Saturday, December 31, 2016

Quartz Gazette 2016 Recap - The Books, Movies, and Shows of 2016 + The Return of the Gazette

Quartz Gazette 2016 Recap

Quartz Gazette's been a bit absent of late, mostly because I decided to retire it, due to my new posting schedule. However I ended up missing doing these recap posts, so it's back! A lot has happened since my last post and I'm not about to try to cover it all, so I decided, why not welcome this feature back with a recap of the year.

A lot has happened this year, I entered high school, sunk into so many more fandoms, and finally got my long dreamed of sewing machine.


2016 was (should I use present or past tense?) also the year where I discovered an interest in politics and the happenings of the world.

The 2016 election was the first one I payed close attention to. I'd been following it ever since the primaries (which were quite interesting.... I still can't believe candidate genital size was an actual area of contention).

Overall 2016's been a roller coaster of a year, both in good and bad ways.


I'm both eager and admittedly, a bit worried, to see what 2017 brings. Okay we're done with the sappy stuff, let's move onto the books. (I'll also be throwing in some movie/show love towards the end.)

So remember when I said I'd keep a better record of the books I read in 2016....


Well, I did do better this year, but there's still much room for improvement.... In 2017 I'm going to give All About Books' spreadsheet a go, we'll see how it works out.

Cassidy has read 95 books toward their goal of 200 books.

As you can see, my goal this year was not met (at all). I totally underestimated how much life would get in the way of my reading time.... My goal for next year will most likely be around 100, hopefully something I can achieve.

For the next bit, I'm gonna borrow some questions from Jamie's End of the Year Survey. I participated in the 2015 End of the Year Survey, and was planning on doing the same this year, but I ended up deciding to only pull a few questions. (I was too lazy to answer them all if I'm honest. It's hard to pick between all the great books I've read this year).

Carry On

Best Book You Read In 2016?

I don't know a single bookworm who doesn't despise this question, after all, forcing us to choose between our precious books is unnecessarily cruel.... However this year the question isn't quite as hard, mostly because there's a clear standout, that I've already reread at least three times. And that is... Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. If you don't have this book in your life, you need it. Also because there were so many other amazing books:

Notable Novels from 2016


The Beauty of Darkness

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

A lot of books have disappointed me this year (mostly due to the fact that I've become pickier), honestly there isn't a major standout, so I'll talk about a couple particularly disappointing ones.

Ever the Hunted: I was super excited to read this one, and was super ecstatic when my request was approved on Netgalley. However, I ended up DNFing because the story was flat and very tropey, also the romance was kinda getting on my nerves. Though that cover is still undeniably a beauty.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies: I'd heard so many good things about this book, and my expectations were pretty high. I put it aside around the 50% mark, intending to pick it up again, but after a month of it going untouched, I decided to DNF. (I just realized I DNF a lot of books about halfway for some reason....) I just never clicked with Norah, the book wasn't bad, just wasn't for me.

The Beauty of Darkness: This book earns the tops spot. Mostly, because, I'd already spent so much time reading the previous books in The Remnant Chronicles, only to get bored in the final book, The Beauty of Darkness. It's always disappointing for a final book in a series to fall short, much less one you'd already read 620 pages of.... I do intend to finish it someday, as I only have 64 pages left, but still, it was a pretty major disappointment.

Wolf by Wolf

Best series you started in 2016?

Wolf by Wolf was a welcome surprise. I'm beyond happy that I ended up finally reading it. It's just one of those books I knew I'd love from the first page. I really need to get my hands on Blood for Blood!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

It took me a bit to whittle the list down to one, as I'm a notorious cover judger and pretty cover gusher, however, in the end I had to pick Aristotle And Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, because the topography is just gorgeous, not to mention the beautiful art.

Creativity Inc.

Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2016?

I mostly picked up Creativity Inc. because, hello, newborn animation freak here. I loved learning about how Pixar functioned, how the structure of the company fostered creativity, and how the company has struggled. Honestly, this novel has made me want to work in animation so much more. Speaking of Pixar, I have a lot of their films to catch up on. I still haven't seen Toy Story, can you believe it?

Yuri on Ice

OTP of the Year (you will go down with this ship!)

Seriously, I'm suppose to choose??? 2016 has been a great year for shipping, and I am not picking between my ships, so enjoy them all.

The Ships of 2016


Cursed Child

Book That Made You The Most Mad?

To say Cursed Child made me mad, is the understatement of the century.... Just ask my family, I was yelling at the book the whole time I was reading it. The main cast from the Harry Potter series was out of character, the plot was a mess, the story and the twists (if you can even call them that) felt so damn lazy. The only good thing was Scorpius Malfoy, he is a precious cinnamon roll, and pretty much the only character I liked in Cursed Child. I mean Albus was fine, but sometimes he got on my nerves.

Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017?

We'll be pretending that says books, as once again, my flawed decision-making skills are becoming apparent.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love: A book about a girl trying to find a boyfriend using K-dramas? Say no more. I've only seen two Korean Dramas (Boys Over Flowers and Goong), but I loved both, and both left me in terrible show holes, so I've been avoiding K-dramas for the time being to protect my fragile heart. Also the mc is going to Stanford??? Color me envy green, cause damn, I'd love to go to that school, but there's no chance....

Once and for All: I can't wait to read this book because, SARAH DESSEN!!! Plus the mc is a total HEA cynic, and I love hanging with my kind. Also I am totally digging that cover.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue: Time-traveling and history, I AM SO IN. Don't even get me started on the unrequited crush on bff part, and freaking 18th-century Europe.

Rogue One

Best Shows & Movies?

Before 2016, I rarely watched shows or movies, I probably graced the theater with my presence like once a year. However, this year, everything changed, because I got addicted to animation.... So here are some of my favorite shows and movies of 2016:

Voltron: Legendary Defender: Tumblr is to blame for this one (as it's to blame for a lot of things). I never thought I'd like Voltron, I mean, the mecha genre has never interested me. But Voltron is different, it has a very serialized plot, well-developed characters, and it's not all about the fight scenes, not to mention the beautiful animation. In short, it's the perfect show to get addicted too.

