Ten Childhood Characters That I’d Love To Revisit As An Adult

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten childhood characters that we’d love to revisit as an adult. Unsurprisingly, for most regular readers of my blog, Roald Dahl has crept into it a lot…

In no particular order, here are the books that I picked.

Matilda- Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda

Matilda is one of my favourite books! I loved it as a child, I love reading it now to my class! I’d love to see what Matilda did with her life.

Sophie- The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG

I wonder what Sophie’s life would be like! I adore this book.

Luke- The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Witches

I would love to know what happened next with Luke!

George- George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

George's Marvellous Medicine

I would like to know if George turned out to be a chemist!😉

Claudia from The Babysitter’s Club- Ann M.Martin

The Babysitters Club Collection 1 (The Babysitters Club, #1-3)

Claudia was my favourite of the series. I’d like to see what became of her!

Jessica and Elizabeth- Sweet Valley High- Francine Pascal

Double Love (Sweet Valley High, #1)

I adored these characters when I was younger!

Sara Crewe- A Little Princess- Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess

I adore this story and would love to continue the journey and see Sara grow up!

Michael- Forever by Judy Blume

Forever

I would love to see how Michael was doing and how his love life changed!

Lucy- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

I would want to see how all four of the children grew up!

Feel free to leave a link to your post this week and I’ll stop by!

Nimona

Nimona

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

Thoughts:

I had Nimona on my radar for a long time now. I have recently started to get into graphic novels and picked up a copy of Nimona when I noticed it around a few blogs. I’d heard amazing things about it, so in the midst of a book slump, I decided to pick it up. I thought Nimona was a funny, intriguing, action-packed read.

Having not read a lot of graphic novels thus far, I can’t really compare the art work. I did really enjoy Noelle Stevenson’s style though. It was bright, simple and caught my eye. It certainly captured my attention.

Nimona is all about villains vs heros, but certainly not villains as you might expect them. As you read the story you realise the villains aren’t great people, but at the same time, you end up rooting for them. Nimona is a shapeshifter, but there’s so much more to her character than I ever anticipated.

The story is action-packed. I was expecting a lighter read, but it really is quite dark at times. There were some lovely moments throughout and some wonderful humour too. A perfect combination. It’s perfect at playing around with fantasy and fairy tales.I raced through the story, wanting to know what was going to happen next. I would definitely read more from this talented writer!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fantastic graphic novel which many YA fans will adore!

Chrissi’s Class Reads…#4 Poetry

Today I’m going to share two poetry books that my class are obsessed with! They had a Roald Dahl phase (to be honest… they’re still reading Roald Dahl as their independent reads!) which I was very pleased about. My next mission was to encourage them to read different genres. I started with including non fiction books and magazines into our book corner. I then decided it was time for me to experiment with some poetry with them.

Here are their two favourite poetry books at the moment… (book images go to Goodreads)

Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum: poems by

I thought I couldn’t go wrong with Julia Donaldson really. They enjoy her writing and the poems are short and silly. Perfect for 6 years old +. They adore the title poem about a mother putting silly food together.

The Day I Fell Down the Toilet and Other Poems

You might have guessed by now, but my class really enjoy silly. I enjoy silly too. There’s far too much seriousness in the curriculum and I like to have lighter moments! The children really enjoy the title poem and The Vegetables Strike Back which is all about vegetables having feelings too. They find this poem hilarious!

I’m not a massive fan of poetry myself, but I’m really enjoying exploring the poetry genre with young children!

Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit- Noble Conflict

Noble Conflict

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Noughts and Crosses
Knife Edge
Checkmate
Double Cross
Pig Heart Boy
Cloud Busting

Synopsis:

Years after a violent war destroyed much of the world, Kaspar has grown up in a society based on peace and harmony. But beyond the city walls, a vicious band of rebels are plotting to tear this peace apart. It is up to the Guardians – an elite peacekeeping force – to protect the city, without ever resorting to the brutal methods of their enemy.

When Kaspar joins the Guardians, he has a chance encounter with a rebel – a beautiful girl named Rhea. Haunted from that moment on by strange visions and memories – memories that could only belong to Rhea – he realises he hasn’t been told the truth about what the rebels really want, and what he’s really fighting for.

Thoughts:

As you can see, I’m a big fan of Malorie Blackman. I really enjoyed her Noughts and Crosses series. I loved Cloud Busting and Pig Heart Boy too. It’s safe to say that I went into Noble Conflict with very high expectations. Unfortunately, they weren’t met. I thought Noble Conflict was a decent read, but it didn’t capture my attention as much as I wanted it to.

