Friday, October 30, 2015

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

SeraphinaFour decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.
Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.
In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina’s tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they’ve turned the final page.

Seraphina will be one of the most original dragon books you read. In this kingdom, dragons and humans live in harmony. However, when a murder that looks suspiciously dragon-like takes place only a couple weeks before the treaty is to be renewed, people start to question whether the peace is a good idea.
The book is told by Seraphina, a girl who works at the palace, and has reason to want the peace to last. Seraphina's character is so amazing to read about. She is brave and smart, and not an annoying main character that shows up in many YA novels. 
Throughout the book, you will be guessing at what will happen next, and questioning who you can trust. But no matter what you think will happen, you won't be able to guess the plot twists that take place.
I really liked the way Seraphina talked, and her great descriptions of the kingdom. I could really imagine the beautiful palace, from Seraphina's room to the dungeons. 
The only problem I had with the book was that it was a bit slow at the beginning. However once you get into it, the pace picks up and you won't be able to put it down. I was enjoying the book so much, I didn't want the book to end. Definitely a must-read for any fantasy-lovers.

Have you read Seraphina? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you have a spooky Halloween,

BooksAreBetterThanPeople

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

NaNoWriMo

For those of you who don't know, NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month, is a yearly event that takes place throughout the month of November. It's internet based, and it's goal is to get people to write a novel in a month. There are two websites for it: 
http://nanowrimo.org
http://ywp.nanowrimo.org

The first one is for anyone who is 13 years old or older, and wants to have a goal of 50,000 words or more. The second one is the "Young Writer's Program" which is meant for anyone up to the age of 18. On this one, your word-count goal can whatever you want.
NaNoWriMo is just fun to do. It doesn't cost any money, and you can meet other writers who are trying to do the exact same thing as you. 
If any of you are doing NaNoWriMo this November on the Young Writer's Program, then you should add me as a writing buddy! My username is live-love-laugh.

Have you participated in NaNoWriMo? How many years have you done it? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you have an exceptional day/evening/night,

BooksAreBetterThanPeople

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sorting Hat Quizzes

This is so true! Sorting Hat Quizzes ask the most stupid questions, and make it really obvious what house each answer is. So if you want to be in Gryffindor, you'll obviously choose a, and if you want to be in Slytherin, you'll pick d. 
The nice thing is that now you can take a sorting quiz on Pottermore that will tell you you're actual house (I'm in Hufflepuff in case you're curious).
Even with Pottermore though, some of the answers were a bit obvious. But it's still way better than the other quizzes you'll find online. 
The thing is, it's impossible to make a sorting like you'd get at Hogwarts. The Sorting Hat looks in your mind, sees all your secrets-- you can't hide anything. But with quizzes, you can lie about whatever you want, to get the house you want. Or maybe you just aren't willing to admit that you're selfish, so you're giving the most honest answer. That's just the way humans are.

Have you guys taken your Sorting Quiz on Pottermore? Let me know what house you're in if you have! And if you haven't, let me know what house you think you belong in.

I hope you have an enchanting day/evening/night,

BooksAreBetterThanPeople



Friday, October 23, 2015

If The Marauders Texted by RagingDalek




If the Marauders Texted: What if the Marauders had all the smart phone devices (and more modern culture with it) that we have today? What if they actually worked at Hogwarts? Would Sirius be texting in class? Would James tell them every little thing about his love life? Or would they fight... 

If The Marauders Texted and If The Marauders Texted 2 aren't the most traditional fanfics. They are text messages shared between the marauders during school. And they are so hilarious.
I can honestly imagine the marauders saying these things. The conversations are just so funny and random, and fun to read about.


Have you read If The Marauders Texted? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments! 

Hope you have a marvellous day/evening/night,

BooksAreBetterThanPeople






Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Ultimate Harry Potter Tag (Day 7 of Week of Harry Potter)




Ultimate Harry Potter tag


1) Favourite book?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban (I mean the marauders and the map... Need I say more?)
2) Least favourite book?
I don't know... I haven't read them in a while. I think I have to go with Goblet of Fire
3) Favourite movie?
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
4) Least favourite movie?
Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince. I actually didn't understand it at all until last year, because I found it so confusing
5) Favourite quote?
"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."


