I'm weird when it comes to Middle Grade books. Most of the time they disappoint me because they'll either be too boring or they'll be slightly too juvI'm weird when it comes to Middle Grade books. Most of the time they disappoint me because they'll either be too boring or they'll be slightly too juvenile for my tastes. It takes a lot for a children/middle grade book (that's not a classic) to impress me. And while I did find The Disappearance of Emily H to have more than its fair share of flaws, I did enjoy reading it and wouldn't categorize it as a waste of time.
The Good: The Disappearance of Emily H was the farthest thing from boring. It pretty much hooked me on page 1 and I ended up reading it in one sitting even though I had tons of work to do. I loved learning about Raine's "sparkles" and I loved her gift of getting to see other people's memories. In fact, the only issue I had with this particular plot point was that I wanted so much more of it. I kept wanting to see mystery-opening sparkles as well as your regular mundane sparkles. Another thing I loved was Raine. I found Raine to be absolutely adorable! She was just too cute and I loved that she wasn't bratty at all. This took care of the other complaint I had about middle-grade books sometimes being too juvenile for my tastes. This book wasn't, mainly because Raine was very mature for her age. But she didn't come out as too precocious. There's a fine line when it comes to that and I'm happy to say that the author didn't cross it. I also liked the way that Summy handled the bullying aspect of The Disappearance of Emily H. I found it to be very well done.
The Not-So-Good: A couple of the sentences in The Disappearance of Emily H were clunky. I just kept wanting to take a red pen and correct the ones that I feel should have been reworded. However, do take into account that I read an ARC of this book and that might have been fixed in the final copy. Also, this book moves along at an excellent pace, but then stalls and stutters when it comes to having an exploding, climactic ending. I was like "This is it?" I was kind of disappointed in that aspect. Anyway, the biggest reason that I gave The Disappearance of Emily H three stars instead of four is because I had to suspend my disbelief when it came to the police aspect of this book. There will be some spoilers below, if you don't want to read them, I'll mark when they're done:
It might seem like a minuscule thing, but I didn't like the fact that Emily was so able to get her laptop and phone even though she is presumed missing. If there are no leads in a disappearance of a child, I would think that the cops would have her laptop and phone under lock and key in order to track any incoming phone calls or texts she might have been receiving or they would have stashed her laptop in order to figure out her online activity prior before her going missing. At the very least, her parents would have noticed that her laptop and phone were missing. But no. Emily was able to have her laptop/phone for months without anyone noticing that it was missing. Another thing that slightly bugged me was the fact that Emily accuses a guy of arson, the police question him, let him go because they don't have any evidence, yet we don't hear anything about the guy she accused being a suspect in her disappearance. And you're telling me that a guy accused of arson isn't going to be watched to make sure he's not setting other things on fire or that the cops didn't pick him up after numerous fires were started? Nope. I call BS on that. I understand it's this is a middle grade book and so the whole cop angle wasn't as intricate or explored as much as it would've been had this been a YA or "adult" book, but how about we don't dumb things down for kids in middle grade?
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Overall, I still found The Disappearance of Emily H to be enjoyable. It was cute and it had a great premise when it came to Raine's sparkles. In fact, I would completely read another book about Raine's gift and would love it if it was made into a series. I would totally check those out. Despite the flaws, I still kind of recommend this book. ...more
Little disclaimer here: But I do have to say, you might want to take this review with a grain of salt. Here's the thing: it takes a spectacularly goodLittle disclaimer here: But I do have to say, you might want to take this review with a grain of salt. Here's the thing: it takes a spectacularly good children's book to impress me. And while I haven't read a lot of children's books, for the most part, I've been pretty underwhelmed. There have been some gems: Matilda, See You at Harry's, Anne of Green Gables, etc., as well as some duds. However, I still take a chance on them because the gems I've read, have been great gems. Unfortunately for me, The League of Beastly Dreadfuls wasn't a gem.
Don't get me wrong, The League of Beastly Dreadfuls did have some cute moments and some of those moments even made me chuckle. But while reading it, all I could think of most of the time was that it seemed like it was trying way too hard to have the same feel as Matilda and/or A Series of Unfortunate Events. And due to this, this book fell flat for me. Again, I loved Matilda (it was a staple in my childhood) and I was really impressed by A Series of Unfortunate Events. Those two books had this other-wordly quality to them that engaged you immediately. The League of Beastly Dreadfuls didn't do this. I was never fully invested in any of the events that were going on. Could it be that there was a disconnect because I am no longer a child and therefore don't enjoy children's books that much? I kind of doubt it, but what can you do?
