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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (HP #7)

Its all over. I must admit I shed a fair few tears even though its my second read of the book. I read it for the first time immediately when it was released and I seem to have forgotten fair portions of it until reading them again.

This is definitely a far cry from the Philosophers Stone with hardly anything left in it for children to grasp. Ok its still about witches and wizards but there’s no Hogwarts, no Hagrid, no classes, no Dumbledore and no playtime for Harry and his friends. It’s a lot more a tale now of Harry’s quest for the truth about what his destiny really entails and how if at all he must defeat Voldemort.

Although the book does drag in places, I think it does help to build the tension of what you know is going to be a tremendous finale. The book is scattered throughout with deaths, some minor some not so minor. Not wanting to give too much away but some people may not have been happy with the finale thinking that perhaps JK chickened out of giving us something other than a happy ending but I have to admit I was delighted with the ending. It cleared up all loose ends and most importantly the characters got the ending they deserved. Well most of them….!

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling (HP #6)

Thankfully this book was much better than its predecessor and restored my faith once again in the genius of JK Rowling! Love the introduction of a more hormonal group of teenagers which of course would be the norm at their age! Have to admit I still bawl crying at the last few chapters even though Iv read the book at least three or four times now! Cant wait for the film! Cliffs of Moher appear in it which isn’t too far from me!!

 
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (HP #5)

Okay well this book is definitely my least favourite of the seven books. It unfortunately drags a lot and hasn’t got as strong a plot as previous books. It seems to plod along aimlessly and ends in a kind of unrelated finale that comes out of nowhere really.

Umbridge was a brilliant character to introduce however and I really enjoyed hating her!! The film version of this book was also the least enjoyable of the lot but the recent trailers for the Half Blood Prince looks really good and just have to refresh my memory reading the book before it comes out!!

 
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The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Obviously I’ve seen the film version of the Notebook, as every girl seems to have, but I have never read any of Sparks books before. I was lent this by a very enthusiastic Miley Cyrus fan and thought I’d give it a go. I haven’t seen the film version but I honestly don’t think I’d be up for it after reading the book. This was heart-breaking enough.

Ok so its seems that Nicholas Sparks has definitely got a way with romantic novels judging by his success but this did seem all too close to the Notebook’s plotline. I liked it, and the end was inevitably heart-breaking which I’m going to take the liberty of guessing all of Spark’s books are but there wasn’t anything too original about it. I even thought in places the writing wasn’t fantastic.

I doubt I’ll read more of Sparks books as this was too depressing. I’m not into depressing books. It’s a good soppy romance I suppose and be prepared to cry, if you don’t you’re made of stone.

 
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Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #2)

This was better than the first shockingly enough. I thought it was going to be hard for the author to make the second book as interesting as the first as she was now mostly building on characters instead of introducing fresh new ones but wow… she surpassed herself.

Sookie is even more likeable in this book and you can’t help but love her. Bill is once again an instantly attractive character, as is Eric though somewhat more dangerous. Bringing Sookie out of her comfort zone to Dallas was genius and the scenes with the vampire nest governed by the scary Stan were brilliant. The introduction of other supernatural creatures such as more shapeshifters and the maenad was also a high point of the book. Clearly she’s building this up for bigger things in future books.

Living Dead in Dallas has just the right amount of blood, sex and violence!! I loved it!

 
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Showdown by Tilly Bagshawe

This may have been the most ridiculous load of over-romantic, clichéd tripe I have ever read. The writing was atrocious, the ‘hip’ modern-day references were cringeworthy, the characters were brain-dead idiots and the plot was just plain stupid.

The only, and I mean the only, reason I gave it two stars instead of a measly one was that the plot had something to do with horses which was the main reason why I bought it in the first place. Learning about horse racing was the only highlight of the book even if it was the very basics, the author was too busy making her characters get it on in the back’s of horse boxes to worry about the actual horses.

I like a romance novel as much as the next girl but I like to be able to empathise with the characters. How anyone could empathise with these characters is beyond me they’re so unrealistic.

Anyway I blame myself entirely I should have known when the review on the front cover was from Heat magazine….

 
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Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #1)

I haven’t watched any episodes of True Blood so this was completely new to me and wow I loved it! Twilight pales in comparison. This is a much more exciting love story with a lot more to the characters than Twilight. Maybe because it’s aimed at slightly older readers.

Sookie is a fantastic character and I really love Bill, he’s so much more appealing than Edward! Enough comparisons with Twilight though as this is so much better there isn’t even anything worth comparing. The vampires are as vampires should be, scary, sexy and all have an evil streak!

Will be buying the following books as soon as I can get to a bookstore!

 
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