The Harry Potter series

Yesterday I finished this series. And firstly I’ll tell you a little fact: I started reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone years ago, yes, but I gave up because reading in English was yet too hard. But now, in April, I finally gave it a second try, but I never intended to read the whole book. My goal was just to test if I could read in English, there was this other book I wanted in either English or Swedish. But once I had started reading, I was forever lost. No way I’d stop once started, there isn’t a dull page in any of those seven books! Never have I read something on this level!

Doesn’t everyone wish to go to Hogwarts after meeting Dumbledore, Harry, Hermione and Ron?

Imagine looking into the Mirror of Erised, seeing… What? Imagine feeling the wind through your hair when you’re flying on a broomstick. Imagine waving the wand you bought at Ollivander’s and say a spell. Imagine putting on the Sorting Hat at your first day at Hogwarts, hearing it talk inside your head and discuss all your talents with itself before calling out a House. Just take a moment and feel it. Do you feel it; the little spark? That’s the thing about opening your heart: once something has gotten in there and found it’s place, you’re forever bound to it. I let these books in and they’re never going to leave me. And whenever I feel lonely or lost I’ll search in my heart and find a smiling Dumbledore telling me to remember what has kept me going, I’ll find Harry and his scar will remind me of how he fought – and won – against all odds, I’ll find Hermione telling me to go to the library because if the answer can’t be found there then she’ll look it up herself, and I’ll find Ron saying, with a grin, I have to turn on the light.

I don’t know what you think but I’m glad I read these books. Blimey, there are so many things to learn from them. Bravery. Hope. Wisedom. See the light. Be the light. If you can’t, then let Dumbledore’s Army light the world up for you and remember their courage at the darkest of times.

Remember Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin; where it all started.

Odin’s Child – Siri Pettersen

Sadly this book hasn’t been translated to English, which I hope will change soon.

Tyvärr finns inte denna bok översatt till engelska, vilket är väldigt synd och jag hoppas att det blir ändring på detta snart.

I read this book last summer and fell so hard for it! The characters, their mistakes, what they learned, the plot, everything! Reading this book didn’t only teach me a lot and was a reading experience I won’t forget, it also gave me a feeling of myself. I saw myself in Rime when he chose to be a warrior instead of being a politician. He seeked freedom, as we all do.

Hirka was a great character to follow through the book. I understood her and learned from her. Her life had a kind of simplicity (well, the fact that she was an odin’s child didn’t make it easy for her) and she was so independent. Yes, as you can see, I love the world Siri Pettersen created. I mean, Rime? He’s so unique and I just love everything about him!

In the beginning of this book when I read from Urd Vanfarinns perspective it got a little boring. He wasn’t very interesting of a character but the story of the book got clearer when I got to see things from his side.

I could talk all day about how much I love this book, but I’m not going to do that. But. I have to say that Siri Pettersen is making it very hard not to read the two following parts of this book at once, even though I’ve already read them. I miss Rime and his unique way of looking at things, I miss how determined Hirka is.


Favorite character: Rime An-Elderin

Original title: Odinsbarn

Original language: Norwegian

Rating: 5

Goodreads rating: 4,17


Läste denna bok sommaren 2019 och föll så hårt för den! Karaktärerna, världen, misstagen, lärdomarna, handlingen, allt! Att läsa denna bok gav mig inte bara lärdom och en läsupplevelse jag sent kommer glömma, utan också en stark känsla av igenkänning. Jag såg mig själv i Rime när han valde stridskonsten över politiken. Han sökte frihet, som vi alla gör.

Hirka var en bra karaktär att följa. Man satte sig in i hennes historia och levnadssätt, förstod henne och lärde sig av henne. Hennes liv hade en typ av enkelhet (bortsett från faktumet att hon var ett odinsbarn, förstås) och var så självständig. Ja, du hör ju, jag älskar världen Siri Pettersen skapat.

I början av boken tyckte jag att det var oklart vad “famna” betydde, det gjorde historien lite luddig tills man förstod. Kanske var det tänk så, att man skulle behöva läsa mer för att förstå? När man läste ur Urd Vanfarinns perspektiv blev det aningen långtråkigt, han var inte en sådan intressant karaktär, men det gav ändå en intressant syn på boken. Det blev lite enklare att förstå vissa saker även om han var en tråkig person.

