The Accidental Demon Slayer

The Accidental Demon SlayerLizzie Brown thought her day couldn’t get any worse when her grandmother showed up on a Harley but it did with a demon showing up in her house. With help she is able to get away but that is just the beginning.

The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox is the first book to the series Demon Slayer was an accidental find at the library. I saw the red cover and picked it up. It sounded fun and strange so I read it. After reading it my assessment was the same, it was fun and strange more on the strange. I wasn’t completely taken with the story with the strange characters, like the witches, the griffin Dimitri who wasn’t all that he said and then there was Lizzie who was a little off beat but understandable as this was all knew. The quirky behavior at times was a little overwhelming that was set in a strange magical situation. The talking dog was a funny addition to the situation. Over all the book was not bad, fast pace and had its entertaining moments.

Over Hexed

Two matchmaking sex therapists wizards are kicked out and have to make due in a small town. The small town of Big Knob, Indiana is everything they are not but that doesn’t mean their matchmaking days are over. They have now settled for mortals.

Sean Madigan can have any woman. They throw themselves at him. At a younger age it was great now it’s getting annoying. He wants someone to actually love to talk to. With the help of two neighbors Sean’s hot looks begin to fade. Sean is not happy as a new woman comes into his life and he wants to impress her. Now Sean has to remember what its like to woo a woman who is not throwing themselves at him.

Over Hexed is a lighthearted book. Vicki Lewis Thompson delivers on wacky characters which will leave you laughing at what will happen next.

Dorcas and Ambrose were perfect as the wizards they were odd in just the right way and the plot is something I have not read before. Thompson was smart when she created Sean’s character to be the hunk but have his looks disappear.

Over Hexed is the first book to the series Hex.

The Final Chapter of Harry Potter

This was the only time in my life so far that I actually waited outside in the cold for a book to come out at midnight and really it was worth it.  It was a fun experience and worth the wait when J K Rowling finally came out with the last book of Harry Potter in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows a couple years ago (and now the first part of the last movie will be coming).  After that long wait I torn through that book like there was no tomorrow and still I read this book with a lot of enthusiasm again and again.  If you have not read the first book what are you waiting for!  And second there are some spoilers on what happens in the book.  So stop at the summary and don’t read further.

The Plot of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows:

“Harry is waiting in Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing if they can. But what will Harry do then? How can he fulfil the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him with.

In this final, seventh installment of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling unveils in spectacular fashion the answers to the many questions that have been so eagerly awaited. The spellbinding, richly woven narrative, which plunges, twists and turns at a breathtaking pace, confirms the author as a mistress of storytelling, whose books will be read, reread and read again.”  Found in Fantastic Fiction.

Honestly this book was the one that I was anticipating, the movie as well which is coming out this November which is very exciting.  After reading these books over and over, and watching the movies again and again you get attached.  I really wanted to know how the book ended and I have read this book plenty of times to know exactly.  The movie I hope will be worth the wait but all of them are fantastic.

In the book I love how the story is about Harry, Hermione and Ron’s journey to find the Horcrux’s and to at last defeat Voldermort.  Well, that last part is really for Harry.  I found that the items for the Horcrux’s were strange with how he decided to choose them.  But the items all seemed to hold a significance that was sometime in the past.

The mission I thought was well thought out.  The dynamic of the three of them and mission was fantastic because it was not perfect.  Ron will get out of the mission temporarily and all hell will break loose.  They reach very hard times where it looks that all hope is lost and nothing is going right, and still then things are not going their way.  It was great to see because you do not want all happy endings throughout the book.  You want to see them struggle and make their way to the end of their journey with all the cuts and bruises.

One thing I loved was the beginning with Harry at his house.  This was his goodbye to the Muggle world and the only family he had.  But the part that I loved was how they came and got Harry.  Have seven identical Harry’s was a very cool idea to confuse the bad guys.  The book started out with action in Rowling’s traditional style.

The wedding was a nice touch to the book because it was a nice thing to have before the three of them would leave their family.  Also you got to read about all of the Weasley’s which is the family I love.  All of them where there and I hope in the movie they have all of them because they seem to think that Bill and Charlie are not important enough but really they are.

