One Year of Blogging?!- OMG + 3 Things I’ve Learned About Blogging

one-yearYayyyyyyyyyyy! It’s my one year blogiversary since starting Piplup’s Shadow! It has been such a wild year with first starting at piplupsshadow.blogspot.com and then moving here at piplupsshadow.wordpress.com! There’s been a lot of highs and lows since starting this blog but overall it has been so much fun and I can’t wait to see where this takes me!

First of all, I want to thank some bloggers and authors who have helped me along the way and have become really dear friends of mine. Some special shoutouts to…

  • Breanna @ RecommendsBook (Yo, you’re cool man. So glad I got to know you better! Thanks to always being there and having fun with me. Here’s to meeting in real life soon!)
  • Claire @ BlankSlaters Reads (Dude you’re always there to talk about books and have seen my blog grow since the very first day, thank you for staying by my side all this time.)
  • Duane @ Duane Reads (Duane you’re hilarious and always there to fangirl with me over Truthwitch! Love ya, and thanks for everything!)
  • My Firewitches (Sondra, Megan, Aneli, Faith, and Jana thank you all so much for making my day, for always making me laugh, and for always having my back! Y’all mean so much to me.)
  • Thissi @ Pages of Escape (Thanks Thissi for looking out for me! Your tweets are so relatable and never fail to put a smile on my face. Stay awesome man.)
  • S. Usher Evans (Dude you are like one of the coolest authors ever and I am so thankful to have your support. Thanks for always believing in me Sush, even when no one else does.)

Thank you all so much for your support! Even if you aren’t listed here, know that I appreciate your support so, so, so much! All of you have made blogging and being a part of the book community that much more exciting and fun. All your tweets, comments and messages always make my day, especially when I am feeling down. I can’t wait to get to know you all better in the years to come!

Anyways, this year has been such an accomplishment. I feel that I’ve accomplished quite a lot for what I set out to do, and even though I may not be as successful as other blogs, I quite proud of what I’ve managed to do! Let’s see:

  • 112 posts (including this one!)
  • 75 blog followers
  • Moving from Blogger to WordPress
  • Starting a co-blog
  • Meeting fellow bloggers at real life book events
  • Having several authors following me on Twitter (eeep!)
  • First requested ARC: The Star Touched Queen
  • First Unsolicited ARC: Don’t I Know You?

I haven’t done too many things so far, but everything so far is so, so important to me! I’m just so surprised that a year has already gone by, I just can’t. (As you can see, I still can’t properly form thoughts lol.)

A year has come and gone, so what now? Well, I’ve learned quite a bit, and I thought I would list 3 important things I have learned about blogging so far!

1. Connecting with others in the book community!

Over the course of the year, I’ve found it so important to connect with others who are in the book community because there is so much to learn from others who have been doing this longer than you have, and have more experience at blogging! Also, through others I have read so many new books that I never would have HEARD of if I didn’t talk to them. It’s just so much fun!

2 .Post whenever you can, it doesn’t have to be everyday!

I found that after blogging for 8 months I can’t keep a steady schedule at all, and I went on hiatus twice in the past year because of in real life things. I learned that you CAN take a break. Your readers won’t kill you, and they will always be there when you come back to blog. Well, I mean I hope so.

3. Love what you’re doing!

And lastly, truly love what you are doing because otherwise you will hate it and blogging will feel more like a chore to you than blogging for fun. When I tried blogging at least 4 times a week, it started feeling more like a chore so I started disliking it and almost wanted to stop, hence the hiatus, but then I realized I love blogging, and I really didn’t want to stop, so I started taking it slow and blogging only maybe once or twice a week and that worked out much better. I love reading and blogging, I’m not sure I can stop at this point.

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Once, again thank you all so much for your support, your views, your tweets, our conversations, and, well, you. Without you, I couldn’t have made it this far, so rock on!

With love,

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ARC Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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By: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Pages: 608
Published: October 18th, 2016
Published by: Knopf Books
Format: ARC

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Synopsis:

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

Add GEMINA to your Goodreads right here!

I was lucky enough to borrow an ARC of Gemina from my buddy Claire @ BlankSlaters Reads! Thanks again Claire!

*note much of this review shall be flailing because I read this back in June and I didn’t take notes and didn’t write the review till now lol*

I was basically craving Gemina since I finished Illuminae and hell I was so glad when Claire said she would be able to let me borrow her ARC that she got at YallWest. I took my time reading it and man it was great. I devoured the whole thing. Can I just say I need the next book like now? I rate Gemina with a 4.5 stars due to its great plot, charactersssssss, and awesome formating.

