The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley – Shaun David Hutchinson- Review

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Andrew should be dead. He was supposed to die in the accident that took his parents and little sister. He now hides in the hospital where they died. He is intent on evading Death, who is after him. That is until the night a boy his age comes through the door. Now he must save Rusty. But how do you save someone else when you have no idea how to save yourself?

 

 

 

What I Loved_-4
The characters in this story were compelling. Andrew was interesting because he acted beyond his age. He was able to take care of himself in the hospital. He was smart and clever enough to hide from the authorities. He wasn’t afraid of being alone. He showed wisdom beyond his age.

Normally this would throw me off. I would wonder how a child could manage all this, even a teenager. But it is well established that this kid has been through a trauma that allows him to grow up fast. We see that what happened to his family threw him into a whole new world. One where he had to learn to sink or swim.

I also really liked Rusty. This wasn’t his story per se but it felt like his story as much as Andrew’s. We learn what happened to him and why. The details that Andrew gets give us a clear picture of what is going on.

I also really liked that Rusty connected to Andrew so quickly. He saw a kindred spirit in this lost boy. Both of them were lost kids who needed someone to understand them. They saw that in each other and connected over it.

The addition of the comic Andrew was working on was great. I really liked being able to see and read the comic. I think something would have been lost without that addition. I don’t think just describing it would have been able to give the whole picture. With the periodic looks at the comic I felt the connection to the story as a whole. I liked the mix of these types of story telling to give one full story.

What I was just okay with
I felt like there were some stories missing. Each of the characters had a tale of their own and you got hints of them from everyone but never the full story of anyone. I wanted to know more about all of them. There was definitely something missing from Father Mike’s story as well as Aimee’s story.

I found myself anticipating what was coming for them and was disappointed when we didn’t learn what was going on. I could discern most of it but I didn’t want to guess at it. I wanted to know that these people all had problems just like Andrew. I think each of them revealing their secrets would have helped Andrew grow and find his way.

What I Wished was Different_
I adore Shaun David Hutchinson’s other books. I know this was written before those and you can see him finding his way as a writer. While this book is great it is very heavy handed with its message.

You didn’t have to guess at the message even a little bit. There was no room for interpretation in the message. It was plain and written out over and over again for you. I am used to his much more subtle way of telling you something in his later books.

I think that if I read this book first before the other ones I wouldn’t have had an issue with this way of telling the message of the story. But I know what he can do and am glad to see how he grew as a writer. You can see he found his groove with We are the ants and it is great to see.

 

I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads. While I enjoyed it it was missing the punch that his later books have.

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“It begins there because it’s important to know that a superhero with no past began as a man with no future.” (pg. 8)

“Maybe hell is seeing the lost loved painted over the faces of the strangers we meet.” (pg. 58)

“Maybe our beliefs decide our fate after death.” (pg. 99)

“No one unravels all of life’s many mysteries. They grow older and become better liars.” (pg. 123)

 

Circe – Madeline Miller- Review

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How much do you know about Circe? Only remember her as the one who turned men into pigs? Ever wondered what her backstory was? Circe was disgraced, cast out and forced to find a way to stand on her own two feet. She went from wishing anyone would see her, to hiding from the world to finding her place in the moral and immortal world.

 

 

 

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I have stated in past reviews and posts that I adore mythology. Something about these past stories still speaking to us today pulls me in. I love learning about how ancient people tried to make sense of the world we live in. Take that love and give me a new way of seeing a character I have read about before and you have my undivided attention.

I know of Circe as the woman who turned men into pigs and that was all I knew about her. So when I saw this book popping up on blog after blog I had to give it a try and I adored it. I thought the way this book breathed new life into a character I knew next to nothing about and really didn’t care about, was fantastic.

I loved the progression of Circe’s character throughout the story. She starts off as someone who is left out. She is the unwanted child of Helios. She is not special, she is missing something. She does not stand out and no one sees her.

I thought it was really interesting how she fought to be seen when she was younger. She goes so far as to trying to get herself punished. She thinks if she does something everyone hates at least someone will know her. Someone will notice her. I found it really interesting how this is the place where she started.

