Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) – J. K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) – J. K. Rowling

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Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: July 21, 2007

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 784

Source: TBR List

It’s no longer safe for Harry at Hogwarts, so he and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, are on the run. Professor Dumbledore has given them clues about what they need to do to defeat the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, once and for all, but it’s up to them to figure out what these hints and suggestions really mean.

Their cross-country odyssey has them searching desperately for the answers, while evading capture or death at every turn. At the same time, their friendship, fortitude, and sense of right and wrong are tested in ways they never could have imagined.

The ultimate battle between good and evil that closes out this final chapter of the epic series takes place where Harry’s Wizarding life began: at Hogwarts. The satisfying conclusion offers shocking last-minute twists, incredible acts of courage, powerful new forms of magic, and the resolution of many mysteries.

Above all, this intense, cathartic book serves as a clear statement of the message at the heart of the Harry Potter series: that choice matters much more than destiny, and that love will always triumph over death.

5 out of 5 stars


I still can’t believe that it took me this long to finally read this final book. I really enjoyed it, just the same, though.

One thing. I think that the first 200 pages of this book were veryyyyy slow. It didn’t remind me of the fast pace of the first part of this series. I understand that it was probably because Harry didn’t know what to do, so Rowling wanted to capture that with her writing style, but it was a little hard to get through. Not much happened at the beginning, but it was great overall. The last half redeemed itself.

I don’t want to talk too much about this, as it is the 7th book, but the Battle of Hogwarts. Woah. It was so intricate and well thought out. Voldemort was ready to be the winner that he believed what Narcissa told him at the end.

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Review: The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) – Rick Riordan


The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) – Rick Riordan

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Title: The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5)

Author: Rick Riordan

Release Date: May 5, 2009

Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 381

Source: Barnes and Noble

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds are against them. Kronos is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, his power only grows.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the prophecy surrounding Percy‘s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

5 out of 5 stars


I can’t even explain how glad I am I ended up reading this series. I wish I would have read the books while I was in middle school, but seriously, they are so good. I have loved every single one of the Percy Jackson books, and this is no exception!

Most of this book consists of the final battle that takes place in New York City with the monsters and Kronos vs. the heroes and Demigods. The battle scenes were so epic, and there were so many twists and turns throughout this book. It starts off with Percy and Rachel Dare spending time together *not okay with this since she showed up, but whatever* and then Percy going back to Camp Half-Blood. Everything is different now, though. Grover is off running around with other satyrs, so his best friend is gone. Annabeth is kind of mad at him because he’s spending time with Rachel. And, Kronos has taken over Luke’s body and is trying to kill all the Gods of Olympus. But other than that, everything is great. ;)

Again, most of this book takes place during the battle in NYC, so it had a lot of action and battle. I don’t want to give too much away because this is the last book in the Percy Jackson series, but I would seriously recommend reading all of the books. Even if you don’t love the PJO stories, this last book is worth it.

I loved the Percy and Annabeth scenes; they were soooooooo cute. I think the Percabeth is one of my biggest ships because they are seriously just so perfect for each other. She calls him Seaweed Brain and oh my gosh it’s so cute. I wish there were more scenes with them, but I can’t complain because the ones I had were great.

Two of my favorite scenes from the book:

Percy bathing in the River Styx and being tied to the mortal world because of his love for Annabeth. He loves her friendship, and that’s the only thing that keeps him from drowning and it’s just so flipping cute.

“And it was pretty much the best underwater kiss of all time.” *heart eyes*

Very thankful that I’ve read these books, and can’t wait to find out what happens to the characters in the next series!

PS. Please read these books. I promise they’re worth the hype.

Series:

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2)

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3)

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4)

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Review: November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson


November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson

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Title: November Rain (Bad Bloods #1)

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Release Date: July 18, 2016

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Format: eBook

Page Number: 230

Source: Author

Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them. Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

3 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Shannon for sending me this ebook to read! I always love connecting with you :)

November Rain follows two points of view; Serena and Daniel. Both are parts of different flocks in Vendona. Serena is the first escapee of this scary sounding institute-esque testing facility, and she meets Daniel. Immediately she is scared of him because he’s willing to help her, but then she learns to not be scared.

