The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs πŸ“š BOOK REVIEW

My review of The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs πŸ“š

I read a paperback edition of The House With a Clock in Its Walls. This is the first book in the Lewis Barnavelt series.

Genre:Β Children’s fiction, middle grade fiction, fantasy.

Illustrator: Nathan Collins

Publisher:Β Templar, Picadilly Press

Originally published:Β 1973

Pages:Β 192 (paperback)

Audiobook length: 4 hrs and 33 mins

Synopsis by the publisher:

TICK TOCK,
A DEADLY CLOCK…

When orphaned Lewis Barnavelt comes to live with his Uncle Jonathan, he is amazed to find out there is a wizard in his family!

Lewis experiments with Uncle Jonathan’s spells and uncovers the mystery behind the ticking that he can hear throughout the house, sometimes loud, sometimes quiet, sometimes fast, sometimes slow. It’s an evil clock and it could destroy humankind.

My thoughts:

I had never heard of this book or the movie adaption of it before the trailer popped up on our Netflix feed. Immediately after having watched it, I thought “This sounds like it must’ve been adapted from a book!”, so I did a bit of a Google search and found the Lewis Barnavelt series where this was the first book.

The movie trailer looked absolutely magical and dark, so just up my alley, and I had to read the book before we watched it. I also have somewhat of a soft spot for Jack Black when it comes to movies because he’s such a wonderful actor and he’s perfect for quirky and mysterious roles in my opinion.

I loved the magic and darkness in this story. It’s one of my favorite things when authors dare to be a bit more on the darker side in their children’s books. I remember loving that as a kid myself.
We get to experience some of the grief that Lewis experiences after having lost his parents, and also the struggle of trying to find your place and to fit in. This book also touches on the subject of bullying and the challenges of finding out who your true friends are.
And the banter between Uncle Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmermann was hilarious!

But even though there were a lot of things in this book that I really liked and enjoyed, there were a few things that I didn’t like as much.
I think one of the biggest drawbacks for me as a reader was the amount of buildup to the big climax, and then having it resolved so quickly. It felt somewhat anticlimactic, and as if a chunk of the story was just left out altogether.
I also felt like I had quite a few questions that went unanswered, but knowing that this is the first book in a twelve book series makes me think that I’ll get more answers further down the line.

But all in all, I did enjoy The House With a Clock in Its Walls, but I did not love it. It’s one of those very rare instances where I actually liked the movie more than the book. That doesn’t happen too often.
Even so, I will continue on with this series, and I will let you know what I think of the other books as well.

It is creepy, dark, quirky, and funny, but I just had a bit higher expectations for it that it failed to meet. But if you have kids who like Goosebumps and other slightly dark and creepy children’s books, then I would recommend giving this book a chance.

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The Slug Queen Chronicles by S.O. Thomas πŸ“š BOOK REVIEW

My review of The Slug Queen Chronicles by S.O. ThomasπŸ“š

S.O. Thomas

I read a digital edition of The Slug Queen Chronicles that I received for free fromΒ Reedsy DiscoveryΒ in exchange for an honest review.

Genre:Β Children’s literature, fantasy.

Publisher:Β Ichigo Black Books

Originally published:Β March 28th, 2020.

Pages:Β 318 (Kindle edition)

Synopsis by the publisher:

Twelve-year-old Cricket Kane never believed in fairies, until one set its sights on her little brother. To get him back, she travels to a magical world full of cursed boogie men, female Santas, and living nightmares. She’ll stop at nothing to save her brother, especially after learning the sinister motives behind his kidnapping, but doing so might cost her life.

Can she find him and the other children before it’s too late?

My thoughts:

I love discovering children’s books as an adult that I just instantly know would’ve been a favorite if I’d read it as a child! The Slug Queen is one of those rare finds.

I picked this book because I wanted something light and easy to read, but little did I know that it would take me on a whirlwind of an adventure where I would meet so many magical and wonderful (some even slightly terrifying) characters.

Cricket Kane is the kind of adventurous girl that you can’t help but love instantly. She takes the reader by its hand and in a flash, you are whisked away to a land of magical beings and a female Santa. What’s not to love?

The dynamic between the characters is as magical and wonderful as they are, and the whole world that S. Thomas has created comes to life so easy and it makes for a story that’s really hard to put down. She’s built a world that’s filled with darkness, hope, love, terrifying creatures, magic, and quirkiness. I found myself sitting up at night, just needing to need another chapter, and one more, and one more.

Not only is this a magical, wonderful and fast-paced story, it also comes with gorgeous illustrations.

I have nothing but praise and love for this wonderful story. It’s one that I instantly fell in love with, and one that I will add to my library, reread, and read to my children.

I would highly recommend The Slug Queen to any reader who loves magical worlds and beings. Let Cricket take you on an adventure you won’t forget!

Thank you, S. Thomas, for sharing this magical story with the world.

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September 2018 πŸ“š Wrap Up

A Classic Problem

“You’re gonna love it!! It’s a classic!”

Sounds familiar?

I have an issue when it comes to classic literature. What is it? Well, I just rarely find myself loving them as much as other people do!

I’ve talked about a few of the classic pieces of literature I’ve read over the years, and how much I didn’t enjoy them. Saying this out loud can get a bit uncomfortable. Fellow bookworms are very passionate about the books that they love, and I totally get it! I get completely and utterly shocked when people don’t like Stephen King’s writing too! The difference is that I don’t give people crap about it!

We all like different things, and I have come to terms with the fact that I will never love Jane Eyre for instance. I’m not made for big grandiose classic love stories. I just don’t like them. I get bored, and crave other stories.

I’ve so many times when it comes to some of the classics, and I do find some that I like now and then. Often those are in the horror or science fiction genre, and for some odd reason, there are a lot of readers out there that does not look at the classic novels in those genres as equals to the romantic classics of BrontΓ«, Shakespeare and Austen.

I fully respect the love other people have for books that I don’t like, and all I’m asking for is the same respect in return. I don’t want to be told the reason why I should give it another go, after trying the same novel three times. I’m happy to hear anyone’s thoughts and ideas around books though. I can talk about them for hours, both the loved and the disliked ones.

But to those of you who get’s angry or rude towards me, because I give an honest opinion;

Just don’t! You’re wasting your energy, and mine!

Feel free to love the books that you love, and I will do the same ❀️

That being said (or ranted about) I still like to give them a chance now and then, and one author that’s been recommended to me several times is Virginia Woolf. So I am going to give Mrs Dalloway a shot in the near future.

Wish me luck 😁

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A 1000 Times Thank You!

Something amazing happened last weekend!

My YouTube channel reached a 1000 subscribers 😁 

I’ve been trying to picture a thousand people in the same room, and it’s a lot of people! My channel is still a tiny one, but this was an important milestone to pass for me! I had it written down as one of my goals for 2017, and even though it didn’t happen before the year changed into a new one, it was pretty dang close!

I’m a very firm believer of manifesting ones goals. Writing them down, reminding oneself about them often and then working hard to get there.

Being a dedicated YouTube is a lot of work, and if I had more time on my hands, I would’ve loved to post more videos. But that’s another goal that I’m working towards.

For now, I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who’ve subscribed to my channel. A big THANK YOU for all of the wonderful people I’ve come to know because of YouTube! And of course I want to really THANK YOU guys for all the love and support❀️

You, my lovelies, ARE THE BEST!Β 

2018 is going to be a great year, and I lots of ideas for videos to come!

Thank you so much for watching, and I will see you in my new video soon πŸ‘‹πŸ»