June 30, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


WHAT I READ LAST WEEK

It had been far too long since I intended to read Harry Potter, so last week I embarked on a Harry Potter marathon and my mind was ready . It was about time I took them off my shelf. Now I can finally say I read the books!  I enjoyed watching the movies as an added benefit and it was a rewarding experience, I only wish I'd had some butterbeer to drink or some Honeydukes Ever flavour beans or Fizzing Whizzbees.



Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)The Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm finally in the mood to reading Harry Potter. I admit after watching the movies, it did take away the enjoyment but I promise NEVER again to watch a movie until AFTER I've read the book.

I don't know how many times I began reading the Philosopher's Stone only soon abandoning it because all's I could see were the images I'd already seen on screen and afterall, I own the movies and can just pop the DVD in and watch it because the movies are so good but alas, there had always been a few details that I missed.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)The Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, that was unreal!

When Harry is with the Dursley's you can't help but feel sorry for him because of being treated so unfairly by his Muggle Family. However, everyone knows about Harry Potter , the boy who lived. He's quite famous in the wizarding world because of the scar on his forehead. When he was a baby his mother sacrificed herself to save Harry from Voldemort. We know that it was the love for her child that defended him but Voldemort's a complex character that we won't fully understand until the very end apparently.

Dobby the house-elf tries to persuade Harry not to go back to Hogwarts because he's terrified of the evil plans against Harry, his intentions are good but Harry ends up with a load of grief not just from the Dursley's but from Hogwarts too. School didn't start off on the right foot for Harry or Ron Weasley as Dobby had blocked off the wall leading to platform 9 3/4 and they missed the train and had to borrow Mr. Weasley's flying car and crashed into a Whomping Willow. They both were in major trouble all because of Dobby's good intentions. *sigh

Ginny Weasley got hoodwinked in Voldemorts dark powers. Mr. Malfoy put an object of dark magic inside her basket of schoolbooks. It was a diary that belonged to Tom Riddle. She was unaware that he was controlling her and it almost killed her and some of the students at Hogwarts including Harry , but Harry and Ron figured it out and were able to solve the game of Clue and save the day.


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)The Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I liked this one for all of the hullabaloo in Hogsmeade. The letter Harry received while on the train from Sirius Black was awwwwwwesome.




Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)The Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ugh! How frustrating and stupid Cornelius Fudge is! I was outraged that before Bart Crouch could bear testimony to Voldemorts rising again, Barty was killed by a dementor! AND on top of that Cornelius didn't believe Voldemort was back again even after Harry Potter saw him rise before his eyes! even after Cedric died there in the graveyard! It was a very sad ending and the only ones who seemed to have gained anything this year was George and Fred Weasley. Harry Potter gave the thousand galleons he won from the Tri Wizard Tournament to them.

I would've never guessed who the culprit was who'd been spying at Hogwarts the whole time right under everyone's noses. From the beginning the story flowed quite nicely and now that I've read it, I understood a lot more than I'd perceived from watching the movie.

Something we learn by reading the book that we don't see in the movie was that Rita Skeeter was an Animagus who transformed herself into a black beetle. That's why she was able to write in depth stories about things to put in the Daily Prophet Newspaper.

I've been on a Harry Potter book/movie marathon for the past week starting with the Philosopher's Stone. I have to say the movie cuts out a lot of insightful information however I thought the tent the Weasleys stayed in looked better in the movie ha! The house elfs were completely left out in this movie whereas Winky played a big role and so did Dobby and the rest of the Hogwarts house elves.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)The Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really dislike Dolores Umbridge . She truly destroyed all the beauty and glory from Hogwarts and she deserved more than what she got. Her and her stupid *hem-hem* UGH! I would've wanted rather her die than well....Sirius Black. Oh the injustice! Her and the minister both disbelieved Harry and Dumbledore about the fact that Voldemort was back, and ruined the school. It was a nightmare. A NIGHTMARE!


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)The Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hagrid crying over Aragog the giant spider was kinda silly as was his brother Grawp. I mean Grawp was silly and Harry should've known who the half blood prince was . He should've known who that textbook belonged to and shown it to Dumbledore. I liked Professor Slughorn for eventually helping Harry to see the last thread of truth about Voldemorts Horcruxes. Harry's private lessons with Dumbledore were very interesting. A bit of hard investigation on Dumbledores part I'd say.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)The Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That was SO fun. I must admit I've always had a crush on Snape. He has a very powerful mind. Dumbledore on the other hand is a bit too old for me lol but he knew the difference between good and evil for sure. These two characters are what made the story great, exciting even.

