Title: JK Rowling’s Wizarding World Movie Magic Volume Three Amazing Artifacts

Author: Bonnie Burton

Pages: 96 Pages

Publisher: Walker Books

The Blurb

The third title in an interactive series of books that features both Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to create the ultimate behind-the-scenes guide to the wizarding world.

From wands and racing brooms to a case full of beasts, the wizarding world is full of enchanted objects and magical devices. With this interactive book, go behind the scenes of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and all eight Harry Potter films to learn how the myriad artifacts of the films were lovingly designed and crafted.

Detailed profiles of everything from the Golden Snitch to Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes and Newt Scamander’s magical case include blueprints, concept illustrations, unit photography and more. Jam-packed with bonus inserts throughout, including stickers, removable extras, lift-the-flaps and many other fascinating items, this book takes young readers on a thrilling tour of the magical artifacts of the wizarding world.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

The third book in the Movie Magic series may just be my favourite. In it we learn about all the little things that make up the Harry Potter movies – the Amazing Artifacts.

It is shocking just how much effort goes into these movies. Whether it be the thousands upon thousands of labels printed out to make the potions lessons look realistic or the shape of the wands suited to each character, this book offers you insight into the little details that make the world that JK Rowling has created just so special.

In my opinion this book is the most interesting in the series.

JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Movie Magic: Volume Three – Amazing Artifacts by Bonnie Burton is available now.

For more information regarding Walker Books (@WalkerBooksUK) please visit www.walker.co.uk.

Title: Geek Girl Special (1) – All Wrapped Up

Author: Holly Smale

Pages: 220 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins UK

The Blurb

All I want for Christmas is… a new GEEK GIRL story!

Harriet Manners knows a lot about Christmas.
She knows that every year Santa climbs down 91.8 million chimneys.
She knows that Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was almost definitely a girl.
She knows that the first artificial Christmas trees were made out of goose feathers.
But this Christmas is extra special for Harriet, because four days ago she had her First Ever Kiss.

Now she just needs to work out what’s supposed to happen next…

A romantic festive treat from the internationally bestselling award-winning author of the GEEK GIRL series. Also includes a BONUS previously unpublished GEEK GIRL short story TEAM GEEK!

The Review

I read Geek Girl by Holly Smale ages ago. It was so long ago that I can’t actually remember when it was. At the time I loved it. So it is a massive puzzle to me as to why I haven’t read the rest. I own them but I just haven’t read any of them. It is rather curious.

The Geek Girl Special (1) – All Wrapped Up sees Harriet go on her first real date. As we have come to expect from Harriet, she is awkward and gawky but she manages to actually come across as the more in control person when she is taken ice skating. Something she is surprisingly good at. But will she get a Christmas kiss?

Geek Girl Special (1) – All Wrapped Up has made me want to hurry up and read the rest of the series and that is what I intend to do.

Geek Girl Special (1) All Wrapped Up by Holly Smale is available now.

For more information regarding Holly Smale (@HolSmale) please visit www.holly-smale.com.

For more information regarding Simon & Schuster (@simonandschusterUK) please visit www.simonandschuster.co.uk.

Title: JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Volume Two: Curious Creatures

Author: Ramin Zahed

Pages: 104 Pages

Publisher: Walker Books

The Blurb

Thunderbirds and Nifflers, house-elves and Hippogriffs – J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World abounds with magical creatures of all kinds. But how does a Bowtruckle come to life on the big screen? Is an Occamy a snake or a bird? And what’s the truth about Mooncalf poo?

Featuring detailed creature profiles, stunning artwork and captivating insights from the making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and all eight Harry Potter films, these pages reveal everything fans want to know about how these creatures were created. Jam-packed with bonus material – pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, removable posters and other goodies – this book offers young readers a thrilling backstage pass to the wizarding world.

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The Review

Out of the series of Movie Magic books, Curious Creatures wasn’t my favourite. I think I am more interested in the characters and the artefacts than the magical animals but that doesn’t mean that I am not impressed by the effort that went in to creating them.

