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S4S – Books I read in school

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Not sure if this is meant to be about books I had to read in school or books that I ended up reading in school because I spent almost all of my free time in the library (until the last year when I became a music/drama nerd but shh) so I read A LOT of books and I don’t remember most of them but a good few stuck with me.

Animorphs by K.A Applegate
I’m not sure if I read the books because of the TV show or watched the TV show because of the books but I know that I loved them both. I adored that this group of teenagers could turn into different animals but always had that element of risk that if they stay too long in animal form they would be stuck in it forever. The tension in these books was also so well done, there were so many close calls and reveals throughout, they were absolutely addictive. I think these were some of the first books I read that I found really interesting, not forgetting the blossoming of my first book crush in the form of Tobias who I fell head over heels in love with. Turns out I’ve always had a thing for the angsty boys.

The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith
I found the first Vampire Diaries Books not long after I finished Animorphs. I spent a lot of time at my local library by this point and they had a lovely YA section with nice comfy chairs where I would go to read in peace while my mum thought I was out playing. I had finished the Animorphs books and didn’t really know where to go from there but there was a whole section of the YA shelves that were just black and I was a little nerdy goth girl then so naturally, this drew my attention and there I found the first of the four Vampire Diaries books. I sat in the library from opening until close reading The Awakening in one sitting. It rocked my damn world and I took the other three out and barely left my room for the weekend. I think I’ve loved vampire books ever since.

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
A possibly obvious one I know. I actually hadn’t heard of Harry Potter until I started secondary school and a friend I made there (I knew no one when I started so it was nice to find bookish friends) told me I needed to read Harry Potter…so I did and I fell in love with that too, it was perfectly timed with my starting of secondary school so I just felt like I was going on the same journey I think. It was nice to identify with the trio as they got older. I also distinctively remember that I made me and my friend our own full length (with book lists) Hogwarts acceptance letters.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
I think this was a read from primary school and I read it often, over and over again, I loved that there were girls who liked to fight with swords but it also showed me that you didn’t always have to have a sword to be brave or to fight for the people you love. I’ve learned recently that there was also a sequel that I absolutely have to read.

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
This one I discovered my first half-year of college. I had discovered sometimes we had free periods and once a week I had a two-hour free period and approaching Christmas I decided to use those two hours to head into town and do some Christmas shopping. Waterstones was running its 3 for 2 offer that it ran every Christmas for years, I brought two for gifts and at the desk, they had a selection of books also on the offer, one of those was Poison Study. It had the classic purple UK Cover and it looked pretty cool so I brought it and it was brilliant, Maria went on to become one of my absolute favourite authors.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Another free period college find, this time with book vouchers from Christmas. I actually picked up New Moon first because it was new out and caught my eye but they had sold out of copies of Twilight itself so I couldn’t start the series. I managed to find out about the series online and found somewhere to order it from. I was able to read the first chapter or two online while I waited and did so immediately, then also the equivalent of the first couple of chapters of Midnight son (Twilight told from Edwards point of view). I fell in love with these books pretty quick and although I wasn’t an over the top “Twihard” I was definitely a fan. Even though now I’m older and I’ve read a lot more and can see the problems in both the books and films, not to mention Edwards behaviour (and Jacob’s) I still love them both and the films in particular (THOSE SOUNDTRACKS Y’ALL) hold a lot of brilliant nostalgia and I watch them every few months.

I hope you enjoyed reading about some of the books I read when I was in school/college and would love to check yours out too, don’t forget to let me know if we have any in common! I also want to give an honourable mention to The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Macbeth by (duh) Shakespeare, which were two books/plays we were required to read for my English literature classes and I utterly adored both of them.

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S4S – Books set in Schools

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Continuing with the back to school theme (don’t even talk to me about actual school right now) this weeks theme from Steph at A Little but A Lot is “Books set in schools” I think I’ve discovered a trend I like in books…Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
An obivous one I know but I love the whole boarding school setting and I’m not sure if I discovered this because I read Harry Potter or because it reminds me of Harry Potter. Either way, I like it and I think good ole Hogwarts had a part to play in that so I had to include it. 

