O.W.L.s Magical Read-a-thon Week #4

She’s only gone and bloody done it! This month I managed to read 10 books in total, which means that I passed all of my O.W.L.s and I’m on my way to becoming a Hogwarts Professor and a Animagus! First and foremost I want to say another HUGE thank you to G over at the Book Roast, who has once again organised a wonderfully magical read-a-thon that I’ve fallen utterly in love with; everything from all the career paths to the reading sprints on Twitter have been perfect.

Throughout the read-a-thon I’ve been able to discover so many new favourite reads, my ultimate favourites were Normal People by Sally Rooney (which is truly incredible and deserves all the hype it’s been receiving) and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (which is another amazing series that I’ve fallen utterly in love with).

When I last posted I still had three books to finish and trust my luck that the final week in April was the most hectic week so far, but after various coffee filled late nights and early mornings I managed to get everything read!

Let me know how you did in the comments below!

Pages Read: 3646

Books Read: 10/10

Hogwarts Professor

Charms – Lumos Maxima: A Book with a White Cover

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Everyone told me that I was going to fall utterly in love with this series, and they were right. I’ve always been fascinated with ley lines and treasure hunts, so it was like this series was made for me. All the characters are loveable, complex and always full of surprises.

History of Magic – Witch Hunts: A Book Featuring Witches/Wizards.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. There’s clearly something in the water because everyone seem’s to be re-reading this series! I recently watched the film and finally dived into the TV show and have once again fallen in love with this world and its characters (except Clary, she still annoys me!). Anyway my plan for the month of May is to continue re-read the Mortal Instruments and finally start the Infernal Devices.

Care of Magical Creatures – Hippogriffs: A Creature with a Beak on the Cover

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. I loved the first book so much that I had to pick the second book up instantly!

Astronomy – Night Classes: Read a Book When it’s Dark Outside.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman.

Defence Against The Dark Arts – Grindylows: A Book Set Sea.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.

Potions – Shrinking Solution: Read a Book Under 150 Pages.

Cheri by Collette

Transfiguration – Animagus: A Book/Series that Includes Shapeshifting.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer.

Animagus Training

Arithmacy – Balance Opposites: Read Something Outside Your Favourite Genre

Normal People by Sally Rooney.

Potions – Shrinking Solution: Read a Book Under 150 Pages

The Grownup by Gillan Flynn.

Transfiguration – Animagus: A Book/Series that Includes Shapeshifting

Either A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer.

O.W.L.s Magical Read-a-thon Week #2

I don’t want to toot my own horn but I am SMASHING this read-a-thon! So far I’ve managed to read 6 books and we’re only half way through the month. I’m still working so I am having to balance my time but reading has been the perfect distraction from everything going on at the moment! Due to my success I’ve decided to challenge myself and aim for the Hogwarts Professor as my chosen career path, which involves reading 7 books and who knows I might read a few more just for the fun of it!

I have also successfully passed my O.W.L.s to qualify for the Animagus Training, which involved reading something outside my favourite genre (Normal People by Sally Rooney), a book under 150 pages (The Grownup by Gillian Flynn) and a book/series that included shapeshifting (A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer).

Anyway, I hope the read-a-thon is going well for everyone and that you are all staying safe!

Currently Reading: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

Pages Read: 1809

Books Read: 6/10

Completed O.W.L.s:

Hogwarts Professor

Transfiguration – Animagus: A Book/Series that Includes Shapeshifting

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. I’m not usually a fan of cross-world fantasies but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I don’t think it lives up to all the hype it’s received but nevertheless its been a really enjoyable read and it feels only right to pick up the second book in this series.

Defence Against The Dark Arts – Grindylows: A Book Set Sea

 Truthwitch by Susan Denard. Like I mentioned in my last post, I really enjoyed this series so much so that I’ve changed my TBR to include the second book in this series.

Animagus Training:

Arithmacy – Balance Opposites: Read Something Outside Your Favourite Genre

Normal People by Sally Rooney. This is my pick for our Reading Between the Wines book club for April and I absolutely adored it. The story and its characters are so raw and complex creating a narrative that is more than just a romance. I don’t want to say too much about this book but if you haven’t read it yet then I would make sure that its definitely on your TBR.

