I love Harry Potter so I was curious about this play. It is based off a story by J.K. Rowling but I'm not sure how much is hers and how much was invenI love Harry Potter so I was curious about this play. It is based off a story by J.K. Rowling but I'm not sure how much is hers and how much was invented by Jack Thorne. As another Goodreads reviewer has said, it is basically fanfiction, and for me that is not necessarily a bad thing. Because it was written as a play and not a book, I think it loses a bit, which may be recovered if I saw the actual play itself (kind of like Shakespeare plays are easier to understand if you're watching them).
There were some great quotes in the book and my favorite part is about in the middle where Ron is talking to Hermione (Act Three, Scene Seventeen, pg 223) and he thinks they should get a marriage renewal, which she of course thinks is totally romantic. He says: "Well, we were only young when we did it the first time and I got very drunk and--well to be honest, I can't remember much of it and...The truth is--I love you, Hermione Granger, and whatever time says--I'd like the opportunity to say so in front of lots of other people. Again. Sober." I think that quote just encapsulates their relationship perfectly.
I also enjoyed a quote later on between Draco and Harry when their sons are lost in time and they're having an honest conversation about being parents and how hard that's been. And Harry says to Draco: "Love blinds. We have tried to give our sons, not what they needed, but what we needed. We've been so busy trying to rewrite our own pasts, we've blighted our present."
The play is set nineteen years after the events of "The Deathly Hallows," and the gang is all middle-aged with families of their own. Ginny and Harry have married and have three kids, and Harry works for the Ministry of Magic while his wife is the sports writer for the Daily Prophet. Ron and Hermione are married and have one daughter, and Hermione is the Minister of Magic and Ron owns a joke shop. Harry's kids are of course friends with Ron's daughter and the book starts off telling the story of Albus, Harry's middle child going to Hogwarts for the first time with Rose, Ron's kid. On the train, they meet Scorpius, Draco Malfoy's kid and there is this whole controversy about whether he is actually Voldemort's son. Despite being sorted into Slytherin, Albus enjoys it and becomes best friends with Scorpius. Then the stuff really hits the fan. There's time travel, first love, angsty teenagers who don't get along with their parents, and of course Harry Potter and his scar. The ending was a bit predictable, but overall I enjoyed it. Recommended for ages 12+, 3-1/2 stars. ...more
The story is set in the town of Rye, England and is set during the summer of 1914, right before the start of WWI. Beatrice Nash, a writer, is on a traThe story is set in the town of Rye, England and is set during the summer of 1914, right before the start of WWI. Beatrice Nash, a writer, is on a train heading for Rye and a job teaching Latin at a local grammar school. This is a time when being a female teacher was still a relatively new thing and patron Agatha Kent fights to get her the position. Mrs. Kent takes her under her wing, setting her up at the local boarding house and introducing her to her nephews Hugh Grange, a promising young surgeon, and his cousin Daniel Bookham, a handsome young poet. Beatrice is plagued by financial issues and must rely on a local slimy law clerk to free up her inheritance and try to get her father's academic work published, a job she can do herself but must rely on the town's local author to do for her. As the war breaks out, both Hugh and Daniel enlist, much to the dismay of the aunt, who has always treated the boys as her own. When Germany invades Belgian, refugees are soon added to the town and Beatrice's interactions with them will forever change her life.
I was very excited to read this book because I absolutely adored Simonson's first book Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6...). It reminded me a lot of Downton Abbey, which I started watching a little before starting this book. Especially Hugh's character who reminded of Matthew Crawley, not so much because of his profession, but personality-wise. Overall, I enjoyed the book but I thought the story went on for way too long and the story was very slow-moving. I loved all the social interactions between the different classes of people and the varied views on what was deemed proper for the time period, again very Downton Abbey in that respect and especially the relationship between Hugh and Beatrice. Daniel's story was very sad but true to what would happen to a man of his particular situation in the turn of the 20th century. Agatha Kent was a lot of fun to read about too, and I loved her character, even with the flaws.
Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Readers Copy from Random House on Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. ...more
Cinder is a cyborg (half machine/half 16 yr old teenage girl) living in New Beijing, in a futuristic post-World-War-IV world. She's a droid mechanic aCinder is a cyborg (half machine/half 16 yr old teenage girl) living in New Beijing, in a futuristic post-World-War-IV world. She's a droid mechanic and is visited by Kai, the handsome young prince of the Eastern province, so she can repair his android as it is "of the highest importance." There seems to be a back story there, but Cinder is not able to determine it at the time, as she is overwhelmed by the fact the prince came to her stall. This is especially true after the plague, called letumosis, breaks out in the bakery across the street and Cinder must flee the area. After her step-sister Peony catches the plague, Cinder is racked with guilt and her truly evil stepmother volunteers her as a test subject to find a cure for the virus. There is the threat of war from the mind-controlling glamour-using Lunar Queen Lavana which has all the world leaders, Prince Kai included, worried. Will Cinder survive the plague and find out the truth about her past? To find out, read the awesome start of The Lunar Chronicles. Highly recommended for ages 14+, 5 stars.
This book has been on my to-read list forever, so I finally took the plunge and got a copy. I am glad I did because I really enjoyed this sci-fi dystopian fairy-tale interpretation of the classic Cinderella. The narrator, Rebecca Soler, was quite good at differentiating between all the different characters and personalities (great performance). I love that the premise of the book is accepting people who are different and even loving them for it or perhaps despite the difference. The world-building was fantastic and the author really sucks your into the book from the beginning. The story is kind of hard to summarize especially when you start with "Imagine a retelling of the Cinderella where the heroine is a cyborg," and most people don't quite know what to think about it. But it was really easy to root for Cinder as her life did suck and meeting Prince Kai and everything that happens after really does change her life, for good or ill. Plus Prince Kai...sigh, sounds so dreamy. I kind of picture him like the sweet popular guy Kazahaya in the "From Me to You" anime.
I mean it's obvious early on that Prince Kai digs Cinder, but she is so convinced that he is mistaken because she is a cyborg (probably because she's always been treated like crap by her adopted mother and the older step-sister), though of course he doesn't know that until much later. The scene in the elevator when he asks her for the second time to go to the ball with him was adorable as was her reaction. And I thought I was gonna scream (in a good way) when he brings her the present on his Coronation Day. In fact, this book made me very emotional (mostly joy though a little bit of spite for the severely evil characters, in the form or Audri and Queen Levana). Aside from Cinder, my favorite characters were Iko and Dr. Erland (even though he was a bit off in the beginning of the book, he more than made up for it in the end). I look forward to reading the next one very soon!...more