New Releases: March 2017

The last bunch of February releases (I’ve talked about my picks a few weeks ago too!) hit the shelves today and so it’s about time we talk about March releases! I’ve compiled a list of four books that have sparked my interest, so let’s get started!

Strange The Dreamer

strangethedreamer-cover-copyUp first we have Laini Taylor‘s (author of the Daughter Of Smoke & Bone trilogy) newest release: Strange The Dreamer! I haven’t read a book by Laini before, but I have heard so many people praise her previous releases, that I wanted to include this one! This book hits shelves on March 28th!

Goodreads’ synopsis: 

Strange the Dreamer is the story of:

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

You’re Welcome Universe

ywu_cover-1000x1455In Whitney Gardner‘s You’re Welcome Universe our main protagonist Julia finds a slur about her best friend at the back of The Kingston School for the Deaf, her best friend tells on Julia, her mothers send her off to a new school in the suburbs where she is the only deaf student. Julia ends up leaving graffiti around town and is pulled into a graffiti war with another artist, who constantly sprays over her artwork – to improve it or to show off their own talent.

I have never read a book about a deaf main character or anything about graffiti (there are actual graffitis included in the book!), so I’m really excited to see how this story plays out! You’re Welcome Universe hits shelves on March 7th!

Goodbye Days

e29c8700-2a5e-0134-0657-062f3a35be5fGoodbye Days by Jeff Zentner made it’s way onto my list for this month because it deals with the aftermath of texting while driving. Carver Briggs never thought a simple text message could have such catastrophical consequences until his three best friends die in a crash because of it. Blake’s grandmother asks Carver to help remember her grandson with a Goodbye Day which turns into something Carver does with the loved one of his other friends too. Forgiveness isn’t easily given and Carver’s own feelings of guilt and despair are threatening to pull him under. This book hits shelves on March 7th!

I think it’s really important that we think about the consequences a simple and quick text message can have. You don’t have to look at your phone for long – even a single second that you’re eyes aren’t on the road ahead of you is too long. Things can happen so quickly and you won’t have a chance to react properly while your eyes are glued to your phone.

The Bone Witch

bonewitchIn Rin Chupeco‘s The Bone Witch we follow Tea in the aftermath of accidently raising her brother from the dead and as she realizes that she is different from the other witches in her family. She’s a bone witch: a witch with a gift for necromancy. Tea ends up being ostracized by her community and finds a home with an older bone witch who takes Tea and her brother in and brings them to a different land where Tea can train. Soon dark forces are rising, forcing Tea to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice. The Bone Witch hits shelves on March 7th!

These were the books that sparked my interest and that I hope to get to next month – but then again, let’s be real for a second: I still haven’t read all the books I had on my January or February releases post. So these might have to wait a bit longer, but I do want to get to them. What are some of the books that you are looking forward to this month? Have I missed some really great one (I’m sure I have)? Please let me know in the comments below!

Review: Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve been hearing so many great things about this book that I just had to pick it up after I had finished Empire Of Storms (here’s a link to that review). I was waiting for the sequel Crooked Kingdom to be released so that once I finish SOC that I can read that one right off the bat.

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

My Rating: 5 Stars. Because how could I not? The characters have grown on me so quickly.

The first thing I want to talk about is how Leigh did such a great job at writing the different dynamics between the characters. They’re all so different but that’s what makes them so interesting. As the story goes on they grow closer and learn a lot more about each other than they did before going on this heist.

I’m not going to lie, it took me a little bit of time to get into it because of all of the different names of the places that we visit throughout this book! Pretty sure I mispronounced so many names in my head whilst reading.

map1We start off meeting all of the characters learning about their lifes, what they do for a living, where they came from and how they got to where they are. Then Kaz gets offered to try and find Bo Yul-Bayur (a scientist who created the formular for a drug for Grisha which gives them immense power but they can get addicted quite quickly. It’s very deadly) and get a huge amount of money in return.

For that they have to go The Ice Court, which is sort of the Headquarters for the Drüskelle (Fjerdans), and very high on security. It seems like such an insane location! I would love to see it myself tbh. It must look amazing.

What I loved most about this book is how these characters came together to fight for the same thing and help each other get there. That unity that they formed brought them closer together than ever and I truly think that’s going to evolve in Crooked Kingdom, which I can’t wait to read next.

