Archive for November, 2011

I’d like to take the time to thank Jamie from The Eclectic Bookshelf for dropping by and posting a guest review of Variant by Robison Wells here on Tales from the Crypt.

Variant (Variant, #1)Title:  Variant
Author: Robison Wells
Series: Variant #1
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Reviewed Format: ARC

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.

He was wrong.

Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.

Where breaking the rules equals death.

But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape—his only real hope for survival—may be impossible.

Review:

First, I’d like to thank The Keeper for letting me guest post this review on her blog today.  Now onto the awesomeness that is Variant!  I literally could NOT come up with one good reason to not give this book a 5/5.  At the moment I cannot come up with one bad thing to say about the book.

One thing that I really liked about Variant is that it’s pretty dang original.  To me Variant was a refreshing breath of air in a sometimes stuffy genre and very unique.  The thing that really attracted me to the book in the first place was the “Trust No One” at the top of the cover.  It adds a little creep factor to the book.

Variant had me hooked right away from the very beginning.  Another one of those books that I had a VERY difficult time putting down. (Side Note: DANG YOU REAL LIFE!)  I thought that the writing was original, with a touch of thrill added in to keep things interesting, which made this book soooo very easy for me to read.  Ok, so I fibbed a little bit, the only negative I have with the book is the cliffhanger ending.  Can I have the sequel right now please?!

Another thing that I LOVED about Variant was all the twists and turns.  Just when you think you or Benson have something figured out BAM! your wrong and there’s another twist.  Basically, I had to keep reading because the anticipation was figuratively killing me!

If you’re looking for a YA book that’s not only different but has a pretty unpredictable plot pick up Variant.  Really don’t think you’ll be sorry!

I was inspired to write this post by the post that The Story Siren did on the same subject.

Dear Authors, publishers, and other media outlets,

As a reader I LOVE it when I am approached by not only all of you but also my friends, family, coworker’s you get the picture with all sorts of book recommendations, suggestions and my personal favorite “OH MY GOSH YOU HAVE TO READ THIS IT’S JUST AWESOME” requests.  I just love to read. I realize, especially if you’re a brand new author, that it can be difficult sometimes to find people to read and review your book.  So I took the opportunity to write you all this open letter on “How to get ME to read your book,” now I’m going to break it down for you.

Honestly, the number 1 way to get me to read your book is if I want to read your book.  Seriously, that is the number 1 way.  I took the liberty of creating a Wish List page on my blog and I also have a Wish list shelf on my Goodreads account.  Please check them out.  Your work is basically done if you find your book(s) on either of my wish lists.

If by chance you don’t see your book on either of my wish lists or your just not sure if your book qualifies for my blog, please don’t hesitate to send me a review request.  Listed below are some things that you can do to increase your chances of me accepting your review request:

  • Read my Review Policy – I spent a whole bunch of time typing that thing up and I realize that it’s got some length to it but I have tried to highlight as much of the IMPORTANT stuff as much as possible. My review policy specifically states what genre’s and formats I read and review on my blog.  I also state how to go about requesting and what information I require in the request in my review policy as well.  Also, I’ll know if you’ve read my review request or not if your sending me a review request during a blackout period (not accepting review requests).
  • Don’t try to pitch me your book via Twitter/Goodreads/or a blog comment – This is a MAJOR turn off for me.  It feels like I’m trying to be bribed and I don’t like to be bribed, even when it comes to books.
  • Don’t try to bribe me – It’s rude, insulting and an instant review request rejection.
  • Use my real name in your review request – For this one I will definitely know for sure if you’ve read my review policy or not, it’s actually required.  I blog as “The Keeper” but I do in fact have a real name.  For me personally, it says that you took the time to personally explore my blog to learn what my real name actually is.
  • Add some personal touches – I’m a pretty smart chick.  I’ll be able to tell the difference between a personalized review request or a mass email review request.  I do realize that there are time constraints so I’m not saying I’ll reject a mass email request.  It’s just nice when you take the time to add a little personal touch to your request.

