‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ by J.K.Rowling – Book Review *Bonus*

 

Four Out Of Five Stars ****

Link to this book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1.Harry_Potter_and_the_Half_Blood_Prince

Forgot about this review and decided to post it as ‘Deathly Hallows’ seemed to get some attention 🙂

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The sixth Harry Potter book! It only seemed like yesterday that i picked up Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Sorcerers Stone in some places) in January. How we have progressed from little eleven year old Harry, to the dashing sixteen year old!

The first point that I would like to…uh..point out is that OMG! Harry Potter is in a relationship with GINNY WEASLY! I was not expecting that! So glad though. Cho Chang was totally not his type.

Call me strange, but I really can’t seem to keep myself away from spoilers. And this book was no different. I was Googling Ginny Weasly, just checking that she was a suitable match and getting a visual, when I came across this Wikipedia page. Now, this certain Wikipedia page told me that Ginny and Harry TIED THE KNOT! But only in the film and not the book.

WHAT?

Please no! I realise that in the end of this book, Harry ended the relationship with Ginny. But why did the producers of the movie have to add that in? If Rowling didn’t want there to be any more romance between the two, then WHY ADD IT IN? Mindboggling. Plus, it’s confusing me.

I HAVE to read Deathly Hallows now.

The Second point, (niggle really) is how on earth does Harry buy christmas presents? In the books, there is never any mention that he travels to any place to buy gifts. Diagon Alley is probably the only place to buy such things and there is no mention that Harry has traveled there. I’m puzzled. Of course I realise that Rowling couldn’t add everyhting into the book, like how many times a day Harry went to the bathroom. That would totally become a bestseller. O.O

Third Point, in The Half Blood Prince, we find out a few things about Snape. More correctly, we find out that he is a traitor.  Also, Draco Malfroy is still a snotty-nosed brat. Grrr. I want to kick him up the bum for Harry. That bit with Crabb and Goyle! Hilerious!

There was one particular part in this book that completely tickled me pink. Harry, Ron and Herminone were taking an apparition practise class. They had to disapear and then reapear inside a hoop that was a few feet in front of them. I think it was Neville Longbottom that the incident happened to. Forgive me if my facts are wrong. Anyhow, Longbottom  fell  into the hoop and looked so pleased with himself, having thinking that he had mastered the class. BUT, he had in fact, fallen in. It was amazing.

The unfortunate demise of Hogwarts headmaster has greatly intrigued me. I wish to very much read Deathly Hallows and possibly watch the films. (I have not been watching the films whilst reading the books.)

That, i think is enough review for one book 🙂

Star 😛

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ by J.K. Rowling – Book Review

(Using this cover because it’s the best one. The one that I read had a boring cover.)

Link to this book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/818056.Harry_Potter_and_the_Deathly_Hallows

Four Out Of Five Stars ****

 

I finally made it to the end of the Harry Potter series! I started the books in January and by reading a Potter book a month I have finished the series in July.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is definatly the most serious book of of the series. Harry, Ron and Hermionie are on the run from the Ministry of Magic and Voldemort, while trying to complete the quest that Dumbledore set for them before he died. Which was to find the seven horcruxes that contained parts of Voldemorts soul.

Another reason that this book was so different from the others might be due to the fact that Harry didn’t set a foot inside Hogwarts until the very end of the book. From Book One to Book Six, Harry has been at Hogwarts, outwitting the teachers, moaning about Snape (Snape! Snape! We’ll get to him a bit later.), rolling his eyes with Ron about the general brainy-ness of Herminone, sneaking out to see Hagrid…all that good stuff.

More people died in this book. In all of the books, people have died. Important people. But in this book it was people we actually knew and remebered from perhaps ALL of the previous books.

(I’ve been looking forward to writing this bit!)
Snape!!!
WHAT? He was am amazing character. He was a triple agent! Woah! I had suspected that he liked Potters mother. Probably because i read reviews that contained spoilers, before i read the book. Never do that. So the questions stands. Should Lily have ended up with Snape or was she better of with James? Would she still have died?

The one thing that I thought was a little…off…was that Lupin and Tonks had a baby. Thats all very well, but why would you go off and leave your baby to go and fight Voldemort…Stay with the baby! So poor Harry Potter has become a godfather, just like Sirus Black was to him.