Okay let’s start with the plot. The plot was absolutely mind-blowing just like in Illuminae. It was honestly completely surprising in almost every way. While it was a little hard to get into, the plot picked up and there was so much action. Let’s just say there was a lot of guns and a lot of fights 😉 There were also so many twists and turns and I was amazed at how many plot twists they could fit into one book lol. Kady and Ezra’s story fits right into this timeline and I was like “OMGG WAIT WHATTTT” “AHHH OMG THAT WORKS” and “FFFFFFFFF AHHHH.” Ahem- back to coherency, Gemina’s plot was great and really interesting actually in how everything works and fits together between it and Illuminae! Can’t wait to see what types of twists Kaufman and Kristoff bring to Illuminae3! (Gahhhhh, now I have to wait a whole year! ;-;)

In Gemina, we got Hanna and Nik and Ella, and I think I liked them even more than Kady and Ezra. They had even more sass, more chemistry, hilarious lines, and more badass fighting skills. Hanna Donnelly is basically everything I’ve ever wanted to be and gods she’s such a great character. Honestly the fight scenes were really great and I loved reading them. Most of them were actually plausible when it came to the hand to hand combat sequences (a lot of other YA novels don’t feature realistic fights, but I’m glad Gemina did). The characters in Gemina were so kickass like Kady and Ezra in Illuminae. But one thing was missing. Yes, you are correct, I was missing my little, sassy, evil artificial intelligence friend AIDAN. Mhmm, that’s like one of the only thing I felt was missing when reading this.

Lastly, I want to talk about the formatting in Gemina. I don’t know if this is possible, but THE PICTURES AND ALL THE COOL FORMATTING IN ILLUMINAE JUST GOT PRETTIER??? Like I was so sad the ARC didn’t have all of the pretty pictures in it? If there’s anything I like more than a great book, is a great book with pretty pictures which Gemina is. And you know who is illustrating the finished copy of Gemina?? Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy and the Young Elites trilogy!!!!! I can’t wait to see the final drawings!

Final Verdict:

Gemina was such a fun mindblowing space adventure with equally badass and amazing characters! If you loved Illuminae, I definitely recommend you pick up the next installment in the Illuminae Files trilogy because it is such a blast (both literally and metaphorically)!

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Are you excited for Gemina? And if you’ve read it, what did you think?

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September Wrap-Up + October TBR // Where Did I Go?

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Okay guys, I’m super sorry I haven’t had a chance to blog in a *month* and went on an unannounced hiatus *hides.* Basically I’ve been super busy with school and didn’t get a lot of time to read, let alone blog. I’m definitely going to be getting back into the game this month as it’s my one year blogiversary coming up! Yayyyyy! But more about that later, let’s see what I read for the month of September:

Union by S. Usher Evans (SUCH A GOOD ENDING GUYS – 5 STARS)

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (One epic continuation of the series – 4 STARS)

Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (A great start to a new path in the PJ world – 4 STARS)

Yup, a total of three books which is a lot less than what I normally read in a month lol. I also recently finished the Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid, but that was like a couple days ago. More about that one in a review soon!

So for October, I plan to blog and review ARCs of books I’ve read, plan my blogiversary post and try to read total of two more books. Yes, two.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

I hope I got this man. Only two books and a couple of reviews, I got this, hopefully. See y’all soon!

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What were you guys up to in September?

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August Wrap-Up + September TBR

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Imma cry because it’s already September… The summer has gone by so fast! I start school next week and I am not excited at all tbh. Gladly, I’ve gotten a lot of reading done. And I’ve also managed to blog way more in August WHILE catching up with friends and all of that stuff! So yayyy!!!! So looking back, here’s what I planned to read for the month:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

The Queen of Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Nowhere by Here by Katie McGarry

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

And here’s what I ended up actually reading:

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (AMAZING BOOK WITH GREAT PLOT – 4 STARS)

Spells and Sorcery by S. Usher Evans (awesome start to her new ya fantasy series! – 4.5 STARS)

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia (great highschool love story! – 4.5 STARS)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (AMAZINGGG A MUST READ FOR SURE – 5 STARS)

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat (not my type of book, couldn’t get into it – 2 STARS)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (AHHH MY CHILDREN – 5 STARS)