<--- That is my legit phone case









6) Favourite Weasley?
Fred and George, Ginny or Charlie. I can't decide :)
7) Favourite female character?
Nymphadora Tonks. She's just so fun and lovable.
8) Favourite villain?
Bellatrix Lestrange or Dolores Umbridge. I always have trouble deciding. Bellatrix was a lot more of a "traditional" villain, and her personality was just so wicked and horrible. On the other hand, Umbridge... well from yesterday's post, I think we determined my feelings on her. I hated more than Voldemort.
9) Favourite male character?

Come on guys, it's me. It's obviously Remus John Lupin, otherwise known as Moony. I don't even know why I love him so much, I just do. 
10) Favourite professor?
McGonagall. She's just great.
(Not counting Dumbledore, or any of the DADA Professors, because that would make it too hard to choose)

11) Would you rather A) wash Snape’s hair or B) spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?

Wash Snape's hair. It would be a bit disgusting, but I'd prefer that than a day of listening to Lockhart.
12) Would you rather duel A) an elated Bellatrix or B) and angry Molly?
Elated Bellatrix. It would be terrifying but there is no way in hell I am duelling an angry Molly.
13) Would you rather travel to Hogwarts via A) Hogwarts Express or B) Flying Car?
Obviously the Hogwarts Express
14) Would you rather A) Kiss Voldemort or B) give Umbridge a bubble bath?
Kiss Voldemort. Who would ever want to be near Umbridge? 

15) Would you rather A) ride a Hippogriff or B) ride a Firebolt?
Hippogriff. Hippogriff all the way.
16) Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies?
Winky, since she wasn't even in the movies at all.
17) Is there a movie you preferred to the book?
No, books are always better.
18) Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?
I liked Richard Harris MUCH better in terms of how I imagined Dumbledore. And he was the original Dumbledore, there's no fighting that. 
19) Your top thing (person or event) that wasn’t in the movie that you wanted there the most?
In the Deathly Hallows where Dudley tells Harry that he isn’t a waste of space. 
20) If you could remake any of the Harry Potter movies which would it be
Prisoner of Azkaban. I feel like there was a lot that could be improved on, and some stuff that wasn't explained. Such as, how did Remus and Sirius know about the map? No one thought to ask them.
21 Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?
Ravenclaw. I was such an avid reader, it just seemed like somewhere I'd belong (I didn't really think about the whole 'smart' aspect)
22) Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?
Hufflepuff, which I do think is a good place for me
23) Which class would be your favourite?
Charms. It seems like so much fun :) Or maybe Ancient Runes...
24) Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
Accio. That would save my life.
25) Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with?
Neville.
26) If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?
The Invisibility Cloak. I don't think I'd have many uses for the other two and the cloak would be pretty useful.
27) Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?
More memories of the marauders (and not just Snape's memories). I'd like to see more about what they did when they were at school.

28) Favourite Marauder?

Do you even have to ask?
29) If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?
There are so many characters I want to bring back to the life, but I think the top one would be Fred. It's hard to imagine George living his life without his brother my his side. It makes me emotional just thinking about it.
That being said, I would like to see the marauders and Tonks as ghosts.
30) Hallows or Horcruxes?
Hallows. I don't particularly like the idea of splitting my soul.

Well there you have it, 1 Week of Harry Potter has been completed! I hope you liked it, I know I had fun making it :) 

I hope you have a mystical (does that even make sense?) day/evening/night,


BooksAreBetterThanPeople


Monday, October 19, 2015

I Hate Dolores Umbridge (Day 6 of Harry Potter Week)


I think one thing all Potterheads can agree on is that they hated this woman more than Voldemort.
She wasn't like many villains we encounter in books. She dressed in pink and loved kittens. She drank pink tea in cute pink teacups, and spoke in a high girlish voice. She kept her demeanour cute, but on the inside, she was cruel and evil.
When Harry spoke out and said the truth-- that Lord Voldemort was back and rising to power, Umbridge made him use a blood quill.
She lied about her blood status and pretended to be a pureblood, so she could help get rid of the muggleborns.
And it's not just us who don't like her. McGonagall hated her too.


