Sunday, 31 July 2011

In My Mailbox (#22)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren.

Again, not too much this week, which is probably a good thing, because I'm a little behind on reviews.


For Review:
Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens
Lottie Biggs is (Not) Tragic (Lottie Biggs #3) by Hayley Long (haven't started this series yet, but it looks great!)

Won: 
Daimon (Covenant #0.5) by J. L. Armentrout (with lots of cool swag too, thanks Jennifer!)
The letter with the silly bands is from J. F. Jenkins, author of The Legend of the Oceina Dragon, and she was kind enough to send everyone who entered her competition a personalised letter - thanks so much! :)

That's it for me this week! I also got another Law textbook, but looking at it makes me want to cry, so I didn't bother taking a photo :P. What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Many thanks to Quirk Publishing, Jennifer Laurens, Macmillan, J. L. Armentrout and J. F. Jenkins.

Friday, 29 July 2011

Review: Forbidden by Jana Oliver

Forbidden (The Demon Trappers #2) by Jana Oliver
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Released: August 5th 2011
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Riley's beginning to think being a demon trapper isn't all it's cracked up to be. Her dad's been stolen by a necromancer, her boyfriend's gone all weird and she's getting warm and fuzzy feelings for someone who's seriously bad news. It's tempting to give it all up and try to be normal, but that's not an option. Because the demons have plans for Riley. And they're not the only ones. (from Goodreads)

Forbidden was fast-paced, thrilling and a great follow up to Forsaken, and possibly my favourite “second-in-a-series” of the year. In this book, Riley has to deal with a lot; after the demon attack that takes the lives of several of her fellow trappers and hospitalises her boyfriend Simon, Riley doesn’t think things can get much worse. How very wrong she is. First Simon starts acting all weird, then she’s accused of working with Hell, her guardian-slash-friend-slash-eternal-bane-of-her-existence Beck is set on shipping her out to her aunt in Fargo, and to top it all off, the mysterious freelance demon hunter Ori isn’t letting her out of his sight, and Riley’s starting to have thoughts about him that Heaven wouldn’t be too pleased about. But worst of all, Riley’s dad is still out there somewhere, illegally re-animated, and Riley is determined to find him and let him rest in peace. But finding him is proving to be more difficult than it first seemed, and Riley has other important things on her to-do list – like saving the world.

One thing I really liked about Forbidden was that I felt that, even among all the demons and the angels and hunters, it seemed very real. Riley was a very believable teenager – both in this book and in Forsaken – she got angry, she got jealous, she got impatient and she did a lot of stupid things that any teenager with raging hormones and an authority complex would do.  Sure, there were times where I was mentally screaming at her to think about what she was doing, but to me, that just proved how emotionally invested I was in these characters – because if I didn’t care about them, why would I care about what they did? I really liked Riley, and I think her grief and stress clouded her judgment at times, which is why she did a few things that perhaps were unwise. Even so, I was rooting for her the whole time, and I loved her ferocious attitude and her determination to save her dad (I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I really don’t like those “damsel in distress” type heroines that faint whenever something remotely serious happen – which is why I liked Riley so much, because she was the complete opposite).

Another thing I liked about Forbidden was Riley’s best friend, Peter. He played a slightly bigger role in this book, and I really enjoyed reading about him – he was a lot more daring than he was previously, and a lot funnier than before – some of his lines were hilarious! He was also a really great friend to Riley and helped her out whenever he could, whether it be with her boyfriend troubles (I always knew there was something about that Simon I didn’t like) or with her demon troubles (and there were a lot of them), which I think was good of him, because a lot of people would have steered clear from the dangerous world of demons and demon trapping.

However, possibly my favourite thing about Forbidden was the return of Beck. He was definitely my favourite character, and I loved the little snippets that were from his point of view – Riley could be really harsh to him sometimes, and I think sometimes she forgot that she wasn’t the only one grieving about her dad; Beck missed Paul just as much as she did, and all he was trying to do was protect her like her dad would have wanted. It was interesting to read about his internal struggle too – on the outside he was this brash, confident guy that made a lot of jokes and eyed up a lot of women, but inside he was worrying constantly about Riley and trying to decide what his feelings for her meant. I liked reading about his reactions whenever Riley mentioned Ori or Simon – he didn’t think much of either of them, and even if he wouldn’t admit it, it was clear why – even the Masters (head demon trappers) could tell. Of course, he wasn’t all serious and had his funny moments too – and any guy who can admit to loving Taylor Swift, and who can sing along to her songs, is all right with me ;).

Something that surprised me about Forbidden was how much I came to like Mort, a necromancer that had previously been after Riley’s dad’s body. Mort always liked to do things the legal way, so when he heard that Riley’s dad was stolen, he helped her try to find him, no questions asked, and risked a lot to get info for her. He just seemed like a genuinely nice person, with an intriguing back-story, and I’m hoping we get to see a lot more of him in the next book!

For those of you who like mystery, I say only this: Forbidden is full of it. Whether it’s the whole what-the-frigging-heck-is-going-on-with Ori thing or whether it’s the what-on-Earth-are-Heaven-and-Hell-up-to debate, you will be left wondering about a lot of things. By the end, some information (but not all) is revealed, and I can guarantee the first thing your brain will do is go “bfbhhfdjhjdnxng...I need the next book!” That’s what happened to me. I can’t wait until Forgiven is released!

Overall, Forbidden was an excellent addition to The Demon Trappers series, and has left me eagerly anticipating the sequel. For anyone who enjoyed the first book, this is a must read, and I also recommend the series for fans of urban fantasy and for people who like their heroines with a bit more mettle than in your average YA.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #22

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin
Released: September 27th 2011

Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.
(from Goodreads)

I know most people are probably waiting on this, but seriously, you have no idea how much I want to read this book. Every review I see just makes me want it more. And the cover! Look at the cover! It mocks me with its prettiness. And it just screams "read me". I need to read this book! Before I go crazy. 

Ahem. So, what are you waiting on this week? :)

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Teaser Tuesdays #3



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Check out her blog for the rules :).

My teaser:
If he was caught, he'd be expelled, exiled to darkest Illinois with his unglued mother.
"Are you insane?"
"Of course."
~ p197, Forbidden (The Demon Trappers #2) by Jana Oliver
I just finished reading this, and I loved it! This was one of my favourite lines :).

Monday, 25 July 2011

Review: Reckless by Cornelia Funke

Reckless (Reckless #1) by Cornelia Funke
Publisher: Chicken House
Released: July 4th 2011
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

For years, Jacob Reckless has been secretly disappearing to another world, a world behind a mirror, a world for which his father abandoned his family. The mirror world is Jacob's escape from reality. It's a place for treasure hunts and magnificent quests. A world where witches haunt the forests and giants and dwarfs roam. A world locked in a deadly war.

Jacob's secret seems safe, until one day his younger brother Will follows him, with disastrous consequence. Faced with a curse that is quickly turning Will to stone, the Reckless brothers are thrust into a race against time to find a cure before Will is lost forever.

Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, master storyteller Cornelia Funke introduces a lush, enchanting world where fantasy meets reality.Reckless is a thrilling adventure, a tale of heroism and loyalty, filled with danger, mystery, and magic--with fairy tales and legends re-imagined as never before.
(from Goodreads)

When Jacob Reckless is twelve years old, he discovers that the mirror in his father’s office is not just a mirror – it is the entrance to the strange and mysterious Mirrorworld, a world that is completely different to our own, and one in which Jacob’s father has disappeared into forever. Twelve years later, Jacob is spending more time behind the mirror than in his own world, and one day his younger brother Will follows him through the glass and everything changes. Now it’s up to Jacob to save Will before it’s too late – because Will is transforming into a Goyl, a stone creature with no compassion for humans. With the help of Clara, Will’s girlfriend, and Fox, Jacob’s most trusted friend, Jacob must trek through the most dangerous parts of the Mirrorworld, bargain with untrustworthy dwarves and return to a place he turned his back on in order to save his brother, before Will forgets about everyone he loves all together.

Reckless was what I call an engrossing read – I was sucked into the story almost immediately, and I was fascinated by the descriptions of the Mirrorworld – I felt like I was really a part of this new and magical world, and I loved the way Cornelia Funke incorporated all the different fairytales into the story (the scene with the Gingerbread House was fantastic).  One of my favourite parts was learning about all the treasure hunts Jacob had gone on in the past to find mystical objects such as the golden tree and Rapunzel’s hair. It was so interesting to read about Jacob in the Mirrorworld, because he was very well-known there, and it appeared that he felt more at home in the Mirrorworld than in the place he actually grew up.

Jacob was an intriguing character. He seemed to love his brother, but their relationship was very strained because Jacob would disappear for months at a time into the Mirrorworld, leaving Will all alone. So when Will was attacked, I was very curious to see how far Jacob would be willing to go for his brother – and far he went indeed. He wasn’t very good at showing his feelings, but he did go through a lot to save Will; even when everyone else had given up, Jacob refused to let his brother go, even though he was tempted to. Jacob was, however, quite a reserved character, and he wasn’t very likeable – don’t get me wrong, I didn’t dislike him, but he seemed very cut off and didn’t show a lot of emotion, so I had trouble connecting with him. I loved all his scenes with Fox though; Fox was so devoted to him and so afraid that he would get hurt that she got angry or upset whenever he considered doing anything dangerous. I took an immediate liking to her; it was clear that she liked Jacob as more than friends, and I could easily sympathise with her whenever she got jealous or sad. I wish we had found out more about Fox’s background – there were little snippets here and there that I really enjoyed reading about, but most of her past was left a mystery. Hopefully this will be explored more in the next book, Restless.

Clara was another very interesting character. She loved Will, but unlike him, she was very aware of her surroundings, and picked up on a lot of things that Will missed.  She seemed to be strong, smart and self-sufficient, but she knew how much danger they were all in, and had to rely on Jacob a lot to protect them all, which forged a bond between them that created a lot of confused feelings and awkward moments. Like Jacob, however, Clara was willing to go through anything for Will, and became increasingly distraught as Will slowly lost his humanity. The only problem I had was that I found Clara and Will’s relationship to be a bit forced because we got no information on either of the two characters before they entered the Mirrorworld – all we found out about them was that they met at the hospital Clara worked at. Will’s character was very lacking because we never discovered anything about him when he was human – we only got to see him as he was transforming into a Goyl and even then we barely found out anything about his past or personality, which made him very difficult to relate to. Nevertheless, I was curious enough about the story to over look this, and I did really enjoy the book, especially the ending which I thought was done very, very well.

Overall, Reckless was a fascinating read that captured my interest very early on in the story, and despite the characters, who were a little hard to connect to, I really enjoyed the novel and I’m also looking forward to the sequel, Restless. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy and fairytales, or to anyone who likes reading about an escape into a magical world.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

In My Mailbox (#21)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren.

I apologise for the quality of the photo, I tried taking it from multiple angles but the stupid light kept getting in the way, so the whole thing looks washed out and rubbish. Ah well, there aren't that many books this week anyway. Here we go:



For Review:
Wither (The Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefano
Forbidden (The Demon Trappers #2) by Jana Oliver
He's So Not Worth It (He's So/She's So Trilogy #2) by Kieran Scott
From NetGalley:
The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4) by Julie Kagwa (finished this - it was amazing)

Bought:
Letters to a Law Student by Nicholas J. McBride (so you could say I broke my book buying ban to get this, but technically, I didn't, a] because it's educational reading I have to do if I have any hope of getting into university {if you've noticed, yes, I am freaking out about university applications} and b] because my parents actually bought it for me ;].  So yay, fun stuff here...not)

Won:
Legend of the Oceina Dragon (The Dragons Saga #1) by J. F. Jenkins (I won this from J. F. Jenkins's blog - thanks so much! :])

And that's it for this week! What did you get in your mailboxes?

Many thanks to Bookbabblers, HarperCollins, Macmillan, J. F. Jenkins, my parents (:P), NetGalley & Harlequin Teen.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1) by Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Headline
Released: November 11th 2010
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.
(from Goodreads)

I’m gonna be straight with you – The Body Finder was a book that simultaneously drew me in and severely creeped me out. I did really like this book, not only because I liked the characters and the plot, but because it was so different - but I do have to say, the chapters from the killer’s point of view actually scared me (maybe because I was reading alone at night, which was not the best of ideas), so much so that I had to get out of bed, double check everything was locked, close my curtains so there was absolutely no gap and make sure the door was completely shut. And even then I couldn’t sleep :P. The chapters just seemed so real, and even though I was repulsed I felt like I had to keep reading. It seriously freaked me out. I woke up with bags under my eyes looking like I’d just crawled out of a horror movie...