Overall, I wasn't overly impressed by The League of Beastly Dreadfuls. I didn't find it funny or witty and while it did have some interesting moments, it wasn't very engaging. There's supposed to be another book coming out, but I have no intention of reading it. I have another non-classic children's book in my TBR soon stack and I'm hoping that one fares better than this one....more
I'm extremely picky when it comes to Middle Grade books. Due to this, I tend to avoid them most of the time because when I do read them, I'm notoriousI'm extremely picky when it comes to Middle Grade books. Due to this, I tend to avoid them most of the time because when I do read them, I'm notoriously hard on them and my rating tends to reflect that. It's unfair, but it is what it is. However, I've been extremely busy the last couple of weeks that I thought a Middle Grade would be an easy enough, mindless, enjoyable read that I would pick up on the very few instances I wasn't so busy. My initial feelings on See You At Harry's ended up being wrong on so many levels.
While See You At Harry's was an enjoyable read, it was far from mindless. And while it was easy to read in a sense, it was also oh so very difficult due to the subject matter. I just found this book to be one of those books that you're not initially to impressed with and then as you keep reading, you realize exactly how many feelings you have invested in this book and that somewhere along the way, you ended up completely enthralled and impressed with it.
I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I will say that I had to control myself while reading See You At Harry's. Since I read a big chunk of this book in public, I had to constantly tell myself "Don't cry, don't cry, don't cry" and my throat ended up killing me with trying to hold my sobs in. I was that affected by it.
Overall, I found See You At Harry's to be a really great, impressive read. The characters all rang true and the book was beautifully written. It also wasn't too young for me (which tends to be my problem with most MG books) and I feel like it can resonate with readers of all ages. I do have to say that if a big chunk of MG books are this great, I'll definitely have to add more to my list....more
God, I'm such a sucker for a book with a beautiful cover. And my God, the cover of The Boundless is stunning. I really wish that the story was at leasGod, I'm such a sucker for a book with a beautiful cover. And my God, the cover of The Boundless is stunning. I really wish that the story was at least half as beautiful or stunning as the cover is. I wish that I would've found The Boundless even slightly interesting. But alas, it was not meant to be.
Here's my issue with The Boundless...it was boring. I'm talking coma-inducing boring. The beginning was meh, so I thought "Let me give it at least until the middle. I'm sure it'll pick up by then". But it didn't. And once I reached the end, I thought "good riddance". The Boundless is pretty much bland characters doing bland things that are masquerading as adventurous...only it wasn't. Not even a little bit.
Another thing that annoyed me about The Boundless was Will's characterization. This is someone who is about 17. Yet his actions and his thoughts are those of a little kid, not an almost adult. It seems as though the author dumbed him down to justify an older teenager being a protagonist of what is essentially a children's novel instead of just having it be YA.
So, overall, I found The Boundless to be blah. I just wasn't the least bit intrigued and literally had to force myself to finish it. Now that I have, I'm breathing a sigh of relief. I say, skip it....more
Oh, the disappointment. Maybe it was inevitable seeing as how the Harry Potter series was so ingrained into my teenage years and were the first booksOh, the disappointment. Maybe it was inevitable seeing as how the Harry Potter series was so ingrained into my teenage years and were the first books that actually made me fall in love with reading. Maybe it's the fact that no one can write about Hogwarts and its wizarding world quite the way that J.K. Rowling can. Maybe it's because this is in a sense fanfiction. (Wait, it can't be that one because I actually love well-written fanfic about my favorite TV shows and have actually read published fanfic). Regardless of the maybes, I was just utterly disappointed in James Potter and the Hall of Elder's Crossing.
Here's the thing: when you write fanfiction you have to go one of two ways: either you're going to write about the characters and the world you're borrowing from and keep it somewhat in canon or you're just going to do everything your own way and pretty much make it an alternate universe with just the names of the characters that you are borrowing but with everything else different. Lippert pretty much didn't do either (or rather did a mix of both).
