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Filling the Shelf – 233

Posted by on December 5, 2016 1:58 am in Book talk | 2 comments

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Good Monday everyone!

It’s December! The tree is up and the lights are bright and I just love this time of the year. All that’s missing is some fluffy white snow. We got some a few weeks ago, but it’s all gone already, sadly.

Because I love this time of the year, winter and the holidays, I felt like adding some seasonal reads to my shelves. The Snow Child had been on my wishlist forever so I immediately grabbed it from Audible when I saw it on sale, I plan on listening to it in January when there is snow on the ground! I also can’t resist a good thriller, so I couldn’t resist I See You!

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (audio) – I See You by Clare Mackintosh

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My True Love Gave to Me, collection edited by Stephanie Perkins – Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand (audio)

What books did you recently add to your shelves?

 

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

Posted by on December 4, 2016 3:17 am in 3.5 stars reads | 2 comments

harry_potter_and_the_cursed_child_special_rehearsal_edition_book_coverHarry Potter and The Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
Pages : 343
Genre : YA, Fantasy
Series : Harry Potter
My Rating : 3.5/5

About the Book  :

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.

My Thoughts :

Oh, Cursed Child, what to say about you?

I went in with low expectations, I’ll admit. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited to be back into the Wizarding World, but the reviews I’d seen were so negative!

And I sort of liked it, much more than I expected. I didn’t completely loved it : the characters felt different (not just because of aging, but their voices in general), many scenes felt a little like “been there, done that”, the plot was a bit far-fetched and did seem to contradict the original books (it’s been a while though, so I could be wrong). There’s a few more things, but mostly, that’s what bothered me.

But, all of these things aside, I had a great time. I felt the script did a great job of capturing the magic and, most of all, the nostalgia! Oh, the nostalgia! All I wanted to do after reading it was to reread or rewatch the whole series. And that, I think, was what I had hoped for. To jump into this magical world and be amazed again. On top of that, I absolutely loved Albus and Scorpius and their friendship. I would have loved to read more about the both of them.

I am sure this looks magical on stage. I can only imagine how some of these scenes were visually created! I certainly hope I get to see it one day.

All in all, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was a lot of fun. I don’t consider it to be the “8th book” of the series, really. It’s something different bringing us a little more magic. And who can say no to magic? :)

Filling the Shelf – 232

Posted by on November 28, 2016 2:48 am in Book talk | 11 comments

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Hello readers!

Hope you all had a great week, and a great Thanksgiving for those of you in the US!

I spent an important part of mine watching the Gilmore Girls revival and I really, really liked it! I was quite surprised to find so many negative reactions! But, there’s also lots of people who, like me, seemed to have enjoyed it. While there were a few things that bothered me, I personally loved it. It was so good to be back in Stars Hollow! I deeply missed Richard(Edward Herrmann), but I have to say that Emily(Kelly Bishop) and Lorelai(Lauren Graham) were phenomenal. I’ve already started re-watching it (I have a huge Gilmore Girls problem, there’s no getting out of it!)

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So in all that excitement, I spent much more time reading reviews and Gilmore Girls discussions than actual books, but I still managed to read Me Before You and Attachments this week (I enjoyed both!)

I also got some new books, a bit of a big mailbox this week! I’m looking forward to them all, of course, but I have to say I have that I am particularly excited for What Light, it looks like the perfect read for the season! (Also, it wasn’t planned but I realized as I put them all together that these covers all have big, full page titles, they look kind of similar to me!)

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – What Light by Jay Asher – A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (audio)

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Faithful by Alice Hoffman – More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera (audio) – Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

What books did you recently add to your shelves?

 

Review : The Last Star by Rick Yancey

Posted by on November 26, 2016 4:17 pm in 2.5 stars reads | 1 comment

the-last-starThe Last Star by Rick Yancey
Pages : 338
Genre : YA, Speculative Fiction
Series : The 5th Wave, book 3
My Rating : 2.5/5

About the Book  :

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.

My Thoughts :

This will be short, as to not spoil readers wanting to be surprised. I also have little to say, but since I reviewed the previous books, I want to conclude it all properly!

Earlier in 2016, I read and really enjoyed The 5th Wave. I loved the narration, the survival adventure, the writing. I was eager to get into The Infinite Sea, which I also liked, though not as much.

I went into The Last Star with some expectations, but I was sure I was in for a gripping adventure and a few fun twists. Unfortunately, I was surprised to find that very little about this series conclusion kept me reading. I pushed through it because it was the conclusion, and it took me months of picking it up, reading a few chapters, then putting it aside, before I finally got through it.

The writing was still good, and for this reason I’d be willing to read something else by Rick Yancey. But I disliked who most of the characters had become. I didn’t like how the story twisted, and I found the ending to be predictable rather than shocking.

All in all, I’ll always be fond of the first book, but I don’t think the rest of the series was a good fit for me.

Series Reading Order :

  1. The 5th Wave
  2. The Infinite Sea
  3. The Last Star