Harry Potter Series Review! – December 19, 2016

Hello and welcome to a Monday post! Today I’m going to be talking about the Harry Potter series, which I’m sure you are all familiar with; i have finally read it! So…

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/RATING/
10/10! This is the first 100% book review in the history of my blog. I cannot believe that i haven’t read this series until now, but glad that i finally did. I thought the plot, characters, and everything, really, was fully developed and interesting to see unfold.

/SYNOPSIS/
(since this is a 7 book series, I’m just going to brush over and ‘synopsisize’ it all!)
It all starts with an owl-delivered letter on Harry Potter’s eleventh birthday telling him he is to go to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He learns about a world that was unknown to him and learns he is famous for an event he doesn’t even remember. He also discovers that a mysterious and cruel “You-Know-Who” was who caused his parent’s deaths, and that he’s still out to find Harry and redeem himself. Starting in his first year and throughout every year until the seventh, Harry has near-deadly run-ins with Voldemort and narrowly escapes each with help of his friends. And, it all comes down to one night, to one battle, to one duel in the very last installment of the series to reveal which wizard is stronger, and the determine the fate of the entire Wizarding and Muggle worlds alike.

/CHARACTERS/
I loved every single character in this book. They were (mostly) fully developed and had back-stories and “ties” into the main plot of destroying Voldemort. My favorite characters have to be, on the good side, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, Sirius Black, Albus Dumbledore, and Luna Lovegood. My favorite characters on the bad side, however cruel (or portrayed to be), where Bellatrix Lestrange and Severus Snape, though it is discovered that he is a good guy in the end.

/PLOT/
I actually did not find one plot hole, or a piece of the plot that either didn’t make sense or just not include something it needed or required. I thought that even scenes like the Malfoy Manor and horrible chapters like that were necessary for (A) character development and (B) plot development.

/FAVORITE QUOTE/
(since this is a monstrous series, i have chosen just one out of many)
“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by Sirius Black)

/OVERALL/
I thought that this series was absolutely amazing and has left me with a longing to see this world with my own eyes, like all good books do. If you haven’t, i would recommend that you read it at the first possible moment!

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Thank you for reading and come back for more random posts! Until next time,

Poetry Sunday! – December 11, 2016

Hello and welcome to a Sunday post! How is it already December?!?!?! I feel like this year has gone by so quickly and it’s nearly 2017 which is crazy to say. Anyways, here is the poetry for today…

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Another amazing piece from Nikita Gill!

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Thanks for reading and come back for more odd and random posts! I will definitely be posting more around christmas day because i won’t have school, which is fun. Anyways, until next time,

Holidays, Harry Potter, Gingerbread, and Ballet! – November 26, 2016

Hello and welcome to a Saturday post! I am so sorry to have been gone so long but school is proving to be busier than i guessed and i forgot to post. But, here i am, and i’m going to be talking about just what i’ve been up to!

{ Holidays }
Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is coming! Christmas is by far my favorite holiday and time of year and i’m very excited. We have decorated our house, other than the tree so i will do another later post for the decorations. Also, my middle sister Anna came over from GA!

{ Harry Potter }
I am finally reading the Harry Potter series! I am currently on the Goblet of Fire and love it so far. I got the limited edition set that, when placed in order, form a picture of Hogwarts! I will definitely do a review post later in the year…

{ Gingerbread }
I have made my first gingerbread cookie batch of the year! I have a recipe from last year for them; Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies Recipe – click here

{ Ballet }
I have starting dance lessons yet again! About three years ago, i did ballet and tap lessons in my old town but we moved away and i started competitive cheer. I have maintained, since then, tap by myself but have decided to start studio dance again and i love it!

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That’s all for this little catch-up on my life so thanks for reading and, until next time…

Poetry Sunday! – November 6, 2016

Hello and welcome to a Sunday post! I know i haven’t really been posting anything other than these at the moment, but i have been very busy with school and i have been reading lots of 3+ book series, which i want to do a whole series review on. Anyways,

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Thanks for reading and look out for my birthday post coming soon. Until next time,

Poetry Talk / {Black Butterfly by R.M. Drake} / October 29, 2016

Hello and welcome to a Saturday post! So “______ Talk” is a new thing i’m going to be doing whenever i can or whenever i have an idea; I’m basically going to analyze/ break down/ dissect different things whether it’s a poetry book or how to play a certain song on ukulele. Today, i’m going to be talking about a book which is a compilation of poetry.

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{ Title / Author / Buy }
Black Butterfly by R.M. Drake
I bought this at Barnes and Noble for $12.47

{ Why did i buy this? }
I have used a few R.M. Drake poems on this blog before and am a big fan of his work. I decided to read this after i realized he has books!

{ Synopsis }
Since it’s poetry, it’s not very easy to “synopsisize” (yes i made up a word) it but i will try. On most sites selling it, they say that Drake wrote it after his brother’s death as a way to make a tribute to the breathing and not.
It mostly deals with forgetting people while desperately trying to remember them, loosing people with trying to love them, and loving people while trying to loose them.

