Rave Talk: Books to Look Out for in 2018

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Hey guys! Happy New Year! I have been blogging for about a year now, which is very exciting for me! I have found a real passion in this blog and I hope to keep it going steady and strong! I have decided to bring us full circle. At the start of 2017 I blogged about books to look out for for the upcoming year. Now as we enter 2018, and to celebrate my one-year blogiversery, I bring you a list of books to look out for in 2018. I have done my research, so here is a list of much anticipated books for the coming year!

1. Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie Mcgarry: Expected January 2018

When Drix was convicted of a crime—one he didn’t commit—he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves—Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence—and each other to finally get what they deserve.

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As a loyal fan of McGarry, this book just topped my to buy book list. I cannot wait to dive into the story of Drix and Elle. McGarry is sure to not disappoint. Look out for it this month!

2. Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi: Expected March 6th, 2018

Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

– Goodreads 


I personally have not read the Shatter Me series, but it is certainly on my never ending list of to-be-read. I know the series is quite popular so a fourth book to be released in May is certainly something to look out for. Start Juliette’s story now so you will be ready to continue her story.

3. Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare: Expected December 4th 2018

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

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Clare has taken the world by storm in the unique Shadowhunter world she has created. Now she is bringing to us, her loyal fans, the third and final book in the Dark Artifices series. This final novel is sure to be epic, so add it to your list, and if you haven’t joined Julian and Emma’s story yet, there is no time like the present!

4. Your Destination is On the Left by Lauren Spieller: Expected June 26h 2018

Dessa Rhodes is a modern day nomad. Her family travels in an RV, their lives defined by state lines, exit signs, and the small communal caravan they call home. Among them is Cyrus, her best friend and long-time crush, whom she knows she can never be with. When your families are perpetually linked, it’s too dangerous to take a risk on romance.

Instead, Dessa looks to the future. She wants to be a real artist and going to art school is her ticket to success and a new life. There’s just one problem: she hasn’t been accepted…anywhere. Suddenly her future is wide open, and it looks like she’s going to be stuck traveling forever.

Then an unexpected opportunity presents itself: an internship working with a local artist in Santa Fe. Dessa struggles to prove to her boss—and herself—that she belongs there, but just as she finally hits her stride, her family suffers an unexpected blow. Faced with losing everything that she has worked for, Dessa has a difficult decision to make. Will she say goodbye to her nomadic lifestyle and the boy she loves? Or will she choose to never stop moving?

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Lauren Spieller is a new name to me, but her novel to be released this coming June sounds like a good, single book read. A novel about finding yourself seems to be one that all can relate to in some way, although this self-realization novel seems to take on a unique and uncommon plot and setting. It is sure to keep readers turning those pages and interested to the end. It has made my to-be-read book list for sure!

5. The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark #2) by Veronica Roth: Expected April 10th 2018 

In the second book of the Carve the Mark duology, globally bestselling Divergent author Veronica Roth reveals how Cyra and Akos fulfill their fates. The Fates Divide is a richly imagined tale of hope and resilience told in four stunning perspectives.

Fate brought them together. Now it will divide them.

The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.

Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.

As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

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Veronica Roth, known for the Divergent series that took the book world by storm, strikes again with book two in her Carve the Mark series. I have yet to read book one of this series, but it is on my list!

6. Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West: Expected May 29th 2018 

Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favorite activity. She’d much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school’s podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she’ll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate’s surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend … until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Kasie West’s adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.

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Fans of Sarah Dessen are sure to like this story. If you are looking for a cute, light read, with a little bit of romance, be sure to add this book to your list. It is on mine, and will be a nice break from the time commitments required for a series.

7. Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne: Expected May 1st 2018 

Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.

But the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.

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A Science Fiction novel had to make the list. I have read a few books that sound similar to this, a story that takes place on board a ship in space. I really enjoyed those stories, and this story sounds equally as intriguing. An ice-encased Earth, and a ship with secrets is sure to make a great story. Add it to your list, and expect to see Alexa Donne’s novel this coming May.

8. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartmen: Expected February 27th 2018 

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.

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Fans of Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series, certainly would like this book. Hartmen is bringing to the table another strong, spirited, young female fighter. Fans of a strong female lead should look out for this book come this February!

