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February Wrap Up

“February – the month of love..?!! 
No wonder the shortest one in the calendar.” 
― Dinesh Kumar Biran

eBooks

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne ★★★★★

99 Percent Mine

Romance, Contemporary

I stayed up until 6.30am to read this book. That should really tell you enough about how much I enjoyed it 😅

It was a complete joy to read that left me with warm fuzzy feelings and a book hangover.

Siege and Storm (Grisha Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo ★★★☆☆

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)

Fantasy, Young Adult

I have such mixed feelings about this one. It started with a bang and ended with a bang but the middle was a bit of a chore to read. I think this book could probably be taken out of the series and make it a duology instead of a trilogy…

There were some interesting moments and we get a lot of character growth during the middle when nothing is going on but I feel like it could have been condensed a bit more.

I would give it 3.5 stars because I loved the opening so much.

Ruin and Rising (Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo
★★★★☆

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

Fantasy, Young Adult

3.5 stars
Ok, I’ve never experienced this before but the first book was the best.
I did enjoy this one. The conclusion to the story is mostly satisfying BUT I feel like a lot of the complications for the main characters that had been developed were too easily resolved. Almost conveniently resolved to tie everything up in a neat little bow and the consequences for everything that happened were minimal or actually beneficial.

But it is a really good story and the villain is one of the best I’ve read.

Audiobooks

Harry Potter: A History of Magic by The British Library, Narrated by Natalie Dormer ★★★★★

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

History, Fantasy, Exhibition

This was so interesting! I loved the interviews with Stephen Fry, Jim Kay and Jim Dale and all the little snippets about Rowling writing the first Harry Potter book. And I loved all the actual history of magic and creatures that inspired Rowling.
Natalie Dormer was a great narator as well.

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Print Books

Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires #6) by Chloe Neill ★★★☆☆

Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires, #6)

Urban Fantasy

I’m not sure how I feel about this one… I enjoyed it but found it a bit boring at the same time. It was very predictable.
I think the previous books were so high-octane that this follow-up was a bit of a letdown. It was good but not as good as previous books in the series. It does have a satisfying ending though.

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★★

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)

Fantasy, Young Adult

Oh my god, I wish I had read this the day I bought it instead of waiting months and months! I was really surprised by this book. By how much I liked it and by how unpredictable the plot was (for me at least).

I absolutely LOVE the complex and alluring nature of the main villain. He’s as well rounded as Loki in the MCU. Someone I just love to hate (and maybe just love a little bit in general…).

It was just fantastic! I loved it and really want to keep reading the series but I have a feeling this is the kind of story I could get obsessed with so I’m going to try to pace myself….. try.

My edition included bonus material in the form of a letter Mal wrote to Alina while he was searching for the stag and an interview with Leigh.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic Review

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Title: Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Author: Ben Davies, Natalie Dormer
(narrator), J.K Rowling, Britsh Library

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis:  
Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the exhibition, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library. It promises to take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures. Each chapter showcases a treasure trove of artefacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, beside exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive. There’s also a specially commissioned essay for each subject area by an expert, writer or cultural commentator, inspired by the contents of the exhibition – absorbing, insightful and unexpected contributions from Steve Backshall, the Reverend Richard Coles, Owen Davies, Julia Eccleshare, Roger Highfield, Steve Kloves, Lucy Mangan, Anna Pavord and Tim Peake, who offer a personal perspective on their magical theme. Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the Elixir of Life, vials of dragon’s blood, mandrake roots, painted centaurs and a genuine witch’s broomstick, in a book that shows J.K. Rowling’s magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears. This is the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans, curious minds, big imaginations, bibliophiles and readers around the world who missed out on the chance to see the exhibition in person.

Format: Audiobook

Pages/Hours: 11 hours 39 minutes

Ownership: Library

My Rating: ★★★★★

Tags: History, Alchemy, Interviews, Exhibition, Behind-the-Scenes

Harry Potter A History of Magic
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Review:  This was so interesting! I loved the interviews with Stephen Fry, Jim Kay and Jim Dale and all the little snippets about Rowling writing the first Harry Potter book. And I loved all the actual history of magic and creatures that inspired Rowling.
Natalie Dormer was a great narator as well.

You will love it if you’re a history fan or a Harry Potter fan.

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Synopsis and book cover from Goodreads. Photos from my Instagram @elainehowlin_