Review: The Murder Complex

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Author: Lindsay Cummings
Publisher: Greenwillow
Series: The Murder Complex, Book One
Read: 16th September 2015
Genre: Young Adult, YA, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Dystopia, Thriller, Mystery, Romance


Summary

Welcome to the Murder Complex.
You cannot see us. You cannot feel us.
But we are here.
And we control your every move.


Review

Meadow Woodson is a fifteen year old girl, living in Florida.
Every night, the streets run red with blood.
Meadow lives on a boat with her father, older brother and younger sister.
She has passed her government test, killed a girl, and now works to hand out rations.

Zephyr James is an Orphan.
He lives in a tent surrounded by other orphans.
Every night, he suffers from black outs and looses time, often coming back to himself standing over a dead body with blood on his hands.
He has no idea what he’s doing, or what he’s done.

When Meadow and Zephyr meet, Zephyr thinks he’s found the angel he’s been dreaming of. They become friends and Zephyr takes her to his old home. All is well – until Zephyr tries to kill Meadow. Meadow, who’s been trained by her father to survive. To take a breath, count to three, and survive.
She doesn’t go down easy.
In fact, she doesn’t go down at all.

When Meadow’s family becomes the targets for the Murder Complex, she becomes determined to find them and bring them back to safety. Now, together,  they must figure out why Zephyr keeps trying to kill Meadow. They must find the Murder Complex. They must shut off the mother board, and free Meadow’s family.

A book full of twists and turns, you won’t be bored reading The Murder Complex. It’s a page turner and you’ll find it very hard to put down once you’ve gotten in to it.


Recommend

If you liked Young Elites, books where girls kick ass and a slightly gruesome story, the Murder Complex is for you. You won’t be disappointed, for this really is a great read!


Rating

I have given this book a 4/5🌟

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Review: Cinder

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Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Puffin
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, Book One
Read: 25th September 2015
Genre: Young Adult, YA, Fantasy, Sci Fi, Steam Punk, Fairy Tale, Retelling, Dystopia


Summary

Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.


Review

Linh Cinder is a cyborg girl with no memory of her past. She lives with her step mother and two step sisters in New Beijing, which is ruled by an Emperor and his son. I really enjoyed the concept of a completely different kind of Chinese society, studying Chinese in college gave me an appreciation for the words used in the book. The whole world has changed and it looks like Europe has unified too. Cinder lives a hard life, working as a mechanic and being the main source of income for her step mother.
But when her younger sister, Pearl, comes down with letumosis, the dreaded and fatal disease that’s raging all over the world, her step mother blames her and Cinder finds herself sold to the government to be tested on for a cure for letumosis.
Only thing is, she survives the letumosis injections.
Letumosis is the deadly disease that came to earth after the people of Lunar, the moon colony, came back down to earth. Now, the queen of Lunar is coming to earth to try to marry Prince Kai and take over the ruling of the earth.
Cinder is thrown on a journey of discovery as she learns who she is and finds love with the handsome Prince/Emperor Kai.

I won’t lie, as much as I loved this book, the retelling of Cinderella and such, the big plot twist is very obvious from early on. The people I’ve talked to who also read the book, told me they also saw the plot twist coming. However, don’t let this take from the book because it is thoroughly enjoyable.


Recommend

If you like fairy tale retellings such as A Court of Thorn and Roses, Tiger Lily, the TV show Once Upon a Time, or if you like the Under the Never Sky series, you’ll find yourself enjoying this book. I couldn’t put it down, I just had to read it to the end and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.


Rating

I have given this book a 4/5🌟

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Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

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Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books
Read: 22nd September 2015
Genre: Young Adult, YA, fantasy, contemporary, science fiction


Summary

What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.


Review

Mikey lives in a small town where paranormal things happen. His best friend Jared is descendent from a god and the school he attends got blown up a few years ago. The first time we meet him and his sister and their friends, they’re out studying and they happen to be the last people to see  a indie kid called Finn, who runs into the forest and gets torn apart by a blue light.

But that sort of stuff doesn’t happen to them. They aren’t the indie kids, the ones with odd names and quirky fashion sense. Mikey is a politician’s son, who’s dad drinks a lot and who’s older sister died for four minutes. He works at a diner and

and he wants to go to prom. He doesn’t want the school to blow up, he doesn’t want to loose his best friend to the gods and he doesn’t want his sister to loose herself in anorexia again.

A story told from the perspective of a normal teenage boy who just has to deal with is life at home and at school, with the paranormal that’s going on around him not really affecting his life, this is a truly refreshing read and I am so glad to have picked it up.


Recommend

I think that if you liked Jenny Han’s books or Morgan Matson’s types of books, you’ll like this. I haven’t read any of Patrick Ness’s other books but after reading this, I most definitely will have to.


Rating

I have given this book a 4/5🌟

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Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon Pulse UK
Series: Mara Dyer, Book One
Read: 24th September 2015
Genre: Young Adult, YA, fiction, romance, fantasy, supernatural, paranormal


Summary

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger. She wakes from a coma in hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed. The doctors suggest that starting over in a new city, a new school, would be good for her and just to let the memories gradually come back on their own.

