Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: An Honest Review

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Rating: ★★★☆☆

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?

Hello my dear Potternerds. TO be completely honest with you, I will not worship Harry Potter like a lot of people do/will.

I have grown to understand the reason people worship it so much, and I will admit my dislike of the series has shrunk over the past few months, but I will not sit here and blow smoke up the Harry Potterverse ass.


Harry’s Luck

Harry is generally pretty lucky. He generally has things thrown in his lap that help him save the day. He does very little on his own to solve any issues, but I will say CoS is one of the books where he does manage to get a bit done on his own.

He still needs some help, but he sort of figures out parts of the mystery on his own, and he does manage to kill the giant basilisk.

Sure, a magical healing bird flew in to save the day with a magic sword, but I’ll give it to Harry because he managed to still kill a giant snake which would be absolutely terrifying.

If Harry is good at one thing, it’s not cowering from a fight. He doesn’t seek them out per se, but when they are thrown at him, he won’t back down.


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The Overall Story

What’s great about this book is that it sets up the premise for book six and seven, but we don’t know it yet.

I don’t know if Rowling intended it that way, or if she was smart enough to do a little bit of word smithing, but the fact that book 2 was the set-up of the Horcruxes is really amazing.

Once you read future books, book two makes even more sense, but alone, it works perfectly fine. You just assume Voldemort has come back in another form, this time in one of his old notebooks.

I’ll give it to Rowling, other than Voldemort’s respect for Harry’s summer vacations (he only causes issues during the school year), she definitely knows how to set up a premise for a story. Each of the books follows a great idea, that may have some issues, but generally is really interesting.


Voldemort

Voldemort is obviously an important part of the Potterverse. He is the main enemy, directly or indirectly, in each book, and is the ultimate villain of the entire series.

He doesn’t have a strong presence in this book, but he is there, or rather his memory is.

Though his ultimate goal in this book is a bit off from what he normally wants, it makes sense for who he is.

Voldemort is a well-written villain, and I think CoS is a great example of his character.

What’s Next?

None of the Harry Potter books “set-up” the future books that much. Sure they have ideas or plot lines that continue through the books, but they generally end when the book is over.


This would definitely be one of my favourite Harry Potter novels. Without thinking about it much, I’d probably put it in at number three.

Where would you put Chamber of Secrets in the overall Harry Potter ranking? Let’s talk about it in the comments.
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Where is Perrin?!?! Winter's Heart by Robert Jordan: A Book Review

Title: Winter’s Heart
Author: Robert Jordan
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 / 5)

Rand is on the run with Min, and in Cairhein, Cadsuane is trying to figure out where he is headed. Rand’s destination is, in fact, one she has never considered.

Mazrim Taim, leader of the Black Tower, is revealed to be a liar. But what is he up to?

Faile, with the Aiel Maidens, Bain and Chiad, and her companions, Queen Alliandre and Morgase, is prisoner of Savanna’s sept.

Perrin is desperately searching for Faile. With Elyas Machera, Berelain, the Prophet and a very mixed “army” of disparate forces, he is moving through country rife with bandits and roving Seanchan. The Forsaken are ever more present, and united, and the man called Slayer stalks Tel’aran’rhiod and the wolfdream.

In Ebou Dar, the Seanchan princess known as Daughter of the Nine Moons arrives–and Mat, who had been recuperating in the Tarasin Palace, is introduced to her. Will the marriage that has been foretold come about?

There are neither beginnings or endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it is a beginning….

Synopsis found on Gooreads

Hello my dead readers. With production on hiatus for now, we are all craving some Wheel of Time content. I know you’re all excited about the upcoming TV show in the works, so I am hopefully going to have most of the series read and reviewed by the time it comes out.

There were good things and bad things about Winter’s Heart, and I’m sure a lot of you felt the same.

The Timeline

One thing about The Wheel of Time books is that they happen over a very short period of time. There’s often a “time jump” in each book, whether it’s a straight jump a few weeks later, or a few weeks go by in a matter of paragraphs.

