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The Hidden People - Alison Littlewood (book review)

Book: The Hidden People
Author: Alison Littlewood
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Historical
Published By: Jo Fletcher Books
Published Year: 2016

My Review:
Taking part in the OWL'S Readathon I needed a book which met the prompt of "Plant on the Cover" and after putting a poll on Twitter which had the choice of three different books this is the one that came out on top. As a result I ended up with this book and although seeming interested in it from the back of the book I found that this book did not grab me as much as I wish it did.

The book is about a man who's cousin dies so he goes to try and find out the truth about her death and upon getting to the village of Halfoak finds that the people are really into superstition and believed his cousin to be a fairy and not of this world. However, when his wife gets there he starts to think that maybe there is some truth in the tales the people were saying.

I found that this book was really slow for my personal taste and I couldn't…

The Perfect Date (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: The Perfect Date
Year: 2019
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By: Chris Nelson
Starring: Noah Centineo, Laura Marano, Odiseas Georgiadis
About: To save up for college, Brooks Rattigan creates an app where anyone can pay him to play the perfect stand-in boyfriend for any occasion.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hld-7oBn3Rk

My Review:
Having seen this movie just come out onto Netflix I thought that it would be a good relaxing watch so couldn't resist putting it on. This film did make me smile and I thought was a good watch.

I found that I loved how this movie showed how people can feel like they need to be a certain way if they have dreamed about it long enough, however that is not always the case and people should be true to themselves even if their goals in life change. Having this movie focus on someone who wants to go to Yale and yet still not really knowing who they are as a person was something I thought was really relateable to teenagers and young adults. Making a girl…

Moana (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Moana
Year: 2016
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Ron Clements, John Musker
Starring: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House
About: In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKFuXETZUsI

My Review:
Having seen this movie loads of times before and being a fan of Disney I was so happy to give this another watch and review it. This is a film in which I always enjoy, makes me laugh and has songs in which I always find myself singing along to.

I love that this film has the traditional Disney set up however has the girl as someone who is in charge and tying to save her people by going to the Gods and putting the heart back. I love that this has her having to find out the true history of her people in order to understand why it is so crucial for her to go and find the Demigod and how to help …

Emily Windsnap and the falls of Forgotten Island - Liz Kessler (book review)

Book: Emily Windsnap and the Falls of Forgotten Island
Author: Liz Kessler
Genre: Fantasy, Children's, Adventure
Published By: Candlewick Press
Published Year: 2018

My Review:
Having received a copy of this from Netgalley a while ago however never having gotten around to reading it I was glad to have found the time as I finished this within a few days and couldn't stop reading it once I started.

Emily Windsnap and the Falls of Forgotten Island is about a girl who goes on vacation with her family and when there discovers there is a land behind the waterfall. Upon realising this Emily is told of a prophecy which foretells an earthquake which will destroy the island unless Emily is able to save the day.

I found that this book was a really easy read and one that brought me into it really quickly. I thought that the adventure was well written and was good as a stand alone book as this is the seventh book in the series. Showing how the family is half mermaid and half human was something i…

The Silence (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: The Silence
Year: 2019
Genre: Horror
Directed By: John R. Leonetti
Starring: Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto
About: A family struggles to survive in a world terrorized by a deadly, primeval species who hunt only with their acute hearing
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-ufZuqTd5c

My Review:
Seeing that there was a new Netflix original movie out called The Silence I couldn't resist but to watch it. Also never having read the novel and having not watched the trailer prior to viewing I went into this film blind and I am glad I did as this film was completely new to me and a horror I really ended up enjoying as a result.

I like that this film started with showing how the creatures came into the world and left the audience wondering what life was like under the cave that was hidden away from the world as well as what other creatures could be living down there or if they were the only ones. I also liked how the creatures seemed like bats with how they moved and how t…

Ballerina (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Ballerina
Year: 2016
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Eric Summer, Eric Warin
Starring: Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Carly Rae Jepsen
About: An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmK7X0swHrE

My Review:
Having saw this on my recommended for me list on Netflix I thought I would give it a watch and see if this movie was any good. As someone who loves dance movies and animation I was hoping for this to be better than it was and it did let me down a little bit as a result.

I did like that Ballerina showed how both children were best friends and didn't give up on their dreams and wanted to achieve them together by running away to Paris. By showing the lengths both of the children will go to in order to make their dreams come true was also nice to see with the boy doing cleaning jobs for an i…

Goosebumps 2 (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
Year: 2018
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Directed By: Ari Sandel
Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor
About: Two young friends find a magic book that brings a ventriloquist's dummy to life.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQeOzfm-lps

My Review:
Having been a fan of Goosebumps since I was a child and still being a fan I couldn't wait to see the second movie and to see if they did it as well as the first movie. Although this was more different than I expected it to be I was glad that this stayed to the Goosebumps feel and made me enjoy it more than I expected.

This film had good humour within it and still kept it really creepy with having Slappy as the main villain in the movie as well as showing just how powerful he really is. I thought by also making Slappy really want to be part of the family until you make him mad stayed true to the books in which he is the same. Having this made me feel like I already k…

Augur of Shadows - Jacob Rundle (book review)

Book: Augur of Shadows
Author: Jacob Rundle
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Published By: N/A
Published Year: 2019

My Review:
Having received a free copy of this book as an ARC for Silver Dagger Tours I was glad to be able to be a part of the tour as the novel seemed very interesting to me and had a great premise about it. With the book being a young adult, apocalyptic novel.

Augur of Shadows is about a boy named Henri and his friends Simeon and Etlina who need to stop the Old Ones from coming to Earth and destroying the world and putting it into complete darkness. In order to do this Henri must use his magic in order to bring the apocalypse and help reset the world.

I found that this book had a good story and that it was a very easy book to read, which did make me want to continuously find out more about how the children's adventures would progress. By also seeing how Henri comes to terms with his powers was something in which I thought was great for the reader as it helped to show h…