A Dangerous Tournament

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Year Four – J.K. Rowling

Fantasy, witches, wizards, schools, England.

Rating 12/10

Harry Potter is invited to the Quidditch World Cup with the Weasleys as well as stay there for the rest of the summer and go to school from there. After attending the event, trouble comes Harry’s way, death eaters come to terrorize and left them all traumatized slightly. Time to return to Hogwarts for Year Four and this year is different than the last. It is the Triwizard Tournament. Three schools: Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, Durmstrang, three students: One from each school, three tasks, one victor.  However, the Triwizard Cup chose two champions from Hogwarts, Cedric Diggory and Harry Potter. Now Harry Potter will have to try to survive each task, but the question remains. Who put his name into the Triwizard cup? Who ever had done it wanted Harry dead? In the first task, its against a dragon and the goal is to retrieve the golden egg that contains a hint as to what the next task is. An unexpected task happens, and it is the Yule Ball. It ends in heart break and friends not speaking with each other. In the second task, the victors must retrieve what or whom was taken from. Harry nearly survives the murderous mermaids and other water creatures. It’s the third task now that involves a maze. A very dangerous maze. After Harry and Cedric grab the cup, they are transported to a graveyard. Cedric is killed and Harry comes face to face with a resurrected Lord Voldemort. He also nearly escapes from him and wins the Triwizard Tournament. No one believes him that Lord Voldemort is back.

I really love this novel a lot because it has so much excitement. There are dragons and mermaids and mazes plus some other events like a Yule Ball that made me feel so bad for Hermione. She secretly hoped that Ron had asked her, and he didn’t at all. I had always thought that Ron and Hermione had a crush on each other from day one. There are other plot twists that weren’t expected as well as some comedic scenes by the Weasley twins. I highly recommend giving this book a read for sure because its detailed and fun to read.

Cult Survivor Tale

After the Fire – Will Hill

Cults, survival, psychology, thrilling, suspense, young adult fiction.

Rating 10/10

Moonbeam, a survivor from a cult of the name, Lord’s Legion recounts her daily life leading up to the Fire incident with a psychiatrist. As time progresses, Moonbeam learns to trust those around her who are helping her recover from the incident. She also learns of the orphaned survivors and how they first got help like she did as well as given to loving homes. Moonbeam tells the psychiatrist that she caused all the chaos. No punishments given. Freedom and happiness were given to Moonbeam.

I really love the whole strength of Moonbeams character and how she got guts to do what she did. This young adult novel surprised me in the end. It was very well written and thought into as far as I can tell. I would recommend this novel for sure. It is very detailed and descriptive. There are two alternating segments of this book that is very organized that defines Moonbeam sharing her experiences to the psychiatrist and what she does after the sessions as well as her interactions with other characters. I cried at the end and usually I don’t cry with books but with this one I did. It was sentimental.