If Sasha and her birthmark are Harry Potter and Abi is Ron, but much more athletic and likeable, and the village is Hogsmeade (outside the private schIf Sasha and her birthmark are Harry Potter and Abi is Ron, but much more athletic and likeable, and the village is Hogsmeade (outside the private school), I think it is safe to say this is an all girls ode to Harry Potter if Ron were the MC. Abi even loves sherbet lemon...
That would make Keera the Draco of the school and her two goonies are Tiwa and Marsha. I think that means Prince Flame is Hermione—the real hero that actually uses proper magic.
It was all a little strange but parallel and felt like I was reading a very safe version of HP. I am still feeling confused, as though I stumbled across some strange fanfiction that no one has acknowledged. "Are you seeing this?"...more
If you didn't think The Lion King could get any weirder, you are wrong. Take talking animal kingdom and replace Simba with Simba 2.0 or Prince Flame,If you didn't think The Lion King could get any weirder, you are wrong. Take talking animal kingdom and replace Simba with Simba 2.0 or Prince Flame, and you have yourself a magical lion on the run from his uncle. It basically is the classic tale you remember, but with a lot more serious topics.
1. Racism against Romany gypsies. We learn halfway through the story that certain white men of privilege, in the village, are pointing fingers and blaming the Romany men for poaching deer. Did no one think a sketchy and unfamiliar van, with a driver that drives like he wants to kill all pedestrians, was suspicious?
2. Kids driving ponies on the wrong side of the road. He almost caused his pony to be seriously injured and our MC could have DIED. Thank kittens that Prince Flame was with him.
3. Guns and violence. These poachers are some kind of serious about poaching if they are willing to off some kids along the way.
4. Infanticide and dethroning. It's not very clear how old Prince Flame really is, but it is clear Uncle Ebony (racist!) wants to kill him and take over his throne, and Flame isn't strong enough to take him on. Every family has its problems, I guess.
After outlining these serious issues in the first book of what promises to be a long-lived series, it is hard to imagine children appreciating the complexity of it all.
I would not call Arrow's smaller bunny disguise brilliant, Julia. He is still a bunny. With a large key around his tiny little grey head. I think theI would not call Arrow's smaller bunny disguise brilliant, Julia. He is still a bunny. With a large key around his tiny little grey head. I think the better disguise is that he is virtually invisible to everyone but the first child he meets on his way from the other world.
Now, I am no expert in magic bunny negotiations, but are you telling me no compromise was reached in all this time? It seems ridiculous. Instead the dark bunnies are this slowly encroaching threat to their meadow, but only if they can get their grassy paws on the key. Would it not benefit the dark bunnies to pretend to negotiate and share the land and THEN steal the key like the backstabbing buns I know they can be?
Also I was most impressed with this book out of the series. The sexual tension between Lex and Ellie is palatable. I would read a whole spin-off story about their Beatrice-and-Benedick-like romance.
Okay, I need to mention the elephant in the room. Is Mr. Potter some random creep watching a group of kids camp? And if he's giving them points does this mean it's a Hogwarts camp? If this is the case, and we assume this is in the UK because of the author's origins, does this make Mr. Potter an elderly Harry Potter, professor of DADA at Hogwarts and balding camp counselor during the summer? And if THAT is the case, does he suspect Arrow is present and is he secretly helping the magic bunny warren? Will the wizarding world help stop the dark bunnies?
I have too many questions now and a terrible great idea for a fanfiction crossover....more
That's right, I am finally finishing the books of this series, that I missed, before I move onto Magic Kitten.
Let's get to it... Charlotte, honey, neThat's right, I am finally finishing the books of this series, that I missed, before I move onto Magic Kitten.
Let's get to it... Charlotte, honey, never tell a strange magic bunny your name. IT COULD HAVE BEEN A POWER-HUNGRY EVIL BUNNY.
Secondly, Mel is an animal-neglecting phony. Yeah, I am channelling my inner Holden Caulfield.
Thirdly, every good bunny owner knows rabbits will not hop into your handbag willingly no matter how much you try to look like Paris Hilton or how many treats you pack in there. Bunnies don't trust hoomins for shit. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE FALSITIES OF THIS MAGIC BUNNY. I'm starting to think Arrow started off as a Magic Puppy. I should have read that series first.
Finally, Charlotte's mum clearly has some sort of cancer and her friend Mel is completely clueless until she is told. Charlotte resorts to support in an invisible magic bunny that may or may not actually exist but appears to children having problems. A magic bunny that also claims to be hiding from some evil bunnies that have unspecified powers. What will these evil bunnies do if they get their sneaky paws on a hoomin that has been in contact with Arrow?
I am starting to suspect my own rabbit of evil intentions. Look at the glint in his eyes:
He's going to find himself on the streets if he tries anything....more
Okay, Pallas, you are telling me Athena invented all these instruments and it's only because she's a goddess? And what do you mean that she can be somOkay, Pallas, you are telling me Athena invented all these instruments and it's only because she's a goddess? And what do you mean that she can be somebody? ARE YOU NOT A SOMEBODY?
And why do they have "suitcases" in ancient Greece. Even Harry Potter didn't have a suitcase. He had a goddamn trunk.
I am not even going to try understand what adults she was living with. Pallas' parents? I don't know. THIS IS CHILD ABANDONMENT.
I will say, however, Revenge-ology seems like the best class. I could probably teach it.