9. The Darkest Star (Untitled #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Expected October 30th 2018 

When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen…but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head…

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old

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Jennifer L. Armentrout is back! She brings us back into the world of the Luxen, with her new story of Evie Dasher. As a huge fan of her Lux series, I will surely be buying this book the moment it is released! If you haven’t been introduced to the world of the Luxen, check out Armentrout’s Lux series for an action-packed, intriguing, story of fighting for what and who you love. Prepare yourself for the release of her next book, coming to us this October.

10. Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia: Expected February 6th 2018 

Before, Peyton was a star soccer player with the perfect boyfriend, Reed. Now, she has a torn knee ligament, a scholarship on the line, and a shattered sense of self. No one believes Reed pushed her, causing her injury, and Peyton just wants to leave the trauma behind. Living with her uncle and twin cousins in their small, football-obsessed town seems like a great escape plan.

There, Peyton meets Owen—high school classmate and local MMA fighter. Though Owen is charming and gentle, Peyton is determined to repress her growing attraction. But when her old and new life collide, Peyton must reclaim the truth of her past in order to save her future.

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Fans of Katie McGarry and Simone Elkeles should look out for Garcia’s book this coming February. A book of love between two unlikely people, this book is sure to get your emotions running, and keep you rooting for Peyton and Owen. This book will be in my hands the moment it is released. I can’t wait to read what Kami Garcia has for us readers.

 

This is just a quick list of 10 books to look out for this coming year, but if this list says anything, its that 2018 is going to be a year for the readers. Join the Rave to keep up with the books I mark off my list as the year goes on.

Is there any books you all suggest I should look out for? 

I have been blogging for a year, do you all have any suggestions to how I can make this blog better? 

Join the Rave! 

Here is to 2018, to a year of good books, good reading, and countless hours spent between the pages.

Until next time,

-S

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Weekly Rave: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Rating: 9/10

Read Again: You guessed it….already have.

Hey guys! I know it has been several months since I have raved over anything. I went back to school and got swept away in the storm, I have hardly had any time for reading. I have had some nice down time for the holidays and have finally gotten back to my beloved books. So today I will be raving over book one of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. 

I read this series several years ago but in lieu of Casandra Clare’s recent works The Infernal Devices series and the Dark Artifices series, I have started the journey. I plan to work my way through Clare’s works, starting back with the Mortal Instruments.


When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

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Clare brings to us a whole new world, one of Shadowhunters, a world of the constant battle between good and evil. We are introduced to a whole new type of story, one that does not include just one type of fantasy character, but a story including vampires, werewolves, fairies, warlocks, demons, and Nephilim.

Clary is beautiful, young girl, with a fiery attitude to match her fiery hair. Dropped into a world she never knew existed, Clary must decide whether to join the fight against evil or to stay away from the world she was never meant to join. Clare brilliantly gives us a character we can grow with as we continue to read. As Clary grows, and learns more of this mysterious Shadowhunter world, we, as readers, grow and learn along with her. Clary is our introduction into a world that is difficult to leave.

Jace, the beautiful warrior, a picture of perfection besides a single chipped tooth. Reckless and always up for a fight, Jace leaps into trouble with little thought of self-preservation. Alongside his step siblings, the beautiful and fierce Isabella Lightwood, and the careful and reserved Alec Lightwood, the trio has pledged their lives to fighting demons, to maintaining the balance of good and evil. Clare gives us a skilled warrior, one that has grown up in the Shadowhunter world, one that has been trained since a child to be a lethal weapon.

Clary, with the help of Jace and his siblings, race to find her mother. During this race, secrets begin to unfold, and those closest to Clary are not what the seem.  The basis of a story is laid, with more intricate, and complicated details than we could ever imagine.

Cassandra Clare explodes into the fantasy world with her novel The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Clare gives a story of the constant battle of good and evil, between demon and Shadowhunter. The inclusion of other Downworlders, the vampires, warlocks, fairies, and werewolves, makes this unlike any story I have ever read. It gives the story a certain depth, a intricacy that kept me turning the pages at a rapid rate, hooked from the first page. Clare brings a story of the measures a mother would go to to protect her child, of fighting for what you believe in, of love and loyalty. Before our eyes, a warrior is beginning to be shaped.

