Christmas in July

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A double dose of magic. Read More »

Pottermore Moments Revisited: Three Shades of Red

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In the latest installment of our Pottermore Moments Revisited series, we finally get to Hogwarts! Trains, best friends, and Sorting abound! Read More »

Book Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming

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We’ve run into this problem before: First it was a novel. Then it was adapted, more successfully than faithfully, into a movie. Then came a film novelization, a novel designed to be more faithful to the movie than the movie was to the original novel. They did it to Pierre Boulle’s Planet of the Apes. More recently, it happened to Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon. It even happened to another book by Ian ... Read More »

Emma Watson’s next magical role: Kelsea in “The Queen of the Tearling”

Emma Watson in The Queen of the Tearling

Emma Watson committed to co-producing and starring in "The Queen of the Tearling" before the book was even published - here's a look at how the young actress may adapt to her second big fantasy role. Read More »

Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling

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"The Queen of the Tearling" was introduced to the world in a flurry of publicity. Debut author Erika Johansen received a much publicized seven-figure advance when she sold the rights to her trilogy to HarperCollins, and not long afterwards, Emma Watson was attached to produce and star in the film adaptation of the novel – before the first installment was even published! Read what we thought of the book! Read More »

Book Review: The Land of Stories (TLOS3) A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer

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The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning - buy it By Chris Colfer – website Recommended Ages 9+ Published today, Chris Colfer is back with the third instalment of his magical The Land of Stories series and this time fairytale history comes with a Grimm Warning! Now aged 14 and stuck living in the Otherworld, Conner Bailey must navigate across the globe to decipher a clue left from the world’s most famous storytellers. With a ... Read More »

Book Review: Wildwood by Colin Meloy

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When I saw this book at the public library, I thought it had a striking design. This, including loads of quirky but beautiful illustrations, is the work of Carson Ellis, who has also decorated books by Lemony Snicket and Trenton Lee Stewart. As for the author, I thought his name sounded familiar. Only later, after I had brought the book home, did I connect it with the alternative-rock band The Decembrists, of which Colin Meloy ... Read More »

Book Review: Stray #1 by Elissa Sussman

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Like all women, Princess Aislynn (pronounced ‘ASH-lynn’) possesses dangerous magic that must be controlled and subdued with the help of male Advisers in accordance with The Path to keep them from becoming ‘strays’—like the wicked and reclusive Queen Josetta. When Aislynn fails to control her magic, she’s punished: stripped of her title and ‘loving heart’ (aka all intense or ‘sinful’ emotions), and sent to become a Fairy Godmother (a combination of nuns and governesses who ... Read More »

Book Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Today I am more than thrilled to be reviewing Landline by Rainbow Rowell, out tomorrow from St. Martin’s Press. Like Rowell’s first novel Attachments, Landline is an adult novel, but I can tell you that it will be delightfully consumed by her fans both young and old. Read More »

Which Director Did It Best?

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Every hardcore Harry Potter fan is very opinionated about the movie adaptation of their favorite series, whether it be good or bad. Many of those fans also have their favorite director of the Potter films, which has caused many conflicts in the fandom. So which director is really the best? You can decide for yourself, but I decided to weigh the general consensus of positives and negatives that came which each director. Read More »