Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition

OCTOBER 3, 2017 — The Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition was officially released!! Wooooooo!! 😀 😀

Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition

↑↑ Do you guys see this?! How friggin’ unbelievably stunning is this cover?! ♥ My all time fave book from the series! #themarauders #siriusblack

JOURNEY TO GETTING A COPY

I literally scrambled around my local shopping centre (or “mall” for you guys in the US) going from bookshop to bookshop trying to grab a copy during release day.

I’m usually the type who pre-orders months in advance, but I found that with the first two HP illustrated editions I had pre-ordered came almost 2 weeks later (due to overseas shipping) and to be honest they weren’t cheap. I may be a massive HP fan but with what seems like dozens of new HP-related books being released every other month I want books at the lowest possible price! (I’m a girl on a budget..but yet, I need them all! Haha!)

It doesn’t help that I live in Australia where hardcover editions are scarce, and when they ARE available they cost as much as they weigh! *le sigh*

Oops I’m getting sidetracked here, but anyways long story short — after an hour and having gone to 3 bookshops with no luck (like c’mon! How can they not stock the book?! It’s Harry Potter! Ugh!), the fourth and final bookshop was my last hope… I think you guys can pretty much guess how it turned out for me. Lol 😉

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Okay! Here’s my mini book review ↓ It’s more on the overall look and illustrations by Jim Kay. I’m sure many of you know the story by now. If not, then what are you waiting for? Read it!!

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↓ MY REVIEW ↓

First off — The cover is phenomenal. I’m loving all the purple.. and it stands out from the first two illustrated books that have “day” covers, whilst this one is clearly set at night.

The illustrations for the Marauders Map, Lupin as a werewolf and the Greenhouse are just some of my faves, but no joke every page is pure magic! The detail and the vibrant colours — Jim Kay is an illustrating genius! If you guys already have a copy, did you gasp at the illustration of Sirius Black, like I did?? At first glance I thought why is the Grudge here?! Bahaha! But after soaking it in, and realising it was him..I thought “Omigosh! Jim really made him look like a scary-as-hell-crim!” – It looks sickkkk! *thumbs up!*

These editions are perfect for HP fans who are also collectors and a nice version for young readers to delve into. It brings a whole new experience to Harry Potter 🙂

I’m also thankful to JK and to Bloomsbury for the planned yearly releases of each one. It gives me something to look forward to and keeps the wizarding world abuzz!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

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No real rating needed. It’s Harry Potter! It’s amazing! Everyone needs these illustrated editions in their lives! 😀


Question(s): What do you want to see on the cover of the Goblet of Fire illustrated edition, and what colour do you want the book to be?

 

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by JK Rowling

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— MY LIL SYNOPSIS —

Eighth book in the Harry Potter series. The Cursed Child takes place 19 years later and it revolves around Harry and Ginny’s second son Albus.

This story was originally created as a play so the book is written out as a SCRIPT!

It follows Albus’ years in Hogwarts starting from his very first year and how he handles life having Harry as his father and knowing what he had gone through most of his life. You get to find out what has become of Harry, Ron and Hermione – their families, jobs and how they’ve been coping since Voldemort was defeated. Whilst Albus deals with being a “Potter” and all that comes with the name, Harry struggles with moving on from his past. Both the past and present collide and they must face their problems head on and learn the painful truth that sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

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— MY REVIEW —

I decided to divide this review into sections based on the storyline, characters and my overall thoughts of the book.

Storyline:

To be honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the storyline. It felt like one issue that grew larger and larger. It was a snowball effect that really could’ve been sorted out a lot earlier. I felt there was no real depth to the story and that I was just reading more about the characters themselves but it wouldn’t be much of a story without a storyline so I felt it was just created so we could get to know more about the characters (old and new) – if that makes sense?booksofthemuggleborn_thecursedchild2

I just think the story could’ve been different or written with a little more depth. It was skimmed through and rushed. The whole time I was reading it, it was just one problem after another and then there were arguments in between. The story didn’t reveal itself until the last few pages along with how they dealt with it. It ended abruptly and it didn’t feel completely resolved either. I felt the story left me hanging and wondering what would happen next, but the problem is JK has announced that this is the final book in the Harry Potter world. So if that really is the case then this book has brought up more questions than conclusions. The Deathly Hallows had more of an ending to me than this book. If anything, The Cursed Child brought back old wounds for no good reason, just for the sake of having another Harry Potter book. There’s some flaws and it definitely doesn’t compare to the previous stories but the positive aspect I took from this book are the characters. They are what makes this book worthy of being the “eighth” one.

Characters:

I will start off with my favourite – Scorpius. But anyone who’s read this will surely agree with me that he made this book! I’ve always been a Draco fan and I’m a proud Slytherin so the second I saw Scorpius’ name on the page I knew I would love him just as much! And I wasn’t wrong! When I saw that Scorpius had a role to play in this story I was ecstatic. He is the side of Slytherin I had always knew existed. Someone caring, sweet and smart to boot. Just a pity he became friends with Albus (lol).

