Harry Potter and the Four Week Re-Read

So at the beginning of last month, I realised that I was dreadfully behind on my reading challenge for this year – I wanted to read 52 books but I was stuck at 32. I knew I needed to get a few books under my belt, and what better way than with a Harry Potter re-read. I like to do it once a year, and it’s even better now that you can officially re-read a book on Goodreads and have it count towards your yearly challenge. As always, I...

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Brandon Sanderson – The Way of Kings

I think I’m a little bit in love with Brandon Sanderson. Scratch that. A lot in love. I honestly can’t believe that one man could write such epic stories again and again and again and never leave me disappointed. I’d love to see what goes on in his head, blooming amazing! And honestly a genuinely nice guy, when I met him to get my book signed he was so lovely and friendly. I’d actually been putting this book off for quite...

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Evelyn Skye – The Crown’s Game

Another book downloaded through Libby – I’m not sure what drew me to the book other than the mention of magic and the fact that it sounded a bit different to recent fantasy books I’ve read. The premise of the book sounded great, two young enchanters who would have to fight against each other to become the Imperial Enchanter – working closely by the king’s side. The losing enchanter will die. Sounds like it...

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Brandon Sanderson - The Bands of Mourning

Brandon Sanderson – The Bands of Mourning

It seems like these Mistborn-era books just keep getting better and better. This one was filled with so much drama and so many plot twists that I feel like I’ve read an 800-page saga, not one that’s just over 400 pages. Sanderson has packed so much into such a short book (short for him at least). If I hadn’t gone on holiday just after picking this up, I would have consumed it hungrily in one sitting. There’s just not a...

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Brandon Sanderson - Shadows of Self

Brandon Sanderson – Shadows of Self

Ahhhh Brandon Sanderson. Your books fill me with joy. I am constantly amazed by Sanderson and how he can write so many books but have them all be so flawlessly perfect. I’d love to know what goes on in his brain to be able to imagine the worlds that he does with all their infinite detail. As soon as you start reading the first page, you’re sucked right into the world, like dipping your head into a Harry Potter style pensieve...

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J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

I know, I know. I’ve read this book so many times. And with the amount of books on my to-be-read pile, I should probably make a dent in that rather than re-reading my favourites again – but it’s HARRY POTTER. And when I saw that it was free on Amazon Prime reading, I just couldn’t say no. I guess there’s not much point doing an actual plot review, since we all know exactly what happens (and if you don’t...

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Emily R. King – The Hundredth Queen

I’ve been really slack at this whole book review thing recently. I finished this book over a month ago, but I just haven’t been able to get the motivation to log on and write up my review. That’s no reflection on this book, which was absolutely great. As it’s been over a month since I read it, I don’t feel like I’m really going to do it justice in this review, for which I apologise. Kalinda is an orphan...

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Charlaine Harris – Night Shift

I’m so very glad that I decided not to read this series as soon as it came out, because it’s been great being able to read three books back to back and not have to wait a year for each one to be released. This book definitely ramps up the excitement factor from the first two books, it seems like there’s a lot more going on, and it feels much more tense. The crossroads which have been mentioned so often throughout the series are...

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Charlaine Harris – Day Shift

After the end of the first book in this series, I didn’t even wait ten minutes to pick this up as I was desperate to find out more about the other characters in the town of Midnight, Texas. And I wasn’t disappointed. Although Manfred, Fiji and Bobo still seem to be the main characters in this story, we learn an awful lot more about the secrets that the other characters are hiding. But Bobo manages to stay out of the spotlight in this...

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Charlaine Harris – Midnight Crossroad

It’s no secret that I love Charlaine Harris, I think I’ve read over 30 of her books now. But this one has been out for a while and I’m not quite sure why I hadn’t bought it yet. Maybe I knew that once I started reading, one book wouldn’t be enough, because I bought the first 3 all at once. In this book, you can kind of tell that there’s a lot of setup going on for the next books that will be released, as it...