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
This probably feels as predictable as Harry Potter for me at this point as I’ve not been able to stop raving about this book and the rest of the Nevernight Chronicles for the past few weeks but I really loved Mia’s time in the Red Church and is in part a reason why this book has become one of my all-time favourites. For those who have yet to read Nevernight, the Red Church is basically Murder Hogwarts for wood-be assassins. 

The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James
The prestigious academy which Hugo lives on the grounds of in The Starlight Watchmaker is fascinating and full of so many different species of aliens who are all learning the skills they will need to lead and shape their worlds in the future, I loved reading about it. 

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Another boarding school setting, this time it’s a flight school where the pupils are trained to shoot defend their homes from an alien threat that has plagued them for years, not to mention that completing the programme and becoming a pilot of prestigious in itself!

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and other authors
So this book collects all of the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy short stories into one and although the content within a lot of these stories stretches further than the academy itself, the main storyline itself that the smaller ones are embedded into all take place within the academy. I loved this collection a lot more than I thought I would. 

Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino
A manga instead of a novel but still counts, Vampire Knight mainly takes place at Cross Academy where human students attend the school during the day and vampires at night. This one is totally a boarding school again too, apparently, this is a thing.

Also, honourable mention to Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori is one of my favourite mangas and takes place almost solely in a school for rich kids (actually not a boarding school though, shock horror) where a “poor” honours student accidentally breaks a vase worth 3 million yen and works with the school host club to earn back the money. I would have put this on the list but I thought of Vampire Knight first.

Do you have a favourite fictional school? If so which one? When I was younger I always wanted to go to Cackles Academy from The Worst Witch (another honourable mention as I somehow forgot it when making this list).

 

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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.

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S4S – Books you want to reread

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Rereading is something I think about fairly frequently. Certain books I loved will catch my eye on my bookshelf and I’ll think about all the great moments I had reading that particular book and wish I could recapture that magic so I tell myself I’ll reread it. The reality is however that I rarely do so. I have so many books to read, my NetGalley ratio is starting to become a bit of a terrifying joke and as I blog more and become confident to inquire I’m receiving more advanced reader copies and taking part in blog tours (as you’ll see over the coming weeks) leaving a lot less time for rereads than ever before so I’ve promised myself over the next year I will reread these books! Thank you, as always to Steph from A Little But A lot for her excellent prompts.

Twilight – This is purely for the nostalgia factor I think. I’ve enjoyed reading a Discovery of Witches recently which to me feels very much like a more adult version of Twilight and I am really interested how slightly more grown-up Jemma would react to books that angsty, vampire-obsessed, teenage Jemma would react. See also Vampire Diaries.

The Illuminae Files – I’m not picking just one of these books because I want to reread all of them all of the time. Whenever I’m having a hard time reading something or if they just catch my eye sitting on my bookshelf I want to reread them. I loved them so much and they were such great, fun reads I just can’t get enough of them.

Poison Study – It’s been such a long time since I’ve read the book that kickstarted my journey into YA Fantasy, I used to reread it every time a new book in the series was due out but now it’s finished I’m at a loss and really missing these books.

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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – I’m thinking of trying the audiobook version of this one! I had planned to reread it for the year anniversary but things have just been so crazy! This was another book that I loved so much and is so deserving of multiple rereads, it will be interesting to see how it feels when I know the twists and turns now.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – I specified just the first one as although I do love the others the first one always has a special place in my heart and will definitely be a book I try to reread over Christmas as I always think of Hogwarts at Christmas and it’s honestly one of my favourite things.

City of Bones – I’ve never actually reread this before! I did start a while ago but too much other stuff came up and I couldn’t justify a reread. The Shadowhunter books have come so far since the first one and there are so many great lines and moments I remember loving in the first book that it’s something I feel I need to revisit.

