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Wizards Of Once…

A series of books. That is one of the things to have when it comes to the reading world: a good; no, an outstanding series of books that you, the reader, enjoys. It doesn't get much better than that. Do you agree?


But, everyone is different; so that means that everyone has different tastes when it comes to books. Wow, I’ve said that alot in my other blogs. So, to be responsible for writing a series of books that are globally loved, is a hard job; as it is one thing to write a series of books. It is another thing, however, to write a series of books that children like, adults like and book reviewers like. But like is not the word that gets authors to the top. Like is not the word that gets an author’s book series talked about all over the world; so yes, it is one thing to write a book series, but it is another to write series of books that thousands of people, not matter what age, no matter what interest, even if it is a person who doesn’t read a lot: even if that person pick up a book in this extraordinary series I’m dreaming up right now and describing to you, if that person who doesn’t read a lot picks up a book it makes them smile; that is a successful book series.


I’ve read a lot of books, and a lot of book series; and I have to say, some of them sucked and they make me wonder: ‘why did the author even write this’ , now that may just be my opinion and I’m the one loser on the planet who doesn’t like that book series, or it could be the opposite. Anyway, the reason I’m saying this is because Wizards Of Once, no matter what I say, has huge flaws;( everybody does), but some are minute and some aren’t . Cressida Cowell still has a lot of work to do to make this book series perfect!


Have you ever tried to ever write some type of story? In school? Well, if you have you’ve probably heard your teacher say: “the beginning of the story is key”, you’ve probably started to read a book and then after a couple chapters you stop as you’re just so bored of reading that particular book. I know I have;with more than one book! Now,  for all I know, the rest of that book could have been amazing and the part that got all of it’s great reviews, yet I didn’t care as it had a BORING start. And if the start of a book is BORING; who would want to read on? It is like that with a book series: if the first one is awful and the reader was losing the will to live while reading it, why would they want to read the second book in it’s series; no matter how good it is?


Woah, I haven’t said one word about the book I’m reviewing. I’ve just been talking about what makes a good book series. Well, now that that is of my chest; we can actually start what I am supposed to write: the book review!         


The actual book review of Wizards Of Once…


Cressida Cowell. What does that mean to you? Does it mean an author all your friends are talking about? Does it mean the author responsible for your favorite books? Well, you may have read this on my  Pre-blog , but to me, Cressida Cowell is an author who has written a series of books that never appealed to me; I read only one of her How To Train Your Dragon books and I would- out of my ratings- rate it a 2, 3 at best. But wow, how far away could that be from my thoughts on Wizards Of Once! It's about two tribes: wizards and warriors; and from the wizard tribe there is a boy-Xar, (pronounced Zar) who possesses no magic whatsoever, and the girl from the warrior tribe -Wish- has a magical object and will do anything to hide it. I wonder where this could go, wink, wink  

There will be a second Wizards Of Once Book released into shops on the 20/9/18, I will be reading it as the first one is the whole package: funny, gripping; and if I had to list all of the positive features of this book I’m afraid you’d get bored of reading this blog.


And in the book, Xar and Wish ‘bump’ into each other, surprise, surprise. And then a ancient evil returns? Or has it been lurking in the shadows for years?


For boys and girls…

I rarely read books that are not for both boys and girls. I believe that there is close to no such thing as a book for only one of those options; as if an author is writing a book for boys, mainly, then I would put high money on the fact that at least one girl will read it and love it. And the other way round.


Now I think that Cressida has done a great job on this book as there is not one single floor I could possibly find regarding whether or not both a boy and a girl will like this book; so I have once again been left with not alot to say except:


I think this book is for: (boys) and (girls).


Overall comment…

It’s not perfect, this book; no matter what I say, this book isn’t perfect but I do believe it has a mountain of potential; yet the thing with mountains is: whether you’re going to climb them or not. With the right help, and changes I think that Wizards Of Once can and will climb it, and I can’t wait for the second book.


There isn’t a lot to say other than what I already have. The book is gripping and made me permanently stuck to my seat in order to read it, it was full of surprises and it made me laugh; from what I’ve said, do you think you’d like this book? Maybe you should read my What kind are you? Section.