The worst part of Dolores Umbridge that everything she did was in the name of the law. She punished people the way she saw fit, for their so called "crimes." She was cold-hearted, a liar, and wished to conflict pain on anyone who crossed her path.
Dolores Umbridge is one of the worst villains you will ever read about.

What do you guys think of Umbridge? Do you hate her as much as I do? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you have a magical day/evening/night,

BooksAreBetterThanPeople

Sunday, October 18, 2015

How Do You Answer The Phone? (Day 5 of Harry Potter Week)

I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this post. I kind of feel bad that I want to laugh at it, but I do find what Harry said funny compared to what the others say.
I know Harry's situation isn't funny, but the way this post is written, it actually made me laugh.
Can you imagine Harry actually getting a phone call, and the person asking if it was Lily? I mean, Lily died when Harry was 1, surely people would know she was dead.
But what if someone didn't? What if they called Harry (I have no idea how they would have gotten a hold of his phone number), and asked for Lily. Then Harry would have to tell the person that his mother, probably the person's friend, was dead.
I don't know, maybe I'm looking a bit deeper than I should be. But honestly, can you imagine Harry having to say that to someone? 
"Hi, is this Lily Potter?" 
"No, she's dead, this is her son."

What do you guys think? Can you imagine that happening? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you have an incredible day/evening/night,

BooksAreBetterThanPeople



Friendzones (Day 4 of Harry Potter Week)

You know, sometimes I feel bad for Snape... then I remember that he called Lily a mudblood, and I hate him again.
I do kind of feel bad for him about the whole friend zone thing though. He loved Lily so much, but she just didn't return that love. Even when she snapped at Potter, complained how annoying and arrogant he was, she never thought of Snape and how he's been there for her the whole time (Anyone else just think of 'You Belong With Me' by Taylor Swift?) He loved her so much, and she didn't give him a second glance.
The thing about Severus/Lily though is that they weren't soulmates the way Lily and James were. Lily's patronus was a doe and James' was a stag. They fit together. Snape's patronus was also a doe, because he was so obsessed with Lily. It wasn't love like Jily.
But then the "always" thing came up... I just feel bad that he loved her so much like that. That he had to watch her fall in love with his enemy. It must have been really hard for him, and then she died for the child she had with James...
I may not like Snape, but I'll admit he had it pretty hard.

What do you guys think of this post? Do you agree with what I said? Do you like Severus/Lily or James/Lily? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you have a amazing day/evening/night,

BooksAreBetterThanPeople

Friday, October 16, 2015

Ravenclaw Symbol (Day 3 of Harry Potter Week)

This is honestly so true! It would make so much more sense for it to be a raven. I'm sure there's some reason for it being an eagle, because the eagle's linked to smartness somehow, but then wouldn't it make sense for the house to be called EagleClaw?
It's such a basic thing that I actually didn't really think about until I saw this post. I know none of the other houses have the same name as their symbol, but none of the other houses have an animal in their name. To be fair though, 'Slytherin' does remind me of 'snake.'
Since everything else in the Harry Potter series is so well planned out, I think there is a reason for it being an eagle. 
I just think it's funny that something so simple isn't there. Even Dobby has a reason for being named that, but when it comes to Ravenclaw, they don't match up. If I were a student at Hogwarts (One can wish...), then I would probably assume that the symbol for RavenClaw was a Raven. It's just common sense.

What do you guys think? Do you agree with what I said? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you have a marvellous day/evening/night,

BooksAreBetterThanPeople

The Year We... (Weasley Twins) Day 2 of Harry Potter Week

Your welcome for hurting your feels.