Throughout the book we learn how she was able to find a way to be true to herself. She didn’t need anyone to see her because she saw herself. She found purpose in her own life, in her own talents and destiny. She found her feet and she stood proudly tall. Her evolution was inspiring and great to read.

The writing of this book was lyrical. I fell into the words and they kept me captured throughout the story. The comparisons made were unique. I felt like I have never read a book quite like this one before. I never found myself feeling like I have heard the metaphors or similes used before. It swept me onward and through the the story and I wanted to read it not only for the story but for the way the words sounded in my head.

I also found it really interesting how Odysseus was portrayed in this story. I know him as this larger than life hero. He stands high and he is noble. He does everything he can to get home and take care of his wife and son. I saw him as this perfect man and this book gives us a different angle of this man who we thought we knew.

I liked that this story made Odysseus more human. He is flawed and we see that shine bright in this story. He is a man who will fight for what he wants and he kills whenever necessary. We see that darker side of him in this book, we see that he is not perfect. Through his story we get a look at PTSD in a character as well. The fact that this was explored without really naming it was interesting.

I also really enjoyed how this book explored bigger ideas that connect to us today. A good book can remark on our world without having to be outright blatant about it. You don’t have to give a lecture on rape culture to get your message across. Miller does a great job at commenting on real life events in a non-heavy handed way.

What I was just okay with

My only issue with this book was how it ended. I loved the progression of Circe but I thought we were cheapened by the end. It felt a bit rushed. I wanted to see the way Circe took that last step into becoming who she was meant to be. Everything led up to that point and then it happened in a matter of pages.

We really only get a summary of the last part of her life. I wanted more. I wanted to feel that final connection her and how she ended up.

What I Wished was Different_
There was nothing that threw me out of this story. I enjoyed the character development, the plot lines and the writing.

I gave this book five stars on Goodreads. I was enthralled the whole way through and am eager to read her other book, The Song of Achilles.

Quotes:
“Beneath the smooth, familiar face of things is another that waits to tear the world in two.” (pg. 16)

“Sons were not punished.” (pg. 182)

“Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep. ” (pg. 206)

 

Obisido – The Illuminae Files #3 – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review

A1C5pfGdBaL(This is a review of the third book in the series, there will be spoiler for the first two books).

There is one fight left. The group comes together to get their home back. They take what they have learned and work together to take out the Bitech goons who have destroyed their lives. Will they all make it out in the end? Or are some sacrifices needed to save all those they hold dear.

 

 

 

What I Loved_-4
This ending was action packed. It was paced perfectly for the end of a series. It starts off running and never slows down. The stake were well set up in the first two books and now we are ready to see how this all plays out. I felt like anything could have happened throughout the whole fight.

I also liked that there was tension between the adults and the teenagers when it came to leadership. Too often in YA books kids take control and no one questions it. People just shrug and say sure, because they were able to fight through one moment. In reality that makes no sense, trained adults are going to know more than teenagers no matter what they fought through.

This whole scenario played out in a realistic way. I liked that in the end they do end up working together. You felt like both sides were heard. Tragedy occurred but the emotions that sparked the mutiny made sense. I liked that you saw this infighting mixed in with them trying to determine how to get Kerenza back.

I found Rhys interesting. He was this kid who fell into this chaos. He was up in a honored spot, watching everything take place but never understanding. Then he is on the front lines and forced to figure out what he is doing. He is forced to see the realities of what has been told to him by his superiors. The grey lines that his story showed were interesting. You wonder who is the bad person and how is just trying to stay alive and keep their job.

I thought the growth of Nik, Hannah, Kady and Ezra was done well. You saw their growth from their previous stories. The way they changed and had to deal with the result of their adventures was realistic and good to see.

I want a story all about Aiden. I think Aiden as the most fascinating aspect of this book. Aiden is an AI that is alive, that can feel and that can love. It was fascinating to see him come into a realization that he loved Kady. I want to know more about how he was created and if there is potential for him to have a future.

What I was just okay with
While the ending was well paced I thought it didn’t have the impact that the ending of Gemina had. Gemina was a gut punch surprise, while Obsidio ended as you thought it would end. I saw a fight coming and saw danger for all our players. That is what happened.

