YA Books In A Sentence – Part 1

Harry Potter – Orphan has magic powers and an inability to go to adults with his problems.

Divergent – You can have more than one personality trait!

Gallagher Girls – Girl spies have boy problems, and also someone may be trying to kill everyone.

The Raven Cycle – He’s going to die. No really, he is.

Shadowhunter Chronicles – Literally no one will ever get their lives together, so they’ll stab demons instead.

Illuminae – You love the evil AI, own it.

Because You’ll Never Met Me – Like the X-men but sadder told in letters.

The Selection – Like The Bachelor: Royal Edition except you’ll want everyone to die in a fire.

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Your Bookish Identity Tag

I saw this tag over at Dreamland Book Blog and thought it looked like fun! Go check out her blog – its amazing!

This tag was created by Little Book OwlKatytastic and Benjaminoftomes of booktube fame!


Questions!:

  • What dystopian/fantastical world would you live in?
  • Who would your partner be?
  • Who would be your godly mother/father? [Percy Jackson]
  • Would you be a downworlder or nephilim? [Shadowhunter world]
  • Which house would you be in? [Harry Potter]
  • Which faction would you be in? [Divergent]
  • What would be your daemon [Northern Lights]

What dystopian/fantastical world would you live in?

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I don’t believe in any other answer to any variation of this question.


Who would your partner be?

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I had the BIGGEST crush on Seth Clearwater as a 13 year old.


Who would be your godly mother/father? [Percy Jackson]

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Always Athena, and if you need proof:
Throwback Thursday: 7th Grade Greek Mythology Monologue


Would you be a downworlder or nephilim? [Shadowhunter world]

I’d die in a fight of any sort, so I probably wouldn’t be nephilim, lets be honest, no matter how cool it would be.

I’d probably be a warlock – I’m down with magic. I’d be like Catrina – using my abilities an knowledge to help people (being friends with Magnus is also an epic bonus).

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Which house would you be in? [Harry Potter]

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Which faction would you be in? [Divergent]

Erudite

I may hate them for being the villains in the story – but that not withstanding, I’d probably be Erudite – if staying with my family were not a factor.


What would be your daemon [Northern Lights]

I’ve never read the books, and I’m not 100% sure what a Daemon is (I vaguely know, but not totally). I did take a quiz though and it said:

What Would Your Dæmon Be?

You got: Osprey

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You’re not afraid to say what you mean, or speak up when you see injustice. You have a healthy distaste for authority and you’re committed to doing what’s right even if it’s not in your best interests.


I Tag:

Roses Book Nook

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Melting Pots and Other Calamities

Guest Post: Why Umbridge is Part of Skynet – By: mustloveunicorns


Hello, person at the device!

I am mustloveunicorns and this is the:

Why Umbridge is Part of Skynet Theory.


DISCLAIMER:
I HAVE NEVER WATCHED ANY TERMINATOR, ALL OF MY INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE CAME FROM TERMINATOR: 2 RIDE/SHOW IN UNIVERSAL STUDIOS.

OK we can….COMMENCE!


Reason 1.)
Pink is a Sign of Compassion and they Want you to Believe EVERYTHING is OK.

Literally they want you to know (THINK) everything is ok. EVERYTHING IS NOT OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Reason 2.)
Welcoming Speeches Are NOT ALWAYS Welcome.

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, in the great hall Umbridge gives a speech. In the speech she says “We are going to be best friends.” Yeah, so I can get all of your information. Have you ever heard “Trust me she said, it will be fine she said.”

PROOF:


Reason 3.)
You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too.

In Harry Potter the Ministry of Magic gives Umbridge a privilege to teach Defense Against the Dark Arts without doing it. In the book and movie, they don’t believe that Voldemort (Yup, I said it too, while typing) is alive.

The real reason is that they don’t want them to defend themselves against Voldemort and  they have a deal with Voldemort that he gets 3/4 of the people and SkyNet gets 1/4. (Umbridge is a Double Agent.)


Reason 4.)
John Conor and Harry Potter.

In the Terminator there is a Resistance lead by John Conor and in Harry Potter they form Dumbledore’s army to practice Defense Against The Dark Arts so they can prepare. The real reason she doesn’t want them to continue with it because in the Forbidden Forest there is a portal to the Terminator World. They don’t want them to join each other.


Parting Words:

Well, that wraps it up!

My cousin Sam helped me out with reasons 3 and 4 for the Terminator stuff, and with adding the videos.

