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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

My son received Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as a gift at Christmas time.  He has yet to read it, and it was kicking around since, calling my name.  

Part of the reason I was hesitant to start reading it is the fact that it is a screenplay. Not a novel.  A bit of a disappointment, but okay.  It is Harry Potter, after all! Once I got into the story, I didn’t mind the screenplay as much as I thought I would.

I don’t think I felt as close to the characters as I should have, in particular the newest characters Albus and Scorpius.  The authors did a good job of getting their personalities across but at the same time, there was a rigidity about them, they weren’t quite as fleshed out as you would see in a novel.

The story is set 19 years after the Deathly Hallows.  Harry is married to Ginny and they have three children, James, Albus and Lily.  The story opens at King’s Cross Station where Albus is preparing to board the Hogwarts Express for his first year at Hogwarts.

Albus is having a time of it.  Unlike his brother James, and what the rest of the wizarding world would expect from the son of Harry Potter, Albus isn’t excelling, to say the least, and is getting a fair bit of flack for it.  

He is sorted into Slytherin instead of Gryffindor, cannot call his broom ‘up’ and befriends Draco Malfoy’s son, Scorpius, instead of other, more suitable companions.  As very different personalities, Harry and Albus are struggling deeply in their relationship.

What I liked

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child because it’s Harry Potter’s world.  It’s Magic, Time Turners, the Marauders Map, Hogwarts and the Floo Network.  It’s the characters, Harry, Ron, Hermione and Draco.  Its seeing their children grow and work through their own challenges.

The disastrous fallout of changing time, even if only slightly was an interesting concept and I enjoyed the interactions between Dumbledore’s portrait with Harry.

What I didn’t like

I hate to complain about things being unrealistic. It is a fantasy, so anything is possible, right?  But there were strange things that just didn’t click with the original books.  Like polyjuice potion…wasn’t that stuff really hard to make? Would time turners really have a time limit?  

I don’t want to put out any spoilers here, but it just seemed that certain events were bent a little far to make the story work.  

Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?  Did you enjoy it?  Would you like to read a book in this format?

 

 

 

Review: Deadly Cargo by Hal Archer

I finished reading Deadly Cargo this weekend! As promised, here is my review.

The blurb from Goodreads:

Deadly Cargo (Jake Mudd Adventures #1)
by Hal Archer (Goodreads Author)

Sometimes you need to get muddy.

Former mercenary Jake Mudd travels the galaxy transporting goods to out of the way places. He operates under the radar to avoid enemies hellbent on settling old scores.

When a lucrative delivery gets hijacked, he goes after the package for the payoff he desperately needs.

With the help of his trusty blaster and an alien woman who stirs memories he’s traveled light years to forget, he sets out across a strange and treacherous world.

Tracking the cargo turns from difficult to perilous when he falls into the thick of a planetary struggle.

With more at stake than his life and the safety of his beloved ship, Jake fights to outrun and outgun the growing threats. But the worst threat of all may be the one he brought with him.

Deadly Cargo.

My thoughts:

Jake Mudd is tall, well built and knows how to handle himself.  The first chapter opens with Jake in recovery from  a prior adventure, and on his way to deliver a valuable cargo.  It seems that no matter where he goes in the galaxy and as much as he tries to avoid it, trouble finds him.

Jake is going to be paid good money to make a cargo delivery on the planet Daedalon.  He finds himself involved with one of the races that inhabit the planet, and fighting for more than just his own life.

The story is well paced and well written, with lots of action.  I enjoyed the dialogue between Jake and his ship’s AI, Sarah.  There was a sense of mystery about Jake that was just hinted at, leaving the reader wanting to know more about this bad boy delivery guy.  At times the plot might have been a bit predictable, but overall, I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next in the series.

Sunday Post May 28 2017

Hey Everybody!  Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Our view from the cabin.

So, last weekend was awesome!  I got to spend two nights and three days with amazing writer friends, doing writing exercises and free writes.  We ate like queens and and generally just had a great time.  We stayed in a cabin about an hour outside of town.  The weather was a bit cold and windy, but that was okay!  Perfect for writing in our cozy cabin (even if the electric fireplace didn’t cast can heat 🙂

 

More on our weekend in another post, but check out some of my amazing friends while you’re waiting.  Sherry Ramsay at sherrydramsey.com and Kerry Campbell from The Geeky Book Lady.  Awesome peeps…go follow them!!

