Princess Mononoke by Studio Ghibli

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This review is about the famous (and amazing!) anime movie, called Princess Mononoke. Princess Mononoke is a Studio Ghibli film, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, with some really beautiful music by Joe Hisaishi. It is a beautiful movie, and now let me tell you more about it!!

17-year-old Prince Ashitaka is the Prince and protector of the Emishi village. One morning, a giant demon boar attacks the village, and he has to fight to protect it. What he doesn’t know is that if the demon touches him, the demon’s curse shall be upon him……     

He kills the boar, and saves his village, but at a price……..

The demon touches him on his arm, and he now bears the demon’s curse, with a big snakelike mark on his arm to prove it. This curse will tear his soul apart, and there is no way to stop it….                      

Oh well, maybe there is.                                                                                                                                        

He has to journey west and see what has angered the boar and turned it into a demon and try to stop it. He has to see with eyes unclouded by hate, be unbiased and help the right side to win the frequent battles and wars erupting in the west.                                                                                                   

There he sees greedy humans (actually, one greedy human). Meet Lady Iboshi. She is planning to kill the huge forest and make more weapons for…….. you guessed it, world domination.              However, her plans are hindered by one pesky wolf princess girl and her wolves, whose ultimate goal is to save the beautiful forest they live in. Princess Mononoke (also called San). The princess of beasts and spirits.

Ashitaka wants to end the violence and save the forest, but he is powerless to do anything. He lodges in Lady Iboshi’s town, and on that night itself, a battle erupts…. between San and Lady Iboshi. Can he stop them from killing each other, gain the trust of San, save the forest, and end his curse??

However, he gets quite injured in the process, and the conspiracy is deeper than anyone realizes….    The lives of, not just the forest and his own, but subsequently the lives of everyone rest in his and San’s hands….

Can they manage to do all this, in time?…

An enrapturing movie, with thrilling battles and cliff hanger moments, and for those who love war and fantasy movies, this is a must! It will have you at the edge of your seats as you follow the story, with all its twists and turns. The bravery of Ashitaka and San will astound you, and you will breathlessly watch their struggles to save the forest and make a wrong a right. All the characters are vividly described, and the plot is really detailed. You will forget about the real world, as you are swept along in this enchanting story. My favourite characters were probably Kaya, San, and the kind Forest Spirit. (Who is yours?) A lot of hard work has clearly gone into this Studio Ghibli film. It is amazing, and I really hope that you try it! If you have seen it, I hope you like it as much as I do. And if you have not seen it yet, what are you waiting for?! Please see it right now!! I recommend this movie for ages 10+. This film is beautiful and deserves every bit of 5 stars!!

Keeper of the Lost Cities. Book 1 By Shannon Messenger

This review is about the first book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series. This book is amazing, and I am so glad I decided to read it!! This book is unputdownable!! Anyways, let me tell you more about it!

12-year-old Sophie Foster has never fit in. To begin with, she is an extremely intelligent child prodigy who studies with high schoolers, and is still smarter than them. Another thing, Sophie has a secret. She can hear the thoughts of others. She can’t explain it. She never told anyone about it. She didn’t want to become even more of a freak in their eyes. Her abilityis always giving her headaches. One day on a typical school trip to a small science museum, she meets a strange boy. (Who was apparently looking for her?!) In a matter of a few hours, her entire life is turned upside down……………

She realizes she has this strange ability because…… she isn’t human. The other boy (whose name is Fitz, by the way), also has this ability. She is an elf, and so is he, and she doesn’t belong in the world of humans. Her human family, with whom she lives, isn’t her real family. He takes her to a beautiful world……… the world of elves. All this, and more, forces her to believe what he is saying…. is real. In this new world, everything from telepathy to travelling at the speed of light to alchemy is real, and trivial things like the most major laws of physics aren’t a hindrance. She is forced to leave her human family, which turned out to be one of the hardest things she has ever done, and start a new life in the elven world, with extremely different rules and traditions. She has to start at the most prestigious elven academy, Foxfire. A school year full of twists and turns awaits, full of friendship and joy, sadness and disappointment, and mystery and intrigue.

