**spoiler alert** There is no point in putting a summary of the plot of this book because everyone and their brother has read it or heard about it. Th**spoiler alert** There is no point in putting a summary of the plot of this book because everyone and their brother has read it or heard about it. Therefore this review is most going to concentrate on my thoughts and stuff.
I wish i could say I began my Harry Potter obsession with this book, but i can't. I actually read part of the second book first. Instead i can officially say that the movie adaptation of this book got my parents away from the belief that the series was "from the devil and evil". That's a long story and better saved for the review of the second book. I actually saw the movie of this before i read it so i kinda of knew the plot before hand. Therefore for those characters introduced up to book two the movie gave me my imagined characterization of them.
Though i was sort of introduced to the magic through the movie i still fell head over heels in love with the series with the book. Mainly because it was the first Harry Potter adaption that i read fully. Books like this are rare. I can truthfully say that i have never read a book series before or after that comes close to what J.K. Rowling created.
The Sorcerer's Stone really introduces the magic. You almost feel as Harry does learning everything about the magical world. It's breathtaking. I will be the first to admit that i wish the world was real so i could go and enjoy the magic. I'm that type of fangirl. ^^
The interesting thing about the book is that you can read it either as a author first learning to write or as the thoughts and perspective of a eleven year old boy. I prefer the later. This way you can read the series as a boy maturing in mind and thought. The writing is really simple in this book, but yet brilliant at the same time.
I say brilliant i mean Brilliant. There are many one liners and thoughts that become major players later in the series. Some notable ones is the mention of Sirius Black, hints at the prophecy regarding Harry, the observation that Snape "really hates" Harry, Snape swooping around like an overgrown Bat, Harry's mouth touching the snitch, the Centaurus mentioning mars (the planet of war)hinting at the upcoming war, the hinting of immortality and Voldemort, the obvious harry understanding the snake, hagrid mentioning Lily's and James's friends, and a few others that i made mental notes, but forgotten (Might need to physically write them down next time). These drops just shows how great an author J.K.Rowling is.
Nothing really much to say. After all. There are only so many times you can say "brilliant" without it becoming repetitive and redundant.
So 5 stars with gold sparkles, fireworks, and marching bands. ^^
**spoiler alert** Excerpt from booklist: As the illegitimate daughter of a royal lord, young Corie has the best of two worlds. She spends idyllic summe**spoiler alert** Excerpt from booklist: As the illegitimate daughter of a royal lord, young Corie has the best of two worlds. She spends idyllic summers at Castle Auburn, home of her father's family, and the rest of the year with her maternal grandmother, learning the healer's craft. At the castle, Corie is groomed by her uncle for an eventual political alliance through marriage, though she is too dazzled by her handsome cousin Bryan, heir to the throne, to notice. As the summers pass, however, Bryan shows his true colors. The brash, arrogant youth matures into a cruel and self-centered man; a man unfit to be king, some say. At the same time, Corie's eyes open to the misery of the magical aliora, whom she loves, but who are hunted for sport and enslaved by the nobility. Thus, at 17, amid a hotbed of family and political unrest, Corie comes of age, risking all that she loves for what she believes in her heart to be right. Her choices, and the woman she becomes, will change Castle Auburn forever. Paula Luedtke
If you've seen my profile you'd notice that this book seemed to be in a perpetual state in my "reading" section. This is not because the book is a bad book, but it's because it's one that i have read so many times before that i tend to take my time reading it on re-reads. I definitely one of my all time favorites and probably will remain so.
The book is told from the perspective of Corie or Coriel. The illegitimate daughter of a high ranking noble in the country of Auburn. Upon his death bed her father asked his younger brother Jaxon to find her and give her her rightful place in high society. The agreement that was made between Coriel grandmother (her mother had abandoned her when she was a baby), Jaxon, and the court was that she would spend summers at the Castle Auburn (the center of Auburnian high society). The book thus starts out when the summer of Corie's 14th year. It later switches to her 16th and then 17th years of age.
The book is really about Corie growing up and seeing things as they really are. She starts out as a naive girl believing that everything is perfect as it seems. She loves Prince Brian (the future heir to the Auburn throne) adores her older sister Elisandra, and is close friends with a guardsman named Rodrick and the Prince's cousin Kent. She also adores the Alora (think of a cousin to Veela) who are slaves at the castle and see no problem with such a practice. This later changes as she starts to see things as they really are and people as they really are.
If there is any shortcomings to this book it is that you lack the perspective of other characters. Therefore you don't really known why Brian is considered so very cruel and selfish or how close of friendship Elisandra and Kent has. You only see what Corie see's or thinks what she thinks. This is a problem of many books written in single person perspective and thus not a big flaw in itself. So you sort of have to fill in the blanks in your mind.
All in all i highly encourage everyone to pick up this book and see how it ends for yourself for I shall not tell you. The ending it too good. ^^
I would not recommend reading the sequel to this book in Quatrain though. It's rather bad and the author seems to have forgotten some of the rules and boundaries she had set up in this book (including females cannot inherit the throne. Something that rather pissed me off). Also Zara is not nearly endearing as the characters in this book and is rather selfish and full of herself. Therefore, read this book and this book only.
**spoiler alert** Wow. What a difference a few years can make when reading a book. The first time i read "The Duke and I" i was 16 years old. I was y**spoiler alert** Wow. What a difference a few years can make when reading a book. The first time i read "The Duke and I" i was 16 years old. I was young, innocent, and naive. I couldn't get enough of romance books.And i just adored every single Julia Quinn book i could get my hands on. Eleven years later, a grown single woman, i find myself still loving the book. Loved the book so much in fact that except for the first 20 pages i read it all in one afternoon/evening sitting. I haven't done that in a very very long time. Even with the most recent books i've jadored it's taken me 2-3 days to finish a book. I definitely think there is something to be said about the romances that were coming out in the early 2000's.
In this book, Julia introduces us to the famous "Bridgerton" family. One of the families I automatically connect in my mind with romance. Daphne is the eldest daughter of the family and after two seasons without a decent proposal is starting to lose hope. That doesn't deter her mother, Violet, from trying though. And so she is introduced to bachelor after bachelor. Every ball and party. Daphne knows the truth of things though. She is the "girl next store". The girl every man likes to chat with, but doesn't see as marriageable match. The ones that do she's rather didn't. Then she meets her brother Anthony's old friend and all that changes....
Simon is your typical hero in many ways. He's a Duke. Rich. Tall, dark, and handsome. And he has some issues. Big daddy ones and a surprisely stammering/stuttering problem that he's dealt with all his life. His goal on returning to England was to avoid society as much as possible. After all. He had no plans to marry or have children so why should he become involved. Yet society doesn't feel the same way about him and of course he gets tangled into it. At an event hosted by Lady Dansbury, Simon finds himself in a position that was more than he bargained for. He was quite happy to help out his friend Anthony's sister; he was not happy about becoming the newest catch to hit the ton. So he makes a bargain with Daphne. They'll pretend to form a attachment so that she may attract more men and he attract less women. If only Simon didn't start wishing the attachment wasn't fake...
On the topic of the two main characters i loved Simon. I've had to deal with speech issues all my life and found myself commiserating with him a lot. It was nice to have a character voice the issues that those of use who have trouble with certain sounds and words go through. It was far easier for me to connect with him than Daphne. Daphne on the other hand had some moments where i found myself wanting to hit her. The most being when she had sex with him when he was drunk because she wanted his sperm. I did not mistype that. Now that really didn't bother me when i was younger, but looking at it now i does bother me some. It was cruel of her to do so and in a way a bit violating. Yet the issue was never discussed in great length. It was merely shoved under the rug later when Simon basically says, not in these words, he could have stopped her if he wanted to. Something i'm not entirely sure of. If the character was fine with it i'll let it be since it wasn't rape and he doesn't entirely doing "it" against his will.
Together, Daphne and Simon work out quite well. They bounced right off of each other and could roll with things. Mostly.
Before i end this i should probably mention this story was the first appearance of Lady Whistledown. A brilliant creation of Julia's especially when you look at the whole series at once.
Final rating. 4 1/2, but i'll give it a 5 here. I only had one issue with the book and it was what i discussed above. ...more
**spoiler alert** Funny, i've read this book tons of times, but have never written a review on it. First thing first i fell in love with Bit Carroway**spoiler alert** Funny, i've read this book tons of times, but have never written a review on it. First thing first i fell in love with Bit Carroway in "The Rake". I remember being ecstatic on finding out that he had his own book. I can safely say by the fact that i keep coming back and re-reading it that its one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Being that fact it is a bit hard for me to write a review on it.
