The Novice: Summoner; A Review

I just finished The Novice by Taran Matharu and I need the second book! I couldn’t put this one down. Other than the names, the wording was kind of simple, which is why I think they categorized it under Young Adult, but other than that, the plot was well layed out and I loved it. The characters are well planned out, well, main characters, the secondary ones you think are important at first and think, oh no, we have another Harry, Ron and Hermione on our hands, but then things change. We see Fletcher become friends with a dwarf and an elf and how their relationships actually shape the flow of the plot.

I love the relationship each character has with their demons. Fletcher and Ignatius work amazing together, feeding off each other’s emotions and the fluidity in their movements can only mean their relationship can only go higher from now on. It’s kind of cool how the summoner and the demon become one with their demon with they infuse. I really liked how that was portrayed. I hope to see Othello’s golem grow more; I want to see what he can do. I also think it was important to see Rory’s reaction when Malachite was hurt pretty badly. These demons aren’t just trinkets to pass around, they are an extension of the summoner.

With the ending of the first book, I can’t wait for the second. I love how the first one brought in a few plot points that will be hopefully played out in the second book, if not the third. The second book is called The Inquisition, which can mean any number of things considering the ending of the first. I’m not going to spoil it, but I can’t wait to find out! Even if the Young Adult genre turns you off, I think this is a well written medium between YA and fantasy. The plot and characters are interesting, and I can’t wait for everything to come to fruition. I highly recommend The Novice: Summoner by Taran Matharu.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: A Review

So I bought the play: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child yesterday and immediately began reading it in the car. I actually almost cried in the second scene in the first act. The nostalgia and just coming back to characters that were a big impact on who I became as an adult was just too much. I think Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and J.K. Rowling did a great job in bringing back the magical world of Harry Potter. From the very beginning, we knew it was going to be a play, we knew it wasn’t completely written by Rowling, so going in expecting this to be exactly like her seven books on Harry Potter was ridiculous. Was the hype for it needed? Honestly no, but it also doesn’t deserve the hate it’s been getting, or J.K. Rowling because it’s not another novel.

The first couple of scenes were good. They were well written. But then I got to Act One, Scene Four, and I became slightly confused. This is the dubbed transition scene. It literally covers three years in a few pages. The transitions are a bit jarring for a reader, and my only hope is it translates better on stage. This can be a problem when reading a play versus seeing it being put on visually. Until Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes to NYC or somewhere closer, this is all I have.

Other than scene four in act one, the play went well. I am one of those people who believes they should’ve put Scorpius and Albus together, but we can’t have everything. I also had the feeling half way through Act three that Scorpius was going to die, and personally I would’ve thrown the book if this had happened, but he didn’t. We find out Voldemort had a child with Bellatrix. She’s just as insane as her parents, but trying to meet her father is kind of admirable, albeit in a psychotic sort of way. I also think this play goes well with time theories, and how it is done in the Harry Potter universe. We first encounter these talks in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when Hermione received the Time Turner for her classes, then used it to save Buckbeak and Sirius. We learned that witches and wizards that meddled with time don’t end up in a good place. Scorpius figures this out first hand. The first meddling didn’t do much to hurt the present, but the second time threw Scorpius into the worst possible future for everyone. The future Delphi was looking for.

I reached the end at two this morning, just in time to hopefully see the meteor shower that didn’t show up. I read the ending, and it just didn’t feel, done? I’m not sure if it was because I had expected someone to die, but the ending kind of just happened, and then I didn’t feel fulfilled as an ending should make you feel. I think the climax and falling action kept climbing and then the resolution just fell flat for me. I am glad Albus and Harry finally made up in the end, but I think it was kind of just wrapped up in a bow a put out.

Through everything, I think Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a well written farewell to the Harry Potter lineage. There are a few places that could’ve definitely been worded better, but the play as a whole went well I think. It kept you going through act two and three and then slowed you down to the ending of act four. I enjoyed reading it, even with my writer brain acting up, and I’m glad I bought the play. I’m not sure if it’s worth thirty dollars, but I got it for twenty, so hopefully people can get it at the cheaper price. I would recommend it for Harry Potter fans, but if not, read the originals first.


Thoughts on Strangely Beautiful

I finished Strangely Beautiful by Leanna Renee Hieber a little over a month ago and I just have to say, it is amazing. Both parts are wonderfully written, well thought out, and all around, pleasant to read. You immediately fall in love with the main five characters, Alexi, Rebecca, Michael, Elijah, and Josephine, with the beginning of the book where the five of them meet each other in their now inner sanctum, long story short they meet a god, and then wait for “The Prophecy.” Move forward in time and we meet Percy, a school girl from a small convent that has an amazing secret. Everyone is well written and except for the “Darkness” or Lucille in a matter of speaking, but they aren’t really in the story much anyway. I’m not really one for romance, but I think Leanna writes it really well and organically. If you like the supernatural, Victorian, romance and adult fantasy rather than young adult, I would definitely recommend Strangely Beautiful. 10/10 would read again.