Sunday, October 25, 2015

REVIEW: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Released: 4th February, 2002
Source: Mine (I just bought it because I knew I'd really like it.)


Description: Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house. . . ."

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there's another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

My Review: I enjoyed this book even more than I expected.

I saw the movie before I knew that Coraline was a book, and when I discovered that, I HAD to have it. I love the movie, and I still watch it every once in a while.

The book had some major differences, but all differences I loved. Book Coraline does it all on her own-- she doesn't need any boy to help her. I also liked that she was a little more practical, e.g. calling the police when her parents went missing. (For all the good it did her.)

The book version was also a little scarier than the movie, because reading about something is always a little scarier than seeing it. It leaves things more up to your own interpretation, which can sometimes go further into the spooky side.

If you've seen the movie, I 100% suggest reading the book, and if you haven't, I suggest reading it anyway.

Review: The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Scholastic Press
Released: September 1, 2015
Source: library 

Description: Callum Hunt's summer break isn't like other kids'. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren't heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall.

It's not easy for Call . . . and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.

Call escapes to the Magisterium -- but things only intensify there. The Alkahest -- a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic -- has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes -- and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.

My Review: Oh. My. Glaciers. I love the two authors of this series, and I loved the first book, The Iron Trials, so I was all set to love this book...

And I DID! It was amazing. I was all set to read a sequel to Iron Trials, but it was not at all what I was expecting. 

It's been a year, and you can tell. The kids are more developed, in my opinion, and they've been changed by the past events.

Without going too far into it, because I don't want people to blow up, I have an unpopular head canon about this series, and this book, I think, TOTALLY SUPPORTS IT. I had figured it was just some dumb idea that I had because I read late at night, or something, but there was a ton of support in Copper Gauntlet. 

Anyway, the story kept surprising me, which I love. Too many middle-grade books are way too obvious with their plot lines. You can see everything from miles away. I was a little sad that there wasn't much time spent in the Magisterium, but the story that needed to be told this time around couldn't be based fully in the magisterium. 

The book gave out just enough new information to keep me wowed without feeling like I was done. I was a little surprised to see a few storylines end, most especially the "body swap" possibility and Call's big secret being kept from his friends. It was exciting too, however, because it means there are more twists ahead. (Aww, a head. Oh no.)

Before I end this post, I want to briefly address a complaint I keep seeing: that the Magisterium series is too similar to Harry Potter. I'll address it in list form.

1. Call, Aaron, and Tamara are Harry, Ron, and Hermione

NO. Are you serious? They're best friends who are two guys and a girl, but that's about it. Their personalities are vastly different, and anyone who thinks otherwise desperately needs to retread Harry Potter. 
This reminds me of when my sister wouldn't read asouf because she thought it would be like Harry Potter, based mostly on the fact that Klaus is a bespectacled orphan. 

2. It's a MAGIC SCHOOL, so obviously it has to be the same

Wow, gosh, you are ever so wrong. The school is completely different. The setup is different. The teachers are different. The magic itself is different. If all magic is the same, then boy, am I sorry for you. You must have a sad life.

3. Call and Harry were both almost killed at birth and then got the bad guy's soul

Different. Voldemort tried to curse Harry, leaving a scar. Call was dropped as a baby. It broke his leg. Harry has a cutesy little mark on his forehead; Call's leg is disfigured. Harry had a piece of Voldemort's soul in him; Call is literally the Enemy reincarnated. (If you believe what you hear and don't have wild fan theories *cough cough*)

If that's not enough for you because there just Isn't ROOM for two magic school series in your life, then I'm truly sorry. I did all I could.


*Sooooo, it took me a super long time to post this, and so, I've already purchased it, and it already came in the mail. I am so happy.

Friday, October 16, 2015


This is the umpteenth "oh no, I'm neglecting my blog" post, but I just wanted to check in. 

I just finished Coraline by Neil Gaiman, so I'll be posting that review, and I got the paperback box set of The Selection series by Keira Cass for $16 today! Now I just need that duology, and I'll be set!

I was planning on being at Books by the Banks in Cincinnati this weekend, but alas, I cannot attend. I'll just have to find another event before Rochester TBF 2016, because I don't think I can wait that long!