Book Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Hello dear readers, we are now more than halfway through the Harry Potter series. Obviously there are seven books in the series, and I am reviewing them once a month in order to eventually get them reviewed and never talk about them again ideally.

Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Author: J.K. Rowling
Rating: ★★★★☆

Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for hundreds of years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards.

And in his case, different can be deadly.

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Second Best of the Bunch

If you don’t know by now, I do not worship at the shrine that is Harry Potter. I respect their place in society and the effect they have had on people, but they do not resinate with me the same way they do with a lot of other people.

Despite that, GoF is my second favourite book in the series, closely behind The Deathly Hallows.

GoF is the start of the end of the series in my opinion. Prisoner of Azkaban is the book that flips a switch in the series, but GoF is where it all really begins.

The stakes are much higher now that Voldemort is back, and we get a bit of world building with the TriWizard tournament.


Go to School!

What I liked best about GoF was that it felt like we were actually in school more than most of the other books.

I know that each book takes place during the school year, and some things are related to different classes or professors in the school, but GoF seems to take it further.

I would say that Philosopher’s Stone has the most “schooling” in it, but I liked that GoF had Harry struggling to learn spells and struggle with classes while managing the tournament.

A lot of the focus is on the different stages of the Tournament, but Harry can’t do it on his own and needs others to help him.

The actual schooling moments are some of the best parts in the story, and I appreciate Rowling sticking to the idea of a school year.


The Mystery

Each of the books have a lot of mystery to them. Harry and friends always have to solve some mystery in order to defeat the version of Voldemort in that book. They are usually simple mysteries, but allow the reader to learn a bit about the world.

Goblet of Fire does it even better in my opinion. While giving us a bit of information on different magical schools, Rowling manages to give us some mystery revolving around the Tournament.

Each round of the tournament has its own riddles, and the ever growing mystery happening behind the scenes always finds a way to keep the story rolling.


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Final Thoughts

There are minor issues with the book, but overall this was actually a good read. The overall mystery of the book and the background events happening helped me enjoy this book a lot more.


What were your favourite parts of Goblet of Fire? I have to say mine was probably the final round of the tournament and the events after Cedric’s death.

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Author Spotlight: Jina S. Bazzar

Hello dear readers, I have my first ever Author Spotlight for you.

The idea behind this post is to give you a bit of a background on some smaller authors that come across my radar.

It won’t be an in-depth analysis of their writing abilities and why they became an author, but more of a brief glimpse into their life and what books they’ve written.

Hope you enjoy!
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Jina is a woman with many roles; a freelance writer, a blogger, a mother, a baker, a chocolate fiend, a coffee enthusiast, and sometimes a poet. She calls herself “a wanderer in this vast world, I’m just another body with a passion for the written word. There is no boundary I can’t cross, no limit I can’t push; my mind is my passport, my thoughts my mode of transportation.”

She was born and raised in a quiet, small town in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Like most writers, she fell in love with books at a young age, but never really aspired to being an author.

“Soon after high school graduation I developed a chronic disease that caused gradual vision loss. I was blind at the age of twenty-three, and reading became one of many things I could no longer do. “

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That is, until I started working for an organization for women with disabilities and learned about screen readers. After I quit my job, I picked up reading with vengeance, but soon realized it was no longer enough, and so I started writing, this time with an aim to pursue a career. Heir of Ashes is my debut novel, a creation born from my love of anything fairy, of action-packed stories and a touch of romance. Besides fiction, I’ve written dozens of articles for Conscious Talk magazine, on topics of health, food, poetry and the writer’s life.

When Jina’s not writing or networking on social media, she’s in the kitchen, listening to loud music while baking goodies or cooking her favourite dishes,

Her inspiration comes from most anything, a discussion, a friend, an animal or plant, events, memories, music, etc – in other words, from life itself.

If you haven’t heard of Jina S Bazzar, she has written four amazing books. If you love supernatural action thrillers, you’ll be interested in them.

Book Review: Heir of Ashes

Hello dear readers, I want to share a surprisingly fun read that came across my proverbial bookshelf a few weeks ago.