So join the rave and pick Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones! This six-book installment is worth the commitment!!

Who has read Clare’s other works? Any thoughts? Comment what you think!

Join the Rave!

Here is to fighting the battle against evil.

Until next time,

-S

HP Month: Best Actor Portrayals Part Two

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Hello book lovers! Today I am bringing you part two of the best actor portrayals in the Harry Potter films!

The actors to already make this list are:

  1. Severus Snape portrayed by Alan Rickman
  2. Professor McGonagall portrayed by Maggie Smith 
  3. Hermione Granger portrayed by Emma Watson 

 

4. Molly Weasley portrayed by Julie Walters

I am such a fan of Molly Weasley. She is such a wonderful, kind-hearted, and very protective mother. Julie Walters completely nailed this part, mastering the ability to go from yelling at her sons to welcoming Harry with open arms. We can’t forget her legendary howler she sent to Ron in his second year after he and Harry stole the car to get to Hogwarts. It is such a funny, quotable scene! Walters portrays the strong idea of motherhood that we see in this series. She brings real power and motherly intimidation to the character, making her the perfect Molly Weasley! 6360654231208611701633274618_tumblr_myp1wkSpC71risnpzo1_500tenor.gif

 

5. Albus Dumbledore portrayed by Michael Gambon 

Ahh our beloved Dumbledore. Now Dumbledore was played Richard Harris is the first two Harry Potter films but upon his declining health, the role was recasted. I have chosen Michael Gambon because he played Dumbledore for longer, and had the role during the times when I think he had the most impact on Harry’s life. Gambon really was the Dumbledore I pictured in my head as I read the books. I love how Gambon has a certain tenderness about him when dealing with the students of Hogwarts, especially Harry. He really masters the mysteriousness of Dumbledore, but also the kind face that is very easy to trust. Michael Gambon gave life and real depth to this character and I cannot imagine the films without him in them.

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6. Dolores Umbridge portrayed by Imelda Staunton

PLEASE DO NOT HATE ME! Kathy at Books & Munches brought this to my attention and it seemed to good of a point to not include. Staunton is included in this best actor portrayal list because of how much she made us hate her. She portrayed Umbridge perfectly, down to her pink outfits, obsession with cats, and undeniable evilness. If one actress can make an entire fandom hate her more than the most evil wizard in history himself, Lord Voldemort, she is doing her job right. Most people, myself included wouldn’t even think to include her in this list because we are always thinking of positive portrayals. You just cannot deny the burning hate you feel inside for Umbridge and we can partly thank Imelda Staunton for this.

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What do you guys think? It is so hard to make these lists because of so many great actors! Do you agree or disagree with my lists?

Feel free to comment and join the Rave! 

Keep reading my bookish friends,

-S

HP Month: 3 of the Best Actor Portrayals

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Hello my friends! As many know the Harry Potter films are fantastically successful. Even many of those who haven’t read the book have seen the films. Now I am entering a disclaimer now, THE BOOKS ARE ABSOLUTELY BETTER, but that doesn’t mean the movies aren’t amazing as well.

It’s an absolute wonder to see the wizarding world we visualized in our heads to play out in a cinematic fashion. I must say, the casting is absolutely brilliant in these films, each actor bringing to life the wonderful character J.K Rowling created. I think today we should discuss our favorite actor portrayals in the films. Don’t worry my friends, we will revisit the topic of the movies for more discussions over other aspects.

So with much deliberation, I have put together a list of three actors that captured their role perfectly. A part two will be soon to come!

1.Severus Snape portrayed by Alan Rickman

As you all know, I am quite the fan and supporter of the great Severus Snape, and I think some of that has to do with Alan Rickman’s fantastic performances in all the movies. He fully captured Snape’s dark and disinterested nature, as well as his scorn for Harry Potter. He radiates broodiness and mysteriousness just as I imagined. Even more brilliant, J.K Rowling told Alan Rickman his character’s fate, so that he would be able understand Snape better, understand his motivation and drive for his actions, and be able to depict that properly for us dedicated fans. We musn’t forget that some of the most quoted sayings from the books and movies came from the one and only Snape. Alan Rickman was absolutely wonderful, and he gave the world a performance that is unforgettable. He will forever be missed.

