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Review: Six of Crows

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Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: it’s part of the Grisha novels

Who’s it for? Older teens (unflinching violence)

What’s it about?

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court (a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retreive a hostage (who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his rewards (and spend it)

[Blurb taken from the book]

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Can the film ever be better than the book it’s based off?

I finally got round to seeing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two at the cinema. It’s a great film. It has some amazing, emotional scenes (the scene with Katniss anTHG trilogy and filmd the cat springs to mind – Jennifer Laurence really, really threw herself into that one) but something was missing. Don’t get me wrong, it was great but…

The book was better.

There’s one main reason I believe the book is superior to the film. The depiction of Katniss.

This is no reflection on Jennifer Laurence’s acting skills in any way, shape or form, but in the book, you’re in Katniss’ head. You can see all her cold calculations that she makes to survive and keep those she loves alive. Without knowing those thoughts, her motives and her actions seem a lot more straightforward in the film. Take her relationship with Peeta, there was a lot more going on in her head than what you could see on screen. If you’ve only seen the films and not read the book go read them, it’s worth it.

So this got me thinking – could the film ever be better than the book?

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Review: The Shepherd’s Crown

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Title: The Shepherd’s Crown

Author: Terry Pratchett

Series: Discworld (5th in the Tiffany Aching mini-series)

Who’s it for? Teens and up

What’s it about? The barrier between worlds is growing thin and an old enemy is threatening the land that Tiffany Aching, witch of the Chalk, holds dear. She must make a stand with her allies against the oncoming threat of darkness.

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