It Ends With Us

::Spoiler Free::

Colleen Hoover… This is not my first or even my second blog post about a book of hers that I have read, this is my third.  I have literally read every other book that she has written and I think I cried during most of them.

I tried to stayed away from reviews of “It Ends With Us” because I didn’t want to see any spoilers.  The only thing I knew about this book was that people were very emotional while reading it, but that isn’t saying much because most of her books are emotional.  I prepared myself for the water works to come, but they never did.

I just finished “It Ends With Us” and I DID NOT shed a tear.  DO YOU HEAR ME?  Not one.  There were multiple times while I was reading that I had to stop mid sentence because I knew what was getting ready to happen and I thought I would cry, but once I started back up I was able to make it through without crying.  How is that possible?  Everybody everywhere that has read this book said they cried but why didn’t I?


So as I sit here thinking back on the words that I just read I can’t figure out what is wrong with me.  Maybe I am still so enthralled in the book that is hasn’t hit me yet.  Maybe, like Lily, I am so engulfed by all of the emotions that I feel from reading this book that I have not completely processed them all.

This book shattered me.  I was completely heart broken and gutted to my core.  I felt intense love, sadness, hurt, anger, disappointment, frustration, hope, regret, compassion, hate, remorse, shame, grief stricken and pure torture while reading “It Ends With Us”.  How can I feel all of that from a book and still not cry?  I am a sap.  I cry during commercials for goodness sake.

Maybe that is the problem.  Maybe I am so emotionally raw after reading this book that I can not feel anything because I have gone through so much already!

So now that I have been completely wishy-washy and still don’t understand how I feel, I have realized one thing and one thing only and that is that I want to be Lily Bloom when I grow up! Brave and Bold!

P.S. I 100% think you should read this book!  I know my thoughts and review do nothing for this book, but it was so good that I can not even get my thoughts out.  MUST READ!

Love,

Bri

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I know I know.  It is Wednesday and the book came out on Sunday.  I am super late to write this review, but I have had a sick kid that I was taking care of.  I just finished it though!  So this post can commence!  BTW this is NOT A SPOILER!

I learned something today.

Benkinersophobia: is the fear of not receiving a letter from Hogwarts on your 11th birthday!

Harry Potter holds a very special place in my heart (“After all this time?  Always.”). I read each of the books cover to cover one right after the other.  I was swept up in the magical world of Hogwarts and I never wanted to leave.  I was over the age of 11 when I started reading the books (the 1st time), but I still wanted a letter to Hogwarts!  (I am still waiting because it is never too late to follow your dreams)!  I was worried, to say the least, when I found they were releasing a book based on the play, but I was still intrigued enough to run out and pick up my copy last Sunday morning!

I was unsure when I started reading the book.  Was I going to like it?  Would it give me all the “feels” again?  Would I be disappointed?  well, it took the whole book for me to figure all of that out!


It is written in the form of a play (I knew this before I bought it, but I don’t think it fully registered), but after a couple of pages I realized that it was a very easy read!  The dialogue between all the characters flowed smoothly while also creating a vivid picture for readers. This was a good sign!

The book takes place where the last book/movie ends; with all the characters standing on Platform 9 3/4 sending their children off to Hogwarts for another year.  The story follows the main characters, Albus and Scorpius, as they try to find their place in the wizarding world as the son of “The Chosen One” and as the son of a famous “Death Eater”.  This book seamlessly jumps between the present and the past while also giving the readers a glimpse at how different the world could have been if Voldemort was not defeated in the Battle of Hogwarts.

While I do absolutely love the new character development and how well they tied in with all of the characters from the original Harry Potter books, this was a very ballsy move (turning the play into a book).  It could have gone very bad, but I think the authors tiptoed that very fine line between giving us what we wanted and taking it a step too far!  So long story short, this book was worth the read to me.  It was cute, nostalgic, endearing and funny, but it is NOT the next book in the Harry Potter series.  It was good, but I am sure the play is SO MUCH better!

Love,

Bri