Hello guys, how you doin’?
So today I’m here to share with you this fun
and long Harry Potter Spells Tag. I thought that since this is the series that really made me a reader I might as well pay homage to it in my first tag post for this blog. I got most of the questions from DreamlandBookBlog and from The Book Nuts, but I also got some from all over the internet, and I even created a few myself. Since I got a lot of spells and some of these have more than one question for it, I’m considering doing another part for this tag. Let me know if you’d be interested.
Now without further ado, here we go:
A first book in a series that got you hooked (Favourite series starter)
Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu
You know, I could go with Harry Potter 1 here, but since I have plenty of HP on this list already, I’m going to pick Warcross by Marie Lu. It was one of my favorite reads last year, and I can’t wait for the sequel and conclusion Wildcard to be released in September. Well, they say it’s just a duology, but one never knows nowadays, am I right?
A book you found interesting but would like to rewrite.
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
I know I’m playing with fire here, but I was not a fan of this book. Okay now calm down, I did not hate it, I saw potential even, but there are so many things about it that I wanted to fix
starting with Celaena, that it makes this perfect for the category. I do intend to give the sequel a chance, though.
A new release that you wish you could have right now.
The Wicked King (The Folk of The Air #2) by Holly Black
I want the sequel to The Cruel Prince sooo bad and I obviously don’t want to wait until January to read more about Jude and Cardan. I haven’t gotten the courage to request an ARC of this because I’m too afraid to take the chance of getting denied. That doesn’t make much sense considering that If I don’t request it then I will have to wait until January for sure, but tell that to my illogical brain.
A book you found confusing.
Secret Lives (Darke Academy #1) by Gabriella Poole
This had potential, it did, but damn was I confused while reading it. The book was too short and the writing was not very good. I would always be lost with the lack of descriptions, the weird dialogues, and the many characters actions that wouldn’t make sense. The author had interesting ideas (the school would change from country to country every year or semester, there were students from all over the world, and she even tried to do something different with the paranormal element), but the execution was bad. I could’ve put this as one I wanted to rewrite as well tbh.
The Guarding Spell
A childhood book connected to good memories
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (HP #2) by J.K. Rowling
This was the first book I ever bought for myself (I had read a borrowed copy of HP1 so I didn’t get to own it until much later). I happily took my entire allowance and spend all of it on a copy of Chamber of Secrets. This one was the jump-start of my ever-growing book collection. See the name of my blog? Yep, can you guess its origin story now?
A curse used to injure or maim an opponent
A dark, twisted book
The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood #1) by Melissa Albert
This book is creepy. I mean, I’m only halfway through it, but I can tell you that I got to a point where I do not feel confortable reading this in open spaces or with poor lighting. I need to be able to see my surroundings with clarity at all times while reading this.
A book that took you by surprise
A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Considering my not-so-great experience with Throne of Glass and all the mixed things I had heard about this book before, I went in almost convinced I wasn’t going to like it at all. But well, it turns out my expectations were so damn low that I ended up having a good time with it. I mean, it had its issues, but I was actually able to enjoyed it still. No one was more shocked than I was, believe me. Everyone says ACOMAF is better, so they’d better be right because now I actually have expectations to be met.
Boggart Banishing Spell
A book you found funny
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (PJ and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
Well, Percy could have his own stand-up comedy show and I’d watch it. Need I say more?
A book that left you stunned (with a shocking twist or end)
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
Oh this book. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of the most refreshing YA books I have read in a long while. I loved almost everything about it. The famous Laini Taylor‘s writing, the protagonist and the other characters, the different mythology in it, and the setting. This book felt so unique and full of heart with the strong family relationships. I can’t think of another book really similar to this and I love it for it. The only thing I didn’t love was the romance, which felt insta-lovey
and I hate insta-love with all my soul, BUT there’s sort of an explanation for it later in the book, so I kind of give it a pass. But back to the stunning factor, that ending left me shook. Not necessarily for the surprise itself, but more that I couldn’t believe nor accept what had happened. I went from speechless to being in denial. I’m still in denial actually. When I feel strong enough to face it, I’m picking up the sequel for sure.
A book you think everyone should know about
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead
Ok, before the word “vampire” provokes some bitter wave of prejudice in your pretty little heart, hear me out. This series is one of my favorites and it’s the only one that withstood the test of time after the whole vampire craze died down back in the day. Is it perfect? No, but it’s better than many current YA out there, I assure you. Don’t believe me? Well, how about that, this series doesn’t have insta-love
can I get an amen?, it has strong female friendship at its center, it doesn’t focus too much on romance (but the romance is quite well developed by the way) because there’s so much else going on, the characters develop so much throughout the books, especially the protagonist. A actually badass, independent, and flawed girl who’s not afraid to do anything to protect those she cares about or to own up to her mistakes. Sue me, but I will go down defending this series. Let go of me, I WILL. Ok, but seriously now, give it a chance (and come to talk about it with me of course).
A spoiler you would like to forget
Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince (HP #6) by J.K. Rowling
Oh this is the story of how a young non-english speaking Camile who didn’t know any better, learned in a very traumatic way what the word ‘spoiler’ means. Young Camile, being a big Harry Potter fan that she was, got a magazine from her mom
back when internet wasn’t such a thing about the release of the 6th book and the 4th movie in the saga. The book had just been released in the UK and she wanted to know what was the synopsis for it. The magazine had an upside down article at the end that said “explosive spoilers ahead”, which left her confused by the unknown word, but she went on to read it anyways. Little Camile realised her mistake soon enough, when she read the first sentence of the article and that very line revealed exactly that shocking thing that happens at the end of the Half-blood Prince in detail. Regret, shock, and confusion filled little Camile’s heart, as she proceeded to hide the magazine from sight and went to her bedroom to curl into a ball of pain and dispair. From that moment on, that little girl grew up to loathe spoilers with a fiery passion. Can you blame her? An Obliviate charm would’ve been so welcomed back then.
So what about you guys, what books would you choose for each spell? Let me know in the comments.