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Adult, Children's / August 1, 2016
Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildHarry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Series: Harry Potter #8
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Date: 31/07/2016
330 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy
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It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Wow, what a surprise it has been with this book/script. When I first heard about a new Harry Potter play and book coming out, you betcha I went and pre ordered a copy straight away! I picked it up at midnight on release date and started reading as soon as I got home. I just had to know what happened in this new tale about Harry. I finished the book at 3pm on release day, having a good rest in between amongst other things but in all honesty, I should have just stayed up all night and read it as I think it only would’ve taken me another hour to finish it. That is how quick of a read I found it. But then you know, it is a script and script’s have such big gaps that I’m not surprised I got through it so quickly.

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By: Vicky
Blog Tour, Children's, Guest Post / October 30, 2013

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Welcome to the third stop in this very seasonally appropriate blog tour for the second book in The Hex Factor series, Dark Tide! Read on below to see what author Harriet Goodwin recommends as her top five spooky reads for tomorrow! 

Harriet Goodwin’s Top Five

Spooky Reads for Halloween

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1. The Witches by Roald Dahl
Wonderfully terrifying! Great characters and a fabulous plot: it will stay with you forever. Watch out for the Grand High Witch!

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By: Daphne
Children's, Middle Grade, Review / July 16, 2013
The Sea of Monsters by Rick RiordanThe Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Date: April 2006
279 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Mythology
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Percy Jackson’s seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get . . . well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of Percy’s friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.

In this fresh, funny, and hugely anticipated follow up to The Lightning Thief, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their beloved camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family—one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.

Reviewed by Mary

In “The Lightning Thief,” Rick Riordan updated the hero’s journey and origin story from classic myths. This time he tackles some similar ground with an update of Jason and the Argonauts, as Percy and Annabeth must sail through the Sea of Monsters (the Bermuda Triangle) to find Grover, who has gone missing, and the Golden Fleece, which may be the key to saving their camp.

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By: Daphne
Children's, Review / July 5, 2013
The Lightning Thief by Rick RiordanThe Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Date: April 2006
389 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Mythology
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Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Reviewed by Mary

When I was little, my mom used to read to me from a book of mythology that she had. So stories of Greek Gods are very close to my heart, but I really felt like for many years now we haven’t really had anything new or very good coming from that particular inspiration.

I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong when I picked up the Percy Jackson books. Rick Riordan has made a very entertaining world by moving Olympus to the Empire State Building and giving us the kids of Camp Half Blood. The first book is a bit of a standard hero origin story, with a reluctant chosen one, an impossible quest, and the set-up for an epic battle. But it’s worth remembering that the hero’s journey began in Greek myths, and Percy is just the latest to inherit this legacy.

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By: Daphne
Children's, Review / June 8, 2012
Artemis Fowl by Eoin ColferArtemis Fowl
Author: Eoin Colfer
Series: Artemis Fowl #1
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Date: May 2001
280 pages
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy
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Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't fairies of bedtime stories; these fairies are armed and dangerous.

Artemis thinks he has them right where he wants them...but then they stop playing by the rules.

I wish my 12-year old self had books like this when I was growing up. Or really, I wish my 12-year old self had wanted to read books like this when I was growing up. I read a lot of serialised girl fiction, like Sweet Valley and The Babysitters Club and not quite enough ‘boy books’. I realised now that while I learned a lot about gossip, boys and friendship, I missed some really important lessons, like adventure, or blackmail.

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By: Daphne