But Mara’s new start is anything but comforting. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and when she suddenly begins to see other people’s deaths right before they happen, Mara wonders whether she’s going crazy! And if dealing with all this wasn’t enough, Noah Shaw, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can’t seem to leave her alone… but as her life unravels around her, Mara can’t help but wonder if Noah has another agenda altogether…


Review

Mara wakes up in hospital and finds that she can’t really remember anything from the last few days. Predicted to kill her best friend by an Ouija board, she’s devastated to find that her friend has died in a building collapse and that’s the reason she’s in the hospital. Unable to stay in the town where she grew up with her friend, she begs her family to move so she can start fresh.

A few weeks later, they’re down in Florida and Mara and her siblings are starting at their new school, which is also a private school. There, she meets a new friends and makes an enemy of her Spanish teacher, as well as one of the most popular girls at school. She also comes across Noah Shaw, not thinking too much of him the first time she sees him.

But with all these strange deaths going on around her and her memories coming back to haunt her, Mara finds herself friends with the elusive English boy. When her younger brother goes missing, Noah is the one to show up at her window in the middle of the night and to rescue him. Noah is the one who brings her places and helps her deal with school bullies and Spanish teachers, as well as helping her with her returning memories.

And when they find out that what they can do can counter-act the other, Noah is the one convincing her to stay away from the pull of her powers. But Mara finds that she can’t and when it ends with her father in the hospital, Mara realises that she needs to turn herself in in order to stop herself.

That is, until she sees her dead ex-boyfriend walking through the halls of the police station.

An excellent book full of mystery, suspense and with a dash of romance, it’s a fab read for those looking for a new kind of supernatural to read.


Recommend

If you liked the Shatter Me series or the Covenant series, you’ll find yourself liking this book too. I’m looking forward to reading book two in the series, hopefully soon.


Rating

I gave this book a 5/5🌟

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Reread: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

 

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Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Bloomsbury, 1999 edition
ISBN: 0-7475-4629-0
Series: Harry Potter, Book Three
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, magic, apparently children’s books but I’d class it as YA/Young adult too


Summary

Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can’t wait to get back to school after the summer holidays. (Who wouldn’t if they lived with the horrible Dursleys?) But when Harry gets to Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There’s an escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school…


So, normally I would review a book but, let’s be honest, who hasn’t read these books? And if you haven’t what the hell are you doing with your life? I’ll forgive you if you’re under fourteen but nothing further. Honestly. Go watch the films.
And with that rant over…
Because nearly everyone has read the books, I just want to tell you guys some of my favourite quotes from this book and share my musings with you – which, for the first time ever, I’ve written down. Knowing what I know will happen, I’ve written them down with that in mind, and a few of the other things I’ve seen the bases of some fanfic plots written off. Yes, I read Harry Potter fanfiction. Yes, I have a Harry Potter addiction. Thank you.
Please be warned that this is full of spoilers!!!! If you haven’t read the Prisoner of Azkaban I highly recommend you do so before reading this. I will be comparing parts of the book to film because they are obviously different.
Also, if you see a piece of artwork that I haven’t credited, please let me know if you know who the source is and I will gladly link it to them!

“Don’t let the Muggles get you down!”
Ron Weasley to Harry Potter, July 31st 1993
Page 13, Bloomsbury edition
Did you know: I never actually knew this was an official quote. Shoot me now, I thought it was a play on the lyrics ‘Don’t let the haters get you down’. I honest to God did not know. How bad is that for someone who’s read this book twenty times over?

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‘… the public is warned that Black is armed and extremely dangerous. A special hotline has been set up, and any sighting of Black should be reported immediately’
*sobs* The fist mention of Sirius Black in POA (because Hagrid does mention him in the Philosopher’s Stone) and its just crazy because the first real time Harry hears about Sirius is on his 13th birthday?????

Page 18, Bloomsbury edition

A wondering from page 30 of POA Bloomsbury edition:
What if Sirius, when Harry sees him on Magnolia Crescent, had shown himself to Harry right there and then instead of being a huge drama queen and insisting he had to go to Hogwarts and get Pettigrew? How different would Harry’s third year, even his life, have been if Sirius had came forward then and said, ‘Wow, this is weird, but I’m Sirius Black and I’m your godfather. Would you like to talk?’
GODDAMMIT SIRIUS! You’re breaking my heart
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… and Mrs Weasley was telling Hermione and Ginny about a love potion she’d made as a young girl”
Page 56, Bloomsbury edition
Well, first off, oooooooooh Mrs Weasley ya divil, who were you making love potions for? 😜
Second, I’ve read fanfics where a plot has been that Mrs Weasley made Arthur Weasley fall in love with her using a love potion. But, how does that stand to reason if all the Weasley children are capable of love, etc? Maybe that’s just me, but going from the Voldemort plot lines, I don’t see how that was possible.

The stranger was wearing an extremely shabby set of wizard’s robes which had been darned in several places. He looked ill and exhausted. Though he seemed quite young, his light-brown hair was flecked with grey.
‘Who d’you reckon he is?’ Ron hissed, as they sat down and slid the door shut, taking the seats furthest away from the window.
‘Professor R. J. Lupin’ whispered Hermione at once”
Page 59, Bloomsbury edition
LUPIN! He has always been one of my favourite Harry Potter characters and this is the first description we’re given of hm. He really has it rough seeing as he’s only roughly 32/33 and this is how he’s being described.
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Lupin in the film
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Lupin as drawn by Gold-Seven on DeviantArt and more how I imagined Lupin also

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Poor Lupin. Give him chocolate!

