As per usual, at the end of the month I do a little wrap-up of what I’ve been reading. This month I only read four books, which also means I read 1883 pages.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) – J.K. Rowling
Number of pages: 462
Genre: Fantasy – Middle Grade
Synopsis: Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. His hopes for a quiet school term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed, though, when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it his imagination that is making him feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?
Rating and review: 5/5 – The main plot line I remembered perfectly thanks the movies but there are many details that I had forgotten. And those details made all the difference. For instance in the movie we don’t see the Quidditch cup as much but in the book it’s really important and listening to those games on audiobook was thrilling and captivating. I had no idea what the outcome would be and so it was like discovering it for the first time. I also feel like the relationships between the three main characters are much more complex and developed in the books which is something I’d forgotten. In this book Hermione has some very lonely moments and it made her involvement in the last part even more important.
The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Curse #3) – Marie Rutkoski
Number of pages: 484
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy
Synopsis: War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
At least, that’s what he thinks.
In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.
But no one gets what they want just by wishing.
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?
Rating and review: 3/5 – It took me a while to read this book, and sadly I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped. I did enjoy the conclusion, and the book gave me closure. But it took me so long to read it, and the pace was much slower than necessary. For more informations on what I thought about this book, go check out my review.
Geekerella – Ashley Paston
Publisher: Quirk Books
Number of pages: 320
Genre: Contemporary – Romance – Retelling
Synopsis: Anything can happen once upon a con…
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
Rating and review: 4.75/5 – I had such a great time reading this book ! It was so cute, and funny, and full of amazing Easter-Eggs. My fangirl heart died. In one word, Geekerella was perfect. My only regret is that I read this book too quickly and I wish there had been more, because I never wanted it to end.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J.K. Rowling
Number of pages: 617
Genre: Fantasy – Young Adult
Synopsis: When the Quidditch World Cup is disrupted by Voldemort’s rampaging supporters and the terrifying Dark Mark appears against the night sky, it is obvious to Harry Potter that, far from weakening, Voldemort is getting stronger. Back at Hogwarts for the fourth year Harry is astonished to be chosen to represent the school in the Triwizard Tournament. The competition is dangerous, the tasks terrifying, and true courage is no guarantee of survival – especially with the Dark Lord’s forces on the rise …
Rating and review: 5/5 – Almost eigh years after my last read of this book, I felt like I was discovering it for the first time. While reading it, I realized how different this one is from the movie. And with this book I really appreciated all the work that goes into making an audiobook. I have nothing but respect for Jim Dale, the narrator, who manages to give life to the very large cast of characters and he makes each voice so unique that I was never confused as to who was speaking. Needless to say, I am excited to keep on listening to this series.
What did you read this month?