I think this is both beneficial and a detriment to the story at times.

It’s good, because we are really getting the whole story. We are on an adventure with our beloved characters from the start right to the end, with everything in between.

This can also be bad, because if we follow the story in such a tight timeline, we might miss out on people…Perrin and Mat for example.

They each have a book so far that they are not in. They both are recovering from injuries, so they are left out of a book.

In Winter’s Heart, we get a bit of Perrin, as he is trying to find Faile and his allies that were captured by the Aiel. His part is sort of boring, because all he does is worry and get angry at people. His minimal moments of interest go too quickly, and then halfway through the book he is gone. We don’t see him again for the rest of the book, and it’s disappointing.


The Boys

This book did help me fall in love with Rand again. I liked him at the beginning of the series, but I quickly lost interest because his chapters became so bland and boring.

He has slowly worked his way back into being a likable character, and I think Winter’s Heart finally solidified that for me.

Perrin has been a bit disappointing lately, even though he is my favourite character.

Mat is amazing as always, and we get to see him in a pretty interesting situation. It definitely develops his character more, and I think his future events will be a great adventure for him, and it’s probably the part of the story I am most excited for.


The Girls

Though there was nothing too memorable for the most part in this book, I wasn’t overly disappointed with Egwene, Elayne, Min, Aviendha or Nynaeve.

Obviously there is the big moment at the end of the book, where Nynaeve solidifies her role as my favourite woman in the series.

Egwene’s story has been building up for a while, so I hope it comes to a climax soon. Elayne has a few interesting moments, but her story gets a bit boring now.

I’ve always sort of been disappointed with Min’s story. She’s sort of just a loyal dog to Rand, despite having a lot of interesting possibilities for her story. Aviendha has become too wrapped up with Elayne, so she’s gotten a bit bland too.


What’s Next

As we come closer to the end of the story, there are a lot of story lines that are building up. I can think of a few dozen just off the top of my head. Many overlap and intertwine, but with only five books left, things are getting really interesting!

Based off of other people’s opinions, “the slump” that is infamous for the Wheel of Time series should be over now, so I’m expecting a lot out of the next two books before the final three-book ending!


What did you think of Winter’s Heart? Did your favourite character get a story that they are worthy of? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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A Fitting Romance: Prodigy by Marie Lu Review

Title: Prodigy
Author: Marie Lu
Rating: ★★★★☆

Hello my fellow Prodigies, we’re looking at Book #2 of the Legend Series by Marie Lu today. This series was one I fell in love with back in high school, and enjoyed thoroughly. I followed up with it till the end, and I am happy to share my thoughts with you today.

Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

Now it has been some time since I read this book, but there was one thing that I remember sticking out to me. I read it during the time when The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, and all the other Young Adult series were really taking off, but Prodigy stood out to me.

It wasn’t as simple as an exciting book, filled with teens getting into insane action packed fights, doing death defying stunts, and saving the world.

It was characters, solving the puzzles and hardships of their environments, trying to make it a better place. It was much deeper rooted than kids with bows and arrows, its dilemmas and principles at the forefront of the conflict. It’s making that hard choice in order to do what you think is right.

That’s what makes Prodigy so brilliant.

Prodigy doesn’t fall prey to being a sequel, which too often don’t live up to expectations. Prodigy doesn’t just live at the same level of Legend, it exceeds it. Prodigy goes deeper, and doesn’t pull its punches.


There is also the very obvious romance. Sometimes romance can ruin a book. It’s forced, or poorly executed, or unnecessary.

With Prodigy, it seems more natural. It seems like it belongs. Day and June don’t fall in love because of circumstance. That is a factor, but they fall in love, because of the chemistry they have. They see the world from two sides of the same coin.

They each grew up in different worlds, but they both analyze their environments, process the information, and come to their own conclusions.

Day and June are so similar. You could probably mistake the two of them at times, but the two different worlds they lived in makes their connection that much stronger.