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Yes, much better…

‘I’m fine!’ said Harry, jumping up. The idea of what Draco Malfoy would say if he had to go to the hospital wing was torture
Page 70, Bloomsbury edition
Poor Harry, it seems like Draco Malfoy is never far from his mind. I’m quite the Hinny shipper but you can really see where some of these things come out of context. I do love Draco Malfoy however.

Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light

You know, I can’t find this quote in my copy of the Prisoner of Azkaban. Well, not at the Welcoming Feast anyways, like it’s done here in the film. Instead, on page 72 I have the brief mention Dumbledore gives the Dementors:
‘It is not in the nature of a Dementor to understand pleading or excuses. I therefore warn each and every one of you to give them no reason to harm you. I look to the Prefects, and our new Head Boy and Girl, to make sure that no student runs foul of the Dementors’
Page 72, Bloomsbury edition
So where does this quote, from the clip, come from? Is it in other editions? Or do I need to shush and keep reading on? Either way, it is a beautiful quote and I can see why so many people like it.

‘Hermione,’ said Ron, frowning as he looked over her shoulder, ‘They’ve messed up your timetable. Look – they’ve got you down for about ten subjects a day. There isn’t enough time.’
Page 76, Bloomsbury edition
I’ve always hated the way people hate on Ron. He’s one of my favourite characters and Harry’s best friend. And even in third year, he noticed what was going on with Hermione.
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*gross sobbing*

On page 81 of POA in the Bloomsbury edition, Harry, Ron and Hermione have their first divination lesson. And Harry and Ron actually predicted shit that happens in either the fourth book or the seventh book and afterwards. What even? I know there was this whole thing in the fandom between the fourth and the fifth book gap where it was speculated that Ron was really Dumbledore (and then that got thrown out the window when we got Dumbledore’s background) because of how well he could predict stuff, but dude, this is some awesome stuff!
Harry tried to pull himself together.
‘Right, you’ve got a wonky sort of cross…’ he said, consulting
Unfogging the Future. ‘That means you’re going to have “trials and suffering” – sorry about that – but there’s a thing that could be the sun. Hang on … that means “great happiness” … so you’re going to suffer but be very happy…’
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Well Harry
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You’re not wrong there

‘My turn…’ Ron peered into Harry’s teacup, his forehead wrinkled with effort. ‘There’s a blob a bit like a bowler hat,’ he said. ‘Maybe you’re going to work for the Ministry of Magic…’
He turned the teacup the other way up.
‘But this way it looks more like an acorn… what’s that?’ He scanned his copy of
Unfogging the Future. ‘”A windfall, unexpected gold”. Excellent, you can lend me some…’
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Well, it’s pretty well known that Harry became an Auror after the Battle of Hogwarts. And who (officially) won the TriWizard Cup and 1,000 Gallons with it? Why, Harry of course, and it was very unexpected.

He hardly heard what Professor McGonagall was telling them about Animagi
Page 83, Bloomsbury edition
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HARRY POTTER ARE YOU ACTUALLY, SERIOUSLY, NOT LISTENING TO THESE AMAZING FEATS OF MAGIC AND THE THEORY OF HOW TO DO THEM?!?!
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I want to be an Animagus…

I have to mention how Lupin treats Harry. Like. Please. All the Uncle Moony feels.
‘This means,’ said Professor Lupin, choosing to ignore Neville’s small splutter of terror, ‘that we have a huge advantage over the Boggart before we begin. Have you spotted it, Harry?’
Page 101, Bloomsbury edition
Out of nowhere he calls on Harry to answer the question when Hermione is there practically bouncing off the walls (omg there’s a car alarm going and it’s so annoying and I swear if it’s my car I’m gonna kill someone) to answer the question. (It’s not my car alarm. It could possibly be a house alarm). Lupin is trying to find ways to talk to Harry, to encourage his studies and just. Avicii has it here “Monday left me broken” because LUPIN AND HARRY AND WHAT A BEAUTIFULLY UNCLE/NEPHEW RELATIONSHIP THAT COULD HAVE BEEN HAS LEFT ME BROKEN!!!!
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Onwards.

‘So – er- d’you think it would be all right – I mean, will it be OK if I – if I go to Hogsmeade?’
Professor McGonagall looked down and began shuffling papers on her desk.
‘I’m afraid not, Potter,’ she said. ‘You heard what I said. No form, no visiting the village. That’s the rule.’

Page 113, Bloomsbury edition
Yeah sure, you can face Voldemort three times, the most dangerous wizard known in the wizarding world, but no, no you may not go down to the village when Sirius Black is on the loose. ????????. Logic. But, I also think McGonagall wants to allow Harry to go and enjoy himself and spend time as a teenage boy. She saw what the Dursleys were like and probably wants him to be able to do normal teenage things that students at Hogwarts do. But she can’t risk Sirius Black, with his uncleared name, finding Harry and killing him.

