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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*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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*BLOG BLITZ* My Virtual Life – Sharon Dempsey ★★★★★

Blurb; Glamorous lone parent, Stella wants nothing more than to impress her teenage daughter. She has spent her life shielding Tara from her religious upbringing and has never told Tara about her father. But when they move back to Belfast, hiding the past becomes tricky.

When Stella lands her dream job as fashion editor at a teen magazine, Tara thinks she will die of shame. Soon after, Tara starts a blog to pour out her teenage angst and begins working at a home for rescued animals run by the enigmatic Nora.

When Tara’s blog takes off, a rival magazine offers to publish it as a column, putting her in a difficult situation.

Will Tara risk hurting her mother in order to achieve her dream of being a writer?

Can three generations of one family, who struggle to understand each other, ever develop real bonds?

My Review; This book is brilliant! It made me laugh out loud. I loved it. An easy, light-hearted, hilarious read. I loved both Tara and Stella, mother and daughter and they couldn’t be more different… Or are they? Thos story starts to turn part way through and I was backing Tara the whole time. In parts I did think Stella wasn’t a great mother… But she just showed her love in different ways with the best intentions.

This book is perfect for young adult, chick-lit lovers. It highlights how we currently live as most of us these days do have the whole Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. That’s your online life. It’s not a long story but one I throughally enjoyed.

I loved how a food diary was included, blog posts and lists. Makes the story different, fresher. A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend. Cheered me right up.

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