September book haul

It’s quite late but here’s my book haul for September! I realised I forgot to do one for August and since October is nearly over I better get September’s in whilst I remember! I bought a total of eight books and so far I’ve read two of them πŸ™‚

  • Children of Icarus
  • Cruel Crown
  • Nevernight
  • Glass Sword
  • The Graces
  • Empire of Storms
  • The Mime Order
  • Vassa In The Night

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Such book beauty – my favourite cover from this month’s book haul is probably Vassa In The Night because of the starry sky but I do really like the Glass Sword crown too. What’s your favourite cover?

I also went to the Worlds Collide event last night with Rainbow Rowell and Leigh Bardugo so I’ll be posting all about that soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cursed Child book review/discussion

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This book review will be a little bit different from my normal reviews because I have very conflicted feelings for this book – ahem, script – and I just don’t know how I feel about this story.

Harry Potter. Seven magnificent books and eight amazing films. Can it get any better? Maybe, maybe not but I am a believer of going out on a high and if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it. Yes we’d all love for certain series to carry on going or wish they had done just one more seriesΒ orΒ one more book.Β HP and the Deathly Hallows was perfect – some characters died yes, but it made it all the more real and in the end Harry defeated Voldemort and all was well.

ALL WAS WELL.

The last two lines of the book were: ‘The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.’

Just saying, those were two beautiful and perfect lines.

The Cursed Child is set 22 years later and after a few quick scenes of Albus getting on the train to Hogwarts, meeting Scorpius and another few snippets of his life in his first few years at Hogwarts, the story settles on Albus in his fourth year at Hogwarts and a rift is growing between him and his father. Harry and Albus don’t get on and the story shows their relationship struggle and Albus get into a considerable amount of trouble, supposedly because of this.

So far, I’m hopeful for the story. I’m thinking it will be interesting to read about the trio grown up because I loved the ‘nineteen years later’ bit at the end of Deathly Hallows where we learnt what became of them, so I was intrigued to see what jobs they had and if we’d see more of Draco, Neville and the other Weasley’s etc.

I was wrong. The entire story is based on just Albus and Scorpius happens to be there, so we see only Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione and Draco with the odd appearance of Professor McGonagall.

Amos Diggory makes a random and unexpected appearance and it’s from here the story takes a very unanticipated direction.

I warn you now that spoilers will be mentioned from here on so don’t read if you don’t want to see them!

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(River Song in this gif perfectly demonstrates how I felt after reading this book.)

The story is essentially Albus wanting to bring back Cedric because he only died as he was in association with Harry and Albus blames Harry for his death (because I’m sure Cedric meant a lot to Albus, having met him only… never).

So off Albus goes to get a timeturner that the Ministry found (bringing them back after they were all destroyed are we?) and we see him take Polyjuice potion to get into the Ministry (because that hasn’t been done before) in order to retrieve the timeturner and him and Scorpius travel in time back to the Triwizard Tournament.

They decide to sabotage the tasks so Cedric will lose and ultimately fall out of the competition so he can survive and Amos can have his son back. You know, I was really taken aback by how much these boys care about Amos having met him only once and how much they desired to bring back his son. It works, and they go back to the future where Ron and Hermione haven’t married and they’ve messed up the future just a little bit.

But that’s not enough, so they go back to mess it up even more and before you know it, there’s a Voldemort Day and Harry lost the Battle of Hogwarts and Albus doesn’t exist and basically they have just totally screwed everything up, and for what? To get Cedric back? Don’t they know that time cannot be tampered with??

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Scorpius is left to clean up Albus’ mess and we see a little appearance from Snape (which, I admit was quite nice) and he helps correct the whole thing and we are back in the present with everything all normal again. Yay!

But then Harry’s scar hurts AGAIN because Scorpius kept the timeturner he said he had lost so he and Albus can destroy it because they ‘don’t trust the Ministry’.

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DESTROY THE BLOODY THING!

Here’s where Delphi comes in because she was sort of random and irrelevant for the first bit of the story – a character invented to just annoy the hell out of everyone because she has nothing to do with anything but oh is apparently Voldemort’s daughter.

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I’m losing the will to live now.

Voldemort and Bellatrix had a daughter (gross) and it’s name is Delphi and all she wants to do is bring back Voldemort.

Oh great, another weird plot twist of a child and father messing things up because that’s what this book lacks.

So she grabs the timeturner and travels back to the day it all started – 31st October 1981 with the aim of stopping Voldemort from killing Harry. Everyone else goes back in time with ANOTHER BLOODY TIMETURNER THAT WASN’T DESTROYED and they solve everything.

Back to the present and everyone is alive who should be. Harry takes Albus to Cedric’s grave because apparently he goes every year because THIS is the death he cares the deepest about – not Lupin, Tonks, Fred or Dobby – all of which he sort of caused by not going to find out Voldemort in the forest sooner (obviously none of them are his fault because it’s the killer whose fault it is, but still he surely has more of a weight in their deaths than Cedric’s???) but Cedric, when all he did was offer to win the cup together having no idea that it was a portkey, is the death that affects him the most.

Cue end of script.

Well thank god that’s over.

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I just can’t.

The story was not good at all. It used so many aspects from the seven books like Polyjuice Potion and timeturners when they could have introduced something new and exciting – the only good thing about it was Scorpius. I liked his sort of innocent character but I found Albus to be an annoying brat that says he doesn’t like all the attention his family gets for simply being ‘Potters’, but then he goes and seeks out adventure and danger for no real reason whereas Harry had all that thrust upon him and he had no choice but to save the world over and over. None of this would have happened if Albus had just not been an idiot.

Albus is just stupid and selfish and wanted some of his father’s limelight and he dragged Scorpius into it simply because he is his friend. Also, why was Scorpius rumoured to be Voldemort’s son? Sorry but what time did Voldemort have to procreate when he was busy planning to destroy the world and kill Harry?

