J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy": The Reviews Are In!

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The Harry Potter connections may be constant, but they aren't all negative. Fox News is quick to point out that this is absolutely not a children's book but that the magic of J.K. Rowling -- emotion and heart -- is still present. People Magazine also likes this new, grittier side of Rowling.

Rowling captures the humanity in everyone, even if that humanity is not always a pretty sight. And – though creating Harry Potter was more than enough – if Rowling wants to convince the world that she can cast other spells, she has succeeded.

As I mentioned above, I'm on the fence about reading The Casual Vacancy. It's not because I'm still mourning the Harry Potter series. I've let that go and I really am glad that she's trying something new. I just keep asking myself whether I'd read this book if J.K. Rowling hadn't written it. I'm not sure I would but I expect that I'll pick up The Casual Vacancy eventually. As for Rowling, I hope that she continues to try new things and that people keep reading.

Will you be reading The Casual Vacancy?

BlogHer Book Club Host Karen Ballum also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.


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