The Queen of the Tearling Book Review

The Queen of the Tearling By: Erika Johansen

Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the assassination of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the palace from which she was born. Sent instead to live with two dedicated servants who pledged their lives to protect her from harm, she grew up in a cottage deep in the woods. A long time ago, Kelsea’s forefathers journeyed away from a crumbling world in order to break away from modern technology and become a free land. Three hundred years later, this supposed utopian society has divided into three nations who pay to a fourth: the Mortmesne, dictated by the Red Queen. Kelsea, knowing little of her kingdom’s horror-infused past, is picked up by the ragged, but extremely loyal, remains of the Queen’s Guard on her nineteenth birthday to start the perilous journey to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling. Little does she know that she’s the only one who can turn her kingdom away from the dark and back into the light. Continue reading

The Sea of Trolls Book Review

The Sea of Trolls By: Nancy Farmer

Jack, a young farm boy knew that things weren’t always what they seem, but even so, when the Druid Bard of their village chooses him to be his apprentice, even Jack was surprised! Learning under the Bard was difficult, and there was a lot about life that Jack never understood. But half-way through his training, the Bard loses his mind and then he and his little sister, Lucy, are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken far, far way to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen. When Lucy offends the Viking Queen, Firth, and causes the enchantment on her hair to fail she threatens to sacrifice Lucy unless Jack can restore the enchantment for her hair. With Thorgil, a Viking maiden, Jack undertakes a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls; to fetch water from Mimir’s well that will re-grow the Queen’s hair. Facing their deepest fears, the two battle troll bears and dragons, escape giant spiders, and hopefully stay on the good side of the fearsome Trolls who live near the well. Absolutely terrified and not sure what he is to do, Jack gets thrown into adventure after adventure as he rushes to rescue his sister from the horrible half-troll queen. Continue reading

Invisible Women?

What is it with Marvel and DC (even Star Wars recently!), deciding that women should be the “Invisible” superheroes? Recently I came across a few articles, and spoke to a few women and this is what we found…

Avengers:

  • Iron Man movies, merchandise, clothing and memorabilia.
  • Captain America movies, merchandise, clothing and memorabilia.
  • Thor movies, merchandise, clothing and memorabilia.
  • Hulk movies, merchandise, clothing and memorabilia.
  • Hawk Eye: Merchandise, clothing and memorabilia
  • Black Widow….

Okay… Let’s try again!

Batman vs. Superman (Wonder woman is in there too, right?)

  • Batman movies, merchandise, clothing and memorabilia.
  • Superman movies, merchandise, clothing and memorabilia.
  • Wonder Woman…

Okay…. Must be a fluke right?
Star Wars! Ahh, the main character is a woman!! Then you find out that Rey, the main character in the new Star Wars movie was excluded from the Star Wars toys and games. Weird right? To exclude a main character? You’d think that would be a major selling point in the world of making money and everything! But alas, the hashtag #Where’s Rey was everywhere voicing the concern for our missing female warrior.

The funny thing is, this isn’t a new topic… Girls everywhere are angry! And why shouldn’t they be? Joss Whedon blames sexism, women blame anti-feminism, but I don’t really know who to blame. I think I don’t want to blame anyone to be honest. I just want to fix the way society says women have to be. But mostly, I just want us to change for the better. This is 2016 now, women are superheroes. We can do anything and be anything or anyone we want to be! We can save the day or we can help someone else save the day. We can be the hero in our own story or someone else’s! We are amazing! But you know what? So are guys. I don’t think women should be above men or men above women because when God made Adam and Eve he took a rib bone from Adam’s side to make Eve, so that we would be equal. I don’t like people who are so adamant about equality that they end up being unfair to the guys too. Feminism is great until you take away the equality, then it is just bullying and that isn’t going to solve anything. I think it would be wiser to just try some female main character superhero movies. Don’t exclude the females in the merchandise and to treat everyone equally, like God intended us to do in the first place!

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Don’t get me wrong, Male superheroes are amazing, in fact I love the Avengers, Wolverine, Professor X, Batman, Superman, Arrow, everyone and I’m a huge nerd… but my favorite characters… Black Widow, Wonder Woman… you don’t see a lot of merchandise for them unless you make them yourself and they don’t get nearly as much screen time. I would easily pay to go to the theatre several nights in a row to see Black Widow and Wonder Woman in their own movies. The fact of the matter is that girls like superheroes too, and we care. To say otherwise is insulting especially when the Marvel and DC fan base is at least 49% female.
This is why I am pretty excited for the Wonder Women movie that will be playing soon. I’m praying that this is the start to a wonderful new era of FEMALE MAIN CHARACTERS. And I’m ecstatic! Are you? How do you feel about female superheroes? What is your take on it? How would you solve this unequal superhero problem, if you consider it a problem?

Makayla

P.S. Word on the street, with the newest movie Suicide Squad, that women are (hopefully) going to get some more equal screen time! Fingers crossed!

Hunter Book Review

Hunter By: Mercedes Lackey

Hunter is about a young girl named Joyeaux Charmand or Joy for short. Joy is a Hunter that has been living in a tight-knit mountain community of Hunter’s since she was a young child. It’s a Hunter’s job to protect, every citizen, or “Cit,” without magic, from dangerous Othersiders, creatures and monsters of the otherworld like vampires, werewolves, demons, dragon-like beasts and of courses elves, mages, and warlocks. Continue reading

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Script) Review

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Script) By: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

What’s it like to have The Boy Who Lived as your father? What’s it like to be related to the Golden Trio? What’s it like to be the famous child of the most famous man? The answer to all of those questions is difficult, at least it is to Albus Potter. In this eighth installment of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne expands the story to follow young Albus Potter, through his first few years at Hogwarts. While Harry is trying to deal with his past coming back to haunt him and try to be a father to a son that is completely different then him, Albus is trying to do anything to rebel against Harry. But in doing so, the pair discovers that darkness never leaves and it has a way of popping up when you least expect it… Continue reading

Beastly Bones By William Ritter

Beastly Bones By William Ritter

Beastly Bones, a sequel to Jackaby, is a lot like the first book. Mystery and a little bit of Supernatural, Doctor Who and Sherlock all rolled into one short novel. Beastly Bones begins with vicious shape-shifters, cats that turn into fish, mysterious murders all with a single puncture wound, dinosaur bones, a cursed dig site and more of those mysterious murders as Jackaby and Abigail travel to New Fiddleham, New England to solve the case and hunt down a thief, a monster, and a murderer. Only question is: Is it three suspects? Or one? Continue reading