One issue I had with the Hall of Elder's Crossing was that it didn't follow Harry Potter canon. The classes were mixed. There were fifth years in classes with first years. Ummm, no. In J.K. Rowling's world, the first years were in classes with the first years. The fifth years were, therefore, in classes with the fifth years. Most people would probably view that as just a small thing, but I think if you're going to actually disregard canon while borrowing someone else's world, then you probably shouldn't be borrowing it (unless of course you're going to go the whole AU route).
However, my main issue with The Hall of Elder's Crossing was that it was boring. Which was baffling to me. How on Earth can a book about the wizarding world, about Hogwarts, about Harry Potter's offspring, be boring? I don't know, but oh my God, it was. Don't get me wrong. James, due to his parentage was just bound to be interesting (at least semi-interesting). The same thing goes for Teddy Lupin. I even found Zane to be somewhat amusing. But the plot...was just not the least bit intriguing. For me, it was like a person reading Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone...and not being entranced by the goings on of the sorceror's stone. Or like reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and not caring one whit who the half-blood prince is or what that whole plot brings to the table. I couldn't care less about the Hall of Elder's Crossing. I wasn't enchanted by it. I wasn't dying to find out more the way I was in the actual Harry Potter books.
James Potter and the Hall of Elder's Crossing just wasn't a page-turner. While I liked the idea of the existence of an American Wizarding school, it wasn't written in any way that was integral to the plot. You could take that aspect out of this book completely and just replace those American teachers with new Hogwarts ones and it wouldn't have made not one difference. Great idea. Poor execution. In fact, the same can be said for this book as a whole.
The fact is no one can do Harry Potter the way J.K. Rowling can. James Potter's tale just wasn't nearly as enthralling as Harry Potter's tale was. And that is just something I can't get over. I can forgive the little dips outside of canon, I can forgive the addition of a completely unnecessary school. I can't, however, forgive a book that takes the wizarding world and morphs it into something that's just downright boring. The characters were somewhat there. The plot just...wasn't. Therefore, I have no desire to pick up the rest of this series and actually regret even starting it. I say skip it....more
So, The School for Good and Evil was sort of...wow. Not wow in a bad way and not wow in a "OMG it was so magnificent!" kind of way...but more in the "So, The School for Good and Evil was sort of...wow. Not wow in a bad way and not wow in a "OMG it was so magnificent!" kind of way...but more in the "I did not see that coming" in regards to the events that happened in the book as well as my reactions to those events. Here's the thing: I don't think I've ever been so indecisive as to what I thought about the book while reading it. Now, I'm completely sure of what I think of the book now (hence the four star rating), but while I was reading I kept thinking "This is great!" followed by "wait, what?!", and then we had "well, this is kind of disappointing", *cue lots of eye-rolling*, and then finally "awww, that was kind of really frigging cute and adorable!"
I completely fell in love with the premise of The School for Good and Evil. I love and adore fairy tales and the thought behind this book was ingenious and extremely unique. I loved that they dropped the characters that people would assume were "good" and "evil" into completely opposite situations. While I did think that the author tried a little bit too hard to make it like Harry Potter (atmosphere-wise), there wasn't enough for it to dampen my enjoyment of the book.
The characters in The School for Good and Evil were a bit...off-putting. I did start out loving Agatha. I thought she was fierce, sarcastic, and more than a little bad-ass...most of time. However, once she truly accepts her "destiny", she starts becoming the typical princess. She's not vain or shallow, but just little things started to grate. Like depending a little too much on the (positively bland) prince to protect her. In fact, I got immensely annoyed when she passed out in his arms at the sight of a little blood. This is a chick who has been hanging out in cemeteries prior to being dumped in Fairy Tale Land...you're telling me that she can't handle a teeny bit of blood? Or was her fainting all for show to reel the prince in deeper? I don't know, but again, it was bothersome (hence the eye-rolling that occurred). Sophie, I couldn't stand from the get-go. I can't stand vain and shallow characters and she was positively annoying most of the time. But I think you're supposed to view her that way, so it's kind of forgiven.
My main issue with The School for Good and Evil was that there was very little gray area in regards to good and evil. While Sophie and Agatha were both dropped into unexpected situations, for most of the book, they spend too much time thinking they're good/evil (and being frightened of it)with nothing in between. And again, once they accept their destinies, it was really black and white. Agatha's in the School for Good, so she must wear pink, act clueless in the face of a handsome prince, and be completely pure. Sophie, in the School for Evil, must therefore be hideous, have warts, and then go completely off the rails in an extremely evil binge. The author does hint upon greyish areas towards the end...but I would have liked to see it expanded upon.