Zahed really does show you the depth of knowledge and creativity of the people involved in the movies. It is just personal preference that made this book less exciting for me.

JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Volume Two: Curious Creatures by Ramin Zahed is available now.

For more information regarding Walker Books (@WalkerBooksUK) please visit www.walker.co.uk.

 

Title: JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Movie Magic – Volume One: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places

Author: Jodie Revenson

Pages: 96 Pages

Publisher: Walker Books

The Blurb

Featuring all eight Harry Potter movies and the upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, this magical book is the ultimate insider’s guide to the films from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World for young fans.

From the gilded halls of Gringotts and Hogwarts to the New York City of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, each page of this book delivers a fun, interactive experience for young readers as they discover how the extraordinary places and fascinating characters of the wizarding world took shape on-screen. Filled with lift-the-flaps, stickers and other engaging inserts, this engrossing book overflows with captivating facts about the movie magic used to create a world fit for witches and wizards. Including insights from the actors who played Harry Potter, Professor Dumbledore, Newt Scamander and many more, this book is a must-have for young fans of the Wizarding World.

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The Review

I am a huge Harry Potter fan. Personally, I prefer the books but I cannot help but love the movies too. I have had JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Movie Magic – Volume One: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places by Jodie Revenson sitting on my bookshelf forever and in a bid to make more room on my bookshelves by reading some of the larger books I started the Movie Magic series.

They are fascinating. I know a lot of work goes into making movies but the effort to make sure every character is perfect and every place meets the expectations of the readers is truly breathtaking.

The books in the series have an element of fun to them with moving parts and what not which is always appreciated.

I loved learning more about the characters and what the actors brought to the creation of who they play, whether it is wand choice or contact lenses. The little titbits of information are like catnip to the true Harry Potter fan.

JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Movie Magic – Volume One: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places by Jodie Revenson

For more information regarding Walker Books (@WalkerBooksUK) please visit www.walker.co.uk.

Title: Paper Avalanche

Author: Lisa Williamson

Pages: 375 Pages

Publisher: David Fickling Books

The Blurb

When it comes to flying under the radar, Ro Snow is the expert. No friends. No boys. No parties. And strictly NO VISITORS. It may be lonely but at least this way the truth remains where it should – hidden. Then Tanvi Shah, the girl who almost died, comes tumbling back into her life and Ro finds herself losing control of her carefully constructed lies. Because if Ro’s walls come crumbling down, who’s going to take care of Bonnie… Bonnie. Never Mum or Mummy or Mother. Just Bonnie.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Before I start the review I would just like to thank Carolyn McGlone for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour and sending me a copy of Paper Avalanche to review.

Paper Avalanche is the story of Ro Snow. She is a loner who tries to be as small and unnoticeable as she can possibly be. She has no friends and she likes it that way. Friends would only complicate her life. When she is pursued by Tanvi Shah, a girl from school who just wants to befriend Ro, Ro begins to soften and actually enjoy the company of others.

But it does complicate things; especially when it comes to her mother, Bonnie.

I really don’t want to talk too much about the context of Paper Avalanche. I really just want to beg you all to read it and to get lost in this wonderful new novel from Lisa Williamson. It is truly a magnificent story. Williamson has taken a topic that is so far removed from anything that I have ever read before and she has packaged it up in a way that will truly touch her readership.

One thing that struck me whilst I read this book was that I genuinely hadn’t been angry at a character in a book since Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and the introduction of Delores Umbridge. Bonnie had me that incensed.

I really didn’t think that this late in the year that I would read another contender for my ‘Book of the Year’ but Paper Avalanche has done just that. It is truly special.

Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson is available from 3rd January 2018.

For more information regarding Lisa Williamson (@lisa_letters) please visit www.lisawilliamsonauthor.com.

For more information regarding David Fickling Books (@DFB_storyhouse) please visit www.davidficklingbooks.com.