Wrap Up: May 2017

So I've been home sick for a majority of this month so I managed to get through a decent amount of books this month.



1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Illustrated by Jim Kay

I decided to re-read the series because it has been too long. This was a big part of my childhood. Reading Harry Potter makes me so happy. But reading this with the illustrations, took my experience to a whole new level. The images are absolutely beautiful. There were moments I would just sit for 5 mins looking at an image because the illustrations are absolutely mesmerising.  

Rating: 5/5

2. Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling 
Hogwarts Library

If I'm being honest I forgot I had this. Zoe from readbyzoe announced she was doing a Harry Potter read along. Here is a link to her video and the goodreads page. So because I'd already read the 1st and 2nd books I saw she was also reading the books from the Hogwarts Library collection and I was like perfect I have those haha. So while everyone else is reading the first 2 I can read some of the other books on the list. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this. The introduction was written by "Albus Dumbledore". It was hilarious. Dumbledore is so entertaining. Harry and Ron also had "hand written" comments which made me laugh so much. I loved it. It was so quick to read so if you're in a reading slump pick this up.

The only reason this isn't getting a 5/5 is because I fwanted more beasts and also more pictures. All together I think there was 5-7 images of beasts out of 50.

Rating: 4.5/5

3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 

This was good not great. I prefer the other books but this was a decent end to the series. My main problem with this book was the pace and it also felt a bit repetitive. For example the hunting scenes and the meetings all felt similar. Overall Mockingjay was really slow but then picks up in the last 3rd of the book. I also wish the politics was explored deeper there was so much focus on Katniss which I get, but I would of loved to have been a fly on the wall in the war meetings. Plus the trial for the assassination...I mean I didn't care about Katniss I wanted to know the details haha. But overall the series gets a big thumbs up.

Rating: 3.9/5

4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments 

I have a goodreads review with more details but if I'm being honest this wasn't a good first book. I really considered not continuing this series and that is not like me at all. I go all in when I read series hence why I bought the box set.

The main reason I continued was because I really enjoyed the plot and the world. Learning about the history and the different beings was a definite highlight.

The biggest issue I had about this book was the characters. Jace, Clary and Simon really annoyed me. Jace had a personality change. Clary was possessive in a passive aggressive way. Simon flipped his nut in a particular scene with Clary. I'm not defending Clary but Simon was, excuse my French, a dickhead. Writing this I realise how much I don't like Simon (that might change but at this point in time I don't like him). Rant over. 

Rating: 3.5/5

5. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments

What a second book...pause for a "round of applause". This has definitely redeemed the series for me (for now anyway). There was more focus on the looming dangers rather than the romance which was perfect. The romance in this series so far I could take it or leave it. In the case of 2 individuals in particular (I don't want to spoil it) WHYYYYYYYY??? The way one character made assumptions baffles me. Just no. But other than that tiny flaw, this world is developing more and more and I'm loving it. 

Here is my goodreads review with some minor spoilers.

What was the last book you read?

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