Blogger book nook #11: Magic Kingdom

Hi everyone! Welcome to another book nook post. I can’t believe the group will be a year old next month! I’ve only officially done 10 as I missed last October’s but I’ve enjoyed being part of the group since the beginning. If you don’t know what the blogger book nook is, it is a book club created by Abbey and Tabitha where they choose a prompt each month that allows us to choose a book based on that prompt along with a Q&A based on the prompt. This month’s prompt is fantasy and I had flip-flopped on what I wanted to read but I eventually settled on Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton.

“Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road. She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. and very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance arrive, and she sees her own body, that she realises that she is in fact… dead. But what is she supposed do now? Lily has no option but to follow her body and see her family – her parents and her twin brother start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a deathtime opportunity – to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time…”

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

So I actually wanted to read this book for January’s book nook prompt judging a book by its cover as it has one of the prittiest covers but it wasn’t out at that point which I was gutted about! However, it came to mind when trying to decide on what I wanted to read for this month’s prompt as it is quite fantasy themed being about the paranormal and it was only 99p in the kindle store. I loved this book because of the way it dealt with grief and although it was about something people find sad it was actually quite funny and uplifting in places to say it was about death. It was also a pretty easy read as a lot of the chapters were quite short so it was easy to get through a good chunk in one sitting.

I loved the whole thing of Lilly being in Ben’s body and I’m actually glad it wasn’t something that happened straight away as it took a little while of Lilly being in limbo before she took over his body. However, I did find the whole thing of it switching from first person to third person slightly annoying. I was glad though that it had a rounded ending, not just Lilly going into the light and that being it as we got to see what life had been like a few years later for Ben. Overall, I would recommend this book.

Q1) Fantasy books create amazing worlds in our minds, from Narnia to Terabithia. Which fantasy realm from a novel would you most like to visit and why? – Ooh I’m not sure! I mean everyone says that they’d love to go to hogwarts but its the only one I can really think of right now because I don’t really read a lot of fantasy books that are particularly set in a whole world of their own.

Q2) Do you prefer fantasy books that are entirely set in a fictional realm or ones that have links to the real world? – I much prefer fantasy books that have ties to the real world. I think that is why I love the Harry Potter series so much because although there is a separate wizarding world it still has ties to the real world. I also liked that about the book I chose for this prompt. I feel like it makes the story much more interesting.

Q3) Popular fantasy series include Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, A Game of Thrones, and His Dark Materials. If you had to wave your magic wand and obliterate one of these from existence, which would it be and why? – I’ve actually only read Harry Potter so I couldn’t give a fair reason for getting rid of any of the rest although I have the least interest in reading the Game of Thrones series so I would be more likely to get rid of that one if I had to choose.

Q4) Imagine that you’re a character in a fantasy novel and that you get to design your own magic power or super weapon – what would you choose and why? – I would love either a flying carpet or teleportation. I would love to be able to get places easily so either of those things would be really cool to have.

Q5) Which sub-genre of fantasy appeals to you most? Mythical? Paranormal? Quest fantasy? Magic? Or something else? – I don’t have a particular sub genre that appeals to me most although I would probably be more included to pick up something more magical. However, there are some books on my reading list that are more based around mythology.

Have you read Sunflowers in February? Are you a fan of fantasy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Abbie. X

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