The Champion of Hogwarts

As the fourth book passed through my hands for about the fifth time I knew I could read the book again. I would say yes I am obsessed with Harry Potter how could you not be. The fourth book, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling just keeps on giving us more and more. The fourth book brings Harry to a new stage in the game of survival.

The Plot of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire:

“Harry Potter is midway through both his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursley’s and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasley’s. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious even 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 hundreds of 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.”

As I put down the book for the sixth time I loved it more and more. The way J. K. Rowling writes, she really is an amazing storyteller. The series of Harry Potter just gets better and better every time I read the novels.

The fourth book brings on a whole new story line as the wizard cup is being fought for by professionals and students. Reading this book the first time I was enthralled. For one there was so much detail and I was amazed. It was the longest book so far (next book even longer) and it kept me reading throughout.

As the book started out with the the muggle world but really it was Voldermorts scene I was excited. Voldermort was still weak but he was getting in his appearance and making himself known. Soon he would find his way to become whole again which is what is all feared. I like the scenes with Voldermort because they are intriguing. We have our hero and now our villain who are completley different but have that connection, a connection that holds so much more to the story.

When the book then went into Harry’s dream I loved it because you got to see more of the connection. Harry is able to see what Voldermort is doing through dreams which is fantastic (but is used against him sooner or later).

The world cup was a very interesting part of the plot along with the tournment. I loved these because they were again something new. They both showed more of the world of wizardy which was really exciting. In the movie I remember the maze part and that was actually suspenseful with how it was shown which was different for Harry Potter. To me Harry Potter is for the kids and adults but it is always cheerful, never really suspenseful or even a little scary. This addition I thought was great to see.

Through the book there was more interaction with Charlie and Bill of the Weasley who I love to see actually in the movie which is one of my pet peeves but I love them in the book. They are a great part of the book to have.

J K Rowling really brings Harry Potter to a new level with Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. There is mystery, adventure, intrigue, fear and hope all wrapped up into one novel. If you haven’t read the books yet find them, open the pages and read. If you like wizards you wouldn’t be sorry.

The Adventure with Harry Potter

The third book of Harry Potter was amazing and the first time reading it was  my favorite, until the next book came out.  But this one is better because you meet one of my favorite characters. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban brings fourth the character of Sirius Black.

The Plot of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban:

“For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldermort.

Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well. And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, “He’s at Hogwarts…he’s at Hogwarts.”

Harry Potter isn’t safe, not even within the walls of his magical school surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.”

J K Rowling brings Harry Potter back to the pages as he must get through his third year at Hogwarts while meeting a new friend and foe from the past.

I was really in love with this book when I read it the first time through this fifth or sixth time that I picked up the book because Sirius Black was a very cool new character to have in the series. I mean really how could you not love his character and every time I read the book I remember more and more about him. I loved the interaction and hoped for more (of course not all things will be a happy ending as we find out later).

Now starting out the book I loved how Harry really did have a normal life. He couldn’t do magic and still had to live with the Dursley’s whom I actually like, frustrated by like. Their attitudes are completly annoying but they give Harry a sense of realiness. Magic is not the only thing. I think that it also really does give more to the plot because it lets you understand Harry more.

As Rowling writes the books I also love how she gives you a little background which is intertwined throughout the book. Helps you remember what had happened before (if you really forgot the scenes, which I really never do). She doesn’t just tell you but as she writes there are details telling you what happened.

One thing about the book that was very different from the other books was the time traveling. It was something I did not think of that Hermione was getting into but it was an interesting side factor which later on of course came into play with the plot.

I loved the fact that also you are still learning more about the past of Harry and really the past of the night that Harry’s parents and himself met their fate. It was interesting to learn about who was really betraying who and who turns out to be the innocent ones involved.

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban was truly an amazing book to read over and over. You really get caught up in the world of Harry Potter as he searchs to find the truth about the past and to pass his third year.