What did you think of Prodigy? If you haven’t read it, it’s a great YA book to read that has a bit of action and romance mixed together.
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When Your Computer Has A Mind of Its Own

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Title: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Rating: ★★★★☆
Author: Arthur C. Clark

I got through 2001: A Space Odyssey pretty quick, and it was never boring. I was actually surprised at what happened at a few times in the book.

When a book has “Space” and “Odyssey” in the title, you probably assume laser gun fights, space ships blasting off into space, and alien life forms with five eyes and four legs.

Now this book has a space ship, it has alien life forms, but does not have laser gun fights.

But, the book actually starts with a bunch of cavemen, and it was honestly some of the best writing I have ever read.

The simplicity in the cavemen’s thoughts and actions and their interactions with the alien life forms.


When we do finally get into the “modern” story line, I love that we get to see the advanced society that humans are living in, in a time that is before our time.

The story takes place in the early 2000s, and they have a more advanced society than we do in some ways, but in others it is similar.

We follow two astronauts in their trip into deep space with their trust AI computer to help them.

You can imagine what happens…the computer rises up and tries to take control of the ship.

This part of the book is the only reason I didn’t give it a five-star rating. I wanted more of a build up of tension. I wanted there to be more of a conflict between man and machine…but instead it was over just as quickly as it started.

Keir Dullea in a scene from the film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, 1968. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)

We don’t get the build up, the conflict, and the resolution that I was hoping for. It’s not that the writing is bad. I was captivated through the entire book, it just didn’t seem quite complete.

The end of the story was interesting, and though I think it lead the story in an interesting direction, it really split it up into three very distinct parts.

Theres a beauty to a short story. It tells you an entire story, but it leaves you wanting more. It leaves you incomplete, but yet complete at the same time.

2001: A Space Odyssey has a similar feel to it, but I’d say its a step below. To put it in simple terms, a good short story tells ~50% of a story, and leaves the rest to your imagination. This book would more accurately be ~75% of a story. It tells you a lot, but it’s not quite in either category.


What did you think of 2001: A Space Odyssey? Let’s chat in the comments. Look for a review of the movie this weekend.
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Blackthorn Book Tours: The Unholy, by Paul DeBlaisse III

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Title: The Unholy
Author: Paul DeBlaisse III
Rating: 3 / 5

“A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, “The Unholy” is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.”

Before I begin, I want to say that I received this book from Blachthorn Book Tours in return for an honest review! I’m happy to be a part of the Blackthorn Book Tours team, and look forward for more tours in the future.

If this book was about only one thing, it would be about struggle. Whether internal or external, this book captures struggle in a brilliant way. 

I haven’t read too many books that delve too deep into the idea of religion, and even fewer that show religion as a bad thing, but I think The Unholy was a nice touch to both. 

The main character Claire is having a sort of internal struggle about whether she can and should embrace her culture, that she was raised with, or fall to Christianity, which rules with an iron fist in her town.


Just because one person feels relief and freedom in religion, but to others it can be the cause for abuse, suffering, and long-lasting pain. 

Personally, I’m not big on religion, but I enjoyed seeing two sides of the conflict, which were both different perspectives than my own. 

Common stereotypes about religion are broken, and the battle between good and evil isn’t as clear cut as people might assume.


I enjoyed the struggle in the book, and though this book wasn’t my favourite, I did appreciate it for what it was. It was a thought provoking piece and had very few things wrong about it. 

Other than a few parts of the story being harder to follow, some grammatical and structural issues, and a few loose ends being left at the end of the story, I don’t have much to complain about.

It wasn’t a bad story per se, it just wasn’t completely for me.

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Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars

Hello my lovely lovebirds, welcome to a special Valentine’s Day themed book review.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and since we all need a little love in our lives, I thought I’d review one of the few romance books I have ever read.

Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Rating: 3.5 / 5

I read this book as a suggestion from a friend, and the only thing they really told me, other than it was good, was that I would cry.

