Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany

Rating: 4/5

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Warning: this review contains mild spoilers! The plot is very broadly outlined below but I have tried to keep what I believe to be the major reveals a secret. 

While certainly a different medium, Rowling’s latest work retains the magic of the original series.

Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy serve as our teenage guides to Hogwarts this time around. Just like their fathers before them, they have more passion than sense. When they hear of an injustice, the two unlikely friends use any means necessary to right the wrong.

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Banned Books Week 2013: Favorite Banned Books

Since I shared my reasons for loving banned books week on Monday, I thought I’d share my most loved banned books today. There’s nothing that makes teens want to read books more than them being banned — luckily for them there are some real winners!

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood

1. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote: Who doesn’t love a true crime novel? The only thing that makes this one better is that it’s written in Capote’s perfect prose. This book was challenged in Savannah, GA, when parents complained about the violence in the novel. My take? A lot less violent than some episodes of Criminal Minds or CSI!

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies


2. Lord of the Flies by William Holding: It’s always fun when they try to ban a Nobel Prize Winner, isn’t it? My first foray into Lord of the Flies went pretty terribly — I certainly didn’t want to spend a whole semester talking about survival skills. Once I realized its value as a picture of deconstructed society, I fell in love. This book has the opportunity to grab all the teens who loved The Hunger Games or Matched, but in certain counties students never get the chance. It’s been challenged for profanity, violence and statements defaming God. My take? It’s a great representation of what happens when teenagers are left to build their own world and is a great stepping stone for post-apocalyptic YA fans. The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Witches

3. The Witches by Roald Dahl: Witches who aren’t at Hogwarts? Say it isn’t so! Roald Dahl is a genius and this book has to be my favorite of his many amazing offerings. It’s been challenged because it portrays women in a negative light…or maybe just because it has supernatural elements. My take? It’s a beautifully written book, perfect for those kids who just don’t buy into the Harry Potter mania.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

      A Wrinkle in Time


4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle: If I could go back and read anything over again for the first time, it might just be Madeline L’Engle’s books. A Wrinkle in Time was the first “big kid book” to which my second-grade teacher introduced me. Some might say I was a little too young to experience the tesseract, but sitting in that reading circle listening to Meg’s adventure is one of my fondest memories. People have tried to ban A Wrinkle in Time for everything from being pro-Communist to having a female lead character. My take? Pick up a copy for every child you know…and then go grab one for yourself.

Fahrenheit 451by Ray Bradbury

      Fahrenheit 451     

5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: For the uninitiated 451 degrees is the temperature at which paper burns, making this just about the most ironic challenge ever. Bradbury shows us a world where books have been removed and the media is controlled by the government. Spookily familiar during banned books week, no? People have challenged Fahrenheit 451 for its foul language since the main characters mention hell a lot. My take? If you haven’t ever read Bradbury’s book, now is the time. It shows what could happen when a society censors the arts or defunds libraries.

Of course, this list could’ve continued for ages. I love The Handmaid’s Tale, Charlotte’s Web, Harry Potter and many others just as much as the titles above.

Are you as outrages as I am that these books are being banned?

Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Rating: 4/5

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

Once I found out that J.K. Rowling had released a new book, I had to get my hands on it immediately. Unfortunately for me, all of my local bookstores were sold out following the big announcement. Though I wanted a hardcover copy to add to my growing Rowling collection, I was far too excited to wait for a shipment to arrive. After downloading the book to my Kindle I immediately dug in.

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Book Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Pub Date: August 20, 2013

Rating: 5/5

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)

I’ve been eagerly waiting for a series that makes me fall in love like Harry Potter. Sure I’ve found great books like A Discovery of Witches, and The Night Circus, but nothing has quite hit the mark. Until now.  Continue reading “Book Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon”

Christmas 2012: Harry Potter

I couldn’t end my Christmas gift guides without mentioning the great Harry Potter products available out there! I’m such a Potter-head so I find things everywhere that relate (seriously, check out my pinterest board). Here are a few favorites:

Hogwarts Crest Alumni Tshirt

1. Hogwarts Alumni T-Shirt: Because who doesn’t wish they’d attended the coolest school on earth?

Hogwarts Tea Set

2. Hogwarts Crest Tea Set: Every girl needs a tea set, why not make it Potter themed? This one is house inclusive so that when your Hufflepuff friends come to visit they’ll feel included.

Polyjuice Flask

3. Polyjuice Hip Flask: For those of us who grew up on Potter, we’re ready for something a little stronger than tea. Here’s the solution to your adult beverage Potter needs.

Accio Brain Cozy

4. Accio Travel Mug Cozy: Continuing with the drink theme, this cozy will keep your beverage warm until it works its magic!

Book Title Sweatshirt

5. Book Title Pullover: Wear your heart on your sleeves, or at least the way to your heart, siriusly.

All Was Well necklace

6. “All Was Well” necklace: The series may be over but the magic doesn’t have to be. Wear this necklace as a reminder the books that started it all!

Owl Post Box

7. Owl Post Gift Box: Finally, the perfect thing to deliver your HP themed gift to that special someone. Owl delivery not included.