I love the Harry Potter series. Really, I do. But I have to say that I hate... no, I despise... the character of Harry Potter. When I was younger andI love the Harry Potter series. Really, I do. But I have to say that I hate... no, I despise... the character of Harry Potter. When I was younger and initially reading the series, I wrote off his whinny behavior. I didn't like him then, and he was never close to my favorite character, but I was able to tolerate him. Now I am utterly repulsed by him. I hate how he always thinks that he is right and everyone else is wrong. I hate how he gets stuck on one idea and no matter what Dumbledore or anyone else says, he thinks that he is obviously right and they are wrong. But most of all, I hate how rude and disrespectful he is to Snape. I don't care how much you hate a person, Snape is not all your elder, but he is your teacher and therefore you are to show him respect. I have had my fair share of teachers I have hated, one I even got fired, but I always treated them with the respect that was due to a person with their authority. But Harry Potter can not get past his hate for Snape and so he is deliberately rude to his face, and that is inexcusable to me.
I also got annoyed with how Harry blamed Snape for Sirius going off and getting himself killed. Sirius was a grown man and shouldn't have let himself get goaded. Not only that but Sirius was practically asking for it. He is the one who insisted that he had to be a part of the action. He is the one who rushed out and would not be left behind and he was the one who wanted to get out of the house so badly, no thought to his life or any such thing. I think that because Sirius was sent to Azkaban when he was young, he never really grew up. He was stuck as a 20-something year old man that just wanted to have fun and never had to think of anyone else besides himself. Sure, I feel bad for him getting locked up when he was innocent, but I do think that he acted immaturely and he also goaded Snape as well.
But despite all of that, I love the world that J.K. Rowling has created. The magical world that she thought up that drew in so many fans to the point that they go crazy about one aspect or another is amazing and shows how truly talented she is. There have been so many times in my life I wished that I could escape away to Hogwarts. I wish I had a Dumbledore in my life. I have spent my fair share of time fantasizing about it (and reading fanfiction when I was younger lol). And that is why this series will always be a favorite of mine. I will be passing these on to my children and grandchildren. I feel like it is ageless and timeless.
The battle between good and evil is a story that will be told till the end of time, and this is just another story with new characters and different elements in it. This is a story that has such vivid characters and real places and it makes you really want to be a part of this world. It is absolutely wonderful. I wish there were more stories in this series because I never wanted to leave this world.
Jim Dale does an amazing job reading this story. His voices are engaging and he is really amazing. When I first started listening to the series, I was unsure about his voices for some of the characters, like Hermione. But the voices changes a bit and weren't quite so annoying and now I absolutely love them. If it wasn't so expensive, I would buy this series for myself on cd.
This is a wonderful book written in letter format about the friendship and hardship of two best friends who have moved apart. Part of what makes thisThis is a wonderful book written in letter format about the friendship and hardship of two best friends who have moved apart. Part of what makes this book so great is that Paula Danizger and Ann Martin actually wrote this book letter by letter, never knowing where the next letter might take them. This was one of my favorite books in Middle School and it definitely helped my get through some times when I moved away from all of my friend's in the sixth grade. Now, as an adult, it is an excellent re-read that brings up a lot of memories. This is a quick read that everyone should read at least once in their life!!!...more
Short disclaimer before this review… like so often, I need to be more diligent in doing my reviews as soon as I finish the book. The other problem thaShort disclaimer before this review… like so often, I need to be more diligent in doing my reviews as soon as I finish the book. The other problem that I had with this review is that I have read another Sarah Dessen book since this one, and so things might blend a little bit in my mind. Please forgive me for that.
I love Sarah Dessen. She is one of my favorite author’s EVER. I love her works. I love how they all take place (for the most part) in the same town. It makes it all that much more real to me. It makes me feel like I am viewing snapshots of the lives of various people who live in this town.
