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This week's Novel Newcomer features Hannah from The Book Thief Without Words. Check out her interview!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

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Novel Newcomers: Annie @ I Live and Breathe Words

Hello and Happy Monday!

Novel Newcomers is BACK. I promise I didn't drop off the face of the planet in the last few weeks, but I've been really tired - I work two jobs, so my spring break consisted of sleep, wake up, work, maybe get like 20 minutes reading time if I'm lucky, repeat cycle all seven days. I didn't really get around to doing blogging things in those seven days.

Tip: Don't work seven days. I think I might change my summer schedule for one off day specifically dedicated to reading and blogging. Despite the fact my mother will have strong thoughts about this, but I'm sure we'll survive if I take one day off a week and work the rest?

This week's Novel Newcomers is going to be three people! Yep! Three, assuming I don't drop off the face of awakeness. Because I skipped straight past the last two weeks (life, yay), we're going just a little off schedule. Just a little.

Speaking of which, I've been busy and tired enough to um... forget sending an interview two weeks from now. -_-

Back to the topic on hand (after I feel guilty and sorry for being a slacking blogger of productivity).

Today's Novel Newcomer is Annie from I Live and Breathe Words (methinks this is a very fitting blog name). We're calling all the TV lover bookworms because Annie is here today with bookish recommendations for the TV lovers!

If You Like This Show... You'll Like This Book

Do you like reading? (Of course you do, why else would you be here?) Do you like TV shows? Have you ever wanted to read a book similar to your favorite TV show? Well, now you can with this list of TV shows and a book that is similar to those shows.

Do you like DC shows like SUPERGIRL and THE FLASH?

Then you will enjoy NOT YOUR SIDEKICK by C.B. Lee.

Not Your Sidekick follows Jessica Tran as she navigates high school, an internship, her crush on a girl named Abby, and living without superpowers in a world full of superheroes. Her internship for the local supervillain not only gets her closer to her crush but leads to her finding out about the reality behind the heroes and villains.

This book is fun and a quick read while also having a complex plot and three-dimensional characters. The book also has more diversity than the average superhero show. The main character, Jessica, or Jess as her friends and the readers know her, is a bisexual Chinese-Vietnamese American girl. One of her best friends, Bells, is a trans guy.

If you enjoy a good superhero story but have been looking for one with more diversity, especially in its main characters, then Not Your Sidekick is the book for you.

Do you like shows with supernatural characters such as THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and SUPERNATURAL?

Then you will enjoy LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Cordova.
This book follows Alex, born into a family of brujas (like witches but even cooler) and late to get her powers. When she does get her powers, she attempts to get rid of them with a spell and accidentally banishes her family to the world of Los Lagos. She goes to rescue them with the help of Nova, a brujo boy, and Rishi, her human best friend who follows her to Los Lagos.

Labyrinth Lost is full of supernatural shenanigans and creates a world that is so rich and real to the reader. The book has so much well-written world building, even more in some cases than the shows I mentioned. Speaking of having more than the shows I mentioned, Labyrinth Lost also has more diversity in its characters than the shows I mentioned.

The main character Alex is a bisexual Latinx American character. Nova is also a Latinx character. Rishi is a gay Indian (I believe) character. I don’t want to give too much away but this book features mf and ff romances. Make of that what you will and read this book.

If you love a good supernatural story, but have been looking for one with more diversity, Labyrinth Lost is the book for you.

Do you like fantasy shows with a side of political intrigue such as MERLIN and GAME OF THRONES?

Then you will enjoy THE DIPLOMAT by Sophia French.
Now, I will say that this book is not super heavy on the magical/fantasy elements and is more focused on the political side of things but it is no less enjoyable for doing so.

This book is a super fun, exciting read. It follows a diplomat named Rema who goes to the kingdom of Danosha to negotiate the terms of the Danoshan princess Elise marrying the emperor she works for. However, things get complicated when she falls in love with Elise. The relationship between the characters develops beautifully and makes sense for both characters. The world building in The Diplomat is also amazing and the reader gets to really know and understand what life is like both in Elise’s home of Danosha and Rema’s home of the Empire. The book also has a cast of well-written secondary characters that only add to the enjoyment of reading the story.

If you enjoy political fantasy novels, The Diplomat is definitely the book for you. (Though I’d recommend this book more for Game of Thrones fans, since there are sex scenes so if that isn’t your thing, maybe skip this one.)