Hope you liked reading it!

Please leave a comment!

I want to know if you liked it. And if you agree!


Also From This Cousin Are:

Harry Potter: As Told By My 9-Year Old Cousin

Why Pokemon IS Doctor Who (Theory)

Sam here.

I helped her out some, but this theory and all the explanations are al her own. The twitter post at the top will verify that. 

 

Sunshine Blogger Award #3

I’ve done this award twice already (The SunShine Blogger Award and Sunshine Blogger Award#2) but it changes each time due to its nature, so here it is again.

Sorry this took me so long to get to…

I was nominated by two lovely humans this time Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies and Raquel @ Rakiodd Books. Go check out their blogs! And thank you both so much!


The Rules

  1. Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog.

  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award

Questions From
Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

What is your favorite part of blogging?

I’m not sure. I like connecting with people. I like talking about books. I like having a hobby. I’m not sure I have a favorite part.

Do you like to read? Why?

Yes I like to read.

I have a book blog…It’d be weird if I didn’t.

And I just do.

What is your favorite song?

I can’t pick favorites of ANYTHING. I have lists of favorites – not all times.

I’m currently listening to:

What is your OTP?

Again – I CAN”T pick favorites.

I have an OTP per book/fandom, not in general.

What is your NOTP?

Ditto above.

Though the Harry/Hermoine pairing particularly annoys me.

What/Who is your spirit animal?

Well, my patronus is a dolphin.

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And I’m a Moose.

Take that as you will.

If you could have one famous author (living or other-wise) to write your biography, who would you choose and why?

*Paniked screaming because I can’t make decisions*

JK Rowling – just so my name would always be used in conjunction with Harry Potter.

Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune?

Jeopardy! I love that show!

And I’ve never seen Wheel of Fortune…

Who is your favorite villain of all time?

Again. Not great with favorites. You need to give me a context. In superhero films? In books? What?

BBC Moriarty is great though.

And Crowley.

 

 

 

Do you like Disney?

Who doesn’t?

What is your opinion on Loki? (From The Avengers, Thor, etc.)

MY PRECIOUS CHILD!

Seriously though, his comic redemption arc in Young Avengers/Agent of Asgard is one of my favorites!

 


Questions From
Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Which do you spend more time watching, TV or YouTube videos?

TV probably. But I do watch a lot of Youtube…

What’s something your parents lied to you about when you were a child?

SO MANY THINGS.

Though the best all came from my dad. He told me things like “You’re mother is your stepmother” – I think because Cinderella made me cry. He also told me I was adopted from an alien family (and that I was found in a trash can).

If you could be in any band, what band would it be and what  instrument would you play?

Listen. I have absolutely no sense of rhythm/music. And lack the ability to read sheet music on a fundamental level.

I took Guitar as my elective in Sixth grade and it was the worst thing ever. Mind you, being left handed and forced to learn right handed as the school had no left handed guitars probably contributed to that, but still.

I have always wanted to learn the drums though. Though I wouldn’t want to join any of my favorite bands because I’d just mess them up (but can I still meet Brenden Urie?).

What mythical creature would you want as a pet?

A hippogriff. Or alicorn because my sister and little cousin would die.

I’d say a dragon – but it’d probably eat me…

Do you have any weird body skills, what are they?

Okay, get ready.

*Stretches and cracks knuckles*

I am double-jointed, which means I’m the Queen of weird body skills.

Notably:

I can shift my knee-cap out of place, and bow my leg in the opposite direction than its meant to go, and manually move my kneecap. More so in my left leg, since thats the knee I sprained, popped out of place, popped back in myself, and walked on for a week before going to the doctor about two years ago. If freaks people out.

My shoulder is also weird. I can twist my arm so my elbow is in the front – my dad says it makes my arm look like a chicken wing, and my shoulder is visibly out of the socket (at least partially). I once fell off a stool in class, and my (Biomedical/Anatomy) teacher thought I broke my arm because it was twisted all the way around from how I fell. I stood up, twisted my arm back, and kept doing my work and I think I scared her.

What’s your favorite 90s song? Or early 2000s if you’re too young.

I’m probably technically too young – I was born late 1999, and have a soft spot for more early 2000’s than 90’s music.

But reading this question, a song popped into my head. Not my favorite if I think bout it, but the one that popped into my head:

What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?

I can’t think of one of the top of my head. Though, I find really terrible movies hilarious.