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2.Professor McGonagall portrayed by Maggie Smith

We all love a fierce character who you can’t help but love. Maggie Smith is that for me. She capturess McGonagall’s sarcastic nature, her wittiness, and her ability to intimidate even the darkest of character’s in this series. I love how she always fights for Harry, and even over the years when he got into some serious trouble, she ensured he never left Hogwarts. Maggie was perfect for the character, and it’s even more heartwarming that she was the one to suggest that Daniel Radcliffe be auditioned. This tells me that her  what could be perceived as motherly actions towards Harry Potter is absolutely real! Don’t you just love real chemistry between actors? Maggie brings a dash of humor, concern, love, determination, and real fight to the character of Minerva McGonagall.

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3.Hermione Granger portrayed by Emma Watson 

Being the bookish, brilliant, and the brains of the world renown trio, you would think that Hermione Granger’s character would be difficult to portray, but Emma Watson is no amateur. Watson has been brilliant since age 9, when she auditioned for the role of Granger. Perfect for the role, we have watched Emma grow up on the big screen,  and over the years she continually added depth to her character. She excellently portrays the perfect student, complete with the quick and straight arm raise to answer a question that has yet to even be completed, and the hesitance to break the rules. A faithful friend till the end, she spews wisdom beyond her years quite often, and is the glue that holds the trio together. You cannot deny the chemistry between the trio on screen, and I honestly believe Emma, Daniel, and Rupert by the end had a friendship just as true and as faithful as Harry, Hermione, and Ron! Emma really encaptures the spirit of Hermione, and without her I don’t think the character would have ever come alive on the big screen as it has!

What are your thoughts? What actors do you think belong in a part two of this post? Are there any actors you disagree with on this list!

As always feel free to comment and join the Rave!

Stay magical!

-S

 

HP Month: Theme Discussion-Love

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Hello my bookish friends! To continue with Harry Potter month on Read Rave, today I would like to discuss the theme of love and how it appears in these lovely books.

Some may argue, like myself, that love is the central theme in these stories. Now the type of love varies from romantic love, friendship love, love for family, and motherly love. Rowling also demonstrates, what a life without love is worth. The story of Harry Potter simply would not exist without love.

Let us start with the love that began Harry’s story, the strongest love of them all as some claim, the love of a mother. My mother always tells me I cannot completely understand love, and its power fully, until I become a mother. I believe this is common ideology, and J.K. Rowling demonstrates this in a physical manner in this series. When Lord Voldemort sought out an infant Harry due to a prophecy that predicted a child with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord, Lily Potter gave her life protecting her son. By doing this she cast a physical manifest of her love onto her son, thus creating the protective spell that keeps Voldemort from touching Harry in the first three books. Rowling shows us the immense power of the love of a mother, by physically making it keep Harry safe. This is absolutely brilliant, and I think really emphasizes the importance of love that she wished to convey in her writing.

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Friendship and the love that accompanies such is very apparent in this story. As with Lilly Potter, Harry’s story would not be complete without his best friends Ron and Hermione. They both show so much love and support for him. One of my favorite examples of this is in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. As the trio is attempting to find the stone, they must past through a series of obstacles. In one of the obstacles, the three must play their way across the room in a game of wizarding chess. Ron sacrifices his own knight piece, thus sacrificing himself, in order to allow Harry and Hermione to win the game. He demonstrated his love, and his faith in his friend. Thus only Harry and Hermione continued. Hermione then stayed behind after drinking a potion, thus sacrificing herself as well. At such a young age, these three understood friendship and love, the sacrifice it sometimes requires, but the strength and power it gave them as well.

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And I must not forget the dabbles of romantic love we find in Harry Potter as well! Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione! *sigh, this HP lover’s heart is content* As with our other two examples, having someone to love makes one so much stronger!

As I mentioned, J.K Rowling also demonstrated what life without love can be. Lord Voldermort was conceived under the effect of a love potion, and grew up without love in his life. Now not all turn into the most evil wizard in history due to the lack of love, but we can make a connection to how dark it can make a person’s life. Is life without love worth living?

