Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Harry Potter is leaving Privet Drive for the last time. But as he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and they take to the skies, he knows Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters will not be far behind.

The protective charm that has kept him safe until now is broken. But the Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything he loves. And he knows he can’t keep hiding.

To stop Voldemort, Harry knows he must find the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them.

He will have to face his enemy in one final battle.  




There's a lot of book which makes it super had and confusing at the same time to write a review about.

There's a lot of plot on-going here. A lot od details and well certainly I feel this was somewhat better than movie counterparts. Although, I felt some scenes were too hyped up where everyone was almost overpowered and then suddenly powerless at the same time. It was a weird sense of conundrum.

One point is when Harry becomes the master of death after dumbledore. I enjoyed the backstory about dumbledore and how both he and voldemort wanted to master the death but voldermort chose dark arts and dumbledore went after the hallows.

That part I felt was seriously over powered but it was kinda enjoyable. There was lack of excitement until the climax and mostly it was okay but can get boring as well, depends on person reading.

Although, I feel this book was a fitting conclusion to the series. I wish there was more part on what happened after this huge war. It shows harry and ron's kids going to Hogwarts but there's not more information on it. I would've loved more on that part.

I feel the aftermath of a mayhem is more important in a story than the end of mayhem itself. It was there but wasn't satisfactory.

I would recommend it since its the last book in HP series. There's quite nonsense which you can skip if you want in the book but, can be fun if you want to dive deep about the life of Dumbledore.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince



Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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When Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens, the war against Voldemort has begun. The Wizarding world has split down the middle, and as the casualties mount, the effects even spill over onto the Muggles. Dumbledore is away from Hogwarts for long periods, and the Order of the Phoenix has suffered grievous losses. And yet, as in all wars, life goes on.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione, having passed their O.W.L. level exams, start on their specialist N.E.W.T. courses. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate, losing a few eyebrows in the process. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Harry becomes captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team, while Draco Malfoy pursues his own dark ends. And classes are as fascinating and confounding as ever, as Harry receives some extraordinary help in Potions from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

Most importantly, Dumbledore and Harry work together to uncover the full and complex story of a boy once named Tom Riddle—the boy who became Lord Voldemort. Like Harry, he was the son of one Muggle-born and one Wizarding parent, raised unloved, and a speaker of Parseltongue. But the similarities end there, as the teenaged Riddle became deeply interested in the Dark objects known as Horcruxes: objects in which a wizard can hide part of his soul, if he dares splinter that soul through murder.

Harry must use all the tools at his disposal to draw a final secret out of one of Riddle’s teachers, the sly Potions professor Horace Slughorn. Finally Harry and Dumbledore hold the key to the Dark Lord’s weaknesses... until a shocking reversal exposes Dumbledore’s own vulnerabilities, and casts Harry’s—and Hogwarts’s—future in shadow.  




This was a really good read. I really don't have much to comment on this part of the series. The story progressed and dived deep into the life of the main antagonist. It gives an interesting insight although into the life around hogwarts.

It was very interesting to know the backstory of how did voldemort rose into the power that he had at that time when Harry was in hogwarts.

There was action in the end of the story while most of the other portions were well balanced and enjoyable.

Some portions did feel unnecessary but I don't mind as they didn't stretch out for that long. I felt really bad when dumbledore was killed. But it was kind of expected as if Harry had to take up the lead than the current leader had to be stepped down. Considering dumbledore the master magician and owner of the elder wand, it would have been stupid to just sideline him without killing. They indeed killed of the character but it didn't felt stupid. There was ample of background and reasoning to make it good.

There was interesting twist in Ginny-Harry and Hermione-Ron coupling. I enjoyed it and felt it was well deserved.

I'd recommend it to read for sure.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix



Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it’s haunting Harry Pottter’s dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?

Harry has a lot on his mind for this, his fifth year at Hogwarts: a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a big surprise on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; and the looming terror of the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams. But all these things pale next to the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named---a threat that neither the magical government nor the authorities at Hogwarts can stop.

As the grasp of darkness tightens, Harry must discover the true depth and strength of his friends, the importance of boundless loyalty, and the shocking price of unbearable sacrifice.

His fate depends on them all.  