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (SO BLOODY BUT SO CUTE AND GOOD – 5 STARS)

First and Then by Emma Mills (really cute highschool love story, a little short tho – 4 STARS)

Winter by Marissa Meyer (MY CHILDREN DESERVE HAPPINESS – 5 STARS)

The Prince and The Heiress by S. Usher Evans (sush really writes awesome characters – 5 STARS)

This was definitely a great month for reading! When I go back to school, I’m sure it won’t be nearly this much… *cries* Anyways, I’m glad I loved so many of the books and am even gladder that so many of them have become new favourites of mine! (I’m looking at you Nevernight and Ready Player One!) Also, I’m really happy that it rekindled my love for old favourites such as Harry Potter and the Lunar Chronicles! Anyways, so here’s what I plan on reading for September:

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills (yayyyyyy for ARCs!)

Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry (I’m slow.)

The Union by S. Usher Evans (Typo checkingggg!)

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (ARCsssss)

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (I’m so slowwww.)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (What hype.)

September is gonna be a slow month because I’m going back to schoooooool. *cries forever* I wish there was no such thing as school lol. Not that I hate school. I mean I don’t like the homework or getting up so early or interacting with people… maybe I do hate school lol. Hopefully I’ll get time to read though. I mean it shouldn’t be that bad in September. Anyways, wish me good luck! I’m going to need it…

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Did you do or read anything cool in August?

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BBCP 2016 Sky Blue: Freaky Fiction (Round 1)

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In a series of posts, once a month, we will be pushing fictional characters to their limits by placing them in worlds outside of their own and seeing if they have what it takes to survive. Each host has their chosen world and we will be swapping characters each month, to see who will live. Ready? Let’s go.

The world I have chosen is the world of Illuminae. Now, Illuminae was a pretty wild book and its sequel, Gemina, is no less dangerous. The characters I have chosen will be put to the test as they must hurdle over three stages I have chosen from the Illuminae Files. They will consist of the BeiTech bombing on Earth-like planet, the Hypatia, and the Heimdall.

Onto the characters! Which characters are going to have to face the wrath of the world of Illuminae? For this month, I have Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, and Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. Now are they up to the task? Let’s find out.

Stage One: BeiTech Bombings on Earth-like planet

Illuminae opens with Earth-like planet being bombed by the company BeiTech and the characters must escape from their school onto a departing spacecraft that will take them into space where they will be safe. This would involve crossing the city, which is still currently being bombed, so that they can reach the space ports where the ships will be leaving.

Rhysand, I believe, would stand a fair chance. In fact, I think he would also be able to help some civilians as well. He’s well-known for his kindness to his people, so I think he would definitely be helping them get to the docks! Given the fact that he could just winnow to the docks, that would be really unfair. In this world, I think he would be really OP because he’s also really fast and strong, and also HE HAS FREAKING WINGS BECAUSE HE’S ILLYRIAN. He would be able to dodge lots of the debris and overall not be affected by it even if it did hit him.

Annabeth is smart and logical and cool-minded when it comes to stressful situations like these. I think like Kady, she would have a really good chance of surviving. I definitely think she would try to help out as many people as she can like Kady did and make sure her loved ones are okay for sure. But I think for her, she would have the greater good mentality so she would risk herself to save the ones she loves instead of herself.

If it were them together, Rhysand and Annabeth would work so so well I think. They’re both logical and clever and really willing to help others to the best of their abilities. They would 100% both make it out alive if they worked together.

Stage Two: Aboard the Hypatia

In this stage of Illuminae, both characters are aboard the spacecraft Hypatia where the AI, known as AIDAN, has unleashed a deadly virus that has spread throughout the ship. The people are now somewhat zombies and no one is able to help unless the AI is destroyed.

Rhysand would be utterly confused because they have no such thing as computers in Prythian. So he would be really really confused. But I think he would be able to destroy AIDAN pretty easily tbh since he CAN JUST WINNOW. Okay, so let’s pretend winnowing isn’t possible. I think he would be able to get to the computer room, but he would end up getting sick because on the way he stopped to help one of the zombie people. Yup. I think he would die with the cause.

Annabeth would just be like up there man. I think her chances would be slightly less than that of Kady’s but I think she would be able to do everything faster aside from the hacking and programming parts. She would be able to befriend AIDAN really fast and overall realize he was tricking her a lot quicker. Therefore, she would be able to escape and meet back up with Percy Jackson the love of her life. *cues awwwww-ing*

Together, they would have a good chance of surviving. They got brains and brawn, but not so much computer genius skills. But I think they would be able to do the job quite successfully.

