Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Deathly Hallows

The journey is over! I have completed my first reread of the Harry Potter series in a decade. And it was every bit as magical as I hoped it would be. You know when you reread an old favourite after a really long time and it doesn’t hold up to the memory you have? Thank goodness that didn’t happen here.

If you’ve missed my reaction posts to the first six books, you can find them here:-

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Half-Blood Prince

And now it’s time to take a look at my reactions to rereading this final book!


Initial Thoughts…

It’s nearly over 😦

I know they add to the story but I can’t help getting a bit bored by the newspaper articles at the start – I just want to get back to the action!

Actually crying already.

I can’t cope, this book is brutal.

Hermione is bloody brilliant.

The trio sassing the minister is hilarious.

Every family has an Auntie Muriel.

I love the magical wedding! Such a nice scene.

Harry reading his mum’s letter hits me way too hard in the feels.

The argument between Harry and Remus never fails to make me uncomfortable.

The change in Kreacher is too cute.

This book is STRESSFUL.

Ron’s attitude is so upsetting.

Chapter 16, oh my heart.

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Bathilda freaks me out!

I love the Tale of the Three Brothers. It’s such a great addition to the story.

The radio show is very cool too.

The whole chapter at Malfoy Manor destroys me.

BRB, crying again.

Reading about Gringotts makes me so excited for the studio tour!!

Neville’s gran, what a badass.

Ghostly backstory, yasss.

Shit is going DOWN.

No no no no no no

“Not my daughter, you bitch!”

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Thoughts Upon Finishing…

Honestly, I’m not surprised they had to make two movies out of this book because SO much happens. I feel breathless even typing out those reactions. This book is an exhilarating ride from start to finish (apart from those newspaper articles!)

I was worried that some of the emotion would have been lost in the ten years since I last read this book. But I needn’t have feared. I cried at least 3 times rereading this. The losses were still just as painful and the emotions still so raw, even with knowing what the outcomes would be. This was one of the first ‘proper’ books I read where significant characters were killed off and, to this day, it feels like those of us who grew up with Harry, Ron and Hermione lost real friends in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Seriously, this story still blows my mind all these years later. The way Rowling ties everything together, the big reveal after all the clues she has been dropping for the last six books – it’s truly masterful. Yes, some of the magic is being steadily worn away these days as she goes back and tries to add in extra things but let’s ignore that, shall we? Taking the original seven-book series as a separate entity, I can honestly say that Harry Potter is a masterpiece and deserves to become ‘classic’ literature in the years to come. So many people have had their lives shaped by this story, myself included. I have no doubt that if I were to reread these books in another ten years, I would still find them just as magical.

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Well, I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading my posts detailing my Harry Potter reread! I’ve had such fun putting them together. And now I’m so excited to be heading over to Watford on Monday for the studio tour!! I will post about my trip when I get back and share some pictures! x

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‘Horizontal Collaboration’ spoiler-free review!

Hey everyone! I’m delighted to be on the blog tour today for Horizontal Collaboration, a graphic novel originally published in French, written by Navie and illustrated by Carole Maurel. I haven’t read a lot of graphic novels but they’ve been catching my eye lately (particularly thanks to bloggers with great recommendations, such as the lovely Sara!) So I took a chance on this one when I was offered a copy for review and I’m really glad I did.

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synopsis

“Horizontal Collaboration” is a term used to describe the sexual and romantic relationships that some French women had with members of the occupying German forces during World War II. In this poignant, female-centered graphic novel created by writer/artist duo Carole Maurel and Mademoiselle Navie, the taboo of “sleeping with the enemy” is explored through the story of a passionate, and forbidden, affair.

In June 1942, married Rose (whose husband is a prisoner of war) intervenes in the detainment of her Jewish friend and then accidentally embarks on a secret relationship with the investigating German officer, Mark. There is only one step between heroism and treason, and it’s often a dangerous one. Inside an apartment building on Paris’s 11th arrondissement, little escapes the notice of the blind husband of the concierge. Through his sightless but all-knowing eyes, we learn of Rose and Mark’s hidden relationship, and also of the intertwined stories and problems of the other tenants, largely women and children, who face such complex issues as domestic violence, incest, and prostitution.

