Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany.

Title – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Series – Harry Potter #8
Author – J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 327 pages
Publication Date –  July 31st 2016 by Little, Brown UK
ISBN – 9780751565355
My Rating – ★★★★★/5

Harry is still struggling with the past, which refuses to stay where it belongs. Albus, Harry and Ginny’s youngest son, is struggling under a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present begin to merge ominously, father and son learn an unforgettable truth – sometimes darkness shows up in unexpected places.

I received a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child from Hachette New Zealand to review. If you haven’t read The Cursed Child yet then stop reading now because my review will have spoilers. I decided to wait to review this to give people a chance to read it so I wouldn’t ruin the story for anyone.

I was excited and nervous to read The Cursed Child. I didn’t want to get my expectations up in case I didn’t like it. I knew going into it that it wouldn’t be like the other books in the series because it’s written as a script. This is the first time I’ve ever read a play so I enjoyed that part of it too.

I’m going to say now that I did love this but there were some things that I thought were co5gjzkukae-dtvweird and a little out there.. First, there was Albus wanting to find a way to save Cedric.
Yes, Cedric’s death was horrible, he was innocent and in the wrong place at the wrong time but there was probably hundreds of innocent people that either Voldemort or one of his Death Eaters killed and didn’t deserve it. So why did Albus choose Cedric? Because he heard Cedric’s dad yelling at Harry? Why not Fred, the uncle he didn’t get a chance to meet? Or Lupin and Tonks because their son, Teddy, was part of the family too. It was just so random.

I think the second thing was the fact Albus and Scorpius used a time-turner so they could actually go back in time to stop Cedric getting the Triwizard Cup. I did like reading the alternate world Scorpius experienced. That was one of my favourite parts of The Cursed Child, seeing what might have happened. And oh my god Umbridge! She’s still such an evil person no matter where she is.

I’m not going to give away the biggest twist to the story for those that haven’t read it. But it was the craziest plot twist I’ve ever read. I thought it was obvious there was something off about them but there was no way I saw that coming. And ew, I can’t even picture it now. I knew Bellatrix was insane but still. Gross.

Overall I really enjoyed being back in the Wizarding World with a new story. I know there are mixed feelings about The Cursed Child but there was no way Rowling would be able the live up to the expectations people have had since Deathly Hallows came out nine years ago. Fans have been making up their own stories since then. But at the end of the day this is what she saw, this is her world and we (the fans) are lucky to have her sharing it with us. If you don’t want to read it, fine, don’t. If you have and didn’t like it that’s also fine. I had my issues with some things but I still loved it.

I loved seeing where everyone was now. Even Draco, who I was never a fan of. And the friendship between Albus and Scorpius was another favourite part of the book for me. I loved Scorpius.

I’m looking forward to re-reading the Harry Potter series and adding The Cursed Child to it. I wish I had the opportunity to see the play but I’m glad the script was published for people like me who couldn’t see it.

*Thank you Hachette New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

If you’ve read The Cursed Child leave me a comment and let me know what you thought.

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [September 21st 2016] –

cf9fcbruiaesbzv

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –   cswyd39vuaqzhyb
I’ve been reading Heir of Fire for a few days now. I didn’t want to rush it because the last time I did that I forgot most of the book.

I’m so glad I decided to re-read the first three books before I read Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms. I was going to re-read them last year before Queen of Shadows came out but I never got around to it and now that I’m two books behind I thought it was about time I caught up.

I’ll probably finish this sometime today or tonight. I don’t know when I’ll get to Queen of Shadows. I think I should read some review books before I pick that up.csmrhujukaatc6q

Recently Finished –
Like I said, I’ve been reading Heir of Fire for a few days now. I think I finished The Last Star last week..

I’m glad I have finally read this trilogy so I won’t be spoiled by accidentally reading something on Instagram or Goodreads. But I had this feeling I knew how this would end for one character and I was right. It kind of sucked because they were the only one I actually liked.

I’ll get into it more when I review it. I’ve fallen way behind with my reviews because I’ve just had no motivation to blog lately. So this month’s views are really embarrassing…

Reading Next –
I’ll be reading Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle. I don’t have a photo of that yet which is why I haven’t posted one here.

I was sent a copy of Breathing Under Water from Hachette New Zealand to review. It follows Grace as she’s getting ready to finish high school when something horrible happens and her life is changed forever. It’s set in Australia and I think it’s by an Australian author.

What have you been reading lately?

– Aimee.

Best Books of 2016 So Far.

I’ve been meaning to do this post for so long now and I finally decided to just do it. I have been boring myself with the same kind of posts recently so I wanted to do something different today.

