Harry Potter Anniversary Day Three! Characters

It’s Harry Potter Anniversary week over at Margaret’s from Weird Zeal! Today we are listing our top seven characters!! I’ll tell you, it was definitely hard to choose! I decided to just make a list of my top seven characters in no particular order because there’s no way I could decide my absolute favorite!!

Harry Potter. Of course Harry himself would have to be on this list! He’s unbelievably brave, loyal, strong, and just amazing throughout the entire series! He’s such a capable wizard, he’s had such a hard upbringing but was able to overcome it, he cares so much about his friends, he’s determined to do what’s right… And in the end he can still overcome everything and name his kid after Snape!! And he’s strong enough to walk knowingly to his death!!

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Hermione Granger. Doesn’t the entire bookish community relate to Hermione? She’s so studious and always strives to be the best, always in the library with her head buried in a book, and isn’t that just me? But though it seems like she puts her education first, she really puts her friends and family first, standing by Harry through everything.

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Ron Weasley. I mean, don’t we all want a best friend like Ron? He has just so much fun with Harry, and Hermione too! He’s always been overshadowed by his brothers and best friend, and sometimes that gets to him, but at the end of the day he’s so loyal, so willing to sacrifice everything for his friends.

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Neville Longbottom. Can I just say, that I felt so proud and happy when Neville was able to pull out the Sword of Gryffindor ❤ Neville was so often bad at stuff, insecure, bullied, and just hopeless, especially in the first few books, but he never let that get to him, and was a hero in the end.

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Fred and George Weasley. Maybe this is cheating, putting them both together, but since the’re always together, I think not. They had so many hilarious moments in the books, and the books really wouldn’t be the same without them! And I think their jokes were just so necessary–in the darkest times with everything that was going on, everyone needed a little happiness. Oh Fred 😦

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Sirius Black. Sirius, the death that probably haunted (haunts) me most out of all them in the series. He was the family that Harry was craving for so long, and he was just perfect at it. I loved seeing the little family he and Harry made in those rare moments they were together.

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Severus Snape. This one is controversial, but I’ll stand by it, well, always. He was so absolutely horrible to Harry and his friends, and I pretty much despised him throughout the entire time, but when you consider it all…the whole time, standing up to Voldemort, standing up for love even when looking at Harry every day was a reminder of his bully, the bully who got the woman he loved desperately…and he was still able to protect Harry, to die for Harry…That “Always” gets me every time ❤

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Who are your favorite Harry Potter characters? Let’s chat below 🙂

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Harry Potter Anniversary Week Day Two! Book Ranking

Harry Potter Anniversary Week is a week long event held by Margaret from Weird Zeal .I somehow missed the memo so I missed day one! But I will definitely be joining in with the rest of the week because I absolutely adore Harry Potter! In fact, I’m currently rereading all seven HP books! I’m currently on Goblet of Fire, and I honestly didn’t even know it was the anniversary when I started rereading a couple days ago, so it’s just perfect ❤

Today’s event is to rank the books/movies. I’ve decided to do a book ranking, because obviously the book are better than the movies ❤ And since I’m rereading them now, they’re fresh in my mind!! Something I’m realizing more than ever now as I reread them!

Keep in mind that all of these are fantastic, and my least favorites are still among my favorite books ever!! (I gave all of these 4.5 or 5 stars!!!)

Also, the covers don’t match because these are the covers that I own! I own the first three British and the last four American! So yes, I’m one of those people who doesn’t care if the covers in a series change/don’t match 🙂

Spoilers for deaths ahead! You’ve been warned!

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7. Half Blood Prince. As much as I love this one, I didn’t enjoy digging through the past as much as what’s happening in the present. I was so happy with Harry as Quidditch captain eeee

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6. Philosopher’s Stone. This one was just so fun! I loved seeing the friendship develop and the magic unfold, and all the little wizard things Rowling threw in!

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5. Chamber of Secrets. Ahaha Lockhart is absolutely hilarious! (completely useless, but hilarious). And this is the year of Expelliarmus was taught aw and by Snape.

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4. Deathly Hallows. It’s not fun and games anymore away from Hogwarts, but the three accomplished such amazing things I just can’t. I was. Emotionally. Destroyed. Hedwig. Moody. Fred. Lupin. Tonks. Dobby. I’m not crying, you are!

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3. Order of the Phoenix. Wow it gets intense here! And agh I just hate Umbridge so much but I love the little acts of rebellion against her–props to Fred and George! I love seeing Harry so capable here leading his friends, and the ending was incredible! (even if it destroyed me…I’m dead Sirius)

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2. Prizoner of Azkaban. Oh gosh the first year of Divination is hilarious xD (the old standby–make it up!) And I’m sooooo happy that Harry finally meets Sirius, and Lupin too, has a sort of family ❤ (however short)

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1. Goblet of Fire. This one is absolutely soooooo fun with the Triziward Tournament! It’s definitely the beginning of when the get dark, since Voldemort is back, but they’re also still young enough to have the whimsical fun ❤ Also blast ended skrewts xD

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What’s your favorite Harry Potter book? Let’s chat in the comments below 🙂

WWW Wednesday 6/20/18

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words where bloggers answer three questions: What are you currently reading? What did you just finish reading? What are you reading next?

Currently Reading:

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: I’m slowly but surely working my way through rereading the Harry Potter series!!

