Sunday, June 9, 2013

Review: Harry Potter series-Books 5-7 by J.K. Rowling

(Ignore books 1-4. Already read and reviewed)
My book summary:
Boy wizard, Harry Potter, battles with understanding the wizarding world and getting ready to fight the Dark Lord once again. At his side are his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. But between trying not to die and learning everything he can, Harry works at trying to protect his friends and loved ones. 
Source: Bought
Review: It's been a while since I've read these three, but I remember enough. And sorry it's short, but I've pretty much said what I needed to say in this review. Anyway, these last three books--you can really see the difference between the first books and these.
1) There is more detail, which is good.
2) More development of the plot and setting.
3) More character development
In the first books, there was just the characters and some of their emotions. In addition, I thought there was little detail. I guess it's hard to write a series backwards. But in these last three, we get to read more about each character and why they are the way they are. And we get more detail on why something is happening.
The last book, The Deadly Hallows, was my favorite, only because it was when Voldemourt got his butt kicked. This series overall is amazing.
Series rating overall:
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Review: Of Triton (Of Poseidon #2) by Anna Banks

Title: Of Triton (Of Poseidon #2)
Author: Anna Banks
Series: Yes
Source: Traded for
Finished or ARC: ARC
In this sequel to OF POSEIDON, Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half- Breeds should be put to death.

As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?

Review: I loved it. It had the same spunkiness that Of Poseidon had. Action, a little romance, drama, and nice plot twists that didn't get your head in a funk. One thing I really liked to point out is that the plot seemed a little dystopian/dictatorship-ish. I'm trying to say that the people were revolting were saying the government sucked and needed to come down, but at the same time, the people's leader just wanted to be king. See what I'm getting at? It was odd, given that Of Triton isn't really a dystopian, just a paranormal book, but it gave the book an awesome plot to go with. Though I might have to say that I find it confusing when the Syrenas' pulses are involved. That got odd, but of course, it was a major part of the plot.

Of course, though, there were some things I thought weren't really needed in this book. Not saying that they weren't good, just that they were used as filler. Sometimes they just get in the way. One thing I guess I thought was filler was when Mark or Marcus or whatever his name was was introduced again and the idea about prom was brought up. I thought the idea of it was okay, Emma having to choose between normal or Syrena, but wasn't that decision made in the last book?

But overall, the book was very good. I like the twist on the mermaid myth Banks created. i had my suspicions about it, some of it correct, but was blown away end the end.

Characters: I loved them all except Targon, the villain. Of course, he's the villain and he's destined for Hate. Anyway, most of the characters were the same except for Nailia, Emma's mom. Of course, knowing from the last book, you'd get way. Surprisingly, she's had a little dark side, but you could say it's in a good way....? I don't know, just read the book.

Romance: Given how much romance was in the last book, I expected a lot in this one, given that Emma and Galen made up. But nope, not much. Sure, there were little romantic scenes between Emma and Galen, but not so many as Of Poseidon. And they weren't cheesy, lovey-dovey scenes either. I kinda wish there was more though.

Ending: It was happy. It was good. But here's the thing, I looked on Goodreads, and saw that there's going to be a third book, Of Neptune. Now, this book ended pretty well to where another book isn't really needed. I truly don't see how there could be another book unless it's going to be about Emma finding out how to grow a tail or something. Who knows? But another book with Emma and Galen wouldn't be a bad thing. :D

Future: Of Neptune (Of Poseidon #3) in 2014

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Cover & Ending:
 Favorite part of the cover is the scene over all. Plus the lettering.
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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Floating Books Along #3: The I'm-Sorry-but-I-Gratuated Giveaway

For thoses who don't know what this little meme means, it's a way for me to get my extra books off my shelf and into your hands while also trying to sell what other books I have left over for college. Win win situation. :D
So, for this giveaway, it's my way of making it up to you guys for three months worth of loneliness and no posts or giveaways. It sucked yet at the same time it was worth it since I'm now done with high school. YAY!!!
So, for this giveaway, there will be two winners.
I'm wish I could have more, but I have college to think about.
Anyway, the two winners will have their pick of any book from The Sandcastle Bookstore.
But here's the deal:
A lot of the books in the Bookstore have either been traded or sold already, so it's not updated. Unfortunately, I'm on vacation and can't update it anytime soon, but I do know that besides what's in the Bookstore, I have:
Just One Day (ARC) by Gayle Forman
Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley
Lie by Caroline Bock.
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa
Wake (Watersong #1) (ARC) by Amanda Hocking x 2
When I get home, I will update this.
Here are the rules and need-to-know's:
1. Open to US only
2. I'm not responible for the book if it gets damaged or lost.
3. 13 years or older please.
4. I will check each entry. It sucks to be a cheater.
5. The winners will be choosen at random from rafflecopter.
6. Winners will have 48 hours to respond, or I will have to pick a new winners.
7. The giveaway runs from June 9 to June 30.
7. Just use the rafflecopter to enter :D

That's all!
Until next time!