I will say I hated Plague Town – one of the few movies to ever give me nightmares, and it was terrible. Every character was stupid beyond even horror movie standards and it wasn’t even a good horror movie. Not sure why it freaked me out so much.

Do you have a giggle trigger? Something that always makes you giggle or laugh, a certain word, joke, funny face, etc.

I mean, a lot of things make me laugh. But I’m not aware of a specific “giggle trigger”.

If you ruled a country, what would your country be known for?

100% literacy, great Special Eduction programs, and a functional Healthcare system.

I can dream right?

If you had a time machine, but it could only go from the past and back OR to the future and back to the present, which would you prefer?

Future – it would be cool to see things! But like, REALLY FAR into the future.

Which are you less likely to “survive”, no coffee or no internet?

I have to say no internet, because my GPA would no survive sans google.

Though seriously, I’m non-functional if you try and talk to me without caffeine.

 


Questions For My Nominees:

  1. What’s a series with a cover change you love? A series with a cover change you despise?
  2. Most currently anticipated book?
  3. What book on your physical TBR causes you the most shame?
  4. Give TV recommendations based on 5 of your favorite books!
  5. How do you take your coffee/tea?
  6. What were your favorite books and TV shows as a child?
  7. Show us a picture of your bookshelf!
  8. Favorite video game/visual novel?
  9. What have you learned from book blogging? What advice would you give new book bloggers?
  10. Favorite and most hated YA book tropes?
  11. What do you think are your best blog posts? Link so we can check them out!

I Nominate:

Louise @ Genie Reads

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

The Orangutan Librarian

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Ryann The Reader

 

This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Tag

I was tagged by two very lovely bloggers: The Orangutan Librarian and Icebreaker694

Go check out their amazing blogs!


THE RULES:

  • Credit my bad bad self Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, use the created tag name graphic and link back to my blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

 1). WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE?

I read a lot of different genres, mostly across YA (WHICH IS NOT A GENRE IN AND OF ITS SELF ITS AN AGE CATEGORY).

But I’d have to say Science Fiction / Fantasy (SFF) is my favorite genre.

2). WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR FROM THE GENRE?

And more – but these are the first that come to mind!

3). WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE GENRE THAT KEEPS PULLING YOU BACK?

I DON’T KNOW ITS FUN TO NOT BE IN THE REAL WORLD.

4). WHAT’S THE BOOK THAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE?

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5). IF YOU HAD TO RECOMMEND AT LEAST ONE BOOK FROM YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE TO A NON-READER/SOMEONE LOOKING TO START READING THAT GENRE, WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?

See the above authors.

See their books.

All of those.

Plus:

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Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me

Arc Review: Nowhere Near You

Book Review: How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe

Book Review: Redshirts

 

6). WHY DO YOU READ?

BECAUSE I LIKE IT OKAY, WHY DO YOU BREATH?!?!?!??!?!?

(I’m bad at answering these sorts of questions….Can you tell?)


I Tag:

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Adri @ Little Fox & Reads

Teacher of YA

Melting Pots and Other Calamities

Some Fan-Fic Recommendations – Star Trek / Avengers / Harry Potter / Supernatural

Star Trek:

Illogical verse

strive seek find yield

Magpie

Graduate Vulcan for Fun and for Profit

More Time (Crossover w/ Wonder Woman)

The 80/20 Theory As Applied to Cats on the Bed

Cpt C. Pike and C/ J.T. Kirk’s guide to unexpected Co-Habitation

Objective Data


Avengers:

Apropos of Nothing

Nutcracker

In Which Tony Stark Builds Himself Some Friends (But His Family Was Assigned by Nick Fury)

Phil Coulson Knows Tony Stark’s Super Villain Name

The Twice Told Tale

Its All In The Mind

Saving the World (Is Totally a Date)

How To Excel At Supervillainy (and lose your heart to America)

and the tigers come at night.

Haaave You Met Steve? (How I Met Your Mother AU)

So No One Told You (Friends AU)

I (created from fantasies) exist solely for you


Harry Potter:

EarthBound Spook

No Place Like Home

Helix

Azoth

If Sieve

boy with a scar (series of standalone AUs)


Supernatural:

Learning Curve

When Charlie Met Cas

Lost In Time

Your Apple Pie Suburban Hell Happily Ever After

Start Quoting Shakespeare and We’re Done

19 Years Later – My Harry Potter Story


Today is the day of the Harry Potter epilogue.

