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Handmade Bookmarks, Made In The UK!

Hello everyone,

I am sorry I haven’t been posting a lot lately but that is exactly why I am making this post.

Over the last month or so I have been making handmade bookmarks ready to sell on Etsy. The shop is called Court Of Bookmarks and all the bookmarks featured are made by yours truly.

The shop will Open on Sunday 25th June at 1pm (BST) and will only be selling to the UK for the first month of being open. On August 1st I will then broaden my shipping area to worldwide, hopefully.

For the time being there are 13 different listings to choose from and once the stock I have them sell out all the bookmark will be made to order.

If you’d like more information on my Etsy shop or to see what kind of bookmarks I have to offer before the Opening of the shop then you are more than welcome to check out my Instagram account @courtofbookmarks, I will also leave a link to the shop on my contact/social media page along with other ways to find out what happening with it and ways to contact me with inquiries or questions.

Hope some of you may become customers and thank you for reading.

Until next time, enjoy reading!

Rachel x

May Wrap Up

This is a few days late but better late than never! So here is my May Wrap Up
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I read 4 books in May and started a forth.

Ragdoll (Daniel Cole): 5 Stars out of 5A Court Of Thorns And Roses (Sarah J Maas): 4 Stars out of 5A Court Of Mist And Fury (Sarah J Maas): 5 Stars out of 5A Court Of Wings And Ruin (Sarah J Maas): 5 Stars out of 5

All these books were so fun to read, I also started to read Heartless (Merissa Meyer) as well which I have almost finished and it is also so great. I highly recommend all of these books!

Hope you all had a good reading month in May and have a great on this month too!

Until next time, happy reading guys!

Rachel x

May Book Haul

This May I have bought a total of 14 books and also won a book in a Bookstagram giveaway!may haul

The books I got this month are:

  • A Court Of Thorns And Roses – Sarah J Maas
  • A Court Of Mist And Fury  – Sarah J Maas
  • A Court Of Wings And Ruin – Sarah J Maas
  • Throne Of Glass – Sarah J Maas
  • Crown Of Midnight – Sarah J Maas
  • Heir Of Fire – Sarah J Maas
  • The Fireman – Joe Hill
  • Taken By Storm – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Sinner – Maggie Steifvater
  • The Woman In Black – Susan Hill
  • Eeny Meeny – M J Arlidge
  • Pop Goes The Weasel – M J Arlidge
  • Doll’s House – M J Arlidge
  • Cinder – Marissa Meyer (Won in Giveaway)

Also this month I got my hands of a “If i can’t take my book then I’m not going” tote bag and a Time Turner.

Out of the books I bought this month I have read 3, which were the ACOTAR Series! I can’t wait for more from the series!

Also new this month is my Handmade Bookmark account on Instagram where I am showing bookmarks I intend to start selling in later June/Early July. If you want to have a look at the bookmarks or check out the page the username for the account is @courtofbookmarks, hope you like them if you do have a look!

Until next month, happy reading your ever growing TBR!

Rachel x

Ragdoll

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Daniel Cole

Synopsis:

A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together like a puppet, nicknamed by the press as the ‘ragdoll’. Assigned to the shocking case are Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes, recently reinstated to the London Met, and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter.

Recommendation:

This thriller novel is perfect for anyone who likes Serial Killer thrillers such as:

Silence Of The Lambs – Thomas Harris

American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis

Eeny Meeny – M J Arlidge

Why do I recommend Ragdoll?

Personally I love this book. The character development throughout the novel makes for complex characters that make you question their mental states and their actions while completely understanding their actions at the same time. Wolf and Baxter work so well together even though their relationship is very stained due to past events and lingering tension between them both. While some of the story is gruesome and there is a large amount of swearing it only adds to the depravity of the murders described within the book and takes away from nothing letting the serial killer become something more real.

The book delves into the mind of a serial killer through the people hunting him down and showing just how it may effect those involved in hunting down such a twisted killer. Even with the protagonist being personally dragged into the murderous  events he and his team still try their best to track him down before anyone else dies but perhaps at the risk of their own sanity and lives. This books gives you an insight into Urban Legends and the way a damaged mind can work while keeping you on the edge of your seat trying to guess what might happen next.

Ragdoll makes for brilliant thriller and if you do get the chance to read it then I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Awarded: 4 Stars out of 5

The Night Circus

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Erin Morgenstern

Synopsis:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits something utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.

Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way–a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a “game” to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

Review:

This book is just as you may suspect from the title, dark and mysterious. I utterly loved reading The Night Circus with every little detail creating such a beautiful and magical world you could see in front of you if you ever looked up from the page which is unlikely with how captivating the story is.

Celia is set to her father who decides to teach her illusions when he realises she has a natural gift after making the child angry. Marco is saved from the hell of an orphanage when his mentor chooses him to be taught in illusions. These two protagonists path will pass and in passing they will fall in love, but what is a fantasy without a fantastic love story? The two will later be forced to battle to show who the better illusionist is. While each falls for the other how will they react to the challenge when they find out the final outcome? Will it be a happy ending or a tragic love story to rival Romeo and Juliet?

Bailey is a young boy who becomes obsessed with the Circus after being dared to break into the Circus and taking something to prove his visit. When he is in he becomes lost but a young girl with fiery hair helps him find is way out and to prove he was there she gives him a single white glove of her own. As Bailey grows older he starts to frequent the Circus every chance he gets always in search of the red haired girl he met on that day long ago. Eventually he finds her, a girl who goes by the name of Poppet and her twin brother with equally fiery hair by the name of Widget. With every visit they become closer friends until one fateful night Poppet gives her close friend an ultimatum. Runaway with the Circus or never see it again.

Those are just a few of the amazing characters to be found within the tents of The Night Circus but so many more add to the wonder of the story. It is truly magical and every tent described makes you wish you could step through the gates and witness it all for yourself. To trail from tent to tent and see everything contained within, to have your fortune read from Tarot Cards and wander through the Ice Garden would be outstanding and a dream come true. Every page of this book holds magic, every illusion holds your attention, and every second makes you wish Cirque des Reves was real. If you haven’t read this book yet then you most definitely should because you have been missing out on an entire world of magic and love but then, love creates the greatest magic which is shown throughout the story. Go and burn the midnight oil with a copy of this stunning story of love, magic and tradition. I promise you won’t regret it.

Awarded: 5 Stars out of 5

Book Hauls Of 2017 So Far

So given I’ve only just decided to post about my book hauls I thought I should do one for all the books I’ve got so far this year. There are a lot so do bare with me!

January:

Sadly in January I didn’t actually buy any books but I more than made up for it in the following months.

February:

In February I bought a total of 17 books, 5 of which I have already read.20170228_140847

  • Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone – J K Rowling (4 Stars out of 5)
  • Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets – J K Rowling (4 Stars out of 5)
  • Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban – J K Rowling (4 Stars out of 5)
  • Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire – J K Rowling
  • The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern (5 Stars out of 5)
  • All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven (5 Stars out of 5)
  • Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven
  • Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
  • Our Chemical Hearts – Krystal Sutherland
  • The Sun Is Also A Star – Nicola Yoon
  • Wonder – R J Palacio
  • The One Memory Of Flora Banks – Emily Barr
  • How To Find Love In A Bookshop – Veronica Henry (DNF)
  • The Widow – Fiona Barton
  • Frozen Charlotte – Alex Bell
  • Sleep Room – Frank Tallis

March:

March brought a new level of book haul for me with a grand total of 32 books b20170327_151833ought. Only 6 of the 32 I have read so far. (Chamber Of Secrets, Prisoner Of Azkaban, A Head Full Of Ghosts and The Night Circus are not from this book haul but had been read over the month of March).

  • The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins (4.5 Stars out of 5)
  • The Mortal Instruments Series – Casandra Clare
  • Caraval – Stephanie Garber
  • Harry Potter And The Order Of The Pheonix – J K Rowling
  • Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince – J K Rowling
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – J K Rowling
  • The Hogwarts Library Books – J K Rowling(Tales Of Beedle The Bard read – 4 Stars out of 5)
  • Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
  • Heartless – Marissa Meyer
  • Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake
  • The Girl Of Ink And Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  • A Collection Of Wordsworth Classics – Various Authors (Journey To The Centre Of The Earth by Jules Verne read – 4 Stars out of 5)

April:

April wasn’t quite as excessive when it came to buying books, only 16 bought, but there were still plenty to show off. So far I’ve read 2 books from last months book haul. (The Talapriles Of Beedle The Bard and Journey To The Centre Of The Earth included as reads from last month).

