The Foundling Fairy|Book Review

The Foundling FairyThe Foundling Fairy by Flick Jones

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Firstly I would to thank Pegasus Publishing for the review copy.

Having not read a children’s book in a while it was weird adjusting to the language, and the repetition but from a child’s perspective it was definitely aimed correctly.
Flick Jones’ had a cosy narrative, one which reminded me nostalgically of books I used to read as a child, such as The Naughtiest Girl in the School by Enid Blyton and The Faraway Tree.

I definitely would recommend this book to young readers, it’s one to empower them to follow their path and not worry if they don’t fit in straight away – that they’ll find what they are good for soon enough. It had great morals to the story of good and bad characters.

The world created was very immersive, again reminding me of Beatrix Potter. The little details were a lovely touch from Flick that layered the world and lifted it off of the page.

All in all a very enjoyable quick read – and the watercolour drawings were lovely – I wish there had been more of them! A lovely edition for children to enjoy along with the story!

Bless little Kicky the Tooth Fairy!

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Harry Potter & The Cursed Child| Review and Comparison

Hey guys!

So recently I went to see Harry Potter & The Cursed Child at The Palace Theatre in London. I had already read the stage play having queued up for the midnight release July 31st last year.

I went in there with high hopes, and had was already pumped after going into Mina Lima before hand and marvelling at all their props. (I did a picture post this morning if you want to go back and check how it is there!)

Now let’s break it down:

The First Part (2.5 hours long) The Second (2.5 hours long) = 5 hours of painful theatre.

We are put right onto the platform like we are in the book when we say goodbye to Albus on his first year at Hogwarts. Here was where we got a feel for the actors playing those iconic and well loved characters.

Now from the pictures they looked pretty much spot on. Acting…eh. Jamie Parker as Harry was so hammy. He shouted and got angry really quickly, leaving me feeling frustrated as he represented Harry being an absolute bastard. Ginny and Hermione also didn’t feel right in character -it’s not how I read them in the script, it felt over-done by them and misdirected. Ron, Draco and Moaning Myrtle were fantastic, really taking on their characters well and bringing them to life as we know them from the books.

Scorpious was my one issue. He was my favourite addition to the world from the stage-play and I was super eager to see him on stage. But- what happened to his voice? It was screechy and creepy and randomly hysterical. I never read him like that in the script at all – he was more composed and not at all creepy. I felt they were trying to appeal to the boys in the audience and make them seem more immature. They succeeded by making the scenes with him in seem more immature and I was unable to take him seriously. It was a shame, because he was a really good thing to come out of the script.

The trolley lady was bloody creepy. I found that even in the script. And I have no idea why they decided to have her fingers grow so long. It added nothing but was overly creepy, stupid and in my opinion a show off of special effects and what they could do- not to help the plot.

Leading on from that that was my biggest positive of the whole experience. The special effects. Now I’ve seen a range of West End theatre, but what they managed to pull off on that stage was incredible. I loved how they went back in time with the Time Turner – that was really really cool, and I had no complaints going back in time more than once to see it happen.  I loved how they showed the effects of sweets, spells and moving objects. Especially, this bookcase:

If you’ve been to see it, you will know the scene I am referencing. But this was Hermione’s bookcase in her office at the Ministry and uhhjjj the magic they worked here was amazing.

The time length was stupid, it really did not need two parts to it. And I think it was scammy making you pay for two parts and then make you chuck away all your food, even your fruit before you could enter that you had for in between the shows- yet they sold their own food in there, and requested you only ate that during the interval. I’ve never had to chuck food away at a show before and I think that was a really selfish and awful thing to make their customers do- at least at a normal West End show you aren’t there for two parts making up five hours of viewing!!

I digress, all in all I preferred reading the script as I was able to drag through my memories and how I pictured Hogwarts and the characters from my nostalgia. On stage, they ruined the characters, had random dance routines and made the experience too long. I was so thankful for the end! And upon seeing it, the plot was incredibly weak. It felt like fan-fiction on stage. The whole script translated clumsily to the stage. The acting not quite believable  – and they were heavily relying on the special effects which to their credit were amazing.

I know it sounds like I am bashing it, and I guess I am. I wouldn’t go to see it again unless it was free, and it wasn’t worth more than the £15 we paid PER part to go see it. I am so grateful I didn’t pay any more for it, that would have been a huge disappointment if I had.

If you enjoyed it, that’s totally fine! Everyone has a different opinion and I am really open to that. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts at Mina Lima!

Tucked away on a little corner near the Palace theatre, is a little peak into a magical world.. a magical world that took the world by storm.

When I went to see Harry Potter & The Cursed Child in London (comparison and review to come this evening) I had wanted to pop into Mina Lima and boy was I glad we did.

You walk into a shop which sells prints from the films, merchandise and prop replicas. But the real magic lies above. If you take the narrow staircase to the right of the till and walk up to the first floor this is what you will see staring right back at you.

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The sun gleaming through it was breath-taking, and I stared at this for quite some time before moving fully onto the first floor.

