Mini Review: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling/Chrystal S. Chan

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Title: The Jungle Book

Author: Rudyard Kipling, Chrystal S. Chan

Genre: Graphic Novels, Children’s Fiction

Published: April 3rd 2017 by Udon Entertainment

 

I was very excited that I was approved to receive this “The Jungle Book” graphic novel since The Jungle Book has been one of my favourite stories as a kid!

I don’t usually read graphic novels so I was very interested in how the graphics influence your reading experience. And I can tell you I wasn’t disappointed!

This adaptation is in Manga form which means you have to read it backwards and from right to left! I used to read Mangas when I was younger but it was still very confusing at first. You get used to it after the first few pages though and it gets very enjoyable.

I particularly loved the graphics of this adaptation! They were so detailed and unique and it made the whole reading experience so much better. They really help you visualise the story (since the action is literally right there in front of you!) and it makes reading and taking in information so much easier. It was great to see the story move along so fast, you could literally breeze through the story! And you don’t only get to read what the characters are saying but you get to see their facial expressions and body language. I think that is a big pro about graphic novels!

In any adaption you add or leave out certain elements of the original plot and it was done very well in this version. You could see the outline of the original story with a few unique quirks here and there.

What I really liked was that all the poems that were a part of the original book were a part of this adaptation, too! But in this adaptation they weren’t positioned at the end of each chapter but rather where it was fitting for the story and I must say they each fit perfectly in their respective slots.

I very much enjoyed reading a slightly different version of one of my favourite childhood stories!

⭐⭐⭐⭐  (4 out of 5 stars)

This graphic novels is published on April 3rd 2017 and if you want to get your hands on it head over to https://mangaclassics.com/ and get your copy 🙂

Have you read the actual Jungle Book book? Did you see the movie? Did you watch a lot of Disney movies as a kid? What is/was your favourite Disney movie?

 

Review: Death’s Queen by Janeal Falor | Spoiler Free

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Death's Queen

Title: Death’s Queen

Author: Janeal Falor

Genre: YA Fantasy

Published: 6th March 2017 by Chardonian Press

Pages: 118

(via Goodreads): “Nameless. Unknown. Alone.

An assassin without a name, born to kill. Owned by a vicious man who refuses to call her anything but girl, she is forced to commit atrocious acts of violence. Vowing to take her future into her own hands, the seventeen-year-old decides to risk everything on one act of defiance—drinking from The Death Drink. The beverage kills most whose lips touch it—only allowing those who are destined to be royalty survive the first sip. 

Powerful. Revered. Hunted. 

To the astonishment of the nation of Valcora, she imbibes it and lives, which crowns her queen. Thrown into a life of royal intrigue, she now has a purpose—to rule with the fairness she was never shown. Despite her altruistic plans, it becomes apparent that someone wants her dead. The new queen must use her training from the former life she only wants to forget in order to stay alive long enough to turn her kingdom into something she can be proud of. She’ll hold onto the crown… or die trying.”


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Death’s Queen is about a nameless female assassin who has been following her master’s orders and committing murder all her life. One day she realises how much she despises to kill and leaves the only home she’s ever known. For days she lives on the streets, her mood and will to live slowly slipping away until she decides to end her life by drinking from The Death Drink – it either kills you or crowns you as the new queen. To her surprise she survives and gets thrown into a new life at the court, having people bow down before her and follow her orders and wishes.

With only 118 pages this was a quick read but that is by no means a negative thing, I actually enjoyed it!

I really liked our anonymous main character. We don’t get to know much about her, look-/personality-wise until a few chapters in, which makes her very mysterious and difficult to figure out at first. The people of the court and country don’t know that their new queen is a former deadly assassin but there are still people who want her dead due to her new position as queen. As the story progresses we don’t only get to see her deadly, fierce side where she takes down any man who tries to kill her, but also another more sensitive side. She has difficulty opening up to people or showing emotion and she trusts no one around her. With the exception of the young guard Nash who now is her newly appointed Head Advisor. He keeps her company, takes his time to explain politics to her and also how to act as a queen.

She also does a lot differently than all the queens before her. She changes rules and doesn’t let anyone talk down on her or try to talk her into something she doesn’t want to do. If she doesn’t like a dress, she lets them make her a new one. If she isn’t okay with the court’s courtesy rules she lets people know it. I like that she has a mind of her own and only pursues what she thinks is right. She opposes the council and only ever really listens to Nash.

I liked how her and Nash worked together but I do have to say their relationship developed a little too quickly for me. I think the whole story took place within a couple of weeks so they could have developed feelings for each other, sure, it just seemed a little too fast for my liking. But maybe I just felt that way because the book only has 100+ pages, I’m not sure!

The story was very fast-paced and there are some unexpected truths that are revealed throughout the story. If you’re looking for a quick read with a bit of action, betrayal, life at court, a little side-romance and a badass female character you should pick up Death’s Queen!

⭐⭐⭐⭐  (4 out of 5 stars)