Saturday, August 27, 2016

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

I'd say J. K. Rowling has done it again.

Synopsis From Goodreads: 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.

My Thoughts

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is a quick and easy but exciting read. 
Harry's son, Albus, has befriended Malfoy's son Scorpius. The history of these two alone is enough drama within itself to last entire book. And then Scorpius is tormented by a dark rumor which only grows worse through the series. Together, they steal an artifact to right a wrong that was committed. In their attempt to do so, they make matters so much worse for themselves and everyone involved. But these two are not the only ones to blame. They're naivete as been taken advantage of. Together, Children and their parents have to once again save the wizarding world from the infamous Voldemort. 

The cast alone pleased me. I was disappointed that Harry had such a troubled relationship with his son for years. But that is the way of life. Nothing is perfect, especially Harry Potter.

I don't want to give even more away so tell me how you felt about it in the comments.

Before publishing my review today I decided to read a few other bloggers reviews. The main trend I noticed is "too fan servicing". I didn't know how to relate this feeling to my husband but I have to 100% agree. Just a few chapters in, I was put into Fangirl. Remember the fan fiction she wrote for Carry On. That was exactly how this felt. But it was still an enjoyable read.

But I found myself asking after a few days, exactly who had been the cursed child? I would have thought Albus since he is the main focus. He was quite a sullen teenager. Not to mention the dark cloud that surrounded him, according to the centaur.
It could have been Scorpius, with the rumor that haunts him and the reputation his Malfoy name carries.
It could have been Harry or Voldemort, but to explain would be to ruin the plot and neither of them were children.

So I ask, who exactly was the Cursed Child? 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Did Not Finish

I went through an obsessive phase of 3 books a week, and lately my patience has been crap. If I've got to wait to love it half way in was it that good? Am I crazy for abandoning these books? Share your thoughts below, or some books you didn't finish.

 I absolutely loved City of Bones. It was a little too long, but that was ok because this story was made for devouring. And the author took almost 2 years to release City of Heavenly Fire. As I've mentioned on this blogs tons of times, I hate the wait. When I started the last book I had lost all my passion for it and just couldn't finish it. And I'm not sure if I want to any more.

I'd wanted to read this book for some time. There it sat on my to read list with every excuse under the sun to avoid it. Finally I gave it a small chance. Blame it on the tension in my life at the moment, but I couldn't get into this book. I feel obligated to finish it, and had to force myself to keep going. When I realized life was too short. I just didn't have the patience Vale needed.

To be perfectly honest with myself, I couldn't force myself to love this book when other books I was SUPER excited about were just released. And it was the lack of a good love story. I very much want to find out how it ends so I might give it another try, maybe. One day. With the right recommendation. Lol

I'd read Looking For Alask with so much enthusiasm after The Fault In Our Stars and I just felt like it fell short of my expectation. I'm just a big romantic. And this was not the best love story. I should have understood Johns hate of happy endings. I didn't want to finish it, we just went to the movie. My husband loved the movie. He called the ending early and was very satisfied when he was right.

I only kind of liked the first book in this series "Birthmarked" The synopsis sounded intriguing and even the synopsis for this book.
"Meanwhile, two brothers claim her attention as they attempt to understand the environmental trap that keeps the people of Sylum captive, and suddenly Gaia must contend with the exciting, uncomfortable, and altogether new feeling of being desired."
I love a good love triangle, not to mention she sort of left a boo back at home. But I just couldn't keep reading. It was too slow. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: A Torch Against The Night

This weeks Waiting On Wednesday is A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir
I haven't read the first one yet, but it sits innocently on my shelf kind of taunting me. I picked up on a whim at the airport because I needed something to read on my flight. Before I realized how popular it was. I didn't actually read it though. I stopped after a chapter or so and did a little research about it and realized, Of Course it's the first book in a series. OF FOUR!!! And the second book wasn't even out yet! Breaks everyone of my rules. So I wait in Not-patience for at least 3 of the books to be published. 

Synopsis From Goodreads
Elias and Laia are running for their lives.
After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf - the Empire's most secure and dangerous prison - to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars' survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene - Elias's former friend and the Empire's newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus's will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own - one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape... and kill them both.