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Book review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (20th Anniversary Edition), by J. K. Rowling

Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic with four special editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw …

Twenty years ago these magical words and many more flowed from a young writer’s pen, an orphan called Harry Potter was freed from the cupboard under the stairs – and a global phenomenon started. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has been read and loved by every new generation since. To mark the 20th anniversary of first publication, Bloomsbury is publishing four House Editions of J.K. Rowling’s modern classic. These stunning editions will each feature the individual house crest on the jacket and sprayed edges in the house colours. Exciting new extra content will include fact files, profiles of favourite characters and line illustrations exclusive to that house. Goodreads.

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Book review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick Ness

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions… Goodreads.

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Book review: My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, by Annabel Pitcher

 

To ten-year-old Jamie, his family has fallen apart because of the loss of someone he barely remembers: his sister Rose, who died five years ago in a terrorist bombing. To his father, life is impossible to make sense of when he lives in a world that could so cruelly take away a ten-year-old girl. To Rose’s surviving fifteen year old twin, Jas, everyday she lives in Rose’s ever present shadow, forever feeling the loss like a limb, but unable to be seen for herself alone. Goodreads.

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Book review: The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier

Book cover from Goodreads

To demand promises is to invite disappointment.

The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its family are not quite what they seem. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. (Taken from Goodreads)

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Book Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, by Leslye Walton

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..children betrayed their parents by becoming their own people.

A story so strange it is about a girl born with wings from a mother who have a strong sense of smell and a twin brother who refuses to speak if not for only important matters. They live in a house said to be haunted by the spirit of a young Portuguese girl together with their grandmother who can see her dead siblings, all carrying the pain of love. Is it a story about love, or the loss of it? Is it a story about a family? Is it a horror story masquerading as  a tragedy? One must read it to find out.

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Book review: Never Fall Down, by Patricia McCormick

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You show you care, you die. You show you fear, you die. You show nothing, maybe you live.

A retelling of Arn Chorn-Pond childhood in Cambodia, surviving under the Pol Pot’s regime. Written by Patricia McCormick in a novel format surely gives this book a different breath from the others. What’s even unique, the author was writing, trying as close as possible, in the voice of Chorn-Pond himself. Though the book seems less promising than other books about the survivor of Pol Pot’s regime, this is not a book you should take lightly for there were more than enough of its gripping tales and hope weave into the darkness that once cloud Cambodia.

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Book review: The Next Together, by Lauren James

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This is a story that when you read the synopsis, you’ll have your eyes roll around to the back of your brain. This is a story that scream ‘sappy’. I mean, have you seen the cover? Although it seems cool, but the picture of two (what I presume as) young couple, sort of scream ‘Nicholas Sparks’ novel to me. And without sounding like a book snob, a Nicholas Sparks’ novel would not be something I would choose willingly. But, aside from that, this book tells the story of Matthew and Katherine, that for some reason would fall in love time and time again in the course of history (spanning from the rebellion of Scotland, to the Crimean war, and the modern time of 2019 and 2039), and yet it seems that their love always end tragically. How and why do two people are able to live again and meet the same person again, and fall in love only to be apart tragically? I guess, I’ll have to read it to find out, right? Continue reading “Book review: The Next Together, by Lauren James”