Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.k. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so much better than I remembered. Of course all of the Harry Potter Books are amazing! But this one has long been the one that I’ve found the least amazing. This read through though, oh my it was good!

I think everyone knows the story, so prepare for mild spoilers if you somehow don’t know it. Something mysterious and dangerous is happening at Hogwarts. And of course the Golden Trio will get mixed up right in it. We also get to meet some new and wonderful characters, Gilderoy Lockheart, Arthur Weasley and Dobby to name a few. Who can forget Lockheart’s complete lack of teaching ability? And I have to admit I didn’t remember him being THAT in you face with him being a celebrity. Oh my. The Weasley family is now close to complete, and their interactions are wonderful. They definitely are my book family. I would probably be very good friends with Arthur^^ Dobby is so annoying in this book! But he is still lovable. And so annoying. Jeez! Love him!

Now I am going to jump into the third book as soon as possible! Prisoner of Azkaban, here I come!

“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?”


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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is beautiful. This is my childhood. This is the beginning to a story that means so much to me I have the Deathly Hallows mark tattooed on me.

So I finally joined the Wizarding World Book Club (one month late), but now I have finished the first book and I’m on track! (Will just write a post for all the themes concerning the first book before I’m really on track.) It is a wonderful way to reread these books. But now on with the review.

As I said, this is my childhood. The magic of these books spellbound me 14 years ago as my dad read them to me, and it has never let me go. J.K. Rowling has a writing style that draws you in, all the wonder Harry experiences plays out so vividly inside the readers head. Especially in this first book wonder is such a huge part, and even though there are dark parts to the story it is a children’s book. A children’s book only since it is told through the eyes of an innocent child. If the story was told through an older character, this would never be a children’s story (as can be seen as Harry grows up).

I’ve reread this book more times than I can possibly remember, but this was the first time I listened to it on audio. Stephen Fry has done such a good job narrating this book! *applause* I most definitely recommend him! I’d like to continue listening to these books, but at the same time I’d love to sit down with them and read them. I’ll just have to see what I’ll do.

“Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley–a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry–and anyone who reads about him—will find unforgettable.”


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Sins of Empire

Sins of EmpireSins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #1) by Brian McClellan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brian McClellan has done it again. This story just pulls you in to never let you go. That’s the reason I flew through it in just a few days.

We’re back in the familiar world from The Powder Mage Trilogy, but in a different part – Fatrasta. It is a turbulent country, their war for independence was what made Taniel Two-Shot legendary, and there are deep frictions between the different people. And who is thrown into this? Vlora, previously engaged to Taniel and hero of Adro. Having lived as a mercenary for quite a few years since the happenings in The Autumn Republic, she is now thrown back into a world of politics and fighting. A world she’d rather left untouched.

He thought of sorcery like he did politics. He knew it existed and that it affected his life in deep intrinsic ways, but he tried his best not to get any on him.

I have to say that the plot of Sins of Empire is very similar to Promise of Blood. Not as bloody beginning as Promise of Blood, but the overall plot follows the same structure. There is even a new “investigator”! Instead of Adamat we are now introduced to Michel Bravis, spy.

Despite that, this book got me hooked. McClellan really knows how to write action and you are never left bored. Since I enjoyed this as an audiobook I have to comment on Christian Rodska, who does an incredible job reading these books. His style is perfect for the world McClellan has created.

“An epic new fantasy series from Brian McClellan, set in the same world as his wildly popular Powder Mage trilogy.

The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place – a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of a suppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with wile and force, a task which falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall’s present.

As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries.”

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Words of Radiance

words of radianceWords of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

THIS BLEW MY MIND! Mistborn is nothing compared to this masterpiece. I cannot wait for the next book!

Again, I cannot help but compare this (The Stormlight Archive) to The Wheel of Time. Both being large, epic, fantasy stories. This is so much better. The story grips you without letting you go. The characters are intriguing and you cannot help but feel for them. The chapters between action in WoT are dull, but here your interest isn’t lost. If that isn’t proof of great writing I don’t know what is.

So, this is the second book in the series and it picks up right where the first left off. You follow the same characters (Kaladin, Shallan and Highprince Dalinar) as well as being introduced to new perspectives. To be honest I don’t want to say too much about the story, because spoilers, but know this, you can feel the build up throughout this book.

I really want to read this series in book form as well, since I now just listened o it. Might pick them up during fall, before the next one comes out in November.

“In the first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war. Among those caught up in the conflict are Highprince Dalinar Kholin, who leads the human armies; his neice Jasnah, a renowned scholar; her student Shallan, a brilliant but troubled young woman; and Kaladin, a military slave who, by the book’s end, was beginning to become the first magically endowed Knight Radiant in centuries.

In Words of Radiance their intertwined stories will continue and, as Sanderson fans have come to expect, develop in unexpected, wonderfully surprising directions. The war with the Parshendi will move into a new, dangerous phase, as Dalinar leads the human armies deep into the heart of the Shattered Plains in a bold attempt to finally end it. Shallan will come along, hoping to find the legendary, perhaps mythical, city of Urithuru, which Jasnah believes holds a secret vital to mankind’s survival on Roshar. The Parshendi take a dangerous step to strengthen themselves for the human challenge, risking the return of the fearsome Voidbringers of old. To deal with it all, Kaladin must learn how to fulfill his new role, while mastering the powers of a Windrunner.”


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The Way of Kings

The Way of KingsThe Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was so good! It is huge, it is grand, and it is so good.

I cannot help comparing this to The Wheel of Time, and I have to say I like this a lot more. Sanderson really knows how to write something gripping.

To be honest I have no idea how to review this. The story is just so huge. Basically it follows three people on their different journeys, and all of them come in contact with something that shows history didn’t happen the way everyone thinks it did. This will change everything.

You fall for the characters. They are not perfect human beings, but that is what is so appealing. They have their own struggles, beliefs, and prejudices. Their story and growth is one you want to follow.

I listened to this on audiobook and can definitely recommend it. The narrators did an amazing job!

Speak again the ancient oaths,
Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.
And return to men the Shards they once bore.
The Knights Radiant must stand again.

Roshar is a world of stone swept by tempests that shape ecology and civilization. Animals and plants retract; cities are built in shelter. In centuries since ten orders of Knights fell, their Shardblade swords and Shardplate armor still transform men into near-invincible warriors. Wars are fought for them, and won by them.

In one such war on the ruined Shattered Plains, slave Kaladin struggles to save his men and fathom leaders who deem them expendable, in senseless wars where ten armies fight separately against one foe.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Fascinated by the ancient text named The Way of Kings and troubled by visions of ancient times, he doubts his sanity.

Across the ocean, Shallan trains under eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece Jasnah. Though Shallan genuinely loves learning, she plans a daring theft. Her research hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.


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