Thursday, April 10, 2014

DIVERGENT MOVIE

OH MY GOSH GUYS TOTALLY FREAKING OUT BECAUSE I SAW AN EARLY SHOWING OF THE DIVERGENT MOVIE AND WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZED BY HOW ACCURATE AND AWESOME IT WAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Um... right...

IT WAS JUST SO GOOD I CAN'T EVEN.

Okay... let me try to form some thoughts in coherent English...

It was REALLY GOOD OH MY GOSHNESS I LOVED IT SO MUCH AAAHHHHHHH..

Okay Layla. you can do it. You can write a real review.

The Goods: 
The actors were so great for their roles... um... Will and Al looked way to much alike though. Plus where the HECK was the relationship between Will and Christina!?!? They can't make the second movie without having included that -__- But anywaysssssss... this is the goods...
They did an astounding job with bringing the society to life. It was just as described in the book, and amazing to see on screen.
They did keep very accurate to the book.... me tearing up three times. Pshh. Okay. Maybe. Hush, its a secret. My Aunt practically sobbed though, so we're all good :D
THEY. QUOTED. THE. BOOK. PEOPLES. DO. YOU. HEAR. ME!? 
A lot. At least half of the dialogue was pulled directly from the book, which I greatly appreciated...


The Bads:
WHERE THE HECK IS EDWARD. HE NEEDS TO BE HERE, UGH. AND THERE WAS NO DAUNTLESS CAKE OR URIAH OR LYNN OR MARLENE *SOBS*


And one more thing which made me almost sob...

CALEB AND TRIS= AUGUSTUS AND HAZEL FROM THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!!! I AM EXPLODING WITH FEELINGS RIGHT NOW THAT I CANNOT CONTROL PEOPLE!!!!!!!!
AND THEN WHEN TRIS IS WITH CALEB HE HUGS HIS SISTER GOOD BYE OR SOMETHING AND THERE IS A PICTURE FROM THE FAULT IN OUR STARS WITH AUGUSTUS AND HAZEL HUGGING WHICH IS LIKE REALLY EMOTIONAL AND SAD AND I COULDN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT IT. UGH. ANYWAYYYYYYSSSSSSSSSS...


Have you seen Divergent? Do you want to? Am I awesome? (oops, how'd that one get in there?)

See you all laterr!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Updates & Two Polls

Hi everyone! I haven't been on here much, but hope to get back into the regular swing of blogging. I have an upcoming interview with Marissa Meyer (author of Cinder, Scarlet & Cress), a few book reviews... BUT... not now. For later ;)

For now, i just want to ask you to look on the bottom of my blog and answer the two polls please :)

Also, check out these amazing blogs that I don't normally talk about... :

A Perfection Called Books 
One of my best Goodreads friends and blogger buddies.

Fangirling Misses
Recently started by some of my bestest friends.

Anyways, just wanted to update you! :)
Have a great day.

~Layla

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cast A Harry Potter Spell! (BEST. TAG. EVER.)

Okay. I AM SERIOUSLY FREAKING OUT RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THIS LOOKS SO AWESOME!!!!!!! Okay, I am calming down...
Anyways, even if you haven't read Harry Potter, do read this post.

I found out about this marvelous tag from Feed Me Books Now one of my favorite blogs. Do check it out! Anyways...

Reparo
Fixes damaged objects
A book that needs some serious fixing: The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens. It is true, that this book needs serious fixing. Why, you may ask. IT IS UNFINISHED!!!!!! So yeah, i need an ending...

Lumos
Creates a narrow beam of light
A book that deserves more attention: Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card. This novel was pure brilliance... and then I discovered that no one else had even heard of it -_-

Nox
Counters the effects of Lumos
An overhyped book: Um... I don't know... Ah ha! Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Don't get me long, I really liked the book, and definitely think the sequels deserve the hype... but everyone made this seem like a phenomenal mind-blowing book... and it really wasn't...

