Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: A Review (HP# 7)

Goodreads Description:

It's no longer safe for Harry at Hogwarts, so he and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, are on the run. Professor Dumbledore has given them clues about what they need to do to defeat the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, once and for all, but it's up to them to figure out what these hints and suggestions really mean.

Their cross-country odyssey has them searching desperately for the answers, while evading capture or death at every turn. At the same time, their friendship, fortitude, and sense of right and wrong are tested in ways they never could have imagined.

The ultimate battle between good and evil that closes out this final chapter of the epic series takes place where Harry's Wizarding life began: at Hogwarts. The satisfying conclusion offers shocking last-minute twists, incredible acts of courage, powerful new forms of magic, and the resolution of many mysteries.

Above all, this intense, cathartic book serves as a clear statement of the message at the heart of the Harry Potter series: that choice matters much more than destiny, and that love will always triumph over death.

My Review:

I was listening to this book as I was reading, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I thought it was kind of fun to be right where Harry Potter's story ended and his son, Albus's, began.

I listened to the majority of this book as I was driving back to college in Idaho from Arizona. My dad came along with me to help me move in and made the comment, "I don't remember any of this from the movie."

I laughed.

Although this book was made into two movies, there was a lot taken out and/or channged. However, I still loved going back to the original.

So much happens in this book that defines who Harry, Hermione, and Ron are. They are faced with trials beyond any they've faced before, and if it weren't for Hermione and Nevill, they would all be dead.

Because let's face it, Hermione kept Harry and Ron alive, and Nevill kept Dumbledore's Army alive while the trio were hunting horcuxes.

My favorite aspect of this book was coming to know Dumbledore better. We see how he became the man he was, the intelligent, caring headmaster who took care and taught so many students to be the best wizard and witches they could be.

I love Harry Potter, and maybe in a few years, I'll be listening to this series again.

4.5 out of 5!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

One Was Lost: A Review

Goodreads Description:

Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.

Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.

Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.

Suddenly it's clear; they're being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…

My Review:

I am always down for a good scary book--a good thriller that will keep me on my toes.

And this book did NOT disappoint. I was flying back to college and I started it on the plane and finished it when I got home. I couldn't put it down. I didn't want to put it down.

I thought I knew who the bad guy was, I really did. But dang, I was wrong. I was so, so wrong. My mind was tripping over all the clues she was giving and I couldn't place what was actually happening. Certain characters were suspicious, and then not, and then they were again.

*shakes head*

This is one of the best thriller books I have read in a very, very long time.

The words on their arms were freaky, the finger and skinned animals made me want to cry.

The voodoo dolls made me want to curl under my covers and hide.

Man, oh, man. This book was incredible.

5 out of 5! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The End: A Review (The Enemy #7)

Description (Goodreads):

The end is coming.

The sickness struck everyone sixteen and older. First it twisted their minds; next it ravaged their bodies. Now the sickos—crazed and hungry for young flesh—are gathered in the center of London, lying in wait.

It’s time for all of the survivors—kids spread out across the city—to unite. They must come up with a plan of attack to end the grown-ups’ reign of terror before it is too late.

One thing is certain: surprises abound in the bloody conclusion to Charlie Higson’s Enemy saga.

My Review:

Finally! The end has come to this amazing series!

I have been waiting for this book for over a year! This was a fantastic ending.

There was so much more intrigue and wondering who was going to get along and who would fight the grown-ups. There are so many kids I'm routing for and so many who actually made me hate them. I didn't want anyone to die, but I wasn't sad when some of them did...

Everyone I wanted to live, did live though. I was so happy about that, because I had so many favorite die!

BUT, that's what you get when you read an apocalyptic book.

What I really appreciated is that this book didn't just, end end. Like, everything wasn't suddenly perfect and fine. Rather, we were given clues to how the kids would put the world back together and were left to imagine the rest. An ending like this, is my personal favorite. There's no reason to tie everything in a bow (unless it's a love story, then it dang sure better be in that perfectly tied bow) in a book like this.

The armies of children have come to fight the army of grown-ups. The kids have tricks up their sleeves, but so do the grown-ups! That's what was so terrifying about this series. The zombie grown ups could think. And they were so clever.

Once again, I rather loved this series. If you like zombie books, this is one you need to read.

5 out of 5!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Monster Calls: A Review

Description (Goodreads):

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

My Review:

So, just like when I read Me Before You, it was the movie trailer that got me to read this book. I saw Liam Neeson talking about this new movie he was going to be in, watched it, saw that it was a book, and I went and bought the book.

And man, was that the good decision.

Although, I will say that this is not what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be more of a fantasy based book, but nope. It's about a boy whose mother is going through cancer and how he is handling her getting sicker and sicker.

This definitely has more of a psychological aspect to it than I ever thought before.

Patrick Ness is a beautiful writer. One of the huge reasons why I fell in love with this book is because of the way it's written. The words, the story. Beautiful.

Jim Kay is an amazing artist. The way the pictures flowed with the story made it so much more real.

The beauty in this story comes from Conor learning what it means to live when everything is falling apart around you and how it's okay to let go of the pain.

I just...everyone should read this book.

I hope the movie does it justice.

5 out of 5!