The book starts off incredibly well. The plot, whilst a little predictable in parts is interesting enough to continue reading. I was intrigued at the start when we meet Kaspar, on the day of his graduation. Straight away the action starts and the reader wants to know more about the Guardians. The first section of the book was particularly exciting and fast-paced, but for some reason, my interest waned and I didn’t feel connected to Kaspar as much as I wanted to. In fact, I was more intrigued by Rhea, the girl that saved Kaspar’s life. I would have liked to have read more from her perspective. I think it would have added some more depth to the story and given the character a lot more life. I’m sure she had an intriguing story to tell.

That’s not to say that this book isn’t well written. It is. I liked the mysterious element to the book. It kept me questioning and interested enough to carry on reading. For me, it simply just does not stand out in the YA dystopian genre.

For Beth’s brilliant review, please check out her blog HERE. Her review will go live tomorrow I’m interested to see if a fellow Malorie Blackman fan feels the same…

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Next up in the Beth and Chrissi do kid-lit challenge (May):
The Horse and His Boy- C.S Lewis

Fairy Tale Friday- The Daisy

This week’s fairy tale The Daisy was an incredibly quirky little story. It centres around a little daisy, growing out in a field and a lark. The lark comes down to the daisy one day and they become fond of one another. After a while, the lark is captured and put into a cage. The daisy desperately wants to help the lark. A couple of boys come by and pull up a patch of grass (which of course, included the daisy) and put it in the cage as well. Unfortunately, the boys don’t put any water in the cage, the daisy really wants to help and wills the boys to come back to put water in the lark’s cage. This doesn’t happen, and the lark dies. The boys are devastated, despite not caring for the lark properly. They dig the lark a grave and bury it. The daisy has wilted by this point, so they chuck the daisy to the roadside.

Next Fairy Tale- The Buckwheat

 

The Accidental Life Of Greg Millar

The Accidental Life Of Greg Millar

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Lake Union Publishing

Previously reviewed by the same author (author writing under pseudnoym)
And By The Way
And For Your Information
And Actually
Checkout Girl

Synopsis:

Lucy Arigho’s first encounter with Greg Millar is far from promising, but she soon realises he possesses a charm that is impossible to resist. Just eight whirlwind weeks after their first meeting, level-headed career girl Lucy is seriously considering his pleas to marry him and asking herself if she could really be stepmother material.

But before Lucy can make a final decision about becoming part of Greg’s world, events plunge her right into it. On holiday in the South of France, things start to unravel. Her future stepchildren won’t accept her, the interfering nanny resents her, and they’re stuck in a heat wave that won’t let up. And then there’s Greg. His behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre and Lucy begins to wonder whether his larger-than-life personality hides something darker—and whether she knows him at all.

Thoughts:

I was asked to review this book by the author who kindly sent me a copy to read via NetGalley. I really enjoy the author’s writing, so I snapped up a copy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I have to admit, I thought the beginning was a little slow, which is why I didn’t rate it 4 stars. However, it’s so worth reading. I was really impressed with how the author tackled the issues. It seemed incredibly true to life.

I also have to admit, that when I started this book, I thought it was going to be a typical woman’s fiction romance. However, there’s much more to this book than first meets the eye. It centres around Lucy, who has recently lost her partner because of a road accident. One day on her way to work she encounters a man driving like an idiot. It turns out that he’s Greg Millar, a famous author who is about to start working with Lucy, on a design for his newest book. Greg infuriates Lucy to start with, but his charm soon starts to work on her. Lucy and Greg get swept up in an intense romance. Greg’s life is complicated. He is also mourning his wife and mother of his children. He’s also hiding a secret, which will soon be revealed to Lucy.

After a slower start, this book really did grip me. I didn’t know if I was going to get on with it, because it did seem a little insta-lovey. Keep with it though. It’s worth it. The story becomes incredibly dark, and I was questioning what would happen next.

This is the first book that I’ve read from the authot that is under the name of Aimee Alexander and I was impressed with character development. Aimee has created some amazing characters. I really liked some, felt for others and absolutely detested other characters. This isn’t to say that I didn’t like the book, I did! I just loved to hate the character Hilary. You’ll understand my rage if you decide to pick this up-which I highly recommend if you’re into adult fiction!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- 3.5 stars (soooo close to 4 stars!)

This Week In Books #31

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

Noble Conflict Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories Symptoms of Being Human

NOW- Noble Conflict- Malorie Blackman- I am currently reading Noble Conflict as part of my kid-lit challenge with my sister Beth, I’m about a quarter of the way through and I’m very much enjoying it so far.

THEN- Summer Days and  Summer Nights- Various authors- This was a cute (but not amazing) selection of short love stories.

NEXT- Symptoms of being Human- Jeff Garvin- I am really looking forward to reading this book which about a gender fluid character.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know in the comments or leave a link to a post that you do!:-) Happy Reading!