Review: ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’ By J.K. Rowling

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gridndelwald’

By J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Little Brown
Publish Date: 2018
Pages: 272
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  fantasy Script
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Book Depository Booktopia QBD

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.

‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’ in the screenplay of the movie released in 2018 in the Wizarding World and the Fantastic Beasts film series. I saw the film and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I hadn’t picked up the first Fantastic beasts screenplay so I wasn’t going to pick this one up but I found it for a great price at Dymocks and I love the cover so thought why not?

I’m now really glad I picked it up!

I’m not about to sit here and say it was a 5 star read. It was good though. I enjoyed being able to read the remember each scene of the movie. It was actually a fun time.

I also found that I picked up on details that I either didn’t notice in the film or that were hard to get across in the movie. Honestly I really recommend this if you liked or were kinda in the middle about the film, it gives you a bit more information which is so helpful!

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 6/10
Stars:  3/5

Christmas at Hogwarts Read-a-thon Update

Ok, so i know no one is keenly awaiting an update on the Christmas at Hogwarts read-a-thon, but I thought I would post one anyway.

So far I have completed:
* ‘Finish your course work‘ which was a prompt to finish your current read.
* I then decided to ‘Help Hagrid decorate the trees’ which was a book with gold detailing on the cover. Originally I was going to read ‘Shadow and Bone’ By Leigh Bardugo but since it took me longer than I anticipated to finished my current read I chose something a little easier to read and went with ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindewald’ the Official Screenplay by J.K. Rowling, which I’ve now finished.

*Next was ‘Visit the 3 broomsticks for Mulled Pixie Wine’ which was a prompt to read a book that would take a day to read for this I was originally going to read ’50 ways to Yay’ by Alexi Panos but decided instead to read ‘Explorer: The Mystery Boxes’ By Kazu Kibuishi’which was definitely a good choice as I really enjoyed it.

*The 4 the prompt I chose from the 3 options and chose ‘Attend the Yule Ball’ which was read a book you’ve been preparing yourself for. I intend to stick with ‘Throne of Glass’ By Sarah J. Maas.

*The final reading prompt has 2 options and I am still sticking with ‘Use the invisibility cloak to sneak into the restricted section’ which is to read a banned book. For this one I am sticking with ‘Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone’ By J.K. Rowling.

Thats the update on my first ever reading challenge! Are you participating? How are you going with your reading challenge?

Top 10 book covers of 2018

I know these posts are everywhere but I wanted to jump in as well. So I decided today I would post of top 10 covers of 2018. Before we get into it though, these are my top 10 favourite book covers of 2018 and by no means does it mean these are the ‘best’ book covers for everyone, just me. 

‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’ By J.K. Rowling was 100% going to be in there. I love the gold and black detailing and when you take the jacket off there is a gold Eiffel tower! Love

This is my first Brandon Sanderson book and I’m going to be honest the cover is what initially drew me into this book, I am looking forward to reading a Brandon Sanderson book though. 

of course this stunning cover makes the list. Honestly it will probably always be one of my favourites. 

I love this cover so much. It’s stunning and absolutely love the colours.
even though I am yet to read the Throne of Glass Series this cover is still one of the prettiest covers! The yellow is so bold and a great juxtaposition to the black of the rest of the series
 
Both the first and second book in this series have beautiful covers. The flowers down the side and the colours I absolutely love. 
‘Archenemies’ By Marissa Meyer is another one that I love. The red and the blue really go with the story of the Renegades vs. the Anarchists. 
There is no photo that does this cover justice. The gold writing, the flecks of metallic on the cover, absolutely love!  
All of the different covers for ‘Wundersmith’ I love but this one is by far my favourite!
of course I love the Illustrated Percy Jackson book. I know it’s probably an easy guess but I can’t help it. I love it!
What were your favourite covers of 2018?

Last Book Haul of 2018

So once again I broke a book buying ban and purchased some books…. I know, I know, a book buying ban is to stop you buying books. Oops! 

I’ve accumulated these books over the last few months and decided I would haul them all together in one final haul for 2018! (Who else can’t believe 2018 is almost over?) 

Hardcover Edition

Fred, Con, Lila, and Max are on their way back to England from Manaus when the plane they’re on crashes and the pilot dies upon landing. For days they survive alone, until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret.

Hardcover Special Edition (Book #2 in the Vicious Series)

Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.

Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.

