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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-20 08:31
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling & John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I and II (English)(Hardcover) - John Tiffany & J K Rowling Jack Thorne

Albus Severus Potter is sorted into Slytherin, and his only friend turns out to be Scorpius Malfoy, whose paternity is rumored to be Voldemort himself. Add to that the estrangement between Harry and his son, another uprising of dark powers, the emergence of a Time-Turner, Amos Diggory turning up at Harry's doorstep with a desperate request, and Harry's scar burning again which leads to ill-spoken words during a quarrel and hasty decisions - and perhaps the downfall of the wizarding world.

 

First of all, this story is told in script-form which takes away quite a bit regarding the inner motivation of characters. And this is perhaps the greatest flaw: I didn't quite understand why Albus would attempt to restore Cedric back to life? Granted, he's unhappy, feels misunderstood and unloved by his father, but change history, probably even erasing himself from history?

 

And let's not mention all the other head-scratch moments: Amos Diggory would come to ask for Cedric's return 22 years after he'd died? Grief can do strange things, I'll grant you that. But why doesn't anyone question his motives, and especially the strange niece no one has seen before? In one of the changed timelines Albus and Scorpius humiliated Cedric during the 2nd task of the Triwizard Tournament which turns Cedric towards the Death Eaters... Really? He had a lot going for him, he was head boy, had tons of friends, and all this wouldn't count for anything because he was humiliated during the TriWi-Tournament? We're not talking about Harry, Albus or Draco here, after all, we're talking about a boy who had everything going for him, loving parents, adoring friends. I don't buy that. (And let's not forget that when the boys try to correct their interference with the past, it's never told that they also correct that mistake, just somehow they find themselves back in the lake.)

 

Essentially, this is the story of parents and children: parents who lost their children, parents who can't connect with their children (and vice versa), and children who lost their parents, all this covered in prophecies and ridiculous time-travel. Had this been a novel I'd have expected more focus on the emotions, the relationships - and maybe then, the story would have worked better and the existence of Delphi would have been better explained: no one knew about the lovechild of Bellatrix and Voldemort?

 

But as is, the most relatable characters are Draco and Scorpius with a little helping of a Snape-cameo. The others are mere copies of their younger selves (especially when in alternate timelines Ron and Hermione restart their will they-won't they-routine). I liked the epilogue of Deathly Hallows, and I thought back then that Harry showed hard-earned maturity in advising Albus essentially to be who he is. Unfortunately he loses that maturity here altogether. Of course, all ends well, harsh words are forgiven and bridges built.

 

But while it was good to have another glimpse into the Potter-verse, I'm also somehow disgusted at such a blatant attempt at milking the cash cow just a bit further. Because let's be honest, The Cursed Child lacks detail, it lacks coherence and characterization. Quite frankly, JKR should have stopped while she was ahead instead of being lured in again into the spotlight and the call of fame and money.

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review 2017-07-20 02:38
Reunion in Death
Reunion in Death - 'J. D. Robb',Nora Roberts

Holy crap...this book has what has to be the best "Eve takes down the baddie" scene EVER. I literally had to put the book down to punch the air in glee. Then I reread it. It was that good.

 

There were also some extremely difficult moments as Eve travels back to Dallas and has to face her past. I cried as she relived the horrible abuse and trauma she suffered during her first 8 years of life. My heart broke for the child she was and the incredibly strong woman she is now, and also for Roarke as he watched the woman he loves more than anything go back to the night her--and I hate to call him her father, because he's so utterly vile--father died.

 

Eve admitting she'd never be able to face her past without Roarke and his steadfast love, and Roarke's helpless fury as he (and we) finally get the full scope of just what Eve suffered had me crying again.

 

Peabody got some great character development, as she was allowed to work a cold case on her own. We also met her parents.

 

Above all, my favorite parts of these books remains Eve and Roarke and their ever deepening and ever strengthening relationship. No matter what happens between them or how big their argument is you never once doubt that these two love each other beyond all reason, and they will work things out and be even more united because of it.

 

(Though, Roarke did irritate me in this one by going over Eve's head to her superior about something, and she ended up getting informed about it in front of her team. Fortunately after Eve--and Peabody in her way--called him out on it, he realized his massive misstep and apologized.)

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text 2017-07-19 22:54
Witness in Death - J. D. Robb

A solid story all around. It's interesting that the murder takes place during a live play that Dallas is watching. The story is easy to follow and the interpersonal relationships are engaging, unlike Loyalty in Death. The interactions between Peabody and McNab feel drawn out, like Robb is trying to spread their hook-up as a couple over multiple books when it could have been handled in one or two. Still not feeling the spark between them. I like how smoothly Robb makes the story wheels within wheels within wheels, and how it slides together when the killer is revealed.

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review 2017-07-19 00:00
Billionaire Unveiled: Marcus
Billionaire Unveiled: Marcus - J.S. Scott

He's her guardian angel ...

Billionaire Unveiled is a romance unlike any other. Within these pages there is adventure, romance, mystery and courage. Marcus is an international man of mystery. From the shadows, he watches over his greatest weakness and his most heartbreaking regret. When danger threatens his heart's desire, he'll risk everything in the name of love.

She's his saving grace ...

Dani has an adventurous spirit. She's been around the world and seen many dire places, but never did she forsee herself, fighting for her life in a foreign country. Bravery brought her here, will love guide her out?

Marcus and Dani are as complex as the author that created them. J. S. Scott is not afraid to shine a light on the frailties that make us human. She seduces readers with her tempestuous romances but she also shows the power that hope, courage and love has to set us free.
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text 2017-07-18 21:36
Reading progress update: I've read 135 out of 384 pages.
Reunion in Death - 'J. D. Robb',Nora Roberts
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