This fascinating graphic novel tackles the still-sensitive topic of who it is acceptable to love, and how, and the story’s drama is brought vividly to life by intimate and atmospheric illustrations.


my thoughtsAs I mentioned in my introduction, I haven’t read many graphic novels but I’m going to do my best to review this one well because it deserves it. I’ll start by talking about the art itself since obviously that is a large percentage of the story.

Before I even started reading, I flicked through the pages and I was struck by the beauty of the colour scheme. The neutrals and muted tones really added to the book and allowed the story to shine. There were, however, pops of brighter citrus colours at appropriate moments, which I loved because they added emphasis to important plot points.

The illustrations were also really beautiful. I’ve photographed a couple of my favourite spreads for you to see!

Now in terms of the story, I thought this was a very unique take on a period of history that has been written about often. I have a soft spot for WWII fiction but I acknowledge that the market is somewhat saturated. However, this is the first time I have read about that era from this perspective. Navie captures the innocence of children, the hardships of war and the complexities of loveless marriages with nuance.

I will admit that I would occasionally lose my bearings while reading, as the scenes would change very quickly and without warning. I don’t think it helped that I was tired while reading though! I was able to sort things out in my mind without too much difficulty and didn’t have any problems understanding what was going on.

Finally, I enjoyed how the characters’ stories all interlinked and I was impressed with the amount of empathy the author and illustrator were able to evoke from me in such a short amount of pages. The ending was very poignant.

I definitely recommend this one to fans of WWII fiction! Thank you to the publisher and Anne Cater/Random Things Tours for providing me with a free copy!

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If you’re interested in this one, keep an eye open for the rest of the stops on the tour!

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Can you recommend some more graphic novels that I should try? I think I’ve got the bug now! xsignature (2)

‘The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone’ spoiler-free review!

Hey everyone, hope you’re all having a great week 🙂 Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McClean. Thank you Anne Cater/Point Blank Books for providing me with an ARC!

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synopsis

‘We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song and when one came back, she wasn’t the one we were trying to recall to begin with.’

So begins Tikka Molloy’s recount of the summer of 1992 – the summer the Van Apfel sisters, Hannah, the beautiful Cordelia and Ruth – disappear.

Eleven and one-sixth years old, Tikka is the precocious narrator of this fabulously endearing coming-of-age story, set in an eerie Australian river valley suburb with an unexplained stench. The Van Apfel girls vanish from the valley during the school’s ‘Showstopper’ concert, held at the outdoor amphitheatre by the river. While the search for the sisters unites the small community on Sydney’s urban fringe, the mystery of their disappearance remains unsolved forever.


my thoughts

One of my favourite things about this book is the setting. I could picture it so vividly from the very first page. The stifling heat almost seems to radiate from the pages, which definitely adds to the tension. I always think of atmospheric books as being cold or gloomy but this is definitely an atmospheric book if ever I read one. Admittedly, some of the Australian words and phrases would throw me off occasionally – but it’s always good to learn some new lingo when reading, right? 😉

This is a slow-burning but sinister thriller, with some real jaw-dropping moments. Honestly, things would be going along quite nicely and something would happen out of the blue that would truly shock me. Yet at the book’s heart is an endearing coming-of-age story. In that sense, it’s quite difficult to categorise this book; at times it almost felt like YA due to the narrator recounting her childhood, but there are definitely a lot of dark adult themes throughout.

I will say that the book is very open-ended and doesn’t wrap everything up neatly in a bow. So if you are a reader who likes to have all of your questions answered, you might not be satisfied with how this one concludes. But I think the point is not to reach a conclusive answer; it is to make the journey with the protagonist as she deals with her emotions surrounding what happened.

