Fantastic Beasts; The Crimes of Grindelwald – J.K. Rowling ★★★★★

Blurb; At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shaped the wizarding world, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.

My Review; The second instalment of Fantastic Beasts. Another brilliant, easy read. These books are so beautiful with the design layout and how the story is told in the play format. I felt this book had much more in it than the first and can’t wait to compare it to the film already.

Since I was a little girl I have always loved J.K. Rowling, the magic and the books. This didn’t let me down either and I am eagerly awaiting the final installment of Fantastic Beasts. I was lost into the wizarding world yet again. A story that can easily be devoured in one sitting. I absolutely love Newt, his crazy creatures and his adventures. Magical.

A book most have probably read already! But if not definately one to get or add to your list. Loved it. Highly recommend! A well deserved five stars.

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The Deal Of A Lifetime – Fredrick Backman ★★★★

Blurb; A father and a son are seeing each other for the first time in years. The father has a story to share before it’s too late. He tells his son about a courageous little girl lying in a hospital bed a few miles away. She’s a smart kid—smart enough to know that she won’t beat cancer by drawing with crayons all day, but it seems to make the adults happy, so she keeps doing it.

As he talks about this plucky little girl, the father also reveals more about himself: his triumphs in business, his failures as a parent, his past regrets, his hopes for the future.

Now, on a cold winter’s night, the father has been given an unexpected chance to do something remarkable that could change the destiny of a little girl he hardly knows. But before he can make the deal of a lifetime, he must find out what his own life has actually been worth, and only his son can reveal that answer.

My Review; From the bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a short, not your average, cheerful Christmas story. A beautiful story. A sad story. A thought provoking story… One that will stick with you.

The Deal Of A Lifetime is 70 pages long and can be quickly devoured in less than an hour. It contains beautiful illustrations throughout. A great snappy read for those readers with not much time. An ending open to the readers imagination. A story that could have been so much more detailed and longer but perfect as it is.

Loved it. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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*BLOG TOUR* Attend – West Camel ★★★★★

Blurb; When Sam falls in love with Deptford thug Derek, and Anne’s best friend Kathleen takes her own life, they discover they are linked not just by a world of drugs and revenge; they also share the friendship of the uncanny and enigmatic Deborah. Seamstress, sailor, storyteller and self-proclaimed centenarian immortal, Deborah slowly reveals to Anne and Sam her improbable, fantastical life, a history of hidden Deptford and ultimately the solution to their crises.

My Review; There is just something about this book I loved. It is a strong contender for my final place in my top twenty of 2018. The story is told through three main characters all loveable in their own way, Sam, Anne and Deborah. This story was not what I expected at all but brilliant.

It is a brilliant, easy to read story which contains short chapters. It’s bound to keep the reader hooked throughout, a real page turner… Well it was for me. Throughally enjoyed it. I was right beside each of the characters throughout. I loved the stories Deborah had to tell, interesting. Different. Not what I expected at all… But loved it.

Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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