Top 10 Tuesday

Check out my Top 10 Tuesday list here:

 

WWW Wednesday

My Waiting on Wednesday post is here  It’s a list of what I’m currently reading, what I’ve just finished reading, and what I want to read next.

 

Feeling the Blogging Love!

I received the Leibster award!  Yay!  I was so excited!  So I did my post, and tagged a bunch of awesome bloggers but the weird thing was, I got hardly any traffic that day.  Not. One. Response.

Not sure what happened but I think something weird was going on with my blog. I hope I got it fixed.  Being a new blogger, I am still getting familiar with all the plugins and whatnot, but being self hosted might not have been the best route to go since I am just learning the ropes.

I think I’ll try reposting this next week, but feel free to check it out now.

TGIF: Book Beginnings and Friday 56

Book Beginnings is a meme where you post the first lines of a book you are reading.  I chose to do the Seventh Son from the Last Apprentice Series.  I also participated in the Friday 56 meme and posted an excerpt from page 56.  Check it out here 🙂

 

Searching Saturday

Saturday was my Books that Deserve More Love post

Searching Saturday is a weekly meme created by Nikki at The Night is Dark and Full of Books.  The aim is to search a book (or multiple books) that is new-to-you and fits the weekly theme. This could be a book to add to your TBR, or just to address on your blog. It’s up to you! You can search as many as you want, wherever you want.

This week, the search was on for books that have under 2,000 Goodreads ratings but are published at least 2 months ago.  Here is my list…I hope you enjoy.

 

Coming Up!

This week, I will have a post on our awesome writer’s weekend…Writers, you might be interested in this.  We did some awesome exercises that I will share here!

I will have a review of the movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword!

Top 10 Tuesday will be the Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017!

 

Hope everyone is having an fantastic weekend and a very happy Memorial Day Weekend to my American friends!

What are you planning for this week?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books That Deserve More Love <3 : Searching Saturday


Searching Saturday is a weekly meme created by Nikki at The Night is Dark and Full of Books.  The aim is to search a book (or multiple books) that is new-to-you and fits the weekly theme. This could be a book to add to your TBR, or just to address on your blog. It’s up to you! You can search as many as you want, wherever you want.

This week, the search is on for books that have under 2,000 Goodreads ratings but are published at least 2 months ago.  Here is my list…I hope you enjoy.

If you’ve read any of these books, or want to ready any, let me know in the comments!

 

An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles. (from Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies….(from Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader returns to Salem with this spellbinding new thriller, a complex brew of suspense, seduction and murder.(from Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The youngest daughter of a proud Celtic king, Fallon has always lived in the shadow of her older sister Sorcha’s legendary reputation as a warrior. But when Fallon was a young child, the armies of Julius Caesar invaded the island of Britain and her beloved older sister was killed in battle.

Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, chilling threats and the dangerous attention of Caesar himself to survive the deadly fights that take place both in and out of the arena—and claim her place in history among the Valiant. (from Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

From the #1 bestselling author of The Historian comes an engrossing novel that spans the past and the present and unearths the dark secrets of Bulgaria, a beautiful and haunted country.

Kostova’s new novel is a tale of immense scope that delves into the horrors of a century and traverses the culture and landscape of this mysterious country. Suspenseful and beautifully written, it explores the power of stories, the pull of the past, and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss. (from Goodreads)

 

 

Now that Lilywhite Abernathy is the heir to the Hidden Lands, everything is about to change.

The Queen of Blood and Rage wants Lily to help broker peace with the human world, but Lily knows that harmony won’t come easily. After decades of waging war on the humans, who cost the queen her firstborn daughter, the fae are struggling to accept Lily, a half-human monarch. And the humans, while no match against faery affinities, will hardly agree to the queen’s détente without resistance.

Lily wants to be a fair ruler but fears having to abandon the life she’s known to do so. Now that she and Creed are more than just fellow Black Diamonds—operatives for the queen—her priorities have shifted. But her worries about assuming the throne are derailed when it becomes clear that someone—or some fae—is masterminding violent attacks to discourage peace.

In this follow-up to Melissa Marr’s Seven Black Diamonds, Lily and her friends are forced to reckon with the truth of their own parentage and to protect one of their own, no matter what—or who—comes between them. (from Goodreads)

 

A juvenile delinquent chases his dream to build the greatest aircraft in history–and the world tries to stop him.

A rising political star runs from her childhood dream–and the world encourages her on.

