WWW Wednesday

This post is a weekly feature that is being hosted by Taking on a World of Words. The idea is to give an update on the books that I have read and am currently reading. Anyone can participate in this feature.

All you have to do is answer the three W’s:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish?
  • What do you think you will read next?

I’m doing this weeks post a little differently to how I did it last week.

What are you currently reading?

Last week I said I was currently reading City of Glass, book 3 in the Mortal Instruments series. Now I am currently reading the first book to The Infernal Device series; Clockwork Angel.

What did you recently finish?

I recently finished reading City of Glass. This book was brilliant, being a part of one of my favourite book series, The Mortal Instruments, I loved it! I would recommend it to any one. If you would like to know what it was about and my full opinion you can find my review for this book here: https://oncemorewithfeelingweb.wordpress.com/2016/10/24/city-of-glass-review/

What do you think you will read next?

Last week I said that after I finished the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal devices I wanted to read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass. This week I am going to share another book that I would like to read: Stealing Snow by Danielle Page.

StealingSnow-Cover-667x1024.jpgThis book just sound absolutely fantastic, I have heard a lot of talk about this book, so I went to my local store and purchased it, so I’m excited to read this book. It sounds like it is my type of book!

What books have you read recently or are wanting to read?

 

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Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Review

The Eighth Story. Nineteen years Later….

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 his 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.’

The above is the description written on the inside cover of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

July 21st 2007 was the day the last book of Harry Potter was released; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, the book we all wanted but were dreading at the same time. We didn’t want it to end! But when news got released that J.K Rowling was working with John Tiffany and Jack Thorne to release a script form of a new Harry Potter story that was set 19 years in the future all us Harry Potter fans could have died with happiness, it was a dream come true!

Everyone was racing in stores to pick up their copy of the new Harry Potter book. However, there has been some debate about the book as it was in script form not novel form. Before I start my thoughts on this new Harry Potter book, I must warn that there will be spoilers, so if you have not read it yet and don’t want spoilers, stop here! go pick up that book and come back. I don’t want anything ruined for you, but if you love some spoilers, then go right ahead and read what I’m about to say about this book.

Plot:

This book is set nineteen years in the future. Harry and Ginny marry and have 3 children; James Sirius Potter and Albus Severus Potter, Lily Luna Potter, while Ron and Hermione married and have two children; Rose Granger-Weasley and Hugo Granger-Weasley. Harry is the head of Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic, while Hermione is head of Ministry of Magic. Ron manages Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.

This book focuses on Albus  and Rose’s first year at Hogwarts. While boarding the Hogwarts Express at Platform 9 3/4, Albus meets Scorpius Malfoy, Draco’s son. Albus and Scorpius are both placed in Slytherin House by the sorting house once reaching Hogwarts. This was somewhat of a shock to Rose as her family and Albus’ family are all from Gryffindor House. Albus struggles to fit in at Hogwarts, he feels there is reputation to live up to having his father being the famous Harry Potter, the boy who lived. Albus feels like he is nothing like his father after being placed into Slytherin instead of Gryffindor feeling like he is a disappointment to his father, putting a tremendous strain on his relationship with his father. Also putting a strain on his relationship with Rose because she becomes a popular student and joins the Gryffindor Quidditch team as a chaser.

In the mean time, Albus’ new best friend Scorpius is struggling with the death of his mother, Astoria dealing with the rumours that are spreading around the wizarding world that he is Voldemort’s son. This goes on for three years.

One Summer, an illegal Time-Turner is then confiscated by a death eater, causing the Ministry of Magic (Harry and Hermione) to look in recent activity that has occurred by Voldemort’s allies. During this series of events, they are found to be dealing with another matter at hand, involving Amos, Cedric Diggory’s father who turns up at Harry and Ginny’s house demanding Harry for the time-turner after hearing that the Ministry of Magic is in possession of one now. Amos wishes to use the time-turner so that he can go back in time to save his son with the support of his niece and caretaker, Delphi. However, Harry refuses to help Amos, in fear that it will change the future negatively. Albus, eavesdropping on the conversation is mad with his father for not helping Amos, and befriends Delphi.

