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.

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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.

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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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Intimidating TBR Tag

I saw this tag going around on youtube last month and really enjoyed watching everyone’s videos so I decided to have a go at it myself. I don’t have the biggest TBR that I’ve ever seen, in fact I have been steadily whittling it down over the past few months (hope I didn’t just jinx it) but I still have enough to easily do this tag. The original video for this tag has been taken down so I can’t credit the creator but if I could I would ūüôā

What book have you been unable to finish?

The Hobbit

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 

I tried reading this back when the first Hobbit film was released or around that time anyway and I made it halfway through before putting it down. I didn’t even make a conscious decision to stop reading i just forgot about it to be honest. I plan to try reading this again at some point but I think I want to try reading LotR first before going back.

What book have you yet to read but haven’t had the time?¬†fellowship of the ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Have you seen the size of this book? My edition at least has tiny writing which hurts my eyes after a while. I might invest in a better edition before trying this but we’ll see. This has been nagging at me for a while now so I might get around to this sooner than I think.

What book have you yet to read because it is a sequel?

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 Cress by Marissa Meyer

Third in a series still counts right? I read Cinder and loved it. I read Scarlet: eh it was okay. Of course because I had mixed feelings about Scarlet it has put me off reading Cress. I want to carry on with the series though because I have heard nothing but good things about all of the other books and companion books in the series. I would like to complete my collection too but I can’t in good conscious buy the rest of the books when I still haven’t read Cress!

What book have you yet to read because it is brand new?

This Savage Song

This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

What book have you yet to read because¬†you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 

I didn’t enjoy Fangirl. I have made no secret of it. There was something about the story I could not connect to and maybe it was because at the time I read it it was too close to my own situation for me to enjoy it. I don’t know but because I didn’t enjoy Fangirl it has made me a little reluctant to read this. I love the sound of the synopsis though and liked the Simon Snow parts of Fangirl hence why I brought it. I’ll read it eventually but I don’t know when yet.

What book are you yet to read because you’re just not in the mood for it?¬†

Assassins Apprentice

Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb

I really want to read this but every time I look at it I am reminded that this is the first book in a massive series of books and it just causes me to skip over it.

What book have you yet to read because it is humongous?

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Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin 

I think this is a popular answer for this question. It would not surprise me in the least. This is a beast of a book and the others in the series are nothing to ignore either!

What book have you yet to read because it was a cover buy and it ended up not having very good reviews? 

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The Alchemyst by Micheal Scott

Technically this was not a cover buy it was an impulse buy. One of the youtubers I follow recommended this book when I first started watching Booktube videos and I decided to buy it. I still haven’t read it and I am not even sure what it is about. I assume it has something to do with magic though by the title.

What is the most intimidating book on your TBR?

Battle Royale

Battle Royale by  Koushun Takami, Translated by Nathan Collins

I’ve read a quarter of this and it took me an age! The gore and the writing style took me a long time to get to grips with not to mention the amount of names you have to remember. It makes it a little hard to connect with the characters and be sad about their deaths when you can’t even remember their names.

Who do I tag?

If you’re interested in doing this tag and have yet to do it then please feel free, if you do it because you’ve read this post then please leave a comment and a link I’d love to see your answers.

I know it has been a while since I last did a blog post but I was feeling uninspired for a while I have a few ideas for upcoming posts so I should be posting new content soon ūüôā

Thank you for reading and,

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

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 ūüôā

NUMBER 1

Nimona

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

REVIEW

NUMBER 2

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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 ūüôā

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

January Wrap-Up and Haul

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So last month I wasn’t posting on here very much and for that I’m sorry. I lost the urge to write anything so I didn’t. I’m back here though and trying to get back into the groove of things.

All of that said I have had a good month reading wise, managing to read seven books. Most of these are manga and comics but I did read two full books this month and I am well into my third.

Wrap-Up

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I only read from the fifth book this month because I have been slowly working my way through the series. If you go back and look at some of my other wrap-ups then you’ll see a few of these there too. I am waiting for the last book in the series to come in the post at the moment so I will soon finish re-reading the series. I have only read the online fan translation of this manga before this so it is nice to read an official translation.

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At the start of last year I read the first two books in the Mortal Instruments series but I didn’t continue reading until December. I wanted to read all of the books before the TV series started but obviously that didn’t happen. I was a little annoyed with myself about that so I decided that I would read them all now. I’m so glad I decided to read them. I had only ever read up to City of Fallen Angels and I loved City of Lost Souls! I’m hoping that the last book will be just as good.

The search

Last year I read the first collection in this comic series (The Promise Parts 1, 2 & 3) and really liked them so when I had some Christmas money I decided to splurge on this beauty.

Book Haul

I went a little mad on the book buying this month and if I’m honest I can’t see that stopping next month. There are quite a few books I want to get to complete reading a series (Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices). I’m being good though and not buying them until I’ve actually read up to the books I’ve already got.

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At work we have a charity bookcase where you put your unwanted books so that other people can come along and buy them for 50p that goes to charity. Well one day last week I was sitting at the checkout and I looked over and saw that someone had left a copy of The Host in hard cover. Now I love reading The Host and I have read it multiple times, so many times in fact that the book is darn near falling apart (I’ve got a paperback). I’ve been after a hard cover version of it for so long! So when I saw it on the shelf I immediately jumped off my counter and grabbed it for myself. I was chuffed ūüėČ

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I had no idea that City of Heavenly Fire was so huge! I was going to wait for a while before reading this but once I saw it I knew that if I don’t read it now then the size of it will scare me off and I’ll never read it. Needless to say that is what I’m currently reading.

This is the last book in the Rurouni Kenshin manga series and I am eagerly anticipating it in the post sometime this week. Re-reading these books has reminded me why I loved it in the first place. It has been so long since I read the end of the series there are a few things that I have forgotten about and it is nice to go back and rediscover them years later.

Well there it is, all of the books I have read and brought in the month of January. I look forward to reading your posts on your reading this month. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish reading City of Heavenly Fire during February and move on to The Infernal Devices but we’ll see.

Until next time,

Tori x