List of Fantasy Books and Superhero Movies – June 2019

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BOOKS

  1. Whimsical Tendencies51mpauxo7zl

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This book and many more of Suzanne’s C. Rogers are the perfect blend of fantasy and classic romance. As far as I’ve tried, the stories are very sweet and they make you grow attached to the main characters. The writing style also fits perfectly with the storyline.

Whimsical Tendencies starts with Cypher being called to the headmaster’s office because, once again, she did something wrong with her magical abilities. She’s feisty, has a mysterious past, and she hates the Cauldians, the people who have taken over her country.

Things take a different turn when she accidentally meets a Cauldian gentleman.

These are the type of books you can leisurely read before bedtime and that will make you believe in the power of love. Maybe if you lost faith in love, you should try out these books.

Note: these are fantasy romance books so don’t expect much action.

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2. Furies of Calderon

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I stumbled upon this book in my Google Play recommendations and I must say it’s worth reading. The story doesn’t start out strong, but when you get to the action part, you will be amazed, or at least, that’s how I was. I kept turning page after page until the mission was over. The suspense moments are very-well developed so I’m definitely adding it to my favorites.

You’ll get into an interesting and tricky mission with Amara and Fidelias, and you’ll find out that their magical powers are called furies—a name probably given because those powers seem to be sentient, yet they can be called only in certain conditions.

From people who master their furies well to those who are growing impatient waiting to develop them, the world of Calderon is magical yet dangerous at the same time.

Note: the main characters are changed with almost every chapter so sometimes the book may seem like a collection of short stories.

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3. The Moth Saga

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This series is simply perfectly designed and written. The plot is strong, the chapters are short and flow cursively, the characters are well-described, the dialogues and descriptions are exactly where and when they need to be—it’s a series done by the book.

It depicts two places, one, Timandra, soaked permanently in the strong light of the sun while the other one, Eloria, is in permanent night. While the light part seems to live European medieval times, the dark world has many Japanese culture elements, something which adds to the fascinating world of Moth.

It starts with Torin, an 18-year-old boy who seems feeble but has a strong sense of justice. Although living in the bright Timandra where everyone would presume only the good and peaceful dwell, evil men lurk in Torin’s village and they seek nothing but stirring up a war between the two lands (so far I don’t know if they’re purely fanatics or there is some underlying reasoning why they want this).

Torin gets entangled in this mess as he tries to stop their evil doings, and the worst part is that the dark world now believes he is the perpetrator who must be punished.

Okay, I think I gave enough spoilers here :)).

The only thing I would have to comment is that at certain times, the relationship between the characters can be a bit annoying, at least that’s how I felt. I find Bailey kind of annoying, and I hope Torin will lose interest in her (it sounds mean, I know).

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MOVIES

  1. Shazam!

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I loved this movie! Since the very first time I saw the trailers, I knew I must see it. I’m a fan of lighthearted shows that bring in a good mood.

If I were to put it simple, it would be like this:

  • 65% humor – 35% seriousness—actually, I don’t think I’m wrong when I say you’ll hardly find 5 minutes of pure seriousness in this movie
  • 60% family movie – 40% superhero movie—it focuses more on the power of friendship and healthy family relationships rather than save-the-world fights.

It centers around the life of Billy Batson who is supposed to be an orphan. If I understood the movie correctly, he gets the power of Shazam mostly because the old wizard had no choice. After testing over 50 people, he was running out of time and someone had to take his powers as soon as possible (you’ll see why).

So the boy was not exactly the most pure-hearted kid who deserved the power. After getting the powers, Billy makes sure he has great fun before thinking of helping others.

Special appreciations:

  • Despite being so full of humor and jokes, the villain here is not only very serious but has a well-done background as well. He is bad but not mindless.
  • The movie has a consistent voice from beginning to end. It starts with a mix of funny&serious mood, it continues so, and it ends so.
  • The actors were excellent! They seemed to enjoy playing their roles.
  • The jokes are light perfect for all ages.

Conclusion: funny and heartwarming movie. Relax and have a good laugh with Shazam.

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2. Captain Marvel

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Captain Marvel was what I expected: a superhero movie mainly for women. You’re not going to see heavy battles here like in Infinity War, but you’re going to get a fine share of entertainment, superhuman fights, and a slice of suspense. There were more jokes than I expected, and overall, just like Shazam, it was a lighthearted movie.

The main character, Carol Danvers, belongs to some outer space civilization, although she has some strange traces of memories that belong to planet Earth. As she goes into missions, she gets the chance to search through those memories with the help of… the villains.