Accio
Summons an object from a significant distance
A book you’re anticipating: Visitors by Orson Scott Card. OH MY GREAT GATSBY, I CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the third book in The Pathfinder Series and... I am so excited, I WILL PRE-ORDER THIS BOOK. And I never pre-order.

Alohomora
Opens unlocked doors, unless bewitched
A book you want to be more open about: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. This looks like  brain-hurting kind of book, and looks like it would be dreadfully dull, but it is a classic...

Expecto Patronum
Conjures an incarnation of positive feelings
A book that made you cry, or at least want to: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Bloglings, I am getting teary eyed thinking about this book... It is so emotional and amazing and THE BEST BOOK EVER *cough* Yeah...

Morsmordre
Conjures the Dark Mark
A book you wish to mark as one of your favorites: *cough* TFIOS *cough*
Um, I'd say Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Because it is genius and heart-breaking and well-written and did I say genius. And the author excepted my friend request on Goodreads! *claps hands*



Petrificus Totalus
Petrifies victim
A book you wish to keep forever: *cough* TFIOS *cough*
Erm... The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Beautiful writing, brilliant story, and ultimately unforgettable.

Riddikulus
Used against a boggart
A book with a deceiving synopsis: The Neverending Story  by Michael Ende. The synopsis makes it sound enchanting and surprising... it wasn't -_-

Lacarnum Inflamarae
Shoots fireballs
A book you wish to burn out of your mind completely: The Golden Acorn by Catherine Cooper. Ew. Ew. Ew. The one book which I have never finished, this was horribly written, filled with cliches, et cetera, et cetera,

Wingardium Leviosa
Levitates objects
A book you wish to reread: Again... The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. This book is Just. So. Amazing. Please. Please. Read. It.

Avada Kedavra
Causes instant death
Worst book EVER: So, um, I'm going to toss out a book out I haven't read so it's kinda mean for me to say this but... Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Um, yeah... explanation not necessary.

Stupefy
Puts victim in unconscious state
A book with a chapter you couldn’t seem to get over: *cough* TFIOS *cough*  No, but really,...
Allegiant by Veronica Roth. *shudders* *sobs* it hurt...








Confundo
Causes befuddlement or forgetfulness
A book that generally confused you: Ruins by Orson Scott Card. In a good way, though! Everything was just so complex.

Crucio
Inflicts unbearable pain
A book that was a pain to read: Modern Times by Paul Johnson. Oh yes, let's change this cursed thing to is a pain to read.
Episkey
Heals relatively minor injuries
A feel good book that you enjoyed: Um, I don't read feel-good books... unless Harry Potter counts... because HARRY POTTER IS THE BEST!!!!

Impedimenta
Impedes target’s progress
A book that kept you up all night reading: The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne... it also kept me up crying.

Silencio
Immediate silencing
A book that left you speechless after you read it: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Other than me softly crying, I was speechless at the awesomeness of this book.

Legilimens
Allows you to delve into someone’s mind
A book with well-developed characters: *hush, I have only copied 2 books from your answers so far* The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. It was so good, and so, so sad :( Manchee *sniff*

Levicorpus
A spell that turns you upside down
A book that changed your mind about a character from its prequel: Harry Potter 2 because, I went from disliking Vernon Dursley to despising Vernon Dursley.

Obliviate
Used to hide memories
A book with a story you can’t remember: The Princess and the Goblin by George Macdonald... something about goblins, an old lady and a dove and Curdie... um yeah, re-read...

Peskipiksi Pesternomi
Useless spell
A boring book that had absolutely no effect on you: The Land of Little Rain by Mary Austin. Boring. And boring. And boring. That's about what I got from the book.

Reducto
Breaks through solid objects
A book that convinced you to reconsider a certain genre: Cinder  by Marissa Meyer. I now love fairy tale retellings!

Rictusempra
Tickling spell
A book that made you laugh: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. I am currently reading this one, and I thought it was plain hilarious... I don't really know why.

Sectusempra
Offensive spell that violently wounds the target
A book that may have scarred you for life: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. EMOTIONALLY TRAUMATIZED.

