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Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany – My opinion

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Produt details (from here);
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 0751565350
ISBN-13: 978-0751565355
Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 3.5 x 16.4 cm

My opinion:

At first I wasn’t very curious about this book. I thought it couldn’t bring anything new and the last book, Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows, was so perfect to the end the saga that I didn’t want to read anymore books about these characters, thinking it might ruin the stories I love so much. But my curiosity increased every time I saw it in bookstore shelves. My boyfriend gave it to me because he saw me looking at it with lots of questions on my mind, and he knew that by that time I was curious enough about what was happening in Hogwarts to give the book a chance. I don’t know why, but when I felt so happy when I first had the book on my hands, and I read it in about 24 hours! It’s not like the previous Harry Potter books… this one is a play, and it’s also more mature, it’s more for adults, I guess. Thinking about it, it makes sense: many of the people that read the Harry Potter books we teenagers and now they are adults, so they need another type of reading. Well, that’s my opinion… The books followed the readers as we grew older.
I couldn’t put it down and I absolutely loved it. It was so nice to meet the old characters, now grown up. Those characters made part of my life for years when I was younger and we kind of grew up together. I loved to read about them again and I loved the new characters as well. My expectations about the book were kind of low but it surprised me so much… Every time I put the book down, my imagination started running wild about the possible scenarios, jumping from one to the other, and I had to read a little bit more to know what was happening next. I loved the story, I loved the characters, I loved to read about Hogwarts again. It’s original and it brings new stories about that magical place that I love so much and all the people that are related to it. I could read it all over again any time. It was really magical to go back and at the same time read about a different time in Hogwarts. I don’t know if all Harry Potter fans will enjoy this book, but I think it’s worth to try.

Book Tour: The Uncovering by Jes Young – Book Review

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 *The material for this Book Tour post was provided by Enchanted Book Promotions*

*A free copy of the book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: The Uncovering
Author: Jes Young
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy

Overview:
Tab Bennett is normal — unusually, excessively normal. Her job as a bank teller is safe and secure, her grandfather finally let her move out of the house (at least to the cottage at the end of the driveway), and her fiancé fiercely guards her chastity, whether she wants him to or not. 
It's something of a shock, then, when Tab learns that she is the elvish queen of the fabled kingdom of the Inbetween. Also shocking is the appearance of the staggeringly confident and gorgeous elvish warrior who claims to be Tab's true betrothed. Even amidst a steamy love triangle, Tab must tell friend from foe in an unknown world of danger, deceit, magic, and sex.
The first in the Underneath and Inbetween trilogy, The Uncovering sparkles with wit and unadulterated fun.

My opinion:

In the beginning of the book I couldn’t predict what adventures it tells us and the magic it contains.  The first paragraph made me feel completely hooked.

This story is about Tab (Tabitha Bennett ), who, until now, was a woman with a normal and quiet life. When her sister disappears, Tab starts having visions of her sisters’ death. Suddenly she starts finding out things about herself that have been kept a secret by her own family, including her fiancé. She finds everything hard to believe at first, expecting someone to tell her it was all a big prank. Tab doesn’t feel instantly ready to be who they say she is.

The love story is a love triangle: Tab, Robin (the “old” fiancé) and Alex (who has been betrothed to Tab since she was born). Although Tab loves Robin, a little magic detail I’m not telling you about (I don’t want to spoil the story) makes it hard for her to stay away from Alex.

I like the plot and the writing. I have to say I was very impressed with the magical and unusual scenario, so full of fantasy. There are also several twists that make the story very interesting. I love Tab. I think Jes Young created a great heroine. The characters are well built and the scenarios described are incredible. Most times I wished I was there as well.

In my opinion the story is great, but we read too much about it and sometimes I felt like the book was more about the love story than all the rest. Nevertheless I think it was a good addition to the plot, it has a purpose, but for me it was a little too much.

I definitely want to read the next book of the series!

My rating:

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Jes Young holds a BFA in creative writing from Emerson College.  She writes Urban Fantasy and Paranormal romance because, in spite of a complete lack of supporting evidence, Jes still believes in fairy tales, happy endings, and true love.

 

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Print copy ISBN 978-1-84982-239-8

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Book Promo: Dragon Dreams (The Chronicles of Shadow and Light) by Dusty Lynn Holloway

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Overview (via Amazom.com):
The heart of Terradin . . . is fading away, and its only hope rests in the one person that Nachal has vowed to protect at all costs. Because to save her, is to save them all. Nachal, foster son of the great Dragon-King Cerralys has the same dream night after night. In them, an elf named Auri lays dead, murdered by the Rebel Dragon's leader, Obsidian, on a massive plain of fire.
Racing against time, he sets out from Eldaria to prevent the prophetic dreams from coming true. To do this, he must avoid capture by the long reach of Obsidian's gathering army, and find a mystical land that has been lost for more than two decades. A land that is reputed to flow with breath-taking beauty and vitality. But will what he finds there be what he needs? Or something that will haunt him for all eternity.

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5232016 About the Author:
Dusty lives in California with her two children. She loves exploring, and hopes one day to learn to fly a plane, try on night-vision goggles just for the fun of it, and float in a room with zero gravity. Not necessarily in that order.