Like Aberforth, I liked Dobby and I was sad he died.
I loved-to-hate The Malfoys, Narcissa, Lucias and Draco. It was touching to see how great their mother and son bond was.
The Weasleys could've all been from the house of Ravenclaw instead of Gryffindor, for their wit was a treasure indeed.
Hermione was only the stronger for being half-blood or a Mudblood as Draco so often called her.

I am very glad to have read the Harry Potter books. They cleared up a lot of the missing pieces and I gained information the movies failed to transmit. I urge everyone to read the books! I have been a bit obsessed over Harry Potter since I started reading them.



WHAT I'M CURRENTLY READING

Since I finished The Hobbit recently I am currently on another marathon. The Lord of The Rings . I just finished with book 1 of The Fellowship of the Rings : The Ring Sets Out .


The Ring Sets Out (The Lord of the Rings, Book 1) The Ring Sets Out (The Lord of the Rings, Book 1) by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There aren't many books that are written quite like this anymore. It is a well written fantasy about Hobbits mainly Bilbo Baggins and his nephew Frodo, who had come upon the unfortunate findings of a Ring . The ONE ring to rule them all...etc that was lost long ago and picked up by Smiegle. This ring is the sole connection between The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. I must say that I adored The Hobbit and I can't wait for the last movie to come out. How exciting.

Frodo is so sweet and kind as are most Hobbits, which I find quite fascinating and satisfying. The Elvens are also a peaceful and gentle people who make suitable friends of Hobbits.

The adventures of Frodo Baggins thus begins in the Shire and in this installment, ends near the Elven territory of Rivendell, called The Ford. I kept looking for signs of where Bilbo journeyed approximately 80 hobbit years ago. Where Frodo and Company arrived at the 3 stone Trolls they sat down and ate. How wonderful it was to be in the same vicinity as Bilbo! Oh and at the watchtower of Amon Sul that is where the Orc leader in The Hobbit stationed his army and one of them was killed for his failed attempt to kill Thorin Oakenshield. Herein is where the Dark Riders stabbed Frodo in the shoulder.

Of course I've watched the Lord of The Rings movies years ago, but it's immensely rewarding to read along with the Audiobook Read by Phil Dragash on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jYdUf...


WHAT I PLAN ON READING

I will continue my book marathon until I finish the 7th and last LOTR book . The Appendix



June 16, 2014

The Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)HARRY POTTER and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, that was unreal!

When Harry is with the Dursley's you can't help but feel sorry for him because of being treated so unfairly by his Muggle Family. However, everyone knows about Harry Potter , the boy who lived. He's quite famous in the wizarding world because of the scar on his forehead. When he was a baby his mother sacrificed herself to save Harry from Voldemort. We know that it was the love for her child that defended him but Voldemort's a complex character that we won't fully understand until the very end apparently.

Dobby the house-elf tries to persuade Harry not to go back to Hogwarts because he's terrified of the evil plans against Harry, his intentions are good but Harry ends up with a load of grief not just from the Dursley's but from Hogwarts too. School didn't start off on the right foot for Harry or Ron Weasley as Dobby had blocked off the wall leading to platform 9 3/4 and they missed the train and had to borrow Mr. Weasley's flying car and crashed into a Whomping Willow. They both were in major trouble all because of Dobby's good intentions. *sigh

Ginny Weasley got hoodwinked in Voldemorts dark powers. Mr. Malfoy put an object of dark magic inside her basket of schoolbooks. It was a diary that belonged to Tom Riddle. She was unaware that he was controlling her and it almost killed her and some of the students at Hogwarts including Harry , but Harry and Ron figured it out and were able to solve the game of Clue and save the day.



June 12, 2014

Mr.Mercedes ( Unnamed Trilogy #1)

Mr. MercedesMr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Audiobook narrated by Will Patton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Brady 'Honeyboy' Hartfield is one creepy and disturbed character whom I could believe is real because of such people like Ted Bundy. I was engrossed in page after page of how the perpetrator was so close yet failed to get caught. How did that happen? Brady may have evaded getting caught in the City Center Massacre that killed 8 people but he was never going to allow anyone to take his recognition as a massive killer away from him as he prided himself in it. Ugh! what a sicko! He may have promised Hodges the retired detective -DET RET that he would never do it again, but he had plans on killing again.

Even though I'd enjoyed a few books by Stephen King, I am not a big fan. He's such a cynic and he shows it in his writings on just about everything. i.e.:
"To Hodges she looks like Princess Leia after a year on the Karen Carpenter diet?"
really? I was interested in the characters like Jerome and Holly; the main "heroes", but I was sad about what happens to Hodges' love interest Janey, because I liked her a lot.

