Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge | Book Review


The book was provided to me by HarperCollins in exchange of an honest review

Debut author-illustrator Ethan M. Aldridge will captivate readers with this full-color fantasy graphic novel that has all the makings of a classic, about a changeling and a human child who were switched at birth and must now work together to save both their worlds. Perfect for fans of Amulet.

Edmund and the Childe were swapped at birth. Now Edmund lives in secret as a changeling in the World Above, with fae powers that make him different from everyone else—even his unwitting parents and older sister, Alexis. The Childe lives among the fae in the World Below, where being human makes him an oddity at the royal palace, and where his only friend is a wax golem named Whick.

But when the cruel sorceress Hawthorne takes the throne, the Childe and Edmund realize that the fate of both worlds may be in their hands—even if they’re not sure which world they belong to.

I feel that I might be a bit biased considering I am a big fan of Ethan's art work. I actually own a few prints by him and hope to continue to grow my collection. This being said, I have had his book on pre-order since the day it was available and I was super excited when the ARC arrived on my door step.

The ARC is in black and white, which doesn’t let me see the novel in its full and magical glory - even though I've seen it on tumblr and his Patreon. 

What's nice about this middle grade graphic novel is that it teaches the importance of families. The ones we are raised in and the ones we chose. Through the story, Edmund and the Childe bring up what it means to be part of a family, and who really belongs to the human family. The Childe, who never really had that experience or relationship, learns that it means more than being born to someone - and honestly it is beautiful. 

The most majestic and unique part of this novel is that it’s 95% done with traditional water color illustrations. In a world where everything is digitized and on photoshop this little book is odd but perfect. Aldridge's art reminds me a lot of E. H. Shepard's Winnie the Pooh art style with the thick ink strokes and beautiful colors. 

It's truly modernized nostalgia filled with magic. 

I really don't want to spoil too much of the story, because it's wonderful and I want the whole world to read it. What you really need to know is that it is a fantasy story filled with changelings, golems, witches, sibling love, trolls, evil aunts, rats, fights and a DRAGON.

I look forward to reading it again in its full color glory. I also look forward to the second book - since there are so many loose ends that need solving!

Book Release: August 7th, 2018
My Rating: 5/5

Given to the Earth by Mindy McGinnis Spotlight | Penguin Blog Tour






GIVEN TO THE SEA

An expansive YA fantasy from an up-and-coming YA author, just right for Throne of Glass readers.
Loyalties collide, friendships are tested, and romance blooms in a dying world where the sea is rising - and cannot be escaped.

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water. Her body is to prevent a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before being Given, Khosa must produce an heir.

Vincent is third in line to inherit the throne, a lesser prince in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom and a long wait. When Khosa arrives without an heir, Vincent knows his father will ensure that she fulfill her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent must find a plan that will allow him to keep Khosa and the kingdom . . . or decide what he's willing to sacrifice.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra - fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before - are now marching from their stony shores for the twin's adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land - and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.


GIVEN TO THE EARTH

Duty, fate, desire, and destiny collide in this intricately wrought tale, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas.
 Although she was born to save the kingdom by sacrificing herself to the rising sea, Khosa's marriage to King Vincent has redeemed her. As the Queen of Stille, she's untouchable. But being Queen hasn't stopped her heart from longing for the King's stepbrother, Donil. And it hasn't stopped her body from longing for the sea itself, which still calls for her.

 While Khosa is made to choose between loyalty and love, Dara is on a mission for vengeance. Years ago, the Pietra slaughtered the entire Indiri race, leaving only Dara and her twin, Donil, alive. Now, spurned by King Vincent, Dara has embarked on a mission to spill the blood of Pietra's leader, Witt, and will stop at nothing to show his people the wrath of the last Indiri.

 As the waves crash ever closer to Stille, secrets are revealed, hearts are won and lost, and allegiances change like the shifting sand.


AUTHOR BIO:

Mindy McGinnis is an assistant YA librarian who lives in Ohio and cans her own food. She graduated from Otterbein University magna cum laude with a BA in English Literature and Religion.







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Starswept by Mary Fan | Book Review


This book was provided to me in exchange of an honest review

In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.

