Review: ‘Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire’ By J.K. Rowling

‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’

By J.K. Rowling

Book 4 in the Harry Potter Series

Publisher: Scholastic Trade
Date: 2000
Pages: 734
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 145
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Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.

‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ was the 4th book in my annual Harry Potter reread.

Obviously ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ is the 4th book in the Harry Potter series. We follow Harry Potter, a wizard as he heads to school for his fourth year. In the fourth year things are a little different. Instead of students competing in the house Quidditch Cup, they are being joined by students from Dermstrang and Beauxbaton’s who are travelling to Hogwarts to participate the Triwizard Championship. With this deadly competition underway Harry will experience anything but a regular year at Hogwarts.

Harry is our main character. He is the Chosen one. The boy who lived. With all these labels I felt that Harry was no where near as arrogant as he could be. I sometimes feel as though he can be a little to naive. However within the context of ‘The Goblet of Fire’ Harry is a 14 year old boy thrust into something that magically he isn’t ready for which makes the lack of confidence and humble behaviours logical. He can be very hot headed throughout.

‘Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire’ is where the Harry Potter series really takes a darker turn and things really begin to kick off. It is my least favourite of the Harry Potter books but it is definitely necessary for the development of the story.

The Harry Potter series is one that I will always love!

“What’s coming will come and we’ll meet it when it does”

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 9/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 5/5

Review: ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor’ By Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor

By Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Date: 2016
Pages: 459
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Mythology
Days to Read: 
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“Magnus Chase, you nearly started Ragnarok. What are you going to do next?”

It’s been six weeks since Magnus and his friends returned from defeating Fenris Wolf and the fire giants. Magnus has adjusted to life at the Hotel Valhalla—as much as a once-homeless and previously alive kid can. As a son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus doesn’t exactly fit in with the rest of Odin’s chosen warriors, but he has a few good peeps among his hallmates on floor nineteen, and he’s been dutifully training for Ragnarok along with everyone else. His days have settled into a new kind of normal.

But Magnus should have known there’s no such thing as normal in the Nine Worlds. His friends Hearthstone and Blitzen have disappeared. A new hallmate is creating chaos. According to a very nervous goat, a certain object belonging to Thor is still missing, and the thunder god’s enemies will stop at nothing to gain control of it.

Time to summon Jack, the Sword of Summer, and take action. Too bad the only action Jack seems to be interested in is dates with other magical weapons.

I have wanted to continue with the ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard’ series as soon as I put down the first book in the series. But having so many things to reading and heading on a trip overseas stopped me from jumping right into the next book. Now we are here and I have finally read it!

So if you do not know ‘Magnus Chase & The Hammer of Thor’ is the sequel to ‘Magnus Chase & the Sword of Summer’ we follow Magnus and his friends as they go on a very roundabout mission to recover Thor’s Hammer which has been stolen.

I really like Magnus as a character. He isn’t arrogant and can really under estimate his own abilities. I really enjoy reading from his perspective for that. I also find his narration of the story absolutely hilarious! I honestly wanted to tab up my copy with the lines that genuinely had me laughing (however I ran out of tabs).

The stories progression was well paced and covered more of the Norse myths which I really enjoyed as I recognised them from Neil Gaiman’s ‘Norse Mythology’. I really enjoyed how they incorporated them into the story. Overall I thought that the characters were central to the plot and their development grew with the story itself.

The Nine worlds being set in Boston and the Greek myths being set in New York in Rick Riordan’s Universe is something I absolutely love! I love that we hear of things from the other Rick Riordan series and how the gods are all intertwined.

I honeatly cannot wait to read ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead’ and really wish there were more book in the series!

Plot: 8.5/10
Ease of reading: 10/10
Character Development: 9/10
World Building:7.5/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 5/5

I absolutely love this series and cannot wait to get to the final book!

Review: ‘Exile’ By Shannon Messenger

‘Exile’

By Shannon Messenger

Book #2 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series

Publisher: Aladdin
Date: 2013
Pages: 576
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 5
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Sophie Foster thought she was safe. Settled into her home at Havenfield, surrounded by friends, and using her unique telepathic abilities to train Silveny–the first female alicorn ever seen in the Lost Cities–her life finally seems to be coming together. 

But Sophie’s kidnappers are still out there. And when Sophie discovers new messages and clues from the mysterious Black Swan group, she’s forced to take a terrifying risk—one that puts everyone in incredible danger. 

As long buried secrets rise to the surface, it’s once again up to Sophie to uncover hidden memories—before someone close to her is lost forever. 

I absolutely adore this series. Sophie as a main character is divine. She is someone that I feel many readers can find something within her to relate to as well as wanting her to get the win and prove all those non believers wrong.

I picked ‘Exile’ up right after I finished ‘Keeper of Lost Cities’. I’m glad I did out of sheer enjoyment, not so much necessity. The plot is easy enough to follow (which you would hope, being a middle grade series) and included a small recap of sorts at the beginning. This makes it almost to easy to pick up these books after not reading the one before for a while.