A Journey to the chamber of secrets

By now most people have read the books, I have read the books multiple times because they are so amazing to read. The detail, the characters and plot are out of this world. I really could continue to read Harry Potter for years and years to come. The second story in the world of Harry Potter is Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.

The Plot of Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets:

“Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursley’s had been so mean and hideous that all Harry wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature who says that if Harry returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor and a spirit who haunts the girl’s bathroom. But then the real trouble begins-someone is turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects…Harry Potter himself?”

Well I remember reading the book for the first time because I hoped that the book was going to be as well written and interesting as the first, of course it was. Still is as I continue to re-read the books.

Now the second book is Harry’s second year. I find the book interesting as you start to see more secrets come out about Harry. For one he can talk to snakes but that is a something the dark lord can do. So why would he have this sort of power? (of course we already know the answer to that). I really though think the foreshadowing is really well down. I love when authors are able to do that. You catch some but not all.

In the book you get to know the Weasley’s, the family I love. All the Weasley’s are fantastic to read about and it is very enjoyable to learn more about them and their lifestyle as Harry is able to live with them for the rest of the summer as they rescue Harry. Out of the Weasley’s I really like them all but I thought it was nice to hear about Ginny. She being the only girl of the family and really the book is centered around what is happening with Ginny, you just didn’t realize that.

Another character I liked hearing about is Tom Riddle. It is always interesting to hear more about him (him being Lord Voldermort). Seeing that he is reaching out even as he is in this weakened state.

J.K Rowling gives Harry Potter a name for itself as the second book came to the page. The mystery of the book will entice you to continue to read and want to learn more about Harry Potter and how he will get out of his predictment.

Now I again will journey to the next book where Harry is meeting a friend and foe in the third book.

So remember if you want you find yourself absorbed into the world of magic pick up the series of Harry Potter.

The World of Harry Potter

So going back to reading the series was a decision I made very quickly. Reading the series Harry Potter is not a hard thing to do and I got in the mood after I finished the series of Percy Jackson. It was similar to Harry Potter in some aspects and got me in the mood. Also magic is just plain cool to read about and Harry Potter is one of those books that feels like comfort food. I can devour it at any time and for many times over.

When the series first came out I was hesitant because I wasn’t sure what the big deal was about. Honestly it seemed strange that I didn’t pick up the book sooner but the first time I read the book was when I was a junior in high school. I guess I wasn’t into books as much back in middle school, but when I opened up that book for the first time and read the first page I was drawn into the story, the dialogue and scenes. I found right there on that very first book of Harry Potter that J.K. Rowling is an amazing writer. She took a seemingly normal boy into the world of magic, magic that he was born into. It has been a brillant world that was created and still is going strong as the books came out and movies came forward.

I think the count of reading the books have been five times and honestly I have loved each time that I have read the books. You learn or remember something different each time. Some small little detail that you now know why it was put into that scene.

The first book of the Harry Potter series is Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.

The Plot of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone:

“Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him…even if Harry can survive the encounter.”

The book blew my mind the first time I read it and every time I picked up the book. J K Rowling is an amazing writer. The character Harry Potter is a refreshing character that many children will enjoy reading and probably relate with in someway or another.

So now why is this book so amazing?

Do you have to ask? First of all the detail is fantastic. I couldn’t believe how quickly I was riveted by the first page of the book. I was swept into this new world with these rude annoying family. I was immediately intrigued to continue with the book and before I knew it I was pulled into the scene where a woman changed her cat form into a women and a man with a long beard made the lights disappear. I knew that this was going to be amazing. And for the fifth time it still is amazing.

I love how the character of Harry Potter is introduced. He is an ordinary boy but with extordinary powers which are lying dormant in Harry, at times making themselves known. And I actually love the idea of Harry living in a normal lifestyle. Magic is new to him and a discovery.

Other than Harry and his friends I love the character Neville. He is an understated character but will get to be more known as the book goes along. You can’t help but love him.

