Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: “A Thousand Pieces of You” by Claudia Gray


I liked this book but not as much I thought I would. I was expecting more sci-fi and less romance but overall it was a nice read. The book follows Marguerite whose parents have figured out how to travel in between dimensions. Her father had recently died and she sets out to find the killer Paul Markov who travelled to another dimension and kill him.

The entire time I was reading this book, I kept comparing it to “All Our Yesterdays” by Cristin Terril. Great book if you haven’t read it and both books have similar concepts. And I really loved the overall story line but it could have been a lot better. And there were still a lot of questions that need to be answered but there will be more books so I’m hoping the next installations will be more thorough.
And I have to say, this was the best book cover I have seen in a while. It is absolutely beautiful!

The idea of all these different dimensions existing was terrifying. A single decision you make could create an entire different dimension. And honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was proven to be true sometime in the future.

I thought Marguerite was way too impulsive at times, too quick to judge and made some rash decisions. And I really thought she should have told her physicist mother about the other two Firebirds because the mother would have most likely figured out the whole Theo-is-the-spy thing sooner. I mean, the woman figured out how to travel to other dimensions.

And a lot of the decisions Marguerite made as her other versions would have made things difficult for them. The Marguerite of Russia was to be married off to the Prince of Whales as a virgin bride. It seemed like Marguerite just did what she wanted and then went “Oops”. (For her sake, I hope Russian Marguerite remembered what happened.) And it was also because of her that Lieutenant Markov died. If she hadn’t ordered him to back to the encampment, he wouldn’t have had to go fight.

I wish the author developed their characters more. I understand their basic personalities but they weren’t in depth. Paul was the only character I loved in the book. He is intelligent and very loyal to Marguerite and her family who have pretty much adopted him as their own. He seemed more real to me than even Marguerite. And it wasn’t their dimension’s Theo’s fault but I still dislike him.

I am looking forward to the next book to see what happens with Triad and the dimensional spies.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

I've been seeing this tag for a while now in both BookTube and the blogosphere and I have no idea why I've waited so long to do this. I am a HUGE Potterhead so this should be fun.

1) Favorite book?
It's a tie between Deathly Hallows and Order of Phoenix. I love the final scenes in DH, I think it was a great ending for the series. And I love OoP mostly for the twins and all their pranks at Hogwarts before leaving for good. 

2) Least favorite book?
Half-Blood Prince. I love the book but not as much as the others.

3) Favorite movie?
Deathly Hallows Part 2. I think the directors and the actors did a phenomenal job with the ending. There are some scenes that I would like to change but overall, it was my favorite. 

4) Least favorite movie?
Half-Blood Prince. They left out so much stuff from the book and mostly focused on the romantic aspect; they could've done a lot better. 

5) Favorite quote?
There are so many quotes I absolutely love.  
"I don't think you should be an Auror, Harry," said Luna unexpectedly. Everybody looked at her. "The Aurors are part of the Rotfang Conspiracy, I thought everyone knew that. They're planning to bring down the Ministry of Magic from within using a combination of Dark Magic and gum disease."
 I do love Luna 

6) Favorite Weasley?
Molly Weasley. That woman is the kindest most wonderful person and does not get enough credit. She pretty much adopted Harry as a son (even though they were tight on money) and was as much as his mother as Lily Potter was. 

7) Favorite female character?
Luna Lovegood

8) Favorite villain.
Dolores Umbridge. That woman deserve to be eaten by centaurs. Fenrir Greyback is a close second.

9) Favorite male character?
It's a three way tie between the twins and Neville Longbottom

10) Favorite professor?
Professor McGonagall. She is an awesome woman

11) Would you rather A) wash Snape’s hair or B) spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?
Wash Snape's hair. Listening to Lockhart rant about himself seems way more trying. 

12) Would you rather duel A) an elated Bellatrix or B) and angry Molly?
Definitely Bellatrix. You do not mess with the Weasley mother

13) Would you rather travel to Hogwarts via A) Hogwarts Express or B) Flying Car?
Hogwarts Express. I've been wanting to ride that train since I read the first book. And the flying car is way too unpredictable.

14) Would you rather A) Kiss Voldemort or B) give Umbridge a bubble bath?
Give Umbridge a bubble bath; maybe I'd have a chance to drown her. 

15) Would you rather A) ride a Hippogriff or B) ride a Firebolt?
I would love to ride a Firebolt. And giant birds terrify me.

16) Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies?
Ginny Weasley. Book Ginny is WAY more awesome. 

17) Is there a movie you preferred to the book?

18) Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?
I think they both did a wonderful job portraying Dumbledore.

19) Your top thing (person or event) that wasn’t in the movie that you wanted there the
I have a few. 
  • That scene in Deathly Hallows where Dudley says Harry wasn't a waste of space. I really wanted that scene in the movies because it showed that there was still hope for at least one Dursley. 
  • The fact that it was Marietta Edgecombe who betreayed the DA in the book and not Cho Chang
  • A lot of the memories Dumbledore had collected of Tom Riddle got left off in the movies

20) If you could remake any of the Harry Potter movies which would it be?
Half-Blood Prince. I'll make it closer to the book or just add in more scenes; I have no problems with long movies.

21 Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?
Hufflepuff. I loved that house since the very beginning. Us Puffs don't get enough credit.

22) Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?
To my immense joy: Hufflepuff. 

23) Which class would be your favourite?
Charms or Arithmancy

24) Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
Accio (the summoning charm); I'm a lazy person. 

25) Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with?
Hermione Granger or Luna Lovegood. They're very different but I love them both. I'm bookish like Hermione so we'd get along. And Luna seems like she would be a very loyal friend. 

26) If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?
Invisibility Cloak. Raising the dead is scary and I'm not a dueling person. 

27) Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?

28) Favourite Marauder?
Moony. I think Remus is like the brains of most of the Marauder pranks but people just don't blame him.

29) If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?
Fred Weasley, no doubt. I can't imagine George's life without his other half.

30) Hallows or Horcruxes? 
Hallows. Splitting my soul isn't really my thing. I'd much rather master Death.

If anyone actually read this whole thing, thanks! If you have a blog, do the tag!