A self-loathing geneticist hides below the streets of Las Vegas–and rebels against the whole world.

An artist tries to make his father proud–at the cost of everything he loves.

When all four lives collide, each must make a choice. And the world will never be the same. (from Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Post: Seventh Son (The Last Apprentice)

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Every Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

My opening sentences for this week is from Seventh Son by Joseph Delaney.  I just happened to pick this book up one day, not even knowing anything about it. I fell in love with the story and then when I found out there was a whole series of thirteen books I thought I’d died and gone to heaven!  My son and I read the whole series together.  He was around eleven at the time and he loved them, too.

Click to see this on Amazon.com

 

When the Spook arrived, the light was already beginning to fail.  It had been a long, hard day, and I was ready for my supper.

“You’re sure he’s a seventh son?” he asked.  He was looking down at me and shaking his head doubtfully.

 

Friday 56

Every Friday, there is also the Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda’s voice.

 

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post to the Linky on Freda’s blog. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

From Page 56:

I’d have liked to know more but had the sense not to question him further.  It seemed to me that there was a lot to learn about the Spook and his past, but I had a feeling they were things he’d only tell me when he was good and ready.

So I just followed him south, carrying his heavy bag and thinking about what my mam had written in the letter.  She was never one to boast or make wild statements.  Mam only said what had to be said, so she’d meant every single word.  Usually she just got on with things and did what was necessary.  The Spook had told me there was nothing much could be done about ghasts, but Mam had once silenced the ghasts on Hangman’s Hill.

Being a seventh son of a seventh son was nothing that special in this line of work — you needed that just to be taken on as the Spook’s apprentice.  But I knew there was something else that made me different.

I was my mam’s son, too.

My Thoughts…

Loved these books…all thirteen of them!  They revolve around a world where witches, ghosts, ghasts and boggarts are alive(well not alive, technically!) and well.  People depend on their local Spook to drive off these pesky and sometimes dangerous beings.  Spooks will take on an apprentice, a seventh son from a seventh son being the basic requirement.  That’s where Tom Ward comes in.  The Spook is getting old and the dark is getting more powerful.

There is a hint of romance in these books, too.  It is something that is frowned upon by the Spook, especially when it comes to girls ‘who wear pointy shoes’.  Will Tom’s friend be lured to the dark?

The first two books in the series were actually made into a movie.  It had a great cast with Jeff Bridges, Kit Harrington and Julianne Moore.  Unfortunately, it was a huge departure from the books and didn’t do too well a the box office.  It was quite awful, in fact.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Book 1 and Book 2 of the best-selling fantasy adventure series that inspired the forthcoming major motion picture Seventh Son! Read Book 1, Revenge of the Witch, and Book 2, Curse of the Bane, in one volume! A major motion picture phenomenon and an international bestseller, The Last Apprentice will haunt you—and terrify you—and keep you coming back for more.

This volume includes Book 1, Revenge of the Witch, and Book 2, Curse of the Bane, of the Last Apprentice series. Only the Spook has the knowledge and skill to face ghosts, bind witches, and bargain with boggarts. Now he needs an apprentice—Tom Ward, who is the seventh son of a seventh son. Other apprentices have come before. All have failed, or fled, or died. Will Tom learn what they could not? Can he trust anyone, even his one true love? He will find out—and soon, for the dark is getting powerful, and the Spook’s time has come. Will Tom survive to carry on his master’s battle? Will he be the Last Apprentice?

New Review: Worlds With Ruby by C.P. Cabaniss

Worlds With Ruby by C.P. Cabaniss

When you’re already dead, why should you be afraid?

When Ruby finds herself on the edge of a cliff in a land between life and death, with an ominous creaking coming from the nearby woods, she is left with no choice but to follow it to its source. Nothing is what it seems and Ruby soon finds herself being whisked away to worlds beyond her imagination. Worlds in need of saving. Along the way, she discovers that in saving these worlds, she is saving herself.

First of all, I’d like to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read this short novel!  It was a quick read, dreamy and escapist and I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially as I got into the story.

At first, I have to admit, it seemed a bit odd and I wasn’t sure where it was all going.  As the story progressed, I found myself understanding Ruby more.  She’s a very likeable character, strong, but still with her own internal struggles that she learns to deal with.  The story advances, she deals with being a hero and saving other worlds, to examining her own self and her own weaknesses until she is finally ready to move on.

