Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The final books of any large series of books is always my absolute favorite of the novels. This is the moment where everything comes together and converges on the one possible climatic outcome, and J. K. Rowling did not let me down.

As Harry, Ron, and Hermione search the magical world over for the hiding places of Voldemort’s stored souls (horcruxes), everything is coming to a head at the Ministry of Magic and at Hogwarts. Even in Hogsmeade, people are resisting and beginning to fight back against Voldemort and his minions as they can.

This is the most epic of magical battles as Harry, Ron, and Hermione fight him first with logic as they determine his hiding places, then with force as they come to Hogwarts to find the Ravenclaw horcrux, and end up removing the Death Eaters from the premises at the same time.

This is an definite must-read. It will take you through the full emotional range–from revolutionary spirit to loss and sadness. Please don’t resist the urge to read this book.

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New Release: The Daily Prompt 2017

The Daily Prompt 2017 - J. C. Cauthon #writingprompts #writing #inspirationDo you have days where you feel like your written words are blocked?

Do you sit down, wanting to write, but find that the words don’t come?

The Daily Prompt 2017 is a collection of writing prompts designed specifically to help you get words on the page.  Each prompt is inspirational in its own way, and with a prompt for each day of the year, you are certain to find something to write every day.

Use these prompts to break the dam that is holding back your words and get yourself in the habit of writing every single day.

Buy now in e-book or print format!

The Daily Prompt 2017: 365 Creative Writing Prompts for 365 Days of the Year - J. C. Cauthon #writing #writingprompts #creativewritingFor more books by J. C. Cauthon, please visit her Book List.

 

Book Review: Dream Student

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Dream Student by J.J. DiBenedetto

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This was a book that I wanted to love. It had a good concept behind it, and the story was compelling. However, I still find that it was not my cup of tea, so to speak.

It was written in a tense that I am not used to reading in, and it is not a tense that I would have chosen to read in if I had known before I purchased the book. It’s written in first person, present tense, and it’s written almost like a diary.

Also, there were way too many characters introduced. The main characters were easy enough to keep up with, but they were dry and almost two-dimensional. I never knew enough about them to really want to stay interested in them, and when the writer added more characters on top of that, it became very confusing. Between her house-mates and Brian’s house-mates, all the names began to blur together about halfway through the book.

The book did get stronger, however–the writing tighter towards the last two-thirds of the novel. The pace never picked up enough for me, but the story was a good read.

I put the sequel on my to-read list because I want to continue with the story.

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Weekly Update: December 4

So, I’m realizing here lately that I am not doing so well with the remembering to update everyone on what has been happening here this week.  This was on my list of things to do, but somehow, I missed it.

The Daily Prompt 2017

The Daily Prompt 2017 comes out this week.  It includes every creative writing prompt from the 2017 monthly series.  This book will be available at Amazon, and you will be able to purchase it in e-book format and in paperback.

Another Year of Blog Prompts

This is taking me longer to complete than I care to admit.  I have been working on the graphics for the daily prompts that I share on the blog for almost two months.  It’s a simple copy & paste job with a little bit of fiddling to make it fit in the margins of the background graphic, and for some reason, I just can’t seem to plant my behind in the chair and get it done.

I will have these ready to roll out in time for 2018, so don’t worry–you won’t miss a single day of writing.

That’s All, Folks

Other than that, it has been a fairly quiet week here in my home office.  The house is decorated for Christmas, the kids are ready for school to be out, and there is a somewhat winter chill in the air.  (There are days where I actually have to wear my winter jacket in the morning.  I’m in t-shirts by the end of the afternoon, however.)

Book Review: Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania by Michael Bunker

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

On first seeing this book, I thought it would be okay, just something to read and kind of rejuvenate my writing mind, but it surprised me. I’m thinking a Science Fiction book about the Amish is a bit of an oxymoron, but the author pulled it off really well.

I don’t think the exact date was ever given for the setting of the novella, but it’s definitely three or four centuries in the future. The Amish are being crowded out by all the English (all us Americans who love our technology), so the main character is about to embark on a new pioneering voyage to a planet called New Pennsylvania. But things don’t go to plan. And what he discovers in the end (from what I can understand) is a bit chilling.

The ending is the only part I really am bothered by. It was a left a little too dubious. The best I can tell, when he was loaded in the shuttle to go to New Pennsylvania, he was really transported to a future world. That’s the best I can understand. I think if the ending was a little more clear, I could give it 5-stars.

I’m not sure if he has written any sequels as I only finished this book late last night, but I am going to try to find some just to see if the question is ever answered.

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