Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Halloween Book Tag

Since Halloween is approaching I thought I would do the Halloween Booktag. This tag was created by Naomi TheBookLover. I am excited to do this tag so lets begin. I will try not to answer Harry Potter for every question.


1. Carving pumpkins- what book would you carve up and light on fire?
I will admit I usually stay away from books I think I won't like and if I don't like it I 99% will DNF it. Maybe I'll go with the Cursed Child since it wasn't necessary. I did like it for what it was but it felt very different from the other books. I view it as a separate book and do not compare it to the rest of the series. 

2. Trick or treat- what character is a treat, what character is a trick?
The first character that comes to mind is Fred and George Weasley for a character that is a trick. Both of them are such pranksters and I love it.  For treat I am thinking of very nice characters, for this I will have to go with Cress from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I loved Cress and she is such a sweet and such a strong character.

3. Candy corn- what book is always sweet?
GeekerellaWhen I think of a book that is always sweet Harry Potter is always the first book that comes into my head. Other than Harry Potter the first boo that came to my mind is Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I read Geekerella recently and if you didn't know it is a modern day retelling of Cinderella with fandom in it. It was super cute and I loved it and I have a review up on my blog that if I remember, I'll link below.

4. Ghosts- what character would you love to visit you as a ghost?
I would love to have Will, Tessa, or Jem from the Infernal Devices trilogy to visit me as a ghost. Those three characters are the first characters that came into my head when reading this question. I I had to choose one I guess I will have to say Will Herondale.

5. Dressing up in costume- what character would you want to be for a day?
I honestly would love to be Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of glass series for a day. She is such a kick but character and she is one of my favourite characters.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
6. Wizards and witches- what is your favorite Harry Potter moment?
This question is hard. I have so many favourite moments in the Harry Potter series. If I had to choose one it would be the scene when Harry first arrives at platform 9 3/4 in the first book. It was such a magical moment.

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)7. Blood and gore- what book was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for awhile?
The only book I can think of or this question is the Diviners by Libba Bray. I loved this book and it was one of my favourite books of 2015 or 2016. It is a perfect Halloween book and I highly recommend it.

Well that is the Halloween tag. I am not tagging anyone to do it since it has been around or awhile but if you want to do it then I tag you.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Spoiler Review

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #2
My rating: 5/5 stars

Do not read this review if you haven't finished the series yet. This review will have unmarked spoilers


Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets is a lot of people's least favourite in the series. I personally really love this one and it is probably my 4th favourite in the series.

Please keep in mind this review like the last one will be all over the place and I have so much to talk about I probably will forget to put some things in. Thinking back to my review of The Sorcerer's Stone I forgot at least 10 thing I wanted to talk about. So basically I will add on to my reviews each time I reread Harry Potter.

Lets talk about Dobby first. Dobby is first seen in Harry's room and warns him not to go to Hogwarts. Immediately we know this won't be a normal school year. Let's also say Dobby seems like he is trying to kill Harry. Okay maybe the blocking the platform won't kill Harry but setting a buldger on him probably will. At the end we learn that Dobby serves the Malfoy out of all the wizard families and I feel really bad for him. He is such a good elf and tries to help even though he is making Harry's life a lot harder. But Harry manages to free him and those were happy times and we will eventually learn that Dobby will work for Dumbledore in the kitchens.
The Weasley's have a ghoul living in their attic which we don't see in the movies. I just found that interesting and I always forget that they have this creature in their house. Harry of course if rescued by the twins and Ron in a flying car after Harry never responded to all of their letters (Dobby intersected the letters) and took him to the burrow. I love the de-gnoming the garden scene as well. Mr. Weasley comes home and Mrs. Weasley tells him that their sons flew the flying car. Mr. Weasley asks them how it was before seeing his wife's face.

Ron and Harry do fly the flying car once more to get to Hogwarts after Dobby blocked the platform. Out of all the trees they could of hit they had to hit the whomping willow. Of course we will learn why the whomping willow was planted their in the first place but it is not in this book so I'll save it for next review. Both receive detention for what they done and Ron a howler as well. I will admit that scene was funny event though it wasn't funny to Ron. Ron has to clean the trophy case the muggle way and Harry had to help Lockhart answer fan mail which brings us to Professor Lockhart.

I will admit I do not like professor Lockhart even though I like him a lot more than Umbridge. The trio firsts meets him in the books store and I could already tell Ron and Harry hated him. Hermione and Mrs. Weasley fancy him. Of course after the pixie incident during a defense against the dark arts class we quickly learn Lockhart has no idea what he was doing. We can also see that his first quiz had to do with him and not the actual subject. And of course we cannot forget about Valentines Day. I still think Hermione was one of the many people who sent Lockhart a valentine. I could quickly tell that none of the teachers also liked Lockhart and they seemed to find him annoying.

