Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #2
Genre: Middle Grade/ Fantasy/Magic
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
Publication Date: July 2nd, 1998
Edition: Paperback, 341 pages
Source: Purchased
Purchase/Pre-Order: Amazon US | Kobo | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | iBooks | BAM

     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 Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, 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?
This book took me months to get through. And I know exactly why; this is my least favorite HP book. I have never liked this book, I don't know if I ever will. 

I don't know what it is about this book that has me not like it that much or at all. But I just don't. Maybe it's from how dumb everybody seems to be, 'cause how can anybody think that Lockhart is actually capable of anything? Sure, he's a charismatic author, but once he actually does any kind of magic in front of people they should catch on that he's useless. It especially bothers me how Hermione doesn't see through the rouse. She believes him because he's attractive, and for me, that goes against her character.

I do like how this book does tie in close with book 6, but we don't know that until book 6. The end when Harry is talking to Tom is really the best part of the book in my opinion. It's when we see Voldemort at his most human, really get to see where his motives come from for the first time. 

But the rest of the book is really just mediocre in my opinion. Especially when compared to the rest of the series. 

I don't "hate" this book as its own book. I just think it's one of the weaker books in the series.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

I have a number of books that I've received from NetGalley that I need to read, and I still have a few on my shelf that I really need to read. They've been there for a couple of years unread. I really don't like having unread books on my shelf for that long. Book cover linked to Goodreads page.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Music Monday: The Champs and Buffalo Springfeild

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Music Monday! This weekly meme was created by Lauren @Always Me. Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately! If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: The Witch's Daughter (Irish Witch #2) by Leigh Ann Edwards || Friday 50/50: Favorite/ Least Favorite Series Cover Set

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

I'm about 40% into this book right now.
Book one Review

     Healer, witch, and commoner Alainn McCreary battles valiantly to control her growing magical powers and to ignore her doomed yearning for noble Killian O’Brien, a man who is far above her station and betrothed to a noble, dark-eyed Scottish beauty. Alone, she continues her quest to break the bitter curse that dooms not only the powerful O’Brien Clan but also Alainn and Killian’s future happiness. 
     Threatened by dark forces, a powerful chieftain, and a suspicious priest, loyal, valiant and handsomely virile Killian vows to fight at his beloved Alainn’s side even as he realizes time is running out for both of them. 
     The Witch’s Daughter, set in the mystical landscape of ancient Ireland, weaves romance, adventure, and the supernatural into a sensual tale of love and longing that darkly whispers “What wouldn’t you do for love?”

Book Beginning:
  Ireland 1536
In a stare of nearing exhaustion, Alainn dodged the horse and cart trundling into her path and hurried along the crowded street.

My 56:
The elderly man grew sad and nodded. "Aye, as the druid blood grows more dilute, the ways are being lost. And with men such as your husband and many others opposed to passing the teachings onto their children, one day we will be no more, I fear."


50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.

Falling Kingdoms

Wilding Pack Wolves
(They're real bad)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Review: The Farrier's Daughter by Leigh Ann Edwards

Title: The Farrier's Daughter
Author: Leigh Ann Edwards
Series: Irish Witch #1
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: July 7th, 2016
Edition: Kindle Edition, 177 pages
Source: NetGalley
Purchase/Pre-Order: Amazon US | Kobo | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | iBooks

     In 16th Century Ireland. Young and beautiful Alainn McCreary, healer in training to the powerful O’Brien Clan, is on the cusp of discovering she possesses vast and unusual supernatural powers, which she hopes will help her unlock the secrets of her past and break the curse on the O’Brien Clan.
     Alainn is counseled to hide her magical abilities, but how can she when dark forces rise up to threaten not only the O’Brien Clan, but Alainn and the life of the Chieftain’s beloved, but forbidden nephew, Killian O’Brien, a man Alainn has loved as long as she can remember?

It's tough for me to start this review. I thought this was a YA book. The cover and the synopsis sounded very "YA" to me. Not that it's a bad thing, but this book isn't exactly YA. The main character, Alainn, is only 17 but her love interest Killian is I think supposed to be around 21. There is also a fair amount of sex and implied sex in this book. But it never gets overly descriptive to the point where it's smut.

The dialog was hard to follow sometimes because the author used slightly Old English for when people spoke. Which makes sense for the setting, but it was sometimes difficult to read, especially at night when I was slightly tired.

While the romance was mainly the focus of the book, it was in a way that made sense, and actually moved the plot along nicely. We all know and have read books where a romance is the focus and it just doesn't work and makes the story a little stagnant. *cough*twilight*cough*.

I wasn't sure how accurate the last names she chose for her characters are. She used a lot of names that started with O' and while that is how some Irish names are, that actually isn't the majority. 

I have already started the second book, and have the rest of the series (all from NetGalley) ready to read. I am pretty excited to read this series. It's really interesting and well written.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Throwback Freebie: My Favorite Books Since I Started Blogging

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

I've had this blog since 2010, but I didn't start book blogging until around 2013. I'm going to try to list them in order of when I read it. Also, looking back at my early reviews, I read a LOT of shit books because they were free, or 0.99.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
     For some reason, I didn't write a review of this book. I need to re-read it.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
     I love this series, and this opening book was fantastic. I am a little behind on the series, I haven't purchased, or read, book 5 yet.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
     This was a series that I was reluctant to read at first because I thought it was a companion series that wasn't going to focus on a clear plot across the whole series, which is fine in contemporary, but in a fantasy I want them to be connected. But I am so, so glad I read it. I love this series, and Cinder is in my top 5 favorite characters ever.

Rex Rising by Chrystalla Thoma
     This series was a surprise. So good, so unique. I mention this series every chance I get because I want more people to read it. I'm only sharing book one here 'cause I didn't read them back to back

Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
    By far one of the more unique fantasy's I have read. I love that it was a take on Russian folklore. Not many books focus too much on eastern European tales.

Vain by Fisher Amelie
     My first contemporary book on the list. Okay, this book might seem like one that isn't very good. Might seem a little cookie cutter. But it is not. This book is a great coming of age story, it made me cry. I love this book. I am still waiting for book four, it's been literal years. I needs it.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
      It's been a while since I've read this, but I still remember how good it is. And really, one of the greatest things about this book is how young the author is, and how well written it is. It's written as if she's a seasoned author but was maybe 22 when this was published. The world building is rich and actually thought out.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
     My first Sanderson book, don't know why it took me so long to read his book. This series is amazing. I still need to read the final book in the series. I think I'm waiting to just buy the box set and marathon them.

The Shadow Revolution by Clay and Susan Griffith
     Steampunk, Victorian era, wizards, gunslingers, werewolves, strong independent women. This book series is awesome.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
     It was tough choosing the tenth book for this list. I had to go with this one. A retelling of a Russian fairy tale. Beautiful writing, I had a hard time figuring out how to pronounce people's names, but it never took away from the writing or anything.