Yuri on Ice: No, this show isn't what you think it is. In this case Yuri doesn't mean that... it's just the shared name of two characters, nothing more. Yuri on Ice's plot is quite simple, but the bonds between the characters are so strong and organic. The entire story is centered around Yuuri Katsuki, and how he develops and grows, both as a person and as a skater, throughout the show. The music is amazing, and the animation is beautiful (well some places it was a bit lacking, most likely due to budget constraints). Either way, I'd highly recommend it.

Zootopia: This one's still my favorite, even after Moana. I love how the film handled the delicate issues currently affecting our society, and the positive message it gave. I'm rooting for Zootopia, though I'm expecting Moana to sweep the Oscars, due to the fact that it's fresh in everyone's mind, has an amazing soundtrack, and of course, is a Disney Princess film.

Rogue One: One thing here doesn't match.... I don't see much live action, however I went to see this one with my brother, and absolutely loved it. Unsurprisingly, K-2SO was my favorite, gotta love that snarky bastard. As someone who's only seen two Star Wars films (this one and Force Awakens), I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. I might actually check out the rest of the franchise because of Rogue One, (view spoiler)[though I'm still freaking salty over the fact that they killed off everyone].

I'm Joining the Winter 2017 Comment Challenge!

I don't do many challenges, as a lot of time, they just aren't my thing. However, I always like participating in FLYLēF's and A Kernel of Nonsense's Comment Challenge. It's a great way to get to know other bloggers, and I'm so excited to get to know my partner this time around!

I Was Interviewed!

If you'd like to know a bit more about me, than check out my interview with Isobel @ Write through the Night. She asked so many great questions, and I had such a fun time answering them!

Well that's a wrap! How was your 2016? What are you looking forward to in 2017?
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

In Which I Accidentally Ramble on About My Reading Habits - Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill Review

Ever the Hunted Review

When I go into a book, I'm always anticipating a spark, a moment where the book fully grasps my attention, and I become invested in the story and in the characters. Sometimes it's gradual, and I don't realize it's happened until I've finished the book, sometimes I can pinpoint the moment, the exact chapter, where everything clicks, and the story just comes to life. Sometimes it's the first page, sometimes it's not till 3 chapters in, or sometimes it just never happens, like with Ever the Hunted.

Synopsis & Details:


Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to read more... her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

Title: Ever the Hunted
Author: Erin Summerill
Series: Clash of Kingdoms #1
Publication Date: December 27th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Source: I received an arc from the publisher for review consideration (thanks HMH!) this in no way affected my review, cross my heart.

I'm not sure if I'm the only one who reads like this (I only realized this about myself recently), and if I am, I hope my explanation of my odd ways makes sense. Either way, the main reason I DNF books, is just this moment never coming, and Ever the Hunted falls right into this trap.

In the 50% of the book, I read, I was bored most of the time.


The story was flat, and I never connected with the characters and their motivations, never really got pulled into the story. There were a couple exciting parts and questions that keep me reading, but after awhile they just weren't enough anymore.

I loved the concept of this setting, the magical system, the political conflict, all intrigued me.


However this book also felt like something I'd read many times before. It had its fair share of fantasy tropes, including the dreaded special snowflake, and perhaps even the stirrings of a love triangle (I didn't finish the book so it's highly possible that I'm wrong about the love triangle *shrugs*).

The synopsis was amazing.


It gave me the impression that Ever the Hunted would be a story about a girl torn between her emotions, struggling with the idea that the man she loved might have murdered her father. While we definitely got this storyline, it wasn't used to it's full potential in my opinion.

I think Britta was suppose to be older than the impression she gave me...


This kinda threw a wrench into the romantic plotline, cause the love interest is mentioned to have a beard many a time, and at the age I pictured her as, any dude who'd grown a legit beard, would have some years on her...

In summary, I liked the idea of this book, and the image the summary gave me, but in the end, the book just didn't work out for me.


However, I'd still urge you to give it a try if it sounds like something you'd love. Though if tropes annoy you, then this one's probably not for you.

Rating: DNF


What things do you like to see in fantasy novels? Do repetitive tropes bother you?
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Monday, December 12, 2016

A Thrilling Journey through the South Pacific 2000 Years Ago - Moana Review

Moana Animated Movie Review

I've been following Moana closely pretty much since it was announced, so I was extremely excited to see it in theatres. I went to a rather early showing on the release day, so the theatre was fairly empty, which was a lovely surprise.

Synopsis & Details:


An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering read more... enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.

Title: Moana
Director(s): John Musker, Ron Clements
Studio: Disney
Release Date: November 23, 2016 (US)
Genres: Action, Animation, Fantasy
Rating: 4/5 stars

Well, well, where do we start? How about the beginning?


Moana starts out by introducing us to the legend of Maui, this is followed by a montage of Moana growing up. This scene introduces Moana's island home, and establishes the first hurdle she must jump. The opening is well done, and slides us excellently into the story.

As a huge fan of Hamilton, I couldn't not mention the music.


Moana has a wonderful array of songs, my favorites being: Tulou Tagaloa, Where You Are, We Know the Way, You're Welcome, and How Far You'll Go (okay that's like almost all of them). They are all rather catchy, trust me they've been in my head since I've seen the film (and I'm currently aggravating the issue by listening to the soundtrack on repeat). I suppose my favorite would have to be You're Welcome, Dwayne is a fantastic singer, and this song is a great way to introduce Maui to the audience.

The animation is gorgeous, of course. The surrounding environment is lush and alive.


I found the water particularly impressive, water has been known to be tricky, and handling that much must have been quite the challenge. Speaking of water, the ocean was such a fun character. It never speaks a word, yet has so much personality and sass.