Violet was an interesting character. I wish we’d learnt more about where her “power” came from, but apart from that I thought she was fleshed out and quite believable. I was impressed by her ability to deal with all the things she’d found – if I had seen some of the things she had, I’d have locked myself in my room for weeks on end and would’ve refused to speak to anyone. Violet, however, dealt with it by focussing her horror and anger on catching the killer, which I thought was brave (though some of her actions weren’t the smartest – you can’t just be walking into men’s bathrooms and confronting killers, Violet! People don’t do that!). I also found some of her thoughts on Jay and all the girls that followed him around pretty damn funny, and I loved reading about her when she was angry because she came up with the funniest things!

I also really liked Jay; he was so sweet, yet at the same time oozed this sexiness I can’t really explain, and you could tell he really cared for Violet and worried about her; I think it was obvious to everyone except Violet that he liked her as more than just a friend. I really loved how Violet and Jay were actually friends before, though, because it meant they knew each other well and could actually talk and be there for one another – there was none of this “Oh damsel whose name I do not yet know, our fated destiny doth bring us together this day, let us be together henceforth and loveth each other eternal!” or whatever (basically, no “insta-love”) that I’ve really come to dislike in YA. I felt like their relationship actually had a basis, which was a refreshing change from a relationship where two people being in some kind of trouble/danger was the only common point between them. The only thing I disliked about Jay is I felt he could be a bit demanding at times, which didn’t sit well with me.

I also really liked some of Violet’s friends; they were minor characters, but people like Claire and Chelsea really did make me laugh. Plotwise, I suspected part of the outcome, but I didn’t see all of it, so there was a great element of mystery in the novel. You really felt the increased panic, as more and more girls were abducted; there was this heightened sense of urgency to find out what was going on. I really enjoyed the suspense, and half the time my thoughts consisted of “hnvghfgjhffg!!!!!”

Overall, The Body Finder was a very enjoyable read and I hope to read the sequel, Desires of the Dead, very soon. Hopefully next time I’ll have the sense to read the book in open daylight – I don’t think I can afford to lose any more sleep...

Friday, 22 July 2011

Winners!


Time to announce the winners of the Harry Potter Week giveaways! I'd first like to thank everyone who took part in the week - I hope you enjoyed yourself! :) Now for the winners:

Winner of the wand: Lux @ The Paperback Heart!

Winner of the Character Letter: Carrie @ In the Hammock Book Reviews!

Winner of The Ultimate Harry Potter: Cass @ Words on Paper!

Winner of the Dobby key chain: Kate @ Nothing Too Fancy!

Congrats to all the winners! I hope you enjoy your prizes :)

All winners have been contacted

Thursday, 21 July 2011

International Covers #2

International Covers in a kind of irregular feature on the blog where I take a look at some covers from around the world! 

Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt
Released in UK: July 4th 2011
Find it on Goodreads
                                    
                              US                             vs                         UK

I quite like both of these covers but I think the UK one is my favourite. I prefer the colouring, and I like the font better, and I also really like the heart shape over the model's head. I also prefer the placement of the author's name. I do like the little doodles on the blackboard in the US cover though, they're quite cute!

Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Released in UK: June 7th 2011
Find it on Goodreads

                               US                                                      UK

                                                         French

                           Australian                                            German


My favourite of these has got to be the Australian one. I love flowers and how they sort of fade in the background - very pretty. I also quite like the German cover; I like the butterflies and the silhouette on the wall is really cool. I really don't like the US cover though, it looks too aggressive and weird and doesn't appeal to me at all, and the UK cover also kinda freaky  - the picture looks really awkward and I don't know, it just sort of creeps me out.

Which covers are your favourites? Any you don't like?

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #21

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly even hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls 5) by Ally Carter
March 20th 2012
Find it on Goodreads

The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers months have passed, her memory is a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and dirt under her nails. All she wants is to go home. But even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers as Cammie and her friends face their most difficult challenge yet. With only their training and a few clues to guide them, the girls go in search of answers on the other side of the world. But the Circle is hot on their trail and will stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer. (from Goodreads)

I don't think I've ever mentioned this before, but I am a HUGE fan of Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series. Huge fan. I love it so much. And I have been waiting for some info on the fifth book for soooo long. I was so excited when we got a title and summary, and now we have a (possible) cover too! I can't wait! I have to say, though - could that summary be any more vague? It barely reveals anything! It's such a tease - I want to read this book so badly, and the summary just makes me even  more curious :P. 

Anyway, that's enough rambling from me, what are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Review: Rockoholic by C. J. Skuse

Rockoholic by C. J. Skuse
Publisher: Chicken House
Released: March 7th 2011
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Jody loves Jackson Gatlin. At his only UK rock concert, she’s right at the front. But when she's caught in the crush and carried back stage she has more than concussion to contend with. Throw in a menacing manager, a super-wired super-star, and a curly-wurly, and she finds herself taking home more than just a poster. It’s the accidental kidnapping of the decade. But what happens if you’ve a rock-god in your garage who doesn’t want to leave? Jody’s stuck between a rock-idol and a hard place!

From the pen of C.J. Skuse, author of last year’s super cool debut Pretty Bad Things, comes a tale of rock star obsession gone nuts. Hilariously and sharply explores the fantasy and reality of celebrity obsession through a teenager’s eyes. C. J. Skuse has been billed as the new Nick Hornby for teens.
(from Goodreads)

Rockoholic is one of the funniest books I’ve read in a very long time. This book had the ability to make me laugh out loud at three in the morning – I had to stuff a pillow over my face to stop myself from waking anyone up! And when you’re sitting in your bedroom with a book in one hand, clasping a pillow to your face with the other and laughing yourself silly, this can only mean that you’ve just read a very, very good book.

Jody, our main character, was what I can only described as completely and utterly obsessed with rock star called Jackson, the lead singer of the band “The Regulators”. And by obsessed, I mean obsessed – she was fanatical. She kissed his posters goodnight, she was vegetarian because she read that Jackson was a vegetarian, she collected zebra toys because she saw that Jackson liked zebras on a Wikipedia article, she read Stephen King novels because Jackson once said he liked them and she believed that one day they’d meet, fall in love and get married– it was crazy! I have to admit, at the beginning, I thought she was quite immature for her age because she had such unrealistic fantasies. But there’s no denying that her whole obsession was just hilarious – I have no idea how Jody’s best friend Mac put up with it all! Especially when it led to Jody accidentally kidnapping Jackson himself. Yes, you read that right. Jody was now stuck with a rockstar in her garage, who not only refused to go back to his band, but refused to leave Jody at all! How did she get herself into such a pickle? All I’m saying is that I can never look at a Curly Wurly (one of the most delicious chocolate bars England has to offer) in the same way ever again.

One thing about Rockoholic that I really loved was that it was very English. There were a lot of references to English culture, for example supermarkets and TV shows (oh, Jeremy Kyle), and there was quite a lot of Brit-slang as well, that Jackson, who was an American rockstar, certainly found hard to understand. I never thought the American-English language barrier could ever be so funny, but it was! The looks of confusion on Jackson’s face when he didn’t understand something Jody or Mac had said almost brought tears to my eyes, it was that funny! Oh, you’ll see what I mean if you read this book (which you totally should). I’m laughing just thinking about it...

Another thing I really liked was the way the characters developed.  I liked Jody from the beginning, despite her obsession, because she was quite sarcastic and funny, but also a very kind person. She was still mourning the loss of her granddad, who she loved a lot, and so was understandably very confused sometimes, and didn’t know what to do, or which path in life was right for her.  I felt a little sorry for her because Jody always felt like she could never compare to her sister Halley, who was the “golden child” of the family. Jackson was much the same; as a jaded rockstar who’d fallen from the pedestal everyone put him on, he too was confused about what he should do with his life. But both Jody and Jackson changed a lot in this book, and they overcame a lot of problems together (it’s amazing how this novel could be so hilarious and yet quite moving at the same time). By the end of the story, Jody was no longer the immature fangirl she used to be, and I grew to love her even more. Jackson was also no longer an unhappy, spoilt brat, and I think being with Jody and Mac helped him so much – he even started playing with Cree, Mac’s little sister, which was a huge change for him. He was actually a lot wiser than I first expected him to be, and was able to help Jody with a few of her problem as well as finally sorting out his own. Even Mac worked up to courage to change a few things in his life, and I have to say, Mac was one of my favourite characters. He was quirky, funny, and very loveable, and was always willing to help Jody, even when it was with something as crazy as looking after a kidnapped celebrity – he truly was the best friend a girl could have.

The ending of Rockoholic was just perfect in my opinion, and though everything was wrapped up, I was really sad to see these characters go. I had grown really attached to Jody, Jackson and Mac – they were all people I could relate to in some way, and I think I’m really gonna miss them.

Overall, I loved Rockholic – it was a fun, light, wonderful book with a heart-warming underlying message, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good summer read, or for anyone who just feels like laughing their head off.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Review: Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson

Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson
Publisher: Orchard Books
Released: June 2nd 2011
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.

This is not her story.

Unless you count the part where I killed her.

Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison's condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can't explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori -- the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that's impossible. Right?
(from Goodreads)

Ultraviolet turned out to be very different to how I thought it’d be. I knew the book was about a girl called Alison with synesthesia, a condition that allows a person to see sounds and taste words, but if I’m honest, I didn’t expect the story to be half as compelling as it was! Right from the very first page I was hooked, and by around page 25, I knew I was going to be reading this book in one sitting (which I did – I was up ‘til 5am reading this one!).

The condition Alison had, synesthesia, was fascinating in itself. The descriptions of the things she saw were so rich and eloquent that I felt almost envious of Alison’s colours and sounds and her ability to actually taste lies. I think R. J. Anderson really paid attention to detail when illustrating Alison’s experiences, and it definitely showed because I was unable to put the book down. However, the downside of Alison’s condition was that she was extra-sensitive to everything, which could send her into what the doctors referred to as a “psychotic episode”, which was the reason she was admitted to Pine Hills in the first place. Alison had been aware she was different since she was six years old, but was too afraid to tell anyone in case they thought she was crazy and took her away. Alison’s worst fears, however, came to life, as her own mother had her put in Pine Hills institute after Alison came home one day with blood on her hands, muttering things that couldn’t possibly be true. Now Alison was stuck in Pine Hills, alone, scared and left wondering how she ended up covered in blood.

I really enjoyed getting to know Alison. She was a great character and the way she perceived things was so intriguing to me. It was so strange to see that Alison’s experiences of everyday objects were completely different to that of the average person – something that I may find trivial or boring, Alison would find completely exhilarating, and I loved reading about her personal responses to the things she saw or heard or tasted. It gave great insight into the way Alison’s mind worked, and we got to see the differences in her thought processes, as well as finding out that Alison actually loved the way her brain interpreted things – the thought of her “colours” being taken away from her was a horrifying one. Alison could also be pretty funny, and was clearly intelligent as she was able to look back at her previous actions in retrospect and realise all the things she had done wrong. I felt so sorry for Alison; she was in a place where she couldn’t help but question her sanity, and she didn’t know when, or if, she would be allowed to leave. At first she tried to avoid talking to other people, but she soon realised that she actually had a lot in common with the patients she so wanted to distance herself from.

The other patients at Pine Hills were also very interesting characters. Kirk, a boy diagnosed with bipolar disorder, was especially so. I didn’t know what to think of him. He could be hilarious at times, and then downright mean at others, and though his apologies seemed sincere, I just couldn’t tell what he was really thinking. I really wanted to find out more about him, but he didn’t play much of a role towards the end of the novel. Another character who intrigued me was Sanjay. Was he really “crazy”? He definitely seemed to be, but then he also seemed to be quite perceptive and lucid. It was a shame we didn’t get to discover more about him either.

One problem I did have was that I didn’t find the romance between Alison and Faraday, a scientist, very convincing. The circumstances just seemed too odd for them to develop a relationship and things happened too quickly for my liking. And while I liked Faraday as a character, I had a hard time seeing him as a love interest for Alison and vice versa. However, this is probably the only thing I had trouble believing as the book generally felt very realistic, especially at the beginning.

This was until, however, the last few chapters of the book, where realism went completely down the drain. There was a huge twist that I didn’t see coming, where everything I thought I knew before was completely tossed out of the window. Things turned quite dramatic and there was a sense of urgency building up that made me want to turn each page even faster than I’d been doing before. And the ending, while resolved, was left open, and I’m really hoping for a sequel so we can see what happens next!

Overall, Ultraviolet was an excellent, unpredictable and very engaging read, and I’d definitely read the next book should the author ever choose to write one. I’d recommend this to anyone interested in unusual conditions, such as synesthesia, or perhaps for anyone who enjoyed the first book in the Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong. Supernatural stuff aside, there’s a similar vibe as both books involve troubled teens being treated for mental illnesses.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

In My Mailbox (#20)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren.

Before I show you the books I got this week, I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in Harry Potter Week! Thank you so much for your comments and for supporting the girls and I, we really appreciate it :).

And now for the books! It's gonna be images this week (I put my books away before I took the photo...), but hopefully I'll remember to get the camera out next week! :P




For Review:
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Envy by Gregg Olsen
Glee: Summer Break by Sophia Lowell
Brimstone by Allan Skinner (I got two copies of this, so look out for a giveaway soon!)
POD by Stephen Wallenfels (mine has the ARC cover)
From NetGalley:
The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen
Eve by Anna Carey
From Simon & Schuster Galley Grab:
Sacrifice by Laura Burns & Melinda Metz (I have the first book in this series on my TBR pile, so I thought I'd grab this one too)

Gift:
Truth & Dare by various authors (from Luisa @ Chicklish, thanks so much!)

That's it for me this week! Posts will be back to normal from tomorrow, and I'll be commenting more regularly too. Which books did you get this week?

Many thanks to Bookbabblers, Chicklish, Templar, dubit, Simon & Schuster and NetGalley & its publishers

Harry Potter Week: Goodbye, Harry


Harry Potter. The Boy Who Lived. The Chosen One. He has many names, but to me, Harry is more than just a character from a book – he’s a friend I’ve grown up with and learnt with and laughed with. He’s a friend I’ve cried with and mourned with and fought alongside. I’ve been reading the Harry Potter series since I was eight years old and it’s been a huge part of my childhood. I remember the Christmas I got the boxset of books 1-4, and I remember reading each one, thinking to myself “this is the best series I’ve ever read”. I still think that. I remember going out at the crack of dawn to buy the new books the day they were released, and I remember reading them, non-stop until I was finished. I remember chatting about them with my friends the next day, with an excited gleam in my eye. I remember theorising what crazy things would happen next. I remember making a Harry Potter website in year 8 for my ICT project. I remember making a HP magazine too. I remember starting a Dumbledore’s Army club at school, and I remember getting sorted and passing my OWLs and playing Quidditch with a basketball and some hula-hoops. I remember eating cakes iced with snitches, and staying up ‘til 5am, watching movies 1-6 back-to-back. I remember discovering A Very Potter Musical and thinking “this is brilliant!”. I remember writing to J. K. Rowling and being so excited when I got a letter back in the post, even if it was just a generic one that got sent to everyone.I remember going on JKR’s website and discovering all the clues and tidbits she had on there. I remember taking my WOMBATs and getting two Es and an O. I remember convincing my parents to watch the movies with me, and I remember explaining all the things they didn’t understand. I remember telling my friend that if she read the Harry Potter series, I’d actually wear a dress for a day (she did it, and I wore it). I remember her telling me that she was an idiot for not reading the books sooner. I remember hearing on the news that there was going to be a Harry Potter theme park opening, and I remember completely freaking out. I remember my lessons at school, where my friends and I used pens for wands and disarmed each other with “Expelliarmus!”. I remember beating the girl on Junior Mastermind, whose specialist subject was Harry Potter (and I’m still proud of that). I remember crying when my favourite characters died, and I remember cursing JKR and then praising her. I remember asking my Latin teacher what “Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus” meant (never tickle a sleeping dragon, FYI). I remember laughing at Harry Potter chat up lines (is that a wand in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?) and I remember trying out some Harry Potter insults on unsuspecting friends (your mum’s so fat her Patronus is a cake!). I remember getting so frustrated when the email sign up on Pottermore wouldn’t work the first day. I remember telling my dad that we needed to buy a Ford Anglia (he laughed). I remember anxiously waiting for my letter from Hogwarts. I remember not getting it. I remember reading fanfiction, and buying a quill, just so I could say I had one. I remember it all.
I remember Harry Potter in every single aspect of my life. I’ve read the books dozens of times, and I have never gotten bored. I never will.  I will always return to them, no matter how old and decrepit I get. In the words of Alan Rickman (EDIT: in the words of what internet people have pretended was Alan Rickman), “When I'm 80 years old, I'll be reading Harry Potter. My family will say, 'After all this time?' and I will say 'Always.'” It’s a series that has been with me for so long, that the thought of it being over actually makes me feel like I’m losing a best friend. But, as someone (whose name escapes me) said at the Harry Potter premiere, “I refuse to believe this is ‘the end of an era’. Rather, I see it as the beginning of a legend.” And I truly believe that.
All that’s left really is for me to thank to JKR, the genius behind everything. I can safely say that without her, and without Harry, my entire life would be so different. So I raise my glass to JKR, and to the boy who lived, and I smile, because whatever happens, I know that Hogwarts will always be there to welcome me home.


Saturday, 16 July 2011

Harry Potter Week: Giveaway Time!

The centaurs found Umbridge again.

Hello everyone! I've finally got control of my blog back - sorry you had to suffer through those awful "Ministry approved posts", it took a bit of time to crack the protective spells those Ministry morons put up. But, I managed it in the end - I'm not known as one of the brightest witches of my age for nothing! So, in order to celebrate my return, here are some awesome giveaways for you to enter!

Giveaway rules:
- You must be 13 or over to enter
- Giveaways end July 20th
- Following and spreading the word are not required, but are appreciated
- Giveaway #1 is international, #2 and #3 are not - please check that you are eligible for the giveaways you enter
- Winners will be contacted by email and must reply within 48 hours of being notified, or a new winner will be selected

Giveaway #1:

Think you know everything there is to know about Harry Potter? Think again! Thanks to Wiley, I have one copy of "The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles" to give away - with this book, you can discover new things about the series while exploring all your favourite moments!



A philosophical exploration of the entire seven-book Harry Potter series



Harry Potter has been heralded as one of the most popular book series of all time and the philosophical nature of Harry, Hermione, and Ron's quest to rid the world of its ultimate evil is one of the many things that make this series special. The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy covers all seven titles in J.K. Rowling's groundbreaking series and takes fans back to Godric's Hollow to discuss life after death, to consider what moral reasoning drove Harry to choose death, and to debate whether Sirius Black is a man or a dog.


With publication timed to coincide with the release of the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), this book will be the definitive guide for all fans looking to appreciate the series on a deeper level.
  • Covers a range of intriguing topics such as the redemption of Severus Snape, the power of love, and destiny in the wizarding world
  • Gives you a new perspective on Harry Potter characters, plot lines, and themes
  • Makes a perfect companion to the Harry Potter books and movies
Packed with interesting ideas and insights, The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy is an ideal companion for anyone interested in unraveling the subtext and exploring the greater issues at work in the story.

This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. Please fill out this form to enter.
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Giveaway #2

This is for all you Dobby fans out there:


Win a Dobby key chain, courtesy of LEGO

This giveaway is open to AUSTRALIA ONLY. To enter, please fill in this form.
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Giveaway #3

Ever wish you could ever receive a letter from Dumbledore? Or maybe you wish Ron would write to you inviting you to the Quidditch World Cup? Or maybe you just want Hermione to recommend you some good reading material! Whatever the case, thanks to owlpostmagic from Etsy, you can now receive your very own custom composed letter from any character from the Harry Potter Universe! If you win, you will receive a one page letter, customised to fit your preferences. It'll even be stamped and written on parchment! For more information on what your letter will look like, please read the information here.


Character letter giveaway open to US ONLY. To enter, please fill in this form.
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Phew, that's a lot of giveaways! I hope you find something you like! Don't forget, you can still enter to win your very own wand here. Now, Harry Potter Week is drawing to a close, and tomorrow will be the last post, in which I say goodbye to Harry Potter. I hope you'll be there, and thanks so much for supporting the girls and I this week - you've been fabulous.

Make sure you stop by my co-hosts' blogs for more posts and giveaways!


Extra special thanks to WileyLEGO and owlpostmagic for making these giveaways magical!

Friday, 15 July 2011

Harry Potter Week: Behind Closed Doors at Malfoy Manor


Lucius: There, Bellatrix, that’s the last of the posters. The Ministry should reward us for aiding them in their distribution.
Bellatrix: The Ministry! How dare they make us do such menial tasks? We are loyal servants of the Dark Lord. We answer directly to him!
Lucius: The Ministry is under the control of the Dark Lord, Bellatrix. We are merely following his orders.
Bellatrix: The Ministry are fools. Without the Dark Lord, they would be nothing.
Lucius: (sighs) Yes, Bellatrix. We must return to the mansion, and report to the Dark Lord. He will wish to hear about our successes today.
Bellatrix: Indeed. (disapparates, shortly followed by Lucius)


Malfoy Manor, after work
Narcissa: (sighs)
Lucius: What’s wrong, Narcissa?
Narcissa: I’m worried about Draco.
Lucius: It is only natural that you should worry, but fear not, for the Dark Lord means Draco no harm.
Narcissa: No, it’s not that. It’s...well, he hasn’t been eating properly!
Lucius: (blank) What?
Narcissa: Draco! He’s not eating right. All I ever see him eat are Fizzing Whizzbees and Chocolate Frogs. That boy hasn’t tasted vegetables in weeks! What will happen to his health if he continues this way?
Lucius: Narcissa, is this really what you are worrying about?
Narcissa: And ever since that dreadful house-elf left, there’s been no-one to make sure he has clean clothes! I could have sworn I saw Draco wearing robes from his first year at Hogwarts. They were so short his ankles were showing! And so tight, they were rather more revealing than any mother would care for. It’s no wonder all those awful girls keep giggling and looking at him.
Lucius: ...Girls?
Narcissa: That witch, Pansy Parkinson. Trouble if I ever saw it. She’s no good for Draco. Flirting shamelessly with no regard for other people – what kind of mother would I be if I didn’t object to the girl?
Lucius: Ah very true...I think.
Narcissa: That’s not all. I’m sure I’ve seen that Pansy traversing around with other boys. Just who does she think she is? I have the right mind to call her mother and let her know just the kind of things her daughter has been getting up to!
Lucius: Now Narcissa, perhaps that isn’t the best idea...
Narcissa: No son of mine is going to marry in to that kind of family! Can you imagine the grandchildren? They’d be loud-mouthed monsters.
Lucius: Do not get ahead of yourself, Narcissa!
Narcissa: Perhaps you are right, Lucius, we do have other things to be worrying about. I must confess, I...
Lucius: Yes?
Narcissa: Well...I may have entered into a wager.
Lucius: Narcissa! Not the gambling again!
Narcissa: It was just a small bet! And Lucius, we cannot fail. There is no way the Chudley Cannons will ever win the championship game.
Lucius: (placated) That is true. Well, I suppose this is fine. I do wish you had told me sooner –
Narcissa: There’s something else.
Lucius: What is it now?
Narcissa: I may have told Bellatrix...that you wanted her to teach you Occlumency.
Lucius: Narcissa! I am a perfectly adequate Occlumens!
Narcissa: I know Lucius, but she kept asking and asking – it was all “Cissy” this and “Cissy” that! She said that perhaps Draco would be more interested in learning if he saw his father was supporting him. Who was I to refuse?
Lucius: I will not be taught as if I am some remedial student at Hogwarts!
Narcissa: It’s for Draco!
Lucius: No. I have my pride.
Narcissa: Well, what am I to tell Bella?
Lucius: You’ll think of something.
Narcissa: But –
Bellatrix: (walks in) Ah, Lucius, there you are. Cissy said you wanted to improve your Occlumency skills.
Lucius: Well, Bellatrix, I –
Bellatrix: What was that?
Lucius: Excuse me?
Bellatrix: Did I just hear you try to object?
Lucius: Object? Bella, I am a perfectly –
Bellatrix: I do not take kindly to those who go back on their word, Lucius. Especially from a man the Dark Lord is supposed to be able to trust.
Lucius: (confused) My word?
Bellatrix: Yes, Cissy said you promised to take lessons from me.
Lucius: (shoots angry glare at Narcissa. Narcissa shrugs) I see. Well -
Bellatrix: You know what I do to those who go back on their word, Lucius.
Lucius: (shivers) No need to worry, Bella. This is, er, for Draco after all. I will not go back –
Bella: Excellent! Let’s get started.
Lucius: (pinches bridge of nose) Dear Lord.

