Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated edition, written by J.K Rowling, illutrated by Jim Kay
When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin
Five out of Five Stars
Ok so I’m a huge Harry Potter Fan and I am not ashamed to admit that I am a Potterhead. Harry Potter has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up reading the books and watching the films. I have read the books and watched the films so many time I can’t count them. I am quite happy to reread the books over and over because to me the story never gets old. Everytime I read the stories or watch the films I instantly transported to Harry Potter’s world and feel like I’m there with the character. So naturally when I hear that there is anything new coming out relating to Harry Potter I get very excited. I am currently excited about the Funko Pops, the colouring books and the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them coming out.
When I heard about this Illutrated version coming out, I was beyond excited. I got it as a christmas gift from my gran and I was very grateful. I knew this book was going to be amazing going into in but it exceeded my expectations. Jim Kay’s illustrations brought Harry Potter into a whole new light and made it even more magical for me. I took my time reading it so that I could look in detail at the beautiful pictures. They added a whole new element to the story I have loved for so long and it took my breath away. I loved each picture in turn and could not find a single fault for them and I really hope the bring the others out in an Illutrated version. Could you imagine all the other books with beautiful illustratuons from the genius Jim Kay? That would be so amazing, I wouldn’t be able to contain my excitement. I can not praise J.K Rowling and Jim Kay highly enough for this masterpiece and I am so thankful for another way to transport me to Hogwarts again.
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Strings by David Estes
Sometimes the strings that tie us down are the same strings that set us free.
Sixteen-year-old Pia has always lived in a mysterious facility where mechanical strings control her existence. She plays apprentice to her father, Gio, in performing nanotech designs for the Company, and she soon suspects there are diabolical human forces behind the manufactured reality of her world.
Though her childhood memories and the origins of the strings remain strangely elusive, she begins to find solace with the introduction of two unlikely friends: daring, irrational Sofia, and calm, tender Marco.
As the truths of the past and present unravel together, Pia must find a way to free herself from her strings and escape the facility before facing the wrath of the unstable head of security, Mr. Davis. But to gain her freedom, she must navigate the dangers posed by Davis and by her suspicious new friends to find the real identity of the puppeteer.
If Pia can succeed in revealing the secrets of the Company, she may very well find the independence she so desperately seeks. But in her controlled world nothing is as it seems, and the closer she gets to the truth, the graver the consequences.
Five out of Five Stars
So this took me a lot longer to read than planned but it had nothing to do with the story. I am having the worst reading slump amd it is taking me ages to read anything, my fellow readers you will know all about this. Anyway back to the novel, Strings is a modern retelling of Pinnochio and I must say this has to be my favourite retelling that I have read and it certainly surprised me. I dont know how David Estes came up with this retelling but it is complete genius. I have fallen in love with this story and I’m desperate to read more. I was wondering all through the story what was going to happen next, there was a few twist and turns through out the book. I loved the main character Pia who is the modern day female version of Pinnochio and I loved her development. I really enjoyed reading her story and finding out not only about her past but also about her present story connected with other characters. Another character I loved was Marco, he was sweet and sensitive but also had a troubled background which you learn about in the story. I’m trying to write this without giving you any spoilers because I don’t want to ruin the magic of the story. I have always thought that a story that is able to pull you in and make you think you are walking next to them and feeling how they feel, it is a great story. I must say that this story was exceptional and did exactly that, I was pulled in to walk beside Pia and feel all the emotion she felt. I found David’s writing style amazing and the way he can develop characters and the world they live in is top class. I can’t give enough praise for this book and I hope by reading this, it will encourage you to go out and read this story and get lost in the magic of Pia’s world just like I did.
Disclaimer – I recieved a free Earc from David Estes in exchange for an honest review.
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So here is the way I review.
1 Star – Wasn’t great, struggled to read it.
2 Stars – Ok but could have been better.
3 Stars – Good but needs a few improvements.
4 Stars – Excellent.
5 Stars – Outstanding.
This is just based on my own personal opinion.
Ella doesn’t remember what it’s like to be human – after all, she’s lived as a doll for thirty years. She forgets what it’s like to taste, to breathe…to love.
She helps the professor create other dolls, but they don’t seem to hang around for long. His most recent creation is Lisa, a sly goth. Ella doesn’t like Lisa. How could she, when Lisa keeps trying to destroy her?
Ella likes the professor’s granddaughter though, even if she is dying. Gabby is like Ella’s personal bodyguard. It’s too bad the professor wants to turn Gabby into a doll too, depriving her of an education…depriving her of life.
With time running out and mad dolls on the rampage, Ella questions her very existence as she unearths the secrets buried in her past; secrets that will decide whether Gabby will befall the same fate…
Broken Dolls is such a breathtaking read. I read this in almost one sitting it was truely captivating. I instantly fell in love with Ella and was eager to find out what was happening and what was going to happen. Whilsy reading this, there was development after development. Just when I thought I had found out the plot, there was a twist that took it off in a completely different direction. I like all the characters in the story and wanted to know more about them. My feeling towords the professor changed so many times the more I read. I went from thinking he was just a crazy professor, then I didnt like him very much but in the end I felt really sorry for him and understood why he did what he did. I just wanted to give him a hug, thats how lost I got in the novel. I did love Ella at the begining but by the end I found her really bitter and a little bit selfish. I know she went through a trumatic experience that affected her massively and I could understand her wanting to be cured but although the professor tried he wasnt able to fix her and nearer the end when you find out what happens Ella is so mean to the professor and he already blames himself but he doesnt need Ella saying the things she did to him. I think she could have with time become at peace with her situation however she decided to run away from it. This was not a long novel however it packed a punch and left me wanting more. It is a novel that pulls you in and before you know it you are lost in the novel and are walking beside the characters and feeling everything they feel. A great read and I will definitely be picking up the next one when it comes out.
Disclaimer – I recieved this novel free for review thanks to NetGalley and the publisher.
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My name is Lauren and I am an avid reader from Scotland. I have always been a big reader and I love nothing more than getting lost in a good book. I can’t really remember what book got me into reading I just remember loving books from a young age and it has never gone away. I love books so much that I have decided to share my love of books through this blog. I am Co Blogger over at booksenses.wordpress.com where I write reviews. I plan to write reviews on my own blog but I also plan to include hauls, challenges I take part in and other bookish things. Of course this is my work in progress and I hope to convey my love of books with you as best as I can and I hope you enjoy.