Speaking of the end (which I won't spoil here), it was amazing! In fact, that's what took The School for Good and Evil from a 3 star book to a 4 star book (for me, of course...opinions may vary). Some of the aspects of it were so unexpected. Others just made me think "Thank God! For a minute there, I thought I was imagining the subtext!" (but I wasn't and that made me very happy). The ending was just too cute and adorable and made a (slightly) dark book seem a little less bleak.
Overally, I did find The School for Good and Evil to be a good book. Was it great? No. Could it have been better? Probably. Is it another Harry Potter? Hell no! But it was completely engrossing and endlessly entertaining. Will I be picking up the next book in the series? Damn straight!...more
A little teeny bit of a confession here: I'm not the biggest fan of children's literature. Now, I love and adore Young Adult literature, but for someA little teeny bit of a confession here: I'm not the biggest fan of children's literature. Now, I love and adore Young Adult literature, but for some reason I just can never fully get into an actual children's book, unless it's a classic (like A Little Princess or the Grimm's fairytales). Another confession: I don't like picture books. I just don't. I don't even remember reading picture books when I was a kid. The earliest memories I have of reading was always me reading a chapter book. It wasn't a big chapter book, but there weren't any pictures. So, me being merely okay with Wonderstruck would have been a surprise because it's a children's book and it has pictures, but much to my utter shock and delight, I wasn't merely okay with Wonderstruck, but rather LOVED it.
I had assumed that I would love Ben's story in Wonderstruck because it was told in words (and I love words) while I would just put up with Rose's story (which was told in pictures) just because it was part of the overall story. However, while I did really like Ben's story, I fell in love with Rose's story. The drawings were just so utterly brilliant and remarkable that you can feel Rose's isolation, loneliness, and the ache she feels in wanting to belong moreso than Ben's solely because of the drawings. Another reviewer mentioned something about the eyes. And that's it. They don't call the eyes the windows to the soul for nothing and Selznick excelled at making you feel everything Rose was feeling due to the look in her eyes.
Unlike Rose, I didn't feel a deep connection with Ben. I felt sympathy for him, I wanted everything to turn out well for him, but while I felt for him, I just didn't FEEL for him the way I felt with Rose. One example with a mild spoiler thrown in is that when Ben went completely deaf, I was saddened for him because his family seemed sad for him, but when Rose found out that her escape, the one place where she didn't feel like an outsider, was going to change and that change was going to exclude her, my heart broke for her in the way it never quite could with everything Ben was going through. It was strange for me to connect more with drawings and pictures than I could with words and it was a bit of a revelation for me.
Not only was Wonderstruck amazingly illustrated, it was also amazingly written. The little spurts of paragraphs coupled with the drawings said tons more than pages and pages of paragraphs could ever do. The way the two stories interwove with each other plot-wise was both surprising, but at the same time, not completely out of left field. The way the interwove with each other execution-wise was seamless that at the end I could not tell where one story began and the other one ended. And I think that's the way it was supposed to be.
So, I wholeheartedly recommend Wonderstruck. It was such a brilliant book that I feel like both adults and children can just dive right in and enjoy it immensely.
So, I was under the somewhat misguided opinion that Eight Keys was a YA book for the younger YA audience. Yep, I was sort of mistaken. Eight Keys is aSo, I was under the somewhat misguided opinion that Eight Keys was a YA book for the younger YA audience. Yep, I was sort of mistaken. Eight Keys is a children's book. A good one, but a children's book nonetheless. So keep that in mind if you want to read this because you think it's a YA book. It's not. Now that I got that out of the way, I'll say that I really did like Eight Keys. I thought that it was a very cute, yet emotional read. In fact, the meaning of the eight different keys did tug at my heart strings a little. The main character Elise is someone you can root for and it's easy to get into the different problems she has in middle school. All in all, I think Eight Keys is a great read for the pre-teen set. If you're older than that, then you might not enjoy it much....more
I have this deep love for Christmas. It's not even the whole presents thing (although that is a plus), but I just love the decorations, the food, theI have this deep love for Christmas. It's not even the whole presents thing (although that is a plus), but I just love the decorations, the food, the Christmas tree, the music, the cheesy movies, the cozy New England winters (unless of course I have to actually step out of the house), just the whole ambience. However, I have yet to find an actual Christmas book that I actually love. Horace Helfin's Holiday Home was no exception, even though I did like it.
