I Just had the Most Mind Blowing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Revelation

imageY’all, I’m serious about this. It’s midnight and I was about to go to sleep, but I was video chatting with my friend Matthew who had just finished Cursed Child – and then it hit me! The Cursed Child theory / connection that no one has been talking about. I may be the first one who thought of this, I don’t know, but I need to share it with the world. Obvs, a detailed account of my Cursed Child midnight release party and my review of Cursed Child will be forthcoming – BUT THIS IS MORE IMPORTANT. I need to know what y’all think about this!

 

In case you hadn’t caught on yet: SPOILER ALERT. THIS POST WILL CONTAIN MAJOR SPOILERS FOR CURSED CHILD. YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED. GO AWAY NOW.

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Alright, my fellow Potterheads who have already read Cursed Child: here I go! This theory is not perfected yet, but I just had to get it out there in its rambling form.

Okay, two points: first: Why does Harry’s scar hurt? Voldy hasn’t returned when it first starts hurting.  Second point: Why does he hear Voldy’s voice? And Why does Harry speak Parsletongue? None of this has happened since Voldy died. But I believe that it’s at this point that Delphi Riddle has reached full Dark Lord power – she has learned to fly. (Side note: remember those giants Hermione was so worried about? THEY HAD WINGED TATOOS ON THEIR BACKS. This plot point was never resolved. Delphi is not staying in Azkaban. This story will continue! )

How is his scar hurting at her return possible? Yes, she has the blood of Voldy in her, but Harry no longer has Voldy in him. That part of Harry was destroyed in DH.

But. Get this. Voldy has Harry in him! Remember in The graveyard in Goblet of Fire? HARRY’S BLOOD was necessary to bring Voldy back to life. Lord Voldemort was reborn through Harry’s blood. This is what made it possible for him to touch Harry. Because he had Harry’s blood running through HIS veins.

Delphi is Voldemort’s blood daughter.

Delphini Riddle has Harry Potter’s blood in her veins.

*BOOM*

This is how they’re connected. She has his blood. Also, side note: she and Albus both share Harry’s blood! Intriguing, no?

 

Okay, Potterheads, weigh in! Am I crazy? What does all this mean? Help me out here, Potter fandom!

 

 

Author Interview: Mirriam Neal

It’s double post day! (That’s totally a thing. Well, now it is, at least…) Here’s to another fabulous book blogger that y’all should totally check out — my good friend and author Sarah Rose, with her blog On Another Note! Check out her awesome interviewing skills, and then go follow her on her blog! Also, I really want to read Paper Crowns now…. it sounds amazing!

On Another Note

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There are some bloggers who are simply unmistakable and unforgettable. Mirriam Neal is such a blogger. The first time I read one of her posts, I felt her storytelling seep into my soul. So much, that it’s been nearly two years and I haven’t forgotten the first post I read on her blog. I stumbled on her writing by following a rabbit trail of three or four other blogs, but hers is the only one in that trail I still read consistently. Mirriam writes with such eloquence and depth, but also whimsy and humor. Today, we’re celebrating the recent debut of her novel, Paper Crowns. (Which I desperately need to read. Curse homework for interfering with my reading habits.)

Until I can read the full novel, below is a little preview of Paper Crowns: 

pc.pngGinger has lived in seclusion, with only her aunt Malgarel and her blue cat, Halcyon, to keep her company…

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“What do you want to do/be ?

Belle’s Bookshelves is a fantastic book blog, that you should totally check out. She also posts some “Not So Bookish” things, like this fantastic little post. I love it!

The Silver Fox

When asked this question, it seems the question asker is only expecting one response. However my dreams and the things I want to accomplish cannot be accomplished by just or through just one “career” so to speak.

My dreams, my life, the things I want to do, it’s extensive and it’s adventurous and I know that will never change.

I wan’t to be everything I can possibly be, I want to teach, to be a photographer, model, write, travel, volunteer. I want to explore the world and save animals. I want to adopt a child. I want to save the world, I want to destroy it. I want to run a bookstore/cafe and have my own library. I want to run away and join the circus. I want to ride a motorbike. I want to fix trucks and get dirty and I want to be an artists, a lover. I…

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Review: The Fate of Ten – by Pittacus Lore

Fate of TenTitle: PAIN, AGONY, SUFFERING, AND TEARS — er, I mean: The Fate of Ten (Lorien Legacies, #6)

Author: Pittacus Lore

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 of 5)

Pages / Genre: 416 / Sci-Fi

Summary: The sixth book in the thrilling, action-packed, New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series! For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret. Now all of that has changed. The invasion has begun. If the Garde can’t find a way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Lorien: annihilation.

There is still hope. When the Elders sent the Garde to Earth, they had a plan—one which the Garde are finally starting to understand. In the climax of The Revenge of Seven, a group of the Garde traveled to an ancient pyramid in Mexico known to their people as the Sanctuary. There they awoke a power that had been hidden within our planet for generations. Now this power can save the world . . . or destroy it. It will all depend on who wields it.