On a side note I did see the movie before the book but I have to say they were both amazing. The book better for the amount of detail but you can’t have everything.

The book is entertaining, enjoyable, interesting, mesmerizing, adventurous, mysterious and just plain fantastic. J K Rowling gives us Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone is truly a stepping stone for this amazing well written series which can be read over and over (which I have and continue to do).

So if you haven’t read the book read it, then get the series and enjoy.

Potter vs. Twilight

In a battle between Harry Potter and Edward Cullen who would win? Vampire verse Magic. It can be a tough question but my thought is with all the spells Potter would blast Cullen back into nothing.

As strange of a question it is there is a value to this question. So many have read these books and many have become obessed with these types of stories (me being one of them). They are what is popular. Right now the craze in today’s media is Vampires. That is the keyword which is everywhere; movies, tv, books and toys. But magic lays at the base of this media craze as well in the world of supernatural. One case is with the new series of Percy Jackson which just came out with a movie, Percy Jackson & The Olympian: The Lightning Theif. The series is interesting with gods and half bloods, the children of the gods. The books are like Harry Potter in a way with a prophecy and the three friends but it is something fun to read. Again the media is staying in the world of supernatural.

The thought of this question came from when I was watching tv and saw two commericals. One for the new amusement park of Harry Potter (side note looks like it could be very entertaining for those avid fans of Harry Potter) and one for Twilight or really the New Moon release of the movie to DVD. These two commericals got me thinking if I were to choose between these two who would it really be? Didn’t take a second for me to decide, it would no doubt be Harry Potter hands down. Now why? Why is Harry Potter for me so amazing…?

Well, I have long since loved the world of magic way before vampires came into my world. The Supernatural has been a very cool fantasy to live in through reading and viewing shows. For years for Halloween the costume of choice for me has always been witches. Their magical abilities for me has always been appealing. I guess the idea of living in a world where you could peform magic would be thrilling, exciting and amazing. Then there is too be a Vampire, live forever and drink blood…I am not sure that is something which would be so thrilling.

Now I picked up the first Potter book in my junior year of high school. I wasn’t interested in the book when it came out during sixth grade but years later I decided to give them a try, and since then it has not stopped. I even was one of many waiting at the bookstore for the final book.  I am an advid reader of the Harry Potter series and have continued to read these books over and over along with watching the movies. This series, Harry Potter, has and will be one of my favorite for most likely the rest of my life.

Now Twilight. A couple of years ago I got introduced to Twilight and thought it was something interesting to read, then I found out it was a nationwide interest with teenage girls. So I read all of the books and I ended up liking them, but now it seems too much. Actually from the sound of my little speech it makes it sound like Twilight is just not as superior to Harry Potter and that is not quite true but it is. Now don’t get me wrong I like the Twilight sage and have read the books and seen the first two movies, will see the next two mostly out of curisoity. I like the books and the movies are okay. To be honest the acting of some of the characters are not so great. It got better in the second movie but still there needs to be a lot of work. I hope the third movie is better than the first two.

But now if we compare the two, Harry Potter and Twilight, then Harry Potter would win out. Through the novels I love how there is the amount of details and in the movies it is there but a little is cut out. You can’t have everything but through the movies there is enough to satisfy the reader. Harry Potter shows more amazing work in their movies and by far the acting skills is unbelievable. I loved to see how they started out to how they are now. Still just as good and getting better, never bad acting. Twilight made me cringe a little.  Still love the story line and the actors but they need to shape it up. Of course that could be due to directing or the situation but still it seems at times a little too forced or fake.

So overall for me Harry Potter wins out with books and movies. Magic themed books and movies has more variety and interest than vampires who are still playing to a certain mold with a few little twists. Of course this is all my opinion. Many friends of mine love the Twilight and think it far superior because vampires are a lot more interesting to them than magic.

Are you a Potter fan or Twilight? Perhaps both?

I think for me the world of magic is amazing.

