjoy them anymore. So I recommend them for young girls just getting into reading because Meg Cabot is one of the reasons I am a book addict now–I just love all her works and this one was one of my favourites!

Rating: 4/5
Similar Reads: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison (Confessions of Georgia Nicholson #1) and All American Girl by Meg Cabot (All American Girl #1)

The Movie:

This movie is one of my favourite live-action Disney movies. I watched this A LOT as a kid and have no shame admitting that if it is on TV, I will watch it!

The cast was great–I love Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews–and it has some really fun moments. Definitely a chick flick.

While it does differ from the book, I really feel like this movie captured the spirit of the book. It was fun, funny and super cute but a touch more mature than the book mostly because they aged everyone by a year or two.

As for the sequel, Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, I didn’t really like it. It just lacked that charm the first movie had plus the plot was super annoying. I mean, it’s obvious that a lot of issues could have been solved by putting 2 and 2 together sooner (if you watch it you will know what I’m referring to). So I recommend that you watch the first one and don’t worry about the sequel 😉

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is the MOVIE. I just liked it a lot more and I think if I still would give this answer if I had read the book first. I just think the movie captures the spirit of the book a lot better and the changes that have been made from the book are better.

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for The Princess Diaries (from Goodreads):

She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…

News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!)

Downer: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)

Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmére, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.

Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty–no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what’s a girl to do when her name is Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo

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