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review 2016-11-07 23:10
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I and II (English)(Hardcover) - John Tiffany & J K Rowling Jack Thorne

I have been putting off trying to rate this book/play because I have just so many mixed emotions. I am just not sure how to rate it.


I first cracked it open the night of the release party at midnight. (Yes, I went to the midnight release party and no, it was not my first HP midnight release party.) It was a feeling of 'ah, I have missed you, old friend'. I was so excited to have a new HP book in my hands. I had already bought tickets to see the play.


But I got about a third of the way through and I lost my will to read anymore. I thought I had figured things out. And then the book sat on my nightstand for months. Until one day my friend asked me what I thought of the book/play and I said I had stopped reading. I told her my theory and she laughed. Told me I was completely wrong. So, I picked up the book again and started from the beginning... And I was wrong, totally wrong.


It differs from Harry Potter because I feel like Albus is an asshole. I just did not feel the same connection or was invested in him as I was with Harry. He is not a very sympathetic character, especially in the first part. which was a little disappointing to me. At times, I thought Harry was not really Harry either.


I did enjoy the story, over all. I think that there is so only so much you can do with a play and it will never compare to the book series. I am very excited to see the play even though I have to wait until 2017. I hope it translates better on stage. I will keep you posted.

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review 2016-10-24 02:23
The Wise Man's Fear
The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss,Nick Podehl

Here's my big dilemma! I am not actually sure how to rate this book. I really love the series. Kvothe is one of my favorite character of all time. He is, and I cannot believe I am going to say this, up there with Harry Potter and Sirius Black. The world in which the novel is set also rivals HP as well. I call it a novel but it seems more like a volume.

The problem is, that even thought I really loved this book, a lot more than most books that I have rated five out of five stars, I do not love it as much as The Name of the Wind. So, it gets 4 out of 5 stars because it just does not compare with the first one. I do not want to spoil anything for anyone but, there were times where I just did not care about any events that were happening. In fact, there is a significant part in the novel, mainly about his love life, that I just lost interest and it really slowed my reading. There are at least 200 to 300 pages in the middle that could be removed because they do not serve any real purpose. But then, I found that it ended too quickly. I was left thinking, wait that's the end? What?

Rothfuss blows my mind again and again with the world and all its parts. It is crazy to think of how he could imagine all the different parts and tie them all together so neatly. He is truly an amazing writer, creator and storyteller. But there were parts in this novel that I feel he was trying too hard. Trying to give too much information that I did not really need.

I loved The Name of the Wind. It is one of the only books that I think I would re-read for fun rather than just because I forgot most of the plot of the novel. I am not sure if I would re-read this one. It was kind of exhausting at times. I would definitely skip though some parts if I did. That being said, I would absolutely recommend this book.

You should read this book. Read the first one, then read this one and then read the third one when it comes out. Hopefully it will blow these two books out of the water.

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review 2016-05-14 18:23
Three Days Road
Three Day Road - Joseph Boyden

This is a phenomenal and haunting book. I really loved the story despite most of it being set in the WWI. Maybe because it not the traditional stories being told of WWI. The characters are deep and complex. So powerfully written that it makes you stop and wonder what hell is going on with society. It's like a stab to the heart. It will make you very uncomfortable.

 

The story follows Xavier Bird, a young First Nations Canadian, journey through leaving the bush and nature, enlisting in and serving as a sniper in WWI, then through his the healing process of not only his body but his spirit in returning to his home in the bush. It also of his aunt Niska, who as been able to evade the assimilation into residential schools and the destruction of her traditional knowledge and spared the young Xavier Bird from the same.

 

It's very Canadiana. Joseph Boyden has an amazing ability of being able to share stories of Native First Nation Canadians experiences in a honest and true form. The school children of North America, and particularly of Canada, should be reading this in there English classes. This really should be made into a movie. 

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review 2016-05-13 02:07
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has done it again! He wrote just the book that I wanted to read. Both beautiful and haunting at the same time. He balances just enough myth and magic with a little bit of real life. It's a modern fairy tale for grown ups. Like most of his books, it contains that little bit of wisdom he imparts on the read. The only regret I have is not reading it sooner.

 

His characters are always fantastic. They draw you in. I loved the three generations of Hempstocks. As always, his endings always have that twist that you never really see coming. He is a genius at wrapping up his books really well.

 

The book is quite short, less than 200 pages. It reads super easy. It took me only one night to finish. I could not put it down. Magical realism is not for everyone. If you have never read Neil Gaiman and not use to his writing style then you probably don't want to start with this one.

 

Another book in to the to be re-read pile. 

 

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review 2016-04-18 02:18
The Name of the Wind
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) - Patrick Rothfuss

If this book is still in your TBR list and you've been just putting if off like I was, you need to pick it and you need to READ IT NOW! You will not regret it. I promise.

 

I feel mad love for this book. Like school girl mad love obsession. I was a little weary to pick it up at first because of all the hype but now, I totally get it. Everything I have ever wanted from a book.

 

I love Kvothe. I love the world. I love the story. I loved the mysteriousness of it all. I love the rest of the characters, except maybe Bast. He drove me a little nuts. Did I mention I love Kvothe?

 

As a rule, I do not re-read books except for a limited few. This book is definitely going into my re-read pile. I may download the audio book and listen to it in my car (I just realized that does kind of sounds crazy obsessive), so I will know how to pronounce their names. I have tried to listed to how people have pronounced Kvothe a million times but still not really sure I've got it.

 

Question is, do I wait to read the Wise Man's Fears or read it right away and start the long wait for the third book?

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