Book Review – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

HP and the cursed child bookTo be honest I am not sure on my thoughts for this book. I loved being back in the Harry Potter universe and devoured this book in two sittings, the story kept me reading and it felt like being at home when I was reading about Harry again.

That being said I do have some issues.

It being a script, while understandable, made it more difficult for me to read it. I had to go through highlighting all of the characters parts in different colours so I would not need to look at their names to know who was talking thus taking me out of the story. Highlighting it helped me enormously. Most people could probably read it just fine but I have a thing with scripts, I just can’t read them but I did not have as much trouble with this one.

(SPOILER)

One thing that really made me dock a star off my star rating was the out of character Snape. He was saying things that I could not imagine him thinking let alone say. This was one of the times where it was clear to me that J.K. Rowling did not write this book herself. She never would have made Snape such an agreeable character. He gave in too easily to Scorpius at the mere mention of Lily’s name. It just did not sit well with me at all.

It could be argued that Snape was out of character because it was a different world and he was desperate for something to change but even in that case I do not think he would have been so easy to convince.

(END OF SPOILER) 

Okay, okay! Enough of my complaints! One thing I absolutely loved about this book was Albus and Scorpius’ friendship. They were adorable and I just want to pinch their cheeks like a creepy old granny. I would gladly read a book about them if JKR actually wrote another HP novel. I want to know more about them and their characters. I want to see more of their adventures together and their witty banter with each other.

I would have liked to have seen more character development for Scorpius and his relationship with Draco but we can’t get everything.

If anything reading this book has just rekindled my love for HP and has reawakened my thirst for new material, new stories. Perhaps now that she has seen the response this new script has been given she might bless us with a new novel?? *Sigh* one can hope.

Summary

Over all I can say that I really enjoyed this script but I think it would be better to see it actually preformed on the stage as it was meant to be seen. I am still hoping to be able to see it but it is REALLY expensive so I’m not holding my breath.

The story was good but it could have used more work and thought before they decided to release it, it seems a little like they just threw it together as soon as the idea came in their heads. It was predictable in places and had some holes in others.

I cannot decide what star rating to give this. I keep going back to my goodreads and changing between a 3 star and a 4 star so I think I shall have to give it a 3.5 instead.

Sorry this is a little disjointed but I seriously don’t know what to think about it, I have a lot of mixed thoughts. There are other things I would like to mention but I don’t want to turn this into a bad review, so I’ll leave it here.

I’m interested to know what your thoughts were. Did you like it? No? Why?

Until Next Time,

Tori x

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TTT – Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get

TTTRight well here we are again for another TTT. As always you can go over to the Broke and Bookish to see what TTT is and the next topics.

NUMBER 1

The Hunger Games

Katniss EverdeenThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

Katniss just seems very dull to me. She acts like she doesn’t care about things. Maybe this is because of the films and my dislike of the third book but I just can’t see myself reading the Hunger Games books again any time soon. (Although talking about them is making me curious. I haven’t read them in a long time.)

NUMBER 2

Harry Potter Series

Severus SnapeHarry Potter by J.K. Rowling

In have a love hate relationship with Snape. Sometimes I dislike him and other times I like him because of how complex a character he is. Snape is regularly jumping on and off this list.

NUMBER 3

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Chaol WestfallThrone of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

I don’t hate Chaol but up to the point I’m at (just read Crown of Midnight) I’m not liking him as much as everyone else seems to. I don’t know what it is about him but I’m still going to give him a chance.

NUMBER 4

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Deliah “Lila” BardShades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab

I’ve only read this once and it was a while ago but I remember not liking Lila. She wasn’t fleshed out as a character and I had trouble reading about her when I know so little about her. Hopefully in the second book – A Gathering of Shadows – we get to know more about her.

NUMBER 5

Storm Glass

Opal CowanGlass Series by Maria V. Snyder

Opal is very self-centred and it get old very fast. She is so obsessed with her own problems she forgets that there are other people with their own problems around her. She is too self absorbed for her own good. We do however see her grow as a character as the books progress and I like her in the third – and last – book in the series, Spy Glass.


For now these are all of the characters I can remember that I don’t like. I thought about putting Cath from Fangirl in but it isn’t the character I have an issue with, I think it is the book in general so I decided not to include her. (If you’re curious here is my mini review)

Do you agree with me on any of these? I’d like to know 🙂

As always feel free to leave a link to your TTT in the comments.

