It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but that’s because I haven’t been reading or watching anything new. Although, a couple of new seasons for two shows I enjoy aired in the last couple of months – Worst Witch, Season 3, and 3Below: Tales of Arcadia, Part 2.
Worst Witch, Season 3 is just as cute and fun as the first couple of seasons. Mildred’s mother plays a larger role in this series, so you are able to see more of the mother-daughter dynamics. For those of you who like Ms. Hardbroom, you even get some of her backstory.
3Below: Tales of Arcadia, which is not as good as it’s predecessor – Trollhunters – still is enjoyable. What I like about 3 Below is Steve’s character arc. Initially a bully when we first met him in Trollhunters, his character continues to develop in 3Below, and you get to see him grow into something more than a bully. That is probably my favorite aspect about this TV series – Steve’s path to finding friends and a purpose. To quote Aja, the Queen in Waiting, one can say that this show is “lively!”
Anyway, if you are looking for some lighthearted and fun shows, check them out!
Weird. That is the only way I can describe Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz. As far as children’s fiction books go, this is rather dark, and the story is confusing. The story bounces back and forth between different character’s and perspectives, and the real focus of the story does not become clear until much later in the book. (About ½ way through the book you finally figure out what happened to Clara, and ¾ of the way through the book you finally realize how all these characters relate to one another.)
The synopsis of the story makes it sound like the focus is discovering what happened to Clara, however, in truth, her disappearance is only a small part of the bigger picture. Perhaps a better synopsis would be:
An old curse, two enemies, and the lives of three unhappy children collide in this tale of magic and greed set in London in the 1800s. Cassandra, a witch who will stop at nothing to dispel her curse, and Grisini, a master puppeteer with a desire for power and money, care little for the lives they must take and the happiness they will destroy in their quest for freedom and power. Caught in between are three children – Clara Wintermute, Lizzie Rose, and Parsefall – each being viewed as a tool – a puppet – for Cassandra and Grisini to achieve their desires. Life was hard for the children, and thanks to Cassandra and Grisini, it just became harder.
The story though, is not without merit. The children, even Parsefall who is the most “hardened” of the children, are examples of selflessness and courage. Lizzie Rose in particular is a good example of compassion, showing mercy and kindness even to those who hurt and mistreat her. The story also has an interesting way of dealing with each character’s grief and helping them find the peace and healing they very much need.
Update (June 2018): I did finish the book. While the style of writing is simpler than other books I’ve read, I did manage to enjoy the story. There were some crude parts, and there were a couple of violent scenes, but in the end, I did end up enjoying it.
(March 2018) Empty Horizon is the fourth book in the Benjamin Ashwood series by A.C. Cobble.
I was looking forward to this book, but since starting it, I have been disappointed. The style of writing seems juvenile and simple, not the same quality of writing that I’m used to reading. In addition, it is more crude than the previous three. As much as I want to know what happens to the characters, I probably won’t finish the book because it simply isn’t keeping my interest and I don’t appreciate the increased crudeness.
This show is a fun, innocent show for young girls. While some adults might find it painful/cheesy, it is simply a sweet, fun, innocent show. It’s nice to have a light-hearted, clean show to simply relax too.
This is based off of a book; I have not read the book yet.