I was contacted by the author or Heir of Ashes about a month ago and I was asked I was interested in reading the book.

After reading the synopsis, I quickly said yes and added the book to my then small list of upcoming reads.

After I finished a few other books I was obligated to read, I opened up my Kindle App and quickly hacked away at Heir of ashes, and I am glad I did.

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Title: Heir of Ashes (The Roxanne Fosch Files Book 1)
Author: Jina S. Bazzar
Rating: ★★★.5☆☆

Roxanne Fosch had a perfectly normal life at the age of twelve. Cool, popular, pretty, smart. Her dreams of a perfect, successful and prosperous future seemed well within her grasp. 
By the time she was twenty-two she had become a commodity. A fugitive. She was being hunted. 
As Roxanne embarks on the dangerous quest to search for half-truths about her past, she discovers she’s not just an abnormal human, but a rarity even among her Fee peers. 
She is hunted by scientists, keen to exploit her extraordinary abilities, as well as other beings far more dangerous whose plans for her she cannot fathom.


Heir of Ashes (The Roxanne Fosch Files Book 1) by [Jina S. Bazzar, Elle W. Silver]

Magical Elements

I love a good magic system. Magic systems can make or break a fantasy book. They are important in creating a world that follows different rules than the ones we understand. Without the magic system, we are left with big holes in our understanding.

Heir of Ashes takes some very typical magical creatures; vampires, werewolves, faeiries, etc. and gives them a unique twist.

Though we don’t get to dive too deeply into the different creatures, we do get to a little bit, and I like the direction that Bazzar is taking it.


Setting Up a Series

Heir of Ashes is obviously the first book in the Roxanne Foshe series, and there are a lot of holes in the story. There are so many questions I have and plot lines that don’t get finished.

It doesn’t feel wrong, it feels natural. Bazzar doesn’t leave loose ends open just for the sake of a sequel, she leaves them open because it makes sense to.

There’s no time to tie up all the loose ends because of the way it is written. Bazzar does a great job of making sure the story flows nicely, allowing sequels to feel more natural and not forced.


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Non-stop Action

If I had to give Heir of Ashes credit on only one thing, it would be its intensity. There are plenty of things that I enjoy in Heir of Ashes, but I was not ready for the non-stop action.

It never lets up. There are two main parts of the story, the first is the parts where there is direct action, the second is when the action is being built up to.

The action will leave you on the edge of your seat, wracking your brain to figure out how the protagonist could possibly survive threat after threat after threat.

Jina S. Bazzar

Even when the action takes a back seat, you are bombarded with setting up the next plot line, solving any remaining issues, or giving readers tension by introducing potential threats.


Unique Take on Magic

I like a magic system that is different from others that I have read. Usually authors do a pretty good job, in my opinion, of differentiating their magic systems, but some do rely on old established principles.

Bazzar takes the older than time classics; vampires, werewolves, and what have you, and gives them a unique twist. They have hybrids, they have new magical creatures, but they had one aspect that I really liked.

Instead of giving characters the obvious designation of magical creature by showing them changed or showing certain traits, Bazzar added a nice touch that differentiated each magical creature.

She came up with the idea that each living thing had an aura. That way, she didn’t have to have out of place scenes where people were shifting or using magical powerful. Instead she can do it subtly, and focus more on character development.


Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed Heir of Ashes. It was a much faster read than I thought it was going to be, but I would say that was because of the non-stop action, and I didn’t want to wait to see what was going to happen.

If you like spy action thrillers mixed with magical creatures this is definitely a book for you.

If you have read Heir of Ashes, what did you think of it? Let’s chat in the comments, or tag me in something on social media.
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Literary Quotes about Adventure

Dear readers, being cooped up inside all day has gotten my adventurous spirit riling up. Going on hikes and exploring new places is what I want to do most days, but I can’t always do that. I am looking forward to the day when I can go on hikes with my friends and girlfriend.

So, to get you excited about the opportunity to get outside and explore the world around you, I’ve compiled some book quotes about adventure!


“Say it, reader. Say the word ‘quest’ out loud. It is an extraordinary word, isn’t it? So small and yet so full of wonder, so full of hope.” 