Within in this story we explore more of the elves and their world and get more of a look at the magical creatures within it. Specifically we meet an Alicorn. I enjoyed how this new addition played into Sophie’s already complicated story.

The plot also deals with grief, a foreign concept to the elves as people don’t pass. I think this a great concept to explore especially for a middle grade book, assisting younger readers to learn about something they may or may not of experienced yet in their life.

Overall the story was a fantastic read. I absolutely flew through it. This is definitely a series I will pick up again.

Plot: 9.5/10
Ease of reading: 8.5/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8.5/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 5/5

Review: ‘Wundersmith’ By Jessica Townsend

‘Wundersmith’ 
By Jessica Townsend
Book #2 in the Nevermoor Series

Publisher: Lothian Children’s Books
Publish Date: October 2018
Pages: 467
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
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“You must not forget Miss Crow – Wunder is a parasite” – Ezra Squall

Wunder is gathering in Nevermoor …

Morrigan Crow may have defeated her deadly curse, passed the dangerous trials and joined the mystical Wundrous Society, but her journey into Nevermoor and all its secrets has only just begun. And she is fast learning that not all magic is used for good.

Morrigan Crow has been invited to join the prestigious Wundrous Society, a place that promised her friendship, protection and belonging for life. She’s hoping for an education full of wunder, imagination and discovery – but all the Society want to teach her is how evil Wundersmiths are. And someone is blackmailing Morrigan’s unit, turning her last few loyal friends against her. Has Morrigan escaped from being the cursed child of Wintersea only to become the most hated figure in Nevermoor? 

Worst of all, people have started to go missing. The fantastical city of Nevermoor, once a place of magic and safety, is now riddled with fear and suspicion

“Jupiter pursed his lips & squeezed the bridge of his nose. Morrigan could tell he was taking a moment to muster some patience. 
“Squall didn’t do the things he did because he was a Wundersmith, Hester. He happened to be a Wundersmith and a Psychopath. Unfortunate combination but… there you have it.”

I was so excited to read this new release! I have been anticipating it since I finished reading the first book in the series ‘Nevermoor’. In this sequel we pick up where we left off in the initial story and follow Morrigan as she enters the Wunderous Society. 

It felt great getting back into the world of Nevermoor we begin to get even more detail of the magical world, which is honestly incredible I don’t know how Jessica Townsend came up with such an amazing world but I am absolutely in LOVE. 

Morrigan is an amazing protagonist. She is someone who is strong and overlooked at times and has a good heart but little patience when she isn’t treated fairly. She is an individual. I love her grit and courage and am a sucker for a great female character, this definitely comes from working with girls and wanting them to be inspired to be brave and embrace their individuality. 

As we go through ‘Wundersmith‘ we follow Morrigan as she is taught what is “wrong” with her being who she is, and what she is.  We also see her navigate through new friendships with the other Wunsoc members in her unit. 

The plot of the story is more fast paced that the first book in the series and we kick it off in the middle of everything. I love when sequels do this, it allows for easier progression through the story and assumes readers have read the first book. Which in this case is 100% necessary.

Honestly this was a great read and I ended up speeding through it, which was great because I was loving the story but also sad because I have no idea when then 3rd book is coming out. 

This series is a must read! 

“I’m not Mesmerising you, you moron. I’m telling you what to do. There’s a difference” – Candace 

Plot: 9.5/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 9/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars:  5/5

‘ “Neheran Dunas flor”
“What’s it mean?” 
Mahir grinned, glanced conspiratorially at Morrigan.
“You have a butt for a face” ‘ 

Have you read ‘Wundersmith’? What where your thoughts?

Review: ‘Gemina’ By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Gemina

‘Gemina’ 
By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Book #2 in The Illuminae Files

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: October 2015
Pages: 602
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Science Fiction
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“The sun always rises, unless you are on a space station I guess” – Nik

Synopsis

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

“Hey watch me haiku 
Sweet cuz speak of hate
Through his heart knows only wuv
Snow falls on cedars” 
– Ella 

Thoughts

Strap in for this one. There are twists upon twists upon twists. You will be on the edge of your seat from the get go.

We meet a new slew of characters beginning with Nik and Hanna. I wasn’t certain of this jumping into that I was going to like a while to get into this new setting with these knew characters because I was so attached to the characters we met in ‘Illuminae’ but I have to say by the end of the book I loved these characters just as much!

This portion of the collection of files/story picks up in Heimdall jump station where our characters from Illuminae are heading to get back to the core system and pass on news of what Beitech had done. However things at Hiemdall quickly turn sour.

I loved that the story continued in a different way and showed us all the moving parts. Its something I really enjoy about the series that one even on one planet has an effect on more than just them. I think its a great premise especially for a Scifi.

Overall I think the story is being developed really well through such a different format, I honestly cannot wait to see what the third and final instalment has in store for readers. But also emotionally I don’t think I’m ready…

 

“That feels weird, like someone threw a rainbow at my head” – Nik

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Have you read the series? What are your thoughts?