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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J. K. Rowling

27 Mar

Read in 2013

 

Format – Hardback Book

 

Synopsis – Harry is furious that he has been abandoned at the Dursleys’ house for the summer, for he suspects that Voldemort is gathering an army, that he himself could be attacked, and that his so-called friends are keeping him in the dark. Finally being rescued by wizard bodyguards, he
discovers that Dumbledore is regrouping the Order of the Phoenix – a secret society first formed years ago to fight Voldemort. But the Ministry of Magic is against the Order, lies are being spread by the wizards’ tabloid, the Daily Prophet, and Harry fears that he may have to take on this epic battle against evil alone.

 

My Thoughts – I have been re-reading my favourite book series on and off for months. These books are solely responsible for my love of reading and are pretty much the only books that i have read over and over and over.

 

In this book Harry is trying to persuade the wizarding world that Voldemort is back but nobody will believe him. Also he has disturbing links with Voldemort, has an evil teacher at Hogwarts, gets suspended from Quiddich and meets Hagrids half brother who just so happens to be a giant.

 

This is my second favourite book in the series and for me its the turning point between Harry being a child and not understanding why Voldemort is trying to kill him and Harry becoming an adult and can understand what he has to do to defeat evil.

 

This is also the first book where death really starts coming to Harry and its kind of a reflection onhow dark the series is going to get.

 

I love love love these books and cant say enough good things about it. Its a must read for anyone, young or old.

 

Rating – 5/5

Alana Weatherbee #1 – Jack Sorenson

21 Sep

Started – 19/8/12

Finished – 16/9/12

Format – Kindle e-book

 

Synopsis – Fifteen year old Alana Weatherbee leaves home for the first time to study at the School of Shines of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Finding herself the school outcast, she gains acceptance by becoming champion of the Labyrinth Games in spite of her teammates, the school bullies. Then Alana meets Logan, another outcast and, together, they fight to save their world from the evil Book of Spells.

 

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book as it was free on Amazon and it really sounded like a book that i could get into.

 

This book is about Alana Weatherbee who attends the Shines School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She becomes part of a team to take part in a series of games. Its here that she meets Logan who becomes her boyfriend and they take part in an adventure.

 

Now this all sounds so promising but unfortunatly it just wasnt. To start with i just couldnt get over how simular this book was to Harry Potter, which could be a good thing, but in this case it just wasnt. The whole school setup was so simular, the headmaster was almost a carbon copy of Dumbledore and the Labyrinth games was very simular to the Triwizard Tornament.

 

Also the book just seemed to give a very basic outline of the plot and then not go into anymore detail, it was almost like i was reading a draft of the story. This book had so much potental but unfortunatly it just didnt interest me.

 

I didnt understand the relevance to Logan at all and what benefit he had on the story. I didnt understand the book of spells part either.

 

This is a book that i didnt enjoy at all and maybe i should start to read reviews on Amazon before i download a book again.

 

Rating – 1/5

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling

7 Sep

Synopsis – 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 and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to be attended. But Harry can’t know that the atmosphere is darkening around him, and his worst enemy is preparing a fate that it seems will be inescapable …With characteristic wit, fast-paced humour and marvellous emotional depth, J.K. Rowling has proved herself yet again to be a master story-teller.

 

My Thoughts – As many people know The Harry Potter series are my favourite books of all time and every now and again i do re-read the series. This is the fourth book in the series and although its not one of my favourites its still good.

 

In this book Harry goes back to Hogwarts to start his fourth year at the school. During this year the Twiwizard tornament is held at the school which adds an added depth and excitement to the book. During the year Harry and his friends go through the normal things, lessons, fallings out, adventures and excitement.

 

This is the first of the ‘big’ books in the series and i think this is where we start to see the series turn a little bit darker. What with ‘Mad-eye’ Moody and the plot surrounding him and also the rise of You Know Who towards the end of the book it does start to pave the way for the more adult story lines of the series.

 

This is the book where death is also started to be explored which more me is a vital part of the book. However, its not all doom and gloom there are things like the Yule Ball which adds a bit more fun to the books and reminds the reader that Harry and his friends are still children.

 

While this book is massive in comparison to the books previously, i always find it easy reading and the pages just flow once i pick the book up. Although this book isnt my favourite i do enjoy the story to it.

 

Rating – 5/5

Magical Quotes and Words of Wisdom From Harry Potter – Samuel Penny

20 Jul

Started – 1/7/12

Finished – 8/7/12

Format – Kindle e-book

 

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book from the kindle store earlier in the year, but having gone back to link to the synopsis, its no longer a book on Amazon. I’m not sure if its been taken off, or whether its my links not working properly.

 

This book is basically a collection of different moments from the Harry Potter books. There is one quote per kindle page and at times they are funny, sometimes sad, sometimes ones to make you think. Also thrown in are several quotes from the author, J. K. Rowling. I found these parts quite fascinating as she doesnt all that often speak about her books and little hidden information about the plot and characters.

 

To be honest, this book was ok, but as it was just a load of moments from the Harry Potter series out of context, it did get a little boring towards the end. I am a massive massive Harry Potter fan, these books are the reason that i have got so much into reading, but for me the book needed some more explainations, maybe putting the quotes into context or explaining a bit about them.

 

I did like this book, but i think its one to dip in and out of. I’m a little bit torn as to who to recommend them too as Harry Potter fans might not like the whole out of context thing, and those that have never read Harry Potter might not understand the quotes and why some of them are so powerful. Still, this book was free and im quite glad i didnt pay money for it, as i already have the quotes in context in the series.

 

Rating – 3/5

Sin and Sacrifice – Danielle Bourdon (Daughters of Eve #1)

10 Apr

Started – 2/4/12

Finished – 8/4/12

Format – Kindle e-book

 

Synopsis

Evelyn Grant, along with her four sisters, have a secret. A secret the Knights Templar want for themselves. It all went back to the Garden of Eden and the Tree of Knowledge and Life. The Knights will do anything to exploit the girls and their access to that sacred place, but one man, government agent Rhett Nichols, is set to the task of saving the women from torture and even death.

He succeeds—and he fails.

After centuries of being hunted, would Evelyn ever be able to trust the one person who might be able to help her? On the run, Evelyn and Rhett face off against their adversary and she’s left with no choice but to put her life in his hands.

 

My thoughts – I downloaded this book as it was free for a day on amazon, along with the other books in the trilogy. I really enjoyed this book.

 

This book is about Evelyn and her four sisters, who although they seem normal on the outside, they are hiding a huge secret. A huge adventure happens when an event unfolds ( i dont really want to say what it is incase others want to read the book!) Due to this event, the lovely Rhett makes an appearance. Now Evelyn is not the only one hiding a secret, Rhett is too. This book is a great mystery story, a little like the Dan Brown books, a bit of romance, but not too much, suspense and lots more thrown in.

 

This book was a little bit gruesome in places, personally I’m not a fan of two much blood, but i think that this story needed the odd part to illustrate a few points. For once i think that violence in a book was just about right.

 

There were several other twists and turns in this book, some that left me gasping and at a couple of points i couldnt believe what was happening, i really liked these parts.

 

The synopsis above doesnt really do the book justice, it was much better than that. I have the other two books also on my kindle, so i’ll be reading them soon, i just want to ration them a bit so that i enjoy them more.

 

I really enjoyed this book and i would recommend it to other people.

 

Rating – 4/5

The Firestone Crystal – Linda M. David

3 Apr

Started – 24/3/12

Finished – 2/3/12

Format – Kindle e-book

 

Synopsis – Agathea Fulstropp is a lonely 11-year-old girl, a bit on the moody side, and more than a little spoilt.

She is looking forward to a luxury break in the Caribbean with her parents, but is livid when they announce that the trip has to be cancelled due to work commitments! So instead of spending six weeks sunning herself on a tropical beach, Thea – as she insists on being called – finds herself unceremoniously packed up, and sent off to stay with a grandfather she barely knows for the entire summer!

