Harry Potter Moment Of The Week – 25/08/16

Another meme thing! Also, it’s Harry Potter related, so I’m naturally going to give it a go.

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a Thursday meme created by Leah of Uncorked Thoughts and hosted by Mimz of Lunar Rainbows which offers a weekly Harry Potter-related prompt.

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This week’s prompt is ‘Which non Harry Potter characters would do well at Hogwarts?’

I’ll choose one for each house, because otherwise I’ll be here forever, listing all the book characters I think would do well at Hogwarts.

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Gryffindor: Callum McGregor ( Noughts And Crosses)

I debated putting him in Ravenclaw, but he’s too defensive for that, and he definitely suits the house known for its bravery, loyalty, and courage.

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Slytherin: Sebastian (Mortal Instruments)

If anyone’s going to be a Slytherin, it’s this two-faced son of a bitch. He’s cunning, arrogant, prideful, and ambitious (maybe a little too much). Slytherin it is!

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Ravenclaw: Katy Schwartz (Lux series)

For this book blogger, it’d probably be a dream come true to go to Hogwarts. Yet, Katy would fit in very well as a Ravenclaw – a house known for their wisdom and quirkiness. She could be sending owls back and forth with Daemon, her Slytherin boyfriend, and writing book reviews for the Daily Prophet on the best wizarding YA books of the time.

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Hufflepuff: Lucien (A Court Of Thorns And Roses)

I’m pretty sure if you looked up Hufflepuff in the dictionary, you’d see a photo of Lucien. This High Lord is incredibly loyal, and hard-working, and I can imagine him excelling at Defence Against The Dark Arts to prepare for a career as an Auror.

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If you decide to take part in this meme, the prompt for next week is listed as ‘Would you rather be friends with Hermione or Ginny?’

Happy reading!

Book Review – Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

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Title: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child (Parts One And Two)

Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany. Jack Thorne

Synopsis: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Since this is one of the most highly anticipated book releases of the year (if not the whole decade), I am very excited to review this book which I genuinely did like, despite what other people have said about it.

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Let’s explain my feelings in gifs:

Me before reading it:

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Me after that big plot reveal about three-quarters of the way through:

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Me after finishing it:

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Yeah, they sum up my emotional rollercoaster pretty well, if I say so myself.

Starting off with how ‘The Deathly Hallows’ finished, this book focuses on Albus Potter, his relationship or lack thereof with his dad, and his friendship with Scorpius Malfoy. Trust me, there’s so much angst in this, it should be a tv show.

Before I get into the bulk of my review, I’m going to quickly and succinctly get through the several things I didn’t particularly like about it.

First of all, some of the characterization was a little off – Ron seemed more confused than usual throughout the book, and the boys seemed to be considerably dumber than the Golden Trio, making the same mistakes over  and over again. That annoyed me more than anything.

Besides, there were some elements of the book which read a little too fanfiction-like for my liking.

Now onto the good stuff, starting with Scorpius and Albus, AKA Scorbus. These two are freaking adorable and I can’t believe this is not actually canon that these two are a couple. Ugh, the painful life of a fangirl….

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The story as a whole was thrilling, and as it got further in, I became more enthralled in this entire world and the story it was telling, in all these different times. Even though it was a little weird to be reading it in a script format, I quickly got used to that. It just brought back memories of reading plays in English class in school.

Here’s some quotes I especially liked while reading this:

ALBUS hugs his friend. With fierceness. They hold for a beat. SCORPIUS is surprised by this.

TROLLEY WITCH: People don’t know much about me. They buy my Cauldron Cakes -but they never really notice me. I don’t remember the last time someone asked my name.

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This is chaos. This is magic. This is St. Oswald’s Home For Old Witches And Wizards and it is as wonderful as you might hope.

RON: The trolls could be going to a party, the giants to a wedding, you could be getting bad dreams because you’re worried about Albus, and your scar could be hurting because you’re getting old.

HARRY: Getting old? Thanks, mate.

ALBUS: How to distract Scorpius from difficult emotional issues. Take him to a library.

DRACO: In the girls’ bathroom on the first floor. What on earth would they be doing there?

-UMBRIDGE: Now come along – I don’t know what game you’re playing, but you’re upsetting the Dementors and entirely ruining Voldemort Day.

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Ha! Upsetting the Dementors….

Anyway, I give this book a 3 star rating, because even though I did enjoy reading it, and it was great, I’m not completely fangirling over it. It’s more than ‘meh’ but less than ‘yay!’ If you are a Potter fan in any way though, it’s a must-read.

Pokemon GO Book Tag

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I first saw this on Jesse’s blog, and then on Cristina’s when I was browsing this morning, and I’ve now seen everything now there is a book tag for Pokemon Go. Still, since I do actually play it, and I’m kinda sorta obsessed with it, so lets do this thing.

