Heartstopper Volume 2 and Show Review

The Book:

Title: Heartstopper: Volume Two

Author: Alice Oseman

Series: Heartstopper #2

Published July 11th 2019 by Hodder Children’s Books

Genre: Graphic Novels, Romance, LGBTQ+

Pages: 320

“Nick and Charlie are best friends. Nick knows Charlie’s gay, and Charlie is sure that Nick isn’t.

But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is discovering all kinds of things about his friends, his family … and himself.” –Goodreads

My Review:

This was so cute!

The book and the show are so good! I have all positive things to say about both, so the review is going to be a mix of both.

Agh!!! I was reading Volume 2 in the library and I kept squealing. Thankfully I was not in the quiet study section.

Literally, Nick and Charlie are my favorite couple ever! They are so cute and unproblematic.

The illustrations are amazing in the book. I love their interactions and all the little leaves floating around. It is just so cute. That was one of my favorite things about the show, that they had the leaves floating around whenever something good happened.

I feel like the show brought so much more to the characters. I was so impressed by the casting. They found a perfect Charlie Spring and Nick Nelson. The background characters, Tao (what was up with his hair?), Elle, Dary, and Tara were all perfect. They literally look exactly like their characters in the drawings.

We also got more background and got to see the characters interact without Charlie and Nick which was so fun. I really love the Tara and Darcy storyline. It was really interesting to see more of their character and more of their coming out as a couple.

All the tension and cuteness of the comic were in the show. It was so refreshing to have such a well-done book-to-movie adaptation. There were a few things missing and there were a few things added, but it was so amazing.

I binged the whole show in a day and I read Volume 2 within a day. I am obsessed with their story and I want a season 2. I cannot wait to read Volume 3.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star Rating: 5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Six Reasons to Like Six of Crows

Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: Six of Crows #1

Published September 29th 2015 by Henry Holt & Company

Pages: 465

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Adventure

“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.-Goodreads

My Review:

Wow!

The hype for this book was deserved. This made the whole Grishaverse from Shadow and Bone WAY more exciting and adventurous.

It had exciting plot lines and a huge adventure that ACTUALLY get finished in the book.

From binge reading the Shadow and Bone series to reading starting this duology was a huge change.

To review: Shadow and Bone lacked good development of characters and setting. It lacked a show not telling piece in the story that would have set it high on my list. It was a great story and had great characters…but it lacked depth.

But Six of Crows was a major improvement in that area. While it may have lacked in few key character and plot development moments, it was a drastic improvement from SaB.

  1. Plot

The plot was really interesting. It had a beginning, middle, and end. That seems like a very basic “well duh” element of a book but in Shadow and Bone, I felt like every book just stopped in the middle of a plot line until the next book. This book had a climax and falling action. It actually wrapped up really nicely with only one major cliff hanger for the second book.

2. Kaz

Kaz Brekker is my new favorite crush. This is probably influenced by the Netflix Shadow and Bone adaptation with him being played by Freddy Carter. But, hey what can I say. I love a man who secretly harbors a crush for a girl. I love the trope of “he-would-burn-the-world-down-for-her.”

3.Inej

Inej is a badass. You know I love badass women in literature. This book has the wraith, who no matter how much the world is out to get her, she defies them…and gravity.

4. Literally all of the characters

You couldn’t help but to love all of the characters. They all spoke to me in little ways. I think out of all of them Jesper is my favorite. He was witty and fun. He is also attractive and has some history around him.

5. Setting

Setting-wise, I was able to visualize Ketterdam and the Ice Prison really well. This was helped my a fantastic map of the Ice Prison thing in this book and a map of Ketterdam in the second book. Bardugo explains the setting with better details than her last series. She shows a lot of improvement in this series.

6. Multiple POVs

With multiple POVs, we get to see more characters and their thoughts. In Shadow and Bone, we only saw people through Alina’s eyes. Now we can make our own judgements about each character without bias from someone’s thoughts.

While she may have improved her writing, I did find a few things lacking.

The six person POV was interesting, but at times it felt rushed. There were moments and situations that I would have loved to see from another POV. I think that the six person thing was to needed at times because they were mostly all together in the same room.

The romance between Jesper and Wylan was a little rushed and lack luster. It seems to get glanced over. Jesper seemingly hates Wylan and than all of the sudden he is flirting with him? Yes, between the POV’s there is a whole lot of time going on there so obviously his feelings changed. I just wish I could have seen that.

