Everything I ever wanted and so much more. Just when I thought I couldn't be more in love with this show...I fall even deeper into Alexander's eyes. IEverything I ever wanted and so much more. Just when I thought I couldn't be more in love with this show...I fall even deeper into Alexander's eyes. I couldn't believe how lovely the writing was for just a "How it was made/behind the scenes" playbill and libretto. It came in second only to the hilarious, nerve-wracking details of Song of Spiderman, a book about the disastrous making of that musical. If would like to read about what happens when a show is the opposite of Hamilton, check out that one next....more
All the feelings is what is happening right here, right now. It starts with a melancholy sadness that the book is over. Then we have the positive feelAll the feelings is what is happening right here, right now. It starts with a melancholy sadness that the book is over. Then we have the positive feelings about the read: loved flowed through this book like a river. Love between a father and his son, love between a husband and wife, love between friends (friends...right...), and love for the glorious wizarding world that J.K Rowling created so long ago, a world that I had hoped would live on forever. Except maybe that I don't feel that way anymore.
Harry Potter was a perfect book series, as close to perfect as one will ever get in the YA world. The ending was brutal, the story arc was beautifully woven, complex and intricate and the characters made marks on our hearts that will live on until we read these stories to our children.
Except that there is a book now that undoes all of this, all these good things.
Here's where all the negative feelings come in. Did I enjoy the play? Yes. Was it well written? Absolutely. Do I believe that it's probably mind-blowingly amazing to see in person? Of course and I hope to see it someday. Did it blow apart the wonderfully wrapped up ending to Harry Potter? Yes, and that's why I'm not sure I love it.
Like George Lucas, J.K Rowling is tinkering. Now, she can do whatever she wants and she will still be my forever hero, but sometimes it's okay to walk away from a story well-told. To close the book, tie a ribbon around it and bury it under a tree, simple, refined and finished. The Cursed Child opens the book, dumps it out, rearranges the pages and then tries to bury it back under the same tree and call it the same story but it's not. It's been tinkered with and in pushing out a new story they have somewhat ruined the old one. I wanted to love this book with the same fire that I devoted to Harry Potter, but I couldn't because I felt cheated of the reading experience that I had the first time around with the original books. While I feel like a play is a very creative and sweet way to carry on the series, I think I will fall more in love with the Fantastic Beasts series, which won't mess with the Harry Potter series in a hurtful way. Is this a personal thing? Absolutely, and it does not mean the book shouldn't be read. It's more of a warning: proceed with caution because what you thought you knew about Harry Potter and how you felt at the end of the series is about to get warped.
Still, four stars, even with feelings of betrayal....more
Definitely different than what I was expecting, My Lady Jane was a cherry topped sundae mixed with a little bit of naughtiness. A clear escape from thDefinitely different than what I was expecting, My Lady Jane was a cherry topped sundae mixed with a little bit of naughtiness. A clear escape from the sometimes dreary accounts of King Henry's reign, My Lady Jane uses mild fantasy, cheeky humor and a teenager sneer to describe how Lady Jane Grey came to wed one Mister Gifford. It's Mean Girls meets The Other Boleyn Girl and I loved every snarky page of it. This will delight teen girls to no end....more
A book that carries itself with a certain kind of intensity is always deserving of a good read, and that's what I recommend for The Outliers...time. FA book that carries itself with a certain kind of intensity is always deserving of a good read, and that's what I recommend for The Outliers...time. Find a good couple of hours, cozy up and lose yourself. You'll want that isolation. There was one scene in the book that was so scary and unnerving that I had to put the book down because I was getting freaked out in my hotel room. (The baby. SHIVER.) Kudos also to the lovely Kimberly McCreight for creating a truly flawed heroine, a girl whose anxiety has paralyzed her in every sort of the word. Her relationships are jagged edges, and her thought process isn't always sane. I was happy to read about a girl whose looks never really came into play in a YA book. That's rare, and it made this dysfunctional story of terror and discovery in the dark woods all the more enjoyable....more