6 Things That I Thought About Harry Potter Before Being Introduced To The Series

Yes, I know that I am EXTREMELY late with getting interested in the Harry Potter series. I don’t think that I have ever mentioned it online before but growing up, my family was fairly religious so I was taught that the Harry Potter series was very satanic. Enough with my excuses, let’s just get right into it. I also want to make a disclaimer that I haven’t read all of the books yet but I have seen the movies. 

  1. I thought that every book in the series was incredibly long.
    • I’m not sure why but I always thought that all of the books in the series were incredibly large but the first three aren’t even that big. I was correct about the last few being pretty giant though. I haven’t read that far yet but I think that they are around 700+ pages. I think that I have only read one other book that had 700 pages. 
  2. I thought that Dobby was a character from Lord of The Rings or something. 
    • You should also take note that I have never seen/read any of The Lord of The Rings series. I don’t that it would be my taste.
  3. For whatever reason, I thought that Ron’s mom would have been a mean character. 
    • Maybe it was because I pictured Ron’s character as being a bit more of a nervous wreck before being introduced to the series. I imagined him being very cowardly but it was nice to see that he wasn’t.
  4. I knew that Harry was an orphan but I just assumed that he lived at Hogwarts all his life. 
    • I pretty much had no clue that he lived with his aunt and her family. I also didn’t know that you had to be accepted into Hogwarts I just assumed it was a school everyone went to.
  5. I thought that there were five Hogwarts houses and I didn’t know why they mattered. 
    • I feel pretty stupid saying this now.
  6. I thought that Draco was much more courageous than the series made him out to be. 
    • I had imagined for Draco to be a bully in the series (and he was) but when I think of a bully, I imagine some form of an unequal balance of power. I guess that Draco had money but usually, bullies are tough and brave and he didn’t seem so in my opinion.

Review: To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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Page Count: 355 

My Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.1/5

Summary: What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. —Goodreads

Review:

I know that I am a few years late when it comes to this book series. I’m not even going to ask why I hadn’t read this book sooner, I know exactly why I have never picked up this book until recently… I didn’t expect to like it. Honestly, I am not a huge fan of those lovey-dovey, girly books about romance but this book was excellent!

Starting things off, I was incredibly impressed with how much I felt that I related to Lara Jean. I picked up this book because it felt like a diverse read and while she is a completely different race than I am, I found that LJ and I are very similar to one another. A major thing that struck close to home so much that I found myself shedding tears over, was the relationship that Lara Jean had with both of her sisters. I can specifically remember a scene where she was questioning what her life at home would be like without having her older sister around that made me cry a little. Anyone who has older siblings knows that things change when your siblings move out of the house, including holidays and her expression of it through words hit very close to home.

When I picked up this book, I wasn’t actually sure what the actual plot was. I had seen practically every single bookstagram account that I follow talking about the books and when I saw that it was going to be a movie, I didn’t hesitate to pick it up. Considering what the synopsis says that this book was about, I didn’t expect for the things that happened in this book to happen. At times, I was feeling sorry for a certain You-Know-Who (if you have read this before) and then at other times, I was fawning over the other male love interest. Anyway, because this is a contemporary read, I feel that it is better to not know entirely too much about the story but I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a cute read about finding yourself and about finding love.

This book earned 5 stars on my Goodreads account and I am very excited to read the following two books!

Review: Heir of Illaria by Dyan Chick

 

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Page Count: 265

Genre: Young Adult-Fantasy

My Rating

Goodreads Rating: 4.16 stars

Summary via Goodreads: In Illaria, there is a fate worse than death.

As long as I can remember, I’ve been taught to fear the Necromancer King. He controls the kingdom of Illaria with dark sorcery and the constant threat of his undead army. I never thought I’d have reason to cross his path. Everything changed the day his guards tried to kill me. That’s when I found out my whole life has been a lie. By joining a resistance group called the White Ravens, I’ve claimed new roles. Princess of Illaria, sorceress in training, and threat to the Necromancer King.

Review:

As I have mentioned before, I am typically not a person that is interested in fantasy novels especially those that feature princess and princess alongside kings and queens. However, when I came across this title and saw that it had no more than 300 pages, I figured that I could give it a chance.

Surprisingly to me, I found that I took an immediate interest in the fact that the main character was unaware of her royal status and simply viewed herself as an ordinary peasant. I also feel that we were placed in the story at a very interesting time rather than being given a great amount of background information to the point that it was borderline uninteresting.

Of course, this book did at times have its dull moments. I do want to point out though that just because I found somethings boring doesn’t mean that everyone will. Even though there were a few slow scenes here and there, I don’t think that they lasted for very long periods of time before something interesting was happening again.

I think that one of the things that were lacking in my opinion of this novel was that I didn’t feel any close connection with any of the characters involved. Character backgrounds were mentioned throughout the storyline but I think that the author’s overall goal was to try and keep the storyline moving at a fairly quick pace so some reader connections were lost along the way.

Overall, I would give this book 3.5 stars. Though I found it interesting in some area’s I found that other’s didn’t quite interest me in the same way. I also give this rating because I wasn’t able to connect with the character’s all too well. I would still recommend this book though to anyone who is interested in the genre or the storyline!

thank you, NetGalley and Pikko’s House for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review: The Air He Breathes By Brittainy C. Cherry

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In this angsty romance, we follow a recently widowed single mother in her journey the cope with the loss of her husband. Little to her knowledge, she is about to run into a very attractive, very mysterious, widower who the town believes to be nothing but bad news and trouble.

I initially heard about this book through a suggestion on Booktube but I am not ashamed to admit that I was very attracted to the books cover and it was exactly how I imagined our main male character, Tristan’s appearance.

Cherry has an amazing way of tying her words into beautiful sentences. I am not one to highlight the books that I read but I found myself doing it several times because some of the main female character’s thoughts were so relatable and beautiful.

Here are a couple of examples that I highlighted:

  • “He was thunder, I was lightning, and we were seconds away from creating the perfect storm.”
  • “Words were what Dad drank in his coffee, and he tossed them into his whiskey at night.”
  • “It was amazing, how our minds crafted stories for strangers who probably needed love more than our close-minded judgments.”

Another aspect of this novel that I really loved was the characters. I felt that all of the characters all had very diverse personality types. For example, Elizabeth could be viewed as the woman trying to be strong for her daughter but also somewhat kept to herself while Tristan was grumpy and often times mysterious.

Though this book was meant to be an angsty romance, I found myself laughing a couple of times (of course, these times were appropriate). I will be completely honest, I cried a few times while reading this as well. To my surprise, I found myself growing anxious toward the end of the novel due to the sudden plot twist that you will just have to discover after picking up the book. I thought that it brought the story to a closing beautifully and it was everything that I didn’t even know that I needed.

This book started off a bit slow but I am very glad that I continued on reading it or else I would have really missed out on a beautifully written story.

I believe that this book is one of four in a series but the Author has mentioned several times that they can be read as complete stand alone’s. Though I really loved this book, I think that it will be a while before I pick up her next book because all of the books in this series seem to deal with a lot of sad topics and angst and I can only deal with so much Angst at a time.

My rating: 5 stars

Page Count: 308 

Goodreads Rating: 4.21

Summery via Goodreads: I was warned about Tristan Cole. “Stay away from him,” people said. “He’s cruel.” “He’s cold.” “He’s damaged.” 

It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster. But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him because it also lived inside of me.

We were both empty. We were both looking for something else. Something more. We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays. Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.