Yes, I informed every person I came across at school.

No, I did’t do any fun Potter related things – because again, I had to go to school.

I thought, though, that in celebration, it would be a good day to write about the impact Harry potter had on my life.


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My Harry Potter Story

When I was in second grade, I was in the inclusion class at school – which essentially meant I was bored perpetually, because I finished my work ages before anyone else.

My teacher had me read during this time, partly to keep me occupied so I couldn’t distract others, partially, because I was reading at about a kindergarten/first grade level.

And I hated it. Reading was boring. The books they gave me were boring. I did find some I liked, Scary Stories to tell in the dark, Magic treehouse etc. But I could only read so much of it. I would read it, and like it, but never felt the need to keep reading, or read more.

This changed when my parents showed me the Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire movie.  I hated seen the other movies. I had never heard of the books. I didn’t want to watch the movie – because “ew my parents like it” and I was 7/8.

We watched the movie. I was confused the entire time and persisted in asking questions about everything the entire time through. I thought Hermoine and Harry were dating. My mother corrected me. My mom didn’t feel like explaining three movies to me, so they rented all four so I could watch them through. I loved them. I wanted more. But the fifth movie wouldn’t come out for about a year at that point. My mom told me the books were finished (the seventh book had come out fight about this time).

I tried to check the first book out from the library. Its a sixth grade reading level, which I had decidedly not reached. They wouldn’t let me check out the book.

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That Christmas, my grandmother bought me the box set of the books. It was decadent too hard for me to read. I stubborned through it on the principle that I wanted to prove people wrong – and that I did in fact like it. I didn’t stop reading until I finished the series. It took me about a year to finish the seven books.

Third grade – I finished the books. I was a seventh grade reading level. Every quarter I was the top reader of the school – not just the grade level – from the rest of my time in Elementary school – I won us ice cream parties.

Thus began my love of reading. And my obsession with Harry Potter.

When I was in fifth grade. My grandmother took me to New York and we went to the Harry Potter exhibition at my insistence. I own a time turner necklace and Ravenclaw robes from Harry Potter world at Universal. In seventh grade, a friend and I started a Harry Potter club at school – our sponsor was named Ms. Luna and I consistently called her Ms. Lovegood though not entirely on purpose.

I’m currently making my ten year old cousin (the cousin from Harry Potter: As Told By My 9-Year Old Cousin) read the books and she is on book six now.

Me and my friends are planning a Harry Potter movie marathon for an end of Senior Year celebration, all 20+ hours straight before we graduate.

Harry Potter has such a big role in my life, and today seemed like the day to share it.

Mini Movie Reviews #2: The Lego Batman Movie / Suicide Squad / Rogue One / Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them / Dr. Strange / The Mummy (2017) / Star Trek: Beyond

I’ve had so many movie reviews, half finished, chilling in my drafts for so long that I’ve just decided to make a whole bunch of mini reviews to get through them,or they’ll probably be in my drafts forever. Also, book reviews are going to be a bit scarce for a while (more on that in another post), so, mini movie reviews will be the way to go, especially from the backlog.

This is essentially the Fandom Movie edition of mini movie reviews.

You can see my first mini movie reviews here: Mini-Movie Reviews: American Ultra + Pride Prejudice and Zombies + Neighbors (2) + Kindergarten Cop 2

Let’s do this!


The Lego Batman Movie

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This movie doesn’t take itself too seriously. And when watching it, you have to remember that it is a PG lego movie intended for 8 year olds.

The Lego Batman movie doesn’t take itself seriously, it completely hilarious, and plays on a lot of references to other batman movies, as well as tropes in other batman stories (i.e. he’s an angsty loner with no people skills, Alfred as a father figure, Robin as his son). Its a very funny movie – with Robin being adopted and asking for “experimental surgery to make his eyes bigger and more vulnerable looking” to the Joker’s quips about being Batman’s most hated villain that made it sound like a romantic relationship (and made a whole bunch of people low-key ship Joker and Batman).

Its a funny movie, and its well written (and there is no ear0worm-y song like the Lego Movie, though if you liked that you’ll like this). And over all I really enjoyed it. More than Batman V. Superman, at least this one had a plot, even if it is for kids.


Suicide Squad

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Suicide Squad is a part of the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) which currently includes Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, and Wonder Woman.