Until next time,

Tori x

TTT – Books To Read If You’re in the Mood for a Short\Quick Read

TTTSometimes you just want a short book to read to get you back into the flow of reading or just a bit of a breather from the bigger heftier books. Well here are my top recommendations for you.

Top Ten Tuesday is created and hosted by the Broke and Bookish so go over there and take a look at their posts and everyone else’s TTT posts 🙂

NUMBER 1

Nimona

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

REVIEW

NUMBER 2

Percy #1

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

NUMBER 3

Dr and Hyde

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

NUMBER 4

The Egg

The Egg by Andy Weir

You can read this online, it is very short but worth the read.

NUMBER 5

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

NUMBER 6

Simon Vs

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

REVIEW

NUMBER 7 

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Shaman King by Hiroyuki Takei

NUMBER 8

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Stardust by Neil Gaiman

REVIEW

Well those are all I can think of for now. Have you got any recommendations for short books?

I’d love to see your TTT so leave a link if you’d like 🙂

Until next time,

Tori x

Top Ten Tuesday #18 – Best Books I’ve Read in 2015

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This week we’re all talking about the Top Ten Books we’ve Read in 2015 and as soon as I saw this topic I knew I had to get my hands on it and give it a shot. So here we are, it’s the end of 2015 and this is the list of my favourite reads of this year.

Top Ten Tuesday is created and hosted over at TheBrokeandBookish, head on over there if you’re interested in finding out more about this weekly bookish meme.

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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Vol. 1 by Yuuto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki and Yuki Morisaki

This is mainly on the list because I loved the anime and I think that translated back to the manga when I read it. I don’t know if I’ll continue collecting but I will watch it again if they make another season.

NUMBER 9

Life and death

Twilight: Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer

I freaked out when I heard about this and I actually really enjoyed it. I mainly brought it because I was curious about the premise but after reading it I actually really liked it and I might even like it better than the original!

NUMBER 8

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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino and Gurihiru

I thought that this was a really good opening comic to a series and I can’t wait to carry on collecting the series. If you like Avatar then you will probably really like this too. It carries on after the end of the final season and gives us a look into the events that happen after the final ‘battle’ and the long reaching consequences and problems that occur.

NUMBER 7

Nimona

 Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (Reviewed)

I really enjoyed this book. At first I wasn’t sold on it but then the story fleshed out and by the end of the book I was really invested in the characters and I really wanted to know what happened. This is a good book to introduce someone into the genre of Graphic Novels.

NUMBER 6

Shadow Study

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

I was a little disappointed in this book truth be told. I didn’t really like the change in writing style that was introduced but I was so happy that she decided to continue with the series. I honestly thought that she had finished with it but turns out that there is going to be another two books. It was really nice to be able to read a new story about some of my favourite characters.

This was made even better by the fact that I got to meet the author Maria V. Snyder at a book signing and I even had the chance to interview her via email for a blog post!

NUMBER 5

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Reviewed)

I’m glad I read this this year. I want to try reading more of Victoria Schwab’s works and look forward to reading more in the new year. I was expecting to be blown away by this book but it fell a little flat for me unfortunately but I still enjoyed it enough for it to make this list.

NUMBER 4

Dr and Hyde

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

This was one of the only classics I read this year but I’m glad I read it. I don’t know what I was expecting when I went into this but I really liked it and I hope to go back and read it again eventually.

NUMBER 3

The Cuckoo’s Calling

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (Reviewed)

You’re probably wondering why this isn’t one of my top two. Well it’s because it took me a long time to read this and I was a little out of my comfort zone. This was the first detective novel I have read and it took some getting used to. I still marvel over the writing and the amount of detail J.K.R goes into. The characters were all so real and I could easily imagine them in my head right down to how they sounded. It was like I was transported into a TV show in my head.

I loved it and I plan to read the second book, The Silkworm as soon as I can. I plan to buy it in the January sales so I can grab Career of Evil around the same time.

NUMBER 2

Simon Vs

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (Reviewed)

I’m surprised too. When I read this I never expected it to be one of my favourite reads of the year but I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick read and deliciously sweet. I fell in love with this book because of the characters and the format. If you haven’t read this book yet then you seriously need to get a move on and pick it up!

NUMBER 1

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The Martian by Andy Weir (Reviewed)

Yeah. I love this book. I will re-read this in the future. I loved this book so much I got my Mum to read it and she too loved it. I was surprised when I read this, I had been gifted this last Christmas and it took me months to pick it up. I have to admit the cover put me off.

