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It’s a double post today guys. Didn’t expect I would do a surprise extended review discussion but hey it’s a book blog!
Todays Top Ten Tuesday topic is a rewind topic so I can do or re-do topics I have missed and so on and so forth. As per usual Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish . So enjoy my post for todays top ten Tuesday 😀
God I just can’t let this book go huh? I just read a review by Flavia the Bibliophile and it has made me re-think a few aspects of my own review and yeah I said discussion but its mostly discussion about the book with myself prompted by other peoples reviews. Does that even make sense?
In my review , I stated that I couldn’t handle the relationship of the antagonist, Delphi, with Voldemort because I kept thinking of Voldy as an amoeba. Where they are asexual and do reproduction by mitosis in Voldys case, he instead of splitting his cells literally split his own soul apart. So, Voldy = Amoeba. But after reading Flavia’s review I started thinking and thinking and thinking that maybe I am seeing Voldemort with the wrong eyes and thus the wrong the perspective. So I thought to myself what if he (Voldy) was more like Joker? He was just being manipulative and abusive like the douche that he is? I mean look at Joker and Harley… He definitely DEFINITELY does not have a healthy relationship with her does he? and even if he does show a bit of affection it is just to manipulate Harley to do his nefarious plans. I got this whole thought thing because I just recently finished watching Suicide Squad which is a wholeeee ‘nother ball game. Should I review that movie? (Okay Ezza focus). Anyways seeing it from that view/perspective I decided to change the latter part of my review to me being slightly (just slightly) okay to the idea of their relationship but I still think the antagonists motive for bringing back the Dark Lord was weak and humanized her which in turn can make her save-able and I like my bad guys to just be bad guys because they can and not because of anything else like I dunno daddy issues or something.
And okay I will tell you why I at first REALLY DID NOT AGREE NOR LIKE THEIR RELATIONSHIP… by introducing Delphi and her relationship with Voldy. That relationship alone humanized dear ol’ Voldy and I did not want him to be humanized. I did not want to know that he too had basic human needs nor wants which showed that he was still human no matter how physically deformed his face was. All this while Voldemort for me was this mysterious entity and whilst we (I) do now about his background being an orphan and what not he only showed disgust to his true parentage. Damn it ya’ll! he killed his parents and grandparents in COLD BLOOD WHEN HE WAS A TEEN. If that ain’t GANGSTA I do not know what is. So by giving Voldemort sexual urges, ya’ll humanized him and okay I get that people do get sexual urges I mean I do too but it would be more understandable if he was younger but making him have a sexual encounter before the Battle of Hogwarts is just kinda like what? You trying to loosen up or something Voldy? Aren’t you I dunno supposed to be planning your ultimate VICTORY??!!!! You can damn straight party all night long after said battle ain’t it? I put Voldy on a bad guy pedestal man and for him to be humanized he fell of said pedestal and flat on his nose-less face.
Gosh wow I did not expect this to be a rant post but anyways main point, I am grudgingly opening my mind towards the relationship between Delphi and Voldemort although it still doesn’t make her any stronger of an antagonist in my eyes. I think I like my bad guys kinda like Joker, they just wanna see the whole world burn for no absolute reason.
Author: J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
Published: 31st July 2016
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Rating: 1/5 anythings
I do not even need to put the Goodreads summary do I? It is Harry Potter. So let’s just dig in shall we?
This review was so hard for me to do because of how heart-crushingly disappointed I was. Thing and writing this review made me feel like I am experiencing a break-up from a boyfriend all over again, that’s how bad it was. Like at first it was all happy unicorns and rainbows which now turned to acid rain and pain and you realize maybe this relationship isn’t as healthy as you’d think it would be.
I found so many problems with this book that I literally can write a whole chapter on it but I won’t because I don’t want to spoil the plot and I just want to get it over with as fast as possible.
The main problem I had with this book are the characters and it wasn’t problems with new characters either. I had problems with existing ones such as Harry and the gang, Dumbledore, Snape and so on. The way they were written seemed so out of character, I had a hard time believing that they are the same people I read about in the other 7 books. Yes, I know they have gotten older but some aspects such as skill in defeating dark magic or intelligence can only increase with experience and age and the older version of our beloved characters do not show that. Which I find ludicrous especially if said character is Hermione Granger. In this book Hermione did not solve anything. Did not give any sort of suggestions whatsoever and the riddle and spells she put in her library as a way to safe keep an important artifact was easily undone by teenage boys. I felt this was such a shame because this is the same girl who created the coins the DA used for their meetings and such.
I also had a problem with how they portrayed Albus and Scorpius. The way they were written in how they interacted with each other and their feelings it makes me feel like they have more than just bromance going on. It makes me feel like they have actual romantic feelings for each other and I was excited for it to be that which would explain why those two felt so ostracized and even more alienated in Hogwarts but then going to the end Scorpius goes and asks Rose Granger-Weasley out and I was like ‘wait what?!’. That pairing (Scorpius and Rose) came out of nowhere and you’re left feeling indignant because hello… Albus and Scorpius make a way better couple than Scorpius and Rose.