Stage Three: Aboard the Heimdall

Now onto the final stage… I know Gemina isn’t released yet, but I’ve read it mwahahaha. Anyways I’ll try not to spoil it but let’s just say it’s a lot of fighting and battle strategy. The Heimdall has been overrun with BeiTech dudes who are trying to kill everyone. And it’s up to the characters to stop it.

Ahhhh Rhysand. He would be done in a flash. Of course he has the disadvantage of being male and quite large thus not being able to be sneaky. But I feel he would be able to take down a bunch of BeiTech guys and maybe even figure out how to work a gun in the process.

Annabeth has got this hands down. With so many years of training at Camp Half Blood, fighting is in her bones. And as a daughter of Athena, she’s got that battle strategy well done. She would probably even make it out faster than Hannah Donnelly.

Together they would be unstoppable. One is the High Lord and mastermind of the Night Court. The other is smartest daughter of Athena in more than a century. They’ve undoubtedly got this.

Overall?

I think Annabeth would be more likely to survive the ordeals that the world of Illuminae offers. She’s much more similar and adept with modern technology and has got the fighting skills that Kady lacked. Definitely the survivor. (Sorry Rhys.)

Link round-up:

Maggie – http://thenovelorange.com/freaky-fiction-volume-one/

Kaeley – https://kliscruggs.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/freaky-fiction-round-1-team-sky-blue/

Recap: In Conversation YA Panel – August 27th (Brampton)

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Yesterday, I had the amazing opportunity to attend a YA panel at the Brampton Chapters. The authors in attendance included E.K. Johnston (A Thousand Nights and Exit, Pursued by a Bear), Roshani Chokshi (The Star-Touched Queen), Ryan Graudin (Blood for Blood), Lindsay Smith (Dreamstrider), and Leah Bobet (An Inheritance of Ashes). It was a panel in which they discussed questions and answers, and was also followed by a signing.

I arrived about half an hour before the panel started and saw lots of local bloggers already hanging out. And once again, not enough chairs lol. That’s alright though this time because not as many people showed up, so there was less people left standing for the duration of the panel and signing. I still would have appreciated more chairs…

I digress because I keep talking about chairs when it comes to these events. I bought Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston with a $25 gift card I won the previous night at the YA Trivia Event (possibly more on that in another post). Sadly, the only other novel I read by the authors was The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, and that I couldn’t really afford at this particular moment. I really hope to read all of the other novels the authors wrote, but my TBR is getting pretty long… One day.

For this event, E.K. Johnston acted as sort of the MC. I soon learned that she brought together this group of fabulous ladies for a writing retreat prior to this event in which they spent the whole week getting to know each other in real life. I found this really cool because all of the authors acted with relative ease around each other and constantly making jokes and stuff.

I also learned a bit more about each of their writing processes and how they got into writing:

  • E.K. Johnston got into it through fanfiction and Nanowrimo for multiple years until she found an editor and then an agent (yes, in that order). I also found out that she’s a binge writer where she can write a whole freaking book in two week. Talk about impressive!
  • Roshani Chokshi has kind of been writing her whole life. She’s very visual so she often makes a Pinterest board when starting a new writing project. Her journey to publication was pretty traditional where she sent out her manuscript for queries and eventually got a reply.
  • Ryan Graudin has also been writing her whole life. She has the most traditional writing style lol. She’s the type to write for six hours on end, everyday in order to get her ideas out and forming a book.
  • Lindsay Smith also has a pretty traditional writing style in the sense that she tries to write a certain amount of words per day after her full-time job.
  • Leah Bobet has been writing her whole life. In fact, before become a YA author, she used to write short stories in different places. I can’t quite remember her answer to this question lol.

Also, someone asked a question about who would they want to co-write with if given the opportunity:

  • Roshani and Ryan would co-write with Laini Taylor
  • E.K. Johnston would partner with Amie Kaufman just so that she can learn how to co-write lol.

Also, someone asked what Hogwarts house they would all be in:

  • Roshani is in Slytherin (honestly hard to believe because she’s such a cinnamon roll).
  • E.K. is a Hufflepuff and commented on how so many of her friends are Slyterins that she has some *Slytherin temdamcies*
  • Ryan is a Slytherin. 
  • Lindsay is a Slytherin. Someone thought she was a Hufflepuff at first and her face omg was hilarious. 
  • Leah is probably a Ravenclaw. I say probably because apparently she has never read Harry Potter. 

