Katie is a 29-year-old chef with part ownership in a restaurant called Seconds—which doubles as her home, since she lives in the apartment above. HerKatie is a 29-year-old chef with part ownership in a restaurant called Seconds—which doubles as her home, since she lives in the apartment above. Her personal life is a mess (ex-bf she still has feelings for, sleeping with the new chef) and her professional life is not quite going in the direction she wants it too—so when a weird girl (house spirit) with limited speech that lives in her dresser gives her a magic mushroom and a notepad that will allow her to “fix” her life she jumps at the chance. But of course nothing in life is perfect and as the saying goes, “Some things are too good to be true.” The first time she revises a part of her it doesn’t turn out how she wants it too, so of course she wants to try again. She finds a stash of the house spirit’s magic mushrooms and keeps revising her life, hoping the next time she’ll get things just right. Of course its impossible, but that doesn’t stop Katie from trying.
I’ve read and enjoyed Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series (love the film version) and his stand alone graphic novel Lost at Sea and I can now add Seconds to the list of his works that I love. It was a great read. It was realistic—obviously not in the house spirit, magic mushroom, time change sense—but in the I’m getting older what the hell am I doing with my life, will I ever just get my shit in order sense. Katie is a likeable yet flawed character and there’s a shy character in the novel named Hazel who I think needs her own series! Really enjoyed reading Seconds, cant wait to see what O’Malley does next....more
And then he greeted Death as an old friend, and went with him gladly, and, equals, they departed this life.
The Tales of Beedle The Bard are fairy ta
And then he greeted Death as an old friend, and went with him gladly, and, equals, they departed this life.
The Tales of Beedle The Bard are fairy tales for wizard children, and like muggle fairy tales each story has a lesson —what that lesson is, often depends on the reader. There are five stories total "translated" from the Ancient Runes by Hermione Granger with "commentary" by Albus Dumbledore with an introduction, notes and illustrations by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter fans will definitely appreciate all the extra details making it feel like you're a part of the world she created.
•The Wizard and the Hopping Pot tells the story of a stubborn wizard who learns the hard way to help others and use his magic for good.
•The Fountain of Fair Fortune reminded me of when Harry seemingly gave Ron liquid luck for his quidditch match, only to find out he didn't and Ron played an almost perfect game on his own. What I took away from the story was a message of healing and getting to your goal without stepping on anyone along the way. Also realizing that sometimes magic isn't the answer to all your problems.
•The Warlock's Hairy Heart is the most violent of the fairy tales and tells the story of a warlock who lives his life with no aspirations to fall in love and looks down on those that form any type of emotional attachments to anyone. He even goes as far removing his heart and hiding it away to avoid the possibility. He later looks for a wife—not for the emotional connection but to show up those that pity him. Needless to say it doesn't end well.
•Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump is about a power hungry king who wants all his kingdoms magical powers for himself only to discover that sometimes its best to leave certain powerful people in peace.
•The Tale of the Three Brothers is my favourite of the stories—and probably the most popular. It follows three brothers who each take a different route when faced with Death. Two take the option of revenge and power and the other uses his wits to outwit death—if only for a 'little' while and live a good life. I think this sums it up best :
Human efforts to evade or overcome death are always doomed to dissapointment. The third brother in the story (the humblest and also the wisest) is the only one who understands that, having narrowly escaped Death once, the best he can hope for is to postpone their next meeting for as long as possible.
I loved it, definitely a great read for all HP fans....more
We’re at book #11 in the Elemental Assassin series and they keep getting better and better. Poison Promise introduces readers to Gin’s latest threat —We’re at book #11 in the Elemental Assassin series and they keep getting better and better. Poison Promise introduces readers to Gin’s latest threat —a drug creator/dealer named Beau Benson. When Bria’s (Gin’s sister and cop) informant gets killed during her quest to bring Benson down she sets off a chain of events that puts both sisters lives at risks. And as usual Gin Blanco cleans up the mess with style.
