#SixforSunday, spoiler free

S4S – Books Covers

Happy Sunday and welcome to the last Six for Sunday before returning to the scheduled prompts by Steph from A Little but a Lot! This week I decided to head back to the bookish prompts and picked an older prompt that I hadn’t done before, this one is Book Covers! Although I do agree with the age old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” I’m insanely guilty of doing just this. A cover is often the first thing we see and even if not on purpose we tend to form an opinion at that moment even if it isn’t always a deciding factor. For me personally, a cover will usually draw me in, I’ll then check out the synopsis and if I’m still interested I tend to read the first page where possible or if online I check out spoiler-free reviews. Although no the be all and end all sign of a good book I do love a good cover and now you can check out six of my all time favourites.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
This cover is one of the most gorgeous things I’ve ever seen, Laurens books have such beautiful covers and for me, this is the book that started it all.

Vicious (Special collectors edition) by V.E Schwab
I held up from starting this series because I wanted this version so badly. It’s beautiful, features a built-in fabric bookmark, foiling under the dust jacket and is that perfect smaller hardback size that I adore. Not to mention that the art on the cover itself is a reference to Victor and his habit of defacing books, I love that if you look at it one way its just lines made with marker pens but at the right angle they are bones.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I don’t think I know anyone out there who doesn’t love this cover or the sought after blue sprayed edges. The gold foiling and detail on the moth are astounding but for me, it’s the gorgeous galaxy like blue with what looks like stars and constellations running through them, it looks truly magical.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay by J.K Rowling
I adore a lot of Mina Lima’s graphic design work for the Harry Potter films and the artwork for the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay is no exception. There are so many little hidden details and flourishes over this cover it really draws you in while also capturing the style of the era well at the same time.

Lady Midnight (Waterstones special edition) by Cassandra Clare
Another harder to find one and although Waterstones have done special edition covers like this one for the rest of the Dark Artifices series and now the Red scrolls of Magic series too this first one will always be my favourite. The colour is a lovely shade of blue and the gold foil angelic runes are perfection.

Caraval by Stephanie Meyer
I love so many different aspects of Caraval. The shiny gold foiling (this seems to be a running theme with my favourites I’ve noticed) of the starburst kind of effect around the book title is eye-catching all on its own but pair it with the spine spilt into half black and half white and then the different hidden cover editions we got in the UK where under the dust jacket you would find one of a few different gold illustrations was just the icing on the top of the cake.

Do you have any particular book covers you like? Do you have anything that endears a cover to you like my (apparent) obsession with gold foiling? Tell me all about it!

 

Unboxings

November NPC Crate Unboxing – Magical Beasts

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“We’ve searched high and low across the world to bring you Novembers Magical Beasts Crate so hide anything shiny, perfect your bow and maybe grab a pair of fire proof gloves as you’re about to release three magical beast candles and exclusive enamel pin. (The Only thing jewellery moles love more than diamonds).”

The November NPC Crate from Nerd Poured Candles for the month of November, “Magical Beasts” was all things Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. As you can probably tell from my blog name etc I’m a bit of a fan and this is my absolute favourite crate to date so far.

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First up we have the Thunder Bird Candle, a gloriously creamy looking pale yellow with hints of golden sparkle throughout, scented with coconut, lime and verbena brilliantly embodying this magnificent creature from the wilds of Arizona. This candle has a great cold throw but the warm throw is spectacular and a great accompaniment to a warm evening inside.

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I screamed a little when I unboxed this (which you may have seen if you’ve watched the unboxing video I did on YouTube – which you can find here),  not only is it based on one of the best magical creatures which I adore, but the scents are a delicious combination of three of my favourite tastes! Biscuits, white chocolate and vanilla… This just feels like it was made just for me! Imagine a custard cream with vanilla scented, white chocolate filling, are you drooling yet? Because I am. An absolute favourite for sure.

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The third candle was based around everyone’s favourite Magical Zoologist with the rough brown colour suiting Newt down to the ground from the leather of his magical case, his sandy hair or his tan waistcoat. Scented with bergamot, lemon and cognac I imagined it being a very stereotypical ‘man smell’ but it’s a gorgeous deep scent with lovely little light notes of lemon that follow and this one actually ended up being my favourite! I couldn’t get enough of it and when lit the scents just all come together so well. I need more of this one please!

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This badge is huge! It’s easily double the size of any of the other pins to date and super secure with two pins and attachments on the back. Newt’s suitcase features a quote from the first film and cute little escaping Niffler paws! The metal is also a lovely rose gold colour which fits in with the whole aesthetic brilliantly.

