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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

The Casual Vacancy – J. K. Rowling

3 Nov

Started – 21/10/12

Finished – 27/10/12

Format – Hardback Book

Synopsis – When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils… Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.

My Thoughts – I have been looking forward to reading this book since it was announced earlier this year. J. K. Rowling is my favourite author of all time and I was so excited that she was going to release another book.

This book is about a small town called Pagford and the people that live there. It is a simple English town or villiage and it really made me feel like it could have been set anywhere. To me it really made me think that this town was a very similar place to where i live now.

There are a lot of characters in this book and it did confuse me a little bit because i couldnt always remember who was who to start with but towards the middle i had managed to get this through my head. I did like how the different characters had different chapters and by doing this the reader was able to grasp there thoughts and feelings which for me was a good thing. I love books that read like this.

I know that this book is a book for adults but even so it does have themes about prostitution, bribery, violience, drugs and all things like that. I think that it worked within this book and it wasnt too over the top and i think it actually added to the theme of the book, that a lot of things go one behind closed doors that others do not know about.

The ending of this book was so sad and i had to read a couple of pages a few times to make sure i was reading it right. It actually made me cry a little bit and this is quite unusual for me with a book, it does only happen once in a while.

I have read a few reviews that have said that this book is not Harry Potter. No its not Harry Potter, its a completely different book and to be honest im very pleased that she has written something very different. It just shows that she is a very talented author and i throughly have enjoyed ALL of her books!

Rating – 5/5

Super Excited – The Casual Vacancy!

25 Sep

Ok, so I’m really really excited for this book to be out! J. K. Rowling is one of the main reasons as to why i am such a book-a-holic. I love the Harry Potter series and have read the books probably over 30 times all the way through the series. They are my favourite books of all time and i love them.

When all the speculation came out about her new book i knew that i had to have it. Yes i know that it’s not going to be anything like the Harry Potter books and to be honest i wouldn’t want it to be. I think people sometimes forget that the whole magical world came out of her head and to be honest i think she has many more books there too.

I have pre-ordered this book, something that i havent done since Deathly Hallows and i am so excited to get it. Its released on Thursday and i know that it probably wont arrive until early next week but i am excited that i already have my copy out there somewhere!

Its 512 pages long and written for an adult audience so im very excited to read this as ive kind of grown up with her books too so i feel its only right that it be an adult book.

I do think that a lot of people will make the comparison between this and the Harry Potter series but i do think its important to go into this with an open mind and just see if i enjoy it. Hopefully i will!

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

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azcaban – J. K. Rowling

29 Feb

Synopsis – When Harry and his best friends go back for their third year at Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There’s an escaped mass-murderer on the loose and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school. Lessons, however, must go on and there are lots of new subjects in third year – Care of Magical Creatures and Divination among others – to take Harry’s mind off things!

 

My Thoughts – I am slowly dipping in and out of The Harry Potter Series and after a couple of months i have finished Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azcaban. I have re-read this book probably about 50 or so times, because this is my favourite book of the series. I do understand how others say that this book doesnt fit in with all the others. It is the only book not to feature Voldemort directly, he is only mentioned, but i feel that the series would not make any sense without this book. It is kind of the stepping stone between the very child like and slim first couple of books and the very much larger and more dark next four books.

 

I enjoy the story of this book, while there is a mass murderer on the loose there is still the magic of the world of Harry Potter. Hogwarts is still there, with the dementors guarding it now, and the village of Hogsmead is introduced too. One of my favourite chapters is also introduced in this book Professor Lupin, I love him and his wise words and the mystery surrounding his illness in this book.

 

I find it very difficult to write my thoughts on the Harry Potter series, as i enjoy them so much. Basically if you havent read them, do. If you have read them, read them again.

 

I am excited that J. K. Rowling is writing a new book, i knew in my heart of hearts that it wouldnt be another book in this series, but there will always be a little part of me that wishes that there will be.

 

Rating – 5/5

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – J. K. Rowling

4 Oct

Synopsis – Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon’s house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him who’s parents have been killed in a ‘car crash’. He is bullied by them and his fat, spoilt cousin Dudley, and lives a very unremarkable life with only the odd hiccup (like his hair growing back overnight!) to cause him much to think about. That is until an owl turns up with a letter addressed to Harry and all hell breaks loose! He is literally rescued by a world where nothing is as it seems and magic lessons are the order of the day. Read and find out how Harry discovers his true heritage at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, the reason behind his parents mysterious death, who is out to kill him, and how he uncovers the most amazing secret of all time, the fabled Philosopher’s Stone! All this and muggles too. Now, what are they?

My Thoughts – I decided that it was time to give my favourite books of all time a re-read! I love these books so much and i can safely say these are my favourite books. This is one of my favourite books of the series i just love reading how Harry discovers the magical world. This book you can really tell that it is a childrens book, very simple language, not a very big book, in comparision to the others. i dont have much to say on this book, apart from i love them!

Rating 5/5

Tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K Rowling

29 Dec

Synopsis – You’ve never heard of The Tales of Beedle the Bard?’ said Ron incredulously. ‘You’re kidding, right?’ (From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) Published by the charity Lumos in association with Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is the first new book from J. K. Rowling since the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The Tales of Beedle the Bard played a crucial role in assisting Harry, with his friends Ron and Hermione, to finally defeat Lord Voldemort. Fans will be thrilled to have this opportunity to read the tales in full. An exciting addition to the canon of Harry Potter, the tales reveal the wonderful versatility of the author, as she tackles with relish the structure and varying tones of a classic fairy tale. There are five tales: ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’, recounted in Deathly Hallows, plus ‘The Fountain of Fair Fortune’, ‘The Warlock’s Hairy Heart’, ‘The Wizard and the Hopping Pot’, and ‘Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump’. Each has its own magical character and will bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril. Translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, the tales are introduced and illustrated by J. K. Rowling. Also included are notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore, which appear by kind permission of the Hogwarts Headmasters’ Archive

My thoughts – this is a lovely little book, a must read for all Harry Potter fans. Im not too sure how well this book would read if you were unaware of the harry potter books. They are lovely fairy stories and i could quite imagine reading them to children as a bedtime story. The notes by Albus Dumbledore added a more adult side to the book. I would recommend this book to any Harry Potter fan, it was a lovely little read. It only contained five short stories so i read it very quickly. I would say that this book would be better suited to children, however adults will enjoy it too.