I loved the end chapter. I thought that was perfect! I watched that scene from the movie as well, and it was lovely! Ron with his belly! ha! But…Albus Severus? Bit of a mouthful isn’t it? I’m going into fangirl mode. Let’s calm it down a little.

There was just one other thing. Why didn’t they say who the new Headmaster was? I know that Neville Longbottom was a teacher, but who’s headmaster? Rather annoying not knowing. Guess we’ll never know now….

Star 😛

‘Sever’ by Lauren DeStefano – Cover Review *Bonus*

Today I’m going to review the cover of Sever, the third installment of the Chemical Garden trilogy that comes out on February 12th 2013.

Please note that this is not a cover reveal.

(Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chemical-Garden-Trilogy-Lauren-Destefano/dp/1442409096 )  Preorder it!

(Goodreads Link:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12383869-sever )  Read some funny reviews of the cover! Seriously, they have Gifs of Michael Caine.

Things I Like:

*The Dress. Beautiful dress. Almost wedding material. But she’s already married. Two books ago infact.

*The Hair. Lovely hair. Wish I had hair like that.

* The Face. The Face is rather pretty. At least we can see all of it this time.

*The Plane. Do they have airplanes in these books? I don’t think that we have really explored the technical gadgets of this series yet. Gonna be interesting.

*Quite like the bench thing she’s sitting on. I could sit on that and write blog posts that would attract the attention of  millions of people and become a World Blogger…does such a thing already exist?

*The Books I approve of. The top one has UORR written on it, it’s possible that the rest of it is hidden by the broccoli (See below), but I googled UORR anyway and it seems that DeStefano is using Upward- Only Rent Reviews in this book. Could be a protest…

Things I Don’t Like:

*The Bird. Probably significant to the story, that Bird is. But it has a shifty look about him, I don’t trust it.

*The Apples. This isn’t an advert for a grocery store. This is Sever, third installment of the Chemical Garden trilogy. Maybe they got it mixed up with Snow White. Perhaps it’s a plug for Snow White! “Now that you’ve read the Third Installment of the Chemical Garden Trilogy, go and read my retelling of Snow White, where the wicked stepmother is actually in Drag!”  That’s what must have happened.

*The Ring. On Amazon you can ZOOM! Yeah! So…I zoomed in. The model is holding a ring in her hand. Why? Why would she still have Lindens ring? Most people love Linden…I don’t. Why would you love a man who can’t even wipe his own bum? Moving on…

* The Green. Plugging again? This time for Green Lantern. The green background is just a little off- putting.

*The Broccoli. Nononononono. WHY? Totally ruined the effect! Well…i think it’s broccoli. Zoom in and see for yourself  🙂 Comment and tell me what you think the green tree thing is.

The only thing that I’m unsure about is the Globe. I fail to see the point. But of course…there isn’t one. It’s a globe. Globes don’t have points, you see. Hm.

Overall Thoughts:

I will defiantly be reading it, despite the cover. But I did find six things that I liked and five things I didn’t so that puts it in favour doesn’t it? To be honest, I want to see the back of it. The back cover. I should do a review on that when the time comes, eh? Back Cover Review. Let’s start a trend. O_O

Thankyou for reading! Please tell me what you thought! Next post is on Thursday!

Star 😛

‘Fever’ by Lauren DeStefano ~ Book Review

 

Four Out Of Five Stars  **** (Link to this book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11112619-fever )

To be honest, Fever felt like a long chapter. Not a novel. This wasnt because I read it fast, I’m not a fast reader. It just had the feeling that there could have been a lot more content in Fever. Wither (the first in the series) was only twenty or so pages more than Fever, in which case it couldn’t have been because the book was short.

Throughout the book (we’ll call it a book because that’s what it is. Just because i think it should have had more stuff in it doesn’t mean that it was inadequate.), Rhine was unwell. First the Angels Blood, next the June Beans. It didn’t feel like Rhine was the one telling the story. It was strange. What happened to the strong girl that ran away from her husbands mansion in order to get to her twin?

It might have been that Rhine was almsot told as a prostitute. Almost, people. Almost. Read the book to see what the almost consists of.

