Book Reviews

Revisiting the classics: The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar is one of the books I would recommend to anyone (maybe above the age of 13). When I first got it I expected a female version of The Catcher in the Rye, because I knew it had to do with alienation. But this story is completely the opposite. Holden Caulfield is a cynical…

Women in Science – Review

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World is a delightful illustrated book by Rachel Ignotofsky. It tells the stories of famous and not-so-famous women through history who all shared their love for science, such as Ada Lovelace, Wang Zhenyi, Marie Curie, Lillian Gilbreth and Jane Goodall.  I got it because I liked the…

My Lady Jane Review

My Lady Jane retells the story of Jane Grey, who was queen of England and Ireland for nine days before being beheaded. In this version though, authors Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows give Jane a happier and funnier ending. Instead of being executed for treason she gets to fight back, fall in love with her husband and…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Review

(Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book NO SPOILERS REVIEW)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, Special Rehearsal Edition Script is the name of the so-called eighth Harry Potter story.

But I wish they hadn't marketed it that way.

I've been a Harry Potter fan since I was eleven and when they announced that the mysterious new play would be accessible to anyone in form of script, I was so happy I could have produced a corporeal Patronus.

I got the script book the day it came out and read it with an open mind, aware that this was not going to have the quality of a full novel. But even though I lowered my expectations, this story still failed to meet them.

Because, again, they sell it like it was the next  Harry Potter book in the series. It seems like they weren't aware of how excited fans of all ages would get. And that's what made The Cursed Child a disappoinment, even if an enjoyable one.

I did my waiting, nine years of it in Azkaban. And I was ready to read a new exciting adventure, short but with heart. Instead I got what felt like a Harry Potter Christmas Special. Have you seen those episodes in your favorite series? They're so fun to watch, even if  most of the time they don't make sense. The tone is always different and the characters are almost caricatures of themselves, but you still enjoy them because you get to revisit a universe you love. And it's easy to have a laugh if you don't take them seriously. That's what The Cursed Child was for me.