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The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorenson

the-fallen-starI wish I could give half stars because I would have given The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorenson this 3.5 stars but I can’t give it more than three.

Other people have been saying this story is way too much like Twilight. Seeing as how there is little to no love story or romance in the book I would have to say that’s not true. Although there are several awkward teen moments but still not enough to be Twilight comparable. (I did love Twilight so don’t get me wrong).

There was far too much of this book that was almost identical to Harry Potter. It’s like when you go in the grocery store and by the bagged cereal Os because you know they taste like Cheerios but they will never really be Cheerios and you missing the fun activity on the back of the box.

The first 100 pages there were so many Harry Potter rip-offs that I almost stopped reading. Thankfully the last 100 pages made up for the blatant similarities. Bad guy with a scar, memories taken, death walkers and a kid who has to live with their evil relatives who try to hide everything and lie all the time.

I did enjoy the star concept, that was original and I appreciate that plot in the story. I also like the small vampire element and the Vegas trip. I could have done without the death walkers they are way to similar to the death eaters in Harry Potter.

If there could have been some other supernatural villain this book would have probably gotten a 4.5 but since a lot if the concepts weren’t original I really can’t do more than 3 stars. With all that being said I will read the next book in the series and hopefully it will be improved.

The book is free on the Kindle as of right now.

My theory on #Pottermore … MMORPG

The world is wanting more from Pottermore. I can’t say that I blame them. I listened to the YouTube video tease of JK Rowling talking about how people want more from the Harry Potter series and so she has created Pottermore. She goes on to say the users, the readers of the series, are going to be the creators and so I wonder if Pottermore is going to be an online gaming world. Could it be that Pottermore will be an MMORPG?

Could Pottermore be the next WoW? (WoW is World of Warcraft for those of you who are only literary geeks and not full blown geeks like myself).

Because if she went there…hell yes she would succeed.

JK Rowling could definitely get the backing and if you think about it the Harry Potter series has well enough content to create a massive and magic world for people to play and game. I think that is what Pottermore will be and I think people, while they are complaining right now because they want more books, I think they will go batshit crazy if it ends up being an MMORPG.

And I am completely pulling this out of the clear blue sky. I have read no reports. But if you infer from what we have heard thus far and if you look at the screens and you if you think about what she says in her video it kind of makes sense.

You would become a student at Hogwarts. Or a muggle perhaps. Or maybe even a Deatheater?

You would have a territory to start. You could work up to being a professor, a teacher, a dark lord, I don’t know.

There are a million and a half things that could be done and created if this became that kind of game. And yes people would pay money and keep paying money for this and the Harry Potter fans would be able to keep Harry Potter magic in their lives on a daily basis. The story would live on and you would become a character in the story, so to speak.

Am I wrong? Maybe. But this is what I’m sticking with. You heard it here first…

If it ends up that she really did just create a simple Harry Potter fan site like the million which already exist than I am sorry to all those who wanted more… because it’s not Potter MORE at all.

And the Deathly Hallows

It’s so bittersweet to have finished the 7th and final Harry Potter book. J.K. Rowling really out did herself with this one. Though I must say, if you haven’t been an HP reader from book one, there is a lot of this one that will not make sense.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) ties up every loose end that existed in this story throughout the series. Secrets are told, memories are read and the real enemies are brought into the light.

Harry, Ron and Hermione are seventeen in this book and it should be their final year at Hogwarts, but instead they are out trying to fulfil Dumbledore’s last request and it’s a HUGE one. Their lives and everyone who has ever helped them are all at risk. But that’s no surprise since the rise of Voldemort…I mean…He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, the entire world is at risk whether they are part of the magic community or not.

Severus Snape is not in this book much. However, it is his character that makes the biggest impact on everyone in the end. And in the last few chapters we learn a lot about Snape that we didn’t know. However, I recall saying that I didn’t believe Snape killed Dumbledore, that there had to be more to the story, and now I know.

**SPOILER ALERT**

Gallivanting around looking for Voldemort’s horcruxes (the objects in which he had hidden a piece of his soul) the trio ran into much more than Death Eaters and jinxes. They were literally on the run for most of the book. At one point Ron actually left and said he was out, he didn’t want any parts of it. This of course made me livid. Because I love Ron and I never would have thought he’d turn his back on Harry or Hermione. Fortunately, he came back and in quite the heroic fashion.

Dumbledore’s Army came together in the end and fought against evil. Without any hesitation or questions even all the professors at Hogwart’s had his back.

He ended up seeing Voldemort kill Snape. And Snape had Harry bottle some of his memories. Harry brought them back to the penseive and oh the secrets he learned. Snape had been in love with Harry’s mom Lily since childhood. And since she was killed he had vowed to protect Harry from harm. Whoa! Dumbledore asked Snape to kill him so that Draco wouldn’t have to do it. Because Dumbledore had been poisoned with one of Voldemort’s horcruxes and would only survive another year anyway.

During this walk down memory lane, Harry also found out that he needed to die for the end of Voldemort to come to pass. He was the 7th and last horcrux, part of Voldemort’s soul was part of him and for Voldemort to die…he had to die. So he went straight up to Voldemort, didn’t duel or fight. He just offered his life, looked death in the face, all to save the rest of the world. A completely selfless act. And that my friends is ultimately what saved him.

The rest of the book is up for you to read. And you really should, because it’s an incredible fantasy.

P.S. We do learn that Harry marries Ginny AND Ron marries Hermione some years down the road. =o)

No, I’m not done yet

Yes, I know the book has been out far too long now for me to not be finished, but I’ve been busy! It’s hard to do a lot of reading with a three-year-old. =o)

I’m on Chapter 19 of the latest and last Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I have to say, I’m shocked by a lot of the development thus far and I really hope things tie together or begin making sense soon. It’s making me upset!

You can really tell that Harry, Hermione and Ron are seventeen though. They are all types of emotional basket cases.

A fun fact about the book…after only one week on the shelves it has already been nominated in the Best Book category at the first Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards UK, set to take place in London in October. J.K. Rowlings, clearly, you RAWK!

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