Book Review: Young Adult (YA) Fiction

Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Book Review
4+ of 5 stars to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the 4th book in the “Harry Potter” young adult fantasy series, written in 2000 by J.K. Rowling. Although this one was close to a 5 for me, I think it’s enough to give 1 book in the series a 5-rating, which means this one will stay at a 4. But I still loved and adored the characters, the setting, the story, the themes… all of it! Rather than go into a detailed review, as we’ve seen too many of them (always fun to read tho!), I’m just going to chat a little bit about the parts that I enjoyed the most.

1. The selection of the 3 students to participate in the Tri-Wizard Tournament. It’s scary to think the schools condone putting the kids at such risk, but then again, I suppose they’d stop it just before anyone died or was hurt irreparably. To imagine the goblet of fire choosing one from each school, and then Harry’s name being cast as a fourth one… fantastic idea and approach. I felt the drama. And I loved having him put to the test mid-way thru the series… as he never seemed to be all that good of a student or a wizard!

2. The introduction of new characters in this one is intense. I loved all the folks at the various stages of the competition. To see feelings emerge for one another, to know they were going thru the same unrequited love and anger we all go through as teenagers. Was a good experience — I thought it was one of the more real aspects of the series.

3. The imagination for all the tournaments and the dance… fantastic. I wanted to be there watching it all happen. I can only imagine how it felt to write those scenes… knowing it would propel the characters forward in a very different path by the end. And to see the drama of how it all turns out.

I am feeling the need to re-read this series again soon…

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Review: If There Be Thorns

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If There Be Thorns Book Review
3+ of 5 stars to If There Be Thorns, the third book in the “Dollanganger” series written in 1981 by V.C. Andrews. After the first two books, I didn’t think you could keep the thrills and suspense going in this series, mostly because one family can only endure so much torture over the years. Surprisingly, I actually found I liked a large part of this book; however, it was a bit excessive and drawn out at times. The story, told from the perspective of Cathy and Chris’ kids, continues the saga of the torture from a wicked grandmother and mother, combining religious beliefs and family values. And it’s got a Gothic ending to keep readers enthralled the the concept of “payback’s a bitch!”

I love the series because it pushes the envelope. This one explores the theme of adoption, when two half brothers explore and learn who their fathers were and who they thought they were. Cathy and Chris are siblings, yet they are in a relationship and raising two kids. Jory and Bart are examples of good and bad growing up in a loving household, but tortured by the past. When Cathy and Chris’ mom re-enters the picture, you know something bad is gonna go down. And it takes one of the boys on a trail of vengeance. Mostly unrealistic, the books take you on a little jaunt into the wild imaginations of a tortured family who have done nothing but brought on their own destruction. Yes, some of them are innocent; some cross a line not really intending to harm anyone else. Others are truly out to instill pain, and some are just ill. Finding the balance among the different family members is good entertainment. There really aren’t any lessons in these books… just pure drama.

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Review: Mockingjay

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Mockingjay Book Review
4 of 5 stars to Mockingjay, the third book in the “Hunger Games” young adult trilogy published in 2010 and written by Suzanne Collins. Although I loved this book, it’s my least favorite of the three in the series, as it’s less about the actual challenge to survive against the other districts, which is what made the books so fun for me. It’s all about revolution against the government and who is really fighting for the cause. Full of commentary on the world and society in general, the book is a struggle to obtain freedom and fix the errors of the past. All the favorite characters (who are still alive) are fighting. Several perish. Katniss makes her choice among Peeta and Gale. Families are put to test. Loyalties are shaken. It paints a bleak picture, but one worth fighting for. It’s a fitting end for the series, but it also makes you want to go back to re-read all 3 books over again. Good memories. 🙂

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Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Book Review
4 out of 5 stars for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the 5th book in the original 7 book “Harry Potter” young adult fantasy series published in 2003 by J.K. Rowling. I cannot believe this is over 15 years old, as I think about what I want to put in my review. Given it’s HP, and everyone does review on it, I’m keeping it short. A few things I loved about this book:

1. Dolores Umbridge is awesome. Awesome as a villain, that is. She brings out the worst in so many people, and other then the Death Eaters and Lord Voldemort, Harry needs a foil on a day-to-day basis.

