On Reading… Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

On Reading… is a feature I created to accompany my book reviews. So often reading is much more of an experience than is captured within a book review. That’s where this post comes in… All those snippets/spoilers/a-ha moments, all the anticipation of looking forward to a good read, and guessing what lies in store, that’s what you will find in my On Reading… posts. It’s an observational/conversational/discussion type feature, so THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD. Please proceed with caution!

Before I Started

I thought about doing my first Harry Potter re-read for a while, and started writing a post before I started reading book 1, but I didn’t realise I’d have so much to say and it ended up becoming my introduction post for this re-read, you can read that post here.

I’m excited to return to Hogwarts for the very first time. I can’t wait to see how my reaction to the book changes so many years after my first read, and with some knowledge of what’s to come. Am also interested to rediscover all the little details I’ve no doubt forgotten as times gone on.

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On Reading… Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

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On Reading… is a feature I created to accompany my book reviews. So often reading is much more of an experience than is appropriate to be captured within a book review. That’s where this post comes in… All those snippets/spoilers/a-ha moments, all the anticipation of looking forward to a good read, and guessing at what lies in store, that’s what you will find in my On Reading… posts. It’s an observational/conversational/discussion type feature, so THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD. Please proceed with caution!

Again – what you read beyond this point you may consider spoiler-ish.  You can find my Faefever Review here.

Before I Started…

Here I go again, back to Fever land. I do love the fact that there are already so many books in this series out there, because it means I can jump straight into the next one as soon as I like, which is great because everything is still really fresh in my mind.
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On Reading… Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

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On Reading… is a feature I created to accompany my book reviews. So often reading is much more of an experience than is appropriate to be captured within a book review. That’s where this post comes in… All those snippets/spoilers/a-ha moments, all the anticipation of looking forward to a good read, and guessing at what lies in store, that’s what you will find in my On Reading… posts. It’s an observational/conversational/discussion type feature, so THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD. Please proceed with caution!

Again – what you read beyond this point you may consider spoiler-ish.  You can find my Bloodfever Review here.

 Before I Started…

It’s SO good to be returning to the world of Barrons Books and Baubles and going on new adventures with Mac and Barrons. Anyone would read my On Reading… Darkfever will know how much I wanted to get on with the next book in the series having loved the first so much.
Without further ado, here I go…

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On Reading… Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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On Reading… is a feature I created to accompany my book reviews. So often reading is much more of an experience than is appropriate to be captured within a book review. That’s where this post comes in… All those snippets/spoilers/a-ha moments, all the anticipation of looking forward to a good read, and guessing at what lies in store, that’s what you will find in my On Reading… posts. It’s an observational/conversational/discussion type feature, so THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD. Please proceed with caution!

Again – what you read beyond this point you may consider spoiler-ish.  You can also read my Ruin and Rising Review (no spoilers).

I was so pleased to get my hands on Ruin and Rising.
I was really invested in the future for Alina, Mal, Nikolai and the Darkling. I’d speculated towards the end of my review for Siege and Storm about what the future would hold, and who Alina may potentially end up with. I couldn’t wait to get back to Ravka, a world with which I‘d fallen quite in love.

And what an amazing adventure it turned out to be. In my review of Ruin and Rising I covered all the ways in which the book was great, but then certain things happened, things that would totally spoil the book for anyone who hasn’t read it yet.
Inevitably my mind turned to On Reading… and I knew I would have to write more about certain events and happenings of Ruin and Rising here. So, here goes. As usual, if you proceed beyond this point, be careful to mind the SPOILERS…

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On Reading… Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

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On Reading… is a feature I created to accompany my book reviews. So often reading is much more of an experience than is appropriate to be captured within a book review. That’s where this post comes in… All those snippets/spoilers/a-ha moments, all the anticipation of looking forward to a good read, and guessing at what lies in store, that’s what you will find in my On Reading… posts. It’s an observational/conversational/discussion type feature, so THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD. Please proceed with caution!

Again – what you read beyond this point you may consider spoiler-ish.  You can also read my Darkfever Review (no spoilers).

 Before I started…

I was so excited to find this series as I’ve become a little bit intrigued with the idea of the fae at the moment, so now I can’t wait to get started reading.

Whilst reading…

Mac is likeable quite quickly, and I like the ominous way she talks about how different things are compared to how they were when she started out on her quest to find out what happened to her sister. I want to know how she ended up with such a different view than she started out with when she was the girl sitting by the pool listening to her music, openly admitting her sister was the one with all the ambition, before her world changed forever.

Olde Worlde Dublin sounds so beautiful. Reading this book makes me want to visit the land the author has created, although perhaps minus all the monstrous creatures I’m sure lie ahead. Continue reading

On Reading… Revival by Stephen King

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On Reading… is a feature I created to accompany my book reviews. So often reading is much more of an experience than is appropriate to be captured within a book review. That’s where this post comes in… All those snippets/spoilers/a-ha moments, all the anticipation of looking forward to a good read, and guessing at what lies in store, that’s what you will find in my On Reading… posts. It’s an observational/conversational/discussion type feature, so THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD. Please proceed with caution!

Again – what you read beyond this point you may consider spoiler-ish.  You can also read my Revival Review (little or no spoilers).

Before I started…

It was months before this book was published that I first heard about it. I was really excited straight away, as in recent times I’ve become a massive Stephen King fan. At that time little information was available, other than a very basic plot outline (I don’t think the cover image had even been displayed anywhere) but it was a book I would look out for.
As the release date approached more information started appearing, and a few reviews, which claimed that King had returned to Horror, and that was when I became even more interested, for from what I’d read up until that point it hadn’t seemed like Revival would be a horror story.
I eagerly followed Twitter updates about the midnight release at Waterstones Piccadilly, and watched more reviews start to appear, all saying that the book is a great horror story. More details about the story began to appear, and so, this is what I’m guessing…

Something along the lines of Frankenstein with maybe a similar thread to The Prestige (LOVED the film version), maybe some kind of monstrous result of electrical experiments, or some undesirable side-effect, the price to be paid for messing around with things beyond understanding.

Whilst reading…

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