Mini Reviews: Non-Heir, Points of Departure, The Cursed Child

Posted November 14, 2016 by Inge in Reviews / 8 Comments

Mini Reviews: Non-Heir, Points of Departure, The Cursed ChildPoints of Departure by Emily O’Beirne
Published by Ylva Publishing on June 16th 2016
Pages: 300
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In this young adult novel, best friends Kit and Liza have been looking forward to this trip forever.
Five girls, five tickets overseas. It’s exactly what they all need after the final slog of high school. But when Kit’s suddenly forced to drop out, Liza’s left with three girls she barely knows.
There’s Mai, committed only to partying. There’s Tam, who already has her doubts about leaving her sick father behind. And there’s Olivia, so miserable about screwing up exams she’s not even sure she wants to get out of bed, let alone on a plane. Meanwhile Kit’s stuck working double shifts to pay off a debt, wondering if she’ll ever get it together.
All Liza wants from this trip is to discover a new version of herself. She just hadn’t planned on doing it without Kit by her side.
And they’re all learning that travel isn’t just about the places you go, but who you’re with at the time.

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I requested Points of Departure a few months ago when I was really digging travel stories, but for some reason never got around to it. I’m glad I kept a hold on this story, though, because I ended up really enjoying it. Our four (five) main characters are all very different girls with their own flaws and talents, but each likeable in their own way – they were also really diverse in terms of race and sexuality, so I really appreciated that.

Overall, this story was just really nice and pleasant to read. There wasn’t anything that really bugged me. Though because I requested it for the travelling, I would’ve liked the culture/drama ratio to be a bit more even – it sometimes felt like the country they were in didn’t really matter. Still, the events felt natural and not unnecessary. Sometimes you have drama just to have drama and this was not the case. I was genuinely rooting for these girls, and found the ending to be really satisfying, although a bit dragged out.

Thank you NetGalley / Ylva Publishing for providing me with a copy

 

Mini Reviews: Non-Heir, Points of Departure, The Cursed ChildNon-Heir by Rachel E. Carter
on October 18th 2016
Genres: Fantasy
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This exclusive prequel novella is set before the events of The Black Mage series, available only through subscription to Rachel's newsletter, see author's profile (it will not be available anywhere for purchase).

Prince. Prodigy. Mage.

This novella follows Prince Darren as a child through his first run-in with Ryiah at the Academy of Magic. Readers discover the tragic backstory between the two princes and their father, as well as the ensuing events that shaped Darren into the Academy’s most illustrious mage.

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Wow, that was brutal.

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I’m not a big fan of novellas and short stories, but I really liked Non-Heir. The story is told from Darren’s point of view and starts from a very young age, when the heir and non-heir are just little boys. We finally get to see what events shaped Darren and Blayne, the monsters in their past, and for me that really solidified their dynamics. I also loved seeing more of Eve, as she’s one of my favourite characters. ♥

Really strong writing, badass heroes and heroines, set in a Jerar that’s become a really comfortable world to return to. I loved this prequel.

“One day we’ll be the best at everything, you’ll see.”

 

Mini Reviews: Non-Heir, Points of Departure, The Cursed ChildHarry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8) by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
on July 31st 2016
Pages: 343
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Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
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.

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Spoilers!

I didn’t think I would ever rate something that’s been written by J.K. two stars. But that’s the thing, isn’t it? It wasn’t written by her. It had a playwright, and that feels obvious from the very beginning. Characters don’t feel like their old selves (what the hell happened to Ron?), the dialogue is more than confusing at times, and it really didn’t feel like another Hogwarts story. A true, original Hogwarts story. Instead, it felt like fan-fiction. I believe a lot of people have said that, and it’s true.

In general, I quite liked the story – I’ve always been quite interested in the butterfly effect, so to find out what happens when one messes around with a Time-Turner was really fascinating. Even the smallest change can have huge repercussions on the future. The story in itself was very much the best part.

But then there are things that I simply cannot accept as canon: the fact that Albus is worthless at Quidditch, the Trolley Witch turning into Edward Scissorhands, Voldemort and Bellatrix HAVING SEX AND PRODUCING A CHILD (I guess I also never pictured Voldemort’s new body with the… *ahem* necessary parts), Cedric becoming a Death Eater because he was humiliated, and Hermione calling Voldemort “the Dark Lord” (only Death Eaters called him that – the magic lies in the details, folks) are only a few examples that come to mind. These things really bugged me.

I did quite enjoy the script-form, though – it made for an easy and quick read. I imagine it would be nice to see as a play and watch everything come to life again. Nevertheless, for me, it was “okay”.

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8 responses to “Mini Reviews: Non-Heir, Points of Departure, The Cursed Child

  1. This reminds me that I bought the Kindle copy of the first Black Mage book, but haven’t read it yet!

    Also, I haven’t read The Cursed Child. I don’t know whether I will, to be honest. I know that sounds insane, especially being such an HP fan.

    • JOLIEN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE. You must read The Black Mage at once. But yeah, I totally don’t blame you for not reading The Cursed Child. I can’t really consider it part of the franchise.

  2. Ugh, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy The Cursed Child. I didn’t love it either, but to be honest, I’m not a big HP fan in the first place, so I know it definitely wasn’t as hard of a blow for me as it was for some of the diehard lovers of the series. Perhaps sometimes it is difficult to capture the magic once more when another writer is penning it. At least there are always the original stories to go back to, again & again – that is one thing that will never change. <3

    • It was definitely a big blow for me, because I’d been anticipating the book for so many months. But I’m currently re-reading the original series and all is well in the world again. ♥

  3. The Cursed Child doesn’t appeal to me at all. If they ever release the play on DVD, I’ll probably give it a watch, but I can’t see why people got so excited over a script approved by, but not written by J.K. Rowling herself. Besides, she kept saying she’d never write anymore Harry Potter books so I think I closed the universe off in my head a while ago, if that makes sense.

    • I’m hoping that the story translates better into play-form so should it ever come onto DVD, I would give it a watch as well. But it fell completely flat in book-form (and was even absurd at some points). Totally makes sense! The original series will always be more special than anything that’s put out afterwards. Still, I can’t help feeling a bit indulgent. 🙂

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