It’s hard to say much more about this one without giving away spoilers. So I’ll just end by saying I think this would be a great summer read for anyone who enjoys slow-burning thrillers with a bit of a twist!

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If you’re interested in this book, check out the other stops on the tour! x

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‘The Girl in Red’ spoiler-free review!

 

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Hello lovely people! Today is my stop on the social media tour for The Girl in Red by Christina Henry! I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m a huge fan of Henry’s dark fairytale retellings so when Titan Books offered me a copy of her latest book to review, I jumped at the chance.


synopsis

It’s not safe for anyone alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that doesn’t look anything like the one she grew up in, the one that was perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago.

There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there’s something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined.

Red doesn’t like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn’t about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods…


my thoughtsSo I’ve already mentioned that I’m a huge fan of this author. Which means my expectations for this book were HIGH. And I’m delighted to say that I wasn’t disappointed.

The protagonist, Red, is FIERCE. She is one of my favourite characters that Henry has written to date. Red is a woman of colour with a brilliant mind and she is definitely someone I would want on my team in a crisis. I was really pleased that Henry didn’t just tell us how great Red was, but actually showed it through her choices and actions throughout the book. She is not the typical badass female we have come to expect in stories these days; instead, she is competent and level-headed, and she makes lots of nerdy movie references, all of which adds to her ‘realness’. She’s just a normal woman trying her best to deal with the rotten hand she has been dealt. To be honest, if I was the kind of person who had feelings towards fictional characters, I would have a bit of a girl crush on her.

Of course, it would be remiss of me not to mention the disability rep. It is fabulous. I loved that Henry portrayed something we don’t often see represented and did it in a way that totally normalised it. This is exactly what we need from our books!

Henry’s writing throughout this book was the high quality that I have come to expect from her in her previous works. I will say that there were a lot of brackets used and some disjointed sentences that weren’t always the easiest to read in terms of flow, but they made sense in that they represented Red’s conscious stream of thinking and this enabled the reader to really empathise with her.

The chapters were also rather long but I didn’t have an issue with this as it enabled me to become immersed in the story. I only mention it as I know some readers prefer shorter chapters 😉

Overall, this is another great offering from Christina Henry that takes a fairytale we are all familiar with and twists it into something even more awesome. Henry never shies away from the gory details and darker themes such as mental health and racism. I love what this author is doing and hope that she continues long into the future!

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Have you read any of Christina Henry’s dark fairytales? Which is your favourite? Are you planning to read this one? Let me know in the comments! xsignature (2)

 

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Half-Blood Prince

Time to reflect on my reread of the penultimate book in the Harry Potter series! Two weeks tomorrow, I’ll be flying to London for the studio tour!

Previous posts in this series can be found here:-

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Order of the Phoenix


Initial Thoughts…

I forgot how much I like this one! The opening scene is great.

I want a Pygmy Puff!

I wish Neville and Luna had a bit more faith in themselves, they break my heart.

I get so panicked when Harry is stuck in the train!

Rowling continues to astound me with her character and plot development.

The backstory! Gah.

Ron and Ginny arguing about snogging, hahaha

Oh my days, the angst is REAL.

The Christmas chapters are always sooo good.

Harry putting the minister in his place, yasss go on son.

Dumbledore is so sassy in this book.

Luna commentating on the Quidditch game gives me life.

Ron’s comedy is some of its best in this book.

The horcrux plot is honestly mind-blowing.

The room of requirement scene! The clues! The foreshadowing!

“I am not worried, Harry. I am with you.” Crying.

The end of this book is so dark and dramatic.

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Thoughts Upon Finishing…

I vividly remember queuing in W.H.Smith to get this on release day. This series was such a formative influence in my youth and I am completely loving revisiting it.

I always think I don’t like this book as much as I do but it’s actually the movie that irritates me, because it leaves out so much awesome stuff and focuses mostly on the romantic angst! I think I disagree with the director’s choice to make the relationships as big a deal as the Voldemort plot haha.