The first attack that starts the whole chamber of secrets opening was on Filch's cat. We also learn that Filch in a squib which is probably why he hate seeing all of these magical kids. Then of course the second attack on Colin Creevey followed by the Dueling club scene when Harry tells the snake not to attack Justin. Then we have the attack on Justin and Sir Nicholas and then Hermione and Percy's girlfriend Penelope Clearwater. Of course people though it the heir of Slytherin because he could talk to snakes. Then they quickly realized after Hermione was attacked that Harry couldn't have opened the chamber of secrets.

Hermione figured out that the monster was a basilisk and Harry and Ron will eventually figure out that the chamber is located in the girls bathroom where they brewed the polyjuice potion. Moaning Myrtle is a very important character in this book. Even though she can be annoying and kind off fancies Harry. She is the one that made them realize that the chamber is in the girls bathroom after they learn that the monster killed a girl 50 years ago in a bathroom and she is the one to tell them where she saw the monster or the eyes of the monster before she died.

Harry finds a diary in the bathroom as well and learns that it is Tom's old diary. I knew it was going to be important later on in the story. Harry figures out how it works later and we learn that they thought Hagrid opened the chamber. He didn't though. It was Tom/Voldemort. One of the big questions I had while reading this part is why would they allow Hargrid to stay on Hogwarts grounds if he is the one they thought let the monster loose. Even though they had very little evidence wouldn't they investigate further and why can't they just use a truth potion. That part didn't make sense. Follow the spiders is one of my all time favourite scenes. Just thinking about ron freaking out about spiders is so funny and it is all because Fred or George or both turned one of his stuffed animals (I think) into a spider. I mean if I saw a giant spider I would probably scream.

Lockhart looses his memory after trying to cast a memory charm on Ron and Harry using of course Ron's broken wand. I guess that was his punishment to himself. I sometimes forget Voldemort's real name or original name is Tom Riddle and sometimes need a reminder. I loved the part when Fawkes comes to Harry's rescue with the sorting hat and we learn that Harry is a true Gryffindor and is not a Slytherin no matter how much the Sorting Hat says he will do great in Slytherin. Harry is doing great in Gryffindor and that is what matter.

Overall I love this series and that is all or round one of my Chamber of Secrets review. Next time I reread this book will probably add to this review.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Review

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #1
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Reread: 9/18/17


Do not read this review if you don't want to be spoiled for this book. There will be unmarked spoilers



Hello everyone who HAS read this book. Harry Potter is one of my all time favourite series and I have been wanting to reread it again for awhile. The first book is the book I probably read the most. I think I have read it four times now.

I have a lot to talk about so this will be a long review. Also not in chronological order because I have quite a lot to say.

First of when I saw the first year shopping list I completely forgot that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is actually a textbook. How could I forget that! It must be because of the FBAWTFT movie that threw me off a little. (Amazing movie if you haven't read it yet)

Harry of course doesn't get his letter from Hogwarts till Hagrid gives it to him later. Lets talk about when Harry tries to outsmart his uncle by waking up early and sneaking to the mail box and he steps on Mr. Dursley's face. I literally was laughing a lot. That scene was hilarious. I feel like small moments like these make the story even more amazing than it already is.

Harry meets Draco for the first time in Madam Malkin's and I remember hating Draco as soon as I finished the scene the first time I read the book. Draco was very mean in the first book if you don't remember. He used the leg locker curse on Neville and made fun of Ron's family and even tried to get them expelled by the midnight duel. I honestly wish that the midnight duel actually happened in the movie because I feel like that could of been an epic scene even though there is no fighting. Speaking of fighting, during Harry's a Quidditch match Ron, Neville, Draco, Crabbe, and Goyle get in a fight. I completely forgot about this scene. And of course how can we forget that Snape was the refree for one of the games. I remember being like are you kidding me the first time I ever read the book. Now we know the truth though I am kind of glad that Snape did ref the game.

I really loved the last part when the trio wen to go find the stone. I mean Hermione probably saved there life multiple times with the potion and of course the devil snare. It was so funny when Hermione said she didn't have wood to make a fire and Ron had to yell Are you a witch or not. I do wish that the potion scene made it into the movie though because that scene would of been interesting to watch. I guess not putting the scene in there probably made it seem more like Snape was stealing the stone.

