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.


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!!

Sabriel by Garth Nix | Book Review

For many years Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that treacherous world - and face the power of her own extraordinary destiny.

Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?


Before receiving this book as a Christmas I was unaware this book even existed, and I am quite upset. Why doesn't this book have a big following like some other books? It deserves it, because it is marvelous.

"Yes," said Abhorsen. "I am a necromancer, but not of the common kind. where others of the art raise the dead, I lay them back to rest. And those that will not rest, I bind-or try to. I am Abhorsen . . ."

He looked at the baby again, and added, almost with a note of surprise, "Father of Sabriel."

When follow the story of Sabriel, an 18-year-old girl who lives in a world where magic and science combine, one night while at school she learns that her father is in danger so she leaves the comfort of her to go rescue her only family. She receives her father's magical items, a saber and a set of seven bells, which aid in keeping the Dead dead. Along the way she learns more about who her father was and it means to be the special necromancer called Abhorsen.

Sabriel through out the stories learns from her foolish mistakes, and does her best to not get her pride in the way when she has to make dire decisions where lives are at stake. It is a bit refreshing find a character who makes mistakes, is aware of their mistakes, admits their mistakes, and remembers the original mistake when a similar situation rises. Most characters, like most people do not admit their mistakes and while they may learn from it admitting one is wrong is not frequently seen or read.

Garth Nix writing is fast-paced, lush and hypnotic. He describes people, places and scenery poetically and thoroughly and he does not spend two pages doing in doing. We are given a complete picture with all the five senses and it only took a few paragraphs.

Nix's world building is interesting, for he sets the foundation of his Old Kingdom world without it being a massive information dump. The details seep through the narrative passively, because Sabriel has grown up in this land and nothing to her nothing is new, but we as readers everything is mysterious and we only learn bits and pieces along the way making the world actually feel like a magical unexplored world (leaving a number of things with no real explanations at times). The magic system in the Old Kingdom is unlike anything I have read before (and I read a lot of fantasy), Nix blend and mixes magic and science, not as enemies, but as equals. Science has strengths and weaknesses in the world just as magic has its own strengths and weaknesses. There was never a time where one was superior than the other, which was so strange and new.

“Let this be my final lesson. Everyone and everything has a time to die.”

My Rating: 5/5

February Wrap-up & March Preview

February has been a bit of a slow reading month for me since I spent majority of my free time watching Critical Role or TV shows.

However I read three books:

Oak and Mistletoe by J.Z.N McCauley (My Rating: 2.5/5)

A Druid Curse, A Prophesied Love, A Consuming Vengeance…
Catherine Green, along with her twin sister and older brother, travels to Ireland on a college graduation trip. Her vacation takes a permanent turn when she lands her dream job at an art and history museum on her beloved Emerald Isle. She meets a handsome stranger named Bowen, an expert of sorts on local ancient studies. Though their first meetings are turbulent at best, Catherine finds herself drawn to him.

Unaware that she is the key to breaking a hidden curse, Catherine unleashes the evil madman Conall and his druid followers, imprisoned since ancient times. Tragedy and loss ensue, sprouting within Catherine the deep seeds of rage that thrust her onto the damaging path of vengeance. Confused by the enigma that is Bowen, his mixed signals, and her own feelings, she is swept away with him on an unexpected journey surrounded by myth and long-forgotten knowledge. In order to stop the evil plans of Conall and his reunified army, Catherine must entwine her fate with peril. Her survival is trivial to her as long as Conall dies. She’ll do whatever it takes.

Sabriel by Garth Nix (My Rating: 5/5)

For many years Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that treacherous world - and face the power of her own extraordinary destiny.
A Wrinkle In Time (My Rating: 4/5)

Fifty years ago, Madeleine L'Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe. When the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel to Camazotz, where they must face the leader IT in the ultimate battle between good and evil—a journey that threatens their lives and our universe. A Newbery Award winner, A Wrinkle in Time is an iconic novel that continues to inspire millions of fans around the world. This special edition has been redesigned and includes an introduction by Katherine Paterson, an afterword by Madeleine L'Engle's granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis that includes photographs and memorabilia, the author's Newbery Medal acceptance speech, and other bonus materials

For the month of March I hope to read a bit more, but we shall see what will happen.

March To Be Read:

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Starswept by Mary Fan
Winter Glass by Lexi Hillyer
Obdisio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Krisstoff

Elementals: Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman | Book Review

Elementals: Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman

Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.

In order to rescue her, Anders must enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shapeshifting force of all.

I loved Kaufman’s sci-fi book, Illuminae, and when I was given the opportunity to pick up her book at a book festival, I was quite excited!

I had very little knowledge on what the book was about other than it being a Middle Grade novel filled with Viking like magic. I went into the book blindly, which was quite nice to do since everything was a surprise. 

We follow the story of Anders, who is an orphan surviving the streets alongside his twin sister Rayna. Due to a series of unfortunate events, Rayna and Anders get separated and Anders enrolls to an academy for people who are able to shift into wolves (actual wolves not the werewolves thing). Anders does everything he can to get his sister back and learns some mysteries along the way.

The best part of the book was the diverse cast. There were characters of all shapes, sexualities, and color. The main character is a young boy with brown skin and black curly hair. He has a non-binary friend who uses “they” pronouns and a bad ass fighting teacher who protected a section of the city all by herself with her wife. It was nice to have representation be so normalized, having no one in the story question it and just accepted it.

