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Harry Potter and The Cursed Child – Book Review (or Book Rambling, you decide)

Do not read this if you do not wish to read spoilers. I don’t intend to spoil the storyhpcc but I am going to mention something specifically and it will confuse you.

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling

I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this. I am not fond of plays. I find them lacking in setting up a scene. I want to know the curtain colors, the smells in the room, the color of hair, and all the other things plays scripts seem (in my humble opinion) to lack. I want it all, not just a brief description of the scene. I was in denial about reading it and it took all of two days of it being out for me to hop on Amazon and order it. I had to know.

About 15 pages in and I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t care about the play form at all after that. I found for this book it helped me read it faster because the dialogue was quick. To be back in the world of HP was wonderful. I missed them so much, it was like not seeing family members for years. I loved that Ron, Hermoine, Harry, and Ginny were older and that it included some aspects about getting older within it at one point Ron jokes about sitting and it was easy to connect with the older versions of them. Though I have to admit I still pictured them in my head as the younger versions of themselves.

I was nicely surprised that it wasn’t all just a spoof or fluff. The relationship strain between Harry and Albus is something that I believe any parent can relate with. As a parent, I don’t always know what the right thing to say is and often times say the complete opposite of what I intended. Harry does this quite a lot and it felt very real. It was also great to see Ginny and Harry’s relationship as sort of the same just more grown up. Ginny always was a no BS kind of character.

The use of the time turner and Albus wanting to go back and change history and bring Cedric back was not something I would have dreamed up. Scorpius Malfoy and Albus Potter being best friends in Slytherin was kind of predictable but it was nice to see a Potter and a Malfoy sort of switch roles. Scorpius being the bookworm, think first kid and Albus being sort of spontaneous and not thinking about consequences until later. I also enjoyed that Draco and Harry had to join forces to help their sons.

Reading about Snape again was fantastic. He was still the most wretched, brave, and noble character as before. The alternate reality aspect was different and helped make the story more unique.

I am glad I took the plunge and read it even though it didn’t feel quite the same as the original Harry Potter series, I don’t think anything would ever be the same.

 

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Book Review – Me Before You

Me Before You

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is about Lou, a girl who loses her job and as a last resort takes up a caregiver position (sans bum wiping) for a quadriplegic named Will Traynor. Lou is a big personality and Will is hardened as I suppose an able bodied man now confined to a wheel chair would be.

This book was recommended to me quite awhile ago. It has been sitting on my Kindle for the better part of two years, if not longer. I was terrified it would leave me in a state of depression because there couldn’t be a happily ever after in my mind. I guess that makes me a cynic? Anyway… it came highly recommended and with the average review on Goodreads being a 4.31, I finally sucked it up and read it.

I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner.

I’m not going to lie, this book broke my heart, tore it into tiny little pieces and all I can say is it was worth the heartbreak.

Lou was completely likable and loud and just herself. I’m so thankful to have not read about a character whose main theme was to fit in, be the same, or blend. She just was, crazy outfits and all. I loved Will, a-hole qualities and all. I think it was sort of excusable for him to be how he was. It was completely lovely to watch these two sort of grow on each other and blossom.

Experiencing things in Lou’s head was quite the experience and I connected with her in so many ways.

Do you know how hard it is to say nothing? When every atom of you strains to do the opposite? I had practiced not saying anything the whole way from the airport, and it was still nearly killing me.

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I hadn’t realized that music could unlock things in you, could transport you to somewhere even the composer hadn’t predicted. It left an imprint in the air around you, as if you carried its remnants with you when you went.

It was as if she was in my head.

I absolutely loved reading Will’s, Nathan’s, Katrina’s, Mr. Traynor’s and Camilla’s perspectives. It allowed me to get into their heads and helped me feel the story that much more. Camilla being Will’s mother especially spoke to me.

It’s just that the thing you never understand about being a mother, until you are one, is that it is not the grown man – the galumphing, unshaven, stinking, opinionated off-spring – you see before you, with his parking tickets and unpolished shoes and complicated love life. You see all the people he has ever been all rolled up into one.
I look at him and see the baby I held in my arms, dewing besotted, unable to believe that I’d created another human being. I see the toddler, reaching for my hand, the schoolboy weeping tears of fury after being bullied  by some other child. I saw the vulnerabilities, the love, the history

Now, my oldest child is only 8 years old and I felt this paragraph just as if it was me. Tears couldn’t even convey the emotion I felt, the heartache.

In the end, although I was sobbing my heart out (and part of that I will admit could have been that my daughter made me watch Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast twice the day I finished it) nevertheless I felt every last word of this book. It was beautiful and tragic and romantic and lovely.

This ranks right up there with The Fault in Our Stars for me. Even if you’re skeptical, even if you hate endings you deem unhappy or sad, read it. You won’t regret it.

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Favorite Book Quote

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 Always. ~ Severus Snape, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Someone asked me recently what my favorite book quote is and while I do have quotes that I love this one is my all time favorite. One simple word that conveys so much emotion.

Severus Snape is by far my favorite character ever, and Alan Rickman plays him to perfection on screen (but that’s another post for another time). I have to say I see this word more and more in books and it ALWAYS makes me swoon. In the quote above Snape is responding to Dumbledore about his love for Lily Potter. He never stopped loving her. After all that time.He loved her so much he devoted his life to protecting her son.

If you have not read Harry Potter… what the hell are you waiting for?!

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Allegiant – Book Review

Let’s see. I’m not sure where to begin. And I am going to put spoilers in here so stop reading now.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth Book 3 in the Divergent Series

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This doesn’t summarize the series so I apologize. I didn’t start blogging until this book.

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I was expecting something horrible because I have seen too many reviews that say there are no spoilers but really there were because saying you’re “crushed” “devestated” “sobbing” “pissed” or wishing death on Veronica Roth well, that may as well be a spoiler. But I was wrong in my expecations… sort of.

A friend and I were discussing how sad/angry we’d be if Tobias died and then it occured to me that shit, she’s switching POVs and it’s completely possible that Tris could end up dead.

The thing is, this book isn’t romance just as The Hunger Games was not romance. So when I got to the Weapons Locker with her and Caleb and she started working out in her mind that Caleb’s sacrifice wasn’t about love, it was about guilt, I knew. I thought this girl is about to make the ultimate sacrifice for the ones she loves. And not just her mom, dad, Caleb, and Tobias but everyone, Uriah, Christina, Cara, Zeke, Matthew… all of them.

I sobbed my freaking eyes out, ugly, make up running, booger dripping, crying. But I kept reading through the end and once I got there I couldn’t be angry. I was sort of relieved. I was, am, heartbroken for Tobias but at the same time, it felt right to me. I’m not sure giving Tris & Tobias some fairytale ending when they weren’t in a fairytale would have felt genuine. At all.

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And here I am the next day still thinking about it and I can’t help but feel as though this was the only way the story could end. And I have to give Veronica Roth some major bonus points for originality. I don’t think I’ve read a book where the main character dies. Kudos. My heart is still broken for Tobias however, I think of the two he was the one who could survive it.

***This review also appears on my Goodreads page.