Egentligen skulle jag kunna prata hur länge som helst om hur mycket jag älskar och uppskattar denna bok, men det tänker jag inte göra. Dock ska jag säga att det blir himla svårt för mig att inte läsa de två återstående delarna i serien efter att ha läst denna, även fast jag redan läst dem en gång. Jag saknar redan Rimes unika sätt att se på saker och Hirkas beslutsamhet.

Wildcard – Marie Lu

Goodreads synopsis: Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

Hi! I read the second book in the Warcross series this weekend; Wildcard. This book was very good, I didn’t get disappointed at all. First of all: I completly loved Hammie, she was so wonderful to know more about and I just fell in love with how she thinks. I mean, I wouldn’t dare play chess against her.

One of my other favorite characters was Tremaine, he was just unique and I really trusted him throughout the book. More about him will you find in my review with spoilers.

This book was intense, everything happened so fast and sometimes I didn’t understand what was going on. A lot happened and parts of it was hard to get. That was one of the few things I didn’t like about Wildcard.

The mind can make you believe whatever it wants you to believe.

Every problem has a solution. But after every solution, there’s a new problem to tackle, some new challenge to take on.


Review with spoilers

When Tremaine was shot and Emika thought he was dead, it felt very wrong. I didn’t know what to do, he was a big part of the book to me and reading it without him was unthinkable. I think one of the reasons it felt so wrong was because how he and Roshan obsiously hadn’t sorted out their past, they did mean a whole lot to each other but didn’t want to admit it. I wanted them to forgive each other or whatever they needed before Tremaine was allowed to leave the book.

Hideo was kinda hard to understand in this book, he was unpredictable. I was always on the watch when he was mentioned. It felt sad how he thought he was doing the right thing by trying to take over the entire world after his brother disappeared.


Favorite character: Tremaine

Original title: Wildcard

Release year: 2018

My rating: 4,25

Goodreads rating: 3,99


Hejsan! I helgen har jag läst den andra delen i Warcrossserien: Wildcard. Denna bok var väldigt bra, jag blev inte det minsta besviken. Bland annat älskade jag Hammie, hon var så underbar att få läsa mer om och jag kunde inte låta bli att avundas hennes schackhjärna! Hennes lösningsbenägenhet, vänlighet och hennes energi var unikt att läsa om.

En av mina andra favoritkaraktärer var Tremaine, han var bara så intressant och mystisk. Jag visste inte riktigt vad jag skulle tänka om honom, ändå litade jag verkligen på honom genom hela boken. Mer om honom längre ner i recensionen med spoilers.

Denna bok var väldigt intensiv, allt skedde så snabbt att jag inte alltid hängde med. Det hände mycket, ibland så mycket att det inte gick att förstå. Det var en liten nackdel, men handlingen i övrigt var underbar!


Recension med spoilers

När Tremaine blev skjuten och jag trodde att han dött kändes det väldigt fel. Jag visste inte vad jag skulle ta mig till, han var en stor del av boken för mig och det blev lite otänkbart att han inte skulle finnas med längre. Jag tror att en av anledningarna till att det kändes så fel var för att han var oavslutad, han och Roshan hade uppenbarligen inte rätt ut deras förflutna och man förstod hur mycket de betydde för varandra.

Hideo var ganska svår att förstå sig på i denna bok, han var oförutsägbar. Jag var alltid på min vakt med honom efter att han i första boken gjort något så oförutsägbart som försökt ta kontrollen över hela världen.

Bitterblue – Kristin Cashore

Goodreads synopsis: Eight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue, and her country, were saved from the vicious King Leck. Now Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea, and her land is at peace.

But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisers, who have run the country on her behalf since Leck’s death, believe in a forward-thinking plan: to pardon all of those who committed terrible acts during Leck’s reign; and to forget every dark event that ever happened. Monsea’s past has become shrouded in mystery, and it’s only when Bitterblue begins sneaking out of her castle – curious, disguised and alone – to walk the streets of her own city, that she begins to realise the truth. Her kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year long spell of a madman, and now their only chance to move forward is to revisit the past.

Whatever that past holds.

Two thieves, who have sworn only to steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, who possesses an unidentified Grace, may also hold a key to her heart…

I wrote a review for the first part of this series (Graceling) a couple of days ago and now I’m writing for the last part, I skipped the second (Fire). When I read these books last year I didn’t enjoy Fire as much as the rest of them, it was well written, of course, but just not really for me. Maybe I’ll re-read it someday, maybe I won’t.