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This months bookmark is a lovely simple but effective design with loads of different prints and feathers and a perfect quote from everyone favourite No Maj Jacob Kowalski to finish it off, again the colours fit perfectly with the whole feel of this crate and the world of Fantastic Beasts.

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book reviews, spoiler free

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay – Spoiler free review

39330961Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay by J.K Rowling

Rating: XXXX

Published November 16th 2018 by Little Brown

“Do you know why I admire you, Newt? More, perhaps, than any man I know? You don’t seek power or popularity. You simply ask, is the thing right in itself? If it is, then I must do it, no matter the cost.”

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

Before we get down to business (to defeat…the Huns – not sorry) I would like to make a point of saying this review is for the screenplay itself, not the film – that is a WHOLE other herd of mooncalves which I will certainly be getting to but I wanted to have separate reviews for the two as there are different pros and cons to both. This review will also be spoiler free (unless you haven’t seen any Harry Potter or the first Fantastic Beasts film, then you might want to reconsider reading this) so if you haven’t seen or read The Crimes of Grindelwald yet you don’t need to worry about this review spoiling anything.

I have many thoughts about The Crimes of Grindelwald in both film and screenplay format, after leaving the cinema a little confused after seeing this second film in a five-film series I decided the best thing to do would be to check out the screenplay. Although I very much enjoyed the first film, I still found reading the screenplay gave it an extra depth and helped me pick up on some things I missed the first time around seeing the film. The same is true of The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay, apparently, there are some deleted scenes included but I don’t think they could have been that big or monumental as nothing seemed especially new to me but as I said, the film had confused me so it may I just not picked up on them. I will also say I highly recommend listening to the film soundtrack when reading as for me some of the parts seemed a little dry of atmosphere but that is one of the prices we pay when reading something in screenplay form.

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The screenplay definitely added more clarity to a lot of the film and my favourite thing about it was that it also gave more of an insight into the characters intentions, emotions and thoughts, not as intimately or in anywhere near as much detail as well as being able to clearly see names and dates etc which were there and gone in an instant when on the big screen. This means I found the film less confusing but I now have more questions than ever but as a sequel in a five-film series that isn’t shocking.

As ever my favourite thing and the reason I knew I was absolutely buying this book no matter what is the beautiful art spread throughout. The cover is magnificent and features many important items and creatures from the film and instead is even more gorgeous with each chapter featuring a detailed and intricate piece of artwork in the same style as the images on the cover and there are many flourishes and decorations between the scenes, Minalima have created some fantastic art for this screenplay, even more so I think than in the first screenplay.

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The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay is the first thing I’ve tabbed while reading in ages and it really helped me to take stock of everything and allowed me to realise that actually there were a good few bits I enjoyed. (Pink is parts I loved, Orange is hated, green is for questions and yellow is for “this seems important” and I’m fairly pleased that it felt a bit more balanced.  It’s also nice knowing that in two years when we get the next film I can reference all the questions and things I thought important from the second.

I think if you can’t get to see the film than this screenplay is an okay substitute but a difficult one as I don’t think you get the same involvement in this format as you would on the screen or via a ‘normal’ book but would do someone a turn and it’s easy enough to understand the bones of the story at the very least. I would absolutely say this is meant as an accompaniment, a way for people to experience the film over again and like me to hopefully pick up on more details they may have missed. Honestly, even if I had completely hated the film I would still have brought this just for the artwork.

Unboxings, Uncategorized

YouTube’s back (alright!)

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So with the two year anniversary of my bookish YouTube channel coming and going last week, I decided to get back to making a few videos for my channel! I will obviously still be blogging primarily and there won’t be any set content every week like here where I post Tuesdays, Thursdays and occasionally Sundays, it will be as and when I have time to make and edit the videos and while I don’t have any regular work on at the moment I’m finding a little more time to fit it in  so I plan to make the most of it.

Last week I posted a video unboxing of the November NPC Crate which you can check out below, I will still post my written unboxing here next week but wanted to have both bases covered, I will endeavour to keep my blog spoiler free and have any spoiler content (other than unboxings obviously) kept to my YoutTube channel.

I’m also scarily close to three hundred subscribers on said channel now as well which to me still seems crazy, the fact that quite a few of my videos have over one thousand views (and we won’t even talk about that one with 10k) is insane to me and I’m so humbled that even when I took a break people were still subscribing to my channel and watching my videos. I hope you’ll also enjoy the things to come. Also, I’m not sorry for the Backstreet Boys reference in the title of this post.

Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them – Youtube Channel