I don't even know where to begin with this book. Harry Potter has been a huge part of my life since I was eleven and I never get tired of Hogwarts andI don't even know where to begin with this book. Harry Potter has been a huge part of my life since I was eleven and I never get tired of Hogwarts and The Boy Who Lived.
It had been a long time since my husband or I had read the books so we decided to read the series to our daughter at bedtime. I wish we had decided to do it sooner because as soon as I began reading, I instantly fell back into the wizarding world. Rereading the books just makes me love the series five million times more and transports me back to when I was reading them as a child for the first time.
I cannot even express how excited I am to introduce my daughter to Harry Potter. She's a little too young to understand or appreciate the properly right now, but I know that, in the future, she will appreciate them just as much as we do.
J.K. Rowling is an amazing woman that created something so amazing and unique. There will always be a spot in my soul for Harry, Ron and Hermione. I can't get enough of them and I"m actually a little sad when my daughter falls asleep before we get to read at night.
I'm so excited to be reliving my Hogwarts days again and I don't ever want to imagine a world without Harry Potter.
(This review was originally written in 2013. It is a re-read and review.) I first read Twilight right after Eclipse came out. I had the hardest time ev(This review was originally written in 2013. It is a re-read and review.) I first read Twilight right after Eclipse came out. I had the hardest time ever trying to find it and when I did, I didn't want to start it until I had the second book. My boyfriend at the time was over but was playing a video game so I decided to read the first page. I finished the book that night.
My love for Twilight, I believe, will never fade. I was always into vampires and the paranormal but this book catapulted me into my love of paranormal romance. Even reading the book again (for the millionth time, it seems) I found myself not wanting to put it down and I discovered new things that I hadn't noticed when I had read it in the past.
I love how the book was written and it was so easy to fall in love with the characters. Even though I'm now older than Bella is in Twilight (I was the same age when I read it the first time), she's still really easy to relate to and easy to understand. She's simply human. And Edward...well, Edward will always be Edward. I fell in love with him (though he does have his faults) the first time I read the book and every time since then.
So, so, so, so excited to be going through these books again. I am super happy to be reading these to my daughter and experience them with her and mySo, so, so, so excited to be going through these books again. I am super happy to be reading these to my daughter and experience them with her and my husband. The last time I read the books was when I was in high school and I have intended to reread them ever since but, for one reason or another, have not.
Harry Potter for me is, in most cases, one of those series that completely blows me away by making me love each new book in the series even more so than the last. (With the exception of Goblet of Fire because it's my favorite of the entire series). Chamber of Secrets definitely doesn't disappoint and sets the standards a little higher for Harry and his crew.
Chamber of Secrets is full of magic and adventure. We get to meet some entirely new characters such as Dobby, Moaning Myrtle, Tom Riddle and the second of many Defense Against The Dark Arts professors, Gilderoy Lockhart. We also get to learn a little bit more about some of our already beloved (and not so beloved) characters like Hagrid, Ginny, Harry, the Weasleys and Lord Voldemort.
With each book that passes, the danger grows stronger and things get a bit more serious than before. Each book is a page turner. Literally, every single page keeps you on the edge of your seat and makes you eager to find out what happens next.
I love Harry Potter so much and I cannot wait to dig into the rest of the series. It's like I'm reading them again for the first time and I can't get enough!
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. After reading the first three House of Night novels, I really liked this one because it seemed like itI have to say that I really enjoyed this book. After reading the first three House of Night novels, I really liked this one because it seemed like it took the series down a more mature path. In Untamed, it’s noticeable that the characters are growing up. They haven’t really grown up in the getting older sense, but by the situations they have faced and the hardships they’ve gone through in a few short months.
In another true sense of maturing and growing, this novel, as well as the last, have gotten more intense and sexual. I’m not saying that a novel has to be sexual for me to enjoy it, but to me it makes the characters seem more realistic. What teenager doesn’t deal with lust, envy, and…well, sex. The majority of today’s youth are losing their virginities while in their teenage years. Zoey is a little bit of a goody-goody, but she shows the vulnerable sides a lot of teenage girls have to face and fight to control. Boys. And boy, is she vulnerable…
This novel also starts to put the series in a darker light. With evil hidden in secrecy, death upon more death, and bloody, gruesome acts of violence, things are getting more serious…and dangerous. It draws the reader in and makes them wonder ‘just what the hell is going to happen?’.