Reading this after the Goblet of fire was a bad experience. The level of excitement dropped from super high to mediocre. As for me the story was really nice. But I felt there was unnecessary dragging of things which could've been chopped down in editing

The read is super lengthy for me who's more into reading books in one day ( 700pgs max). This one took me 2 days to finish and well it also made me lousy and sleepy as the middle portion of the story was horribly draggy. The end was a bit better but however it could've been much better comparing to previous books in the series.

I felt the content here in terms of plot progress was very meagre and it had a lot of portion for the ones who just wanted to read more about harry's daily life. It could've been skipped altogether and it wouldn't have mattered at all as this book barely contributed in the story progress.

The death of Sirius, introduction to professor Umbridge and sacking of fudge. I feel these three are the only major changes that are in the book you might ought to know. You can read first few chapters and end few chapters for this book if you just want to know the story.

I'd say it was an okayish read if you are persistent in reading all the books. Watch the movie counterpart for this book. That'd be my recommendation.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire



Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that's supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn't happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he's not normal - even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.  



This according to me would be the best Harry Potter book from the series that I've read so far. There's a gargantuan depth in the plot. Also it would be the longest book I've read in this series.

I loved the way the story begins, connecting the dots from the previous book. There was a lot of depth shrunk into a few pages. At times I felt it was contradictory but then as it came to an end it was wonderful.

I feel the movie had almost removed half of the scenes from the book. The book is a lot more in details and about many other factors like the elf winky and Hermione's obsession with anti-elf-slavery movement.

I can talk about this book for hours it seems. Loved the read totally.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban



Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Harry Potter's third year at Hogwarts is full of new dangers. A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he's after Harry. Now Hogwarts is being patrolled by the dementors, the Azkaban guards who are hunting Sirius. But Harry can't imagine that Sirius or, for that matter, the evil Lord Voldemort could be more frightening than the dementors themselves, who have the terrible power to fill anyone they come across with aching loneliness and despair. Meanwhile, life continues as usual at Hogwarts. A top-of-the-line broom takes Harry's success at Quidditch, the sport of the Wizarding world, to new heights. A cute fourth-year student catches his eye. And he becomes close with the new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher, who was a childhood friend of his father. Yet despite the relative safety of life at Hogwarts and the best efforts of the dementors, the threat of Sirius Black grows ever closer. But if Harry has learned anything from his education in wizardry, it is that things are often not what they seem. Tragic revelations, heartwarming surprises, and high-stakes magical adventures await the boy wizard in this funny and poignant third installment of the beloved series.  




I totally enjoyed reading this one. So far, now I think we are deep enough into things where the descriptions are little better. You know what I mean, terrestrial surroundings are better mentioned and described. There were really good moments within the book with a lot of story and plot depth inside when compared to the movie.

I finished the book in a few sittings which means it had me totally hooked up with the story. I don't there's much more left to say as this one is really worth reading it. I'll repeat if you have seen the movie, you'd love this book as there's a lot missing from the movie.

I loved the scenes with buckbeak, the scene with harry pulls up a patronus charm all by himself. It was quite fun as it added the concept of time travelling to a fantasy. Quite a unique idea as it kept it within the fantasy limits but totally explored the sci-fi concept of time travel.

Just go, grab your copy and read it. I enjoyed it, you'd surely enjoy it too if you have a taste for fantasy novels.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets



Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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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 girls' 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?  



Compared to the first book, this book was a lot of fun while reading. There were several moments which I felt were chopped off from the movie. I can say that this one is a lot better than its movie and prequel.

Although, there were some nice descriptions of things this time as compared to the first book, still I am wondering if I don't watch the movie, how the hogwarts castle, ground or the tree would look like? How the dark forest would be like? How the greenhouse in the hogwarts where the magical plants are kept would be like? OR how the Qudditch robes or the playground or the entrance to dumbledore's chamber would be like? There was a lot of gap in terms of terrestrial information here again. But I think, If read after watching a movie it makes it a lot easier to imagine and fun too.
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I was enjoying the read totally and there were many really good moments in the book. I don't think I have anything much apart from it to talk about it as it was a really smooth narration. I loved the way of telling a story and the plot was good enough to keep in hooked in the story. If it hadn't been lacking those descriptions, it could've been a total five starrer for me.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone



Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Book Description : 

Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry's first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it's his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.  