  • Ragdoll – Daniel Cole (5 Stars out of 5)
  • The Long Drop – Denise Mina
  • The Girl Before – J P Dalaney
  • Her Every Fear – Peter Swanson
  • My Sisters Bones – Nuala Ellwood
  • American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis (5 Stars out of 5)
  • Filth – Irvine Welsh
  • The Trap – Melanie Raab
  • All Is Not Forgotten – Wendy Walker
  • His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • The Breakdown – B A Paris
  • Behind Closed Doors – B A Paris
  • Girl Unknown – Karen Perry
  • Baby Doll – Hollie Overton
  • The Loney – Andrew Michael Hurley
  • Dear Amy – Helen Callaghan

So, that’s my book haul of 2017 so far and there are plenty more books to come in the May book haul at the end of the month. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you think of them.

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

The Future

Hello everyone,maps

I have some changes to my blog I would like to tell you all about. From now on I won’t be doing only review posts. Instead my blog will include:

  • Book Reviews (one a month)
  • Series/Trilogy Reviews (only when I’ve finished a series or trilogy of books)
  • Book Recommendations (one a month)
  • Monthly Book Hauls
  • Monthly Wrap Ups

I’m changing the contents of my blog so I can focus more of the positives of books and being a reader. Of course there will be some negatives if I don’t think much of the books I review but that is exactly why I decided to do recommendations which will hopefully help me focus on good books that I think should get as much love as they can whether they are well known or little known books. I do hope you all enjoy the new content in my blog and that the information I give to you will help you find and love new and amazing books!

Let’s look forward to the future of my blog!

Rachel x

A Head Full Of Ghosts

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Paul Tremblay

The Possession. A TV show in America showing the lives of the Barratt family whose eldest daughter, Marjorie, appears to be under the influence of a demonic possession. At first her parents think that she is suffering from Schizophrenia and take her to counselling, give her medication, they try everything they could to help her and then her father finds faith and begins to believe that a demon has control of his daughter and only a priest of the Catholic faith can help his daughter and save her soul.

The Last Final Girl, written by a woman called Karen Brissette, is a blog on all things gory and horror. Throughout the book blog posts from The Last Final Girl are featured talking about The Possession. She talks in length about the show and how it was received by the public, about the family members (John and Sarah, the parents and Marjorie and Meredith, the children) and their roles within the show. Karen seems to know what she’s talking about and understands the how than more (as if she experienced it first-hand some would think). It’s interesting to see the strange happenings from a different perspective to those who were there such as the family members, crew and priests.

(Let’s continue with the possessed one). Marjorie, only 14 years of age and already possessed by a demon (why do demons always favour the young you ask? Simple answer, they’re pure and innocent and you don’t expect it, only nowadays you do thanks to all the exorcism films out there. I’m looking at you Regan). Originally, Marjorie is thought to have Schizophrenia which would explain the “ghosts” in her head or voices. Marjorie tells her little sister, Meredith that she is faking being possessed to help the family who are quickly running out of money after their father is made redundant. It works (but don’t try it at home kids, we can’t guarantee that pretending to be possessed will mean a TV contract for everyone) and everyone thinks that young Marjorie is possessed, even their skeptic mother seems to start believing it eventually.

Meredith (who prefers to be referred to as Merry) is essentially the victim in this story. If her sister is in fat possessed then the demon is more pronounced when near Merry, but if Marjorie is faking it for the cameras then she seems to be going on an all-out terror attack towards her younger sister to make the possession believable. Merry herself is a precocious and stubborn little madam, just as most young children are. She makes friends with one of the crew members who gives her a camera to record things on and some of it is used in the actual programme even though see is not allowed to watch it due to her age. Merry never seems to know what to believe about her sister, whether she is simply ill, possessed by some unknown demon (which Marjorie says to be one of Lovecraft’s lesser demons) or if she is faking everything. She’s just a confused child who distracts herself with stories and football (or soccer but we all know football is the correct term) because all she wants is her sister to be well and normal and able to tell her fun and exciting stories like she used to.

