Book Reviews

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling (1998). Book 2.

As I knew would be true, the second book to the magical world of Harry Potter was as brilliant as its predecessor. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a wondrous tale of magic, where the reader can find themselves completely involved once becoming immersed in the incredibly imaginative world created by J. K. Rowling. 

The story takes off with the ending of school holidays, and the beginning of a new term at Hogwarts. Our favourite trio, Harry, Ron, and Hermione, have joined each other for another year together, and after what looked to be a bleak beginning for Harry, find themselves amidst another attempt by Lord Voldemort to return wholly to the world of the living. The Chamber of Secrets is open and a Weasley of all people are amongst those recruited to help open it. It’s up to the loveable three to find the answers and save the day, but not before Harry comes face to face with his arc rival Lord Voldemort. It is here in the second series that Harry finds out a few things about himself, such as the ability to speak and understand Parseltongue, as well as his likeness to the Dark Lord himself. Though these revelations produce even more questions which could lead to some very unsettling answers. 

The thrill of mystery and suspense throughout this book provides much joy and delight to readers. J. K. Rowling has added immensely to each of the novels heroes and has produced what has proved to be an amazing adventure that can be enjoyed by all ages. I would recommend this book to anyone with a love for magic and a world “outside the box”. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is an incredible second book to the series and I give it a rating of 10 stars.


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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J. K. Rowling (1997).

As the Harry Potter reaches his 20th birthday, celebrations all over the world have been held by muggles, and therefore given me the perfect excuse to re-read an old beloved favourite and lovingly write a book review. 

It was in 1997 that J. K. Rowling was first able to publish Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, after prior rejections and obvious disappointments, and began what was surely as much of an astonishment to the author herself, a story that would influence generations of children. In this, the first book, we are introduced to a brilliant variety of characters that quickly capture the readers imagination and heart. Harry, Ron and Hermoine, are each special in their own way, making a strong trio. Within the storyline of these three there is at least one thing that happens that every reader can identify with, whether the reader is old or young, each one can relate to one of the characters in some way. But these three hardly stand alone, there are the Neville Longbottoms of the world (everyone knows one of these), and the Draco Malfoy’s (again everyone has had to deal with one of these at some point). The adults within the novel help steer the younger characters along the storyline, and in doing so create an amazing world of magic, and in turn produce an entire world that readers relate to and become lost in, making the story impossible to put down. It’s so easy to dive into this world and not want to return to reality.

Through this novel Harry and his friends teach us so much along our journey with him at his first year of Hogwarts. From the true meaning of loyalty and friendship, to what it means to be family, and even the sadness of loss. Basically this novel has everything that any young reader would adore and much more that parents are thrilled they are actively learning morals without being force! As a child I was engrossed with the Harry Potter, and things haven’t changed. Harry and his friends, in their incredible other world, will always be a tale dear to my heart. Definitely excited to have an excuse to re-read the series.

I would recommend this novel to anyone with the ability to read! It is just a fantastic story. I give this book the rating of 9.5/10 stars.


Book Reviews

Book Review (re-edit): A Dance with Dragons, by George R. R. Martin. 2011. Book 5 in the Game of Thrones series.

A Dance with Dragons is book 5 in Game of Thrones Series, and continues the story in the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Danerys Targaryen, the last scion of the house of Targaryen rules with her three Dragon’s, as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Danerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with and entirely different goal in mind.
Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, is also making his way to Daenarys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenrys’ claim to Westeros forever.

Meanwhile to the North lies the Mammoth Wall of ice and stone. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the NIght’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

From all corners, bitter conflicts reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skin changers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all.

This addition to the Game of Thrones series authored by George R. R. Martin superb in its story line. Yes there are moments when things become complicated if the reader is not following the story line closely. However, in saying that, A Dance with Dragons brings forth many answers to questions pondered, and gives more substance to each of the characters as well as the story line itself. Fantastic writing once again from George R. R. Martin. I have to give A dance with Dragons a score of 9.5/10.