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Why I Read

When I grew up, I never really liked to read all that much. I remember my grandma would sit me down every day and make me read from this book that my parents bought me at Costco. It was pretty much torture for me because I just wanted to play with my friends there. That was the worst part about my day. Reading that book and the “Dick and Jane” books, but my grandma loved to make me read out loud every day.

I always grew up around books though. I can’t recall a time when there weren’t tons of books in my house. But, as I started to get older, I realized how much I wanted to read more. I would go to the library during the summer when I was in middle school and take out tons and tons of books to just read. And the older I got, the more I started to get into reading. When I first moved to Connecticut, one of the first things that I did was get a library card because I knew that I would be there all the time, and I am.

I think for me that reading is able to take me someplace that I would never be able to go. You can explore Hogwarts with Harry which is something that every kid wants. And something that you can’t really do unless you head to Hogwarts in Orlando, Fla. But more than that, I’ve always just thought that reading was fun. It’s nice to sit down with a hot cup of tea on a rainy day and read a good book. Or in my case lots and lots of comics. And I’m sure that’s why when I was a kid in school and we got to read for free time that I was happy. Most of the kids thought that it was stupid, but I loved it. I always wanted to try and finish my work as fast as I could so that I could go and read.

And while some people might think that it’s stupid to read, I just believe that they haven’t found the right book yet. I’m sure that they hear that all the time, but it’s so true. I knew that when I started to read it was because I was enjoying the books that I was reading. It wasn’t something that was a chore. Because I know that if I am forced to read something, then I hate it. I can’t stand to read something that I’m told to. So, if you think that there aren’t any good books out there, it’s probably because you haven’t been able to find a book that you enjoy yet.

So, I read because it makes me happy and takes me to places that I would never be able to go before. Being able to read is like an outlet for me, one that I don’t think will ever change. Reading is something that I will always love, and something that I will always make sure that I have time for.

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13 of Professor Snape’s Best Moments in Harry Potter

Alan Rickman was one of the most beloved characters that was written in the Harry Potter books as professor Snape. While some loved to hate him, you couldn’t because of how much his character did care about Harry. His character was one that I believe was the best written. Most of the time you think of him as the man who is conspiring with Voldemort, but in reality he isn’t, and you see the pain of his character and everything that he goes through.

  1. Ahh yes, this is what I think is the most iconic moment in the whole movie franchise. I mean when you think of Professor Snape, who doesn’t think “turn to page 394….”

2. When Snape get’s personal with Harry and tells him that he has his mothers eyes. This part always got me because you can see the pain in his eyes, and all the suffering that he really went through. I think that this was the moment that I knew Snape really was the good guy.

3. When Snape would have Harry and Ron in class, and all the times that he would end up slapping them on the back of the head. I swear it happened every class!

4. When Snape was talking with Dumbledore and we find out that Snape’s patronus is a doe like Lily Potter’s was. And we see how in love he was with Lily. “After all the time? Always.”

5. When Snape helped save Ron, Harry, and Hermonie from Lupin when he was a wolf. We know that Snape pretty much hated them together, but when this happened it was kind of an eye opener because even though he didn’t like them, he put himself in danger to save them.

6. Harry trying to fight Snape after he killed Dumbledore. Even though Harry watched him kill Dumbledore, Snape didn’t try to fight back though Harry had been trying to use Snape’s own spells against him.

7. When Snape helps Harry out in this first year. When Harry is playing Quittich it’s obvious that somethings been happening and someone is trying to sabbose Harry. While everyone thinks that it’s Snape because he’s the bad guy, he was actually really just trying to help Harry out.

8. Everything he does is out of his love for Lily. No matter what Snape is doing, it’s always out of his love for Lily. And even if that means helping out Harry, he doesn’t care because he would want to make her happy.

9 . You never know what to expect with him. You never know what you can expect when it comes to Snape. When you would read or watch him on the screen, you never knew what side of Snape you would get.

10. He didn’t care that Harry was famous. He kind of kept Harry grounded when it came to him being famous for his scar. No matter who ‘famous’ Harry was, he didn’t buy into it. And he made sure that he pretty much kept Potter grounded.

