Book Review: Replica – Lauren Oliver 

(4.5 stars)

This book took me completely by surprise and that is one of my ultimate, favourite things when it comes to reading a book. If I’m being completely honest, I picked this book up without reading the description or knowing what this book this book was about at all. I simply picked this book up because I was enthrilled by the whole layout and presentation of this book. Look at it and tell me that it doesn’t appeal to you because of how different it is from the majority of books?. I’d never seen a book like this one and with this beautiful cover, it just screamed out to me. So, I didn’t know what I was actually expecting from the storyline when I purchased this book, just that it was told from two peoples persepective, I would have to flip it upside down and that their stories, or perspectives, met in the centre of this book. 

But on saying that, I actually really enjoyed this book!! The way it works and is presented, with the storyline and how it is all written, blending together but yet having their own individuality, it was so clever. Each characters perspective is written slightly different to emulate each characters different personality and I loved that fact. There are a couple of ways that you can read this book, choosing one person’s first, Reading it in its full then continuing on by reading the other person’s story, or visa versa. However, I chose to read it a different way. I read a couple of chapters at a time and then flip it over to switch to the other characters perspective, so that it wouldn’t feel like I was reading the same book twice and I am glad I did it that way. They each select and include different things and have their own thoughts and moments to include, that when brought together make this story complete as a whole, so when reading it the way I did, I felt like I wasn’t missing anything. You do get some duplicate reading surrounding the same events, however as they are told from different perspectives, they feel like and are in themselves, different stories and need to be duplicated and I’m glad they were. 

There was so much hype that surrounded this book, even before it came out and based on my opinion, it was definitely worth all the hype that surrounded this book, even if most of the hype was about the way this book presented the two characters stories. I would’ve like a little bit more at the end, a conclusion or something, where they reached where they were heading and got to see all of the reactions and a bit more because I was looking forward to that, but we didn’t. Instead, we had to settle for a phone call, which wasn’t as dramatic as the ending I was looking forward to and a bit of a let down and I don’t want to say why as I don’t want to give away spoilers. I have found out that there is a second book coming out, so maybe that’s why this book ended the way it did, but I still had to remove half a star because of it. Edit

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling

wp-1488892121012.jpeg“Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transportation for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.”

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry’s tea leaves… But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss… ”

This is the second time within a year that I have read this book and I am not disappointed. How is it that you can read the same book within a close proximity to each other and still see it differently each time? It’s amazing. I only read this book last year because it was the only Harry Potter book that I hadn’t read and it became my favourite. This may possibly have been because I was reading it as an adult and knew roughly was going to happen because of the films and the other books, which I had read, so I already felt like I was reading it for a second time with an all knowing eye. My enjoyment of this book, made me fall back in love with this series and made me want to re-read the whole entire series again, but this time doing it right for the first time.

I was apprehensive re-reading this book again so close, but boy was I wrong to be nervous. It felt so much better reading this book this time around. Because I was doing right and I had just read Book 1 and 2 in the series already, the story carried on and it flowed that much better. All the little jokes, although deep within me made sense the first time around, didn’t need any thinking, which made me enjoy them so much. There was just so much more that I just picked up on and because of this, made the story that much more special.

This is one of the books where there is so much more in the book that is just left out of the movies, so if you decide to read this, you uncover so many more layers. The most simplest of things, such as, who wrote and created the Map that Fred and George gave to Harry. The names are so clearly there for all to see, in both movie and book, it made me feel like I had been so ignorant when I had been watching the film’s before for not noticing them before because of how obvious they were and I had to have them explained to me so clearly.

I loved everything about this book, and this is one of those few books that definitely did live up to and exceed the hype that surrounded it. The characters that you already know and love are growing up slowly and you can see it happening and I only wish that I read them in the right order so I could’ve seen that more clearly. You can see that the style of the book is growing as the age of not only the characters are growing older, but the age of the readers are also growing older alongside the characters. This is shown with the writing style and the language that takes a darker turn and with there being a more complex storyline to follow. The book is also bigger in size, as there is more of a story to tell, requiring the reader to have more determination to read and finish this book. I loved it!

I would definitely recommend this book and this ENTIRE series to everybody and to anybody who wishes to go on an adventure. I would say to start off with the first book Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and make your way through the series in the correct order, regardless if you’ve already read them because re-reading them now as an adult are way more enjoyable now, than when I was a child. These books are NOT just for children and are fantastic reads. You will not regret it. Enjoy!!! 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars

Book Review: Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

harry-potter-and-the-philosophers-stone-j-k-rowlingMy desire to re-read the Harry Potter has come from somewhere you might not expect. From my Lego Harry Potter Xbox 360 games. I have read the Harry Potter series before, but unfortunately, I first read them out of order and it all got a little jumbled. Of course I knew the story, who doesn’t, but it has always been my goal to own them and to read them all the correct order. I have been playing a lot of my Lego Harry Potter games on the Xbox and the more I’ve been playing and the further I’ve been getting into it, the more I realised my time to re-read the series was now! For those who don’t know the story. Here’s a little teaser, so to speak. . .

“Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.”Goodreads

 Re-reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has been truly been amazing! First off, I will admit that it has been way over a decade since I have read the first book in the series, as I was in Primary School when I first read this book and I am currently now 24 years old. So you can imagine how long it’s been. So while I was reading this book, it was as though as I was reading it for the first time with a fresh new pair of eyes, which was so brilliant, and so rare. Of course I know and remember the basic story, whether it’s from the movie or from reading it previously, but the overall book in general with all of the details and so on. It was incredible and I’m not one for re-reading books when there are so many new ones to discover.

This book is the beginning to an adventure series that spawns over seven years, and seven books. No matter what people say, they are not just childrens books, because believe it or not, I got a lot more out of it and understood it a lot more re-reading it now as an adult, than I ever did as a child/teen.

There are a wide range of different characters in this book, each having their own personalities and yet, each one is still distinguishable and stands out by themselves in the vast mist of characters. This goes to show how well each individual character has been created, as well as the characters slotting together and working as a whole in the book. There is also so much imagery within this book, whether it’s from describing the characters, to the surroundings, or so on, that makes you enabled envision everything you’re reading, making this magical world, or fantasy, that bit more, well magical and real.  There is a reason why this book and the rest of this series has become so successful and for good reason!

Being a massive Harry Potter fan, I thought I remembered everything and therefore knew everything. I’ve had Harry Potter film night’s where I’ve watched all eight films in one night and even game night’s/weekends and so on based on Lego Harry Potter. Somethings you forget how different the books are or what’s missing from the film’s. But not in a bad way. So I was definitely happy to be reminded of somethings I had forgotten and missed from book number one and am glad that I have chosen now to re-read the whole of the series. Now I can’t wait to see if there is anything else I am going to uncover along my new journey.  The Harry Potter book to movie adaptations have got to be honestly one of the best adaptations that have been done!!!

I do recommend this book and this entire series to everyone, regardless of age 😀 Regardless of whether you’re even a big reader or not because there’s just so much action and adventure to grip you and keep you engrossed and wanted to just read on and on. Still holds fond memories in my heart.

5-stars