Well, I can’t possibly think of another thing to say that won’t result in this being the longest childrens blog of all time. I think that everyone should seriously consider reading this book, it’s not a waste of time. Out of my ratings:

1. Rubbish! Don’t even bother with getting it and if you already have it, BURN IT!


2. Alright… not the worst but you might lose the will to live if you read it.


3.Allright… not the best but not the worst.


4.Great! A really good book, yet it’s not the best I’ve ever read.


5.A-maz-ing! You won’t find another book like this, save up all your pocket money and head down to waterstones to get it NOW! And if you don’t get pocket money; nagg and beg your parents until they crack!


I think it’s a 5, I really like it; YET, there was a part- mabe a chapter or 2 that lost the excitement of the book, but, at least it was too late to turn back and whatever it lacked there; it went above and beyond with the ending. So, I’ve read better books, where there was(if any) brief moments where you lost interest, but that can be covered up and forgotten by getting lost- once again in the book as soon as the page is turned. So, yeah, there is always your favorite book and that is what I call a STAR. So after on my ratings, it goes 5, then there is STAR. And that is your favorite book, or books, of all time.


1. Rubbish! Don’t even bother with getting it and if you already have it, BURN IT!


2. Alright… not the worst but you might lose the will to live if you read it.


3.Allright… not the best but not the worst.


4.Great! A really good book, yet it’s not the best I’ve ever read.


5.A-maz-ing! You won’t find another book like this, save up all your pocket money and head down to waterstones to get it NOW! And if you don’t get pocket money; nagg and beg your parents until they crack!

STAR! You’re personal favorite books that you would break into a bank in order to get the money for it.(The V.I.Ps).



5th blog (Boy Underwater)


Boy Underwater…

Some books are highly advertised. Now this can go two ways: the first one is the way that it should go: if a book is highly advertised, and called one of the most beautiful novels of the year; then it should back it up. Or, even better fly so high over the expectations it lands a space in your favorite books pile. Yet, alas, there are always some books that are advertised so much that if it doesn’t obliterate your expectations and make it in your top- maby 10, then if you do a book review on all the good things about; as much as I don’t doubt there are many positive features that make it a great book; it is a real disappointment when you have all the hope in the world for a book and then it comes up short. So, if you were to do a review on all the positive features in a highly advised book; it would be hard to hide your disappointment. Yet, I do not intend to hide mine…


When you call a book: one of the most beautiful novels of the year, the book being called so has the tremendously pressurised job of backing it up: now, as good as Boy Underwater may be; there was something missing, and when there is something missing in a book that the reviews have said is one of the greatest books of the year, some people-myself included- won’t be too thrilled.


On the blurb of this book, it was making it out to be a deep and structured book that could change a life or two; and barely scraped it across to the reader that it’s actually not this and it is leaning on the comical edge of things, rather than the deep and complicated, structured book. And this is where Adam Baron made his first mistake…


If you’re going to write a really funny book for kids and then have all your reviewers say how it is a beautiful novel and that it has a long storyline and this, that and the other, then the people who like the more complicated books are going to buy the book-like I did, read it with nothing but the highest of hopes for it and after they’ve read it they’ll probably be thinking the same as I am! Now, if you’ve read this book, I’d like you to ask yourself: ‘Why did I buy this book’ If you haven’t read this book, you might want to skip this part; up to you. Boy Underwater is a good book. It’s as simple as that; so- why- if you have a good book and you advertise it as highly as they have done with this book, am I not happy? If you walk into a book shop, and see a book that is what all the posters and reviews are saying it is heartbreaking, heartwarming story, then you expect just that! And if you see a book being advertised as a funny book, then the people who love funny books, and let’s face it: who doesn’t, will want to read that book. Boy Underwater IS that book! So, you may( if you’ve read this book) be thinking: ‘what on earth is this weirdo talking about’; and I can’t say I blame you. You may agree with me that this book is funny; yet disagree on the whole: why have the reviewers made it out to be book that it’s not. If you read the book; you might want to read my  What kind are you? Section, and see what my reasons for saying these things about this book; and see what you think.



Ok, this isn’t going to be one of these blogs where all I say are bad things about the book; Boy Underwater is a funny, enjoyable book, so why not ,just instead of saying that it is  funny once in the reviews on the book, make the reader know how funny the book is- surely that would be the logical thing to do? Well, now I’ve gotten that of my chest, we can enter my: Things that really stood out for me… feature of my blog.


