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

March Book Haul

Wow I need to control my book buying! I brought way too much manga this month jeez!

I think I’ll start this off by straying from the usual books and show you some new Pop Funk figures I brought for my shelves as a nice change from all the books and links.

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I brought Sirius when I realised it was an option. Sirius is one of my favourite Harry Potter characters and I own the most memorabilia dedicated to him so buying this was a must.

I brought Vegeta on Tuesday (29th) when I went shopping. I saw him in the window and I couldn’t resist him, he’s so cute!

Okay. Enough about the figures and on to the actual books. I brought a total of fourteen books this month and I’m a little disgusted with myself but I don’t regret it. I’ve actually mostly read all of them too. (I just counted. I’ve read 9 of them.)

These aren’t in any particular order, I can’t be bothered to go look up what order I brought them in.

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Animal Crossing: Wild World Game Guide

I made an impulsive buy a few weeks ago and got the game. I brought this because I remembered that there were patterns that I could make in the game that were in this book. Sad I know.

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Death Note, Black Editions 1, 2 & 3 by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata (Illustrator) & Translated by Alexis Kirsch

I feel as if I have talked about this countless times in the past month so I won’t go into the details here. These books each have two editions of the manga in them so technically these are six volumes.

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FullMetal Alchemist 3-in-1 Volume 2 by Hiromu Arakawa 

Another impulse buy but when I saw it in Waterstones I couldn’t resist it. I read the first book in the series last year but didn’t continue reading. Something must have distracted me. I loved the anime though so I want to carry on reading the manga.

Bleach 3-in-1 Volume 1 by Tite Kubo

 

I’ve read this book before but I borrowed it off of a friend and now that I am watching the anime I wanted to re-read it and start collecting the books.

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Blue Exorcist:

Volume 6

Volume 7

Volume 8

Volume 9

Volume 10

Volume 11

by Kazue Kato

Yeah. I’ve brought more than this but they haven’t come yet so they’re not included. I’m still loving this manga series and I have almost caught up to the books now. Book 15 comes out in May.

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Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell 

I don’t actually know what this short story is about but I saw it in the shop and saw that it was only £1 so I picked it up to read when I’m in a bit of a slump.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 

I brought this just to add to my collection. I have been told that I can’t read this until I’ve finished reading the Infernal Devices so I need to wait until I’ve done that. It is such a pretty book though that I couldn’t resist it when I saw it…

SAM_1980 (2)Well these are all of the books that I brought in March. I’m sure my neighbours are getting sick of my parcels being delivered to them when I’m at work but what can you do? I am thinking of going on a book buying ban soon so hopefully this month my book haul won’t be as big.

Have you read any of these books? What do you think I should read first?

Until Next Time,

Tori x

Book Shelf Tour #1

SAM_1969 (2)I’ve been wanting to do a bookshelf tour for quite a while but I haven’t seen many on here so it put me off a little but thinking about it if I want to do it then I should just go ahead and do it!

I have three bookshelves in my bedroom so I will be doing these separately, shelf by shelf so it will be a weekly feature. Once I have finished I will create a page and combine them all together for easy viewing.

I am going to start off with my main and oldest bookshelf. I apologise if some of the images are wonky and\or dark, it is a hard bookshelf to take pictures of.

The Bottom Shelf

I have a thing where my bottom shelves are either packed full of ugly books, books I don’t want to see or books I have no where else to put. As a result my bookshelf can sometimes be a little top heavy. I like being able to see my books!

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This isn’t the best picture so you can’t actually see all of the books but trust me you aren’t missing out on them. (Ignore the worm looking thing, it is Nagini from my Voldemort figurine.)

From left to right here is a list.