Transfiguration – Animagus: A Book/Series that Includes Shapeshifting

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer. I just finished the first book in this series and really enjoyed it, so much so that I knew I had to read the next book asap. I was a bit apprehensive about the two new perspectives but once again I was pleasantly surprised.

O.W.L.s Magical Read-a-Thon TBR

It’s the most magical time of the year as it’s time for the first instalment of the 2020 Magical Read-a-thon, and it’s fair to say that I am beyond excited! I’ve been re-watching all the films in preparation. This is my first time participating and I’m already so impressed and amazed at all the resources and creativity behind this reading event, so I want to say a HUGE thank you to G over at The Book Roast for all of her hard work! It’s not too late to join so I’ll leave a link to the website here, where you’ll be able to find all the reading prompts and wizarding careers.

The magical read-a-thon is a month long reading event that celebrates the magical universe J.K Rowling has created and the love of reading. The read-a-thon has two main events: the Ordinary Wizarding Level Exams and the Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, two of the main exams that Hogwarts must sit during their time at Hogwarts. The read-a-thon is designed to mimic these exams in a creatively fun and reading manner by associating different subjects with various reading challenges. The first read-a-thon for the O.WL.s takes place in the month of April, whilst N.E.W.T.s happen during the month of August. Your results and success in the O.W.L.s also contribute to your N.E.W.T.s which in turn determine your chosen wizarding career.

I’d love to know if you’re participating this year and all about your chosen career and TBR, so please leave a link in the comments below!

Anyway, let me reveal my chosen careers and my ambitious TBR!

Auror (5 O.W.L.s)

The profession of an Auror has always fascinated me, and has been shown throughout the series to be such an adventurous, dangerous and intense job! I’m ready for the challenge, so bring it on!

Charms – Lumos Maxima: A Book with a White Cover 

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. It’s taken me almost two years to read this book so I’m hoping that the pressures of meeting my reading/career targets will finally motivate me to read this book!

Herbolgy – Mimbulus Mimbletonia: Title Starting with M

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, I know this doesn’t start with M, but there is a M in the title and there is a book in the series that starts with M? I found it really hard to find a book I wanted to read that started with M, if you’ve got any recommendations then please let me know!

Potions – Shrinking Solution: Read a Book Under 150 Pages

Chéri by Collette. This was our March book of the month for my Reading Between the Wines book club and I plan to read this at the start of the read-a-thon before our group FaceTime catch up!

Transfiguration – Animagus: A Book/Series that Includes Shapeshifting

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer or Socery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.

Defence Against The Dark Arts – Grindylows: A Book Set Sea

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch or The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I’m torn between which book I want to read as both sound really good, this is definitely my favourite prompt!

Hogwarts Professor (7 O.W.L.s)

McGonagall and Lupin are some of my favourite Hogwarts Professor’s so I’d love to follow in their footsteps and be Head of Gryffindor House and an Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor!

Care of Magical Creatures – Hippogriffs: A Creature with a Beak on the Cover

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater or King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. The Raven Boys have been on my radar for a while now, I remember starting it but can’t recall why I stopped reading? As for King of Scars, Leigh Bardugo is one of my all time favourite authors and I can’t resit a bit of Nikolai!

History of Magic – Witch Hunts: A Book Featuring Witches/Wizards

Truthwitch by Susan Denard/ Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Both of these book have been on my TBR for ages, so hopefully that will help motivate me!

Astronomy – Night Classes: Read a Book When it’s Dark Outside

Legendary by Stephanie Garber. Another book that I’ve been going on about for months and now is the perfect time to finally cross it off my TRB list.

Also, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Charms, Transfiguration and Potions (above TBR)

Animagus Training

Arithmacy – Balance Opposites: Read Something Outside Your Favourite Genre

Normal People by Sally Rooney. I think this is going to be our Reading Between The Wines book for April as I’ve heard nothing but good things about it and I’ve been really craving a unique love story.