A long awaited foe also shows up in Ashland towards the end of the book, which will make for an intense book #12. I honestly don’t think Blanco will ever get a moments rest. She is forever going to be fighting for her life. I think the series should end with her and Owen sailing off into the sunset somewhere where she can finally get some peace.
The plot was fast-paced and kept me interested. I like the way Jennifer Estep takes on the characters and stories in these books. There are few series’ that make me feel like I know everything about the characters and feel totally immersed in their world whenever I turn the page—for me this is one of them.
The only issue I had with this books is that it was too good! I read through it a few days. Now the wait begins for book #12!...more
Marissa Meyer takes on the tale of Little Red Ridding Hood in book #2 of The Lunar Chronicles series. Scarlet lives on a farm with her grandmother☆☆☆.5/☆☆☆☆☆
Marissa Meyer takes on the tale of Little Red Ridding Hood in book #2 of The Lunar Chronicles series. Scarlet lives on a farm with her grandmother in Rieux, France and they sell produce to local businesses. Her grandmother goes missing and the local authorities do nothing to help when a new-to-town fighter named Wolf (of course) volunteers to help her solve the mystery and bring her grandmother back home.
When I began this series I didn't realize each book would introduce a new character into the mix and I must admit I wasn't really excited about Scarlet—but that quickly changed once I began reading and learned more about the series.
Scarlet is a strong, independent character, not unlike Cinder which I think is great. Meyer seems to have a knack for creating great three dimensional female leads.
I overall enjoyed reading Scarlet, but I think Cinder plot wise and world wise was way more intriguing. I loved New Beijing, the little shop Cinder worked in—just everything about it. I could imagine it and picture everything perfectly. I feel the sense of wonder I felt in the first book wasn't as present in this instalment.
Book #3 will introduce Cress (Rapunzel) and I anticipate her backstory and place in the series. It will definitely be a game changing book, considering Prince Kai's insane decision involving the Lunar Queen. He basically used a band aid to stop a gunshot wound; pretty ineffective. Things in New Beijing are definitely going to get interesting.
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is a quick and fun read on all the types of beasts you'll find in the magical world of Harry Potter. In theFantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is a quick and fun read on all the types of beasts you'll find in the magical world of Harry Potter. In the book you'll learn interesting tidbits like the fact that the pelt of a Demiguise can be spun into an invisibility cloak, the only reason muggles have heard of the Loch ness monster is because its love of publicity and the golden snitch used during Quidditch was originally a real bird called the snidget. Who knew!?
It's definately a must-read if you're a HP fan, especially with news of it being turned into a film....more
In Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter heads back to Hogwarts for another year of school, but this time he is no longer known as "the boy who lived." SIn Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter heads back to Hogwarts for another year of school, but this time he is no longer known as "the boy who lived." Since the murder of Cedric Diggory at the hands of Lord Voldemort, the Ministry of Magic has been doing everything it can to dispel rumours of Voldermort's return and Harry Potter is now known as the boy who lies—both at school and within the pages of The Daily Prophet.
The Ministry is also under the impression that along with Harry, Dumbledore is working against them, (Cornelius Fudge is paranoid Dumbledore wants to steal his job) so they send a member of the ministry, Dolores Umbridge to Hogwarts, to evaluate and make changes (spy and torture) to the school staff and students.
As I've said before, one of the many things I enjoy about finally reading the series is the fact that you get more information and background then was shown in the films. The conversation Harry has with the Dursley's was interesting. Obviously they know a bit about the wizarding world, but I hadn't realized that Harry's aunt had known about Lord Voldemort at all.
Throughout the book Harry finds out that he's becoming aware of Lord Voldemort thoughts and actions, and in fear that Voldemort may in turn gain access to his thoughts. To make sure that doesn't happen he is taught to control his mind from penetration with lessons by his BFF Professor Snape.