11.He was very loyal. No matter what anyone says, Snape was always loyal to Hogwarts, and he would put himself into danger if need be to make sure that it would stay safe.

12. His ‘look’. Snape just had that look that he would give, and you could tell that from that one look, he didn’t give a s**t. It was hilarious just to watch!

13. And lastly he went from I believe being the most hated, to being the most loved. After seeing the journey that Snape’s characters took, you really hated him in the beginning for all the things that he did, but by the end you understood him. And you could understand why he did the things that he did.

Throne of Glass Review

“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

I think that one of the main reasons why I picked this book up in the first place was because I loved the cover of the book. I mean it’s so badass, how can you not pick it up? I mean along with all the other people who read it and said that it was amazing, so that was another reason why I knew that I had to check this book out. I knew from reading the first couple of pages that it would be amazing.

It was a very action packed novel, so if you like those kinds of novels, then this will be perfect for you. I personally love them, so that is why I believe that I liked this book so much. But I think that another reason was the characters. I loved the characters that she had in the book.

Celaena Sardothien- she is the main character in this whole book, and I have to say that she was pretty badass and that I wish that I could be like her. I mean I loved the fact that she wasn’t some girl in distress and that she can really take care of herself, she didn’t need a man. Hell, she could of probably killed all the men in the book. She is also an assassin, and she’s been brought by the king’s son to compete to be the kings assassin.

Dorian Havilliard- He is the crowned prince of Adarlan. At first he seems like this cocky prince who knows that he has everything and that he can take anything he wants. But as he starts to fall for Celaena you can tell that under the cold exterior he tries to have, there really is a nice person who cares about people, especially Celaena. He cares about her well being and also being with her. And I’m a huge sucker for romance.

Chaos Westfall- He is the captain of the king’s guard, and he’s pretty rude from the start. He hates Celaena from the start, but for a good reason. She is a very dangerous person and he wants to make sure that she doesn’t get loose and then start to kill people. I don’t blame him, but the more time that he spends with Celaena the more he starts to realize that he really does like her, even though he knows that he shouldn’t.

“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.” 

So, for those of you who haven’t read the book here is some quick back story about it. It’s all about a girl named Celaena who is the world’s more notorious assassin and she’s been chosen by Dorian (the crowned prince of Adarlan) to come and compete to be the king’s assassin. Well, if she competes then she’s promised that she will get her freedom after serving the king for 4 years, which isn’t a bad deal and why she decided that she will take it. I mean she’s been living in a death camp for a year and she knows that if she stays there, she will die. After she says yes, she’s brought to the castle to fight the other people who were picked by their mentors, and she must compete against them in a bunch of different tests. All these tests have different things to do, some are wall climbing, potions, and even horseback riding. There is also a good love story in the book as well. Well, a blooming romance in the novel!

This is seriously a great fantasy book that you will love. You will be transported into Celaena’s world. You will be terrified and excited all throughout the book. There are so many twists and turns in the book that you never know what is actually going to happen.

So, overall I would have to give this book 4.5 stars. It was just so amazing that I loved reading it and I actually can’t wait to read the next book that I have coming in the mail as we speak!

3 Favorite Books

The first book on my list would have to be Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I loved the whole idea behind the story. It’s basically a retelling of Cinderella, but instead of her being a girl, Cinder is a Cyborg. I just really liked the twist on it because it was something so different then what I was used to reading. I’ve really been into books that aren’t totally the same as all other YA books, so that’s why I was so happy with this series!

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The second book that I loved was The Selection by Kiera Cass. I love this book because it’s about a girl who lives in a lower caste who pretty much going to be that caste her whole life, until the price says that he’s looking for a wife and any girl in the whole system can pretty much apply, and she does’t want to at first because she has a boyfriend already that’s a secret, but she ends up doing it anyways for the boyfriend and also her parents. So, I loved this play on a story. I really liked it because again, it wasn’t anything like what I had read before.

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And, the last one that I loved was Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi. The one thing that I really liked about all these books is that they are a series. I don’t really read that many books that aren’t in a series because I really tend to get attached with the characters that I’m reading from. I really liked this book because of the love triangle and the fact that she’s this girl who has a power, which is that she can’t touch anyone because if she does, then they die. I mean that’s a pretty powerful power, and she really struggled with that, so I liked the journey she went on through the stories.