Yet again, Rowling’s character development is superb and the way she leaves little clues of what is to come has made this such a rewarding series to revisit. Even if it does have me shouting at the pages trying to warn everybody!

I’m now so excited to complete this journey with the final book! Though I’m not ready to be emotionally destroyed…

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Where does this book rank for you? What are your thoughts on the movie adaptation? Let me know in the comments! x

“I Will Not Be Erased” – Our Stories About Growing Up As People Of Colour

 

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Hey everyone! Today is release day for a collection of essays by gal-dem, published by Walker Books! I’m going to be totally honest, I had not heard of gal-dem before being invited to review this book so I had to do a little research. Basically, they are a group of women and non-binary people of colour who run an online magazine promoting writers from marginalised groups. I think this is such a great initiative and I’m really glad I got the chance to read this book.


synopsis

Fourteen joyous, funny and life-affirming essays from gal-dem, the award-winning magazine created by young women and non-binary people of colour.

gal-dem, the award-winning online and print magazine, is created by women and non-binary people of colour. In this thought-provoking and moving collection of fourteen essays, gal-dem’s writers use raw material from their teenage years – diaries, poems and chat histories – to explore growing up. gal-dem have been described by the Guardian as “the agents of change we need”, and these essays tackle important subjects including race, gender, mental health and activism, making this essential reading for any young person.


my thoughts

Now obviously, I have to start out by saying that I do not come from a marginalised background. Maybe some people will think that should have disqualified me from commenting on this book but I disagree. I think books like this are so important, not only in giving marginalised readers a place where they can be seen and heard, but also in educating readers like myself who come from a more privileged social position. I’m really glad to see the publishing industry making an effort to provide us with more literature like this and giving everyone the representation they deserve.

I will say that even though I couldn’t necessarily relate to the struggles of the writers on a fundamental level (ie. I’m not a person of colour), there were still themes that resonated with me very deeply. I think this book is a great gateway to opening up some important conversations and I genuinely hope it finds its way into schools because this should be required reading for all young people. 

In terms of the book itself, it was extremely readable. Each essay is only a few pages long and punctuated with cute illustrations, meaning it is easy to dip in and out of when you have a few spare minutes. I was really intrigued by the authors’ use of real raw material such as poems and diary entries from their teenage years. I thought this really added to the emotion throughout the book.

And wow, was there a lot of emotion. My heart broke for these young girls. Knowing that bullying and racism like this occurs is one thing but to have it written down on the page in front of you is difficult and eye-opening. I can only hope that things have improved from when these women were going through their teenage years, and that we will all continue to learn and improve. Books like this are surely a great step forward in educating people.

Overall, this is an important and necessary collection that I think everyone should read. Thank you to Walker Books for providing me with a free copy!

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What are some books you think are important? Let me know in the comments! xsignature (2)

‘The Missing Years’ spoiler-free review!

Hey everyone! I’m delighted to be helping kick off the blog tour for Lexie Elliott’s The Missing Years! Huge thanks to Anne Cater for sending me a free copy of one of my most anticipated releases of the month!

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synopsis

Ailsa Calder has inherited half of a house. The other half belongs to a man who disappeared without a trace twenty-seven years ago—her father.

Leaving London behind to settle the inheritance from her mother’s estate, Ailsa returns to her childhood home, nestled amongst the craggy peaks of the Scottish Highlands, joined by the half-sister who’s almost a stranger to her.

Ailsa can’t escape the claustrophobic feeling that the house itself is watching her—as if her past hungers to consume her. She also can’t ignore how the neighbourhood animals refuse to set one foot within the gates of the garden.

When the first nighttime intruder shows up, Ailsa fears that the manor’s careless rugged beauty could cost her everything.


my thoughts

This was so good!! I love stories where the setting is almost a character in itself so as soon as I heard about the creepy house in this book, I knew I wanted to read it. And it didn’t disappoint! The Gothic atmosphere was perfect; I was hooked immediately and could barely put the book down. I would have devoured it in one sitting if time had allowed.