This is the first installment of the Bad Bloods series and I’m excited to read the final installment! I love Thompson’s writing style; it flows nicely, and there is just the right amount of description. I do have to say, though, I was quite confused throughout this book. I had to reread several parts because they were somewhat unclear. I am assuming it will be easier to understand after finishing the second book, but I was a little confuzzled near the beginning. I usually get confused when there are a lot of different names in a short amount of time, so that is probably the reason. I love slow introductions of characters so I can get to know them, so I don’t know.

I don’t have a lot more to say about this because it was quite short. I enjoy paranormal, so I’m excited to learn more about everyone’s different bad blood powers!

I did enjoy this book, it was a quick read, and I’m SO SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG FOR ME TO READ IT! I have had this since June! I know, I’m awful.

Anyway, I would highly recommend checking something out from Shannon, she’s a beautiful writer! Her Timely Death Trilogy was my favorite!

THANK YOU SHANNON. YOU’RE AWESOME <3

Series:

November Snow (Bad Bloods #2)

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Review: Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt


Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt

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Title: Indiana Belle (American Journey #3)

Author: John A. Heldt

Release Date: April 14, 2016

Publisher: John A. Heldt

Format: eBook

Page Number: 295

Source: Author

Providence, Rhode Island, 2017. When doctoral student Cameron Coelho, 28, opens a package from Indiana, he finds more than private papers that will help him with his dissertation. He finds a photograph of a beautiful society editor murdered in 1925 and clues to a century-old mystery. Within days, he meets Geoffrey Bell, the “time-travel professor,” and begins an unlikely journey through the Roaring Twenties. Filled with history, romance, and intrigue, INDIANA BELLE follows a lonely soul on the adventure of a lifetime as he searches for love and answers in the age of Prohibition, flappers, and jazz.

4 out of 5 stars


Guys. Please read this series.

Huge thank you to John for sending me this book for review! I really enjoyed it, and this has been my favorite thus far!!

Alright, wow. So, Cameron Coelho learns of a girl from a mysterious murder in 1925 from a beautiful photo of her. He finds more information out about the woman depicted in the photo, and finds out her name is Candice Bell. Candice is related to the infamous Geoffrey Bell from the American Journey series. Cameron goes and finds Professor Bell and talks him into letting him go back to the 20s to save Candice. Of course he doesn’t tell him he’s saving her, but makes a deal with him to find some more of the magical crystals.

Cameron and Candice meet at the newspaper office, and he’s immediately taken with her; he had fallen in love with her photo, so he knew they would click. They form a beautiful relationship that was kind of rushed at the beginning of the story, but ended up being perfect and great.

This book was so great, you guys. I highly recommend reading this series. I loved that it was in the 20s because I’ve always been taken by the Gatsby era. I love 20s fashion and how women are getting more freedom; it’s great. I loved seeing the daily life of Candice through her writing stories for the paper up until the end of the book.

There were some things that happened near the end of the book that were so surprising. I literally had no idea about who the criminal was in the story. Very great addition to the story.

My favorite part about this book was Cameron and Candice’s relationship. Oh my gosh, they were literally goals. I can’t even express how adorable they were and how precious they were. The one scene where she brings him tea. Not expecting it and made my heart flutter. So good. Also, the ending was so precious. Please read this book just so then you can experience a super cute romance.

One of the coolest parts to me was when they went to the year 2041. I liked the way the explained the new form of government. It was an anti Democratic and anti Republican thing happening. Now, it didn’t end well, but it’s just cool because I’m learning about the constitutional convention and other similar things in my Government class. Very relevant to my life at the moment. There were also a lot of mentions to Iowa in this book. It’s always strange to me when people reference Iowa in books because it seems like a very random place, but whatever.

Check out this book on Amazon!

Series:

September Sky (American Journey #1)

Mercer Street (American Journey #2)

Class of ’59 (American Journey #4)

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Review: Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) – Rick Riordan


Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) – Rick Riordan

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Title: Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4)

Author: Rick Riordan

Release Date: March 6, 2008

Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 361

Source: Used Book Store

Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears at his potential new school, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.
In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth – a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.