I remember the first time I saw this post, I didn't actually understand it. I had to re-read it a few times before I figured it out.
Then, when I did figure it out, I started to cry.
I think we can all agree that the Weasley Twins are some of the best characters from Harry Potter. From singing the Hogwarts Song at the tune of a funeral march, to giving Harry the Marauders Map, to making their own joke shop, Fred and George Weasley give the series a nice humourous edge. 
Then Fred died, and it all came crashing down. Although there were other characters I would call my "favorite" characters *Cough* Remus *Cough*, I think Fred's death hurt me the most.
And this post... I cry just thinking about it. It reminds me of how Geroge must have felt when his brother-- his twin, his partner-in-crime, his best friend-- left him. When "we" became "I".

What do you guys think of this post? Does it make you as sad as it makes me? Let me know in the comments! 

I hope you have a fantabulous (yes I just said that) day/evening/night,

BooksAreBetterThanPeople


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Was Voldemort A Virgin? (Day 1 of Harry Potter Week)

Well, that's one thing I never thought to ask myself: Was Voldemort a virgin?
I find the answers to this question pretty funny. To be fair, frankienathanieljonas had a good point about the fact that Tom Riddle was pretty hot when he was in 5th year. Plus, he was a prefect, which meant that some of the female prefects probably liked him. 
But on the other hand, Tom Riddle wasn't really the most normal kid. I mean, he liked to make bad things happen to people who were mean to him. I think that if a girl broke up with him, she would find herself in hospital wing pretty quickly. And even when he was a teenager, he didn't seem like someone anyone would want to date. But maybe that's just me, knowing what he would become later on in life.
Anyway, what are your thoughts on the matter? Please let me know in the comments!

Hope you have an amazing day/evening/night,

BooksAreBetterThanPeople

Week of 1 Fandom

So I decided that it would be fun to sometimes set a week in which everyday, I will post something relevant to one certain fandom.
For example, starting today, I decided I would do one week of Harry Potter posts. So I will post something relevant to Harry Potter everyday, ending next Tuesday night.
I think this will be fun to do, so I hope you like it too! If there's a certain fandom you want me to post about, let me know! 
So... yeah. 

My first HP Post will be live in 2 minutes!

Hope you have an amazing day/evening/night,

BooksAreBetterThanPeople

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Sirius Black Is A Drama Queen

I don't know about you, but I adore Sirius Black (I mean, I like Remus better... but Sirius is pretty cool too). 
And he is definitely a HUGE drama queen. I don't know about any of you, but I love to read HP fanfics about the marauders. (If any of you have fanfiction.net, when you're browsing through HP fanfics, you can select "Marauder's Era" under "World").
And one of Sirius Black's characteristics that is in every fanfic is that he is a drama queen. Sirius always makes stuff a much bigger deal than it is, and he acts like everything life or death.
The funny thing is, Remus is the complete opposite of him. So whenever Sirius says something along the lines of, "Oh my god, I'm gonna die!" Remus is there to say, "Sirius, it's not that big of a deal." Then James will probably bring up Lily, and Peter will just stand there staring at all of them.
This definitely gives Sirius some trouble in The Prisoner of Azkaban, when they're talking in the Shrieking Shack. But I think it was a good idea to make him like that, because it makes him seem guilty. As readers (Or watchers if you're talking about the movies), we were constantly wondering what was going on. Sirius was acting guilty, but Professor Lupin trusted him... Were they conspiring against Harry? Were they evil? We were constantly wondering, trying to figure out what would happen next. 
By now, I think we've determined that J.K. Rowling is an amazing author who really thinks this stuff through, and will never cease to amaze us.

Well I guess that's a good place to end it. What do you think of Sirius Black? Do you love him? Do you agree with what I said?
Let me know in the comments! 

