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O.W.L.’s Magical Readalong Wrap Up

Hi guys, I know I am late as this amazing readathon has finished a couple of days/weeks ago but better late than never to share how I did, right?

I am really happy with how well I did as I ended up reading 8 books for 8 of the prompts so I can move on with my career path of becoming a Hogwarts Professor of Herbology. Thank you for helping me decide in my April Wrap Up and May TBR video, you voting in my poll definitely helped me decide!
I can’t wait to participate in the N.E.W.T.’s in August, I am so excited.

I decided to split my wrap-ups from last month into two so it is easier to share all the information with you, hope you don’t mind 😀

O.W.L.’s TBR – HERE

April Wrap Up – HERE


MUGGLE STUDIES

Craft by Adriana Locke

4

They’re not quite enemies. Not really friends. More like frustrated balls of sexual tension and neither will give in.
Lance Gibson drives Mariah Malarkey absolutely crazy. He uses her office like a phone booth, takes cupcakes from the corner of her desk like she baked them just for him. She didn’t. Maybe she knew the history teacher happened to love peanut butter icing, but that was purely a coincidence. All sixteen times.
Mariah has a way of getting under Lance’s skin too. She calls him out on his crap, spoils him even if inadvertently, and seeing the librarian in skirts drives him wild. She won’t give in. It’s for the best, really, considering there’s no way he could lie to a woman like that and he’s not about to tell her the truth about himself. Not in a million years.
These two don’t hate each other. They don’t really like each other. But for this to be a friends-to-lovers story, they have to start somewhere, right?
Note: This can be read as a standalone novel.
 

I believe this book is the second book to the Gibson series however as you can see from the description it can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed it, I thought it was fun to read about how Lance drove Mariah absolutely crazy, yet she still liked him underneath all her frustration as she baked him his favourite cupcakes, well she baked it for the staff but she knew it was his favourite flavour. Their interactions were just so entertaining to read about, however for whatever reason I wanted a little bit more. I feel like their relationship just started too abruptly which is probably why I didn’t give it the full five stars. I do want to continue with the series though as I also adored the interactions between the Gibson boys, they are just adorable and this book kind of has made me feel like I now want to become a librarian, hehe 🙂

GOODREADS


CHARMS

Wildcat by Max Monroe

4

What would you do if the sexy, mysterious stranger you met by chance turned out to be a celebrity?
Catharine Wild is about to find out.

Quinn Bailey is one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and the instant he lays eyes on pretty little Cat Wild, he can’t resist her.
When the sexy football star comes aboard the flight attendant’s plane, her life takes a drastic turn. Mile-high courting and an intense pursuit to win her heart are just the beginning.
Attention, fame—even, public scrutiny find their way into the mix. 
It should be simple, right?
Wrong.

Because, in the end, not everyone wants to see the small town girl find love with the superstar.
Good thing Quinn Bailey knows how to win.
Game on, baby.

I really enjoyed this book, the interactions between Cat and Quinn were adorable and I loved their meet-cute, so adorable. I’ve seen some people complain that the conflict was to do with race as Cat is of mixed race and I know it’s kind of sad to read about as you would think in the 21st century we wouldn’t look at race and skin colour but sadly this still happens. The parents were not only racist but also homophobic. But I still enjoyed seeing how Quinn and Cat overcame that.
Also, I have to say whilst reading this book I’ve noticed how hard being a celebrity must be. Literally, millions of people who you have never met in your life question every move you make. Poor Quinn, he can’t even have any privacy or commute around the world like a normal person as people just bombard him with wanting signatures etc. Still he was a champ and treating them how he would want someone he admired to treat him. I have such respect for him, and for Cat too. Taking an interest in football even though she wasn’t the biggest fan of sports. She is one of my favourite female characters, such a joy to read about and I also loved her interactions with her friends. I ended up reading the first two chapters of the next book and I am definitely going to pick it up as it has grabbed my interest for sure!

GOODREADS


DEFENCE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

2

This is the third book to the An Ember in the Ashes series so I don’t want to spoil those that haven’t caught up with the series yet, if you want to check out what the series is about, click the link HERE which will take you to the Goodreads page for the first book.

Now for this one, keeping things spoiler-free I am just going to tell you that I really did not enjoy it. I feel like maybe it is because I wasn’t the biggest fan of where the story has been taken and I just felt like I did not know any of the characters any more. I was going to reread the first two books but seeing how busy I am with university and life I just don’t think that would happen any time soon so I thought I would pick this book up as an audiobook. I could still remember what happened in the first and second book, for the second book my memory was a little bit more vague but still I knew the characters and the story. Well, how wrong was I? I really did not like Elias or Lia, and I found myself being more interested in Helene’s perspective, who I didn’t think I liked that much. Yet, her perspective was the most interesting.