I think the ending of this book would have had a bit more impact if the whole Gemina particle and alternate universe storyline was in this book instead. I would have put down the series in awe instead of just feeling somewhat satisfied.

Asha was probably the weakest character for me. I didn’t feel like I connected much with her thought the story. I think we would have benefitted from learning more about her in the previous books. Maybe if we had more time with her I would have felt more connected to her.

What I Wished was Different_
Again this book did the thing where deaths are faked. I mentioned in my last review that I usually don’t mind this tactic, but this became too much. I am fine with it for a minute but it is something to use sparingly. Once, twice if you are creative with it. Beyond that you take out all the tension of the story. If I know they come back, almost every time, why worry about a character at all? I see them die, I shrug knowing they will come back somehow and move on. If you are going to kill a character commit to it, make it have an impact for the reader and the story.

I was excited for the storyline about Ezra’s mother being tied into all of this but that petered out quickly. I felt like that was there for shock value and didn’t do much for the story itself. I would have loved to have a showdown between those two characters. Would have loved for that to be part of the epic finale but instead we got a hint that didn’t flourish like I think it could have.
I gave this one 3 stars on Goodreads. It was fun, it answered the questions that needed to be answered, but it left me wanting more.

 

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“Live a life worth dying for.” (pg. 194)

“I have heard it said that evil is imply a point of view. The villain is always the hero in his own story. And he definitions of “wrong” and “right” ever shit on the inconstant tides of human morality.” (pg. 259)

Gemina – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff- Review

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Kady and Ezra have escaped the clutches of their pursuers but the war is far from over. Hannah and Nik have things to worry about, like upcoming parties and selling drugs. Then their home is invaded and they are forced to join forces to save themselves and all those they care about.

 

 

 

 

 

What I Loved_-4
The second book in a series has a tendency to be the book where little happens. Everything is designed to set up the final battle or climax in the last book. You get character development but usually not too much else. This book did the exact opposite. While it did set up the last book it blew me away with the story.

At first I was hesitant about getting to know two new characters. I wondered what it would be like to have a focus on two characters that I knew nothing about. I thought it would feel like a completely different story and thought it would take away from the story. I was very wrong.

I liked Hannah and Nik so much more than Kady and Ezra. Hannah seems like a spoiled princess but we learn quickly that is hiding a tougher side. Her father trained her to take care of herself and she does not back down easily. I loved how she was able to get on top of the situation. She was not going to let her home be taken down. She fought for her life. She didn’t even let grief cripple her.

Nik is my favorite kind of character. He seems like a low-life criminal but that is only the outside. In fact he is someone who cares with his whole heart. He is stuck in a situation that life gave him. In the end we learn that he is willing to do anything, even kill, to protect those he loves. I adored his character.

I can’t say too much about the plot element that I adored in this because it is a super spoiler but it made this series for me. I was shocked and beyond excited. If you have read any of my other reviews or any posts about my latest novel you may have an idea of what this element is. It was unique, didn’t see it coming and it raised the excitement factor so far.

I had to keep reading the series. I wanted to read something else in between but that end left me needing the next book.

What I was just okay with
There is a little bit of a feel that death is not permenant in this story. People “die,” but aren’t actually dead. I am oaky with this in some part but when it happens repeatedly you begin to lose the emotional element. I start to not feel sad because I know that the person could come back. I think this twist is fine once but not more than that throughout the course of a story.

I hope that in the last book we learn a little more about Bitech and their background. I am having a hard time understanding why they are doing what they are doing. I can’t quite get what their issue is. I would like a little history to have context behind their decisions.

What I Wished was Different_Again there was nothing that threw me out of the story. It was a solid part of the story. It set up new parts well, the new characters were integrated well and I am excited for the end.

I rated this one 5 stars on Goodreads. That plot point is what pushed that last star. I just loved it so much.

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“Recent can wait a long time if it has to.” (pg. 217)

“….when u fight a monster, b careful you don’t become the monster.” (pg. 249)

 

Illuminae -Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review

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They thought it was going to be a bad day because they broke up. For Erza and Kady that became the least of their problems when their home is destroyed. Now refugees on two separate spaceships they are out to find out what really happened. Can they discover all the secrets, right the wrongs and save themselves before time runs out?

 

 

 

 

What I Loved_-4
I have seen reviews about this book and heard about it in a  number of a places. I initially didn’t pick it up because of the plot (more on that in the next section) but the format peeked my interest. The idea of a whole book told through “found” footage was fascinating to me. I have not seen it done before and I wondered how it could change the reading of the story.

I thought the whole concept was done really well. I really loved the way the story was told through all these pieces of information. You get email messages, security footage summaries, mayday calls, and so many other ways  of telling the story. It made the story seem interactive. I felt like I was in the spaceship going through all the files, desperately trying to figure out what was going on.

The sense of urgency that you got from this book is astounding. I felt panicked at times and I wonder if I would have felt the same way reading the story in a regular novel format. Would I have felt like I was running with them? Would I felt the panic as the ship closed in to destroy them if I didn’t have the countdowns around me? I don’t think I would have.

I also loved that the format used pictures to describe the ships. I think sometimes descriptions of these type of spaceships can get difficult. You have to be very specific and detailed because it is something that people don’t see every day. We all know what a car looks like but a control room in a spaceship is not the same. I liked that we didn’t get bogged down in that. Instead we got to continue with the story and move the plot along.

I was impressed at how connected I felt to the characters as well. I was worried that this format would leave me feeling disconnected. I thought without descriptions of the characters or moments dedicated to them alone I would feel like I was on the outside. I didn’t. I felt like I was right beside them with every move they made.

Kady and Aiden’s characters were my favorite. Kady was a tough ass. She didn’t take any crap. She didn’t back down. She was not going to be played with. I loved her fighting spirit. She knew something was wrong and she was intent on fixing it.

Aiden the A.I. was fascinating. It was so lifelike that many times I forgot it wasn’t human. I thought it was interesting the way it connected to the human and how it could logic things out. I am curious to see how it returns and changes throughout the series.

What I was just okay with
I am gong to be honest the plot wasn’t anything that particularly astounded me. I felt it was very simple and pretty easy to predict. They get attacked, someone is hiding something, mysterious sickness takes over and then they run for their lives. It is a pretty set plot.

It is the format that makes this book. Without the format I think it would have taken much much longer to finish the story and I am not sure I would have gone onto the other books. In a normal novel format this would have felt done before. In this format it felt fresh and new.

I wasn’t very impressed with Ezra’s character. He was pretty simple. I felt like he was two  dimensional throughout the story. I hope that his character grows throughout the rest of the series. I want to see him get to the same level of being a badass as Kady.

What I Wished was Different_
I think in the middle things slowed down a little because much of the content was the same type of instant messages back and forth. I think that portion could have been broken up a little bit. Something different thrown in. I got a little bored reading that format but in the end it didn’t harm the story at all.

I gave this book 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads. I loved the found footage feel, the mystery of it is what kept me reading.

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“Point is, I had no idea how safe I was because I’d never been unsafe.” (pg. 103)

“Too young to know failure and the fear it brings.” (pg. 279)

“Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.” (pg. 302)

Re-reading Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince

8403656Last month the Harry Potter books came out with new covers for the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter books. I couldn’t afford the whole series but I did get the third book and the sixth book, my two favorites of the series. I recently re-read the third book so I decided to re-read the sixth book this time.

The reason the sixth book is my second favorite is because of the back story given to Voldemort. I am the kind of person who likes the villain of the story to have a story. I have a problem when the antagonist is just there to cause trouble but we never find out why. I believe a story gets stronger when we can understand why a person makes the choices they make.

The look into Voldemort’s past is fascinating to me. I loved seeing when he was as a child to the moment when he started figuring out how to become immortal. It is interesting because we see that he had several opportunities to turn around. We also got to see the resentment and anger that resided in him since he was a child.

When I first read the series I just saw him as this evil man who had no morals and no reason for doing what he was doing. In this book we got to see the reason. We got to see why he might have turned that direction. He was raised without any love or affection. He was forced to grow up quickly and take care of himself.

Now not every person who grows up parentless turns into a murderer (i.e. Harry) but this book gave  us a way to understand the man behind the evil actions. Part of me felt bad for him. I remember reading the first time feeling upset that he was left with this route. But then you look at Harry and see what choices he could have made.

