Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Review)

Hey there!

Interrupting my break! I know, it's only been a week but today is my FIRST DAY OFF SCHOOL and the summer has finally begun! I leave to go abroad tomorrow, so I am looking forward to that. Meanwhile, a book review for you all...

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Author:  J.K. Rowling
Publisher:  Scholastic
Published Date: 26th June 1997
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis: Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard! The first book in the "Harry Potter" series makes the perfect introduction to the world of Hogwarts.

I have finally gotten round to reading something that has been on my TBR list for a long time. The Harry Potter series! Previous to this, I had never seen a single movie or read a single book. I decided that the fandom surrounding it and the love for it must be worth something, and decided I better read them.

The first thing that surprised me about this book was that it was written in third person. For some reason, I was completely expecting it to be a first person book :/ Oh well, that didn’t take anything away from the novel! It was easy to read, and I read through it quickly. There was only one thing I didn’t like about the style, and that was that it seemed kind of childish. I was worried when I started this that I wasn’t going to like it because most people grew up reading these. But I have been promised as the characters age, so does the style. Either way, I do believe this was something I would’ve enjoyed more as a child. It was definitely a more middle grade kind of feel. 

I think this book was dripping with creativity. J.K. Rowling manages to bring in ideas and new terms that most of authors would go a little over the top with so that we feel lost in this new world. But everything seemed so clear here, and I loved the ideas she brought to light. Honestly, the writing of this book was genius, and the author should be commended for that!

When I realised this was the book that everyone
FANGIRLED over like crazy.
I think my main problem with this book was that I was not connecting with any of the main characters. Harry, Hermoine and Ron were all pretty cool but I didn't really feel much for any of them. And the plot was slow in coming, which was a shame too. I just got the impression that for the first 75% of the book, nothing much was happening :/

The plot was good enough for me, coming steady and meaningfully. There was nothing that blew me away, but nothing I strongly disliked either. It was a light, quick, enjoyable read. But it wasn't anything too enticing I will keep reading this series! (And soon I can start watching the movies.)

Olivia's Question: What childhood books did you miss out on as a child and read later?

Olivia-Savannah x

57 comments:

  1. I read this series when I was 28. I was too busy with homework during high school, I really didn't read any novels back then. I can understand the fangirling thing with Harry Potter, though. If you decide to read the next books, I can tell you that it does get better :)

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    1. I am still reading it and not sure how long it will take me to get through them all. I really do hope it does!

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  2. Hahahah! I'm one of the few who hasn't read this series yet, but I'd planned on reading this with my son this summer. Wish me luck!

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    1. I'm pretty glad I read this so I am no longer one of the few! I hope you like this one more than I did!

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    2. Joy, I haven't read this series either! I thought I'm the only one! :P

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  3. HP series is like a bible to the bibliophiles... We must worship this series!! Great review Olivia! :-)

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    1. I know a lot of people seem to love this series! I hope I can love the next books all the more.

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  4. The first two books are definitely more on a middle grade level, but after that they all grow up and the topics get more mature as well. As a series, it's pretty damn amazing, but I do have to admit the first two aren't my favourite either. Although I read them every time because they introduce me to everything once again, and that's a really comfortable and cosy feeling. :)

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    1. I hope they do improve! I'm actually behind on reviews and have read book 2 and 3, but I didn't love them either. Book 4 better be the turning point for me, because I am afraid I could give up DD:

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    2. You didn't love 3? I think you just broke my heart.

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  5. Enjoying that you're back to posting - at least for a little bit. You know, I never read them either, and I've only seen parts of the movies. There was a lot of hype about the books. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. I am not the only one who missed out on these then! There is quite a lot of hype :)

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  6. The first two books are aimed at a bit of a younger audience and I think that it why I liked it so much when I was younger. They get better as it goes along and I warn you that the ending will have you in tears! I didn't read the Percy Jackson series until recently and I instantly fell in love with the series of books!
    Naomi@The Perks Of Being A Bookworm


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    1. I am looking forward to the ending because that is what everyone says I will enjoy the most! I feel like PJ is a bit more all age though - I too read them a bit later than most, but loved them ^^

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  7. We can't be friends. Nah, just kidding. One of my besties won't even try to read it. It does get so much better, and when I reread now the first book is SO awesome in that it foreshadows and sets the stage for SO much. You can tell the intricate planning

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    1. I was sorta like that but I gave into the pressure of being the only one out of the loop :P I do like foreshadowing though. I am hanging on and hoping future books will be good too.

