The Hogwarts Tag

I have to admit that I blatantly stole this Hogwarts Tag from the ever amazing Lily @Sprinkles of Dreams. Part of it is because I just really like the idea of the tag and the rest has to do with me being totally and completely obsessed with the Hogwarts mystery game lately. So, here I am indulging in that lifestyle even more – let’s do this!

Are you a Pure Blood or a Half-Blood?

Just like Lily, I took this & this test to determine the outcome of this question. I am definitely more on the half-blood side (especially because one result was muggle born entirely). I am cool with that!

Which wand chose me?

Did you take a cat, owl or toad with you?

I LOVE owls! I would definitely take one of those with me and I am currently saving up gems in Hogwarts Mystery to afford one. That is a big deal for me, because usually I just spend gems as if they weren’t rare and precious.

Where did the Sorting Hat put you?

What House did you want to be placed in?

Honestly, I am a Ravenclaw through and through. I don’t have anything against the other houses, but this is and has always been the right place for me.

What lessons are your favourite and least favourite?

FAVOURITE – Care for Magical Creatures and Potions maybe? I don’t love Snape as a teacher, but the topic matter of potions interests me.

LEAST FAVOURITE – Transfiguration? Like … why do I need to learn a specific spell to turn an owl into an opera glass? Or a mouse into a pin cushion?? WHEN IS THAT GOING TO COME IN HANDY???

What is your Patronus?

I am a bird lady through and through apparently!

What does your Boggart look like?

That’s a good question. I am assuming it will either be a spider or some other insect, because I don’t know how a Boggart would portray my fear of heights. Those crawling thingies just make my skin itch in real life. And in order to get rid of the Boggart, I’d turn the spider into Lucas the Spider from YouTube and he’s too cute to be scary.

Do you partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?

I suck at sports, so I don’t really see how I would suddenly be great at them just because they are magical. I am definitely not cut out for Quidditch. That much I know! Maybe I would play magical chess?

Where would you spend your spare time?

I like being surrounded by books, but I don’t love having to be quiet at all times, so maybe the obvious answer wouldn’t actually be the library. I’d just go about exploring the castle grounds until I found my place. I also really like the Ravenclaw Common Room to be honest.

What would you most likely get detention for?

Nothing!? I am an exemplary student.

What career do you want after graduating Hogwarts?

I could see myself wanting to stay on school grounds maybe. Or become a Magizoologist together with Barnaby Lee or go into business with Charlie Weasley as Dragonologist. As you can see, I just don’t want to do it alone.

I TAG

WHOEVER WANTS TO DO THIS TAG! I stole it, so I obviously just want anyone who thinks this is the right tag for them to be able to do it as well.

What do you think of this tag? Was it fun to read? Can you see where my answers come from?

A Cursed Child Review from a Non-HP-Reader

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Publisher: Little Brown
Page Count
: 352

It should come as no surprise that I haven’t read Harry Potter, as I talk about this quite openly. However, there are a few newbies swarming around the blog (hello, you – glad you could make it!) and please, don’t be shocked! There are multiple reasons of why I haven’t read the books and none of them include me thinking that I wouldn’t enjoy them in every way possible. I did watch the movies, all of them several times, and I know that’s not the same as reading the books, but I still developed this sentimentality for the story and now with the play being released, I wanted to be part of the hype.

First, I think this format (meaning it being a play) is not for everyone. I am very used to scripts, because I went to film school and we were supposed to read them all the time. There is a difference between movie/TV scripts and theater ones, but they are close enough for me to enjoy them just the same. I’ve always been a sucker for dialogue, so it’s really right down my alley.

So, now comes the difficult part – how to tell you everything I want to say without spoiling you. This story was not without fault. I much more preferred Part I than I did Part II, because that’s when everything got really wonky. In my opinion, and I think many HP fans will agree with that, not everything that happens is conform with the original timeline … and I am not just saying this because they are messing with time in the play. All that aside though, I found it really enjoyable.

