Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildTitle: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Series: Harry Potter #8
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Date: July 31, 2016
Pages: 328
Format: Hardcover
Source: For Review
5 Stars

SYNOPSIS

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


This is crazy to me! I have been blogging for quite a few years and this is my first ever Harry Potter review. Now since this is a script, it is very, very different from the first 7 books. I still absolutely loved it, but if you go into it expecting it to be the same you’ll be disappointed.

The story follows Albus, Harry’s youngest son, during his first few years at Hogwarts. We see Harry struggling as a father to connect with a son who is pretty different from him. I don’t want to give any of the plot away, but I will say that it was pretty exciting!

My absolute favorite part, however, was seeing Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny as well as their children. It was such a treat to see Harry & co. all grown up, but still acting in more or less the same ways as they did as children. They are all much more mature, but their personalities hold steady. Similarly, you can see so much of Hermione in her daughter and that was really delightful as well.

While Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is very different from the rest of the series, it is still a great read. I think you’ll appreciate this one a lot more if you’re a fan of the series and are looking forward to spending more time with your favorite characters.

How to Game the Walk of Shame

How to Game the Walk of ShameTitle: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame
Author: Jenn P. Nguyen
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Date: June 7, 2016
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
4 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.


How to Game the Walk of Shame is my kind of book. I adore the fake-dating trope. There is something about it, that just tends to work for me. I think it allows the characters to fall for each other slowly, and it creates a lot of adorably awkward moments.

Many of the elements of this story have been done before, but it just worked for me. I loved Taylor and Evan and the differences in their personalities. If it wasn’t for their little mix up, they wouldn’t even be friends. But it’s those same differences that make them work. Taylor needs to learn to chill out and enjoy life, while Evan desperately needs direction and some one to push him to do his best.

How to Game the Walk of Shame is not original in concept, but I still freaking adored it. It’s the kind of contemporary that pulls you in and just won’t let you go until you read the last page. If you’re looking for a romantic story you can fly through, How to Game the Walk of Shame is for you!

Character Book Tag

Last week I decided to do the character book tag. Loved filming this one!

 

 
Do you have a character you love to hate? Had a lot of trouble answering that question 🙂

August Most Anticipated New Releases

It looks like August is going to be a really exciting month! I’m reading an awesome book (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), I’m going to be spending some time with my family, and I plan on deep cleaning the house. That last one isn’t so exciting, but it fell by the wayside in July so it’s much needed.

Here is a look at a few books coming out this month that I’m really excited about:

 

 
What books are you looking forward to? Do we have any in common?

The Head of Medusa

The Head of MedusaTitle: The Head of Medusa
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: Elementals #3
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Date: June 29th 2016
Format: eARC
Source: For Review
4.5 Stars

SYNOPSIS

The epic story of witches, gods, and monsters that USA Today called a "must read" continues in the third book of the Elementals series!

When Nicole Cassidy moved to a new town, she discovered that she was a witch descended from gods. But that was nothing compared to learning that it was up to her and four others with mysterious elemental powers to help save the world from the Titans, who would soon return to Earth.

Now her relationship with Blake -- the fire Elemental -- is finally heating up. But she must remain focused, because Typhon, one of the deadliest creatures in history, has escaped from the weakening prison world. Only one object can destroy him -- the head of Medusa herself.

Follow the Elementals as they journey to the end of the Earth, facing choices that will put their lives and the entire world at risk. Will they all survive the mission? Find out in the riveting third book in the Elementals series, The Head of Medusa.


The Head of Medusa was as exciting as I was expecting it to be! Michelle knows how to write books that just keep you turning pages. The chapters are short and always end on a cliff hanger. Similar to the prior novels, I’m really curious to see where this is going to happen next!

One thing that surprised me with the Head of Medusa is that the story takes a darker turn than the previous novels – I wasn’t expecting that. I suppose things got pretty dark in book 2, but I wasn’t invested in the particular characters that were affected, so it didn’t seem like too big of a deal to me. Book 3 is a different story!

There are a lot of parallels to Rick Riordan’s series, which may bother some people. If you loved Rick Riordan’s work  and are looking for a similar story, I think you’ll love this!

Booktube-A-Thon TBR and an Update

I decided to participate in the booktube-a-thon because I feel like I don’t read very often anymore. All of my reading takes place on the weekend and I feel like my weeknights have gotten a little crazy and I’m definitely prioritizing making videos over reading. I love making videos and it’s not something I plan to give up, so I just need to figure out a new schedule as I find a balance between my new-ish job, blogging, and reading. It’s a lot more challenging than it sounds!

Here’s a look at what I’m planning to read:

 

 
I put together a very ambitious TBR and I know I won’t get to a lot of these. So far I’m only about 5 chapters into Shiny Broken Pieces – that’s disappointing, but hopefully I can make up some ground this weekend?

Are you participating? If so, what are you reading?

Top 5 Books of 2016

Now that we’re half way through 2016, I thought it would be fun to take a look at my favorite books so far:

 

 
What books have you have absolutely loved this year?