From the title of the book it should be obvious that this book review isn't about giving it introduction or marketing it a little or even just telling who is it for and not. This review will be completely filled with my thoughts just like the other books in the series. I had been requested by almost everyone I me to read this books series. Honestly, I have watched the movies but never bothered about reading the book series as when I had tried reading it a several years back, there was a lot more confusion in my head than fantasy.

I picked up this book again after I think a decade. Some things have changed by opinion about the book while some stays put yet. The book lacks a lot of description for a fantasy novel. I think there's a painful absence about the surrounding descriptions. I had to watch the movie to imagine the hogwarts castle, the alley where they shopped the school apparatus. How that shop would be, how the vendors looked, how was the train, basically there was a painful gap in imagination about its surroundings and even very little information about the characters itself. Maybe that's why I had DNF-ed it when I first got the books a decade ago.

I know many of you would have counter arguments but pick a person who hasn't seen harry potter movies yet and get them to read a book first. Either they will imagine completely something else or have difficulties in imagining what was going on there in first place. For a regular fantasy reader it might not be much of a problem but for someone who reads occasionally there might be confusion imagining things. For a fantasy which is a very strong point.

Other than that, I didn't find anything as such to mention. For me it was a okayish read, something I might read once and never read again. I might prefer the movie to the book for this when it comes to imagination part but book had some different scenes than movie hence there was a lot of depth about the characters and backstory about them in the book. Hence if you plan to read the book, just watch the movie first so it'll help you to imagine things much better.

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Review: 21 Kesaris: The Untold Story of the Battle of Saragarhi



21 Kesaris: The Untold Story of the Battle of Saragarhi by Kiran Nirvan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Book Description : 

Ten thousand Afghans. Twenty-one Sikh soldiers. One epic battle.

On 12 September 1897, 21 soldiers of 36th Sikh Regiment stood undeterred as they guarded the post of Saragarhi against the onslaught of almost 10,000 Afghan tribesmen a battle for the ages that ended in them laying down their lives in a final hand-to-hand confrontation. The unparalleled heroics of these 21 men have, however, been long forgotten by history. What led to the Battle of Saragarhi? What was the socio-political scenario at the time? Who were these tribesmen and why did they attack an outpost in such great numbers? Who were the 21 soldiers and how were they able to keep the enemy at bay against all odds? Based on colonial era records and information provided by the 4th Sikh Battalion, the legatee unit of 36th Sikhs, 21 Kesaris attempts to answer these questions while paying homage to the brave soldiers who defended the Kesari flag depicting their Khalsa heritage with their last breaths.  



I don't think I'd be capable of judging the story behind this book in any manner. It's a nonfiction and this story is been told my the ones who watched from other sources. That means that the person telling the story has considered others' accounts as well while writing this book. As the blurb mentions it, here we have the story of the one of the greatest battles in the history.

But as you might read in the book and find out, here's more on the background and reasoning of why this thing happened and what was the context behind this madness. There's little to no information on how the battle progressed. Although, I then later tried to google and find out about the real happenings on that day which the book is all about. Sadly, all the accounts other than the military records are pure imaginations and speculations. No one is sure as there were just two reportings about the situations at the battle from the source itself and other information in this or the records is just things which were observed from nearby forts.

There's a fine chance majority of it can be a speculation or a exaggeration. But one thing is sure. The book explains the whole case of why there was a fight, why did they fight and the outcome like a nicely analysed case study. I can say it was more about history of Sikh and Afghan relations. As said before this is more of a why this madness happened than why this madness happened account.

I liked the way the story was presented. I wish there was more of the actual battle scenes since it was more of a speculation representation. But I'm not disappointed at all. It's a must read recommendation on my behalf.

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Review: Sword of Destiny



Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Book Description : 

Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

In this collection of short stories, following the adventures of the hit collection The Last Wish, join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike... 




How should I begin reviewing this one? Hmm, well I had seen "The Witcher" on Netflix and after that decided to read the book series as we always say books are better than their adaptations. But I still stick to my previous conclusion as for now. For "The Witcher" sadly, Netflix adaptation is way better.