The old characters felt true to their former selves but also developed, as they naturally would have since they’d grown up quite a bit. There were some surprising appearances that I personally quite appreciated, but others that were lacking (Neville, Hugo, Teddy, …), but then again I understand that they can’t have EVERYONE in this play. There is limited space (even though they definitely don’t skim on locations) and also people. The more characters there are, the less you can focus on the ones that are supposed to take center stage.

I am among the very many people that really loved Scorpius (HE’S MY LITTLE BUTTERCUP – DEAL WITH IT!), but I also liked Albus a lot. I would lie if I said that I didn’t see the queer baiting there … but what can you do? If they say they are straight, we are going to have to live with that. They weren’t the only new characters of course, but I am sad to say that I either can’t tell you anything about the others or that they are seriously lacking in page time. However, it is all the better to see the boys relationships with their respective fathers! Draco grew into the person I always hoped he would be and Harry … well, he is trying. There has been a lot of discussion about whether he is a bad father or not and that is one of the few things where I truly feel like he made a lot of wrong choices here and is not the Harry we all knew. I get that Albus can be a difficult kid, but I still didn’t agree with all of his parenting.

In the end, I like what they worked through in the story. They made some odd choices here and there that are surely up for discussion, but I feel that a lot of it has to do with the format and less with them not thinking it through properly or purposely wanting to imply something. In my head I saw everything play out like a movie and I cannot really imagine it fully as a play, but now I am kind of interested in seeing it one day.

Fazit: 4/5 stars! Maybe not a perfect sequel, but definitely one that opens up a lot more possibilities in the future.

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So, what’s your stance on TCC and HP in general? I am all up for discussion in the comments!

The Magician King Book Review

I’ve done it! I’ve finally continued with the Magician Trilogy by Lev Grossman and can cross of the first book from my September TBR, namely the second book in the series: The Magician King. Despite my worries, I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than the first part! So, since I already reviewed the the first book The Magicians spoiler-free (click here to read it), this review will obviously contain Spoilers!!

10819920Quentin Coldwater should be happy. He escaped a miserable Brooklyn childhood, matriculated at a secret college for magic, and graduated to discover that Fillory—a fictional utopia—was actually real. But even as a Fillorian king, Quentin finds little peace. His old restlessness returns, and he longs for the thrills a heroic quest can bring.
Accompanied by his oldest friend, Julia, Quentin sets off—only to somehow wind up back in the real world and not in Fillory, as they’d hoped. As the pair struggle to find their way back to their lost kingdom, Quentin is forced to rely on Julia’s illicitly learned sorcery as they face a sinister threat in a world very far from the beloved fantasy novels of their youth.
(source: Goodreads)

As I mentioned above, I liked this book better than the first one. The characters were a little less miserable or at least slowly figuring out what makes them happy. Also, the pacing wasn’t as terribly off, even though the structure of this book was very similar to the first one, separating it in 4 major parts as well.

Part 1: The gang (Eliot, Janet, Quentin and Julia) have ruled in Fillory for a while now and Q is getting restless. It’s time for an adventure.

Part 2: Q messed up, because his quest only brought him and Julia back to earth and that’s the last place they want to be. With the unexpected help of Josh and an Australian girl named Poppy they manage to get back to Fillory.

Part 3: A year has passed since Q and Julia left Fillory and Eliot took on what should have been Q’s real quest all along. He wants to be a hero, unintentionally ends up in the destroyed Neitherlands, but actually finds out what the quest to find the 7 golden keys is really about.

Part 4: Having all the keys, the gang saves the day by keeping magic from getting extinct. But Quentin has to pay the ultimate price for being the hero – never being able to return to Fillory while leaving all his friends behind.

The Magician King offered a detailed account of what happened to Julia while Quentin was in Brakebills and I have to say that I could’ve easily done without some of the chapters. I get that it was important for her overall journey, to really understand how the events of the book and her change came about, but I am not one to dwell in the past (at least not in books). Often I just wanted to keep reading about what happened in the present, but the Julia-chapters were strategically positioned to be in between cliffhangers. It’s not that her story wasn’t interesting, I just wish her chapters were even more succinct and on point. (even though I will give them that they were shorter than normal chapters) I guess I just really didn’t like to read the rape-scene towards the end …

This time around there were a lot of characters I would’ve liked to hear more about. I was really glad that Q took Benedict on the journey and even more devastated when he died. I think that character would have had so much more potential and then they just had to leave him behind in the Underworld. Also, for some weird reason I wanted Q to take the children with him (Eleanor and Thomas) even though that would’ve been a terrible idea. Questing is no place for kids! Still, I have hopes of seeing Eleanor again in the story and poor Thomas should get to go on an adventure as well!