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Look at this floor! I would love my own flooring in my own house to be like this!

 

 

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This was the moment I became 11 year old me, awaiting my Hogwarts letter – I had to recreate Harry’s moment in the film, I couldn’t leave them hanging there 😉

There were so many prints of books and newspapers – the detail in these films is incredible!

Here is my favourite picture of all:

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(No post on Sunday’s.)

There was also the beautiful door from Fantastic Beasts which I shall leave you with! Thank you for joining me on my tour of Mina Lima, and I hope if you’re ever in London you go and visit this beautiful set up!

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Happy Easter, and Happy Reading!

Love, Em x

 

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Yr 1, Vol 2|Review

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One, Vol. 2Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One, Vol. 2 by Tom Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I started this series such a long time ago, and the moment never arose again to pick it up. I am so glad tonight was the night I decided to turn the page onto Volume 2.

We pick up exactly where we left off, Batman on one side against Superman, the heroes distributed to each side. We go through this volume, both sides playing their cards with pop ups and scenes with favourite characters- Green Lantern, Canary, Catwoman and Green Arrow etc.
My favourite pop up was from Harley Quinn, she is just fantastic and badass. Even without her puddin’. I can’t say too much about the plot itself being a sequel as I don’t want to spoil anything. But let me tell you it was AMAZING.

Wonder Woman is fierce, and the artwork for her is stunning. As always the artwork for this series is superb and emotion is captured realistically. The shots drawn keep it fast paced, witty and emotional, and I was really really sad in a few points. Damn you writers for hurting me like you did 😦

Pick this series up if you love DC or comics in general. It’s beautiful, epic and full of twists and turns to keep you guessing and turning page after page.
Now onto the Year Two.

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A Darker Shade of Magic| Book Review

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’d rather die on an adventure, than live standing still.
V.E. Schwab is a master at her craft – A Darker Shade of Magic is nothing less than a masterpiece. We follow Kell who is our main protagonist through different parallels of London: Grey, White, Red and the dead ‘black’.

Grey London is much like our own, with hardly any magic and a normal realistic setting. Black was overcome with the power of magic, leeching from its nearest neighbour White London, and Red is the fruit of them all. Magic thrums through the city, humming between people and through everything. Red London is where we are predominantly set. We follow Kell, one of two of the only Antari left in all of the worlds. Antari have the ability to communicate through blood and to walk into other ‘worlds’ or, as we see, other Londons with rare and powerful tokens. When one of his travels goes slightly wrong Kell is left with one of the most powerful tokens known, but it doesn’t belong in his London. With the help of Lila they must try to take it to a place where the stone can not be a danger to anyone. But as with all adventures, they are never as simple or as safe as they seem.

Kell was a fantastic character with his many coats, and his love for smuggling between the Londons. He had wit, he had emotion and he really cared about Rye- and I couldn’t deal with how much love he had for him at one point, my heart ached. UHGFGJHGJFDGHFDKGH
Lila was also a fun character to read, a fierce heroine yes, and one who I admired A LOT. She wasn’t your conventional heroine either, and one of my favourite moments of her was when she had the choice of dresses for the masquerade, and went straight to the fitted men’s jackets! – THIS IS HOW IT SHOULD BE. Sweet baby Rye was beautiful and sweet, and ugh so charming. He can definitely flirt with a rug and still progress.

Plot wise, oh god it was tragic, and painful. Death lurked around every corner, but Schwab’s descriptions were on point. It reminded me of pain far more realistically than other books I had read, so wounds or deaths felt more prominent and hard-hitting. Excellently executed- ehgh 😉

I was so pleased with how much I enjoyed this book, again another adult fantasy for the table- which didn’t hold back! I am straight onto Amazon now, ordering the second, because I need it in my life.
And from the cliffhanger left with Lila- I definitely want to see where she sets sail to.

Remember, hesitation is the death of advantage….

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Sylvain Neuvel’s Sleeping Giants| Author Interview

If you haven’t heard of Sleeping Giants – where have you been?

Last year around April, this science fiction debut slipped onto bookshelves everywhere – and into many reader’s eager hands. Mine included.

This was one of my favourite reads of 2016, it was mysterious, fast paced and incredibly witty. Not to mention that the cover is gorgeous. So in my eagerness for Waking Gods I decided to email the lovely Sylvain Neuvel to ask him a few questions about his writing process and his thoughts on Sleeping Giants and today I have those answers for you!

 

So if you’ve been eagerly waiting on the next instalment this might curb your addiction jitters, or if you haven’t had chance to pick it up yet this will hopefully spur you on. So grab a cuppa, and let us settle down with the man himself!

How did you decide on the interview format compared to the traditional narrative style and did this make it harder or easier to write?

I wrote the first book for fun, because of my son. I wrote the entire prologue first, before I plotted the whole book. I thought about using a more traditional format, and switch characters between chapters but it didn’t feel right. Everything clicked into place when I figured out the interviewer. He’s not only an important character, but also the glue that binds the book, and the team together.