This tag was actually created by Aentee (Read At Midnight), as were the cool Pokemon graphics, so I claim none of this except for my answers. Also, any gifs used here, I got from either Tumblr or Google Images.

Lets go catch ’em all!

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Most people will be saying Harry Potter for this one, but for me, it was actually a combination of ‘The BFG’, ‘Matilda’, and ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine.’ I got a big hardcover book that had all three in it, and that was me. I was hooked.

 

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There is absolutely no question about this, in my opinion – Harry Potter . This series (hell, this whole fictional universe) is a modern classic, and will still be read fifty years from now. Personally, I could read the HP books over and over again and never get bored. It’s like coming home to a warm and familiar hug, every time I open one of the books.

 

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I’ve heard a lot about the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, but I still haven’t had a chance to read it yet!!! I guess I’ll get to reading it at some point or another, but at this stage, I’m kind of indifferent whether or not I read it at all.

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When I was first reading ‘Obsidian’ by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I definitely got some Twilight-like vibes – girl moves to a ridiculously small town, meets a hot guy who seems too good to be human but is actually very arrogant/mean, almost gets hit by a truck, finds out hot guy isn’t actually human at all – but I actually still love the Lux series, despite the Twilight similarities.

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Okay, so I have actually started reading the A Song of Ice And Fire series, but I haven’t made it past the start of the second book, purely because it’s so intimidating and big – it’s so big! One day, I promise….

 

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Simon! I stayed up til about three in the morning to finish reading ‘Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda’ and I have no regrets, because this book is literal gold.

 

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Really? I have to pick one? Ugh, fine! Hmm…

Daemon and Katy, I choose you!

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Talk about fast-paced – ‘Red Queen’ had me on the edge of my seat through the whole book.  I was constantly being surprised and then that big plot twist at the end had me thrown for a serious loop.

 

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I will never EVER get tired of seeing spin-off series for the Shadowhunter universe. We had the Mortal Instruments series, and then Cassie gave us the prequel series that is The Infernal Devices, and now we have ‘The Dark Artifices’ and I am in Shadowhunter heaven. Give me all the LGBTQ Shadowhunters!!!!

 

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I wasn’t expecting to like ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ as much as I did, and when I finished it, I just kind of sat there for a minute, wondering how I loved it so much. It’s just an awesome book, alright?

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I do think that the hype over the ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ series could be a little overdone, but I’m still looking forward to reading it and seeing how good it actually is.

 

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Look at this Harry Potter collector’s edition! Also, buy it for me? Pretty please?  Just kidding. Mostly.

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I don’t have any current debut novels that I’m looking forward at the moment, but I know I was very excited for ‘Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda’ to be released last year. That was one I was very excited for.

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J.K Rowling. ‘Nuff said.

 

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It’s been less than a year, but it feels like I’ve been waiting an eternity for the second instalment in the ‘Magnus Chase’ series by Rick Riordan – AKA ‘Magnus Chase and The Hammer of Thor.’ Only a few months to go….. *sob*

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I tag:

Hannah @ La Chat Blanc

Olivia @ Heir of Glitter

Lizzie @ Accio Padfoot

Eleanor/Amy @ A Fangirl’s Opinion

Frodo/Sam @ Fangirls On The Road

Happy reading!

 

3 Quotes 3 Days Tag – Day 1/3

I was tagged by Emma @ The Book Crunch to do this tag, so thank you for that.

Here are the rules:

Thank the person who nominated you
Post a quote for three consecutive days
Nominate three new bloggers each day

To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.

(Albus Dumbledore – Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone)

I tag: 

Alicia @Hashtag Love Books

Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction

Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd

Kiss A Ginger Day!

Happy Kiss A Ginger Day!

I know this isn’t a book-themed day, but it’s still pretty awesome for gingers everywhere. International-Kiss-A-Ginger-Day was started back in 2009 as a sort of counter-attack to the  ‘Kick A Ginger’ campaign in November of the previous year. Wouldn’t you rather kiss a ginger than kick them? I would, especially if they were any of the following fictional gingers, which I have compiled in honour of the day.

First of all, we have to include the family of red-heads that everyone knows about (and if you don’t, then shame on you!) – the Weasleys! Every one of the Weasley family has a head of flaming red hair, from Arthur, the patriarch of the family, to Ginny, the youngest.  Thanks to the popularity of the books, and the consequent movie franchise, this wizarding family are possibly the most famous red-heads in today’s culture.

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Also from the Harry Potter series, this one might surprise you, but was definitely a red-head back in his youth. It’s none other than Albus Dumbledore. It’s only mentioned as a flyaway thing in ‘The Chamber of Secrets’ but it is still a canon thing. “[A] tall wizard with sweeping auburn hair and a beard called to Riddle from the marble staircase …. He was none other than a fifty-years-younger Dumbledore.” Ha!