Tarantallegra
Makes you dance uncontrollably
A series finale that made you feel giddy: Harry Potter 7.  I don't even need an explanation here.

Bombarda Maxima
Causes an explosion that breaks through obstacles
A book that made you explode with the feels: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I'm crying again.

Finite Incantatem
Nullifies other spells
A book you thought you’d dislike, but ended up loving: Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl. I don't really like non-fiction but this was one was super interesting :)




PHEW, THAT TOOK FOREVER!!!!
Now let me leave you with some photos I took recently:
Cute little mousie...
 Go Ruth!
 Ah, Pearl
 Nice expression there.
 Walking on the moon! ;)

Talk to you all later! Please do comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

~Layla

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars- I Cried A Lot

I recently read this. I thought Allegiant was sad. I thought The Book Thief was sad. Eh... maybe not anymore.

                      The Fault in Our Stars 

Description (From Goodreads):

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

My Review, Originally Posted On Goodreads : 

 
I just finished this book. It is 10:16 P.M. My brother and Grandma were LAUGHING at me, because I was sobbing, and that just made me cry more. I am still crying. So I drank a whole water bottle quickly, as if that could wash away the tears. Then I ran to the freezer and grabbed a tub of chocolate ice cream, trying to box myself in, to forget. But if I forgot, I would lose something. This is not something you should forget, will forget or can forget. You might want to. But you absolutely will not. And somehow, that is a good thing.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Please do not look at this book and say that it is a romance. I hear the word romance, and I freak out, read a billion reviews, trying to find out if this book is actually worth reading. It puts me on edge because of... certain things. But this is not a story about two kids falling hopelessly in love. This is a story about many teenagers, struggling with their life which is far from perfect. Each and everyone of them knowing that they could just die, ANY second. This is a story about love yes, but this is not a romance. This is a story about life, death, love hate and rejection. How we can keep living when our heart and mind stop. Is that even possible? Maybe, just maybe, it is.

When I started reading this book, I was SO happy. I had just got back from Barnes and Noble with many precious books. I was going to eat pizza, watch a movie, read, eat ice cream, read, read, read. And the book was plain hilarious. I read aloud practically the first thirty or so pages of the book. I had found a perfect book. Right? Right?
But then, as I read, became involved in these people's (NOT CHARACTERS) life's, something started to sink in. THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT CANCER AND DEATH AND WHY THE HECK AM I LAUGHING. Events unfolded and I was getting all teary eyed in the PIZZA PLACE.

"'Well I believe in true love,' Isaac said. 'And I love her. And she promised. She promised me always.'"

My heart shattered right there. Could you pick up the pieces? And I thought I wasn't particularly fond of Isaac...

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

"As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep : slowly, and then all at once."

How can you not just love that? It just drips of raw emotion, pouring out and flooding me. Because THIS is how everything should be : HAPPY, DANGIT! But John Green hates me. He sure as heck does.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Cancer Is Not A Joke

No way on earth that I will ever laugh at a joke about cancer. Because maybe I have been hiding myself away. Trying to forget. Oh no, lot's of people die from a disease.
But no, everyone has a life. Things they love, things they hate. Family, friends. Hobbies. And cancer, of all things, is NOT a joke.

I find myself thinking for one second that maybe this book was to much. I couldn't bear the cursed thing. What would it be like to know that you were going to die!? How could you live? No irony intended.
BUT IF I HAD NOT READ THIS BOOK, I FEEL LIKE A PIECE OF MYSELF WOULD BE MISSING
This book changed my life. I am still crying. Stop, Layla, stop. But no. People just died. This is no longer a joke.


And so I find that I have not actually talked about the book :( This book was well-written. The characters were brilliant.
John Green, I HATE YOU. But I love you too.

Anyone handing out free hugs? I think I need one.



Have You Read The Fault In Our Stars? What did you think? Did you cry? Excited for the movie coming in June? 

P.S. My next post will not be a book review :) Something much more exciting!  

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Partials Book Review, And My Problem

Hello bloglings! I am here with a book review! *claps hands wildly* I don't care that I read this book ages ago... and that I have already read numerous other books... this book just deserved a review!