A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows

In Mary Fan’s Starswept we follow the story of 15-year-old Iris Lei, a young viola player in a prestigious arts school, who is trying to make it in order to finally meet her mom. However, this is no ordinary art school. In Papilio, artist compete to become the best in their art in order to get sponsored by an Adryil, an alien race from Adryil. Late one night, while wandering the hallways of Papilio, she meets an Adryil boy named Dámiul and soon learns that not everything is what it seems.

It only took two pages for me to be completely immersed in the world of Starswept, mostly because I was excited that Iris was a viola player. As a former viola player, it caught me off guard that an instrument that is usually cast aside or ignored, is in the key entrustment of the protagonists. It brought me warmth and glee. Even though that tiny detail was what made me want to read more, Fan’s world building and fast paced story telling resulted in me reading all 400 pages in one day. I could not put it down.

As a description heavy lover, I was throughly pleased. Fan immediately immersed me in her world with all the small details of the new alien species, language, history and what it means to be an artist (especially a musician). 

She is a solid writer.

“Imagine all the stars in the galaxy in one pair of eyes, all the sureness of home in one pair of arms, all the heroics of a thousand epic tales in one noble heart.
This is my love.”

However, Starswept does follow the traditional tropes of YA: girl meets mysterious guy - her life changes - another boy also secretly loves her - and she gets with mysterious guy who hides secrets. Despite this, Fan was able to keep me so immersed, invested, and intrigued with what was going to happen next that I was not bothered with these tropes (it was once I started this review, that I realized how tropey it was).

While the relationship between Iris and Dámiul is considered the main focus of the story, it sometimes takes a back seat as the story dives into a darker and more serious tone as Iris learns more about what the Adryil are really doing with the artists of Earth. Their relationship was kinda insta-love which usually bothers me to the end of the earth but Fan wrote their developing relationship so beautifully, that I forgave it…for now. More than the love, its a story about how we perceive ourselves and our worth, while fighting for our beliefs.

I do not want to go too much into this book and any spoilers because I really think people should read it and experience it. It is diverse, has decent character development, beautiful prose, and a handsome male protagonist who is not cocky or broody (he is a sweetheart who wants to make the world a better place).

Space, aliens, music, interesting twists, love and fantastic story telling - what else can you ask for?

My Rating: 4/5



Winter Glass by Lexa Hillyer | Book Review

This book was given to me for an honest review



Winter Glass is the sequel to Spindle Fire, a retelling of the classic fairy tale: Sleeping Beauty. Book two picks off right where book one ended.

Aurora, Isbe and Prince William are back in Deluce preparing for the looming war with Malfuer, the evil faerie queen. Along with William and Aurora's wedding in order protect their kingdoms and gain a bigger military force. However things don't go as planned -- like it should honestly. 

While Spindle Fire was character driven, Winter Glass was plot driven. The war was the main focus of the plot and most of the characters decisions were based on the war. 

I feel that Hillyer really grew as a writer -- I felt that her structure flowed more and she was able to build her characters to be more dimensional. Characters like Aurora who felt really hallow in book one were more fleshed out. I guess I have to credit that to character development too, but Hillyer finally made me feel for her! Which was very nice. 

Just like in book one, Winter Glass is told through various point views, but Aurora and Isbe are the main narrators. Once again Hillyer was to bring a beautiful almost visual narrative to Isbe (who is blind) without using descriptions that depend on sight. I am was very impressed, especially when Isbe was at the Ice King's kingdom, I could picture everything so clearly by just the sounds, feelings and movement. 

However, the "plot twists" were predictable and I was a bit upset when I guessed them correctly. Nothing really made me go GASP, which is fine I suppose but I enjoy when authors can foreshadow and I miss it. One of my biggest complaints about book one was the forced relationship Aurora had with Heath. In book two Aurora again had a forced relationship that came out of nowhere and I couldn't really understand where it bloomed from...it was a bit annoying. 

I feel that Hillyer did a good job with Winter Glass. I definitely enjoyed it a lot more than Spindle Fire. If you enjoy classic fairy tale re-telling I think you'd enjoy this little duology! It has romance, magic, friendship, adventure, self discovery and most importantly self-love.

