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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

What can I say about this play? It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be? Is it okay to say that? I had seen spoilers about this a month or two ago, read them, and went “You have got to be kidding me” because the spoilers read like bad fanfiction. Like awful fanfiction. You know the kind.

In some respects, it really was like bad fanfiction. The villain, for example, was just not fleshed out at all. I have no idea who she is, other than her familial connections (I am trying to avoid big spoilers here, guys). She really just felt like a plot device and not a character. Boring.

Albus and Harry had this thing going on that I didn’t quite understand. Like Albus gets sorted into Slytherin, and everyone’s making fun of him being a Potter in Slytherin, and Harry doesn’t even reassure him? What’s wrong with you, Harry? Why aren’t you telling your son it doesn’t matter if he’s in Slytherin? Why are you (minor spoiler ahead) telling him he needs friends then trying to separate him from his only friend? WHY HARRY WHY?!?!?!

In a lot of ways, Harry’s behavior did feel organic. I didn’t feel like he was terribly out of character because he never had a parental example to learn from (whose parenting is he going to look up to? The Dursleys?). So while I had problems with how Harry acted, well, I’ve been having problems with the way Harry acts since like book 4. Harry can be a stubborn ass and doesn’t always see things from others’ points of view, and that’s just how he is. This isn’t any different when it comes to his son.

To make this short, I hated the plot, and hated the villain. I loved Albus and Scorpius. I did not feel like I wasted my time reading the play, and may read it again sometime, but will probably not buy the collector’s edition that is coming out later or even a physical copy of it. If you like Harry Potter, and you don’t mind going through a bad plot to see lovely characters being lovely, then go ahead and pick it up. If you’re sick and tired of time travel, then try reading something else.

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The Raven King Review

So, it’s been longer than I thought it would be since I was able to work on another review. My life has been crazy busy guys.

I did, however, find time to finish The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. I so wanted to love this book because I loved the rest of the series, but I just didn’t. The ending fell flat for me. I felt like there was more that needed to be resolved which wasn’t resolved. I liked that the other books left me with questions about what was going to happen next because I was pretty sure those were questions that were going to be answered in the next book(s). I do not like when a series ends like this, and that’s how I feel this series ended. There should be more closure than I felt I got from this book. And Blue’s kiss….was not how I felt it should have gone. It felt like she had no say in the matter, and she should have been able to have more control but at the same time, there was no time. I understand it, but I damn well didn’t like that that’s how the kiss happened.

So overall rating: 3/5. It was enjoyable, and I finished it pretty quickly, so I know I was invested. The ending just left me so disappointed, I’m not sure if/when I’ll be able to reread the books.

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Review of Winter by Marissa Meyer

I know I promised this to you Wednesday, but I left my computer in my mom’s car and she was gone all day. Oops. So here it is, a day late.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer was a good ride. I love retellings (is that the right word?) of fairy tales . This was no exception. My overall impression of the series as a whole was “Wow.” The last book definitely wrapped it all up nicely.

I think my favorite part of Winter was Winter. I love her, and I love Jacin. The way Levana treats the two of them honestly made me hate her even more (Levana is a seriously great villain–she really believes she’s doing good and doesn’t see how much harm she is actually doing). Winter was a true cinnamon roll–I just wanted to protect her and make everything okay for her.

I wish we had seen more of the aftermath and rebuilding Luna. I especially wanted to see Cinder making Luna a republic with representatives instead of the monarchy. The book was so long, and the wrap up felt so short in comparison. I know that the series is based on fairy tales, but I really want more of an ending than “And they all lived happily ever after.”

Overall, though, I felt like this was a good end to the series. Other than feeling like there wasn’t enough (which is not totally a bad thing), I really enjoyed it. I’d give the book a solid 4/5 rating, would probably read again, and definitely suggest it if you love fairy tales with a science fiction twist.

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The Raven Boys/The Dream Thieves Review

So this is my first review of the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, so it’s going to include a bit about the first book, The Raven Boys, and the second book, The Dream Thieves.

When I first read The Raven Boys, I enjoyed it, but my first impression didn’t leave me wanting more. I decided to process it fully before reading the second book. Before long, I had somehow become obsessed with The Raven Boys and the characters we meet in the first book, and I’m not even sure how it happened. (I like books that grab me right away, but even better I think are the books that get better the more you think about them.) I think it might be because to some extent, I can see myself in each of the characters. Blue’s desire to be different, but disappointed that she has to work to be different. Adam’s desire to be better than where he came from, and to make something of himself. Noah’s caring. Gansey’s passion that is so intense it consumes everything. Ronan’s “fuck all of you” attitude, sometimes even when it comes to his friends, despite the fact that he clearly cares very much about all of them. And each of these things is just one aspect of each of the characters. By the time I was ready to read The Dream Thieves, I was not only desperate to read it, but I decided to buy all the books in the series and get my mom to start reading them.

You only get to know the characters better in the second installment, The Dream Thieves. I love character driven stories. I feel like if your characters are relatable and feel real, the audience will forgive a thin plot. For me, Glendower and Cabeswater and the group’s search became background while I was getting to know the characters, and I didn’t mind. I love these characters, and I am so excited to continue reading about their adventures.

While I am focusing more on the characters, the plot in each novel is also solid. The first book brings everyone together in a way that seems natural, and their search for Glendower (which wasn’t easy to begin with), slowly becomes more and more complicated in the two books. I love it when the plot and story starts out seemingly simple, and gets more complicated as it goes on (like Ronan’s story. HOLY SMOKES). The complications and lovable characters make the books well worth a reread, in my opinion.

Overall, I’d rate each book a 5/5, highly suggest reading, and can see myself rereading them in the future.

My next read? Blue Lily, Lily Blue (of course)