In book #5 we get to see the extent of how much Percy Weasley turns his back on his family in order to move up the professional ladder and learn from Sirius that there were many Wizards that believed in Voldemort's views on purification, even though they may not have been as extreme as him in expressing their beliefs. That's some pretty deep subject matter for a YA! Harry also comes to terms with the fact that his father wasn't as perfect as he imagined him to be, one might even say James was quite a bully during his time at Hogwarts. More like Malfoy and his gang then Harry and his.
We see more of Hermione's campaign to free house-eleves who don't want to be free and another weighty topic comes to the forefront when Dumbledore speaks to Harry about Sirus apathy to his family house-elf Kreacher :
"Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike..."
Something I always wondered about when watching the films, was why Harry didn't just moved in with the Weasleys after his first year at Hogwarts? Or even move out on his own (he's wizard rich after all). In the book, Dumbeldore reveals to Harry why his living with the Dursleys is so important for his safety:
He [Voldemort] shed her [Lily Potter's] blood, but it lives on in you and her sister. Her blood became your refuge. You need return there only once a year, but as long as you can still call it home, there he cannot hurt you...She knows that allowing you houseroom may well have kept you alive for the past fifteen years."
Another observation I found in the book was that Sirius seemed way more whiny and gloomy in comparison to the film. I know he was locked up in Azkaban and then at Order headquarters, but he just seemed so...depressing. I do have to say when Harry found Sirus' mirror at the end of the book, I did tear up. :( It was definitely one of the many sad moments of the series.
I really enjoyed reading about St. Mungo's hospital. All the different patients with their crazy maladies and Harry and friends ran into former professor Lockhart, was so entertaining. The part where Ron was getting unsolicited medical advice from the healers in the picture frames was hilarious. It would have been great to see that in the film. The hospital scenes also allows Ron and Hermione to find out what happened to Neville's parents, who sadly were permanent residents there.
At the end of OOP Harry is vindicated and the return of Voldemort is headline news when along with death eaters they enter the ministry of magic. However Harry can't even enjoy the fact that he had been right all along, or the congradulations from his peers, now that his godfather is dead and he learns the life altering fact : Harry has to die, or Voldemort has to die.
And either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives.
That's some pretty heavy stuff for a mere 15 year old to have to deal with! He also learns that it could have just easily been Neville in his place, he could have been the one Voldemort was after. But a misheard prophecy and an attack later here he is, the obsession of one of the most powerful wizards of the wizarding world.
It was another great book in the Harry Potter series and as I say in every review I hated the Malfoy's again! They're such asshole characters and it's unfortunate they survive, but I digress. Great writing as usual, great plot and just a great feeling when you're reading this series overall. It's sad that I am slowly coming to the end of it all, but I can always read it again!...more
As I've said before, I did this whole Harry Potter experience backwards.I saw the films first, fell in love with them,watched them over and over againAs I've said before, I did this whole Harry Potter experience backwards.I saw the films first, fell in love with them,watched them over and over again, (sometimes marathons) and then I read the books. Since I pretty much know what's going to happen I was mentally preparing myself for the Goblet of Fire since I knew this was when Cedric Diggory would die.
Harry loses so many people in his life and of course he will continue to towards the end of the series, but there's something about this book —and even in the film, where you can feel everything's going to get a little bit darker.
This book has reaffirmed the hatred I have for Snape. He's so nasty to the non-Slytherin students and also in the Malfoys (I wouldn't have minded if the Malfoy's met their untimely end at the conclusion of this series) who are equally horrible human beings.
“Malfoy got Hermione!” Ron said. “Look!” He forced Hermione to show Snape her teeth — she was doing her best to hide them with her hands, though this was difficult as they had now grown down past her collar. Pansy Parkinson and the other Slytherin girls were doubled up with silent giggles, pointing at Hermione from behind Snape’s back. Snape looked coldly at Hermione, then said, “I see no difference.”