… that Sirius Black!
Now, if you’ve only seen the film, you’re missing out. Peeves! Peeves the little shit comes along at the time in the book and it’s an excellent show of him.
‘Ashamed, Your Headship, sir. Doesn’t want to be seen. She’s a horrible mess. Saw her running through the landscape up on the fourth floor, sir, dodging between the trees. Crying something dreadful,’ he said happily. ‘Poor thing,’ he added, unconvincingly.
‘Did she say who did it?’ said Dumbledore quietly.
‘Oh yes, Professorhead,’ said Peeves with the air of one cradling a large bombshell in his arms, ‘He got very angry when she wouldn’t let him in, you see.’ Peeves flipped over, and grinned at Dumbledore from between his legs, ‘Nasty temper he’s got, that Sirius Black’

Page 121, Bloomsbury edition.
I think this also shows the power and command that Dumbledore had. Peeves wouldn’t even dream of messing Dumbledore around, he’s er… Respectful in his own way. Dumbledore is calm and patient with Peeves, waiting for him to tell him where she’s gone and what happened. Unlike:
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(Never forget)

‘I do not believe a single person inside this castle would have helped Black enter it’ said Dumbledore, and his tone made it so clear that the subject was closed that Snape didn’t reply.
Page 124/125, Bloomsbury edition
Dumbledore may trust Lupin because everyone still thinks that Sirius betrayed the Potters but I still feel that Dumbledore hired Remus that year because of his old connections to Sirius. After all they were pretty tight in the day and Lupin never gave up Sirius secret of being an illegal Animagus.
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All the feels!

People who know me (especially my boyfriend) can’t fathom why I don’t like Snape after his last arc in the seventh book. But it’s to do with the way he treated students. It was totally overboard. He was a thirty-something year old man and he should know better than that. Yes, you might’ve been bullied in school but that is no reason to take it out on the students you’re teaching when you’re in a position of power above them. And the way he took over Lupin’s class. Lupin might not have stopped his friends (due to his fear of rejection because of his furry problem) but it was no reason for Snap to take away Lupin’s right to teach about werewolves from his own perspective as a werewolf. It was dehumanising, which from what I can tell was Snape’s plan. Would Lily Potter have wanted her good friend Remus to be treated like this? Most likely not. Snape claims to do this in memory of Lily, keeping Harry safe etc. but like. Come ON. This double agent shit is taking it too far to do THAT.
Quotes:

‘Miss Granger,’ said Snape in a voice of deadly calm, ‘I was under the impression that I was taking this lesson, not you. And I am telling you all to turn to page three hundred and ninety-four.’ He glanced around again. ‘All of you! Now!’
Page 128, Bloomsbury edition
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(This is just for my own amusement. The quote to back up my statement is coming)

‘Please, sir,’ said Hermione, whose hand was still in the air, ‘the werewolf differs from the true wold in several small ways. The snout of the werewolf-‘
‘That is the second time you’ve spoken out of turn, Miss Granger, ‘ said Snape coolly. ‘Five more points from Gryffindor for being an insufferable know-it-all.’
Hermione went very red, put down her hand and stared at the floor with her eyes full of tears.

Page 129, Bloomsbury edition
ARGH I can’t. Just. No.
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But then, but then, but then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ronald Weasley comes in and smacks a Snape down.
…and Ron, who told Hermione she was a know-it-all at least twice a week, said loudly, ‘You asked us a question and she knows the answer! Why ask if you don’t want to be told?’
Page 129, Bloomsbury edition
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Poor Ron. He means so well…

Quidditch matches weren’t called off for trifles such as thunderstorms
Page 131, Bloomsbury edition
CASUAL. My matches get called off for flooded pitches but Quidditch is clearly the sport of champions cause JFC I would die. And I would love to play Quidditch!
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So, in the film, we see a silhouette of the Grim in the clouds. But in the books it’s a bit different, and I would have preferred it if it had been portrayed this way because it’s Sirius coming out to watch Harry play (and you just know Sirius is reminiscing about James) rather than Harry seeing the Grim and basically, if Trelawney is to be believed, foreseeing his death.
He turned, intending to head back towards the middle of the pitch, but at that moment, another flash of lightning illuminated the stands, and Harry saw something that distracted him completely: the silhouette of an enormous shaggy black, clearly imprinted against the sky, motionless in the topmost, empty row of seats
Page 133, Bloomsbury

A wondering from page 136~
Harry’s broom lasted him two years. TWO. YEARS. I’ve had a hurl for three years that only has a chip out from the top of it. And if you’ve ever seen hurling/camogie you’ll see the vicious use of the hurl and how often they break. Are the brooms not charmed to last? The Comet 260 was still going and yet Harry’s thoughts on his Nimbus 2000 after TWO YEARS! Is:
“…the only remains of Harry’s faithful, finally beaten broomstick.”
 Alright, calm down. You kept the Firebolt for five years and most likely over.

