The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

4020390Blurb: 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.

4 stars

Read via: Hardcover (library)

My Thoughts: I haven’t heard too much about this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked the detailed stories that tied in the the world of Harry Potter, which I miss. Each story seemed like it would a true bedtime story.

Read December 18, 2014 — December 19, 2014

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Roar and Liv by Veronica Rossi

15754052Blurb: After a childhood spent wandering the borderlands, Roar finally feels like he has a home with the Tides. His best friend Perry is like a brother to him, and Perry’s sister, Liv, is the love of his life. But Perry and Liv’s unpredictable older brother, Vale, is the Blood Lord of the Tides, and he has never looked kindly on Roar and Liv’s union. Normally, Roar couldn’t care less about Vale’s opinion. But with food running low and conditions worsening every day, Vale’s leadership is more vital—and more brutal—than ever. Desperate to protect his tribe, Vale makes a decision that will shatter the life Roar knew and change the fate of the Tides forever.

4 stars

Read Via: Kindle (own it)

My Thoughts: Even thought this is technically before the trilogy, I would suggest reading this after the main books. There are several spoilers. I liked this novella. It was sweet and revealed more about Liv. I guess I misunderstood the whole time frame that the series took place. I thought it was a much longer span of time.

Read October 8, 2014 — October 9, 2014

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Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa

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Blurb: Before The Immortal Rules, there was Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden — as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What’s worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she’s beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems …

4 stars

Read Via: Paperback book (library)

My Thoughts: I was not paying too much attention with this series, I guess. I read this in a book that was a collection of novellas by various people titled ‘Til the World Ends.

Anyway, I really enjoyed this novella because it is set in the time when normal life is about to completely disappear. It makes me feel more connected to the series, because this is more relate-able than the point in time in the main books. I also loved the main characters.

I would recommend reading the main books before the novella, because it would take some of suspense and wonder out of the series and that’s no fun.

Read Aug 7, 2014 — Aug 9, 2014

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Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire

18528454Synopsis: This novella goes through Travis and Abby’s wedding and their first year anniversary while switching points of view. It explains and brings to light the reason why Abby suddenly decided she wanted to get married.

4 stars

Read Via: Kindle (own it)

My Thoughts: At first this was kind of boring, because it was over events that was covered in the second book. However, there were emotions and reasons that were explored better, which I liked. I felt a certain issue was swept under a rug. I liked the second half very much. It made me cry a little though, because it was sweet.

Read March 6, 2014 — March 7, 2014

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The Forgotten Ones by Pittacus Lore

9780062218797_p0_v5_s260x420Blurb: Adam helped Sam Goode and his father Malcolm escape the Mogadorian base in Dulce, New Mexico. Using the Legacy that One bestowed upon him, he sacrificed himself and brought the entire facility crumbling down on his head.

Miraculously, Adam survives in one piece, and he also discovers something incredible that the Mogadorians had been hiding from the Garde. Separated from his allies, Adam sets out on a quest to find the one thing the Garde have been missing all these years. The very thing that could turn the tide in this war.

Read Via: Kindle (own it)

My Thoughts: Yes! My favorite character. I am also excited to see what Adam is doing. I have wanted for this novella for a while and I am sad there won’t be more the story for a while. This novella really didn’t have that much action, it was more adventurous. Still awesome.

Read July 23, 2013 — July 25, 2013

4 stars

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Leif by Abbi Glines

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Synopsis: This novelette goes through the first two books of the series in Leif’s perspective. At the end of each digital copy there is a free download for Dank’s new song.

4 stars

Read Via: Kindle (own it)

My Thoughts: CK did not read this novelette because she dislikes Leif. I, however, before reading this book really didn’t think he was all the bad. This book allows to see how Leif truly fells about Pagan. Even though the cover is very creepy, the content is not. I really enjoyed it but the ending only confused me and left me with more questions.

Read May 14, 2013 — May 15, 2013

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The Last Days of Lorien by Pittacus Lore

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Synopsis: As the title states, this novella (fifth in the series) goes through one person’s last days on the planet Lorien. This character has already been introduced in the main story line, and so we are able to see more of their past.

Read Via: Kindle (own it)

My Thoughts: I thought this novella would be told either by collective accounts or in third person. It was interesting to actually see what some Lorien was like. However, I wish there were other points of views.

Read April 9, 2013 — April 10, 2013

3 stars

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Harry Potter: The Prequel by J.K. Rowling

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This is a VERY short novella. It is only four pages, and available for free (download from goodreads). I found out about this prequel not too long ago, and I thought it was worth looking into.

It involves James and Sirius when they were younger. It’s been a long time since I have read the Harry Potter series, so I am not sure if this really fit in with anything.

It seems more of a glimpse into the past. However, it was pretty funny and I enjoyed it.

I will not be counting this toward my 2013 book challenge since it was so short.

The Search for Sam by Pittacus Lore

The Search for SamBlurb: When a rogue Mogadorian meets up with a mysterious amnesiac in Santa Monica, he knows that there’s more to this guy than meets the eye. In fact, he might just hold the key to everything. In I Am Number Four: The Lost Files #4, discover what has happened to one of the people with information crucial to the Garde coming together to fight to save Lorien—and Earth.

Read Via: Kindle (own it)

My Thought: Once again, I was surprised by who was leading this book. I was expecting John. I was so happy to get this ebook. I think this was the first one I had to wait for since I started reading, but it was well worth it!!

4 stars


Read December 29, 2012

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The Fallen Legacies by Pittacus Lore

The Fallen Legacies

Synopsis: This novella sheds light on the fallen Garde, Number One through Three. The two main characters in this book are very surprising. Two people that you would never thought would be telling the story. I can’t say much more than that without slipping out a spoiler.

Read Via: Kindle (own it)

My Thoughts: I LOVE the main character. He probably my favorite character in the whole series. Once again, you will be able to gain a better understanding on what is going on with the big picture in these shared series. I not including a lot of information because I want you to surprised like I was.

5 stars

Read July 24, 2012 — July 27, 2012

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