Tuesday, July 31, 2007

My thoughts...

I found it very hard to write all my thoughts and opinions on HP 7. It's too wonderful. So, I just wrote my personal thoughts and opinions on certain subjects from the book. This helped a lot!!!
It's kind of long, but I hope you all enjoy it!

The Dursleys: I will always loathe the Dursleys. They deserve to be sent to Azkaban. I was touched with Dudley’s gesture to Harry. End of Sympathy.

Hedwig: Hedwig was a great, amazing owl and will always have a place in my heart. She died bravely and honorably.

Mad-Eye Moody: Mad-eye is the coolest character! It was so sad when he died, but it was even sadder when Umbridge put his eye on her door. That was so horrible. I’m glad it got a proper burial.

George's Wound: 1st though. GEORGE IS DEAD! I always think the worst, sorry. When I found out it was only his ear, I just about laughed out loud. I mean if you really think about it, what a perfect injury for one of the twins.

Tonks and Lupin: Besides the main characters, Tonks is my all time favorite character. I beamed when she showed off her ring, smiled triumphantly when we learned she was expecting, and just stared at the page when she was dead. I’m glad Lupin and Tonks died together.

Minister of Magic: Seriously, I think he is a prat. No offense.

Kreacher: Kreacher was always such a mopey, attitude problem house elf. Sometimes I felt sorry for him, but then I would soon regret wasting my emotions. After chapter 10, Kreacher's Tale, I felt compassionate. I wanted to cry. For Kreacher. When he started making gestures of liking toward Harry by cleaning up and fixing food, I withdrew all my hurtful thoughts and looks. This house elf has changed.

Luna LoveGood: Luna gone? What! J.K. Rowling if you hurt her one little bit I will never ever forgive you! And you Xenophilius Lovegood you are a low down wimp. *humph*

The Deathly Hallows: How cool is the Deathly Hallows? I mean it’s a completely different amazing cool thing.

Voldermolt: This is really weirid, but at some points I was able to kind of understand why Voldermolt did some things. I mean if I was a bad guy I would think it wise to do this and be mad if so and so happened. I understood it but didn’t agree with it. But, then he would do something that made absolutely no sense at all. My solution= he is 100% mentally insane.

Dobby: Dobby is a wonderful, weirdly beautiful creature. His loyalty to Harry and his friends is unbelievable. My heart froze then snapped in two when he died. There really is nothing else I can say.

Hogwarts: Hogwarts is in the 7th book! *does dance for joy*

Fred Weasley: I’m devastated that such a funny, wonderful, noble person could die like that. Fred Weasley will be remembered.

Severus Snape: Snape is a low down, oily, long haired, creepy jerk. Well, at least that is what I first thought. After this book my thoughts have changed. I wouldn’t want to be his friend and I don’t think I would trust him, at least right away, but I respect him and feel sorry for him. Snape is Loyal!

The Battle of Hogwarts: Well, my blood and heart rate was so high I couldn’t believe I was still alive. This part of the book was so sad, exciting, depressing, and joyful. Everyone coming to help fight for and with Harry was fantastic. The friendship and loyalty was overpowering and made me just sit their in awe.

Harry's Death Walk: When Harry was walking out to Voldermolt, I couldn’t stop reading, but I wanted to so bad. It can’t end like this. No. NO!. *rips hair out*

Dumbledore: Dumbledore is the bestest, wisest, greatest person ever. I’m so glad he made an appearance in this book and at just the right time, too.

The Epilogue: 19 years later. How cool does that sound? To tell the truth I was quite scared to go on. Everything was fine now. 3 more pages could totally ruin the story. But, thankfully I was wrong.

Harry's Son: Harry named his son Albus Severus? Oh my goodness gracious! How wonderfully, beautifully, tear-jerking that sounds.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was probably the most amazing book I have ever read. I discovered some emotion I didn’t know I had. I’m just in awe and amazement and shock. Three cheers for J.K. Rowling!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Harry Potter Party

L and I went to a huge release party for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Sadly, it was kind of a dud, mostly geared toward kids under 10. :)
But, we had fun dressing up and getting our beautiful books!!! ( their were so many people we had to wait until about 1:30 am to actually touch ours.)

L is Hermione and I am Tonks. I didn't have any pink hair dye so I tried orange with blue highlights. It didn't work out to well though. To add to my costume I had a wooden spoon upside down in my back pocket for my wand.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

As a book reviewer I expect a lot from the books I read. Character development, a good plot, descent content, and a satisfactory ending. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows had all this and more.

I have read the books 1-6 many times, so I knew the 7th one was going to be great. But, not in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine it to be an action-packed, dramatic, heart stopping, tear jerking novel. This book rocked!

One of the things that separates Harry Potter from other series is how easy it is to read about fictional characters and relate to them as if they were your good friends.

Review also posted on FlamingNet

Sunday, July 22, 2007

North Carolina

The Start of New Adventures

First off I want to give a heart felt thanks to Miss Erin who has been blogging for me while I have been traveling. Traveling where you might ask? To North Carolina.

My dad has taken a job in the south. So, we are heading across country.
For the time being we have an apartment where we will live until our house sells. Since we don't have our computer yet, it's very hard to get onto the internet. I will try to post as much as possible though. :D

The girls are going to a real live clasroom school and Mom might be working part time in my younger sister’s 2nd grade class. All our lives we have homeschooled, so this will be interesting.

I’m not sure if this is going to happen or not, but tomorrow I might audition for MCT’s, The Little Mermaid. The auditions up there are way different then here. Hundreds of kids come. Only 50ish get cast. I also think there is a fee for participating.

Also, hopefully I can start driver’s ed this fall which makes me happy.
(since we are talking about cars, here is a really sweet one)

Things to look for on my blog in the coming days/weeks.

1. Harry Potter 7 review and discussion.
2. Pictures of my new home and city.
3. Pictures of me as Tonks in a totally new outfit for the release of the 7th book.
4. Update on MCT.

I leave you with some lyrics from the song “May the Road Rise up to Meet you”.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Kiki Strike: The Empress's Tomb

Oona is acting strange, well stranger than usually. She’s not confiding in anyone and is getting farther and farther away from her friends. When the Irregulars learn that she moved in with her criminal father things go from bad to worse.

With more trouble being caused in Shadow City the girls need Oona’s friendship more than ever, but maybe it’s not all Oona’s fault….. The girls must join as one and work together to fix all their problems, but can they do it before it’s too late?

Kiki and her gang are back with a story based around Oona. I have been waiting for this for the longest time ever! I finally got to read it and it was absolutely wonderful!

The adventures, romance, spying, and rats are just as good as ever! I hope Kirsten Miller writes more and more, cause I will never be tired of these stories about Kiki and her friends.

This review also posted on Flamingnet.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City

Ananka Fishbein is a normal average girl, until she meets Kiki Strike and the rest of the Irregulars. Then her life changes dramatically. She sets out on a journey to map a city beneath New York, discovered by her mysterious friend Kiki.

Only she and her friends know about this and they intend to keep it that way. Obviously this city once thrived, but now its only inhabitants are rats. Well, at least, they think that’s right.

Spying and history are some of my favorite topics to read about. Throw in some action thirsty girls and you’ve got yourself a story.

I don’t know how in the world Kristen Miller came up with such an amazing story. Once you start reading you are Kiki, Betty, or Oona and you can’t stop reading about their adventures

Review also posted on Flamingnet.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Picture from HP movie

Since my sister and I won't be here for the final Harry Potter book release, we dressed up with for the movie release. (see review here)

Here is a picture:
Hermione Granger, Proffesor Trelawney, and Nymphadora Tonks

Monday, July 16, 2007

Much Ado About Nothing

Last night, Miss Erin and I went to an outdoor production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by William Shakespeare. It was absolutely spectacular.

The set was magnificent! It was set to a Mexican theme; there was a huge archway in the middle of the stage, surrounded by layers and layers of beautiful colorful fabrics. These materials were multi-purpose. Some created exits and entrances, some made great hiding places for Beatrice and Benedick (if you are familiar with the play) and some were just there to create the stage.

Once the play started I felt like I was right there with Claudio and Hero, Beatrice and Benedick, and mad as a hornet at Don John for hurting these wonderful people. This shows how amazing all the actors were!

After the play, we went up to some of the actors and actresses. They were really really surprisingly nice. We had seen the actress who played Beatrice in another shorter version of ‘Much Ado..' earlier this year, so we had a very nice talk with her and got her to sign our program. We also got some more people’s autographs. I’m still shocked on how talkative and nice they were.

This is probably one of the best plays I have ever been too. All those who live in my home town (you know who you are), go and see this!!!!

Still recovering from a spectacular evening….

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

I have always enjoyed reading Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.
I’m so glad that she is back with even more
problem children and their entertaining stories.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Fourth of July

What are your plans for this wonderful day? We are going to some friends house for dinner then our parish is hosting a fireworks party. It will be fun!
My all time favorite song this time of year is 'I'm Proud to be an American'
Also known as 'God Bless the USA'
I have two versions I would like to share with you.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

The Penderwicks

Driving on a lonely road, with really no idea where their vacation destination is the Penderwick sisters and their father pull over to the side of the road to ask directions from a tomato seller. “Take the first left, then a quick right and look for number eleven”

Little did this family know that by the end of their vacation living in a cottage on the Arundel estate that they would be telling stories about a ferocious bull, Jeffrey, mysterious hedges, and much more.

This wonderful story about adventurous, sometimes fighting, but always loving sisters went right to the heart. I was right alongside Rosalind and her true love, Skye and her fierce sense of adventure, Jane with her ‘in the works’ novel, and young Batty and her playful wings.
I am the oldest of four sisters, so that made this book even more enjoyable. Winner of the 2005 National Book Award, this is a good read for all families.

This review also posted on Flamingnet.