Our next fictional red-head is a relatively recent one – as in the book isn’t as old as the Harry Potter books – but she’s still amazing. It’s Eleanor Douglas from Rainbow Rowell’s book ‘Eleanor and Park.’ Eleanor gets called names and harassed because of her bright red hair, but she’s definitely one of my favourite characters ever, never mind the hair colour.

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Let’s bring it back to a childhood favourite now, and talk about Anne Shirley. Yes, that’s right, ‘Anne of Green Gables.’ She was one of my ultimate fictional characters when I was growing up, and I read the book so much, especially when I started secondary school. She’s a romantic, and she’s imaginative, and I just loved her so much. I still do, actually.

Another fictional redhead who I have a huge fictional crush on is Ygritte from George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice And Fire’ series. She’s totally badass, and she’s independent. No man can control her, not even Jon Snow. Actually, it’s more like she controls him. That should be proof that red hair has power.

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Finally we come to the last on the list – for now – and it’s Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series.  He’s hot, he’s Scottish, and he’s got hair as red as anyone else’s. I haven’t had a chance to read the series fully yet – I’ve seen part of the tv adaptation – but he’s definitely a babe.

 

Which fictional red-heads have I forgotten? If you can think of any others, let me know, and once again? Happy International-Kiss-A-Ginger Day!

 

 

The DC Universe Book Tag (Original)

I’ve made another book tag! Since I recently read ‘Eleanor and Park’, I’ve been inspired by comic-book-nerd Park to do a DC book tag. I’m also a huge nerd for stuff like this – Supergirl is an absolute babe, and I love the Flash.

Let’s do this!

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1. Captain Cold – a book that gave you chills.

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I have never read a book more chilling than ‘Wish Me Dead.’ It’s disgusting, and horrifying, and blood-curdling, and I never want to pick it up again. I’m not a wuss, but that book scared the shit out of me.

2. The Flash – a book that you just sped through.

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I flashed through ‘Undead and Unwed’ in just an hour or two. It was a fluffy, chick-lit read of about 250 pages, so it wasn’t hard.

3. The Riddler – a book that you tried to understand, but just got confused by.

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Oh, definitely Vonnegut’s ‘Breakfast of Champions.’ I tried this, and about 90% of it flew right over my head. I didn’t understand most of it, but I guess if I was studying it in a class, I’d understand it more then? I dunno.

4. Green Arrow – a character with arrow-sharp wit.

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This one took a bit of thought, but then I landed on ‘Fangirl’ and Reagan is the perfect candidate for this. She’s got a biting wit that seems harsh at first sight.

5. Lex Luthor – a character who is just bad to the bone.

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She’s possibly even more evil than Voldemort, and loves the colour pink – it’s Dolores Umbridge! I can already hear the groans of disgust, and I fully agree. She’s bad to the bone, not a good thing about her.

6. Hawkgirl – a character with wings of some sort.

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I know a lot of people don’t like the ‘Fallen’ series, but I do, and for this question, I choose Gabbe. She’s an angel, and she’s got a cute Southern accent – and she’s got wings of a sort, so she fits the category.

7. Vandal Savage – a character who has lived for thousands of years.

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Just like Vandal Savage himself, who has plagued the earth since the beginning of time, Aro from ‘Twilight’ is immortal, and has been around for a long, long time. Imagine how bored you’d get after a few hundred years, having done everything.

8. Supergirl – a character with a famous relative whom they keep getting compared to.

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I know it’s not technically canon, but I imagine James Potter (the Second) going to Hogwarts, and getting compared to his dad all the time. “Oh, James Potter? His dad’s the famous Harry Potter – he’s probably inherited his dad’s talent.” That’d get tiresome quickly.

9. Reverse Flash – a book that ended up being the opposite to what you thought.

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When I picked up ‘Gone’ by Michael Grant, it wasn’t what I thought it would be. I was expecting something like…I don’t really know what I was expecting, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. I wasn’t expecting it to be so good.

10. Wonder Woman – a badass female character who fights evil.

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Ooh, where do I begin? I’ve got a whole carousel of evil-fighting females in my head, going around and around, but I know I have to choose one. Hmm…let’s take a nostalgic step into my childhood, and go with Mel Beeby from the ‘Angels Unlimited’ series. These books were a big part of me reading throughout school, especially at age eleven and twelve. They’re about a girl who dies on her thirteenth birthday, and becomes a crime-fighting angel in training. They’re awesome books.

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Now to tag some awesome people!

I tag:

Rebeca @ Books And Messy Buns
Samantha @ Captivated By Fantasy
Jonathan/Aaron @ HusbandAndHusband  (I hope you guys especially like this one!)
Kim @ By Hook Or By Book

And anyone else who wants to do it. Let me know if you do, so I can read your answers.

Happy reading!