Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling & Jack Thorne
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

RATING: ★★★✩✩

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Well, this was something… different. I’m not going to lie, when I first heard that they were releasing the script for the Cursed Child, I did not plan on reading it. I knew that, regardless of how incredible the story might be and how great it would be to return back to my favourite fantasy world ever, reading it as a play just wouldn’t be the same. And, saying that, I wasn’t overly excited by the plot anyway. I only think this worked because we know the world of Harry Potter so well; had I read this alone without background knowledge, I doubt I would have given it more than two stars at best. At the end of the day though, there were some quite endearing and nostalgic parts that, ultimately, leveled out the negatives enough to warrant a mediocre three stars.

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Salt to the Sea

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Salt to the SeaRuta Sepetys
Genre: Historical fiction, YA

RATING: ★★★✩✩

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As soon as I found out that Sepetys was releasing another book, the excitement levels were high. I absolutely adored her other two stand-alone novels, Out of the Easy and Between Shades of Gray. Historical fiction is also my favourite genre along with fantasy so to see a new one on the shelves got me seriously eager to read it. While the story was truly heart-breaking, I didn’t entirely enjoy it; struggling to connect to the characters and the abrupt ending to name a few problems. The writing was still beautiful though and Sepetys managed to translate a very sad story in a delicate, meaningful way.

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Mara Dyer series

The Unbecoming/Evolution/Retribution of Mara DyerMichelle Hodkin
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Thriller

RATING: #1 – ★★★★★, #2 – ★★★★✩, #3 – ★★★✩✩

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This series, as a whole, was seriously good. It’s a shame that my fondness lessened as the series went on but my overall judgement towards the trilogy is positive. As a brief summary for the first book, Mara Dyer is a teenage girl who has recently moved away from her home town after experiencing a traumatic event that really shook her but the most frightful aspect is that she can’t remember it at all. The story follows Mara adapting to new life as she slowly uncovers what happened that night and more is revealed about her character. While adjusting, she meets a boy named Noah Shaw who, on the surface is a player and arrogant teen but, in reality, has a connection to Mara that is remarkably unimaginable.

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All My Friends are Superheroes

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All My Friends are Superheroes – Andrew Kaufman
Genre: Contemporary

RATING: ★★★✩✩

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What a quirky, little read that was. Honestly, that book went by in a flash; a great rainy afternoon read that’s for sure. The story was nothing particularly special but the premise was fun and overall, I was pretty satisfied. Tom is our protagonist and he is unusual in the sense that he’s the only one of his friends who doesn’t have a super power. Nevertheless, he’s still very much immersed into the superhero world, so much so that he marries one, The Perfectionist. However, due to Hypno, the Perfectionist’s ex-boyfriend, on their wedding night, the Perfectionist was hypnotised to believe that Tom was invisible and she hasn’t been able to see him since. There are two parts of the novel; the past and the present. Tom is looking back at his past experiences with all his superhero friends as he attempts to think of a way of showing himself to his wife before she moves away and forgets about him for good.

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