In the very beginning Harry over heard Mrs. Wealsey tell give Fred and George a talk about pranks and says that she gets a letter telling her that they exploded a toilet seat (something like that) and one of the twins say we haven't done that yet thanks or the idea mom, I was smiling like an idiot. Now jump to the end. Dumbledore tells Harry when he wakes up that the sweets are from his friends and admirers and the twins tried to send him a toilet seat. I laughed out loud remembering Mrs. Weasley telling them not to do anything like that.

I you had to ask me what my favourite parts of the book are I would have to say the quidditch scenes. Quidditch is just so much fun to read about and they have so much action it it! The other scene would have to be the Christmas scene. It was so much fin to see Harry happy. They (the Weasley's and Harry) a snowball fight and Harry has presets for the first time. Mrs. Weasley even gave Harry a Weasley sweater! I always love that Ron's is Maroon. It is just funny watching him complain.

Overall those are just some of my thoughts on this book. I love this series and would highly recommend rereading it! Trust me it is so much fun to visit the world and characters again.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Because You Love To Hate Me Review

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of VillainyTitle: Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy
Author: Ameriie +12 other authors and 13 other booktubers.
My rating: 3.1/5 stars
Date Read: 8/31/17

I used a calculator.

If you haven't heard of Because You Love to hate me is an anthology where 13 authors teamed up with 13 booktubers. Each author is paired up with a booktuber and the booktuber gives the author a writing prompt about a villain. I LOVED some of the stories but others I wanted to DNF.

The Blood of Imuriv by Renee Ahdieh
4/5 stars
I really enjoyed this short story. I honestly wanted more from the world and I think that this could of been a full novel. There is so much to explore in this world. I was very disappointed when this story ended. I just wanted more. I did really enjoy Ahdieh's Wrath and the Dawn Duology but wasn't a big fan of The Flame in The Mist. I will say though is is one of my favourite stories in this Anthology.

Jack by Ameriie
1/5 stars
I have never heard of Ameriie . Let me be honest, I found this story very boring. I skimmed the the majority of the story. This story was honestly not for me.

Gwen and Art and Lance by Soman Chainani
1.5/5 stars
I feel like the format of this story is what ruined this short story. This book is written through text messaging. I did read this story very quickly and I did understand what was going on so that was the good thing. Honestly if this was written differently it would probably be more enjoyable. Also there is no text talk so that is a plus.

Shirley & Jim by Susan Dennard
3/5 stars
It was average. I didn't care that much about the characters but I was curious to see what happens at the end. I enjoyed the writing and I think it could of been better but it was still enjoyable.

The Blessing of Little Wants by Sarah Enni
2.5/5 stars

I wasn't that interested in the beginning of this story. By the time I was interested I was confused since I did skim most of the the first half. I may go back to reread it but as for now I will leave my rating at 2.5 stars. I also never heard of Sarah Enni before.

The Sea Witch by Marissa Meyer
5/5 stars

I loved this story. It is my favourite out of all of them. I loved the writing and was interested in the story since the first page. It was just everything I wanted. It is so hard to explain why.

Beautiful Venom by Cindy Pon
3.5/5 stars

I never heard of Cindy Pon and need to add her books to my tbr. I also thought that Benjamin's essay in very important as well and if you plan on skipping the booktubers essays I would recommend reading this one over all of them. Back to the short story. I liked that it had an Asian setting and it was very unique from anything I ever read. The writing was also really good.

Death Knell by Victoria Schwab
5/5 stars

This story is probably my second favourite. I loved the way it was written and it was very unique and I never read anything like it before.

Marigold by Samantha Shannon
3.5/5 stars

I never read anything by Samantha Shannon before and need to add her series the Bone Season to my TBR. I found this story very interesting and I wanted to know what happened. I also think that this world could be explored more and I want a full novel in this world. I would say the beginning was a little confusing to me but overall I really liked it.

You, You, It's all About You by Adam Silvera
1/5 stars

I really liked Adam Silvera's book More Happy Than Not but I was so bored when reading this story. I was excited to read it but I ended up skimming most of it. It is just not for me.

Julian Breaks Every Rule by Andrew Smith
4.5/5 stars

I never was really interested in reading Andrew Smith's other book but that has now changed and I want to read all of his books. I surprising loved this story. It was interesting, the writing was really good. This was honestly a surprise because I didn't think I would like this story as much as I did.

Indigo Shade by April Genevieve Tucholke
2.5/5 stars

I never heard or read anything by this author. I did enjoy it but some parts are very confusing. I still am confused. I think it is because it needed more explanations.

