Beth and Chrissi Do Kid Lit-The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia #5)

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Lucy and Edmund, with their dreadful cousin Eustace, get magically pulled into a painting of a ship at sea. That ship is the Dawn Treader, and on board is Caspian, King of Narnia. He and his companions, including Reepicheep, the valiant warrior mouse, are searching for seven lost lords of Narnia, and their voyage will take them to the edge of the world. Their adventures include being captured by slave traders, a much-too-close encounter with a dragon, and visits to many enchanted islands, including the place where dreams come true.

Thoughts:

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe will forever be my favourite Narnia book. I have to admit that I haven’t been the biggest fan of the other books in the series. Don’t get me wrong, they’re easy enough to read, it’s just something about them that I don’t seem to connect with as much as other readers do. That said, I enjoyed The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader. 

The story starts with Lucy and Edmund Pevensie returning to Narnia. However, this time they had their rather annoying cousin Eustace alongside. I did miss Peter and Susan at the start but soon I adapted to the change and enjoyed reading the story with Lucy, Edmund and Eustace. In this story, they are thrown from the ‘real’ world into the ocean that borders Narnia. They are taken on board the Dawn Voyager and reunited with characters such as Caspian from the previous story. Reepicheep also makes an entrance! All of the crew are journeying to try and discover more about their world and stepping into the mighty Aslan’s country.

This story does have an interesting plot, but for me it took a little too long to get going. As soon as the adventure really began it did make it easier to read! I did appreciate how Eustace changed though. It’s great to see that in a children’s book.

I don’t think I ever completed this series as a child so it’s interesting to read it as an adult. I particularly like finding the moral to the story as there often seems to be with this Narnia series. I do find C.S Lewis to be a little preachy for my liking and that’s why I think I don’t enjoy his books as much as others. Perhaps if I could get past that then I could enjoy them more!

For Beth’s wonderful review, please check out her blog HERE.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Next up in the Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge (February):
Matilda- Roald Dahl

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This Week In Books #95

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3) Summer of My German Soldier (Summer of My German Soldier, #1) How to Hang a Witch

NOWThe Voyage of The Dawn TreaderC.S Lewis– I’m pretty confident that I’m going to finish this book tonight. I’m reading it as part of the kid-lit challenge with my sister, Beth! Our review will be out at the end of the month!

THENSummer Of My German SoldierBette Greene– This is the Banned Book for our Banned Books feature. Our review will be out on Monday. I wasn’t really feeling this one…

NEXT- How To Hang A WitchAdriana Mather– I’m pretty excited about this book! 🙂 I’m hoping to start it very, very soon!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know or leave me a link to a similar post that you do!

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- The 2018 books are revealed!

2018 brings yet another year of Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit, which has been a fun feature on our blog! As usual, Beth and I have picked 6 books each.

Here are the choices…my choices are in purple, Beth’s in red!

JANUARY – The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader -C.S. Lewis

FEBRUARY- Matilda-Roald Dahl

MARCH – The Girl Of Ink And Stars- Kiran Millwood Hargrave 

APRIL- Ratburger- David Walliams

MAY – The Wide Window (A Series Of Unfortunate Events #3)-Lemony Snicket

JUNE- The Face On The Milk Carton-Caroline B. Cooney

JULY – Murder Most Unladylike- Robin Stevens

AUGUST- The Creakers- Tom Fletcher

SEPTEMBER – Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing -Judy Blume

OCTOBER- Nightbirds on Nantucket  (The Wolves Chronicles #3)- Joan Aiken

NOVEMBER – Number The Stars- Lois Lowry

DECEMBER- Time Travelling With A Hamster- Ross Welford

Have you read any of this books? Can you spot a favourite in there? Let us know!

Beth And Chrissi Do Kid-Lit 2017- The Round Up

This Week In Books #51

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!

Click on the book to get to Goodreads!

Baby Doll Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) My Lady Jane: The Not Entirely True Story

NOW-Baby Doll- Hollie Overton- I wish I had time to read this book in one sitting. If I had started it at the weekend, then I’m pretty sure I would’ve. I am totally engrossed by this book. I’m hoping to finish it tonight. I’m just too busy to read as much as I’d like during the week! This book is the next book that Beth and I will review for our ‘Talking About’ feature, so the review will be up fairly soon. It’s such a creepy, but gripping read so far!

THEN- Prince Caspian- C.S.Lewis- I quite enjoyed this instalment in the Narnia series!

NEXT- My Lady Jane- Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows- I’m finally going to do it. This book has been coming up for a while and I keep on putting books before it. Not any more! Can’t wait to try it.

What are you reading this week? Let me know. Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Beth And Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- Prince Caspian

Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)

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

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

The Pevensie siblings are back to help a prince denied his rightful throne as he gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle of honor between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world.

Thoughts:

I don’t recall reading past The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe when I was younger. I don’t think I did, so reading Prince Caspian for the kid-lit challenge was intriguing. I don’t think it quite has the magic of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe but it’s still a decent read. It introduces us to some new people, the Telmarines, as well as going back to the Pevensies who we know well!

The story flips between the Telmarines and the Pevensies. When we are introduced to the new characters we also get to know Caspian and some of the politics surrounding his life and time. Everything changes when the Pevensies are summoned back to Narnia. They have spent around a year in the real world although 1,000 years has passed in Narnian time. The world is very different- Narnia has a changed landscape, politics has changed and the Pevensies have to get used to Narnia not being what they remember.

I never really got the religious messages when I was younger, but I can definitely identify them more reading this series as an adult. I feel like Prince Caspian does still have a subtle religious message. It’s about faith and believing there is something that makes life worth living. At the start, the family have no allies and it is not until Lucy starts to see the wonderful Aslan when others can’t that the message appears to be help comes to those that believe.

Prince Caspian did keep me turning the pages with its fast paced story-line. I love reading about the Pevensies once more. It felt incredibly familiar.

For Beth’s wonderful review, please check out her blog HERE.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Next in the Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge (February):
The Cuckoo Sister- Vivian Alcock

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- The 2017 books are revealed!

2017 brings yet another year of Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit, which has been a fun feature on our blog! As usual, Beth and I have picked 6 books each.

Here are the choices…my choices are in purple, Beth’s in red!

JANUARY- Prince Caspian- C.S. Lewis

FEBRUARY- The Cuckoo Sister- Vivian Alcock

MARCH- Awful Auntie- David Walliams

APRIL- A Snicker of Magic- Natalie Lloyd

MAY- The Sea Of Monsters (Percy Jackson and The Olympians #2)- Rick Riordan

JUNE- The Prime Minister’s Brain- Gillian Cross

JULY- The Reptile Room (A Series Of Unfortunate Events #2) by Lemony Snicket

AUGUST- Fortunately, the Milk- Neil Gaiman

SEPTEMBER- Saffy’s Angel – Hilary McKay

OCTOBER- Black Hearts in Battersea- Joan Aiken

NOVEMBER- Witch Child – Celia Rees

DECEMBER- Finding Jennifer Jones- Anne Cassidy

Have you read any of this books? Can you spot a favourite in there? Let us know!