I’ll probably just share the books I gave five stars to on Goodreads to make this a little easier.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay.
Cgd65wkXEAA1RJpThis book is so beautiful and I loved that reading it was a different experience with illustrations. I am really looking forward to seeing what the other books are like. Especially Prisoner of Azkaban which is my favourite book in the series.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Cn7-VfIVYAA5tzmI’ve only read one book by Jay Kristoff (Illuminae) and I loved it but after reading Nevernight I think I may have to read his other books. I loved this book and I love Mia. I can’t wait for the next book in the trilogy. If you haven’t read Nevernight I highly recommend it.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
CZrTOVDUkAEFp0gI loved Red Queen when I read it last year and I was really excited for Glass Sword. I really should have re-read Red Queen before I read this but I still really enjoyed it. I cannot wait for King’s Crown next year. The ending in Glass Sword was crazy!

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa WilliamsonCiDIL5vUgAA0MvHI think everyone should read this book. I have always been accepting of others no matter their race, gender or sexuality but this book taught me something I never even thought about. I had to explain it to my mother the other day. I ended up just handing her this book because I think it explains it better than I can.

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
CoasH5RVYAAO7a8I honestly can’t remember why I gave this five stars. I mean, I liked it and I couldn’t put it down but I really don’t know why I gave it five stars… I’ve read The Last Star now and really liked the trilogy but I had a feeling I knew how it was going to end for a certain character.. The only one I really liked.

Storm Siren by Mary WeberCfJxPjRUAAEDGpHThis is another book I couldn’t put down when I was reading it. I haven’t got the other two books in the trilogy yet but I plan on getting them one day so I can finish it and see how it ends. And the cover is gorgeous!

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
rebel-of-the-sands-2
This was one of my anticipated reads for 2016 and I loved it. This is another book where I can’t wait to read the sequel. I also love this cover and it’s so much better in person.

The Reaction by Helena Coggan
IMG_20160305_112032The Reaction is the sequel to The Catalyst and I didn’t give that five stars because it took me awhile to get used to Helena’s writing style but by the time I read The Reaction I was used to it and it didn’t annoy me as much because I knew everything would be revealed in the end. I couldn’t put this down when I was reading it. I am looking forward to reading the next book.

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
CaAA696UUAAGHLEMy Sister Rosa was so disturbing and creepy and I loved it. I’ve never read a book with a child psychopath that isn’t set in a fantasy book (Joffery) which is why it was so disturbing because obviously there are people out there like Rosa.

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
CY4MOaVUAAItzoqThis is also another book that needs to be read because this happens to too many women and small town judgement is ridiculous. I live in a small town and I’m not saying all of them are the same but I’ve seen the judgement of my small town. This book made me so angry while I was reading it because this actually happens and it needs to stop. It doesn’t matter how a woman dresses or how much alcohol she’s drunk, no still means no and they shouldn’t be judged for any of it.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
co5gjzkukae-dtvI know some people didn’t like this but I loved it. I’ve never read a play before so that was a new experience for me and yes, I did think Albus trying to bring someone he had no real connection to back from the dead was a little crazy but I loved the journey it took him and Scorpius on. Especially the alternate world where Voldemort had won. That was really interesting to read.

So, those are my favourite books of 2016 so far. What are yours?

Aimee.

Review: Shield by Rachael Craw.

Title – Shield
Series – Spark #3
Author – Rachael Craw
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 429 pages
Publication Date – September 1st 2016 by Walker Books Australia
ISBN – 9781922179647
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Evie is almost out of options and she may have to back down and comply with the Affinity Project. Which would mean obeying their rules, giving Jamie up and her freedom. And that’s only the beginning.

But Evie decides to help a small group inside the Affinity Project affect change and finds herself in the firing line, again. Counsellor Knox wants to chain Evie to the Affinity Project for life. In order to protect her family, Evie has to betray the people closest to her. The odds of her succeeding, or even surviving, are pretty slim.

I received a copy of Shield from Walker Books Australia in exchange for an honest review. This is the last book in the Spark trilogy. If you want to read my reviews of the first two books, Spark and Stray, click the links.

I have loved both Spark and Stray so I was expecting to feel the same about this. I don’t usually go into books expecting to love them, even if they are part of a series, because there is a chance that I’ll be disappointed but there’s just something about these books that always draws me in and I can’t put them down. Shield was the same as the first two in that way but I wanted to make it last because I knew this was the last one.

I really couldn’t stand the rules in the Affinity Project and the way they could own Evie and her right to have or not have children. It’s just so creepy and wrong. Like Evie would be CqWPUHpVYAA6UfPsome kind of baby factory so the Affinity Project could have more power or whatever. And I’m not even going to get started on how much I hated Knox or I’d be here all day.