Things that really stood out for me…

This is a funny book. Let’s face it; if you don’t laugh while reading this book… then, wow. So the first thing that especially stood out for me is the fact that Boy Underwater is an extremely comical book! Another feature of this book that made it special to me how it scattered all the facts and mysteries until the last couple of chapters and like a puzzle, it all came together.   As much as it is a very hard skill for authors to use, it really needs to BLOW you away and hopefully set it up for another book and build up a series on that. It is a big change in the life of the main character yet, I’ve just read the 4th book in a series and that had a WAY bigger ending, twist; whatever, and that’s only half way through a series. Although, despite me constantly putting this book down: the ‘twist’ is life changing for the character and it does just fill in the hole, connect everything and make the story clear and then the things  that maybe aren’t so clear are explained in the very last chapters; so instead of carrying on the series and creating more questions- like the book I previously made references to, this ending raps up the book; so Adam Baron clearly had no intentions to have this as the foundations of a series.


I have made it clear that ,to me, Boy Underwater isn’t al book that will make you cry with  

emotions; yet, it’s not a book that makes you feel nothing: it’s just not a tear jerker. If I had to point out one emotion that overruled the rest, it would have to be tension; when the fear of not knowing what could happen, tension takes over.


Have you ever read a mystery novel? I don’t know much about Adam Baron, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he has written one. If you look in detail at Boy Underwater the you can see the basics of a mystery novel; I don’t think he intended to have this book looked at in this way, but it just had similarity to that kind of book. Another thing to add to the list of positive highlights contained inside this book.  


For boys and girls…


The most beloved books- in my opinion- are those that a boy or girl can pick up; open and love. I think, and I don’t doubt that not too many people disagree with this statement.


Yet, even the books that appeal to both boys and girls have to deliver. It you have to remember the second part of the statement: the boys and girls who read the book have to love it to be a major book in the lives of those reading it.


It is hard to write a book like Boy Underwater; but at the end of the day, when you have to think: will I remember this? And, if so, for the right reason? That is what makes a good books do: make you remember how amazing it is. If that doesn’t happen after you’ve read a book; what’s the point of reading it? I believe in the fact that if you only have joy from reading a book; it means nothing if you can’t look back on it and think of how good it was. Do you agree?


I see no problem in why this book would appeal to a boy and not a girl. No matter how hard I try, I can’t think of one thing that would cause a problem making one of the two prefer it more when compared. So, I can say with all doubt in my mind terminated; Boy Underwater is for:

 (boys) and (girls).

Overall comment…


So, Boy Underwater was a pretty good book to read; I don’t believe that there will be a second book in what could have been a possible series. I would totally recommend this to readers around the world; those that like funny books, those that like to try to predict what is going to happen next… so on. There are alot of people who I think would like it. Maybe even the ones I think might not like it as much; maybe they will. From what I've written in this blog; what do you think: do you think you’d enjoy Boy Underwater, or not?


Just to remind you I rate books by picking one of these options:


1. Rubbish! Don’t even bother with getting it and if you already have it, BURN IT!


2. Alright… not the worst but you might lose the will to live if you read it.


3.Allright… not the best but not the worst.


4.Great! A really good book, yet it’s not the best I’ve ever read.


5.A-maz-ing! You won’t find another book like this, save up all your pocket money and head down to waterstones to get it NOW! And if you don’t get pocket money; nagg and beg your parents until they crack!


Sorry if you think that this section was not as long as it normally is; but out of those options I’d rate this book a 3 or maybe a 4; what do you think?


New interactive features are coming...

New things are coming…

Like all writers, I’m always looking for things to improve the things I’m writing; so, in this case, that means my blog. And after discussing what could be the future of this blog; I’ve come up with new features for the reader. So, if you’ve already read one of the books I’ve reviewed, maybe you’d be interested in reading my: What kind are you? Section. In this extra feature of my blog, I will be making you, the reader, think about how you would rate the book I am reviewing; whether you’ve just read my blog and with the reasons I’ve pointed out for the positives and negatives of the book. You could do that; yet the main reason this section will be added to my blog is so that after you read the book I’ve reviewed, you can find out how you would rate it if you need help in doing so. It also gives you the chance to compare how you rate the book compared to me.

