Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2 by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

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Category: 9-12 Fiction

Published: July 31, 2016

Read: October 2016

Score: 4/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) 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.

Review: I have been waiting for this book and am happy I not only own it but was able to read it. I know there was a lot of unhappy people when it came to this book but from my opinion I found it a great story despite being in “play format”. It has made me want to see the play as well as what movie will come out when it does….because we all know that is what happens.


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You meet Harry  where the last book ended. Him and Ginny are sending their sons off to Hogwarts. I loved this, because it’s like you never left this world draco-scorpius_0and you are already starting off with something you are familiar with. You go through time and find out that Albus (Harry’s son) is a lot different from Harry and also becomes friends with Draco’s son Scoripous 😮 He’s the opposite of what you think would be the son of Harry. They both decide to change time and things go wrong, of course, and we are thrown back in to things that happened before like Cedric Diggory’s death and the night that Harry’s parents died.  _90580270_mediaitem90580269

My problem with this book is Harry is a little annoying as an adult at times. I do like the teenage angst Harry better than grown up Harry. I did love Ron, he apparently only gets better with age and he was funny throughout the whole thing. It would have been better with a full book, of course and I can’t deny that. I didn’t find it too hard to read in this format at all thou. Having already been to the places described I could picture them clearly and it didn’t bother me.

bookbed-jk-rowling-harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-1I also really liked how they brought us back to important things in the past that happened to Harry and his friends. It was great to get some of these things talked about and cleared up.

It’s a fast read, it’s just the dialogue that is most of the book with some descriptions in between. It would be great to see as a  play and I can imagine what it’s like as going through the book.

Overall this was great, I am happy read it and can now talk about it. It’s good story and it would be great longer and more detailed but I will take what I can get because Harry Potter forever!

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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

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Category: 9-12 Fiction

Published: July 2007

Re-Read: October 2016

Score: 5/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) It’s no longer safe for Harry at Hogwarts, so he and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, are on the run. Professor Dumbledore has given them clues about what they need to do to defeat the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, once and for all, but it’s up to them to figure out what these hints and suggestions really mean.
Their cross-country odyssey has them searching desperately for the answers, while evading capture or death at every turn. At the same time, their friendship, fortitude, and sense of right and wrong are tested in ways they never could have imagined. The ultimate battle between good and evil that closes out this final chapter of the epic series takes place where Harry’s Wizarding life began: at Hogwarts. The satisfying conclusion offers shocking last-minute twists, incredible acts of courage, powerful new forms of magic, and the resolution of many mysteries.

Review: The final book to the series (minus the cursed child) and one of the best by far. It’s written just as well as the last ones and despite a few differences overall J.K. Rowling sticks to what she has done best in the last 6 books and you have a bit of a flow that you are familiar with.

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In this one in stead of going back to Hogwarts you are taking on a journey with Harry, Ron and Hermione go on a cross-country journey trying to stay alive and finding the Horcrux’s in order to finish off Voldemart. It’s not an easy journey and a lot of different things happen along the way but it’s an epic journey none the less. They do crazy things and we lose some important characters along the way but it’s okay you grieve with them and move on still trying to find out how to beat Voldemort. It ends with an epic battle at the end at Hogwarts of course. I can’t say too much because I don’t want to give it away but it’s epic and great and one of the best endings I have ever read.

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deathly-hallows-new-back-cover-630It’s a big book and unless you read it regularly it takes a while to get though and so much happens you have to make sure you are paying attention the whole time. The movies were really well done as well. A little slow at times and of course they left things out but that happens with every adaptions.

It’s not a book for the younger kids. There is a lot of death, violence and dark things. The best message thou is that everyone has choices, and love really conquers all in the end, that is all that matters. deathlyhallowsukfull-size

Overall a great way to end a series, nothing left wondering about. Even a little preview in to the future.

 

#TBT Review: The Death of Innocence by John Ramsey and Pat Ramsey

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Category: Auto-Biography/True Crime

Published: March 2000

Read: 2006

Score: 3/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) The parents of JonBent Ramsey, murdered in her Boulder, Colorado, home on Christmas night, 1996, answer their accusers by sharing their hearts, emotions, and reflections, and they reveal their own theories about the crime. of photos. Proceeds to go to the JonBent Ramsey Children’s Foundation.

Review: First and foremost, the only reason this is a post is because it’s the 20 year anniversary of this poor little girls death and that as I have read the book in the past I feel like it would be a good one to review as it’s rare in the sense the parents of the murdered child wrote this and it’s such a sad and horrible story.

I do not have an opinion as to who I think did it and if I did I wouldn’t be sharing it here. This is a partial review with all options open.

Also keep in mind that this book was written before DNA was done and during the height of these parents being in the media spotlight.

It is from the point of view from both John and Pat and start from before the murder, to the day of, to the aftermath up to the time the book was published. My heart goes out to anyone who looses a child and this is a brutal and horrible way for it to happen.  You really do feel their grief in this story and can feel it in how they write about what happened in those 48 hours leading up and after the murder took place. Right from the start they claim they are innocent and stand by that throughout the whole book.

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They write about the aftermath  and the media and what happened with their son. They kept some things out that we have found out since in the media and I am sure that is due to the fact the case was still open and very active at that time. They provide their own theories on who they think might have done this and why. Most of them involve a family friend, people in the pageant scene or someone who had seen Jon Benet in the public and become obsessed.

You get more details of the death and what happened and how they felt the whole time. You do not hear from the son, who we have now heard from now that time has passed.

There is a lot of references to religion in this book and good on them for keeping their faith throughout this whole ordeal but it was a bit tedious to read over and over again which is one of the reasons why I gave it a lower score. I get it is a big part of their life but when it takes up whole chapters it can make you a  little weary and want them to get to the point or progress the narrative.

It’s written well in a sense and not a long read at all. If you like true crime or books of this nature this is for you. Also if you are interested in this case and would like more from their point of view this is also a good book for you.

I hope for the sake of this poor, little girl that this case is solved. Until then it will always be a question of who could do something so horrible.

Review: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

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Category: 9-12 Fiction

Published: 2005

Re-Read: Sept/Oct 2016

Score: 5/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can’t quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys’ of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks’ time? Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine…

Review: This is a great addition to this series and one of the best set ups for a finale that I have ever seen. It’s the sixth book in the series and overall not one of the bigger books to come out but it comes with more information and furthers the stories better than any of the 5 previous.

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You meet Harry just as he is about to turn 16 and he is waiting for Dumbledore. This is the book where they become closer as Dumbledore is determined to help Harry any way possible learn to defeat Voldemort. One of the greatest things about this story line is he just doesn’t tell him, he makes him realize it all for himself. Of course it brings back great characters like Ron and Hermione, Lupin and Hagrid of course. Harry is also the captain of the Quidditch team and things something fishy is up with Malfoy which no one else sees.

There is a lot going on in this book. You learn more about Voldemort and delve deeper in the magic of this world. You meet some new people who have a large part in the overall picture. As I said before it sets up nicely for the last book in this series and the inevitable show down between Harry and Voldemort.

This is  a not a book for the younger of this age group. I could even argue it wouldnt’ be appropriate to anyone who isn’t a teen. It’s heavy content about murder and loss. A major character dies which is also a big deal and can be gut wrenching if you are really invested in this series.

harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-princeAgain the writing is well done too. Descriptive without being boring. You are taken in to this world where you feel a part of it and want to join in and have magical powers.

I have nothing bad to say about this book, it’s more mature, it’s a great read with all the emotional feels you would expect at this point in the game.

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