Book Review: Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp

Hey Folks!
To get into the magic spirit before watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Review coming in the days, right here), I finally read the last Hogwarts Library book missing in my collection. So let’s find out some stuff about Quidditch!

Quidditch Through the Ages Goodreads Cover

Quidditch Through the Ages Goodreads Cover

 

The Plot:
Kennilworthy Whisp collected many interesting facts about every wizards favourite game, Quidditch. First of all, we find out about the history, the development of the game itself, famous teams and all the rules!

 

The Rating:
As usual: lovely. JK Rowling excelled herself with this one. I really like Fantastic Beats and Where to find them (the original book, not the screenplay) and The Tales of Beedle The Bard, so I was excited to finally check it out. Quidditch Through the Ages is another great supplement to cure the post Harry Potter blues. Not only has she created an amazing world but also gives it more depth with each single book she publishes. She pays attention to every detail, like inventing a magical writer or giving a foreword by Dumbledore. Even the illustrations are on point. But what I liked best about this one is the humor. I can’t even tell you how often I laughed out loud! Continue reading

Book Review: The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #7)

Hello folks!
I just finished The Vile Village, part 7 in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Only 6 more books to go, but before I get started with the Hostile Hospital, we’ll take a look on this one!

Goodreads Cover – The Vile Village

 

The Plot:
The Beaudelaire orphans are in trouble. After their last guardian turned out to be Count Olaf’s evil girlfriend, Mr. Poe has trouble finding a new home for the children. They end up entering a program where an entire town takes on the responsibility of raising them and the town’s name is: VFD. Are Violet, Klaus and Sunny one step closer to solving the mystery? Or is it just another cruel joke? Continue reading

Book Review: The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #6)

Hello folks!
I’m almost half-way through. The Ersatz Elevator is part six of thirteen in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Let’s follow the Beaudelaire orphans on their journey!

Goodreads Cover - The Ersatz Elevator

Goodreads Cover – The Ersatz Elevator

 

The Plot:
After getting kicked out of boarding school and watching their friends being kidnapped by Count Olaf, Violet, Klaus and Sunny are sent to live with the Squalors. The super wealthy couple takes the children in, as orphans are currently “in”. But believe me, that’s not the only thing that feels off right from the start.

 

The Rating:
Well, this one really was interesting.
It will really take you a bit before you figure out where exactly this is going. Right when you think you’ve got it all figured out, one huge plot-twist comes along. The fire in which the Beaudelaire parents were killed becomes even more mysterious. We don’t learn anything new about the circumstances but by now it’s clear that something huge had been going on there. Continue reading

Book Review: The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5)

Hey guys!
Time for another part of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. I just finished the fifth installment, let’s see whether it is any good!

Book Reads Cover - The Austere Academy

Book Reads Cover – The Austere Academy

 

The Plot:
After escaping Count Olaf’s clutches at the Luckysmells Lumbermill, the Beaudelaire orphans are sent to boarding school. You might think that things will get better there, but it soon turns out this school won’t be a save haven either. The only silver lining: Violet, Klaus and Sunny befriend the Quagmire triplets who also have a sad and mysterious past…

 

The Rating:
After reading The Miserable Mill I was wondering what would happen in the next books to get me motivated to check out all thirteen novels. Things had gotten a bit repetitive but let me tell you, The Austere Academy saves the day. Continue reading

Book Review: Forrest Gump by Winston Groom

Hey guys!
A while ago I wrote a Book vs. Movie post on Forrest Gump. But I decided to give the book a review by itself as it rarely happens that I get so thoroughly disappointed. Usually it’s the movie that’s a letdown, but in this case it’s the book. So let’s check that out in detail.

Forrest Gump by Winston Groom (Goodreads Cover)

Forrest Gump by Winston Groom (Goodreads Cover)

 

The Plot:
Forrest Gump is an kind-hearted young man. Some people might call him slow-witted. Nevertheless he experiences many adventures and goes through life like no one else does…

 

The Rating:
Well, how do I begin. I’m not too fond of Winston Groom’s novel. First of all, his Forrest is not half as relatable and amiable as the movie version. To be honest, throughout the entire book I never really began to care for his character. Continue reading

Book Review: Cold Calling by Haydn Wilks

Hey Guys!
It’s time for another book review! This one actually marks a premier for me. The author approached me and provided me with a copy of his book in exchange for a review. So here we go!

Cold Calling Haydn Wilks Goodreads Cover

Cold Calling by Haydn Wilks, Goodreads Cover

 

The Plot:
We closely follow the life of a call center employee. His time at work, his time at home, his time out and about. But then he gets drunk and does something unbelievable…

 

The Rating:
Well, I had my problems with this one. Haydn Wilks names Bret Easton Ellis (among many others) as his influence and that shows. To be honest that’s not a writer I fancy at all, so I had my problems getting into the book. Just like with Ellis’ works I never find any connection with the characters, nothing relatable no matter how hard I try. And the constant listing of daily activities usually annoys me.
Wilks does the same but as his main character hasn’t much going on, it’s quicker to go through and made it more enjoyable for me.
It’s a rather short book (63 pages) so the story doesn’t have ages to unfold. I like that things are sped up but I still have my troubles grasping the characters real intentions and whatever goes through his brain.
I’m still not sure whether I like the abrupt ending, although it was a smart move.

So, if you like writers like Bret Easton Ellis, I’m 100% sure that you’ll love this book. For me it was just not quite right.

Did you read the book? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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