A ray of wintery sunlight fell across the classroom, illuminating Lupin’s grey hairs and the lines on his young face
Page 140, Bloomsbury edition
Lupin made a sudden motion with his arm as though he had made to grip Harry’s shoulder, but thought the better of it
Page 140, Bloomsbury edition
LUPIN BBY NOOOOOOO. Someone give this poor boy a hug! Good Merlin ALL THE REMUS LUPIN FEELS!!
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‘I solemnly swear that I am up to no good’
Page 143, Bloomsbury edition and said by George Weasley
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ALL THE MARAUDERS SCHOOL FEELS!!!!
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Aw man I love Fred and George so much ❤

‘I don’t think anyone should ride that broom just yet!’ said Hermione shrilly.
Harry and Ron looked at her.
‘What d’you think Harry’s going to do with it – sweep the floor?’ said Ron.”
Page 167, Bloomsbury edition.
Hermione’s heart was in the right place and after all, Sirius Black did send Harry the broom – as his Christmas present!
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‘Never forget that when thirteen dine together, the first to rise will be the first to die’
Page 169, Bloomsbury edition.
Trelawney is just rolling out those predictions! Who’s the first to rise at a gathering of thirteen? Lupin. And who’s the first to die? GODDAMN LUPIN WHY OMG YOU ARE BREAKING MY HEART!
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(me too Tonks, me too)

On page 172, which is just after the Christmas break, after reading the book we see that Hermione already knew that Lupin was a werewolf. I’m really curious as to why she didn’t say anything about it when she figured it out other than to huff at Harry and Ron and ask “‘Isn’t it obvious?’

Lupin teaches Harry Expecto Patronum
On page 178, when Lupin is teaching Harry the Patronus charm, Harry hears his dad for the first time.
‘Lily, take Harry and go! It’s him! Go! Run! I’ll hold him off-‘
Why isn’t this in the movies?! All we ever get to hear is Lily screaming HAAAARRY! And never James. Give James his dues people! He loved Harry just as much as Lily did.
(And I can only find a Lily one but if anyone has a James one please link it to me!)
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And sure why not, let’s throw in Lupin talking to Harry about James and Lily no I’m not crying I swear

From page 181, we really see how determined Oliver Wood is about winning the Quidditch Cup…
‘… Just because I told her I didn’t care if it [the Firebolt] threw you off, as long as you caught the Snitch on it first.’ Wood shook his head in disbelief. ‘Honestly, the way she was yelling at me… you’d think I’d said something terrible…'”
Alright Wood, calm down.

‘Pity you can’t attach an extra arm to yours, Malfoy,’ said Harry. ‘Then it could catch the Snitch for you.’
Page 191, Bloomsbury edition.
Oh the sass is strong in young Harry and sorely missed in the films.

I HAVE BEEN SO EXCITED FOR THIS BECAUSE ON PAGE 216 HERMIONE SMACKS DRACO ACROSS THE FACE AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL!
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Wonderful. Just. Look at Tom Felton’s face. Thing of beauty. Little shit with his binoculars…

Lee Jordan’s commentary. I won’t use all of it (because all of it is gold), just the best bits…
‘… Johnson, Gryffindor, back in possession, come on, Angelina, nice swerve round Montague – duck, Angeline, that’s a Bludger! – SHE SCORES! TEN-ZERO TO GRYFFINDOR!'”
Page 224, Bloomsbury edition
“‘Gryffindor in possession, no Slytherin in possession – no! – Gryffindor back in possession and it’s Katie Bell, Katie Bell for Gryffindor with the Quaffle, she’s streaking up the pitch – THAT WAS DELIBERATE!'”
“‘THIRTY-ZERO! TAKE THAT YOU DIRTY, CHEATING-‘”
Page 225, Bloomsbury edition
‘Jordan, if you can’t commentate in an unbiased way-!’
‘I’m telling it like it is, Professor!'”
Page 226, Bloomsbury edition
‘… And it’s Gryffindor in possession again, as Johnson takes the Quaffle – Flint alongside her – poke him in the eye, Angelina! – it was a joke, Professor, it was a joke – oh, no – Flint in possession, Flint flying towards the Gryffindor goalposts, come on, now, Wood, save-!’
But Flint had scored; there was an eruption of cheers from the Slytherin end and Lee swore so badly that Professor McGonagall tried to tug the magical megaphone away from him.

Page 227, Bloomsbury edition
‘YOU CHEATING SUM!’ Lee Jordan was howling into the megaphone, dancing out of Professor McGonagall’s reach. ‘YOU FILTHY, CHEATING B-‘
Professor McGonagall didn’t even bother to tell him off. She was actually shaking her fist in Malfoy’s direction; her hat had fallen off, and she, too, was shouting furiously.

Page 228/229, Bloomsbury edition
That was definitely not unbiased in any way…

And then, on page 230, Gryffindor won the house!
If only there had been a Dementor around… As a sobbing Wood passed Harry the cup, as he lifted it into the air, Harry felt he could have produced the world’s best Patronus

‘The Dark Lord lies alone and friendless, abandoned by his followers. His servant has been chained these twelve years. Tonight, before midnight, the servant will break free and set out to rejoin his master. The Dark Lord will rise again with his servant’s aid, greater and more terrible than ever before. Tonight… before midnight… the servant… will set out… to rejoin… his master…’
Page 238. Bloomsbury edition. You can see why Harry and co thought that it was Sirius who was Voldemort’s servant, after being chained up in Azkaban for 12 years. I don’t see why Pettigrew would see himself as chained though, would he not have had a nice life with the Weasleys? Food, shelter, comfort… Gosh, Pettigrew, very selfish of you.