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My favorite dynamic is definitely Kaz/Inej. They have such a great understanding of each other. Kaz isn’t very keen on showing his emotions around/towards Inej but as time goes on he realizes how important she is to him, how much he needs her in his life, wether or not they could have a relationship one day. Inej knows that Kaz is all about getting the job done because ever since his brother Jordie died, he had to keep fighting every single day, to survive, to find porpuse, to find something worth living for. I think with Inej he may have found a piece of it.

I loved how complicated but beautiful Matthias’s relationship with Nina is. They have relied on each other to survive for so long but she had to make a choice and it tore them apart until it brought them even closer. The flashbacks of the first time they met, the betrayal and everything that happened between them before were so great! I hope there’s more in the sequel.

I’d love to see Jesper/Wylan evolve further. Getting to know each other better and maybe starting a potential relationship which I’m definitely on board with! They come from such different walks of life to see them come together in a way is great. I’m looking forward to see how their relationship develops.

The way in which Leigh build this world made me love it even more. I think my favorite location is either The Ice Court or Ketterdam. Also the writing flows together so nicely it’s not too complicated and the dialouge in this book is gold!

Here are some of my favorite quotes;

“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”

“It’s not natural for women to fight.”
“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”

“What do you want then?”
The old answers came easily to mind. Money. Vengeance. Jordie’s voice in my head silenced forever. But a different reply roared to life inside him, loud, insistent, and unwelcome. You, Inej. You.

“Inej had once offered to teach him how to fall. “The trick is not getting knocked down,” he’d told her with a laugh. “No, Kaz,” she’d said, “the trick is in getting back up.”

Something I want to touch on is the idea that the Fjerdans are a like a government leading an orginazation, executing anyone they deem impure and a threat to the people, when they pose as a threat to so many as well. I kinda like that contrast. It’s interesting to think about.

After reading this book I don’t know why I didn’t read it sooner tbh.

Let me know what you thought of this book (if you’ve read it) below in the comments. Feel free to share a link to your review as well.

Discussion: What Is An Auto-Buy Author? And Do You Have Them?

If you have been part of the book community in any shape or form, you have probably been introduced to many different authors that people love and hopefully you have found some new ones you really enjoy reading too! I know for a fact that I have been introduced to some of my auto-buy authors via the book community!

But let’s start at the beginning: What is an auto-buy author? And is it the same as an auto-read author? 

Let’s start with the first part of that question: What is an auto-buy author? The answer? It’s an author you will buy every new book from – most of the time without knowing what the book is actually about. That level of love and admiration for an author doesn’t come from nothing, that’s for sure! I have a few on my list, and I will talk about them in a second.

cofAnd even with the people I consider ‘auto-buy authors’ I will still read the synopsis of their books (especially if it’s an entirely new world) to see if it appeals to me, because I don’t have a ton of money to spend on books and I want to make sure I only buy the books I can see myself reading in the future.

Is there a difference between an auto-buy and an auto-read author? Yes, definitely. Let’s think of a little scenario for the answer here: If I walk into a library and they have all the Marie Lu books availabe I haven’t read yet, I would pick them up immediately and start reading them – but I would not buy them all just because they have Marie Lu‘s name on them. And this isn’t because I don’t like her writing or anything – I absolutely loved the Legend trilogy!

That’s were the difference is for me: I have authors I will read new books from if I had the chance to get them from a library and I have authors where I will invest my money into their new books.

Now that we’ve covered what an auto-buy author is, let’s talk about the people I have on my (very short) list!

Marissa Meyer

cofUp first we have the very talented Marissa Meyer! I never knew I liked reading fairytale re-tellings until I stumbled upon her The Lunar Chronicles series and fell in love with a) Marissa’s writing b) the characters and c) the world she created! I put Heartless on my TBR so quickly last year and I had never been in the world of Wonderland before and didn’t know if the story would be appealing to me. But I ended up loving it! And Heartless really just cemented Marissa Meyer’s place on this list for me! Now I just need to get my hands on Wires And Nerve soon! But I’m a bit worried I might not enjoy the type of media the story is told in – I’ve never read a graphic novel before.

Leigh Bardugo

cofLeigh Bardugo is actually my newest addition to this list! I have read all five of her books – The Grisha Trilogy and her newest release the Six Of Crows Duology – and after finishing Crooked Kingdom I sat there like ‘No matter what you release next, I am getting it!’ and I have been anticipating Wonder Woman: Warbringer ever since. I do enjoy comic related stories (I watch a bunch of Marvel and DC shows and all the Marvel movies), but I probably wouldn’t have been interested in the Wonder Woman book if it hadn’t Leigh’s name on it!

