Street Team: Harley In the Sky cover reveal + excerpt!

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I’m super excited to share with you all that I’m a part of Akemi Dawn Bowman’s Harley In the Sky street team! Summer Bird Blue was one of my favorite reads of 2018 and it remains one of my favorite books of all time.

I was super thrilled to be accepted to the street team for her upcoming book, Harley In the sky releasing March 10th 2020 and published by Simon Pulse!

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Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor

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Strange the Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor // Publication date: March 28, 2017

★★★★

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The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

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

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Title: Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

Author: J.K. Rowling

Genre: Children’s & Fantasy

Publication date: July 8, 1999

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

 

Harry Potter has been the highlight of my childhood for so long and Prisoner of Azkaban has always been a favorite. Then again all the books are.

The Marauder’s were probably my absolute favorite part of this book. Of course we should start with Remus Lupin. The way Lupin would talk about Sirius and James really struck a chord for me. I felt so much sadness for him. His story and just thinking about everything he went through. One of my favorite scenes was when he taught the students how to get rid of a Boggart.

 

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“But make it quick, Remus. I want to commit the murder I was imprisoned for…”

 

When Lupin and Sirius told Harry about Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs *Clutches heart* I just wish they had told this story in the movies too. I feel like it was one of the most important points. Especially, for us to feel the attachment that we felt when we were reading the book.

 

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Pettigrew’s betrayal never fails to make me feel furious. To have friends who would have sacrificed their lives in order to protect each other isn’t a small thing. And I know they would have done it for him.

 

“What was there to be gained by fighting the most evil wizard who has ever existed?” said Black, with a terrible fury in his face. “Only innocent lives, Peter!”
“You don’t understand!” whined Pettigrew. “He would have killed me, Sirius!”
“THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED!” roared Black. “DIED RATHER THAN BETRAY YOUR FRIENDS, AS WE WOULD HAVE DONE FOR YOU!”

 

Can we please take a moment and remember the relationship between Sirius and Crookshanks’? Such a brave kitty.

Harrys growth was something I loved. And the sass. The amount of sass that Harry throws around is just magnificent. The golden trio in general are always nice to read about even if they do bicker quite a lot. Two scenes I can’t get over, the first is when Ron called Harry while he was at the Dursleys.

 

“HELLO? HELLO? CAN YOU HEAR ME? I-WANT-TO-TALK-TO-HARRY-POTTER!”

 

The second was when Hermione gave Draco the slap he deserved when he made fun of Hagrid.

Have you ever seen anything quite as pathetic?” said Malfoy. “And he’s supposed to be our teacher!”
Harry and Ron both made furious moves toward Malfoy, but Hermione got there first – SMACK!

 

Let’s not leave out Fred and George!

“Where is Wood?” said Harry, suddenly realizing he wasn’t there.
“Still in the showers,” said Fred. “We think he’s trying to drown himself.” 

 

Plot

Just like every Harry Potter book the plot was so well written. I love the amount of detail and information that J.K. Rowling puts into her books. Even the simple things are always great to know. While reading the series and even after finishing, there’s always this huge smile on my face. An impression that’s really hard to find in many books.

And it’s time to end this review. Mischief Managed.

 

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Rating

★★★★★

Harry potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

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Title: Harry potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Author: J.K. Rowling

Genre: Children’s & fantasy 

Publishing date: July 2, 1998

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What’s there to say about the chamber of secrets that you dont already know?

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” 

 

Harry has always been one of my favorite characters and I know he always will be. Can’t forget about Ron and Hermione, can I? The golden trio have been a part of my life for so long that even if they do some dumb things every once in a while it just makes me love them even more. Professor McGonagall has always been a favorite (but isn’t everybody?) even if she’s a little dry. Snape is one of those characters that you just have to tolerate in every book because you know they aren’t going anywhere any time soon (sadly). Lockhart was possibly the most annoying character in the history of annoying characters and of course let’s not forget the Weasley’s (Aren’t the Weasley’s the perfect family?) Dumbledore and Hagrid.

 

“Oh well… I’d just been thinking, if you had died, you’d have been welcome to share my toilet.” 

And Moaning myrtle.

 

Growing up, Chamber of secrets was one of those movies that I just watched on repeat for like a gazillion times (the only other harry potter movie I had at the time). And even though I saw it that much, it never made me love it any less. Reading Harry potter was like diving into my favorite memories all over again. Fred and George and the flying ford Anglia, Nearly headless Nick’s deathday party, Polyjuice potion in the works, de-gnoming the Weasley garden, and peeves!

 

A series that you’ll never ever regret reading!

 

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Rating

★★★★★

And then there were none by Agatha Christie

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Title: And then there were none

Author: Agatha Christie

Genre: Murder, Mystery & Classics

Publication date: November 6, 1939

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Ten little Soldier Boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.

Nine little Soldier Boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.

Eight little Soldier Boys travelling in Devon;
One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.

Seven little Soldier Boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.

Six little Soldier Boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.

Five little Soldier Boys going in for law;
One got in Chancery and then there were four.

Four little Soldier Boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.

Three little Soldier Boys walking in the zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.

Two little Soldier Boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was one.

One little Soldier Boy left all alone;
He went out and hanged himself and then there were none.

 

And then there were none tells the story of ten strangers who arrive at an island off the coast of Devon for a weekend hosted by a millionaire who none of them seem to know. What do these guests have in common? A little secret that they’ve all tried to conceal. By the end of it all of them are dead. Then who did it?

No matter how hard you try to solve this you just can’t wrap your head around it. I tried as much as I could but to no avail. Eventually, I settled for just enjoying the book and letting it tell me what exactly happened. I was in love with this book so much that I couldn’t put it down. Then sleep took over me so I settled for finishing the book the next morning.

Until the last two or three pages I was still clueless as to who the killer was and all it took was signature for me to completely freak out. Plus, the freak out of how everything was carried out. By far my favorite novel by the queen of mystery.

 


 

Rating

★★★★★