Albus is Harry and Ginny’s second son and my gosh he reminded me so much of Harry during his school years. I guess the apple doesn’t fall from the tree. He was irritating. I found him SERIOUSLY irritating! It’s actually one of Harry’s traits I disliked when reading the original series and finding that Albus was exactly the same in this book not only brought back memories but it was also another reason why I didn’t give this one full ratings. When the protagonist is irritating to the point where you prefer secondary characters, it’s never a good sign. You have to read on hoping they would eventually change but by then you already have character preferences.

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I did however like the blooming friendship of Scorpius and Albus with Albus’ cousin Rose (Ron and Hermione’s daughter). They are a reflection of the Golden Trio. Not the same but similar feels 🙂 *Scorpius’ little crush on Rose was adorable too and a nice light-hearted touch to the story*

Seeing old friends such as Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione and Draco were highlights for me. I loved reading about what’s become of them. Their relationships, where they all ended up, work…etc. If you’ve read the Deathly Hallows you’ll know that JK wrote a little “after” story where you see them at the train station waving their children off for the Hogwarts Express bound for Hogwarts. The Cursed Child starts off from this point so you get an idea of who ended up with who and a glimpse of their families. In this book, you get to really see how times have changed. I don’t know if it’s because they are now full grown adults or if it’s the different writing style, but I felt some of the original characters did not have the same feel.

For instance, I felt Ron was dumbed-down excessively. He was almost the comedic effect in the book but yet I didn’t necessarily feel it was needed. He seemed lost or confused about situations and was always the last to know things. It’s disappointing because I never thought Ron was the “dumb” one from the group but you wouldn’t have guessed that in this book.

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Harry’s annoying behaviour only expanded for me. In Deathly Hallows, he specifically tells Albus not to worry so much if he was to be sorted into Slytherin. Having being named after Snape one of the bravest and smartest Slytherins out there, it wouldn’t matter to him if Albus was sorted into that house… well apparently that’s a lie! Harry clearly wasn’t happy with Albus being sorted into Slytherin in The Cursed Child and he clearly wasn’t happy knowing Albus had befriended Draco’s son Scorpius either. This book really challenges Harry’s parenting skills. Some have said that he’s a terrible father but after enduring for so many years what Harry had to deal with, you can’t blame him for being cautious or even overly protective of his children, and when you have a child like Albus where his at that rebellious stage you’re bound to butt heads. If he really was a terrible father, you would see all his children acting out. You know what I mean? I say give the guy a break.

I love that a little light has shone onto Draco. He was another character people depicted as a villainous coward but when you read the parts where Draco talks about his family and how he’s turned his life around, I think you really get to see the Draco he’s always been but was unable to show because of his parents and their connection with the death eaters and Voldemort.

Seeing familiar names such as McGonagall, Dumbledore, Snape and Neville Longbottom really hit home for me. Seeing these characters again made this whole book for me. It brought so many feels and nostalgia. They may only have been little glimpses of them but it was enough and I found myself smiling all throughout 😀

Overall Feels:

I was hooked right from the first page. I know there’s mixed opinions going around at the moment and I can see where people are coming from with their concerns but I went into reading this with an open mind.CheesySmile

It’s not solely JK Rowling’s writing so I knew it wouldn’t have the same feel as the first 7 HP books but it was still a great read. Having it as a script format is different but not hard to follow. It’s literally a conversation in text format. If anything I’m grateful JK released this because not everyone can go to London and see the actual play (but I’m still hoping they take it to more countries – with Australia being one of them hehe). I’m sure everyone had been dying to know what happened to Harry, Ron, Hermione after The Deathly Hallows ended. I know I was! Well this is the answer. It may not be what everyone expected but there it is and it’s always nice to revisit the Wizarding World.

RATING: ♥♥♥.5/5

I still highly recommend this for Harry Potter fans. It may not live up to the rest of the series for some fans but what fan wouldn’t still want a copy The Cursed Child for their collection? It may not be reread as much as the first 7 books but it’s still worth a read, even if it’s to see old friends 🙂


Question: If you’ve read this – did it live up to your expectation? 


The Disney Book by Jim Fanning

Full Title: The Disney Book (A Celebration of the World of Disney) 

IMG_20160306_002616Yay! First review for the month! 😉

— MY LIL SYNOPSIS —

This is the history of Disney all in the one book. If you ever wanted to know where Walt Disney started out, what his big break was, the journey from page to screen and all the fun facts in between, then this is it. Everything that was created or worked on by Disney is in this book along with illustrations; original drawings, models, plans, and photos that will grab the reader’s attention.

