fantasy · Short Stories

She and Her Cat – Makoto Shinkai & Naruki Nagakawa ★★★★

Blurb; “It was the start of spring. It was raining. That was the day that she brought me home.”

This is the story of Miyu, a woman who lives alone with her cat, Chobi. As Miyu navigates the world of adulthood, she discovers both the freedom and loneliness that come with living independently, and Chobi learns of the outside world through her actions. Time drifts slowly for Miyu and her cat, but the harsh realities of the world soon catch up…

My Review; This is such a beautiful short story. If only cats could really talk to us, eh? It’s kind of four short stories in one, but they’re all linked together by the characters knowing each other or the cats/kittens being related. It shows us that cats bring comfort and joy but also that cats need their humans just as much as their freedom. Beautifully translated. Lovely read. Gorgeous illustrations at the beginning of each part. Highly recommend. A well-deserved four stars.

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Adapted to film · Fairytale Retelling · fantasy · Young adult

The School For Good and Evil – Soman Chainani ★★★★★

Blurb; The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

My Review; I broke my rule. GASP. I actually watched this on Netflix first so ofcourse I had to get the book to compare, so I soon realised it was a six book series. Yay. Woo hoo. More reading for me. I absolutely loved both the Netflix version and the first book. I cannot wait to see what happens in book two already which I cant do through Netflix can I? The book does have more parts that were not in the Netflix adaption and differed slighting but that is the case when every book gets adapted in my eyes. I loved the two characters Good (Agatha) and Evil (Sophie) and how they believed they were both on the wrong side. This book can actually teach us alot like looks are not everything. I loved the whole world. Fairytale. Narrator. I am hooked. A huge fan now. Would highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me and this will probably end up in my top reads of the year. Amazing. Will never forget this book.

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Children's · fantasy

Mirabelle And The Magical Mayhem – Harriet Muncaster ★★★★

Blurb; Mirabelle doesn’t mean to cause trouble, it just seems to follow her round. But when she and her brother go to stay at their fairy grandparents she is determined that nothing will go wrong, and she is going to be on her very best, most fairy-like, behaviour.

But being good all the time is really tiring. And a little bit of mess leads to a little bit of secret witch magic, which leads to even more mess, and even more magic, until everything is in total chaos! Can Mirabelle get the mayhem under control before Granny finds out?

My Review; Here we are again. Another series I love, can all be read as standalones. Perfect for young girls. Beautifully illustrated throughout. Just over 100 pages. We al know Mirabelle always causes mischief where ever she ends up. In this story we go with her and her brother to her nan and grandads for a sleepover, surely she will behave for them won’t she? Wrong. A brilliant story. Highly recommend. A well desered four stars.

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