Cassandra Clare

cofCassandra Clare has had a spot on this list for quite a while now, actually. I did read and really enjoy The Mortal Instruments and then I read the trilogy that cemented her place on this list: The Infernal Devices! If you’re wondering when I’ll stop bringing up that trilogy? Never. I just love it way too much and it’s a great story! I also finally officially own all of the books Cassandra Clare has released in the Shadowhunter Universe so far (but I haven’t read them all just yet) and I can’t wait to expand my collection with Lord Of Shadows (book two in The Dark Artifices trilogy) by the end of May!

Sarah J Maas

cofI don’t think anyone is going to be surprised to find Sarah J. Maas on my list of auto-buy authors, right? I mean, you guys have seen what I did to my copy of A Court Of Mist And Fury – which also happens to be my favorite SJM book released so far! It was so good and that god damn ending. I am still not over it and it’s been almost a year. Sarah’s writing definitely improved with each new book she released in the Throne Of Glass series and it’s on a different level in her A Court Of Thorns And Roses trilogy/series. Yes, I am aware that Sarah’s book lack diversity and that her male characters tend to follow the Alpha Male type of role. But I’m also not gonna lie and say I don’t enjoy that. I do.

That’s my rather short list of auto-buy authors, are any of them on your’s too? Or does your’s look completely different? Let me know in the comments below – I am actually looking to expand my list of authors I read this year and have made my first step in that direction already (more on that in my wrap up)!

Review: A Darker Shade Of Magic by VE Schwab

Remember, how a few weeks ago I posted about three popular series I wanted to give a try this year? Guess what, (I mean, you’ve read the title, so you already know)? I finished the first book in VE Schwab’s Shades Of Magic trilogy: A Darker Shade Of Magic! So, let’s jump into this review!

cofWhen I first started reading A Darker Shade Of Magic, I was a bit confused when things would start happening, because the first 100 pages are used to introduce us to the characters and the world before the story starts developing further. I wasn’t used to these kinds of character introductions, but then I learned that it’s typical for Victoria Schwab and it makes sense, actually. I finished those 100 pages and was already too attached to some of the characters and really curious about others. One of my earliest notes to myself was ‘Am I supposed to be this attached to Rhy??’. That thought popped up over and over again for the entirety of the book.

I feel like the way we were introduced to Kell, Rhy, Lila, Holland and even the Dane Twins made sure that we would care about them (for the most part) and want to know what happens to them. I found myself rooting for people I probably shouldn’t be rooting for and worried for others.

What really drove the story in A Darker Shade Of Magic was the characters and their relationships with each other. Kell and Rhy were such a great dynamic to read about and then we have Lila and Kell who worked off each other so well. There wasn’t much of a romance, but I think we might be heading in that direction in the next two books. Which I won’t mind, I quite enjoy their back and forth (because Lila isn’t one to take shit and I love it) and I can’t wait to see where this goes!

cofNow that I’m thinking about characters and relationships, can we please have more females introduced soon? I feel like apart from the Queen, Astrid Dane and Lila there are no other females and it’s weird.

Also, talking about relationships, are we going to put actual words to the little hints that we’ve been given about one of our characters? Because I would really like that!

I was honestly  a bit worried if I would enjoy the traveling between different worlds aspect because I don’t have much experience with it, but I ended up really liking it! Schwab did a really great job of explaining how the magic worked, so that definitely helped a lot too! The magic was really interesting and at times dark and dangerous and it made for such great character moments towards the last third of the book!

Living in a world where magic isn’t distributed equally, you start wondering and questioning and making all these notes to yourself about things and then you get to say ‘YES!’ for picking up on things (I tend to miss a lot of hints while reading) and the pay off is so great. I can’t wait to see how we’ll deal with all of that in the next book!

Victoria Schwab did a great job of answering my questions while at the same time giving me more things to wonder about for the next book! I really liked the balance of that! I don’t feel like I got out of A Darker Shade Of Magic with more questions than I had before.

cofOne thing I didn’t expect was for the story to wrap up so nicely at the end? I kept wondering when Victoria would end the book and if it would be on this huge cliffhanger (which we had a good few of in chapters towards the end), but in the end it felt like the story could have been done at the end of A Darker Shade Of Magic, but it isn’t. And the synopsis for A Gathering Of Shadows sounds so exciting!