I liked the concept of translucent beings in the afterlife.  She was fearless because she had nothing to fear.  She was already dead.  I liked the worlds she visited, in fact, I would have liked to see her spend more time in these worlds.  Maybe in Book 2?  We shall see!  If you are looking for a quick read that is escapist, entertaining and thoughtful, this book is for you.

What kinds of books do you like to read?  Is Worlds of Ruby something that appeals to you?  I’d love to hear.  Post in the comments or send me an email 🙂

I received a copy of The Worlds of Ruby in exchange for a fair and honest review.

C.P. Cabaniss

Author Bio:

C P Cabaniss lives in South Carolina where she teaches Mathematics at a community college and writes about the things of her imagination. When not writing she enjoys reading the novels of Brandon Sanderson and Dean Koontz, among others.

C P is inspired most when caring for her horses, exploring old cemeteries, traveling to historic sites, and touring old naval ships.

Website: cpcabaniss.wordpress.com

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New Review: The Council by Kayla Krantz

The Council by Kayla Krantz

The Council follows in a similar vein to the Divergent series. There are separate covens and each coven has a primary ability in which they can do magic.  There is a also a ruling group (the Council) and a rebel group.  The main character, Lillith, is a strong character, just discovering her own unique and unexpected abilities.

LIillith is a witch who is powerful enough to overcome her disability, a childhood injury to her leg that had been caused by magic.  The daughter of Unequipped parents, she is not expected to have any magical abilities  That all changes at the Arcane Ceremony, where she and everyone around her are shocked when five goblets light up, each relating to a different power.

Mysteries about why she has these magical powers when she comes from Unequipped (non-magical) parents, her parents refusal to give her information on her injury, and the strange witch that shows up at the ceremony lead the reader into wanting to know more.

I love the idea of witches living in this dystopian world of separate covens being able to harness separate powers related to their individual element.  I found Kayla Krantz’s writing drew me in and I found it hard to put down.  I was dying to find out what was really going on and what was going to happen next!

I would have like to have seen more development between the characters Clio and Helena. I am excited to read Book 2 when it comes out

I received The Council as an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I’d like to thank Kayla for the opportunity to read this awesome book!

You can receive your own copy of The Council here: The Council at Amazon.com.

Kayla Krantz

Fantasy Fiction: Low Fantasy vs. High Fantasy

Who doesn’t love getting into a good fantasy fiction?

There are oodles and oodles of different types of fantasy genres in literature, and they can  be broken down into their own subcategories.  Fantasy almost always involves some form of supernatural magic.–Wikipedia defines Fantasy as”

Fiction with strange or otherworldly settings or characters; fiction which invites suspension of reality 

Fantasy falls under the umbrella of Speculative Fiction, defined as any narrative fiction with supernatural or futuristic elements.  Fantasy is then broken down into categories by Setting and Theme.

High fantasy, a subgenres of fantasy, is set in a fictional fantasy universe with it’s own set of rules and physical laws, or by the epic stature of its characters, themes, and plot.

Low fantasy stories on the other hand, are usually set in a fictional but rational world.  A lower emphasis is placed on traditional fantasy elements.  There is a tendency for less magic and a less fantastical, more ordinary setting.

According to Bestfantasybooks,

Common thematic elements include struggles for power, moral ambiguity, and cynicism about society and the flawed nature of the human condition. Moral Ambiguity and a flawed humanity are perhaps the biggest contrasts to High Fantasy and are key to creating a grittier, more realistic world. Magic is also a point of divergence: magic envelopes the worlds of High Fantasy, but in Low Fantasy, magic is not the focus or in some more extreme cases, might not even be present in a Low Fantasy world (example, Jennifer Fallon’s Second Son’s trilogy).

A Review

Speaking of low fantasy, I recently had the pleasure of reading Lady Blackwing by Devorah 

Fox.  It was an advanced reader copy in exchange for a fair and honest review of this science fiction mini. This was my first time reading any of Devorah’s books and I enjoyed this light fantasy very much.

Lady Blackwing is about a young barista, Mercedes, an interesting and kind character. She’s a hard worker, at school and at the coffee shop though she still enjoys making time for writing. After a strange but minor accident, she finds that she is able to control situations, and make them happen as she saw fit.

I found Devorah’s writing to be fresh and fun. I liked that the story was a quick read, and at the same time, I found myself wanting more!  Well written and entertaining.  Please click on the links to check out more of Devorah’s work.

Devorahfox.com

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On May 10, Lady Blackwing will be launched on Amazon. 

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