“The Forbidden Library” by Django Wexler is the first book in a thrilling middle grade series. Alice is a 12 year old who always loved reading. After witnessing a strange scene between her father and a fairy in her kitchen Alice’s is turned upside and suddenly being a “reader” takes on a whole new meaning.
This book is exciting and does contain some mild violence. Magic is everywhere and there is a there are a couple of talking cats. Read this book (and series) if you like Harry Potter, cats, books about books or libraries, fantastic beasts or adventure quests. (4 of 5 stars)
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