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Friday, August 19, 2016

What I'm Reading - Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

I'm just in to the first part of this new fairy tale retelling by Danielle Paige, author of the Dorothy Must Die series.

It is interesting so far!  I like the initial asylum setting - reminds me of the Splintered series by A.G. Howard!

Can't wait to see where it is all going :)

Stay tuned....

Saturday, August 6, 2016

REVIEW: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

Set some twenty years following Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the story explores aspects of Harry's life as a Ministry of Magic employee, husband and father of three school-age children: James, Albus and Lily.

The main narrative focuses not only on Harry and his continued struggle with a dark past, but also on Albus, the youngest son and middle child.  Albus struggles immensely with the weight of an unwanted family legacy and being rather different from his family altogether.  He is a Slytherin after all!

There is a significant fusion of the past and present as emotions run high and whispers of Voldemort, a secret child and profound regrets threaten the lives Harry, Hermione, Ron and even Draco have built over the past twenty years.

I know plenty of people have weighed in on their opinion of this release especially if it was necessary, how it fits within the other books, and its format.  Honestly, I loved it.

Here's why...

I always had lots of unanswered questions pertaining to book 7.  There were some plot and character holes that fans have waited a long time to fill. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child did more to placate my feelings than that dreadful epilogue ever will.

I liked the script format for a dramatic play.  Sure, there is less descriptive detail but real fans of the books and the films can easily fill in the blanks and focus on the story and characters rather than all the visual fluff.

Snape. Cedric. Lily.

Revisiting these characters and their deaths gets me ever time. It doesn't matter how long.

I cried. Again.

Overall, I loved reading this and others will too. I gobbled it up in one sitting starting at 4:30 in the morning; that's how much I loved it.

Final rating: 5 out of 5 stars

#HarryPotter #CursedChild #theater #drama #magic #Hogwarts

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

REVIEW: Invision by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Nick and company are back in the 7th installment to the Chronicles of Nick series.  Honestly, the premise it notably the same as the others.  Nick is the Malachi, a supremely powerful demon fated to be miserable and destroy the world.  Approached by an alternate adult self, this teenage version of Nick is trying to change his path, not turn evil and steer clear of the legions of baddies who want him dead all while still trying to navigate the perils of being a snarky, hormonal teen boy.

Like pretty much every book of the series readers will encounter:

  • Snarky, humor
  • Nick's sometimes inappropriate hormonal urges
  • Lots of mythology
  • Ancient dark forces with grudges trying to kill Nick and his friends
  • Nick not quite being in control of his powers
  • Flashback that provide insight to other characters
  • Battle wounded warriors who have had crap luck but are survivors and who just might find happiness in the end
  • Simi! - Acheron's demon daughter who loves to eat enemies with plenty of BBQ sauce
  • Cameo's by beloved character from Kenyon's Dark Hunters series
All in all, this was another fun entry in the series.  The audiobook read by Holter Graham was well performed and engaging.  My only criticism remains that for YA appeal, those who began the series have aged out. These will appeal to new readers with the proper marketing. I still wish there were more than one release per year. I'm ready to move past the teen year so the timeline is changed and Nick finally gets his Dark Hunter book.

Final rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Follow the author on Twitter: @kenyonsherrilyn

#Invision #CoN #ChroniclesOfNick #darkhunters #YAlit #vampires #demons #magic #humor

REVIEW: The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

Imogene Scott knows little of her mother except for carefully plotted bedtime stories told to her by her bestselling medical mystery writing father. How they met: her father, a forensic pathologist, her mother, a mysterious woman coming to identify a body. She left when Imogene was merely a baby, leaving her daughter to know that her mother was a lost soul, possessed by loneliness and "troubled waters."

Now 17, Imogene has grown up with her mother's absenteeism as well as learning to navigate her father's own sometimes crippling depressions. When he disappears mysteriously, neither Imogene nor her stepmother know where to find him. Convinced he's looking for her mother, Imogene decides to use her detective skills compiled from a lifetime of reading her father's books in order to track him down, but also find the answers to many of her own questions.

There's a great maturity and layered presence to this novel with appeal to a variety of audiences.  On one hand, this is a good mystery. Someone is missing, there are a plethora of questions about said missing person and other events and the protagonist sets out to solve the puzzle and essentially save the day.  On the other hand, this is certainly a story about exploring identity and coming of age. Imogene searches not only for her parents but also for her sense of self, how her childhood has shaped who she is and what all this might mean for her future.

I enjoyed this book. It is well written with developed characters. I particularly liked the pacing. As a reader, there is a drive to continue on so that you too can find Imogene's mother and the whereabouts of her father.  I loved the ambiguity but also the sense of hope at the ending.

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Follow the author on Twitter: @RebeccaPodos

#TheMysterOfHollowPlaces #mystery #YAlit #teen #depression #identity #family