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  8. I love this series, but several of my friends just can't get into it! I must say my favorite of the series are the last two books so maybe it will get better for you? Great review and insight!

    Also, random question but how did you get all of the buttons for people to follow your other social media sites on your blog? thanks!

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    1. I am glad I am not the only one! It's a long wait till the last two books but I hope they will be worth it if I haul through until then. I responded to your question your blog as well, btw.

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  9. As a Potterhead, there's nothing bad I can't say against this series. But great honest review.

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    1. Ahaha I am glad you can love these books so much. Everyone should have a series they adore <3

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  10. I love the HP book series, I've read them twice. I was also late to the party, I was well over 30 when I started reading them. Hated the movies at first but I'm slowly getting into them the more I watch them.

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    1. Hmm, maybe it is not just because I was late that I don't like them then? Not sure what to think of that... The movies are okay. Generally my opinions of both so far are okay.

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  11. I feel you! I think I probably would have enjoyed it when I was younger too but now... not so much. I mean, I get the appeal, but it just wasn't for me. Like you said, it seemed like nothing was happening for SO LONG, that by the time it did, I no longer cared. And I also didn't connect with Harry. At all. So.. yeah, I am tagging out, Harry and I are parting ways ;) Fabulous review, and I am so glad that I am not the only one who isn't raving about it!!

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. I could admire the world and all that, but it was too slow-paced and well the characters were there but they were just there. I am going to try continuing because I think after reading book three I have been enjoying my love-hate relationship with the series. I am glad I'm not the only one who feels this way though!

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  12. I absolutely adored this series, but I GREW UP with it. That means the youthful, kid-story writing didn't bother me because I WAS a child at the time. Then as I grew up, the writing also grew up with me which was amazing! I think if you persevere you'll get to a book where you think this is better. The Order Of The Phoenix was my personal favourite!

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    1. I am trying to preserve and I hope I can make it all the way through. But yes, I do think these books are best to grow up with.

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  13. Harry Potter is the best thing that could happen to my childhood and my teen years (and some of my "adult" years) and it will continue to be my favourite series of all time but I completely understand where you're coming from. I don't know how would I feel about it if I decided to read it now... maybe I would have had the same problems as you did and that's okay too. Not everybody must love this since the beginning. But, keep in mind the first two book are suitable for child-readers and from book 3 things start to get darker. Hope you continue reading the series and at least like/enjoy it :)

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    1. I know how much you love these books and I think it is fab that people have a series they can love so much like this one :) It is different depending on what age you start. I hope I will like the future ones more.

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  14. The books do develop as the go on, they get much bigger too! I didn't read this series till I was in my twenties so I came late to it!

    Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

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    1. Oh yes, boy have I noticed the size expansions!

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  15. Aw I hope you enjoy the next book more! They certainly get better and better as they go. Enjoy your holidays, girl!

    Lovely review <33

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    1. Thanks Melanie! I hope I will enjoy them more as well.

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  16. Sucks you didn't connect with the character but I do want to try this series.

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    1. You really should! Because well, it is very popular and something everyone should try at least once.

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  17. I read book one much later after I was well into book three. I had watched the movie and hadn't read the first book. I understand when you say the writing felt childish. I had similar thoughts but I promise you that once you get to book three, you would have fallen in love, truly.
    Order of Phoenix is my personal favorite! I want to know what you think of it when you get to it!

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    1. That one seems to be the favourite of a lot of people! I am curious to try that one out and see what it's like.