The story focuses on the importance of friendship and family, like most middle grade novels tend to these days (Something I feel YA should write about too). 

Even though this is considered a middle grade novel, it is a novel that any age group can enjoy. I personally found enjoyment in it, and Kaufman is still able to build a mystery in her lore that will have the older audience trying to piece things together just as the intended young readers.

I believe if you enjoyed books such as Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan, Magisterium by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare or Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer you will defiantly enjoy Ice Wolves.

My Rating: 5/5

January Wrap-Up

I felt that January was a slow reading month for me, mostly because two of the books I read were pretty bad/boring but I had to read them for some reviews I had to do. (One for a literary magazine and a book tour).

Hinder and There Your Heart Lies almost put me in a massive reading slump, but thankfully Ice Wolves saved the day.

While it wasn't the best reading month, it did bring new books that I purchased at my local second-hand book store, Volume One Books. (Okay it is not local it is like a 50 minute drive, but it's still pretty worthy to be local).

Here to a better reading month.

What did you guys read in January, let me know!

Hinder by Kristin Ping | Book Review

This book was given to me as part of the Rockstart BookTour for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

This was one of the worst reads I made myself go through in a long while. Between information dump that is unnecessary to the story, outrageous descriptions, writing inconsistency and cliche after cliche. 

At first I thought maybe Hinder was aimed for a younger YA audience, but with all the sex and wet dreams involved I wouldn't feel comfortable with a 13-year-old reading this. Hinder is a mess. Also, I tend to enjoy MG books so I don't believe I have outgrown YA or MG the whole problem was the book. 

Hinder feels like a fanfiction written by someone who is starting out a writing where the writing feels clunky and choppy, and in fanfiction it is fine, because it is fanfiction. Also, during the information dump (aka the story lore) everything was shoved into my face and I felt quite aggravated by it. These characters obviously known the lore of their world so logically they wouldn't be repeating it to themselves (the completely history of how everything works in their world ). I think it would have been better if the reader found out rather than being told…by three different characters.

We have the leading lady Alex who is perfect and slightly clumsy. She is at some point described as the most beautiful girl in the world, and she just can't help it because she is an Earth wielder (the rarest that there is). There is a point in the novel that Alex describes herself as a runway model and it is quite ridiculous. All of Alex’s “perfect” features are overall ridiculous.

“I had raven-black hair with midnight blue. My skin, which had never seen real sunlight, looked sun-kissed. I was tall and slender, more like a runway model than someone who’d been on the run for most of her life“

In order to protect Alex from her godly beauty her mother forces her to wear a magical glamour, which ends up with the nickname of Ugly Ducky. As Alex is in this disguise all she does is complain about how she is no longer beautiful, it's quite dreadful. For Alex all that matters is her beauty and frankly it is quite a damaging message to be promoting in the YA genre. Beauty is not everything, unless you're Alex, which then it is the only thing. 

Because this a the optimal cliche YA book, the leading boy, Ethan is also perfect. He even says it himself. 

"I was a senior at Sky View High, a jock to be exact. I played varsity football and tried to be a regular human, even though I was far from it. If I was honest, I wasn’t doing such a bad job at fitting in."

But of course he is a good quarterback who can do no wrong, but is still a general jerk and classifies women to animal. So dreamy. Ethan is Alex's bender and they are forbidden to be with one another, because it will lead to Ethan's death. This, of course, does not stop them, and definitely doesn't stop Ethan from cheating on his blonde, perfect body cheerleader girlfriend with Alex. ( It could be argue that it's not cheating because Alex and Ethan were only having sex in their dreams...that they were sharing...and 100% conscious and in control of their action..)

I think the only positive part of Hinder is that unlike other YA books, Alex's parents are an important part of Alex's life and actually appear in the story and try to protect their daughter (maybe not the best methods but the intentions are there).

If you want to read an enjoyable YA book filled with elemental magic, forbidden love and heart stopping twists. This book is not it. Please do yourself a favor and pick up something else like A Court of Thorns and Roses or Fallen Kingdom. Don't waste your time on this book. On top of all the cliches you can pretty much predict the whole book by chapter four.

My Rating: 2/5 

Hinder by Kristin Ping | Rockstar Book Tour

About the Book:

Title: HINDER 
Author: Kristin Ping
Pub. Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Pages: 443
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Ethan Sutcliff seems like a normal seventeen-year-old—at least that’s what he’s trying to portray. In a secret society run by the Supernaturals, Ethan is what witches call a Bender. Benders are Witches’ Guardians, who are able to control a witches’ ability, bend it, or move it away from harming humans. In Ethan’s case, he is able to bend the Earth element. But at the age of fifteen, he lost all connection to it, and the reasons behind it could only mean one of two things: His Wielder is either dead, or hiding out somewhere.

Alex Burgendorf has been living in her aunt’s locket for the past sixteen years with her mother—a Fire Wielder, and her father—a Water Wielder. For sixteen years, her parents vowed to protect her, and they have, as she is the last Earth wielding witch. However, time is running out. Alex must find her Bender, or the fate of the Supernaturals might be at stake.

About Kristin:

Kristin resides in South Africa with her husband, two beautiful girls and two bulldogs that tries to eat her house. She has been writing for the past eight years and her first debut novel, Hinder: A Bender's novel will be published 2018 by Fire Quill Publishing. When she isn't writing, she is spending her time with her family, or trying to teach her two bulldogs to not eat her house.

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