Monday, August 1, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I finished The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. The style of writing was different.  The whole time I was reading it I kept thinking about how to describe it.  I finally came up with whimsical and magical.  It didn't always flow like normal sentences.  It really added to feel of the fantasy book. Most of Stiefvater's books just abruptly end.  There's no wrap up.  This book was a bit more wrapped up than her other books.  It was also left a little open for another book.  Steifvater said on a podcast she's definitely not saying the series is over but she's also definitely not saying that there's going to be another book.  When the book ended my first thought was "Really Ronan, you didn't learn your lesson the first time?!?"  

I listened to Mandela: An Audio History by Desmond Tutu.  I don't think I've ever really study Nelson Mandela's life.  I know about him but I didn't really know any details about his life.  This was a good book to learn a bit more about him.  I felt it was a little bias but I'm sure it's hard to really write a completely unbias book.

I finished Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo.  This book made me feel so uncomfortable!  Angie was always referred to by Fat Angie.  Like that was the name on her birth certificate.  That was awkward. Fat Angie's parents are divorced.  Her older sister is missing in the war in Iraq and her younger brother is adopted from Korean.  Their mom is selfish but thinks Fat Angie is crazy and is constantly telling her adopted son "we brought you to America for a better life".  It was awkward.  Have I said that before?  Fat Angie goes to a therapist after trying to commit suicide after her older sister goes missing.  Her therapist makes notes after some of Fat Angies questions and comments.  It was awkward.  Again with the awkward.  In the end you feel sorry for Fat Angie and her adoptive brother and want to throat punch the mom. 

I finished The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies #3) by Pittacus Lore I had a hard time getting into this book at first but once I did I was wrapped up in it. It was action packed. There was as much of the love triangle as the first two books. I did miss that a little but it really did work for this book. 

I finished The Curest Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany I couldn't wait to finish this book! And now I'm a little bummed. The book wasn't what I had hoped. **Spoilers!** The whole time-turner thing threw me. All the time-turners were destroyed in the battle at the ministry in the fifth book. Even Rowling said that they made things way to easy to change the past to fix the future. And here we are with a time- turner. Wait! No, two time-turners. 

And Voldomort has a daughter? Really? He took time from his evil ways to hook up with Bellatrix? Which also means the daughter would of had to of been born before the Battle of Hogwarts. Can we line this up with canon? Was there months when Bellatrix was in hiding while pregnant and recovering from delivery?

My other problem is more of a personal one. Harry had such a rough childhood. I wanted his adult life to be... well, perfect. I wanted him to be the perfect father. Never losing his temper. Always saying the right thing. 

Really I wanted a book about after the battle. Not a rewrite of The Goblet of Fire. 

I did like seeing my old friends again. Seeing the adults and professions was fun. I would of liked to see more of the kids than just Albus & Scopius and a little bit of Rose but I did like learning more about them. 

I also started the Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies #4) by Pittacus Lore. 

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