I hope you a magical day/evening/night,

BooksAreBetterThanPeople

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Always Love Yourself

This isn't something I would normally post on here, but I think it's important to talk about.
(And sorry this isn't a normal upload day)

Everyone feels insecure at least once in their life. Most people feel insecure on a daily basis. People keep trying to spread the message, but I find that it doesn't really work. My reaction is often either "Sure, that's easy for you to say" or I don't think they really mean what they said.
But I'm telling you this with complete honesty, from the bottom of my heart. Everyone is equal- it doesn't matter what colour your skin is, whether you are male or female (Yes, transgender people are the gender they identify themselves as), your sexuality, or anything. 
The thing everyone needs to remember is that everyone around you has felt insecure before. Everyone around you has hated their body. They think they're fat or they don't like their hair or the way their glasses look on their face. They look at other people and think "Why can't I look like them?" But here's the thing. The person you just looked at? The one you think is beautiful? They probably think they're ugly. They feel just as insecure as you do, and maybe they even wish they looked like you.
Everyone is going through the same thing. The thing is, what everyone is trying to tell you is that you should love yourself. And that is important. But you know what is just as important? Stop comparing yourself to other people. Because everyone has something they want to change about themselves. People see their own flaws, and other people's perfections. 
For example: I used to always hate my curly hair. I thought it was ugly and horrible and I wished that I could have straight hair like my friends. But you know what they said to me? They said I was lucky, because they wanted curly hair like mine. 
So love yourself. Love everything from the colour of your skin, to your beautiful hair, to even your braces (I think braces look so pretty!). And remember that there is always someone out there who wishes they could look like you.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Voldemort's Age

I don't know why I love this post so much, I just do. I think my favourite part of it is the last line that says #don't do horcruxes.
I just love the fact that Voldemort would have lived longer if he hadn't attempted to become immortal. There's something poetic about that don't you think? 'If you seek immortality, you will die earlier than if you had just decided to live your life'. 
The problem that Voldemort had was that he wanted to live forever so much that he let it drive him to madness. He would do whatever, kill whoever, give up whatever it took to become immortal. He literally split his own soul so that he couldn't be killed.
And when he tried to kill Harry, so that Harry couldn't kill him, he died. Then he had to use other people to survive and still couldn't kill Harry. And then Harry murdered him.
Moral of the story is that Voldemort was messed up, and couldn't do the one thing literally anyone could do if they wanted: he couldn't kill a one-year-old, an eleven year-old, a twelve-year-old, a fourteen-year-old, a fifteen-year-old, a sixteen-year-old, or a seventeen-year-old boy. Literally anyone could do that except The Dark Lord.
Serves him right.

Personally, I'm not sure I would actually want to be immortal. I mean, I'm sure there are perks, but if you're immortal, then you'd have to watch everyone around you die, which I think could get pretty frickin lonely. 

QOTD: Do you think it's better to try and fail to become immortal or is it better to just live your life, even though you know you'll die one day?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Hope you have an amazing day/evening/night,

BooksAreBetterThanPeople

Friday, October 02, 2015

Gods, Demigods, and Facebook? by lokilized

*Gods, Demigods, and Facebook?The gods, demigods, and a bunch of other Greek Mythology folk have discovered the joys of social media. [PERCY JACKSON]

 'Gods, Demigods, and Facebook?' by lolkilized is a standalone fanfiction on Wattpad. 

The first time I read it was probably about a year ago, when I was going through my "Percy Jackson discovers Facebook" phase  I recently re-read it, because I just wanted to read a Percy Jackson fanfiction.
Oh my gods, I forgot how funny this book was. There were times that my parents were staring at me like I was insane because I was laughing so hard. They would ask me what I was laughing at, and I would try to answer, but would start laughing all over again.
There were so many times before I re-read this book that I would say something funny, and then say I read it in a fanfic somewhere. I didn't realize until last week, that almost every single joke I said was from this book.
The nice thing about this fanfic that I don't see with many other Percy Jackson Facebook fanfics is that it's actually what your newsfeed on Facebook looks like. It has someone's status, how many likes it has, and the comments. I don't it just annoys me, but I can't stand it when people don't make it look like Facebook.
Anyway, this is such a hilarious book, so go check it out!

Have you read Gods, Demigods, and Facebook? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments!

Hope you have a fantastic day/evening/night,

BooksAreBetterThanPeople


*Currently called 'UNDER EDITING'