Book Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

17347382Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Length: 734 pages
Format: Paperback (15th Anniversary Ed.)
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Rating – 5 stars

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the pivotal fourth novel in the seven-part tale of Harry Potter’s 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 involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal — even by wizarding standards.

And in this case, different can be deadly.

I finally read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! For the very first time! I have previously seen the movie (which seems to be a theme this month lol) but it’s been awhile so I forgot almost everything in it. This book was definitely a little more hefty in size than the previous Harry Potter books so it took me almost a month to read it, especially since I had to read so many other books this month so I had to keep putting it down and picking it back up.

In book four, we journey back to Hogwarts with our normal cast of characters except now our main crew is noticeable older and starting to deal with the normal growing up stuff like hormones i.e. Harry’s attraction to Cho and Hermoine/Ron’s growing feelings for each other. The brunt of the story takes place during the Tri-Wizard tournament that Hogwarts is hosting where three champions from three wizarding schools will compete for the Goblet of Fire and a large sum of prize money (not to mention bragging rights). The wizarding world is thrown in an uproar when Harry Potter’s name bursts forth from the Goblet naming him as the fourth wizard to compete when there should only be three. He is also under the age requirement of seventeen. This, unbeknownst to many, is just part of Lord Voldemort’s dark plot to return to power and Harry finds himself once again, face to face with his enemy.

I looooooooved this book! I definitely hated having to put it down and pick it back up again a few times towards the beginning but once I picked up back up for good, I COULD NOT put it down and actually stayed up until four in the morning reading it this weekend because I just couldn’t bear to put it down again.I think this is my favorite of the four I have read so far. It had everything…danger, betrayal, action, grief, death, suspense, and even a little bit of romance. I definitely feel like the first HP book was great, but the story and the writing just get progressively better and better with each book. I loved this story, loved spending more time with these characters, hated losing Cedric…but  I loved this book! Five stars! I cannot wait to start book five this month!

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

17347383Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Length: 435 pages
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication Date: August 27, 2013 (15th anniversary ed)
Rating – 5 stars!!!

For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well. And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, “He’s at Hogwarts… he’s at Hogwarts.”

Harry Potter isn’t safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may be a traitor in their midst.

So I finally read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and holy moly! I had previously mentioned in my review of the second book that I had started reading the Harry Potter series years ago but never continued on due to reading other books for review. I decided to make 2017 the year I read the entire series.

This was my first time reading the third book in the series and I loved it. After finishing the second one, which I also loved, I couldn’t even imagine that I could love the next book more, but I definitely did.

Of course, I loved getting to spend more time with Harry but what I really loved about this book was all the new characters we were introduced to like Professor Lupin and Sirius Black (my two favorite characters in this particular book). I really enjoyed learning more about Harry’s dad. I enjoyed running around Hogwarts with Harry using the Marauder’s Map and going back in time with Harry and Hermoine! I got all of the feels with the Patronus and Dumbledore and Harry’s conversation after. I DEFINITELY got all the feels with Sirius Black and Harry’s conversation and then the letter towards the end…ugh. So good. So so good. I get it guys. I get the fandom, I’m here for it. I can’t wait to continue on and watch our characters grow together and the adventures they are going to encounter. I felt like the first part of the book was good but towards the middle it just got better and better. I definitely think that the series itself gets better with every book so I am excited to see it progress even more.

This was my favorite of the books so far, five stars hands down. This story was adventurous and magical. I felt like I took awhile to read it but I honestly didn’t want it to end. If you’re an adult who has never read the Harry Potter series but really want to, I definitely recommend doing it. It will definitely bring out the kid in you and it’s really just so good!

 

 

 

 

Blog Tour Book Review: Rags and Ruins by Bob Dixon

RARBANNERRRKINDLETitle: Rags and Ruins by Bob Dixon
Genre: Fiction – Middle Grade/YA–  Fantasy
Length: 292 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: October 30, 2015
Publisher:  Chimera, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Rating – 5/5

Rags leads an idyllic life for a goblin child—he spends his days playing in the landfill with his gargoyle friend Ladin, going fishing with his father Hargo in the river, and developing his love of music. His parents love him intensely, and his mother Calin is fiercely protective of him. How could he ask for anything more as he lives an enchanted life on the reservation on the outskirts of the “civilized” world, surrounded by mystical creatures and magic? Little does Rags realize that he is not a goblin but instead a human who was abandoned shortly after his birth and left in the landfill to be raised by the goblins as a way to fulfill an ancient prophecy of good and evil, twin brothers separated at birth and reunited in the thirteenth year of their life, one to unleash an ancient evil, the other the only hope to stop it from happening. A powerful tale of magic, music, and danger, Rags and Ruins is sure to thrill readers of all ages with its mix of adventure, intrigue, and humor—and if it doesn’t, they’ll have to answer to a furious goblin mother.

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Rags and Ruins. I would like to thank the author Bob Dixon and Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rags and Ruin is a fantasy novel about a young goblin and his wife who take in and raise an abandoned human baby as their own. Unbeknownst to them at the time, the child is one half of a prophecy that will end in the battle between good and evil.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a really fast read because of how it read – the pacing was great and the story itself was interesting. It captured my attention easily and was just a really good story. I loved the writing, I thought the writer did a fantastic job writing and editing this story which made it such a pleasure to read.

I liked the characters and the settings alot. I will probably never look at a landfill the same and will always wonder if there isn’t more than meets the eye in them…maybe a world of fantastical creatures that escapes human attention. I thought that concept was really clever and really enjoyable. The protagonist and antagonist are both very young throughout the story and it all comes to a head on their thirteenth birthday so I would classify this story as more of a middle grade story but it would still be super enjoyable to a young adult audience. As an adult of twenty nine years, I really enjoyed it so I think that everyone would find this story interesting, enjoyable and well worth a read. This is the first book in a series and I am super excited to continue it in the future and would definitely be interested in reading more from this author.

If you are looking for a light, fun read be sure to check this one out! I also think it would be a great introduction to the fantasy genre for younger readers! I am planning on purchasing a paperback copy for my niece who is just now beginning to get comfortable with reading and fantasy is her genre of choice…I’m excited to see how she enjoys this story.

P.S. I absolutely love the cover too, it’s super cool!

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About the AuthorBD2

Bob Dixon is a a two-time Guinness World Record holder for the world’s longest cartoon strip. Author of Mouch and Company: The Dream Psychic and A Tough Call. He has created and written a number of comic book titles for Pocket Change Comics, including Assassinette: The Mind Stalker, Psyco Duck, Jester’s Dead, The Holy Knight, Riplash, Shadow Slasher, and Warzone 3719. He has written two children books, Rooty the Tree Troll and Holiday Bunny. In addition, Bob is a certified special education teacher who works with children with intellectual delays and autism.

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