Friday, November 22, 2013

My thoughts on the Harry Potter Companion Books!

J.K.Rowling wrote three short companion books to the Harry Potter series. I love the Harry Potter series and read those numerous times, but for some reason I never read the companion books. Each one gives us more insight in the area of expertise. Recently I finished all three and I'm giving you my thoughts on each book!

Fantastic Beasts and where to find them
Harry Potter Companion Book 1

A copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them resides on almost every wizarding household in the country. Now, for a limited period only, Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats, and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to improving and saving the lives of children around the world, which means that the dollars and Galleons you exchange for it will do magic beyond the powers of any wizard. If you feel that this is insufficient reason to part with your money, I can only hope most sincerely that passing wizards feel more charitable if they ever see you being attacked by a Manticore.
-Albus Dumbledore

This book was meant to be a study book used at Hogwarts and it sure felt like it.  I really LOVED the notes made by Harry, Ron and Hermione inside this book. I was excited to find every note :). It was interesting to read about the different creatures, but after some time that started to bore me just a little. That of course can't take away the awesomeness of J.K.Rowling's writing style.

Quidditch through the ages
Harry Potter Companion Book 2

Did you know that: there are 700 ways of committing a foul in Quidditch? The game first began to evolve on Queerditch Marsh - What Bumphing is? That Puddlemere United is oldest team in the Britain and Ireland league (founded 1163). All this information and much more could be yours once you have read this book: this is all you could ever need to know about the history, the rules - and the breaking of the rules - of the noble wizarding sport of Quidditch.

This book shows again the imagination J.K.Rowling has. She really dives deep to tell the history and rules of Quidditch and it's just lovely to read about it all. It was really nice to read about the development of the Quidditch game, Rowling makes it seems so real. It was a nice little book.

The Tales of beedle the bard Harry Potter Companion Book 3

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

This is definitely my favorite out of the three companion books. The stories were full of magical elements and creatures and made me feel like I was back in the Harry Potter adventures a little bit. My favorite story is the Tale of the three brothers, but I enjoyed the other stories in the book as well!

Have you read these companion novels? Let me know what your thoughts are about them in the comments!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Review: Blood promise

Title: Blood Promise
Series: Vampire Academy #4
Author: Richelle Mead
Release date: August 2009
Age group: Young Adult
Pages: 503

If you haven't read this series, I recommend reading my review on the previous books;
book 1: Vampire Academy
book 2: Frostbite
book 3: Shadow Kiss

You can also check out my post about the movie: Vampire Academy, the movie!

Expectations'm really curious how this story goes on. The end of book 3 nearly killed me. It was such a good book. Book 3 was for me the best read of the first three books, and a lot of readers say that the story only grows greater!! It's save to say I have pretty high expectations for this one..

It was really nice to be away from the Academy life and exciting for Rose to be in Russia. I had no idea as to how this story was going to continue which made me even more curious and excited to read the rest of this series. Rose goes on a mission to find Dimitri, her soulmate, and first ends of finding his family. I really liked this part because it seemed so real. The emotions of the family were described with great detail and that made it very realistic. I did find the time Rose spends at his family a bit long.

I love that we get to see Rose struggle with her emotions. You see a very different side of her, one that doesn't know what to do most of the time and just follows her instincts. The so confident Rose we got to know finds out she doesn't always has the answer to every problem. Sometimes she just doesn't know what to do..

Her whole journey in Russia is all about finding Dimitri and creating some kind of plan to do so. When she finally find him, the story becomes very intense. I was reading on the edge of my seat. You can just feel the tension between them which makes the story so great to read!

The way Rose deals with Dimitri is such a good example of what people do when you're in love. When she's with him ,she can't think rationally and I think most of us know how that feels. It was nice to be able to relate to Rose even more.

We still have some connection with the Academy because now and then Rose visits Lissa's mind and we get to see life at the Academy. Every time this happened in the book, it was a nice change in the story. I've become to like Adrian's character more and more. Rose also sees a better side of Adrian every time she visits Lissa. I don't think I've mentioned this much in the previous reviews of this series, but I also really like Christian's character.