All in all, this novel was definitely better than the last and even better than the one before it. The House of Night series is one that is quick and easy to read. My husband and I have sped through these books with an intensity like no other, and we both have come to the same conclusion. We cannot stop reading them. And we both agree that the more books we read, the better the series gets. So if you’re not particularly fond of the first novel, Marked at least give the second a try. Both of thought the first was a little shaky, but now we can’t put the books down.
Memorable Quotes: “We gotta keep you alive, Zoey. Not just ‘cause we love you more than white bread, but ‘cause you have to save the world.”
“Fear and bigotry are bred from isolation and ignorance.”...more
I absolutely freaking love this book and recommend it to everyone! I love, love, loved it!
I loved the character of Nora. As the heroin of the novel, sI absolutely freaking love this book and recommend it to everyone! I love, love, loved it!
I loved the character of Nora. As the heroin of the novel, she had a lot of fight in her and I really enjoyed that. She didn't take people's crap and she fought back and did her best to protect herself. I loved her.
And Patch. Oh jeesh, Patch. If I had to describe him using only one word, that word would be 'Yum'. He was dark, mysterious, dangerous, wild, and sexy. He was everything I'd want my fallen angel to be.
The book was filled with a lot of mystery, romance, and action. This may possibly be my new favorite series....more
I was a little hesitant about this book at first. I assumed it was going to be good, but I didn't know how good it would be. There was so much hype abI was a little hesitant about this book at first. I assumed it was going to be good, but I didn't know how good it would be. There was so much hype about it, that I was afraid I would begin reading it and find myself disappointed. But oh, was I wrong. I absolutely loved this novel. From the first pages, it had me. And let me say to all of you that have yet to read it... believe the hype. Give yourself up to it and just read it already.
The main thing I loved about this book was that it wasn't easy to figure out. You didn't know what was going to happen until it happened, or how things were going to happen. You were basically left in the dark with no choice but to continue reading. I was kept guessing on every single page. The Hunger Games is very well written. Whether it's the horridity of the violence and the Games, or the heart and emotion you feel as you read on about the individual characters. It was easy to get sucked in and you remained there until the end.
Another thing that stood out to me about this novel was the lack of romance. Of course, there's a little romance in the novel, but only a tiny portion. It doesn't take center stage and demand all the attention. The book itself does not revolve around lust and love like most do. I love my love stories, but this book was a bit refreshing in that sense.
I loved this book so much and it is so different from anything I've read recently. As soon as I finished the last page, I honestly wanted to throw myself right into book two, Catching Fire. This book really does live up to the hype....more
Just as its predecessor, Catching Fire did not disappoint in any shape or form. I think I have found a new series to love and drool over.
I loved howJust as its predecessor, Catching Fire did not disappoint in any shape or form. I think I have found a new series to love and drool over.
I loved how this novel kicks off so easily. The story and the characters are just as, if not easier, to get into than in The Hunger Games. You find yourself emersed in this crazy world and, as a reader, you don't want to get out. After each chapter I finish, I just want to keep reading and it's like my brain is nagging at me until I open up and continue to read on.
This book has some serious heart wrenching moments that almost made me cry. There is a little more romance to this story that the last, actually quite a bit more, but it works for the story line so well, that it's not an issue. Suzanne Collins has done an amazing job at writing a series of novels that you just cannot figure out. I've read some other reviews about how the reader thought certain things were going to happen, and those things seemed likely. But alas, those things did not come to pass. I love that about these books. You never know what's going to happen until you read on.
There's just something about this book, about the entire series that keeps you reading. Everyone should read The Hunger Games...and then re-read them....more
I literally just finished this book. And honestly...I'm practically speechless. I normally keep a little notebook with me while I read a book I'm goinI literally just finished this book. And honestly...I'm practically speechless. I normally keep a little notebook with me while I read a book I'm going to review and I write down random points that I want to make in my reviews. Then, when I'm ready to write the review, I get my notebook, and I start to write about the different points I had picked. Things I liked and disliked about the book, or quotes that really stood out to me. When I finished Mockingjay, I started to go downstairs to retrieve my notebook from where I left it the night before. And then I stopped. I turned around and headed straight for my computer. I didn't even need the notebook. After turning that last page, everything I felt about the book was in my head and weighing on my heart. I didn't need a piece of paper to tell me how I felt about the last book in The Hunger Games Trilogy.
