Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

 

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The entire month of July 2016 I spent on a reader’s vacation with everyones favorite wizard… Harry Potter. From July 1 to July 31 I read nothing but Harry Potter, listened to nothing but the audiobooks and the Harry Potter film scores. All in anticipation of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. At 11:40 pm on July 30 I finished The Deathly Hallows. I spent the entire morning reading the highly anticipated Cursed Child. First off, the play must be amazing because the script makes it sounds like there will be some neat transitions and effects. That being said the story itself was a bit of a let down. It is not that it is not good, it is just not up to the same standard as the other Harry Potter novels. It has nothing to do with the fact that it is a screenplay as others have mentioned. The best way I can describe it without giving to much away is… there is a decidedly “unrealness” about the story. I know what you are thinking… “um Amanda you know that Harry Potter is not a true story, right?” That is not really what I mean by unrealness. You see in the previous 7 novels the characters felt like real people with whom you were sharing lives. The characters in The Cursed Child¬†felt a little flat on paper. Not to mention there was not much action or intrigue. Don’t get wrong, I really enjoyed reading it and will read it again and look forward to an opportunity to see it live… it just did not have the same magic as before.

3 of 5 stars

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

81cf8945-657a-4a23-9d91-690a90f184f9img400Dark and intriguing. All the stories that simultaneously run through this novel are fascinating and the way they all come together at the end really did surprise me. I did not expect a few of the twists that happened.
My favorite part of the novel though is the many elegant references to reading and the life of the reader. It is like a love letter to us (the reader) from the book itself for brining it life with our reading.
The only thing I both appreciated but also disliked was the wrap up at the end. I became a little exhausted hearing how everyone had faired. Sometimes to be left with a mystery at the end is not a bad thing.
4 of 5 stars

Murder on the Camps de Mars by Cara Black

e0753d52-55ea-484d-97ee-b695c3769939img400Aimee Leduc’s life is a fast paced mystery at every turn. From her love life to her detective agency there is no time for sleep when a stranger appears at her door and tells her she must follow him to find out a secret regarding her father’s murder.
Without giving to much away let me state that this book is a whirlwind read. There are ups and down and surprises around each corner. I was not familiar with Cara Black’s work until I was given this book to read from Soho Crime. The book jacket description made me agree to read the book but it was the first scene that kept me glued to the book reading late into the night.
Black’s characters are believable and well crafted. Her scene setting is superb. The plot moves quickly and subtle hints and clues are left like baguette crumbs throughout.
My only compliant is that there is a bit of a stall, in an otherwise thrilling book, towards the end (about the last 60 pages). With her daughter just threatened Aimee takes her to a safe house then heads to a friend’s and we sit for too long considering the big reveal is just moments away. The brief pause is not enough to effect my overall enjoyment of the book. I will be locating the earlier books in the series and eagerly awaiting new additions to what I can only imagine is a fantastic series based on the latest offering from the Aimee Leduc Investigation series.
Readers looking for a good crime novel, mystery or a Parisian novel should read this book.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Note: I was given this book by the publisher to read and review. In no way did that effect the opinions listed here.