Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author: J.K Rowling

Series: Harry Potter # 2

Publication: June 2nd 1998 by Scholastic Inc.

Pages: 341

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

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?


My Thoughts:

I’m back for more! Woo hoo! I’ll be perfectly honest, Chamber of Secrets used to completely terrify me as a kid. I mean, come on? It has a giant ass snake, huge spiders, and a magic diary. What’s not to be afraid of? I can tell you that, yes, this book still freaks me out – but now I’m older and I understand it’s pretty much impossible. In that case, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a fantastic book, a wondrous sequel, and an overall joyride of a read if you can get past the nasty creepy crawlies.

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Rapture

Mortality is the most romantic story ever told. Just one chance to do everything you should. Then, magically, you move on.

Title: Rapture

Author: Lauren Kate

Series: Fallen #4

Publication:  June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Press

Pages: 448

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

The sky is dark with wings….

Like sand through an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the angels fell to earth.

Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this — live only to lose Luce again and again. Yet together they face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies…and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed.

And suddenly Luce knows what must happen. For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her — and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now is the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

Rapture is the astonishing conclusion to the Fallen series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.


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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J.K Rowling

Series: Harry Potter # 1

Publication:  June 26th 1997 by Arthur A. Levine Books

Pages: 320

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.


My Thoughts:

Boy am I behind on the Harry Potter bandwagon. I remember reading a few of them when they were first coming out, I think I was five or six when I started – and then they sort of got away from me. For years, I’ve had people yelling at me to “just read the books already!” Personally, I hadn’t started because I feared I was now too old. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get into the mindset necessary to truly enjoy and understand some of the finer workings of the novel. I am ten years older than the protagonist, see the difficulty? However, I can honestly tell you I was wrong. Maybe when I first started I felt my opinion was justified on the simplicity, but then I found myself falling more and more in love with everything that was happening as the pages kept flying through my fingers.

Everyone who has been clamoring for me to read this series can thank my younger brother for finally pushing me to do it. My family came and visited for Thanksgiving last week, and lo and behold, my little brother was reading a book – a very special book at that. I don’t think I’ve ever been as proud as seeing him read and get excited about things in a book (it goes against everything in his nature to do so). So, I decided to read the books with him — sort of, because I read much faster than he does. (Also, he’ll probably never see this, but I want to thank him for being so awesome).

Anyways, back to the subject at hand: Harry Potter. The story pulled me in even though I already know it like the back of my hand. I did read the first book when I was younger, and I’ve seen the first two films millions of times. However, reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was a new experience entirely (Yes, yes, I know. Books are always better than the movies. Shh.) For once, I finally felt this deep connection I had been lacking – and all of a sudden, I realized what I had been missing all these years and it finally clicked. It was like coming home and smelling fresh baked cupcakes or something.

Contrary to most people, I didn’t identify with Harry. I mean, I guess I sort of did. But, honestly, I clung tightly to Ron and Hermione (mostly my favorite little know it all). Ron and Hermione are my favorite underdogs of the bunch. I have always been that kid, you know? The one who liked to sit in the corner and read. The one who knew too much. The one who wasn’t cool. The teacher’s pet. I could go on. Surprisingly, there aren’t a lot of characters like her – at least not that I know of. Seeing her was refreshing, it was like I finally found myself (though I wish I were a witch like her). Hermione made the book for me. Honestly, I love all of the characters. Seeing them grow, even just the little bit in this part of the series, was fantastic and a wonderful journey.

In addition, one of my main reasons I think I fell head over heels was the sheer wonder of the world J.K Rowling has created. I’ve never read anything like it in my life. Some books have come close to creating this type of magical escape, but Rowling is the Queen of the hill. Everything is so layered and complex, and we as readers can pick up on things Harry cannot at his age. The beauty is subtle, and sometimes not so much, but it is beauty all the same. I have no idea how Rowling came up with all of this amazing stuff, but it is truly magical.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the type of book to completely transport you somewhere new. It’s the book to run to when you want to escape, when you want to laugh, when you want to see the good in the world triumph over evil. It is excellently written and absolutely sublime. There will never be anything like Harry Potter in this lifetime, of that I am certain.


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OwlCrate: November 2016

Hey everyone! Happy Thanksgiving, and happy OwlCrate day!

In case you don’t know what the glorious OwlCrate is, it’s just like Fandom of the Month only.. better? I don’t know, I love them both. OwlCrate gives you a new release in the Young Adult world and a bunch of bookish stuff centered around a specific theme. It’s a subscription box that is worth every little penny – count on that. (You guys can sign up here)

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Passion

I cannot be other than what I am, and I am the choices of all my days.

Title: Passion

Author: Lauren Kate

Series: Fallen # 3

Publication: June 14th 2011 by Delacorte Press

Pages: 420

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way . . . Luce is certain that something – or someone – in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.
Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames.


My Thoughts:

Passion is probably my favorite book of the series. Though I haven’t finished the whole series yet, Passion is by far the most exhilarating novel of the bunch. Traipsing all over time? Yes please. I absolutely love historical fiction. Passion seamlessly blends moments of history with the history between Daniel and Luce – and I couldn’t be happier to read it. Passion is a journey of discovery and how knowledge can change everything. It is a journey through a love that has lasted centuries, and it was beautiful.

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Torment

Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.

Title: Torment

Author: Lauren Kate

Series: Fallen # 2

Publication: September 28th 2010 by Delacorte Press

Pages: 452

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for?

In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean – and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future . . . and that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. What if his version of the past isn’t actually the way things happened . . . what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?


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Fallen

Trust is a careless pursuit at best. At worst, it’s a good way to get yourself killed.

Title: Fallen

Author: Lauren Kate

Series: Fallen # 1

Publication:  December 8th 2009 by Delacorte Press

Pages: 452

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall


My Thoughts:

One of my favorite things to do is to go back and read a book I really remember liking a long while back. I haven’t touched Fallen since I was in Middle School, which I don’t even want to think about how long that’s been. Sadly, I never got the chance to finish the series – but with the trailer for the film released and the faint memory of how much I loved these stories looming overhead, I figured: what the hell? One of my favorite things to do is go back and read an old favorite. Why? You might ask. Because it reminds me of what I fell in love with in the first place, and it enables me to do so all over again.

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