Book Review: Jesper Jinx Gets Famous (Book #8) by Marko Kitti

About the Book:

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Jesper Jinx is eleven, and probably the unluckiest person in all of Puffington Hill. Everything he touches seems to end up in sweet disaster. Hence his nickname ‘Jinx’.

Are you ready for the Puffington Hill International Children’s Book Fair? That is where Jesper and the Silly Old Scribbler are heading in this hilarious and wonderfully chaotic tale of secrets and devious revenge plots.

Can Jesper save the day with another Boredom Breaker or will a vengeful group of peace-loving animals get to him first?

 

My Thoughts:

Jesper Jinx is back and for once he is not the one making devious plans initially! Jesper Jinx Gets Famous is the 8th Book in the series that will leave the reader rolling on the floor with laughter. I loved this new book in the series as it brings a different perspective to the series with the Silly Old Scribbler narrowly escaping being caught for something he should not be doing. Oops, I cannot say more than that since I am sworn to secrecy too! 😉

The story starts off with Jesper realizing that it is once again the holidays and he can spend time working on new pranks with his nest friend Oliver. What follows next are a series of unexpected events that leave Jesper baffled. As desperate as he is to find out why everyone seems to know him, his brush with the media turns his few moments of fame into quite something else! This entire story is more engaging with the author talking to the reader directly and of course sharing secrets with us. We also have a whole lot of animals wreaking havoc or hatching a plan, I cannot say, but it is worth the wait! 😉

The book is inclusive and more evolved showing us how much the series and characters have grown. It has been an interesting journey to get here and I have enjoyed following Jesper’s adventures so far! We can always trust that he has something up his sleeve and even though we have many new heroes in this book, I think the author has brought it all together very well! The overall plot is funny and just what young readers need to have lots and lots of fun!

Once again, I highly recommend this book and of course the entire series! The books can be read by readers of all ages and serve to provide a good break from normal routines! Do give Jesper and his friends a chance. Be sure to talk to the Silly Old Scribbler if you happen to meet him! I’m sure he has something up his sleeve just like Jesper! 😉

Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

It’s finally here! Perhaps one of the most awaited books for all Potterheads! I assume everyone is familiar with the fact that this is actually a play. The play premiered on 30th July for friends and family of the cast and members of the production. The script was then published as a book and released on 31st July. This play has been collectively written by J.K.Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. Since then, Potterheads around the world have read and shared their thoughts on the book. As mentioned it is a script and has been published in the same format. There are two acts and each has been divided into a number of sections.

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As a fellow Potterhead myself, I cannot begin to describe the anticipation and excitement on receiving my copy of the book. It felt wonderful to meet all the characters again and to jump back into the magical world. To be frank, I read it without much expectation and was pleasantly surprised. The story picks up where the 7th Book ended, with the epilogue showing us what happens nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts. The play focuses on Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy as the main protagonists. Our beloved characters, Harry, Ron ,Hermione, Professor McGonagall and Draco Malfoy are also a part of this to name a few of the characters.

Albus and Scorpius both feel a strong need to prove  themselves and seem to have a slightly hard time dealing with their history and the identity of their parents. This is perhaps what draws the two to each other and leads to a very strong bond of friendship. This story follows Albus and Scorpius as they embark on a journey of self discovery even though that was never the main aim of the entire adventure. It may feel weird to us or maybe it is fitting how Harry and Draco were enemies and their sons become best friends, but it is true that sometimes the most unexpected of things can happen. We are also given a glimpse into how the world could have been had Voldemort come to power. That would definitely have taken the story in a whole different direction. We are also shown how the world has moved on and changed after the Battle at Hogwarts and what career paths our various characters have pursued.

Overall, it is very well scripted and clearly written for a play. On stage, I am sure that this turns out to be wonderful and from the reviews so far, it’s a hit. However, as a book, it falls short. While reading, I had to constantly remind myself that this is a play and not a novel. I was expecting the usual explanations and scene descriptions which weren’t there for obvious reasons. Though a slight disappointment, I guess this is purely due to the fact that this continuation to the story, is actually a play and not a book. The plot as such is good, but sometimes it feels as though this is just dragging it all out. It doesn’t add much to the original story which was concluded very well.

So on the whole, I do not dislike this story as it took me back to the world of Harry Potter and, I do not completely like it as it seems to take away the charm of the entire series. However, I suggest that you read the book as it brings back all the happiness and nostalgia, but don’t expect much from it. I would urge everyone to watch the play if they get the chance, as even I would love to do that, since I assume it may just change my entire view of this. Frankly I am divided on my thoughts of this book and am leaning towards both positive and negative thoughts about it. Thus I can only share my thoughts and leave it at that! I hope all Potterheads enjoy it as I am sure many will disagree with my opinion!

Find out more about the play at http://www.harrypottertheplay.com/