The characters I felt had all finally grown up, and grown up in dangerous times but it had to be done.  I love to see how Neville was able to come into his own and how Ron was now confident in himself.  Then there is Harry who understood what he needed to really do at the end.  His quest would come to an end because he understood that he needed to die in order to really defeat Voldermort.  This was an amazing concept that I was blown away by.

The concept of the Deathly Hallows was also a cool little twist.  That is what this story came down to.  Harry was going to wield the Deathly Hallows and become the true master, this was something that Dumbledore was tempted by.  But Harry was stronger than Dumbledore.

There was one part with Snape as he met his end you finally found out the truth.  Snape truly was a good man but only because of Lily Potter who was the love of his life even though he never had a chance with her.  Snape was a very interesting character who I loved to read about and I was so happy to see that he truly was good.  I would have hated it if he was part of the villains.  Harry now understood why Snape did what he did and changed his view on his Professor.

The final battle was truly an epic battle.  I was enthralled by the battle.  The students who were of age fought, all of Harry’s friends fought and it was amazing.  I loved how Rowling wrote that last scene.  You could see everything that was happening.  But as with all battles there comes tragedies.  Deaths were something the good and bad side both had.  There were three deaths that were so cruel and honestly the first time I was tearing up a little.  I will be interested to see those in the movie and probably cry a little there as well.

Now as the battle is finally done guess who is dead?  Well if you can’t guess…it’s Voldermort!  He was defeated and Harry was able to live.  He was able to become a normal wizard without any part of Voldermort to reside in him, he was free.  And the best thing that followed was when Rowling added in those 19 years later.  That part was needed, a must to have.  As a reader who followed the book since junior year in high school and seven years later is enthralle d with the book the ending was perfect.  19 years was amazing because you got to read about Harry and Ginny, and then Hermione and Ron.  The best part is with their children.  You got to hear about their children and see that after all this time Harry was safe and living life.  I loved the last part and really was truly brilliant of Rowling to add this ending.

So after all this time Harry Potter is still a part of my life, if only in books but I believe this series will be for future generations of children.  It is a truly intriguing world of magic and something that children and adults can get lost in.

J K Rowling is an amazing writer and did very well with her Harry Potter series.  I will be forever a fan.  Read to the series if you have not done so yet.

Who really is the Half Blood Prince?

Every Harry Potter book that comes out and is just as good as the last, if not better.  Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince comes out with a bang as it gets us right into the book.  J K Rowling really knows how to start the books to grab your attention and no matter how many times I read the book I am fascinated by it.

The Plot of Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince:

“The War against Voldermort is not going well; well even Muggle governments are noticing.  Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names.  Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.  And yet…

As in all wars, life goes on.  The Weasley twins expand their business.  Sixth-year students learn to Apparate-and lose a few eyebrows in the process.  Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love.  Classes are never straightforward, through Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it’s the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter.  Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldermort-and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.”

I really was blown away by this book and the movie (but the book was still better at least in my opinion).  But this book really was another amazing addition to the Harry Potter series.  I will never stop reading them because they are just so enjoyable.

As the book began the first thing you get is again the muggle world and wizard world mixing but it is with the Ministry this time.  Voldermort is making himself known now and the muggle world is being effected by this stronger wizard.  It is a different from the other books because before Voldermort was there but not as powerful now he is.  He has gain in strength and determination to gain more power and to ultimately kill Harry.

One thing I thought was interesting was the unbreakable vow that Snape made with Mrs. Malfoy.  As the first time reader I wasn’t sure what that really meant for Snape’s character.  Was he really bad or was this all still part of a plan for the goodside (the truth comes out but in the last book).  I still love the character of Snape.  I think he has much more depth than people think and reading it several times over I will still continue to believe this.

It was also intriguing to learn about the past with different characters.  One is Harry’s father and even Sirius.  He finds they are good but they had a little rough patch with the rules.  Then there is the past with Voldermort and the boy he was before, Tom Riddle.  I think that bit of information was probably the most interesting part with background because you learn about the man behind the villain.  I thought it was interesting to find that the boy from the start had an evil streak to him which should have been a clue to how he would become but there were some who saw him for who he was, even if it was too late.