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Out on April 10th, 2018
My rating: 4/5

Ready Player One | Book vs Movie Review


Copyright - Steven Spielberg

Ready Player One is a story about a young boy named Wade Watts and his search for an easter egg in a worldwide virtual reality game called the OASIS. Whoever discovers the easter egg, wins the game creator’s fortune and control over the OASIS.

When I first learned that Ready Player One was going to be a movie I cheered, and then I panicked. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is one of my top 10 favorite books, mainly because it is an ode to all things nerdy and geeky.

After the first trailer was released a few months back, I saw there were going to be changes, and I was scared. However, it did not stop me from watching it on it's release date. 

The movie does a pretty swell job of keeping the general feel and gist of the book and its story. It is an ode to geekdom and all things nerdy - this being said…if you are not well versed in video games, comics, old cult movies or anything of that sort…you might be lost and might not enjoy the movie. Mostly because all the references will be lost to you (the same goes for the book).  

The movie was modernized in its geekdom - featuring games from the 2000s such as Overwatch. This was one of its major changes, and I was okay with it, because it had to appeal to a large modern audience. 

Overall I enjoyed the movie and liked catching all the references (even if I am pretty sure I did not catch them all).

Recently, this story has received a lot of backlash for being unrealistic or not being great literature or having shitty female characters or bad diversity or whatever - I feel that the movie did the book justice (even with the changes that I will go into later on). It told the story of a teenage boy (probably 17 - 20), who believes the Oasis is all that matters and that is why he wants to protect it, only to learn that there is more to life than living in that virtual reality. While fighting an evil corporation who wants to ruin the OASIS for everyone else (because greedy companies want to profit off free things, like always).

And the female character I saw people complain about in the book for being poorly written, actually was given a major plot point in the movie that was originally part of Wade’s arc. She also had a bigger role in the film other than being Wade’s love interest. That was pretty rad.

Now to the real book vs movie comparison. So if you have not read or seen Ready Player One…BEWARE OF SPOILERS THAT ARE COMING.

First major change is that we don’t know Wade’s age and we don’t know if he is in school. In the book he is stuck on the planet where all the schools are present and kids receive their education. This was important because Wade is poor, and could not afford paying the teleportation fee to go to various parts of the same planet let alone other planets. By being stuck in this planet he was able to figure out the first clue and find the first dungeon in the school planet. The dungeon was from the first edition Dungeons & Dragons.

The first two challenges were completely different book to movie, not a big deal. I guess racing and being in a horror movie is more exciting for the audience rather than going through a dungeon and playing an arcade game.

Another major change was how Wade got the extra life coin - which saved him when the big baddy decided to destroy the whole planet and zero everyone out. In the book, Wade completes a Pacman game with a perfect score (thinking it is the second clue) only to receive a quarter. In the movie it is given to him by a mechanical butler when Wade outsmarts it. (My brother told me that no one would want to watch anyone try to get a perfect score in Pacman…which is a fair point)

Also, the High Five (Parzival, Aech, Art3mis, Daito and Shoto) all lived in Columbus, Ohio rather than across the world. Which was convenient for the story I suppose. Daito never got murdered by the IOI which is great because he is pretty great during his on screen time. Also in the movie, Shoto is an 11-year-old Chinese boy - which was the cutest thing ever.

There were other changes done in the movie such as meeting Og Morrow at the very end after they won the game, but honestly that wasn’t a big deal…since they all lived in Columbus, Ohio and didn’t need any private jets to be united.

Even with all the changes, I was not angry or upset. I really enjoyed the movie and accepted the changes (unlike the Percy Jackson movies). It was visually pleasing movie celebrating all the things my dad, my brother, and I enjoy. It was a massive mash up done in a creative way - kinda like Who Framed Rodger Rabbit.

If you are well versed in video games, comics, cult movies or anything of that sort I think you’d enjoy the movie (and the book - even though it is more 70s oriented ). If you are not…well you probably won’t enjoy it as much. 

And if you are looking for something similar to Ready Player One (at least in book form) I recommend Warcross by Marie Lu.

Playwright Turned Novelist Elena Hartwell | Author Interview



On April 1, 2018, Camel Press will release Three Strikes, You’re Dead by Elena Hartwell, the third book in the Eddie Shoes Mystery series, set inWashington State. Private investigator Eddie Shoes heads to a resort outside Leavenworth, Washington, for a mother-daughter getaway weekend. Eddie’s mother, Chava, wants to celebrate her new job at a casino by footing the bill for the two of them, and who is Eddie to say no?

