Book Review: Harry Potter – The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard by Eric Bradley

cover122318-medium  The most beloved wizard in the world’s story turned 20 this year. Another fun fact: “The first printing of the first edition of the British version of the initial Harry Potter novel was the result of an extremely small press run on June 26, 1997, by Bloomsbury in England.” (pg. 7) A mere 500 books are what it took to create an empire and make J.K. Rowling a household name. If you are lucky (wildly lucky?) and own a copy of the very first edition, you are in possession of something worth around 40,000 dollars at auction. This entry is the beginning of a well thought out and meticulously researched book. Inside are snippets and fun facts about the editions, author, and its characters. This book is set apart from competitors because of all the fun and engaging backstories. They are almost more interesting than the curated value of the object is. Eric Bradley has put together more than a simple collectibles book for us muggles to peruse. He had me more interested in the facts than the prices, but the value of some objects are mind-blowing. Collectible books can be as dry as day-old toast, but this book was fun from beginning to end. If I were you I’d grab a first edition copy, someday this book is going to be worth some coin!

“No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
– J.K. Rowling (pg. 6)

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Finish Line

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There’s only One-Way to live, only One-Way to be, only one road to follow, only one place you’re free. One-way or no way, simple as that, the One-Way and right way is right where you’re at. The One-Way will twist you and the One-Way will turn you, the fire inside will scorch you and burn you. Staying One-Way means you will reach its end, but without the One-Way middle, you’ll never learn how to bend. One-Way or no way, upside or down, without the path of the One-Way, you’re sure to lose ground. The One-Way is simple, the One-Way is true, the One-Way is me patiently waiting for you.

via Daily Prompt: One-Way

One-Way

Paradise Bitten

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There lies the apple that stopped her heart
Gone a chosen life with its nasty black art

Because the witch demands love and beauty and price
A man was required and thought a kiss should suffice

She never wanted to fall in love, especially with a fool
But the price for freedom was to live under his rule

Never asking to be a bride or a wife
She took up her skirts and ran for her life

The witch was careless and left the apple behind
And with one big bite, a death note was signed

Freedom comes in the ways we demand
And by sleeping forever she chose her dreamland

via Daily Prompt: Bite

Bite

Book Review: Welcome To Sortilege Falls (Grape Merriweather Book One) by Libby Heily

cover126351-mediumsorNo one has ever met a girl named Grape, and Grape has never met anyone like The Models. She is a confident, self-assured teenager who gets a verbal sucker-punch on her first day of school. Already reeling from the recent death of her father and a move to a new town, it was the last thing she expected.  The Models are also the last thing she was expecting. They are ethereal to the point of suspicion and they dominate the town. Pie-eyed adults and kids alike give The Models anything they want. One of them, Mandy, decides she likes Grape, and thus the story begins. Garden gnomes litter the town and something isn’t right in the woods behind Grape’s house. The Models are getting sick and dying at an alarming rate. The adults know something but no one is talking. Why does Grape’s brother spend so much time in the woods? Is that a really dorky man trying to befriend her, or is he a vampire? Why can The Models say and do anything they want without repercussions? Wait, did that garden gnome move? It’s up to Grape and a cast of eccentric, oddball characters to right the wrongs before anyone else dies. I enjoyed every minute of this book. In the sci-fi/paranormal world of teen novels, it can get repetitive and dull. There is nothing dull in the world of Sortilege Falls! This tale is so outrageous and fun it’s like nothing I’ve read before. I’m off to buy the second book and see what Grape and her friends get into next.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.