My Review: Well, this will be interesting. I am attempting to write a review while still crying over that ending. I just can’t, okay? I just can’t. James “Pittacus Lore” Frey, I will never forgive you for this. The feels are just too much right now.

Now to attempt to write a semi-coherent review.

Heroes: In past books, I’ve found it difficult to keep track of and care for each of our young Garde, seeing as there are just so many. However, Fate of Ten steers clear of the “too many heroes” complex that similar books fall into (looking at you, Heroes of Olympus). Each of these heroes are individually complex, and you care deeply about the motivations and well-being of each one. That’s the most incredible thing about this series! I love these characters so much.

Plot: The whole series is coming to a close leading up to the final book in the seven story sage United As One. This book is action packed and exciting, as you see previous five books finally coming to fruition as everything begins to fall into place. The story alternates between two main groups: 4, 5, 9, and Sam, and 6, 7, 10, Adam and Sarah. I found myself almost unable to put this book down, and whenever I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. This book is possibly my favorite of the series, though it could have used more Sarah and more 9.

Content Advisory: Lots of battle scenes, and semi-graphic deaths. Mass destruction, sadness, and tears. Your tears. My tears. ALL THE TEARS. 

To Sum it Up: If you enjoy causing yourself emotional pain and distress – this book is for you. Also, if you have been following the adventures of the Garde as long as I have, you absolutely have to read this installment. Suspenseful, action packed, and intense, Fate of Ten was masterfully written. I recommend it to readers 14+.

 

Review: Time for the Stars – By Robert A. Heinlein

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Cover image and summary from Goodreads.com

Title: Time for the Stars

Author: Robert A. Heinlein

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 of 5)

Genre / Pages: Sci-Fi / 256 pages

Summary: Travel to other planets is a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity to find habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. With no time to wait years for communication between slower-than-light spaceships and home, the Long Range Foundation explores an unlikely solution–human telepathy.
Identical twins Tom and Pat are enlisted to be the human radios that will keep the ships in contact with Earth. The only problem is that one of them has to stay behind, and that one will grow old while the other explores the depths of space.Always a master of insight into the human consequences of future technologies, this is one of Heinlein’s triumphs.

My Review: Man, this was a weird book. Yeah, I know, Heinlein practically specializes in weird, so I shouldn’t be surprised. But Time for the Stars was it’s whole own category of strange… But I liked it. Also, this book was published in 1950. That’s crazy to think about! Over 60 years since it’s publication, and this unusual book still fascinates sci-fi readers today. Myself, most certainly included. Heinlein’s

Hero/Heroine: Our two leads here, identical twins Tom and Pat are fascinating, and a refreshing change from the cliche way that twins are often portrayed in novels. Tom and Pat aren’t just in constant competition – frankly, they don’t even like each other very much when our story begins. They are fun characters to read about, and their morals are deep and complex.

Plot: It’s hard to explain the allure of a Heinlein book to someone who has never read one before. His writing is masterful, and his plots are slower paced than what you will see from 21st century writers. But the slow pace is to their benefit, and you never lose interest in the story at hand. They’re nearly impossible to put down, and frankly I find it charming. We follow our young heroes as they begin to experience the consequences of FTL travel, and what that means to them and those they left behind. At the same time, you are experiencing the daily monotony of life on a spaceship that only sees one major battle. The story is not monotonous, though, and you become truly invested in the character’s lives and interactions. Just like with Star Trek. Except there are near constant battles in Star Trek… So, probably not by best comparison, but, whatever.

And, for reals, y’all: THAT ENDING THOUGH. I was in shock for hours! It was crazy.

Content Advisory: An intense battle scene involving significant loss of life. This is a story featuring teenage boys, so there is also romance and some kissing.

To Sum it Up: Heinlein’s storytelling is timeless, charming, and reminiscent of a different age of literature. Time for the Stars is a fun, thought provoking sci-fi adventure that explores FTL travel, telepathy, and what life on a spaceship really means. I recommend this book to readers ages 10+.

Review: The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo, #1) — By Rick Riordan

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Cover image and summary from Goodreads.com

Title: The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo, #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 of 5)

Genre / Pages: Mythology / 376

Summary: 

“How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.”

Cover Review: ★★★★☆ (4.5 of 5). As always, John Rocco’s work is gorgeous. I wish more authors would hire REAL artists to do their book covers, not all that lame photoshop junk that’s normally on covers. The real, gorgeous artwork like this is the best in the industry!

Book Review: Usually, you’re supposed to love a book’s protagonist from the very first page. But in The Hidden Oracle, the opposite is actually true, and it was a refreshing break from the stereotypical MG novel formula. The most rewarding part of this novel was growing to love Apollo, and the godly jerk that he can be, haha. Also, pretty much every Percy Jackson character makes a cameo of some sort in this fantastic book — our beloved hero Percy included! And is there anyone who DIDN’T miss Rachel Elizabeth Dare? No? I didn’t think so. Getting to see her again was amazing!