On the first morning, Eddie goes on an easy solo hike, and a few hours later, stumbles upon a makeshift campsite and a gravely injured man. A forest fire breaks out and she struggles to save him before the flames overcome them both. The man hands her a valuable rosary and tells her his daughter is missing and begs for her help. He dies before he can tell her more information. Is Eddie now working for a dead man? Barely escaping the fire, Eddie wakes in the hospital to find both her parents have arrived on the scene. Will Eddie’s card-counting mother and mob-connected father help or hinder the investigation? The police search in vain for a body. How will Eddie find the missing girl with only Eddie’s memory of the man’s face and a photo of his daughter to go on? Says Hartwell, “In book three, I wanted to explore the other side of Eddie’s family history. Readers often ask about her father, Eduardo, so I decided to give him a little more time in the spotlight. This story also expands on my interest in the experiences of people who come to this country to build new lives, both legally and illegally. Of course, I couldn’t leave Chava out, so she's in there too. A triangle is always more interesting than a duo. I hope readers enjoy the twists in the plot and seeing the relationships evolve as much as I did.”

About The Author

Elena Hartwell’s​ writing career began in the theater, where she also worked as a director, designer, producer, and educator. Productions of her scripts have been performed around the U.S. and abroad. She lives in North Bend, Washington, with her husband. For more information go to www.elenahartwell.com.


Exclusive Author Q&A


Q - How did the idea of the third book come around? Did you know what you wanted to do since book one?


I decided I wanted Eddie and Chava to travel for the third book while I was finishing book two. Bellingham, Washington, statistically has one murder a year, and the books are only a couple months apart, so I didn’t want the bodies piling up like Cabot Cove on a busy weekend. 

Sending them on vacation felt like a good way to have them stumble over a body in a different jurisdiction. The events were a surprise, but I had known since the first book that I would continue exploring the relationships between Eddie, Chava, and Eduardo. It was a lot of fun to get to include Eddie’s friend Debbie Buse and, of course, Franklin, in the action, despite the fact it’s set out of town.

Q - Which character do you think is most like you?


This is tricky because Eddie and Chava are both a lot like me, but at different times in my life. The funny part to me is that Chava, who is the mom, is more like I was a younger person, and Eddie, despite being younger, is more like me now. I was a bit of a wild child as a teenager (stop laughing at the understatement, Mom), which is closer to Chava’s persona. 

I think all characters share aspects of a writer’s personality. Especially the characters who feel like real people. When a character feels flat to me, I often think that’s because the writer didn’t incorporate anything of themselves in the writing. This includes the “bad guys,” because even people who do bad things have complex internal landscapes. At minimum, it’s how we understand other people, which in some sense, is a reflection of us. For example, I would never kill another person … but if I did …

Q - What made you decide to start writing mysteries?


I worked as a playwright for a lot of years, but mystery was always the genre I read. Mysteries don’t work particularly well onstage. They make for great TV and movies, but it’s tricky to put convincing mysteries onstage unless it’s an old-fashioned, locked room murder. It can be done, but it wasn’t what I wrote for the stage. 

I also always knew I wanted to be a novelist. Because it’s the genre I read the most, it was what I wanted to write. I’m not sure why I didn’t start writing novels earlier in my career. I was so focused on the stage—I worked as a director, designer, and educator—it took up all my time. 

But, I think I had the belief in the back of my mind I wasn’t capable of writing an entire novel. I went to graduate school and wrote a dissertation for my PhD, which is book length, so I think that might have given me the proof I needed that I can write something of that magnitude. Then I worked in theater a few more years until I finally woke up one day and thought, if not now, when? I wrote a few early books, my fourth was published, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Q - What is the biggest difference between writing plays and novels?


Volume! A play is typically two hours of stage time. That’s in the neighborhood of 120 pages. And that’s not very many words on the page either. A novel, on the other hand, runs 65-85 thousand words, or 300, densely written pages. 

