Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I know I promised to review Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. So here's my review in seven words:
Loved it, though I miss Remus and Tonks.
Well, okay that's eight words but whatever.
WHY???? Why did my two favorite characters (besides the trio and Ginny) have to die???? WHY?????
The world of fiction is an absurd place.
I love it, but its crazy (I mean, she could have killed off Draco for all I care....But Remus and Tonks? At least their son hasn't died....YET).
Anyway, does anyone have an early-bird copy of Eclipse that they don't want?
Because I, for one would LOVE to have it.
Friday, July 27, 2007
If not...does anyone have some suggestions? I'm going to the bookstore tonight!
I'm SUCH a geek :o)
have a great weekend everyone!
Over My Head on Flickr! : Right now all it has is pictures from the Release party, but I'm planning to take some pics at the Eclipse Prom (when the third book in the Twilight series is going to be released)--where I'll be dressed as the main character--Bella. And I'm dying my hair! This time dark brown--almost black. I'm excited to see what it's going to look like. Also since I'm a senior this year, I'll be the annoying tear-eyed girl with a camera strapped to her hand nearly everyday at school. So expect more pictures soon!
Spooky Sookie at Livejournal : Also called "Spinner's End". (You can see where I'm drawing inspiration here). It's acting as a sort of interum website right now while I learn more HTML/CSS. I'll be putting up an archive of my reviews there also.
The Long Project : I'm working on resurrecting my old first website. But I won't post much until I learn how to make my own template for it.
Well, that's it for now. But don't think I won't be a dunderhead and start anymore new websites. Because it's likely that I will.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
You're Adventures of Huckleberry Finn!
by Mark Twain
With an affinity for floating down the river, you see things in black
and white. The world is strange and new to you and the more you learn about it, the less
it makes sense. You probably speak with an accent and others have a hard time
understanding you and an even harder time taking you seriously. Nevertheless, your
adventurous spirit is admirable. You really like straw hats.
Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Okay, so I'm walking down the street and I see my house and it has the Dark Mark over it.
And I'm like, "Holy cow! I get to fight Voldemort and the Death Eaters!" (yes, that is exactly what I thought in my dream, I am so not making this up). So I go up to the door and I somehow have a wand in my hand, and I go in, and there's the whole gang of scary looking Death Eaters about to kill me.
And suddenly I see Voldemort and before anyone's Avra Kedavra'd, I'm like,
"Expelliarmus! Priori Incatatum! Alohomora!" And about fifty million other spells we see in the Harry Potter books.
Of course chaos ensues...and the death eaters all turn into pillars of black dust that whirl around like they do in the movie, and somehow I end up stuck in an elevator with Voldemort.
Yes, that's right. From my house to an elevator.
Old spidey eyes himself.
So were sitting there in the elevator chatting (yes, chatting--what else can you do with a sadistic villain of a book series when you're stuck on an elevator with him?). And he told me his life's story, which of course I knew from the books...but I still listened to it.
And finally I said, "Dude, it's still not cool that you kill people. And what's up with the nose, anyway?" (Ralph Fiennes' costume in OOTP includes this really weird looking nose that looks like it's only half finished or something).
And that's when my dream came to an abrupt end: when my alarm clock went off.
Does anyone wish to interpret this sucker?
Because I still can't.
Anyway, I found a good picture of Voldemort's nose.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
A Countess Below Stairs
by Eva Ibbotson
Genre(s): YA, Historical Fiction, Romance
Lots of romance, fun, and Russian to boot. A great read for those who love romance, Historical Fiction, and comedy. In other words: people like me!
A young Russian countess must flee Russia (because of the Bolshevik Revolution) to live in England with her old governess where she has to take a job as a maid and falls in love with her employer, a young earl.
Into the Wild
by Sarah Beth Durst
Genre(s): Children, Fantasy
Read my review
taken from Barnes&Noble.com
Twelve-year-old Julie has grown up hearing about the dangerous world of fairy tales, “The Wild,” from which her mother, Rapunzel, escaped.
Now The Wild wants its characters back. Julie comes home from school to find her mother gone and a deep, dark forest swallowing her hometown. Julie must fight wicked witches, avoid glass slippers and fairy godmothers, fly griffins, and outwit ogres in order to rescue her mom and save her Massachusetts town from becoming a fairy-tale kingdom.
by E. Lockhart
Genre(s): YA, Drama, Comedy
A laugh-out-loud hilarious book about a girl and her adventures at a summer drama camp. Fun, fast, hilarious--and perfect for drama queens!
The whole gay-best-friend thing made me a little uncomfortable. And there is some language. But I still recomend it.
taken from E. Lockhart's Blog
Two theater-mad, self-invented, fabulositon Ohio teenagers. One boy, one girl. One gay, one straight. One black, one white. And SUMMER DRAMA CAMP. It's a season of hormones,gold lame,hissy fits,jazz hands,song and dance,true love,and unitards that will determine their future--and test their friendship.
by Gail Carson Levine
Genre(s): Chrildren, Fantasy
You know, Summer is the season of rereads. And on my second reading of this book, I decided that it was really really good. A delicately woven plot, and a very likable heroine. The romance was still a little dissapointing, but not at all as much as I thought it was before.
taken from HarperCollins
In the kingdom of Ayortha, who is the fairest of them all? Certainly not Aza. She is thoroughly convinced that she is ugly. What she may lack in looks, though, she makes up for with a kind heart, and with something no one else has–a magical voice. Her vocal talents captivate all who hear them, and in Ontio Castle they attract the attention of a handsome prince – and a dangerous new queen. In this masterful novel filled with humour, adventure, romance, and song, Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine invites you to join Aza as she discovers how exquisite she truly is.
Secret Society Girl
Genre(s): adult, mystery, comedy
I rarely ever read adult fiction books unless I'm really intruiged or it's a familiar author.
In this case, I was intruiged by the title. I love studying about Secret Societies and such. So I thought I'd check it out.
Some of the language and such made me uncomfortable, but it was an overall funny read.
taken from the Secret Soceity Girl website:
Elite Eli University junior Amy Haskel never expected to be tapped into Rose & Grave, the country’s most powerful–and notorious–secret society. She isn’t rich, politically connected, or…well, male.
So when Amy receives the distinctive black-lined invitation with the Rose & Grave seal, she’s blown away. Could they really mean her?
Hope you enjoyed!
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Just this morning I woke up early to see the 10:00 showing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I'm not sure how exactly I'm going to express how I much I loved this movie. It was wonderful--David Yates did a really great job on keeping the movie cut to the very basic story of the book, while still adding in the fun details from it.
Some parts were hilarious--some outrageous, some so sad that I just wanted to cry.
I won't give away anything--but I do want to say, if you can see it, please do--because it's easily the best movie of the summer so far!
Ooh--and some of my favorite new characters portrayed are:
Imelda Staunton played the part perfectly. Being evil, silly, and terribly nasty, but over all a definitely love-to-hate character, I think Professor Umbridge was one of the best new characters played.
Luna (Looney) Lovegood
Evanna Lynch is an amazing actress!!!!
I love Luna Lovegood and I was amazed at the movie by how well she was portrayed. Looniness and all.
Okay, so he's not a new character, but he was hilarious in this movie!
Ps. I will have June top five soon! Just...One....more...book!!!!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
If you watched The Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter on A&E last Sunday, then you know that I'm pretty much just echoing what they said.
Well, this is only one theory. And it's the one that puts Snape in the best light. Personally, before really considering it, I was disposed to think that Snape was a definite bad guy. But then I read #6 again--and it made me reconsider. However, we still don't know that much about Snape.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Into the Wild
by Sarah Beth Durst
Ever have a strange occurence where you've judged a book by its cover, and it turned out to be a wonderful book?
That was what Into the Wild was like for me.
I love the cover! I love how creative it is--and I especially like the walking cat. You don't see too many walking cats on book covers now, do you?
And the book proved to be as interesting and thought provoking as its cover.
What would it be like to have Repunzel as a mother? And what would it be like to have to wage war against crazed ferns that spit out invisibility cloaks and three-mile boots? What would it be like to have to repeat your life's story over and over again? If I tripped into the Wild, what fairytale would it try to place me in?
The crazed fern is actually The Wild, the essence of Fairytales and what Repunzel had to sacrifice to get the other fairytale characters out of.
Julie is her daughter and now the keeper of the tangle of ferns that is the weakened Wild. Poor Julie, she just wants to be normal--but everything from her mother, to her witch grandmother, to the strange magical jungle under her bed that keeps eating her shoes doesn't permit that.
And now it's gotten worse--someone made a wish in the Wishing Well and the Wild has come out from Julie's bed and grown and multiplied so much so that it swallows Julie's hometown in Massachusetts, taking her mother, her grandmother, and their friends with it.
Now it's up to Julie to venture into the Wild with only a bike, a backpack, and her adoptive brother, Puss n' Boots to save their loved ones and capture the magical Wild once again. But Julie gets more than she bargained for--and may well have to make deep personal sacrifices to get them out again.
Want Another Point of View?
Here are some other reviews of Into the Wild
At The Reading Zone
At Miss Erin's Blog
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Fred and George Weasly
Remus J. Lupin
Next to come: Hufflepuff icons (house of Cedric and Tonks!)
PS. Look here for my Harry Potter Playlist
PPS. I am having the June top ten books, soon!
(Beneath the gray box, click "Stand Alone Player")
PS. Sorry the last track "Butterflies and Hurricanes" is a little shaky.
You can listen to it here:
PPS. I plan on doing a Monthly Top Ten for June!