Potions – Shrinking Solution: Read a Book Under 150 Pages

The Grownup by Gillan Flynn. I was really struggling to find something short to read until I found this one! I loved Gone Girl so I’m hoping that this book has that same intricate and mysterious feel to it.

Transfiguration – Animagus: A Book/Series that Includes Shapeshifting

Either A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer or Socery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.

The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

We were both tagged by the lovely Eliza over at DuskAngelReads, and can’t wait to do this tag are we are both HUGE Harry Potter Fans. We’ve just discovered Eliza’s blog so please do go and check her out and I really liked the idea of tagging your newest follower so I’m going to steal that idea and tag Emma over at the BookCrunch who’s blog I absolutely love and glad we found! We’ve also added/removed some new questions because I didn’t like a few of them so enjoy!

Favourite Book?

Amy: Goblet of Fire, just because I loved learning more about the Wizarding World and meeting new characters from all the other schools. So much more happened in this book and I just remember loving every chapter.

Eleanor: I really loved the last book, the Deathly Hallows, mainly because everything came together in a grand finale and I was that little bit older when I read it so I could appreciate it more.

Least Favourite Book?

Amy: I don’t really have one because they are all wonderful but I’ve recently re-read The Philosopher Stone and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did when I was younger.

Eleanor: I’d have to agree with Amy here, for similar reasons, great for the younger generation.

Favourite Movie?

Amy: Deathly Hallows part 2 because it was such a perfect ending and I just remember crying a lot over everything. Plus the whole battle of Hogwarts is one of my favourite scenes of the entire series.

Eleanor: I loved the 5th movie, the Order of the Phoenix, mainly because I love to hate Umbridge.

Least Favourite Movie?

Amy: I don’t know why but it has to be The Chamber of Secrets?!

Eleanor: I’m really not a fan of The Goblet of Fire, some very bad hair cuts in that one…

Favourite Quote?

Amy: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light” – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Eleanor: “Not my daughter you bitch” – Mrs Weasley

Favourite Weasley?

Amy: This is a bit of an odd one but as much as I love Ron I’d have to pick Bill. He showed us that’s it’s cool to be clever and has a pretty awesome job as a curse breaker for Gringotts as well as being apart of the Order. Plus he’s married to the lovely Fleur and even suffered from a Werewolf attack, in the short of things I think he’s pretty badass!

Eleanor: Mrs Weasley because I’d love her to be my mum, along with my current mum, obviously…

Favourite Female Book Character?

Amy: Nymphadora Tonks because I love how quirky and fun she is and plus she’s married to Lupin! I do also absolutely love Hermione but I wanted to pick someone different for this tag because I thought that was a bit of an obvious answer.

Eleanor: Professor McGonagall because she’s brave, smart and an overall legend.

Favourite Male Book Character?

Amy: Again I wanted to pick someone different and who wasn’t a part of the trio so it would have to be Draco Malfoy because of his character development and plus I think he’s a pretty good villain.

Eleanor: Awh Neville I think, such good character development!

Favourite Villian?

Amy: Bellatrix Lestrange, god she’s such a bitch!

Eleanor: Professor Umbridge, i mean i hate her more than Voldemort!

Favourite Professor?

Amy: Easy peasy, it has to be Lupin because he’s just so darn loveable and a great teacher.

Eleanor: Hagrid counts as a professor right?

Favourite Magical Creature?

Amy: A phoenix! I’d love to have one just like Fawkes.

Eleanor: Fluffy! Who wouldn’t want a three headed dog?

Would you rather a) wash Snape’s hair or b) spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?

Amy: Neither one of those appeal to me but I would probably wash Snape’s hair because it would be hopefully over quickly and maybe I might be able to give him a haircut?!

Eleanor: oh this is easy, wash Snap’s hair, no question, put on some gloves, chuck on a bit of shampoo and bobs your uncle!

Would you rather duel a) an elated Bellatrix or b) an angry Molly?