Back to Bitterblue now, I love this book so much! It’s feels amazing to read, sometimes my heart breaks and other times I can’t help but smile. It was very fun to follow Bitterblue nearly ten years after her father was killed and see how she tries to get the kingdom on it’s feet again. I appreciate how you understand how she feels and that she wants to live instead of just sit in the castle all day.

When she met Saf I couldn’t stop reading! He was so mysterious and an amazing character to get to know. I love him! I also loved that Katsa and Po came to visit Bitterblue sometimes, it made this book even better, because they are very special to the Queen of Monsea. Like the silings she never had?

There were some things I didn’t like in the book; it was too easy for Bitterblue to lie. She didn’t seem to have any problem with it at first. Maybe that’s what happens when you get everything you want?

The more I see and hear, the more I realize how much I don’t know.

Bitterblue

Teddy grinned again. “Truths are dangerous,” he said.

“Then why are you writing them in a book?”

“To catch them between the pages,” said Teddy, “and trap them before they disappear.”

“If they’re dangerous, why not let them disappear?”

“Because when truths disappear, they leave behind blank spaces, and that is also dangerous.”

Teddy

Every configuration of people is an entirely new universe unto itself.

Bann

“You’re crying.”

“I’m not.”

“Right,” he said mildly. “I suppose you got rained on.”

Saf

Favorite character: Bitterblue and Teddy

Original title: Bitterblue

Release year: 2012

My rating: 5

Goodreads rating: 4,00


För ett par dagar sedan recenserade jag den första delen i denna serie (Graceling) och nu den sista, jag hoppade alltså över den andra (Fire). När jag läste dessa böcker förra året blev jag inte så förtjust i Fire, den var självklart välskriven precis som resten av böckerna, men passade inte riktigt mig. Det gick att hoppa över en del i serien eftersom varje bok är fristående även om man förstår händelserna bättre om man läser alla böcker.

Tillbaka till Bitterblue nu, åh vad jag älskar denna bok! Så välskriven och underbar att läsa, ibland går mitt hjärta i bitar och andra gånger jag kan inte låta bli att le. Det var väldigt kul att följa Bitterblues liv nästan tio år efter hennes far dött och se hur hon försöker få kungadömet på fötter igen efter Lecks tid som kung. Jag uppskattar hur man förstår att hon känner sig instängd och som att hon vill leva istället för att alltid sitta vid kontoret.

När hon träffade denna Saf blev jag helt trollbunden och ville inte lägga ifrån mig boken! Han var en sådan tjurig, bestämd och fantastisk karaktär att få läsa om. Något annat jag ofta uppskattar är att man fick träffa Katsa och Po igen vid ett flertal tillfällen i boken, det förgyllde allt, eftersom de har ett väldigt starkt band till drottning Bitterblue. Som de syskon hon aldrig hade?

Det fanns några saker jag inte riktigt tyckte om i boken; att det var så enkelt för Bitterblue att ljuga. Hon verkade inte tycka att det spelade så stor roll. Kanske känns det på det viset om man alltid får allt man vill ha?

Graceling – Kristin Cashore

Goodrads synopsis: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.

She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

I’ve read this book one time before and decided to re-read it since I’m still waiting for my new books to come. I first thought it’d be kinda boring to read a book I’ve already finished, but I was very wrong. It was as good as it had been the first time!

Oh wow, what I love Prince Po! His interesting questions, how he sees on life and how much he takes care of those he love. He made this book even better and was an amazing person to read about.

I love Katsa, the protagonist, nearly as much as I love Po. To follow her adventures and see her evolve as a person through the book was wonderful. Her stubbornness and strength was so beautiful to read about.

The plot was amazing, it constantly changed and so did the characters. This idea of graced people is very good, it feels new and unexplored even though every fantasy reader have read many books about people with supernatural powers. I did think Cashore used too many different names in the beginning, I had to write them down to remember all of them (the first time I read it). This book is definitely a book every fantasy or young adult lover should read! It’s odd (in a good way, of course) and fun with relationships that will change the world. I love this book with all my heart.

“It seems better to me for a child to have these skills and never use them, than not have them and one day need them,” she said.