This book had me on the edge of my seat so many times I lost count. I even started to annotate notes in the margins as I read because I found myself reacting to his sarcasm and responding with my own. I seriously loved this book and it deserves to have the top spot. I was a little late to this but I don’t care, I got there eventually and fell in love. This is a new favourite book and yes, this was the best book I read this year.


 

Well those are all of my top ten books of this year, are any of these on your list? Send me a link to your TTT I’d love to see your Top Books of 2015. I can’t wait to see what my list will be like next year!

Until next time,

Tori x

Top Ten Tuesday #17 – Debut Authors to Further Explore

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Well this is an interesting topic, I know one off the top of my head that I am going to include but the others are a mystery as of this moment.

As always if you’re interested in joining in TTT then head on over the host site the Broke and Bookish.

Andy WeirThe Martian

The Martian

REVIEW

I read The Martian a few months ago and loved it, it is still the best book I have read so far this year and I can’t wait to see what he is going to do next.

Becky AlbertalliSimon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs

REVIEW

Again I read this a few months ago and I found it adorable. I would love to see another novel from her as I really liked her writing style.

Zoe SuggGirl Online

Girl online

REVIEW

Technically she shouldn’t be on this list but I have only read her first book so I’m going to slip her in here. I own her newest book Girl Online: On Tour and plan to read it soon.

Authors I’ve Read This Year I Want to Further Explore

For this little bit I will be talking about the authors that are new to me this year that I want to further explore. They aren’t debut authors but they were to me (if that makes sense?)

V.E. SchwabA Darker Shade of Magic

ADSOM UK

REVIEW

I read this at the beginning of the year and liked it. It didn’t blow me away but I like V.E. Schwab as a person – from what I’ve seen of her on Twitter – and I would like to try reading some more of her books before giving up on her writing style.

Rainbow RowellFangirl

Fangirl

I read Fangirl last year and didn’t really like it but I have recently brought Carry On her newest novel and it looks really interesting so I want to give her another chance.

Rick RiordanPercy Jackson

Percy #1

I have read about half of the Percy Jackson series so far and I am really enjoying his writing style. It will be nice if I can actually finish the series and try some of his other book series.


I think that’s all I have for you this week, sorry it’s so short but what can you do? Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Send me a link to your TTT in the comments 🙂

Until next time,

Tori x

October 2015 Wrap-Up

I started work recently so this month has been a task of getting used to revolving my life around work and getting to work. As a result I didn’t really read much this month but all the same I think I did quite well. I read a total of five books this month and I am in the process of reading another one right now.

October Wrap Up

Books

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

The Amazing Book is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester

Twilight Re-imagined: Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Vol. 1 by Yuuto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki and Yuki Morisaki

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg – REVIEWED 

Anime

Well as far as anime goes this month I didn’t really watch much. Not because I don’t want to but because the one that I’m interested in is still being releaced once a week so I can’t really get around that but here is a list of the anime I have watched so far this month.

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Haikyu!! Second Season – On Going, Currently on episode 4

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma – Finished

Monster Musume Everyday Life With Monster Girls – Finished

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion – Currently Re-Watching – On Episode 7

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October Book Haul

Well there you have it. All you need to know about my bookish deeds this month. I posted my book haul a few days ago so if you’re interested in that go on over and check it out using the link above, my November TBR should be coming up soon so keep an eye out for that too 🙂

How has your month been? Read any really good books? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time,

Happy Halloween!

Tori x

This Week in Books #7

This Week In Books

So I didn’t really do much reading this week and I’m not actually reading anything at the moment. I really need to get on that but here is my weekly update on my reading.

EDIT: I (again) wrote this on Monday – I’ve really got to stop doing that – I’ve gone through and edited in a book that I’m currently reading. I hope it all still makes sense 🙂

As always a shout out to Lipsyy Lost & Found for creating this weekly meme and without further ado lets get in to the books.

NOW

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Rurouni Kenshin 3-in-1 Volume 5 by Nobuhiro Watsuki and Translated by Kenichiro Yagi

Page 256 of 568

Binge by Tyler Oakley

Page 55 of 304

THEN

Girl online

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

I have REVIEWED this book 🙂

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog. 

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever. (Via Goodreads)

NEXT

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Girl Online: On Tour by Zoe Sugg

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 


Well I might not be reading much right now but I do have plans to read some good books in the coming week or two so that kind of makes up for it in my opinion.

Sorry this wasn’t much of a post but I’m not going to lie about what I’m reading and what I’m not.

So until next time,

Tori x