Blurb; At the Alfea International School, students come from all over the Otherworld to train. To learn magic. To discover how to control their powers. Inside the school’s castle, five students-complete strangers-are assigned as roommates:
Aisha is an athlete and a classic overachiever whose control over water is the envy of her fellow students.
Terra is an awkward do-gooder whose power over the natural world can overwhelm rivals unexpectedly.
Musa is an introvert who keeps to herself so her mind isn’t overwhelmed by the emotions of those around her.
Stella is a princess – yes, a real princess – whose command over light inspires but also intimidates.
And then there’s Bloom, the outsider, the girl from the human world whose power over fire almost destroyed her family.
These five teenagers want what every teenager wants… to figure out who they are. To make friends. To fit in at their new school. But when an ancient, long-vanquished evil suddenly resurfaces outside the castle walls, these five teenagers be forced to put their powers to the test. And they’ll discover a secret so powerful, it will challenge everything they know about the Otherworld… and themselves.
My Review; Me and my partner started watching this on Netflix so ofcourse I had to get the book. Devoured it. It is word for word the same as Netflix but you get a few extras in the book not included in Netflix. Bonus. This is like Harry Potter but next gen. Lots of magic. Fire. Water. Mind. Earth. I fell in love with both the book and Netflix series and I already cannot wait for book 2 and series 2. Woo hoo.
Bloom is the main character but she is surrounded by great friends aka her suit mates. Each different. But all a team. Kept me guessing throughout. Not a fan of the burned ones aka scary creatures. But I loved it all. Gets dark towards the end which I’m hoping will be explained in more detail in series 2. Adored it. Brilliant. The story is told through each of the characters. I actually really liked Terra’s character too (earth girl).
A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend. This has gone into my top reads of the year.
Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.
Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.
My Review; This is one I got through the library as I really wanted to read it before it hits Netflix and I am so glad I got round to reading it. Wow. Amazing. Powerful. Girl power. Empowering. Bold. Brave. Emotional. This is a school of girls going against the boys and sexist staff to be heard. It’s honestly an outstanding read and should be read by all young girls school age. Take note.
If you’re a woman/girl who survived her high school years you are bound to relate to this book 99%. The girls are just so brave. Determined. They want to be heard and they do. They all come together in the end. I cannot wait to see the adaption to Netflix now. Also contains a little bit of high school romance. Ooh. I loved it all. Made me smile. Made me want to join them. Made me proud. Its a hidden message of if we all work together we can be heard. Action will be taken. You will win. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend.
Blurb; Now a Netflix film starring Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill with a screenplay by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). Upon the disappearance of their mother, Enola Holmes, the child sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes runs away to become a fugitive private detective herself.
When Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared, she quickly embarks on a journey to London in search of her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits. Because when she arrives, she finds herself involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess, fleeing murderous villains, and trying to elude her shrewd older brothers–all while attempting to piece together clues to her mother’s strange disappearance. Amid all the mayhem, will Enola be able to decode the necessary clues and find her mother?
My Review; This is one of my bargain buys from Amazon at just £2. I had also seen it on Netflix but as an avid book lover I always have to read the book first before watching. That’s my rule which I think a lot of readers can relate to. I am also a huge fan with anything to do with sherlock Holmes. Anything. With my first child I was sat watching it while having contractions all night!
I knew this was right up my street! I didn’t know he had a younger sister. So meet Enola! Just as clever as Sherlock but miles younger. She’s off to find where her mother has gone but along the way she encounters danger and another run away. I loved it all. But I must say this could have been so much more. I felt they cut the ending very suddenly and gave all answers away just to finish it when it could have been so much longer and more for me.
At just 170 ish pages it’s a short read and I would have happily devoured another 170 pages of it too. But I loved it. I just wanted more, which is the sign of a good book I suppose. An easy read. An enjoyable read. Clever. A well deserved four stars from me.