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Overall, it was a great event! I’m so glad E.K. Johnston put this event together because we Canadians hardly ever get events, and this one was definitely a great treat! It was loads of fun, and I hope another one happens again soon! Thank you for the opportunity to meet these amazing authors!

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Have you met any super awesome authors lately?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books in a Modern Setting


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Books with a X Setting.” I’ve chosen to talk about my 6 of my favourite books in a modern day setting!

1. Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry (X)

A quartet chroniclizing the story of  four couples, McGarry takes us on a heart-warming adventure through high school with some troubled but adorable characters! I recently finished this series and I absolutely love its depictions of modern day teens and high school!

2. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (X)

This debut novel features the modern day descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Watson as Charlotte and Jamie as they must solve a murder mystery that they’ve been framed for. With an amazing friendship and many little homages to the original duo, A Study in Charlotte is an amazing start to a trilogy of crime-solving friends! I read this one back in March when it first came out and I was absolutely blown away with the characters and how much they suddenly meant to me. Definitely a must-read for Sherlock fans!

3. The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry (X)

Recent highschool graduate, Natalie Cleary, discovers a whole new alternate world to her very own small town in Kentucky. She meets a boy named Beau who completely changes her life. Set in modern times, Natalie must navigate her way through her new finding and set things straight once and for all. I absolutely loved this novel! I couldn’t get enough of its slightly altered modern world setting! The chemistry between the two characters was amazing and utterly heartbreaking. 

4. The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia (X)

In the event where her boyfriend was murdered, Frankie couldn’t remember anything at all. Looking for a fresh start, she moves to the local public highschool and tries to become the person she wants to be and meets some awesome friends who help her along the way. I received an ARC of this last month and OMG it was amazing! It really shows the grittiness of the modern world and how doing the bad thing once can make it insanely hard to get rid of. 

5. Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston (X)

This book deals with the aftermath of a raping that happens to Hermione Winters one summer during highschool. It’s such a strong and powerful novel that hits the bullseye on rape in our current society. I definitely recommend this book to all young people out there because of its powerful message about rape and how well it was dealt with throughout the novel. 

6. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (X)

Simon Spier is a sixteen year old who was at the wrong place at the wrong time and now his private emails to an anonymous friend named Blue and their sexual identities could be known to the whole school without their permission. In this diverse novel, Simon tries to find out who Blue is, without jeopardizing both their faces unwillingly to the entire school. I loved loved loved this novel with its great LGBTIA representation, and cute and funny characters! Definitely recommend it if you re looking for a light and diverse read!

Have you read any of these novels? What are some of your favourite novels that take place in a modern setting? I’d love to hear them!


Book Review + My Story: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

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By: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Pages: 343
Published: July 31st, 2016
Published by: Little Brown UK
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Add HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD to Goodreads right here!

Okay, so how about we start with a bit of how much Harry Potter means to me and how I got into it? So, by the time I became a huge fan of Harry Potter, the seventh book was out and Deathly Hallows part two premiered over four months ago. A really sad afterthought as a new Harry Potter fan emerged. Thus, I never got to go to any of the midnight releases or showings. And then Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was announced and I was ecstatic of course.

But… what if I didn’t like it? I had months to preorder the goddamn book but I never could bring myself to get it. Then the night of the launch, I preordered it and went to one of the Midnight Magic parties Indigo was hosting and I was amazed. I finally got to go to a Harry Potter release party. It was something I never thought I would ever be able to do. But once I got the book, I started feeling a bit of dread to read the book TBH. I didn’t want to taint the world that I had grown up loving. So I pushed it off for a couple of days and then, I just read it.

And I’m so glad I did because it didn’t taint my love at all, it rekindled it. Thus, I rate Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with a 5 out of 5 stars because honestly I don’t know what I’d do without my children and their children. Amazing main characters man.

Albus and Scorpius were everything I wanted from Harry and Draco’s children. Challenging and different from their fathers. Their friendship was amazingly well written and one of the only things I disliked was how they never got together or admitted to any feelings BECAUSE THEIR CHEMISTRY WAS SO GOOD. I gotta admit though, before this book, I was a Scorose shipper, but now I can’t decide because SO MANY NEW CANON THINGS. Anyways their friendship was just about the best part of the book. They as individuals were amazing as well. I loved rebellious Albus and loyal Scorpius.

I also really liked being able to see the old characters, as well, older. Hermione and Ron were definitely spot on. And Draco as a good father was definitely a pleasant surprise. It really fits his character. Possibly he was the most accurate one. I was mostly upset with how they characterized Harry, making him a “bad” father to Albus and making him wish Albus didn’t exist? I don’t think that’s how Harry would react. He grew up as an orphan, so there’s absolutely no way he would treat his kids like that. Also he would never treat Professor McGonagall with such disrespect. But otherwise, I found that he was definitely alright, and back to his normal self.

The plot… the plot was alright. There’s not much I can say without spoiling it (I’ll probably make a discussion post for this), but it was a little far fetched at times. Let’s just say Time Turners man. At times, the rules were like completely ignored and the fact that it even existed was like wow. I’m just like *facepalms severely*. Also, we didn’t really get to see much of Hogwarts and the very essence of Harry Potter, so I feel I got a little cheated there. I did like it when they got separated because we got to learn more about the individual characters. We got to learn more about Scorpius on his individual quest, making him more of a three dimensional character rather than the shallow one fanfiction keeps making up. Speaking of fanfiction…

Final Verdict:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child did feel like fanfiction sometimes. Sometimes I felt that I should have been reading it on Ao3 or fanfiction.net for free, but in the end, I felt that it was worth the 5 stars because it brought me home. I hadn’t reread Harry Potter for the past 2 years, and I reread parts of it before reading this book, but I never felt really into it again. Cursed Child brought me back home with its wonderful new generation. I would suggest you definitely give it a try. Harry and the wizarding world will always be my home.

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Will you be reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

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Pokemon Go Tag

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Disclaimer: Pokemon Go belongs to Niantic and Nintendo, please don’t sue me.

 This tag and images were created by Aentee @ Read At Midnight!
Thank you Alexandra @ Literary Legionnaire for tagging me!

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Omgg I love all of the starters and I’m so glad I chose Charmander because the other two are much more common than Charmanders I find. I remember playing the earliest Pokemon games and making me choose made me cry lol.

Anyways, the book that started my love for reading was definitely Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan. I read them all in third grade and The Lost Hero as well. I still love love these books. Definitely a huge part of my childhood!

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Pikachu my loveeee. I grew up watching the Pokemon and Pikachu was definitely my favourite Pokemon in all the seasons other than Diamond and Pearl (because Piplup man). I still haven’t seen a Pikachu in Pokemon Go though…

An iconic classic that I’ll always love is Harry Potter. No matter what, I can’t get sick of the series. I will forever love the world that got me back into reading. Always.

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For me, it’s not Zubats that are common, it’s Drowzees. So many Drowzees. And I don’t mind them too much. They’re good for xp lol.

A book that I’ve lost interest in is anything by Cassandra Clare tbh. Whenever a new book by her comes out, everyone goes crazy and is talking about it. But honestly I read the Mortal Instruments, and the Infernal Devices, but I don’t understand what the big deal with it is.

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Awwww Ditto. One of my favourites.

The Pendragon series reminds me of so many other books, but I still love it because of the twists that it has on these tropes and how it was one of my favourite series growing up because of the huge, detailed world it took place in and the really cool adventures Bobby went on!

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I still haven’t caught a Snorlax either lol. But I do know someone who happens to have one with over 2000 CP. 😉

A book, and well it is a series too, that I have not started due to its size is Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin because it’s so damn long man. Like the first book is already 835 pages and there’s many more of them too. But I did promise people I’d start it soon, so…

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I don’t have a Gengar yet either, but I will definitely have one soon. I have a 800 CP Haunter so now I just gotta get more Ghastlys and I’ll be all set.

The Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry kept me up for several nights actually. And it didn’t help that they were school nights either. I need moreeeeee in this series. They are so cute man, y’all need to read it.

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Omgg I have a Nidoking, I’m close to a Nidoqueen as well. They are such cute Pokemon.

Some of my bookish OTPs are Percabeth, Hinny, Dramione, Scorbus, Doraelin, and Feyrhys. They all make me so happy and giddy omg.

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Omg Rapidash. My beautiful Pokemon child. Rapidash is always on my team when I’m playing the originals because man, what a beautiful Pokemon.

