Category: Childrens

Stories From The Witch Store by Olga Gutsol

Posted September 11, 2017 by karenbaron in Animals, Cats, Childrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Ghosts, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Review, Witches, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Stories From The Witch Store by Olga GutsolStories From The Witch Store by Olga Gutsol
on August 20, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 114
Format: Kindle
Source: Author

Funny and imaginative chronicles from the life of a hereditary witch Arelia who, along with her loyal companions Cat and house-ghost Puck, moved to the small town of Burnaville to open the Magic Potions store. Here she falls into a lifetime of boredom. How have her magical powers resulted in this? What is missing from the charming life she has built?

My take on this story:             Stories From The Witch Store by Olga Gutsol is definitely different than what I thought it was going to be. It’s still a good book, just not what I was expecting from reading the plot summary of the book.

The main character is a hereditary witch named Arelia. She lets everyone believe that she is this mean witch that can do more harm than good. However, she also helps the people in her town that comes to her magic potions shop. She is also very stubborn,  She only wants to do things that she wants to do, but will help once someone wears her down. She has red hair that is mostly all over the place and the elder witches have been trying to get her to do something about it. She has a cat familiar that she calls Cat. Very original I might add. It is hard to know who is helping who and who is getting who in trouble with these two. She also has a house ghost named Puck. I think Puck is an elf but I’m not entirely sure. Puck seems to be friends with Cat or at least they tolerate each other and seems to be friends when it comes to food.

What I liked about this book. There are at least four things that I liked about this book. The first one I liked was a dragon named Dragon. She has such creative names for the animals in this book. I liked the dragon because yeah, he was kind of an antagonist but he was pretty funny. He just wanted some help and eventually, Arelia figured that out and helped him. Another pretty funny character is the Father. He was pretty weird and a bit kooky in my mind. He would go to her and ask for help with whatever ailment he needed to get rid of or just to go for a talk and then he would end up spilling holy water to make her go away on her doorstep on his way out. Or even just tell her to her face that he doesn’t like her. At least until she does something like save the town or the cattle or whatever and he ends up liking her again. I also liked how even though the book is all told from Arelia’s point of view that some of the other characters seem so three-dimensional which is always a good thing. The last thing that I like about the book is that there is a little romance in it but not a whole lot.

What I disliked about this book. There is a bit that I didn’t like about this book. The first thing that I disliked about this book is that all of it consists of journal entries. I didn’t like that since it made it a bit hard to really get to know the other characters besides what Arelia thought of them or with what she said of them. I would have preferred if it was in first person or even third person point of view. The last thing that I disliked about this book is that I didn’t really know what time period the book was in.

Stories From The Witch Store by Olga Gutsol is a good book despite some things that I mentioned above that I didn’t really like. I am giving this book four stars since all in all this book is still really good.

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About Olga Gutsol

Olga is a former economist who turned yoga instructor. She is a digital nomad who travelled more than to 35 countries and a photography enthusiast.

Descendants TV Movie

Posted August 22, 2015 by karenbaron in Book to Movie, Childrens, Fairytales, Fantasy, Fiction, Middle School, Music, Review, Romance, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments



Plot Summary

In present-day Auradon, Ben, the teenaged son of King Adam “Beast” and Queen Belle, is poised to take the throne. He offers a chance for redemption to the trouble-making teenaged descendants of defeated villains exiled to the remote Isle of the Lost. The villains’ descendants have been granted permission to attend prep school in the kingdom with the Disney heroes’ kids.

My take on this movie: All I’ve got to say is that this movie was sooo good! Okay so this was my second time watching this movie. Once before I read the book and the second time after I read the book. The book was a prologue to the movie and this movie sort of starts right where the book ended. Granted I said sort of because we have to go through Mal talking and bringing us into with what was going through in Auradon if we haven’t read the book.

Sure some people say that this movie sucks but to someone that has watched the old Disney and some of the new Disney that this movie is really good. I love all the songs that was in the movie along with the acting. I love the way that they changed ethnicity of some of the characters in the movie so that it works well with the kids nowadays.

I don’t know for about some other people but I always wondered what happened after each happily ever after that happened in the movies. Now with this movie I can squash that wondering since I have it. I love all of the characters in the movies because they are all different.

The thing that I love is the way that the book tied in even more with the movie. Prince Ben and Mal both have visions of the other in both different locations than of where they were. Mal had a vision of her and Ben’s first date in Auradon and Ben had a vision of Mal helping him up in Isle of the Lost. I also like how Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos’s kind of friendship transferred into the movie.

If anyone asked me about this movie I will say that it is a five stars and that they should really watch this movie after they read the book!





The Isle of the Lost

Posted August 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Book to Movie, Childrens, Fantasy, Magic, Middle School, Review, Rural, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Isle of the LostThe Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Descendants #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 5th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 311
Format: Hardcover

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that's been left to rot and forgotten by the world.
But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon's eye: the key to true darkness and the villains' only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it...who will it be?
Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.
Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent's daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon's eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.
Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen's daughter, Evie, doesn't know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she's a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal's little tricks.
Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he's not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon's eye.
Carlos: Cruella de Vil's son may not be bravest, but he's certainly clever. Carlos's inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon's eye and ending the banishment for good.
Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon's eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She'll just need a little help from her "friends." In their quest for the dragon's eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain't so bad.

My take on this book: I can only think of one word to say about this book is WOW!

Melissa de la Cruz has always been one of my favorite authors, especially after this book. Okay so probably the characters actually belong to Disney but with this book we understand the characters and how they become the way they seem like in the movie Descendants.

Mal, the daughter of Maleficent (and her namesake) has always been trying to make her mom proud of her. But the one problem is that Maleficent doesn’t seem like she ever will be proud of her daughter. This is especially true in this little prequel book of the movie.

Jay, the son of Jafar, doesn’t really seem like he is that evil in this book. He just wants to have a place that really makes him belong and with Mal, Evie, and Carlos he has found that. Even though he, much like Mal, doesn’t seem like he will ever make his dad proud of him.

Evie, the daughter of Evil Queen, can be seen even in this book that she is quite smart and not as vain as her mom, which can be a good or a bad thing. Probably with Evil Queen she wouldn’t be proud of her daughter being smart and not focusing on her beauty. Though she along with the other two aren’t doing their parent’s justice/evil and that is something that every second generation villain wants to try and do. But also wanting to do something better than their parents as well.

Carlos, the son of Cruella De Vil, is the youngest of the other three and is really trying to get more credit and love in his mom’s eyes but this is hard for him as his mom’s one true love isn’t him. Carlos is quite smart which is something that is needed in this little rag tag gang of “friends”. But like the first three he is also a disappointment to his mom.

We also see a little bit of Auradon but not a lot since this book is mostly about the main four starting to become “friends”. This book is really good and I am giving it a five stars.

I’m also happy to say that this book is good and now I can’t wait to watch the movie again and see if I like the movie even more now. 😀 I’m also hoping that there is another book!!!

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About Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.

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