Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

I’ll review these two books together because they’re small and my reviews of them are also small.

Quidditch Through the Ages

Quickie Review: 2 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.

It was definitely an easy and interesting read but it wasn’t anything ‘wow’ and I felt it lacked in a lot of things I wanted to know; it focused very heavily on England and I really wanted to hear about Quidditch on a worldwide scale and maybe even it talk about amazing Quidditch events but instead focused on England and spoke a lot of the rules, brooms and different teams and tricks.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Quickie Review: 3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.

I think if I had read this when I was in my ‘I love HP’ phrase, I would’ve enjoyed it much much more and gobbled it up within seconds! But besides that I did enjoy reading about how the wizards section the beasts and what is a being and how muggles do not see them as well as the list of creatures! The comments left by Ron and Harry had me in stitches giggling!

Have you read these books? How soon should I pick up Tales of Beedle the Bard? I know right!

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)

Quickie Review: 3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.

I had read the first 5 books of Narnia about 3/4 years ago and now I’m finally getting around to finishing the series! (fingers crossed before the year is over so I can move on!). I loved the adventure, the characters were interesting – I especially liked the Marsh-Wiggle and his mass negativeness xD and I liked the character development that Jill went through. The plot was also interesting – I especially liked the giants and the going underground and meeting them creatures. 

But it didn’t have the wow factor and now that I’m older, I can see the mass of religious influence in the book and I, personally, just don’t do religion, especially in my fantasy books so the whole ‘Aslan is god and god helps us and we live with Aslan up in the clouds after death’ stuff (absolutely no offence to those who are religious, I can completely understand your standpoint as I went to a Catholic school for 12 years and so was/am technically a Catholic) just bored the pants of me and made me think ‘stop preaching jesus christ’ no pun or offence intended, I just say that ‘swear word’ (it’s classed as a swear word slash bad phrase at least in England) a lot. I also didn’t like how little the actual ‘Silver Chair’ was in it for – why call it ‘The Silver Chair’ if it’s only in it for like 2 pages?! But having said that, some books don’t even have a title that matches the contents or has anything related to the title xD

And I think the child and 21st linguist in me is at fault but I could help but giggle and be amused by the overuse of the word ‘gay’ which obviously was in a completely different context to what it’s used today but I couldn’t help myself!

MockingJay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

This is a reread for me, so you can read my original review here (original rating: 1 star). Now onto my review and feelings of it this time…

Quickie Review: 2 out of 5 stars.

I found myself reading it faster and enjoying it to an extent. I think because I’m older I was able to appreciate the politics, propaganda and the military strategies.

However, I wish Suzanne had extended on the Finnick telling secrets segment, I wish she’d written it out longer and told us a few. And like a lot of other people; it felt very rushed towards the end, around the last 100 pages just seemed to run instead of spreading out at the crucial parts. Also, multiple povs or 3rd person would’ve been better for this trilogy, I think.

Also, fuck Gail; he really is an ass in this. And Katniss still pisses me off. HATE how they skimmed over Finnick’s last part so quickly -_- also ‘I don’t know why his voice reaches me when no one else’s does‘ are you fucking kidding me Katniss? You’re nearly 20 years old and you can’t spot the fact a. you love him, b. he’s given everything up for you and to protect you all this time that it’s obvious that you’d believe him and no one else?! Now I remember why I gave it 1 star the first time I read it. And ONCE again Katniss misses all the fucking action -_- ANOTHER reason why I hate HG. ‘And that’s when another explosion went off’ so you miss all the fucking best parts again of the capital losing! -_-

Overall, The story still has way too many problems with it concerning the writing, the telling and not showing, Katniss, the pacing etc. But it is definitely confirmed now that I am not a fan of the series. I think I still stand by everything I said in my first ever review of this book, just the reading experience this time was a little more enjoyable due to being older now to understand politics and such.

What did you think of HG series? Agree with me? (unlikely). Disagree with me? (most likely). Let me know in the comments below.

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Two reviews in one week?! I am on a roll with reading – and my Christmas holidays start today so expect more, maybe?

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Quickie Review: 3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.

It’s fast paced, action packed and does make your heart drop in worry a few times. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the plot and the mysteries and of course this new/rarely done magic was refreshing to learn about. And Fennel was such a cutie. The writing was easy to read as well as had an old English feeL about it which I also enjoyed.

There was one quote that really resonated with me;

in all gods, in all beliefs. When I think about it.. I guess I’ve just taken what bits and pieces I felt were right for me and made my own faith with them. Faith is a very personal thing, really. Just because you don’t meet with a group of people once a week who believe everything exactly the way you do doesn’t mean you don’t believe in something.

My negatives are; the repetition of characters biting their lips -_-, the romance (the story only took place over a month! Not to mention the ages), somethings that were mentioned didn’t seem to fit the early 20th century setting e.g. eating salami and using curling irons and I don’t feel like we got to know our main character enough =/ also the author got English education wrong making me think the author isn’t British because we finish high school at 16 and not 18 yet our character is 19 after graduating high school and only having a year at magic school?! *checks* yep the author is America so lack of research there!