Firey, and fast-paced reads hmm? Illuminae, and Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are pretty fast paced reads. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro and The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie are fast paced reads as well. I love all those books to death.

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Eevee is one of my favourite Pokemon. So cute. I haven’t gotten an evolution of Eevee yet, though.

I will forever love Harry Potter as I said before, so I will never stop loving spin-offs for it. I loved Cursed Child to be completely honest with you. And I would absolutely love a Marauder’s backstory. Or just anything more in the wizarding world.

 

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Magikarps are absolutely ridiculously rare in my area seeing as I do not live with water near by. However, I do know that I could get some if I really wanted to travel downtown.

For this one, I’m going to have to say that A Study in Charlotte, and Throne of Glass impressed me immensely. I started reading both because I was looking for something fun and I didn’t expect it to be as awesome as it is. Which is to say that they are really good.

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The Wrath and The Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. I’ve heard really great things about it, and I’m really excited to read it… soon, whenever that may be lol.

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Mew is my fave. I remember the glitch back in Pokemon Yellow that you can use to get him and man… I just kept getting more and more Mews lol.

I don’t really have a collector’s edition that I want, but I would like to have my books in hardback rather than paperback. If I get a wish, I’d like that.

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I’ve hatched like 50 eggs so far, and the best things I’ve gotten include a Charmander, and a Tangala. I wish I would stop getting Pidgeys.

A debut book that I’m excited for is Timekeeper by Tara Sim, and Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I’ve heard really good things about both of them and really like the premises.

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Autobuy authors include: Rick Riordan, Susan Dennard, and J.K. Rowling. I don’t have very many because I often need to read it before I know I will like it.

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The server used to be down for me ALLLL the time, and I don’t even know why lol.

A book release that I’ve been waiting forever for is Heartless by Marissa Meyer. When I got the ARC of it back in March, I read it immediately and now it feels like no time has gone by and I’m still waiting for its release so I can talk more about it lol.


Tagging:

Sondra @ Sorcery in the Bookshelves

Wren @ The Litaku

Althea @ Girls That Read

…and you!

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Do you play Pokemon Go? What’s your favourite Pokemon?

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ARC Review: Spells and Sorcery by S. Usher Evans

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By: S. Usher Evans
Pages: 386
Published: October 4th, 2016
Published by: Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing
Format: e-ARC
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Synopsis:

You have magic.

One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I’m not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing.

Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb–she’s magical.

Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he’ll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her.

Add SPELLS AND SORCERY to Goodreads right here!

Disclaimer: I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

Okay when I heard Sush was creating a YA novel with magic, I knew it was going to be the best thing ever. Why? Because her politics and world buildings are absolutely amazing and definitely continue to shine in her new trilogy with Lexie! Her characters and settings were really damn realistic. I loved Spells and Sorcery and rate it with a 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Let’s start off with Lexie. So Lexie is a fourteen year old girl trying to navigate the ruthless thing called high school just like me. But unlike me, on her fifteenth birthday she discovers that she has magic and blows some stuff up. She’s a great character because every step in her discovery of magic, I felt as if I was there, no, I WAS there asking the same questions as her and trying to figure out this new power she had. Lexie was a super relatable character to me and amazingly well-written, as was the other characters in the novel. I just loved the dynamics she had with her sisters and aunt, and mentor, Gavon.

Also, I absolutely love Sush’s world building and rules. This novel is completely different from all of her other ones, and I think she did a fantastic job in creating a new world with laws for itself. I especially loved how the magical system was revealed and built upon throughout the novel. I found it super interesting that not everyone had magic and even if you did, you would only have one of the many types. It differs greatly from what was created in Harry Potter.

The only problem I had with this novel was the pacing of the novel, as well as the plot. To me, it started off really slow and not a lot was happening in the first half of the novel. Of course, I understand that Lexie was trying to learn and control her powers, but I would have appreciated more action in the first half. Also, to me the plot/twist seemed apparent to me early on in the novel, my theory wasn’t completely correct, but I was right on some key points nonetheless. I still really enjoyed the ending because now I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in the next novel!

Final Verdict:

Spells and Sorcery was a grand ride of an ordinary teen who discovers that she has magic. We get to learn all about coming of age, and a whole new magical world that you can discover. I highly recommend you read this novel if you love fantasy, and everything magical because this might just make your mind go “poof”.

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Will you be reading Spells and Sorcery?

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