by Stephanie Garber

5 Stars

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Stephanie Garber’s novel Caraval follows a girl named Scarlett Dragna on a journey of self-discovery, and the unbreakable bond between sisters. Caraval is a magical show of performers and magic where the viewers can play the game. When Scarlett’s sister Tella is kidnapped for this year’s show, Scarlett now has to face an island of magic and illusion, discover clues to find Tella. Before it’s too late. 

I enjoyed the metamorphosis Scarlett finds herself in and how her relationship with Julian, the “mysterious sailor”, is not rushed. I loved how the story kept me guessing, with its magical mysteries and constant plot twists. The scenes were written exceptionally and kept me turning pages, especially with the use of colours and smells.  

However, I do believe there was more potential with Scarlett’s parents, especially her mother. The plot twist at the end was a little sudden though I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the same. Otherwise, I don’t have anything bad to say, and I adored this book.  

Stephanie Garber put the magical elements of Holly Black’s Heart of the Moors and the mystical confusion of Alice in Wonderland together in the most perfect way. I would recommend Caraval for readers 13 and up who enjoy fantasy, magic, plot twists and dystopia with an unexpected romance.  

Caraval by Stephanie Garber made me feel as Scarlett felt, cry when she was sad, laugh, and that is the most important part of a book for me. Which is why I gave this book a five-star rating. 

Eva F.

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by Josh Cooley 

5 Stars

Toy Story 4 (2019) - IMDb

Toy Story 4 is an animated Disney film directed by Josh Cooley and is the fourth installment within the Toy Story series. The exciting film follows Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of their toy friends as they cherish living with their new owner, Bonnie. Using a spork at school, Bonnie creates a new friend named Forky, who joins the rest of the toys as they accompany Bonnie. Bonnie and all of the toys embark on an exciting family road trip, where Woody reunites with his old friend, Bo Peep. During the trip, the toys partake in several chaotic adventures including searching for Woody, battling an old ventriloquist doll, and rescuing Forky. 

Toy Story 4 is an adventurous, funny, and heart-warming film. I loved the scenes within the film that were action-packed as I was intrigued and constantly being surprised. I found that the new characters introduced were very humorous and amusing. Additionally, the animations were beautifully created and appealing to the eye. With this film being the fourth installment of the Toy Story series, I am very impressed with the execution and quality put into this movie. The film focuses on many important topics such as friendship, sacrifice, loyalty, and finding your purpose in life. Whether a child, teenager, or adult watches this film, I believe that it is sure to leave one with plenty of emotions and a message learned. The ending was very emotional, touching, and the perfect way to end off the movie. This is an excellent film for the whole family and I would highly recommend watching it! 

Emily K.

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Carry On

by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On: Rowell, Rainbow: 9781250135025: Books - Amazon.ca

Watford is no ordinary school, and Simon Snow is no ordinary wizard. Actually, he’s the chosen one. Throughout his years at Watford, he’s gotten used to battling trolls and dragons. But the biggest struggle? Putting up with his room mate, Baz.

When Baz does not show up to their last year at Watford, Simon senses trouble. Together, Simon and his best friend Penny, try to solve the mystery of where Baz has disappeared to and if he’s actually up to no good. Little do they know that this year will not go as planned.

by Rich Moore & Phil Johnston 

4 Stars

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Risk-taking Vanellope is eager for a change in her game, Sugar Rush, so her best friend, Ralph enters her game to change the course, but this change leads to a disaster when the game’s external controls break. Due to the difficulty to replace the vintage game part, the game gets unplugged, leaving Vanellope and her game-mates homeless. Feeling responsible for causing the disaster, Ralph and Vanellope leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade and risk it all in an attempt to save her game. They travel to the worldwide web in hopes to find a replacement controller. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they have no choice but to rely on the citizens of the internet to help them navigate their way in quite possibly the only chance they have to save Vanellope’s game. 

I believe this film was very well done for a variety of reasons. First, this charming and insightful sequel shines a light on the many wonders, as well as the horrors of the internet, from sharing silly viral videos to vicious social media comments. Additionally, Vanellope and Ralph’s conflict within the film touches upon the topic of what it means to follow your dreams and to support those you love. Finally, I enjoyed how the film included amazing animations, that were extremely detailed and vibrantly coloured. The film was action-packed and exciting to watch. In conclusion, Ralph Breaks the Internet is an excellent adventure film that is great for the whole family to enjoy. 

Emily K.

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Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl (novel) - Wikipedia

When Cath and Wren’s mother walked out on them as children, they both found solace in the Simon Snow series. Together, they obsessed over the books, movies, and became immersed in the fanfiction world.

When Cath and Wren move away to university, they find themselves drifting apart: Wren partying every weekend and Cath still involved with the Simon Snow fandom. As the year progresses, Cath struggles to find her place at the school, and struggles to keep hold of her relationship with her sister.

In the end, the sisters connect again over Simon Snow and their love for each other.

With a background romance story, this coming of age novel is romantic, quirky, and engaging. Rainbow Rowell has created flawed characters who are authentic and easy to love. Fangirl is a book about fandom, life and learning to love.

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