Have you read this? What did you think? Let me know!

Beauty Never Dies by Cameron Jace

Beauty Never Dies (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #3)

Cannot believe it’s been a month since I finished a book and reviewed one! Many apologies but at least I hath another one for you all! It is the third prequel story/novella to the ‘The Grimm Diaries’ by the same author.

Quickie Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars.

I realise my star ratings are going down as I read these prequels (first one was 4 stars, second was 3 stars) but I have enjoyed every single one so far, it’s just that what I class as fairy tales, is what’s affecting my marking; at least in this one. This ‘diary’ entry is in the PoV of Peter Pan. And I have to say, I love how not so child-like Peter is! He is very much aware that he doesn’t grow up but sees both the good and bad side to not growing up – completely different to at least the Disney version of Peter Pan.

Unfortunately, because I hadn’t read one of these stories in over 3 months, I kind of forget the plot a little but luckily these prequels keep reminding the reader what all these fairy tale characters are aiming for while explaining their own goals and such. I liked the humour in this book and the interaction with Peter and the other characters. The ending I did love with the twist as to who the girl actually was! But here comes my main negative and the reason why it’s rated so low even though I enjoyed it a lot; characters who aren’t fairy tale characters are being included.

Firstly Peter Pan; okay I can let this one go because we do class him as a fairy tale character but he’s not a Grimm Brother creation. Secondly; the hunchback of Notre Dame is in here; now I know he’s a Disney character but I’m pretty sure he isn’t a Grimm character nor did I ever see him as a fairy tale character; I also feel that he didn’t really have a role. Lastly; Dracula is in here. I know right? He’s no Grimm, J.M Barrie, Disney OR Fairy Tale character but he is in! But it is explained why he’s in and it does make sense but still I feel Dracula shouldn’t be in this story; to me he seems much more real than what any fairy tale character could ever be – people were actually scared of witches hundreds of years ago so I’m sure people thought vampires were actually real too and to have such an iconic character in a fairy tale story, does not settle with me.

Minus me being conflicted with what I personally class as fairy tale characters; I very much enjoyed it and once again, the ending was awesome! I do thoroughly intend to carry on! ^_^

Have you read these? Any fairy tale books/novels you recommend? (and don’t all say Cinder! xD)

November Wrap Up and December TBR!

Well I failed in both reading and writing this past month but today is a new month so let us move on shall we?

Wrap Up

The Paper Magician – 5% read (enjoyed the chapter or so that I’ve read so far!)
A Game of Thrones – 4% read, taking it to a total of 48% read (I am getting there and I do love what I’m reading, just uni getting in the way).
Mockingjay – 140/455 read (re-read for me so nothing I need to rush to read, especially as I don’t plan to see the film in cinema).
Warm Bodies by Issac Marion – I also managed to watched the film! It was a pile of pap =/ and the girl looked like Kirsten Stewart which I did not like >o<

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)

TBR

A lot of people are doing a ‘End of Year TBR’ making crazy goals but I so am not doing that.. although I still have a crazy list; very similar to the Top 10 I did last week(?)

Sourcery (Discworld, #5) The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4) The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7) Beauty Never Dies (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #3) A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1)

Quite a few but 5 of them are 260 pages or less and I’m already half way through GoT so that’s only 400 pages left and about 300 pages of MockingJay left, so fingers crossed! I also posted my Year-a-Thon TBR yesterday so don’t forget they’ll most likely be in my wrap up also! ^_^

Another mention! There is a #HarryXMasToYou going on between twitter and booktube which is for Christmas they are doing read-a-longs and read-a-thons for the HP books as well as watch-a-thons/longs for the movies! So definitely get involved! I hopefully will be too, at least in the movie sense! =]

That is all for now so… HAPPY/MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Already?! I know! I’m so excited already! xD

#AYEARATHON Final Read-a-Thon TBR!

Firstly updates: I lost NaNoWriMo but managed to write over 32K! Which I think is my longest writing record for NaNo so far! So I am very proud and I will definitely be buying Scrivner too as it has been so helpful!

Now onto the topic of this post; The final YearAThon (GoodReads Group here) Read-a-Thon will take place this coming week and the theme is: graphic novels, comics and manga. I am in much need of catching up on at least a few manga chapters and I wouldn’t mind taking it easy reading wise (because I am too busy to actually just sit and read whole pages of words) and spend the week starring at pictures with a few words on it! So my TBR is:

– Catch up on Kuroshitsuji (3 chapters behind-ish)

– Catch up on Shingeki no Kyojin (2 chapters behind-ish)

– Carry on with GANTZ

Attack on Titan main image Black Butler main image Gantz main image

And we shall see what else I decide to read ^_^

See yah!