Category: Video Review

September 1st: We are all about Harry Potter!!!

Today is September 1st:

This is the day that students come to King’s Cross station, slip through the barrier to Platform 9 ¾, and board the Hogwarts Express. At Hogwarts, the first years will be sorted into their houses, after listening to the Sorting Hat’s newest poetic creation, of course. After a speech from the headmaster, Professor Dumbledore, the feast in the Great Hall marks the beginning of another term! Welcome to Hogwarts and have an awesome school year!

As you all know, Kim is a HUGE Harry Potter fan, so today is all about Harry Potter at Jessica’s Reading Room. Kim does a video review of the Harry Potter series (and more!), the link will be shared to her post about Harry Potter World at Universal, AND we have a video of Kim’s wand experience! 


Kim’s visit to Harry Potter World at Universal is here.

Kim’s Ollivander’s Wand Experience:

My wand experience at Ollivander’s in Diagon Alley is easily one of my favorites while at Universal in Orlando. The first time we went to Universal, we had to cover the whole park in less time, so I missed some things. Going back, we had more time to just explore, and that’s how we found Ollivander’s. Ivan had promised me a wand ever since we decided to go back for Halloween Horror Nights, so I was shaking with excitement. As we walked up to the store, the park employee asked if we had been through the wand experience yet. We just looked at each other questioningly, and he smiled and directed us to another door. We walked in and found ourselves in a room lined with wands in every nook and cranny. A wandmaker walked down the stairs and over to me and asked if I was here for my wand. I said yes and so began the process of letting my wand choose me! I can tell you that it is just as magical as you can imagine! My wand is made of vine and has the core of a phoenix tale. Thankfully, Ivan caught it all on video, so y’all can see it all happen yourselves! Remember, the wand chooses the wizard!

Sunday Series VIDEO Review: The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

We are back with our Sunday Series Review and this time it’s a video one!!!  This time Kim reviews the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. She rated the series…. 4.8 stars! 

Books in the Series:
A Discovery of Witches
Shadow of Night
The Book of Life

A Discovery of Witches
Published: February 2011
579 Pages

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Shadow of Night
Published: July 10, 2012

584 Pages

J. K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Anne Rice—only a few writers capture the imagination the way that Deborah Harkness has with her New York Times–bestselling All Souls trilogy. A Discovery of Witches introduces reluctant witch Diana Bishop, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and the battle for a lost, enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.

Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different—and vastly more dangerous—journey.

The Book of Life
Published: July 15, 2014
561 Pages

Bringing the magic and suspense of the All Souls Trilogy to a deeply satisfying conclusion, this highly anticipated finale went straight to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. In The Book of Life, Diana and Matthew time-travel back from Elizabethan London to make a dramatic return to the present—facing new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home, Sept-Tours, they reunite with the beloved cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

Now that you know what the series is about, here is Kim’s video review:

Purchase Links for the Series:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Here is Kim meeting Deborah Harkness:


Video Debate: Graphic Novels vs Manga

For your entertainment today, Kim and her friend Adam discuss the differences between manga vs graphic novels. In case you need a reminder Kim recently gave manga a try and it wasn’t for her.  Her video review on manga is here.  Kim and Adam also debated a little on DC vs Marvel.  After watching the video, let us know if you want to see a full debate on that subject!  Do you guys want to meet Kim’s hubby Ivan???