Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Moody vs. Fake Moody


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 Hufflepuff. 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.


“Constant Vigilance!”


When we meet Alaster “Mad-Eye” Moody, we meet a fake. He appears first to us in Goblet of Fire. He’s got this sinister and mysterious air about him especially with all the scars and the eye that can see through walls. It’s said that he is the greatest auror of modern time, putting away the majority of the Death Eaters that rest in Azkaban. He’s gotten the reputation of also being crazy due to his extreme paranoia about security and distrust of everything. However, Dumbledore trusts him greatly, which is why he is brought to Hogwarts to teach.

Fake Moody


We all learn at the end of Goblet of Fire, that Moody was in fact a fake. He was being impersonated by Barty Crouch, Jr. who abducted him before his start of teaching at Howarts and drank Polyjuice potion to appear as him through his time teaching that year.

What did we see of Moody while he was in fact Barty Crouch, Jr.?

Harry gets his first real taste of Fake Moody in the Defense Against the Dark Arts class in which Moody demonstrates to them the unforgiveable curses. A lot of the students were affected by watching them in action, particularly Harry and Neville since these two had been impacted largely by the curses. We see Crouch-Moody showing a soft side by pulling Neville aside and giving him a book about Herbology and explaining that he heard he was quite good at the subject. This is the second time we’ve seen a teacher positively treating Neville in a way to help him build a little more self-esteem. Obviously, he wanted Neville to help Harry with his problem of the 2nd task, but didn’t realize he wouldn’t ask for Neville’s help. Also during these lessons, Harry learned how to fight off the Imperius curse. This was invaluable for him.

We also get the perfect moment of Draco the amazing bouncing ferret. Draco is about to attack Harry from behind and Crouch-Moody turns him into a ferret, bouncing him around and scolding him for being a coward who attacks enemies when their backs are turned. I LOVE this moment. Then again, I always love it when Karma comes calling for Draco. This I believe was more of Crouch than Moody since he was disgusted by the Malfoys pretending to be loyal to Voldemort while ‘betraying’ him since his supposed death by denouncing any relation to him.


He also of course helps Harry through the tournament since he’s wanted him to make it to the final task as that’s his mission given to him by Voldemort. He helps by pointing him in the right direction before the first task. He asks him to concentrate on what he is good at, which of course is flying. We don’t find out until later, but he stages a discussion where Dobby can hear that Harry would need gillyweed for the 2nd task. Of course, the movie turns this into Neville providing him with the gillyweed which was Crouch-Moody’s first intention as he gave him the book about plants. 

Crouch-Moody is the one that suggests to Harry that he should consider becoming an auror. This stuck with him so long, that it's what he actually worked towards for his career after school along with Ron who wanted to become an auror as well.

Real Moody


After Moody is rescued at the end of Goblet of Fire, he returns to health and joins The Order of the Phoenix. We don’t really see a lot of him, though he is around. His name is mentioned at some major events, and he's definitely involved, but we don't see much of his personality once the real Moody is back.


He appears at Privet Dr. to collect Harry in Order of the Phoenix. What we see of him here is that he's even more paranoid than before he was captured, and now his eye sticks from time to time as a result of Crouch wearing it. 

He was around for various moments at Grimmauld Place for Order business. He mentions Dumbledore must feel like Ron is good at resisting spells which is why he became a prefect.

He helped fight off Death Eaters at the ministry on the night of Sirius' death at the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. He was injured in a fight with Antonin Dolohov. He then helped protect Hogwarts the night Dumbledore died in the Battle of the Astronomy Tower. He was there in Dumbledore and Harry's absences to fight off Death Eaters. 

Then of course we saw him the night he died, at The Battle of the Seven Potters. He was known to be tough, and being so capable is the reason he died. Voldemort thought Harry would be with the wizard with the most ability, which was Moody. He had a surly personality and was very good at his job.

I wonder if I would have such a strong love for Moody if it hadn't been for Crouch pretending to be him. After real Moody comes on the scene, he's a little more awkward, a lot less fun, and much more grouchy in general. Having met him first while trying to help Harry throughout the tournament, I feel like I became attached to this legend who frightened Death Eaters everywhere. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Character Bio: Amber Reynolds from Persuasion (The Ambrosial Acres Series #1) by Jannette Fuller


Summary

Agent Yagil is a seasoned Guardian Angel, but his newest assignment is going to take every bit of strength and commitment he has.

Seventeen year old Amber Reynolds is looking for freedom and independence from her rigid lifestyle. Going behind her parents’ back, she takes a part-time job at the renowned Inn located within Ambrosial Acres.

As Agent Yagil watches over Amber, he discovers that despite its mysterious beauty, Ambrosial Acres hides a dark and supernatural secret.

Between Amber’s new coworker crushes, her menacing stalker, a mysterious online stranger, and the evil Agents out to lead her down a path of self destruction, Agent Yagil faces the fight of his career. Life is all about choices.

Can he help Amber make the right ones, before it’s too late?

Character Bio



Name: Amber Reynolds

Age: 17

DOB: September 14th, 1997

School: Wildwood High

Vehicle: 1996 Jeep Cherokee

Job: part-time housekeeper at Ambrosial Inn. 

BFF: Tirzah Hopkins

Favorite Band: Flyleaf

Crushes: Josh and Levi


Author Jannette Fuller


Jannette Fuller is the author of Persuasion (Book One in the Ambrosial Acres Series).

She lives in the beautiful and majestic mountains of Boone, North Carolina with her husband and children. And even though she loves coming up with fantastical ideas for her stories, and bringing them to life, she fancies other things as well: exercising, going on nature walks, watching Netflix, recording on Singsnap, drinking coffee, and she enjoys foot massages too, but that only happens when her husband's in the mood to give her one.



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Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: The SHIVA Syndrome by Alan Joshua


Published: April 6th 2015 by Champagne Books
Genre: paranormal/thriller/mystery
Format: ebook
Source: provided for honest review

Goodreads Summary

Power from the past; danger in the future.

Science opens the door for humans to reach God-like powers of creation and destruction. 

A secret Russian mind research laboratory erupts, annihilating thousands and leaving a monstrous, one-mile deep crater in its wake. Beau Walker, a psychologist and reluctant empath, is coerced into joining a research project, code-named SHIVA, to investigate the catastrophe. An ordinary scientific investigation leads Walker and the research team into alternate realities. 

Walker struggles against political and military deceptions, deadly superhuman adversaries, and personal demons to unlock the riddle of the SHIVA syndrome, risking his life and the very existence of humankind. 

The SHIVA Syndrome offers a dizzying ride into extraordinary human abilities. Prepare to alter what you believed was reality.

Buy The SHIVA Syndrome by Alan Joshua today at Amazon

Walker sat next to Kampmann. "You don't know what you did, do you?"
Her face paled. "It was like a waking dream. Like... like something guided my hands." She looked at him, wild-eyed. "My god, Beau, I wasn't in control.
Something controlled me!"


The Good


So I really like the mix of characters in this one. You get to know a few different characters even though most of the book is from Beau Walker's point of view. The story was vastly different from any Sci-fi I've read previously, and the pace was fast enough to keep me interested but not too fast as to lose me in what was going on. I definitely had to think more during this one while opening myself to believe anything was possible.

The Bad


While the pacing was terrific, it did feel a bit long to me. Though I don't know what you would leave out to fix this small tidbit.


The Romance


Walker and Leigh Kampmann have an on-again-off-again relationship. The off due mostly to past experiences more so then their actual relationship.

Conclusion


If you are looking for something different that will give you plenty to think about, then you want to read The Shiva Syndrome. If you like interesting characters, experiencing the paranormal with plenty of suspense, then you want to read The Shiva Syndrome. If you just want a good read, then...well you know...you should read The Shiva Syndrome.



Excerpts

"Most people live out ordinary lives by denying death. Others live more completely because they're aware of it. I choose the second group."

Unaware, he whispered, "In the beginning there was only chaos. Then out of the void appeared Night and Erebus, the unknowable place where death dwells.
All else was empty, silent, endless, darkness."


"I'm sure you believe you saw something," he replied, helping her to her feet. "You've been under tremendous stress.
"Don't patronize me!" she snapped. "I saw... Well, I don't know what it was, but it wasn't stress."

Buy The SHIVA Syndrome by Alan Joshua today at Amazon

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Cover Scramble [128]



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.



Saturday, July 25, 2015

Harry Potter Spells Tag


Soudha over at Of Stacks and Cups tagged those of us participating in Harry Potter Month with Harry Potter Spells Tag.

Swish and Flick!

Expecto Patronum - 
A childhood book connected to good memories


This book takes me back down memory-lane for sure. My sister taught me how to write in cursive using it. We played 'school' a lot and since she's 7 years older than me, she was always the teacher. One day she decided to teach me how to write in cursive. She wrote the sentences on the back cover, and I copied underneath. GASP! Writing in books now would give me a heart attack. I don't even fold corners.

Expelliarmus - 
A book that took you by surprise


If you read My Introduction to Harry Potter, then you know that I was forced to read a bunch of classics in high school, just as most of you were probably. I didn't have any love for them at the time. Once I was an adult, I saw the Keira Knightley version of the movie Pride and Prejudice and fell in love. I went to get the book soon afterwards, and it's one of my favorites.

Priori Incantatem - 
The last book you read


I haven't gotten the review posted yet, but I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS SERIES!!!

Alohamora -
A book that introduced you to a genre you hadn't considered before


The Hunger Games was my first foray into Dystopia. Before this read, I thought I was only into Fantasy. It was added to my list of favorite series, and is one that I reread and watch the movies. I haven't read a whole lot of Dystopia books, but the ones that I have read are fantastic.

Crucio - 
A book that was painful to read



Richelle Mead is a favorite author of mine. I enjoy The Vampire Academy Series and the spin-off The Bloodlines Series. I've also heard the Georgina Kincaid Series is good, but I haven't started that one yet. So I was expecting something really good. Especially with a title like Gameboard of the Gods. In my opinion though, this one was just lacking. I couldn't get into it at all. I did make it to the end and gave it 2.5 stars, but it was a rough ride.


Avada Kedavra -
A book that could kill (interpret that as you may)


The first one that came to mind is The Book of Amun-Ra or The Book of the Living from The Mummy. It's the one that is confused with The Book of the Dead in the film. The Book of Amun-Ra has spells and incantations that can take life away from mortals while The Book of the Dead gives life back. In my opinion, both cause death considering that The Book of the Dead brought back Imhotep.

As Evie says, "It's just a book. No harm ever came from reading a book."

Friday, July 24, 2015

Review: Through the Zombie Glass (The White Rabbit Chronicles #2) by Gena Showalter


Published: September 24, 2013 Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA, Paranormal Fantasy
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads Summary

Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they've got mine...
Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.
After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.
She's never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her...from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole's secret and learn to fight the darkness.
But the clock is ticking...and if she fails at a single task, they're all doomed.

“Fear of spiders is arachnophobia, and fear of tight spaces is claustrophobia, but fear of Ali Bell is just called logic.”


I absolutely loved Alice in Zombieland so I had to read this one. I actually read Through the Zombie Glass immediately after reading the first one and realized I somehow didn’t write a review up for it so before moving on to The Queen of Zombie Hearts, I gave this one a re-read.

White Light


Throughout the entire book, Ali is faced with complex problem after harrowing issue after heartbreak after doom and gloom. I loved every minute of it! There was so much happening, and it was all bad news for our heroine. Alice in Zombieland ended with her getting horribly injured, so she starts Through the Zombie Glass in a hospital bed with stitches. Things only grow worse for her from there. I really liked the direction the story went. It was definitely a unique spin.

A few new characters were introduced to stir up drama, but I enjoyed Gavin’s personality quite a bit. He’s just so unabashedly honest. Mackenzie and Trina became a couple of my favorite characters in this one and I couldn’t stand Mackenzie at all in the first book so I loved that character development. Kat, the Sass-Master, I continue to adore as well as Nana, Ali's adorable grandmother. I also enjoy that Emma keeps making appearances as a Witness.

There is a lot of action, a lot of inner struggle, and a lot of guessing what will happen. There were times that I looked down to see how far into the book I was because surely I was at the climax of the story, only to realize I still had quite a bit more to go.


Black Smudges


Cole. Oh Cole. He exacerbated me quite a bit throughout this story with his hot-and-cold, incredibly mixed messages, and really bad decision making.

An Ex Here, an Ex There


It’s the whole 2nd book, introduce-the-relationship-drama thing going on in Through the Zombie Glass. There are literally exes everywhere. Veronica is brought in from Georgia who happens to be Cole’s ex. Mackenzie is still around who is also Cole’s ex as well as a lot of break ups and make ups going on throughout. The romance in this one is all over the map.


Utter Madness


I’m still loving this series. Through the Zombie Glass was a wild and fun ride through hardship after hardship. I really felt for Ali, but she kept going and giving her best no matter what. The characters are fantastic, and their dialogue is fun to read. There is tons of action and interesting concepts introduced. Absolutely recommended.




Excerpts

I felt my hand curl into a fist. Felt my elbow draw back. Felt my arm dart forward, my knuckles crack into Cole's jaw. I couldn't stop myself. His head whipped to the side, and blood leaked from a cut in his lip. Behind me, gasps of shock abounded. 

“Enjoy him while it lasts," I called. "Apparently he has Girlfriend ADD."

“Those we love, we can grow to hate. And life...life can be perfect one minute and in shambles the next.”

“You're making me rethink my stance against cold-blooded homicide.”  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week [73]


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.

Announcing Harry Potter Month in July!! Learn more.
I'll be posting having a few Potter related posts throughout the month in addition to my usual Harry Potter Moment of the Week posts.

Favorite James Potter Moment:



Often Lily Potter gets credit for sacrificing herself for her son. After all, that is the powerful love magic that kept Voldemort from being able to kill him. She was going to be spared by Voldemort due to Snape's begging to leave her alive.

"Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn't realize that love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible sign... to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever."

James and Harry he intended to kill all along. However, James Potter also sacrificed himself for both of them, and in my opinion that shouldn't be forgotten.

"Lily, take Harry and go! It’s him! Go! Run! I’ll hold him off!"

Second place would go to James standing up to Snape when he calls Lily a "filthy Mudblood".


What's your choice?