June 11, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - The Silkworm



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. To view all the participants visit Jill@Breaking the Spine

From the best selling author J.K Rowling comes the 2nd book in her series of murder mysteries written under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. Strike is back and I look forward to seeing what crime he has to solve this time.

The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2)

Expected Publication: 19th June 2014


A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days – as he has done before – and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives – so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.
And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before…


June 9, 2014

The Hobbit: J.R.R. Tolkien


The HobbitTHE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The audiobook is phenomenal. I really like the voices of the characters. You can actually listen to the audiobook free on youtube HERE.

Brief Summary

Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole in Bag End by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon...



After I read the book I watched The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Need I say that the book and the movie are as different as hot and cold are? Honestly.

I thought the book was ....a brilliant and even cute fantasy adventure. When I saw The Desolation of Smaug I was shocked at how it'd become a dark and dangerous series of events. The trouble with Orcs hunting the dwarves in the book hadn't been much of an issue. Talk about harassing! Those Orcs are so infuriating, in fact in the Children of Hurin Orcs did rule middle earth.

Anyway, the best parts of The Hobbit were the encounters with: the trolls, the Goblin caves, meeting Gollum, the orcs and the wolves, the flight of the Eagles and Beorn...uh, the spiders and the dwarves being captured by the Elven King, Bilbo rescuing them in crates and floating down river to safety. NO ORCS!

I then had to watch The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey. I must say I was relieved at how much I liked it more but I still recommend you read the book. Even in the forest of Milkwood with the spiders and the faeries. The visuals made it frightening. In the book Beorn the skinchanger (the bear) was their friend and it was the Goblins that almost killed the dwarves, NOT the Orcs! We shall have to see what happens to Smaug in the last movie of The Hobbit Trilogy: There and Back. I already know what happens however.

What I didn't like about Thorin is how he became a greedy sob with the treasure and because of that The Battle of Five Armies came upon Thorin on the mountain. Other than that there was nothing I didn't like about the book and I recommend reading it.

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June 8, 2014

Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3)

Endlessly (Paranormalcy, #3)

Endlessly by Kiersten White


My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book Description 

Evie's paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate. The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie's hands. So much for normal.

So. I'm finally getting around to read the final installment of Paranormalcy.

What is so special about Evie that she is qualified to open a gate so the paranormals stuck on earth can waltz on through? I must have forgotten the part that explains that. Of course there is so many ridiculous twists and turns about this world but particularly in Endlessly I noticed that Evie was so busy with school and her relationship with Lend that she totally neglects the more important things to do on her list , like saving the world . I understand totally being 17 years old and all. She just wants to live a normal life. I get that she doesn't want any part of the IPCA anymore which is cool. They changed and Mrs whatever whatever is a snotty old hag who is working with the evil fairy's who want to kill Evie and the rest of the paranormals. I didn't think Evie should have been responsible for that whole business of saving the world even though she did succeed with the help of a few of her friends, and proved remarkable, it seemed like a dirty and thankless job. Ha! This book wasn't serious but it was fun.

About the Author



Hi! I'm the New York Times best-selling author of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally. I also give the most awkward hugs in the world. You should probably opt for one of my books over one of my hugs, but then again, maybe you like awkward hugs.
As for me, I like writing flirting scenes, and fighting scenes, and sometimes I write scenes that fall somewhere in between the two, but only if I can't avoid it.

The Children of Húrin (Middle-Earth Universe)


The Children of HúrinThe Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien


Christopher Tolkien (Editor), Alan Lee (Illustrator)
Genre: High Fantasy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Children of Hurin was amazing, and I love the illustrations, but what a tragic ending! Hurin was finally released from Morgoth's bondage and was reunited with his wife Morwen, but it was too late!

I loved that Turin slays the dragon (Glaurang) like Hercules. I loved the Fey in Lord of The Rings and this story too.


The story concentrates on a Man of the House of Hador, Túrin Turambar, and his sister Niënor Níniel, who are cursed along with their father Húrin by the Dark Lord Morgoth. The events take place more than 6,500 years before the War of the Ring.

According to the Tolkien Estate:

The Children of Húrin takes the reader back to a time long before The Lord of the Rings, in an area of Middle-earth that was to be drowned before Hobbits appeared, and when the great enemy was still the fallen Vala, Morgoth, and Sauron was only Morgoth's lieutenant. This heroic romance is the tale of the Man, Húrin, who dared to defy Morgoth, and his family's tragic destiny, as it follows his son Túrin Turambar's travels through the lost world of Beleriand...

[source]


My Favorite Scene: 

The Death of Glaurung The Dragon


"Turambar, Turambar, come back! Hear Me! Awake! For it is Niniel. The Dragon is dead, dead, and I alone am here by you."