 

I’m really tired and am not really feeling like writing a review in my typical format. Honestly, I’ll just be happy when I get this one published. I haven’t been doing a very good job of staying on top of these things, unfortunately.

Rick Riordan does NOT disappoint with this latest book. HUGE story arcs that go back to the very beginning of the PJ&O series are coming to light and being explained – and frankly? It’s crazy awesome. Nostalgia and over arcing plots aside, though, this story still plays out to perfection. Our newly introduced characters are complex, flawed, and completely unpredictable. And seeing the god Apollo as a mortal, interacting with our friends at CHB (his children included)? Well, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Content Advisory: Some death and fighting, but nothing graphic.

To Sum It Up: Rick Riordan has outdone himself once more, and I cannot wait for the second installment of ToA. Adventure, laughter, betrayal, fighting… The Hidden Oracle has it all. I recommend it to Readers 8 and up.

 

 

Review: Aphrodite – By Kaitlin Bevis

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Cover image and summary from Goodreads.com.

Title: Aphrodite (Daughters of Zeus, #4)

Author: Kaitlin Bevis

Book Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 of 5)

Genre/Pages: Mythology / 204

Summary: Being perfect isn’t easy, but Aphrodite is determined to live up to the ideal. So when Poseidon asks her to investigate strange happenings on several cruise ships, she jumps at the chance to prove herself. Demigods are going missing, and no one remembers them having been on board. Aphrodite charms herself into the best room on the ship, prepared to investigate in style. Unfortunately, the room belongs to the one man immune to her charm.
Adonis.
When Aphrodite realizes that he could be the next target, her investigation gets more complicated. Worse, whoever is responsible for the missing demigods charmed the passengers and armed them with long-forgotten weapons designed to kill gods. When the ship goes dark, Aphrodite and Adonis have to work together to discover who is behind the mayhem before Poseidon decides their ship, and every charmed and armed human on it, are more trouble than they’re worth.

Cover Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ (1 of 5) The first cover was beautiful, the second was breathtaking, and the third was kinda cool. But the fourth cover? I hate it. Well, not the whole thing. The bottom half, though still photoshop, is at least nice looking photoshop. It’s pretty, it matches the other three covers, and it looks really cool. But the top half is horrible. Like, yes, I understand that this is Aphrodite but this IS still a YA novel, and the top half is just ughhh. Also, why do people think it’s okay to cut off heads? I know they’re just trying to draw more attention to her (photoshop generated) body, but it’s dumb and not at ALL aesthetically pleasing. This is not a book I would carry around with me anywhere. Probably won’t even buy a physical copy because I don’t care to have this cover on my bookshelf. Which is sad, because I love Kaitlin’s books.

My Review: But please, don’t judge this book by it’s cover. The book was actually pretty fantastic, and it is not the lovely author’s fault that the cover is bad.  It took two whole years, but finally we got the fourth book! I don’t like how this book ended (it made the book feel more like Part One of Two, rather than a complete book), but it was still thoroughly enjoyable.

Favorite Quote: “Love could be pain and fear and strength and wonder and everything in-between. But it was never poison.”

Hero/Heroine: Aphrodite and Adonis. Though they still aren’t as awesome as Persephone and Hades, the stars of the first three books, Aphrodite and Adonis are both pretty fantastic characters. They are complex, flawed, and fascinating. You really CARE about them, and I thought that was beautifully executed. I also loved the very different take on Ares in this book compared to how you normally see the god of war portrayed. It was wonderful and intriguing to see him as a caring, compassionate kind of person.

Plot: As I mentioned earlier, it didn’t feel like a complete book, but that’s alright because Kaitlin will be writing a fifth book in the series. Though I pride myself on being able to predict plot twists, Aphrodite remained surprisingly unpredictable and very emotional. Reading this book was a whirlwind ride. I absolutely adore this world that Kaitlin has created – I love her new and refreshing take on mythology, and the life that she breathes into these characters. As always, this book was a masterpiece by Kaitlin Bevis!

Content Advisory: This is a story about Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, so that should tell you something… It gets very intense, but never graphic. It deals with heavy topics such as rape, rape under the influence of drugs, and blackmail rape. Most everything happens off-page, but it’s still discussed. Even then, this is what lost Aphrodite the possible 5-star rating. I think there was a lot more than necessary in a YA novel, even though it does help create awareness about crucial issues such as date rape. There is also a massacre (not graphic), and some torture. This book does narrowly maintain it’s YA rating, though. 

To Sum It Up: Kaitlin masterfully weaves each new mythology retelling, and I will continue to read everything she writes. She is a phenomenal author! Aphrodite was a nice addition to the Daughters of Zeus series. It was well-paced,  suspenseful, and full of surprises. If you’ve read the other books in the series, absolutely read this one! But I don’t think it’s the kind of book I desperately want to re-read. I recommend this book to readers 17 years of age or older.