Their parents, John and Sarah, are somewhat stereotypical. John protects his family as well as he can even if it’s not necessarily in the right way. Sarah cries and worries and is generally hysterical (because all women are of course). But they do love their daughters which is the main thing right? The crew from the show and the two Catholic priests try to make it seem like they are there to help the Barratt family by doing the show and the exorcism. Really they just seem out of their depth. None of them know how to handle the situation properly and have got themselves in too deep (Sum 41 plays in the background). Maybe it’s time for them to quit before it all goes tits up? (Don’t be daft, that wouldn’t make good TV).

This book is a very interesting read. Personally I didn’t find it scary (even King’s little review won’t make me think this is scary, sorry Tremblay) but I still loved it. You tell that Tremblay has done his research into or has good knowledge of exorcisms and films about them, some bits are even similar to real cases such as The Enfield Case in Britain (okay that was apparently a poltergeist but we can’t be pedantic) and
some of the exorcism seems to be very similar to that of the exorcism scenes in The Exorcist. Tremblay even has references to The Exorcist, in which poor Regan is possessed and made to say some rather crude things (she needs to wash her mouth out with soap and water obviously) and mentions Lovecraft a fair amount. These references give the book that extra quality. Even though I didn’t find it scary it is still funny, sad, gory at times and tragic so you never really feel like you’re missing out on anything.

A possibly possessed teenage girl, a family slowly falling apart and a TV show documenting it all. What could possibly go wrong?

Awarded: 4 out of 5 Stars

Everything Everything

Everything Everything

Nicola Yoonev

 

Maddy has never left her house, if she does she could become severely ill or worse, she could die. Maddy has a medical phenomenon commonly referred to as “Bubble Baby Disease”, a disease that means you have an underdeveloped immune system and makes you vulnerable towards illness, even the common cold could send you to hospital. Bubble Baby Disease is, in essence, being allergic to everything and anything but with no real knowledge of what can or will cause a reaction whether mild or severe. Maddy’s mother, a qualified doctor, diagnosed with the disease as a baby (even though you are not allowed to practice on your own family) and just after her father and brother were killed in a car crash. Under her mother and nurses watchful eyes, Maddy stays at home reading, eating, learning, having Mother/Daughter time and sleeping. This is until, someone moves in next door.

Olly and his family have just moved in next door and Maddy watches them from her bedroom window (sounds creepy I know), eventually she begins to keep track of their whereabouts and what they do (yup, just got creepier, this is starting to seem like a stalker thriller). It seems she quickly becomes infatuated with the boy she has never met and begins to have conversations with him from her bedroom window (not until after the very tragic death of a cake though). The two soon begin to email each other as often as they can, letting their feelings for each other grow but Maddy feels she must keep Olly a secret (after all, exposure to the outside world could be fatal). She doesn’t even tell Carla, her nurse, about the mysterious Olly, but she notices when Maddy tries to hide her laptop away. Knowing that young love is blooming she reluctantly agrees to let Olly come over to see Maddy as long as the correct precautions are followed.

The day comes when they get to meet (yay) and as Maddy enters the room she finds Olly clinging to the wall inspecting a fake tree in the sunroom. The pair talk, sat at opposite sides of the room as told to do. When Olly leaves all Maddy thinks of when she’ll be able to see him again (aww young love). They meet again and again, always seeming to get closer and closer with each meeting (emotionally and physically *wink wink*) until one day Maddy convinces Olly to teach her to do a handstand. As Maddy takes a tumble she feels hands holding her up. But it doesn’t stop there, eventually the two kiss, from then on it is obvious they are in love but will it last? Maddy’s finds out about the secret meetings resulting in Carla being fired and Maddy being more closely monitored by her mother and her new nurse.

(Time for a change of pace) Maddy leaves the house. She sees Olly being attacked by his dad and can’t stop herself (Hence her mum finding out). But she leaves again, knowing the consequences she goes out at night while her mum is asleep. Throwing stones at his window she successfully gets the attention of Olly and they make their way to the roof. This is a place Olly frequents so often Maddy thinks there must be something special hidden up there (if burger wrappers are special then yeah!).

As it gets harder to stay away from the boy she has fallen for, Maddy remembers what Carla said to her before leaving, and decides it is time to forget about being alive and start to live. She books two tickets to Hawaii and sets about convincing Olly to go with so they can live each other’s company, even if it may only be for a while. She succeeds and they head off to Hawaii. As they explore the island they enjoy themselves and each other’s company, they enjoy the sun and the sea while Olly believes that Maddy is on experimental drugs (because who wouldn’t ask for proof in a life threatening situation right?) to help her immune system and keep her healthy while they’re there. They constantly grow closer and become more intimate as their little tropical holiday continues, but soon everything goes wrong. Maddy becomes ill and gets rushed to hospital. Has her illness and the journey finally taken its toll?

