The Kingdom of Back is a historical and fantasy novel that portrays Maria Anna (Nannerl) Mozart’s life through 18th-century Europe as the older sister of the legendary musician, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Nannerl was also a talented musician and composer, but young women were forbidden to compose music; therefore, she had no chance to be remembered or honoured as a respectable musician. However, her beloved brother Wolfgang was easily shining brighter every day and stealing all the fame she should have received as well. Nannerl was extremely afraid to be overshadowed by her equally gifted brother since he began his successful music career at 5 years old. Furthermore, the gender inequality in their society oppressed her as a female and her future lies in a marriage, not music. She felt utterly despaired until a mysterious princeling boy from a magical land came to offer her a divine bargain to make her dream come true.
I enjoyed this book because I was fascinated by how Marie Lu incorporated magic, music, and fantasy into a historical novel. She also revealed Nannerl’s intricate and complex personality through numerous aspects. Most importantly, I was very surprised to find out that the famous pianist Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had an older sister who he admired and loved so much. I appreciate that Marie Lu brought her existence to life and understand her struggles as a girl during 18th century Europe.
Accidental Superstar by Marianne Levy
I wasn’t so sure if this was a teen book or not, but I borrowed it anyway, because, well, the cover looked cool. Yeah, yeah. I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but I just had to know what this book was about. Which I did, eventually. And it wasn’t as glamorous as I thought it’d be. It was actually, honestly speaking, quite uneventful. But, I didn’t mind too much.
Basically this book is about a girl named Katie Cox. She mostly spends her time hiding out in the shadows. But this all changes when a video of her singing goes viral. Katie receives a bunch of record deals, including a recording contract. But Katie doesn’t find fame to be all that perfect.
So, at first, Katie seemed like a pretty down-to-earth kind of girl who likes to make music and stuff, but as I continued to read, I kinda hated Katie. She turned into some bratty high-school kid. But then, at the end, Katie was this sweet, innocent girl again. All in all, I think this book is…well…interesting-ish. 🤷♀️
Okay. So, because I trust you guys (mostly), I have decided that you guys should know what’s been up with me. Here goes nothing: I got an AVM.
And, FYI, I’m not gonna spend my precious time explaining what that is. You have Google. Use it.
Now. Enough about me. Let’s talk books. Take a Bow is truly a book I’ll read again and again, and never get tired of it. This book has 4 main characters: Emme, Sophie, Carter, and Ethan. All 4 of them are students at this fancy performing arts school, where being famous is the overall goal. But for Emme, Carter, and Ethan, that’s not who they aspire to be. Ethan starts falling for Emme, while Carter seems to have vicious difficulties of his own, including his controlling girlfriend Sophie. While Ethan, Carter, and Emme prefer to stay in the shadows, Sophie would stop at nothing to become a star. Even if it means betraying her best friend, Emme.
Honestly, when I finished the book, I wanted to crawl inside and hug all the characters a trillion times! This book was so adorably funny, I definitely recommend you read it!