Do you like realistic dramas such as GOSSIP GIRL?

Then you will enjoy BEHIND THE SCENES and UNDER THE LIGHTS by Dahlia Adler.
Behind the Scenes follows Ally, who is best friends with Vanessa Park, an actress on a popular TV show. Ally ends up falling in love with Vanessa’s on screen boyfriend, which gets complicated when Vanessa and Liam, the on screen boyfriend, begin a PR relationship.

Under the Lights focuses more on Vanessa and Josh, who is a minor character in Behind the Scenes. In Under the Lights, Vanessa discovers her sexuality through becoming close to a woman named Brianna. Meanwhile, Josh deals with his personal life being put in the spotlight due to his mother forcing him to be on her reality show.

These two books have the drama that you might enjoy while not being too over the top. The characters are also all well developed and the plots are engaging. Under the Lights also features a main character figuring out their sexuality. Vanessa is also Korean American, and it is good to see an LGBT+ POC as a main character.

If you love stories with realistic drama, Behind the Scenes and Under the Lights are the books for you.

Those are all the recommendations I have for you today. I hope you enjoy these books if you decide to read them. Have you read any books recently that remind you of your favorite shows? Are there other books that you would have put in this post? Let me know in the comments below.

Where to Find Annie: Blog | Twitter | Goodreads | YouTube

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Friday, March 24, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Stay Bookish Zine release + More!

Time to get back to the swing of things since my spring break is over. If you are on spring break right now, then you are very lucky. Enjoy the weekend before you go back to school. I just wanted to start off with some good news for Stay Bookish Zine!

Congratulations for releasing your first YA Digital Magazine issue on March 20th! If you haven't checked it out yet, then click here to read it! It's phenomenal and it's such a great idea to develop a digital magazine for every Bookwyrm (Haha get what I did there?) to enjoy. EEEK You could also see that my friend Sophia is in it! I can't wait to read the upcoming issues!

Plus, they're hosting their first ever chat tomorrow on Twitter at 8pm EST (that's 7pm CST and 5pm PST)! Be sure to follow @staybookishzine on Twitter and use #SBZChat to follow along!

Another book will be developed into a TV Show!

AwesomenessTV will be making Zac and Mia a TV Show on GO90 this year! The series will star Kian Lawley and Anne Winters. Stay on the look out!

Title: Zac and Mia
Author: A.J. Betts
Synopsis: When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.

So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.



Emma Roberts created an online book club and you could join too on belletrist.com! She is great and loves to read like rest of us. I'm glad someone in Hollywood enjoys reading for fun!

It's trailer/teaser time!

Captain Underpants

Death Note (I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS. Watch it first then I'll sort of explain.)


FIRST OF ALL, Netflix, what happened? I get this is based off of the anime. but couldn't they just not 'americanize' it too much? Light Turner? umm it's LIGHT YAGAMI! I just see so many things that is not cool compared to the amazing and my top favorite anime of all time. I also don't want to say too much, because I'll offend someone. Let's be honest, the only good thing about this is Willem Dafoe as Ryuk. I will still see this no matter what and I'll certainly tell you my thoughts about it in August. This movie better be good Netflix. 



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Friday, March 17, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Movie Trailers Galore!


Hello! It's movie trailer week! It's that time of year where movie trailers are dropped to encourage us to go see it on the big screen. I'm honestly tempted to see most of these movies that I'm about to list below. Be aware that it's a lot of trailers and previews!

Coco Official US Teaser Trailer


Despicable Me 3 Official Trailer #2


The Little Mermaid- Official Trailer


Wonder Woman Official Origin Trailer


Series 10 Trailer- Doctor Who


Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2- It's Showtime Preview






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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Review: Imperfectly Criminal by Mary Frame (Meet the Funny Sidekick from Imperfect Chemistry)

Imperfectly Criminal Mary Frame

Imperfect #2
Author:
Mary Frame
Publication Date: November 11, 2014
Publisher: Self Published
Reviewer: Sophia
Previous Books: Imperfect Chemistry

Freya Morgan thought it was a great idea to hire the bad boy on campus to beat up her douchebag ex-boyfriend after he cheated and treated her like crap. Fast forward a few months, and nothing she’s done has helped her get over the scars left behind by her ex. Not the paid beating, not the string of sucky dates, nothing.

