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Fantastic Beast and Where to Find them (SPOILER) Movie Review

Hey Guys, So Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came out a couple of weeks ago, so I thought I’d post all of my thoughts, feels, as well as reassure all other Potterheads out their about the movie. To better express all of my thoughts I thought I’d go through this review and go through each character and talk about all of the notes and thoughts I had while watching this movie. Also be warned, THIS IS A SPOILER REVIEW! I will be discussing about all of the things, so If you’ve not seen it. Go see it, and then come back and we’ll all talk about this together.

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Newt Scamander:  I loved Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Newt. He was just so very introverted and kept to himself a lot and I personally felt the actor was the best person to play Newt Scamander. I have to say after partly watching this movie I kept on coming back to the fact that Newt was so much like Hagrid, it was a little weird. Both are introverted, both have creatures, both expelled from Hogwarts. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. Another thing I thought was interesting was the magical creatures. Instantly I fell in love with all of the creatures, but before watching the movie I couldn’t have even imagined how important they are to the story, Originally  I had  thought that they were side line characters and had no purpose and weren’t that important. But, After watching the movie I found myself totally wrong by the end of the movie. I felt as though the creatures added a light-hearted feel to this rather dark and grim story. Speaking of a grim story I especially enjoyed when Newt and the crew were in his suitcases and he mentioned a Lestrange. It was just another one of the many hat tipping moments to the Harry Potter movie that made it so enjoyable.

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Tina Goldstein: Going into this movie I had mixed feelings about Tina. I wasn’t sure If I’d like her, or if she was too serious to enjoy. Boy was I wrong, I loved the strong, self reliant character that she was as well as her interaction with all of the characters. Also I want to find out more about her and Credence’s relationship together. Was she one of the orphans? I want MORE to her past. Speaking of her past remember that scene where they are all being sent to the “Extermination Center.”? I have to say that was probably one of the creepiest parts, from the white walls and how calm the Ministry Workers it gave me a ton of chills.

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Jacob Kowalski: I have to say part of the reason I liked the movie so much was because of the dumb, funny, humor that came between him. for those who need reminders Jacob has just came back from the war and is looking for a loan to open a bakery when he bumps into Newt and learns all about this society. I have to say by having him as a muggle or (No Maj) It was a clever thing on JK’s part to explain this new society without having to just spew out random bits of information. A lot of his humor comes between him and Quennie Goldstien (Tina’s sister who will be talked about next) Their relationship together was hilarious and really enjoyable.

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Queenie Goldstien: A lot of the reason I felt that Queenie was liked was her strong interest in Muggles (Jacob). It made it very entertaining exploring this forbidden love between her as well as Jacob. One of the funniest things in the movie was watching the love between her and Jacob. She was fascinated with the simplest things about Muggles and it made me laugh many times. One of the other things that made me interested was the fact that she was a Legilimentist. For those who’ve read Harry Potter you probably recognize this as the thing Harry was trying to learn from Snape to get Voldemort to not read his mind.

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Credence: One of the most interesting characters in JK’s Universe Credence’s story is one of sadness, mystery, and grimness. After killing his Mother who was basically the leader of an Anti-Wizard group and finding out that he was a wizard who couldn’t control his powers making him become a bomb of magic that could destroy the whole world. MACUSA, the USA’s version of the Ministry Of Magic ends up killing Credence, or so they think! In the end you can see a little black speck of the magic that floats away, Newt notices it but doesn’t say anything. Which brings me to my future theories for the next movie.

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Percival Graves: One of the best surprise twists of all time was the reveal that Graves was in fact Grindelwald using a Polyjuice potion to turn into a MACUSA operative and tried to influence Credence so that he could use him to destroy the world. Fortunately he was caught and sent to prison but it was a pretty epic reveal that has made me super pumped up for the second movie.

 

THEORIES:

-Grindelwald will escape prison (obviously) They can’t hold him long, he’s one of the baddest wizards alive. He’ll eventually find a way to get out. It’s just a matter of when and how.

-Credence is alive and Newt will find him and bring him to Albus Dumbledore for help to train him to control his powers: As I mentioned earlier Newt sees a little piece of the magic of Credence escape the grasp of MACUSA and doesn’t mention this to anyone. Also it has been confirmed by one of the deleted scenes that after Newt leaves America we see Credence quietly walk on the same boat that he went on after the whole battle.