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J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Well I can’t really say anything at all about this book as I really don’t want to risk posting an accidental spoiler, so all I’ll say is that Rowling has hit the nail on the head once again. I’ve never really read a script before so I was a little worried that the format would get in the way and prevent me from really getting into the story, but I needn’t have worried, I was fully absorbed from page one, most of the...

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Victoria Aveyard - Red Queen

Victoria Aveyard – Red Queen

I don’t think I’ve had my heart played with recently as much as with this book. The dynamic of the love ‘quadrangle’ changed so dramatically and so often that I feared I might get whiplash. In a world where your status is determined by the colour of your blood; Mare, a lowly red blood, stands no chance in a world dominated by silvers. She doesn’t have long left until she’s due to be conscripted to the front...

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Brandon Sanderson – The Rithmatist

*sigh* Brandon Sanderson. Is it even possible for him to write a bad book? I’d love to take a glimpse inside his head, his creativity is just endless. I love the fact that every Sanderson book you read has a different world and a different magic system, but it’s always introduced so well that it’s not confusing or hard to understand. In this book, the magic revolves around something called Rithmatics. These are people who have...

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Maria V. Snyder – Magic Study

So while I was reading this book, I kinda broke my blog a little bit, so I haven’t been able to post this review, even though it’s been well over a month since I read it. So I do apologise if this review is lacking a bit. I’ve also been in hospital for the last 3 weeks, so I think I can get a reprieve in this instance! The book follows on from Poison Study, which I loved, and this book was much the same. Yelena is...

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Maria V. Snyder – Poison Study

If you’re following my reviews, you’ll have probably noticed that I haven’t read very much this year, I just haven’t found myself wanting to pick up a book and read very much. But if I needed a book to renew my desire to read, Poison Study was perfect. My friend Abi bought it for me for Christmas, so I should have known it would be awesome, I literally couldn’t put it down. I always used to think that a standard...

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Robin Hobb – Assassin’s Apprentice

I received this book as a free book from Kindle about a year ago, and it’s taken me this long to get around to reading it. I must admit that it took me a long time to warm to the book, it didn’t catch my attention enough to keep me drawn in so I stopped reading it for about 6 weeks and just didn’t feel any desire to go back to it like I do if I’m entranced by a story. But when I finally got back to it this week and...

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Brandon Sanderson – Steelheart

A week ago, I was stood in Waterstones torn between buying the two Stormlight Archive books, or whether to buy this. In the end, I settled on buying this and the first of the Stormlight books, mainly because the Stormlights are so big I didn’t think I could carry two of them around for the rest of my shopping trip!! And it turns out that this was a very good choice! It was much shorter than other Brandon Sanderson books I’ve read at...

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Karen Miller – The Awakened Mage

I was absolutely blown away by this book. After The Innocent Mage ended on such a massive cliffhanger, I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into this and find out what happened to Gar and Asher and everyone else. Whereas The Innocent Mage started off quite slowly, I didn’t have too many problems with the pacing of this book, although as I got about 2/3 of the way through, I did worry about how the author was going to fit in everything I...

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Karen Miller – The Innocent Mage

This was a wonderful birthday present from my friend Abi. She’s the one that got me into reading fantasy, and I don’t think she’s ever suggested a book I haven’t loved. I found that this book started off a little slow, there was a lot of time spent building up the back-story and getting slowly into the action. But once it kicked off, it kicked off good! I loved the character of Asher, elevated from a lowly Olken fisherman...

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Charlie N. Holmberg – The Master Magician

When I found out this book had been released, I had to stop what I was reading and get this right away! Thank goodness for Kindle Unlimited, which meant I could read this without worrying about the state of my bank balance! I fell in love with Ceony and Emery at the end of last year when I read and became enthralled by The Paper Magician and The Glass Magician. I left the second book desperately yearning to find out if Ceony could finally get...

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Cassandra Clare – City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #6)

You know you’re not really enthralled in a series when you get to the last book and your main thought is ‘thank goodness this is nearly over’. Granted, the last book in the series did come action packed with drama and suspense, with unexpected twists and turns along the way, but it just wasn’t enough to rescue the series and turn it into something I love. The author seemed quite intent on making sure everyone lived...

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