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J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World – The Dark Arts: A Movie Scrapbook.

August 10, 2017 Comments off

dark artsJ.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World – The Dark Arts: A Movie Scrapbook. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2017.

This is not a novel rather an expose of Wizarding phenomenon of the Dark Arts as practiced by Voldemort and his disciples in the Harry Potter movies and Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them.

It deals with the spells like the Imperio, the Crucio and the spell that bounced off Harry Potter as a baby and demolished Voldemort but leaving Harry with the z shaped scar on his forehead.

It deals with the Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers including my favourite the delicious Bellatrix Lestrange. It tells you about the crucial concept of the Horocrux, the Dementors and those sinister resurrected corpses or Inferi.

It finishes with the Fantastic Beasts as Newt Scamander hunts the Dark Wizard Grindelwald in America.

Excellently illustrated with various objects and information tucked away in envelops throughout the book. Essentially for Harry Potter film fans but can provide a gateway into reading the books or just enjoy on it’s own

Awakening by Natalie King.

January 5, 2015 Comments off

awakeningAwakening by Natalie King. Pub. Penguin, 2014.

better known as romance writer Natalie Anderson this is Natalie King’s first young adult novel and it is an original idea. My first book of the new year and it took me a while to get into it but once I became atuned to Natalie King’s style I couldn’t put it down.

Tamas is a 17 year old French boy trapped by Witchery in a solid metal pendant for over 100 years. Similarly aged Zelie is trapped into rescuing the pendant from the cold waters of Lake Tekapo by emaciated and sickly Kate. Once she puts it round her neck she cannot remove it and finds that the boy Tamas is now inside her and can see through her eyes.

No more looking in the mirror after a shower for Zelie. Tamas talks to Zelie and he tells her he will leave her body once he gets stronger, but will this happen? Meantime Zelie who is a newcomer to New Zealand with her doctor father and 8 year old brother meets boy hunk Otis who surprisingly takes notice of her and invites her for toast after school. Then he invites her to the school ball where all hell is going to break loose.

Very descriptively written in the pristine setting of Lake Tekapo in the coldest winter. You can feel the cold coming out of the pages. Great to read in bed on these hot sticky nights.

I could describe this novel with several phrases like a psychological drama, a magical mystery, a witchy romance or a dark magic tale. They are all correct but there is something else there and you the reader can find out for yourself.

I will say i don’t think it is the end of the story. There is at least one sequel inherent in this story.