In closing, I hope that you found this open letter to be a helpful tool.  There’s a VERY good chance that I will want to read your book.  Just remember, book bloggers are people too.  With real lives and feelings.

Thank you,

The Keeper

In My Mailbox #5

Posted: November 26, 2011 in Meme's
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In my mailbox is hosted by the lovely Story Siren.  This is our chance to show off the books that we got during the week.  I LOVE this meme…My wishlist ALWAYS grows!  Leave me a link to your IMM and I’ll be sure to drop by and say hi!

Won:

Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls #1)

Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they’re triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.

Switched

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.
 
Bought:
 
Immortal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #2)
The signs are everywhere…disastrous world events. Evil rising up, unleashed upon the innocent. The prophecies were there…but no one listened. Until now. The time has come for those who can either usher in Doomsday…or prevent it. They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Arik Wagner, a soldier with the U.S. Army’s paranormal unit, the R-XR, kissed a girl and liked it. And then he went to hell as punishment. Where he’s spent weeks being tortured…and plotting revenge.

Limos, Horsewoman of the Apocalypse, isn’t your average girl. She’s immortal, dangerous, and her fiancé is Satan himself. In a moment of weakness, she gave in to her desire and kissed Arik, triggering her fiancé’s wrath – and his claim on her. In order to save Arik, and the world, Limos must make a dangerous pact with her recently turned evil brother, Pestilence. A deal that might just cost her her soul…and her heart.

For Review:

 
Destined (House of Night Series #9)
Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet — which would be a whole lot easier if the High Council saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx’s gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together — if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father’s shadow.

But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia’s handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there’s the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more — or possibly less — than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there’s something strangely familiar about him . . .

Will Neferet’s true nature be revealed before she succeeds at extinguishing Light? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox’s humanity in time to protect them all? Find out what’s destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.

Friday Follow #2

Posted: November 25, 2011 in Meme's
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Q: It’s Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. so we want to know what you are Thankful for – blogging related of course! Who has helped you out along the way? What books are you thankful for reading?

NOTE: I don’t have GFC but if your interested in following my blog there is a “Follow via Email” button at the top of my sidebar, there is also google reader and there is also a “Follow” at the very top of the page too.

I’m thankful that I’m blogging on a format that I truly enjoy being on.  Blogger was nice but I like more things about wordpress.  I’m also thankful for @parajunkee for creating Book Blogging 101 and just being awesome, @TheBookVixen for just being awesome, and a host more wonderful book bloggers, there are just too many to mention and not turn this post into a novel. The books that I’m most thankful for reading this year are Shatter Me, Blood Red Road and Divergent…Great Dystopian novels!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hosted by Bookish Ardour.
 

What It’s All About

The Dystopia challenge is for those who love it and for those who have never tried it. From negative utopia to plain ol’ totalitarian, there’s much to love about Dystopia and many ways it can be written.

If you’re not sure what it is check out Diva Schuylers’s post and learn all about it, but for a quick run down think of unpleasant living situations, pure dystopia being when an entity or social force is involved, but you can think outside the circle with this one.

Here’s one of our Must Reads lists for some inspiration.

The Deets

  • Running Dates: 1st of January – 31st of December 2012
  • When Can I Sign Up: All the way up to the last two weeks of December!
  • Crossover Genres: Our Dystopia challenge also includes Post-Apocalypse and Ecotopia (environmentally dystopian).
  • Mr Linky: To use the Mr Linky you’ll need to click on the graphic then enter your link. These will be updated and posted into this page every couple of weeks or so.
  • Further Details: Crossover challenges are fine, you can change levels at any time, this is eBook, short story, and graphic novel friendly, and you don’t need a blog to join in (read further for details).