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Which brings me to Harry – the best character suddenly turned horrible. He says he wished Albus wasn’t his son, makes a comment about Professor McGongagall not having any children so she wouldn’t understand how he’s feeling and basically just behaves exactly the opposite to the character we came to know and love. Why change his character?!

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So annoyed.

In the end I decided to give The Cursed Child two stars purely because of the storyline and the weird direction it went in. The more I think about this story the more irritated I get and how it has ruined the Harry Potter universe. Why couldn’t they have done a play just based off the world and had completely fresh characters we didn’t know and have it be all about the magic? Why include this going back in time and messing everything up thing and having Harry say such horrible things to people he loves?

I imagine that the play is truly stunning to watch and yes I would love to go see it, just for the drama of theatre and not for the actual story that seems to have been conjured up from no where. I know there are people out there that probably absolutely loved the story and will take anything Harry Potter related and treasure it, but for me the story ended with ‘all was well’ and no amount of play scripts or even further book releases will change that.

The Cursed Child certainly isn’t a book I’ll cherish, but glare at and keep it well away from my beloved Harry Potter books. It seems to me that all these sudden things going on in the Harry Potter universe: The Cursed Child play, Fantastic Beasts and the release of its script also (just why?) is more money orientated than story-telling.

Having ranted my feelings on it, I will say this – it was great to be immersed in the magic again for the first time, but if they really want to extend the HP universe, then why not focus on the past that can’t change the lovely future we all had imagined up for the trio? The Cursed Child has ruined any sort of ending you as the reader conjured up to satisfy your coming to terms with the end of the series. I just wish they had been more imaginative when they wrote this script and not relied on past ideas to use. Also, I didn’t like how Scorpius’ mother died and it was really glazed over like he didn’t seem upset or anything and Albus didn’t seem to give two shits that his friend’s mother died.

The Cursed Child was not a triumph, nor was it good story-telling. And one last thing – why is there a kid sat in a snitch made out of twigs on the cover? And what is with all the twigs in the script??? Surely I’m the only one wondering what’s with all the twigs.

Let me know what you thought about TCC and whether you agree with anything I’ve said – let’s discuss!!

β€œWhen spares are spared, when time is turned, when unseen children murder their fathers: Then will the Dark Lord return.” – Jack Thorne and crew, The Cursed Child

Because why not add another prophecy? It hasn’t been done before.

β€œthere is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond” – Jack Thorne and crew, The Cursed Child

That is a good quote though.

 

September Fairyloot unboxing

September’s theme was Magic & Mayhem which sounded AMAZING and the box did not disappoint! Packed full of magical goodies and a beautiful new book as well as a note from the author and a signed bookplate, the box was oozing magic and mayhem!

So here it is, my unboxing of my September Fairyloot box! (Including the addition of conkers for a more autumnal feel!)

Magical bookish treat included in the box:

And the book of the month was VASSA IN THE NIGHT by Sarah Porter!

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I was really happy with my box but I was extra happy to finally own a candle from the brilliant castleoffables (run by the same person who does Fairyloot) and it smells delicious! The book looks amazing and the bookmark is beautiful (I love Gina’s bookmark designs!) but the author’s note was a little difficult to read :/ Though I loved the box, I thought there was a little too much Grisha in there (for someone who isn’t that keen on the series) it was a little bit annoying – the candle would have been brilliant with some other magic-related items for the notebook and poster, but I guess if you love the Grisha trilogy then you would have been ecstatic with the Grisha overload!

Also in this month’s box were some new features – the book came in a little Fairyloot bag which is perfect for carrying your book around with you in your bag and protecting it from damage. A little two page spread called ‘Fairy scoop’ was also new which features an interview with the author of the month’s book. These new features are such a good idea and add to the box to make it extra special – I just hope that the book bags won’t be included in every box or you can have a choice to opt out of receiving one because once you have one, there isn’t any need for another and it’s a waste.

And that’s it! I can’t wait to get reading Vassa In The Night and finally burn my candle – a brilliant September Magic and Mayhem box!

 

October TBR

So since I really didn’t read much in September (being back at uni), I’m going to be less ambitious with my TBRs while I’m at uni! I’m thinking about a book a week maybe? I hope I can manage to balance my uni work and my reading – check out my post on uni and reading.

October TBR:

  • Ivory and Bone
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It’s already 7th October but I am determined to get Ivory and Bone done soon so I can get on to And I Darken where I’m doing a buddy read with @haraiaheve and then I’m doing another withΒ @book_roastΒ for Vassa In The Night! The books this month I’ve chosen to read seem to have awesome covers – which is your favourite? I love Ivory and Bone!

Here’s to a good month spent reading!

 

September wrap-up

How has September already come and gone??? It seems like only yesterday it turned September and I was waiting for my copy of Empire of Storms to arrive, and now it’s October!

I didn’t manage to read much this month since I’ve started back at uni again and there’s not a lot of time for reading (makes me sad) but I did manage to read 3 books (which were fairly long).

Books read in September:

  1. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (2013) β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯
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  2. Empire of Storms by S J Maas (2016)Β β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯
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My favourite is probably Empire of Storms just because I was so looking forward to reading it, but on reflection, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would – my full review will come soon and you’ll see why I have some conflicting feelings over it. My least favourite read was definitely Nevernight; this book was hyped all over bookstagram and Twitter so I purchased it with high hopes, but unfortunately after the first few chapters, it went down a path I just struggled to follow. It didn’t interest me and I found myself unwilling to pick up the book but I kept reading through till the end – it just wasn’t for me.

I’ll post my October TBR tomorrow and some book hauls will be coming soon!!

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