Harry grew up without parents too and yet he was the complete opposite of Voldemort. Which then raises the question of nature versus nurture. Harry’s parents died protecting him, Voldemort’s abandoned him. Does that change things? Some very fascinating questions are raised throughout this story.

One of my favorite scenes is in this book. After Harry and Dumbledore look at the memory about the Horcruxes we get a speech that is very significant for this series. Harry doesn’t understand how love can be the power he has that will win him the final battle. He can’t see past what the prophecy says. He is stuck until Dumbledore makes him understand.

This whole speech is so interesting and important, not only for this story. Seeing Harry come to realize that his heart is what he has that has kept him whole his entire life. His heart and his love for those around him is what matters. Voldemort never allowed himself the ability to love. He closed that door when he was a child. Harry never gave up trying to find that comfort and love. He didn’t turn to the darkness for comfort. Instead he allowed people in, allowed them to take care of him when he needed it. We see what happens when you don’t give up, no matter the darkness that seems to surround you.

This book was also the first time I read a book where a main character died. Sirius’s death was tragic for me because I loved his character, but Dumbledore’s death was traumatizing in a sense. He seemed so important, so significant that I thought there was no way he would die. I had never read a book where someone like that died. That didn’t happen in younger books.

Dumbledore dying was the moment you realized that anything can happen. No one is immune and anyone can be gone tomorrow. I already knew this but this book hit that point home. The end makes you realize how important it is to say what you need to say to those around you.

Lastly I loved the very end of this book where Harry is trying to convince Ron and Hermione to allow him to search for the Horcruxes alone. Hermione reminds him that when they were in their first year he gave them the chance to turn back, to leave him. They decided to stay. Throughout five years they stayed by his side and they were not going to abandon him now.

The true power of friendship shown through this book. You see in this moment that those people who have stood at your side for years, through it all, are not going to disappear at the tough moments. If they had chances to turn back in the past and didn’t, then trust them to be there throughout it all.

What lessons have you learned from you favorite books?

Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman – Review

51C7IGsOYHL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Odin is the all-seeing father. Thor is the lightening god with the magic hammer. Loki is the trickster who is out to help himself. They are all waiting for the end of times, when they will fight and die only for the world to be reborn again. Dive into the stories of these heroes and myths and find out their origin stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I Loved_-4

I am a huge fan of mythology. I fell in love with it back in middle school when we studied Greek and Roman mythology. I thought the stories were fascinating and was even more fascinated by how they connected to our time today. You could see how they influenced people and then see how those influences changed over time.

I knew a tiny bit about Norse mythology but not a ton. I knew who Odin, Thor and Loki were but that was really where my knowledge ended. When I picked up this book I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I didn’t know if it was a generic retelling, a story that used Norse mythology characters or a reworking of the stories. In the end it is a collection of Norse myths that Gaiman compiled and made his own.

I really enjoyed the collection because I felt like it gave just enough about the myths. I didn’t tell them all but it told the important ones (as far as I can tell). You got to hear the origin stories, the adventure stories and more about Ragnarok. It did a good job at giving me a crash course in these myths.

I think I felt like I could connect to the stories because he modernized the language a bit. I felt like he didn’t use the vernacular from that time and gave it a modern twist. I felt a bit like in portions I was reading about the versions of Thor and Loki from the movies. I liked this because I felt like I could sink into the tales a bit more because I wasn’t spending as much time trying to figure out exactly what they were saying.

One of the book series I loved as a teenager was called Everworld by K.A. Applegate. It was a quick read but I remember it involving a lot of different myths and legends. As I read through this book I started remembering some of the characters like Hel. I remember them from that series and now I want to reread that series to see how things compare.

What I was just okay with
At the beginning of the book Gaiman mentions that he took a few liberties with the stories. He talks about how he rearranded bits and combined stories. At the back of the book he quickly tells where he got each story from but nothing much about what he might have changed or altered. He quickly mentions some but I wanted a bit more.

As I stated I have very limited knowledge about Norse mythology and I wanted to know a bit about what he changed or what he kept the same. I think it would have been nice after each story to have a one pager thing stating what he changed and maybe why. Would have just been interesting to know.