Moana has it's fair share of humor, including this wonderful quote, where Moana is yelling at the ocean:
"Fish pee in you all day!"
and of course, that tweeting joke *slight groan* (such a dad joke). The ocean was the center of plenty of gags, as Moana took full advantage of the personified ocean.


Despite being a bit afraid that the parents would fall into stereotype valley, I actually ending up really liking them, and their dynamic with Moana. While the father's role in the story, is definitely something we've seen before, and can definitely be considered a bit stereotypical, this film manages to make it feel fresh and new.

On the other hand, I did have some reserves with one of the villain characters.


(view spoiler)[I'm a bit on the fence, about that giant Hermit Crab. The song Tamatoa sings isn't bad, in fact I rather like it, however it felt a bit out of place.] I don't really have any other specific criticism for the film. I will admit though, that I left the theater, feeling as if the story was a bit lacking in some mysterious aspect, that I couldn't quite name. While I don’t feel Moana is as good as Zootopia, it's still a strong film, with a wonderful story, and great characters.

Short film segment: Inner Workings


Inner Workings is centered around a middle-aged man caught in the middle of a constant struggle between his heart and brain, the story is told in a quirky, sweet way. This short was adorable, but not quite as adorable as Piper, the short that accompanied Finding Dory (though I suppose comparing these two is a bit like comparing oranges and apples).

I found Inner Workings to be quite reminiscent of Inside Out, heck the color scheme is even a bit similar when it comes to the organs. However while there were many things in common between the two, Inner Workings is different enough to stand strongly on it's own. This short reminds you to not overthink everything, and let your heart lead sometimes.

Rating: 4/5 Stars


Have you seen Moana? If so, thoughts? Also who's your favorite Disney Princess?
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Monday, December 5, 2016

His Royal Highness Prince Overprotective Brother - Christmas at the Castle by Melissa McClone Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway

Christmas at the Castle Review

I went into Christmas at the Castle, looking for something cute and fluffy, which is pretty much what I got. Despite a couple issues I had with the novel, I enjoyed it overall.

Synopsis & Details:


A royal wedding. A meddlesome mother. An unexpected union. A European getaway during the Christmas holiday is exactly what veterinarian Katrina “Kat” Parsons needs. She can’t wait to be a bridesmaid in her childhood friend’s royal wedding, but she hopes to steer clear of the read more... bride’s arrogant older brother.

Crown Prince Guillaume wants his younger sister’s wedding day to be perfect, but he’s suspicious of Kat. He and his mother on are on high alert, afraid Kat is not just there for the wedding, but also to find a prince of her own.

But when Kat’s kindness and generosity prove them wrong, the prince realizes there’s more to her than he ever imagined. Can he trust his heart or will he lose the one woman he can’t live without?


Title: Christmas at the Castle (Ever After #3)
Author: Melissa McClone
Series: Ever After
Publication Date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: I received an arc through H.C.L. Author Services, this in no way affected my review, cross my heart.

The romance kind of comes out of nowhere, I'd seen the build up, but then it appeared a tad early.


In my opinion, it could have used a few more pages to develop.

Some parts of this book felt really cliche, and not in the good way (like with Kasie West's P.S. I Like You), but in a cringy-ish way.

At first Gill really annoyed me, his reasons for disliking Kat just seemed extremely immature.


90% of the notes I made while reading, were just me being a 100% annoyed, with Gill, thinking about how Kat, was a gold (royal) digger.

However he really began turning around towards the second half of the book, his POV quickly became my favorite after that.


As for Kat, I never felt like her character really developed, she felt a bit flat.

Christmas at the Castle had a couple really humorous moments, and the second half of the book was definitely better than the first. If you're looking for something cute to wave in the winter holiday season, then this one might be up your alley.

Rating: 3/ 5 Stars


What are you looking foward to this winter season? Are you anticipating any book releases?
About Melissa McClone
Melissa McClone’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University led her to a job with a major airline where she travelled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! Since then, she has published over twenty-five romance novels with Harlequin and been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA award. When she isn’t writing, she’s usually driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim and soccer practices, 4-H meetings and dog shows. She also supports deployed service members through Soldiers’ Angels and fosters cats through a local non-kill rescue shelter. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house.

Blog Tour Schedule
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Why I'm Thankful for the Bookish Community & How It's Helped My Book Nerdiness Flourish - The Thanks U Give

Why I'm Thankful for the Bookish Community

This post is part of The Thanks U Give, a bookish community Thanksgiving celebration hosted by Hazel and Mishma. You can read the other posts in this blog hop here.

There are many countless reasons I'm thankful for the bookish community, countless ways it has improved my life. I can not imagine life if I had not discovered this wonderful bit of the internet.

Becoming a book blogger and joining the online bookish community has made me even more of a bookworm (if that's even possible).


If not for this community, I probably wouldn't have picked up many of the books I read this year (I'd wager at least 99%). My bookish horizons have widened, I've begun reading a larger and larger assortment of genres.

Another less expected side-effect of book blogging, has been me, gaining a love for web design.


This was utterly unexpected, but also utterly exciting and fantastic. I'm hoping to build upon my current coding knowledge, so one day I can perhaps create beautiful themes for other people's' blogs.

I've also found an outlet to express my bookworminess (none of my irl friends share my same level of bookish madness *sigh*).


Before, after finishing a particularly amazing book, I'd try to convince my friends to read it, generally to no avail. However, now I have the chance to pester the entire internet into reading a book. And of course there's the wonderful humans, people to fawn over pretty covers with, cry over dead ships, and screech about amazing books. (Unfortunately I have yet to become close friends with any fellow book bloggers, due to my inane fear of introducing myself, and my terrible friend making skills.)

When I first began blogging, I found writing reviews to be a bit difficult (though all posts were a bit of a challenge back then).