Katsa

When you’re a monster, she thought, you are thanked and praised for not behaving like a monster. She would like to restrain from cruelty and receive no admiration for it.

Katsa

Original title: Graceling

Translator (Swedish): Carina Jansson

Release year: 2008

My rating: 4,75

Goodreads rating: 4,08


Åh wow, vad jag älskar Prins Greening Grandemalion aka Po! Hans intressanta frågeställningar, hans oskyldighet och hur omtänksam han är mot de han bryr sig om, är bedårande. Han förgyllde hela boken var en fantastisk person att läsa om.

Katsa, huvudpersonen, älskar jag nästan lika mycket som Po, att få följa hans äventyr och se henne utvecklas som person genom boken var underbart. Hennes envishet och styrka var intressant att läsa om.

Själva handlingen tyckte jag om helhjärtat, den förändrades ständigt och karaktärerna utvecklades. Dock tyckte jag att Cashore öste på med för många namn i början, jag blev tvungen att skriva ner dem för att inte totalt blanda ihop alla. Men i övrigt finns det inte mycket att anmärka på.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling

Goodreads synopsis: Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly. 

English review

It took me nearly two weeks to finish this very long Harry Potter story. But not even after two weeks do I know exactly what to say about it, it wasn’t the best of Rowlings book. It just got too much to me, most of the time I like when I need to think twice over and over but here? No, it was too much. I think Rowling made the book too long.

There were things I liked, though; how amazing Fred and George were in this book. It was fun reading about them and get to know them a little better.

But, as I said, this isn’t my favorite Harry Potter book. It wasn’t bad – no, of course not – but too long. And I missed Ron, I wanted to hear more about him and his life.

Not pleasant. And there’s no counter-curse. There’s no blocking it. Only one known person has ever survived it, and he’s sitting right in front of me.

Mad-Eye Moody

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.

Sirius Black

Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.

Albus Dumbledore

‘Curiosity is not a sin,’ he said. ‘But we should exercise caution with our curiosity … yes, indeed …’

Albus Dumbledore

SPOILER

I appreciated that for the first time the theme in this book – The Triwizard Cup – was arranged and not one of Harrys own adventures. Another thing I liked was how other magical schools was involved. I mean, Krum? I found the whole Krum-still-goes-to-school thing unexpected and fun, escpecially how he and Hermione (Herm-own-ninny) got close to each other.


Original title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Release year: 2000

My rating: 4

Goodreads rating: 4,56


Svensk recension

Tog mig upp mot två veckor att läsa ut denna 600 sidor långa Harry Potter-bok. Ändå vet jag inte riktigt vad jag ska säga om den, enligt mig var det inte Rowlings bästa bok. För mig blev allt lite för mycket, vanligtvis gillar jag när man får tänka om hela tiden men här blev det för mycket. Jag fastnade inte för att Rowling drog ut på hela historien.

Det fanns flera saker jag tyckte om, bland annat hur fantastiska Fred och George var i denna bok. Det var roligt att läsa om dem och de förhöjde boken lite.

Som sagt, detta är enligt mig inte den bästa Harry Potter-boken. Den var inte dålig – nej, absolut inte – men lite för lång och krånglig.

Citat finns i den engelska recensionen eftersom jag läser alla citat på engelska.

SPOILER

Jag uppskattade verkligen att det för en gångs skull var ett arrangerat tema i boken; inte Harrys egna äventyr. Något annat jag gillade var att andra skolor blandades in, nya karaktärer är (oftast) roligt. Hela Krum-går-fortfarande-i-skolan-grejen var intressant och hur Harry fick lära känna honom lite mer än Quidditchspelaren Krum. Och Krum och Hermiones (Herm-own-ninny) förhållande, vad ska vi säga om det? Oväntat? Vet inte riktigt det eller hur jag tyckte att det förändrade historien. Mycket känns oklart i den här boken.

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

Goodreads synopsis: Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts is full of new dangers. A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he’s after Harry. Now Hogwarts is being patrolled by the dementors, the Azkaban guards who are hunting Sirius. But Harry can’t imagine that Sirius or, for that matter, the evil Lord Voldemort could be more frightening than the dementors themselves, who have the terrible power to fill anyone they come across with aching loneliness and despair. Meanwhile, life continues as usual at Hogwarts. A top-of-the-line broom takes Harry’s success at Quidditch, the sport of the Wizarding world, to new heights. A cute fourth-year student catches his eye. And he becomes close with the new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher, who was a childhood friend of his father. Yet despite the relative safety of life at Hogwarts and the best efforts of the dementors, the threat of Sirius Black grows ever closer. But if Harry has learned anything from his education in wizardry, it is that things are often not what they seem. Tragic revelations, heartwarming surprises, and high-stakes magical adventures await the boy wizard in this funny and poignant third installment of the beloved series.

