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OWLs Wrap Up (April)

I have no clue why it always takes me this long to write a wrap-up … it’s ridiculous. But since April was one of my favourite readathons ever I’m still posting this wrap up even though it’s extremely late at this point.

I structured it the same way I did my OWLs TBR with the careers and what subjects I need for them.

So without further ado, here are the books I read in April!

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Herbology
Mimbulus Mimbletonia: title starts with an M

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My Pear-Shaped Life by Carmel Harrington

I stumbled upon this book on a blog (unfortunately I forgot which blog 🙈) and it sounded really cool and since I needed a book with an M (and one I could read fairly quickly) this was perfect.

Unfortunately, I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would. The first half was really good but the second half wasn’t really my thing anymore. But I really like the message of this book and the characters. I’d just wish it would have gone a bit deeper on some of the themes …

 

Care of Magical Creatures
Hippogriffs: a creature with a beak on the cover

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Ravencry by Ed McDonald

The first book in this series, Blackwing, recently made my Best Books of 2019 list and it’s definitely time to continue to read about this dark world!

Blackwing was deliciously dark and creepy. A very hopeless and bleak world with people still holding on and a very reluctant hero. I can’ wait what next adventures Galharrow has to go on. I’m really looking forward to learn even more about the magic system and the world. And the war coming…

 

Potions
Shrinking Solution: book under 150 pages

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High Spirits by Rob Keeley

“Millions of people will die in the war, Ellie. And it’s our job to make sure it happens. That’s why our work isn’t easy.”

I really enjoyed High Spirits! The stakes are high in this one and Ellie’s task is definitely not an easy one.
The themes in High Spirits are a lot darker and serious, and Ellie matured quite a bit between this book and the third one.

(If you want you can check out my reviews for the previous books here: Childish SpiritsThe Spirit of London & The Sword of the Spirit, High Spirits)

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Charms
Lumos Maxima: White cover

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I got this from my brother and I already reported back to him that I really liked it! I gave it 4.5 stars. It has no English translation as of yet, so …

It’s this really cool story where the fairytales turn against us (well not actually but it’s some kind of disease that makes you kill in fairytale style which is … well, not very pg-13. More like the original Grimms fairytales, not the disneyfied versions … Really cool concept, with some intriguing characters. The relationships between them were complex and the magic system was really unique and fascinating.

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Arithmancy
Magical Qualities of Number 2: balance/opposites –
read something outside your fav genre

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Limited Wish by Mark Lawrence

One choice. Two possible timelines. And a world hanging in the balance.

I absolutely loved this one! Even more than One Word Kill and I didn’t think that would be possible before. The characters are still so loveable and the plot is fantastic. I love the science in it, the time travel, the paradox stuff, it’s all so damn interesting!
This series is definitely earning its place on my all-time favourites list!!

If you want: My review for One Word Kill

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Defense Against the Dark Arts
Grindylows: book set at the sea/coast

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Towards Zero by Agatha Christie

This wasn’t what I had in mind for this prompt originally, but I didn’t have enough time to read The Song of Achilles anymore and so I turned to my trusted source, Agatha Christie. I actually didn’t know this one yet, so it was perfect!

It’s just as awesome as I’m accustomed to with Christie, lot’s of death and a solution I did not expect.

The characters were really intriguing in Towards Zero and I enjoyed getting to know them and the dynamics between them better.

 

Transfiguration
Animagus lecture: book/series that includes shapeshifting

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The Die of Death by Kenneth B. Andersen

I’ve been reading quite a few middle-grade books and I’m loving it! This series is so entertaining and well written!

I’m having a great time and I already have a new fav character: Mortimer or as you might know him–Death.

I’m always smiling and laughing while reading these books and if that isn’t the perfect read for right now! I can only recommend this series to everyone! I’m honestly in love and they keep getting better and better.

My review of book one you can find here: The Devil’s Apprentice & for this one here: The Die of Death

 

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The Wrongful Death by Kenneth B. Andersen

Philip matured quite a bit after the events in The Die of Death and the tone of the series definitely got darker and I am so here for it.