With a play, it’s all about dialogue. There are actions, of course, but the majority of the story is told through what people say. Novels include the internal state of the characters and descriptions of locations. With plays, the actor finds the internal state and shows it to the audience. In the theater, the set designer and the lighting designer and the sound designer create the phyiscal aspects based on the script. One of the hardest things for me to learn making the shift was how to write solid descriptions. 

I had an editor tell me once, years ago, “I’ve never seen this before. You write great atmosphere, but I don’t know what anything looks like.” That has stayed with me, so when I get compliments on descriptions of place in my novels, that’s especially meaningful to me.

Q - What has been your overall influence in telling Eddie’s story since book one?


This is a great question. I’m influenced by the era I grew up in. The 70s and 80s produced a generation like no other (I know, that’s true for every generation). But we were the last group that didn’t have computers. We could play outside without helicopter parents. We weren’t scheduled for every hour of the day. 

Our television detectives were low-key, without the speed and degree of violence we see today. James Rockford was just as likely to talk his way out of a situation than he was to go in somewhere with guns blazing. Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone is still back in the years when I came of age. School shootings were unheard of. Meth and opioids weren’t an epidemic yet. 

Eddie is a bit of a throwback. She doesn’t love the latest and greatest gadget. She’s not someone who wants to spend her time on social media. She likes a simple life. Her mom, her dog, her friends, in person. 

To me, despite the fact I have to deal with 21st Century technology in the books, she’s an echo of simpler times. But she also deals with very current social issues, so she’s the culmination of the world I grew up in and the world I live in now.

Q - What is your go to music playlist and snacks when you’re getting in the zone to write?


I need quiet – so there’s no music, but oh the snacks, the snacks … so important! First off there’s coffee. I have my coffee—cream, no sugar—before anything else. Then there’s popcorn. I love to snack on popcorn. We don’t currently have a microwave (remember that Luddite thing I mentioned?) so I often get SkinnyPop or Smartfood (love the white cheddar!). I also like a little bit of chocolate. I lean toward dark chocolate, but this time of year I’m all about the Cadbury mini-eggs.

Q - What was the biggest challenge of writing a mother/daughter duo in a mystery novel.


This was actually pure joy for me. I love the dynamic between the two of them. I’m sure I’ve been influenced by the Golden Girls, short funny mom, tall, pragmatic daughter, but it’s also just a delight to put not one, but two strong women forward. My mom and I have a great relationship, so I have a wonderful model of the good parts of that dynamic. The arguments are all made up!

What is more of a challenge, albeit an interesting one, is that Eddie has a Latino father and a Jewish mother, so I have a lot of research to do.

First off, her mother Chava is currently investigating their Jewish heritage. So I get to do that right alongside her. I’ve learned about certain holidays and foods. It also forced me to really think about Chava’s family history. Her father survived the camps in Nazi Germany, and came to the US. Chava’s mother was Ashkenazi, her father Sephardic. All that background was fascinating for me. Eduardo’s backstory has not been revealed with as much depth, but I’ve got research going there too. Trying to get details right about different cultures is challenging because you want to honor them by getting them correct.

Q - What is your earliest memory of art?


A production of A Christmas Carol at a local theater when I was a kid. I’d been exposed to art a lot before that, museums, literature, dance, but that production stands out to me as the first time I was both wowed by an artistic experience and aware of how much it stayed with me. I had to be older to realize some of the other things I already loved, music, books, were art.

Q - A quote or statement you try to live by?


“Don’t confront me with my failures, I had not forgotten them” – It’s a line from the song “These Days” by Jackson Browne. What it means to me is two-fold. First, we all make mistakes in life, things that haunt us, that’s part of the human experience. Second, we don’t always have to jump on other people about their mistakes. We can take a step back and see if they are making a change in their life. It’s not our responsibility to “fix” people. We can help if asked, or call a person out on something if they are behaving badly, but we shouldn’t assume other people aren’t aware of their own faults or need us to remind them.

Q - If your book were to be picked up for TV or a film, who would you cast to be Eddie Shoes?


This is such a challenging question! She has the humor (and height) of Allison Janney, but she’s half Latina and in her thirties. It would be important to me that she was played by a person with Eddie’s ethnic background. Stephanie Beatriz might be great, but she’s only 5’7. They would have to cast someone really short to play Chava! I’m totally open to suggestions … Hollywood? Is that you calling?