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Book Tour: The PureLights of Ohm Totem by Omon Hart

*This information and a copy were provided by Enchanted Book Promotions for this tour and an honest review*
 
Title: The PureLights of Ohm Totem
Author: Omon Hart
Genre: Fantasy

Overview:
Zoey has a dream, one that feels far more real than it should. A strange wolf with a beautiful, violet crystal embedded in his forehead visits her. “Please help us,” the wolf implores with sad eyes. “Remember, Zoey, who you truly are.” Zoey wakes up, dismissing it as a silly dream. However, she soon realizes that it was far more real than she could’ve ever imagined. 
Coda is Zoey’s older brother. Like many boys his age, he has a craving for adventure and a loathing for his younger sister. He can’t stand it that she constantly gets in his way, joining in on all his fun, and ruining it in the process. The worst, according to Coda, is that Zoey gets all the attention from their parents. A big drag in his mind.
Then destiny arrives, one that Zoey and Coda must face together – if they want to survive.
Together, they journey to a place deep in the Cornell Forest, beyond the Snow Tree, through a patch of blackberry bushes concealing a secret portal that leads them to an ancient world called Ohm Totem – to the place of the PureLights, the race beckoning for their help. There, Zoey and Coda discover something so unique, so magical, and so sacred within themselves, that even those who called for them could not have known how powerful these two children really are. 
Caught between an age old war and finding their way back home, Zoey and Coda go on an amazing adventure, taking them beyond the veils of everything they once knew, and into the terrifying grasp of the unknown.
 

My opinion:
I can’t find the words to describe perfectly what I feel about this book. You need to read it and to feel it to understand. I don’t want to ruin the magic of it, so here is my honest review in the best way I can express myself about it.

A great fantasy book in which we follow Zoey and Coda, to whom the readers can easily relate to, no matter how old they are. It’s a must-read for children, but not only; everyone should read this inspirational book.

 
I couldn’t stop reading, it’s a wonderful book full of magic that touched my deeper emotions. This are the best books, the ones that can make me feel something, that touch my heart, my emotions. It not only touched my emotions, it touched my inner self with a wonderful spiritual experience.

The book allowed me to escape from the routine and from the negative things of my daily life. It made me think about things differently, to face them with my heart. It was a wonderful experience, not only a great book but also a spiritual journey. Sometimes I felt like this book was a path for further meditation.
 
The writing is amazing, and it kept me reading and reading. It made it feel I was part of the story, like the characters were alive and everything around them was real. If you are in touch with Nature you will love this book because of the importance it has on the story, the things you can learn with it. It couldn’t be more perfect. That’s one of the things I love the most about this book. And the descriptions are simply beautiful and what I pictured in my mind in every scene was magical.

The two main characters are guided by their Spirit Guides while they struggle with their responses to conflict. They learn without realizing it how to struggle against fear with love, compassion and forgiveness. At the same time, the reader is guided in his/hers own path in life. At least, that’s what I felt.
 
It’s a book I’ll read again for sure. I recommend it to anyone, anywhere, no matter how old you are and what type of reading you prefer. It’s a book of wisdom and growth. One of the best book I have ever read, and probably the best I read so far this year.

I can’t wait for the second book of the series.
 
My rating:

 
Author Bio:
 
Omon Hart was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up on the outskirts of the city in a little town known as Gladstone, where he graduated high school and moved on to college. After studying Therapeutic Bodywork at East-West College of the Healing Arts, he excelled in his field, becoming one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading Therapeutic teachers and bodywork professionals. After several years, the love for writing tugged at his heart so much that he decided to put things aside and live his passion – write. He’s now fashioning story after story, creating imaginative worlds of inspiration and art.
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – my review

Overview (via Goodreads):

HERE IS A SMALL FACT – YOU ARE GOING TO DIE. 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION – THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH. It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW – DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES




Product details:
Pages554
Published September 8th 2007 by Black Swan
(first published March 14th 2006)
ISBN 0552773891 (ISBN13: 9780552773898)
Edition language English

My opinion:

Since I’ve first heard about this book that I had doubts about what I would think about it. I read some books about the Nazi Germany and I liked most of them, but the stories start to be pretty similar. Nevertheless, I always felt curious about this story.
This story is narrated by death. It’s the story of a German girl named Liesel who grows up during World War II. We read about her life with her new foster parents. Papa teaches her to read and calms her down when she has nightmares. Mama does the laundry for rich people in town, and she swears a lot but she has a big heart. The girl becomes friends with Rudy, her neighbor, a boy with “hair of color of lemons”. She goes to school with him and they have some adventures together. He also helps her the best he can. 
Later in the book she also makes a new friend: a Jew named Max, one of my favorite characters. He gives Liesel the perfect gift with the few things he has.
There are several interesting characters in the story, but I’ll not write about them all because I don’t want to ruin it for you. Every character is really well built and they could be real.
Death, who is trying to understand the human race, narrates the story with insightful observations and dry humor, which made me smile. Death is a strong character, imaginary but so real at the same time because of what this characters feels: the emotions, the sensations, the thoughts.
Zusak is a brilliant writer. He makes the reader think about compassion, family, war and atrocities. He wrote the perfect words for every sentence, for every chapter, for every scene, and the reader has to let the imagination go wild.
It’s a book with a slow development. It was a slow reading, but not painful. It was slow because it tells the reader the details, but it’s not boring. The descriptions are amazing, you can almost feel it as real.
Liesel is adorable. She is a strong little girl who lives in one of the most tragic moments of our history. Although she may seem fragile, she has already been through some painful moments, and she’ll have to deal with more during the story we read. She can always find a way of fighting.
After reading so many book about the Holocaust and the Nazis, sometimes it’s hard for me to read about those times again. Weather the story is original or not, it always has a little but of the same old details.
One of the reasons I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because sometimes I had the feeling I was reading a collection of short stories and not a whole novel. Another reason is I didn’t feel attached to this book like I felt for others, which I wanted to read without stopping. The book is brilliant, the story, the way it’s written… I just felt something was missing.
 
My rating: