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Woah, Dere Wednesday (7)


I just finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J. K. Rowling and I really enjoyed it a lot. It took me a little while to finish because it is such a massive book, but I really loved it. I loved it just as much as the first time I read it. Next I will be finishing Talented (Talented #1) – Sophie Davis that I got from NetGalley and after that I will be reading We Were Liars – E. Lockhart. So pumped to start that one!

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Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J. K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J. K. Rowling

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Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: August 1, 1999

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 734

Source: Garage Sale

The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and there are spells to be learnt, potions to be brewed and Divination lessons (sigh) to be attended. Harry is expecting these: however, other quite unexpected events are already on the march…

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

As I have said at the beginning of every Harry Potter review, I love Harry’s wizarding world. I love absolutely everything about it. The idea for this book was so well thought out and I love that the two other schools come to participate in the Triwizard tournament. I really enjoyed reading about the three tasks that went on for the competetion as well. The first time I read this book it was my favorite of the ones I’d read, but reading it again made me realize that this one is slower than the others. That of course isn’t a bad thing, just an observation. The endings of all the Harry Potter books are my favorite parts. J. K. Rowling wraps everything up so nicely. You find out all the little things that you could have overlooked throughout the story. The plot ties itself together very nicely at the end.

Characters:

I love all these characters, just as I have since book number one. Krum and Fleur irritated me at the beginning because they acted so cocky and stuck up. I think one of the reasons they irritated me was because I know I’ve read this book, but I didn’t remember how they turned out. By the end of the book I really enjoyed Fleur. She really is a sweet girl and my favorite parts with her were when Ron blurted at her and asked her if she wanted to go to the ball with her and when Harry saved her younger sister from the depths of the lake in front of Hogwarts and she kissed both Ron and Harry on the cheeks. When I imagine her, I imagine a beautiful, skinny, tiny girl with white blonde hair. The movie portrayal of her is was perfect. Krum still ended up irritating me by the end because I wanted to hurt him when I thought he was doing one of the ‘Unforgivable Curses’ on Cedric during the competition.

Who Would I Be?:

I would be Fleur in this Harry Potter because I would love to take her place and see everything from her perspective. I would want to know what she thought of Hogwarts and what her original responses were to getting her name drawn from the Goblet of Fire. I would love to have that accent as well, because why not? If I could, I definitely would.

Series:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8)

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Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) – J. K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) – J. K. Rowling

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Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: May 1, 2004

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 468

Source: Garage Sale

Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Again, I may be a little biased towards the Harry Potter books because they’re my all time favorite series, but I absolutely loved this book. I want to go to at at Hogwarts so bad, oh my goodness. My favorite part of this book was when Harry obtained the Marauder’s Map because it led to so much happening later on. I always love when Harry gets out of the Dursley’s house and goes to Ron’s house. Ron’s house is one of my favorite venues in the whole series. I read this book for the first time about 5 years ago and I didn’t realize how much I’d forgotten.That is one of the best things about rereading a book, you rediscover things that you’d forgotten and you get to enjoy the story all over again. Harry Potter is one series that, if I could, I would unread so I could experience it for the first time all over again.

Characters:

Harry, Ron, and Hermione, also known as the Golden Trio, are my favorite characters from any book. harry is strong-willed and definitely doesn’t ever give up. Ron has very strong opinions about everything, and is not afraid to express that, and Hermione is smart and witty, and a very loyal best friend. Ron is my favorite from this wizarding threesome, but in my opinion, nobody will ever compete with Dumbledore. Dumbledore is my all time favorite character from this whole series and he always forgives and sees the best in everyone.

Who Would I Be?:

From this book I would be Ron because I love how excited he gets when Harry gets his Firebolt, and I love that he doesn’t give in to anyone. It was funny, and a little irritating, when Ron was angry with Hermione about Scabbers and Crookshanks, but other that their dispute about that, I love Ron. It’s definitely irrtating becaause Hermione and Ron would be the perfect couple, but neither of them want to admit to it yet. :)

Series:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8)

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Top Ten Tuesday (2)


Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry

*disclaimer. I have never cried during a book before. These are books that ALMOST made me cry*

1. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green *review*

This is obvious, isn’t it?

2. Allegiant (Divergent #3) – Veronica Roth

The ending…. That explains the reason.

3. Fury (The Fury Trilogy #1) – Elizabeth Miles *review*

The end was really sad and I almost did cry.

4. Chains (Seeds of America #1) – Laurie Halse Anderson

I read this a long time ago but remember getting teared up a little. This book was about a young girl in slavery, I believe. I have reasons to get teared up.

5. Esperanza Rising – Pam Muñoz Ryan

This book was the first book that almost made me cry. I love this book, but parts were definitely sad.

6. Number the Stars – Lois Lowry

We read this in school during class but I would not cry because we were in the classroom.

7. Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt

This, again, was a book we we read in class in middle school and I remember wanting to cry, but not, becausewe were in the classroom.

8. City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare

Jace. Jace. Jace is the reason I almost cried.

9. The Eleventh Plague – Jeff Hirsh

This was an apocalypse book, therefore there were almost tears.

10. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) – Suzanne Collins

Must I say why?

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Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) – J. K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) – J. K. Rowling

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Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: June 2, 1999

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 341

Source: Garage Sale

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girl’s bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble beings, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects…Harry Potter himself.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

The wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter is just that, wonderful. J. K. Rowling  put so much thought into these books and I am so glad I’ve gotten to read them. The Chamber of Secrets is my favorite of the Harry Potter books I’ve read and is definitely my favorite movie. I love everything about this whole series and if you have not read these books, you haven’t discovered that ordinary lives can become extraordinary.

Characters:

These are my favorite characters out of anyone from any book. You get to grow with them and they are all so loveable. I’d forgotten how heartwarming the characters are. Harry is a great, brave main character. Ron is a silly side-kick best friend, and Hermione is the glue that keeps them together. Without Hermione, they wouldn’t have figured out half of the things they needed to.

Who Would I Be?:

I would probably still want to be Hermione. I love Hermione and I would want my best friends to be Harry and Ron. Even though Hermione gets petrified by the Basilisk, I would still want to be her because she loves reading and she is so smart. She is kind of innocent in a way because she worries about small things, like tests and studying, more than big things that are happening sometimes. I love how vulnerable she is.

Series:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8)

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January Wrapup + February TBR


Read:

  1. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell *review*
  2. Deception (Evolution #3) – Kelly Carrero *review*
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) – J. K. Rowling *review*
  4. Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy #1) – Shannon A. Thompson *review*
  5. The Shadowhunter’s Codex – Cassandra Clare *review*
  6. Envy (The Fury Trilogy #2) – Elizabeth Miles *review*
  7. The Legend of the Moonstone: A Series for Kids and Young Adults – Meglena Ivanova *review*
  8. It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) – Jenny Han *review*

TBR:

  1. Talented (Talented #1) – Sophie Davis
  2. Shadowland (The Immortals #3) – Alyson Noël
  3. Because of Her – K. E. Payne
  4. We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer #3) – Jenny Han
  5. Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) – Richelle Mead
  6. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) – Rick Riordan
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) – J. K. Rowling
  8. Vengeance (Evolution #4) – Kelly Carrero

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Review: The Legend of the Moonstone: A Series for Kids and Young Adults – Meglena Ivanova


The Legend of the Moonstone: A Series for Kids and Young Adults – Meglena Ivanova

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Title: The Legend of the Moonstone: A Series for Kids and Young Adults

Author: Meglena Ivanova

Release Date: August 7, 2013

Publisher: Authorhouse

Format: eBook

Page Number: 196

Source: sent by author for review

When Daniel first met Professor Stransky, he was only fifteen. Daniel was amazed by everything in the hall. All gems and minerals the Professor had exhibited behind the glass panes seemed to bewitch him, and the story of the Moonstone changed his life and philosophy thoroughly. What happened the day they met, predestined events that would have happened anyway, but this was the best way to start them. After his encounter with the Professor, Daniel improved his results and soon was admitted to the University where Stransky taught. It had been several years since the meeting between the mysterious Professor and the boy with extraordinary power. Some very important moments of this meeting were engraved in the memories of both of them, but they seemed to be replaced by others, required by the present. When they met again, the thought of these past memories lurked in their minds as if this meeting had not been fully completed and that gave them no peace day or night. For a long time none of them had remembered their first encounter. While Professor Stransky was telling the legend of the Moonstone, however, something had broken in both of them and they had started tying up the events of their lives that had led to this current moment when the story of The Moonstone was perceived as fact rather than fiction.

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

This wasn’t a bad idea for a book, but it was very confusing. I had no idea what was goin on fo at least half the book. I didn’t hate it but it wasn’t blow-me-away-amazing. I think there was way too much going on at once. Giants, the Moon, reincarnated kid, sleeping parents, and love. It was a lot and a little hard to follow. I really enjoyed the romance parts at the end even though I don’t particulary like romance novels. *props to Meglena*

Characters:

In this book there was very little character development, and that bothered me a little bit. By page 100 I still didn’t understand the point of the girl even being there. By the end I knew what her point was, though. I liked Professor Stransky because he liked reading and learning. Daniel, although being the main character, didn’t help the story a ton. He didn’t hurt the story, but there wasn’t a huge point for him to be there. By the end of the book I still didn’t understand that Kyle was using Daniel as a host. I thought he was a completely different person. I have no idea why I thought that, but I did.

Who Would I Be?:

I would be Professor Stransky because he’s my favorite character and he spends his time reading all day. Come on, that would be awesome :) He was my favorite character because he had the most development throughout the book. I knew the most about him. I liked that he likes learning, but who devotes their whole life learning about one stone. That still puzzles me. Wouldn’t you want to do something worthwhile with your life other than be an expert on one simple thing?

Big thanks to Meglena for sending me this book! I am so glad that I got to read and review it for you. I loved emailing back and forth and getting to know you better!

P.S. I think you would be very good in more of a romance genre because the best parts of the book were the romance parts!

Thanks again! Love, Aubrey Joy

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