If you are wondering, no: the What kind are you? Section  isn’t the only new feature my blog will grow with; I will now be doing pre-blogs. Now these will be what I write right after I buy a book and explain what I think I will like and what I think I won’t. I will say if I think I will rate it 1,2,3,4 or 5. If you want to know what to look out for, this will be the sign pointing to it: Pre-blog A whole new range of books will now be reviewed like comics(for boys) and princess fairy tales-for girls. Other new features, I’m sure, will be added to my blog overtime and will all be colourful so It’ll be easy to see. So, if you’ve read a book I’ve reviewed- examples being The House With Chicken Legs and The World’s Worst Children 3- and want to compare how you would rate it against me; just go down on to the blog of the book you’ve read and if it’s there; have fun!

My 4th blog!(World's Worst Children3)

World's Worst Children 3...

If you’ve ever read a series of books then you would know which books you find are better than others. World’s Worst Children 3 is the best book yet in the series that it is a part of! As you have probably guessed- if not know- that there are 3 books in the World’s Worst Children series, and I have said that this one (to me) is the best; so it kind of made up for the second one: which is the worst.


There are some authors who have written a handful of incredible books and some are- in a way- letdowns. I’m sure that a lot of readers think like that. So, before you say: yep! I’m getting this book now, I have the extremely hard job of saying that this book series are the very few of the let-downs to David Walliams; along with the whole World’s Worst Children series really. And (in my opinion) one of the main reasons the book actually sold to a lot of the people who bought it was the fact that is was written by this extraordinary author. But, again, I’m not you; I don’t know what types of books you enjoy reading.


World’s Worst Children books and why I don’t rate them as highly as other books by David Walliams...

You’ve probably read a David Walliams book. And if you haven’t (what?) Well, if you haven’t then you should!


Well, anyway, if you have read a David Walliams book then you most likely loved it, mega loved it, liked it a lot,or just thought: ‘meh, that was alright’ after reading it. In my opinion, David Walliams books rock! I love them; some more than others ,sure, but in general, I can’t get enough of them. So, imagine the joy I felt when I found out that the author I adore was releasing another book! I was exatic! I grabbed my wallet and rushed down to the closest bookshop the day it came out; bought  it and I didn’t even wait to get home to get lost in the 3rd book in the World’s Worst Children series. Of course I’ve read the other World’s Worst Children (1 and 2) and so that resulted in my expectations being lowered; however, I was just hoping for something better than the last book based on awful children written by David Walliams- Worlds Worst Children 2.


In all fairness, I was blown away by how much better the book was compared to the others in it’s series. But, as the book slowly rolled on and the initial shock of the whole: ‘omg, David Walliams has written a new book’  thing, I suddenly began to realise that this may be the best book in the World’s Worst Children but it’s not the best book for me, take nothing away from it, I loved reading it and it’s a really funny book, but it’s not the kind of book I would rate a 4 or a 5. I prefer a book with a background story and some action. To me, a little clip of one child doing something bad isn’t quite enough for me; maybe for you… but not me.


Things that really stood out for me…

This book isn’t all bad; I just think it was written for people under the age I am at. But now that it is time to say what the good things about this book is and tell you what I think would be the features of the book that might appeal to younger children than myself.


  1. The first positive feature of this book is that- keeping up with the tradition of the other monumental books by one of my favorite authors- is that it’s super funny! In my opinion, you can’t beat David Walliams when it comes to comical books. It just can not be done.


  1. I think that after the last World’s Worst Children book anything better would be a success. But topping off the 1st? When I was in a bookshop with my friend , he asked me a very challenging question- the likes of which I’ve thought about; yet never really saw it as a big deal and so didn’t put a whole lot of thought into it. Until now: he asked me what is the best World’s Worst Children book? I knew that the 2nd was the worst; so that was one down. I think that when you really take the 1st and 3rd World’s Worst Children books apart, you kind of get a real taste of which one’s better. So, before I changed my mind I said that the World’s Worst Children 3 was the best in it’s series.


  1. In the other World’s Worst Children books, there were some parts of it that let down the others, therefore letting down the book. Yet, I am happy to say that I didn’t find that that was the case with this one; well… maybe 1, but other than that I think that it’s just a case of having high expectations after reading a bit that’s better than this part, but don’t worry as long as you are not at the end of the book, there is still the best child to come.


  1. In case you didn’t get it, the funniest( to me) child is Kung Fu Kyle who is the last child. So, I guess David saved the best until last.


