Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling

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Blurb: 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.

 

 

 

4 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (own it)

My Thoughts: Just as I stated with the Fantastic Beasts books, this would have helpful when I was reading Harry Potter. However, this one was my least favorite of the short novels. I probably would have been more entertained when I was younger.

Read January 10, 2015 — January 11, 2015

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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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The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

 

The Angel StoneBlurb: For Callie McFay, a half-witch/half-fey professor of folklore and Gothic literature, the fight to save the enchanted town of Fairwick, New York, is far from over. After a hostile takeover by the Grove—a sinister group of witches and their cohorts—many of the local fey have been banished or killed, including Callie’s one true love. And in place of the spirit of tolerance and harmony, the new administration at Fairwick College has fostered an air of danger and distrust.

3 starsRead Via: Kindle (library book)

My Thoughts: The main issues I had with the second book carried over into this final book. Some parts are described nicely, while supposedly important ones are rushed through. Callie’s true thoughts are not really really looked at. I feel this book should have been told from a different point of view. Everything is still super convenient, but if you read the whole blurb there may be a reason for SOME of it.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I dislike it for the reasons above, but I kind of like it. I wouldn’t call it an okay trilogy. I dunno! I think the redeeming have to do with the demon lover. At first I didn’t like him, but now I totally do. I understand him now.

Read July 1, 2014 — July 11, 2014

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The Water Witch by Juliet Dark

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Blurb: To stave off disaster, Callie enlists Duncan Laird, an alluring seductive academic who cultivates her vast magical potential, but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles to save her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to the limit—risking all, even the needs of her own passionate heart.

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Read Via: Paperback book (library)

My Thoughts: I came so close to giving up on this book. Some of the actions of the characters do not make sense to me, and it drives me crazy. The only reason I am going to read the last book is because it is that last book. Everything just seems super convenient sometimes. Callie’s decisions leave me baffled at times. There were so many points that I thought needed to be expanded. Seemingly important points.

The story is told from Callie’s point of view, but it her thoughts are almost never really shared. I often wonder what she is thinking. Just like the first book, it feels like everything is a huge mess. I am not liking it.

Read June 2, 2014 — June 11, 2014

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The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark

The Demon Lover

Blurb:  Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of her having written the bestselling book The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she’s found herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.

3 stars

Read Via: Paperback book (library)

My Thoughts: I was really looking forward to reading this book, but half way through it kind of rubbed me the wrong way. It was seeming to not be my cup of tea. Everything just seemed mixed up and weird. However, the ending did provide much excitement. I was going to give it four stars, but with the middle causing me much trouble I notched it down a star.

Read May 19, 2014 — May 28, 2014

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The Wicked Within by Kelly Keaton

The Wicked WithinBlurb: Ancient lore leads to present danger in the final book in the dark and sexy paranormal romance trilogy about a descendent of Medusa, set in a richly reimagined New Orleans. Her fate is not set in stone.

Having temporarily defeated Athena, Ari races to break the gorgon curse that has plagued the women in her family for centuries. Her one lead sends her on a quest for the Hands of Zeus, an ancient relic last seen in the charge of New 2’s ruling elite, the Novem. But if there is one thing that Athena desires as much as revenge, it’s the Hands of Zeus—and Athena always gets what she wants.

4 starsRead Via: Hardback book (library)

My Thoughts: This is the final book of the trilogy. There was so much more detail and factors popping up in this book. The action was extreme, and not really in my taste. The climax was quite awesome. A lot of things were resolved, but there was also events in the character’s futures. I cried, and not for the reason I thought I would. I really liked that. However, after the climax everything seems rushed and had few details. Overall, I really enjoyed this trilogy.

Read March 18, 2014 — March 22, 2014

 

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A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton

A Beautiful Evil

Blurb: Myth and mayhem inhabit a richly re-imagined New Orleans in this sequel to Darkness Becomes Her.After the epic graveyard battle at the end of Darkness Becomes Her, Ari and her friends know what they’re up against: Ari is facing the Medusa curse and is haunted by the image of what she will become. To make matters worse, the heinous goddess Athena has kidnapped young Violet and is threatening to destroy Ari.

4 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (library)

My Thoughts: So much happens in this book! I had mixed feelings about some of the actions the characters took, but I decided to look at it differently. Fictional characters are people too (I know that sounds weird), who make mistakes and don’t think clearly. I liked the ending of this book, and look forward to reading the final novel!

Read March 12, 2014 — March 18, 2014

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Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Darkness Becomes HerBlurb: Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.

4 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (library)

My Thoughts: At first, I wasn’t so sure that I would enjoy this book. It reminded me of the Maximum Ride series in the beginning, and still does only slightly. I am liking the mystery behind everything, but I am glad some were answered before  the end of this novel. There was a big shocker, at least to me, in the end. There is a lot of Greek mythology in this book, which I have always found interesting.

Read March 7, 2014 — March 12, 2014

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Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)

 

Blurb: Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment; exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a, witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

My Thoughts: Loved this book. I didn’t want to put it down. I know people compare it to Harry Potter but I’ve never read Harry Potter so I couldn’t tell you. Maybe I’ll get to that series if it’s as good as this one. I loved all the details that the author put into this book. I felt like I was in the main characters world and meeting the people she was meeting.

 

5

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Gracia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Darkness

Blurb: Together Ethan and Lena can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, that’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

2 stars smaller

Read Via: Hardback book (library)

My Thoughts: There are some factors that I weigh more than others. For example, if the story is believable (not in a sense of fiction or non-fiction but like how things happen and how easy some things end up being – kind of hard to explain). This book was hard for me to get through because a lot of what was happening seemed rather dumb or ridiculous. There were some good parts, however, there was not enough for me to want to continue the series. I don’t think I could make it through two more books.

Read October 1, 2013 — November 5, 2013

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