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.

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Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

I was blown away as I finished the book.  Couldn’t put this down.  “Chinese Cinderella” is the true story of Adeline Yen Mah who was the unwanted daughter in her family.

“A Chinese proverb says, “Falling leaves return to their roots.”  In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to paint an authentic portrait of twenith-century China as well as to tell the story of her painful childhood and her courage and ultimate triumph over despair.

After her mother dies giving birth to her Adeline’s affluent, powerful family consisders her bad luck.  Life does not get any easier when her father remarries.  She and her siblings are subjected to their stepmother’s disdain, while her half brother and half sister are thoroughly spoiled.  Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not what she really yearns for-the love and understanding of her family.”

The family is cruel to Adeline per normal but when their grandmother dies everything changes.  The stepmother is the one in charge and she is particularly cruel, the father doesn’t do anything about it.  He doesn’t care and for Adeline it is even worse.  Father doesn’t care enough to even listen to his daughter.  The children are all separated.  The two half siblings are with the parents and get everything nice while the others get all second handed things.

For Adeline her family treats her poorly.  They one time killed her little chicken, beat her, gave her a drink that was half urine, shipped her away, and blatantly ignored her.  They even were separating Adeline from her Aunt whom Adeline considered her best friend.  Adeline though had one outlet at her school and that was the friends she made there and that she was the smartest one in her class.  She kept winning awards but that all went away.  Whenever Adeline would tell them or if they found out they thought she was bragging and finally they took her away from that school and to a different one.  In the boarding schools Adeline is forgotten.  No letters, no visitors.  All Adeline had was her intelligence and the few friends at these schools.  But Adeline never stopped fighting to get the approval of her family.  In the end she does in a way but it is still not a complete love.  But Adeline does gain the chance to do something of her life.

While reading the book I was sometimes close to tears which is a little ridicules I guess but I am an emotional person.  She thought of herself of the unwanted daughter because she took away their mother and the family encouraged this thought.  The family I despised.  Ye Ye and Aunt Baba are her only allies.  The third brother was relatively nice but only on his own.  Everyone else was cruel, unjust, would beat her verbally and emotionally, and finally they made sure she was unwanted.  They shipped her away to different boarding schools, one in the middle of war.  I wanted to have Adeline saved by one of her friends parents but that never happened.  But Adeline’s greatest strength was her resolve to not give in to her families ways and to keep going in school where she excelled and was accepted by her peers.  Finishing up the book the ending was a perfect beginning for Adeline’s life.

Chinese Cinderella is a touching novel that every person reading will be able to relate on some level to Adeline and the struggle that she had to endure.  The novel will make you angry, frustrated, cry and smile as Adeline Yen Mah tries so hard her entire life to make something of herself.  In the end she finally does but it is truly for herself.

Lori Foster’s, “When Bruce Met Cyn”

After reading the third book in the series I have been blown away.  I keep getting drawn more and more into the plot and cheering for those who need to survive and find love the most.  So as I started the book the very first page kept me glued to the pages.  Cyn who at this time is a fearful 17 year old is felling from her bedroom because Palmer, her mom’s boyfriend is coming after her and in turns plans to force himself on her.  With a swift swing with the lamp connecting to his head Cyn is able to runaway, knowing now that she killed a man she has to stay in the shadows.

Five years past and Cyn’s only occupation that was available was selling her body but after her last john that night she decided to make a break for it, a new life.  This is the part of the story that Bruce will happen to come across Cyn who is fighting off the trucker who wanted a little extra for Cyn’s fare.  Bruce pays the man and gets Cyn settled in for the drive to Visitation.  They begin to talk and he asks why here?  Cyn comments that she has seen this place, dreamed it.  Just like she has dreamt of Jamie, didn’t know his name but he told her to come here to Visitation.

Okay what keeps me questioning is this guy Jamie.  I know that in the last book called “Jamie” there will be answers to who is Jamie really, but for now I am very confused and intrigued by his manor.  He is the local psychic and matchmaker if you think about it.  Protects the people with trying not to be involved but yet he does.

So back to the story.  Bruce bring Cyn to his home.  He will not do anything to her only try to help her out but his thoughts tell you a different story.  Cyn gets settled and everyone wants to help her.  Finally she gets a job with a woman named Mary who needed help with her horses.  Cyn likes the job and she is helping with the church, which Bruce likes.

Now the bad things, it looks like Palmer is not dead and after Cyn.  He wants her like he did five years ago.  Bruce, Bryan, Joe, Shay, Luna, Julie, Jamie, and Scott all want to help and will.  Bruce will never let anything happen to her.  At the end of the book there is a little twist.

I can’t wait for the next one which I will soon be starting.  We will be on Julie’s love life this time.