Let us go!!!!!

Partials (Partials, #1)
Description (From Goodreads) :
The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.


My Review :
 
When I started this book, I wasn't sure what I thought of it to be honest. Intriguing premise, wide cast of characters and a unique writing style, but I... wasn't positive that this was going to be REALLY good. I felt a bit detached from the characters and the entire story, like my brain just wasn't melding with the book like I desired.

Then, I reached a certain point and suddenly I was screaming about how amazing this book was. Suddenly I would have cared if the characters died, I wanted them to succeed, I was officially attached.

Let's talk about...
The Characters :
Kira. Hm. Kira, Kira, Kira. I just can't decide what I think of you...
Okay, she was nice. She had a definite idea of what she wanted and she was determined to get that done. I can see how this could be transferred into a not-so-good type of stubbornness, but for this book at least it was an admirable trait. I loved how she didn't go with whatever the crowds did, was not afraid of standing up even if it meant that people thought of her as a lunatic.

Lets talk Marcus. He was the "necessary" love interest of almost any young adult novel nowadays. Luckily, they were not all kissy-wissy. YAY!
At first I was fond of his sarcasm and humor but it got to be a bit to much. OKAY, HAVE A SERIOUS SIDE PLEASE! He didn't have any particularly great or horrible traits, and I am hoping for some more character development in book 2.

Then... SAMM! Okay, he was THE BEST EVER. He was brave and kind and awesome... I don't care that he is *SPOILER ALERT a partial END SPOILER ALERT!*   I just plain loved him. But at least there was no love triangle, which I was afraid of at first. Nope. Kira loves Marcus. Good, because I love Samm so don't consider him for one teensy weensy second.

The World-Building :
Spectacular. I hated the world which. in this case equals love. I know, confusing, but if you have read it you will understand. I hope. Maybe I am just insane.

Anyways, neat book, though I can see some people getting lost in the LONG paragraphs, they drag the book on a lot. But I was fine with it.

One Issue : Kira was 16. LIKE EVERY YOUNG ADULT NOVEL ANYWHERE.  Bit it didn't make me not like the book or anything, it was just annoying.

4 out of 5 stars! 


end book review! 

Now, onto Layla's problem.
I HAVE SO MANY BOOKS I WANT TO BUY AND HARDLY ANY MONEY!!!!!!!!!!! I have posted a poll on the side of my blog concerning this, PLEASE GO VOTE. I will tell you what I end up buying, because even if some don't get a lot of votes, I have my eye on a few. So please just go vote!
Good-bye!

Have you read Partials? What did you think? What books have you bought recently?

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Raven Boys Book Review and What Does The Cover Say link-up

Hello, bloglings! Good to see you again. I am back- and it has only been two days! I am currently reading Partials by Dan Wells and absolutely adoring it.
I am here to review The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)(I like that cover a lot more than my cover, by the way...)

Decription (from Goodreads)


“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

My Review: 

I was extremely excited to pick up this book, having adored another book by the author and hearing great things about it from my blogger/Goodreads friends.   And, let us just adore that description. *adores* It sounds great!

Then, I started reading. The first sentence drew me in. And I absolutely adore Maggie Stiefvater's writing. It is just so poetic and beautiful, how she brilliantly ties everything together.

The Good : 
 The whole book... oh wait...

The Characters: Oh, I love them!
Blue Sargent was the nicest thing on Earth. She just wanted everything and everyone to be okay, but you see, she also needed to understand why and how everything happened, which is just like me. In fact, she is a bit reminiscent of me. *big smiles*
Gansey... I LOVED HIM!!!!!!!!! Um, yes. He was just kinda rude and condescending but he really was nice deep down inside and he felt things.
Ronan annoyed me. To death, you hear? Ew. Hate him. (Sorry all ye Ronan lovers.)
Adam and Noah were perfect. They fit the story well and, well, NOAH *cries* Adam is not my favorite, obviously, Gansey is, but he was still quiet nice.

I have already talked about the astounding writing, so I will pass that one up.