Okay, let's ignore the Regina, Karen and Gretchen of Triton High... instead let us focus on how this book treats us mere mortals. "OMG you don't know basic mortal manipulation? HUMANS ARE SO EASY TO MANIPULATE THO."
I think it is safe to say this is a series with a cruel sense of humour in light of human life.
Many years ago there was a girl and her small family. She was lonely and didn't make many friends during the school years because they moved often. ShMany years ago there was a girl and her small family. She was lonely and didn't make many friends during the school years because they moved often. She looked forward to the summer, every year, when her grandfather would send plane tickets to her mother and they would visit.
The girl's grandfather was not fond of many things. He did not like sweets or salty foods. He believed in doing dishes with scalding hot water until the plates, glasses and cutlery were are shiny as can be. He even was particular about keeping everyone's shots up-to-date and blood pressure was checked regularly. Every morning he would pace around and outside the grounds of the large house to get in his daily exercise. He wore one fancy watch and a business suit and vest to match his serious businessman persona.
The knick-knacks and furniture around the house were all to the grandmother's taste. The grandfather was a businessman who dealt in carpets and textiles. The many expensive oriental carpets that could be seen hanging, floored or rolled up in storage were his pride and joy. The only other thing he loved was his granddaughter.
Every year she would visit, the girl would get toys from her grandmother (and baking lessons), while her grandfather gave her books—fairy tales to keep her occupied during the hottest days of the summer. Her favourite fairy tales were those by Hans Christian Anderson, at first. And then as she got older and admitted to graduating onto unabridged classics, he continued to give her books of fantasy and heroic tales. He accepted only her pleasure and love for these gifts and not a thing more.
One day the plane tickets stopped coming and the girl was told it would be harder to visit her grandmother's home every year. Her mother told her some very bad men took her grandfather away and he wasn't coming back.
The girl always knew people came in different shades, but soon found that people were the cruelest of creatures and they were also the source of much happiness. But if she needed to escape, fairy tales were never far from her reach.
The girl learned to clutch those tales to her bosom and forge a shield against the world she ventured into everyday. For every unwanted change and heartbreak, the girl huddled in the corner with her shield up, unwilling to battle it out. The shield sustained much damage, but always held out, until the little girl grew up.
She shed the weight of these tales and embraced the good and the bad, and felt stronger for it. She took the upsets in stride and tried to make the best of life as it was, one step at a time.
Every once in awhile, however, she would pick up the small dented shield and hold it before her, gaining comfort from the brief shelter it provided—remembering where she came from and who she was still becoming....more
I went in thinking this was going to be a straightforward book about fairy bunnies being all magical, but what it turned into was a euphemism for drugI went in thinking this was going to be a straightforward book about fairy bunnies being all magical, but what it turned into was a euphemism for drugs and drug use. That's right, drugs.
The very first chapter is called "The Talking Bud" and don't think I am unaware of what kind of bud we are referring to. As a result, it's no surprise what actually causes the "mist" in Misty Woods.
And don't even get me started on Moonshine Pond.
This book left me with euphemistic pasties and a thirst for fae-like hallucinations....more
Once again Arrow's meadow is facing the threat of the impending dark bunny war on magic.
In this instalment, Arrow helps recently injured Sara overcomeOnce again Arrow's meadow is facing the threat of the impending dark bunny war on magic.
In this instalment, Arrow helps recently injured Sara overcome her disappointment in missing out dance tryouts and rooting for her friend's continued participation to compete. In turn, Sara introduces Arrow to the wonders of pizza and technological advancements such as laptops, the Internet and YouTube.
Perhaps it is meant to foreshadow things to come, or meant to be a trick of light, but Arrow sees the approaching shadow of a dark bunny in the YouTube dance video and promptly freaks out (as to be expected).
What could the shadow mean? Is the dark bunny war breaking through the barriers of other universes? In place of a magical key and magical meadow, do the dark bunnies use human technology to impose their will? What does this mean for Arrow? Can he no longer hide disguised as tinier and plainer bunnies behind his human friends? Will Arrow ever transform into a cute Holland Lop or will Lops keep getting shafted?
On an important side note, this book is actually number 3 in the series, rather than 5....more
Arrow arrives in time to save the starving magic bunnies of his warren and to witness the dark bunnies biding their time until he returned to attack.Arrow arrives in time to save the starving magic bunnies of his warren and to witness the dark bunnies biding their time until he returned to attack.
Once again Arrow gets an innocent small dwarf bunny disguise. He's like the 007 of the magic bunny world.
I've quickly realized Arrow is a con-artist. He appears in front of vulnerable kids that are out of their element and asks for their help in a fearful and manipulative voice. Then he gets shelter and food for free.
And he also reveals his mission and his true form way too quickly into the relationship. If I were a dark bunny I'd disguise myself as a vulnerable little girl. Or recruit a vulnerable girl and make her my dark bunny minion.
Huge difference this book: human to bunny transformation. And they save a warren from pest control. Shit got real. Mad respect.
Next book there will be war though, right? I mean someone's gotta find Arrow at least. He's not exactly the master of disguise....more
So I read this in high school...about 9 or 10 years ago and it boggles my mind that I never connected two and two together. The same Neal Shusterman oSo I read this in high school...about 9 or 10 years ago and it boggles my mind that I never connected two and two together. The same Neal Shusterman of the beloved Unwind dystology? Eerie....more