There is another map in the book, I am glad they keep putting those in! (As I said, maps are always a plus!!)

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So, ultimately there was a lot more excitement and action in The Magician King and I started to like Quentin a little better. In the end I just felt really sorry for him and it actually made me want to continue reading the series, which I am going to do right now.

Fazit: 3.8/5 stars. I am slowly warming up to Quentin and now I want to know how his story ends!

P.S. I have a hard time imagining any of the content from Book 2 in the upcoming Magicians TV show …

The Magicians Book Review

Despite my fears, The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman actually arrived in time for me to still read at least the first book and let it count for my August TBR. So, let’s talk about the first part of the trilogy!

magiciansLike everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn’t real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn’t bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin’s yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they’d imagined.

(source: Goodreads)

Disclaimer: I want to say up front that this book isn’t extremely explicit, but it does include sex, drugs, violance and profanities.

I have a hard time expressing how I feel about this book. It was a bold move by Grossman to put 5 years worth of story in only 400 pages and I am not sure it paid of entirely. The book is split into 4 parts and without really spoiling anything I can tell you they are as followed:

  • Part I: It’s basically Quentin’s discovery of magic and his entire (!!!) 4 years at Brakebills, the magical university he attends. That part takes about half the book only.
  • Part II: Is the brief period after graduation and not knowing what to do really.
  • Part III: It’s the quest Quentin and his friends embark on.
  • Part IV: The time after the quest and the set-up for the next book in the trilogy.

Calling the Magicians a mix between Harry Potter and Narnia is somewhat accurate, although it is a lot more on the Narnia-side. Quentin has this obsession with Fillory, a magical land from his favourite childhood-book-series. A lot of what happens in Fillory happened in Narnia as well if I remember correctly and there are just a lot of similarities that can be drawn.

I think my major issues with the novel were the pace and the characters.  I would have liked to see more of the university rather than breezing through the semesters and just hearing about Quentin studying. There were really only two or three interesting scenes in that part of his life and it dragged a bit to read about it. Also, it didn’t actually make Brakebills that appealing. I mean after reading all that, I have no desire to go there and actually think I would fail the entry exams big time.
Then the characters. The only ones I kind of liked were Alice and Eliot (when he wasn’t drunk). But everyone was just so miserable ALL THE TIME. It didn’t make them very likable and it was just generally a downer … for me to truly embrace a series, I need to actually like the people in the book.

However, I did love that there was a map in the book (always a plus!) and in the end there were a couple of things that surprised me and I enjoyed it getting more fast-paced in the later parts. I am going to read the other books as well, but I doubt they’ll ever become one of my favourite series.

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Fazit: 3.4/5 stars. I wasn’t overwhelmed but I can see why it would appeal to some people.

P.S. Stay tuned for my first thoughts about the Magicians TV show that will be airing on Syfy 2016!!

The Fandom Book Tag!

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Cristina from My Tiny Obsessions has once again done me the honour and tagged me for a Book Tag. I am especially happy that it is The Fandom Book Tag (originally created by Fangirlfashionista) because I am part of so many of those fandoms myself. I’m geeking out just thinking about it! Prepare for awesomeness because this is going to be a loooong post!

DOCTOR WHO: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) BLUE COVER

It’s not TARDIS-blue but Sapphire Blue (Ruby Red Trilogy #2) by Kerstin Gier

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MARVEL: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) RED COVER

The Elite (The Selection Series #2) by Kiera Cass.

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THE SIMPSONS: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) YELLOW COVER

Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord (note to self: should finally watch the movie!)

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Fangirling over Fangirl

So, earlier on this year, there was this huge hype around Rainbow Rowell’s book Fangirl. Unfortunately, I didn’t read it right when it got released, but I definitely loved the book now that I had time to read it!