Dean Collins is in trouble, and it’s all Freya’s fault. After all, she started the trend of all the ladies on campus paying him to do their dirty work. But now, two of the boys he was hired to beat up are dead, and he’s the only connection.

When Freya agrees to help him find the real killer, she discovers that this bad boy isn’t so bad, after all. And getting involved with him means more than finding a killer, it means potentially losing her life…and her heart.

I am a huge fan of Mary Frame’s Imperfect Chemistry. I love the book to pieces and praise/recommend it while running left and right and kindly shoving it down everyone’s throats while humbly reminding them that this is indeed New Adult.

Imperfectly Criminal is the sequel to Imperfect Chemistry and the second book in Mary Frame’s Imperfect series. The best part is? It’s a stand alone! With the kicker being ending spoilers from Imperfect Chemistry (of course, my English teachers are cringing because saying imperfect a million times in a paragraph is very... repetitve). This book features Freya, who Frame first introduces us back in the first novel as one of Lucy’s newest friends.

In terms of favorite character in the series Lucy still takes the crown, but Freya is a close second now that I’ve gotten the chance to know her as a character. (She’s not as cute as Lucy! Plus the family dynamic in the first novel is like the Weasleys...) She adores food, Lucy’s quirks, and she’s hilarious. Have a quote about how unstereotypical cliches get in this adorable series.
...he’s got me all flabbergasted with the skin and the muscle and the… a mini George Takei is oh mying in my head.
Or two.
This is where I should probably wax on and on about how sweet and handsome he looks while he’s sleeping, but really he looks like a slack-jawed yokel.
Hilarious character aside though, Imperfectly Criminal deals with a much more serious problem its predecessor. For those who’ve read Imperfect Chemistry and met Freya in the first book, Frame mentions a bad relationship Freya gets out of but doesn’t go into much detail (after all, Lucy is the main character). We get more intel on what happened to Freya in book two as she helps the guy she originally hired to beat up her ex prove he was innocent when two of the boys he beat up end up dead. While she’s doing all of that, she’s also struggling with her attraction to Dean and the after effects of her relationship with her ex.

Imperfectly Criminal has laugh out loud moments for a light read while also dealing with serious, darker issues, and I can’t wait to see how Frame will take the rest of the series.

4 Owls
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: The Late Edition In Which We're Just Fashionably Late

Hello and happy, happy weekend!

In this week's random shenanigans, Lupe is currently cooped up with essays and other scholarly duties while I'm jumping up happily after passing my certification exam for Content Marketing from Hubspot (I'll have to try again next May to renew, but for now...).

BUT WE'RE ON SPRING BREAK NOW. I will now promptly hide in a hole and everything shall resume in like a week. Blogging wise, not social media wise.

Also... NEWS! For the past couple of months, I and many others joined Stay Bookish to create a YA literary magazine! I'm extremely happy to be contributing as part of the marketing and writing team. So to start off with this week's news...

Stay Bookish Zine released its logo on Twitter! Check it out, and be sure to follow us on Twitter (@staybookishzine) for updates as we get closer to release day. Plus, everyday until release day, we're revealing hints about the first issue! Be sure to follow #SBZReveals for the questions.
Get a first look at Mary Poppins Returns with Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins. Videos on the blog do come out as really big. (And then my coding skills are limited as I can't really figure out what to with the coding so it comes out smaller and not overflowing the page.)

Here's a clip from the newest Power Rangers movie coming out THIS month!

The hype is on for Beauty and the Beast releasing NEXT week! Have you seen the music video for the theme song yet?

Okay, time for a break from the videos before we go back to talking about Beauty and the Beast again. Huge congratulations to Angie Thomas for recently hitting #1 on the NYT Bestsellers list for her debut, The Hate U Give! Take a peek at the synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

And back to Beauty and the Beast. The movie recently released a new song by Josh Groban called Evermore.

Okay, that's enough videos this week. So... there's going to be a Mean Girls novel, based off the movie. I hated the movie, guys. I just don't get why everyone loves that movie so much. But if you do like the movie, what are your thoughts on a novel adaptation?

To finish this off, have you seen the cover to the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban yet?
Have a fabulous week, book nerds! ^_^

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Friday, March 10, 2017

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THE GIRL WHO COULD SEE by Kara Swanson Cover Reveal + Giveaway!