Harry then tries to mend his relationship with Albus by trying to make a connection with him, through offering his old baby blanket to Albus. Albus refuses the give causing an argument causing a love potion to spill onto to the blanket accidently, both Harry and Albus end up telling each other that they wish they weren’t related, destroying what little bond they had left. Albus then leaves for his fourth year at Hogwarts while feeling hatred for his father. Albus and Scorpius take it upon themselves to then leave their journey to Hogwarts to steal the time-turner from the Ministry of Magic, against his Father’s wishes, as Albus blames Harry for Cedric death, so they head off to find Delphi to work along side them on their mission.

Harry starts to have nightmares about Voldemort, feeling pain in his scar, something that has not occurred since he defeated Voldemort 19 years ago. This causes Hermione, being the head of Ministry of Magic to hold a meeting concerning the possibility that Voldemort might be back. They do not get far with this, no one being convinced that there is a threat from Voldemort, Harry, Ginny and Draco soon find out that Albus and Scorpius are missing. They conclude that Albus ran away after the argument with his father, and Scorpius running away after being pulled into their family issues.

What they do not know though is that Delphi has helped Scorpius and Albus get into the Ministry of Magic, disguised as Harry , Ron and Hermione with the use of polyjuice potion allowing them to get the time-turner. Only to then end up on a whole new adventure where they change the past which ruins the future, trying to right their wrongs only to find out that Delphi isn’t who she says she is, she is Voldemort’s daughter. Starting a whole new journey for Albus and Scorpius which ends up allowing Albus and Scorpius to amend their relationships with their father.

I’m not going to add anymore about the plot because that will ruin the experience of reading the book yourself.

Overall:

I absolutely loved this book! I’m giving it 5 stars because it is one of my favourite books in the Harry Potter series which is in my top 5 favourite book series! I would recommend it to anyone! I got so much excitement and enjoyment while reading this book, however I would have to say that I’m a bit disappointed that this book will not be released in novel form or as a movie! I feel like there were a few unanswered questions, even though it answered some questions that I had at the end of the 7th book, it left me with new questions that remained unanswered but I feel that almost every book series does that intentionally, whether that’s because they want readers to interpret things themselves or its the authors way of keeping it open for if they decide that they want to write another book later on. This book was well written and was rather easy to read, which is the good quality about scripts, they flow easily. however I would love this in novel form because I know in novel form it would be written in a different way with more detail, it would possibly answer the questions that I have. However, this was still a really good book and I wouldn’t want anything to change about the script itself.

City of Glass Review

This is my first book review, so I apologise if it is too long and a bit messy. I’m still working out how my book reviews are going to work but I’m willing to give it a go. So here we go!

I’m doing this review on City of Glass, the third book in the Mortal Instruments series written by Cassandra Clare. This series I have read once before, but it has been a few year since I last read it, I’m older now and when you’re older you seem to perceive books differently then what you did when you read them when you were younger. This series is in my top 5 favourite book series, so I just had to do a review on this since I just finished reading this book last night! 🙂

I would like to star this blog off by telling you guys what description is on the back of the book:

‘Amid the chaos of war, the Shadowhunters must decide to fight with the vampires, werewolves and other Downworlders – or against them. Meanwhile, Jace and Clary have their own decision to make: should they pursue the love they know is forbidden?’

This series, just hit home. It hit right in the heart. This book gave me so many emotions, I felt like I just could not deal. I can not explain why it hit my emotions hard, without giving you all a small idea of what this book is about. So here we go!

Plot:

I do not want to give too much information away, so I’ll try my hardest to keep this brief but descriptive, if that is even possible.

Clary plans a trip to Idris, (The City of Glass) the home of the Shadowhunters to find a warlock that could save her mother, however the trip goes wrong when Jace tries to protect her by planning to go to Idris without her. Clary works her own way to get to Idris, dragging Luke, the guy that’s always been a father figure to her along with her through a portal that she created, which shouldn’t have been possible. Putting both of them at risk because it is against Clave law to enter the city without permission. They were portal led to the outskirts of the city, ending up in Lake Lyn, the Lake that has been cursed for many centuries, causing Clary to Hallucinate, Luke must get her to the city and hope that he can get her there in time and that he can get medical attention to her before it is too late.

