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

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Nuts

Alice Clayton

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1. Author

    “Alice Clayton is such an entertaining writer!”

Amazing, witty, hysterical, delightful, amusing, blonde, brilliant, fabulous…

The list is endless and could go on forever.  Alice Clayton is simply gifted.  Her books are some of the funniest books I have ever read.  I literally laugh out loud when I read them, I just can’t help it!  I recently got my hands on one of her latest books called Nuts (the title alone should make you LOL) and L O V E D it!  I have read all of her other books before this series and I could not get enough.  I started off with one of her first books, Wallbanger (again with the catchy title), and I cried from laughing so hard. Anyone that can write a book from the perspective of a cat and can make you laugh that hard has some serious talent!  Her books live up to all the hype that I have built up in my head and she will continue to stay on the pedestal that I have put her on!


Summary

Roxie Callahan has just started to make a name for herself in Los Angeles, literally catering to the rich and famous, when one skinny, carb-counting Hollywood wife takes her down with butter!  That’s right… Butter…  After her career is stalled she decides to help her tree-hugging mother run their diner in upstate New York.  When she arrives back home, to her small town, she goes “nuts”for the local farmer, Leo.  They are two peas in a pod.  She is the peanut butter to his jelly.  The apple to his orchard.  (You get where I am going with this)… Will their chemistry last longer than the summer or will they be left out to pasture?


Maybe I put one too many puns in that summary, but I just couldn’t help it!   This is a MUST read!  I have already recommended it to everyone I know and my copy of the book is making it’s way through my closest friends.

If you are reading this Alice, we need to be friends!  Anyone that can make me laugh that hard and loud from a book needs to be in my life!  Although the two of us being in the same room with each other could end with us crying or peeing our pants, I am still very much interested!

What are you waiting for? Go read her book!

Love,

Bri

One True Loves

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As you all know, I read a lot of books, but very rarely do I read one that I find profound.  Taylor Jenkins Reid gave me all the feels with her new release One True Loves.  This book was just released last week (June 7th) and was picked as the “best book of the summer”, so of course I jumped right on it!  I was rocked to my core after reading this and I am still not sure how Emma and I both survived. This book will leave you emotionally raw from the twisted love triangle of the main characters and is only intensified by the real life experiences that no one should ever have to go through.

Summary


Emma Blair and Jesse Lerner were high school sweethearts.  They grew up, got married and have been traveling the world while photographing and writing about all the top destinations on everyones bucket lists.  Emma’s life was perfect, that is, until her husband goes to Alaska to photograph the icebergs and never returns.  This story goes through the turmoil that Emma felt while trying to overcome the lose of her husband and pick up her life.  

After two years of grieving and just trying to get through each day, Emma’s life takes an unintentional turn.  She runs into her best friend from high school, Sam, and they immediately hit it off.  Emma never thought she would be able to love again, but Sam is able to show her to not only love again but to also start living her life.  It doesn’t take long before they are engaged and planning their big day, but all of that she has built will soon be questioned when her husband, Jesse, is found alive.

Thoughts


Do you ever truly get over your true loves in life or do you just simply move on while still loving them?  Will Emma be able to decide who she is supposed to be with before it is too late and she is left with no one?  This book will make your heart ache for every single character.  I was happy and then I cried and then I was happy again.  I didn’t quite know who I wanted her to be with, but around every corner was some new kind of heartbreak.  Someone was bound to get hurt.  They always say, three’s a crowd, and in this case that is correct.  Emma can’t be married and have a fiancé.  It isn’t about who she loves more, but who the best person for her is.  She became a different person after Jesse died and maybe the Emma he knew died that day with him.

This book lived up to all of the hype.  I 100% recommend you all to read this book sooner rather than later.  I could not put it down!  I hope you all love this book as much as I did.  

Love,

Bri

Silence…Shh…

A couple of weeks ago I was looking through iBooks and found one that sounded interesting and the best part was that it was Free!  I repeat… Free… I download free books all the time, but that doesn’t mean I am going to read them.  Sometimes they are not great quality, they aren’t good or the writing style isn’t great.  I was pleasantly surprised with Silence by Natasha Preston.


Now before you go out, get this book and start reading it, you should know something!  The first book is free but the 2nd book is NOT and you have to read the 2nd book!  Like most authors, she leaves the 1st book with a huge cliffhanger forcing you to buy the next one in the series!  There is nothing wrong with that, I just wanted you to be warned!


This book was very emotional for me to read.  The main character, Oakley, is a girl with a dark and disturbing past.  While still a very young child something terrible happened to her.  Instead of getting help from those closest to her, she just stopped talking out of the blue and hasn’t talked in 11 years.  Her best friend Cole has known Oakley her entire life.  They grew up together.  He remembers a time when things were more simple.  He remembers a time when Oakley was perfectly normal and talking, but he has learned, better than anyone, not to push her to talk.  Sometimes it is better to accept people for who they are instead of trying to change them.

Silence will take you on a roller coaster of emotional turmoil.  I was laughing one minute and crying the next.  In the book, Oakley’s family only want to help her get better and talk again, but the harder they push to find out what made her stop talking the more she withdrawals.  The love of her best friend Cole may be the only thing that can help her heal, but will her past catch back up with her and ruin their relationship before it even really gets started?  Will she be able to fight her demons and start living her life before it is too late?