“‘Hermione, I don’t know what’s got into you lately!’ said Ron, astounded. ‘First you hit Malfoy, then you walk out on Professor Trelawney-‘
Hermione looked rather flattered

Page 240, Bloomsbury edition
N’aw, even 13 year old Hermione liked Ron ❤
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Ron was on his feet. As the dog sprang back towards them, he pushed Harry aside, the dogs jaws fastened instead around Ron’s outstretched arm.
Page 245, Bloomsbury edition.
Pls stop the Ronald Weasley hate and look at Harry and Ron’s friendship. Thank you.

Without knowing what he was doing, he started forwards, but there was a sudden movement on either side of him and two pairs of hands grabbed him and held him back. ‘No, Harry!’ Hermione gasped in a petrified whisper; Ron, however, spoke to Black.
‘If you want to kill Harry, you’ll have to kill us, too!’ He said fiercely, though the effort of standing up had drained him of still more colour and he swayed slightly as he spoke”
Page 249, Bloomsbury edition.
No joke, I will fight you if you hate Ron.

Something flickered in Black’s shadowed eyes.
‘Lie down,’ he said quietly to Ron. ‘You will damage that leg even more.'”
Page 249, Bloomsbury edition.
You just know Sirius is thinking about his and James’ friendship and how it’s reflecting back with Harry and Ron.
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…’…why hasn’t he shown himself before now? Unless-‘ Lupin’s eyes suddenly widened, as though he was seeing something beyond Black, something none of the rest could see, ‘-unless he was the one – unless you switched… without telling me?'”
Page 252, Bloomsbury edition.
Lupin realising that Sirius is innocent after all and they’ve now wasted 12 years of their life not being bestos </3

Harry looked down at Ron, and as their eyes met they agreed silently; Black and Lupin were both out of their minds
Page 257, Bloomsbury edition.
Silently agreeing that Sirius and Remus are insane, ah, thirteen year olds. What even. Look at that friendship though!

‘You fool,’ said Lupin softly. ‘Is a schoolboy grudge worth putting an innocent man back inside Azkaban?’
Page 263, Bloomsbury edition.
Remus gets it. Everybody pay attention and listen to Remus, pls and thx.

‘Believe me,’ croaked Black. ‘Believe me. I never betrayed James and Lily. I would have died before I betrayed them.'”
Page 275, Bloomsbury edition.
Sirius…
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The Patronus turned. It was cantering back towards Harry across the still surface of the water. It wasn’t a horse. It wasn’t a unicorn, either. It was a stag.
Page 300, Bloomsbury edition
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And here is yet more reasons why I dislike Severus Snape.
‘… only hope Dumbledore’s not going to make difficulties’ Snape was saying. ‘The Kiss will be performed immediately?’
Page 304, Bloomsbury edition
What a slimy git!

‘OUT WITH IT, POTTER!’ he bellowed. ‘WHAT DID YOU DO!’

‘THEY HELPED HIM ESCAPE, I KNOW IT!’ Snape howled, pointing at Harry and Hermione. His face was twisted, spit was flying from his mouth.
‘Calm down, man!’ Fudge barked. ‘You’re talking nonsense!’
‘YOU DON’T KNOW POTTER!’ shrieked Snape. ‘HE DID IT, I KNOW HE DID IT-‘
Page 306, Bloomsbury edition
What a git omg

‘No. Professor Dumbledore managed to convince Fudge that I was trying to save your lives.’ He sighed. ‘That was the final straw for Severus. I think the loss of the Order of Merlin hit him hard. So he – er- accidentally let it slip that I am a werewolf this morning at breakfast.'”
Page 309, Bloomsbury edition
What. A. Bastard.

…’When one wizard saves another wizard’s life, it creates a certain bond between them…’
Page 311, Bloomsbury edition
Hold up. Would this not mean that Snape owed James Potter a debt? After all, he did save Snape’s life when they were sixteen.

‘So you did see your father last night, Harry… you found him inside yourself.’
Page 312, Bloomsbury edition
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I swear the father/son feels would break you…

… for what looked like a much better summer than the last
Page 317, Bloomsbury edition

Aw. I love this book so much. Can you tell how much I love Ron Weasley? How much I dislike Snape? No? Oh dear.
Let me know what you think of the Prisoner of Azkaban, do you agree with what I’ve said, do you think I’ve missed something? Obviously I can’t just write the whole book out, that would be too much! And remember, if you see artwork that hasn’t been credited and you know who the artist is, let me know!

Thanks for reading!

 

Mini Bookhaul!

Oh dear. I’ve added more books to my tbr collection. So worth it though.

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Title: The 100 Day 21
Author: Kass Morgan
Publisher: Hodder
Series: The 100, Book Two
Genre: Young Adult/YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
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Summary
It’s been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They’re the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries… or so they think.
Facing an unknown enemy, WELLS attempts to keep the group safe after a tragic attack. CLARKE strikes out in search of other colonists, while BELLAMY is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, GLASS faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. The hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can – together.