I’m having to almost physically restrain myself from rereading The Illuminae Files immediately but with NaNoWriMo coming up I think it’s going to be a tough one! Let me know what books you would love to reread and if we have any that match up!

 

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Harry Potter Spell Tag – Video

I finally managed to find the time to get this tag video edited! I recorded it maybe a month or so ago so my answers are a tiny bit out of date, watching it back there are definitely some I would probably change now but these were my answers when I was tagged.

Feel free to do this tag yourself but if you do I’d be grateful if you could link back to this video and to the original itself. I hope you enjoy me attempting to pronounce spell names and a lot of useless wand waving!

Rachels Rambling reviews can be found here
Kimberley Faye Reads (The Original) can be found here.

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#Six for Sunday – Characters you think would make brillant friends

28537584_10155075844121581_1653771806_nSunday has finally arrived! It feels like it’s been a long time coming this week but here we are. The prompt for this week from Steph over at “A little but a lot” (who gives the best prompts!) is actually “characters you wouldn’t want to be friends with” which is a really good prompt but I was so excited to do last weeks prompt and then real world things happened and I didn’t get around to it so this week my #Six for Sunday is going to be “Characters you think would make brillant friends“. I did write a list last week but deleted it when I didn’t get it written in time and for the life of me I can’t remember who was on that list so this should be fun right from scratch.

1.Shazad – Rebel of the Sands Trilogy by Alwyn Hamilton
Shazad is totally kick-ass and super smart while still being fun, likeable and fiercely loyal all of which of are awesome qualities. There are no spiteful undertones between her and Amani and they are probably one of, if not my number one female/female friendship in fiction. Shazad and Amani are friendship goals.

2. Samwise Gamgee – Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R Tolkien
Sam is another ultimate friend. He knows when and how to support you without encouraging any toxicity, if he thinks you’re going crazy because of an evil ring forged in Mount Doom or you’re being tricked by a crazy, emaciated water hobbit he’s going to tell you. Sam represents the honesty of friendship while also being loyal and will quite literally carry you to help you achieve your goal instead of doing it for you and I think that’s pretty damn special.

3. Magnus Bane – The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassie Clare
Magnus has been around a while and you can bet he’s got some interesting stories to tell! I’d like to think we’d enjoy chatting while making all the cocktails we can manage! I feel like he would give great advice and have no problem telling you when you’re being an idiot and I think like he’d definitely help you to embrace your fun side a little more if you’re a bit straight backed like I can be some of the time. He’s a fun, loyal character who fights for his friends and just happens to also have magic too which is always handy!

4. Ari and Janco – Chronicles of Ixia series by Maria V Snyder
I’m pretty sure I couldn’t pick just one and let’s face it they’re kind of a package deal most of the time. Like all the other characters on my list these guys are loyal, they’re an ideal mix of (some) brains and brawn (just don’t tell them, it’ll go to their heads!), they’re funny (especially together) and love a good joke as much as a good spar. While they’ve been friends together for a long ole while they’re not the kind to shut anyone else out and it’s nice to not feel like a third wheel with these two (I’m sure Janco would think of a terrible name for a three wheeled cart…).

5.  Zuzana – Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor
Zuze is a great friend who goes to any lengths to help those she cares about, she’s loyal, feisty and absolutely hilarious. Even at the most serious of moments I can’t imagine Zuzana being unable to bring a smile to even the largest, saddest frown. She may be but little but she be fierce and has more sass than you can shake a Herondale at.

6. Hermione – Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
This seems to be one that I’ve seen almost everyone use for theirs and I wasn’t sure about it being a part of my list. Mainly because through my younger school days I was the annoying brainy/teachers pe/Philosopher’s Stone era Hermione and I don’t think I brought anything special to my friendships but I had the same two/three friends for the whole five years I was in junior school so I must have done something right. I understand it can be difficult to be friends with someone who seems so rigid and fairly different from you, I’m still a stickler for rules and that can make me super annoying but by some miracle I still have friends. Hermione is (like everyone else on my list) fiercely loyal once she found her friend group, determined and passionate as well as being smart.