But it turns out to be the best summer of her life when her grandfather has a strange reunion with a mysterious childhood friend, and she is given the opportunity of a lifetime.

To visit a world beyond the stars, and become Earth’s first student to be enrolled in an experimental Inter-Planetary Education Programme at the Firestone Academy, where lessons in telepathy, mind-reading and astral projection are the norm.

Things, however, are not as straightforward as they seem. One of her fellow students makes no secret of the fact that he despises her, and will stop at nothing to make her leave…she is having increasingly disturbingly vivid dreams…and just who is that hideously deformed cave creature, and more to the point, what does it want with her?

 

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book as it was a freebie for a day over at amazon. I am so glad that i did. This book tells the story of Agathea, or Thea, a spoilt only child who is sent away to stay with her grandfather for the summer holidays. It is here that she meets an alien who takes her away to summer school on a far away planet. There is lots going on at the school, friendships, lessons, all new things, but also something a lot more sinister.

 

I really enjoyed the plot of this book, i do enjoy books that are set within the school environment (blame Enid Blyton and the St Claires and Mallory Towers series’) and this was another enjoyable read for me. I felt like it was easy to understand and follow as sometimes there are books set in outer space that are difficult to get into. But with this book, it was easy to follow.

 

I ended up really liking Thea by the end of the book, as towards the start i found her very spoilt and not all that likeable. There was the usual young adult plot line, parents away so sent to live with relative that is not liked. I felt in this case that this was well done.

 

I really couldnt guess who was the ‘spy’ in the book, i kept changing my mind over about four of the characters, and in the end i was horribly wrong! Who would have seen this twist coming? It was fantastic and a brilliant end to the book.

 

Although this is a young adult book, i really enjoyed it. This is not just a book for children, its also good for adults too, i would recommend this one to anybody. The book has gone back up to cost, but it is still under £2 on amazon. I would have quite happily have paid for this book, its very good and well worth a couple of quid!

 

Rating – 5/5

Witchfinder: Dawn of the Demontide – William Hussey

15 Mar

Started – 7/3/12

Finished – 14/3/12

Format – Paperback

 

Synopsis – The first in a terrifying trilogy, read on if you dare: Jake could now see the demon fully. Its body was a mass of steely sinew, its arms roped with muscle. Six fingers sprouted from its hands, each ending in lethal talons. The thing did not possess a nose; instead a large hole, bubbling with green mucus, occupied the middle of its face. Mr Pinch’s tongue flickered between his teeth and slurped across his fat lips. He was hungry. When a violent storm rages around the little village of Hobarron’s Hollow, a young boy is sacrificed ‘for the greater good’. His blood is used to seal a mystical doorway and prevent an apocalyptic disaster known only as the Demontide. Twenty-five years later, another boy, Jake Harker, is about to be drawn into the nightmare of the Demontide. Witches and their demon familiars stalk his every move, and his dreams are plagued by visions of a 17th Century figure known only as the Witchfinder. When his father is abducted, Jake must face the terrible secrets kept by those closest to him and a shocking truth that will change his life forever . . .

 

My Thoughts – I won this book in a competition back in 2010 on the BCF. This was a new book and author to me. This book is about Jake, who is launched into an adventure with demons, magic and strangeness. He looses someone very dear to him and because of that he is moved away to stay with an ‘aunt’ for a while. This is where things start to change for Jake and he needs to solve the puzzle left to him by his father before it is too late for him and all of humankind.

 

This book is good, its young adult, probably geared towards male readers, but as a girl i enjoyed it a lot too. I did think parts of it were quite gory, but for a younger audience this is probably right up the street for them.

 

The only real criticism was for me the characters were a little bit confusing and who was who. There seemed to be a lot of characters for the book, but as this is a trilogy maybe some more of the characters will be explored a bit as the series progresses.

 

I really enjoyed this book, it’s not just for the young adult market, i think adults will enjoy it too. After reading the book i found out that the author is actually quite local to me, so for me this is a little bit of a bonus. I will definitely be getting my hands on the next in the trilogy.

 

Rating – 4/5