Amy: We’ve all see what Molly is like when she’s angry so I think I’d take my chances with Bellatrix and I’d like to think if I was a wizard I would be able to defeat Bellatrix!

Eleanor: Molly I think because it wouldn’t be serious and we’ll just laugh about it later.

Would you rather travel to Hogwarts using a) the Hogwarts Express or b) a flying car?

Amy: Oh this one is hard because having a flying car would be so cool but I’m going to pick the Hogwarts Express just because of the atmosphere and so I could meet the trolley lady as well as buying some wizarding snacks from her too!

Eleanor: I mean I have been on many trains but have yet to experience a flying car… soo i’m going to say the car

Would you rather give a) Voldemort a kiss or b) Umbridge a bubble bath?

Amy: Give Voldemort a kiss just to say that I’ve kissed the Dark Lord!

Eleanor: Well this depends on what kind of kiss it is? If it’s just a peck i’ll do it but i’m not snogging him, I’d rather take the bath!

Would you rather fly a) a hippogriff or b) a Firebolt?

Amy: A hippogriff! Do I get to keep one?

Eleanor: Of definitely the hippogriff!

Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies?

Amy: Ginny! I’m not a fan of movie Ginny because she’s got zero personality in the movies and her relationship with Harry isn’t as good as it is in the books.

Eleanor: Peeves, because he wasn’t even in the movies! That would have been so funny if he was!

Is there a movie you preferred to the book?

Amy: Nope! The book is always better in my eyes!

Eleanor: I mean movies and books have their different merits but I think I preferred the books.

Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

Amy: I can’t choose between the two because I think Richard Harris was the perfect Dumbledore in the first film but I couldn’t see him as Dumbledore in later books whereas its the opposite for Michael Gambon!

Eleanor: Gambon all the way! What a legend!

Your top thing that you wanted in the movie that wasn’t in there?

Amy: I didn’t like the fact that they didn’t include Neville being a part of the prophecy and also Dumbledores background and backstory which I thought was a huge part of understanding his character.

Eleanor: Hermione’s house elf appreciation club, the name has slipped my mind but I found that hillarious in the books!

If you could remake any of the Harry Potter movies, which would it be?

Amy: Does making a film version for Cursed Child count?

Eleanor: I don’t think I could remake any of them… my film making skills aren’t the best… windows movie maker anyone?

Which house are you sorted into on Pottermore?

Amy: Gryffindor!!

Eleanor: Hufflepuff and I totally agree with that decision!

What’s your Ilvermory House?

Amy: Wampus!!

Eleanor: Pukwudgie

What’s your Patronus? Is this what you wanted?

Amy: I got a Goshawk! I really wanted a bird of some sort so I was really pleased that I got a bird of prey! If I could have any animal though I’d love a dragon!

Eleanor: I’m a Scops Owl, which are pretty adorable when you google them so i’m happy!

Which class would be your favourite?

Amy: Defence against the Darks arts! In the books and movies, they always looked the most fun and exciting!

Eleanor: Transfiguration sounds pretty cool.

Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?

Amy: Accio! I’d become super lazy but how easy would it be to just call things over.

Eleanor: Does apparation count? Because it would be handy when getting home from University!

Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with?

Amy: Hopefully I’d instantly become friends with Hermoine as I think we’re similar people as we both love to read and really care about our school work!

Eleanor: I really don’t know actually… I’d like to think I’d be friends with all the main gang but I don’t know if I’m cool enough for that…

If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?

Amy: The Invisibility Cloak! Just think about all the places you could sneak into!

Eleanor: Easily the cloak, I mean it would just be so useful!

Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?

Amy: Nope, everything about these books was perfect all I’d love now is a prequel about the marauders!

Eleanor: I don’t think so, I mean they’re pretty untouchable…

Favourite marauder?

Amy: Either Lupin or Sirius, I can’t choose because I love both and neither deserved to die!

Eleanor: Sirius, not only is he a legend but he’s such a nice guy!

If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?

Amy: All of them! I really want to bring Remus back to life but I feel if I bring him back I have to bring Tonks back and I can only resurrect one person! It would have to be then either Sirius or Fred.