  1. In some books; or even movies, there is a simple plot to it: one person does something bad and the other people get him or her back. Now, in all fairness, that is basically the World’s Worst Children books; however, this book scored- if you’d like to put it this way- extra-points in my mind when I was deciding how to rate it. The reason behind this is simple: it was more complex and unexpected. Ture, in some of them, someone says something and then you just know that, in the end that will happen. Yet, some had the child being defeated and then it getting it’s bay-back  but at the end the adult wins! I like the fact that it’s not a simple short-story in some parts of the book.


For boys and girls…

So, as you would know if you have read any of my other blogs that I tell you (the reader) who I think would enjoy the book more, boys or girls; or weather they’d both like it.


There are 5 boys and 5 girls in this book- so, just from that, you can tell that Williams wanted it to appeal to both of them. That helps me a lot with making my decision.


I can’t see a reason why gendurers would stand in the way of liking this book. But I can see how age can. So, I say that this book is for:


(boys) and: (girls). , I think that age does matter when it comes to this book. I am 11, so some books don’t appeal to me because of the age that I am, when I was younger, reading the 1st World’s Worst Children was a better  experience for me as I hadn’t really read a lot of outstanding books that raised my expectations for other books. Also, I found things more funny while reading this book. So I’m going to say that World’s Worst Children 3 is for:  and . But I leave you to think of what age you find suitable after hearing what I have had to say.


Overall comment…


So you're probably confused and not sure whether or not to read this book and if you are; I can see why. While reading this book, I liked the fact that it was really a book read for pleasure. Now, all good books are, yet, I’m used to reading long, in depth books; so, reading a book like this was a nice change.


I don’t know what books you like but I think that The World's Worst Children 3 definitely worth a read. However, I think that out of these options:  


1. Rubbish! Don’t even bother with getting it and if you already have it, BURN IT!


2. Alright… not the worst but you might lose the will to live if you read it.


3.Allright… not the best but not the worst.


4.Great! A really good book, yet it’s not the best I’ve ever read.


5.A-maz-ing! You won’t find another book like this, save up all your pocket money and head down to waterstones to get it NOW! And if you don’t get pocket money; nagg and beg your parents until they crack!


This book is a 3.Yet to others it could be a 4, or even a 5.


I think that the World’s Worst Children series are great books and they are definitely worth a read (if you want one to miss, I think you know which one I’m going to say). And if, like me, you like books that are for children older than the ones these books are for; many reading this will be pleasant change. I also think that this book has inspired me to read funnier books; so if comical is your way to go, I think that you’ll want to read some of my next blogs…..


My 3rd blog!

Skulduggery Pleasant…

I’ve only read a couple of long series of books and loved them; but I have a good feeling about the Skulduggery Pleasant series. As after I read the first book, the second soon took its place. The first in the Skulduggery Pleasant series was based on a young girl named Stephanie Edgley who’s uncle Gordon is a famous horror-fiction writer. Stephanie lives an ordinary life; however, her life gets flipped upside-down when Gordon suddenly dies a mysterious death. But what was the cause of this tragedy? After Stephanie inherits her uncle’s house, she finds out that there is magic all around her and discovers what her uncle based his books on; but when evil threatens to destroy the worlds with and without magic, Stephanie helps to stop it. With a little help from the skeleton detective: Skulduggery Pleasant!


Things that really stood out for me…

The Skulduggery Pleasant book I have read was full of action, and that’s not the only aspect that might appeal to people like you, it’s also a hilarious book! Skulduggery Pleasant is actually one of those characters that just makes you smile and laugh! I think a book like that just makes you realise how good it really is. (Or maybe not and no-one in the world ever thinks like that and I’m the only one who does!) That’s one of the main positive features of the book I told people about while recommending it to them- about how funny it is. And when people just asked: ‘What’s this book about?’ My explanation of the comedy aspect made them say: ‘Well, this book might be good’. (But I’m sure that at that exact same moment they were probably thinking about not reading any books and just staying home and playing video games!!)


I love the style of which Derek Landy writes in and how it just stays the same ,yet it somehow gets better with every word you read. He is an author who has a certain type of writing that just  stays cool; not when the world is in danger but it all just flows nicely. I love the Skulduggery Pleasant books that I have read and I know that in the near future there will be a blog written by me on the second book: Skulduggery Pleasant 2, Playing With Fire.