So now that I have talked and talked about the world of magic and vampires it kind of makes me want to read Harry Potter once again. I looked to my bookcase and saw all seven of the books aligned. I decided it was time to take out the first book again and be aborsbed into the world of magic.

The Listening Eye by Patricia Wentworth

“Miss Silver paid close attention to the strange tale of sensible, middle-aged Miss Paulina Paine. Though totally deaf, Miss Paine could lip-read so well that strangers never suspected her handicap-or guessed she could eavesdrop with uncanny accuracy. She had been, she told Miss Silver, on the far side of a spacious art gallery, but her “listening eye” was not mistaken; she distinctly “heard” two men planning both a theft and a murder.

Miss Paine hadn’t a clue as to the victim. But before the week was up, her account of the two conspirators would lead Miss Silver to Merefields, a famous English country estate where a diamond necklace was missing, a young man had died, and-unless Miss Silver could stop him-a killer was about to strike again.”

Mystery is not a genre that I am always fond of reading since I have read some that were not that inventive or interesting. This book The Listening Eye was given to me to read. They said it would be something fun. At first I wasn’t sure it would be fun at all. It was a different style of writing and I was confused. Also I was hesitant because this book was written in the 1950’s, but once I got into the book it was better.

There was some fun in the character of Miss Silver. She is the detective, an elderly woman who knits. She is quirky, fun and witty, so for me she makes the book interesting. After I finished I am still not sold on all mystery but I will try again.

The Listening Eye was an interesting mystery novel filled with strange characters and an intriguing Miss Silver.

The 9th Judgment by James Patterson

So it is here, finally the ninth book so far of the Women’s Murder Club series, The 9th Judgment.

The Plot of The 9th Judgment:

“A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall.  There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick.

The same night, the wife of A-list actor Marcus Dowling is woken by a cat burglar who is about to steal millions dollars’ worth of precious jewels.  In just seconds there is a nearly empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Fransisco into hysteria.

Lindsay spends every waking hour working with her partner, Rich-and her desire for him threatens to tear apart both her engagement and the Women’s Murder Club.  Before Lindsay and her friends can piece together either case, one of the killers forces Lindsay to put her own life on the line-but is it enough to save the city?”

I have to admit after reading the eighth book of Patterson I was dying to know what their next big case would be and then the whole thing with the relationships.  And now that I had time to process those thoughts I am actually kinda pissed at Lindsay’s character because in the eighth book she was acting stupid.  Joe is an amazing man and Rich is too but Lindsay has the man she should be with.  I am happy to read in the ninth book though that the relationship is not threatened and Lindsay will be able to stick with Joe because he is the one.  And I am very happy it didn’t center all about the drama of her life but the action of the case.

The plot in Patterson’s style is fast, riveting, and right to the point.  Through the book I am feeling sorry for the cat burglar.  I want her to be alright.

The book for me went lightening fast.  I couldn’t stop reading the book.  There was one point in the book towards the end that I thought I would throw the book to the floor.  I was pissed at Patterson for doing that but it got a reaction and thankfully everything went well.

So if you want non-stop thriller filled with an interesting plot, dynamic characters then The 9th Judgment will be the book for you.

So now the question is when will the tenth book to the Women’s Murder Club be released?

Savor The Moment by Nora Roberts

I have been waiting and waiting for this book since I read the first one last year.  In fact the first book of the Bridal Quartet got me started on Nora Roberts books which have been stellar to read.  Savor The Moment was fun, witty, and entertaining to read.  I fell in love with the characters again.

The Plot of Savor The Moment:

“Laurel McBane has always relied on her friends for support, especially when her dream of attending culinary school was almost ruined by her parents financial problems.  Now Laurel is repaying the kindness of her friends by creating extravagantly luscious tiers of cakes and other confectionary delights that add the perfect touch to thier clients’ weddings.

As for romance, Laurel believes in it-in theory.  But she’s too low-key to appreciate all the luxuries that other women seem to long for.  What she does appreciate  is a strong, intelligent man, a man just like Parker’s older brother, Delaney Brown, on whom Laurel has had a mega crush since childhood.