But the main problem as to why this book is the only one Harry Potter book I dislike is because of the antagonist. At first, the antagonist was great. Bad-ass (check), Intelligent (check), strong as f**k (check), manipulative (check), evil (check) but the more I read the more the antagonist seemed like this sad pathetic antagonist and the relationship between the antagonist and Voldemort was that one straw that broke the camel’s back. More like my back. I WAS THAT CAMEL!! Out of all the characters I could accept to be written so out of character, Voldemort I can’t. Him, I cannot for the life of me accept if he acted out of character. All the other problems in this book I could overlook you know, turned a blind eye, both eyes if I had too if this problem didn’t exist but it did and with its presence my heart was forever broken. Voldemort for me was the best type of villain, he honestly did not give a rats ass about anybody but himself and also Nagini but then again he had a part of himself in Nagini so yeah it was pretty much just himself then.
I know the format was script format and I am just reading half of the experience because it a whole play but my problems with it wasn’t the format it was the characters and the plot which I kid you not for me read like a poorly written fanfiction.
I just can’t accept this because I know Rowling is a good writer, I read almost everything written by her. Stuff on Pottermore, Harry Potter, Cormoran Strike series… do you know how it feels when you waited so long for this book, your expectations was so high and then for you to read it and read how the characters you come to love with all their flaws are horribly different and I am not the type to get excited over a book very easily and immediately buys it once it is stacked on shelves.
I wanted to like this book I really did and thank God, Scorpius was written as a character because I find him sweet and adorable. He was the one star rating. Let’s just say I now am so heartbroken I don’t care who borrows this book and this is huge coming from a person who has issues with lending books to people.
Title: Love Comes Later
Author: Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar
Date Published: 23 November 2016
Rating: 2/5 anythings
When newlywed Abdulla loses his wife and unborn child in a car accident, the world seems to crumble beneath his feet. Thrust back into living in the family compound, he goes through the motions—work, eat, sleep, repeat. Blaming himself for their deaths, he decides to never marry again but knows that culturally, this is not an option. Three years later, he’s faced with an arranged marriage to his cousin Hind, whom he hasn’t seen in years. Hard-pressed to find a way out, he consents to a yearlong engagement and tries to find a way to end it. What he doesn’t count on, and is unaware of, is Hind’s own reluctance to marry.
Longing for independence, she insists on being allowed to complete a master’s degree in England, a condition Abdulla readily accepts. When she finds an unlikely friend in Indian-American Sangita, she starts down a path that will ultimately place her future in jeopardy.
The greatest success of Rajakumar’s novel is the emotional journey the reader takes via her rich characters. One cannot help but feel the pressure of the culturally mandated marriage set before Hind and Abdulla. He’s not a real Muslim man if he remains single, and she will never be allowed freedoms without the bondage of a potentially loveless marriage. It’s an impossible situation dictated by a culture that they still deeply respect.
Okay I saw this Read-A-Thon post weeks ago and since then I have been thinking very VERY HARD on which books to read and what not. It was hard man. I kept changing books because on one hand I want to demolish my TBR pile but on the other I want to read other books that aren’t in my TBR pile and another third imaginary hand is that I WANNA WIN!!!
So anyhoots this #ReadThemAllThon challenge was created by Aentee from Read At Midnight and also I gotta be honest all the pictures and graphics used are taken from her blog because I suck at pretty much anything that needs me to design stuff. Please please check out Aentee’s blog for explanation and sign up because this idea is AMAZEBALLS!!
Ralts CP 10
Type: Pyschic, Fairy
Evolution: 3 stage
I am a complete newbie in anything Pokemon. The only Pokemon I know is Pikachu so its that bad but I chose Ralts because I thought it looked cute and completely clueless like me.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
So this weeks theme is as the title above states. Let’s get started!
Asking a bookworm for just 10 books she’d buy is ridiculous! If I had a credit card that had no limits I’d buy the whole bookstore regardless of whether I would actually read the books in it or not.
Title: Love From Paris
Author: Alexandra Potter
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Public library
Rating: 4/5 anythings
How far would you for love?
When new boyfriend stands her up at the airport, Ruby Miller dries her tears, jumps on the Eurostar and heads to Paris. She thinks she’s going there to visit an old friend and have a total break from romance. But the City of Love has other ideas.
A locked apartment where time has stood still, a bundle of long-lost love letters and a flirtatious French lawyer sweep Ruby into a mystery that spans three-quarters of a century. Who is the author of the letters? Why did the owner of the apartment close up the shutters and flee Paris before the war? And what secret was she hiding?
As the mystery deepens, Ruby turns love detective but it’s not long before the ghosts of the past throw her own love affair into jeopardy.