Eleanor: Hedwig, am I right?

Are you still with us, because bloody hell that was a lot of questions! Thanks again to Eliza who tagged us and feel free to do this tag even if we haven’t tagged you!

Top Fictional Siblings – #NationalSiblingsDay

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Funny enough it was my sister that informed me about this ‘holiday’ but I doubt that she was telling me for my benefit and I look forward to seeing what tries to manipulate into doing but anyway that got me thinking about a few of my favourite fictional siblings. Although at times my sister and I argue and bicker, I am so lucky to have her and the impact that she’s had on my life (and hopefully the one I’ve had on her) is certainly beneficial and a powerful one; I don’t know what I’d do without her. This is the exact same for fictional siblings, they are always there for each other, they risk everything they have to protect them and without them, there would be a piece missing in their lives. There were so many to pick from so if I’ve missed any that you love then let me know in the comments.

The Weasleys in Harry Potter – I swear every ‘top’ something post I’ve done recently has included a member of the Weasley family but I think that is because they are a perfect family. I was just going to pick Fred and George as they are like to sides of the same coin but I’d be leaving out the others who all play an important role not only in the family but the books.

The Bennett Sisters in Pride and Prejudice – Mainly Jane and Elizabeth because they’re my favourite and I can’t stand Lydia (ugh). These two are extremely close and that probably what I love about them and their sisterly bond. They share secrets and defend one anther and encourage and support the other one’s happiness.

The Stark Children in Game Of Thrones – They are my favourite family (or what’s left of them) in the Game of Thrones series, as once again they are all extremely determined and brave and try to look out for each other. I can’t wait to see the hopefully reunite in season 7!

Damon and Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries – Eleanor was the one that got me hooked on the Vampire Diaries and from the first couple of episodes I fell in love with both brothers. Despite their arguments and differences, both are always there for each other and will risk their life to save the other.

Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan Pevensie in The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe – Admittedly I am basing my opinion of the Pevensie’s off the movie as I haven’t yet read all the books. Each sibling is unique and brings something new to the table when on their adventures in Narnia and will do anything for any other one of their siblings! #family4life

Top Fictional Mothers – #MothersDay

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Today in the UK, it is Mother’s Day, so I’ve spent the day showering my mother in gifts and giving her the special treatment because she is truly wonderful and deserves it. But this then got me thinking about a few of my favourite fictional mums and I thought I would share a few of them with you. Feel free to leave a comment letting us know who your favourite fictional mums are!

  1. Mrs Wealsly in Harry Potter – She’s the mother of seven pretty fantastic children, surrogate mother to Harry, and a member of the Order of the Phoenix, Mrs Weasley is tough, loving, and fiercely protective. It’s basically impossible not to love her.
  2. Mrs Lancaster in The Fault in our Stars – Despite my views of this book, Hazel’s mum definitely deserves a place on this list due to everything she does for her daughter, she’s always there for her and makes every day and celebration special.
  3. Natalie Prior in Divergent – I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read this series yet but although she many not look like much she’s certainly a strong woman who will do anything to protect her family.
  4. Jocelyn Fray in The Mortal Instruments – I’ve seen mixed feelings about Jocelyn as a mother as she did block Clary’s memories but she did it to protect her child and most of her actions and decisions are made to protect Clary, so I think she deserves a place on the list!
  5. Miss Honey in Matilda – She is the only adult to see Matilda’s true potential, nurturing her when no one else will. She is patient and caring, as any parent should be, urging Matilda to never stop learning or dreaming. Most importantly, she also encourages Matilda’s fledgeling love of books, and for that alone, I felt that Miss Honey deserved a place on the list.
  6. Elizabeth in Life on the Refrigerator Door – If you haven’t read this book then seriously stop what you’re doing and go and pick it up. This short novel is written in notes left on the refrigerator door and will take you on a journey of emotion. Clare’s mother does everything for her despite her situation and the relationship between them is beautiful even though it may not seem like it in the beginning.

