Review: Pottemore Presents Short Stories by J. K. Rowling.

It’s the month of Halloween! I can easily associate Harry Potter with almost any time of the year, but especially Halloween. For starters, there are the glorious Halloween feasts at Hogwarts and it is the anniversary of Nearly Headless Nick’s deathday. However, the most significant part of Halloween in relation to Harry Potter is that it marks the sad death of Lily and James Potter and the day Harry became the boy who lived. As a result, with the recent release of new stories from the Wizarding World, this month is the ideal time to post my reviews.

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September Book Haul 2016.

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Last month I didn’t do a book haul because I was on a book ban which I successfully stuck to. However, I couldn’t stay away from Waterstones forever and so this month I did do a bit of spending. In total I bought eleven books this month, although two of them I actually forgot to include in the photo above and the other three are ebooks.

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The BFF Book Tag.

I have been tagged to do the BFF Book Tag by Booksandbakes1 and you should all definitely go and check out Charley’s blog. Also, this tag was created by CK’s Reading Corner.

dream a little dreamSetting the Example – a pair/group of book bff’s that you love:

Sarah and Carly from Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher.

I loved this book and actually wrote a review on it here.

I also really enjoyed how, since the book focused on Sarah’s life, at the end there was short story centred more on Carly, although we did see a lot of Carly throughout the book too since she is one of Sarah’s best friends.

hpatpsChildhood Bestie – which book character would you like to have grown up with?

Hermione Granger from  Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.

Hermione just seems like someone I would get along with really well. As much as I love Ginny and Luna from the series, I don’t think I’d have as much to talk to them about and while I also love Fred and George, I reckon I would quickly tire of their pranks since I am quite a serious person myself. Meanwhile, Hermione and I already have at least one thing in common: a love of books and reading.

I do have reviews of all the Harry Potter books which you can read here if you’re interested.

DIVERGENT_B_Format_UK.inddFrenemy – which book character would bring out your competitive side?

Peter from Divergent by Veronica Roth.

I wouldn’t consider myself to be a competitive person, but I suppose if I was thrown into the Dauntless faction I would quickly learn to be. As a result, Peter would bring out my competitive side for sure in this situation.

While I do not have a book review on Divergent to share, I do have some Divergent inspired nails for fellow fans to enjoy.

twilightFashion Guru – who would be the bestie whose closet you’d want to raid, or would want to go shopping with?

Alice Cullen from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

Although, I would probably regret it, haha.

However, I reckon you’d be guaranteed to walk away with bags and bags full of pretty clothes, even if the process of getting them feels long and tiring which makes Alice a good person to shop with. Plus, I bet her wardrobe is incredible too and probably enormous (I mean, it would have to be judging from the amount she appears to like to shop).

Vampire AcademyThe Bad Influence – which character would you want to commit a small act of rebellion with? (Go skinny dipping, sneak into a movie, have a drag race with etc.)

Adrian Ivashkov from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

Honestly, I cannot even remember if he appears in the first book, haha, it has been a while since I read it!

I was kind of torn between a couple of male characters from this series, actually; however, I went with Adrian because he was always my favourite.

city of bonesBlood Brothers- which character would you want to be your surrogate big brother/sister? (You can do both if you want.)

I’m going to go with a big brother and sister here as they kind of go hand in hand anyway.

Alec and Izzy from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

They’re two of my favourite characters and seeing their interactions with Max earlier in the series demonstrates how they are as older siblings. Furthermore, they’re one of the few sibling relationships I’ve read about recently that doesn’t involve one of them mentally or physically (or both) harming the other for which I am grateful for as I love them both.

hpathbpMother Hen – which character would you want to be by your side when you’re having a bad day to cheer you up?

Molly Weasley from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.

When her children are upset or feeling down I bet she is such a comforting person to have around and she always seems to know what’s going on (to an extent anyway, I bet Fred and George always kept her on her toes!).

The Counsellor – which character would you go to for relationship advice (or) confide a secret to?

Can I say Molly again?

I mean, in Half-Blood Prince Tonks seems to go to Molly when she needs advice regarding Remus…

clockwork angelMore Than Friends – who would be your book bf/gf? (If you like both genders you can chose one of each, but only one choice per gender.) 

Jem or Will?

Will or Jem?

I always struggled to pick over the two of them and the fact that everyone else seems to love Will more actually pushes me further towards Jem.

Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare it is.

That is it for the questions and my, some of those were incredibly hard! Next hard decision is picking a few bloggers to tag:

Thank you again Charley for tagging me and I look forward to seeing everyone else’s responses.

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Disney Book Tag.

I’m not going to lie, I was extremely excited to have been tagged to do this, I mean Disney? Books? Count me in! Thank you so much to Whimsy Journals for tagging me.

city of bonesThe Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a fish out of water:

Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

I feel like The Mortal Instruments is a series I can refer to a lot throughout this tag, but I’m going to use now as it was the first thing that jumped into my head.

In the first book, City of Bones, Clary is suddenly thrust into a world of Shadowhunters and demons and the like, so she is most definitely out of her element here.

changers drewCinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation:

Ethan/Drew from Drew (Changers #1) by T. Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper.

Ethan goes through a transformation both physically and mentally. I mean, he turns until a girl overnight, is that not enough? He/she then finds out that she’s a Changer who transform into different people and this is used as a way to help them understand people as well as discover who they are. Ultimately, being able to change their identity and understand people is supposed to be beneficial for the world, exactly how though we have yet to discover…

I have written a review of this book here though in case you are intrigued and fancy reading more about it.

Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters:

Basically any book by Rick Riordan.

I mean his books each have countless characters. There’s always at least three main characters, each of whose perspective we get to read from, plus we have all of the wonderful Gods and the interesting monsters and the other demi-gods… That’s definitely a great and diverse range of characters right there.

FrankensteinSleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

I really expected and hoped that I would like this book. My best friend and I even had an inside joke related to Frankenstein, so I really wanted to be able to love this book, but I didn’t.

The writing in this book just bored me so much,it’s highly likely that I did actually fall asleep reading it; however, if you would like to read my review on it, I have it here.

perksThe Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

I end up mentioning this book a lot in book tags because I love it so much that if it applies to a category, I am definitely gong to use it and I’ve mentioned it so much now that it’s just making me want to read it again.

I’m not going to outline what happened to our main character, Charlie, in this book because it is something which is uncovered at the end of it and I therefore do not want to spoil it, but if you’ve read it, you know.

hpatgofBeauty and the Beast – a beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by but found the story to be beautiful:

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

Now I know that Order of the Phoenix was bigger, but Goblet of Fire was a massive jump in length after Prisoner of Azkaban and its enormity in my small hands scared me.

In fact, it wasn’t until a few years later that I actually read the book and ever since it has been one of my favourite Harry Potter books (though I probably say that about all of them, haha). Recently, I have also written a review on this book here.

Aladdin – a character that gets their wish granted, for better or worse:

I really cannot think of a single character in a book who has their wish granted… If you can think of anyone let me know in the comments below, haha!

tmohtbiMulan – a character who pretends to be something or someone they’re not:

Bree from The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne.

Bree decides that she wants to be, well, more interesting  in order to help aid her writing and the way she tries to do this is by doing what everybody else is doing and being “popular” at school. Needless to say, it doesn’t work out as Bree planned…

This is another book I have written a review for, in fact, this must have been one of my first few reviews which you can read right here.

city of heavenly fireToy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life:

I’m going to go back to The Mortal Instruments for this one and also combine it with The Infernal Devices, both by Cassandra Clare.

This is because I love all of the characters so much, they are all wonderfully written with unique personalities and we even have more characters to come as this year Clare’s next series featuring the shadowhunter world comes out.

Another reason I chose these books is because the alternative would have to be Harry Potter, which I happen to be saving for the next category.

hpatoofpDisney descendants – your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character:

One of my favourite villains is likely to be Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.

I don’t know why, but I just love Bellatrix.

It’s also strange because I was devastated when Sirius died and was sad when I found out what had happened to Neville’s parents. I suppose her… insanity, I suppose, just makes her a wonderful villain in the series (aside from the obvious, main villain).

Also, similar to Goblet of Fire, I have a review for all of the Harry Potter books, including Order of the Phoenix, pictured above.

Those are all of the categories and now it is my turn to tag some lovely people. I tag:

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Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells.

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” – J.K. Rowling.

Harry Potter Book Night was a trending topic on Thursday night last week and although I had never heard of it before, I was eager to get involved whether it be a new thing, or a regular occurrence. The previous week, on one of my many ventures into Waterstones, my best friend and I were told about this upcoming book night. I rarely go to any events and had never been to one like this before so I was pleasantly surprised to see that my best friend was interested in going and we purchased tickets. Even better, after telling another one of my best friends about it, she wanted to go too!

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January Book Haul.

“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” – J.K. Rowling.

I may not have bought any books last month, but I think I’ve made up for that this month with five new books! I don’t actually have any room on my TBR pile for them – I feel like it’s going to tip over – so until I get some more reading done I have no idea where to keep them. Oh well, once read they will have a lovely home on my book shelf amongst my other read books (I’ve recently resorted them a bit to make some more room).

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Harry Potter Inspired Nail Art.

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“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – J.K. Rowling.

For those who have been following my blog, you will have noticed that I have been rereading the Harry Potter series recently (to see my reviews on these books please click here). As a result, I thought that this would be the ideal time to share with you some of the nail art I’ve created over the years inspired by these books.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling.

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.” ― J.K. Rowling.

hpatdhDeathly Hallows is both one of my favourites and one of my least favourites of the Harry Potter books. I feel that this was a great ending and conclusion to the series, it had adventure, mystery and of course, Harry and Ron’s usual humour and wit to help keep the tone light at times.

However, death. Need I say more? I won’t say for the tiny possibility that someone reading this is still unaware, but I definitely found Deathly Hallows to be the most heartbreaking of the series. This was my fourth read through and it still made me cry about three times throughout the latter half of the book. Part of this book I actually listened to via the audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry and I think that in fact made it worse. I mean, at least when you are reading you have control over the speed at which events happen and if you need a break you can stop, but the audiobook just keeps going and it is very effective at building tension since the words are out of your control, all you can do is listen.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling.

“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.” – J. K. Rowling.

hpathbpAs I mentioned in my last review, I find it difficult not to reread a Harry Potter book and consider it my favourite. As a whole Half-Blood Prince is not my favourite, but I do still love it.

Also, just a quick (likely pointless) warning that there will be spoilers in this review.

While this book is darker following the death of Sirius and with the upcoming war, there are still moments of humour. Saying that, they don’t always last long e.g. Ron taking a love potion… And then being poisoned. However, these funny little moments in between all the seriousness is one of those things I love about these books because it’s in every single one of them and you can’t have a Harry Potter book without the fear of Voldemort mixed with some Harry and Ron humour.

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