English review

Wow! This book was AMAZING! I think this is my new favorite of the Harry Potter books, only read three of them though. The reason why I love this book so much is the mysterious Sirius Black, the prisoner of Azkaban. The story is about a prisoner who happen to escape the inescapable Azkaban.

It was very interesting to follow the events in this book, everything changed so fast and took unexpected turns. This made it exciting and impossible to get tired of Harry Potter and his never-ending adventures.

‘You think the dead we have loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble?’

Albus Dumbledore

CONTAINS SPOILER

The review below contains spoilers, if you have not read the book but are considering it I’d recommend you to not read this.

Something I really enjoyed with this book was how incredibly good Rowling wrote this story, how Sirius Black went from being a serial killer who escaped Azkaban to being the kind god father. I think one of the reasons I liked Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban so much was because Harry doesn’t have any relatives that actually care about him (the Dursleys does not fit in this category). Their realtion was so strong because James and Lily Potter trusted him with all their heart and made him god father. This was just so beautiful.


Original title: Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

Release year: 1999

My rating: 5

Goodreads rating: 4,57


Svensk recension

WOW! Denna bok var helt fantastisk! Jag tror att den här är en av mina absoluta favoriter i Harry Potter-serien hittills på grund av den mystiska Sirius Black. Temat i boken är fången från Azkaban, fängelset för häxor och trollkarlar som ingen kan bryta sig ut ur, som på okänt vis lyckats med den omöjliga (som uppenbarligen inte var omöjligt); som lyckas fly.

Det var väldigt intressant att följa utvecklingen i boken, mycket förändrades och tog oväntade vändningar. Detta gjorde boken spännande och man tröttnade inte på Harry Potters eviga äventyr.

‘You think the dead we have loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble?’

Albus Dumbledore

INNEHÅLLER SPOILER

Recensionens nedan innehåller spoilers, om du inte läst boken ännu men funderar på att göra det rekommenderar jag att inte läsa vidare.

Något jag upplevde som speciellt och väldigt snyggt författat av Rowling var hur Sirius Black gick från att vara den ökände seriemördaren som flytt från det ‘oflybara’ fängelset, till att vara den godhjärtade gudfadern. Jag tror att en av anledningarna till att detta kändes så speciellt var för att Potter inte har några andra släktingar som bryr sig om honom (the Dursleys ingår inte i denna kategori). Deras relation var stark eftersom James och Lily Potter litade så helhjärtat på Black för att göra honom till gudfader till Harry.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling

Goodreads synopsis: The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone — or something — starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself?

English review

Still reading Harry Potter in English!! I actually think it’s going all good and not as impossible I thought it’d be.

I really like how J.K. Rowling makes it clear for you that you should not for one tiny second think that you’ve any kind of idea what will happen next. Because you don’t, unexpected things keep happening and you’re forced to look at the book from another perspective. It’s very interesting and makes it exciting to read.

Another thing I like is the connection between the characters. Just look at Hermione, Ron and Harry, they trust each other and go through almost everything together. It’s amazing to read about such a connection, I personally think it makes the reading experience much better.

“‘But why’s she got to go to the library?’ ‘Because that’s what Hermione does,’ said Ron, shrugging. ‘When in doubt, go to the library.’

Harry Potter and Ron Weasley

“‘It’s our choices, Harry, that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities.'”

Albus Dumbledore

Original title: Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

Release year: 1998

My rating: 5

Goodreads rating: 4,42


Svensk recension

Fortsätter att läsa Harry Potter på engelska, fast besluten att bli bra på det. Vill påstå att det går framåt och är inte alls lika omöjligt som jag trodde att det skulle vara.

Jag gillar verkligen hur J.K. Rowling gör det klart för en att man inte för en enda sekund ska tro att man vet eller har en aning om vad som kommer att hända i boken. Oväntade händelser sker hela tiden så att man tvingas se på boken från ett annat perspektiv. Det är väldigt intressant och gör det spännande att läsa.