The Plot : 
Psychics. Ghosts. Welsh Mythology. Those equal the best combination in the history of mankind. The plot moved along at a swift pace and I was like "WHATONEARTHISGOINGON" throughout the whole book which is a very good thing.
The psychic stuff was plain awesome. "I am a psychic, mwhahahaha." pretty much sums up Blue's family.  ;)
And welsh Mythology? I hardly even knew that that existed. But it is great. Times 1000000000000000000.

The Bad : 
Um..hmm... the bad...? Oh! I wish that there was not so much swearing. This was the main reason i disliked Ronan- I felt like the only words he knew were curses. But, it wasn't constant or anything, so that as good.

Rating : 5 billion out of 5 stars!
I NEED BOOK 2! 



Part 2 of this post :   I am linking up!!!!!! right here


linkup rules:
1. Pick 5 to 10 book covers and give a funny/sarcastic/ingenious interpretation of what they could be saying. IMPORTANT: don't be mean! 
2. Add the blog button (above) to your post or leave a link to THIS post.
3. Add your direct URL to the linkup below (so we can all enjoy your funniness).
4. Be unconditionally awesome.

Being unconditionally awesome is so easy for me!  This will be fun!

Book #1 (try not to roll your eyes ;) )

                  Hollow City (Miss Peregrine, #2)   

"Help, I'm a holey doughnut!!!!"

Book #2 :
                     Code Name Verity

   
           "'Could you let go of my hand, freak?' 'No, I really can't!'"           

*oh dear, i am so bad this is embarrassing* 

Book #3 :

             The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2)                  
               "And people used to think having 6 fingers was weird..."

 Book #4 :
                What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)
                "Why is it that people are always attracted to my nose?"

Book #5:

                    Pride and Prejudice
                     "' Get. Off. My. Dress. Or. You. Are. Dead.'"

Book #6 :

                Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society, #3)
               "Your secrets aren't secret anymore *maniacal laugh*" 

And that would be it! I am SO EMBARASSED by my inability to come up with anything and actually considering not doing this!!!!!!!!! But.. I guess... maybe you can get a "that is so stupid" laugh out of it at least!

Please COMMENT! Talk to you later!

Which are your favorite? Least favorite? Have you read The Raven  Boys? Do any of you use BookSneeze?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

I GOT SOME FICTION!!!!!!!!!

If you are my friend on  Goodreads (which you almost DEFINITELY are) you will know that I have been crying dying over a NEED FOR FICTION. And bloglings... I GOT SOME!!!!!!!! I went to the library and came back with an enormous amount of books. Absolutely enormous. only 10, but.... they are thick. Here goes nothing:

Yes, you may admire.

I got:
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Partials by Dan Wells
Fragments by Dan Wells
The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken 
Eldest by Christopher Paolini
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

I am extremely proud of this.

Currently Reading:

  I AM DYING, BLOGLINGS, I HAVE HEARD GREAT THINGS!!!!!!
Reading thanks to Meg's recommendation and Cait from The Notebook Sisters review here .  Go check out her blog, it is THE BEST, and check out her hilarious review!

Most Anticipating:

Partials by Dan Wells, and its sequel Fragments: 
I have  been recommended #1 three times exactly (smiles to my Goodreads friends) and naturally, I WANT TO READ!!!!!!!!

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken 
This is the sequel to The Darkest Minds, which i absolutely adored, and i just want to hold the book and devour it and try not to cry...

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
I have loved Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, and The Heroes of Olympus series, so I am highly anticipating his work on Egyptian mythology!   


Now, I most tell you a liiiitttllleee... about my non-fiction reads. I am very slowly working my way through


Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. *hits head on 900+ page book* OOOOWWWWW!!!!! Needless to say, I will not go around talking about this book *rubs head*

I also just finished these two non-fiction books:

AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!! I BURNT THE COOKIES!!!!!!!!! Um, yes...

Kon Tiki- 4.5 stars
Eats, Shoots & Leaves- 5 stars. 

On that strange note, and those burnt cookies, I will leave you. Have a good day!


