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Review: Switched

In Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Review, Young Adult on January 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Switched (Trylle Trilogy #1) by Amanda Hocking

Published 2012 (first published 2010) by Macmillan Publishers Ltd,
Paperback, 238 pages
Source: Received from PanMacmillanSA for a honest review.

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might’ve been telling the truth.

With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – and it’s one she’s not sure if she wants to be a part of.

– From Goodreads


From the beginning of this novel I was hooked! It starts out with a bang that carries right through. The storyline was unique as well as the paranormal element.
Wendy gets thrown into this very interesting world of “Trylle” with their fascinating mythology and ways of life. Wendy is temperamental, entertaining, unpredictable and real. With a whole host of diverse and remarkable characters to complete this fascinating world.
The novel reads very quickly and you can easily read it in one sitting, forgetting about the world around you. The writing flows and the story includes everything you need in a YA novel – fun, excitement, romance, intrigue and action.
I can’t point at anything I disliked about this novel, I just wanted something more.
But I can’t wait to read the sequel to see where Ms. Hocking takes us!

“Did you think you could treat me like shit at a dance, then sneak into my room in the middle of the night and tell me that I’m a troll with magical powers, and I’d just be like, yeah, that sounds right.”
Amanda Hocking, Switched


Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

In Fantasy, Magic, Review, Young Adult on December 4, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Published July 10th 2004 by Bloomsbury Publishing

Paperback, 766 pages
sbn: 0747561079
Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermoine have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected…

Suspense, secrets and thrilling action from the pen of J.K. Rowling ensure an electrifying adventure that is impossible to put down.




This is one of the more emotional books in the series. Umbridge is on my “top-hate” list and Sirius death is really sad.

The book ends with a “what now” feel. Voldemort is out in the open. Harry knows now why his parents were killed and that ultimately he has to kill Voldemort or die himself.

I love that we get so see more of Neville and Luna. They are some of my favourite characters. I also enjoy seeing Harry explore relationships. Fred and George become my hero’s in this book 🙂

This book is vivid, sad, startling and brilliant!

A true masterpiece!


“You’re the one who is weak. You will never know love or friendship. And I feel sorry for you.”

“Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.”

“You’re a prefect? Oh Ronnie! That’s everyone in the family!”
“What are Fred and I? Next door neighbors?”

“From now on, I don’t care if my tea leaves spell ‘Die, Ron, Die,’ I’m chucking them in the bin where they belong.”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling,


Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

In Fantasy, Magic, Young Adult on November 10, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling

Published July 8th 2000 by Bloomsbury Publishing

Hardcover, 636 pages
sbn: 074754624X
Fourteen-year-old Harry Potter joins the Weasleys at the Quidditch World Cup, then enters his fourth year at Hogwarts Academy where he is mysteriously entered in an unusual contest that challenges his wizarding skills, friendships and character, amid signs that an old enemy is growing stronger.


This is probably my tenth re-read. But this book stays brilliant! The other schools are so unique and fascinating, not even to talk about the great thrills of the challenges!

This book is the start of everything. Some secrets are revealed, and the books start to “mature”.

Harry, Ron and Hermione are growing up and we see more of the other Weasleys.

JK Rowling is just as funny as always and introduces tons of new characters.

I also love Hermione and S.P.E.W


I have read this book many times, but I still feel sad every time Cedric dies!

I am shocked and disappointed every time that Fudge fails to recognize that Voldemort is back. I would have thrown a book at him or give him a good hard slap. /vent over


“It is a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.”

“I’m never wearing them,’ Ron was saying stubbornly. ‘Never.’
Fine,’ snapped Mrs. Weasley. ‘Go naked. And, Harry, make sure you get a picture of him. Goodness knows I could do with a laugh.” 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling,

Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

In Fantasy, Magic, Review, Young Adult on September 12, 2010 at 11:36 am

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

Published: April 1st 2000 by Bloomsbury Publishing (first published 1999)

Paperback, 317 pages
sbn: 0747546290

My Take:  

If anyone doesn’t know, I love the Harry Potter series, and have probably read the books 12 times. The world JK Rowling creates, is fascinating, magical and utterly outstanding!

I love each book and this one is no exception.

Harry grows up a bit in this book and things start getting a bit more dangerous. Not only for him but for the whole magical world.

If you haven’t read this series yet. Do so asap!

My Questions

*Spoilers* (Drag over to highlight)

Sirius Black Escapes from Azkaban, but it turns out that he is not only Harry’s godfather, but also innocent. Peter Pettigrew who he was said to have killed, is alive. He has been hiding as ron’s pet for 12 years. He escapes and goes to join Voldemort.

Harry can’t prove Sirius’s innocence, but he and Hermione goes back in time and saves Sirius and Buckbeak, a hippogriff that’s about to get killed.

And a Happy Ending 🙂

Favourite Quotes:

“I’m not going to be murdered,” Harry said out loud.
“That’s the spirit, dear,” said his mirror sleepily.”

Link to the Author:


Videos that will make you want to read this book:

Watching the trailer makes me want to watch the dvd again, maybe I will 🙂

My Rating:


Next Instalment:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling

Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

In Magic, Review, Young Adult on September 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Published: April 1st 2010 by Simon & Schuster Children’s

Paperback, 336 pages
sbn: 1847387225

Goodreads Summary
When Sophie Mercer turned thirteen, she discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-Gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary.  But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hecate Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward prodigium, a.k.a. witches, fae, and shapeshifters. 

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard. Three powerful enemies who look like supermodels; a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock; a creepy, tag-along ghost; and a new roommate, who happens to be the most-hated person and only vampire on campus. Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her friend Jenna is the number one suspect”

My Take:  

This was a fun, light and funny read! I enjoyed it immensely 🙂
It was just the right mix of humour action and mystery! And not to mention paranormal characters!

I’m a sucker for books involving magic and this was no exception. I wait anxiously for the next instalment and I have a feeling this will be a reread regular for me!

My Questions

Long List in spoilers

*Spoilers* (Drag over to highlight)

Sophie’s love interest turns out to be a bad guy! I took me by surprise which is nice 😀
And then we find out she is a demon and not a witch and that she can snap at any moment and someone might get hurt!!
I wonder if she will go through with the removal?
Will they find Archer?
Maybe he is doing it to save his family?
Is he really all that bad?
Will we see more of Elodie the ghost?

When are we meeting Sophie’s dad?

Favourite Quote:

“Good luck explaining to God that you used to spank one of his heavenly beings.”
Mom gave a startled laugh. “Sophie!”
“What? You did. I hope you like hot weather, Mom, that’s all I’m saying.”

“So if you can heal with your touch, why are you working here as like, Hagrid, or whatever?” 

Link to the Author:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ladyhawkins
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rmhawkins?ref=profile
Website: http://www.rachel-hawkins.com/
Blog: http://readingwritingrachel.blogspot.com/

Videos that will make you want to read this book:

My Rating:


Next Instalment: 

Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins