Book Reviews

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling

Harry_Potter_and_the_Cursed_Child_Special_Rehearsal_Edition_Book_CoverWho else was SUPER EXCITED for another Harry Potter book?! I was!! Me! Over here!! I ordered the book on Amazon Prime Now the night before the release, and it got delivered to me at the 2:00am on the release date! I wish I could have read it right then and there, but I was getting ready for my mother’s quilt show. Instead I read it at work on that Monday, and finished the whole thing in a day!
If you read the epilogue on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows then you know how our favorite three characters end up after their epic adventures at “Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry”. They have defeated Lord Voldemort at every turn, and now have started their next adventure, the adventure of parenthood. Harry Potter has married Ginny Weasley and Ron Weasley has married Hermoine Granger, and they each have children of their own ready to make their own mark on Hogwarts. This particular story follows Harry and Ginny’s child, Albus Severus Potter. Albus is the most unlike Harry, and he knows it. He is constantly feeling the pressure of being the son of “The Boy Who Lived” and worries that he will never amount to anything like his father. His first concern being which house will he be sorted in to when he arrives at Hogwarts, Gryffindor or Slytherin. Albus feels like his dad is not sharing something with him and sets out to find what is. The only problem is what is has the ability to alter the world as we know it.
I love Harry Potter books, I’ve loved everyone and will continue to love them no matter what. This book is from the play that was on production in London. Obviously the rest of the world was jealous that London was getting more Harry Potter than the rest of us. Due it being from a play it is written just like a play. With line reads, and staging. I still loved reading it, it was like the Shakespeare of magic. The only thing that was confusing to me, which was really a personal problem, were some of the names. Each time I heard Albus, Severus, or something else I imagined the original character in the book and it just confused me a little bit until I got it straight. If you’re a Potter fan get the book!! If you’re just starting out in the WIzarding world, read them from the beginning because there are a lot of references to past books. Until next time,
Keep turning the pages
90s Born Reader
Book Reviews, Uncategorized

The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling

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Two small areas, one slightly larger town, and a whole lot of families. The Casual Vacancy is about a small town who suddenly finds themselves with what is known as a “Casual Vacancy” when someone is unexpectedly removed from a position on the Parish Council. In this case it was Barry Fairbrother, who unknowingly touched so many lives in Pagford during his time on Earth. Without him there seems to be a shift in balance, and people start to act all types of crazy and begin fighting with everyone. As usual I’m not going to spoil the ending, but get ready for it. It was probably the best and worst part.

There’s a lot going on in this book. This was not my favorite, and it took me awhile to get through it. Of course it was nothing like Harry Potter, and it was not supposed to be, but I felt like something was lacking. There were a lot of character names, but none of them were very memorable and it was difficult to keep some of them straight in your head. There was a lot of bickering to no avail with anyone. It starts off with an unexpected death, but then I personally felt like it did not grow from there. I don’t know… the book just did not grasp me the way Harry Potter did, or the way other fictional books did. If you’re a JK Rowling fan of course you have to add this book to you library, and I’m probably going to be shamed by what I said. I’m going to read The Cuckoo’s Calling next and we’ll see how I feel about that. Until next time,

Keep Turning the Pages
90s Born Reader
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The Deathly Hallows: Movie vs. Book

Normally I start off my posts by saying what the novel is about, but if you do not know what Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling is about then SHAME ON YOU!! If you do no know then you have missed out on a whole phenomenon of reading and movies that spread through the world, and into the hearts of every age group.

Before the last movie came out, and after I bought my midnight showing tickets with my friends, I decided that I was going to reread the seventh Harry Potter novel, much like the rest of the world. With the interruption of working at a summer camp, I quickly had to read the whole novel in 4 days. I managed to do it and finished the story the night before the movie came out.

The next day when I went to go to the midnight showing I had the whole story fresh in my mind, and I do believe that was my downfall in enjoying the movie. The movie had a completely different flow than the book did, with parts of the movie not meshing well with the book and wrong lines said that were not in the book. I also believe that the movie did not do a very good job of keeping the tension in the movie that the last few pages of the novel had. By the end of the movie I was not sitting on the edge of my seat understanding all the information that happened.

If I look at the movie separate from the book then yes, it was a very well put together movie, and I quite enjoyed it. I actually took my sister for her birthday because it came out on the same day. The movie did a very good job with the battle and what was going on in there, but it left out a lot of the information, which I thought was the best part of the whole story.

As usual we all have our own opinion and these are my opinion. I plan on seeing the movie again and maybe now that the book is not as fresh in my mind I will be totally engrossed in the movie as I planned. Until next time,

Keep Turning the Pages and in this case Watching the Screens