I ended up giving A Darker Shade Of Magic a 4 star rating on goodreads (you can read my updates while reading here) and I would highly recommend you pick this book up! You’ll be able to marathon the entire trilogy too! A Conjuring Of Lights just came out!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books to get you out of a reading slump!

This week’s topic is definitely my favorite one this month! I really like the idea to find books to get people back into reading. Let’s get started!

51u1hwcyrl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is a cute, fluffy and romantic contemporary with adorable characters and some drama thrown in to keep you interested! I actually read this one and ended up really loving it.

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

 

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a dystopian novel including a video game that will take you on a journey of survival, 80’s music references and more!

In th9969571e year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

 

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson is sure to get you out of a reading slump with a story filled with books, dogs, ice scream, scavenger hunts and some romance!

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Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

 

Iluminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff takes you on a journey through space with romance, hackers, political thrills and lots of heartbreak. It’s also told in chat logs, pictures and classified documents which will make your reading experience so much fun!

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

 

Everything Leads To You by Nina Lacour includes a lesbian main character, film sets and romance!

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A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

 

What are your picks for this week’s topic? Feel free to leave a link of your post! & if you read any of these books did you enjoy them?

Top 5 Wednesday: Books To Get You Out Of A Reading Slump

This week’s topic for Top 5 Wednesday is Books To Get You Out Of A Reading Slump! I don’t think I’ve been in many reading slumps before (I vividly remember one, after I finished the Unearthly Trilogy by Cynthia Hand) and I can’t remember if the books I picked up during that time helped me get over the slump I was in. Which is why I decided to suggest 5 books I really love and I think will get you going again!

Clockwork Angel

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

cofFirst on my list for today is Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, book one in The Infernal Devices Trilogy! I was originally going to go with Clockwork Princess (I think we’ve established how much I love it by now), but that would mean you would have had to have read the first two books in the trilogy and that’s probably not true for everyone. So! We’re going with Clockwork Angel, which is still great and it introduces you to a world that is hopefully going to suck you right in and not let you leave until you turn that final page of Clockwork Princess (and maybe cry ugly tears, like I do every time)!

Will rolled up his sleeves. “We’ll probably have to knock down the door–”
“Or,” said Jem, reaching out and giving the knob a twist, “not.”
The door swung open onto a rectangle of darkness.
“Now, that’s simply laziness,” said Will.

If you’re worried that you might not like it or if you have heard that Cassandra Clare‘s writing isn’t the best: she has improved quite a bit as an author by this point in her publishing history! You should definitely give it at least a try! This book/trilogy might be exactly what you’ve been looking for to get you out of that slump of your’s!

A Court Of Mist And Fury

I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.

cofNext, we have Sarah J. MaasA Court Of Mist And Fury, book two in the A Court Of Thorns And Roses Trilogy/Series. While I didn’t want to go with book three in my previous suggestion, I am definitely going with book two for this one. ACOMAF is just a much better story than ACOTAR! I obviously read the first book too and I thought I loved it – until A Court Of Mist And Fury was released and I read it. The world building is stunning (I want to switch places with Feyre for a couple of days!), the cast of ‘side’ characters is everything (I do still love my boy Lucien though, I have hope for him yet) and the relationship that is being formed here is hands down my favorite yet. And then you have the ending! I was yelling at my book the entire time I was reading it! I hope you don’t mind reading rather explicit sex scenes though, because we do have a couple of those in here!

And I realized—I realized how badly I’d been treated before, if my standards had become so low. If the freedom I’d been granted felt like a privilege and not an inherent right.

Heartless

cofI feel like Alice In Wonderland is something a good amount of people enjoy and if you are one of those people and you are burried deep in a reading slump, this might be just what you are looking for! Heartless by Marissa Meyer tells the origin story of the Queen Of Hearts and it was such a fun experience and the writing, as always with Meyer, was so, so good! The characters pull you into their world (I am still so in love with the tea party) and you can’t help but turning page after page! I had a few small problems with this book (mostly due to me never having read Alice before) and I discussed them in my review, in case you want to read more about this book! But I still highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!

But hoping,” he said, “is how the impossible can be possible after all.

Cress

cofI hadn’t even realized that I put two Marissa Meyer books on this list, but they are both definitely great reads and you wouldn’t be picking the wrong one no matter which one you went for! Cress, book three in Marissa Meyer‘s The Lunar Chronicles series, is on here because Cress as a character was so much fun to read about and her dynamic with Captain Thorne was hilarious! I can’t really say much about the plot lines in this book without spoiling the first two books. I guess you will just have to take me at my word here!