The How To

  1. Choose Your Level: These are listed further down and you can change levels at any time.
  2. Grab The Badge: Place it somewhere on your blog, profile, or in a signature where possible and link back (main page or this page, it’s up to you).
  3. Sign Up Post: Create a post on your blog, in a group, or on a forum (only if allowed) to let others see what you’re aiming for (a predefined list of books is optional).
  4. Link Up: Grab the direct URL to your sign up post, not your blog, click the Mr Linky graphic and enter your link!
  5. Blogless? Don’t worry, you can sign up with your social network profile (YouTube,Twitter, GoodReads, Shelfari included), just make sure you link to your review list, shelf, tweet, or category. If you don’t have any of those feel free to comment!

Afterwards

  1. Your Reviews: Reviewing is optional! But if you do review we’d love for you to share them by submitting them on the Review Page
  2. Finished: When you’re done it’s completion post time and you can share these on the Completion Post page.

Challenge Levels

  1. Asocial– Choose 5 books to read
  2. Contagion – Choose 15 books to read
  3. Soldier – Choose 30 books to read
  4. Drone – Choose 50 books to read
  5. Conditioned – Choose 75 books to read
  6. Brainwashed – Choose anywhere between 76-135 books to read
  7. Totalitarian – Choose anywhere between 136-200 books to read

Extra Challenges

If you feel like that extra kick to your reading challenges here’s several you can choose from.

  • World: Choose a country as your theme, reading only books from that country or where it’s the setting. For how high you go you can choose more than one country;
    • Level Asocial to Soldier: Choose one country
    • Level Soldier to Conditioned: Choose two countries
    • Level Conditioned to end of Brainwashed: Choose three countries
    • Level Totalitarian: Choose four countries.
  • Gender Battle: Read books only by female or male authors. Another alternative is to read equal amounts of both.

My Level is Soldier.

1. Delirium
2. Pandemonium
3. 1984
4. Fahrenheit 451
5. I Am Legend
6. The Road
7. Divergent
8. Insurgent
9. Matched
10. Crossed
11. The Maze Runner
12. Wither
13. Across The Universe
14. Outpost
15. XVI
16. The Scorch Trials
17. Ashfall
18. Legend
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My Week In Review #5

Posted: November 21, 2011 in Meme's
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This weekly bookish meme is hosted by Bookjourney.  This is the meme to share what you’ve posted on your blog during the past week, what you’ve read, what you’re in the process of reading and what you plan to read.  Personally, I LOVE this meme…I ALWAYS find more books to add to my already ENORMOUS wishlist.

What I’ve Read:

Shatter Me

Review

Darkfever (Fever, #1)

Review

Cowgirl Up and Ride (Rough Riders, #3)

Review

What I’m Currently Reading:

Blink of an Eye

Goodreads page

What I Plan to Read:

My plan is to finish and review Blink of an Eye.  From there we’ll see.  Don’t want to overwhelm myself going into the holidays.

“Random” posts from the blogs:

The Book Junkie’s Bookshelf

In My Mailbox #3
2012 Sports Romance Reading Challenge
2012 TBR Reading Challenge
Monday Musings #2 – Collecting Authors

Tales from the Crypt

In My Mailbox #4
Saturday Funny
On My Wishlist #3
2012 TBR Reading Challenge
Monday Musings #1 – Collecting Authors

In My Mailbox #4

Posted: November 20, 2011 in Meme's
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In My Mailbox is hosted by the loverly Story Siren.  In My Mailbox is our opportunity to show off the books that we got in the mail for review, borrowed from the library, borrowed from friends/family, bought, swapped or got in any other fashion.  I ALWAYS find new books to add to my ENORMOUS wishlist through this meme.  Leave me a link to your IMM and I’ll be sure to drop by and say HI!

Bought – Bound

Shatter Me

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

Given

Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #1)

 

They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.

Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can’t-or won’t-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman’s safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara’s life.

Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark #9)A DANGEROUS BEAUTY …

Lucia the Huntress: as mysterious as she is exquisite, she harbors secrets that threaten to destroy her — and those she loves.

AN UNCONTROLLABLE NEED …

Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal Highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own.