Suicide Squad is a fun, entertaining movie. Its fast paced, hilarious, and honestly so much better than Batman V. Superman.

But, it is very info-dumpy, as it attempts to introduce, and utilize, a lot of very complex characters, very quickly, and if you don’t know them from the comics, it can be very hard to understand them throughout the movie, and especially at the end.

The action scenes are very visually appealing, though the plot fell flat and rushed at parts. I did like the acting, but a lot of the script was very, over the top at parts.

I did really like it, I know many people have mixed feelings on it. But really, it does’t have to be watched as part of the larger universe, as currently, these characters don’t make an appearance in any other movie, and the most this movie does to further the larger plot of  the DCEU, is Amanda Waller’s deal with Bruce Wayne in the epilogue, that allows both the Suicide Squad, and Justice League, to form.


Rogue One

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Rogue One is a Star Wars, one-off story, set immediately before the events of the first movie (Episode 4) chronicles the rebels who stole the information integral to the resistance.

It is a fast-paced, action packed Star Wars story that blends seamlessly into the original trilogy (though with far better graphics).

Its great if you like Star Wars, and isn’t lessened by the fact that, if you know Star Wars, you know exactly how it must end.

The end may fall a little flat if your not already a Star Wars fan though, as it does assume you know at least the larger details of the world-building etc.


Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them

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Fantastic Beasts is set in the same universe as Harry Potter, though it is NOT a Harry Potter movie, as it is set decades before the events.

Fantastic Beasts follows Newt Scamander (who wrote the textbook Harry and friends use titled Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them) as he, essentially, to traveling, doing research to write the book, post graduation from Hogwarts.

The movie chronicles him coming to America in the 1920’s, where the magic community is very different than in Britain (i.e.. Salem witch trials still in the forefront of memory), as he attempts to bring one of his creatures to its natural habitat and gets caught up in all sorts of trouble, with his creatures getting loose, and meeting wizarding officials in America who are after him for causing trouble.

If you like the Wizarding world, and want to know more about it, this is a great movie. Its funny, its entertaining, and its in part written by JK Rowling. The characters and the plot are great.

It also sets the stage for the next few movies, chronicling Dumbledore and Grindelwald – who we know from the HP series was the first dark lord, that Dumbledore defeating, and was once friends with (and some people think was in love with).

This movie also introduces the concept of an obscures, which raising more questions on the story of Ariana Dumbledore that I’m sure we’ll see in later movies, and I am very excited for.


Dr. Strange

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One of the new characters introduced in this phase of the MCU is Dr. Stephen Strange. A neurosurgeon who loses the fine motor function of his hands, and turns to mystical powers for help.

It also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, so, you know.

To me, it is one of the best Marvel movies – both because of the acting, the writing, and the special effects which were very Inception-like.

Dr. Strange is one of my favorite comic characters, and while obviously things are changed up (they made him a bit more likable in the movie) I think they did him justice. The movie was well paced and pretty funny. I like the relationships in it too, and that they did’t rush the impending romance into insta-love territory.

I’m excited to see more of Dr. Strange in the upcoming movies.


The Mummy (2017)

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The Mummy. A much talked about movie.

Lets set aside the talks I’ve seen about whitewashing etc. surrounding the movie, which is valid and important, but I am in no way qualified or knowledgable enough to touch upon.

Lets just talk about it in a vacuum, as a movie.

The Mummy was, to my knowledge, marketed as a reboot/remake of the Brandon Fraiser movie movies – which I’ve never seen but, having ridden the ride at Universal and existed on Earth gotten the gist of.

The Mummy didn’t feel like a reboot/remake though. It echoed the originals – similar plot structures in places, the book of the dead, etc. But the entire arc of the movie differed.

For one thing, the mummy is a female, and looking for a mate to use as the body to bring the devil (Set) back to life.

It is also the first movie in Universal’s Dark Universe series, a Shared Universe series Universal pictures is making involving classic movie monsters such as The Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein, etc.

This movie introduces certain topics/themes/characters and the goal of “eradicating all evil” as well as introducing Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde. While it felt info-dumping at points, and the action a bit, disjointed, it was over-all, a solid movie, with lots of funny moments and a satisfying end. I do look forward to the other Dark Universe movies now.


Star Trek: Beyond

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I love Star Trek. I love the new Star Trek reboot movies.

Though this one… I did like it, but it wasn’t my favorite. I liked where it was going, with Kirk feeling like the responsibility was getting to him as he reached an age older than his father ever was. I liked the Spock and Bones interactions. I liked the idea of the Enterprise crew being stranded. I liked where it was going, but the resolutions just, fell a little flat. It was more action movie than Star Trek, more so than the other two. And the action scenes were a bit much with the swinging camera angles, you can tell JJ Abrams didn’t direct it. It was a good movie, and I especially like the nod to George Takei with Sulu in this movie, but it wasn’t the best Star Trek movie.


I really hope you enjoyed these seven mini reviews!

Let me know if you like these mini review posts, if there are any movies you want me to review, if you’ve seen any of these and agree/disagree with my thoughts, I’d love to hear yours!

 

 

Bookish Baking #6: Harry Potter Cauldron Cakes

My first was a Butterbeer recipe and my second was Night Circus Cinnamon Things. The third was Blue Cookies from PJO. Fourth was Treacle Tart . Last week was Treacle Pudding. Don’t worry, this will be the last Harry Potter recipe for a while.
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CAULDRON CAKES

INGREDIENTS
SPICE MIX (this is essentially pumpkin spice mix)
  • ½ tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
THE RECIPE
  • 2 tsp of the spice mix
  • ½ tsp almond essence
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • ½ cup (115g) butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • icing sugar for dusting
Sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1¼ cups boiling water
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat your oven to 175C/350F.
  2. Mix together the spice mix and place in a air tight container. You’ll only be using a bit of this mix for this recipe.
  3. Place in the food processor and blend, then repeat with the rest.
  4. By hand, mix the 1½ tsp of spice mix, 1 tsp vanilla essence and ½ tsp of almond essence.
  5. Set aside.
  6. In a mixer, beat the butter, then add in the sugar.
  7. Beat for a few minutes until creamy.
  8. Add in the flour, then the milk.
  9. Spoon into baking containers.
  10. To make the sauce, in a smaller bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cocoa so well combined.
  11. Spoon on top of the cake mixture.
  12. Pour the boiling water over the sauce powder and cake mixture and place in oven.
  13. Bake for 45 minutes.
  14. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

This recipe is adapted from many I’ve seen.

Below are some great Potter candy recipes from Food In Literature, which I love!

Other Recipes:

Acid Pops

Cockroach Clusters

Pepper Imps

Peppermint Humbugs

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WHAT WOULD THAT VILLAIN READ? – TAG

This super fun tagged was created by Lashaan and Trang over @Bookidote!! Go check them out!

I was tagged by the ever lovely and amazing Orangutan Librarian – check out their blog, its one of my favorites!

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I LOVE villains. I’m fond of villain redemptions stories, and antiheroes tend to be some of my favorite characters. So this tag is great!


Rules:

  • Pick 5+ villains and wonder what books they are most likely to read (feel free to use our villains or find new ones!)
  • Nominate bloggers! As many as you want!
  • Have fun in the world of villainy!

–1. Catwoman –  Six of Crows

Its about criminals, but criminals who aren’t bad people and can be redeemed and fin love along the way (from what I’ve heard at least) – she’d love it.

2. Dracula – Twilight

I don’t think he’d pick this one up on his own. Someone would give it to him as a joke to horrify him and he’d keep reading because he’d be entertained by how wrong the 21st century is about vampires. It’d be his guilty pleasure read.

–3. The Joker – The Book Thief

This book is about the depths of human depravity (holocaust) from the view of death himself. The Joker would love this.

–4. Moriarty – Murder on the Orient Express

He’d be a fan of mystery novels I think.

–5. Voldemort – They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group

(yes, I did straight up google KKK books, why would I know this off the top of my head?)

I didn’t want to repeat any of the (marvelous) answers I’d seen before (like Mein Krampf) but similarly, since Voldemort is all about that racial purity, I thought he might want to see how even the muggle accomplished it.

-6. Loki – War of the Worlds

He’d enjoy living vicariously through “aliens destroying earth” stories.

-7. Dr. Horrible – Vicious

Dr. Horrible would relate so hard Victor Vale – both villains, neither a bad person, both hate the so-called hero who is dating the girl they like… It works!

-8. Hades – Percy Jackson

I think he’d enjoy reading his own story – if only to complain about everything thats “wrong” and how under appreciated he is. He’s a drama queen.


I TAG:

 

The first 5 are the same villains as the original. I added the last three for fun. Feel free to use them!

What do you think of my answers?

Do you agree?

Let me know!