Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (21)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we all feature upcoming books we're eagerly anticipating.

I've altered things a little to include one book that hasn't come out yet and one that has already been published but I still haven't gotten around to reading yet.

Goodreads description of The Penderwicks at Point Mouette (May 10, 2011):

When summer comes around, it's off to the beach for Rosalind . . . and off to Maine with Aunt Claire for the rest of the Penderwick girls, as well as their old friend, Jeffrey.

That leaves Skye as OAP (oldest available Penderwick)—a terrifying notion for all, but for Skye especially. Things look good as they settle into their cozy cottage, with a rocky shore, enthusiastic seagulls, a just-right corner store, and a charming next-door neighbor.  But can Skye hold it together long enough to figure out Rosalind's directions about not letting Batty explode?  Will Jane's Love Survey come to a tragic conclusion after she meets the alluring Dominic? Is Batty—contrary to all accepted wisdom—the only Penderwick capable of carrying a tune?  And will Jeffrey be able to keep peace between the girls . . . these girls who are his second, and most heartfelt, family?

It's a rollicking ride as the Penderwicks continue their unforgettable adventures in a story filled with laughs and joyful tears!

Why I want to read it:  

Authors take note! This is the third book in a series and I practically need a paper back to stop my joyous hyperventilating at the thought of finally reading this book...AND THERE WERE NO CLIFFHANGERS INVOLVED! In fact, both the first and the second book in the series ended neatly as if they were standalone books. Yet I'm more excited to read the latest Penderwick installment than I am to find out the conclusion of most of the series I am in the middle of.

Why? Because this series is made of awesome, that's why. I want to be a Penderwick, but since that's not really possible, the next best thing is to read about another one of their utterly charming, hilarious, and heartwarming adventures. If you have no idea what I'm talking about then I highly advise you to drop whatever it is you're doing and go get yourself a copy of The Penderwicks (review).

 Product description of The Decoy Princess (November 29, 2005):

Princess Contessa of Costenopolie knows everything a royal should about diplomacy, self-defense, politics…and shopping. She ought to. She had every reason to believe that she was groomed to rule. But her next lesson is in betrayal.

The sudden arrival of her betrothed, a prince from the kingdom of Misdev, has forced Tess’s parents to come clean: She’s no princess. Their real daughter was raised in a nunnery for fear of assassins. Tess is nothing but a beggar’s child bought off the streets as an infant and reared as a decoy.

So what’s a royal highness to do when she discovers she’s a royal target? Ditch the Misdev soldiers occupying the palace, use magical abilities she didn’t even know she had, restore the real princess to the throne, and save her own neck! But first, Tess has to deal with the scoundrel who’s urging her to run away from it all, and the Misdev captain who’s determined to thwart her plans…

Why I want to read it:

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of this plotline. Sure it’s not exactly original (though this book did come out six years ago), but who cares when it includes princesses (or decoy princesses), a kick butt female heroine, magic, courtly intrigue, assassins, and maybe (hopefully) romance? Sign me up, again, and again, and again!

Have any of you read either of these books? Would you recommend them? 


  1. I love series books that can read as stand alone as well. I must check out that series. Great picks Smalls :)

  2. Great choices! I LOVE The Penderwicks!!

  3. Nic, I hope you like them! If you can believe it (given my reading tastes) there's not even a hint of fantasy in them :P

    Jana, I know!! Your review of the third book has me so excited :)

  4. Ooooohh My sister LOVED the first Penderwick book... I keep going back and forth but now I'm super excited to read it!! (And the whole series, for that matter...) I think that will be a fun summer beach read. :D

  5. Oh, the Penderwick books look amazing! And The Decoy Princess looks brilliant as well!
    Awesome books! :)

  6. They look great! No cliffhangers? How refreshing!

  7. I've read the Decoy Princess books (there's a sequel, Princess at Sea). It was a while ago now, but I think I enjoyed them for the most part – they're full of intrigue and magic and all that good stuff :D However, I do distinctly recall one major plot point/revelation in book 2 that quite annoyed me was like one aspect completely flipped around after it had been going in one direction for book 1 and part of book 2, which was frustrating and left me feeling a bit disappointed. Difficult to say more without spoiling, LOL!

  8. Both of these are on my To Be Read lists! I hadn't heard of The Decoy Princess until I had read and reviewed The False Princess, so I'm eager to see how similar/different they are.

  9. I'm totally reading the princess one. Not gonna lie, I love badass princess stories. :P

  10. I haven't heard of either book but I like the sound of the Penderwick series. It's even better that there are no cliffhangers.

  11. I like the idea of the decoy princess!!
    :) I'm going to try to get it - though it does sound a bit like The False Princess.

  12. I love a sentence that can include both the word "nunnery" and "assassins." Full of win!

  13. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette seems like an interesting read to behold. It is always good when a book comes together at the end and has a way of providing true fulfillment and enrichment to the reader. The Decoy Princess sounds like a playful romance that I might find very amusing. A woman wielding magic is a powerful story device. I look forward to reading it.

    Virgil Allen Moore

  14. Hm, I'll have to check these out... Never heard of them before... You make them sound so good, so I'll definitely have to see what they're all about.

    Asher K.

  15. Sierra, They really are great for summer. The way you were describing the sisters and their relationships in Entwined totally reminds me of the Penderwick family.

    The Book Addicted Girl, I hope you enjoy them!

    Alyssa, I know!! I’m so worn out from all these cliffhangers running around YA.

    Danya, I saw the sequel too! Hm, do you have to read both books, or do you recommend maybe stopping after the first book because of that event in book two?

    Madigan, The Decoy Princess sounds a lot like The False Princess, so I’ll be curious to see too. I think the library is finally sending a copy of TFP my way (I’ve had a hold on it for forever)

    Book Geek, Me too! Honestly, I like pretty much any princess story :P

    A Canadian Girl, Those Penderwick books are such gems. I’ve recommended them to all ages at my library and everyone loves them.

    Alex, It does sound a lot like The False Princess, but The Decoy Princess came out first. I don’t care though, I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of that premise. I hope you enjoy it!

    Logan, Totally full of win :P

    Virgil, I hope you enjoy both of them!

    Asher, I hope they are good! I’m pretty confident that the Penderwick book will be just as awesome as the first two. :)

  16. Ah, I wish I could remember well enough to answer your question properly! I *think* the first book resolves enough that you could probably stop there and still feel semi-satisfied, but don't blame me if after reading the first one you are itching to continue with those characters in that world... :P


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