Monday, October 31, 2016

Review 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part 1 & 2' by J.K. Rowling


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29056083-harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child---parts-one-and-two
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


The Facts:


Publication Date:
July 31st, 2016
Series:
Harry Potter #8
Genre:
Fantasy
Pages:
343
Formats:
eBook, Hardcover, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


I’ve been a Harry Potter fan ever since the first book came out many years ago. I grew up reading and re-reading every single Harry Potter book at least six times. I’ve watched all the movies multiple times and on my bucket list is visiting all those amazing sounding Harry Potter themed experiences. So, naturally, when I heard there would be another Harry Potter book only this time as a script, I was super excited. I bought the book as fast as I could and it’s been lying on my coffee table, waiting to be read ever since. I was a little reluctant to start reading because for one I didn’t want to be disappointed if the book wasn’t what I expected it to be. And secondly.. If I read it.. I could never un-read it. And I always remember feeling so ecstatic when I was able to read a new Harry Potter book for the first time. But in the end it took me long enough and I dived right in.

I was wondering what I would think of reading a ‘script’. But to be honest it didn’t bother me at all. Although this book is definitely a little different than the first seven Harry Potter books, I must say I really liked it.. A lot. I loved finding out how Harry, Ron and Hermione were doing so many years later. I really felt kind of sentimental while reading this book. They are all grown up now.. Just like me! Sigh..

In ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ we get to know the children of Harry, Ron, Hermione and even Draco. And I loved it. This book was definitely to short, because I wanted to read so much more about these old and new characters. And we also get to read a little about some of our deceased characters and it definitely made my day.
Sure, it’s not like the other books, and yes it’s not as good as the other books were. But I really enjoyed reading every single page. There were plenty of thrilling moments that kept me hooked and there was more than enough to think about.

I’ve read that many Harry Potter fans were disappointed about this read. Well.. I wasn’t disappointed at all! ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ gave me a glimpse of Harry Potter, I honestly didn’t think I would ever get after reading the last book years ago. If only I could get so lucky and be able to see the musical..

My Rating:

About the Author:


J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 74 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. She has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry's schoolbooks within the novels. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages were published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of the Children's High Level Group, and quickly became the fastest selling book of the year

As well as an OBE for services to children's literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France's L├ęgion d'Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University USA. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

For more information about J.K. Rowling please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Sunday Post #32


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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life: 

And another week has flown by. Is the time going by fast or what? This week was definitely a nice one. I only had to work two days which was good because our house was a mess. On Monday I spend the day cleaning, not because I wanted too but because it was really necessary. Believe me.. I couldn’t even see through our living room window. And don’t even start about the amount of laundry.. Seriously.. I was wondering if maybe we collected laundry for the whole street. 

On Tuesday one my girlfriends came by, and we had a little Netflix marathon with lots of snacks. We didn’t see a lot of the movies and series we watched because of all the talking (LOL) but it was a very nice day.

And yesterday my boyfriend and I went on a little road trip to visit his family. We had a really fun day. And tonight we have a birthday dinner for my grandma who turns 76 on Monday. I can’t believe how fast this weekend went by.

Books & Blogging:

Reading and blogging wise I had a pretty good week. I was able to read a little every day, and a lot on Thursday. And although the Blog Ahead challenge is coming to an end, and I didn’t even get half of the things I wanted to do done, I feel pretty good about it. And I was able to Blog Ahead a little more this week.

Last Week On The Blog:


This Week On The Blog:

  • Review 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' by J.K. Rowling
  • Wednesday's Favorites: A Risk Worth Taking by Victoria James
  • Audiobook Tour 'Heartborn' by Terry Maggert
  • Review 'The Silent Children' by Amna K. Boheim

New Arrivals: 


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31687486-billy-bobble-and-the-witch-hunt?ac=1&from_search=true
Received from the author

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31328570-delete?ac=1&from_search=true
Received from Bonnier Publishing

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31349489-faults?ac=1&from_search=true
Received from the author

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Review 'Hailey's Truth' by Cate Beauman


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16055656-hailey-s-truth
Hailey Roberts has never had it easy. Despite the scars of a tragic childhood, she’s made a life for herself. As a part-time student and loving nanny, she yearns for a family of her own and reluctant Austin Casey, Ethan Cooke Security’s best close protection agent.

Hailey’s past comes back to haunt her when her long lost brother tracks her down, bringing his dangerous secrets with him. At an emotional crossroads, Hailey accepts a humanitarian opportunity that throws her together with Austin, taking her hundreds of miles from her troubles, or so she thinks.

What starts out as a dream come true quickly becomes a nightmare as violence erupts on the island of Cozumel. Young women are disappearing, community members are dying—and the carnage links back to her brother.

As Austin struggles to keep Hailey’s past from destroying her future, he’s forced to make a decision that could turn her against him, or worse cost them both their lives.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
October 24th, 2012
Series:
The Bodyguards of L.A. County #3
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
396
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audiobook
Available at:
  

My Review:


Ever since I read ‘Falling For Sarah’ in July of this year, I’ve been completely hooked to Cate Beauman’s The Bodyguards of L.A. County series. Seriously I can’t stop reading these books! I’ve read five of the books now, and I’m reading them completely out of order. But that’s definitely part of what makes this series so good. I’ve been wanting to read Hailey and Austin’s story ever since I read ‘Falling For Sarah’, so when I was finally able to I started reading as fast as I could.

In ‘Hailey’s Truth’ we read Hailey’s story. Hailey is a twenty five year old who didn’t have an easy child hood. Growing up as a foster child, and losing the only parents she ever knew when she was only fourteen years old definitely made growing up hard. But now things are finally looking up for Hailey. She has close friends she sees as family, a good job, and she is soon going to Mexico for a final school project. If only Austin, her handsome friend could see her as more as just a ‘kid’, than her life would be perfect.

‘Hailey’s Truth’ was definitely as good as I hoped it would be. A lot of romance and definitely a lot of thrilling and exciting moments. This book definitely kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning till end. What I liked the most about ‘Hailey’s Truth’ was definitely the chemistry between Hailey and Austin. It was definitely flying of the pages and I was totally rooting for them. They were just so good for each other. And I loved reading about their thoughts about one another. The two point of views were definitely so much fun to read.

Hailey’s character was definitely a nice one. On the one hand she was this nice, kind and strong woman who survived a hell of a lot of bad to get where she is now. But on the other hand she had these real insecurities I could totally understand.
Austin really had this mysterious feel about him. You know he had a nice childhood, a rough past in the Navy and there isn’t a lot you know him besides that. I loved that part. But most of all I loved how sweet and passionate he was about Hailey.

This book didn’t only have a great romance, but there were definitely also a lot of moments that it was just so thrilling to read this book that I didn’t know what to do with myself. The Mexican mob? Really Cate? I almost couldn’t handle the thrilling moments at times.

‘Hailey’s Truth’ was definitely another great book in the series. And even after reading five of the books.. I still can’t get enough and can’t wait to read the next one.

My Rating:

About the Author:


International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015,  ‘Justice For Abby’ was selected as the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while ‘Saving Sophie’ took the Silver Medal. ‘Saving Sophie’ was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and ‘Falling For Sarah’ received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards. Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack.

Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. For information on Cate's new releases, monthly giveaways, and upcoming events, sign up for her newsletter at: http://www.catebeauman.com/author/home.html#!newsletter-sign-up/c9td 
 
For more information about Cate Beauman please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
 
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