THAT LEAD TO A PLEASURE SO WICKED …

From the shadows, Garreth has long watched over Lucia. Now, the only way to keep the proud huntress safe from harm is to convince her to accept him as her guardian. To do this, Garreth will ruthlessly exploit Lucia’s greatest weakness — her wanton desire for him.

Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark, #11)

HE VOWED HED COME FOR HER . . .

Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives.

SHE AWAITS HIS RETURN . . .

When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals—unaware that he belongs to their world.

TO SATE A DESIRE MORE POWERFUL THAN DEATH . . .

Yet every reincarnation comes with a price, for Aidan is doomed to die when he remembers his past. To save herself from Declan’s torments, will Regin rekindle memories of the passion they once shared—even if it means once again losing the only man she could ever love?

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

J. K. Rowling continues her phenomenally popular Harry Potter series with yet another tale of magic, mirth, and mayhem. Like its predecessor, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is chock-full of fascinating characters, frightful events, and fun wizardry.p

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 girl’s 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?

Rowling packs this tale with plenty of adventure and action, keeping the pace fast and furious. There’s plenty of humor, too – both subtle and bold – as well as a few moral lessons. With overlapping themes that range from the simple to the sophisticated, Rowling’s Potter tales should appeal to readers of all ages – the young as well as the young at heart.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

J. K. Rowling continues to bewitch readers everywhere with the third book in her magical Potter series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Harry’s ongoing exploits, along with those of his contemporaries, teachers, and relatives, are as imaginative, entertaining, and mysterious as ever. For during Harry’s third year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he must face his greatest challenge yet: a confrontation with Sirius Black, an escaped convict and madman who is rumored to be in cahoots with Harry’s archenemy, the Dark Wizard Lord Voldemort. This alone would be daunting enough, but Harry’s task is made even more trying when he discovers that Sirius is suspected of being the one who killed Harry’s parents.

For Harry, the Hogwarts campus has always been a sanctuary, but when Black escapes from the horrifying clutches of Azkaban Prison, all clues suggest the madman is headed for Hogwarts and Harry himself. As a result, the school starts to feel more like a prison than a sanctuary as Harry finds himself constantly watched and under guard. What’s more, the terrifying Dementors – the horrifying creatures who guard Azkaban Prison – are lurking about the campus looking for Black. And their effect on Harry is a devastating one.

Still, life at school offers plenty of distractions. Harry really likes the new teacher for Defense Against the Dark Arts, Professor Lupin, who might be able to teach Harry how to defend himself against the Dementors. But Professor Snape’s behavior toward Lupin has Harry wondering what secrets the two men are hiding. Harry’s friend Hermione is also acting very strangely. And, of course, there is the tension caused by the ongoing Quidditch competition between the Gryffindors and the Slytherins and the never-ending bullying of the Slytherin leader, Draco Malfoy.

One of Rowling’s greatest strengths is her ability to stack mystery upon mystery in a way that keeps the pages turning without frustrating the reader. Her clues are always fair and bountiful, but it’s easy to lose track of them in the midst of all the high suspense, spell-casting action, and unexpected plot twists. That’s okay, because Rowling ties it all neatly together at the end in a way that will leave readers snapping their fingers and muttering, “Oh yeah. Forgot about that one. How clever!”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)

Harry Potter is back in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and this time, the magic gets out of hand!

First, imagine if you will, the sleepy but mysterious village of Little Hangleton, and what happened at the Riddle House. No, the Riddle House is not a place for riddles, but a home where the family died of fright. The man accused of murdering them was eventually released, but when he returns to the Riddle House, he overhears a curious conversation between someone named Wormtail and a terrible, dark presence by the name of Lord Voldemort — oh, so sorry He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Volde… (oops, almost said it again) He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is one of the most powerful Dark wizards — and he wants Harry Potter.

When Harry wakes from a particularly vivid dream, the scar on his forehead throbs, and he knows something is up. Harry’s been living in a dreadful house on Privet Drive with his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon, and greedy cousin, Dudley. They won’t even let him do any wizardry — you know Muggles, how they can’t really handle that kind of stuff.