What I’ve Been Reading At University

For those who don’t know both myself and Eleanor are now in our first year of University, Eleanor is studying Midwifery at the University of West England and I’m studying English Literature at Chester. To be honest it’s been really difficult to read whilst at University thanks to our workload, long hours and reading lists. However being an English student I have been able to read some really interesting and enjoyable books so I’d thought I would share what I’ve read so far!

  1. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde – I’d heard a lot about this play before studying it and I was really looking forward to it. I wasn’t expecting it to be so funny!
  2. First Love Last Rites by Ian McEwan – Pre-warning this book is very weird, I mean seriously weird. But after re-reading it, I am beginning to enjoy it and understand it more.
  3. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes – This was a hidden treasure on my reading list and I’m glad that I was able to read it. It was a very short story filled with drama and twists…
  4. Hard Times by Charles Dickens – Probably one of my least favourite reads just because it was so complicated and detailed but nevertheless I’m glad that I’m finally being able to read so of Dickens work.
  5. Atonement by Ian McEwan – I loved this book!! It was heartbreakingly beautiful, and if I have to recommend any book on this list it would have to be this one.
  6. Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling – Who would have thought that I would be studying Harry Potter at degree level? Certainly not me! But I’m loving it and it’s even better that my lecturer is a massive fan like me.
  7. Hunger Games by Suzanne Colins – I am meant to be writing an essay of the Hunger Games now but instead, I’m writing this blog post and procrastinating. I love discussing all the different themes and discovering more about the book!

Please let me know if you’ve found this interesting and enjoyable because if so, then I’ll do another post later in the year with an update of the books I’ve read and studied.

Pokémon Go Book Tag

When I saw we were nominated for this book tag, I got very excited as I am one of the millions of people around the world who is obsessed with catching Pokemon, Eleanor on the other hand isn’t the biggest fan so it will just be me (Amy) doing this tag! We were nominated by the lovely Becca @ShihtzuBookReviews and I recommend you go check out her blog!

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This is probably a very generic answer but it has to be Harry Potter as they fuelled my love for reading but if you’re looking for what started my love for YA then it would have to be The Hunger Games – thank you Eleanor for recommending it to me!

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I am a sucker for a classic especially Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin because it is such a beautiful storyline with some iconic characters which I love! Plus I’m also in love with the film adaptations and if it’s a horrible day or if I’m not feeling well, it will definitely be on my television.

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I’ve never been one for horror or spooky books but I recently read last summers thriller Girl on the Train which freak me out a bit especially when I made the decision to read it late at night….

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Don’t make me choose just one, I have thousands! Of course theres me and all my fictional boyfriends but the first one that came to my head was Cress and Thorne from the Luna Chronicles as their relationship is just so cute and I ship them so hard!

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Any book by Sarah J Maas, as her writing style is just so magical, easy to read and you can find adventure behind every page! Plus they have some pretty good fast paced fight scenes which I can guarantee will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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I started the Game of Thrones series ages ago and I managed to get half way through book three before I stopped. They are just all so long and I personally find them all a bit intimidating!

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Either Harry Potter or Throne of Glass! These are two of my all time favourite series and I wish they would never end! I would love to see J.K Rowling release stories about the Marauders but I am super excited about both Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts.

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I’ve just started the Snow Like Ashes series and I found it to be really awesome and action-packed which is what I look for in YA Fantasy novels. Looking on Goodreads the reviews weren’t all positive but that didn’t stop me and I was pleasantly surprised! You can add both me and Eleanor on Goodreads here.

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I would love to own the collectors edition of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit as their covers are just so elegant yet simple and they would look even better on my bookshelf! At £60 I better do a bit of saving!

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Red Rising, reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games but that didn’t really bother me as much as it did to other people as I loved the Hungers Games so it wasn’t a surprise that I fell in love with Red Rising as well!

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The Red Queen series. I adored the first book as it was just fantastic but the second book was a bit disappointing and certainly wasn’t as good as the first book. Fingers crossed the next book is better!

