Monday, July 25, 2016

Review: "Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy"



Happy Monday, Bookworms!


Today I offer you a review of a really fantastic Middle Grade Fantasy by author Karren Foxlee. Enjoy!


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Title: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
Author: Karen Foxlee
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publication: January 28, 2015
Pages: 233

Synopsis:

A modern-day fairy tale set in a mysterious museum that is perfect for readers of Roald Dahl and Blue Balliett.

Unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.

As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. Along the way she learns more and more about the boy's own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.

A story within a story, this a modern day fairytale is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.

 

                 
I was very moved by this work.

Full of adventure, wonder, and truth this book takes the reader on a journey through the heart and all of its capabilities to love, grieve, hope, and endure.

In "Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy" Magic is not just the glitz and glitter of sorcery or the stuff that makes statues dance and children fly. Magic is our connection to each other, our connection to the world, and the strength that we find deep inside of ourselves to be brave even when we are afraid.

Kindness and love too are magic that fill up the empty, cold spaces inside of us where sorrow might hide. Ophelia discovers through her miraculous experiences that sometimes the unbelievable is true and that despite our fears, despite our doubts, we are each capable of being the Heroes of our own adventures.

Ms. Foxlee does an incredible job of crafting a world of fantastic possibility. I could see the museum, smell the smells, and feel the cold deep down in my bones. I knew anything could happen but at the same time I was sure...just as the wizards were sure, just as Ophelia's mother was sure, just as the Marvelous boy was sure... everything would turn out fine in the end.

I would definitely recommend this book to young readers as well as parents who would like an incredible opportunity to be able to approach the issue of sadness, and how to overcome sadness, with their children.

This was an inspiring work and I very much enjoyed the read.

 

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Auggie is the 29 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Not so secrety secret: She's been known to consume too much caffeine leading to hyperactive rants about her heinous lack of shelving and the high likelihood that Hermione Granger is her spirit animal.




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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Review: "A Snicker of Magic" by Natalie Lloyd



Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!


No Top Ten Tuesday today! Instead, I offer you a review on a mighty fine Middle Grade read. This one actually, is on my list of "Top MG Books Of All Time". Enjoy!


A Snicker of Magic

Title: A Snicker of Magic
Author: Natalie Lloyd
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publication: January 25, 2014
Pages: 311

Synopsis:

Introducing an extraordinary new voice---a magical debut that will make your skin tingle, your eyes glisten . . .and your heart sing.

Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.

But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck's about to change. A "word collector," Felicity sees words everywhere---shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog's floppy ears---but Midnight Gulch is the first place she's ever seen the word "home." And then there's Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity's never seen before, words that make Felicity's heart beat a little faster.

Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first, she'll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that's been cast over the town . . . and her mother's broken heart.

 

                 
I have not read an author who could write such a splendid, magical, and heartwarming book since Diana Wynne Jones.

"A Snicker of Magic" is truly that level of greatness.

I was constantly floored by the imagination that filled these pages. My heart soared and plummeted and danced through every chapter as I followed Felicity Pickle through discovering the magic that exists all around and especially inside.

I highlighted one sentence after another, one paragraph after another, telling myself that I needed to remember these words. These words were good advice, sweet things to hear, and truths to remember.

The characters were lovable and full of fun and mischief. Each and every person you met in Midnight Gulch had a story to tell. Thankfully, Natalie Lloyd allowed each and every one of them their spotlight. It's been a long time since I read a work that treated each of its characters as though they were the most important. In the end, everyone is part of the bigger and greater picture. Every person in a town makes it the place it is. Every somebody is worth something.

"A Snicker of Magic" was not all feel-good-lollipop-candy-coated-fun, however. Ms. Lloyd touched on some issues that many of us have faced - Being left, feeling trapped, feeling alone, feeling out of place, missing someone, and losing someone. She reminds us of our burdens and fears. Midnight Gulch is full of sad memories too, but the splendid thing that the reader learns is that those "Factocactus" memories... the hurtful ones, can be turned into Factofabulous ones. The ones that make us smile and feel warm and hopeful inside. We just have to choose.

I certainly believe that the author herself is a Felicity Pickle, an author with magic in her veins. Someone with a knack for finding just the right word to get the reader's heart to pounding: Yes! Yes! Yes Yes Yes!

Spindiddly job, Ms. Lloyd.

 

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Auggie is the 29 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Not so secrety secret: She's been known to consume too much caffeine leading to hyperactive rants about her heinous lack of shelving and the high likelihood that Hermione Granger is her spirit animal.





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Friday, July 8, 2016

Lazy Days of Summer $250 Giveaway!


Happy Friday, Bibliogeeks!


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Auggie is the 29 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Not so secrety secret: She's been known to consume too much caffeine leading to hyperactive rants about her heinous lack of shelving and the high likelihood that Hermione Granger is her spirit animal.


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Friday, July 1, 2016

Month In Review - June 2016

Happy July, Book Babes!

To start off the new month here's a recap of LAST month.


Slow Month - I gave myself a slow month so that I'd have plenty of time to be preparing for the very busy summer. There's a LOT going on over the next couple of months and I didn't want to be in a rush to prepare for all of it at the last minute, so I let June be leisurely on the reading front. I'm 2 books ahead of my yearly goal break-down at the moment, so I've got some wiggle room! I participated in Tome Topple and read 3 of my 500+ page books, which was a considerable win for me! I also read a lot of graphic novels in an effort to catch up on my Graphic Novel reading challenge for 2016, but overall I took it easy! July is a month of vacations so I'll be reading a lot and enjoying the summer-time.


Biblio Bebe - We're getting little boop's room together a little at a time and this month we've had fun painting and putting together the crib. I set up a little reading nook in there for story times. You can see a picture of it down in the Instagram section! Looking forward to buying LOTS of new storybooks for our little bibliophile to be!




Reviews Posted In June

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Books Read In June

# of Books Read: 4 (2,176 Pages)
# of Graphic Novels Read: 12 (2,339 Pages)

Total Pages Read: 4, 515
Favorite Monthly Read: "Winter" by Marissa Meyer
# of Books Obtained: 1

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Graphic Novels:

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Month in Instagram

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2016 Challenge Updates


100 Books in a Year
51/100 books

http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.com/2015/12/retelling-challenge-2016-sign-up-post.html
Evil Queen - 10-15 Books

7/15 books


 

New Release Challenge 2016 - (un)Conventional Bookviews
New Release Newbie 1-15

3/15 books

 

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2/11 books




http://www.fallingforya.com/2015/12/2016-netgalley-edelweiss-reading.html

Silver - 25 books

4/25 books

 
 
Fearless: 11-15 books
10/15 books

 
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Challenge: To read a minimum of 1 book per month you already own. 

8/12 books

 

2016 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge 
Mother: 11-15 Witchy Books!

12/15 books
 
 
 
 http://graphicnovelschallenge.blogspot.ca/2015/12/2016-9th-annual-graphic-novelmanga.html 
Bronze Age: Read & Review 24 Graphic Novels/Manga
 
22/24 books
 

 

How was your June?

Tell me all about it or link me your June Wrap-Up posts in the comments! I'd love to visit and see what bookish things you all have been up to recently!


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Auggie is the 29 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Not so secrety secret: She's been known to consume too much caffeine leading to hyperactive rants about her heinous lack of shelving and the high likelihood that Hermione Granger is her spirit animal.

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