That being said, I enjoyed watching Captain Marvel and it did surprise me with a sudden plot twist. This movie works well when you’re a bit tired and you just want to relax.

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Chapter 12 – Part II (Final)

Months later, the queen’s patience and understanding reached an end. It seemed that Selunia was going to live in their palace much longer than previously assumed, and Soris was spending more and more time with her. One day, Melisa went to Soris as soon as he finished his lessons. She saw him blasting out of the room with increasing joy.

“Stop,” she said, firmly planting herself before him. “Where are you going?”

“I’m going to play with Selunia,” he answered, impatient to continue his run.

“Don’t go to her.”

The boy’s joy visibly decreased. “Why?”

“I interdict you to play with her. She’s a bad influence on you, and you need to have friends among the boyars.”

“I don’t want to! She’s no bad influence. We have a lot of fun,” he protested, begging her with his eyes.

“I said no, do you understand? I’m not asking for your opinion. This is a command and you shall obey! Now go to your room. If you don’t listen, I’ll punish you.”

The boy saw the stern glare on her face, so he hung his head and obeyed. Even though Lady Voronchi hadn’t ever come into the palace since Waltario’s action plan, her relationship with the king hadn’t grown nicer. Martin had found other ladies and those were daring to show their disdain and defiance toward her, filling her days with poisonous frustrations and regrets, darkening her mentality and stiffening her character.

Soris went to his room and was so distressed by his mother’s request to the point he could start crying. He’d found such a nice friend in Selunia and dreaded the fact that he would have to break ties with her. Hands resting on his head, he paced the room back and forth, fretting about this. If he missed playing with her, she would get really upset. He should at least talk to her and tell her about this, rather than just show her the cold shoulder on the first occasion they accidentally meet.

He searched through his toys and gifts wanting to offer her something like a goodbye present. After finding a bear, a rabbit, and a golden unicorn, he thought he should bring some sweets and then maybe find a hairpin and then… He stopped, realizing he was wasting time. He packed everything in a bag, and slunk off the room to the girl’s chamber, hoping he won’t bump into Clark or the queen.

Passing long corridors and flights of stairs, his breath cutting short after going around every corner, he reached her room. He knocked superficially and rushed in only to find the girl sobbing greatly. Selunia sat in bed, knees to her chest, face buried in a small pillow, crying her parents’ names.

Soris dropped the bag and ran to her. “Princess, what happened?”

Selunia uncovered her wet face. “Mommy and Daddy aren’t coming!” she yelled, tears rolling down her cheeks. “They’re never coming back!”

Sorrow welled up in the boy’s heart. He started numbering the months and realized they should have returned weeks ago. He hopped next to her and watched her in silence, sharing her sorrow, while her tears tortured him, not knowing what to do. It was definitely not the moment to say goodbye to her, but on the other hand, he was afraid of his mother. He pondered for a while until he finally made up his mind. He would not let Selunia alone. He would lie. He moved closer and engulfed the girl in his arms, hoping this would offer enough comfort to stop her from crying.

“Don’t worry, Princess. I will never leave you,” he uttered. “From now on, I’ll take care of you. I will protect you.”

Selunia’s sobs became quieter under the spell of his innocent embrace.

*

The next days, the queen was keeping an eye on Soris. He pretended to go out and play with the nobles, and then later he snuck back in the palace making up different excuses. With time, he made up an even better lie.

“Where are you going?”

“I’m going to play.”

“Who with?”

“Karl.”

Soris lied that he had a new friend whose name was Karl. He pronounced that name with confidence every time he was asked, feeling at ease that it was only half a lie. Karl from Karleyani, the girl’s real last name. Soon, however, the general caught on the lie. One day, when the boy came into his studio, Waltario asked him, “So you’re going to play with Karl, right?”

“Yes.”

“Well, Karl is right here,” he said, stretching a hand toward Selunia, who was sitting on a chair, pretending to brush a doll’s hair.

Soris was taken aback. He raised terrified eyes toward the general.

Constantine folded his arms on his chest, preparing to lecture the boy. “You two know you’re not allowed to play with each other.”

Selunia let her chin down on her chest. Soris did so too, but after a few seconds, he dared to face the general again.

“Can you let us play?” he uttered, shyly clasping his hands at his back.

Waltario pitied him. “Look, Soris, it’s not me who doesn’t allow you. It’s your mother, and I think you should listen to her.”

“But who’s going to play with her, then? Only I can because I can keep secrets,” the boy said raising his tone.

“Why are you so sure?”

“I didn’t tell dad about the bottle!”

The general was amused by his boldness. “Well, true. The king has a hunch that someone has interfered in his business, but he doesn’t care to find out. Once he’s changed his mind about someone, he doesn’t turn back even if it was his fault.”

“So can we play?” Soris insisted, trying to be as sweet as possible.

“Don’t do that to me. Beg your mother, not me.”

“Oh, come on, General. You know Mom will never agree. I told her about Clark and she didn’t agree to change him.”

“I think her decisions are well grounded so I’m not going against them.”

“All right. But if I play, you won’t tell on me, right?”

The general frowned. “What are you implying?”

Soris lifted his chin and grinned. “Well, you don’t let us play, but if we play, you won’t tell anybody, right?”

Waltario started laughing out loud. “Spunky kid. All right. You’re going to come out with me and, after that,” he raised his hands in the air, “I don’t know what you do.”

Soris followed the general outside, hoping that he wouldn’t change his mind the last minute. Constantine turned and said, “Remember, Your Highness, you are not to play with Selunia,” he said with a quick wink.

“Yes, General,” Soris nodded and watched him leaving until he couldn’t see any shadow in the corridor. After that, eyes sparkling with enthusiasm, he slid back in the studio and started a joyous celebration of his victory. Selunia jumped around him with admiration. He’d been able to convince a great man like Waltario to let them play. That was something amazing to her.

*

One year and a half later, as the two were playing hide and seek in the general’s studio, Constantine came in accompanied by two people dressed in long brown cloaks. They pulled back their hoods, revealing a dark-haired man, and a ginger-haired woman with wet, azure eyes. She could barely hold back her tears.

Selunia ran into her arms. “Mommy, you’re back!”

Waltario shifted to a side to let the three enjoy their unexpected reunion. “Well, Selunia, your parents are alive,” he stated with a smile. “I told you it was possible they were late.”

Selunia, after sharing how much she’d missed them and cried for them, took on an upset pout. Kendel lifted her up and said, “Oh, my sweetheart. Daddy was really late this time. How old are you now?”

“Seven. How could you forget about my birthday?”

“Oh, I never forgot. I was just too far away from you. But don’t worry. When we get home, I’m going to give you many presents to make up for my absence.” Kendel let the child down and embraced her once more, glad he’d found a way to return from the difficult mission.

“You’ll get many presents from me, too,” Inerishia said, then turning to the general, “Again, thank you so much, General. I hope the crystals we gave you will show useful in your research.”

Constantine waved a hand. “You don’t have to thank me. What I did was nothing compared to the help you provided to our kingdom back then. Selunia is a good child. I never had any trouble with her.”

“All right, then we shall leave you in peace now,” Kendel said. “Despite what you say, we know it’s hard to raise a child.”

“Two actually,” Constantine corrected him, pointing at the prince who was slowly stepping to Selunia.

“So you’re leaving?” he asked the girl, with shocked eyes.

“Yes. I’m going home with my mommy.”

He looked down on the floor, pretending to scratch some dust with his feet, then he asked with a heavy heart, “Will I see you again?”

Selunia suddenly understood his sadness. She looked up at her parents who refrained from saying anything but watched her and the boy with compassion. If they were going to meet again, that wasn’t going to be very soon. Selunia returned her attention on the boy and said with determination, “Yes. You will see me again, and when I come back, I’m going to be your protector!”

Soris lifted up his eyes and smiled, joy sprouting in his heart. “You my protector? How can that be possible?” He gave a playful grin.

“Just you wait and see!”

As her parents’ dragged her out of the studio, Soris waved at her and yelled, “I’ll be waiting to see that!”

Selunia nodded, firmly believing that one day she would fulfill her promise.

***

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Chapter 11 – Family Reunion (The Prequel)

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A bright beam of light streamed down upon Waltario’s rough hands. Using a small brush, the man was concentrated on carefully cleaning a small but complex piece of metal needed for one of his inventions. His father had left him many objects he could use to build weapons or vehicles. Some of them were said to have been stolen from the enemies’ during wartime, but Constantine was certain others had had a strange history which his father had preferred to keep for himself.

The general’s heavy desk was cluttered with paper sheets and rulers, screws, nuts, and bolts, just like his cabinets and shelves were crammed with a number of objects ordered by a kind of logic only he was able to understand. Inventions were his passion and the palace saw only a benefit in that. As he was doing his work, a smile kept playing on his face. His studio was livelier than usual. The two children, Soris and Ines, were squeaking and running in large circles around him and his desk. The boy was glowing with joy after he’d found the liqueur bottle with the king’s hidden message. Waltario had assured him that, after this discovery, Lady Voronchi would not dare to come again in the palace. That was the greatest piece of news to Soris. Once the king’s relationship with Lady Voronchi was over, the boy was sure he would get to see his mother laugh again.

Waltario’s brother entered the studio and was taken by surprise when the prince suddenly bumped into him.

“Oh, sorry,” said the boy, then started after Ines who scampered away, shrieking playfully.

Constantine’s younger brother followed them for a couple of seconds, blinking incredulously, then he advanced to the general and said, “I see you’re allowing them to play in your studio.”

Constantine let the piece of metal down on the desk and wiped his fingers on a dirty handkerchief. “Well, they’re my kids now,” he said, watching for a brief moment their loud trotting on the wooden floor. “I guess I was meant to be a father at this age, so I’m not going to run away from my destiny.”

Young Waltario stifled a laugh, then his eyes roved over the two again. Ines had tripped and now the boy was helping her get up.

“You okay, Princess?” the boy asked, offering his hand to lift her up.

“Yes. Thank you, Soris.”

Young Waltario let out a nostalgic sigh. “First love is so beautiful,” he commented. “I wish I could turn back time.”

Constantine picked up some screws and put them in a small box. “They’re kids. They’re not in love.”

As Ines was tidying her new dress offered by the general, Soris touched her silky locks.

“Wow, your hair is so long,” he gasped with admiration.

Young Waltario was all smiles at this scene. He leaned forward propping his arms on the desk and whispered to the general, “I hope we won’t need to forge letters for the prince like we did for his dad. He seems to charm girls from an early age.”

Constantine shot him a look of disapproval. “He’s just a curious kid. Don’t misjudge him.”

“I pity you,” his brother replied, amusing himself.

Past eight o’clock at night, the kids were playing in silence with some cardboard cubes, when suddenly the metal door swung open. Waltario turned around and met two unexpected visitors: Kendel and Inerishia. They both greeted him with tired smiles and pale faces as they hadn’t undergone a full rehabilitation procession. The war was over but they had to hurry up to check their daughter.

“Mommy! Daddy!” Ines yelled, running to them, abandoning the castle of cubes she had been building with the prince. Soris got up and went after her, slowing down when he saw the two tall strangers in long grey robes.

Inerishia dropped to her knees and squeezed her daughter in her arms. “Oh, my dear. I’m so glad you’re fine,” she mumbled with a faint voice. After running a quick visual check on the girl, she glanced up at the general, and said, “Thank you, General. Thank you.” Constantine was so astonished to see them that he could only reply with a polite nod.

Kendel took advantage of this moment and snatched the girl from his wife, lifting Ines in his arms. “My brave little girl, I thought I’d never see you again,” he said leaning his forehead against hers. Inerishia got up and embraced the two. “I’m so glad I could save you both today,” she said, resting her head on Kendel’s shoulder.

Constantine and Soris witnessed their family moment in silence, not daring to interrupt them. It was a sight they both had never seen in their own lives. Soris stared at them, trying to understand how that felt. His parents barely talked, and when they did, they were either cold with each other or trading glares. At least, that was how he’d gotten to see them in the corridors and conference rooms, as the two never shared a meal together. He watched with sad frustration and slight envy how Kendel played with Ines and kissed her forehead. King Martin would roll his eyes whenever he was called dad.

Waltario read that sorrow in the boy’s expression, so he pulled him close and patted him on the shoulder. Soris lifted his head and sketched a smile.

Feeling weakness crawling up his joints, Kendel let the girl down and knelt before her. “So what did my little one do here?”

“I gave Mommy’s letter to Waltario,” she said. Turning back her head and pointing at Soris, she added, “He helped me find him.”

The prince put his hands at his back and stepped forward shyly.

“Is it true?” Kendel asked. “You’ve helped my daughter find General Waltario?”

Soris sucked in his lips and nodded.

“Come here, buddy. I need to thank you properly.”

Soris did so, his eyes gleaming with joy.

“He also saved me from some bad kids,” Ines rushed to say.

Kendel gave the boy a pat on his shoulder then started ruffling his hair, saying, “It seems my girl has already found a knight here to protect her. Thank you, brave knight!”