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The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye as it’s a combination of Shadow and Bone, Red Queen and Ember in the Ashes! Although I haven’t yet read it, I’ve heard it’s a gripping mix of magic, high-stakes action, and romance.pokemon-tag11-lure-module

I instantly thought of Sarah J Maas for this answer but I thought I better pick someone else as I’ve mentioned her a lot in this tag! Leigh Bardugo is another favourite of my and I always get very excited when she writes another book! If you haven’t read her Shadow and Bone Series or Six of Crows stop what you’re doing now and go and read it!

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I know I keep mentioning Sarah J Maas but Empire of Storms is a perfect answer to this question! I love this series and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K.Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

The joy and excitement that came from reading another Harry Potter book and from experiencing the adventure in the Wizarding World was certainly overwhelming and I have to admit I was almost brought to tears after reading the first couple of pages. Like every other Harry Potter book, the plot was magical and full of surprises (some of which were slightly predictable) and didn’t fail to excite me! Seeing our beloved characters all grown up, with children and careers in the Wizarding World was really enjoyable and nostalgic and being able to follow their children’s journeys through Hogwarts and the Wizarding World again was magical and never left a dull moment.

Reading a script rather than a proper book, at first had me a little worried that I would struggle with it but actually I really enjoyed it as it was really different from what I’ve read before and it didn’t take me long to finish it and the pages just kept turning. There were scenes which I loved and had me wondering how they would portray it on stage so it’s clear that I really need to see the play but most of the time they were easy to imagine, although there were some points where I feel I would have really benefited in seeing it visually! Also for those who are complaining that it’s a script and not a book… please calm down and just be appreciative that we have something!

The new characters (in terms of the ‘children’) were really interesting to learn about! A few things surprised me and things were not as I was expecting but they were still absolutely wonderful and I wouldn’t change anything about them. Everything worked beautifully and made complete sense as to why those characters are as they are… if that makes sense?

It’s easy to give it 5/5 stars and I highly recommend that all fans of Harry Potter read this book and be sucked back into the magic that is the wizarding world. But if I was to give you some advice? Savour it because before you know it it’s over  and you’re sat there unsure what to do with your life… But also remember to #KeepTheSecrets

Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

How could I have waited so long to read a series that has everything I like; magical powers, war, complicated sexy men, and a magnificently flawed female protagonist! Not to mention the alternative Russian setting! I have to thank the lovely lady in Waterstones who recommended this book to me; I’m so glad she did!! I loved the concept of the book and I feel in love with the world of Grisha however i have to admit that the book got a bit boring in the middle. But apart from that it was a good book and I can’t wait to read the next one!

The book follows the journey of Alina, a pale, lonely orphan who discovers a unique power which turns her world upside down as she becomes a Grisha. With this new power Alina must learn to control it as well as trying to follow her destiny. But discovering her power comes with a great risk?

For me the first part of the book was brilliant as it was full of twist and turns which kept you at the end of your seat. However putting a negative spin on things, i thought the middle part of the book when Alina spent time in the court, got a bit dull and boring. But I did redeem itself at the end and for the last 100 pages i was on the edge of my seat as it was packed full of action.

As for the characters, I thought Alina was brilliant; a real strong female protagonist. I loved the fact we saw her turn from a shy nobody to a strong hero with a destiny that could either save or destroy the world. I also loved Mal; the boy from home who grew up to again be a strong warrior. But then there’s The Darkling who is the complete opposite! He’s dark and mysterious; what more do you want. As every other young adult novel there has to be a love triangle and is this case it involves Alina, Mal and The Darkling. In my opinion I want Mal and Alina to end up together as I think they have a much better relationship and i could definitely see them living happily ever after. However we’ve still got two books left so who knows whats going to happen…

Overall I give this book 4/5 stars was it is has everything a fantasy novel needs; magical powers, wars and a great female protagonist!! It is brilliant. If your a fan of ‘Throne Of Glass’ or ‘Divergent’ I recommend you check it out!

And just recently, I found out that David Heyman, the Producer of the Harry Potter films is planning on making this a movie! Yay!!