Sera by Nicola Yoon
4/5 stars

It took me a bit to understand what was going on but the story eventually pieced together and I loved it. It was unique and I loved the way it was written. Overall a very solid short story. I do want to see what happens next.


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

September 2017 Wrap up (+TBR)

Hello everyone,

Today I thought I would do a wrap up of all the books I read and all the post I have done on my Blog etc.


The Books I Read:

This month was a good reading month. I read 4 new books and I reread 4 book which means I have read 8 books. I did enjoy all the books I read. 

Because You Love To Hate Me: 3.1/5 stars
The Mirror King: 3.5 stars
A Gathering of Shadows 4.5/5 stars
(Reread) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: 5/5 stars
(Reread) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: 5/5 stars
(Reread) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: 5/5 stars
(Reread) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: 5/5 stars
Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen, #2) A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)


Blog Posts:

This month I posted 5 book reviews. 
Those reviews are:

Bookstagram:

I posted 28 pictures on my bookstagram. All the photos did well and most of them got around 100 likes. I gained about 20 followers and I followed about 5 new amazing accounts.My account is @andreasbookishthoughts by the way. Also Bloomsbury, Jessethereader, and Disney books liked one of my photos!!!!!! (different photo each)





October TBR:

I have never set a TBR before but I want to try it out. 

Rereads
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)


Books I want to read that I haven't read yet:
Warcross (Warcross, #1) A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3) The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2) Meddling Kids Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)

A you can tell I am very ambitious this month but I feel like having a monthly TBR will help motivate me to read more.

Well that is it! Let me know if you like these wrap ups. They are not the same as the BookTube wrap ups obviously. I will probably do my next one in a similar format and may include more detail.We will see what happens. Thank You or reading and I hope to see you in my next post.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Frostblood Review

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)Title: Frostblood
Author: Elly Blake
Series: Frostblood Saga #1
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
Date Read: 9/16/17

I went into this book with low expectation and I honestly enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Keep in mind this book is not the most original book in the world and can be very predictable.

This books is a fantasy novel and it is told in first person. We follow the main character Ruby's POV. If you hate when books change perspectives you are in luck since we only have one POV in this book! Ruby is a fireblood living in a world ruled by a frostblood king. Her mother is killed and she is taken to the prison. She then escapes with the help of some rebel frostbloods and agrees to help them overthrow the king.

The first 50 pages were really good. Then the rest of the first half was very boring. Nothing happened. I almost DNFed the book so many times but kept pushing through hoping it would get better because I absolutely hate DNFing books. I am so glad I pushed myself through the rest of the first half because the second half of the book is SO much better.

If you hate contemporary books and need a fantasy book to help you out of a reading slump you may want to try reading Frostblood. The world and magic system was very easy to understand and it is a short book.

Keep in mind that this book is very predictable. I did predict several things that happened.

Overall I enjoyed the book it was just very average.



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Friday, September 29, 2017

Passenger Review

Passenger (Passenger, #1)Title: Passenger
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: Passenger #1
My rating: 2 /5 stars
Date Read: 8/27/7

I wanted to love this book but the first half was so boring ad nothing happened till halfway through the book. Also Etta was very annoying and I did not like her that much. I also found Nicholas to be over protective? I hated that he kept saying or thinking that Etta needed to be protected. It was just plain annoying. And the old friend instalove has returned and yes I do not like the romance.

I was very confused throughout most of the book. I felt like nothing happened in the beginning which left me sort of daydreaming while reading. You know when you are reading but thinking about other things at the same time and then you realize you have no idea what you read. Maybe it is just me.

Passenger is a book about time travel. I haven't read a time travel book in a long time ad was excited to read this. It was very disappointing as you can see I rated it two stars. I did like Alexandra Bracken's other book The Darkest Minds (3/5 stars) but I only read the first book in the trilogy and I do plan on finishing it. Passenger is a duology and I actually do want to know what happens next so I will hopefully read the next book.

We follow two characters Etta and Nicholas. Etta is a violinist living in the modern world of 2015. She soon discovers in the beginning that she and her mother are time travelers. Nicholas is or I think is a Pirate. He is free from the Ironwoods, a powerful time traveler family and lives at sea (which is why I think he is a pirate.) Both of them go on a journey to find this thing that people were trying to keep away from the Ironwoods.

When I first heard of Passenger I expected this to be a fast paced book. I did not expect it to be slow. In fact I wanted to DNF this book around chapter 4. Also keep note that the chapters are very long.

Overall this was just and okay book and it did have its interesting parts which is why it is not a 1 star book.

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