{ Favorite Poem }
Endless War
After all, war is all that / we are and everything we do is / fought like one. / We fight to survive, / we fight for people we love, / and we fight against ourselves. / And these wars are the only / things that make sense to us. / It is all we have ever known / and that alone has everything / to do with everything we feel. / And it is beautiful / how the war inside us / is the only thing that is meant / to make us feel safe / against a world that has been designed / to rip us apart from the moment we are born.

{ Overall }
I really liked the poems in this book. I think it was definitely worth the buy and i am going to buy more R.M. Drake compilations in the future!

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Thanks for reading and come back for more random posts! Until next time,

Poetry Sunday! – October 16, 2016

Hello and welcome to a Sunday post! For Poetry Sunday for this week, i have decided to pull a piece from the book i am currently reading, “Black Butterfly” by R.M. Drake…

Lost Places
Some people are/ lost in their heads./ Some people are/ lost in their hearts./ And some people are/ so lost/ they find the most/ beautiful places,/that some of us/ will never/ live to fill.

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Thanks for reading today’s post! Until next time,

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children \ Book -> Movie Review! – October 12, 2016

Hellooo and welcome to a Wednesday post! Since i have school off today, Jewish holiday(!), i thought, why not do a post i have been wanting to do for a little while. I recently finished the book series of MPHFPC and went to see the movie with some friends. I decided to do a review of the movie and how it differs from the actual book. Here we go:
(BE WARNED: This post contains TONS of spoilers from the book and movie!)

Click this to see the book review so some of this post might make more sense if you have not read it!

/SETTING/
The setting was pretty spot on! I was surprised how much it followed the setting from the book (Florida -> Wales/England). I did like how aesthetically pleasing some of the places were.

/CHARACTERS/
I will attempt to not rage as i tell you this; the characters were not correct! One of the main characters named Emma, in the movie, had the ability to be lighter than air and levitate. But, in the book, Emma’s ability/peculiarity was pyrokinetic (can make fire with hands). So, in the movie Emma and Olive switched magical powers. Another character inconsistency was the twins. In the movie, the creepy twins in the white costumes that had medusa eyes. were two of the peculiar children, but in the book they did not exist (living; they were dead). I was not very impressed with the characters.

/PLOT AND CONFLICT/
Ughhhh! I did not enjoy the movie as much because of how different the plot was. The fact that Emma and Olive traded abilities was infuriating, but the plot didn’t really follow at too much. A) In the movie, the peculiar children chase Jacob and lure him to their time loop but in the book, he chases them and follows them to their house, back in time.
B) Enoch did not fall in love with Emma.
C) Enoch did not fall in love with Olive.
D) A hollow did not invade their loop every day.
E) Emma and the kids did not use the sunken ship to go to London, they didn’t even go to London in the 1st book.
F) Enoch did not make the sunken ship’s skeletons into soldiers.
G) The original experiment that made the hollows and wights happened in the middle of Siberia and nearly ended the world, not in a fancy room and building.
H) THE “TALES OF THE PECULIAR” DOESN’T EXIST IN THE MOVIE!!!
I) Miss Peregrine doesn’t go peacefully with the wight (also, Dr.Baron doesn’t exist in the book), she gets kidnapped and fights. As you can tell, i was not too impressed with the plot.

/RESOLUTION OR ENDING/
Again, UGHHHHH! It did NOT end the same AT ALL. In the book, the TEN (not 12) peculiar children, Jacob and Miss Peregrine row away on rowboats from the little island to mainland Wales. In the movie, Jacob decides to go home from London and exits the time loop and leaves the children. He goes home to see his grandpa (who died and started the whole thing but since they fixed everything in the past, he was no longer dead) and then he pushed Jacob to go find the children again. He goes through tons of loops from different times and manipulates time to get back to the children and Miss Peregrine. In the book, they never went to London! It was incredibly different!

/OVERALL/
As you can see, i wasn’t too happy with the book -> movie adaptation. There were too many plot inconsistencies. I do, though, want to go back and see it again or buy it on DVD when it comes out to judge it as a movie by itself, and not a book -> movie adaptation.

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Thanks for reading and come back for more random posts! Until next time,

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children / Book Review! – October 1, 2016

Hello and welcome to a Saturday post! I’ve been wanting to post about this for a little while but, here it is…

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/RATING/
9/10 – I really enjoyed this book! It isn’t what i usually read, since i prefer dystopian or contemporary and this was under the fantasy and adventure category. I would recommend for anyone to read this before going to see the movie!

/SYNOPSIS/
After a horrible tragedy happens upon Jacob’s family, an event ruled as an accident, Jacob adventures to an island off of the coast of Wales. As he’s there, Jacob discovers something his grandpa used to tell him about in bedtime stories, the place his grandpa used to live; an abandoned children’s home. As he searches the crumbling ruins and finds old photographs with extraordinary things happening in them, things that must be fake,  he discovers something even crazier; the strange children just might still be alive.
And something even more deranged: Jacob might be one of them.

/FAVORITE QUOTES/
1: “…what an unchallenging life it would be if we always got things right on the first go.”

2: “I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice just how extraordinary it was.”

/OVERALL/
This was an amazing read and i would recommend this to anyone and everyone. Keep your eyes peeled for my book and movie comparison coming soon!

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Thanks for reading and come back for more random posts! Until next time,