It took me about 60 pages to get into this book (a long while...). I liked it while I was reading it, but once I put it down, I didn't really want to pick it back up. I thought that maybe listening to my iPod while reading would make the book go by faster. It did. Then a Christmas song came up (I have about 50 Christmas songs that get heavy rotation all year round and about 150 others that go back into my iPod around late October). I then decided that if I listen to my all-year-round Christmas playlist, maybe I'd get into the book. Lo and behold, it worked! The little Christmas ambience I created for myself allowed me to enjoy the book way more than I previously was.
For the most part, I found Sally and Horace Helfin absolutely adorable. MILD SPOILER: The one part where they (along with the other neighborhood kids) give their toys away to the less fortunate kids really warmed my heart and made my eyes tear up a little (I'm a sap). Sure, I did roll my eyes a bit at how extreme the lesser than nice adults were portrayed (seriously, there was a crook and a crank on every corner), but I just kept reminding myself "It's a children's book. The adults have to be evil" (just ask Roald Dahl). However, the things that Horace and Sally did weren't all that nice either. I remember thinking more than once "Dude, these kids are kind of brats..." Of course, that was me looking at this book through my adult eyes and thoughts (seriously, when the heck did THAT happen?). I'm sure if I was a ten-year-old kid, I'd be tickled pink at what Horace and Sally were doing, but since I'm 21, not all of their antics were amusing.
Anyway, for the most part I did enjoy Horace Helfin's Holiday Home. It was a cute, cheesy, Christmas book for children (Heh. Say that five times fast. And we're back to the non-adult thoughts. Phew, that was close!) While I didn't love it, I am sort of looking forward to Horace Helfin's Horrifying Halloween (also try saying that five times fast). That book also seems cute.
Huh. I really have no idea why I didn't love The City of Ember. I'm just perplexed. I really should have loved it. There were no flaws that I could thHuh. I really have no idea why I didn't love The City of Ember. I'm just perplexed. I really should have loved it. There were no flaws that I could think of. The heroes weren't annoying at all. The villians weren't too dastardly that I hated their scenes with every fiber of my being. The City of Ember was pretty suspenseful. I just. don't. know. I'm a bit disheartened.
The writing in The City of Ember wasn't amazing, but that sort of thing doesn't bother me unless it's like really, really bad or it's average yet the book won a Pulitzer. That doesn't apply here. I guess my main problem was that I couldn't bring myself to care. Oh, Ember is losing power quickly? Wow, sucks to be the citizens of that city. I wasn't attached to the characters or the plot. I mean, don't get me wrong is was mildly interesting and I did speed through the book, but again, I just didn't care. I had no feelings while reading this. Maybe The City of Ember was too juvenile for me. However, I have enjoyed countless Young-Adult novels so maybe I'm just grasping at straws.
So, I didn't hate The City of Ember, but I didn't love it either. I was just "meh" about it. It did keep me turning the pages, but it was sort of like a reflex with no conscious thought. Although, to be perfectly fair, this book did follow To Kill a Mockinbird for me and any book following that one is just bound to fail. Anyway, I am interested in reading The People of Sparks, the second installment of The City of Ember (it's right there on my shelf) and I'm hoping that that one gets more of a response from me.
P.S. Completely useless review, you say? I know, but I just. don't. know....more
Matilda was (and still is) one of my favorite childhood movies. I remember going to watch it in theaters when it came out and watched it endlessly wheMatilda was (and still is) one of my favorite childhood movies. I remember going to watch it in theaters when it came out and watched it endlessly when it came out in VHS. So, when I found this book at my thrift store for a dollar, I absolutely had to pick it up.
Matilda was just an amusing, captivating read. At once, you have a heroine you can root for and just love to pieces because she's so unique. As I was reading, I kept picturing the parts happening in the book as they were in the movie. (For example, the part where one of Matilda's classmates are singing the 'difficulty' poem and Trunchbull yells "Why are all these women married?!" That's seriously my favorite part of the movie and this part of the book had me in stitches, too.) The book was not only cute, but it was pretty funny. Some parts had me chuckling a little, but most parts had me laughing out loud.