Något annat jag tycker om är de band som skapas mellan karaktärerna. Se på Hermione, Ron och Harry, de litar på varandra och går igenom nästan allt tillsammans. Det är fantastiskt att läsa om sådana karaktärer, jag personligen tycker att det gör läsupplevelsen roligare.

“‘But why’s she got to go to the library?’ ‘Because that’s what Hermione does,’ said Ron, shrugging. ‘When in doubt, go to the library.’

Harry Potter and Ron Weasley

“‘It’s our choices, Harry, that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities.'”

Albus Dumbledore

Sjörök – Camilla och Viveca Sten

På baksidan: Det är dags att välja sida, havsdotter. Jag hör ett väsande bakom oss. Något nafsar vasst i mina kläder. För ett vidrigt, evighetslångt ögonblick känner jag hur tyget i min jacka fastnar i något, och jag vet att det är naglar som griper efter mig. Nu dör vi, tänker jag, lugnt och kristallklart. Nu kommer vi att dö.

“Pakten är bruten, kriget har börjat…” Så lyder det skrämmande budskapet till Tuva. Samtidigt har en underlig tjock dimma lagt sig över skärgården. Och i dimman döljer sig fasansfulla varelser.

Sjörök är andra delen i Camilla Stens och Viveca Stens trilogi om Havsfolket. Det var länge sedan jag läste första delen, Djupgraven, men passade på att läsa denna nu.

Handlingen var bra, unik, men det var något som saknades i den. Det kändes som att man inte fick lära känna henne på djupet, kanske fick man det i första boken Djupgraven, men man fick inga tillbakablickar från tidigare i hennes liv. Händelser, saker hon upplevt med bästavännen Rasmus, eller veta så mycket om hennes föräldrar. Det tyckte jag var synd, jag hade velat veta mer om karaktärerna och deras vardagliga liv.

Utgivningsår: 2017

Sidantal: 382

Betyg: 3

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K Rowling

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

English review

I’m not used to reading in English but seeing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone standing unread in my bookshelf made me give it a try. I (finally) made time for this popular fantasy book. Hadn’t read it before for an unknown reason.

I can’t say that I regret reading this book, it became very clear for me why Harry Potter is loved by booknerds all over the world. It’s a well written and unique book, the characters don’t feel or look the same which makes it difficult to get confused. And wow, it was incredibly difficult to quit reading once I had started. The unique world J.K. Rowling creates is very familiar, everyone (maybe not everyone) have heard of witches and wizards as kids, and it feels kinda real once you’ve read about Harry Potter. Maybe it is real? Well, who knows?

I googled a lot of words in the beginning but I gotta say it didn’t go as bad as I imagined it. I’m actually considering reading the next book in the series in English too, maybe.

“I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed – or worse, expelled. Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to bed.”

Hermione Granger

Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”

Albus Dumbledore

“To the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

Albus Dumbledore

Release year: 1997

Rating: 5, en av de allra bästa i genren fantasy

Goodreads rating: 4,47


Svensk recension

Är ingen van läsare av böcker på engelska men Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone stod och skräpade i bokhyllan. Tog mig (äntligen) tid att läsa denna populära fantasybok. Hade inte läst boken innan av okänd anledning, kanske tyckte jag att det var roligare att läsa böcker som inte är så välkända, kanske ville jag bara inte.

Jag kan inte säga att jag ångrar mitt val, det stod snabbt klart för mig varför Harry Potter är så älskad av bokslukare världen över. Det är en mycket välskriven och intressant bok. Karaktärerna är olika varandra så man blandar inte ihop dem så lätt. Det var väldigt svårt att lägga ifrån sig boken när jag väl börjat läsa. Den unika värld J.K. Rowling målar fram är ganska känd, de flest har hört om häxor och trollkarlar som barn, och det känns nästan som om Rowling’s fantasyvärld existerar? Tja, vem vet?

Fick googla många ords betydelse i början men jag måste erkänna att det gick över förväntan, jag överväger till och med att läsa nästa Harry Potter på engelska också. Lika bra att lära sig läsa på engelska, tänker jag.


“I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed – or worse, expelled. Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to bed.”

Hermione Granger

Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”

Albus Dumbledore

“To the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

Albus Dumbledore