Every step of the way, Harry Potter was surrounded by love. This love made him stronger, made him good at heart, and allowed him to understand real fundamental keys of life, such as the power of selflessness and sacrifice. Love allowed him to prevail, and that is such a beautiful thing.

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I could go on so much longer about the theme of love found in Harry Potter. I didn’t even touch on Molly Weasley, Dumbledore, Sirius Black, Lupin, Severus Snape, all who which made such an impact on Harry’s journey. We may have to revisit this theme later this month!!

I love hearing from you all! What are your thoughts? What do you think is the best example of love in this series? Do you think it is the central theme or does another theme stand out to you more?

As always, continue reading, loving Harry Potter, and join the Rave!!

-S

HP Month: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

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Hello my fellow Potterheads! Today I will be raving about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I could not wait for the release of the book last summer. My friend and I waited in line to get it right at midnight, and I was so stoked to immerse myself back in the wizarding world. It took a bit of time to get used to the format of the book, as it is the script for the play in London, but once I was used to it, I could not put it down.

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Rating: 9/10

Read Again: Absolutley


The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

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

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

~ Goodreads


So I thought it was super cool how we got to get reacquainted with our old friends Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Ginny, while meeting the next generation of Potters and Weasley’s as well.  The play really shows the struggle Albus is having living in the shadow of his famous father. The story really took a different turn than I was expecting, and I don’t want to give too much away, but I was not expecting some events of the past to make an appearance in the story as they did. One element I absolutely loved was the incorporation of Severus Snape. I think the way he was depicted in this story really supports my viewpoint of his heroic nature in the original Harry Potter series.

I would have loved to have made it to London to see the original cast perform, as I believe they have already recasted the roles, but there is still hope for this obessesed HP fan. The countdown has begun for the release of tickets to the BROADWAY SHOW IN NEW YORK CITY!!!!!!

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I love everything Broadway and am absolutely overcome with excitement that my favorite heros are about to make their debut on the stage!!! Needless to say, I have already begun saving to buy a ticket to see the show! I have not seen a broadway musical on Broadway and I can find no better show to make my first than Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!!! The live countdown has begun!

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What are your thoughts on the story? Has anyone actually seen the play in London? Is it as wonderful as I imagine? Is anyone else absolutely hyped for the Broadway version as I am?

Please feel free to comment, and don’t forget to join the Rave!

-S

HP Month: Why Severus Snape Is A Hero

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Many people have drastically varying opinions on the one Severus Snape. Some see him as a menace, a villain that unfairly lashed out at Harry just because of who his father was. But if you see Snape as I do, you view him as one of the unsung heroes of the entire Harry Potter series.

Professor Snape was a brave man. He stood with the darkest wizard of all time, feigning unquestionable loyalty, but Severus Snape was only ever loyal to one person. Lilly Potter.

Every action Snape took in every book was supported by his love for Lilly. In retrospect, looking back over the series, it makes it all the more beautiful. He protected Harry, not because he was the Boy Who Lived, but because he was HER son. *Insert uncontrollable sobbing*

It is literary genius by the brilliant mind Rowling. What better exemplifies the power of love, than risking one’s life to honor it? Love is such a strong theme in Harry Potter, and this is a great example of that. Love drives us, inspires us, protects us, and is worth everything.  Snape understood this, uncharacteristic for his cold hardened demeanor, but it is what made his character have so much depth.

The scene that Harry finally learns all this, about the love Snape held for his mother is so beautiful to me. His tears hold the answers, and it is in this final moment that the hardened veil drops and we see true, raw vulnerability.

What are your thoughts? Is Snape a hero or a menace? If he had revealed his secret sooner do you think some things would have been different? I am curious to hear from you and would love to discuss!!!!!!

 

“After all this time?”

 

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-S

Rave Talk: Happy Birthday Harry Potter! 

I’m Yay Yay Yay! Happy Birthday to the boy who lived!!! 

To celebrate 20 years of the magical world of Harry Potter, I will be having a whole month dedicated to anything and everything Harry Potter! 

Born myself in 1997, I am a child of the generation of HP ⚡️.  The stories simply astound me, works of pure magic (hehe). 