5 out of 5 stars


Percy Jackson is a series I wish I would have read earlier, because I’ve had SO MUCH FUN reading them. Middle grade is my favorite genre as of late because you just get to go on an adventure with cool middle school/high school students. Oh my gosh it’s great.

This has been my favorite of the series so far; I loved reading about when they were in the Labyrinth. Also, it helps that I know some about Greek mythology because Riordan did such an amazing job writing the characters. I love meeting the new characters and knowing the stories behind them. It’s pretty sweet.

We had our first real Percabeth moment in this book. *heart eye emoji*

I fricking love Percy and Annabeth together. They’re both such strong characters and when you put them together they’re absolutely perfect and beautiful. Rachel just needs to leave the story because Percabeth has finally sprouted.

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One of my favorite parts from this book was when they were in the Labyrinth and they found Pan for Grover. It was so magical and it just made Grover a much more important character in the story. I thought it was so sweet and was really a “growing up” moment for all the main characters.

SPOILERS OVER.

If you haven’t read this series you really need to. I started reading the final book right after I finished this one, and I can’t wait to see how it ends. I am so excited to read all of Rick Riordan’s books!

Series:

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2)

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3)

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5)

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October Wrapup + November TBR


Read:

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) – J. K. Rowling *review*
  2. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassins #1) – Robin LaFevers *review*
  3. Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) – Tamora Pierce *review*
  4. Fire (Graceling Realm #2) – Kristin Cashore *review*
  5. In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2) – Tamora Pierce *review*

TBR:

  1. Mercer Street (American Journey #2) – John A. Heldt
  2. Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt
  3. Class of ’59 (American Journey #4) – John A. Heldt
  4. November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson
  5. November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson
  6. What We’ll Do For Blood (The Almost Human #1) – C. L. Mannarino
  7. Tiny Pretty Things (Tiny Pretty Things #1) – Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
  8. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) – Rick Riordan

I PROMISE I WILL GET ALL THE REVIEW BOOKS DONE THIS MONTH!

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Review: In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2) – Tamora Pierce


In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2) – Tamora Pierce

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Title: In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2)

Author: Tamora Pierce

Release Date: January 1, 1984

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: eBook

Page Number: 264

Source: Book Club

Disguised as a boy, Alanna of Trebond becomes a squire, to none other than the prince of the realm. But Prince Jonathan is much more to Alanna; he is her ally, her best friend, and one of the few who knows that she’s really a girl. Now it will take all of Alanna’s awesome skill, strength, and growing magical powers to protect him from the mysterious evil sorcerer who is bent on his destruction, and hers!

Here continues the story of Alanna, a young woman bound for glory who is willing to fight against enormous odds for what she believes in.

5 out of 5 stars


Oh my gosh. You guys. If you’ve never read anything by Tamora Pierce, you HAVE TO. This book was so amazing. I loved reading every single page of it. It has knights, thieves, love, travel, magic. This is the epitome of a perfect book.

Okay, so this is the second book in this series, and only a few people know Alanna’s true gender. She is told by a Goddess to learn to love, but she doesn’t know what that means. She befriends a beautiful cat. She refines the friendships she already has; this is truly a beautiful book.

I don’t want to give too much away, but there is a little bit of a love triangle between Alanna, Jonathan, and George. I don’t know who I like more at the moment because they’re both amazing. I think I’m leaning towards George because Jonathan needs to marry another royal in order to help Tortall, but he loves Alanna. Oh my goodness it’s just too much sometimes. I really love George. He’s precious and mysterious and he loves Alanna so much. I DON’T KNOW WHO TO CHOOSE.

Her brother, Thom, also shows up in this book. I honestly didn’t think he would show up until the next book, so it was nice seeing him introduced into the story again. I don’t know how I feel about him anymore. At the beginning of the first book he wanted to do anything to help and was very humble about his skills, but in this one he’s very arrogant, actually. It made me sad because Alanna didn’t think he would be like that, so she’s a little conflicted. He is staying behind at the castle to help Jonathan, so I’m anxious to see what he’s like in the third book.

If you can’t tell by this gush review, I highly recommend this series. It’s so lighthearted and intense and beautiful and guys. It’s so good. Please read this if you haven’t; just give it a try!

Series:

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1)

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