2. More dementors! Those have always been one of my favorite parts. And to see Harry protect his cousin Dudley… well that’s just cool!

3. The whole Pollyjuice potion usage at the trial is awesome.

4. Snape’s history is slowly unveiled.

5. It sets them on the battle against the Dark One to end all battles in the next couple of books!

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Review: Bambi

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Bambi Book Review
Bambi, a children’s / young adult book published in 1923 by Felix Salten, is very different than the one we’ve seen from Walt Disney. Many have seen the cartoon versions, felt sad for the death and know it as a classic “growing-up” book for kids. But it’s really a whole lot more, if you choose to read the original version. And for that, it gets 4 of 5 stars for this reader. The book is not written as a children’s story, i.e. for a 4 or 5 year old to look and pictures, read the funny captions and laugh at the adventure of the animals. It’s a true coming-of-age story for a deer, told with all the ramifications of life’s expectations that eventually occur. Bambi has a beautiful relationship with his parents and family. He watches his friends play games and grow older. He seems courtship and love. He learns what it means to be afraid. He sees death. He learns to be a protector. It’s a full picture story, meant to show the realities of animals living in the forest. It’s a stronger story than I’d watched in the Disney films, but then again, I waited to read it until I was almost 13 years old.

It’s a definite must-read for kids, but probably not alone until they are at least 10. I don’t even think it’s a good one to read to your kids much earlier than that… you may want them to see the cartoon version first, as I think that has a lot of emotion packed into it… but I see the other side of the coin, where it’s important to teach reality to them, even at a young age.

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Review: Petals on the Wind

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Petals on the WindBook Review
4 of 5 stars to Petals on the Wind, the 2nd novel in the “Dollanganger” series written in 1980 by V.C. Andrews. It all started with the attic in the first book, but it set a series of event that would have disastrous impacts for years to come. When you finished the first book, you thought there couldn’t be anything more shocking in this family than two cousins falling in love and having children. You also thought there couldn’t be a meaner mother or grandmother. But then… book two takes it all that much further. Now, two of the children, brother and sister, fall in love and have an intimate relationship. But it doesn’t stop there… this family is full of insanity. There are so many crazy story lines between each of these people, you never quite know where it will go. VC Andrews excels at creating family drama. And I fell for it. Though Flowers in the Attic, the first in the series, is first in my heart… this was a fairly close second and follow-up book in the series. You’ll still be hooked… and wonder how the kids will get revenge. Keep with the series at this point. It’s definitely worth seeing the impact they attic had on the Dollanganger kids.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“OMG — Not another book review on Harry Potter.” *or* “OMG — I LOVE HARRY POTTER”

I bet you just said something along those lines… Me too. But I have to do this for two reasons: (1) It’s Harry Potter and (2) I committed to writing a real review for every book I’ve read and I’m only on 202 of 454. Slap me please. But when I’m done, not quite yet.

However, to save us both… I won’t do a review on this whole book. You can read every other review for that! I’ll just say the top 5 reasons why I loved this particular book:

1. Harry Potter went dark! Not the book… the character… this was the first time for me where I really stood back and said “He’s growing up. He’s realizing not everything around him should be believed without a hint of doubt.” When he protected Sirius in the Shrieking Shack, it all changed for me.

2. Dementors are awesome. I love the concept of stealing someone’s soul through sucking their physical body off its bones.

3. Transfiguration is a focus point, and I love seeing people turn into animals. It’s like our core is bursting to show itself.

4. Remus was my favorite Defense Against the Dark Arts professor. He was someone I’d want to hang out with… you know, and be a werewolf and all.

5. History is revealed in many family connections and secrets. And since that’s my favorite thing… this book was the most eye-opening for me.

See, that wasn’t so bad to re-read a little bit of Harry Potter. I promise the next one won’t be so hard. Only 4 left to write a review for.

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.


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