Everything Everything makes you realise how much in life you take for granted, when you’re born you’re given the gift of life and an entire world to go and explore and adventure but so few people ever do. Maddy never had that gift. She lost her father and brother and was diagnosed in such quick succession that she’s never been able to live. She causes mixed feelings in the reader, on one hand you’re jealous of all her books, wishing you had a collection as substantial as hers and of her seemingly easy life (besides the all “anything can kill you” thing) but on the other, you feel sorry for her. She’s lost so much and is trapped inside, never able to venture beyond the front door with little human contact except her mother, nurse and the occasional visit from her architecture tutor (until Olly comes along of course).

Olly seems like the stereotypical “misunderstood” character, you see him as a rebel, climbing up walls (literally), doing as he pleases, when he pleases but it’s all just a distraction from his bad home life and alcoholic, abusive father. He is caring though and does worry about Maddy whilst loving her entirely. Maddy’s nurse Carla seems so lovely, as well as being her nurse, Carla is so obviously a close friend to Maddy and wishes to do the best by her even after she is fired by her hysteric (okay so that’s a bit of a stereotype but I’m rolling with it) mother. Her mother, though seeming like a loving and doting mother there is just something off about her (and I don’t mean she’s past her sell by) and for some reason you always feel like she’s hiding something very important.

In all this is a heart-warming story about life, living, love and what a mother is willing to do to keep her children safe. If anything, the only negative I can give it is that it’s too short which makes it feel like something is missing from the story but you can still sit and comfortably read this in one go, even if you are a slow reader such as myself.

What would you do if you have been to live life trapped inside your own home because going out could mean death? Would you risk everything for the sake of love? This story will show you that life must be lived and that love is worth risking life itself sometimes.

Awarded 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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J K Rowling
Stuck in his bedroom, Harry Potter is visited by a strange little creature who says he is a house elf called Dobby. He warns Harry that if he returns to Hogwarts he will most certainly be faced with death. He admits that to make Harry want to stay away from Hogwarts, Dobby withheld letters from Ron, Hermione and Hagrid, making him think that his new found friends didn’t actually care about him. Harry thinks this is the worst of his problems but things are about to get worse thanks to Harry’s refusal to stay away from Hogwarts.

After crashing around Harry’s bedroom, Dobby escapes, making a break for the kitchen where he threatens to let a levitating dessert Mrs Dursley made drop to the floor to get Harry in trouble once more with the dreaded Dursleys. Still, he refuses to stay at Privet Drive and Dobby let’s chaos ensue bringing the Dursleys and their guests rushing into see what the noise is about. Vernon Dursley’s reaction to the kitchen disaster is to lock Harry and his possessions away, threatening that he will never practice magic or return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry again.

Locked in his room with bars on his window, and getting a warning from the ministry of magic due to magic being used at Privet Drive where the only magic being is known to be an underage wizard (nice one Dobby, you’re doing well), Harry starts to lose hope of ever returning to Hogwarts or seeing his friends. But, help is on the way in a flying Ford Anglia carrying three flame haired brothers. Fred, George and Ron Weasley. Tearing the bars off the windows, the brothers set about saving Harry from his captivity, much to his uncle’s dismay. As Harry scrambles into the Anglia, Vernon attempts to pull his nephew back into the house by grabbing hold of his ankle but his attempts are futile and Harry, with the help of the Weasley’s makes his escape. After his daring escape Harry spends the rest of his summer holidays at the Hollow, the Weasley’s home. While there the family, along with Harry use floo powder to travel to Diagon Alley as to buy what the students need for the year ahead. Whilst shopping Harry gets brought (more like dragged really) into the spotlight by the seemingly charming and charismatic Gilderoy Lockhart, the man who’s fought fearsome beasts and ghouls such as the Banshee (just so you know, banshee’s just foreshadow a possible death in an Irish or Celtic family, they’re not known to be harmful in any folklore I know of).

