Featured Tuesday: Quotes from “All The Bright Places”

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There are some books you read and never think about again. Books that even though you liked, weren’t deep enough to touch you. There are some books, however, that stay with you for a long, long time and make you think for days, months or even years after you’ve read the final page and put the book down. All The Bright Places was one of those books for me and while reading it I came across so many beautiful quotes that I loved, that made me cry and that I couldn’t stop thinking about, quotes that I had to write down because I didn’t want to forget. These are my favorite ones, the ones that made it into my ‘2015 Book Memories’ jar, and I decided it’s time to open that jar and share them with you 🙂

(warning: contains spoilers)

IMG_20150928_135746“All because she smiled at me. But it was a damn good smile. A genuine one, which is hard to come by these days.” – Theodore Finch, page 35

“Sorry wasted time. You have to live your life like you’ll never be sorry. It’s easier just to do the right things from the start so there’s nothing to apologize for.” – Theodore Finch, page 129

“What if life could be this way? Only the happy parts, none of the terrible, not even the mildly unpleasant. What if we could just cut out the bad and keep the good? This is what I want to do with Violet – give her only the good, keep away the bad, so that good is all we ever have around us.” – Theodore Finch, page 168

“You are all the colours in one, at full brightness.” – Thedore Finch, page 172

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Drawing made by: me

Made with: pencil

Date: September 26, 2015

Top 5 Thursday: Harry Potter Spells

I am an undeniably obsessed Potterhead and I’ve a already admitted it plenty of times. I love everything about J. K. Rowling’s world and I’ve always found it extremely interesting to read about the lives of young witches and wizards and all the stuff they learn at  Hogwarts throughout the years. My two favourite classes have to be Defense Against the Darkk Arts and Charms. And what do these two have in common? Spells of course. Spells are everything for a wizard and are an important part of every Harry Potter book. I can’t even begin to count all the spells used or mentioned by our favourite characters throughout all seven books but I think we can all agree that some have been much more memorable than others. So here are my top five favourite spells, spells that I’m sure I will always remember no matter what! (Note: unforgivable curses are not included)

1. Expelliarmus

The Disarming Charm lies at the heart of a good dueling technique. It allows the duelist to rebound an opponent’s spell in the hope that the rebounded spell will strike the opponent and leave him or her vulnerable to further attack.

Probably the most used spell in all Harry Potter books and a personal favourite of mine, the Disarming Charm, also known as the Expelliarmus Spell or Disarming Spell is a defensive charm which forces the victim to release whatever they are holding at the time. It is common to see this spell used in duels, to make an opponent release their wand.

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Featured Tuesday: Will Herondale

d0d4ae256220dd85f58770c557e48fdf“Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.”

-Will Herondale, Clockwork Princess

Biography

Early life

Will was the son of Edmund Herondale, a former Shadowhunter, and Linette Owens, the mundane whom Edmund left his Shadowhunting life behind for. As dictated by the Nephilim Law, Will and his sisters, Ella and Cecily, being Nephilim, were still welcome to becoming Shadowhunters. Hence, Will was asked twice in twelve years, both times he refused, after being raised to believe that Shadowhunters were not good people and that the lives they led were dangerous and monstrous.

However, shortly after the second time he was offered, when he was twelve years old, Will was going over his father’s old things when he found the Pyxis that held the Greater Demon Marbas and opened it, unwittingly unleashing the demon. The demon then went on to attack him, and Will was protected by his older sister, Ella, who was subsequently poisoned by the demon. Before it left, Marbas claimed to have placed a curse on Will, telling him that those he love will die. When Ella died the next morning, Will was wracked with guilt and sorrow, believing himself to be responsible. Will then immediately decided to leave and join the Shadowhunters at the London Institute to keep his family safe.

Even in London, Will was haunted by the demon’s curse. Will remained distant from the other inhabitants of the Institute,Charlotte and Henry, not wanting to bring harm to them by becoming attached and learning to love them. This held true even for guests at the Institute. When he was twelve, an Enclave Christmas party was held at the Institute. There, he found the diary of Tatiana Lightwood, a young Shadowhunter who was greatly infatuated with Will. Will proceeded to humiliate Tatiana by reading her poetry for him out loud at the party, earning the spite of Tatiana’s brother, Gabriel. He was attacked by Gabriel for it and, despite his own lack of training, Will bested him in the fight and even snapped his arm, further humiliating Gabriel. This instigated the beginning of a long rivalry and misunderstanding between the two.

When Jem Carstairs arrived from Shanghai in 1873, Will tried to be rude to the boy to immediately dissuade him from trying to befriend him. However, Jem refused to be intimidated by Will and insisted in training with him. When Will learned that Jem was ill, however, Will lightened up and allowed himself to become close to Jem ever since, seeing him as his “great sin”, convincing himself that since Jem was already dying, the curse would be worthless against him. When they were thirteen, Will asked Jem to become his parabatai and when they were fourteen, they underwent the ceremony and became parabatai.

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Top 5 Thursday: Dystopian Books

Dystopian fantasy is a genre that has become extremely popular nowadays. The earliest example of dystopian fiction I can think of is probably Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, that is set in a future English society with a subculture of extreme violence. However, it wasn’t until young adult authors started covering this theme as well, that dystopian books rose that much in popularity becoming the new trend after the wave of vampire fiction that began with Twilight. Starting with The Hunger Games in 2008 (and especially since the movie came out and became a worldwide success) hundreds of young adult dystopian novels have filled the shelves of every single bookstore and have sold millions of copies to younger and older readers all over the world. I, myself, am a huge fan of dystopian fiction and never miss the opportunity to read a good book set in a dystopian society in the near or far future. So here are my top five favorite dystopian young adult books:

112357121. The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Rating on Goodreads: 4.13/5

My rating: 5/5

Summary: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

My thoughts: There’s not much left to say about this book that I haven’t said already. Cinder was amazing, brilliant, unputdownable (I had to use that world!). I loved everything about this book! From the characters to the story line to the world building. Easily of the best books I’ve read this year and if you haven’t picked up this book yet you should waste no more time in doing so!

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Featured Tuesday: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Hello everybody! Welcome to Featured Tuesday! This is a new thing I decided to do where every Tuesday I will feature something on my blog, like book covers, locations, characters, objects and other bookish stuff. So for this very first Featured Tuesday post, I decided to use a place we would all love to visit, from what else? Harry Potter of course! My favorite book and movie series ever!

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Introduction

“Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy Warty Hogwarts,

Teach us something please”

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a British wizarding boarding school teaching the magical arts, located in Scotland inside Hogwarts Castle. The castle is in the mountains near a loch. The precise location of the school can never be uncovered because it has been rendered Unplottable. Also, to Muggles the school looks like an old abandoned castle. Similarly, most wizarding schools locations are protected in order to prevent their ways of teaching being revealed, as well as protect the students and schools themselves from any harm. Hogwarts is more-than-likely a fantasy world of its own.

Established around the 9th or 10th century, Hogwarts is considered to be one of the finest magical institutions in the wizarding world, though other notable schools include Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and the Durmstrang Institute. Children with magical abilities may be enrolled at birth, and acceptance is confirmed by owl post at age eleven.

The school’s motto is Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, which translated from Latin means “Never tickle a sleeping dragon”.

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