Today, I provide you guys with a cover reveal! Check out the cover and synopsis of the book below. Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

P.S. If you're looking for this week's Fangirl Friday, no worries! Check back tomorrow!

Title: THE GIRL WHO COULD SEE
Author: Kara Swanson
Pub. Date: June 1, 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon | Goodreads
Synopsis: All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but what if she is the only one who can truly see?


Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear “normal,” she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.
Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man isn’t a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.



About Kara

As the daughter of missionaries, KARA SWANSON spent sixteen years of her young life in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped suddenly into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the speculative genre and was soon penning stories herself.

At seventeen, she independently published a fantasy novel, Pearl of Merlydia. She has since published many articles, including one in the Encounter magazine. Kara received the Mount Hermon Most Promising Teen Writer Award in 2015. You can find her on Facebook as Kara Swanson, Author, or attempting to be artistic over on Instagram (@karaswanson_author). When she’s not creating new stories and placing characters in peril, she’s probably binge-watching Marvel movies, playing with her huskies, reading till two in the morning or experimenting with a dairy-free mocha Frappuccino (skills, I’m telling you).

GIVEAWAY!

1) winner will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card, US Only.
2) will receive an Advanced eBook Copy of THE GIRL WHO COULD SEE, International.



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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu & Anne Greenwood Brown ARC Review

Girl Last Seen Heather Anastasiu Anne Greenwood Brown

Girl Last Seen
Author:
Heather Anastasiu, Anne Greenwood Brown
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Reviewer: Sophia

Kadence Mulligan played to a packed house of her fans Friday night.

Saturday morning she was gone.

The songs Kadence wrote and sang with her best friend, Lauren DeSanto, made them both online sensations. But when Lauren lost her voice, Kady couldn’t wait to go solo. It’s no secret the two had a major falling-out and were barely speaking to her. Lauren kept to herself, scribbling song lyrics, while Kady’s stardom was rising steadily…until she went missing.

Yet Lauren was one of the last people to see Kady the night she disappeared.

The only person who seems to believe that Lauren is innocent is Jude Williams, former outcast turned gorgeous bad boy, but he has reasons of his own for wanting to get back at Kady. Still, he’s Lauren’s only ally, and together they look back on their complicated friendship with Kady as they search for answers. But are they both really looking for the truth? Or is one of them playing an elaborate game to cover up a crime?
ARC provided by Albert Whitman & Company via Netgalley - thanks!

I really thought I had written a review for this one during winter break, but since it has been sitting on my Kindle App shelf since I read it and there are no signs of its existence on the blog, Goodreads, or Netgalley…. I mean, that says something, right?
I remember almost nothing from the book (this is the saddest thing ever, because I’m still in that stupid thing called reviewing slump and all I want to do is write creative posts consisting of GIFs) aside from two girls, Kadence and Lauren, who make videos and got famous on YouTube for it. One of them can’t really speak, so she primarily focuses on writing music while the other does the singing. Kadence ends up missing and no one actually knows where she’s at, if she’s even alive, etc.

(I hope my notes are somewhat helpful…)

Girl Last Seen, despite the fact the story is primarily focused on the characters trying to find Kadence, isn’t just about looking for a YouTube sensation. Kadence I couldn’t care less about (I know that sounds really insensitive) - she’s a spoiled brat who likes to get what she wants and doesn’t let anything stop her, but she also likes to use people like little puppets on a string.

I cared far more about the other characters: Lauren, Mason, Jude, and how they all related to each other or to Kadence. Their relationships with each other and Kadence were complex, and I really liked how they all connected. Girl Last Seen feels much more along the lines of relationships and finding oneself without constantly looking towards someone else as support than a mystery (though that is certainly a bonus).

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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Novel Newcomers: Hannah @ The Book Thief Without Words

Hello book nerds! Happy Tuesday!

It's midterms week for me, so I'm obviously slacking in scheduling, among other things. Generally I'm good at this. I blame Lupe, Anelise and just life in general. (I'm also part of a new literary magazine coming out in less than two weeks! Eeep! *excited squeal*)

On the bright side... spring break is next week. Can I finally get the chance to finish Cage of Darkness by Jennifer

That aside... In case you missed it last week, Joana from Hard Choices Girl came by to talk about five books that changed her life. This week's featured Novel Newcomer is...