Though now I quite enjoy writing them, they've gotten easier too, as I've become better at putting my thoughts about the book into words. Reviewing books has also caused me to put more thought into my reading, I've noticed so many things that I wouldn't have before.

The bookish community is just overall a pretty brilliant bunch of people.


Though we've definitely got a sliver of a dark side, that makes an appearance ever so often, we're generally bursting with bookish love and amazing people.

In what ways are you thankful for the bookish community? How was your Thanksgiving?
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Monday, November 14, 2016

Who Am I Tag - How Well Do You Know Me? How Well Do I Know Myself???



I saw this tag on Amber's Blog and I decided I was tagging myself cause #rebel. I'm a quiz junkie so I'm super excited about this tag cause there's a ton of quizzes to do.

1.

What is the meaning of your name?

I checked Urban Dictionary first, because their definitions are always amusing, especially when it comes to names. Here's my personal favorite:

A girl, whose parents were hippies and named her after a Grateful Dead song. But, it's okay her name is unusual, because she's the coolest person ever. (source)

And if you're wondering, no this is not true. My parents are the least-hippest people I know.

Also if you curious about the song the Urban Dictionary mentioned:


Other than this highly amusing definition, there was also a ton of entries about a hip-hop dude, who's stage name is Cassidy, and some from people who were either:
  • In love with a Cassidy, in ah... the most lusty way.
  • Apparently best friends with a Cassidy, who they think is awesome.
  • All in all that was an amusing experience (10/10 would do again). Moving on, let's get to the actual definition. According to Baby Name Wizard, my name is derived from the Gaelic elements cas, which means: a twisted lock of hair; ingenious, clever, sly. And apparently Cassidy therefore means "clever one, one with the twisted locks." I've also seen it defined as curly and red headed, which is wrong on all counts, as my hair is terribly straight and definitely not red.

    2.

    What is your Myers Briggs personality type? (link to the quiz)

    I took the (really long) quiz, and I got the ENTP aka "The Debator" personality type. The site provided a really long explanation about ENTP traits, which took forever to read, so to save your eyes here's a short list of what I learned:

    • ENTPs are the ultimate devil's advocate, also we love shredding arguments and beliefs (so basically #ass).
    • According to the site, we like "questioning the prevailing mode of thought" which makes us good at "reworking existing systems or shaking things up and pushing them in clever new directions."
    • ENTPs make up 3% of the population.
    • We can step on toes a lot with our ability to debate, we are unyieldingly honest, and tend to care more about being truthful, then about being viewed as sensitive or compassionate.
    • Strengths: We're knowledgeable, original, charismatic, and energetic. We make excellent brainstormers and are quick thinkers.
    • Weaknesses: We're argumentative, insensitive, and intolerant. We dislike practical matters, and can have a hard time focusing.

    Some famous ENTPs include: Mark Twain, Tom Hanks, Thomas Edison, Cèline Dion, and Sarah Silverman. Some fictional ENTPs include: Captain Jack Sparrow, Tyrion Lannister, Dumbledore, and the Joker from Batman (yikes).

    Most of the stuff listed above fit me pretty well. I like debating and can have a sharp tongue, but some of it is up for contention.

    3.

    What is your zodiac sign?

    I've considered myself an Aquarius my entire life, and I thought I was, until I found out through Amber that due to some sciencey stuff NASA has discovered I'm actually a Capricorn. However since Astrology is already pretty fake, I'm just sticking with Aquarius (also this is definitely me being overly dramatic, but I'm currently feeling a faint sense of betrayal).

    4.

    What Hogwarts house would you be in? (link to the quiz)

    Pottermore says I'm a Ravenclaw and I agree whole heartly, however this quiz gave me Gryffindor. Which is actually quite weird, as I can't ever remember getting Gryffindor, despite the many times I've retaken the Pottermore test as a result of always forgetting my password, and having to create a new account. *shrugs*

    5.

    What are your learning styles? (link to the quiz)

    Took the quiz, and here are my results: Kinesthetic: 11, Visual: 8, Aural: 7, Read/Write: 4. The last one's kinda odd, a person who loves to read and write, but doesn't learn that well through reading and writing? Haha this quiz just confirmed my suspicions, I'm weird.

    6.

    Are you more of a left-brain or a right-brain person? (link to the quiz)




    So I got the exact same thing as Amber, creepy or what. Like her I got 44% left and 56% right, so I use my brain pretty evenly.

    7.

    What is your blood type?

    I really don't have any clue. I never had my blood drawn/tested as a child, and my major fear of needles and syringes is keeping me well away from finding out my blood type anytime soon (I don't mind needles or syringes on their own, but the second their within each other's vicinity, I start freaking out).

    8.

    What career are you meant to be in? (link to the quiz)

    So I got writer! Which made me pretty happy, because my two dream jobs at moment are: working on story/character development for animated films or writing YA novels (now if only I could actually finish a first draft).

    9.

    Which Divergent faction do you belong in? (link to the quiz)

    So I got Erudite, not sure if this is a good thing, cause all I can remember about the Erudites is one power hungry monstrosity of lady, and one stone cold brother. For some reason the quiz didn't give me a description of Erudite like it does for the other results *shrugs*. So I dug around a bit, and found this description on the wiki:

    Erudite values the virtue of intelligence and wisdom over any other. The members focus their lives on the pursuit of knowledge. Erudite are expected to delegate themselves in the library reading books, or, most commonly, reading something from the computer. They are also known to have memorized the city map. Members are also known to be particularly eloquent. (source)

    10.

    What does your birth order say about you? (link to the article)

    I'm the oldest child in my family, but only by two years (I have one younger brother). According the the article, I am therefore a natural leader, ambitious and, responsible. Honestly I'm not sure how well these fit me... Good leader? Well I know I can get bossy sometimes, oops. Ambitious? I do have a competitive streak, and I've been raised to always aim for the highest grades. As for responsible, ahahaha.... I always turn in my homework, but I might have stayed up till 2am doing it cause I love procrastinating.