Jace and Clary have also just found out that they are brothers and sisters, their father being Valentine, a Shadowhunter like his children, who is wanting to take over Idris to get rid of Downworlders and Shadow hunters that have worked beside Downworlders, risking anyone’s life that gets in his way, even his own children. Downworlders are supernatural and hybrid creatures that inhabit the Shadow world. Downworlders are vampires (Daylighters), wolves (Children of the moon), warlocks (Lilith’s Children) and faeries (Fair folk).  Shadow hunters (Nephilim) are humans that are born with angelic power to protect the Shadow world from demons. However Shadowhunters and Downworlders do not get along, they avoid one another and have a sense of hatred for each other. However, this soon changes when Clary is able convince the Clave to get Shadowhunters and Downworlders to work alongside each other through a creation of a binding Rune that can be placed on Downworlders as well as Shadowhunters, something that has never occurred before.

Clary’s mother is cured by Warlock Magnus Bane through the help of Clary and Sebastian (a guy that is a Shadowhunter, a family member of the family Jace is staying with while being in Idris) and returns to Idris just in time to fight along side the other Shadow Hunters after the city is first attacked by Valentines demons. Jace goes off on his own to seek vengeance after losing his adoptive brother Max in the battle at the age of 9 after discovering that Sebastian is not who he said he was, he was a spy for Valentine, and is actually Valentines son and Clary’s brother, (Johnathon). Through Jace fighting with Johnathon he discovers his true identity, he is not Clary’s sister, but he was raised by Valentine but it was kept hidden. Valentine soon shipped him off to the Lightwoods to be adopted by them, but everyone knew him as being the Wayland’s son. Clary also discovered this and became desperate to end the battle so that she could be with Jace, a guy that she fell in love with from day one. Their love was not forbidden anymore.

Clary does her own battling, by portal ling herself to Lake Lyn, where Valentine will be because Lake Lyn is the third mortal Instruments that Valentine is seeking to take over Idris and create his new race of Shadowhunters. However, it does not go as planned and she finds her self gagged and tied by a rune that Valentine placed on her when she had landed herself into the Lake. Jace turns up while Valentine was trying to raise the angel out of the lake, only to get stabbed through the heart, breaking Clary’s heart. However, this did no last long when the Angel turned on Valentine and killed him, and then asking Clary what she wanted him to grant her, she asked for Jace back, the angel granted this for Clary.

Characters:

I did not mention all the characters in the plot, because some characters you just have to discover for yourself in what role the play in the story. Every character you just fall in love with instantly.

I have a few favourite characters and I would like to share them with you:

  • Jace: a Shadowhunter that has a loyal heart to the one he loves, although has trouble showing his emotions. He also has a wonderful sense of humour and goes above and beyond to protect Clary.
  • Clary: a new Shadowhunter, who did not even know she was a Shadow hunter and has adapted to her new life style while trying to save her mother. I connect with Clary because her personality is a lot like mine, she takes on a lot of responsibility and tries to take care of everyone, especially her best friend Simon. I also feel a connection with Clary because of how fast she had to grow up along with the fact that she is an artist and loves to create art she carries her sketch book with her everywhere.
  • Magnus: A gay warlock with an amazing sense of humour, sarcasm and of course fashion! Magnus is a character that you can not help but love especially when he starts to date Alec Lightwood in secret. Magnus first comes across as a character that does not care about anyone but soon shows that he has a soft heart and cares for this group of Shadowhunters immensely.
  • Alec: Jace’s brother (adoptive), who tries his hardest to not show how much he cares about people, particularly Jace. He seems to be blunt and sarcastic all in one, especially when Simon is around (Clary’s best friend) annoying Jace.
  • Simon: Clary’s best friend. He’s like a protective caring big brother to Clary, always supporting her and trying to protect while also supporting her in everything she chooses to do. He doesn’t know how to communicate unless its with sarcasm which is why Jace and Simon clash a lot and always seem to be bickering.

This book series is full of amazing characters that are full of personality that you can not help but feel a connection with all of them.