For more Ministry approved -
Lucius: Wait a minute, I didn't approve this! I do not wish this to be shared -
Silencio!
Lucius: (mouths words, but cannot make any sound; silently splutters then gives up)
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Have a pleasant day!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Harry Potter Week: Tidbits from the Daily Prophet


Dear Daily Prophet,

Why hasn’t anyone caught Potter yet? Why is that disgusting boy still traversing around England? He’s only seventeen! What does the Ministry have to say about this, hmm? That filthy Muggle loving dirtbag with his blood traitor and Mudblood friends - how hard can he be to beat? Can’t even catch one criminal – I’m losing my faith in this government! If Potter isn’t caught by next Tuesday, I’m going out to find him myself. I’ve got a wand, and unlike those Ministry pansies, I’m not afraid to use it! I’ll Avada Kedavra the life out of that boy! By the time I’m done with him we’ll be selling his hair for five knuts a strand! That’s not a bad idea actually...I gotta write that down. Anyway, watch out Potter, because I’m after you!

Sincerely,
Bidgen Forcips

Response: Dear Bidgen,

You brave, brave man. I’m sure your courageous vow has restored the faith of many citizens. It is clearly evident that you alone possess the qualities to capture Potter – the squadrons of Ministry trained witches and wizards, along with all the Death Eaters and the Dark Lord himself, are of course no match for you. I’m sure you will be able to do what no-one has done before you, even the legions of talented wizards who have devoted their time to tracking Potter. You, sir, are a true hero. A diamond in the ruff. Let the burden of catching Undesirable No. 1 lie wholly on your very capable shoulders.

All the best,
Lucius Malfoy Editor
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Lonely Hearts 

Angry, old, partially deaf female menagerie worker, who enjoys Muggle-hunting and cooking for goblins, seeks young (under 40) pure-blood male with tattoos, a broom and at least one scar for friendship and possibly more. Must be an animal lover. No controlling mother.
 
Mary, stop with the Patronus messages. I don’t want to see you anymore. It’s over between us. I found another witch, and she’s a pure-blood, not just a half-blood like you. Plus, she said she likes my bald patches! And she doesn’t think my wand is too short, either! I’ll move out, I don’t care. You can keep the Nimbus but I’m taking the cat. And your dress robes, because you know they’ve always looked better on me. I hope you spend the rest of your life as miserable as you made me. And don’t even think of hexing my new house because I’ve got protective charms up like you won’t believe. Just go home and stick your head in the fireplace. Visit someone who actually cares about you. Oh wait, there isn’t anyone because you drove all your friends away with your wretched personality! And if you think for a second you’re touching the gold in our joint bank account, well, think again. I already visited Gringotts and told them I wanted to close the account. I’ll give a few Sickles because you really need to fix your face. There’s a nice salon in Diagon Alley. – John.

Tall, slim, extremely powerful, almost immortal male, with a slight nose problem and an affinity for snakes seeks woman who appreciates his power and understand his goal to destroy all Muggles and rule the world forever.  Must know how to use the Unforgivable Curses. Ages 40+. No mudbloods.
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Dear Daily Prophet,

I work in the Department of International Magical Cooperation, and recently received a letter from America stating that Undesirable No. 1 and his two cohorts were last sighted in Michigan. However, this cannot be true as the Ministry has confirmed their presence in England. Enclosed is a photograph that was attached to the letter I received – it is a shot of the supposed trio. Obviously these people are not who they claim to be, but can your reporters and detectives please find out why three innocents would pretend to be the most wanted people in the magical world?

Sincerely,
Imilda Wilsberg

Response: Dear Imilda,

The Daily Prophet’s best undercover team  and the Ministry have looked into this case and have confirmed the people in the photograph are indeed imposters. They seem to be supporters of Undesirable No.1 and are attempting to rally followers. They are under surveillance, and will be apprehended shortly.

We hope this eases your mind, and perhaps we are one step closer to stopping Undesirable No. 1.

Sincerely,
Death Eaters The Daily Prophet Team


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Have a pleasant day!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Harry Potter Week: An Official Ministry Announcement

The Ministry of Magic wishes to thank Guenhwyvar for making our letters look magical. Visit her at The-Dark-Arts in Diagon Alley for all your wizardry artist needs.

