Thursday, March 5, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week [56]


This is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts.The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! She is picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All she asks is to link back to her blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come here.

Best Neville Moment



Neville not only was a surprise hero, he was greatly needed in order to end Voldemort. His parents, famous aurors Frank and Alice Longbottom, were tortured and he grew up with his grandmother. He appears meek and clumsy, prone to accidents and unable to do much. Although the group is very nice to him, and takes him in as a friend, it seems as if no one has faith in him. No one expects him to amount to much. Except him.

The moment I'm going with is when he stands up to Harry, Ron, and Hermione about them sneaking around the castle at all hours and we get to see Hermione's expertise with the Petrificus Totalus curse. This is the first look we have at his determination to stand up for what is right. We see the character that's been hidden under the mess-ups. He's brave, he's unwavering, and he's creating a foundation for people to know he's not to be messed with. I was very happy that Dumbledore chose to award him, and not only award him but do it last so that everyone knew it was his points specifically that got them the win.

This moment set the pace for the growth of his character. He is steadfast in making sure he learns the skills he needs, and stands by helping in the shadows any chance he gets. With Harry's teaching, he learned what he needed to in order to be a true help in the battles. However, it was his stubbornness that allowed him to become the one to cut off Nagini's head in a time when all hope was lost for others. He never gave up.

Which moment do you choose?






Wednesday, March 4, 2015

When life's kicking your butt...how about a theme song? [15]


My friend Robyn from robgirlbooks tasked us with coming up with a theme song each month, and I love it! Music is a VERY big part of my life. This month is The Perfect Song for That Book.

I have chosen 'Can't Help Falling in Love' by Ingrid Michaelson for Jace in The Mortal Instruments. Every time I hear this song, it makes me think of his struggle.




I know I can't be the only one who thinks of Katniss when this song comes on:



Matt's pick - He said this one makes him want to watch or read Perks of Being a Wallflower.:






What is your choice this month??

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday Cover Scramble [109]



Let's have some fun! I am going to post covers on here every Sunday that are scrambled up graphically, making it hard to tell what cover it is. I would like your guesses on what cover you think I've posted. I won't answer you until I'm posting the next one to let you know if you are right, allowing others to guess as well. Some will be hard, and others may be easy. Let me know in the comments if you'd like some more hints and I'll offer some more if no one guesses it correctly.


I am pulling covers off the Most Popular Page on Goodreads.







Thursday, February 26, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week [55]


This is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts.The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! She is picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All she asks is to link back to her blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come here.

Best Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher




This one is a great question since there was a different teacher every year. 

1) Quirrel appeared to teach them the theory, but that stuttering every five seconds would've made it very hard to listen to what he was actually trying to say. 
2) I think everyone can agree with me that Lockhart was a complete joke who just shamelessly pilfered his own products during his stay as DADA teacher.
3) Lupin was definitely a fantastic teacher, but did have to take time off for his little furry problem.
4) "Moody" - well the quotations there say a lot, but he absolutely showed the kids a thing or two.
5) Umbridge took the kids so backwards with the whole not being able to use magic thing that certainly undermines what they were able to learn. Not to mention that she was just beyond horrible and hated by everyone. I would make it a point NOT to learn anything in her class just out of spite. 
6) Snape wasn't shown a whole lot as teacher in this subject, but he knows the material well. The fact that everyone hated him also wouldn't have been a productive teaching method.

So based on my opinions here, I would say Lupin is the best by a large margin, followed by "Moody" and then Snape as designated teachers on the subject.

However, it was Harry himself who was the best Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher as the head of Dumbledore's Army.

He started with easy defensive spells that were scoffed at, but it was quickly apparent that the kids needed to polish up on even the simplest spells before moving forward. He also taught them that it was not only important to know spells, but to be brave, and to have friends.

Anyone that can teach Neville how to do things that none of the teachers had managed to gets my vote on this. Not only Neville, but so many other kids that hadn't picked up near the amount of defensive skills that Harry had mastered. The members of Dumbledore's Army went on to help at all the important Battles including the final Battle at Hogwarts.





Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: Vicious (Pretty Little Liars #16) by Sara Shepard


Published:  December 2, 2014 by HarperTeen
Genre: YA Mystery
Format: Hardcover
Source: purchased
Goodreads Summary

In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, reporters are lined up outside the historic courthouse, typing furiously at their iPhones with freshly manicured nails. Because the trial of the century is happening right here in Rosewood: the four pretty little liars have been accused of killing Alison DiLaurentis. Only Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily know that they've been framed. Ali is still out there, laughing as she watches the girls go down for her murder. But when your nickname includes the word "liar," no one believes you're telling the truth. . . .

Aria tries to run away from it all but finds that life on the lam is even harder than life as a liar. Spencer gets in touch with someone who can help her disappear--but when a guy from her past reemerges, Spencer no longer knows what she wants. Hanna decides that she'll hear wedding bells chime before she serves time. And in the face of prison, Emily does something truly drastic--something that will change her friends' lives forever.

As the trial goes on and the outcome looks grim, the girls are in their darkest hour yet. But maybe they can finally figure out how to beat Ali at her own game. Because once upon a time, she was just a pretty little liar too. 


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All good lies must come to an end


In this final installment of the PLL series, Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have themselves in a tangle of a mess. On trial for a murder they did not commit, the girls handle the situation in their own unique way.

Emily goes off the deep end, Aria makes a run for it, Spencer researches prison life, Hanna decides to make a life long decision before she is sentenced to prison.

The trial is not going well for the girls.  The evidence is very damaging and there is little hope they will be found not guilty.  Will A win in the end, or will the girls be able to outsmart her this time and save their lives?

"What I don't want to do anymore is play Scooby-Doo.  It only leads to more problems."

Prettiest lies ugliest secrets can make for wicked smiles


In Vicious, Sara Shepard gives the girls one last terrifying look at what evil can bring.    I almost felt like I was reading a spin-off to Orange is The New Black.  Which is not a bad thing because I love that show.  Ali set the girls up for her murder and has done it almost flawlessly.   After hearing from numerous attorneys, there is not much hope of a not guilty verdict.  They have decided to try to figure things out on their own.  In typical PLL style, the girls do one stupid thing after another and make the situation worse on themselves.   I am glad that we finally have a real conclusion to this series.   This series really came full circle.  While at times I had to put logical thoughts on the back burner, I did love every minute of this book.   The girls are quite comical at times and quite stupid at others.  Which is part of the reason I love them so much.  The books are VERY different from the show.  In a good way of course.  I am very sad I will no longer get to read about my favorite girls from Rosewood.  This has been one of the better books in this last story arc.    I couldn't put this down because I really needed to know how it ended.   The characters had me on an emotional roller coaster.   Between Emily's little stunt, Aria's stupid stupid stupid decision, Spencer's indecisions, and Hanna's rushed life changing last minute jump over the broom, I didn't know how everything would play out.   These girls have been making me feel better about my life for years (I may make dumb choices but if dumb choices was an Olympic medal these girls would have the gold).   This final book was truly a grand finale.


“She was probably the best-looking almost-criminal in the history of girls who were about to go to prison.”


Pretty girl evil intentions can make for a bad aftertaste


There are only a couple of things that I really didn't like in this last book.  #1 the girls are on trial for MURDER and they do EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING to make themselves look worse and get in more trouble.  I mean who says, 'hey lets leave town and go spend the night at a beach to have one last night of fun' when you are under strict orders NOT TO because you are on trial for MURDER.  It's dumb decisions like that that really have me dumbfounded.   I mean seriously, Spencer is supposed to be ivy league smart.   #2 everything was just tied up in a nice neat little bow.  EXTREMELY happy ending.  I know by a lot of my reviews, it seems I am opposed to happy endings.  Quite the opposite actually.  However, I do like realistic happy endings.   For all they have been through with A, they deserve a happy ending, but let's face it, they brought the majority of it on themselves.


“What are my thoughts on this whole ordeal?" she repeated, pausing to contemplate. And then she thought of the perfect answer. "Ali didn't manage to kill us," she said. "She only made us stronger.”

All pretty things come to a conclusion


Overall great book! Great ending to the series.   While I am sad to let this series go, I am glad it is over.  I mean there is not much else that can happen to these poor girls.   I must say, if you haven't had a chance to check this series out, you really should.    This book and series are not perfect but it is very entertaining.  Even though while reading it as events unfolded, I said I will not hold my breath on this.  PLL has a tendency to live up to its name and lie to me a lot.  Nothing is ever what it seems in this world.  As long as illogical thoughts and actions don't bother you, you can really get into and enjoy this book.  Vicious does live up to it's title.


 "I'll Always Be Watching-A"

Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: Gearteeth (Gearteeth Trilogy #1) by Timothy Black


Published:  October 1st 2014 by Blysster Press
Genre: Supernatural, Steampunk
Format: ebook
Source: provided for honest review
Goodreads Summary

“In 1890, a disease that turned sane men into ravenous werewolves swept through the United States like wildfire. On the brink of humanity’s extinction, Nikola Tesla and a mysterious order of scientists known as the Tellurians revealed a bold plan: the uninfected would abandon the Earth’s surface by rising up in floating salvation cities, iron and steel metropolises that carried tens of thousands of refugees above the savage apocalypse. The remnants of mankind huddled fearfully in the clouds, waiting for the werewolves to devour each other.

Yet, twenty years later, only one salvation city remains aloft, while the beasts still rule the world below. Time has taken its toll on the miraculous machinery of the city, and soon the last of the survivors will plummet to their doom. But when Elijah Kelly, a brakeman aboard the largest of the city’s Thunder Trains, is infected by the werewolf virus, he discovers a secret world of lies and horrific experiments that hide the disturbing truth about the Tellurians.

When the beast in his blood surges forth, Elijah must choose between the lives of those he loves, and the city that is humanity’s last hope of survival.”


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I flipped the dog-eared paperback's cover over. Street and Smith, c. 1890, New York.

"Poor bastards," I sighed. "Twenty years gone... did you end up in the bellies of the werewolves when the world went to hell, or wearing the fur yourselves?"


The Good


For starters, I love that there are two main factions those who followed Nikola Tesla and those who followed Thomas Edison. The werewolves having almost complete control of the land makes for an interesting dilemma. The flying city’s and needing to power them through the electrical storms seems just crazy enough to work. Our protagonist, Eli, has had it pretty rough but still has a heart of gold for the most part. His gran may be one of my favorite elder characters ever.

The Bad


Gearteeth did get a little slow at times as Eli tried to learn what he could about the werewolves. Which turns into you reading about him reading. While the info he got was good for the storyline, it made it drag a bit. But you do need to set the world up where people can see what’s going on.


The Romance


The romance is minimal for the most part. Eli does meet someone later in the book and even his Gran gets her juices going.

Conclusion


I really enjoyed Gearteeth for a first book in a series. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next to Eli and his friends. Some of the werewolves and mutant wolves were interesting in the first book as well as some of the advanced technology they had developed. It seems as if the next book has even crazier experiments in store for poor Eli. If you like werewolves, and enjoy steampunk in general, you'll want to give this one a read.


Excerpts

"We can always run."
"It'll chase us."
"And what'll it do if we stay still? Give us posies and ask us to the dance?"
"Um... good point."

"Sons of bitches," I breathed, amazed and angered. I'd known the prophets were arrogant, with a big old heaping of secretive and callousness toward their fellow man, but just a few of the random entries I flicked through in the book convinced me of the magnitude of their crime. They'd kept vital information to themselves and left the rest of us wandering in the dark, easy meat for the beasts.

"Shut up," I said, keeping the werewolf's crimson gaze locked on mine. I could see her muscles tensing, and she paused in her pacing, teeth bared. The furback had just about had enough of my taunts.
"Tell Maude I'm sorry for making her worry so much; tell the old biddy I love her. Tell her... the hell with it, she knows. Take care of her for me, will you?"
"Goodbye, Henry."

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Cover Scramble [108]



Let's have some fun! I am going to post covers on here every Sunday that are scrambled up graphically, making it hard to tell what cover it is. I would like your guesses on what cover you think I've posted. I won't answer you until I'm posting the next one to let you know if you are right, allowing others to guess as well. Some will be hard, and others may be easy. Let me know in the comments if you'd like some more hints and I'll offer some more if no one guesses it correctly.


I am pulling covers off the Most Popular Page on Goodreads.