Near the end, Rose finds her true self again and tries to hold on to that. She worries about Lissa again and recognizes what she needs to do.

Just when I think I've figured everything out, something new comes into the story. The ending was just amazingly written.. and it makes me want to read the next book ASAP.

What else can I say? This series is getting better by each book and I really loved the third one! I'll rate this book 5 stars out of 5.

Have you read this series? Share your thoughts on this book in the comments below!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nominated for the Liebster Award!!

I'm so excited to tell you guys Erica from her blog Highway-YA nominated me for a Liebster Award!
The Liebster Award is an Award for new bloggers to connect with other bloggers in the community.

Rules for accepting the award
If you've been nominated , this is what you need to do:
- Link back to the blog that nominated you.
- Answer the questions they set for the blogs they nominated.
- Nominate 10 blogs of your own, and be sure to let them know, with a link to your post!
- Ask 10 questions for the blogs you nominate to answer in their post.

Erica's Questions:
I will anwser Erica's questions:

How long have you been blogging?
I've started this bookblog since October 2013, but I had a previous blog before that. I didn't post anything on that blog in months because of my final thesis before the summer. I decided to start over again and I'm really glad I did!

What inspiration do you get from blogging?
I love to share my thoughts on books and bookrelated topics with other booklovers and the bookcommunity is so great to communicate with!

What is your favorite book series?
Just one? I'll have to say the obvious, Harry Potter. I've read the series about 5 times total and I really want to read it again in 2014!
I also loved the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and I'm looking forward to see the movie of Catching fire!
In the Summer I read the Percy Jackson series, which I really love as well.
You see, I can't name just one..

If you could meet one author which one would it be?
although I haven't read anything by him, John Green would be an author I would like to meet. He's so funny and awesome on his vlogbrothers channel :D

While you are reading which is better: Coffee or Tea?
I kind of love both.. I drink more tea though, so I guess I'll go for that.

Besides blogging what other things are you passionate about?
I love music and being creative. I play the piano and like to draw. I suppose I don't have to say I love books ;)

What book would you like to see turned into a movie?
I'm currently reading the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and they already turned the first book into a movie that will be released in february 2014. I'm so excited to see that one!!

Paranormal Romance or Science Fiction?
I think I'll go for Paranormal Romance. Just because I didn't read a lot of Science Fiction books yet. I also just love the Paranormal Romance genre :)

What is considered to be the perfect day to just cuddle up with a good book?
On a rainy sunday, when I don't have to go out of the house. I'll make my cup of tea( or Coffee) and get lost in a good story :D I also love to read when it snows!!

What is your favorite genre of books?
Hmm.. I really like the Young Adults books. I like books with fantastical elements in it. Like Percy Jackson with Mythology. And I like some amount of Romance (doesn't have to be in all of them).

And the nominees are.....
Abominable readers
Lost in a book
Merlin's Booknook
Mo Books
My Library life of living through books
Roxy's Reviews
The Book reader's Cave


When did you start blogging & why?
What's your favorite book ever?
Do you study or work & what kind of study/work do you do?
How may books do you estimate you own?
What's your favorite place to read?
What book are you reading right now?
Do you prefer series or stand alone books?
Favorite hobby besides reading?
Favorite book to movie adaptation?

Check out all the blogs I've named in this post, the're all amazing :D
Thanks again to Erica, for nominating me!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

TBR pile for the month of November!

Today I'll describe the books I'm planning to read in the month of November!
I'm not sure if I'm actually going to finish all of them, but we'll find out at the end of the month. 

Currently I'm still reading the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I've read the first three books in October and I want to read the last three books this month.
If you haven't read this series, check out my reviews on the first ones:
Vampire Academy #1
Frostbite #2
Shadow Kiss #3
That means I want to read
Near the end of October I started the City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and I'm about 100 pages in. I really want to finish that book this month as well.

I'm almost done with reading the three Harry Potter companion books. I will write a review about the three little books.

Once I'm done with all the books I named above, I will start reading the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime by Mark Haddon.
That's about all I think I'm going to read this month. Did you read any of the books I'm planning on reading? Leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of them! If you have any book recommendations, please let me know. I'm always curious about new books!!
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