Friday, July 29, 2016

Why Hagrid is Amazing



Faith of GeekyZooGirl and Micheline of Lunar Rainbow Reviews are hosting the Harry Potter Month in July!! Of course, Harry's birthday is in July so it's a celebration! I am competing for my House Cup as well for Ravenclaw. As most of you know, I adore Harry Potter so this month will be full of even more Potter goodness at JC's Book Haven.


Why Hagrid is Amazing:


He has a big heart.

While Hagrid may be a very large guy as a half-giant, I believe his heart is full giant sized. The phrase "big teddy bear" fits him nicely. He was the first person to ever show Harry that he cared and I couldn't imagine a better person to introduce him to the magical world.

He is very loyal.

I wouldn't attempt to kill or even put down someone that Hagrid cares about in his presence. He will fight back with words, threats, and is even willing to lay down his life for those that he is loyal to.

He's not afraid to show his emotions.

This big guy will cry at the first sign of injustice. One thing you learn quickly about Hagrid is that you do NOT mess with his animals. Speaking of animals...

He is such an animal lover.

I couldn't think of a better person to get Hedwig for Harry. McGonagall and Sirius may have gotten him brooms that had him salivating, but Hagrid understood the need for a pet companion and how that bond lasts for a lifetime.

He is a fan of the underdog.

Misfits and underdogs have a champion in Hagrid. He will fight tooth and nail for them. Since he is often judged and misunderstood, he makes the effort to give everyone and everything a chance. His animal friends were on the monster side more often than not, but he still believed they deserved love. Grawp was a testament to all of us that thought this side of him was a little crazy.

He irritated Umbridge.

I think the fact that he was a half-giant got under Umbridge's skin so much that she wanted him gone more than anyone else there. That alone is fantastic. Let's face it too, this probably would've bothered Hagrid a lot more than it did if he wasn't so worried about his giant brother Grawp hanging out in the forest. He had too much going on to really care what Umbridge thought of him. Standing up to Umbridge with all those wands and stunners the wizards were throwing and running off into the woods to do his own thing was an epic moment.

"I should not have said that."

Hagrid is well known to give great company, advice, and on occasion slip some very important secrets. If the trio is having a hard time with something, they would head off to Hagrid's cabin. There he would either offer some very good advice (he too was an orphan and he also knows what it feels like to be misunderstood) or let spill a juicy tidbit that they need to continue on with their shenanigans.

There are so many more reasons that Hagrid is amazing. What are your reasons?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Harry Potter Moment of the Week [110]


This is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows.The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself! Click the links to the blogs to see how to join up &  upcoming topics.

How did Quirrell add to the overall storyline?


1) Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers are not to be trusted.
2) He showed that just because you don't appear to be evil, you may just be a spectacular actor. He also helped show that Snape is more than he appears on the surface. He was saving Potter? What?
3) He was a Ravenclaw and proved that not every bad wizard is a Slytherin.
4) We learned that he was in Albania and picked up Voldemort on his travels. This becomes relevant later in the story.
5) Through his death, we learned the significance and power of Lily's sacrifice.



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What do you think?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review: Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt


Published: April 3, 2016
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Goodreads Summary

“This generation’s Cruel Intentions.” Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.




I did immediately click on this one because of the gorgeous cover and the title only to find out that there are no actual Royals in this book, that's a family's last name. So while I did initially want a fantasy kingdom type of read, I couldn't pass up what the blurb says. This generation's Cruel Intentions? Yes, please. I have a guilty pleasure of watching spoiled, rich kids with morality issues. It's weird, I know...but I watched every season of Gossip Girl.

The Good


Paper Princess started out pretty strongly. Ella is living on her own with three jobs while she's still a high school student. One of those jobs is being a stripper. She is whisked away, not happily, by a new 'guardian' that appeared out of nowhere and that she had never met before. See, pretty interesting.

It gets even more interesting when we are introduced to the other characters that play a large role in the story. We have Callum who is her new guardian (honestly not the best parent though he is kind) and his sons...all five of them. They range in personalities from the Douche Canoe leader that everyone follows to the guy that will sleep with anyone with a pulse. Paper Princess does fall on the drama heavy line so it's best to read when you're in the mood to watch a Soap Opera. Who doesn't love watching a good train wreck? I whispered 'ass' under my breath so many times at the shenanigans that the Royal brothers get up to that it started sounding like I was humming a song.

Ella doesn't want anything to do with these guys who quite honestly are rude, obnoxious, and spoiled. However, through the course of the book, different circumstances, and good writing, she becomes a part of this family and deeply cares for every one of them.

The Bad


Although it had a strong beginning, and Ella was built to be an amazing character, I felt that the end was a downhill slope landing in a horrible cut-off ending. See below for 'Questions About the Book' and you'll see that the authors' answer there is indeed a massive cliffhanger. It wasn't just the cliffhanger that is the issue though as I've read plenty of books that end in the way that makes you want to claw your book apart hoping the next one magically appears. It was the way Ella seemed to be shrinking instead of growing as a character by the end. I really hope in the next one that she gets her lady balls back. Also there is a character in a circumstance that I find hard to swallow.

The Romance


Ella makes the mistake of falling for one of the Royal brothers. She fights it hard and for quite a while, but eventually succumbs. He did some truly awful things to her in the early stages of them meeting, but did wind up being a pretty decent guy. Until that ending. There better be a dang good explanation for how things went down.

Conclusion


Paper Princess was very dramatic and entertaining. It was like watching a train wreck. If you are addicted to reality shows or shows like Gossip Girl then you should find it entertaining as well. However, the ending knocks everything back a step. I'll be reading reviews of the next book before continuing with the series based on how this one ended.




QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BOOK 

Q: Is this really a YA?

We recommend this for young adult readers, age 17 and up. We think it’s a book that will appeal to older teens and those adults who are in touch with their inner teen, like us.

Q: Is there a cliffhanger? I’ve heard there’s an awful cliffhanger! Why’d you write a cliffhanger?

We promise that we didn’t set out to write a cliffhanger, but Paper Princess does end in one. The good news is that the next book is up for pre-sale and it will be released July 25, 2016.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun--and sometimes crazy--ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up. You can contact them at their shared inbox: authorerinwatt@gmail.com

MORE PRAISE: 

"Intense, haunting & hot—I can't stop thinking about Paper Princess!! The intriguing sexy characters draw you in and don't let go. A true must read!"Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled and Legal Briefs series

“Wickedly clever writing, deliciously provocative characters, & chilling final pages made Paper Princess impossible to put down! Confidently a 2016 Top Read!”—ROCKSTARS OF ROMANCE

“Gritty, angsty, steamy, and rife with scandal and secrecy, Paper Princess is the kind of book you hope EVERY book will be when you open it. The kind you can't put down, can't forget about. This book consumed me and thanks to that crazy ending, I won't be moving on from this book for a good long while.” Jessica from Angie & Jessica’s Dreamy Reads

Monday, July 25, 2016

ARC Review: Immortal's Spring (The Chrysomelia Stories #3) by Molly Ringle


Published: June 1, 2016 by Central Avenue Publishing
Genre: YA, Paranormal Fantasy
Format: ebook
Source: Sent for honest review
Goodreads Summary

[Book 3 of The Chrysomelia Stories, following Persephone's Orchard and Underworld's Daughter...]

Sophie Darrow said yes once to a young man offering a realm of Greek gods and immortality. Now her home has been shattered, and her friends and family pulled along with her as they run from an evil cult and take shelter in the gloomy Underworld. But remembering the life of the original immortals long ago--Persephone, Hades, Hekate, Hermes, and more--may be their key to victory, as well as happiness.

In ancient times too, the murderous cult Thanatos attacked and destroyed nearly all the Greek immortals who sought to bring good to humankind. But those immortals planted seeds in both their realm and ours to ensure their season would someday bloom again. And spring is finally coming.


The Good


Ringle had me invested in these characters from Book 1, Persephone's Orchard. It's clear to me that she does her research well before writing, but she also takes what she's learned and spins and turns it on its head until it fits her story well. I love how she makes these myths part of her own unique story.

In the first half, the characters are adjusting to everything that happened previously. There were some losses that the group experienced and there is a lot of grief in the beginning. The second half of Immortal's Spring really picks up the pace. Once they kidnap a member of the group that's trying to kill them, everything is ramped up and everyone is on edge. I loved the excitement and tension that basically crackled off the page.

While I don't feel like this one is as good as the first, the series is fantastic and takes the reader on quite the journey. In between time spent with these teenagers, we get flashbacks into their Greek counterparts. All the characters and the flashbacks provide a large mix of cultures and sexual orientations.


The Bad


The beginning of this one was so slow. I hadn't read the 2nd one, Underworld's Daughter, in a while and had forgotten all the characters besides Adrian and Sophie and what their Greek counterpart was so I was also very confused. When there were finally enough flashbacks and I knew who was who, the story still took quite a while to get going.


The Romance


I was very happy to see that the tangled love life of Zoe's and Tabitha's had gotten sorted out. They both had two love interests going and it had formed a love square. This one was more focused on who they really wanted to be with and what direction they were going in the future.

Adrian and Sophie on the other hand had a lot to sort through. Sophie is devastated throughout the book by the people that she lost. She's a little revenge bent and Adrian sets off bad responses in her. This took quite a while to work out.

Conclusion


The beginning of this one was on the slow side, and I was a little confused on who everyone was. It picked up about half-way through and had a strong finish. This was a gratifying conclusion to the series. Ringle has created a very unique spin on the Greek myths and created a magical but also realistic world to enjoy. There was quite a lot of action and intrigue as well as characters you want to see succeed. Recommended.





Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Cover Scramble [176]



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, July 21, 2016

Harry Potter Moment of the Week [109]


This is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows.The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself! Click the links to the blogs to see how to join up &  upcoming topics.

You can have lunch with 3 characters from the series, Who are they and why? 


Oh my goodness! There are so many amazing characters that I'd love to spend time with. My favorite characters in the series are Luna Lovegood and the Weasley Twins. They come as a package deal so I'm counting them as 1 character. That's valid reasoning and not cheating at all LOL. In addition to these two, I'd love to have lunch with Dumbledore as well. Can't you picture it now?

Luna making hilarious remarks and bringing up outrageous conspiracy theories.


Fred and George turning everything into a joke.


Dumbledore with his amazing wisdom and stories. Plus Dumbledore is quite the oddball himself so I could see him joining in with the others quite well.



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Who would you have lunch with?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

My HP Profile



Faith of GeekyZooGirl and Micheline of Lunar Rainbow Reviews are hosting the Harry Potter Month in July!! Of course, Harry's birthday is in July so it's a celebration! I am competing for my House Cup as well for Ravenclaw. As most of you know, I adore Harry Potter so this month will be full of even more Potter goodness at JC's Book Haven.


So Lee did an awesome post on her Harry Potter profile, and it seemed like so much fun I just had to join in!  I was inspired by her and Faith's expanded profile as well as a couple of topics from Christina's profile. Here is Alex's profile as well.

Name: Jaclyn

Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw

Ilvermorny House: Pukwudgie

Year I Discovered HP: It was 2000 or 2001 because I had already graduated high school but just barely

Last Time I Read the Books: 2015 for Harry Potter month!

Favorite Book: Sorcerer's Stone and Deathly Hallows (it's the circle - the beginning and the close)

Favorite Film: Sorcerer's Stone and Deathly Hallows

Favorite Character: Luna Lovegood, Fred and George Weasley

Character I Most Identify With: I feel like a mix of Hermione and Luna. I'm quite quirky and optimistic but also a staunch rule-follower with an obsession for research. I have been called 'weirdo' (lovingly) and 'know-it-all' (not so lovingly) quite often growing up so not sure which one I'd say wins.

Character I Wish I Were More Like: Ginny Weasley. Fierce is the word often used to describe her. She's brave and funny and not afraid to bend rules occasionally when it's for the greater good.

Spell I’d Use Right This Moment: I think accio would be the most used spell, but I like exercise so...I'm gonna skip a spell and say I'd love to be flying a broom right this moment.

Quidditch Position: Keeper. The only position I've ever played in soft ball was catcher.

Wizarding treat I wish I could eat right now: I'm a sucker for the Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans

Wizarding Drink of choice: Butterbeer. I had some at Harry Potter World and fell in love :D It's so yummy like butterscotch cream soda.

Pet I’d have at Hogwarts: can I have a phoenix? I want a phoenix :D OK if not, I will go with owl.

Class I think I’d be best at: Transfiguration - I would want to make McGonagall proud.

Class I think I'd be worst at: Herbology or History of Magic

Favorite Hogwarts Hangout Spot: The Great Hall. There is some amazing food in there ;) The Library or Hagrid's cabin as well.

Prefect or Prankster: I'd be the prefect hanging out with the pranksters.

Kiss, Kill, Marry (Marauders Edition):  I would Kiss Lupin, Kill James, and Marry Sirius.