The book reads the best when you read the whole "Lessons in Love" series in order. In a way the whole series has been a character development for Bit and Lucinda. You can see each of them growing in each book. This can be said of all the characters in trilogy, but especially true of these two.
Lucinda is the last of the trio to enact her lessons. She has no particular scoundrel in mind so she decides to find a man that she'll like to marry. After all, Evie and Georgie ended up marring their students. She chooses Mr. Geoffrey Newcombe. Handsome, the 4th son of a duke, and a war hero to boot. Simply perfect and safe. If not cheating a bit in terms of her lessons. Things would have gone smoothly if she hadn't stumbled upon Georgie's brother in law who had to ask about the lessons. Who "also" had to have those haunting blue eyes.
Bit has been quite the recluse the last three years. Think tortured and hurt hero and here's you man. (He's also mine if he ever decides to make himself solid and comes out of the book). He suffers from what is now known as Post dramatic stress syndrome and finds himself in a black panic whenever he gets out of his comfort zone. Yet he finds himself drawn to Lucinda. She's his ray of sunshine in his black world. Something that he can even admit to himself sounds stupid, but is true. Overhearing Lucinda talking with Evie and Georgie he can't help but be intrigued. When Lucinda brings him some roses to start a garden he offers to help Lucinda catch her suitor as a trade off. Anything to spend time with her.
The relationship between Bit and Lucinda is very heart warming. You can just tell from almost the get go that they're perfect for each other. They start off as amiable friends and work their way into love before either of them realize it. A perfect example of how love and bloom from friendship and not love/lust at first sight.
This is a brilliant book and one I HIGHLY recommend.
Final rating: 5 golden stars. Perfect in every way. ...more
It is book two in my re-read month. "The Rake" was the first book i read by Suzanne Enoch. I find it amazing that i always choose the best in author It is book two in my re-read month. "The Rake" was the first book i read by Suzanne Enoch. I find it amazing that i always choose the best in authors series to read first. I was a little slower in reading this one since last week was a busy week. Anyways.... I really can't remember how old i was when i read this book. Nor can i remember where. I just remember loving it and being ecstatic to find out there were two others afterwards.
The hero and heroine unlike many other romances have known each other for quite a long time. In fact that have quite a long history. It was believed that Tristan and Georgiana were going to marry each other when Georgiana first came out. For Georgiana it was innocent love and bliss. And to quote Taylor Swift "She gave him everything she had for a boy that changed his mind". Except Tristan didn't as much change his mind, but seduce her to win a wager. And like the song "they both cried" except they became more plural to mean Georgiana and her "two" friends. Course the incident was summed up to a kiss and not a seduction which saved Georgiana reputation.
Still six years later Georgiana hasn't forgotten what Tristan did and she lets him know every chance she gets. So society seems them as enemies rather than possible marriage partners. So Georgiana and her two friends Evelyn and Lucinda come up with a plan to each teach a man a "love lesson" rather make the man fall in love with them and then dash their hearts to pieces. Georgiana chooses Tristan of course. Which leads her to moving in with him and his entire family to "Help" his one Aunt while she recovers from Gout. Which leads to a rather humorous and unforgettable romance.
I personally loved Tristan and his brothers more than i liked Georgiana. Then again that often turns out this way. I loved every interaction he had with his family. The playfulness and tenderness. He made me want to have him for a brother instead of mine. I'll trade anytime. You could tell from what we heard from various people and himself that he'd really grown up since his wager six years ago with Georgiana. It was nice to see and hear it on more than one front than a simple blanket statement.
Georgiana was quite the heroine as well. While i didn't love her as much as the guys i still loved her. She had a backbone and wasn't going to be a simpering female. She was her own woman and everyone was going to know it. She had her flaws which was a nice coutner point to her brashness and forwardness sometimes. Somethings she didn't think things all the way through and she wasn't above using others if it suited her (but not in a terrible way). It also helped that she had some nice sounding off room with Lucinda and her aunt Frederica.
Together the two of them made a witty couple that were clearly made for each other, but had a few realistic barriers to get through.