I liked how we also learned about Voldermorts past with his mother and her father and brother.  It was another clue to Voldermorts family, the family he resented and thought weak.  There was also a nice foreshadowing on the quest which Harry will be taking in the last book with finding the items Dumbledore was intruding.  As I read the book over and over I kept thinking about how these objects were mentioned and the power they created.

It was interesting to see that in the last book Snape finally gets what he wants and I wondered the first time why, why would Dumbledore do this now (at the end of the last book you find out why).

The most intriguing part was Harry’s battle which was always going on but the seventh book will bring it to an end no matter what.  Harry knows his prophecy and his mission, getting Horcrux’s, which is given by Dumbledore.  The one thing that frustrated everytime I read this book was that Dumbledore was always so vague with his instructions.  Did this mean he could not trust Harry completely?  This is probably not the answer (in the last book the answer will be given which was a surprise and worth reading about).

Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince is the sixth book of Rowlings series and is another wonderful addition.  It is worth reading as it leads to the final chapter in Harry Potter.

Meeting the Order of the Phoenix

The fifth of Harry Potter well really what can you say other than wow!  I will love Harry Potter novels forever and J K Rowling brings Harry back to this thrilling story in Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix.  Each book is fantastic but the fifth one is truly amazing (until the last book) and the longest book of the whole series.  And because you see the book is so thick you would loose interest but you don’t.  The book grabs your attention and holds on until the very end.  And it doesn’t matter how many times I keep reading the book it always fascinates me.

The Plot of Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix:

“There is a door at the end of a silent corridor.  And it’s haunting Harry Potter’s dreams.  Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?

Harry has a lot on his mind for this, his fifth year at Hogwarts: a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a big surprise on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; and the looming terror of the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams.  But all these things pale next to the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Be-Named, a threat that neither the magical government nor the authorities at Hogwarts can stop.

As the grasp of darkness tightens, Harry must discover the true depth and strength of his friends, the importance of boundless loyalty, and the shocking price of unbearable sacrifice.  His fate depends on them all.”

This book gave the reader many opportunities to learn about the characters that have been constant in the book; Harry Potter, Voldermort, Snape, even a little of Harry’s parents, and the past battles.  Rowling bring great depth within the book as she brings these characters back to the pages.  And the depth of the story is the tell tale sign the book has more to it.  I am amazed by the amount of background that you did learn about the characters.

Another interesting thing I thought was this book was darker.  It had a darker side in the plot but also in the characters.  They are older and understand more in the world but really the person who has changed the most has been Harry.  In this book you see a darker side of Harry Potter.  He is angry and battling his own personal problems with his dreams and connection to Voldermort.  This idea grasped my attention and drew me into the story line because I wanted to see more with what was going to happen.

The connection with the dreams is a big element to this story and is really fascinating because it shows how close those two are.  It makes you wonder what is really going to happen with this connection (this is something that plays on from this moment and becomes more and more prevalent to Harry’s survival).

In the story I liked learning more about the Order, it was something new to learn about which would be connected to the story line and be inspiration for the younger generation.

The scenes were again so detailed that you knew what was going on.  I loved how Harry still had the muggle world in his life and how the wizard world was starting to sabotage.  Another scene that was interesting was the trial for Harry because this was something that didn’t really happen before in the book.  It was cool to see the Ministry was starting to really take action just not the way you thought.

The characters were again always fantastic.  I love Snape’s character.  He looks like a bad guy, acts like one but is he really one.  That character is so confusing when I read the book the first time but of course I know now (the last book was amazing to read with him and you know what side he really is on).  The new character of Luna was wonderful.  I love her spirit and quirkiness.  She is one character you need to have in the story line.  Now the new teacher, Umbridge.  She frustrated so much.  She was really evil.  As a teacher and a person I was appalled by the punishment with the blood pen and really just the overall way of her strategies.  Of course that is what makes her a great villain.

Now as any good book is written there are happier times but this book does give a darker edge and has some sad news for Harry. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoneix really takes you into the wizardry world and lets you imagine.

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.