Harry Potter Week: Harry Potter through the Ages


Harry: Hermione, what are you doing?
Hermione: (jumps) Oh, Harry, it’s you. You startled me.
Harry: Is that a time-turner in your hand?
Hermione: What? No! Well...I’m just holding on to it for Professor McGonogall...
Ron: Oi! What’s this about a time-turner?
Hermione: (jumps again) Ron! Don’t scare me like that!
Ron: C’mon, let’s see it then. I never got to go with you when you went to save Sirius – thanks for that, by the way.
Harry: You’re not still harping on about that, are you?
Ron: Hey! I wanted to save Sirius too. You just left me –
Harry: Your leg was broken
Ron: - with Madam Pomfrey, in the hospital wing, alone. What if I’d died?
Hermione: (deadpan) I dread to think.
Ron: Hermione!
Harry: Look, just tell us why you have a time-turner.
Hermione: Well...with part two releasing soon, I thought, maybe, it’d be a good idea to revisit some of the best parts of the series. “Harry Potter through the ages”, if you will.
Ron: (disgusted) “Harry Potter through the ages”?
Harry: I like this idea.
Ron: You would, Harry. I bet you have posters of yourself on your wall. Had any nice chats with Lockhart, recently?
Harry: Shut up, Ron. I’d rather have posters of me than the Chudley Cannons. When are you gonna give up on them? They’re never going to win -
Hermione: When did this turn into Quidditch talk? Are you going to come with me or not!
Ron: Fine!
Harry: Fine!
Ron: So...where are we going first?
Hermione: I was thinking about our first day at Hogwarts. What do you think?
Ron: Oh great. The day you told me I had dirt on my nose. Nice, Hermione, thanks.
Hermione: Oh get over it, Ron, it was years ago.
Ron: That’s not the poin-
Harry: Maybe we should just pick somewhere else.
Ron: (sniggering) You only say that because you don’t want to remember how short you were.
Harry: I was NOT short.
Ron: (pulls out a picture) Face facts, Harry. Blimey, look at you! You were a right midget!
Harry: (grabs at photo) Where did you get that?!
Ron: Colin Creevy. You want to autograph it for him? He begged me to-
Harry: SHUT UP.
Hermione: (sighs) If you two don’t stop bickering, I’m going to Stupefy you.
Ron: (shuffles back) Bit harsh, Hermione!
Hermione: Will you please just pick somewhere else!
Harry: What about the day we first met Aragog? You weren’t there for that, Hermione, it was quite the experience...
Ron: Don’t even joke about that, Harry.
Harry: Are you thinking of all those hundreds of thousands of spiders we saw that wanted to eat us?
Ron: Harry...
Harry: Acromantula live for ages, don’t they Hermione? I bet there are still loads in the Forbidden Forest. They track sent pretty well too, don’t they? They might remember ours!
Ron: Harry, mate, seriously...
Harry: Hey, maybe we should go back and visit! Oh wait, they don’t even allow Hagrid in the Hollow now Aragog’s dead. They’d definitely eat us alive –
Ron: HARRY I’LL GET GINNY TO BAT BOGEY HEX YOU IF YOU DON’T BLOODY STOP!
Ginny: (appears) Like I’d take orders from you, Ron.
Ron: Blimey, when did you get here?
Ginny: I apparated. I passed my test, remember? First time too, unlike someone I know...
Hermione: (snorts)
Ron: And what are you laughing at, Hermione?
Hermione: Me? Nothing, nothing at all.
Harry: Hey, Ginny, what time are we meeting in Diagon Alley?
Ginny: Four. I gotta go Harry, Fleur wants me to help her arrange flowers (grimaces)
Harry: (kisses Ginny) Have fun with that! Try not to hex her.
Ginny: (smiles and disapparates)
Ron: I don’t like seeing my sister snog people, Harry. I don’t like it at all.
Harry: I-
Hermione: Are we EVER going to decide on somewhere?
Harry: Oh yeah. Er, what about the day we found out about the Deathly Hallows?
Ron: You mean at old Xeno’s house? I dunno, he was a nutter.
Hermione: He was not a nutter, Ron.
Ron: Hermione, he tried to hand us over to Death Eaters and then we almost got BLOWN UP. Nutter if I ever saw one...
Hermione: He was worried about Luna –
Ron: - Plus, he got that story wrong. The Tale of the Three Brothers was at “midnight”, not “twilight”.
Hermione: I was the one telling the story!
Ron: You got it wrong then! It was definitely midnight.
Hermione: Just because that’s what your mother used to tell you –
Ron: What’s wrong with what my mother told me?
Hermione: Well, contrary to popular belief, Ron, your mother isn’t ALWAYS right –
Ron: Don’t insult my mother!
Hermione: I’m not insulting her, I’m just saying –
Ron: What do you know anyway? You used to fancy Lockhart!
Hermione: (blushes) What has that got to do with anything?!
Ron: I don’t know, Hermione, maybe because he turned out to be a nutter too! Not a very good judge of character are you?
Hermione: (blushes more, gets angry) Two words, Ron. Lavender Brown.
Harry: Guys...
Ron: (goes pale) That was...not my fault.
Hermione: Not your fault? NOT YOUR FAULT?
Ron: Well, you know...and she...then I...it was just...yeah!
Hermione: Ron, you insensitive, idiotic flobberworm, you –
Harry: WILL YOU PLEASE STOP ARGUING?
Hermione: (flattens hair) Harry’s right, we need to actually pick a location.
Ron: (sniffs) What about the Triwizard Tournament?
Harry: Good one, Ron! Yeah, let’s go back to the First Task. I want to see what I looked like flying around that dragon...
Hermione: You were really good, Harry. Even Viktor said you were a great flyer, and he’s a professional.
Ron: Oh Viktor, said that, did he?
Harry: (sighs) Ron...
Ron: And what IS Vicky doing these days? Do you still keep in touch?
Hermione: (raises head) As a matter of fact, we do.
Ron: Oh really. Well, that’s great, that is. I’m sure you and Vicky just write fantastic letters to each other –
Hermione: What is your problem, Ron? He’s just a pen pal. And don’t call him Vicky!
Ron: I’ll call him whatever I like! I can’t believe you. Still fraternising with the enemy...
Hermione: He is not the enemy! He never was the enemy!
Ron: Yeah, yeah, whatever. Let’s just pick another place.
Hermione: Don’t change the subject –
Harry: (loudly) What about the time Umbridge was taken away by centaurs?
Ron: What? When was this?
Harry: Oh yeah, forgot you weren’t there.
Ron: Oi, why do I always miss out on the good stuff? Why is it always me? Bad stuff is always happening to me! Remember that time I drank that poison?
Harry: Oh yeah, Ron, bad stuff is alwaaays happening to YOU.
Ron: It is! There was that time I broke my wand when we crashed into the Whomping Willow –
Harry: And the time Voldemort tried to kill you – oh wait, that was ME.
Ron: - and the time burped up all those slugs...
Hermione: This isn’t “The Ron Show”! We’ve all had bad things happen to us! Can we please move on?
Ron: Name one time, Hermione, when something bad happened to you.
Hermione: (fumes) I can think of quite a few, Ron.
Ron: Riiight. Go on then.
Hermione: I seem to recall turning into a CAT when the Polyjuice Potion went wrong. Is that bad enough for you?
Ron: (chuckles) Oh yeah, I forgot about that. Bloody hell, that’s funny when you look back on it...
Hermione: It is not funny!
Harry: Guys, we’ve run out of time.
Hermione: What?
Harry: I mean, we have to go.
Hermione: But we never got to visit anywhere!
Ron: Well you spent so long droning on about where to go –
Hermione: Don’t you dare blame me for this, Ronald Weasley. If it weren’t for you –
Harry: (whispers) I think she’s serious, Ron, she used your full name...
Ron: You’re right mate, let’s get out of here.
Harry and Ron: (disapparate)
Hemione: - then we would have been able to see lots of places and – (looks around) Harry? Ron? Where are you?
(silence)
Hermione: (pulls wand out of robes and brandishes it like a sword) HARRY POTTER AND RONALD WEASLEY, WHEN I FIND YOU, YOU WILL BE IN SO. MUCH. TROUBLE!
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I don't think I ever want to get on the wrong side of Hermione. She can be pretty scary when she wants to be. I hope you enjoyed that little dialogue between the trio - don't forget to check out my co-hosts' blogs to see what they have in store for you today!