Overall:

I do not have anything bad to say about this book! I loved everything about it, even the sad parts in the book! Everything in this book is what made it amazing and I feel such a connection with this series. Every time I read this I do not feel like I’m a reader, I feel like I am in the story along side Clary fighting every battle along sider her and feeling all her emotions. I really felt like I was in the book, and to me that is what helps make a book so amazing, is when you feel like you are in the book, not just the reader. I can not wait to finish the series, and I’ll be posting my thoughts on the others when I finish them. I would definitely read this book again, I rate this book 5 stars and recommend it to anyone that likes a series that’s about love and adventure with a few fighting scenes.

Favourite quotes or scenes:

I have a few favourite quotes that I would like to share with you all:

  1. ‘There is no pretending,’ Jace said with absolute clarity. ‘I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there’s a life after that, I’ll love you then.’

I just love this quote, I’m a hopeless romantic 😛

2.   ‘I’m going to die, he thought. I’m dying. This is it. He wondered if his heart had already been pierced, He couldn’t move, couldn’t breathe. He knew now what it must be like for a butterfly pinned to a board.’

This quote is a bit depressing but the way his pain was described, and used the butterfly example was just so powerful.

 

Reading Habits – Book tag

I’m doing this Reading Habits- Book tag, so that you can all get to know me a bit better as a reader! 🙂 I saw this over on between folded pages who invited anyone to participate in this book tag, you can follow them and read their tag here: https://betweenfoldedpages.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/reading-habits-tag/

So I thought that I should give this a go, because I quite like knowing the reading habits have and thought you all might like to know my reading habits, since I’m a bit of a book worm and have been since I was about 5.

  1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I’ve been living out of home for the past 8 months now, so some of my reading habits have changed. I use to love reading in my parents lounge room by the fire place with a nice hot chocolate while my little brother came up to me to see what I was reading all the time, but now that I am being an adult and living out on my own, soon to move in with my fiancé, my favourite place to read is cuddled up in my bed next to my fiancé of a night time when all the house work and University work has been completed. There’s nothing better than being cuddled up with the one you love in a warm bed reading a book 🙂

2.  Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I love bookmarks, they are so beautiful. If I see one I love, ill buy it, or I’ll make one for myself. I hate using random pieces of paper, I always have to use a bookmark because then I feel like my book is being looked after and not associated with random old bites of paper that are probably laying around.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain amount of pages?

I really dislike stopping in the middle of a chapter, especially if something exciting is happening. If I really have to stop in the middle of a chapter I will but I will get right back to it! Most of the time, I’ll stop at the end of the chapter. One of the reasons I try to read of a night once everything is done is so that I do not have to stop half way through a chapter.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

I like to have a hot drink, or a nice cold drink if it’s summer, but I do not eat while I’m reading because I do not want to get the pages covered in finger prints from greasing fingers or crumbs on my books, I dislike my books getting dirty, so even with my drinks I am very  careful! I do not lend my books to people unless I trust them with my life because I am so worried that my books will get covered in food by people.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I do not play music or TV while I’m reading if its for me. But I got use to reading in my parents place with the TV going because of my disabled brother watching TV. I learnt to tune out noise. My fiancé is also usually playing games or having YouTube playing in the background, so I guess the TV is usually always playing, but it’s not something I put on for myself. When I am on my own (which is not often because I live with a housemate and my fiancé) I do not have any TV or music playing.

6. One book at a time or several?

I don’t like reading several books at once, being dyslexic I get confused and can not read several books at once. Instead I just read one book at a time but I’m a fast reader so it’s okay 🙂

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

I read everywhere, I take a book with me everywhere. There is always a book in my handbag. I  do not read on buses or cars though, I wish I could but I get car sickness if I’m reading. 😦

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

I read in my head, if I come across a part that I really like and want to share it, I’ll re-read that particular part out loud to my fiancé or who ever I am with at the time. But, generally I read silently in my head. Sometimes my little brother will sit with me when I am at my parents and I’ll read out loud to him for a little bit, which is cute 🙂

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

No, I do not want to miss anything when I am reading a good book.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I can not bring myself to break the spine, I always have to keep my books like they are brand new!

11. Do you write in your books?

NO! I keep a note book next to me when I am reading and if I like something or want to take not of something I write it in my note book, I wouldn’t dare put a writing tool on my books.

12. Who do you tag?

I want to tag anyone that feels like participating in this tag!

What are your reading habits? please share! 🙂