QUICK NOTE...Update: 10/10/19
Good news: We're back home! Bad news: It's like Apocalypse Heck Part III.
The one year Hurricane Michael anniversary is already here. Where did the time go...and yet it feels like forever. You don't realize how much you take for granted until it's all gone. I'm grateful my family/fur babies survived, and I know they are just "things", but sadly, in this life, those "things" help us get through every day. So yes, "happy" yet not. Every day is still a struggle...not just for my family, but so many others.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing my bookish adventures. It helps remind me I'm not alone in this crazy journey called life.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: The Secret of the Realms by Walt Disney Company
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
One of the few books that I had requested prior to Hurricane Michael that actually made it to me well after the fact...and boy was I glad!
Think you know the story of The Nutcracker? THINK AGAIN! The tale takes us both into the past and along the trail of present day as we follow Marie and Clara through a magical world that reminds us that while all things that glitter may not shine, we have, in and of ourselves, all we need inside. This enchanting story starts out with heartbreak in both timelines. For Marie, it was the passing of her parents leaving her orphaned and in the hands of the state...if not for her newly named "Uncle" Drosselmeyer; for Clara, it's the passing of her mother (the formerly mentioned Marie) leaving her family in an unsettled state of mourning. Both have much to learn about themselves and about the world, and while mother teaches daughter from a distance, daughter inherits much more than grace, or beauty, but the power to BE HERSELF, TRUST HERSELF, and the strength of heart to not only carry on, but to help her family do the same. The dazzling worlds they each occupy, the magic that is unleashed, and the darkness that is battled, all add to the initial splendor of the novel while giving long time fans of the classic that bit of something MORE.
Highly recommended for fans and new inductees. It has all the timelessness of the original with just the right amount of MAGIC to increase the enchantment tenfold.
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