Final rating: 5 stars. For great characters, story-line, and for introducing me to my fictional crush Bit Carroway. ...more
Absolutely one of my favorite books in the world. I credit reading this book when i was younger for getting me into the scifi/magic genre. This seriesAbsolutely one of my favorite books in the world. I credit reading this book when i was younger for getting me into the scifi/magic genre. This series is a must read for anyone no matter what age. ...more
**spoiler alert** I finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for the second time ever. Surprisingly i liked it better the second time aro**spoiler alert** I finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for the second time ever. Surprisingly i liked it better the second time around. There were things i still hate though. The whole Remus/Tonks relationship still made me vomit. I will hate that ship more than any other ship in the series. Then again lets not even go into the complete 180 degree turn Remus's personality took after Order of the Phoenix.
Book Ginny was more tolerable. I really do not like Ginny as a character, but i think Bonnie Wright's version of her is what makes me loath her. If Ginny wasn't so dame Mary Sue and perfect at everything she would be quite tolerable. In fact after re-reading all the books (minus Half blood prince so far) i've noticed that all of the Weasleys are a bit irritating good and wonderful at everything. Only Fred and George are tolerable. They're the most realistic and ones that seem the least Mary/Gary Sue.
Anyways the first half of the book was a bit boring as always. Only the very beginning, the ministry scene, Regulus's tale, the doe scene,Dumbledore's past, and the trip to Godric's Hallow were page turning. Everything else was so slow.... I felt the need to yell at J.K to edit. You can only take so many pages of camping before you feel the same frustration as the characters are feeling.
Then luckily things pick up and i get the whole "i can't stop turning pages" feeling. I forgot how well done the Malfoy Manner scene is. I will movie Dobby makes the scene more enjoyable than book Dobby. Mainly because he has some pretty funny lines in it. Though the movie could never capture what J.K did for his death. You could feel Harry's grief as he is burying Dobby.
I will say i completely forgot about how Hermione pretended to be Bellatrix. I'm dying to see that in the movie. Helena is going to nail it completely. I am rather confused as how Neville got Godric's sword back at the end when Griphook takes it. All i can think of is that Godric was one step ahead of the goblins and made it so the sword would always come back.
Then of course we have the big battle/conclusion that pretty much takes up the remainder of the book. I will say in my memory of my first reading Harry fought more. Instead i found myself yelling at the book that Harry was really letting everyone die for him.
Of the final battle we have a few 'death". Again with this second reading i realized that i didn't miss how Remus died. I could have cared less how Tonks kicked it. I stopped liking her character after the 5th book. All i can think of is maybe Remus looked back on his life the last two years and committed suicide. I was hoping for him to come to his senses and have a hero's death though. Then again he wasn't the Remmie i feel in love with books 3-5. He was someone-else with his name,body, and features.
Another death i'm a bit confused at is Fred's. Did he die from the wall collapsing or was he hit by a curse? That was never really explained. Personally i think Ron should have been the one to die (hides from the angry Ron fans). It would have had more impact emotionally and story wise. Especially since out of the big main main characters only Dumbledore and Voldemort died. All the rest were side characters. Lovable side characters; one whom i mourned for two weeks, but side characters all the same. Then again J.k couldn't even kill Mr. Weasly. I didn't expect her to kill the "heart" *note my sarcasm here* of the story. Then again i just don't see Ron as important a character as he is made out to be.
The most emotional scenes for me was Snapes memories and "I'm about to die". I teared up at those two chapters. They were both beautifully written and were essential to the series.
The final battle was written a bit anti-climatic. I was kinda of hoping for a whole "duel of the fates" with Harry and Voldemort. Instead it feel a bit flat. I consider that the end of the series. I completely ignore the epilogue since it was horribly written in my opinion and i think J.k should have either left it open for fans to decide upon the ending of their choice or give a quick sum up. Either that or rewrite it. You could tell she wrote after the first book. It had the same writing style.
Final rating: It's Harry potter. Epic. Just doesn't mean i'm going to love everything...
First things first this is not the first time i've ever read this book. In fact it is one of the most re-read Harry Potter books i own. Re-read so mu First things first this is not the first time i've ever read this book. In fact it is one of the most re-read Harry Potter books i own. Re-read so much that i had to replace the first paperback copy i had with hardcover. So with the summer weather approaching it was time to read a Harry Potter book. I decided upon this one since i already made reviews for the first two books and decided to keep on going up in the line.