What I Wished was Different_
I can’t think of anything that I wanted to change. It kept my attention. I was able to follow everything and I felt like I learned quite a bit.

 

I gave the collection 4 stars on Goodreads. I had fun growing my knowledge of this type of myth.

Smoke and Iron – Rachel Caine – Review

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Jess and friends are in trouble. They are separated. There is a plan but what will be the cost of that plan? Can a small group take on the might of the Library? Who will survive and what will their world look like after?

(This is a review for the fourth book in a series, thus there will be spoilers for the previous 3 books).

 

 

 

What I Loved_-4
All of the books of the Great Library series up until this point have been from Jess’s point of view. We have seen everything through his eyes so we get a limited look at what is going on around us. We get his opinion but we aren’t sure what everyone else is feeling. We have an idea but nothing concrete.

In this book we got multiple POV’s and I loved it. We got to see the story not only from Jess’s eyes but from Morgan, Wolfe and Khalila as well. (We also got a few moments from Thomas and Santi too). I loved this addition.

It is kind of odd to do something like this 4 books into a series but I think it really opened up the story. In this book specifically the group is split up for quite a while. If we only got Jess’s portion it would have seemed boring and a bit annoying. So much would have happened without our knowledge. It would have seemed forced and pushed.

I liked this addition not only because it helped make the story feel more connected but also because we got closer to some of the characters. I have always like Wolfe’s character. I think he is interesting because he has a past and a present that are so different. He has been tortured but still finds a way to move forward. He loves with his whole heart but still can hold grudges and anger. In this book we actually got to see his true depth and it made his character even better.

Khalila was always interesting to me but she never held my attention fully. I liked her but wasn’t attached. In this book I became attached to her. She is strong. She is no-nonsense. She is loyal and I want her to end up at the one who takes over. She is the perfect leader. I found myself actually caring about her in this book.

While this book did a lot set up again it did leave me anxious for the end of the series. I know there is going to be a serious fight. I just hope it all pays off like I want it to. I also hope we don’t lose too many of the characters.

What I was just okay with
I enjoy these books but one of the problems with them is the fact that I feel like they are always spinning their wheels. I understand why this book was full of set up, it had to be to get us to the end. Though I do think this one could have been combined with the last book.

I think this series would have been fine as a 3 book series. I think some of the going back and forth could have been cut and given us a bit more action. I think cutting some of the random wanderings would have upped the anticipation aspect of the story. We would have gotten a more urgent feel from this story.

The end of this book was so quick. There was a lot of lead up to the moment and it was all over very fast. Again I think if it was the half way point that lead into the finale I would have found it more satisfying. Instead I felt a bit let down and now I have to wait for the next book, losing all that momentum I had from that moment.

What I Wished was Different_
There is one point in the book where Morgan is doubting her love for Jess. She talks about how she know she loves him but doesn’t know if she is in love with him. I liked her hesitation at this point. I felt like it was going in an interesting direction. I thought we would see her struggling with the idea of loving someone but not being in love.

I thought maybe she was even aromantic in some manner. I thought it was interesting to see her discovering this part of herself but the end crushed that idea. She realizes she loves him, which is fine. This isn’t an insta-love scenario, it was developed over 4 books. I just thought it would be more interesting to see a character struggling with a bigger concept in the midst of the other battles they are dealing with.

I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads. I enjoyed it. I am anxious for the end. I just wished it was a bit tighter and left my heart racing a bit more.

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“Power rotted from within.” – (pg. 18)

“Tyrants turned on their own, in the end; it was the only way to keep power.” (pg. 89)

“That denying knowledge to others was a tactic of war.” (pg. 191)

“Freedom doesn’t mean you have to leave. It means you choose. It isn’t done for you.” (pg. 246)

Top 7 Harry Potter Characters

I saw Never Not Reading posting some special Harry Potter posts a few weeks back. Weird Zeal created a list of Harry Potter related posts in celebration 20th U.S. anniversary of Harry Potter. I wasn’t able to do posts during that time because of a work event but I thought I would do some now. I liked the idea of talking about my favorite character in the series.