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  18. I'm glad you enjoyed this book. I found that Harry Potter didn't blow me away either. I also think that I would have been more excited about this book if it were in first person but oh well! Awesome review :)

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    1. I'm glad I am not the only one but it seems like we both thought it was okay. Maybe first person might've worked more for me too. Not entirely sure there.

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  19. I am one of those who grew up with these books, and yes if I think about it it was kind of slow plot wise, but that's because it is a children's book. Each chapter is like a story on its own. But don't give up on it! It's so so good!!
    Andreea Catsfika

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    1. I will try not to give up on it! But the slow pace does bother me a bit.

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  20. This is one of those series that I'm kinda embarrassed that I haven't read yet because it's THE SERIES. And I'm still thinking if I should read it up till now! This is a great, honest review Olivia! :)

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    1. I know how you feel! It's what prompted me to finally try it. I hope you get to it at some point. x

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  21. Great review. I grew up with this series, so that’s probably why I love it. The first few books are middle grade, but then they become YA around book 4. Maybe you’ll like the end of the series better.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Hmm, book 4 is the next one for me to try. The blog is a bit behind! I am looking forward to this one some more now.

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  22. It took me forever to read Harry Potter. Only started reading the series when I was in college. I'd borrowed my friend's roommate's copy of the 5th book. And I didn't step out my dorm room all weekend. Come Monday, I took out books 1-4. Guess, you can say it's never too late to read Harry Potter. I don't have any childhood books I missed out on reading, but lately I've been thinking or reading the Lord of the Rings series. It's on my TBR list but I still haven't read it, even though I've seen all the movie adaptations, including The Hobbit, Desolation of Smaug and Battle of Five Armies.

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    1. So you started it even later than I did! Maybe I would have enjoyed these more if I started from a further book which is a bit more YA than childrens list. I mean to try LOTR at some point as well.

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  23. I am a huuuuuuuuge Potter fan and I didn't write a review about it because I feel like it will be a sacrilege on my end as I can't give it justice with words alone. I've never felt it in any other books so far.

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    1. Oh wow, that really does go to show much you love the series!

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  24. I am a huge HP fan and didn't read it until I was in my early 20s. But- I love all types of books, including MG. The characters definitely age as the series continues- so it will be interesting to hear your thoughts on the rest of the books. I highly recommend the audio books of the HP series because the reader, Jim Dale, is just amazing and makes you feel like he is at your house reading to you. I read the books myself initially- but I reread/relisten to them all the time on audio. :)

    Have a great vacation!
    ~Jess

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    1. I am looking forward to when the characters get around to the YA age! I am definitely going to keep the blog updated with my thoughts on the further books. I don't usually do audiobooks but maybe I will try that out. I might like them more that way...

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  25. Hi Olivia,

    Thanks for the kind words on my blog. I'd never heard of Bloglovin before you mentioned, so I was surprised to see that I already have some followers there! I went ahead and created a profile and added a follow button to my blog. Your blog looks amazing and I'm happy to start following it now.

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    1. I am following you there as well now :) I am glad you got it :D

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  26. Too bad you didn't connect with the characters :( I always loved Hermione <3
    I remember reading this when I was maybe 9 or 10 and I was a big potterhead haha

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. She seems to be quite a popular favourite!

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  27. Oh no! Well I’m definitely sorry you missed out on reading and enjoying this in your childhood. I grew up with the Harry Potter books and they were glorious. The characters are about 17-18 when the books end and the whole tone shifts with each story, especially from the third onwards. I do have a massive fond spot for this one, though. And since I really love MG, which I’d call this (4-7 are YA, I think, although I love that these books are accessible to all ages, really), I’m not really phased by the fact it’s younger. I love it intently.
    x

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    1. There are a few books I just chose not to read as a child and I am trying to catch up with those ones. A lot of people like these so I feel kind of isolated with my opinion ahaha xD Yeah, I am not a MG reader much, so I think that might have been a reason why I couldn't enjoy it as much.

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