While I was reading this book, there were multiple times that I came across a word or a sentence that just didn’t make sense to me.  After a quick Google search, I found out that Natasha Preston was British.  I have a “thing” for British people/authors!  When reading a book by British authors, I get to learn a little bit about their culture through their writing!  I just learned what the “boot” of a car was while reading this book!

Overall I can not say enough good things about this book and author.  I highly recommend this series.  I wouldn’t wait to long to go and get them!  You never know how long it will stay free!

Happy Reading!

Love,

Bri

Secrets

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not known or seen or not meant to be known or seen by others.

I read a book not that long ago by, you guessed it, Colleen Hoover, called Confess.  It was about an artist that ran a studio called Confess.  Random strangers would write anonymous confessions and drop them into his mailbox and then he would make art pieces based on their confessions and secrets.  


Everyone has a secret or a confession, even if it is small and unimportant.  Secrets are what make the world go round. Secrets are the reason that Hollywood has such a cult following.  Secrets can make countries go to war and make families break up.  In my life alone I have had enough secrets that could put a soap opera to shame.

Sometimes secrets are hurtful to others and sometimes they are hurtful to you.  Sometimes secrets are good and sometimes they are bad.  Sometimes secrets are so big that you can’t tell anyone.

I have a secret that I have carried around for years.  Some people know my secret and some people don’t.  I have been judged and shamed when I said it out loud and I have even been called a liar.  People have felt sorry for me and treated me different when they found out.  The funny thing is, the only reason I even told people was because I thought they could handle it.  Instead all it did was create more stress and drama in my life.  

I didn’t want their sympathy.  I didn’t want them to judge me or treat me different.  I just wanted them to know and be there for me if I needed them.  I didn’t/don’t need them to understand.  It is hard to understand unless you have the same secret.


In the book that I read, the people wanted to get their secrets out there.  They didn’t want their secrets to eat away at them.  They wanted to be able to tell their stories without be judged and shamed for it.  Being able to confess your secrets in an anonymous way makes you less vulnerable.  When thinking about it, if I was in the book, I would totally write my secret down and put it into the box.

So, if everyone has a secret, what’s yours?

Love,

Bri

Your House or Mine?

I know that I tend to write blogs and reviews about romance novels, but I am going to change it up a little bit!  I do like to read other genres as well.

Christina Lauren has some amazing romance books out there that I highly recommend. The Beautiful series(another must for the Fifty Shades lover out there) and The Wild Seasons series are both amazing (13ish books in all).  I have read them all and couldn’t put them down!  When I first heard that they (Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings… Get it!) were writing a young adult book I was immediately interested.  I love when writers are able to tackle different genres.  So I added The House to my reading list and I have finally read it.  Let me just say that it did not disappoint!


As a child we all came up with scary stories about the house at the end of the street that some creepy old guy lived in.  We all believe that the house was either haunted or the old man would kidnap us if we walked past it.  ::If you didn’t ever come up with a story like this then I know you read a Goosebumps book that gave you nightmares about a haunted and/or creepy house!::Anyway…  The author(s) dove right into your childhood fears to give you a book that would bring back all those fears!

Delilah is the girl who wants the bad/weird boy.  She is drawn to him.  Gavin is the quiet anti-social boy who doesn’t want to draw attention to himself.  Gavin really never had a chance when it came to falling for Delilah though, she was too head strong and knew exactly what she wanted, which just so happened to be Gavin.  What Delilah didn’t understand was that Gavin was hiding a scary truth that would put her in danger and test their true feelings. What would you do in order to be with the one you love?  Would you die for them?  Would you kill for them?

This book is so different from anything I have ever read.  Turn the movie Monster House into a book and then throw in some young love.  I know that may not sound super appealing, but trust me, you will not want to put this book down!

You may never walk past a creepy house ever again!  ::BEWARE::

Love,

Bri

Amazon Reviewer

There is this thing called Amazon Reviewer.  I had never heard about it until a couple of months ago.  A friend of mine was trying it out and was obsessed.  She tried to get me to try it as well, but I thought it sounded kind of sketchy…

Well after about 2 months and seeing all the free stuff she was getting I was kind of intrigued and sort of jealous.  So I went to Amazon Reviewer and decided to sign up.  I mean who doesn’t love free stuff?

So I have been on this reviewer site for about 3 months now and I have everyone at my work on it as well.  This really only works if you have Amazon Prime (get it if you don’t have it).  You go “shop” through their 1000’s of items until you find something that you like.  Then you click review now.  They will then send you a code to go buy it from Amazon, and then it is shipped to you.  Once you receive your product you have 2 weeks to write a review on it (Good or bad).  It is as simple as that.

Now this site has all kinds of items that you can get at a huge discount and even for free and all you have to do it sort for what you want!  I only sorted through the free stuff because I didn’t need anything bad enough that I wanted to pay for it.  So far I have about 60 products that I have gotten and I have probably paid about $3 total for all of them!  ::I know what you are thinking::  There has to be a catch.  She can’t get all that stuff for only $3.  Well let me tell you something… I CAN AND I DID!

So what kind of products have I received?  Well I have about 20 different phone cases for me and my husband.  I got tempered glass for our iPhones.  Screen protectors for my apple watch.  Vitamins. Face Lotions.  Organic makeup remover cloths. Essential Oils. Diffusers. Clothes Steams. Etc. Etc. Etc.  You get the point.  There is a lot you can get.  If you think I am kidding and you don’t believe me, then go look for yourself.

Go get something for F R E E.  You deserve it!

Love,

Bri