Did any characters surprise you as you wrote the book?

The Interviewer. He keeps pulling aces from his sleeve. He grew on me in ways I didn’t expect. He quickly became my favourite character.

 I found when reading Sleeping Giants it was a perfect mix of nostalgic science fiction and modern/futuristic science fiction – was this contrast something you were aware of?

I’m 45. I’m about as mature as a 12-year-old, but I’m mostly influenced by things I grew up with. I miss 70’s movies, where you could spend a lot of time with the characters. What I like most is when people manage to honour the past and put a new spin on it. Take Battlestar Galactica, for example. I really admire what Denis Villeneuve did with Arrival. It reminds me of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but it’s truly a modern movie.

Who was your favourite character to interview, and why?

Kara, only because she’s the one who comes out most naturally. I love Rose, but she’s a scientist, so she means research. Kara just flows.

Will we know more about the interviewer in Waking Gods or is that TOP SECRET? (He was one of the best characters I’ve read considering he was never really interviewed and spent a lot of time asking the questions -he was superbly done! I’ve never gone from being mad at a character and disliking them to wanting to hurt anyone who insulted/upset them – the change happened without me realising)

Well, if you want to know more about him, you’ll be served with Waking Gods. Just be careful what you wish for…

If you wish to know more about The Themis Files check back here soon for more questions answered about Waking Gods!

In the mean time you can find both books here on Amazon:

Sleeping Giants – The first book in the Themis Files

Waking Gods– Released 6th April! The second instalment in the Themis Files!

I hope you enjoyed the interview- if you have any questions you would like to ask Sylvain regarding either Waking Gods, Sleeping Giants or his writing process feel free to write them down below and I shall include them in my email.

Happy Reading!

Love, Em x

 

The Sky’s Eyes| Book Review

The Sky's EyesThe Sky’s Eyes by Brian Macrae

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I want to start by saying thank you to Brian Macrae for sending me his book in exchange for an honest review – and to have it personalised as well was such a lovely touch so thank you for sending me it all the way overseas!

The concept for The Sky’s Eyes surrounds our main protagonist Lukas who unknowingly witnesses something he shouldn’t have and is embroiled in a sinister conspiracy. With that and the mystery of what he has even seen (and captured on his video) sets him on an adventure working with Kim to uncover the mystery and answer the questions on the suspicious happenings surrounding them.

When I first picked up this book it didn’t look that long to read, it was just over 175 pages, with medium print. I didn’t think it would take me as long as it did.
I really really didn’t.
The premise I found interesting and enjoyed learning more about the tech used and the futuristic world-building given to us but some of it was lost in pages and pages of information and scenes that we didn’t need. We had pieces of information thrown at us at the beginning (Antis & Pros) with no real mention of them again throughout the entire book. We also find out Lukas can ‘traffic surf’, with some magnetic gloves that helped him move from car to car. Though this had nothing to do with the plot, we can see it helps Lukas with his character development through the story, and letting us as the audience know he is a bit of a daredevil (which does tie in with the cover). Even though I could see this aided in helping the character clear his head I didn’t need to know of it for nearly 14 pages… I really didn’t. The pace was unbearably slow at times with no direction and clunky sentences.

The narrative voice worked with getting you as the reader in the head of Lukas, but the conversational wasn’t effective- at most points it was stilted, with too many words making it formal and not representative of how young adults would speak especially when some moments the language was colloquial and flowed beautifully at points. And if you think that Lukas is told to us as being a driven individual all about efficiency and speed to get things done quickly with no time for ‘idle chit chat’ then why would he elongate his sentences for no reason?
Also it is jarring when you then have words that don’t even exist ‘dontchanough’ – nough? Nough?! I did stare at that word for a long time I can tell you.

In short the concept was there, but the execution needed tightening to make things clearer and the pace much faster. It would have also been nice to see more of Kim, and more of other characters rather than them just being used for one purpose. And the last chapter felt like those bullet points you get at the end of a film – those ones that tell you the future and how things wrapped up? It would have been nice not to have so many of them as that made you feel slightly rushed through the end and really highlighted all of the loose threads.

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A Quick Update!

Hey guys!

Sorry for my lack of being on any social medias of late (this blog, instagram or my Youtube) I’ve had an extremely busy two weeks mixed with mother’s day, my birthday and taking some time out for myself, ya know that feeling? So now I am back, refreshed, with loads of exciting news for you all about my upcoming posts!
So I’ve recently been really lucky being able to do some author interviews for some best-selling and incredibly talented authors (which I will be featuring soon!) and also being given the chance to do a signed giveaway for you all- COMING SOON!

This Easter weekend is going to be full of blog posts, editing Youtube videos and just having a chance to read some more content. (And I’ve started a bullet journal – so I’m definitely more organised now ;))

What are you guys up to this weekend? I hope you have a fantastic bank holiday, and really enjoy what ever you do!

See you very soon – back to a more regular posting as normal! 🙂

Happy Reading- as always,

Love, Em x