(These aren’t ranked in any specific order. They are just my top 7 favorite characters)

Sirius_Black_Profile1.Sirius – I adore Sirius. I think I attached myself to him because he was the first real parent figure that Harry got throughout the series. When he comes in in the third book we go on this emotional journey with Harry. He think he has no true family left to him, thinks that someone is out to get him then learns the lengths that Sirius has gone to to protect him. I loved the connection they develop throughout the story.

I was devasted when Sirius died. I felt the ache that Harry felt. It was like a hole had been left. A true family and happy life was ripped away from Harry yet again. I hoped there was going to be a twist for Sirius to come back. I loved the way he helped Harry learn strength and the power of true and devoted love for a family member.

DOBBY22. Dobby– Dobby was so weird when he first showed up in Chamber of Secrets. I thought he was this little odd ball. Then we learned how devoted and selfless Dobby was. He was goofy but he had a heart of gold. He was pure innocence. I wanted him to get everything and the fact that he was able to use his last moments to save Harry ripped my heart out.

 

Screen-Shot-2016-10-18-at-5.14.06-PM3. Dumbledore – Dumbledore was such a complex and interesting character throughout the novels. I liked that throughout the series we saw him develop from a mentor to this man who was trying to make things from from his past. I thought he was just a teacher but we learn quickly that he was much more than that.

I also liked that he was seriously flawed. Having him make poor decisions made him human. I could relate to him. I saw his heart and saw what could happen when you only listen to your heart and not your head as well.

 

78416-Emma_Watson-women-blonde-brown_eyes-Harry_Potter-Hermione_Granger-748x9984. Hermione – Hermione was the character I related to most throughout the series. She was a bookworm. She had inner strength that took her sometime to find. She attached herself to a few true and devoted friends. I admired the way she was unashamed of her knowledge. Without her the boys would have been dead back in book one. She was the true power of the trio and I loved that.

 

 

landscape_nrm_1422623264-robbie-coltrane-hagrid-hospital-ill5. Hagrid – Hagrid was a gentle giant. He was another character that was just pure happiness and innocence. He loved Harry so much. I liked that he was a bit off beat and yet was resistant. He didn’t back down. He didn’t let his failures destroy him. He made some decisions that weren’t the best but he never did it with a hard heart. His heart was always pure and in the right place.

Hedwig_Snowy_Owl_PM6. Hedwig- As someone who has always been attached to animals I instantly loved that Harry had a pet of his own. Hedwig was his best friend and companion. She was there for him when he needed comfort. She was there to protect him when he needed help. Hedwig was the heart of the books for the entire series. Her death took my by surprise and I was so close to crying at that moment.

 

 

SnapeSeverus7. Snape – I know that Snape’s character is a very controversial. Snape is one of those people who made all the wrong choices. He is just plain cruel to Harry for most of the series and I can see how that makes people avoid him. But I think he is one of the best written characters in any book I have ever read.

He started off as a character that just seems like a plain villain. We think he is going to be a cookie cutter antagonist. Slowly we see that his character is so much more than just someone who is a obstacle for Harry. He teaches Harry how to stand up against authority. He lets Harry see that someone people get lost and destroyed by their pasts. He is an example to Harry of what happens when you are not strong and don’t fight for what you want.

I loved his journey throughout the books. As a writer I learned so much from his character. I leaned how important it is to know your characters and to write them as they are even if they end up having some distasteful and harsh sides to them.

Who are your favorite Harry Potter characters?

Hogwarts Tag

I saw this over on Never Not Reading. It was part of the Harry Potter Anniversary Week and part of a special week of posts that Weird Zeal was doing to celebrate.

I was unfortunately super busy that week. I had a huge fundraising event for work and I was beyond exhausted but I loved the idea of some of the posts. So I am going to do some of them through out the next few weeks.

Honestly any excuse to write about Harry Potter is what I am all about. So without further ado here is the Hogwarts Tag!

The Rules:

  • Link back to one of Weird Zeal‘s post so that she can see all participation!
  • Tag your friends and tell them to join as well!
  • Have fun

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What House are you in?
I am forever a Hufflepuff. I am the pure definition of a Hufflepuff. I am one of the most patient people you will meet. I am very loyal to people I admire and I am willing to work hard when necessary.