It was interesting to see the test of Ron and Harry's friendship and the jealousy Ron feels towards one of his best friends explained. It was equally amusing to see Ron's feeling for Hermione developing.
I genuinely love reading this series. I don't ever find it boring or dry, it's one of those books that just makes you feel good, and it's rare to have books that make you feel this way, especially because this book was not meant at all for my age group. Book #5 up next! ...more
.5/ In the first book in Gail Carriger's first YA series we meet 14-year-old Sophronia Temminnick, a young girl with a knack for getting herself into u☆☆☆.5/☆☆☆☆☆ In the first book in Gail Carriger's first YA series we meet 14-year-old Sophronia Temminnick, a young girl with a knack for getting herself into unladylike situations. This leads her mother to send her off to a finishing school, in hopes that she will return refined and well behaved. Unbeknownst to her mother the finishing school she's sent to, has bonus lessons in espionage and lessons from werewolves and vampires. Probably not what she intended to sign her daughter up for.
Sophronia is a very likeable character. She's adventurous, friendly and very accepting to those that are different than her.
Parasol Protectorate fans will get a kick out of seeing some familiar names in this series, like Lefoux, Captain Niall and Sidheag Maccon (Lady Kingair). You should also be prepared to laugh with and at characters like Dimity—the first person Sophronia meets on the way to her new school and one of the most endearing in the book.
There's also a possible love interest in Phineas B. Crow aka Soap, a 'sootie' who works in her school's boiler room. Soap happens to be black, and considering the time this book is written in, I'm not sure how far this relationship will go—but I hope something happens, I like them together.
The book centres around a lost prototype that both the government and a criminal element known as 'flyaway men' are interested in and fellow student Monique de Pelouse (Think Regina George in Mean Girls) is who Sophronia believes has it.
After finishing the book I can say the prototype is still somewhat of a mystery to me, but I assume more will be revealed in book #2. Besides the prototypes purpose, I was mainly confused as to why none of the professors ever forced Monique to hand over the prototype, since the school was under attack multiple times over its retrieval. While everyone was set on making fake prototypes to trick the flyaway men, Sophronia seemed to be the only one really looking for it.
Overall the book was funny, witty and contained a whole bunch of colourful characters and dialogue I've come to expect from Carriger, so if this book is on you're reading list you will not be disappointed!...more
In the third Harry Potter book the adventures at Hogwarts continue with Harry,Hermione and Ron. The school year begins with the a new mysterious darkIn the third Harry Potter book the adventures at Hogwarts continue with Harry,Hermione and Ron. The school year begins with the a new mysterious dark arts teacher, and scary cloaked floating entities, known as dementors guarding the school. The dementors are at Hogwarts due to the escape of Sirius Black (from Azkaban prison), an alleged mass murderer who also happens to be Potter's godfather. This year, Hermione learns the challenges of playing with time and Ron finds out his pet rat may not actually be a rodent.
I sincerely enjoyed reading this book, it kept my interest the entire time. Because I saw the films prior to reading the books, I'm always pointing out what was left out and what was changed in every scene.
I love the time turner sequence in the book, but the films interpretation was brilliant, and brought the words on the pages to life in such an accurate way. When it comes to characters, as much as I love Hermione, at times I found her more annoying than endearing(never felt that way in the films). Hermione does however always do what she thinks is best for friends, and that has to be appreciated.
In terms of minor characters, Lee Jordan is definitely turning into one of my favourites. Although you see him in the films, he was just so hilarious in the book. He's so entertaining and has to be one of the most biased sportscasters ever! Reading his commentary at Quidditch matches was definitely ahighlight. Here's a funny little exchange between Jordan and Professor McGonagall:
"THIRTY-ZERO! TAKE THAT, YOU DIRTY, CHEATING—" "Jordan, if you can't commentate in an unbiased way—!" "I'm just telling it like it is, Professor!"
The Prisoner of Azkaban is definitely a must read, now onto book number 4!...more