    So who do I tag?


    What are your results? Take some of those quizzes and let me know.
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    Monday, October 17, 2016

    The Various Pros and Cons of Hardcopies, Audiobooks and Ebooks

    The Pros and Cons of the 3 Reading Methods

    I'm sorry to say you can probably be expecting more erratic posting in the future, this is mostly due to the fact that high school started recently, and my time is already slipping through my fingers... *sigh* Now that we're done with the depressing stuff, let's move onto todays topic...

    First up, those good ol' original paper-made books... I have to admit out of all the formats, this is my most beloved.


    After all this is how I started out reading, books that I've read as a child hold memories for me in a way I believe no other format can.

    I find that I read hardcopies the fastest, and they look gorgeous on my desk (so pretty to stare at). Plus there's just something special about actually holding the book in your hands, and turning every page. Also hardcopies make thee best bookstagram photo props, there's no competition.

    On the flip side of things, with physical books, you can only fit so many in your bag before the carrying capsule has reached it's undeniable limit. Another downside is hardcovers are really heavy, but paperbacks are easier to damage, so neither is completely optimal for transporting around.


    I'm not sure if this is really a downside or not, but I'm uber protective of my hardcopies,


    if there's so much as a crease on a page's corner I feel agony. This can be pretty bad if someone asks to borrow one of my books. For example, once a friend of mine asked to borrow a book, and the next day I brought it to school in a gallon sized plastic bag. In my defense it was a signed copy, and of quite high value to me.

    Next audiobooks, I tend to listen to them while I'm working on something.


    I find them to be quite entertaining when I'm free to multitask. My mother first introduced them to me, we used to check audiobooks out from the library so we could listen to them on car trips. I loved this, mostly cause car trips are the worst. If I wasn't bored, than I was carsick. Audiobooks fixed those problems (well not sure it did to much for the latter).

    If the voice acting is good, it can be like movie minus the visuals. (which kind of is the whole point of the movie but whatever)

    However on the flip side if the voice acting is bad, then *cringe*.



    Bad voice acting can even lead to me DNFing a book if it's really so bad that I can't stand it. Another issue I have with audiobooks is, occasionally I'll get distracted, and then after a few minutes realize I have no clue what just happened.

    Now for the last one, honestly I started off really disliking ebooks, but I've slowly grown to appreciate them more.


    I love the slimness and compactness of ereaders, they're just so portable and light. A couple hardcover books can really add some serious weight to your bag. I received a kindle from my aunt awhile back, and it was nice to have, until I broke it of course. (whhhyyy am I such a clutz...)

    I've been intending to buy another, but I also need to get a new laptop and phone (hence my aptitude for breaking things, surprisingly enough the laptop has not become one of my victims, it has miraculously lived long enough to become too old and slow for my impatient soul).

    Another win for ebooks is they are easier to read in the dark at 2 am when your parents may or may not think you're asleep. Cause you know there's no need for that clunky flashlight you keep dropping on you face.

    Okay, I'm gonna let you in on a little secret, when I read on my phone I get distracted...


    (I know, I know, I'm a terrible bookworm *shame*. What should distract me from books? Nothing. But you know sometimes the internet is a siren luring you in...)


    So yeah, it can sometimes take me a little bit of time to finish an ebook. However when (if I ever) get around to getting an ereader this problem should pretty much go poof.

    However the biggest issue for me is I like being able to hold the physical book in my hands and turn the pages, and with ebooks that not exactly an option.

    So while ebooks offer a ton of advantages, and audiobooks also have their benefits, I'm gonna have to go with hardcopies as my favorite.


    Though, depending on the circumstances, at times I will prefer one of the other two.

    So you've heard my opinions, what are yours? What are your rankings for the different reading methods?
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    Monday, October 3, 2016

    Shakespeare and Gay Rights - This Above All by Lindsey Culli ARC Review

    This Above All by Lindsey Culli

    Piper is already going behind her father's back when she auditions for the school play. Then to make matters worse she is cast as Romeo, a role her uber-religious father will most definitely not approve of. As to him, a woman playing a man's role in a play (a romantic one no less) is an act of homosexuality, which he considers, a sin against God. Piper is forced to decide between the religious beliefs she was brought up on, and the her newly developing opinions.

    Synopsis & Details:


    When sixteen-year old Piper is cast as Romeo in her school’s production, she’s as surprised as everyone else. Not only because she’s a girl, but also because she’s from one of the region’s most notorious ultraconservative families. But when the school principal demands that the part be recast read more... “appropriately” or the show cannot go on, Piper faces a choice: become the figurehead to appeal the principal’s decision or accept the message the administration’s ultimatum sends to the school’s gay students, including her new friends. Namely, that they should be ashamed of who they are or whom they happen to love.

    Pitched as Dirty Dancing meets Saved!, when the daughter of one of the region's most notorious ultraconservative families is cast as Romeo in her school production, drama is sure to follow.


    Title: This Above All
    Author: Lindsey Roth Culli
    Series: N/A
    Publication Date: August 29, 2016
    Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
    Source: I received an arc from the publisher for review consideration (thanks Curiosity Quills!) this in no way affected my review, cross my heart.

    I requested This Above All from Netgalley because the synopsis intrigued me.


    I found the story idea to be really unique, and I'd also recently taken an interest in theatre (Hamilton's to blame).

    At about 10% this book really sucked me in.


    I did nothing but read for a couple hours (this may have also constituted forgetting about my homework and staying up too late on a weeknight). While I didn't manage to finish This Above All that night (it got too late, and if I sleep any later than 1:00 am then I'm guaranteed horrendous suffering the next day) the first thing I did next morning, was to finish the book.

    It was really interesting to see Piper's views change.


    I've seen plenty of character development, but I hadn't seen one quite like this before.