It still manages to interlace humour and heartwarming moments in it but it gets progressively darker and more serious. Philip has to endure quite a bit in this adventure and I am so excited for the last two books!

I’ll read and review them both this month, so keep your eyes peeled.

You can check out my review for this book here: The Wrongful Death

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This means I’m on my way to become a Healer! Yay! That’s so exciting!!

But I read some other books, too. For some OWLs I didn’t even need for my career because I’m extremely bad at sticking to a TBR ^^

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Muggle Studies
Book from the perspective of a muggle (contemporary)

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Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

I got this from my mom as a gift … and I don’t know what I did to deserve this. Everyone just wants to make me cry, I swear!

This book is an absolutely beautiful heartbreaking story about a girl named June. The only person who has ever fully understood her was her uncle Finn, and then he died.
It’s about her finding a new friend through grieving together and it’s so raw and emotional.

I’m not someone who cried easily, also it may seem that way lately, but it’s just that some people enjoy seeing me suffer!

 

Astronomy
Night classes: read the majority of this book when it’s dark outside

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Golden Dynasty / Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Eh, this was a weird one. I flew through it, so it definitely had that binge factor but the story was … different.

It had ALL the tropes and mixed a lot of different genres together which I did not expect. It kinda worked but more in a guilty pleasure way (which is totally fine! We all need some fast and fun books in between, don’t we?)

I probably won’t continue the series though.

I’ve only reviewed it in german, so if you speak German check out my Goodreads review ^^

 

History of Magic
Witch hunt: books featuring witches/wizards

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Spieglein, Spieglein an der Wand by Nicole Böhm

This is book 2 in the Das Vermächtnis der Grimms duology and after reading the first book this month for Charms I was hooked and decided to finish the series. The sequel was really good, too. Though I think I liked book 1 a bit more. There were some very interesting developments though and I was intrigued to find out how everything would resolve itself.

I was a little disappointed in the villain though. I’m a villain girl, I need them to be complex, faceted and have understandable or intriguing motivations besides just being evil. The potential was certainly there, but it fell a bit short for me.

I’m not 100% sure it counts as witches or wizards because they aren’t explicitly called like that, but they are humans with magical abilities so I think it counts? Same goes for my back up for HoM.

 

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The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

This was, without a doubt, my favourite read of April! This book is pure magic and I’m still constantly thinking about it.

In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown.

I mean … if that doesn’t intrigue you …
Yaz is an amazing mc and I love her introspective nature. The side characters are really well developed as well, as expected from Mark Lawrence, and I loved all the relationships, the conversations between them. The whole atmosphere of The Girl and the Stars is mesmerizing and I could see and feel everything. The attention to detail is incredible.

If you need more convincing to pick it up, check out my review here: Review: The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence aka the best book ever!

 

Okay, I lied. The Girl and The Stars isn’t my only favourite read of April …

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Wicked as you Wish by Rin Chupeco

Ahhh, I just loooove Rin’s writing! She’s is one of my auto-buy authors! I loved everything I’ve read by her so far and Wayw was no exception.

This book is just all-around lovely. The characters are so unique, layered and funny. THE FIREBIRD (enough said), the humour, the plot … fantastic.

The magic system was really cool! And the combination of our world, our customs with fairy tales, myths and legends and magic was such a compelling concept.

For more in-depth thoughts: Review: Wicked as you Wish by Rin Chupeco

 

That means:

I also completed the seminars: 

Animagus training
Operate Locomotive trains
Magical Shop Management
Merpeople Linguistics
Legal Defence of Fantastic Beasts 

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What was your favourite book in April?
Did you do your OWLs, too? If so, please link me your OWLs wrap up or your twitter thread etc, I’d love to check them out

Nora Eliana

2 thoughts on “OWLs Wrap Up (April)

  1. a wonderful wrap up, and really can it be august already XD
    for me my favorite book was ..mmmm….mmm…. the kiss quotient *hide behind a pillow*
    Also i have the girl and the stars as well as wicked as you wish on my tbr ^^

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