Red’s Untold Tale 

Title – Red’s Untold Tale.

Author – Wendy Toliver.

Genre – Young Adult Fantasy Retellings. 

Publisher/ Published – Titan books/ 1st July 2016

Pages – 416

Summary from Goodreads 

Red is 16 and lives with Granny in a cottage in the village, where boarding up the house and hiding during Wolfstime is a means of survival. Red helps Granny with Granny’s baked good business, catering as well as door-to-door sales. 

Red has a constant internal battle between her wild side and her strict, overprotective upbringing, and the issue of “control“ as she discovers she has a hot temper when the “mean girls” push her too far. (“When we learn to control it, we needn’t fear it,” Rumpelstiltskin says in the series.) She has flashbacks to her 13th year when she received her cloak and the nickname “Red.”

She is plagued by nightmares that she doesn’t understand, but the Once Upon a Time fans will recognize them as her wolf side coming out. 

Red balances the difficult times with Granny at home and the girls at school with an emerging and satisfying romance with Peter.

My thoughts

5 out of 5 stars.

So many of you lovely people reading this won’t know that I am a huge fan of Once Upon a Time. It is one of my favourite TV programs and I love the whole retake on fairytales. When I was asked if I wanted to review this book by the publishers I couldn’t turn it down. Here we had a book based of my favourite TV series and one of my favourite characters from said TV series. I loved Red/Ruby’s character in OUAT she is sassy and feisty and a really enjoyable character. Anyway to the book, this novel written by Wendy Toliver tells the tale of Red when she was sixteen during one particular Wolfstime. I’m going to try and write this without any spoileus because to really enjoy this you have to read it yourselves. Red was a very likeable character and I enjoyed her development through the story and the trials and tribulations she had to go through. Such as trying to help her Granny, selling the baked goods also trying to deal with her feelings for the wonderful Peter. I ship Red and Peter and I think the make a cute couple. I didn’t like the girls that were bullying Red, they were so nasty and petty towards Red. I suppose they were well written as you are supposed to not like them. I also enjoyed the part where Red decides to do something to help her Granny. (Again not going into too much detail). 

Overall thus was a very enjoyable story that helped fill the hole that has been left whilst OUAT has been off our screens. If you are a fan of Once Upon a Time I highly recommend that you go out and read this book because it is a very good read.

Disclaimer – I recieved a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Title – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Author – J.K Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne.

Genre – Young Adult Fantasy

Publisher/ Published – Little Brown books/ 31st July 2016

Pages – 343

Summary from Goodreads 

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places

My Review 

5 out of 5 Stars 

I took a while to start and finish this because I was worried I wasn’t going to enjoy it, plus finishing it meant it was over once again. However once I started reading it I realised I loved it and I loved the characters. There has been quite mixed reviews about this however I really tried to avoid reading any so I could go into it with an open mind. In my opinion I really enjoyed it and found it a great story. The play format didn’t bother me in the slightest or take away from the story. The Cursed Child was a lot different from the Harry Potter series and you could tell J.K Rowling wasn’t the only one involved. The Cursed Child is different in its own right but I still loved it all the same as a follow on from the Harry Potter series. 

Now on to Albus, I adored his character and connected well with him. I did feel sorry for him at parts of the story. I liked reading how his character developed and how his friendship with Scorpius grew throughout the play. Scorpius was another great character who I adored as much as Albus. 

There was once scene in particular with a cetrain character that got me quite emotional but I don’t want to go into much detail because I want this to be spoiler free.

Over all this was a great story and I loved going back into Harry Potter’s world because The Harry Potter Series has been a big part of my life and I will always cherish the series…… Always.

As a final note I just want to say that I wish the ending between Albus and Scorpius was different but once again I’m not releasing spoilers but if you have already read the play you will understand what I mean. 

Pokemon Indigo League Read – A – Thon.

I came across this readathon after watching Aprilius Maximus ‘s Booktube channel and once I seen it I had to take part. I mean who doesn’t love books and readathons, then pair it with Pokemon and Voila we have this readathon. The readathon is a bit different because it takes place over 3 weeks running from Sunday 14th of August until Sunday 4th of September. The readathon was set up by Aentee at Read at Midnight and I muse say that I am very excited to be participating in this readathon. Three reasons are I love books, I love readathons and I love Pokemon. Anyway on to the challenges/TBR.

Pewter City – First book in a series. – There were so many books that I could have chosen for this but I have decided to choose Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.

Cerulean City – Read a book that might make you cry. – For this I chose Me before you by Jojo Moyes because I have heard it is a real tear jerker.

Vermillion City: A book with Thunderous Hype. – Again this was hard because there is so many to choose from. I have decided to read A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab. I have heard nothing but good things about this book.

Celadon City – A book featuring diversity. – For this I have chosen The Colour Purple by Alice Walker.

Fuschia City – Read a book with an Epic Romance. – For this I have chosen a Re-Read which is Hush Hush by Bella Fitzpatrick.

Saffron City – Read a book with fantasy or Supernatural Elements. – This was really hard again but I have decided to choose The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden.

Cinnabar Island – Read a book with a red cover. – For this I have chosen The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.

Viridian City – Read a book with Post – Apocalyptic Settings. – For this I have chosen Golden Son by Pierce Brown.

So there you have my TBR. Is anyone else joining in? Comment if you are 🙂