Harry’s uncle and aunt like to let the neighbors think that Harry goes to St. Brutus’s Secure Center for Incurably Criminal Boys rather than to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He has to hide his magic — and even broomsticks aren’t a suitable topic of conversation in the Dursley household. But everything is about to change for Harry, beginning with this particular summer vacation.

It starts with a letter from Mrs. Weasley, Harry’s friend Ron’s mother. She invites him to come spend the rest of the summer with the Weasleys and to go see the Quidditch World Cup. Quidditch is Harry’s favorite sport in the world, and it isn’t often that the Quidditch World Cup is in Britain. Faster than you can say “Hogwarts,” Harry travels by fire to the Burrow, and the dark and threatening adventure begins.

On the way, Harry discovers that his interest in girls is becoming more nerve-wracking — how is a young wizard to ask a girl to the Yule Ball? And what of the Goblet of Fire itself? And the Triwizard Tournament? And then, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named might be seeking Harry out even now!

Who can resist a Harry Potter tale? J. K. Rowling has proven again that her international success seemed inevitable. It is beautifully written, with a strong narrative and fascinating, unforgettable characters, and there is not a child or adult in the world who won’t love this story. Not one word is wasted.

Now, my only problem is I need to find Harry so I can start classes at Hogwarts, soon. I sent him a message by owl, just this morning.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  (Harry Potter, #5)

There is a door at the end of a silent corridor, and it’s haunting Harry Potter’s dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?

Here are just a few of the things on Harry’s mind:

• A Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey
• A venomous, disgruntled house-elf
• Ron as Keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team
• The looming terror of the end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams

. . . and of course, the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

In the richest installment yet of J.K. Rowling’s seven-part story, Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts.

Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice.

Though thick runs the plot (as well as the spine), readers will race through these pages and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince  (Harry Potter, #6)

After months of frenzied anticipation and wild speculation about the identity of the Half-Blood Prince, the numerous bombshells and incredible plot twists in the sixth, ever-darkening installment of J. K. Rowling’s bestselling Harry Potter saga will leave readers as shocked and stunned as they are utterly satisfied..

As the novel begins, a “grim mood” has fallen over the country. The minions of Lord Voldemort (a.k.a. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named) continue to grow as his evil spreads. The Ministry of Magic has stepped up security everywhere, and as Harry enters his sixth year at Hogwarts, he begins to see himself — and everyone around him — in a different, more discerning, light. With rumors swirling about Harry being the prophesied “Chosen One,” he begins taking private lessons from Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore.

As Dumbledore prepares Harry for his destined clash with Voldemort by revealing jaw-dropping insights into the Dark Lord’s past — who his parents were, what happened after he left Hogwarts, and more — Harry also struggles to uncover the identity of the Half-Blood Prince, the past owner of a potions textbook he now possesses that is filled with ingenious, potentially deadly, spells. But Harry’s life is suddenly changed forever when someone close to him is heinously murdered right before his eyes….

With only one book to go before the series’ projected conclusion, Rowling masterfully sets the stage for what will surely be an epic battle to end all battles. The chess pieces are all in place for a magic-powered endgame that will be as thrilling as it is bittersweet.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Begun a decade ago and encompassing six shelf-bending novels, the seventh and concluding volume of the international literary phenomenon that is the Harry Potter saga comes to a bombshell-packed – and oh so satisfying – conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, arguably the most wildly anticipated release in modern publishing history.

As the novel begins, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are on the run from Lord Voldemort, whose minions of Death Eaters have not only taken control of the Minister of Magic but have begun to systematically – and forcibly – change the entire culture of the magic community: Muggle-born wizards, for example, are being rounded up and questioned, and all “blood traitors” are being imprisoned. But as Voldemort and his followers ruthlessly pursue the fugitive with the lightning bolt scar on his forehead, Potter finally uncovers the jaw-dropping truth of his existence.