Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review (Spoiler Free)

Unpopular opinion time (my favorite time)! I LOVE love love love Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

I stopped reading it 30 pages in and didn’t pick it back up again for a month after seeing the negative reviews everywhere and it broke my heart. My expectations were shattered and I was honestly afraid to read it. I am SO happy I decided to give it a second chance!

Here’s the thing. It’s not Harry Potter and that seems to be what people are forgetting. It was written for the stage, we aren’t seeing the spectacle that comes with watching it live, and the characters have grown up. Things have changed and we, as readers, have missed out on a lot. Going into it with an open mind and wiping the slate clean is necessary for reading this book and not comparing it to its glorified predecessors.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione have gone through a lot. They’ve grown up and changed and have children now and like all parents, they are making mistakes. I’ve read a lot about how people don’t think Harry would’ve done something spoilery he did in the book and I disagree wholeheartedly. The closest people Harry had to parents in the books were Dumbledore and Mr. and Mrs. Weasley. Harry has no clue what raising a kid should be and honestly who does. Parents are people and people are flawed. Harry is a hero, but Harry also comes from a broken home and went through so much that has left him scarred and those wounds are still healing.

That being said, I’ll get on to talking about Albus. To be honest, I didn’t like Albus at all when I started the book. I thought he was whiny and overly dramatic. Basically, I thought he was childish. Then, I remembered the last argument I had with my parents and realized that in Albus’ place, I’d have the exact same reactions. Maybe not to quite the same magical extent as him, but I have been in his shoes before. He’s growing up with his dad’s reputation on his shoulders and if it wasn’t easy for Harry to shoulder that reputation, why would I expect it to be any easier for his son? After that revelation, I could understand why Albus acts the way he does in the book and why certain things happen. That does not mean that it kept me from burying my face in my hands and groaning “Why, Albus? WHYYYY?”

Scorpius Malfoy. Scorpius is my child and I will defend him to my last dying breath! I loved Scorpius! He was by far the funniest character, somewhat reminiscent of (book) Ron and as nerdy as Hermione. I can see him getting along with those two quite well actually. Albus’ and Scorpius’ friendship is so wonderful! (Though, slight spoiler here so read with caution, I wish JK Rowling would stop with the queer baiting. I love her and I will read anything she writes, but she needs to stop. Seriously.) They are so cute together and they care so much about each other! I need them to be friends forever and always be happy! (Especially my son, Scorpius.)

The adult characters have such wonderful development and I truly enjoyed getting to see how they have grown up and how happy they all are despite what they went through and the effects it has on them to this day. There were pieces of this book that broke my heart and left me sobbing (I swear I cried for the last 100 pages). Conversations that needed to be had were had, redemption arcs were completed, and their hi jinx was refreshing. Just the fact that they were still so close warmed my heart.

Though there were a few plot points that I didn’t really like or necessarily agree with and a few moments that I felt may have been out of character (Though how would I know? I’ve missed 19 years of their lives. People change and grow.) I would highly recommend this book to any Harry Potter fan, or anyone really, looking for a bit of excitement. It made me laugh and cry (sob, weep) and most of all, it made me miss home. Harry Potter and Hogwarts is my home and I am so excited to be gifted this opportunity to get a glimpse into what my friends have been up to!

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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Zenith: The Androma Saga #1 Review (Spoiler Free)

There is darkness sweeping across the stars.

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her fearsome glass starship the Maurader, she’s just Andi, their captain and protector.

When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal.

Meanwhile, on the far side of the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The final pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship—or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles towards the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only thing certain is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

About a month ago I got really into the booktube channel abookutopia. Sasha Alsberg (the creative brain behind the channel) had enviable bookshelves, great taste, and a relatable sense of humor. She is one of those YouTubers that you can’t help but to think of as a friend. When I found out that she had written a book with close friend, fellow YouTuber, and author, Lindsay Cummings I freaked out and looked it up on Amazon immediately. I didn’t care what it was about, I just needed it.

After reading the synopsis (above, italicized) and seeing it described as a “a dazzling space opera” (hehe!) I was hooked.

What a wild ride!

Captain Andi and her all girl crew of space pirates are everything I aspire to be in life, bad ass, clever, and able to handle anything thrown their way. It is impossible to stop rooting for these antiheroes. Dex is a ruthless, sarcastic asshole and I love him to pieces. He doesn’t think he needs a hug (spoiler alert: he does), but I want to give him one anyway.

The story is fast paced, crazy, and full of adrenaline, with so many twists and turns I was sure I was going to get whiplash. The immersion into this universe (literally) was immediate and it completely cured me of the reading slump that had plagued me for the entire month of August.

Zenith has been picked up for publishing by Harlequin Teen and is roughly scheduled to be released Fall 2017 and I am definitely going to pick up a physical copy! (I need to see the changes that were made in editing pronto!!!)

