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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


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


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.


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.


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


  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*


  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


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


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*


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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Woah, Dere Wednesday (4)

Today I just finished Envy (The Fury Trilogy #2) – Elizabeth Miles and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. I cannot wait to pick up the last book in this series and finishing it out! I liked the first one, Fury (The Fury Trilogy #1) – Elizabeth Miles better than this one, but I still enjoyed the second installment. I like the characters in these books and, like I said, continue with the third. I just started The Legend of the Moonstone: A Series for Kids and Young Adults – Meglena Ivanova. I’m not far enough into it to know if I will enjoy it or not, but I’m excited to read it! It seems so interesting :)


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