Book Review: The Horse and his Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia #5)

Hello guys!
Before I go into The Horse and his Boy by C. S. Lewis, I need to explain something about the Chronicles of Narnia series.
As you noticed, I wrote reviews on the first three books – or what I believed to be the first three.
When I kept reading I realised that after writing four books, Lewis decided to come up with two additional novel that should be read before and after The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
So, I decided to write my reviews in order of publication of the books instead of reading order. As the additional books only give extra info but do not really belong to the same storyline as the others. I hope I didn’t confuse anyone, so here we go!

 

The Plot:
The story is rather simple: Two very different kids decide to run from home and search for Narnia. They are each accompanied by a talking horse (they actually gave them the idea about Narnia). Along their way, the kids run into each other and team up.
What nobody would have expected: They have to prevent a war! Continue reading

Movie Mania: The Bling Ring

First movie review in ages!

Recently I’ve been very caught up in checking out TV shows but I finally found some time to catch up with my movie to-watch list. One film that was waiting right at the top is The Bling Ring starring fabulous Emma Watson. But is it really that good?

 

The Plot:
The story is very simple: Some kids break into the homes of celebrities while they are away. For some time they enjoy the jet set life but sooner or later they are bound to be discovered… Continue reading

Book Review: The Tin Princess by Philip Pullman (Sally Lockhart #4)

My dear readers!

I am almost sad to report that I finished The Tin Princess, the last installment in Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart quartet. I’ve grown so fond of the characters, I wish there’d be more books!

 

The Plot:
Adelaide, the sweet young girl from The Ruby in the Smoke is back. And believe me she made quite an improvement. Adelaide got marry to a young fellow who is actually the Prince of a little country name Razkavia. Life should be well, but as it turns out, somebody wants to murder Adelaide’s dear husband. With Becky, a young girl who is supposed to teach her German, and Jim she heads for Razkavia and gets more than she expected…

 

The Rating:
First of all I have to say that I was very surprised that the final installment in the Sally Lockhart quartet is actually not about Sally Lockhart at all. She only appears briefly at the beginning and the end of the novel. Continue reading

11 Random Facts about me.

And now for something completely different:
During the last months my blog was not too versatile and I’m aiming to change that. So, I decided to first go with something I always love to read: Facts about someone. This may be my favourite type of posts out there!
In case you ever wanted to get to know me better…

 

1. I don’t smoke or drink alcohol. And I find it absolutely hilarious how other people react when I tell them. Especially when I explain that it’s not for any particular reason but simply because I don’t like the taste.

2. I’m a DIY person. I just love doing stuff myself, that includes cooking, baking, sewing, taking my computer apart and I’m also pretty good at assembling furniture. Creating something from scratch, getting your hands dirty, committing to something – best feeling ever.

3. I’m super anti-social. This may sound like I’m a total bitch but there’s only a handful of people who don’t annoy me. In general I hold it the way Bukowski did: I don’t hate people, I just feel better when they are not around.

4. After I moved to Vienna I started decorating my room with photos and quotes. By the walls are almost full. I often catch myself glancing over the pictures and just smiling stupidly at some random memory. Continue reading

Book Review: The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman (Sally Lockhart #3)

Hey Guys!

As my regular readers will know, I am currently making my way through Philip Pullman’s famous Sally Lockhart quartet. The first two installments were awesome and I am very much in love with the adaptations. Although the BBC stopped after part two, I still hope that someday we’ll also get adaptations for The Tiger in the Well and The Tin Princess.
Anyway, here are some thoughts on #3, The Tiger in the Well!

 

The Plot:
Life is well. Sally is happy. She has her business, her house and most importantly: her daughter Harriett. Everything seems to be perfect until one day Sally is informed that her husband is filing for divorce and wants custody of his child. The problem here? Sally is not and was never married, and Harriett’s father died in a father before she was born…

 

The Rating:
Philip Pullman really knows how to pull you into a story! I could hardly put the book, it was so thrilling. Although he takes a long time building up the story you never get bored. (I sometimes got annoyed, because I wanted to know so badly what would happen next…) Continue reading

Book Review: The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia #4)

Hello folks!
As I continue my way through the Chronicles of Narnia, I reached the point without movie adaptations. Actually there was supposed to be one for The Silver Chair, but unfortunately nothing ever was heard again about that.
So let’s get the imagination going and head straight for Narnia!

 

The Plot:
Eustace, the now rather nice cousin of the Pevensies, is drawn back into Narnia. This time he is accompanied by Jill, a girl he goes to school with. Before long, the two kids have to go on a dangerous mission: Find the lost Prince of Narnia, Caspian’s son.

 

The Rating:
First of all, I was very pleased to find out that Aslan wasn’t too present in this book. After the first three installments I was rather annoyed that whenever a problem arises he simple steps in and basically without doing anything saves the day (in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader this happened in almost every other chapter…) Continue reading