As the time to head back to Hogwarts arrives, the Weasley’s and Harry make their way to Kings Cross to catch the Hogwarts Express. Percy, the twins, the parents and new first year Ginny all make their way through the barrier to Platform 9¾. But, as Harry and Ron run towards the barrier they bounce off the brick wall sending their luggage and themselves sprawling across the floor. The barrier to Platform 9¾ has been closed (but why?) and the boys will miss the Hogwarts Express and never be able to return to Hogwarts (now who would want Harry not to return to Hogwarts? *strokes imaginary beard in thought*) or will they? The Ford Anglia is still parked outside the train station. Taking the charmed car they make their way to Hogwarts following the train but as they reach the school grounds the engine gives in and the car lands in the Whomping Willow, a massive and old tree which sets about beating up the car and those inside it. Ron, trying to get to make the car start again breaks his wand but eventually the car falls from the branches. Landing on the ground, the car ejects Ron, Harry and all their luggage, including Hedwig and Scabbers much to their annoyance.

Thinking that they are going to be expelled from Hogwarts, Ron and Harry are surprised when McGonagall simply warns them not to break anymore rules and gives them both detentions.

The Chamber Is Open. And all muggle borns are in danger because whatever creature lurks in the depths of the Chamber has a taste for muggle born witches and wizards. Only the Heir of Slytherin can open the chamber and control the monster but who is the heir? Draco becomes the suspect in Harry, Ron and Hermione’s eyes but could it really be that obvious? (No, don’t be daft, course it’s not). But who else would want the Mudbloods dead? (Can you think of no one?) As more students become petrified people begin to blame Harry for the attacks, especially when it comes to light that he shares a gift that Salazar Slytherin was famous for. Harry is a Parcelmouth and can speak to snakes and serpents.

After finding out that the Chamber was opened 50 years before the trio find that Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts for allegedly setting Aragog, a giant, deadly spider loose on the students. With Hagrid being taken to Azkaban (the wizard prison), Dumbledore being made to stand down as Headmaster and Hermione in the hospital wing, it is up to Harry and Ron to save the school, but they can’t go into the Chamber alone. It’s time to enlist the help of the great Gilderoy Lockhart, especially now it’s come to light that Ginny Weasley’s has been under the control of the Heir of Slytherin thanks to a diary (don’t trust diaries that talk back to you kids) that belonged to the head boy of 50 years ago.

Rowling once again brings a thrilling adventure to life within the pages of a book. Harry, again, is the character you root for as he once again faces dark forces that seek to kill him. But, his faithful friends stick by his side, helping him, even when of them is petrified. Forever loyal ad brave, Ron and Hermione are the friends you wish you’d had whilst at school. (Okay, let’s talk about Draco) Draco is the person you want to stay away from (as Harry knows from the first book) due his bad attitude and of course he’s a Slytherin (not that there’s anything wrong with being a Slytherin! SLYTHERIN PRIDE! *throws snakes and green confetti at everyone*). Also, let’s not forget he only has the reputation he has because of his Family name, buying his way in to play Seeker for the Slytherin Quiddich team and the constant use of “My father will hear about this” if someone even looks at him funny (My god Draco, you are such a brat! Honestly, you’d be nowhere if you weren’t a Malfoy). Moaning Myrtle (ah Myrtle, you cheeky devil you) may be annoying with her moaning and crying (reminds me of someone I just talked about, hmm…) and flooding the toilets but you can’t help but feel sorry for her, if it weren’t for her they would never have figured out the secret of the Chamber’s whereabouts (plus, who’d want to die in the toilets?). With the bumbling idiot, Lockhart being introduced as a charming hero you soon start to see him as the court jester he really is, especially when Cornish pixies are involved (poor Neville), but his most comical times are kept to the end. I suppose at this point you should feel some sympathy for the out of his depth (like he’s in the deep end and the deep end just happens to be a bottomless pit) teacher but you can’t help but feel it’s really his own fault for quite frankly, being a selfish, lying buffoon.

Will Harry, Ron and Hermione be able to stop the threat of death to the Muggle borns and solve the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets while saving the life of Ginny Weasley or are they too late?

Another magical adventure unwinds within the walls of Hogwarts. Grab your wands and get ready to fight the dark arts again but Muggle borns be warned, you may be in trouble, so, remember to put your trust in someone who doesn’t wipe their own memory or you may not make it out alive.

Awarded: 4 out of 5 Stars