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The Poem and the Journey by Ruth Padel

I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

Queer as Folk: Every Nine Seconds by Joseph Brockton

Nightlight: A Twilight Parody by The Harvard Lampoon

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A Storm of Swords, Part 1 Steel and Snow by George R.R. Martin

The Kill Order

The Scorch Trials

The Death Cure by James Dashner

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Half Bad by Sally Green

Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

The Fifty Shades books are actually my Mum’s. I’ve read the first one and rated it two stars and I don’t have any intentions to read the next two any time soon but she had me get them out from under my bed saying that she wanted to re-read them. She still hasn’t got around to it yet…

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Writing Fiction by Linda Anderson & Derek Neale

The Hunger Games

Catching Fire

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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The Iron Hunt (Hunter Kiss #1)

Darkness Calls (#2)

A Wild Light (#3) by Marjorie M. Liu

The Heir of Night by Helen Lowe

These are all my sisters books and fun fact, annoying to me, my sister put the Hunter Kiss series out of order on my shelf and I didn’t notice until after I took the pictures. I don’t actually know what these are about but I’m including them anyway.

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Grave Sight (Harper Connelly #1)

Grave Surprise (#2)

An Ice Cold Grave (#3) by Charlaine Harris

Shadow Fall by Seressia Glass

… and she did the same with these!

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How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Incarnate by Jodi Medows

Incarnate was a complete cover buy for me and I still haven’t read it. I feel so guilty about that so it has been shoved on the bottom shelf. How to Train Your Dragon is down there because it was bumped down by another book.

Well that is my bottom shelf! I hope you liked this look at my bookshelf and come back to see the next shelf next week.

Until Next Time,

Tori x

Thoughts: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Script Book

Okay so we all know that I am a huge Harry Potter fan (who isn’t?) but I’m not too sure about this new script book that J.K Rowling is releasing following the opening of the play in London.

I love the fact that we can know the story of the play even if we can’t see it, regardless of what country we live in. I think it is great that we can read it even though it isn’t an actual novel but I would have preferred it if it had been in novel form.

I have read plays before while I was in university and even before that when I was in high school but I’ve never really been able to enjoy myself while reading them. I find it incredibly hard to immerse myself in the story when there are stage directions and such interfering. That is probably one of the reasons I’ve never been able to finish reading a Shakespeare play before. It takes me a long time to understand what is happening and what I should be visualising in my head.

I will most likely end up buying the script book anyway but I’m going to try and get tickets to see it in person (I doubt it’ll actually happen though, I think they sold out a long, long time ago).

All of that said I am internally and externally fangirling so hard over the fact that we are getting so much Harry Potter related content this year. We’ve got the play\script, Fantastic Beasts, the new Pottermore, Harry Potter colouring books and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition not forgetting the new Funko Pop figurines (Sirius Black you will be in my hands soon!)

What are your opinions on the script book? Are you happy? Would you have preferred it as a new novel instead of a script? What are you most looking forward to? I think I’m most excited for the film truth be told. It looks amazing!

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.

NUMBER 10Food Wars Manga

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

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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 #13 – If You Like Nimona You’ll Like …

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This week over at the Broke and Bookish they’ve given us the topic of recommending books based on a book or author. For example if you like Throne of Glass I think you’ll like Poison Study. Or if you like Sarah J. Maas I think you’ll like Kristin Cashore. I think you get the idea.

I’m going to preface this by saying that I really struggled with this. I don’t usually read these types of posts or watch these videos. I’m not sure why I don’t like them but I am going to do this post anyway. It is always good to go out of your comfort zone.

This list is going to be my recommendations on if you have read and liked Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. I read it recently and reviewed it.

If You Liked Nimona Then You’ll Like –

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  • Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Illustrated by Roc Upchurch 

  • Saga by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer) and Illustrated by Fiona Staples

  • Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima and translated by William Flanagan

  • Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke A. Allen

I’ve never actually read it but I have put this in here because it is written\illustrated by the same person who wrote Nimona so it stands to reason that you’d probably like this too.

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CARTOONS

Gravity Falls by Alex Hirsch


138756Okay, so those are all of the recommendations I can think of if you liked reading Nimona. Quite a few of these book series I haven’t actually finished yet so I’m still withholding judgement on them but I liked them enough that I can recommend them to you.

I hope you liked my list this week, remember I would love to read your TTT so please leave a link in the comments.

Until next time,

Tori x

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

I’ve been eyeing this tag for a little while thinking about doing it but now that I have been tagged by Raven @ dreamyaddictions I thought I’d actually do it. Thank you for tagging me 🙂

As always if you click on the title of the book you’ll be taken to its Goodreads page where you’ll find its synopsis.

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year

The Martian by Andy Weir

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I fell in love with this book. I have only read one other Sci-Fi book other than this (The Host by Stephenie Meyer) and this blew it out of the water. This was so funny and intense, it was such a roller-coaster ride of a book.

My Review

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2015

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

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This can be debatable, it isn’t technically a sequel but a continuation of a series I love. This book was sprung on me, I didn’t expect a new instalment and when I found out that she was carrying on with the series I freaked out.

This was a good book but to be honest I don’t think it was her best book. I haven’t read very many sequels this year so I chose this.

Interview with Maria V. Snyder

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

I just downloaded the preview for this off of Amazon to see if I’ll like it and from what I have read it seems to have a very Neil Gaiman vibe to it. I love the sound of it.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I’ve been looking for this every time I go in to a book shop. I haven’t found it yet but as soon as my book buying ban is over I’ll probably end up buying this.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I’ve been interested in this for quite a while and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

4. Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year

HP & Winter

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Illustrated by Jim Kay – 6th October 2015

This is so close I can almost taste it. The pictures I’ve seen look amazing and my fingers are tingling in anticipation of holding this.

Winter by Marissa Meyer – 12th November 2015

I’ve not read Cress yet so I have to read that before I can really feel excited about this one but nevertheless I am excited about a new book for the series.

5. Biggest Disappointment

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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I had such high expectations for this book and they just weren’t met. There was so much hype surrounding this book and paired with the description of the book I thought I would love it. Turns out I liked it but it didn’t blow my mind.

6. Biggest Surprise

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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I adored this book. It was so cute and I’m already having the urge to re-read it and I read it about two months ago! Normally I don’t like contemporary books but this one was lovely.

My Review

7. Favorite New Author (Debut or New to You)

V.E. Schwab

Becky Albertalli

Andy Weir

I’m still a little on the fence regarding V.E. Schwab but I own Vicious (another of her books) and plan to read it soon. A lot of people regard it as her best book yet so I really hope I like it. I follow her on Twitter and I love reading about her writing progress and she has a great sense of humour from what I’ve seen.

8. Newest Fictional Crush

Kell (A Darker Shade of Magic)

Blue (Simon Vs.)

Levi (Fangirl)

Yeah I have more than one…

Kell is such a cool guy! *swoons* He can jump dimensions, he fights magic and bad guys and he has a cool jacket!

Blue is more of an “awwww”. Considering he’s gay I doubt he’d be interested anyway. I just want to hug him.

Levi is adorable. I could easily spend a long time just sitting there talking to him and reading to him. Levi you rock!

9. Newest Favourite Character

Percy Jackson

I didn’t expect Percy to be so funny. He has a similar sense of humour to me and I find it really easy to empathise with him. He gets himself in to some sticky situations and so far he always manages to come out relativity on top. (I haven’t finished the series yet).

10. Book That Made You Cry

I haven’t read a book this year that has made me cry. I have a few on my TBR Shelf that I know will make me cry so I’m hoping to get to them some time this year. The closest I came to crying was for the ending of The Martian.

11. Book That Made You Happy

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

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This was a short and cute read. There are some parts I was laughing out loud to and the ending was good. This mainly made me happy because I was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining it was.

My Review

12. Favourite Book to Film Adaptation You Saw This Year

Rurouni Kenshin (2012)

I’ve been meaning to watch this for such a long time and now that I have I was amazed at how good it was.

The costumes were on point, the atmosphere was really good, it was funny, intense and entertaining. I watched the second film not even last week and that was just as good as the first.

13. Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year (Or Received)

Vic

Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of the Year?

I have so many!

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Cress by Marissa Meyer

I’m probably forgetting some but these are the ones I can remember off the top of my head.

I TAG

If you’ve already done this tag then feel free to ignore this 🙂

Erika @ Errka220 (Erika in Bookventureland)

Audrey @ ForwardsandBookwords

Nicole @ NymphadoraWinterfell

Ashley @ WordsWeHeart

You Too!

Thank you for reading and

Until next time,

Tori x