The ending was fabulous. Not because it ended, but the way in which it ended. Even though Fever was not as good as Wither, i’m still looking foreward to the third book in the Chemical Gardern series.

The sequel’s are almost always disapointing. Let’s hope that the third will redeem everything that has happened so far, and that Rhine makes that final choice!

Star 😛

 

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend ~ *Bonus* Book Review

 

Three Out Of Five Stars *** Link to this book on Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54241.The_Secret_Diary_Of_Adrian_Mole_Aged_13_3_4

 

I read this book fairly quickly inbetween other books, so I thought a little bonus review might be a good idea!

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Ages 13 3/4 is written in the form of a diary, and it spans over the course of a year. During that year, Adrians’ mother has an affair with the neighbour, Adrian measures his ‘thing’, he also gets a girlfriend. Wonderful teenage stuff.

I borrowed this book out of my library for my tweleve year old brother, but it had a lot of adult content between its pages, so i think he’ll have to wait another year so that he can have the joy of reading this book.

It was quite funny. Not exactly hilarious, but funny nevertheless.

Overall verdict: Not as good as Diary of a Wimpy Kid even though Adrian Mole was written more than fifteen years earlier.

Star 😛

 

 

Wither by Lauren DeStefano ~ Book Review

5 Out Of 5 Stars  *****  🙂  (

Link for this book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8525590-wither  )

I read Wither in September of 2011 and thought it was a great book! That was basically it. A great book. I remembered most of the important story-lines, but missed some touches that would no doubt explain more about the second novel. One thing that shocked me the second time i read Wither, is that i forgot Rhine was Heterochromia, having two different eye colours.

By the time i had read Wither for the second time, i was convinced that Lauren DeStefano was a genius. (Before i explain, why is it that many YA authors have the same first name? Lauren? Lovely name i must admit. Do people with this name automatically want to be YA authors? I am perplexed.) Moving on.

DeStefano has created a world which shouldn’t be questioned. In only one book, she has totally changed the way in which the world works. It wasn’t over the top, you didn’t need to have a scientific mind to understand what had happened to the world.

Beautiful cover. (I prefer it to Fever…shhh! Don’t tell!) It has more deatail and i like that it tells a story and makes you feel clever.

Not bad for a debut, Lauren! Thought it totally deserves the five stars!

Star 😛

( I’m going to try and post reviews every Thursday. The next review will be ‘Fever’ by Lauren DeStefano. See what i did there?)

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ by EL James – Review

Fifty Shades of Grey – Book Review

Link for this book on Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10818853-fifty-shades-of-grey

Christain and Anastasia first meet when she falls into his office. Quite literally. This book originally started out on a writing website as a twilight fan fiction, and to my mind… the Twilight aspect of Fifty Shades of Grey hasn’t been censored completly from its pages.

Edward has been recast as the rich, the beautiful, the possesive…Christain Grey. So only the name has changed then.
Bella is now Anastasia Steele, the clumsy, mousy haired, student-about-to graduate that Grey falls in love with.

Jacob Blackalso makes an appearance as Jose. The photographer whom also sometimes fixes Bella…sorry I mean, Anastasia’s car. Should i also mention that  Jose  is in love with Anastasia?

Talking of the car, that particular vehicle also has it’s own little subplot. During the first chapter, we find out that it has a name. Wanda. Seeing as we all know that Ms. James is a fan of S. Meyer, is it possible that she has also taken a character from another of Meyer’s books? Does The Host ring any bells? Might i also add that Chritstain buys Anastasia a new car towards the end of the book? Just like Twilight?

I’m starting to wonder why this book is such a hit. Of course, many people like the BDSM side, but doesn’t it matter if the story is actaully well written? Same as with Twilight, although…Edwards secret was a little more acceptable. In my mind.

I don’t intend to read the other two books, mainly because i already know the general idea of the next books in the trilogy. They get back together, they fight, they confess their undying love, she leaves. And so on and so on.

The only way that I can sum up this book is this: They fall in love, they get kinky, they fight, he whips her, and then she leaves.

I understand that Twilight inspired this book, but wouldn’t it have been better for humankind if the author had tried to make it less like Twilight?

Laters, baby.

Star 😛