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— MY REVIEW —

This was not in my original March TBR list (see my post → March Reading List). I had gotten this book unplanned a few days ago while I was shopping and couldn’t help but read it already when I got home 🙂

It’s a great book if you are a Disney fan like me. It gives you the history of Disney – how Walt Disney started it all with his brother. The type of drawings and short films he started with all the way up to the most recent work created.

The book includes a timeline which I loved! I liked looking at what they had created and accomplished each year and the events that occurred like the first Disney office or the first theme park and on a sadder note, when Walt Disney died.

The illustrations included in the book are copies of the originals done by the animators which is pretty cool. It also has fun facts on how they came up with ideas on certain looks, stories, music and the people that inspired them.

It also comes with a movie cel from the movie Brave (I didn’t open my one but it’s still nice to have).

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

This is a great book to keep in any disney fan’s collection. I would even leave it on my coffee table for whenever someone wants to just flip through. The photos alone are worth it. I highly recommend it! 🙂

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If you’re a Disney fan too and want to get a copy for yourself (definitely worth it) then I’ve added a link below to where you can get your own copy.

→ Book Depository (please note this is an affiliate link)

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Hope you guys liked and found this review helpful. Catch you guys next time and happy reading! 😀

 

The Tales Of Beedle The Bard by J.K. Rowling

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— MY LIL SYNOPSIS —

These are wizarding world’s own version of fairy tales and folklore all in the one book. Some of which have been mentioned by Ron Weasley in the HP books. Each tale has additional notes added by Professor Dumbledore himself to help “muggles” understand some parts of the tale that only witches and wizards would know about.

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— MY REVIEW —

This review will be short and sweet.

This may be a little surprising (I know it was to me) but I haven’t read this book until now. Considering I think of myself as Harry Potter fan (I mean hello? My blog name alone!) I had never read it even though I had the book sitting on my shelf for ages…

But this is a great little book to have for any Harry Potter fan. If you’re a fan of reading any type of fairytale, folklore, myth, legend, whatever.. then will like reading the wizarding world’s version of them. I like how each story is short so it doesn’t drag on and get boring. I love the notes Professor Dumbledore provides for each one afterwards – it gives you a bit of an insight into his thoughts. Some were a little funny 😛

JK Rowling is a genius for writing Harry Potter and just plain brilliant for also making short stories in relation to it like Harry’s textbooks (Quidditch through the Ages/ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and now this. Like I said earlier.. it’s a great little addition to any HP collection.

RATING: ♥♥♥.5/5

I’m glad I at least read it once. I probably won’t read it again (at least any time soon anyways). To be honest I had always just loved it displayed on my shelf next to the rest of my HP books 😀

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If you guys are interested in adding this to your book collection, I’ve added a link below to where you can buy it (with free shipping).

→ Book Depository (please note this is an affiliate link)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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— BLURB —

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

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— MY REVIEW —

I haven’t read much YA contemporary/ romance books (as I usually stick to fantasy fiction) and this was one of the few that intrigued me.

So I got a copy.

I had the intention of reading this for Valentines Day (hence my loved up pic) but didn’t actually end up starting it til the following day. But the minute I started it, I didn’t want to put it down. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve cracked up laughing at a situation or something Anna had said or thought about. I can relate to how Anna thinks. I found myself thinking or saying something out loud to find out a second later that Anna was saying or thinking it too. Ahh love it! Stephanie Perkins hit the mark! The way she wrote the story, and the characters seem so real for a work of fiction. I love the pace of the story – it was just go go go! and there was not a single dull or boring moment for me.

Anna – is hilarious! The way she thinks in a situation (whether with a guy or with her friends and family) is exactly how I would. Which makes her as character all the more realistic to me. Because there are people out there just like Anna and I’m one of them! Lol. 😁 If Anna was a real person, we would definitely be friends. We think so much alike. 😅

(Oh P.S. I would totally suck at French too) I’m pretty sure I butchered the pronunciation of the very few French lines included in the book) luckily I was reading it in my mind and not out loud #sosorry

Etienne St. Clair – OMG! He is perfect! Not only as boyfriend material but generally as a friend. If I ever meet a guy like him, I would be so lucky. Sadly in my reality, Etienne is very much a fictional character. (He is my reminder that this is a work of fiction.. FIC-TION!) 😜

I cannot say enough good things about him. He’s funny, sweet, thoughtful, caring… he’s just… *Inhales* perfecttttt! *Exhales* I even like the fact that he’s not typically tall like how the leading man is usually described in other books or movies. It’s a nice change.

Love love love love this book!! I had the biggest, cheesiest grin on my face from start to finish. I’ll definitely be checking out the other two books in the series and when I’m done, I’ll be checking out more work from Stephanie Perkins coz she is now one of my favourite contemporary romance authors in the YA genre. 😁

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I’m so glad I read this! I have nothing bad to say about it. I highly recommend it if you haven’t checked it out yet!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book Two: Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Book Three: Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins


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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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