There are more positives and negatives I would love to talk about, but I am trying to avoid spoilers.

Let me know what you guys thought down below. If you haven’t already, read this book (but read Shadow and Bone first so you don’t get spoiled for somethings.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Fate: The Winx Saga Review

If you were a child duirng the 2000s-2010s you most likely watched Winx as a kid. It was a show about fairies at school. It was a dumb little kid show and it was great.

Well, incase you live under a rock and didn’t know, they made a live action remake of it. Now, I was a kid when I saw the Winx cartoon so I have no remembrance if it was similar to this or not.

But, I loved it.

I know a lot of critics about the show were that they over exagerrated being a teenager. Like there was one line about Sorting Hat quizzses that people hated. I dont see why anyone hated that. Like, do you not take sorting hat quizzzes?

It is exactly how 16-year-olds talk. I dont know what to tell you.

I loved it. All the characters were great. Bloom was well-casted and she did terrific. I really like the actor. I think the other girls were great too. If I am being honest I only remember one of there names and that was Terra. I loved Terra. She was so kind and had plants all over her room. Because of her, I went out today and bought two more plants for my room. Also, the male actors they had were very very attractive. Props to the casting director for their choices.

The plot was good. I wish that we had more episodes. I think the ending was great. Like not great, it was a bad thing that happened, but great because SEASON TWO BABY!!! I hate that Netflix only does like 6-10 episodes for each show they produce. Does anyone know why that is?

Anyways, the storyline was great. I think that it could have been better with more episodes because it would not have been so rushed but other than that it was fantastic. I cannot wait to see where they go with this next season.

I cannot really talk about what I want to talk about and keep it spoiler free so I am going to end it here. I hope that everyone goes out to watch it. If you have seen it let me know what you thought in the comments.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star Rating: 4

Show Review: Bridgerton

A mix between Gossip Girl and Pride and Prejudice?

Who knew that would be the one thing this world needed in this crazy time.

Bridgerton is a show about high class society in 1800 England. It focuses on the Bridgerton family, a mother and 8 children, making their way in high class society. The eldest daughter is entering society and trying to secure a husband. The entire town is under scrutiny by the Queen and a new faceless writer by the name of Lady Whistledown. Whistledown’s pamphlets begin circulating around the town, describing the gossip of the well to do families.

I loved this show so much. It has amazing depictions of the period. It includes scandal. It has scheming and love. It is everything someone like me could have ever wanted. I think that if you like Gossip Girl and you like Pride and Prejudice that you would love to watch this show. The main romance is a bit like PaP.

Shonda Rhimes is one of the producers on the show so you know it has to be good. I mean Rhimes knows how to put on a drama. From secrets and lies, this woman is brilliant. From darker shows like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, I would not expect her to produce such a beautifully bright show like Bridgerton. I love her.

The actors were also splendidly cast. Having Julie Andrews voice Whistledown, OMG AMAZING!!! Phoebe Dynevor, playing Daphne Bridgerton, does exceedingly well. I think she serves great looks throughout the whole series.

I have not read the series it is based on but it will be a purchase I am looking forward to acquiring. I put this in here so if you want to read it before you see it. Also, this show is NSFW half way through. Do not watch it with you children.

With that, I will leave you to the rest of you internet surfing. I hope you guess check this show out.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star Rating: 5

Show Review: The Queen’s Gambit

The game of chess has never seem interesting to me. My grandparents had a wooden chess set on an end table while I was young. I always played with the pieces but never learned the game. I was more into imagining the queen and the king had lives.

This show made me wish I knew more about the game.

The show is about Beth Harmon, an orphaned girl. After her mother dies, she is sent to live at an orphanage. In the orphanage she develops an addiction to tranquilizers and meets Shaibel, who is the first person to teach her chess. After several years, she is adopted by a couple. While the couple’s marital problems cause them to split, Beth involves herself in chess tournaments. She goes on to be world renowned and struggles with her addiction throughout the whole series.

To say the least, this show is a masterpiece. I dont think anyone could have made the game of chess as interesting as Scott Frank (Director) and Anya Taylor-Joy (Beth Harmon) did in this show.

I loved the show from the moment I put it on. The darker undertones of the scenes really held me enchanted. I binged watched the show and almost finished the whole thing in a day. |The show is only 7 episodes long, perfect for a rainy day or a COVID safe weekend.

Please watch it.

It will change your understanding of chess and life.

I cant say much more for fear of spoiling the series. Just go check it out for yourself.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star rating: 4.2