Books

I Finished One Series this Year!

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The Folk of Air Series

By: Holly Black

Holly Black has finished her tale and I have officially finished exactly 1 (1!) of the endlessly running book series I’m reading this year!

So I thought I’d wrap up my thoughts on this popular tale of the fae and confess that ever since I read the first book in my head Cardan has always been Tom Hiddleston’s Loki with a tail. Some things just burrow into your mind like songs and you can’t help yourself.

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Books

Be Careful What You Look For…

spellbook of the lost and found

Spellbook of the Lost and Found

By: Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Something strange is happening Olive and Rose are losing things- small things at first. Bracelets. Jackets. But it’s beginning to escalate into bigger things. And when Olive meets a group of strange kids living in an abandoned house outside of town who have the same problem they cast a spell to have those things returned.

But just as strange random things are found.

And of course secrets…

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Books

This Would Make a Great Adventure Cruise

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Ship of Smoke and Steel

By: Django Wexler

An enormous and seemingly impossible ship full of sacrifices. Commanded by an unseen Captain and a vicious crew. Guarded by “angels” who won’t let you leave once you board.

Action, violence, love and lust, betrayal and a fight for survival against a series of strange creatures including giant man-eating crabs.

I really think someone should get into the book tourism business because this would make a great cruise.

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Books

A Magical Road Trip

shadow of the fox

Shadow of the Fox

By: Julie Kagawa

A half kitsune half human girl, a demon possessed samurai, a down-on-his luck ronin and a noble with a strange past time walk into your village… What do you do? You should probably run because they’re likely being trailed by demons and giant centipedes. Maybe don’t try to take advantage of them though.

Either way.

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Movies

Do You Hear the Ticking?

The House with a Clock In Its Walls

The House with a Clock In Its Walls

Directed By: Eli Roth

Grade: B+

I’m going to be completely honest here. I literally could have watched two hours of Jack Black and Cate Blanchett snarking at each other and I would have enjoyed it. The actual movie is about a young orphan Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his Uncle in a wild house full of secrets. Blanchett plays Mrs. Zimmerman Uncle Jonathan’s friend and neighbor.

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Books

Walking the (Rocky) Path with Red Sister

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Red Sister

By: Mark Lawrence

Grade: B+

I was really excited to read Red Sister but I have to be honest for a little while I didn’t think I’d even finish it. This is mainly the story of Nona- trouble seems to find her and she winds up in the Convent of Sweet Mercy a school of girls being trained to become Nuns/ Sisters/ Super Assassins which sounded so bloody cool I jumped on it!

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Books

Blood Magic, Sisters & Blackmail

Rule

Rule

By: Ellen Goodlett

Grade: A-

The ill King brings his 3 illegitimate daughters to court to train them and pick one to be his heir. Said daughters all have secrets and launched into a court on edge they have to work together to survive and find out whose blackmailing them.

I received this copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

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Books

Spinning Silver Needed Cuts

spinning silver

Spinning Silver

By: Naomi Novik

Grade: C

Spinning Silver was one of my most anticipated books of the year and unfortunately, it was a bit of a let-down. I loved Uprooted (the authors last novel) but I think this one could have used another pass at editing.

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Television

Little Witch Academy (TV)

Little Witch Academia

Little Witch Academy

Created By: Yoh Yoshinari

Produced: Trigger

Grade: A

“Believing in yourself is your magic.”

I really haven’t had much luck or interest in many tv series this year. But I found Little Witch Academy and just speed through the whole thing in like a week and a half. Which is really good for me. I found it on Netflix. It’s the story of a young girl called Akko, who goes off to a witch academy but she’s not that great at being a witch.

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Movies

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Director: David Yates

Grade: B+

All I really need is to hear the old Harry Potter music and you can get me into the theatre. Balanced against the fact that I’m not that big on Eddie Redmayne I was however a little worried about this one.

Redmayne plays Newt Scamander who comes into 1920’s era New York with a suitcase full of fantastic beasts. Unfortunately due to the suitcase not working all that well and a mix-up some of the beasts get released into the city and Newt and friends must find them before they get into trouble.

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