Even though I enjoyed this book immensely, I still have to say that I love the movie a little bit more. I think it's mostly a nostalgia thing. I just loved all the actors who portrayed the characters in the movie. I also loved movie"Miss Honey" more than book"Miss Honey" and I sympathized more with movie"Matilda" than with book"Matilda".
All of that being said, Matilda is still a keeper on my shelf. I think this is one book that I'm going to find myself re-reading for comfort (just as I rewatch the movie) and on those rainy days when you just want to read something familiar. I definitely can't wait until my sister's a little bit older so that she can read Matilda. I definitely recommend this book to children and adults (especially if those adults have kids...). It's really an enjoyable read for all ages....more
This is one of those classics that I just have to say that I officially don't get why they're so popular. Well, that's not necessarily true. I think hThis is one of those classics that I just have to say that I officially don't get why they're so popular. Well, that's not necessarily true. I think had I read this when I was a kid I probably would have liked it a little more, but still I don't think I would have been enamored by it. In fact, I found myself perpetually bored by reading it.
I found Tom Sawyer to be a bit of a brat. Then again, I've never been one for the bad boys, so that could be why I wasn't loving him. I was also bored with the overall angst-filled relationship between Becky and Tom. I found myself thinking "how OLD are they?"...And then I found myself thinking "God, I'm old." (Apparently, now that I'm in my mid-twenties it all goes downhill from here).
The one thing that I can say for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was that it was written in a breezy, easily readable way. As someone who tends to get bored with classics due to its antiquated writing (yes, yes, I know that the antiquated writing is why they're considered classics. But if it takes me half hour to decipher what the writer is trying to say, the enjoyment of reading fades a bit for me), I loved the fact, in terms of writing, what I saw was what I got.
So, I found The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to be a bust for me. Seeing as how I found Huckleberry Finn to be the only intriguing character in this book and the fact that I think I'm starting to like Mark Twain's writing style, I'm planning on checking out The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I've heard people say that that book is superior to this one. Here's to hoping....more
I bought The Tales of Beedle the Bard when it was first released. And I have resisted reading it for all of these years because I don't want the HarryI bought The Tales of Beedle the Bard when it was first released. And I have resisted reading it for all of these years because I don't want the Harry Potter series to be over. So, I figured if I delay reading this book then the series won't be over...not for me, anyway. This book was my one link to the Harry Potter series. My one unfinished link, I mean. Having finally bit the bullet and read it, I have this to say: The Tales of Beedle the Bard were really, really cute.
I love fairytales. I love actual fairy-tales, I love fairy tale spinoffs, I love Once Upon a Time...really anything having to do with fairy tales, I'm totally there. The fairy tales in The Tales of Beedle the Bard did not disappoint. While I thought that they were all pretty damn great, one of my favorites would have to be The Warlock's Hairy Heart. Apparently, I have a thing for the twisted and the macabre because I loved the ending. However, nothing can beat the brilliance that is The Tale of Three Brothers. It's just so wonderfully told. Both deep and (it bears repeating) brilliant, The Tale of Three Brothers is one of my favorite parts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Definitely the one story that I can see myself rereading.
When it comes to Dumbledore's notes at the end of each tale, I found that I was most looking forward to reading these as opposed to the next tale. I loved that The Tales of Beedle the Bard delved into the history of Rowling's wizarding world through Dumbledore's insights. That's something that I have always been immensely curious about: what the wizarding world was like before Harry Potter, before the Order of the Phoenix (both the original and the remastered), what life was like before Lord Voldemort, before Tom Riddle. While this book doesn't go deep into it (it is merely a book of fairy tales after all), the glimpses of it were enough to satisfy my thirst for now (I'm lying).
So, overall I found The Tales of Beedle the Bard to be quite charming. Not exactly five stars as I don't see myself rereading it in its entirety in the future, but still it was a sweet read. And now I'm going to fall into somewhat of a depression seeing as how I now have nothing new to read from the Harry Potter universe...nothing J.K. Rowling endorsed anyway. I'm still impatiently waiting for the Harry Potter encyclopedia she promised. I also desperately want to read Hogwarts, A History. And I don't want it to be as short as these companion books are. I want a full account of Hogwarts. It's a big place that has to be full to the brim with secrets and magic. So I expect nothing less than 600 pages. And I want a revised, updated version that covers the Battle and tells us what had to rearranged due to it. (Yes, I know, I know...in my dreams perhaps). ...more