I believe that some people may be pushed out of their comfort zone while reading this book; the reason for me making this very bold prediction is that this book contains violence. And lots of it. Well… actually, I don’t think that ‘and lots of it’ part was accurate. The book just contains a few fight scenes. So I would just maybe reconsider reading Skulduggery Pleasant if you have a weak heart; however, if you don’t than this book is for you!  


For boys and girls?


As I have said in my previous book reviews; everyone has different taste when it comes to books and I cannot speak to everyone who has read the Skulduggery Pleasant series and ask about what they think about it. Or could I? That would be cool; but I think that’s a bit of a crazy thing to do.


In my personal opinion, I think that this book has the ability to please everyone. But boys are more likely to take a true and deep liking to this particular kind of book. My reasons for saying this way are that boys are known to take a liking to books with a bit of violence; these boys (the ones who like the books with a bit of violence) may like a book with more than a bit of violence. This book is that book, the book with more than a bit of violence. Yeah…


Fight scenes are regular; maybe 1 every couple of chapters. But, other than that it’s a all around winner for everyone (I think, I can’t see any other reason that people won’t like this book). So I’m going say that Skulduggery Pleasant is mainly written for:

(boys) but, it could be for: (girls). Yet I stand by my statement saying the book is aimed for mainly boys to read and I’m sure the bigger majority of the people who have read the book are   


Overall comment…


I am very happy that the Skulduggery Pleasant series is as long as it is! I hope to read all of them and on my way, share them with you! If you even want to listen to me again and you’re not losing the will to live just reading more of this blog!!!


I have said why people may be discouraged to read this book and also said that it’s amazing and pointed out what makes the book a success to me. If you don’t know wether to read this book or not-even after all this, why not read the first couple of chapters; that’s what I do every time I have the slightest doubt in which I should read a book or not; that’s kind-of my Top Tip. I totally think that this book is worth a read and I’d put money on the fact that you’d like it-even if it’s not like my passion I’ve shown through words for Skulduggery Pleasant. If you’ve forgot the way I rate books, no problem; you can look at them now:


1. Rubbish! Don’t even bother with getting it and if you already have it, BURN IT!


2. Alright… not the best but you might lose the will to live if you read it.


3.Allright… not the best but not the worst.


4.Great! A really good book, yet it’s not the best I’ve ever read.


5.A-maz-ing! You won’t find another book like this, save up all your pocket money and head down to waterstones to get it NOW! And if you don’t get pocket money; nagg and beg your parents until they crack!


To me, the book is a 5 but I know some people think otherwise. Skulduggery Pleasant, Playing With Fire will be reviewed by yours truly and hopefully if you read the first in this series; and like it, the second could take its place. And if you need help in deciding whether or not to read it; I’m sure I can help you out!   

Second Book Review

Hello! First of all, I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this; it really means a lot to me!


The house with chicken legs…


Wandering aimlessly can be a bad thing, said someone. Well, for me it’s quite helpful. When you find a book; read it and then think that it’s amazing, you feel amazing and you feel like you can conquer the world, says me as that’s how I felt when I found The House With Chicken Legs. The House With Chicken Legs was highly advertised in the window of my favorite book shop; as well as this, the book was the Waterstones book of the month for May. With all the advertisement, I couldn’t not just have a tiny  read of it. And about two chapters later I was in my room indulging myself in the masterpiece that was chicken legs.


Being book of the month I knew that The House With Chicken Legs would have something amazing to offer. And well… it certainly did!


It was to me, a very emotional book that packed a punch! The story is based on a young girl named Marinka who lived in a house with, you guessed it: chicken legs! Having chicken legs, meant that this house was a Yaga house; meaning that it could stand up on its own and just walk off to the next place it wants to be. But with the house moving and then stopping far away from the non-Yaga, this meant that Marinka never had time to make friends with the people her age, or even anyone! Another negative detail in the ‘unfair’ life of the girl is that her grandmother is Baba Yaga- Yaga are the beings who guide dead souls through a mystical gate and help them return to the stars- so she was doomed to take her grandmothers spot and become the next Yaga; a fate not suitable  (in Marinka’s opinion) for her. So, can Marinka change her fate and have a future to look forward to? The long road has more twists in store for her then you can imagine and all the unknown secrets of the young girls life will be uncovered and some are not to be expected…


The House With Chicken Legs is an amazing book- or for me it was- but it really depends on what type you are; say if you were an Alfie (that would be me) then all books are welcome to you but if you are a person who hates that warm feeling you get after you read a certain book, well… you may want to reconsider reading this book as it left me with a alarmingly warm heart. Yet, I still felt other emotions, such as: frustration, as Marinka has a stubborn streak that really got me yelling at paper! Also, while deep in the book, and the glory within, I also felt a slight hint of fear as it was quite an unpredictable book that kept me on the edge of whatever I was sitting on and yet it wasn’t scary; to me in anyway.

