Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


Started: August 20, 2016
Finished: August 20, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

NOTE! This review contains spoilers!

Yes, this script gave me the emotions because of what it is – a new Harry Potter story. I have to be honest with you guys, though; I did go into this with the same mindset that I go into a FanFiction, meaning that I did expect there to be some major differences to various characters and such. And I think that might be a good mindset to have when reading this story because there are a lot of times when the characters act a bit OOC.

However, this does not mean that the story is bad. It’s different – not bad. There are elements of it that made me wrinkle my nose, but most of it is good. And we have Scorpius Malfoy. SCORPIUS MALFOY!! God, I love Scorpius after reading this script. Character of the year award to you, young sir!

So yeah; Scorpius is amazing. Albus is mostly cool. Ron is hilarious. Was really happy to see Severus. Those characters made me smile when I read about them.

I am not, however, buying the thought of Voldemort and Bellatrix having a child. That was just… no. Not shipping that in any way. Also the excessive time turner usage became really confusing after a while – and I have to agree with some people who noted that parts of this do not put Cedric Diggory in a good light, which is horrible because Cedric is an amazing character who deserves to be remembered correctly.

In short; it was an enjoyable read and I might re-read it, but don’t go into this expecting a full on sequel for the 7 Harry Potter books.


Sula’s Voyage


Started: August 4, 2016
Finished: August 13, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

I received a copy of this book from author Catherine Torres in exchange for an honest review

Okay, so, this book was a really interesting read. The writing style has a really nice flow to it and you easily get lost in the story. It kind of reminded me a bit of Mister Pip – and interestingly the covers sort of work together for these two books.

Anyhow; this story follow’s Sula, who was born out at sea – and, strangely, her skin is very dark while both of her parents are white. She is expelled from school after people start to believe her to be a witch and instead spends her time at her father’s university lectures. Things seem to be perfect for a while, but then her father is offered a research position in the Caribbean and Sula has a fight with her boyfriend James. And when her father leaves, Sula’s mother decides that they should go visit her best friend, who’s dying in cancer. While there, Sula starts to explore the possibility of her actually having magical powers.

I found it really interesting to read a novel based in a different mythology than European – or Chinese, for that matter, since I’ve read quite a bit of that as well. And Sula was a really, really good main character. The storyline progressed really nicely, there was a lot of character development and all in all it was a really, really good read. The only thing that let me down a bit was that the relationship between James and Sula was not that detailed and that there was also a hint of a love triangle, which I was not in the mood to read.

Overall, however, this was a really good read and I highly recommend it.

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1)


Started: July 15, 2016
Finished: August 2, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

Actual rating: 3.5/5

This started out pretty slow and was a bit predictable, hence why my rating’s not higher than 3.5. It got more interesting about a quarter into the book and I did enjoy the end of it, even though I’d already figured out most of what then happened. I like the world and how the countries are basically grouped into two divisions. I also enjoyed most of the characters – had a couple that annoyed me a bit, one of them being Mather.

But yeah; beginning was a bit slow and the storyline was a bit predictable. I can see that I’ll probably enjoy reading the next book 🙂

Kings Rising (Captive Prince #3)


Started: July 25, 2016
Finished: July 27, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

So this was a brilliant end to this series and I did go back and re-read bits and pieces of it later on. I do think that the end could have been extended, but I’ve found some brilliant fanfic writers who’ve satisfied my Damen/Laurent desires.

I’m still so happy that I wasn’t disappointed in this series. I’ve read so many series recently that start out strong and then finish with a “meh”. This one didn’t. It’s a brilliant, brilliant series that I’ll most likely re-read many times.

Apologies for this quite short review, everyone. This might be extended when I’ve re-read this 🙂

Princess of Thorns


Started: July 23, 2016
Finished: July 25, 2016

So last summer I read Of Beast and Beauty, which I absolutely loved and could not stop thinking about for so long – but prior to reading that I’d read the excerpt for this book and enjoyed this as well. Needless to say I had high hopes that I would like the full story as well. And I did, for the most part. The characters are really well written and the world’s intriguing and it feels like a gritty sequel to Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty, like something set in George RR Martin’s universe. Which I really enjoy – I’ve always liked having a lot of details and not leaving things out and not being afraid to describe things as they are.

However, the ending… no, not up to my standards. It was too fast and finished up too easily and, yeah, all of these complications were solved in 30-40 pages. I felt like this book needed a longer, more complicated ending in order to get the story to wrap up nicely. Still a cute ending, but yeah, too simple. Hence why I knocked a star from the rating.

Also, in case you’re wondering, there are other fairy tales referenced in this as well, such as HC Andersen’s The Wild Swans (heartbreaking story) and Grimm’s Rapunzel. So not just one fairy tale retelling; multiple ones, woven together! Very Once Upon a Time 😉

But yeah, in my opinion, Of Beast and Beauty was better than this one.

Read for the BookTubeAThon 2016, challenge #4: read a book by one of your favorite authors

The White Rose (The Lone City #2)


Started: July 21, 2016
Finished: July 23, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Alright, so this was a bit of a letdown compared to book down. Definitely felt like the infamous “second book” in a trilogy that acts as a bridge between the first and the third – not much happened in my opinion, other than solving some stuff from book one and setting up stuff for book three. Yes, there were some important events, but it did not feel as intense as the first book.

I am, however, vey excited about the possibility of a Garnet/Raven ship sailing because they’re so cute together! Also, more Lucien, thank you!

Once again, however, there is a major cliffhanger at the end and I’m really excited to see what happens and how they solve this problem, aaand hoping that I won’t get disappointed in book three. By the looks of the cover (this edition series) it looks pretty cool.

Read for the BookTubeAThon 2016, challenge #1: read a book with yellow on the cover

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)


Started: July 20, 2016
Finished: July 21, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

First; I love this world! It’s such an interesting location with so many different cultures and ideals and people – and it’s all described in a very colorful way that draws you in. I haven’t read many books with djinni (yet; I have several on my TBR), but what I found interesting with this wasn’t that the writer started with an explanation of the djinni and their powers etc – she just mentioned them in passing, as if it was something anyone already knew, and then when it became necessary to add more information she did. It felt more real 🙂

So yes; world building in this book is very good and if I were to write a review based on just that it would be a 5/5 star novel. However, I also have to take other things into account. Such as characters and relationships – and that did not strike me as something as well developed as the world itself. The characters were interesting, certainly, but I didn’t feel invested in them. It was easy to predict what the main character would discover about themselves in the end. The main character’s romantic relationship felt rushed – I actually enjoyed the antagonistic relationships with her uncle’s family and with her half-brother on the djinni side a lot more than the romance, which is saying something. I do, however, have high hopes that there won’t be a love triangle here. At least not between characters already introduced. Mind you, I’m not opposed to love triangles, but if the original romance is badly written a love triangle might make me discard the book entirely.

Will I continue this series? I believe so, but I’m not sure if I’ll buy the next installment right after it’s published. Not until I’ve seen some reviews on it.

This book was read for the BookTubeAThon 2016, challenge #3: Read a book you discovered through BookTube