Book Review

Book Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio-4 Stars

Wonder is a middle grade fiction about August Pullman and how he is defined by his facial deformity. After being home-schooled he starts fifth grade in a private school. August just wants to be accepted and fit in without being treated like he has the Plague but he is still unique and stays true to himself which I think is wonderful. Even though he looks different, he is funny, intelligent, and a loyal friend.

This story didn’t wreck me emotionally like I thought it would, granted, there are some really mean, sad, and heartbreaking moments, but it’s still funny and lighthearted feeling.

There are a few different POV’s besides August’s and I thought they melded nicely together to bring August’s past and future together. Like I think all middle schoolers can attest, those particular grades are hard-even if you don’t have a facial deformity. Kids are cruel, but August has a big, kind heart, and I love how authentic and genuine he is.

I feel this will be a wonderful book for children this same age, on up to adults, because the message it brings of how to be yourself and how to treat others is one we can all take to heart.

 

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Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty- 5 Stars

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Review to Serafina and the Black Cloak here.

Robert Beatty is back and even better with the sequel to Serafina and the Black Cloak. Serafina and Braeden, along with their animal friends defeated the man in the black cloak, thinking that all would go back to normal after his death. But the second book brings more trouble. Animals are fleeing the forest, and a detective, Mr. Grantham, arrives, who is looking in to Mr. Thorne’s (the man in the black cloak) murder. Book two also introduces another new character from England, Lady Rowena, who quickly makes friends with Braeden.

This book is ten times scarier than the first book! It was full of non-stop action, suspense, plot twists, thrills, and mystery. Serafina is a brave heroine who isn’t afraid to fight for what she believes is right. She desperately wants to shift into her catamount form but hasn’t succeeded. While struggling with her sense of belonging, she learns many lessons and proves to be a great role model for young readers. Strange, magical, unexplainable things are happening at Biltmore  and Serafina is the only one who truly understands what is going on, but doesn’t know how to stop the evil.

The author creates such an amazing, magical world at Biltmore, complete with characters so real, you find yourself experiencing their same emotions. You’ll find yourself cringing in fear, crying, and pumping your fist in the air over successes. I can’t wait for the next book!

* I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review!*

Book Review

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child-4.5 Stars

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was amazing and emotional and would be for any Potterhead. The script format was confusing to follow (hence the 4.5) but I loved the storyline(s). You have to approach this script focusing on the storyline, the world-building, and the characters. NOT the fact that you’re reading a script of something supposed to be performed…otherwise you’ll become irritated and not enjoy what’s happening. The beauty and allure of this story, for me, is that it allows readers to revisit the magical world of Harry Potter and his friends. Yes, it’s a play, not a novel. NO, J.K. Rowling didn’t completely write it. Yes, it’s a lot different than the books we grew up reading over ten years ago-but the characters are different-they’re adults, married, with children and jobs. The story is emotional, frightening, and funny even, some characters are pretty snarky.  😉 I got watery eyed during several scenes and really liked several lines-one being from Harry- “I’ve never fought alone…And I never will.” (*SOBS*)

CRAZY things happen in this story-alternate realities, nightmares- you will be shocked, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh, and your heart and mind will be flooded with the memories you had of the first time you met Harry Potter.  What I would give to see this on the stage….