Basically, it’s about this girl, Cath(er), who goes off to college and has to deal with everything on her own for the first time in her life. She was used to spending her every waking minute with her twin sister Wren, but said twin sister is determined to redefine herself and start a seperate life from Cath in college. Now Cath has to deal with a new and unfriendly roommate, boys, family drama and most of all her Simon Snow fanfiction.

As always, I don’t want to give away too much, so, I am going to leave it at that with the description. There were a lot of reasons why I liked the book; it definitely wasn’t perfect, but it was darn close. All in all, it pretty much has everything in it a fangirl could want. Some cute romance, fanfiction, an alternate Harry Potter universe – and those are just the first things that come to mind. Besides the main storylines it also deals a little with the difficulties of being a writer, having to create something new and the anxiety of sharing it with others. Also, I can absolutely relate to Cath’s social anxiety, although sometimes she seemed a little too closed off from the world for my taste. The only thing I would have liked to explore more, was her relationship with Wren and her mom (who disappeared on them when they were still little). I feel that the whole dysfunctional family topic was well integrated, but not fully seen through in the end. In general, I felt like the ending was a little rushed in comparison to the rest of the book. Nonetheless, I love the story! I could barely stop reading and wish it could’ve gone on for just a little bit longer!

I havn’t read anything else by Rainbow Rowell, but I heard that Eleanor & Park was even better, so, I am going to check that book out as well!

As always, my questions to you: Have you read the book? Did you like/dislike it? Why? – But, I’d also like to know what are some things you are totally fangirling or fanboying (is that the male version?) over? If I had to start a list, we’d probably still be here tomorrow!

I got nominated for a Liebster! Again!

I feel incredibly flattered and completely undeserving to have received not just one Liebster nomination, but in fact two on the very same day. I very much would like to thank the two great bloggers My Tiny Obsessions and Lucy May for the nominations! You should most certainly check out their blogs, but now let’s get down to business and prepare for a long post!

It is not just a great honor to receive a Liebster nomination, it also comes with some sort of responsibility. The Liebster Award is especially for bloggers with less than 200 followers, you should look out for in the future and here are the rules:

  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
  4. Go to the blogs you nominated and notify them of your nomination
  5. Give your nominees 11 questions to answer

Here are the questions My Tiny Obsession has asked and my answers. I hope you like what you’re reading!

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
    I don’t really have an exciting answer for this, because I guess it is rather boring to say Cardiff, but that is where I’d like to live right now. Maybe that will change in a few years or so, but I like places where it’s not too hot and my favourite TV shows were or currently are produced there. 
  2. Favourite Superhero? Why?
    I like both, traditional and not-so-traditional superheroes, so this is extremley difficult to answer since there are so many to chose from. I’m going to go with Hawkeye, because I like Jeremy Renner and I very often like the underdog. 
  3. Favorite drama, comedy and Sci-Fi TV show?
    Drama = BBC’s Sherlock
    Comedy = currently Super Fun Night
    Sci-Fi = Doctor Who, of course! 
  4. What’s your TV guilty pleasure and why?
    I sometimes like to watch nonsensical reality shows, that absolutely don’t need any brain power, because I feel like I can really relax while watching them. Sorry, but I can’t think of any particular title right now. 
  5. Which one is your Doctor? And Companion?
    I think I have to say Matt’s Doctor, because I started watching the show during his era, but he is only a tiny bit ahead of David Tennant. And for the companions … I love almost all of them equally but in a different way. Every time a new one comes along, I think I won’t like them, but I am always sad when they leave. But I really do adore Donna! 
  6. Which of the Deathly Hallows (Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone and Cloak of Invisibility) would you rather possess? Why?
    Definitely the Cloak of Invisibility! I always wanted to have one of those and I’d love to catch some parts of conversations that weren’t meant for everyone to hear. 
  7. Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch or Jonny Lee Miller, which one is the best Sherlock Holmes? And who is the best Watson, Jude Law, Martin Freeman or Lucy Liu?
    Without a doubt: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman! I do like Robert Downey Jr., but I prefer Benedict way more. And to be honest, I’ve never even tried watching Elementary. 
  8. Favorite comfort food?
    Cookies and Cream Ice Cream 
  9. What the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
    Turn off the alarm and hope that I don’t fall asleep again. After that I watch some funny youtube videos to start the day with something good. 
  10. What made you start blogging?
    I’m a bit ashamed to say it, but probably pure boredom and my desperate need for distraction from studying. 
  11. What’s your favorite post that you have written? (Share the Link please)
    I am never entirely happy with my own posts, that’s the problem with being a perfectionist, but I think I managed to make the Walter Mitty sound interesting without acutally giving away too much of the storyline. So, here’s the link: https://theimpossiblegirlblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/the-secret-life-of-walter-mitty/ 