This book...Oh gosh. This book caught my attention and held it just as the previous two had. But with it being the third, I was even more eager to read faster and to learn and to see how these characters and the world around them was going to end up. There were moments in this book where I was giggling to myself, blinking rapidly because I could feel the sting of tears coming on, or cursing out loud because I was so angry with a situation that occuring or because a character had truly pissed me off. But don't get me wrong. That I was feeling such anger and frustration was not a bad thing. In reverse, it was very good. Because it was not the writing or the author that pissed me off, it was the story and the situation because I was so deeply involved in it that I felt like I was a part of it. Not many books can get that big of a reaction out of me.
I stayed up late reading this book, I disappeared into my bedroom in solitary confinement for hours, and when I wasn't reading Mockingjay, I was dying to get back to it. By the time I finished, I walked into the kitchen, laid the book on the table, and with a pouting face and teary eyes, I told my husband to go finish reading it.
The Hunger Games will forever be a trilogy that I will come back to. When I finish a series, I judge how great it was by my reaction when I finish the words on the very last page and sit the book down. If I'm still thinking about it thirty minutes to an hour later, wishing it didn't end, then it was amazing. Harry Potter was the only series that has made me feel this way. Until I finished The Hunger Games. This series will forever be on of my all time favorites and I cannot wait to delve right back in to Panem....more
I first read Evermore a while back. It had already been out for a while but even though I was absolutely in love with theThis is a re-read and review.
I first read Evermore a while back. It had already been out for a while but even though I was absolutely in love with the cover, I never allowed myself to pick it up. Finally, I gave in and bought it. And I fell in love instantly.
There's pretty much nothing I dislike about this series. There's a real life element to it, it's not completely thrown into a fantasy world, and I tend to lean more towards books that have a real world element to them among magic and mayhem. This book definitely delivered.
I love the paranormal aspect and the fact that you can't quite figure out exactly what's going on. Throughout the book, you obviously fall in love with Ever and lust after Damen, but you can't really figure out if Damen is a good guy, or a bad guy. If he's a good guy, why does he do bad things? If he's a bad guy, what is his real motive? There are so many things that happen in the book with the story line as well as the characters that you definitely don't get until you've already read further ahead and then go back and re-read. A lot of stuff makes a heck of a lot of sense after you know what's going on. I love books like this and I felt like the characters were very well developed.
My only complaint about Evermore is that the situation with Drina could have played a larger part in the novel. It seems she only becomes a big part when she and Ever have it out. You know there's something going on there because of the oddness of her actions and Haven going so crazy about her. But you never really know that she plays such a big part until the very end of the book. I wish a few more hints had been dropped or the underlying story line could have played a larger role....more
When the movie first came out, I admittedly had no idea that it was based on a book until a friend of mine informed me so. We went on a double date toWhen the movie first came out, I admittedly had no idea that it was based on a book until a friend of mine informed me so. We went on a double date to the movies and I really enjoyed it. Ever since, I've wanted to get my hands on the book. I finally got my chance to read it and dove right in.
I had no idea, but thought it was really neat that Kyle/Adrian is really a “beast” in the literal sense of the term in the book and not just an “unattractive” guy like in the movie. Fur, claws, the whole deal.
The book was really good and I enjoyed it immensely. It was written really well and I loved the chat room inserts, very entertaining. Definitely one I would read again and I can’t wait to read Bewitching....more
This is the second time that I have read Midnight Sun since Stephenie Meyer officially released it to the eyes of the re*This is a re-read and review.
This is the second time that I have read Midnight Sun since Stephenie Meyer officially released it to the eyes of the readers. I'm a huge Twilight fan, so just like before, I'm amazed at the intricate workings of Edward's mind and how he witnesses and experiences the events and characters that we all know and have grown to love.
I so honestly wish that this book had no been ruined by it's unscheduled leak. Twilight, entirely in Edward's point of view, is a book that most Twilight fans have yearned for. I cannot express how badly I wish that Midnight Sun would have been finished.
If you are a Twilight fan (or even just an Edward fan) and you have (for some reason) not read Midnight Sun, then I highly recommend it to you. You finally get the chance to learn what the heck is going on inside his head, as well as more information about the world of Twilight and it's characters....more