Things that really stood out for me…


Emotions were running high all throughout the book- just thought I’d tell you that in case you didn’t get it the first time! So obviously that is a big stand-out feature of the book for me; along with the unpredictability of the story and how nothing was as it seems. Marinka’s grandmother (Baba Yaga) guides dead souls through a gate in their mission to return to the stars; however before that particular event takes place, the Yaga listen to the dead and the stories of their lives: while doing so, the Yaga… well, experience the same emotions that the dead felt. That’s how I was feeling while reading the book; I felt the exact feelings of Marinka when she was frustrated at how unfair her life is when she sees no way to deny her fate of becoming the next Yaga.


For some boys and girls…

Everyone has different tastes when it comes to books and some books just please all. I know that, so, as I have already said- some people that read The House With Chicken Legs may say that it is too ‘soppy’  because of how heartwarming it is-a large percentage of boys may feel this way; and some girls also-. In my opinion, The House With Chicken Legs is a all around winner; I’m not you, you could read the book, hate it and say I’m a loser for liking it. So I’m going to say it’s for:


(some boys) and (some girls).

Overall comment…

As I’ve told you, it was a winner for me and I can see why it was book of the month. Too many times I have said that this is an amazing book, and main parts of the success of the book is how it got the reader(me) feeling strong emotions; also the feeling of not knowing what could happen next was excellent-in my opinion-.


I strongly recommend The House With Chicken Legs and I hope you read it as it just gobsmacked me because of how good it is. I hope that Sophie Anderson writes other books that I can spend all my time reading! I rate this book ⅘. If you’ve forgotten the ratings I use; here they are:


1. Rubbish! Don’t even bother with getting it and if you already have it, BURN IT!


2. Alright… not the best but you might lose the will to live if you read it.


3.Allright… not the best but not the worst.


4.Great! A really good book, yet it’s not the best I’ve ever read.


5.A-maz-ing! You won’t find another book like this, save up all your pocket money and head down to waterstones to get it NOW! And if you don’t get pocket money; nagg and beg your parents until they crack!

All about me......

 I have recently finally had my eyes opened up to true literature after years of people thinking I was the best reader out there, I can finally smile with confidence when they say that to me; well, that is(of course) if anyone ever does again.


Have you ever read a book-anywhere- and just think:

“Wow, how am I ever going to find a book to match this?” Well, if you have, then you and I are not so different. My unbeatable book came in a series that my mother was practically begging me to read: it came in the form of Harry Potter.


Harry Potter has been out for over 20 years and a overwhelmingly large majority of this time, it has taken the same effect on others as it had on me. If you have not read this seires, leave this website right now and go on amazon, ebay, anything you can buy books on and get Harry Potter The Philosopher’s Stone RIGHT NOW! If you have already read Harry Potter books and didn’t like them in the slightest, then just leave; I don’t think we’ll get along! If you are currently in the dire situation I was once in, then stay glued to your seat, or whatever you’re sitting on, I’m going to venture into what you could do…


After reading Harry Potter I would cry in the corner of the room every night wanting, NO!NEEDING!new books. And every time I saw someone smiling reading a book, a delicate tear would roll down my cheek. I know what you’re thinking: stop telling me about what you were feeling and tell me what books I could read!


Nevermoor! Nevermoor, the trials of Morrigan Crow; that’s the answer! When I had finally gotten over the pathetic sadness I fell head first into, my mum and I searched up recommended books for children missing Harry Potter, in that list was Nevermoor. I heard the name and thought if it would be any good; and eventually, school break appeared and the first thing I needed to do was go to a book shop! And go to a book shop, I did.


After looking at a whole bunch of random stuff I didn’t need in the slightest, I wandered into Waterstones.