–Kate DiCamillo,  The Tale of Despereaux


“Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.” 


“See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” 

― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451


“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” 

― J.K. Rowling,Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


“Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again. Wanderer, there is no road– Only wakes upon the sea.” 

― Antonio Machado, Campos de Castilla


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

― Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go!


“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” 

― Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past


“The sea, the sea, the sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me. Come in, it said, come in.” 

― Sharon Creech, The Wanderer

Book of Water Tag: Avatar Blogger Award

Hello dear readers, I hope you are as excited about this as I am. I came up with this idea for a blogging award. I want it to get readers excited about doing tags and get them looking for the other three.

I will be posting a tag week by week in order, so if you’re looking for the other three, they may not be out yet!

If you want to stay updated with the future tags, make sure to follow me on social media!
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Water. Earth. Fire. Air. I’ve heard stories about the old days, a time of peace when the Avatar Blogger kept balance between the Water Critics, Earth Reviewers, Fire Writers, and Air Readers. But that all changed when the Fire Writers attacked. 

Only the Avatar Blogger, master of all four blogging elements could stop the ruthless Fire Writers. But when the world needed them the most, they vanished. A hundred years have passed, and the Fire Writers are nearing victory in the war. 

Some people believe that the Avatar Blogger was never reborn into the Air Readers, and that the cycle is broken. But I haven’t lost hope. I still believe that somehow, the Avatar Blogger will return to save the book world!

How to become the Avatar Blogger:

  • To become the Avatar Blogger and save the book world from the Fire Writer Lord, the Avatar Blogger must master all four elements.
  • To master an element, a blogger must be tagged in the four following tags: Book of Water Tag, Book of Earth Tag, Book of Fire Tag, Book of Air Tag.
  • Once a blogger has posted all four tags to their page, they can message the Order of the White Lotus (@onmybookshelff) on twitter to receive the Avatar Blogger Award. (Not first come first serve. Everyone can get the award!)

Rules of this Tag: 

  • Thank whomever tagged you.
  • Callback to the creator of the tag: Andrew @ On My Bookshelf.
  • Answer the 7 questions below.
  • Help other potential Avatar Bloggers by tagging 3 other bloggers.
  • Spread the love and read other posts!

The young men of the water tribe often give a betrothal necklace to the women they intend to marry. 
What is your favorite book couple, or what two characters do you wish could be together?

I think my favourite book couple is Clare and Jaime Fraser. Nothing like love transcending time itself right? We can all hope to love and be loved like that I think.


Water tribe members are often recognizable by their blue clothing.
What are some of your beautiful blue book covers?


The first water benders learned to bend from watching the moon move the oceans.
Share a book you have with the moon on the cover or in the title.


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Master water benders can use it fluidly to go from attacking to defending, giving it great diversity.
What genres do you like to read the most, and what is appealing about each of them?

Looking at my recent reads, all I’ve read for the past while is Fantasy. There are so many reasons why I love fantasy, and if you want to see them, read this post. Otherwise I’ve been reading some non-fiction lately and it has been really eye opening. I like reading different perspectives than my own.


Both the Northern and Southern Water Tribes live close to the spirit portals, meaning they live in harmony with nature.
Share pictures of one location in your country you’d like to inspire the setting of a book. 

Western Canada National Parks

This is Jasper National Park in Canada. I’m thinking its either the location of a spy base or the setting of a stranded type survival story.


Healing, ice, water, blood, cloud and plant bending are all forms of water bending, with a range of skills in each.
What is your favourite aspect of being a blogger?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I think my favourite thing about blogging is the reading. That sounds lame I’m sure, but being a book blogger has made me read books I normally wouldn’t have picked on my own, and it’s had ups and downs, but overall it has been very fun.


Blood bending is considered an evil form of water bending, allowing you to manipulate the blood in a person’s body.
Who is your favourite book villain?

Iago, from the Shakespeare play Othello is my favourite I think. He is described as “the worst villain is the one who knows you best—the one you might even love.” He is a fantastic villain and a dangerous trickster.

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If you have made it this far, you have mastered the element of Water, bringing you one step closer to becoming the Avatar Blogger. Good luck to you in your training.