I can’t say anything bad about Shield. Was it everything I was expecting? No. Was it better? Yes! I was expecting to destroy the Affinity Project but I’m not sure that’s even possible because there would still be people out in the world with altered DNA. It was obvious that their way of thinking needed to be changed and the members (is that what they’re called?) be given free will to choose who they want to be with and if they want to have kids. Or if they want to be involved in the Project at all.

I wish Kitty was in the book more but I do understand why she wasn’t. I think one of my favourite things about this trilogy is her friendship with Evie, they are definitely friendship goals. I’m just glad there was a lot of Evie and Jamie time for my shipper heart!

Okay, so I might have lied a little. I did have just the one problem with Shied. Knowing that this is the last book in the trilogy the ending was a little too open for me. And by open I mean there was something left up in the air… But I’m not going to say what. I did get some of the things I was hoping for when I went into Shield so the ending wasn’t that big of a deal for me but it did leave me a little frustrated. I don’t normally like when endings are left up in the air but this was just one thing so I think I can live with it.

If you haven’t read Spark I highly recommend it. This is one of my favourite trilogies and I can’t wait to see what Rachael comes up with next!

*Thank you Walker Books Australia for sending me a copy to review*

If you’ve read the Spark trilogy let me know what you thought in the comments🙂

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [September 14th 2016] –

cf9fcbruiaesbzv

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –   csmrhujukaatc6q
Yesterday I started The Last Star, the final book in The 5th Wave trilogy. I’m a little over 100 pages in at the moment and I’m enjoying it but I think I can see how this book may end. Well, maybe not the book but how the story will end for one character. The one character I actually like, which is just typical.

Anyway, I was sent a copy of The Last Star from Penguin Random House NZ to review. It’s taken me so long to get to it because I hadn’t read the first two books in the trilogy when I received a copy. But it made me finally get to them.

I have been reading really slow lately so I don’t think I’ll be finishing this today.

Recently Finished –  cr3v4g9ueaawmdw
I’ve finally re-read Crown of Midnight! I’ve wanted to re-read the first three books since Queen of Shadows came out last year and I never got around to them. Now, with Empire of Storms out I thought it was about time I caught up with this series.

I don’t think I’ll be reviewing this because it’s the second time I’ve read it. I remembered most of the big things that happened but I’m glad I decided to re-read it. I can’t remember much about Heir of Fire so it’ll be like reading it the first time. Again. I am so happy to be back in this world though. And I’m still waiting for my copy of Empire of Storms to arrive! Ugh.

The Darkest Minds was really slow for me and I’m not sure if it’s because of this mood I’m cryy4gnueaqhubnin or because the book is just a slow read. I’ve heard from people on Twitter that her books are slow. I think I had the same problem with Passenger when I read it earlier this year. I liked both books, The Darkest Minds more than Passenger, but they were just slow reads.

I’ll be reviewing this soon-ish. I’m not really in the mood to blog. Like I have no motivation at all to do blog posts but I make myself post something. I hope this weird mood I’m in will go away soon. I’m hoping to read Never Fade soon too.

Reading Next – cropaacvuaafdjt
I’ll be moving on to Heir of Fire next. I think having a break from review books might help my mood. Which is why I’ve been reading the Throne of Glass books in between my review books. Any advice with reading slumps or blog slumps or whatever this is would be great!

I read Heir of Fire when it was first released but I read it so fast that I didn’t take much in. I think that’s why I need to re-read it. Hopefully by the time I pick up Queen of Shadows I’ll have my copy of Empire of Storms.

What have you been reading lately?

– Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday (August 13th): Top Ten Favorite TV Shows of all Time.

toptentuesday

I missed last weeks Top Ten Tuesday so I’m playing catch up today. I’ll be going today’s topic next week because I don’t listen to audiobooks and there’s no way I can do top ten songs because that would take longer than the TV show one will.

011012_one_tree_hill_cast120110141515
1. One Tree Hill. 
I have loved this show for years. I have every season on DVD and have lost count of how many times I’ve watched it. I think the show got a lot better after Lucas and Peyton left and Clay and Quinn came into it. My favourite characters are Brooke and Nathan and my favourite ship is Naley although I do love Brulian and Clinn too.

once_upon_a_time_season_5-hd
2. Once Upon a Time. 
I love fairy tale retellings so I was hooked on this show from the very first episode. Although I don’t like Rumpelstiltskin as the Beast I have liked the other stories. I have a few favourite characters in this show – Snow, Emma, Hook and Regina. My favourite ship was Snowing until CaptainSwan happened.

game-of-thrones-season-5-wallpaper-wallpaper-2

3. Game of Thrones.
What’s not to love about this show? I’ve stopped having favourite characters by the Red Wedding because they just kept dying so now I’m stuck with the three I have left – Jon, Dany and Tyrion. I don’t have any ships in this show. I was going to wait until I’d read The Winds of Winter before I watched season 6 but I have given up on that book. I’m just going to watch the show and if the book comes out before I die than great.