Coming to the book, I had googled online the reading sequence for the witcher series as it's obvious you're not going to remember every series in title since it's not mentioned which comes first and which comes later. Here there was a little difference. This book was published first but it was asked to read after 'the last wish'. But to be frank, I feel this should've been read before. Although, there would have been a ton of mystery on what's happening and why and how as such but it would be better in terms of understanding the characters.

The story telling is a huge mess creating confusion in this book series. Honestly, I'd prefer a sequential approach rather than chaotic approach for telling a complex story like this one. I never thought this day would come when I'd complain and rant about the way a story is told but it is has arrived. Seriously, I loved the book, plot, characters and heck even writing. Although the overuse of archaic english is seriously annoying when I have to google 10 or more times in a single chapter, but still I'd let it go as it's quite a personal preference while reading.

But apart from that the there's a serious fault in the way story is being told. I know these are short stories but both the previous book and this one is a serious chronological mess and that too without any time or date reference. It just starts telling you a story without any time context to put that particular episode in. In some places the witcher hasn't even met ciri yet while in another he has already met her. Like what the heck is evening happening here?

There are some differences from the series adaptation though as you'd expect usually but I feel those make the series more palatable than this one. Overall if you love to prepare for GRE or start feeling what english literature homework looks like while enjoying a good story, try this book out. I'd still advise to follow reading the books the in the order they were published as that's the best way to read this story with minimal confusion. Don't follow reddit or other forum advices for reading this series, it'll just put you in more confusion leaving on ditching to read this series altogether.

I gave this one an all star rating because everything I complained about was a personal preference and factually or technically there wasn't a serious fault in the book itself. A writer can tell his story anyway he wants and here we can see not a very good example of how it should be done. Nevermind, the plot's seems good, there are a ton of monsters, overkill to be honest. Little to no information on the world we are dealing with here and it's characters. Most monsters and references are taken from old english or french myths and some even polish myths. We see the forktail vs dragon debate here, I loved that little difference.

Since I do spoiler free reviews I won't talk about the episodes but the moments inside be it action, romance were finely tuned and pleasure to read. I'd say go ahead and start reading.

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Mini Review: Narendra Modi: A Political Biography



Narendra Modi: A Political Biography by Andy Marino
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Book Description : 

Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, is powerful, popular and controversial. With the general elections due to conclude in May 2014, Modi’s campaign rallies have drawn unprecedented crowds. Yet, the man remains an enigma. His supporters regard him as the visionary, decisive leader India needs today. His detractors see him as a polarizing fi gure. Is Modi authoritative or authoritarian? Decisive or divisive? A team player or a loner?

Andy Marino recorded interviews with Narendra Modi during more than half-a-dozen exclusive meetings – unprecedented access to a very private man. What emerged is this riveting, objective biography of a man who could be India’s prime minister. Not shying away from the controversies that have dogged Narendra Modi, including the Gujarat riots and questions about the Gujarat model of governance and development, this political biography provides an unbiased account of possibly the most important figure in Indian politics today. Marino records hour-by-hour details of the 2002 Gujarat riots, presenting a balanced analysis of that raw wound on India’s polity. It also reveals hitherto unpublished, authenticated documents, which makes this one of the most important books of 2014.

The author analyses Narendra Modi’s values, the people who shaped his thinking and the sort of national leader he will make. Personal details of Modi’s early life, his wanderings in the Himalayas between the ages of seventeen and nineteen, his rise through the political ranks, his vision for India and his personal philosophy on religion and politics are revealed in a book that is lucid, fast-paced and readable. Narendra Modi: A Political Biography is an insightful, exhaustive and impeccably researched account of the ascent of a political leader. 



This one is a fairly okay read. It throws a ton of light on how a simple boy who sold tea grew up to be the prime minister of world's largest democracy. It's more into the personal life account. There's a web series by eros which feels quite similar to the book. I am not sure if its based on this book or not. But if I give you an option, go for the series.

If you're someone who's looking to read this from informational political point of view then you'll be wasting your time. Its more of personal account even though the title says "political journey".

If you want to connect with the personality and know him other than politics, this is the book you should read.


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