December 31, 2007
Best of 2007
(in order of publication)
Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
Ironside by Holly Black
The Well of Shades by Juliet Marillier
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley
An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris
Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White
December 30, 2007
Unfortunately, 800 pages later, the best thing about it remains the first four words, it's lovely title, taken from a poem by W.B. Yeats. And it does capture the extremely bittersweet feel of the last portion of the book. But somehow this installment failed to capture my imagination. It frustrated me more than anything. Instead of making good use of everything she fought for in Rebel Angels, Gemma spends the entire novel trying to decide whether or not to do what she decided to do at the end of the last book. Not until the final pages does she get a grip on herself and do what needs to be done. I thought we were done with crippling indecision in the previous books. I wanted the Gorgon to just let loose and throttle her! Meanwhile, Felicity and Ann are apparently thirteen again and spend the majority of their time being petty and distrustful, backstabbing Gemma whenever they get the chance. Pippa is the most interesting of the original friends, munching on the berries of the dead in all her Miss Havisham glory. But her path is extremely predictable. And Kartik? Fiery, beautiful Kartik? Sigh. The end to his story had far too much in common with Merlin's fate for my taste. I will say that the scene where Gemma and Kartik place their hands inside the stone was achingly beautiful. But, as with much in this hefty book, it was too little too late and I'm left feeling sad. Wishing, somehow, it could all have gone differently.
3 Evil Cousins Review
The Story Siren Review
December 17, 2007
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have been cast as Bella and Edward respectively in the upcoming movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight. I'm am, tentatively, very excited. Just look at them.
Kristen/Bella: "Dude, you are a total vampire."
Robert/Edward: "I am such a vampire. Watch me brood."
December 13, 2007
The sorting hat says that I belong in Ravenclaw!
Said Ravenclaw, "We'll teach those whose intelligence is surest."
Ravenclaw students tend to be clever, witty, intelligent, and knowledgeable.
Notable residents include Cho Chang and Padma Patil (objects of Harry and Ron's affections), and Luna Lovegood (daughter of The Quibbler magazine's editor).
Take the most scientific Harry Potter
Quiz ever created.
100% Ravenclaw, the test said. 94% Gryffindor, 84% Hufflepuff, and 32% Slytherin. So, given my character results, I'd guess I'm a somewhat less ruthless Snape or a somewhat less crazy Luna. Both of which I'm fine with.