TO READ OR NOT TO READ...that is the question. I'll do the reading in various genres of books mostly fiction, some popular and some you may be less familiar with. I do read some non-fiction but rarely. For those of us who are capable of getting lost in a world of make believe; stick with me and hopefully I can point you in a direction that will save you from a waste of life or entertain you into the wee hours of the morning.
Note to reader!
I try not to reveal too much of the book's major plots but some times I can't help it to give an overall idea of what I personally thought. I try not to ruin the book for anyone and sorry if I do so. Any of the books I write about have been read recently so that the review is fresh in my mind. Some books I will reread and post again later but if you have a request let me know, it will take me a while to go through my library again.
Also I try very hard to find the cover art from the actual book that I have some times this is not possible and I may result to a more common known cover. At no time will I ever post a book cover with a movie poster on it I like the originality and imagination of books movies just ruin what the readers imagination is capable of creating.
Rating Scale: The books I post here will be set on a rating scale. The scale being from 1-5 one being most likely to read again and 5 being least likely to read again.
The second book in the famous HP books. From the other books that I have read this book was one of my least favorites. Maybe i'm just not a sequels kind of girl I don't know but i'm beginning to see a pattern in my reading. Maybe its because that I am so impressed by the first book I want the second to be just as awesome and its hard to live up to a best seller hype on a deadline. That may be what ruins it. The author may spend years on a first book perfecting it and trying to get it published. If it hits the best seller list unexpectedly then an author is forced to hurry a sequel for the fame or the money and sometimes sacrificing a good sequel. On that note this book while having more action taken against the student body and less on Harry himself I found it to be somewhat slower and less interesting. Not less enough to not continue the series but just in the grand scheme of things, I mean bad guy via book and silly ignorance eh. Good to know what happened in the end but not exactly the most entertaining plan(absolutely nothing like the movie btw, for more action the movie makers switched the order of the ending). On the other hand this book was aimed at kids. The evil little bastard was smart as hell though especially for a student, and I can appreciate that but not what i'm looking for in witchy entertainment.
So we all knew that this day would come that's right it's Harry Potter! I have read these books before but I was like 13 so I don't remember the important little details that help put the whole story together, so i'm starting from the beginning. The next few books will be the entire HP series all seven. So, just in case you have lived under a rock for the past 10 years, this is the orphans dream book. Harry the orphan finds out he is a famous wizard after living with hateful family members for the first eleven years of his life. He finds that in another world, not only was he important, but so were his parents. After attending a magical school Harry finds he is constantly reassured of how much his dead parents really loved him and what having a family is really like. I liked this series the first time I read it at 13 and now after reading it as an adult I can safely say I still enjoyed it. Books always go more in depth of course than movies and I liked the ending in the book so much better because it was more eventful! The main characters had to show a little more confidence in their knowledge of magic in the book version which I think adds to their characters as a whole. It is only slightly ridiculous that the greatest wizards in this school set up several of the "hardest" obstacles they could come up with; in order to guard something so important, but a group of first year students were able to get thru these obstacles with relative ease. On another note, despite previous opinions I do not see how this book could damage the psyche of americas youth. The violence level is PG at best and written well for the age demographic aimed at. Fortunately the story it is not overly young for avid fantasy/magic lovers.
So I have continued the fallen angel series. This book would be what I call the big long build up to the next book. It was kinda like the second twilight, a book of history a little hint at the future and an idea of what the good stuff will be next. I'm not saying the book was bad (especially compared to the second twilight eggg) It was just one of those books that you know served more as a stepping stone than as part of the story. Anyway, if I am to continue on with the series this was a necessary read to get important information, just not all that entertaining. It was however, a very good representation of a 17 year old girl testing her boundaries at a new school. I think we all remember those days so at least if your a girl you can relate a little minus the whole magical power angel thing of course.
Good news!! My mother in law got me a gift card to books and million so I got a whole new hoard of books! I'm so excited...wow i'm a nerd. None the less that means more sum ups for you guys. This was the book I was most looking forward to reading after I saw it on a book shelf a few months back. I found out AFTER seeing it on a best seller shelf that, what do you know, its a teen book..SURPRISE!!! Anyway, I'm sad to say that it was not as good as I had hoped. While the idea was really promising and the cover was awesome that is where it ended. A fictional story framed around authentic antique pictures, I know was a challenge but they were being generous in calling this book teen fiction. I would classify this as more pre-teenish book or younger. There is a little bit of violence but no more than a video game now. This was more interesting on the outside than the inside. The story basically sums up as a 5 year olds dream sequence. A boy looses his grandfather to a "monster" in the woods and a spectacular life that he never knew he was a part of suddenly unfolds in front of him. Very cheesy book. Good for the kids they can relate adults avoid it not worth it.