Unsurprisingly fun and funny. Loved that we got to see Tanith's background and I enjoyed the contrast of her past and who she used to be with who she...moreUnsurprisingly fun and funny. Loved that we got to see Tanith's background and I enjoyed the contrast of her past and who she used to be with who she is now as a Remnant. Made it quite sad in some parts. My favourite part had to be the team of good guys, both teams were funny but the good guys didn't actually try to kill each other so yay for teamwork.(less)
Really wish goodreads had half star ratings. 3.5 for this one. Good book but not really my kind of read, love the ending though. Review to come and ra...moreReally wish goodreads had half star ratings. 3.5 for this one. Good book but not really my kind of read, love the ending though. Review to come and rating might change.(less)
It is Harry Potter’s birthday and instead of having a party, presents or even a card from his friends Harry has to endure the same treatment he always...moreIt is Harry Potter’s birthday and instead of having a party, presents or even a card from his friends Harry has to endure the same treatment he always gets from his horrible aunt, uncle and stupid cousin Dudley. Actually, no it’s worse. Harry actually ends up being punished for playing a harmless joke on his cousin and spends most of the day cleaning the house and maintaining the lawn, after nearly getting his head bashed in with a frying pan by his aunt. Worst birthday ever (which is the title of the chapter, sort of) and it’s not just because of the things listed above. Harry received a visit from a house elf that led to a ruined important meeting for Harry’s Uncle Vernon and Harry being literally locked in his bedroom and only allowed out for bathroom breaks.
Now I have read this series a few times and I remember not liking Harry’s aunt and uncle, heck I probably hated them because they really are just awful guardians, heck they are awful parents. Not only do they treat Harry with malice but they spoil their son Dudley rotten, overstuff him with food to the point of obesity and just raise him to be an awful person. But back in my younger days when I read this series I obviously didn’t realize just how terribly Harry’s aunt and uncle treated him. It’s child abuse really. After Dobby the house elf gets Harry (purposely) in trouble, Harry is locked in his room, bars are placed on his window, a cat flap installed on his door for food to go through, and he actually starts to starve because most of the food his aunt gives him to eat is watery vegetable soup. Soup that he shares with his pet owl Hedwig because the poor thing has been locked into her own cage and isn’t allowed to hunt. Maybe all of this was done to show how wonderful the Weasley family is in comparison or that all the events that take place in the following school year, no matter how terrifying, really is much better than living with the Dursleys.
In the Chamber of Secrets the story is a lot more intense and darker than the Philosopher’s Stone. Students are being attacked, Harry is hearing voices no one else can here, and it’s hard to know who to trust, Harry even ends up suspecting a close friend. This second installment in the series had mystery and twists and I loved every minute of it but my favourite parts on this re-read had to be the development of the world and the characters. Early on in the book we get to see The Burrow (Ron’s home) and meet his awesome family, see firsthand Arthur Weasley’s and Lucius Malfoy’s hatred for one another. Take a visit down Knockturn Alley, learn about the four founders of the school particularly Salazar Slytherin and find out about not only Lord Voldemort’s school days but Hagrid’s as well.
There were also a few delicious moments of foreshadowing that had me grinning, two things I know that will come back in book six and one that we will see in Prisoner of Azkaban. J.K Rowling really did plan this whole series out from the beginning and that, readers, is why she is called brilliant. Her writing style also improved greatly in this sequel which is part of the reason these books just get better and better.(less)
Scary School is not for the weak or those of you who think just because you die or already dead you are excused from attending school or handing in yo...moreScary School is not for the weak or those of you who think just because you die or already dead you are excused from attending school or handing in your homework because you are not. As a ghost or zombie or another member of the undead you can still continue receiving your education along with the rest of your classmates, in fact now that you are dead you have a slightly better chance of surviving the school year than those other students who still carry a pulse…but only slight. However, don’t think Scary School is all student eating teachers and evil school nurses, there is actually fun to be had and excellent cafeteria food to be eaten.
For the first time ever Scary School has been accepted to participate in the Ghoul Games, in fact not only will it be able to participate but it has been chosen as the host school. Unfortunately, what Principal Headcrusher first believes to be a long awaited acknowledgement of the school being a prominent source of education in the monster community is a plot to shut Scary School down permanently.
Scary School was a humourous, entertaining and cute read comprised of standout characters, enjoyable storylines, and wonderful illustrations. The pace of the novel was quick and constant, the narrator - Derek the Ghost a fresh choice who was both self-aware and matter-of-fact. And the school itself, though told in a light manner really is quite frightening; you could literally die at any moment and none of them are really pleasant. I am not the novel’s target audience but I really think my little brother and those this book is meant for would enjoy it as much as I did if not more.(less)
This was a...strange story, which isn't surprising considering that this is a spin on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, strange seems to be the norm w...moreThis was a...strange story, which isn't surprising considering that this is a spin on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, strange seems to be the norm when it comes to retelling Lewis Carroll's most famous work. I usually don't mind strange as long as the story is still well written and the characters interesting and I am not sure if that was the case here. I am sort of on the fence with my assessment of this manga. Do I like it, do I not like it? I don't know but I will be picking up the second omnibus to find out.
The story begins with Alice Liddell being awaken from her nap in the garden by a white rabbit carrying a pocket watch and telling her that she should be chasing him right now. Alice, thinking she is dreaming, can’t be bothered and tries to go back to sleep but the rabbit won’t accept this. He quickly changes into a man with white rabbit ears, picks up Alice and runs away with her down a dark hole. Once their fall ends, the man whose name is Peter White mentions something about a game and force feeds Alice a small vial of medicine and quickly abandons her. Now Alice is lost in Wonderland with nothing but an empty bottle. You think this would be bad enough but it turns out there is a sort of war happening in Wonderland between three territories - a Mafia gang called The Hatters, the Queen of Hearts, and an Amusement Park (o.O).
There were characters that I was familiar with like Peter White, who is very much in love with Alice and is always annoying her with his overtures of romance. Blood who is actually the leader of the Hatters mafia gang and the Queen of Hearts, Vivaldi, who may seem like the most normal of them all but always, refers to herself as “we”. Then there were new characters like Ace, a knight of the Queen of Hearts and Julius a keeper of the Clock Tower, both of them, like almost everyone else in Wonderland or not exactly what they seem and carry big secrets. All of them seem to carry guns or swords and aren’t afraid to use them on each other and in some occasions on Alice herself.
In this first omnibus instalment of Alice in the Country of Heats, our main character meets a whole host of trigger-happy characters and slowly learns the ways of the country she has been taken to (or is dreaming of because she thinks she’s still dreaming). And it seems the more time she spends with the characters and learning about Wonderland the closer she is to finishing “the game”. The problem is the more Alice learns the more invested she becomes in this strange world and the more the characters seem to become attached to her. Not a good thing when all Alice wants to do is go home.(less)