“Wow,” I remember saying as I looked into the window, “mum, isn’t this…” and then it just happened, there was a sign pointing at Nevermoor and questioning me saying: ‘do you miss Harry Potter, Nevermoor is the book for you.’ I couldn’t resist; I had to, I had to read it! So read it I did and my mind was blown; it was just such an amazing book! Now,if you don’t mind, I am going to actually give you what you wanted: an actual book review! 


Book Review Number 1: NeverMoor The Trials of Morrigan Crow


The trials of Morrigan Crow

At the end of all of my book reviews, I will rate the book I am reviewing out of 5, this will be how I will rate them:

1. Rubbish! Don’t even bother with getting it and if you already have it, BURN IT!


2. Alright… not the best but you might lose the will to live if you read it.


3.Allright… not the best but not the worst.


4.Great! A really good book, yet it’s not the best I’ve ever read.


5.A-maz-ing! You won’t find another book like this, save up all your pocket money and head down to waterstones to get it NOW! And if you don’t get pocket money; nagg and beg your parents until they crack!


This is the first book of what I hope will be an extrordanary series made up from incredible books. It is about a young 11 year-old girl who was born on eventide, the most unlucky night of the year; unfairly, she is blamed for everything that is slightly out of line. Like an old lady going ice skating and breaking a hip, Morrigan's fault! All because Morrigan smiled at her. And-of course- since Morrigan wished Pip Gilchrest good luck, it’s her fault he lost the Great Wolfacre state Spelling Bee! Worst of all, every cursed child was doomed to die on eventide night at midnight (eventide is the most unlucky night for any misfortunate child to be born on) and when the bell tolls 12 on Morrigan's 11 birthday, instead of facing the wrath of the brutal Hunt Of The Smoke And The Shadow, the young girl is whisked away to Nevermoor by Wundrous Society member: Jupter North.


And with coming to Nevermoor illegally faces Morrigan with two options: go back and face The Hunt Of The Smoke And Shadow, or join the Wunderous Society. If you join the society, then you can be granted many, many wonderful things; yet the only things Jupiter makes a point so strong about is this:

“If you join the Wundrous Society, you will always have friends and family to have your back, to love you.”


However, in order to truly belong to the Wunderous Society, Morrigan must complete 4 impossible tasks and compete with incredible children with incredible talents. The only probolem is, that she doesn't have one!!!


Things that made me think: ‘wow, this is an amazing book’

Nevermoor was a really enjoyable book and I instantly loved it; however, I have completed the impossible task of listing only a few amazing features about this incredible book. I think that because I’ve done that, I deserve a shot at getting in the Wunderous Society.

 It has something to offer that’s not been seen before...


Nevermoor is what people are saying will be the next Harry Potter- one of them being me- but Nevermoor isn’t just Harry Potter rewritten; it has its own magic.


For boys AND girls...


I have met many people who have read Harry Potter and really enjoyed it, but a percentage of girls told me that one of the main problems they were faced with was that because Harry (the main character) was a boy, it was hard to put themselves into his shoes- well not their actual shoes, but, well you know what I mean- and that could be a problem to boys who are unsure if Nevermoor is the right book for them; however, I did not find this a dilemma, yet I am not you and I don’t make your decisions. But I still strongly recommend Nevermoor to read. So I’m going to say it’s for


(boys)   (girls).



Overall comment…


Nevermoor -as I have told you way too many times- was a really enjoyable book for me and I hope it will be for you; and when the next book comes out I’ll definitely be sleeping outside the book shop to buy it!  Wundersmith, the calling of Morrigan Crow is scheduled to arrive onto the shelves on the 4th of October 2018; I will- of course- be reviewing it so you can know if it is worth your precious time you spend playing video games (if you even do, I don’t know what you do at home), but trust me, Nevermoor is worth spending your free time on.


I loved the creativity involving the characters and how there is a detailed story behind everything and everyone- a plot that you can really sink your teeth into! The emotion the book made me feel was strong when I felt so bad for Morrigan when she is called a freak and when she felt as if she would never belong anywhere, even Nevermoor; it was just something amazing! The whole story was an incredible piece of literature and I have already told you that everything has a background story that plays a highly important part in the book. This is why I adored Nevermoor and Harry Potter as much as I did, so if you don’t like more advanced books that have an interesting plot that isn’t the most simple thing then… why? Well, I guess everyone thinks and likes different things.


I rate this book a big, fat 5 and I look forward to reviewing the next in the Nevermoor series!






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