But some infatuations last longer than others, and Laurel is convinced that the Ivy League lawyer is still out of her reach.  Plus, Del is too protective of Laurel to ever cross the line with her, or so she thinks.  When Laurel’s quicksilver moods get the better of her-leading to an angry, hot, altogether mind-blowing kiss with Del-she’ll have to quiet the doubts in her mind to turn a moment of passion into forever…”

This book was a charming continuation of the four friends finding love and working together to make weddings the perfect day.  I love Laurel, now it is her turn and she finds love in the arms of Del whom she has known forever.  I love that they are able to find love and Del is confused but knows what to do.  Laurel has doubts about herself and Linda, Mac’s mom does not help secure her doubts.

One thing I think is fun to read is Mac and Carter’s plan for their own wedding and then Emma and Jake.  But Laurel and Del will now be finding that love.  The way he proposes is perfect for Laurel.  You end up with a smile on your face as you finish the book.

Savor The Moment is a book you will want to read again and again, the same with the first two.  Nora Roberts conintues the Bridal Quartet in this romantic, charming, entertaining, witty book.  The last book will give Parker her happy ending and one for the series.

The Final Book of Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Last Olympian

I picked up the final book of the series Percy Jackson and was in awe.  Rick Riordan is an amazing writer as he finished Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Last Olympian.  This book had humor, action, and the thrilling conclusion of the prophecy with Percy Jackson and his friends.

“All years the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim.  Krono’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows.

While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded.  Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.”

In this spectacular finish of the series the end will be determined as Percy and friends face the ultimate evil.  As the war began I found it interesting that sides of good and evil will be crossed as others will join new teams and others will show what they were born to do.  Percy will also give the future a new outlook for those of the demigods and gods.  A change that will bring new hope to those who don’t have it.

I loved how the characters all progressed and how Percy was able to find a relationship with his father to a point.  I found it interesting how his character has progressed through the books.  He is becoming a different person, a stronger person but still unsure.

Rachel will make her place within Percy’s world but not as what is thought.  Annabeth will also find what she is meant to do as the battle for good and evil takes place.  Nico will also make his appearance again in the book to help Percy.

This was a series that gets you into the lives of the characters.  I knew that I had to finish.  It is a worthy series to read if you like books about fantasy with gods and goddesses.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Last Olympian is a fantastic finish to the series and even could be thought as a new beginning.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Battle of The Labyrinth

Rick Riordan brings back Percy to the pages with his friends in the fourth book, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Battle of The Labyrinth.

“Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun.  But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.

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 Krono’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders.  To sotp the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Layrinth-a sprawling underground world with stunning surprise at every turn.”

Every time I pick up the next book by Rick Riordan I know that I will be reading an amazing story of Percy.  The scenes and characters are well rounded.  You get attached.

Percy is on the next quest with Annabeth leading the show which makes them go into the labyrinth.  The labyrinth which is a place that not many find ways out and if they do they might not be in the same shape that they went in.

I was excited that Rachel makes her second appearance in the series.  I like her there as an unusual mortal who sees more than those around.  She will be a big help when Percy and the rest will take their quest into the labyrinth.  You will see old and new friends making an appearance in the book.

Annabeth is an intriguing character as she helps Percy but she still hopes to get Luke back, which I am afraid she will find is impossible for Luke is not himself anymore.  Luke is not the half-blood that he used to be.  Kronos found the use for him and could be their downfall.

I love that Percy will also find a family.  His mom being with Paul, soon to be husband.  But also Poseidon will also make an appearance and father him the best he can.  Of course that is not always possible for the gods.

The trip to the labyrinth will be a challenge for all those who enter.

I was astonished with the fourth installment of Percy Jackson.  There was wit, humor, adventure, saddness, destruction and hope all wrapped up in this book.  Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Battle of The Labyrinth is just another fantastic book in this creative series.