“Captain?”
“Yeah?”
“Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?”
He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. “No. I’m pretty sure it was Cinder.”

Six Of Crows

cofLast, but certainly not least, is Six Of Crows, book one in the Six Of Crows duology, by Leigh Bardugo! What better way to get you out of a reading slump than going on an impossible heist with some of the most diverse and awesome characters out there right now? I enjoyed Leigh’s writing and story telling in The Grisha Trilogy, but she has stepped up so much in Six Of Crows that I had to add her to my auto-buy authors list!

Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.

One of my favorite things about this duology was the dynamic between all of the characters – I usually don’t laugh out loud while reading, but I did a few times throughout both books and how could you not?

Jesper knocking his head against the hull and cast his eyes heavenward. “Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I’m going to get Wylan’s ghost to teach my ghost how to play the flute just so that I can annoy the hell out of your ghost.”

Brekker’s lips quirked. “I’ll just hire Matthias’ ghost to kick your ghost’s ass.”

“My ghost won’t associate with your ghost,” Matthias said primly, and then wondered if the sea air was rotting his brain.

If you have found yourself deep into a reading slump, I hope you pick up one of these books and pull yourself out of said slump! There is nothing fun about wanting to read but being unable to find the right book, right?

In case I ever find myself in a reading slump again, what is your top pick? Please let me know (my TBR isn’t long enough yet :P) and link to your posts for this week’s T5W in the comments below if you want to!

Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Since I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter and have been for years now I thought I would review the books in the series I’ve read so far! Let’s get into it!

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Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

He lives with the Dursley’s who are his mom’s sisters’ family. He’s brought there because they are muggles (people who can’t do any magic) and the only relatives he has left after his parents died. Dumbledore (the head of Hogwarts) brings him there to live until he’s old enough to go to Hogwarts.

Even with just watching the movies I’ve never liked the Dursley’s and the way they treated Harry over the years (It only get’s worse as time goes on). But since the Dursley’s depise anything that even remotely has to do with magic – they hate him out of principle which just reminds me of real life once again – the idea that just because something or someone is different or even anything that we haven’t seen or heard before doesn’t mean we can’t be welcoming or accepting of it.

But when he gets picked up by Hagrid his life is about to change forever. Harry meets Ron and Hermione – who are also my favorite characters in this series. Those three are such a good trio! They go through so much together and learn from each other in ways that they probably never thought they would.

review1When Harry gets to Hogwarts he doesn’t have an easy start. What with people calling him names and of course Draco Malfoy being petty towards him on a level that really continued to annoy me. I understand that Draco has a father who literally allied himself with Voldemort but that’s no reason for Draco to treat Harry like he does. But Harry has Ron and Hermione to support him which makes me feel all warm because they understand what he’s been through, the mental abuse he’s had to deal with since his parents died especially with the Dursleys treating him like an object to pass around. I have a huge amount of respect for him, tbh.

Then we have Snape. Who hates Harry basically just out of principle. I won’t get into the reason why in this review because this is just the beginning of the Story and there is so much more that happens between him and Harry. Let’s just say I’m not the biggest fan of Snape in the books. I actually enjoy him more in the Movies.

As you all (most likely) know this is the book where Harry first meets Voldemort/Tom Riddle (A wizard who turned evil praciticing dark magic & who also killed Harry’s parents which left a mark/scar on Harry’s forehead – that’s basically his connection to Harry). I find their dynamic very interesting because it reminds me of this idea of what is really good? What is really evil? Can there be a mixture of both?

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Voldemort is interesting to me because he doesn’t have the ability to feel empathy, love or compassion – all he feels is anger, hatered and disgust. He loves inflicting pain on others, loves watching their light leave their eyes – I’ve always considered him to be a sadist because he thrives on pain and sadness. That’s why he does the things he does. Don’t get me wrong I never liked him but he’s a good villain and in this story it really works.

This reminds me of this quote from Dumbledore:

“Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”

Since I’m sharing quotes here are some of my favorites from this book:

“The Truth” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”

“As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all – the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.”

“Always the innocent are the first victims, so it has been for ages past, so it is now.”

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

Before going into this book I knew what happens in it but reading about rather than watching the movie gives you a much closer look into Harry’s mind and what he goes through in much more detail, than the movies ever captured. Although I love them as well.

Obviously this one got 5 stars. 

Who is your favorite character in this series? What’s your opinion on the Dursley’s? Share your thoughts in the comments! I would love to talk all things Harry Potter with you guys!