JK Rowling is a wonderful, inspiring woman, with such creative power to create an enchanting world of witches,wizards, and of course Butterbeer. So much went in to this legendary series and I cannot wait to share some of my insights, theories, and favorite bits of the HP series. 

Check in during the entire month of August for discussions over plot, characters, our favorite book of the series, movie comparisons, and so much more!! 

IT’S A MONTH OF HARRY POTTER! JOIN READ RAVE TO EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC!

See you soon, 

-S

Weekly Rave: Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt

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Rating: 7/10

Read Again: Once is enough

Hey my fellow book lovers! This week I will be raving over Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt. Do you all know what is better than books? BARGAIN BOOKS!!! I stumbled across this book on the bargain shelf at my local book store. What a find, am I right?!

Lauren Barnholdt is a new author to me, but I was pleased with this first book of hers I read. Through to You is such a light, cute read that was a welcome break from my series commitment lately! Any fans of Sarah Dessen would be a fan of Barnholdt!

Told through two different perspectives, Barnholdt creates a touching story of overcoming the darkness in our lives, and seeing the good in others.

Harper is the quiet girl who works for her mother after school at her dance studio. Harper wants to be a choreographer, and is working on her dance for the choreography program at Ballard.

Penn is a gorgeous, ex-heartbreaker. Known for his ability to hook up with girls, he has a bit of a reputation. After an injury that ended his baseball career, Penn left it all behind, baseball, his friends, hooking up senselessly with girls.

When Penn leaves a note on Harper’s desk one day that says I like your sparkle, things between the two begin to change. They begin to grow closer, but the darkness within Penn still keeps Harper at arms length. All Harper wants is for Penn to let her in, but she doesn’t think it is possible.

Barnholdt creates a great story of opposites attracting, in the most unlikely circumstances. This is a classic story of love being strong enough to begin to heal the darkness in ones life. If you are looking for a cute read, join the rave and read Through to You!

Happy Friday!

Here is to the power of love.

Until next time,

-S

Weekly Rave: Ashfall #2: Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin

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Rating: 7/10

Read Again: I have, but not a necessity

What’s up guys? I have been quite busy getting myself ready to head back to school so my summer reading frenzy has slowed down just a bit, but no worries I do have a book to rave about this week! I bring to you Ashen Winter, the second installment in the Ashfall series by Mike Mullin.

Because this is the first book I have chosen to review that is a second installment, I have decided to post the Goodreads summary and then give my own thoughts on the book! It’s a little different from my usual style but I think it will still work out nicely!


It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this series. It’s also been six months of waiting for Alex’s parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they can wait no longer and must retrace their journey into Iowa to find and bring back Alex’s parents to the tenuous safety of Illinois. But the landscape they cross is even more perilous than before, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities. When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive.

-Goodreads


After such a brilliant and captivating first book, Ashfall, I had high expectations for the second installment. When Alex and Darla make the decision to enter back into the dangerous Iowa, I expected the action-packed, fight-for-survival, with a little bit of love story to continue, but for me this book was a bit of a lull.

When Alex gets separated from Darla I found it was difficult to proceed because I just wanted them to be back with each other and found the details in between to be a little thick and redundant. Same ash wasteland, similar dangers. We do have an added danger of flenser gangs, dangerous murderous gangs surviving on human flesh and profiting in the trade of young girls for their own desires. This does make the need for Alex to find Darla much much more intense and pressing.

Overall, this book mostly just moves the series along and begins to set the scene for the very thrilling Sunrise, the third book of the series. This book is far more captivating than the second installment. Upon some research on Goodreads, it is rumored a fourth installment in the series is set to be released in 2018! I cannot be more excited to continue reading about Alex and Darla’s many life-endangering, and altering adventures.

This review should not be confused. I still love Mike Mullin’s writing, and believe this series is absolutely amazing, I am just stating of the three books released so far, this second book Ashen Winter is not my favorite. I still encourage you to pick up your own copy, join the rave and share your opinions with me!

I am looking for a cute, light read to round out my summer, any suggestions? 

Please feel free to comment!

Here is to a love that is worth taking risks.

Until next time,

-S