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So, these are just some of the books that I have really enjoyed this past year. What are some of your favorite books that you’ve read this year?

Review- Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined

So, I figured that I should do a review because I feel like this book is totally underrated. It might just be that I haven’t read the Twilight in a long time, but I felt that the book had a decent amount of changes in it. While reading there were parts that you can tell she totally kept the same. Many times it just seemed like she changed she to he and he to she. Sometimes I hated that, but other times it was okay.

So, obviously I don’t really have to give a summary of the story unless you’ve been under a rock for the past couple years, but she did change the ending of the book. I just wasn’t a huge fan of the ending though.

I personally hated the fact that they did that. I mean I get the whole point that you can’t tell anyone that you’re a vampire, but correct me if I’m wrong, Bella was still around her parents after a couple months or something like that. So, I think that if they gave Beau time, then he would have been fine because he was so controlled as a vampire. So, I was pretty disappointed that she would do that to her parents. I mean it killed them to know that their only son had died, and I mean it’s just crazy to think that he would go through with that. I would have tired to find some way to make it so that I didn’t have to do that to my parents. I know that he was heartbroken doing that, but he just didn’t seem that remorseful. Especially when he talked in the end about how he choose a life with Edith. I mean sorry, but I’m not going to choose a life with someone who I’ve known a couple months over my family. And you can argue that he couldn’t tell his parents, but I’m sure that they could have figured something out.

Now, I do love the other books, which is why I went out and bought all 4 again because I got rid of them earlier. But there was just something about it being a boy that really didn’t make the story come together for me. I didn’t feel like you really got to relate with Beau, and frankly I didn’t like it as a boy. Also, I feel like if you’re changing all the characters then Stephanie Meyer should have also changed the gender roles of the mother and father, since those stayed the same. I thought that was kind of pointless, because it’s not like either of them even have a big role in the story either. I think that at this point it’s just too hard to imagine the gender roles flipped, and I don’t know if anyone else had this problem.

I also had a hard time separating the new characters names. I mean I would just picture the actual person saying those lines and not the new person. I mean it was pretty much ingrained in me who was who after reading Twilight a couple times. Now, there are all these ‘new’ names that I have to learn! So, I think that that also took away from the book. So, I had to look up everyone a couple times while reading the book so that I knew what was going on, and who was talking. Sometimes that would get to be quite frustrating.

Overall, I would give this book a 4/5 stars, just because I really do like this series.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

I had been wanting to read this book for a long time, but never got around to it. It had a lot of hype, so I expected it to be pretty good. But honestly, I didn’t think that it was that good. I’m not sure why so many people have praised the book for being so amazing.

Synopsis: 

So, for those of you who don’t know what the book is about, it’s about a boy named Jacob who is very close to his grandfather while he’s growing up. His grandfather had a hard life, but he didn’t really know the extent of it, because he was always listening to the stories that his grandfather would tell him. Jacob was amazed by them and believes them when he was younger, but as he grows older he just sees them as stories that his grandfather would tell as a sort of fairy tale. What Jacob doesn’t know, is how real they are.

“We cling to our fairytales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.”

So, as Jacob gets older he just thinks his grandfather is losing his mind which is why he told those stories. But, one day he gets a call from his grandfather who is scared because he needs a key, which is the key to the guns that have been locked away. So, Jacob tells his father who makes Jacob go and check on his grandfather with one of his friends named Ricky.

When they get to the house they see that it’s totally a mess. It looks like someone had come in and tried to find something important to steal. But, Jacob knows this is just how his grandfather is just scared because he probably forgot to take his meds that day. So, Jacob goes into the forest to where he thinks that his grandfather must be. And while he’s walking in the woods he just keeps getting this weird feeling. So, walking further into the woods he finds his grandfather laying face down with gashes on his front. Jacob can’t believe this, and is scared. As his grandfather is dying he tells Jacob

“Find the bird. In the loop. On the other side of the old man’s grave. September third, 1940.”

But, Jacob saw something the night that his grandfather died. He wasn’t sure what it was, but he knew that he saw something. Even if his friend Ricky didn’t see, he knew what he saw. He thought that maybe he was going crazy like his grandfather though because the thing that he saw was something out of nightmares.