The author created a creeping sense of unease from start to finish that had me questioning everything. Seriously, everything that happens in this book is deliciously ambiguous. The author did a brilliant job of making sure I didn’t trust ANYONE and I loved trying to figure out if there was something supernatural going on or if there were simpler explanations for things. Mentions of the Jacobite rebellion had me so intrigued, as did so many other thematic elements. Honestly, my mind was working overtime!

While there were moments that felt a little repetitive, these didn’t bother me too much because I felt they added to the sense of uncertainty. Was Ailsa going mad? What was actually going on? I was kept in suspense the whole time and it was glorious.

This is definitely a slow-burning thriller but I wouldn’t let that put you off. There are some fantastically creepy moments interspersed throughout the story but also an insightful look at family and relationships. I particularly liked the inclusion of various possible scenarios regarding the disappearance of Ailsa’s father – I thought this was a unique and interesting touch.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good haunted house story!

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Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour for more reviews if you like the sound of this one!

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‘Finale’ spoiler-free review!

Hey everyone! Two posts in one day, you lucky ducks 😉

Here’s my spoiler-free review of the last instalment in Stephanie Garber’s Caraval series.

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synopsis

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finally, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything.


my thoughtsIt devastates me to say it, but I’m a little disappointed by this one 😦 I adored the first book and really liked the second one (though it didn’t top the beginning of the series for me). However, this one really didn’t have the same magic in my opinion.

Before I get into what I thought was wrong with this one, I’ll talk about what I liked. The purple prose was once again divine and totally recognisable as Garber; I was giving it heart eyes by the end of page one. So I definitely can’t fault it in that respect. The flowery writing that I loved from the first two books was still present in abundance.

I also love the magic in these books. It’s mysterious and a little bit dark, and I just think it’s divine. I want a wardrobe full of magical dresses please and thank you.

However. I struggled with this book because it honestly felt a bit plotless? I would find it quite difficult to describe this book to someone as it didn’t seem to have a proper structure. For the final instalment in a trilogy, it definitely felt a bit weak.

There were also a LOT of characters to keep track of in this book, and not just those we met in the previous two books but newly introduced characters as well. I thought it was a brave choice on Garber’s part to introduce these new characters, in particular a new big bad villain, in the last third of her series – and sadly, I don’t think it paid off. I didn’t feel quite invested because the story was going off in a different direction to what I had been used to in the previous two books. I hadn’t had time to get to know this villain so I wasn’t feeling the high stakes tension that I should have been while reading a concluding book.

I also have to say that I didn’t mind Scarlett too much as a character in the first book (I know a lot of readers had issues with her). Unfortunately, as the trilogy has progressed, she has seriously gone down in my estimations. Her behaviour in this book was childish and quite honestly baffled me. She came across as very self-centred much of the time.

I’m genuinely so sad about how this trilogy has wrapped up. None of the big ‘shocks’ really impacted me, I didn’t feel as emotionally invested, it just didn’t do it for me. I feel bereft.

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If you have read this series, please comment down below so we can discuss it! x

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Order of the Phoenix

I’m powering towards the end of the Harry Potter series, in preparation for my visit to the studio tour at the end of June! I’m getting really excited to go there now that the story is fresh in my mind!

In case you’ve missed my previous posts documenting my first reread of Harry Potter in a decade, you can find them here:-

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Goblet of Fire

And now, onto book five! As always, I’ve tried to avoid major spoilers but beware of minor ones… 😉


Initial Thoughts…

I have to admit, this is one of my least favourites of the series.

So nice to see Lupin again!

Tonks is very cool. I vibe with her look a lot 😉

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I bloody love Sirius. He looks out for Harry so well.

Molly and Sirius arguing makes me so uncomfortable.

Dumbledore saying he doesn’t want to be taken off the chocolate frog cards cracks me up.

I forgot Sirius and Tonks were related!

The old junk when they’re clearing out the house!! The foreshadowing here!!