Title: Emmy & Oliver
Author: Robin Benway
Publisher: Simon and Hodder
Genre: Young adult/YA, contemporary, romance, fiction
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Summary
‘Oliver’s absence split us wide open, dividing our neighbourhood along a fault line strong enough to cause an earthquake. An earthquake would have been better. At least during an earthquake, you understand why you’re shaking.’
Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. But now Oliver is back, and he’s not the skinny boy-next-door that used to be Emmy’s best friend. Now he’s the boy who got kidnapped. A stranger – a totally hot stranger! – with a history that Emmy knows nothing about.
But is their story still meant to be? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles – impossible to fit together?

Title: The Last Summer of Us
Author: Maggie Harcourt
Publisher: Usborne
Genre: Young adult/YA, contemporary, road trip, fiction
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Summary
A story of love, lies, grief, friendship and growing up.
A story of three best friends crammed into a clapped-out car full of regrets and secrets, on a journey that will change their lives forever.
A story you’ll never forget.

Title: The 100, Homecoming
Author: Kass Morgan
Series: The 100, Book Three
Publisher: Hodder
Genre: Young Adult/YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
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Summary
Humanity is coming home.
Weeks after landing on Earth, the Hundred are finally starting to create order in their chaotic surroundings. But now, new dropships are arriving from space… and with them, disruption of the fragile sense of peace.
Back on the Colony, the oxygen is almost gone but after making it safely to Earth, GLASS’s luck seems to be running out. CLARKE leads a rescues party to the crash sites, ready to treat the wounded, but she can’t stop thinking about her parents who may still be alive. Meanwhile, WELLS struggles to maintain his authority despite the presence of the Vice Chancellor and his armed guards, and BELLAMY must decide whether to face or flee the crimes he thought he’d left behind.
It’s time for the Hundred to come together and fight for the freedom they’ve found on Earth, or risk losing everything – and everyone – they love.

These books are going to the bottom of my to be read pile but I’m excited to read them. I haven’t been able to snap myself completely out of my reading slump, but hopefully with the Prisoner of Azkaban I can get back into my books and reading again!

 

Summertime Madness Book Tag

I was tagged by Raven over at Dreamy Addictions to do the Summertime Madness Book Tag. Thank you very much for the tag!

1. Show a book with a summery cover
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This is the summery-ist book that I have (and have read) and it’s just fab

2. Pick one fictional place that would be the perfect destination for a summer holiday
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The Liar’s island would be amazing!

3. You’re about to go on a flight for your summer holidays, but you want to read a book that lasts the whole flight. What Novella do you choose?
One? I can only choose one? What is this?
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I have yet to read Unite Me but I’ve heard good things about it and seeing as it’s two Novellas in one, it would totally do me for about half the flight… (I read very fast)

4. You have a case of summertime sadness what happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?
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Always and forever Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

5. You’re sitting at the beach all alone… Which fictional character would be your beach babe?
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Aiden St. Delphi pls

6. To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional side kick do you pick?
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Kenji! I have a feeling myself and Kenji would get along famously

7. Share the Summertime Happiness! Who do you TAG?

Erika at erika.reads
KatnissPotterBooklover
Annelise at The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange
Rachel at rachelandbooks

Hope you guys have fun with this tag too!

Libester Award

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So almost two months ago (because I am a pro procrastinator) I was nominated by Erika of erika.reads for the Libester Award. Thanks girl 🙂 Check out her blog because she’s awesome!

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  1. What are five of your favourite stand alone books?
    My five favourite stand alone books would have to be;
    1. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
    2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sanez
    4. Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
    5. ALL OF THE SARAH DESSEN BOOKS OMG
  2.  Do you prefer to read in the morning or at night?
    You’ll only find me reading at night, I’m not sure why but it seems to be the only time I can sit down and thoroughly enjoy a book.
  3. If you were asked by an author to rewrite their book, what book would you like to rewrite and why?
    Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki. This book started off so well and then it all just went downhill. I would like to rewrite everything that I actually can’t write it all in this post. Just. Argh. That book. I can’t.
  4. What five fictional characters would you like to have as friends?
    Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley and Luna Lovegood. Also Neville Longbottom. And Seamus Fineaggen. And Dean Thomas. Can I just be friends with them all??? AND OLIVER WOOD! That’s a bit more than five…
  5. If you were to recommend one book to people for the next year what book would you pick?
    For a summer read, Since You’ve Been Gone, for a winter read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. As a general read, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I feel the need for a reread coming on.
  6. What format of book do you prefer the most; hardback, paperback or ebook?
    Paperback! But ebook is very handy for holiday reads by the pool.
  7. Where is your favourite place to read and why?
    My bed because its nice and peaceful, there’s no TV distracting me, I can play some music and ignore my phone and get totally lost in my book.
  8. What book would you like to see turned into a movie?
    There’s a few I’d like to see as a movie. Aristotle and Dante, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Since You’ve Been Gone, The Selection series (I think this might be getting a movie?), the Shatter Me series, the list goes on.
  9. What genre do you like to read the most?
    At the moment it’s a tie between contemporary and dystopian reads.
  10. If you were to choose one book boyfriend who would you choose?
    Ah. Now. Stop.
    Frank from Since You’ve Been Gone, I won’t even hesitate on this one.
  11. What inspired you to start a blog?
    I thought the world was finally read y for my book reviews. Nah, to meet new avid book fans and get their views on books too 🙂 It’s a slow progress so far but I’m having fun.