So, Jacob knows that he now must find this island that his grandfather wanted him to go to. He has to know all the secrets that have been kept from him for so long.

Impression: 

At first I thought that the book would be pretty cool because it had all the weird photos in it, and it was just something so new that I had never seen before. I did really like the story, but some parts just seemed too far fetched, and I didn’t like the ending that much. It just didn’t captivate me like I thought that it would. I’m sure that I will read the next book, because it was set up perfectly for another story, but I just don’t know if I will get around to that very soon. But I think that I just expected more from the book and that was why I don’t think that I gave it five stars.

Characters: 

Jacob: While he isn’t the best character to read from, I thought that he was a pretty decent character. The only thing was that there wasn’t anything special about him, he was just normal. He was pretty sad to read from him sometimess because he just wasn’t that interesting of a character. I wish that they had made him a stronger character then he was. I also felt like the relationship between him and Emma was pretty forced. I mean I didn’t think that there was a good connection between them. She pretty much just wanted him because he looked like his grandfather who was used to be in love with. But for the most part I didn’t connect with him, so that’s one of the main reasons why I didn’t like him that much.
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Emma: I also didn’t like her that much. I mean I get that she was upset that Jacob’s grandfather had left her, but really? She had so much time to get over him because it’s not like he even came back for her. He started a family with another women and just left her. If that doesn’t shout move on, then I don’t know what does. So, I also just didn’t like her in general, there was just something about her that I didn’t like and I can’t place my finger on it.

The rating that I would give it out be 4 stars. I would have to say that that’s pretty generous because I don’t know if it’s actually worth that in the end. I think that many people can also agree because I don’t see the specular book that this was supposed to be.

Catching Fire Review

So, I know that this book is older but I decided that I would review it since I never have and thought that it was about time!

I would have to say that this is probably my all time favorite book from the series. I mean it was the first one that I read. At the time they didn’t have the first one in the library, so I just got the second one, and from there I just fell in love. I loved the fact that they are thrown back into the arena, but they have to really work together. And I just think that it was the first good dystopian novel that I read, that I honestly really fell in love with. Many of the books that I was reading at the time weren’t that good, so I was finally glad to be able to pick up a book and not want to put it down.

Had I read the first book first, I’m sure that I would have been very shocked that Katniss, Peeta, or Haymitch had to go back into the arena. I mean it’s a huge thing since these people who are the victors aren’t supposed to have to ever fight in something like this again. That was the whole point in winning The Games. Getting the riches was just another perk of not having your name being drawn each year.

I think that another thing I really enjoyed were the characters. I felt like Katniss and Peeta were more mature after I read the first book. Like the first time they were just these scared kids, but now they are something more than that. They are ready to fight because they know that they are the reason they are really being thrown back into the arena. Since they know that, they know that the president is waiting for them to die, but they can’t let that happen. I also felt that Katniss had more of a reason to stay alive. She wanted to for the sake of Petta, because she had to protect him, but was ready to die so he could win the whole thing.

I LOVED the Katniss and Peeta relationship. I was pretty much rooting for them the whole time because I’ve loved them together from the start. I honestly didn’t like Gale that much, I thought that he was just a baby the whole time. I get that he’s had to work hard to even get food on his table, but I just didn’t like his character that much. And I felt like he was always feeling sorry for himself, so that was another thing that I did hate about him.

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Yes, I do wish that was me like many other girls!
I think that Katniss overall is a very brave girl and that’s why I like her character so much. I’ve always hated reading those books where they have the girl characters being the ones who need help. Well, we know that Katniss isn’t like that. And I also think that Haymitch was a little more bearable in this book than the first one. Since I read this one first, I thought that he was a pretty good guy, but I hated him in the first book. I honestly thought that he was an awful man.

Another thing that I really liked was the arena, I thought that it was good. There was something about it that I liked more, I thought that it was better than the first one that they had. I mean the characters really had to try and find the resources that they needed, but it also had many different ascents, like the different hours and the terror that it brings. So, I thought that was pretty awesome!

So, my overall rating for this book is five stars! I think that the book is amazing, and I loved all the characters throughout the story. I think that the new characters in the story really made it enjoyable and that it’s not just the same ones, because sometimes that can get annoying.