Soris giggled, enjoying the fatherly warmth that spread on his head. Waltario cleared his throat and stepped forward. “He’s the prince actually. Future king, Prince Soris of the Arid Kingdom,” he stated loud and clear as if he presented the boy in front of a crowd.

Kendel’s smile stretched to an awkward grin. He hurried to tidy the boy’s hair. “My apologies, Your Highness,” he said rapidly. Little did he know that he’d been the first person to ever mess with the prince’s hair like that.

Kendel withdrew his hand, excusing his prior statement. “I thought he was your boy.”

Waltario shook his head and chuckled with a slow blink. “I’m divorced.”

His visitors’ face expressions dropped the smiles. Master Astute hadn’t communicated to them this piece of news. Not many in the White Castle knew what happened in the Aridens’ castle, and if they knew, they didn’t talk about it. Gossiping about the mortals’ affairs didn’t suit the superior people.

“Oh, I’m sorry to hear that,” Kendel said with clear shock.

Constantine remained relaxed. “You don’t have to. I’m happy.”

They burst into laughter, except for Inerishia who simply couldn’t see that as an honest reply. She let them have a men-only talk and turned to thank the little boy for keeping good company to her daughter. When she squatted before him, she noticed the black stone hanging by the prince’s neck. He’d been so busy jumping and playing with Ines that he hadn’t realized his secret talisman sat now shining brightly over his clothes. Inerishia refrained her impulse of touching the talisman, and began with a soft voice, “Thank you, Your Highness, for protecting our girl.”

“Oh, it was nothing. I only did what I had to do,” he said, overcome with emotion, delighted by the fairy aspect of Ines’ mother. The intense color of her azure eyes and ginger hair was something he’d only seen in his naïve drawings with colored pencils.

Inerishia took a close look at the talisman, her intuition telling her that was not a normal necklace. Its shape, its unique frame, and decorations, she recognized them immediately. “You have such a beautiful necklace. Who gave it to you?” she asked.

Soris hurried to hide the stone back under his clothes. “It’s a secret,” he replied, avoiding eye-contact, regretting he couldn’t talk freely with the beautiful fairy.

“Was it a tall man with grey hair?” she insisted.

Soris glanced at her in surprise then lowered his eyes to the ground, keeping quiet. That attitude was enough of an answer to Inerishia. She got up, with a confused expression on her face, trying to piece together some information and memories from a long time ago.

In the meantime, Kendel was explaining to the general that Ines would have to stay longer in his care. “Our mission is going to last about six months, so we’ll have to trouble you with this. She needs to be in somebody’s care. Someone we can trust, and at this moment that is nobody else than you. I’m sorry, Waltario.”

“That’s fine. I don’t mind,” the general said. “It’s just that we need to talk some details. What name should I call her? I understand that you want everything to be a secret, but she’ll need a name if she has to stay here.”

Kendel nodded his head in approval, glad that Constantine was paying attention to such details. He hadn’t thought about that. He’d been so drained of energy during the battle that his power of thinking was now weak compared to his normal days. “Well, let me ask my wife about this. Darling, what should they call our daughter?”

“Selunia.”

Kendel turned around with raised eyebrows. “Whoa, that was quick. But anyway, I really like that name.” He repeated that name a few times to himself then returned to Constantine. “General, you may now call her Selunia.”

“So she’s Selunia Karleyani,” Constantine noted to himself.

The boy paid close attention, remembering that name.

“Well, it’d be better if you didn’t use that last name either,” Inerishia said.

“Oh, all right.”

As they were deciding on the last name, Soris went to the girl with increasing excitement. “So you do have a name but it has to remain a secret.”

Selunia nodded in approval.

“Okay. I get that. I have my secret, too. But your last name truly is Karleyani, right?” he insisted, intrigued by the mystery around his new playmate.

“Yes. That’s true. But that’s also a secret,” she reminded him, awkwardly trying to wink at him.

Soris laughed then said in order to get used to the change, “Selunia, you have a beautiful name.”

Kendel turned around and smiled hearing the prince pronouncing that name, but then as much as he liked it, something made him overly-curious. Why had his wife chosen a name that would match the prince’s name? Selunia was definitely referring to the moon while Soris was obviously related to the sun. He looked at Inerishia and saw that she had a serious expression on her face, too serious for their happy family reunion.

Next chapter coming soon! I hope you enjoyed reading this chapter!

P.S.: The final chapter was too long to be posted as only one chapter, so this is not the final chapter.