    I'm not completely sure whether the portrayal of Piper's very religious family is 100% accurate, being raised in a pretty unreligious atmosphere myself. It seemed a bit extreme in some cases, like the flushing people out of the woods with foghorns and flashlights. Though the anti-gay protests definitely felt realistic, and it really hurt to see her family treat people so poorly simply cause their sexuality.

    The ending was a bit anticlimactic, I just felt it fell a bit flat.


    (view spoiler)[Also Piper's father ends up giving a rose to her after her first performance as Romeo, and while that was an undoubtedly sweet moment, I didn't really see where it came from.] As for the love interest, I had a meh-ish attitude towards him. He wasn't too bad, except the part where he does some stupid things to supply romantic conflict.

    Overall This Above All was a great, quick read.


    The story deals with difficult and controversial topics without being too preachy, and has beautiful character development.

    Rating: 4/5 Stars


    Have you read any Shakespeare? Have you ever been in or tried out for a play?
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    Monday, September 26, 2016

    Introducing My Genderbent!Mulan/Amazons Retelling - Beautiful People #21

    Beautiful People #21: Mulan Retelling

    Beautiful People is a link-up hosted by Sky @ Further Up and Further and Cait @ Paperfury. At the beginning of every month, they post a couple questions, which you can answer with info about the characters in your current writing project. The link-up is designed to help you learn more about your characters and share them with the world. Find more info here.

    1.

    How did you come up with this character?

    Currently none of the characters in my Genderbent!Mulan/Amazons project have solid names (and I also don't have a title yet, normally those two are like the first things I come up with, but this writing project's been a bit different). I think my main character's name will most likely be Keung, but that's definitely liable to change.

    Keung popped into my head when I decided I wanted to do a Mulan retelling, at first he was girl, but then I decided I wanted to genderbend it and so his gender changed. Honestly I haven't been focusing to much on his character yet, I've been busy doing research on The Amazons and Ancient Chinese culture (you'd think me being of Chinese descent would mean I'm already well versed in the latter, but I'm really not in the slightest). So yeah that's how Keung came to be.

    2.

    Have they ever been starving? Why? And what did they eat to break the fast?

    Keung and his family are rather well off, so from what I've plotted out so far, no. However as I develop the plot further, I feel like such a scene will probably come along, and if it did, he'd break the fast with some steamed buns and rice porridge.

    3.

    Do they have a talent or skill that they’re proud of?

    So in the world of the Genderbent!Mulan/Amazons story, every family has special power or skill that is passed down from a mother to her children (sorry dads). So the power Keung inherited is skinshifting (which means he can change his appearance. However he can't like grow a beak, he can only manipulate the feature he already has. Also pretty much the only thing he can't change is those uh unique male parts...). Also skinshifting is like really really rare and one of the more powerful skills, so yeah he's proud of his ability.

    4.

    List 3 things that would make them lose their temper.

    Messing with Keung's family is pretty much the surefire way to piss him off, and he definitely has plenty more pet peeves coming in the future, I just haven't gotten around to building that part of his character.

    5.

    What is their favorite type of weather? Least favorite?

    Keung likes the rain, but only when it's not getting in the way of his life. Finding him watching the rain as it streams down the windows and beats down against the world is a pretty common occurrence. As for least favorite, he absolutely despises the blistering summer heat.

    6.

    What is their Hogwarts house and/or MBTI personality?

    I'm gonna have to go with the obvious and say Hufflepuff, after all the Ballad of Mulan is all about family. Mulan takes her father's place out of love for her father, Keung will do something similar for one of his family members.

    If I had to put him in a house other than Hufflepuff, I'd say Ravenclaw, as he kinda is the smart friend. Basically when everyone else is planning on doing something stupid, he's the one nagging them all about being idiotic, and trying to prove their idiocy to them by poking holes through their plans.

    7.

    Are they more likely to worry about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future?

    For Keung it depends, if there's major problems in the present to worry over, he'll think and contemplate about them until he's completely worn out. However if everything is going jolly well, his mind tends to wander to futuristic issues. (Basically, he's a full-time worrier like someone I know *cough* me *cough*)

    8.

    What is their favorite thing to drink?

    I'm going the extra cliche route and saying, tea. Well, for now. I haven't had this writing project running around my head for that long, so I'm still figuring out the plot and characters, and I have zero clues what Keung would like the drink.

    9.

    What is their favorite color? Least favorite?

    Blue is his favorite, specifically the pale tones. And his least favorite is gold, too gaudy for his tastes.

    10.

    What is a book that changed their life?

    I really have no clue which book I'd pick. I haven't read a lot of ancient Chinese novels, and I'm not even certain which time period I'm sticking this fantasy in....

    Are you working on a story, or do you plan to? If you're working on one, how far along are you?
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    Monday, September 19, 2016

    They're All Grown-Up - Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch Blog Tour + ARC Review + Giveaway

    Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch Review

    Small warning this review will contain spoilers for the first two books in this series, Snow like Ashes and Ice like Fire.

    Frost Like Night was a wonderful conclusion. I was a bit worried about this one cause the second book lacked some luster (though that can most likely be attributed to middle book syndrome), but Frost like Night was amazing and unlike Ice like Fire, never reduced me to an angry, flaming, human.

    Synopsis & Details:


    Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe. Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she read more... jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

    Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

    Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

    As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.


    Title: Frost like Night (Snow like Ashes #3)
    Author: Sara Raasch
    Series: Snow like Ashes
    Publication Date: September 20, 2016
    Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance
    Source: I received an arc from the publisher for review consideration (thanks Balzer + Bray!) this in no way affected my review, cross my heart.

    I'm pretty satisfied with how this series ended.


    Though I was a bit annoyed with how looonggg it took them to realize the solution to the, (view spoiler)[Meria has to die to save the world issue. It was pretty obvious to me the second the Cordellan dagger appeared.] But I can definitely see why the plot worked out how it did.