Now what is there to say about this book that hasn't been already been said. The Harry Potter books have become modern living fairy tales. "everyone" knows them and it's almost useless to sum up the plot. But i'm going to anyways because i'm that type of person.
In this exciting adventure Harry is about to start his 3rd year of Hogwarts. The only thing he didn't plan on was a mad murderer escaping the wizarding prison Azkaban bent on killing him. Then again should Harry really be surprised. I mean look at his previous two years. Course things aren't always as they seem, nor do everything go according to plan. This book stands alone in the Harry Potter series because it's the one book where Voldemort doesn't make a single appearance in some shape or form. It's more of a "set up" book for the rest of the series.
Funny enough this book is one of my absolute favorites from the entire series. Mainly because it introduces my two fictional boyfriends: Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. Oh Marauders! how i love thee. I can safely say this is the book that changed my whole Harry Potter experienced. I "liked" the books before this one. I became a "mega fan" after this one. It literally changed my whole perspective on the entire series. Thanks to Mooney, Wormtail, Padfoot, & Prongs". Harry was good in it too. lol
Final rating: 5 stars. Siriously... would i give it anything else.
What to say about the "Goblet of Fire"... I have read this book over a dozen times. Each reading beings something new that i missed. Whether i be a r What to say about the "Goblet of Fire"... I have read this book over a dozen times. Each reading beings something new that i missed. Whether i be a reaction, a sentence, or a new interpretation of a situation. Still no matter how many times i read it; i still love the book. This book truly is the the conclusion of Act 1 and beginning on a much darker Act 2. So many things are set up that play out in the new three books.
In regards to this actual book; i find it hard to say anything that hasn't been said over a thousand times before. It was the biggest book i had read up to that time and i was hooked every page. Favorite characters come back into play. New secrets are learned. And the magic continues to happen.
I haven't read this book in awhile and decided to read it again. Even though this book isn't one of my top three favorite harry pott**spoiler alert**
I haven't read this book in awhile and decided to read it again. Even though this book isn't one of my top three favorite harry potter books it shall always be special for me. This is because this was the very first harry potter book i had ever read from. It all started with me wanting to read the series, but my parents convinced that it was "the devils book". Well i finally got too when i was fifteen. I was babysitting a set of twins and they were reading this book for a bedtime story. So of course they wanted me to read the next three chapters to them. I started with the chapter called "mudblood and murmers" and read all the way past the deathday party. I had to be corrected a few times on pronunciation, but i soon became hooked. I ended up re-starting the book at the very beginning when i put the twins to bed and read for the next two hours. As soon as i got home i told my parents that i had read part of the second book and planned on getting the rest. Needless to say there was nothing they could do about it since i had already started the series. The next night my father went out and got the first movie on dvd and the rest is history. ^^ So i can officially claim this book and a set of twins was my entrance into the Harry Potter fandom. I'm still the only one in my family that has read the books though.
This Harry Potter is really set more to a mystery than many of the other books. I say this because for most of the book Harry, Ron, and Hermione are only getting small clues into the mystery of the chamber of secrets and petrified people. It also flows more like a mystery than the other. Something i find rather funny since i believe McGonagall mentions that harry potter can't resist following on a mystery.
In relation to the other books this was really setting things up for books 5-7. You have the first horcrux, the first glimps at voldemort's past, the introduction of the founders objects, the information the voldemort put some of himself into harry which becomes pivotal to the main storyline, volde's love of snakes, the mention that harry believes Snape can read his mind, and if you want to stretch things the early mentioning of death eaters.
In regards to my thought they still remain the same as i said in my review for the first book. After reading and being a fan of the series for so long i now see it as a whole. Therefore it shall always be loved and get five stars from me. ...more
Beautifully written. I could read this book over and over again. I completely feel in love with the characters of Orien and Birle the moment they appeBeautifully written. I could read this book over and over again. I completely feel in love with the characters of Orien and Birle the moment they appeared in the book. I love Orien so much i have vowed to name my first son after him. The plot is intriguing and full of twists and turns. You find yourself rooting for Birle throughout the story and wishing you were there with her. I don't want to say anyone except go pick up this book! ...more