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I had zero idea before I took the Pottermore quiz. I ended up getting a Vulture. I always thought it may be some kind of bird. To be honest I am not sure I completely understand the connection. I kind of understand in some sense. I do fly through life and I can get a bit aggressive when people go after people I care about.

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What is your wand?
Hawthorn wood, unicorn hair core, 10 3/4″ in length and slightly spring flexibility.
Hawthorn is for those who have gone through turmoil and have proven talent. I will say I have come out on the other side of some tough situations so I do think I would fit well with this one.

The unicorn hair means that it is one that is difficult to change to the dark arts. That is me for sure. I would be someone that would be really really tough to turn my loyalties. I know what is right and you have to give me some serious reason to change my opinions.
For the description my wand is unique and different. Which is me for sure. I am someone who loves things that are out of the ordinary and something no one else has or likes.

What would your Boggart be?
That is a tough one. I do have a number of fears, such as spiders. I think though if it dug deep it would some form of being alone forever. I am someone who is seriously afraid of ending up without anyone to lean on. Thankfully I have many people in my life to support me but I know that is the fear it would pray on.

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What position would you play in Quidditch?
I am not the most athletic of people. I think if I had to choose I would be a Chaser. I think a Keeper and Seeker would involve way to much pressure for me.

Would you be a pure-blood, half-blood or muggle born?
That is a tough one. I think I would probably be pure-blood though. I am basing that off the fact that both of my parents are/were people who enjoyed magic and the unknown and I think that would translate to us all possessing magic. I don’t really know another way to figure that out.

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What job would you want after graduating Hogwarts?

While I love animals I think that I would end up doing some type of activist work. I am found a love for working in nonprofit in this world so I think I would translate that to helping house-elves or other minorities in the wizarding world.

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Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose?

I read the book I know what happens when you choose the wand or stone. I am going to go with the invisibility cloak. I think that is something I could actually use to my advantage and not end up with dire consequences.

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Favorite book?
Hands down Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! I have literally read it at least 15 times. I just adore the way the series shifts and the introduction to Sirius!

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Least favorite book?
Probably would say, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Not because it is bad, there is no such thing as a bad Harry Potter book, but because it is the one that involves the most introduction. For someone who has read the books so many times that stuff is so known that is can be a bit tedious to reread.

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Favorite Film?

Deathly Hallows part 2. I thought it was the most fun and exciting. I had my issue with it, such as the whole breaking the Elder Wand thing, but I thought it wrapped up everything well.

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Least favorite film?
I had the most issues with the third one. I adored the book and they just upended everything. I also felt like they made changes that didn’t make sense or weren’t needed. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t what I wanted it to be.

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Favorite character?
Sirius Black. I loved him from the third book on. I loved that he was this father figure to help Harry. I liked that he was a bit more rebellious than the others. I just adored his character and his death destroyed me.

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Least favorite character?
Hands down that is Umbridge. That woman is the definition of pure evil. She was the worst because she acted like she was right, liked she was doing nothing wrong. I also hated her because she was a villain that had no reason to be as evil as she was. She had no tragic backstory. She was just a pure psycho. I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t despise that woman.

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Favorite teacher at Hogwarts?

Lupin for sure. He was the teacher that I always wanted. He is someone who went beyond the usual way of teaching and made a true impact on the students. I loved him.

Least favorite teacher at Hogwarts?
I mean that will have to be Umbridge again. She is the epitome of the worst kind of teacher. She doesn’t care about teaching to her students. She doesn’t care about them truly learning and growing. She only cares about herself.

Do you have an unpopular opinions about the series?
I don’t know if I have any truly unpopular ones. I will say that I do love Snape’s story. I know his character can have a bit of contention around him but I thought his story was well done. You saw how he let his love for Lily hurt him so much. We saw what not following your heart can do to someone. His character was a lesson on what not to do with your life. I didn’t like what he did but I understood him and that was is the definition of a well-written character.

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If you could save one character from the final battle who would it be?

I going to take this one literally and only choose one from the last battle. I would save Fred, without a doubt. His death seriously hurt so much and I want the Wesley family whole and happy because that is all they deserve!

What are your opinions on Harry Potter? Favorite movie? Favorite book? Favorite character?

 

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