    The love triangle conflict wasn't as prominent (if not practically none existent) in the third book as it was in the second (Which was a REALLY good thing). (view spoiler)[I sorta realized that Theron was pretty much only a conventional romantic blockade™, and had like zero chance of ending up with Meira. Which was kinda annoying, since pretty much the only reason the second book bugged me so much was that curse of a love triangle. Though Mather, the dude I was rooting for, did end up with Meira, so there's not really much for me to complain about.] I also acquired a new otp, Jesse and Ceridwen rather quickly stole my heart in Ice like Fire, but in Frost like Night they ran away with it.

    Despite being a near 500 paged book, Frost like Night moved relatively quickly for me.


    One afternoon I just sat my butt down, decided I was gonna finish my copy, and pretty much whipped through it in a couple of hours. So if you're worried that this one's gonna be a tad slow, like Ice like Fire, then you've got nothing to fear.

    I'm sure this is kinda of a weird thing to say, but toward the end of the book, I had this little "my child's all grown up epiphany."


    It just suddenly hit me how much the story had evolved, and how much Meira and all the characters had grown. I'm really going miss them, though I'm super excited to see all that Sara Raasch has in store next.

    Rating: 4/5 Stars


    Have you read this series? Are your Team Theron or Team Mather?
    About Sara Raasch
    Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray, and the sequel, ICE LIKE FIRE, comes out October 13, 2015. Neither features her hand-drawn pictures.

    Blog Tour Schedule
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    Monday, September 12, 2016

    Quartz Gazette August 2016 - School has Started Once Again + Moving is on the Horizon

    Quartz Gazette August 2016

    So high school has begun for me, and it's definitely been an interesting two weeks. It's also the reason why I've been largely absent from Quartzfeather. I'm having some trouble keeping up with my weekly schedule, so from henceforth I'll be posting bi-weekly and Quartz Gazette will be posted bi-monthly.

    In other news, I'm moving houses this Friday. Yay for the new house, boo for all the packing. I'll also have the space for a bookshelf in my new room and that is always a plus.

    On twitter, yesterday, I passed 100 followers, which is awesome! But I'm honestly not sure how long that will last, cause my Twitter followers count is always a bit sporadic.

    Watched & Read

    • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda // This was just purely adorable, it took me a couple of times to actually pick up the book and read it through, but in the end I'm so glad I did. I just wanna pinch Simon Spier's cheeks.
    • Wolf by Wolf // Another five star! I really enjoyed Wolf by Wolf, the alternate history topic, and the fantasy weaved into the story made for a wonderful read.
    • Cursed Child // Like the rest of the book blogging world, I didn't much like this one either. I ended up getting quite annoyed at Cursed Child cause the the original trio was quite out of character, and the plot was fairly ridiculous. Hopefully Fantastic Beasts will be better.
    • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe // I was under the impression that this book was an old classic for a bit, oops. My interest was first piqued when I saw a piece of Voltron Legendary Defender/Aristotle and Dante crossover fanart on Tumblr. And then after learning Lin Miranda was the narrator for the audiobook I knew I had to read this one. I really loved Aristotle and Dante (Ari's mom is awesome!), but I felt that the story moved a bit slow at times, which is pretty much the only reason for the 4 starred rating. Also I'm super excited for the sequel, but I'm honestly a bit confused on what it's gonna be about, the first book's ending wrapped things up rather nicely.
    • Raven Boys // I mostly read this book cause our great overlord, Cait, kept bring up how good it is. I'm a bit uncertain on how I feel about it, I loved certain aspects of the Raven Boys, but other parts just downright confused me for awhile. Not too sure whether I'm going to continue on with the series. I will say this though, Gansey has my complete and utter devotion.
    • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon // It's certainly been awhile since I've read a middle grade book and it was really nice to read one with Chinese culture. All in all it was a sweet book, and quite charming. The art included with in, which was drawn by Grace Lin herself, was a great addition.
    • Snow Like Ashes // So I thought Snow Like Ashes was a Snow White retelling at first glance, which it most definitely wasn't. The plot started off a bit cliche, and I was only semi-interested, however toward the beginning/middlish of the book there's a certain plot twist that caught my attention and hooked me in.
    • Avatar: The Last Airbender // The finale absolutely tore out my heart, I was crying terribly. I can definitely see why Avatar is an animation legend. I've started Korra, but I'm not completely sure whether I like it yet.
    • Paper and Fire // currently reading Paper and Fire has been on my currently reading shelf forever, I don't think I want to DNF it, but at the same time I haven't really been motivated to read it recently.
    • Ice Like Fire // currently reading I adored the first book, but so far the second hasn't earned the same leval of adoration. Meira's been really annoying so far, and her actions make me wanna throw the book out the window sometimes. (view spoiler)[And honestly I find the love triangle to be unnecessary and exceedingly aggravating.] Also the ratings for this book really plummeted, considering how well the first book did, so my expectation aren't that high for Ice Like Fire.
    • A Curious Beginning // currently reading The main reason I requested A Curious Beginning was because the similarities between it and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. So far the book's been greet, the mc seems a bit pushy, but perhaps that particular character trait will grow on me.
    • My Lady Jane // currently reading When I was younger I was obsessed with the Tudor Era, so I know Jane's rather sad story by heart, that makes My Lady Jane even more entertaining, cause I can tell what they've changed. Also humor in this book is impeccable.

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    Happenings in the Blogosphere

    • Loony Literate Emily brings up the age old question, can you be in two Hogwarts houses?
    • These Paper Sites Does that name sound familiar? Well Stephanie from These Paper Hearts has launched a new blog about coding! I'm so excited, as she is one of my favorite bloggers, and I was so sad to see her close her other blog.
    • Free Borboleta Fran shares the news that Google will be penalizing popups and welcome mats from now on. For more info check out her post.