I’m not an emotional reader, so I didn’t think I would cry at all when I first started the book, buy did I ever lose that bet to myself.

I don’t think the book was particularly well written, and the plot wasn’t overly complicated, but it did strike me in the feelings.


The plot is straightforward. We follow a couple of teenagers that have various life-threatening illnesses as the lose loved ones, fall in love, and struggle with their painful realities.

Again, not an overly hard plot, but for some reason it really hit home with me.

I’m not sure why, but I think it has something to do with the fact that it is loosely based off a real story. Having that knowledge that someone went through these things (I repeat loosely based) made it that much more emotional to me.


Maybe that’s the point of romance books. They’re not supposed to be difficult to follow, but instead they connect with you on a personal level.

I’m no expert, but maybe I am on to something (he says with a heavy dose of sarcasm).

I never expected myself to cry, but I started feeling for the characters, and I think that is what was my downfall. I fell prey to Green’s every word, until they attached themselves to my very soul, before being ripped out.

I think Green did the best job of any author I can think of in that aspect. Plenty of authors that I read do a good job of putting you in a story, right beside the characters, but I can’t think of any that made me feel quite so emotionally connected with the characters.


Thinking back on my time reading the book, I don’t know why I gave up on romance novels.

I never read a lot of them, but the limited few that I have read have left a positive impact on me. I think I might make that a self goal in the next year, to read a handful more, but I don’t mind sticking with fantasy for now.

Have you read The Fault In Our Stars, or do you have any suggestions of other romance books I might enjoy? Let me know in the comments or on social media.
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Book Review: Bullets, Teeth & Fists 3

Title: Bullets, Teeth & Fists 3
Author: Jason Beech
Rating: 4 / 5

She’s heavily pregnant. She’s handcuffed to a pipe. The clock is ticking.Belle, the heavily pregnant wife of an important man, is bundled into the back of a car, held against her will, and cuffed to a pipe in an abandoned apartment … and her waters are about to break.Belle is desperate for her baby girl to survive and live a better life than she ever had. All she has to do is get one of her kidnappers onside. All her husband has to do is pay the ransom.Will he?The latest in the Bullets series is here – 20 exciting, violent, and sometimes heartbreaking short stories of noir and pulp fiction. Put your gloves on, it’s bloody round here.

I’ve never read a book with a title quite like this one before, but I got basically what I expected out of it. When you find a book called Bullets, Teeth & Fists, you expect a character struggling and fighting to their absolute last breath…and I wasn’t disappointed.

I was sent this book as a part of a blog tour by Blackthorn Book Tours, and it was my first blog tour with them. I think this is actually the first “horror” book I’ve read through and reviewed, and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.

Bullets, Teeth, & Fists is a collection of short stories, and they aren’t what you expect from your normal horror stories. Some make the hairs on the back of your neck crawl straight up in an instant, while others keep you up at night with a sense of dread hanging over you.

I’m not sure if one story stood out on its own as something amazing, or as one I will remember for a long time, but instead the entire books makes your skin crawl from start to finish, and I mean it in a good way.



There was one aspect of this book that really made me enjoy it though, and that was the lack of answers.

Some stories in the book tell you what you want to hear. You get the ending, whether you want it or not.

Some stories you don’t. You don’t get the ending you wanted, or didn’t want. You get nothing, except you imagination wondering how it all ended.

Each story is very well written. Sometimes there is more detail than you wanted, but you’re never wanting for more.

Each of the characters are well written, even if it is hard to follow them at times.


Some of the stories have characters with the same name, and at first I was confused because I thought it was the same person.

I’m not sure why that decision was made, but in my opinion it wasn’t a good one. It just seemed sort of odd that you would include the same names for characters in the book.

The book itself could have used another round of proofreading. as there were several typos. This took away from the story a bit, but it was still enjoyable as a whole.


I definitely recommend Bullets, Teeth, & Fists 3 to anyone who likes the dark and gritty stories. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart.

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