Magic is waiting for you around every corner…all you have to do is turn the page!
This gives me chills…I will always remember ❤
We all knew it was just a matter of time before I wrote about Harry Potter, so here it goes:
Harry Potter isn’t just a book series, or a set of movies, it’s a way of life. Anytime I see a snowy owl, a pair of round spectacles, or hear the tinkling sound of the music on the Harry Potter film score, I get all giddy inside. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or where you live, Harry Potter is a gift to be treasured by all.
I’m not going to waste time writing a summary of the series (we all know about these books from one source or another). What I am going to do is take a moment to share with you all the sense of rightness I (and everyone should) feel when I read, watch, or even think about, Harry Potter.
Harry Potter has always been, and will always continue to be, the perfect escape. No matter what kind of chaos or stress is happening in your own life, escaping to the world in which Harry and his friends live just seems to make everything better. Hogwarts is a place where owls deliver messages, objects fly at the flick of a wand, the right ingredients can make a potion that will grant you extreme luck, staircases change at random, portraits move, and secret corridors exist. But most importantly, Hogwarts is a place where best friends and fond memories are made.
Anytime I pick up one of the Harry Potter books, I am instantly transported into the world of witches and wizards. And every time it feels like returning home. My life would feel incomplete—no, scratch that, my life would feel flat out wrong— if I couldn’t search the Marauder’s Map for signs of Filch and Mrs. Norris, battle a dragon in the Triwizard Tournament, or listen to Moaning Myrtle weep in the girl’s lavatory on the first floor of the castle. I am forever grateful to J.K. Rowling for creating such a place for me to visit again and again ❤
That’s it. That’s all I’m going to say on the matter, because there is nothing that I might ever say that could actually do justice to the magic of Harry Potter.
“All was well.”
“After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” –Albus Dumbledore
“Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia is a paranormal teen book that has gotten RAVE reviews…and I just don’t get it. While I did actually somewhat enjoy reading this book, it was a bit tedious. This entire series has great potential to be a phenomenal supernatural story, but due to the over explaining of EVERYTHING, it misses the mark. Each book could be summed up in about 300 pages verses the 600+.
Ethan Wate lives in the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina, smack in the middle of the Bible Belt, where nothing out of the ordinary ever happens. And he hates every minute of it. With his mother’s recent death, and his father’s evasion of life since the accident, Ethan’s only companions are his best friend Link, and his superstitious nanny, Amma—a “Seer” who can see the future and contact the spirits of her deceased family.
When Lena Duchannes arrives in Gatlin to live with her eccentric uncle, Macon Ravenwood (the notorious recluse), the town gets a little shaken up. Of course, the snooty debutant-type girls at school automatically hate this not-so-prissy-prim-and-proper new comer and label her a freak, doing everything in their power to make her life a living hell. Little do they know, they weren’t that far off the mark—Lena and her family are Castors (universally known as witches).
For months before Lena actually arrived in Gatlin, Ethan had been dreaming about her—literally. So naturally, he’s immediately obsessed with the girl and learns all about her not-so-normal life. In the Castor world of Kami Garcia’s books, Castors’ powers are claimed by the moon for either the light or the dark upon your Sixteenth birthday, and Lena is terrified of going dark, like her mother.
Of course there is an entire past legend/mystery that unfolds, linking Ethan’s life and ancestors to Lena’s. A new drama develops every few chapters or so, such as Lena’s “dark” cousin Ridley (who is a Siren) showing up and seducing Ethan’s best friend Link, persuading him to do her bidding with each suck of her lollipop. No, really…a lollipop. It’s not a dirty metaphor for anything.
Again, I didn’t entirely hate this series. It has serious cool potential and characters…this quote is one of my favorite descriptions of Lena Duchannes: (She’s sounds like a badass chic that I could totally get along with.)
“She was wearing a purple T-shirt, with a skinny black dress over it that made you remember how much of a girl she was, and trashed black boots that made you forget.”
There is also a touch of snark and wit here and there in the novels, which I appreciated:
“If a girl says not to get her a birthday present that means get me a birthday present and make sure it’s jewelry.”
Thus, to end my rant, I will say that if you have HOURS of your life to waste, go ahead and pick up “Beautiful Creatures” and give it a whirl…it’s not completely terrible. But if you are like me, and have the attention span of a ferret, skip this one and read something a little more stimulating. (If you need recommendations, just ask! I have them coming out the wazoo!)
Alas, the movie was the same as the book…it took WAY too long to end! I was intrigued for about the first 30 minutes or so, but then I found myself becoming bored and restless. There just doesn’t need to be that much extra “stuff” to get the point of the story across.
*The horrible southern accents were quite entertaining, though 😛