I am so happy that I found Sasha’s channel and bought this book (for only $1.99!)! I haven’t read many sic-fi books, but that is about to change. This book was fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves reading and adventure!

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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I made a YouTube channel!

Hey y’all! Long time no see! I have some exciting news…

I just posted my first video to my youtube channel Fletcher Rambles!

Check my channel out here: Fletcher Rambles

And you can find the video there or with this direct link: Back to School TBR!

I really hope you guys enjoy it! Be sure to like and subscribe if you want to and leave a comment to say hello or that you found the video from my blog.

I know I haven’t been active very much lately because I’ve been so busy getting ready for school, but I love you all!

Expect more posts soon!

Thanks!

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Six of Crows Review (Spoiler Free)

I discovered Shadow and Bone, the first book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy, in  my old school’s library three years ago. I immediately fell in love with the universe Leigh had created on the first page. She is such a superb writer and I was captivated by her words.

When I first heard that Leigh had written another YA book in the Grishaverse, I knew I had to buy it. I had no clue what it was about or if any of the old characters were in it, I just knew I had to have it.

This book is beautiful. I’m not just talking about the writing and the story, I’m saying this is probably the prettiest book I own. From the black page edges, to the illustrations and maps, the cover, with jacket and without, this book is flawless. It is so aesthetically pleasing and I am obsessed.

That being said, onto the actual story. Here is the blurb from the hardcover:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price-and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge 

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction-if they don’t kill each other first.

A heist novel set in the Grishaverse?!? Yes, please! Sign me up!

I loved every second of this novel. The plot was amazing and constantly had me on the edge of my seat with all of the twists and turns and surprises. It was fast-paced and I was never bored. Six of Crows was action packed madness and I lost myself in it.

The plot wasn’t the only fantastic thing about this novel. I am, of course, talking about the crazily diverse cast of characters. This story is written in alternating points of view, which can make me extremely hesitant to read a book sometimes just because characters can start to sound so similar and lose their defining characteristics. This did not happen in Six of Crows. I was never confused as to who was narrating. I think the alternating POVs actually added to the story. One character was as completely in the dark as the reader and then all of a sudden the POV changes and a huge twist is revealed. I loved being surprised by these characters on every single page.

These broken children. I love all of them so much. The feels! Literally, every time we met one of the main six characters, two sentences into their introduction I was in love with them. Each of them broke my heart multiple times in the story. Their backstories are all so tragic and really explained how the characters got to where they are now. There are also so many shipping possibilities, and that makes my little shipper heart sing! (One of the potential relationships is an interracial gay couple. This book gets an A+ for representation!) The group’s  friendship developed beautifully throughout the course of the novel and it is honestly friendship goals. I just want to give them all a huge hug and protect them from every bad thing in the world (too bad Kaz doesn’t let anyone touch him…well not just anyone *cough* reminds myself this is supposed to be spoiler free *cough*)

Explosions, great plot, fantastic, relatable, diverse characters, romance, and crime! I highly recommend this book (and it’s upcoming sequel Crooked Kingdom *high pitched squealing*) to anyone really. Even if you haven’t read the Grisha trilogy, give this a shot! There is enough explanation in the book about the Grishaverse that I don’t think anyone will be super confused picking this one up first. Please just go read this book because it is wonderfully written and a beautiful, fun, fast paced story with amazing characters! You won’t regret it.

4.5/5

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All for the Game Trilogy Review (Spoiler Free)

I read this trilogy (more commonly known by the title of the first book: The Foxhole Court or tfc by Nora Sakavic) for the first time a couple of months ago. And then I reread it. And I’m about to do it again. Here’s why!

Let’s start with the blurb from the first book. (Taken from Amazon)

Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.

That’s a lot of stuff going on! A made-up sport, a “murderous crime lord,” and everything that readers find out while actually reading these books. It may sound like it’s all a bit too far-fetched and that there is way too much going on.

Suspend your disbelief!!!

Seriously. Just do it. These books have changed my life and I don’t give that praise lightly.

Let’s start with the sport. Exy. Exy is…well it’s just really violent and amazing. It’s like lacrosse mixed with indoor soccer with the brutality and checking of ice or field hockey. Amazing! Nora gets really detailed in her descriptions of this sport. There are even sections in the backs of the books where she goes into further detail, such as different position’s jobs and court descriptions. The sport is played with rackets like lacrosse sticks, but in all different sizes for the different positions and size of the player. There’s a lot of padding for protection because like I said, this sport is violent.  The games and practices were so well written that I felt like I was actually sitting in the stadium or running up and down the court alongside these characters. I need this fictional sport to exist. Need it. (I’ve actually seen talk on tumblr from this fandom about starting a league!) I haven’t felt this way about a fictional sport since quidditch!