Have you read any of these? What did you think? Which do you most want to read?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

I Love Controversy... A Very Bookish Post!

Please don't be scared away from the title. This post may be controversial, but not in a bad way :) So I say...
Anyways, I hope you all are doing good! Ian is visiting from  college, so i may be absent for longer than usual! And Christmas... 4 days!!!!!!!!
Soooooo...
         TO THE CONTROVERSY:

I READ HARRY POTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND... LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!! AND... THINK EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT!!!!!   

So, DO NOT KILL ME. I realize Harry potter is supposed to support "witchcraft." Or "encourage children to practice magic." IT DOESN'T! First things first, i will explain why everyone should read these, then explain how THEY ARE NOT BAD NOR DO THEY SUPPORT WITCHCRAFT.

               THE GREATNESS: 

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)                        


Oh wait...

                     THE GREATNESS: 

CHARACTERS: 
Harry Potter are some of the best-peopled books i have read- EVER.
They are greatly varied, realistic, three dimensional, well-developed and every other compliment you can think to heap on them.

HARRY POTTER:
eh, is it a crime to say, i am not particularly fond of Harry.  There was nothing about him that stood out to me. He is also very well-developed; though. He definitely went through a change in The Order of the Phoenix, and i wanted to hit him over the head half of the book, but it keeps up these books sense of realistic-ness.

HERMIONE GRANGER:
*does a little happy dance*
Hermione is my absolute favorite. She is very smart, sassy, and, well, i  like her even more since i took a quiz and i was her. i must like myself... ;)
However, in book 4 specifically, i wanted to scream  at her; "OH MY GOODNESS HERMIONE, STAY AWAY FROM VIKTOR KRUM- HE IS RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!! GO TO RON!!!!!!!!! YOU KNOW, YOUR FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Er, yeah... but Hermione us still the absolute best :) :) :) Just like me : )

RON WEASLEY: Yes, moi like Ron. He has a very, um, humorous sense of humor (don't ask) and is just very awesome. And his rat... I love how he like hates Hermione at first. :) But RON, WHAT THE HECK WERE YOU THINKING!!!!! JUST TRYING TO MAKE HERMIONE ANGRY, WERE YOU???? LAVENDER IS PLAIN STUPID!!!!!!! See, I have serious issues with these characters... but they are still over-all awesome.

MINOR CHARACTERS: i love them all! From Fred and George, to Dumbledore, to Dobby, to Luna (Loony) Lovegood, to ginny, to Mrs. Weasley, to Sirius black... they are all amazing.

THE WRITING: Rowling writes very elegantly. And very accurately. And very awesomely. And it is FUNNY.

THE PLOT: Magic. In a literal and figurative way. How on earth these books could have been plotted out- I don't know... but I love it. There is something special. How Harry and Hermione are friends. They are more free together than Ron and Hermione. How every little plot end is weaved seamlessly into this tapestry. I almost cried in the last book, by the way. There is a reason these books are bestsellers. Not just like *shudders* Twilight, these books will live on. And honestly, though I rarely use this term, they are modern classics.

SOOOOOOO, HOW THESE BOOKS ARE NOT SUPPORTIVE OF WITCHCRAFT, NOR DO THEY DESCRIBE IT:

Just because there is time travel in a book, not scientifically explained, does that make people think that time travel is possible?  I DON'T THINK SO. Harry Potter lives in a world of magic. but the magic is just there. They say a few random words and move their wands. OH NO. BIG DEAL.
MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, a six year old might think it actually works. MAYBE. I doubt it.
These books have less magic than most fantasy books I have read. no joke.
And by the way, the rumor that the author actually practiced witchcraft- is just that, a rumor. Whoever created it probably wanted a reason to tell their kids they couldn't read these books because they didn't think their children were wise enough.
THESE BOOKS DO NOT SUPPORT WITCHCRAFT IN ANY WAY- THEY ARE CLEAN, AND NOT BAD. END OF STORY.


ANY COMMENTS WOULD BE MORE THAN APPRECIATED!