-This Lestrange girl Newt had a relationship and briefly mentioned in the movie will show up in the second installment.

-All of the movies will be set in different places around earth: The second movie has already been confirmed by the producer to have the next movie set in Paris. This has me infer that through all of the movies we will see Newt traveling around doing his thing while watching all that is happening with the Grindelwald/Dumbledore situation which would be a good way to show all of the magic around the world as well as finally showcase the epic battle between Grindelwald and Dumbledore.

Okay, I think that’s it. Overall I highly enjoyed it, and recommend anyone who’s even a slight Harry Potter fan to go and see this movie. Plus, If you haven’t seen any of the Harry Potter books or movies, you can still go and start this and will for the most part, not get confused at all.

My Rating:

5 stars

 

REVIEW-Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by: JK Rowling and Jack Thorne

cooltext133089402245467Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

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.

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cooltext133089343094800 So Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came out a few days ago and I loved it. So I’ve got my notes beside me on what I liked about this book and what I thought was eh. To start off the notes I’d say the first thing you’d wanna know before you go into this book is that it is different. So JK Rowling decided to do another Harry Potter story. She actually made a stage play for this that is being performed in the UK. This book is actually the script being printed for the Potter fans who can’t travel to see it and what to know what happened next in the Harry Potter story. Other than that I think that is the number one thing going into this book.

The next thing on my list is to talk about the book. While I liked It, a lot. I would like to think of this book as a separate  story in the Harry Potter story. It was still really good and If you feel a bit apprehensive about going into this because you don’t want your favorite series ruined, don’t be. While this wasn’t the best book in the Harry Potter books and shouldn’t be compared to the others and thought of as a separate book  I highly enjoyed it.

I can’t say a ton on the whole plot because it’s best to go in not knowing anything but I will say it does involve a Time Turner for anyone who remembers those things in book 3. Keep in mind I will do a spoiler review in the future for all those who have read it and would like to discuss it with me. Anyway let’s get on with the notes.

JK Rowling has confirmed that this is the last story in the Harry Potter stories so you have to read this! While I feel a bit sad about this and would love for it to keep living on forever I think it’s time for this franchise to end. While I think the franchise as a whole will never die because of all of the loyal fans I do think that all good things must come to and end.

cooltext133089378843909 Well I didn’t hate anything in this book. While I’m doing exactly what I told you not to do by comparing it to the other 7 books this wasn’t as good as them. IT WAS STILL REALLY GOOD THOUGH! Overall I highly enjoyed this their was so many plot twists and just re-living the moments from the Harry Potter series was really amazing. So go read it, and come back in a few days so we can talk about this in my spoiler review that will be up in a few days.

Rating:

4/5 stars

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Review-Winter by: Marissa Meyer

cooltext133089402245467 Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

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cooltext133089343094800 Okay did anyone else think they wouldn’t like this book a lot because of the little snippet and the end of Cress? I for sure did but I ended up being really surprised at how good this book ended! I love this series so much,  Words cannot describe my love for it! I actually did a review for the first book Cinder (I’ll link that below) DISCLAIMER: Cinder was my first ever review, and it sucked so if you would like to just go straight to Goodreads I would prefer you do that. But if you’re in a laughing mood go right on ahead! Anyway back to the review. I ended up loving this book way more than I was anticipating! I loved that as you were reading through the book you’d be coming up with theories for the end, and then a huge plot twist would come and destroy all of them! For those who have not read the series I’d pitch it to you as Fantasy + Terminator + Star Wars.

cooltext133089378843909Well I have to admit that sometimes I’d  just keep on thinking when does it end, but then a plot twist would come and would make this book amazing again!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Review-Mistborn by: Brandon Sanderson

Hey guys,

This book is honestly my favorite book in the entire universe. Everything’s just so amazing about it and it is honestly the best book I have encountered while on my reading journey. I read this forever ago way back in 6th grade, so a few weeks ago I decided I needed to  do a re-read and introduce this to my brother who’s also in 6th grade to get him back into reading, and the cool part is, that it worked! Anyway let’s stop this mumbo jumbo and  start this review!