I am tagging:
Kat @ Kbookreviews
Amy @ Read.Dream.Live
Ren @ A Bookish Balance

I hope you all enjoyed this post, I really hope people continue with this and pursue the Avatar Blogger Award.

My Very Own Blogging Award

Hello dear readers, I have a bit of news for you today that I hope you’ll enjoy.

One of my goals this year was to come up with a blogging award. Originally it was supposed to be an award to showcase a selfless blogger who is always there to share a nice word and who is always willing to help others.

I had ideas to get that idea rolling, but nothing solid yet, so I might just hold that in my back pocket till I can work out the kinks.

BUT in the process, I did come up with what I think will be a really fun award that will get people wanting to do book tags.

I won’t give away too much just yet, but the name of the award is the Avatar Blogger award.

If you know anything about the show Avatar, you might be able to figure out that you might need to master four different elements or something??? I guess you’ll just have to wait and see.

What I can tell you is that the first part of that Award will be coming out tomorrow…so stay tuned!

10 Reasons I Love High Fantasy Books

Hello dear readers, welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday put on by the Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is 10 Reasons I Love [Insert Topic]. Right away I knew what I wanted to talk about; High Fantasy. It is by far my favourite genre, and there are definitely more than 10 reasons why I love it.

If you have any reasons why you love High Fantasy Books, please add them to the list. I always like reading other peoples’ reasons for loving fantasy.
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Travel to Impossible Worlds

With high fantasy, we aren’t limited to our world, or some near identical variant of it. We go to Middle Earth, Westeros, or wherever the words take us. We get to escape the reality that is our lives because there is so little in common with our lives and the lives of those trying to destroy their enemies using magic.


The Stakes are High

High Fantasy gives us impossible odds. We aren’t trying to take down a gang member, escape this monster, or fall in love with the girl next door. With High Fantasy the goal is often to destroy a near god like figure. Something that powerful can only be defeated with great sacrifice and risk, and we go along for the ride.


Magic Systems

What is High Fantasy without world destroying magic? It’s part of the experience. We often get to explore the magic system alongside one of our main characters. What makes the magic system even more amazing is that they are so unique. Each high fantasy series has an aspect to it that makes it different from the rest and stand out.


Worldbuilding

This is my favourite aspect of High Fantasy. It’s like taking a history lesson of the book series. We get events that happened years before the books take place, we get character backstories, we get future books explaining the entire world.

The possibilities are near endless, and when an author does a good job at creating a world, magical things can happen.


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Spans over Several Books

When I read a book, there are too many times when I want more. I want to follow the characters more, I want to watch them grow. That’s only possible to do (properly) over several books. I want to dedicate days and weeks to one series. I want to immerse myself in the world over and over, not just over one book.

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We Learn Who the Characters Are

High Fantasy often brings readers a lot of different character. They all have different backstories, different experiences and different goals. When we get to step into their mind and explore their thoughts and fears. It helps me connect to the characters and put myself into the story.


The Stories stick with you

When you follow a story or a character for several books, you can’t help but keep it with you. It becomes a part of who you are and what stories you like. It influences the way you feel about other books and how you connect with them.


“Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.” ― Albert Camus

A quote that becomes more and more true the more High Fantasy I read. With High Fantasy, we get to explore fantasy worlds that have no similarities with our own world. Despite that, we can explore human issues in a different light. We can explore and learn about things from the perspective of the victims and the accusers and hopefully come to a better understanding of the issue in our own lives.

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Recommend a high fantasy book

I want the happy ending

It’s not guaranteed, but more often than not, we get the heroes defeating the villain. It often comes with losses and hardship along the way, but the after books and books of struggling, the moment the heroes finally succeed feels amazing. It makes the struggle more than worth it.


Possibility for awesome memorabilia

I think the memorabilia world is bombarded with only a few fantasy series, mainly Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, and it sucks because there are so many opportunities for amazing TV shows, t shirts, and dozens of other things.


If you have any reasons why you love High Fantasy Books, please add them to the list. I always like reading other peoples’ reasons for loving fantasy.
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