The Girl Of Ink & Stars - Kiran Millwood Hargrave | Book Review

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Rating: 4/5

I recently saw this book on a Waterstone's email and the first thing I thought was "WOW, THAT COVER LOOKS BEAUTIFUL!". Then, a few days later when I ventured into my local Waterstones,  saw the book, or rather about 50 of them, lying on a table. I thought to myself that it must be a sign and so I purchased it. The first thing I noticed about the book was indeed how beautiful it was! The cover is so detailed and I felt from just on appearance that this was going to be a great book. When I flipped the pages opened, I was greeted with two maps, one at the front of the book and one at the back, which secrets will be revealed at the end of the book! They are both beautifully illustrated and really embodies that sense of wonder and adventure that I love in a book! 

The book starts straight away, which is something I really liked about this book; no faffing around, just gets straight to the point. But having said that, I really enjoyed how Hargrave described the world of Joya and the town of Gromera in the first few pages of the book. It reminded me of a quaint Spanish town far in the past, but somehow in the future - think Starwars but with children, no lightsabers and a Spanish vibe.

The island of Joya was once a floating island, floating meaning that it drifted in the sea, not the sky, which was what I first thought the author meant. In this world, magic kind of exists and our little protagonist, Isabella, is thrown into an unknown territory where myths come to life.

What I loved most about this book is that it doesn't really have an antagonist. At first I was confused by this notion. How could a book not really have an antagonist? Its what makes the book tick, surely? But then when I finished the book I realized; it's not about the antagonist, it's about the journey Isabella goes on and the courage and bravery she gains to do so to save her best friend. This story never needed to have an antagonist to be great, the true story is of a young girl finding the courage to do what is right, and that's a great enough story in my eyes, and one I believe everyone should read!

Isabella uses the skills her father taught her and her own intuition to save her best friend and to ultimately save the island she calls home from an ancient fire demon.

This book would be great for younger readers, probably from about 8 years old and upwards, but I can say as a 19 year old that I loved this book! It's a charming little story that I think will resonate with people of all ages and genders. It's got everything a great story needs; adventure, magic and MAPS!

Let me know what you thought of this book if you have read it and leave a message in the comments!

Love, K :) 

Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan | Book Review

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Rating: 4/5 

"Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods."

I love Greek Mythology, so it was only right that I had to read Percy Jackson! I had watched the film when it first came out and I really enjoyed it, but now that I have read the book, I can see why some people were disappointed with the film, There are a lot of differences between the film and the book, so it was nice to read things that I hadn't seen on screen! I really enjoyed how Riordan mixed classic mythology with the present day, and I would think that that would have been quite difficult to do! I personally loved how Hades wears a silk robe made from the many souls trapped in hell; very classy.

As mentioned previously, I had seen the film before I read the book, so I knew what was going to happen, but as the film is quite different from the book, I came across a few pleasant surprises which made the book even more enjoyable to read! 

I think this would be a great book for young children starting to get into reading more YA literature as it has all of the wondrously dangerous sense of adventure but isn't as hard hitting as the Hunger Games or The Maze Runner. 

I'm really looking forward to reading the next in the series (The Sea of Monsters) but will have to get it in the American cover so it matches, which is really difficult when you don't live in America! I haven't seen the film of TSOM, so everything will come as a surprise, which will be nice! I'm also looking forward to see what new mythological creatures and beings Riordan has added to the stories! 

If you've read Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief, let me know what you thought of the book in the comments below!

Love, K :)

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