Check out her books at www.elenahartwell.com

A Wrinkle in Time | Book vs Movie


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I recently read A Wrinkle in Time because I was kinda hyped up for the movie. With it being a book turned movie, I wanted to see how the book to screen adaptation went....and quite frankly, I am impressed.

While the movie was not a perfect replica of the book, it came pretty damn close. There are only a some minor and one big change (that honestly wasn't that big of a deal). Before I go into detail, I want to warn the people who have not read or seen the movie -- the rest of this post will contain spoilers, so if you don't want the story to be ruined for you please read this after you have read or watched the movie!

The movie starts with a bit of a prologue where we are introduced to Mr. Murphy (Daddy Chris Pines), Meg ( Lyric Wilson ) and Mrs. Murphy ( Gugu Mbatha-Raw ), and we are introduced from the beginning that Mr. & Mrs. Murphy are big science wiz and are going to adopt a baby, Charles Wallace ( Deric McCabe ).

Then older Meg (Storm Reid) is introduce and the movie follows the book pretty well. Only minor change is that the twins, Sandy and Dennys, don't exist and Meg's bully has a name: Veronica (Rowan Blanchard). We are able to see Meg struggle at school and be teased because she is still not over her dad's disappearance.  Charles Wallace is also in school, and is too smart for his age just like in the book.

The only other small difference in the first half of the movie is that Mrs. Whatisit is introduced later by Charles Wallace rather than on the famous, "Dark and stormy night." Which is totally fine, as it still made the plot move forward.

The movie is true to character's personalities, especially the three kids. However, unlike the book, Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin end up in Camozotz because of Meg's refusal to return to Earth without her dad. The Mrs' tesser is changed in course, and the kids are in Camozotz against their will. Unable to tesser them out the Mrs give just Meg their gifts and lets them go on the mission to rescue Mr. Murphy.

The movie added more to book in world building and the oddness of Camozotz. Also it was more dramatized which is fair since movies are different than books. Unlike the first half of the movie, which was very faithful to the book, in the second half we begin to see bigger changes.

For starters, we don't see the little boy bouncing the ball in the wrong rhythm (which is a minor thing sure). Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin meet Mr. Red in a beach instead of the Central Intelligence straight away. So we don't see the forceful uniformity the center creates. At the beach Charles Wallace eats his sand sandwich and is quickly taken over by the IT...rather than fighting it and then letting himself get taken over due to his pride.

Once Charles Wallace becomes part of IT we are officially in the weird space of the Central Intelligence where he lets Meg find Mr. Murphy (rather than fighting her). Once Mr. Murphy is free, Charles Wallace starts taking them to The Brain. However, instead of meeting The Brain and having to unfollow the rhythm of the world...Calvin and Meg get taken over pretty quickly and Mr. Murphy tries to tesser Meg and Calvin away.

BUT, instead of tessering to the planet of Ixchel where Meg has to heal due to touching The Black Thing...Meg stays behind to save Charles Wallace. While this is kinda a big plot change, it did not hurt the film which is fair -- in Ixchel Meg learns how to save her brother and is sent back to be a warrior by the Mrs.

I understand that going to Ixchel would have just made the film longer and not all too necessary, because while in the room with The Brain -- Meg thinks of her faults and all the love in her, and figures out how to save Charles Wallace.

Rather than a screaming match like in the book, the movie gets a bit brutal and Charles Wallace uses the powers of IT to beat up his sister into giving in.

But obviously, Meg's love for Charles Wallace and his love to his sister beats the darkness and they are able to get away and bring Mr. Murphy home.

YAY HAPPINESS.

Overall, I am very pleased with the movie. The special effects and CGI were so beautiful too. I applaud the cast and crew of A Wrinkle in Time, and all the artists who worked on the film. Acting wise...I wasn't very impressed with Storm Reid, compared to her co-stars Levi Miller and Deric McCabe, who were fantastic for child actors. Reid had her good and bad scenes, but I see a lot of room for growth and improvement as an actor. (but what do I know haha)

If A Wrinkle in Time was part of your childhood I think you won't be disappointed with the movie adaptation. Go watch it!!