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.

Above

AboveTitle: Above
Author: Leah Bobet
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Date: April 1, 2012
Pages: 363
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
1 Stars

SYNOPSIS

IRIDESCENCE.
I read that word in one of Atticus's thick old books once. When I went to Jack to ask what it meant,he held his hands out and they glowed so gentle I thought they might kiss the air, and since that day I wanted a place that was iridescent, that lit without burning. Being in love is sort of like that, when it's real. When it's true.

Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her blond hair shining and her bee’s wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above--as does Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.

But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. Forced to survive in the most dangerous place he can imagine, Matthew strives to unravel the mystery of the shadows' powers and Safe's own secret history. For he knows he must find a way to remake Safe--not just for himself and his friends, but for Ariel, who's again faced with a life she fled, and who needs him more than ever before.


I was immediately drawn to Above by the gorgeous cover. After reading the description, it sounded like something I would enjoy, so I decided to give it ago. I am rarely this off base about what type of books I will enjoy, but man was I wrong about this one! I just didn’t like it at all—primarily because it was so slow and I could not connect with any of the characters.

Typically when novels are slow, it is because there is a lot of character and world building. While I enjoy these types of novels, in addition to fast paced stories, I just literally did not care about any of the characters. I kept hoping that they would grow on me, but they never did.

Since I did not care about the characters, I also could not have cared less about the story or the struggles they faced.  Every moment of this book felt like I was punishing myself. I was even bored during what was supposed to be the intense action scene at the end of the novel. My one moment of pleasure was when I read the last page because it was finally over and I could move on to something else.

Above was extraordinarily slow, and this is not compensated by wonderful characters, interesting world building, or a great plot. I did not connect with any aspect of the story, and the only thing I truly enjoyed was the beautiful cover.

Lips Touch: Three Times

Lips Touch: Three TimesTitle: Lips Touch: Three Times
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Date: October 1, 2011
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source: For Review

SYNOPSIS

A National Book Award Finalist, now in paperback!

Everyone dreams of getting the kiss of a lifetime... but what if that kiss carried some unexpected consequences? A girl who’s always been in the shadows finds herself pursued by the unbelievably attractive new boy at school, who may or may not be the death of her. Another girl grows up mute because of a curse placed on her by a vindictive spirit, and later must decide whether to utter her first words to the boy she loves and risk killing everyone who hears her if the curse is real. And a third girl discovers that the real reason for her transient life with her mother has to do with belonging -- literally belonging -- to anther world entirely, full of dreaded creatures who can transform into animals, and whose queen keeps little girls as personal pets until they grow to child-bearing age.

From a writer of unparalleled imagination and emotional insight, three stories about the deliciousness of wanting and waiting for that moment when lips touch.


I have been a Laini Taylor fan ever since I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Now that I’ve read Lips Touch, I am a bit more familiar with Taylor’s writing style and there are certain elements that are persistent throughout her stories.

Taylor writes heart breaking stories. Sometimes, she’ll give you a somewhat happy ending—but never without a healthy dose of misery. While I do like to read happy stories, Taylor makes me care more about her characters than I normally would because their lives are so tragic.

As with Daughter of Smoke and Bone, you have to read each of the stories to the very end to appreciate the art that Taylor creates. Her story lines are always complicated (due in part to the world building she has in every story), and she does not explain everything to you up front. Rather, she lets the story slowly unfold and then dumps all of the good stuff on top of you at once.

The 2nd story was hands-down my favorite part of Lips Touch. The world building wasn’t quite as complicated as the 3rd story, and the plot was much more involved than the 1st story. The 1st story was too short for anything to really happen and as a result, it was much harder to connect to the characters. The 2nd and 3rd stories, however, are much more involved and I was able to develop more of an attachment to the characters. While Lips Touch isn’t quite as magical as Daughter of Smoke and Bone, fans of Laini Taylor’s work will not be disappointed.