And here are Lucy May‘s questions. I hope that I answered them to your satisfaction!

  1. You can be any character from a book, who would be? Why?
    Meggie from Inkheart! She can read things out of books or read herself into the story. I think that would be an amazing power to have. 
  2. If you could re-direct any film ever made, which one would it be and why?
    Haywire, that movie had some stunning visuals and a great cast, yet it bored me to death and that even though it’s an Action movie. I would put in a little more dialogue and I would make it a lot more dynamic if I could. 
  3. The best Christmas present you’ve ever received?
    I got an Adipose stress toy for Christmas this year and I just love it! Touching it feels really weird and I can’t really get myself to squish it, but it’s so cool anyway! 
  4. You have the opportunity to spend the day with an actor/actress of your choice, who would it be and why?
    I know a loooot of people expect me to say Benedict Cumberbatch or Matt Smith (and I would never ever say no to either of them), but I actually want to meet Stanley Tucci. I always had a weird fascination with him and like him in every role he has ever played. He’s not really the main actor in most of the movies I see him in, but he is always the one I remember most. 
  5. Whats your favourite book? Why?
    I want to clarify that I don’t have one favourite book. My bookshelf covers almost the entire wall and I would never pick one over the others, but I will name some of the ones that I liked a little more: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern because it is beautifully magical, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald because it is a great modern classic, It’s not me, it’s you by Jon Richardson because I love his cynical view on life, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen because I think the story of the old man is so very sad, A Good Year by Peter Mayle because it makes me feel as if I am in Southern France. I could go on forever, but I think it is time to stop. 
  6. Who is your inspirational person? Why?
    Verity Lambert. She was one of the first female producers in television and also the first producer of Doctor Who and since I want to be a producer one day, I doubt that I need to say more. 
  7. Your favourite food?
    Macaroni and cheese 
  8. Why did you start blogging?
    I answered this question above as well, but I am going to say it again. Probably boredom and the lack of distraction during finals. 
  9. If you had one wish for the future what would it be?
    Short and simple: to be happy (and I wouldn’t say no to a job at the BBC) 
  10. You are given the chance to: star in your own movie, be Prime Minister, or fly into space. Which would you pick and why?
    Flying into space would be amazing, but I’m not sure I am cut out for a journey like that. I would definitely suck at being Prime Minister and looking at my affiliation for film I will go with starring in my own movie!
  11. If your toes spoke to each other what do you think they would say and why?They’d probably say that I should wear warmer socks and then they’d all start talking at the same time and you wouldn’t understand a word of what they’re saying.

     

And here are my nominations:

The questions for my nominees:

  1. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
  2. What would be your superhero-name?
  3. If you could go anywhere in time and space, where would you go? And why?
  4. A genie grants you a wish. What would you wish for?
  5. Who’s your favourite TV  or movie character? Why?
  6. What’s your favourite book genre?
  7. If you could go and see your own future, what would you hope to find there?
  8. What’s your current favourite song?
  9. Would you rather fall into the rabbit’s hole, discover Narnia or go to Hogwarts?
  10. If you could meet any person of your choosing (dead or alive) who would you want to meet? Why?
  11. What’s your favourite time of the year?

Last but not least: Thank you again for nominating me  My Tiny Obsessions and Lucy May! I am glad you like my blog enough to give it this award and I hope that its readership will grow even more in the future 😀