Magical birds and fairy tales

the-wild-swansThe Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen, Helen Crawford-White (Illustrations)

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This lovely edition contains two of the loveliest fairy tales from my childhood. First of them – “The wild swans” tells us a story of bewitched princes and their younger sister who tries to save them. I don’t know if it’s just this edition, or if I used to read a little bit different version, but there are few things that were not exactly as I remembered them. Still, the essence of the story is the same and it is a lovely tale about faith, devotion, and determination. The little girl is willing to do anything to save her brothers Continue reading “Magical birds and fairy tales”

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When Halloween meets Christmas

What do you do when you see a bookish version of one of your favorite movies? You reach for it and start reading hoping it will be good, which is exactly what I did when I’ve seen Nightmare before Christmas on NetGalley.

disney-manga-tim-burtons-nightmare-before-christmasDisney Manga Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas by Jun Asuka

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If you know the movie [and you really should] you’ll know exactly what this manga is about. If however, for some strange reason, you have never heard of Nightmare before Christmas here’s what it is about:

Jack, the Pumpkin King, the scary master of Halloween is pretty much having a breakdown ;). By an accident, he discovers doorways to other holidays, especially the upcoming Christmas and decides it would be wonderful to change profession and become Sandy Claws (also known as Santa). Obviously, now everything goes according to plan [I sooo wrote that with a Corpse Bride tune in my head]. Continue reading “When Halloween meets Christmas”

Child’s dream of flying

sun-dragons-songSun Dragon’s Song #1 by Joyce Chng & Kim Miranda

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Goodreads blurb:

More than anything, young Ho Yi wishes to become a Sun Dragon Rider, the courageous human guardians of the magnificent beasts that roam the sky and keep watch over the land. But confined to crutches, bullies giving him a hard time, and his parents being away at war, Yo Hi is up against almost impossible odds! Can he still keep hope alive, while suffering in his tiny village, to become the valiant hero only he feels he’s destined to become?

This is just a beginning of a story and it felt more like a prologue, a fast introduction to the world and some characters, but it all felt a bit vague and even chaotic.

What did I like?

  • Dragons that looked like these mythical Chinese ones, plus they were apparently eating some kind of crystals – a cool idea.
  • At some point there was a mentioning of a song that supposed to carry magic, I’d love to read more about it because it was very vague.
  • The setting – I like stories set in Asian-like setting, add to that a bit of magic or fantastic creatures and I’m in.

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Welcome to the world of imagination!

Today I’ve got for you four stories that made me switch to the child mode :). There are magical, colorful, full of fantastic creatures and have the strong good vs evil factor. Sounds good, right? Well, let’s get to details.

One small warning – since I’ll be writing about the whole series, each next story might start with a spoiler for the previous book. I’ll try to avoid them, but it will be hard.

First of all, I love the covers, you can already see it’s going to be a fantastic journey for children. Just look at them:

Elora of Stone Into Coraira Teagan of Tomorrow Second Twin

Author: Jaime Lee Mann

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I admit I waited way too long to read these stories, even though I had the first three on my kindle for a long time. When the “Second Twin” came out I decided I finally need to read them and here we are.

Sometimes it’s not easy to switch to the kid-mode. Some of the books simply take you int the story and you’ve got nothing to say about it, but in this case, I had to “manually” change my way of thinking. It wasn’t easy because even though these stories are magical they also have this cruel darkness lurking about, ready to grab the unsuspecting reader. Continue reading “Welcome to the world of imagination!”