That’s all from me this week! I hope to have a new review up next week but I’ve been ill again this week (I’m surrounded by a horde of tissues as I type this) so we’ll see what happens! I have got a scheduled post ready to go though so I won’t be disappearing completely again. Don’t forget to tag your posts with the hash tag #SixforSunday and let me know what you wrote for this week! Speak soon.

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#Six for Sunday – Film interpretations of books

It’s that time of week again! I can’t believe how fast this week has gone! Nether the less lets crack on with today’s prompt for #SixforSunday. (Thanks once again to Steph at A little but a lot for providing these prompts). This weeks is…

Film interpretations of books
Weather it’s based on or inspired by, absolute favourites of all time or guilty pleasures these are my top six books brought to the big screen.

  1. Stardust – by Neil Gaiman.
    Now, Neil Gaiman is awesome but for me this is one of those rare occasions where I enjoyed the film more than the book. It may have had something to do with choosing the perfect actor for Tristan Thorne or the fact that the book left out Robert DiNio’s character, the cross dressing pirate Captain Shakespere but although charming the book just didn’t have the same feel for me.
  2. Warm Bodies – By Issac Marion
    Although not my favourite film of all time I do love this book to pieces. The fact that it’s quite a short book helps I think because it meant there wasn’t loads they left out and the things that were added usually worked quite well, most of my favourite lines were kept in and delivered extremely well by the beautiful Nicholas Hault. It was probably a little funnier and action heavy than the book but it worked.
  3. City of Bones – By Cassandra Clare
    I know not everyone is a fan of this (understandably) but I enjoyed the hell out of this film. Mostly because I just loved seeing a book I loved on screen to the point where I managed to block out (most) of the cringe worthy bits and poor casting to appreciate the aesthetic they mostly got right. Also Jamie Campbell Bower NAILED that sass.
  4. Harry Potter – By JK Rowling 
    I know this is probably an obvious one and probably doesn’t need explaining but we tend to watch at least a couple of these at least once or twice a year.
  5. Lord of the Rings – By J.R.R Tolkien. 
    Another obvious one. I read The Hobbit to death as a child but had more trouble getting into Lord of the Rings but five or six years later when I turned 13 we got the Fellowship of the Ring on the big screen and I knew I needed to read these books immediately.
  6. The Perks of being a Wallflower – By Stephen Chobsky
    Probably not an obvious choice for me as I’m a very Fantasy/Science Fiction based reader but I loved this intesnsely simple but deep book and is one of the instances when I watched the film first then knew I needed to read the book. There’s a kind of feeling you experience after reading a book like this and I got that after the film too which I think speaks volumes about it. I also loved that the same letter writing format was still used in the film and that Charlie’s poem is used because I adore it.

Honourable mention to Ready Player One – By Earnest Cline, this book is easily one of my top ten favourite books of all times, full of nerdy references which I’m the perfect age to get, quirky dialogue, a magnificent world and an intriguing story line this is a book I recommend anyone who loved the 80’s/90’s culture, plays video games or dungeons and dragons check this out because it’s a masterpiece. This get’s an honourable mention because the film will be out soon and from the trailers it looks pretty good and I’ll keep my fingers crossed but until I’ve seen it I can’t put it on the list sadly but I didn’t want to leave it out. Also The Princess Bride – by William Goldaman, I had it vying for that last spot but I didn’t overly enjoy the book after having watched the film over and over and knowing it by heart, but I wanted to mention it because it’s one of my favourite films.

I now want to go spend the rest of the day gorging myself on these films so if you need me I’ll be wrapped up on my sofa inside my blanket burrito eating cookies and drinking milk. I’m so very hardcore.

P.S Don’t forget to use the #SixforSunday hashtag on your blog of choice but more importantly (because this is where I’ll look!) on Twitter as inbetween film breaks I’ll totally be checking the hashtag out as will others. Also if  you do this yourself let me know! Leave a link to your own post in the comments for me and I’ll check it out!