When we are first introduced to the character of Macy Queen, we see a introverted girl who is 100% dedicated to her boyfriend and the “plan” that they have made. She credits him with having patience with her and explaining things so that she can understand it. He is a brainiac and “intellectually superior to her” and so because of that, she melds her life to his. His friends are hers. He activities are hers. When he leaves for the summer, she covers for him at his job. She doesn’t have any friends of her own, much less a life of her own.
One night at a party her mother threw, she fell into a job with this catering company. They are totally disorganized and different than the atmosphere of the library. At first she just works for the catering company when she can, but as soon as the job is over, she returns home and studies and follows her perfectly planned life.
Then one day, she dares to sign a letter to her boyfriend “love, Macy” and he freaks out and says that he needs space. That she is expecting too much from him. This leads her decide on the spur of the moment to go out with the group from catering after a job one night. This leads to a total evolution of Macy into her own person. She isn’t following everyone else’s plan for her life, but her own.
Watching the evolution of Macy Queen into a new person was one of the best things about this novel. It was great to watch. In addition, the back store about her family learning how to cope with the death of her father several years prior was great. It was very realistic.
This was another great novel from Sarah Dessen and I highly recommend it. It wasn’t my absolute favorite of Sarah Dessen’s, but it was one of my favorites....more
There are so many things to love about this series and, in particular, about this book. Everything from the characters, to the plot, to the settings aThere are so many things to love about this series and, in particular, about this book. Everything from the characters, to the plot, to the settings are all amazing. The love that you know the characters have for each other is so perfect that you can't help loving them too. And feeling like you are a part of the family.
It all starts out when Hale is called away in the middle of a heist because he finds out his grandmother has died. Hale's grandmother is one of the only people in his family that he does love and so he is pretty much shattered. Then, in the reading of the will, the family learns that Hale has been named the sole recipient of her company. Kat has her reservations about the legitimacy of such a will and is subsequently hired, behind Hale's back, to find out the truth.
This book was different than the previous two books in that it focused on Hale more than Kat. You, the reader, are introduced to members of the Hale family and you begin to see the world that he was raised in, as opposed to Kat's world. As the story progresses, you begin to understand why Hale wanted to escape that world. And as he get's drown deeper and deeper back into that world, and further and further away from Kat, your heart breaks with the changes exhibited in Hale. Kat, however, is unwilling to let him go without a fight. It was nice to see just how far she was willing to go to save Hale... to see just how much she loved Hale. You always sensed it in the previous books, but this book lays it on the table. There is nothing Kat wouldn't do to save Hale.
I love Kat's family. They are so great. I love the message of loving and always supporting your family, whether they are your family through blood or through choice. You don't get to choose the family you are born into but you can choose the family you make and the people you surround yourself with. All of Kat's cousins and uncles and her father... they all seem like the type of people I would love to be related to (minus the actual crime part of it).
Anyway, if you aren't already reading this series, you should be.
This isn't going to be a long review because I don't think I can read it without majorly spoiling it.
This one keeps you guessing. Who is good? Who isThis isn't going to be a long review because I don't think I can read it without majorly spoiling it.
This one keeps you guessing. Who is good? Who is bad? Is there a good and a bad or is that only an illusion? Can you forgive someone who does the unforgivable? How do you move on with your life when the one you trusted and loved the most destroyed the everything else you loved... everyone else you love? Can you ever forgive that person?
Karou deals with all of that and more in Days of Blood & Starlight. Her world was torn apart at the end of the previous book. Everything she thought she knew was wrong. Everyone she loved gone. And Akiva was to blame. So she tries to move on with her life the best she could. But those she choose to align herself with turned out to not be who she thought they were. HOW COULD ONE AUTHOR CAUSE SO MUCH EMOTIONS IN ME!!!
I literally spent the majority of the book refusing to forgive Akiva for doing what he did (if you read Daughter of Smoke and Bones you will know what I mean). The only real happy spots were with Zuzana. I love that girl! I was happy to still see her at the end. Happy she should be in the next book.
And, true to form, at the end of this novel, everything changed all over again. If you are not reading this, YOU NEED TO READ IT!