This series is essentially sports literature, but it is, first and foremost, a character driven trilogy. These guys and gals were some of the best developed characters I have ever read. The Palmetto Foxes are a college team (based on Clemson University in South Carolina where the books are set) that only recruit teens with a troubled past and when I say troubled, I mean troubled. These are some, pardon my french, fucked up people, but Nora made me love them all like they were my own children. They’ve all overcome so much.

Because these crazy kids are so messed up, these books come with a long list of trigger warnings! Some of these include:

  • Implied child abuse
  • Rape
  • Torture
  • Drugs
  • Self harm
  • Heavy drinking
  • etc.

These books are not light reading. Please do your research about possible triggers before reading these books!

That being said, know that you will shed many tears. Even if you don’t usually cry while reading, at least one tear will be shed for these delinquents. These guys and their relationship dynamics and everything they go through just broke my heart over and over again. Be prepared for a lot of twists and turns. Also be prepared for death. Your death. Because these books will kill you.

As a mentally ill person and a member of the LGBTQIA+, representation is very important to me. I got it in these books and both subjects were handled terrifically. My biggest pet peeve in a book is when a mentally ill character gets a romantic partner and suddenly they’re cured. Bye-bye depression, nice knowing you mania, adios psychosis! That is not what happened in these books. We got to see the characters deal with their problems and struggle to get to a place where happiness is a possibility.

Now for the gay! The king of all ships! These two hold the key to my heart. First off, these books contain actual representation of demisexuality. Oh. My. Gosh. Secondly, the main relationship in the books is between two boys. And it is the slowest of slow burns, which is my favorite. I’ve always been a fan of a good slow burn, chemistry you can see a mile away, but takes years (mild exaggeration) to actually amount to anything. This book delivered. Oh boy, did it deliver. These two are in my top five OTPs.

The foxes are all so important to me. I related to every single one of them and they all felt so real. Their camaraderie is literally friendship goals. They are a family and they let nothing stand in their way. They are ruthless in going after what they want, be it a home, a title, or a fellow Fox. I love them. You will love them. I know it.

I have never wanted to shove a book into people’s faces screaming “Read it!” so badly. These books need to get the recognition they deserve. Unfortunately, these books are only available in ebook format, but good news! The first one is completely free and the last two are only $0.99 each! They cost so little, but they will have such a big impact  on your life. If you do take my grand advice and give these amazing books a try make sure to check out the extra content on the author’s blog (courtingmadness.blogspot.com) and her tumblr (korakos.tumblr.com)! It’s all so amazing and there is a prequel in five parts from another character’s POV for free on her blog as well! Please, please, please read these books! (And then join the fandom on tumblr! It’s the best!) You won’t regret it!

All for the Game Trilogy Rating:

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Lady Midnight Review (Spoiler Free)

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other-but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries-the most powerful of supernatural creatures-teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge-and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julianhave to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents-and can she bear to know the truth?

(Taken from the front cover flap of Lady Midnight.)

I am going to start by saying that if Lady Midnight is your first Cassandra Clare novel, please put it down and go pick up The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices series immediately. While the cameos from past characters made me extremely happy and brought me to tears several times throughout the book, they will confuse you if you haven’t read Clare’s other works. You will miss big plot points!

That said, onto the actual review! Lady Midnight is a monster of a book. It is longer than her other books by far. It was, in my opinion, too long. Some parts of this novel were just too drawn out. I found myself actually having to flip back to reread certain pages to find information I’d missed the first time around. That very well could have been because I wasn’t able to read this book as fast as I normally read due to an unusually busy social calendar, but it was still a bit longer than necessary.

The plot more than made up for that though. All of the twist and turns kept me on my toes. I cried more than I’d like to admit (as I always do with Cassie’s books) and generally felt like I was on a feels trip. If you like tragic stories about love lost, stories about forbidden love, stories about familial love, or action stories with an entire cast of badass characters and far more plot than cars exploding every five minutes then this story is for you.

THE CHARACTERS! These characters were amazing! I loved Emma Carstairs! She isn’t your basic chosen one character like Jace and Clary (Not saying I don’t love them because I absolutely do.), she is a badass teenage girl who works hard to be the best. She is also a flawed individual obsessed with avenging her parents. Julian Blackthorn completely surprised me. I was expecting the regular sensitive artist stereotypes and I ended up with an emotionally unbalanced, ruthless boy who would do anything for those he loved. He broke my heart countless times. Mark was hilarious, but also broke my heart, and OH MY GOD his relationship drama was ridiculous and had me all kinds of confused. Ty Blackthorn is so important to me and so is his relationship with Livvy. The entire Blackthorn family was perfect! Bring Helen back from Wrangel Island 2k16! The side characters were also so very well fleshed out and everyone was so relatable. I have multiple favorite characters in this book. (And oh my god all of the ships!)

All in all, even though the book is flawed and too long and drawn out in parts, I would absolutely recommend it because of the plot and the characters. I cannot wait to see where Cassie takes this story!

4.5/5 Stars

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