best-gift-idea-for-die-hard-the-walking-dead-fans-02

4. The Walking Dead. 
I didn’t think I’d like this when I watched the pilot episode but I loved it. I think I watched three seasons within a couple of weeks. I remember I wanted something to watch and went to IMDb to see the top rated TV shows. This was one of the ones I picked and had a little marathon. My favourite characters are Maggie and Daryl. I don’t really ship anyone in this show but I do like Maggie and Glen together.

supernatural-season-11-poster-featured-09092015

5. Supernatural. 
I’m actually a season behind at the moment but I still love the show and the characters. I will catch up one day but I’m not really in any hurry right now. I don’t have any ships in this show but I love Sam, Dean, Cas and Crowley. Some other characters that I liked are dead so I’m not going to list them.

pretty-little-liars-season-6b-poster

6. Pretty Little Liars. 
I can’t remember why I started watching this but I am kind of addicted to it and I can’t wait to see how they end it next year. I love Hanna and Aria and my favourite ships are Haleb and Ezria. Fingers crossed they’re both end game because I did not like where Aria and Ezra left off in the mid-season finale.

teen-wolf-season-4-cast-group-promotional-photo

7. Teen Wolf. 
This is the second show that I watched when I looked on IMDb for new shows. I can’t remember if I watched this or TWD first though. I’ll admit the pilot didn’t exactly have me hooked like other shows have but I loved Stiles from the very first episode and I watched more for him. Then I was hooked. I love Stiles, Lydia and Derek and Stydia better be end game!

108102-775x400

8. Grey’s Anatomy.
I think this is the only medical drama I’ve watched from the start. I picked up ER a few years before it ended but I’ve been watching Grey’s since it started. I know this is an old photo but it has my favourite ship in it (Slexie – Mark and Lexie) and they died… And then Derek too. I miss Mark!

prison-break

9. Prison Break. 
I love this show. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen this and I cannot wait for the new season next year. I think it’s out next year. Although I’m very confused how Michael is alive and T-Bag is out of Fox River… Again. My favourite characters were Michael and Sucre.

arrow-flash-superhero-fight-club

10. Arrow/The Flash/Legends of Tomorrow.
So I’m cheating but I can’t have one without the other and I am so happy that Supergirl will be joining The CW soon! I loved the episode with Barry in Supergirl.

These aren’t all the TV shows I watch but I did manage to narrow them down to 10.

What are some of your favourite TV shows?

Aimee.

Review: The Memory Book by Lara Avery.

Title – The Memory Book
Author – Lara Avery
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 357 pages
Publication Date – July 4th 2016 by Hachette
ISBN – 9781784299248
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Samantha McCoy has always been the one with a plan –
1. Graduate top of her class.
2. Get out of her small town as soon as possible.

So when Sam is diagnosed with a rare disease that will slowly take her memory and then her health, the future she had planned in off the cards before it’s even started.

Realising she might not have a lot of time left to live, Sam start’s a diary – detailing her days while she embarks on a year full of new experiences like going to parties, lying to her parents and falling in love.

If Sam’s going to die then she’s going to die living.

I received a copy of The Memory Book from Hachette New Zealand in exchange for an honest review.

I’d never heard of Neimann-Pick before I read this but the disease sounds horrible. When I read the synopsis to this I figured it would make me cry and I was right, it did.

I really felt for Sam with what she was going through. It must be the worst to have your future all planned out and you’re so close getting what you want but then be diagnosed with a disease that will not only take your memories and your health but also the CqloUTnUEAElgC5possibility of what life could have been. Just as Sam was about to start her life too, she was graduating high school and so ready to go to college. I wouldn’t even know how to deal with that. Sam starts this diary for her ‘future self’ so that if she does start to forget things, she’ll have some place to go and look what the things she may be missing.

Obviously Sam was in denial about the things she’d still be able to do as the disease took hold of her mind, like go away to college. But I think a lot of people are in denial when they’re first diagnosed with something that can change their lives. Or kill them. As reality hits her, Sam finds a way to live the best life she can while she can.

I did think the way Sam fell in love was a bit cheesy. I can’t say too much with out giving away who she fell for because, yes, there are two guys. But it wasn’t a love triangle (thank the gods). I can’t even explain why I felt it was cheesy because it would completely give it away and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. Ugh. Anyway, I do think she picked the right guy in the end and it was sad that they didn’t have a lot of time together. Or that’s how it seemed to me.

I’m not going to compare this to The Fault in Our Stars but I think fans of that may like The Memory Book. It’s not at all like Hazel and Gus’s story but it is about living the best life you can while you can.

*Thank you Hachette New Zealand for sending me a copy to review* 

If you’ve read The Memory Book leave me a comment and let me know what your thought of it.

– Aimee.