GOODREADS


HERBOLOGY

The House Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

3

Everything you need to know to create your very own “sacred space”—perfect for practicing home-based witchcraft including spells, rituals, herbalism, and more!—from the author of The Green Witch. 
Your home is an important part of who you are—it makes sense to tie your practice of witchcraft closely to the place where you build your life. In The House Witch, you’ll discover everything you need to live, work, and practice in your own magical space. Follow expert Arin Murphy-Hiscock on a journey to building and fortifying a sacred space in your own home, with essential information on how to:
-Create magical cookbooks of recipes, spells, and charms
-Prepare food that nourishes body and soul
-Perform rituals that protect and purify hearth and home
-Master the secrets of the cauldron and the sacred flame
-Call upon the kitchen gods and goddesses.
-Produce hearth-based arts and crafts.
…and much more!
Learn how easy it is to transform your home into a magical place that enhances your practice and nurtures your spirit!

Sadly, I was quite underwhelmed by this book and the information it provided as I found it was quite repetitive and information I’ve already known. I will be unhauling this book (stay tuned for that) but I am still glad I read this book. I think one of the reasons why I was disappointed is that I thought this book would be structured in sections split my rooms you can find in your home, such as bedroom, bathroom, living room etc, however that was not the case and it was mostly about the kitchen and how to be a kitchen witch. Had I wanted to read about that I would have picked up a book on the kitchen witch, so yeah I was disappointed but if you would like a book on the kitchen witch then this might be for you.

GOODREADS


POTIONS

Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

5

As this a sequel I won’t share with you what this book is about as it would definitely spoil the first book, but let me just tell you I absolutely adored this book! It was such an amazing sequel that wrapped up this story so well. It’s full of fabulous friendships, a healthy romance and I just loved the plot. I found I was never bored and I also enjoyed the politics in this one too. I think it might be my favourite out of the two, however I can’t really tell you why as you know, spoilers so just trust me when I say it’s amazing and you should definitely read this duology. Melinda Salisbury’s writing is lovely and her stories fast-paced even though they are very political.

GOODREADS


ANCIENT RUNES

Wasted Words by Staci Hart

3

Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.
Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.
She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.
Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.
*A romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma*

I really wanted to love it, I really did. However, sadly, Cam (female protagonist) did not do it for me.
I really liked that she was a bookworm, she didn’t dress up everyday and she was in a way a very chill girl, I liked that… Until it came to her couple making skill, yikes! She was so judgemental and always thought she was right. Her ego really ended up hurting some people just because they didn’t end up with the person she set them up with. I’m not really a fan of labeling people into categories as there is more to a person than their looks. I think my favourite scenes were definitely when books were mentioned, for instance one of the early scenes were the first couple Cam set up was written so well, or when she would try to find the book that would make Tyler fall in love with reading! I want more of that, but I just also want a less judgemental book with a female protagonist that truly doesn’t care what other people think.
I really thought I would love this as it is a romantic comedy inspired by one of my favourite Jane Austen books, Emma. However, I didn’t laugh that much and it just wasn’t a favourite of mine. I’m going to be on the hunt though for books with characters that read a lot. Also, this book really makes me want to finally pick up The Hobbit.
I will be continuing with the series though as I might find a favourite as I love Jane Austen, we will have to wait and see if I do!

GOODREADS


CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

5

I LOVED IT!
But really, are you surprised?
It was such a great third book in the series, and to be completely honest with you I was scared going into this book as I tend to not be the biggest fan of third books in a series if the series is longer than three books. But this one just blew my mind! I’m literally kicking myself in the foot for not reading it as soon as I got it as Kendare Blake’s books are such fast-paced books, full of action and I feel like I am forever enthralled by this world and how dark and mysterious it is. I loved that we got to see more of the history behind the mist and the island’s past. Arsinoe will forever be my favourite, Mirabella has grown on me immensely, however I’m not sure how I feel about her last decision in the book… And Katharine… hmm, she seems to be other people’s favourite and even though I loved reading from every perspective in this book, I still am not the biggest fan of her but she still is a super interesting character to read about.
I am DEFINITELY picking up Five Dark Fates as soon as I get my hands on it as I need to know this amazing series ends and now that I think about it, I might be kind of glad I waited to read this as at least my wait for the next book isn’t too long 😀

GOODREADS


HISTORY OF MAGIC

The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien

3.5

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent. The text in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998), and includes a note on the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001). Unforgettable!

It was an enjoyable read but after the story/adventure with Gollum I did start to lose interest. I watched the movies when I was younger and I remember mostly the Lord of the Rings characters and I love Frodo and Sam so hopefully, I pick up that series and enjoy it much more. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters as I felt like they lacked some depth to them. As I was listening to the audiobook I really needed to be able to tell who was who but sadly I felt lost a couple of times. Maybe this is just a book I should have read physically. I did enjoy Tolkien’s descriptive writing at the beginning of the novel as it was really easy to picture the world but he could have eased up on the descriptions later on in the book as did get boring after a while.
Apart from that I really enjoyed it and glad I picked it up.

GOODREADS


 

Hope you all enjoyed seeing all the books I read for the O.W.L’s and I am so glad I participated. Hopefully when I participate for the N.E.W.T.’s I will vlog my experience and then it will be fun to look at how I did throughout the month.

If you participated tell me how it went for you down below!
Are you going to participate in the N.E.W.T.’s too?
What career path did you choose?

See you in my next post 🙂
Natalia aka Bookish Vegan

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