I now nominate:

Sprinkled with Words

Book’ s Anatomy

Sophie Bowns

Annelise Lestrange

Reflection of the Lights

Epic Books and Tales

Read at Midnight

Read Forevermore

Rachel and Books

Amiee Likes to Ramble

Journal of a Bibliophile

And here are my 11 questions for you guys:

  1. Do you have a favourite Harry Potter book? If yes, which and why?
  2. What is your current read and how is it?
  3. Your top 5 TBR?
  4. Top 5 favourite characters of all time?
  5. Can you read and listen to music or are you the silent reader?
  6. Which stand alone/series do you wish had just one more book?
  7. What is your go-to book?
  8. Who is your most owned author?
  9. What is your favourite read of 2015 so far?
  10. If you could visit one fictional place, where would it be and why?
  11. What’s the book you had to put down before you could go on with it?

Whew! Thanks again to Erika for tagging me, I hope you guys have fun 🙂

Review: Unravel Me

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Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher:
Harper
Series:
Shatter Me, Book Two
Genre:
Young Adult/YA, Dystopia, Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Read: 27th July 2015


Summary

Our lips touch
and I know I’m going to split at the seams. He kisses me softly then strongly like he’s lost me and he’s found me and I’m slipping away and he’s never going to let me go.
Juliette has escaped from The Reestablishment. Now she’s free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal. Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible. Haunted by her past and terrified of her future. Juliette knows that she will have to make some life-changing choices. Choices that may involve choosing between her heart – and Adam’s life.


Review

Overall I did enjoy this book. I enjoyed it tremendously. But wow did Juliette annoy me for a lot of it. I really emphasised with Kenji during the book, how frustrated he was with her and how desperately he wanted her to cop the hell on (I won’t go all out on the cursing. Yet) and he’s just such a strong character, everybody loves him and I’m like I LOVE YOU TOO KENJI!! You go Kenji.
Anyways, so, for a lot of the book, we see Juliette struggling through the change of going from being institutionalised to having the freedom of Omega Point. Which isn’t freedom as in WOO GO CRAZY JAAAAAA it’s freedom as in, everybody follows these rules to protect the piece of freedom that we have from the Reestablishment, please respect that and I really think that’s great. I really do.

Oh but then when Juliette meets Anderson?! That was some scary, dramatic as fuck character change from her. But as soon as Kenji snaps her out of it, she can’t believe what she done, even if she wishes she had pushed it all the way. It’s so bizarre and out of character for her. She doesn’t want her strength, doesn’t want to be able to kill people just by touching them, doesn’t want to be able to crack the ground open at her feet. She’s a wonderful person and the best kind of person to be burdened with that sort of power. Imagine Warner with that power! Shit would get bad real fast.

A few people have told me that they ended up loving Warner by the end of the book but I can’t get over what he’s done. Maybe I’m just super harsh of him, I should possibly give him the benefit of the doubt after meeting his father, because wow was Anderson a dick, but I can’t over justify what he’s done to the extent Juliette has and even if he is hot and has an extreme love of books and tattooed Shakespeare on to himself. Not that I can deal with Shakespeare after spending three years studying Macbeth. That was just one year too many… But I can appreciate the quote after spending so long studying his words.

You may convince me yet Warner, but it’ll be a reluctant convincing!

As for Adam. No, I’m sorry, I can’t deal with you. But James is awesome.

Juliette’s character development at the end of the book has left me really excited for Ignite Me but I won’t be reading it for a while.

Learning about how the Reestablishment has divided up the world, how they’ve taken over the whole world, seeing how they deal with people who sympathise with Omega Point and rebels was really well done, because this is through Juliette’s perspective and there’s a lot she doesn’t know thanks to the three years she’s been locked away. The way Omega Point works was really interesting to see too and I hope I can find out what’s going on with them in Ignite Me.

I know I haven’t really said much about what happened in the book, but that’s because you would really hate me for ruining this book on you.


Recommend

If you liked Shatter Me, this sequel is a brilliant continuation. If you liked the Hunger Games or the Divergent series, you’ll also enjoy this book.


Rating

I have given this book a 4/5🌟

 

You can find it here and buy it here

Three Days, Three Quotes; Challenge Tag Day Three

I have become slightly consistence. Go me!

So, here’s the last day of my challenge, one last quote for you all. For now at least.

Thank you to Myrthe from Books Around the World for tagging me 🙂

Rules
1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day. (I’m going to cheat because I’m still new here and tag one person per day)


So today’s quote comes from page 404 of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I like this quote because as I’ve interpreted it is that, no matter what’s going on around you, you still have the right to chose how you live your life.

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Still, when had the right to live as one wished ever been considered trivial? Was a struggle to choose one’s own destiny less worthwhile than the necessity to stop a great evil?


Last day, last tag goes to…
Annelise from The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange