Happy Birthday, Harry!

Seeing as the Harry Potter series will always be #1 in my heart, no matter what I read, it’s only fitting that I celebrate Harry’s birthday via a blog post.

Happy birthday to my forever main squeeze, Harry Potter. Thank you for giving me my love for reading. ❤ And of course, happy birthday to J.K. Rowling as well!

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July Wrap-Up!

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This month, I started reading comics again, though I enjoyed them less than I did when I was younger. I suppose this is a part of growing up, and I just prefer chapter books more now 😛 Here were the books/comics that I were able to get to this month!

Total: 9

I received an advanced review copy of The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose, and I had to DNF it,  as I had trouble getting into the book. Ultimately, I don’t think I would have liked it in the first place, as it’s not the type of book I enjoy reading.

I also tried reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, and I had to DNF it at about 50% because it was so incredibly boring. But, to be fair, I was in the middle of the Throne of Glass series, so maybe that’s why I wasn’t as invested in the Showhunter Chronicles. I will be picking it up again in the future though, because I do want to be a part of that fandom.

I finished my Goodreads reading challenge this month, having read 50 books! And finally, I learned that there is actually a second Mulan movie, which I’m shocked to learn that I didn’t know about it before because Mulan is one of my favorite Disney movies. :/

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Our Chemical Hearts

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By Krystal Sutherland

Rating: 4/5

Review: THIS BOOK. OH MAN. I picked this up thinking that it would be a lighthearted summer read (I probably got it mixed up with some other book) but let me tell you, this book was a roller coaster. I was laughing one second and then sad the next.

The characters in this book are phenomenal. Henry Page is such a gem of a guy and he deserves the world and I love his personality and his humor and…just, ugh, thank you Krystal for making such a fantastic character. And MURRAY. He’s so crazy and hilarious and I love him, and Lola is the kind of friend everyone needs in their life, and even Sadie and Ryan were so adorable. Grace angers me on previously unseen levels, but it’s understandable why she did what she did.

True to real life, not all first loves work out, and every book doesn’t have a happily ever after. Add to the fact that you can’t help but adore Henry, and this book will quickly pull at your heartstrings. I was surprised that I loved this book so much (I was only 22 pages into the book before deciding that it was going to be great) because I usually don’t like contemporaries. Also, 10/10 for all the Harry Potter references in this book ❤

I am definitely going to be thinking about these characters for a while, and you can bet I’m going to be reading more of Krystal’s works because she’s a fantastic writer.

Favorite Quotes: “People are perfect when all that’s left of them is memory.”

“Love doesn’t need to last a lifetime for it to be real. You can’t judge the quality of a love by the length of time it lasts. Everything dies, love included.”

Links10 Things You Need To Know About OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS | Author’s website | Author’s Twitter | Author’s Instagram | Check out Krystal’s upcoming book!

The Hating Game

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By Sally Thorne

Rating: 3.5/5

Review: *Mild spoilers* This book was hilarious, and there were several moments when I was actually laughing out loud. I loved the banter between Lucy and Josh, and their comebacks were very funny. Being a quick fun read, I was able to finish this book in about a day, especially since the book grabs your attention from the beginning and you want to keep reading.

I was originally going to rate this book a solid 4 stars, but towards the end of the book Josh started getting really creepy and I was thoroughly freaked out. He legit admitted that he painted his room blue to match the eyes of Lucy, and he keeps track of the days she wears dresses or skirts in his planner. Ummm…was anyone else slightly freaked out that he admitted these so nonchalantly???

I was surprised that Lucy and Josh didn’t hate each other more, because from a title like The Hating Game, I had assumed that these two really despised each other, but it’s pretty obvious from the get go that they have feelings for each other, but are acting like little children and won’t admit it. The only thing I didn’t like about the book is how perfect Josh is; he’s unrealistically perfect, and seems to have no flaws.

“Everything about him is pleasurable. He drips with quality, luxury, everything so exactly right. Every part of him is engineered and maintained perfectly.” 

Lucy can’t imagine how such a gem of a guy is still single, and criticizes herself in comparison. But then again, this is a rom-com contemporary, you can’t really expect anything different. I appreciated how she wasn’t a complete moron though, she still seems to have confidence.

This is definitely a summer beach-read kind of book, and you’ll enjoy this if you’re looking for a lighthearted quick read.

Favorite Quotes: “You should try not giving a shit sometime. I tell you, it’s liberating.” (tbh this quote came at a perfect time. Thank you, Mr. Templeman.)

“Uncle Satan didn’t have any apartments available in my price range.” (Not going to lie, I really laughed at this!)

Shoutout to my pal N for catching my typos and preventing me from humiliating myself! ❤

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Experience

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This past week, I got the opportunity to go to Universal Studios in Hollywood, California, and I finally got to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I was super stoked because I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, and I was not disappointed to say the least. I went there for two days, and took lots of  pictures since I don’t know when I’ll be going there again.

 

We first went to the rides, as I’d been informed that the lines for the rides get super long and it’s best to go when the park opens up. So, I waited around 40 minutes to go on The Forbidden Journey (which was freaking amazing and I went on it three times. I would’ve gone more times if the lines weren’t always so long) and 50 minutes for the Flight of the Hippogriff. I didn’t realize that Flight of the Hippogriff only lasted like 30 seconds, and I also didn’t realize that the line for this ride becomes shorter as the day progresses…so I wasn’t very pleased to learn that I waited a ridiculously long time to ride a super short ride.  😡

 

The next thing on my bucket list was to go try butterbeer! I heard mixed reviews about butterbeer, and was quite hesitant to try it because I was scared of hating it, but it was honestly really, really delicious! I would definitely buy it again. It kind of tasted like a frappuccino; I’ve been told it tastes like a root beer float but I’ve never tried that before so I’m not sure how accurate that is. I bought the souvenir cup at the Hog’s Head and got the frozen version (pro tip: don’t wait in line at those butterbeer stands, you can get butterbeer at Hog’s Head and there’s usually no wait time).

I popped into the shops and had a quick look around, but it wasn’t until the second day where I really looked at all the displays and things that they were selling. I was surprised that it was rather small, as I was expecting it to be much bigger, but I suppose the one in Florida might be a bit larger.

 

I purchased a Slytherin sweatshirt, went on the rides again, and popped into Ollivander’s to take a look at the wands and witness the “wand ceremony”. I didn’t end up buying a wand though, because I don’t really see the point in purchasing items that you’re not going to use. Like I get buying clothing items or mugs, but what would I do with a wand? It’d just sit in my room…so I thought it’d be quite a waste of money to buy something that I can’t really use.

 

I spent about 30 to 45 minutes perusing Hogsmeade and all of its various stores, and looked at practically everything there. The only thing I really wanted from the shops there was a glass container that had “Honeydukes” across it, but in the end I decided against getting it. I saw many a pygmy puff there, and was thoroughly appalled that some crazy witch or wizard had turned those poor creatures into slippers! 😦

 

Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience, and I can’t wait to visit again! I’m looking forward to visiting the one in Orlando!

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)

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By Sarah J Maas

Rating: 4/5

Review: *Has spoilers* This series just keeps getting better and better. Queen of Shadows follows Aelin as she journeys back to Rifthold to get the third Wyrdkey from her former master Arobynn, but of course, this wouldn’t be a Sarah J Maas book if things went according to plan. Huge secrets come to light. Relationships fall together. Dorian falls apart. Plans go seriously wrong.

My favorite parts to read were, without a doubt, anytime Manon was present. I’m pretty sure she’s my all-time favorite book character ever, and I love SJM for making Manon the way that she is. There will definitely be a post in the future that details everything I love about her (which will probably happen after I read EoS and ToD). She is just so badass and I have such a female crush on this frighteningly beautiful witch. Im highkey hoping for her and Dorian to get together, though I’m not sure how that’d work out with Manon being immortal and Dorian being a human. But we all know SJM always has tricks up her sleeve.

I’m not sure how I feel about Aelin and Rowan together though, their relationship felt sort of rushed, and I feel like Aelin had a more believable relationship with Dorian, and even Chaol. And Rowan already had a mate, so how does a Fae love someone else/go into another relationship when the other person isn’t his mate? Or is Aelin a reincarnation of Lyria?? (I really hope that’s not the case because that’s so lame)

Reading about Dorian made my heart heavy, and I love Manon even more for what she did for him. And how she let Aelin know that the Valg prince hadn’t completely taken over his mind and body, thus saving Dorian again. And as much as I love SJM, I hate how she always makes us think that people died or are on the brink of death…and then tells us they made it out okay. Like, the emotional turmoil that I went through when I thought Aedion was dying *cries* But that being said, I’d rather her play with our emotions than actually kill off someone.

But anyways, I really hope that in EoS we see more of Manon and her Thirteen, and Manon with Elide, and I’m really curious as to how Aelin and Rowan will deal with their relationship if they’re not mates. Can Manon join Aelin and fight on the good side already?!

Favorite Quotes: “Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Stay the course, but also plot another one. Adapt.”

“You will make mistakes. You will make decisions, and sometimes you will regret those choices. Sometimes there won’t be a right choice, just the best of several bad options.” 

“It did not seem like a weakness to fight for those who could not defend themselves. Even if they weren’t true witches. Even if they meant nothing to her.” 

The Borrowers

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By Mary Norton

Rating: 2.5/5

Review: This book was alright; it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the best either. The beginning was very interesting, and I flew through the first couple of chapters, and though the plot never really slows down (it actually gets consistently better), this book wasn’t really my type.

Nevertheless, Mary Norton is an excellent writer, and the version of the book I read had illustrations on it, which made the book much more enjoyable. But honestly, you don’t even need the illustrations because the author provides a lot of imagery. It was very cool to see how the Borrowers lived, and how they turned the things they borrowed into household appliances for their use.

I really liked the human boy that Arrietty encountered, and I wish they had more time to develop their friendship before the Clocks were forced to move out. I just found out that there’s a Disney movie made about this (The Secret World of Arrietty), so I’m going to make a mental note to watch that sometime soon.

The ending was a bit abrupt, and there are understandably loose ends as this book is part of a series, but I’m really not interested enough to continue reading the rest of the books in the series.

Favorite Quote: “Mrs. May looked back at her. ‘Kate,’ she said after a moment, ‘stories never really end. They can go on and on and on. It’s just that sometimes, at a certain point, one stops telling them.'”