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Just Finished:

  • Crooked Kingdom: 5 stars. Honestly though, 6 stars. This book is perfection. I read it a week ago and I’m still caught up on it. I was so stressed and excited all the way through, and I lowkey want to read it again right now!!
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (reread): 5 stars. Ahh I was so happy to dive back into the first magical year at Hogwarts–felt just like a little kid again ❤
  • Royals: 2.5 stars. I was really excited for the premise of this one, but it just felt so cheesy and fake and stereotypical
  • The Fandom: 3.5 stars. There were a lot of issues with this book, like the irritating characters and plot holes, but honestly, how could I not like a book all about fandoms and geekiness!
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (reread): 5 stars. Bwahahah Lockheart is HILARIOUS I forgot just how much fun this book was!

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Reading Next:

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: So down, this one is my favorite HP ❤
  • The Hazel Wood: I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while now, can’t wait to do it!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a book blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is Books To Read At The Pool/At The Beach. I absolutely love reading at the pool and the beach so this prompt seems really fun! So I’ve decided to list my favorite summer/beach/pool reads 🙂

Best Summer Reads: Amazing books that take place during the summer to give you all the feels ❤

1. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: This is the only Morgan Matson book I’ve read so far, but I just love it so much and 110% agree with people who call her the queen of contemporary. Probably my favorite summer contemporary read ever ❤

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2. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Walsh: How can you not love this book? I mean, we get to see Italy! Food! Gelato! And the theme of family is so strong it makes me so happy!

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3. Words in Deep Blue by Jenna Evans Walsh: Ah this one was just so heartbreaking it killed me! I was so moved, and I just loved it so much.

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4. Just One Day by Gail Forman: Hands down the best travel book ever. I mean, we get to see Europe, especially Paris. Just one summer day in Paris is perfect.

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5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Well this one isn’t really a light fluffy contemporary, but it’s so powerful and moving, and isn’t it the first book everyone thinks of that takes place in the summer? It’s a classic for a reason, that’s for sure.

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6. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord: This was the first book I read last summer and it was really a perfect way to start the season. I love reading about Lucy and her friends at camp, and how much she grows as a person.

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Summer Reads Related To Mermaids: Because what beach read would be complete without a healthy dose of mermaids?

7. Wake by Amanda Hocking: Ah I just love this book so much it really got me to love sirens! It’s so dark and twisted but also gripping and moving and magical and I just love love love this series ❤

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8. Mermaid Park: I don’t really remember this book that much, but I remember feeling so enchanted with the perfect summer spent at a mermaid park!

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9. September Girls: Ooh I just loved how mystical this one was–it almost felt like a dream! And it was super cool how it was told from the POV of a guy…not the mermaid! Note: it seems to be universally hated on Goodreads, and I read it a couple of years ago so I don’t remember it so well to be able to comment on that, but when I read it, I definitely didn’t hate it!!!

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10. Forgive My Fins by Terra Lynne Childs: This one takes place right at the start of summer, not really summer, but how could I leave off this perfect mermaid book? I just love Lilly and her mermaid world! Also, cover appreciation.

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What’s on your Top Ten Tuesday today? Have any thoughts about these books or any other summer reads? Don’t forget to drop a comment below ❤

Daughter of the Pirate King Review: An Exciting High Seas Adventure

33643994Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

 

 

“I am me because I choose to be me. I am what I want.”

There are some princesses who follow all the rules, wearing ball gowns in formal castles, attending stuffy dinners, looking no further than a handsome Prince Charming. And then there are some princesses who look for adventure on the high seas, having no qualms about killing for their own purpose and seeking out gold. “Princess” Alosa, the Daughter of the Pirate King, is definitely the latter.

Alosa is the only person her father, the all powerful and feared Pirate King, trust to carry out his mission. Consequently, she ends up allowing herself to be captured and taken prisoner aboard another pirate ship in search of a map that will lead the pirates to islands of unbelievable riches. However, things don’t quite go as planned, but isn’t that what makes a book good?

I just loved the setting and premise of PIRATES in this book! It made me realize how much I like pirates and how much I want more pirate books haha–apart from a couple peter pan books, I don’t think I’ve read a single YA book about pirates! Well, this book gave me just what I didn’t know I needed. The pirates are so ruthless and dark, but also many are so much more complex than what seems on the surface! I just loved all the action and devious plots and everything pirates and now I really want to go watch Pirates of the Caribbean and also ride the Disneyland ride so pls excuse me while I go do that and then I’ll come back and finish this review.

I really liked Alosa as a character! She was so fierce and ruthless and I admired her resolve, and how she was determined to get anything done! She had so many tricks up her sleeve too, and hidden things she could do, and there were times where I had no idea how she was going to get out of a sticky situation–but of course she surprised me!

One thing I didn’t really like about Alosa was how she was constantly talking about how amazing she was, how amazing her skills were, etc. It felt like there was a lot of “telling” instead of “showing” (is anyone having flashbacks to third grade?), and I would have really liked to see her in action more instead of just talking about herself.

I really liked the secondary characters too! The love interest, Riden, is absolutely swoonworthy!. He was a ruthless pirate like everyone else, but there was something else there, something more ❤ He did bother me a little at times when he seemed to not have a spine and get walked on–but at the same time there’s something to be said for that kind of loyalty, and while this certainly caused him to butt heads with Alosa at times, she definitely had a strong case of stubborn loyalty too–to the Pirate King! Other side characters, Alosa’s two “jailers” E and K (I read this book a week ago and can’t remember their names…cries…) were so much fun, and I just loved reading their banter!! (What do you get when you cross a superstitious person with a drunk realist?)

I do think some parts of the ending were a bit strange, not very well explained, rushed, and overall didn’t fit with the rest of the book very well? Unfortunately, the ending was probably one of the weak points for me. However, the fabulous book overall more than made up for it!!

4 out of 5 sea stars