Apr 24, 2015

Talina Recommends - Middle Grade!

Happy Friday!


I am here with yet another Talina Recommends where every Friday I recommend four books of a certain genre. Occasionally, I'll switch it up with some e-book deals on Amazon!

For this week's segment, I will be talking about the genre Middle Grade! Continue scrolling to see this week's picks! :)





Title: The Wide-Awake Princess
Author: E.D. Baker
Genre: Middle Grade, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: May 10th, 2010
Publisher:  Bloomsbury

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In this new stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie—blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic—can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen's true love to kiss her awake.

But who is her true love? The irritating Digby? The happy-go-lucky Prince Andreas, who is holding a contest to find his bride? The conniving Clarence, whose sinister motives couldn't possibly spell true love? Joined by one of her father's guards, Liam, who happened to be out of the castle when the sleeping spell struck, Annie travels through a fairy tale land populated with characters both familiar and new as she tries to fix her sister and her family . . . and perhaps even find a true love of her own.


This book was one of my absolute favorite MG reads of 2015! I enjoyed seeing our protagonist on an adventure to help her kingdom, and to also see her develop as a character. There were moments in the book where you could see a possible romance developing between the two main characters, and I'm excited to see how it all turns out in the next book! You can read my review for it, HERE. :)


Title: The Power of Poppy Pendle
Author: Natasha Lowe
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: September 2012
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster

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Poppy Pendle was born on the floor of the Patisserie Marie Claire bakery in the little town of Potts Bottom. When, as an infant, Poppy unexpectedly performs her first bit of magic, her parents, Edith and Roger, know their dream has come true. Their daughter has inherited the family gift.

But as Poppy grows up she isn’t as thrilled about her magical talents. Even though she was born into a long line of witches, has inherited the extraordinary gifts of famed Great-Grandmother Mabel, and is enrolled at the exclusive Ruthersfield Academy, a school for witchcraft, she wants to be a baker instead.

Making yummy lemon cakes, buttery almond cookies, chocolate melt-aways, and caramel crunch cookies is Poppy’s passion—and it makes her happy. Poppy Pendle has no choice but to take matters into her own hands. “Whose life is it anyway?” she asks.


What a delicious read this book was! I was so excited to start reading this and once I did, I was NOT disappointed! I loved reading about Poppy Pendle and the delicious treats she would bake and no matter how many times she was put down by her parents, her love for baking was still there. The Power of Poppy Pendle also shows that there truly is no greater thing than friendship and I loved that aspect! Keep on the look out for my review of this book! :)


Title: You're Invited (RSVP #1)
Author: Jen Malone & Gail Nall
Genre: Middle Grade
Release Date: May 19th, 2015
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Aladdin Mix

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Four best friends start a party-planning business in this fresh, funny tween novel from the authors of At Your Service and Breaking the Ice.
Twelve-year-old Sadie loves helping her mom with her wedding planning business, and with Sadie’s mad organizational skills, she’s a natural! That’s why it’s so devastating when her mother “fires” her after a Little Mermaid–themed wedding goes awry.

Enter Sadie’s best friends: sporty Vi, ace student Lauren, and boy-crazy Becca. The girls decide that in order to get Sadie’s mom to reconsider, they have to make her see how amazing Sadie is at party planning. Except no one’s gonna hire a twelve-year-old to plan a wedding. A birthday party, though? Definite possibility.

Before long, RSVP—your one-stop shop for the most creative parties in town—is born. Of course, Sadie can’t wait to prove herself to her mom, but the other girls also have their reasons for enlisting: Vi has her eye on the perfect gift for her hardworking dad, and Becca’s all aflush at the thought of connecting with Ryan, the new Irish cutie in town. And though Lauren thinks she’s too busy with summer studies to “officially” join, she’s willing to help out in any way she can.

But in this particular party-planning business, nothing goes according to plan! Sadie’s mom is a perpetual no-show, Vi’s archrival is dead set on ruining her summer, Becca can’t seem to get Ryan to glance in her direction, and Lauren keeps choosing studying over her friends. Is the girls’ friendship strong enough to survive a business? Or does RSVP spell the end of these BFFs?

You're Invited was a quick, cute summer read and I would highly recommend this book to anyone of all ages! I was given the opportunity to read this book before it's release date and I'm so happy I got that chance! This book is written in the POV's of the four main characters and I think that was my favorite thing about it. There were cringe worthy moments, happy moments and the occasional sad moments, but that made me love this book even more and I'm excited to see what happens in the second book! Keep a look out for my review of this book! :)


Title: Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings (Book #1)
Author: Helene Boudreau
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: December 10th, 2010
Publisher:  Sourcebooks, Inc.

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First zit. First crush. First…mermaid’s tail?

If she hadn’t been so clueless, she might have seen it coming. But really, who expects to get into a relaxing bathtub after a stressful day of shopping for tankinis and come out with scales and a tail?

Most. Embarassing. Moment. Ever.

Jade soon discovers she inherited her mermaid tendencies from her mom. But this revelation raises a serious question: if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown?

Jade is determined to find out. But how does a plus-sized, aqua-phobic, mer-girl go about doing that, exactly? And how will Jade ever be able to explain her secret to her best friend Cori, and her crush, Luke?

This summer is about to get a lot more interesting…

I read this book a few years ago and I fell in love with it! I've always had a fascination with mermaids or anything related to Greek Mythology, and when I dove into this book I was not let down! I definitely related a lot to the main character, Jade, by how awkward she was and it made my reading more enjoyable. This book is definitely a great read for girls (and even boys!) of any age and I would highly recommend it! :) 



What do you guys think? Did any of these books catch your eye or have you already read some of them? Let me know what you think in the comments below! :)


Happy reading!


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