Hannah from The Book Thief Without Words! She shares a common name with me, as some may know...

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
I like to write, play the piano and watch lots of TV shows

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
I can touch my nose with my tongue? I mean it’s not really an accomplishment but it’s something.

What is your favorite food?
All food involving potatoes. Potatoes are the most amazing food in the universe.

If there were a pot of books at the end of the rainbow and you had to fight a leprechaun for the books, what three books do you hope to be in said pot?
I’m going to assume that this pot has upcoming releases and say They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman.

If you could travel to any point in time, where would you travel to and why?
I would travel to like the 20s maybe? I don’t know I really like the vibe to it, but honestly most time periods are pretty horrible.

What’s one book releasing this spring that you’re excited for?
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

Where to Find Hannah: Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

Past Novel Newcomers (2017)

Did YOU start blogging in 2016? Novel Newcomers still has open spots! Contact Sophia for more information. ^_^
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Friday, March 3, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: DuckTales and Movie Trailers!


I don't know about you guys, I am super excited for all these video clips I have for you today! I hope everything is going well for you, and just be happy that spring break is almost here. (Please come soon!)

DUCKTALES!

Guys, Disney XD is stepping. IT. UP. The last time I was watching this channel was when I watched Phineas and Ferb. I really miss the old Disney shows. I hope I'm not the only one here. Just by watching the little sneak peak we have here, fills my heart up with joy. They are sticking with the basic animation format and I just hope this is will be marvelous.


GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2!

I LOVED THE FIRST MOVIE. It's my jam and I will always try to find the time to watch the film every chance I get. It's funny, and the action is incredible. It's a great Marvel film in my opinion. We got a new trailer thanks to Jimmy Kimmel. May God bless you my friend for sharing this master piece to the world. I can't WAIT for May 5th!



We also got a brand new trailer for Alien: Covenant! This film looks BOMB and I will definitely drag my dad to the theaters with me to watch this film. Watch it below and see why this is a very exciting film to look out for! In theaters May 19th!





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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World Review (The App?! Yes, yes, it is.)

I never actually thought that I would be writing a review for a mobile game but…

It has indeed been a long while since a gaming related post has occurred (last time it was Mari during the trial run back in August 2016 doing a review over Rocket League).

I’m an avid Harry Potter fan (I did devour the entire series in the span of 3 months as a 6th grader...). I’m a Ravenclaw and Gryffindor - at least, according to Pottermore 1 and 2. I have a Ravenclaw lanyard (which is stretchable and some people do it for fun because they think it’s funny, but whoever breaks it will owe me a new Ravenclaw lanyard). I’m on the Quidditch team at my school, to which I’m really just a member and can’t do anything because I’m too busy working to actually practice.
That kind of sums up how I'm feeling.
So of course, when a Harry Potter related game comes out, I’m definitely going to download it and see how it goes.

I think I have a love/hate relationship with mobile games. Or, more accurately, a very short attention span when it comes down to games played on a tablet versus those played on a computer (even those are a toss up). Maybe I just have really low motivation right now, which is a very bad time to have it because I had it last year around the same time, among other shizz, which really did not help. And the kicker this time? There's no guy involved.
Fantastic Beasts is essentially a hidden object game in which you, the player, is part of the Ministry of Magic - in fact, the newest recruit. You go on cases and figure out what magical creature was causing havoc for each case. To find what creature was involved, you find objects as fast as you can in scenes - the faster you are, the points you earn and the earlier you get stars that will help you repair objects, question people, etc. that will ultimately help you find the magical creature involved. And to help aid you, you can brew potions - much like any wizard alumni can from Hogwarts or Illvermorny.
Some Screenshots (All screenshots taken on an iPad Air 2):
I find it extremely interesting to figure out the magical creatures and learning about them - definitely different from other hidden object cases, but that’s not surprising since this is based on the movie and the Wizarding World.
But Fantastic Beasts quickly died out with me. I loved going on the cases at first, but over time, it felt repetitive - for each case, I’m going through different scenes, but some of the scenes in the cases are just variations of each other. Plus, the objects are almost always the same with the occasional change up. There are backwards versions, timed versions, find the differences versions - it didn’t feel any different than a hidden object game.

I will admit, however, that timed versions are fun to do. But I think I’m going to continue my search for a good mobile game to play when I’m really bored.

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