Review of Legend

I really enjoyed this book overall. I thought that it was very well written, but there were parts that were very easy to predict. That was the only thing that I didn’t like about it. At some parts it was just like any other teen book that you would read. So, I didn’t like that aspect.

It’s a good story that’s very action packed. It is about a boy named Day and a girl named June. The story is told from both their sides and switches between both stories every chapter. But, both Day and June couldn’t be more opposite from each other. Day is is a criminal who no one knows exactly what he looks like. No one has been able to capture him and he’s been living on the road for years. June is a very privileged girl who is 14 and is going to college because she scored so high on her exam. The highest you can get on the exam is a 1500 and that’s exactly what she got.

So, both are totally opposites, but their stories start to come together after something bad happens with June’s brother. Day is made out to be the killer of her brother because he was the last person who was seen with him. At first I couldn’t believe that because he seemed like he would be an important part of the series. But that’s until we find out that Day isn’t the one who stilled him. It was actually Day’s brothers best friend. Though Day is thrown in jail for this, and many other things. June soon finds out that Day was not the one who killed him.

I had a feeling at some point that Day and June would start to like each other. I don’t want to say that they fell in love though, because I don’t believe that they did. I think that it was just one of those things were they had a deep connection when they first met. It was just something that happened between them. And I think that because the Republic is such a terrible place, and Day and June lost so much that they were able to find solace with each other. They could connect because they both lost a lot a lot and could rely on each other. Sometimes it made me sad reading the books because I felt so bad for both characters, and I also wanted to kill some of the other characters!

I think that Rick Grimes is able to show how I did feel about those characters! But I did really like Day’s character. I think that I just felt so bad for him, that I just was able to really feel for him. I think that at times June was just a tad annoying because she was so confused about what to do with Day and the whole Republic. But, Day was such a kickass character that you couldn’t hate him. All the crimes that he did, he never killed. That is the one thing that no one ever got, but he still never did. And he was a caring person under the hard exterior that he had on the streets.

So, overall I thought that this was an amazing book, and you should totally check it out, because it’s worth the read. I honestly don’t know why I didn’t pick this book up before! If you do read this, then you won’t be disappointed!

Scarlet Book Review 

  

I have to say that this is now my favorite book in the series. I read the first one and honestly didn’t think that it was that great, which is why I never understood why people were always raving about it. Then, I read this book and it just changed everything. I mean there was so much action and I always wanted to know what was going to happen with Scarlet and Cinder next. 
It took me a little longer than I wanted to read through the whole book just because I had school and work. But, when I was able to read, I couldn’t put the book down. I mean I must have read in all the spare time that I had in order to finish this book. I don’t think that I’ve come across a book in a long time that I really wanted to read. I mean its pretty obvious that I’m putting off the other four books I’m reading, and this has been the only one I’ve been able to finish. I think that I was just in a reading slump, and this book was able to take me out of that. 
For those who don’t know what the book is about, it’s about a girl named Scarlet who is all worried about her grandmother because she has been missing for about two weeks, and I mean who wouldn’t be worried? She tried to contact the police, but they said there was nothing more that they could do, because of course the police always can’t do more. But we also have the story of what’s happening with Cinder since the last book where we left her off. And then from there the two stories start to come tougher, and they actually worked very nicely with each other. 
I think that while I’ve loved Cinder, Scarlet has been my favorite character so far. I think that I just enjoyed this book so much more because it was told more from her point of view. I thought that it might get a little hard for her to keep the two stories straight because I mean there was a lot going on in that book, but it was very good. It didn’t get confusing at all. I also loved the fact that there was another romance between Scarlet and Wolf. I mean I pretty much figured from the start that something was going to happen there. I mean you don’t just go on a trip together in a teen book and not fall in love. So, I knew from the start that would happen. 
I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book because I’m sure that it will be even better. I mean I loved that there was action at pretty much every part of the story. There wasn’t really a dull moment in the story because there was so much that happened. 
I would recommend that book to anyone who like the dystopian type books because this one will be perfect for you. I know that I love those kinds of books, and this one was probably one of the best from that genre.
So overall I would give this book a five out of five stars, I was that amazing! 

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