    What have you guys been up to in August? If you're still in school, did yours start up again?
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    Thursday, August 25, 2016

    Snarky is the New Adorable - Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall Blog Tour + ARC Review + Giveaway

    Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall Review

    Oh my what can I say... this book was just so perfectly cute. On my list of favorite types of romances, right under "hate at first sight", is cute, awkwardly ones. And the latter's pretty much Been Here All Along in a nutshell. (you know it's been awhile since I've sat down to write a good ol' review, also my brain is currently very sleep deprived as I've developed a habit of accidentally staying up all night reading)

    Synopsis & Details:


    Gideon always has a plan. His plans include running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. They do NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend and next door neighbor, Kyle. It’s a distraction. It’s pointless, as Kyle is already read more... dating the gorgeous and popular head cheerleader, Ruby. And Gideon doesn’t know what to do.

    Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings, and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. Then, both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, and Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong…


    Title: Been Here All Along
    Author: Sandy Hall
    Series: N/A
    Publication Date: August 30th 2016
    Genres: Romance, Contemporary, YA
    Rating: 5/5 stars
    Source: I received an arc from the publisher for review consideration (thanks Swoon Reads!) this in no way affected my review, cross my heart.

    Basically we have Dorian, your well put together, neat freak, list-maker, and his friend Kyle, the sweet, messy, bisexual, sporty guy (who reminds me of shaggy dog for some reason). They've been best friends since they were children, and all's good... Tilll teen rom-com cliché strikes (his words not mine) and Dorian (the supposedly straight friend) realizes he's chest deep in love with his totally platonic bestie Kyle, who also happens to be dating a uber popular cheerleader. Basically one word, inevitable doom.

    While reading Been Here All Along (BHAA) I highlighted a ton of quotes.


    This is one of those books that possess beautiful snarky humor. And you know me, the snarkier the better. Here lies my favorite quote:
    "I have become a teen rom-com cliché. There is no hope for me."


    BHAA (sorry not sorry, my sleep deprived brain is feeling too lazy to type) has this sweet earnestness to it (or should I say Kyle-earnestness *ba-dum-tshh*) As I mention above the romance in this book is very much a first lovey type. It's sweet, innocent, and adorable. Kyle and Gideon... just #goals.

    Me while reading this book:



    There a couple points of views, however it doesn't weigh down on the book at all.


    In fact I feel like the multiple POVs improved the story. While we're on the topic, my one little complaint is, sometimes the voice of the different characters weren't really that distinct, occasionally I'd have to check whether it was Kyle's or Gideon's POV cause I couldn't really tell. Though I have to say I felt like Erza had a really clear, distinct voice.

    One last thing I'd like to mention is that I feel like the character development was great,


    especially with one character. (and since I hate it when people mysteriously allude to a character in their review, without telling us who they are. The developy ink human is (view spoiler)[Ruby].

    I pretty much finished Been Here All Along (I'm writing this the next day, and yes my brain is feeling better) in one sitting. This book has an adorable romance, and if you're looking for a light, quick, sweet. read, you might want to give this one a go.

    Rating: 5/5 Stars


    Do you prefer "hate at first sight" romances or sweet adorable ones?
    Blog Tour Schedule
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    Monday, August 15, 2016

    Uhhhhh.... What Just Happened???? - Cursed Child Review

    Cursed Child Review

    Okay I'm just gonna lay this down. I really reallly wanted to adore this script, play, book thingie (we're just gonna call it a script, capiche?) I was beyond excited for Cursed Child as I so adamantly displayed in this post about the new developments in the wizarding world.

    Synopsis & Details:


    The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later. Based 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. read more... 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.


    Title: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child
    Author(s): J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
    Series: Harry Potter
    Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
    Source: Library

    However I have to say my feelings about this script are mixed at best.


    Part I drove me nuts (and not in the good way) just ask my family, I literally raged my way through Cursed Child. (You can not even fathom how many times I put down the script to yell at the characters for being 1. way out of character 2. stupid) Though I kept reading on cause it's Harry Potter, and no Potterhead can just abandon a Potter book.

    Let me just say this, Scorpius, my man is the best thing to ever grace Cursed Child (well Albus wasn't too bad himself, though occasionally his rational decision making skills were a bit lacking. But seriously, the poor dude, Albus Severus Potter, pfft what kinda name is that?)

    Cursed Child reads like a fanfiction (and not even a good one at that), not like a Harry Potter book.


    It's honestly like the two aren't really even in the same world. Plus, Harry, Hermione, and Ron feel different, kinda as if some of their personality was chopped off.

    Part II was marginally better than Part I (translation: less angry raging) I found myself enjoying the story more. Honestly beside Scorpius, Part II is the sole savior of Cursed Child. (Scorpius and Part II are the only reasons Cursed Child isn't getting 1 star) (view spoiler)[*warning, major, major, spoilers, turn back now or forever suffer* What the f**king hell (in this case foul language was really a necessity) Voldemort has a daughter... (not sure what to feel about it, kinda cheesy to be honest. I would have liked this story a lot more sans-Voldy) Also awhile back on the ol' tumblr I saw a post that claimed to be a Cursed Child spoiler that said Cedric Diggory became a Death Eater, and I about died of laughter, turns out it's kinda true... yeah no that's totally out of character.]

    Cursed Child is an okay addition to the Potter Universe (if a bit unnecessary).


    I wouldn't say I 100% hated it, but I don't particularly adore it. Though if you're a potterhead I definitely recommend you at least check it out.

    Also even though I haven't personally seen the play, if you have a chance to see the play before reading the script, you should wait to see the play. From what I've heard the play's visuals more than make up for the poor plot. I hope I get the chance to see it someday. (Rock fact: this is the first 2 starred review I've ever posted on Quartzfeather, and honestly it's kinda sad, never imagined it'd be this book receiving that honor. And yes that was an Over the Garden Wall reference)

    Rating: 2/5 Stars


    So have you read Cursed Child? Or better yet seen the play? If so a penny for your thoughts?
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