Ron and Hermione being made prefects – LOL

Mrs Weasley facing the boggart is just so sad.

As if we’re only just meeting Luna?!

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And bowtruckles! I love seeing all of these fantastic beasts!

Hermione is actually quite mean to Luna and I don’t like it.

What Umbridge does to Harry is legit TORTURE. What a hag.

Percy is a d**k.

Dobby wearing a million hats, omg, he’s too funny

I have a lot of angry feelings about people in this book!

I could have cried when Umbridge inspected Hagrid’s lesson.

The scene in St Mungo’s is heartbreaking!

Exam stress is a MOOD.

Chapter 35 is so stressful and devastating, what an emotional rollercoaster.

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Thoughts Upon Finishing…

As you can see from my initial reading reactions, I had a lot of strong emotional responses to this book! Rereading this one has reminded me why it is one of my least favourites in the series; significant plot events notwithstanding, I have a lot of negative feelings towards a lot of characters in this book. I just didn’t really like the way it made me feel at times.

Don’t get me wrong, though. It’s Harry Potter, so I still love it. It just ranks less highly when I put the books in order of preference!

J. K. Rowling is a master of her craft when it comes to plot arcs and foreshadowing, and I just adore the development of this series even if this instalment upsets me at times. I honestly can’t cope with that ending!

Moving straight on to book six, which I’m very excited to reread!

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What are your thoughts on the fifth Harry Potter? Let me know in the comments x

‘The Den’ spoiler-free review!

Hello all 🙂 Today is my stop on the blog tour for Abi Maxwell’s The Den, published by Tinder Press. Thank you to Anne Cater and the publisher for sending me a free ARC!

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synopsis

For readers of THE VIRGIN SUICIDES or THE GIRLS, a story of two extraordinary, magnetic women and their disappearances – a hundred years apart – from the small New England town they call home.

Henrietta and Jane are growing up in a farmhouse on the outskirts of town, their mother a remote artist, their father in thrall to the folklore and legend of their corner of New England. When Henrietta falls under the spell of Kaus, an outsider and petty criminal, Jane takes to trailing the couple, spying on their trysts, until one night, Henrietta vanishes into the woods.

Elspeth and Claire are sisters separated by an ocean. Elspeth’s pregnancy at seventeen meant she was quickly married and sent away from her Scottish village to make a new life in America. When she comes to the attention of the local mill owner, a series of wrenching and violent events unfolds, culminating in her disappearance.

As Jane and Claire search in their own times for their missing sisters, each uncovers the strange legend of Cold Friday, and of a family apparently transformed into coyotes. But what does his myth really mean? Are their sisters dead, destroyed by the men who desired them? Or have they made new lives, elsewhere, beyond the watchful eyes of the community they longed to escape?


my thoughtsWhile this wasn’t exactly what I expected, it was still an enjoyable read. I was immediately drawn into the atmospheric setting. I remember reading a quote somewhere once about the exceptionally short time an author has to grab a reader’s attention (I tried to find it to include here but I have no idea who said it or where I saw it!) My point is, this author succeeded in hooking me in from the very first page.

I always enjoy stories that bounce between two time periods; I love seeing how an author can link these two eras together. Maxwell did a good job of showing how the present can mirror the past, and kept me suitably intrigued by both timelines. There was a clear difference between the two, particularly in the dialogue, but also thematic similarities.

As I mentioned, this book wasn’t wholly what I expected it to be. I think I was expecting more of an emphasis on the supernatural elements – the myth surrounding Cold Friday and the coyotes. Instead, this was much more of a feminist story; I was pleasantly surprised by the book’s focus on the treatment of women throughout history and society’s expectations of female roles and behaviour. I did, however, appreciate the ambiguity that the coyote subplot provided; it made for a very interesting reading experience.

I would recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, feminist literature and small-town American settings!

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I don’t know why this picture has come out so pale?! It looked fine when I took it! *sobs*


If you’re interested, you can check out the other stops on the tour. The Den releases tomorrow, May 16th! 

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