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In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage — Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

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 (American Version  /   UK Version)

cooltext133089343094800 Words cannot express the love I have for this book. The characters are so likable and you don’t realize how much you love them, before something terrible happens. Brandon Sanderson is one of those authors that play with your emotions and ALWAYS comes up with the most amazing plot twists and because he somehow get’s you to love these characters without even realizing it. I loved the idea for this book, it’s so original and fun and amazing! The Setting is just so interesting and different that you love it for that. This is totally a High Fantasy Novel. He really get’s you immersed into his writing and his worlds! I have not liked any of the series he’s ever released and that’s what I love about him. This story is a Street Urchin named Vin, who lives in a world where there is a tyrant called the Lord Ruler. There was this huge fight against the Darkness that fought the land and somehow The Lord Ruler won. The world is in a wreck from the great fight and so there are ash mounts and other crazy things. But the Lord Ruler has never died, and that was thousands of years ago, he’s been stabbed, punched, kicked, and had his head cut off but he always heals himself. Some say that the Lord Ruler is god. But Vin knows different, The Lord Ruler can be killed, and only Vin can find out how.

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Well I have to admit that the pacing was a little slow, but was easily renewed for the second half of the book. Overall this book is amazing, glorious, and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy!

Rating: 5/5

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Review- The Demon King by: Cinda Williams Chima

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Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.

One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana‘Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of freedom in the mountains—riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her…

The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.

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Wow! What a novel. I picked up this book after numerous recommendations and after reading her other “Heir” Trilogy. I loved that in this she focused on wizard and magic politics. It was so different and I was intrigued the entire time. I especially loved that these characters were separate. But every time It switched POV’s. I would take it slow because every time it switched POV’s it always, ALWAYS added on a cliffhanger leaving me dying for more.  The characters were very relatable and in that way it made me feel like they were people and not just characters. I cared for each one, and when something happened I cringed reading this book out of fear for them. Literally my jaw was so stiff  the day after.
cooltext133089378843909 Somethings in this book were a little slow. The ending was okay, but not a huge cliffhanger like I’d expected, but overall this was good. The magic came in later than hoped and I wished we could see more what the Bayar’s could actually do, oh well. I’m honestly looking to see happens in the next one!
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Writing Goals March-April

Hey Guys!

Today I’m gonna set some goals for my reading, writing, and well everything in the book industry!

Well Let’s just get right into it!

  • -Well I was kinda thinking, WAIT NEVER MIND THIS CAN WAIT. SAY HELLO TO SOMEONE WHO’S DOING APRIL NANOWRIMO! I finally convinced some friends and were about to embark on this wonderful journey!
  • -Also with writing 50K for Nanowrimo, this is kinda gonna be the only goal I’ll set for myself besides reading one ARC copy being sent in the mail.
  • For March well I want to review Elsewhere part Uno! (Like that? Little culture in the’s post’s now!) Well basically what happened is I finished Part Two of a whole other POV. And I’ve totally forgotten a bunch of details and other junk. So that’s what I’m going to read the rest of March to refresh.

– Also I want a solid outline for Nano, Sorry Jared, no crazy mess the night before, It didn’t really work out. I’ve already started on an outline, It’s pretty big, like I have a list of events I want to happen but now I gotta piece them together.

  • Let’s think…  I’d like to read at least one more book before Nanowrimo. I am in the huge slump and trying to fight the slump and read as much of The Alloy of Law, but hey hopefully this will break the slump!
  • Request a book, IDK I need another book in my life!

Well that’s basically it, short and sweet! And a ton of writing to do! Anyway’s thank’s for listening to me ramble on about my goals!

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REVIEW- The Book Thief by: Marcus Zusak

cooltext133089402245467 From Goodreads, It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster-father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

cooltext133089303484155 Man I feel played.  I fell into the author’s hands and he crushed me to pieces. This book was amazing! While reading this you never fully realize how attached you get to these characters. This book is so amazing! I did not instantly fall in love with these characters, but by at least page 100 I loved them all!

