Pottermore and All Things Harry Potter

Pottermore & All Things Harry Potter 

Anyone who is a fan of all things Harry Potter will of heard of Pottermore, a site set up by J K Rowling herself, to keep fans up to date with all things Potter. This site allows you to do lots of fun things to make you feel like your having your very own Harry Potter experience. Such as being sorted by the sorting hat into your schoolhouse. 

The sorting hat is introduced in the first book and each book afterwards. At the start of each school year at Hogwarts, the sorting hat sings a song, full of knowledge and wisdom, even at times warning students of dangerous times ahead. The sorting hat is then placed on each students head and the students are then sorted into one of four school houses.
  • Gryffindor 
  • Slytherin
  • Hufflepuff
  • Ravenclaw 

 I took the sorting hat quiz on Pottermore and was sorted into my house. I was sorted into Gryffindor 

Famous Gryffindor Characters:

    • Harry Potter
    • Ron Weasley
    • Hermione Granger 
    • Minerva McGonagall
    • Neville Longbottom 
    • Albus Dumbledore 
A quote from the sorting hat about Gryffindor

"You might belong in Gryffindor, Where dwell the brave at heart, their daring nerve and chivalry set Gryffindor apart" 

Another thing you can do on Pottermore is discover what your Patronus is. A Patronus is a spell cast in Harry Potter used to repel Dementors. By taking a quiz on Pottermore you can discover what your Patronus would be.

Discovering my Patronus:

My Patronus is a Hummingbird 

Discover Your Wand:

Another great and fun thing you can do on Pottermore is discover what want you would be given if you were to go to Ollivander's Wand Shop. By taking a short quiz you can find out what want you would receive

My Wand: 

Hazelwood with a unicorn core 10 3/4 inches and hard flexibility. 

Also on Pottermore, you can join the Pottermore Bookclub 'Wizarding World BookClub' You can also explore Hogwarts with over 100 locations to explore. This is a great and fun website for any Harry Potter fan. 

Why do I pick up a book?

Why do I pick up a book and what makes me buy it?

What makes a person pick up a book and want to buy it? Well for me I'm first drawn in by the books cover. Now I know they say don't judge a book by its cover but let's be honest, the first thirty seconds oh judgment is done with our eyes, therefore, we are judging the cover of the book. So what makes a good cover? Colour, Text, Images? I like a cover that tells you about the book before you've read the blurb, I use the cover as an insight into what the book is about. So I thought I would show you some examples of book covers that I like and some that I don't like. 

Covers I Like: 

  These are two examples of great book covers, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. The cover shows you the Hogwarts Express and Harry Potter himself, showing his scar. A great cover full of information about the storyline and plot of the book. The second book, Felix the Railway Cat, Shows a railway and a very cute black and white cat wearing a conductors hat. This tells you where the cat lives, the cats name and draws you in because the cat is so cute (at least it did for me) 

Covers I didn't like:

  The first book, Bookclub, although this cover is very colourful and appealing to the eye with nice writing for the title. A butterfly with a person in the middle does nothing to explain what the book is about and for me doesn't link into the title. The second book, Fix Me again is colourful, however, for me having the title the same colour as the background take away from the title's importance and I feel the title is another very important feature of a book. Again this book cover to me does not tell me anything about the book, about what the book is going to be about. 

After being drawn to a books cover we then go to the blurb. I personally like a short but to the point blurb with snappy sentences which draw me in. I also like to see quotes from other authors who have read the book and voiced their opinions. This tells me if another author has read the book, especially an author I know and like then there is a good chance that I too will enjoy the book. 

The other thing I tend to do is go straight to my favourite authors to check if they have anything new out, this is of course now made a lot easier with the ability to pre-order. Pre-ordering is fantastic, I love being able to pre-order a book, so I know that as soon as it is published it will be delivered to either my Kindle or my home. The excitement of putting on the calendar when the book is due out and due to arrive, the excitement of waiting for it to arrive. I love the build-up to a new book being released by one of my favourite authors (I have a list) 

So, that is my process of choosing and buying a new book. How do you choose which books to buy? What draws you in? I'd love to hear your thoughts on what makes you pick a book up. 

Keep your eye out for my post of Kindle V's Books. The ever growing argument, I'd love to hear your views on that too. 

Intricate Deceptions by Jennifer Rayes

Intricate Deceptions by Jennifer Rayes 

Title - Intricate Deceptions 
Author - Jennifer Rayes 
Published - Dec '17
Publisher - Independently Published 
Pages - 222
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £ 4.96 Kindle - £2.12
ISBN - 1973467925

When Gaia wakes up in a cell she soon realises she's been kidnapped by a human trafficking ring, with no memory of her life or who she is, things seem impossible. Suddenly Gaia is rescued by a mysterious man, who turns out to be a prince, Can Gaia regain her memory and figure out who she is before its too late?

This book was a little slow to start with but once it got going, I really enjoyed it. I found the plot to be really interesting. I found the relationship between Gaia and Raoul to be really good, I enjoyed the build-up of their relationship and I especially liked the plot twist with the pirate. I found this book to have several plot twists which really added to the plot, making the reader really want to read on to find out what happens next. 

This book finished with a cliffhanger, leaving me seriously desperate to read more. I seriously cannot wait for the next book to come out. 

Thank You to Author for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating - Four out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes 
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

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