Hardcover
(Book #2 in the Adventurer’s Guild Series)

Zed, Brock, and their friends may have saved Freestone from destruction, but the fight against the Dangers is far from over. No one knows what to expect next from the dark power that forced the elves to abandon their city. And the influx of elf refugees in Freestone strains resources and brews resentment among the townspeople. Things have shifted between best friends Zed and Brock, as well, with their friendship crumbling under the weight of the secrets they’re keeping from each other.
When tensions reach an all-time high, Queen Me’Shala, leader of the elves, approaches the Adventurers Guild with a mission. She wants a small group of adventurers to go behind the king’s back on a covert mission to save her city, and Zed, Brock, Liza, Jett, Micah, and their elven friend Fel join the quest. To face a powerful form of magic thought to be extinct, the adventurers will have to learn how to rely on each other and fight harder than ever before.

Paperback
(Book #2 in the Seven Wonders series)

With Marco gone and the first Loculus lost, Jack, Cass, and Ally are no closer to saving themselves (or the world) than when they first arrived at the Karai Institute. But when Bhegad tracks down Marco deep in the desert, the kids are off on the next leg of their quest-to the ancient city of Babylon. There the kids find themselves faced with a daunting choice that makes them question everything they’ve learned so far. It’s a gut wrenching decision, but what the kids don’t realise is that it’s also a trap. Surprises pile on surprises until a long-lost figure from Jack’s past returns, and the kids find themselves forced to engineer an escape that might just turn out to be a different kind of trap altogether.

Hardcover Special Illumicrate Edition with Gold sprayed edges
(Book #1 in the Strange the Dreamer Duology)

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

Hardcover Illumicrate Special Edition with Silver sprayed Edges
(Book #2 in the Strange the Dreamer Duology) 

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the Muse of Nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Hardcover

The year: 2000. The setting: Los Angeles. A gorgeous virtuoso of an actress had agreed to star in a random play, and a basement-dwelling scenic carpenter had said he would assay a supporting role in the selfsame pageant. At the first rehearsal, she surveyed her fellow cast members, as one does, determining if any of the men might qualify to provide her with a satisfying fling. Her gaze fell upon the carpenter, and like a bolt of lightning, the thought struck her: No dice. Moving on.

Yet, unbeknownst to our protagonists, Cupid had merely set down his bow and picked up a rocket launcher. Then fired a love rocket (not a euphemism). The players were Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and the resulting romance, once it ignited, was . . . epic. Beyond epic. It resulted in a coupling that has endured to this day; a sizzling, perpetual tryst that has captivated the world with its kindness, athleticism, astonishingly low-brow humor, and true (fire emoji) passion.

How did they do it? They came from completely different families, endured a significant age difference, and were separated by the gulf of several social strata. Megan loved books and art history; Nick loved hammers. But much more than these seemingly unsurpassable obstacles were the values they held in common: respect, decency, the ability to mention genitalia in almost any context, and an abiding obsession with the songs of Tom Waits.

Eighteen years later, they’re still very much in love, and have finally decided to reveal the philosophical mountains they have conquered, the lessons they’ve learned, and the myriad jigsaw puzzles they’ve completed, in a book. Featuring anecdotes, hijinks, interviews, photos, and a veritable grab bag of tomfoolery, this is not only the intoxicating book that Mullally’s and Offerman’s fans have been waiting for, it might just hold the solution to the greatest threat facing our modern world: the single life.

Hardcover

1945. They have survived the Blitz, but when Simon, Patricia, Evelyn and Larry step through a mysterious library door, it is the beginning of their most dangerous adventure yet. They discover the magical world of Folio, where an enchanted kingdom of fairy knights, bears and tree gods is under threat from a sinister robot army.

The many stories of the Library are locked in eternal war, and the children’s only hope is to find their creator – a magician who has been lost for centuries.

What they find will change not just their own lives, but the fate of the world, for ever.

Hardcover

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realises this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul. 

Paperback
(Book #1 in the Seven Wonders Series)

One Boy

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die.

One Mission

Jack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him.

One Problem

The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven’t been seen in thousands of years.

Seven Wonders

Because they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Paperback
(Book #2 in the Confectioner’s Guild Series)

Out of the frying pan, into the fire…


Wren thought things were bad when her boyfriend’s father tried to frame her for murder. But that was before a hostile army showed up at the city gates, ready to swallow Maradis whole. And before guild members began disappearing one by one–including the Confectioner’s Guild’s newest Gifted recruit.

Wren, suspecting the king is to blame for the disappearances, undertakes a dangerous investigation that sets her on a collision course with old and new enemies alike. Will she be able to find the missing guild members before tensions boil over into outright rebellion? Or are the guilds willing to go further than she ever realized to rid themselves of the king’s tyranny…

Don’t miss this thrilling Book 2 in the Confectioner Chronicles!The Confectioner’s Exile is a young adult fantasy mystery perfect for fans of Maria Snyder, Erika Johansen, and Gail Carriger. 

Hardcover
Book #2 in the Fantastic Beasts Screenplays)

So I also have ‘Vicious’ the matching collectors edition to my ‘Vengeful’ copy but that hasn’t been shipped yet.