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cooltext133089343094800 May I begin by saying this is a way thought out book! I love that it gave such amazing imagery. The characters were exquisite.  And the plot was so different and I fell for the plot twists every time. For those who don’t know this story is told from the perspective of Death as a person. It’s different and at the hard it’s a little hard to retain information, but in the end you get used to it. Now keep in mind that I read this book for school but it was on my TBR (To be read) list. BIG ALERT! THIS BOOK CONTAINS SOME STUFF I.E a bunch of swearing-in German. But for school our teacher had edited it for us. I would recommend reading this to your child if you edit, she (The teacher) used a sharpie and it still was as good!

cooltext133089378843909The beginning, it was so hard to retain things. At least I felt like the beginning didn’t really live up to its amazingness. It was so hard to read it, but being forced to read it by myself for homework made me power through this puppy! (Not literally)

Rating: 4.5/5

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Review- Legend by: Marie Lu

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What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. (Goodreads Summary)

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

cooltext133089303484155 Well this book was amazing. I knew I wanted to read it soon, but I guess I just always never got to it. Now finally I have and this book is amazing. There are two characters, June and Day. Day is a criminal, and June is a detective leading so different worlds their worlds suddenly crossing paths. I love this batch of characters, this is literally my favorite book I’ve read this year!

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cooltext133089343094800Well this book is amazing. There was a bunch of  plots twists that were amazing, although I saw one a mile away. The world building was good too, this is not your normal dystopian book. It is fast paced and does not have the normal or usual plot line for a dystopian story. This story is original and is a little like Les Miserables.

cooltext133089378843909 I didn’t hate anything it all looks amazing!

I love everything about this book the characters, the plot, the story it was all so amazing I have no words on how to describe to you this book!

 

Rating:

5/5 stars


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Author Interview-Jacob Gowans

Hey guys I got to interview the author Jacob Gowans author of the Psion books and the A Tale of Light and Shadow series. He graciously accepted my request to be interviewed so you guys should totally check him out in the future if your looking for a good book!

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So withought further ado, here we go!

What made you want to be a writer?

— I took a Storytelling class in college and enjoyed the writing of the stories as much as I enjoyed telling them.

Q.who would you compare yourself to in the world of Atolas?

–Ruther, an obnoxious person often swayed by his vices, but loyal to my friends and loved ones.

 

Q. Describe your book in one sentence

–A story of love and adventure that shows the depths of misery people will endure to help their friends and loved ones.

Q. Favorite movie?

–Ooh, tough one. Warrior or Dead Poets Society. Probably Warrior.

Q. What was your time frame for writing a tale

–I wrote Tale one in about 6 months. Give or take a few.

Q. What is your all time favorite YA author?

–JK Rowling


Q. What projects are you working on writing?

–Currently working on Super Six, a mashup of X-Men and Avatar the Last Airbender.

Q. What do you think one of your secrets to success is?

–I write stories that I would want to read, and I think that translates into what many other

 

Thanks for the interview Jacob. As Always I’ll leave his author page down below so you can check him out!
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REVIEW- The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven By: Brandon Mull

 

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This guidebook to the Fablehaven magical preserve is filled with everything a new Caretaker might need to know in order to survive. There are entries detailing important information about artifacts large and small, a complete bestiary of creatures (from fairies to trolls to satyrs), a guide to identifying demons, dragons, and wizards as well as valuable insights into the other magical preserves.

Immerse yourself into the secret knowledge that has been handed down through the generations by reading the updates and notes written in the margins by the former Caretakers of Fablehaven, including Grandpa Sorenson, Kendra, and Seth. Fully-illustrated, this unique encyclopedia has gathered the world of Fablehaven into one volume.

Scattered throughout the book are colorful fairies that also mark some of the characters, artifacts, and creatures that will be featured in the upcoming sequel series, Dragonwatch.

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This book really is an encyclopedia it is was colorful and I love learning about my favorite characters like the Brownies, Kendra, Seth, and all the gang. If you really want to learn all there is about Fablehaven I definantly think you should read this.

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cooltext133089343094800Well I liked a lot in this book I loved the art, oh the art it’s just so beautiful It’s just so well done! I really loved learning about everything about Fablehaven. I really wish this book would have came out earlier when he was doing the Fablehaven books because I feel like it would have gotten more traffic for the book but oh well, at least we have it now, Better now than never!

Thank you Shadow Mountain Publishing for the review copy! You guys are truly the best! It means the world to me that you sent me this!