Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildWhen I heard that Harry Potter was being continued I was hesitant to buy the book. I had loved Harry Potter and I really didn’t want more because I was satisfied with what I had. But as an avid reader of Harry Potter I had to read the book, the curiosity was driving me crazy. So I was given Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and let me say that I actually liked it. There were some issues I had with it but overall I thought it was really good. What threw me was the format. When I had gotten the book it didn’t occur to me it would be in play form, I guess I was just not thinking. Well once I got over that bit of news I went straight to reading the story.

The story starts right off where the seventh book ends which is nineteen years later. Harry and his friends are at the train station and they are dropping off their children to go to Hogwarts. Albus (Harry and Ginny’s child) will be the main character along with Scorpious (Draco’s child) and it will be telling their story once they are at Hogwarts. I wouldn’t go into great detail so not to spoil it. All I will say is those boys will be changing a lot of things and there will be consequences.

Now there are some out there that didn’t like the book and that’s fine as we all have our own opinions and likes and dislikes. This book is not like the other books because it is not a book but a play. It is written in dialogue and scene direction so there are no places for the characters thoughts, but honestly it didn’t bother me. I thought that the characters stayed true to who they were in the books. I also liked that you got to know more about what was happening in the characters life, where they ended up in life. And of course there were some good twist that were very entertaining to read.

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A Slip in Time

A Slip in TimeJulia Hargrove was from England, the year was 1893. She was going with her family to Scotland to the Dunraven castle. She will not want to be at castle especially as her room seems to be haunted. Julia will find out that it is not haunted but that time shifts and she comes face to face with a warrior, Rae MacKinnon, back in 1390.

A Slip in Time is a book from Kathleen Kirkwood. I was impressed with this book.

So I don’t read many time travel books just because I am not always interested in them. It usually is that the writing is not that great or the style of how the book is written. Well I had no complaints when I read the book from Kathleen Kirkwood. I was immediately pulled into the story and did not want to stop reading.

Immediately I liked Julia’s character, I thought she was written well. I liked that was scared and heartbroken, but she had a backbone when it came to doing what she needed. Then there was Rae who was a man that was a laird of his clansmen. He was a warrior but not just all brawn, he was smart and cautious. He was also very sensual especially when it came to Julia. I loved the romance that bloomed between them but in the back of my mind I wondered how would it last when you knew that the slip in time would eventually close.

I thought that Kirkwood wrote the time traveling parts very well. I was intrigued with how she made the time traveling happened, how it progressed and that it had happened before. So for those who want a very well done time traveling book try A Slip in Time.

Tempting the Highlander

Tempting the highlanderRobbie MacBain is a foster parent trying his best to help troubled teens who kept scaring away housekeepers. He will find help from Catherine Daniels who was on the run from her ex-husband who had abused her. There will be another burden thrown on his shoulder when the old priest tells him he has to save the highlanders from traveling back in time. Robbie will have to travel back in time to find a book of spells to stop the spell from happening. As Robbie travels through time Catherine will help keep the teens protected.

Tempting the Highlander is the fourth book to the series Pine Creek Highlander by Janet Chapman. I liked this book. I thought there was more action in this book with what was going on, which would make sense as Robbie was time traveling back to his father’s time.

Catherine’s character was someone I liked. She was abused by her husband but she kept going for her kids. She did not break down but made a move that would get them away from their past. Robbie helps Catherine by giving her the housekeeper job. Robbie’s character turned out to be a strong man with good morals and a kind heart. I think there was still some of the highlander teaching in him with being a little demanding but it wasn’t overbearing. There will be a romance building between Catherine and Robbie. My hope was that Robbie didn’t get stuck in the past so he could keep his relationship strong with Catherine.

I liked that Chapman had Robbie needing to time travel to save his family. There will be several surprises when time traveling happens. I am reading the fifth book next. I only have a few more to read to finish off the series.

Charming the Highlander

Charming the highlanderGrace Sutter was coming home to spread her sisters ashes and to give her sisters baby to the baby’s father. She will come into trouble when the plane she rides in crashes. She will be saved by a stranger who was another passenger, Greylan.

Greylen MacKeage was adjusting to his new life for the last four years all the while searching for the woman that would be his destiny. He will find that woman in Grace Stutter. He will want her the moment they meet and he will have to fight hard to win her hand.

Charming the Highlander is the first book to Pine Creek Highlander series by Janet Chapman. I thought this was a good book. The plot to me felt light and when reading the book I flew through the pages. This series has eight book which I have checked out from my library. I have decided to try out this series which was a long time coming. I have already read one book from this series but it’s been a while. I don’t exactly remember the plot but do remember that it was a series I wanted to read from the beginning.

Grace was a brilliant scientist but will have a tragedy hit her and throw her on a new path. I liked that Grace did not stop, she fought to do what was right. When she meets Greylan there is an immediate response that she has towards him and it only grows and gets pretty lustful. Greylan is a highlander from another time. He is old fashioned as that was the time he had grown up in, which can get a little overbearing when he wants something.

The magic aspect was interesting as it took these great warriors from their land to a modern day world. The magic really didn’t surround the book as I thought it would which was not a problem. I liked that these warriors were in present day and learning how to deal with the twenty first century.

I will be reading Loving the Highlander next.

The Mediator-Twilight

The Mediator-TwilightSusannah knows that something is going on with Paul as he keeps dropping hints that he is going to do something to Jesse. She will find out he is going back in time to save him so Jesse didn’t die and become a ghost. Susannah didn’t want to live a life without Jesse and will find a way to stop Paul by going back.

Haunted is the sixth and final book from the series Mediator by Meg Cabot. I was so happy to start reading the book because I knew how it would end which would be the perfect happy ending to this series. Rereading it again I felt still the same way. It is something with these young adult books that make you feel like a teenager again and want to feel that love or that need for it as only teenagers do.

Of course love is not the only thing about this book even though it was a big part because for Susannah and Jesse love was forever, there was also some action and more on mediators. The action happens much later in the book when Cabot will take the characters back and one wants to right a wrong but not for purely unselfish reasons.This character is obviously Paul who I still can’t stand.

Then the mediator business gets a little dicey with time traveling. When rereading I remembered this part but it was interesting revisiting how Cabot was able to make them travel through time and all it needed was an object from that past and for you to image yourself at the location. I thought that was kind of cool feature in the book.

So with the final chapter of the Mediator series I am wanting more with Meg Cabot. I am now making it my mission to find the other series that I read as a teenager which was the 1-800-Where-R-You.

A Warrior’s Taking

A Warrior's TakingBrogan Mac Lochlainn has heard of the magical stone that holds great power and he now needs this as he is in charge of the protection of the clan. Brogan will travel far into the future to find that stone at Ravenfield and will find unexpected help.

Sarah Granger is the governess to her two charges and protector. On a chance walk of the beach she will find a man on the sand. Sarah will be weary of the stranger knowing there is more to his story, but will find herself melting whenever he is near.

I have tried the second book of this series Warrior by Margo Maguire and after been blown away with the plot and characters there was no doubt I would love this book, and I did. A Warrior’s Taking was a great first book to the series and started this quest of the stone out right.

Now once again it took me a moment to get into it because the magic is not something I always read about but it was well down by Maguire. I loved reading about Brogan and Sarah’s story because I already knew the outcome thanks to the ending of the second book. Brogan is the tough warrior, the older brother and has the task being put on himself. He doesn’t understand much of these people but he will find himself helping Sarah find a future. Sarah was a character that was strong to the fault and tried to protect her charges knowing that danger could fall on her doorstep.

The mystery of this magic and the enemies that follow Brogan will have an impact in the story and of course follow into the second one. I did like the idea of time traveling and how they go about finding what they need to save them.

A Warrior’s Taking is a love story that literally travels through time and a really great two part book series.

Mystical Warrior

Mystical WarriorTrace Hunstman was looking for peace that would not happen as Fiona was forced by her brothers to move into his empty apartment. He did not want to take care of Fiona but soon found that ignoring her would be impossible. She was rearranging his stuff and getting into his head. The more time he spent with her the more he started to care and when trouble comes he will stop at nothing to protect this woman.

Fiona Gregor was back in human form and not liking the change but it was something she had to deal with. She was starting to adjust to living in her own place but things were still too new and there was the fact that her landlord intimidated her. Fiona knew he would not hurt her but that did not mean she wanted things to happen between them. Of course now she was becoming a modern woman and would take charge of her own life even if she would be taking a leap into the unknown with Trace.

Out of all the books of the series Midnight Bay I have to say that I really liked Mystical Warrior. This looks to be like the last book of the series but Chapman already set up the next one which follows Mac in Spellbound Falls series. I will have to say I warmed up to Mac in this third book and look forward to finding out what will happen with his deadline. So back to Mystical Warrior I really liked the byplay that happened with Fiona and Trace. Even with a realm of supernatural surrounding the book it seemed real with how this woman was to feel. You feel bad for her and find triumph when she lets herself enjoy her new life. Trace was a bad ass and one with a temper but it fit well into the book. There was humor throughout the book especially with what a woman was supposed to do according to Fiona’s brothers. There was also the steady supply of magic throughout the book and I really liked that Trace already knew about magic which moved the story right along.

Chapman sets up the next series with Mac but I wonder what will happen with Gabriella and will her future involve Rick? There story might come a little later as she is only seventeen but I hope Chapman writes one for her. Maybe this will happen in Spellbound Falls series which I will definitely have to try.