However, it isn’t long before she is in grave danger. Not only her, but the people close to her too….

A book full of surprises, this will keep you captivated till the last sentence. It is so well written that you will feel as though you are in the character’s shoes, facing the situation that they are facing. It is super original, funny and interesting. It is really fun to read and it is perfect for a rainy day. It is so suspenseful sometimes, and it makes you wait breathlessly for the next chapter/scene. It has just the right amount of suspense, humour and, well, pretty much everything else that is essential for a great book. My favourite character is Keefe, who is yours? It is amazingly imaginative, and I loved every word of it! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and hopefully write a review ‘bout it!

This book is perfect for fantasy/sci-fi lovers. I recommend this book for 10+.

This book deserves full five stars!!

The Land of Stories, The wishing spell #Book 1 By Chris Colfer

The Wishing Spell (Land of Stories book 1)

Today I am reviewing the first book of the Land of Stories series, The Wishing Spell, written by Chris Colfer. This is a beautiful book, about the adventures of a pair of twins in a fairy tale land. Let me tell you more about it!

Alex and Conner Bailey are twins, who both look really alike – strawberry-blonde hair, blue eyes, and similar complexion. However, their habits and characteristics are not. Alex is neat, class topper, loves school and is bullied for being so smart. On the other hand, Conner is messy, finds school boring, has trouble staying awake in class and has many friends. Despite all this, the twins love each other and try to look out for the other. They do have one thing in common, that is, they both love fairy tales. Their grandma used to read them to the twins when they were little. However, they barely saw her, as she was always travelling the world with her friends and helping people. After their dad died in a car accident, they had to move out of their big house, into a small rental apartment. Their mom has to work overtime as a nurse in a hospital, and they don’t see her that much anymore. And when their twelfth birthdays rolled around, they were certain nothing special would happen on that day. The day started out normal, as usual, but when they got home, an incredibly special surprise was waiting for them….

It was none other than their grandmother! And she made it the most special birthday they ever had. She gave them their most favourite book- her treasured copy of fairy tales.

After a little while, Alex discovers that the book is behaving strangely. Its glowing. She doesn’t tell Conner about it, but he finds out about it anyways. It starts glowing and they hear birds twittering…. and suddenly, a bird flies out of it!!! Alex falls into it too, by mistake, and Conner follows. They realise…. they have fallen into…. the land of stories. Not just any stories, too. The stories are of classic fairy tales!

Their following adventure is one of a lifetime, with them meeting many strange, fairy tale characters, for example, oh, Goldilocks, Red Riding Hood, Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk), a talking frog man, the Charming brothers and many more. The fairy tale characters live their original lives, but each with a special twist….

To go back home, the Bailey twins have to collect ingredients from all corners of that world, to make a wishing spell. They do so collecting help from the most unexpected places, all while competing against an evil queen, and with the help of a diary, written by an unknown person, they try to do so. The diary is much closer to home than they thought, and this quest will reveal the most astonishing family secrets. Secrets with a touch of magic….

This book is a laugh out loud read, with a novelty of its own. It has a captivating and complex plot, and it is really touching. It told us not to judge people before we knew their story and reasons (read the book and you will get what I mean).  My favourite character was Froggy because he was exceedingly kind and didn’t expect anything in return. I loved the storyline, because it was really original, adventurous and humorous. It wasn’t heavy at all, because everything was written in a way that kept you hooked. The changes in the stories of the fairy tale characters were very clever, not too much, but enough to make you look at them in a different light. You will laugh at the jokes, have sympathy for the sad parts, and feel as if you are having the adventure along with the characters. It is a beautifully written book, and I loved each part of it!!! I recommend this book for ages 9+. Another good thing about this book is that even an adult can read it. I am a fan of this series, and I recommend that you read this book!!!!!

I give this book 5 stars!!!