Thursday, March 19, 2015

YA Review - The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

Hey y’all, 

Today I’m reviewing The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling and discuss A Darker Shade of Magic sample by V.E. Schwab from Netgalley. 

Summary from Goodreads: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter. 

Darker Shade of Magic - The first 150 pages available on NetGalley as a sneak peak.

From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.

Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped.  

More after the jump! 

ADSOM Review: If you loved Vicious by V.E. Schwab like I did and you've enjoyed her young adult novels written under Victoria Schwab, you will love A Darker Shade of Magic. Schwab has such a knack for creating these fantastical worlds without ever jumping the shark and I cannot wait to read the rest of it, and I definitely recommend it to others.

Beedle the Bard Review: So JK Rowling is a genius, we all know this. I mean, she not only created the best wizarding universe with the Harry Potter series, but she even created and wrote fairy tales and textbooks from that universe for the rest of us? JK Rowling is basically the Queen Beyonce of the literary world. There I said it. Anyway, when I first got this I was a little overwhelmed with the ending of the book and movie series so I back burnered it. However, I recently did an #HPreread and #HPrewatch of the movies and before that I wanted to be sure to read Beedle the Bard. These are excellent stories that (aside from the Hairy Heart) I could imagine reading to my own kids some day. And as a super-fan of the HP series, I love them for Dumbledore's commentary which is spot on and often hilarious (I'm looking at you Fountain of Fair Fortune). Anyway, this is a must for any Potter fan or even smaller children still a little ways from being able to read the whole series. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars 

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