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Monday, June 15, 2009

Draco trilogy 1 -Dormiens by Cassandra Clare

A very late review.
Thanks to Claire Ramos also known as Purplycookie for sharing her file with me.
This fanfiction is AU: Alternate Universe. It was written in the year following Goblet of Fire and does not incorporate material from OOTP, HBP or J.K Rowling's fansite, all of which is post-date it. it posits a universe in which Sirius is still alive, and so i Dumbledore; Fudge remains Minister of Magic, Luna Lovegood does not exist, Blaise Zabini is a girl, Ginny's full name is Viginia and so on.
This is definitely one heck of a fanfiction. the best that I have ever read and I thought "A Secret Worth Keeping" was the best, clearly I haven't been researching much. Thanks to a cyberfriend who share the same affinity of harry Potter fever, I was introduced to this one. being a Harry Potter fanatic, the idea of Draco Malfoy being so human, with emotions and mushy words makes me gag, It just wasn't right, for me he would always be a bad guy a coward and as they say a 'git', that was before and the more I read into the book the more I appreciate Clare's bold move into writing this fanfic. The sighing was lessened. For one, Sirius is alive and happy (I think) to be married with Narcissa Malfoy and Dumbledore continues to be a guiding light to Harry and to the rest of our beloved characters. I love the dialogues, some were pulled from other equally amazing reads and from Buffy, call me a girl but I love her. Malfoy's new personality earned so many brownie points in my book. He reminds me Eric Northman in Southern Vampire Novels. Snarky, Dark, Awfully Romantic, Sarcastic, Straight forward and equally blonde and hot. Draco here is definitely my Eric in the wizarding world. I love the twist. And the semi-adult content was really favorable.

Monday, June 8, 2009

harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling

The heart of Book 7 is a hero's mission--not just in Harry's quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man--and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore's warning about making the choice between "what is right and what is easy," and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling's skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise.
I have reread the book again for a more dramatic effect once I watch the 6th movie this coming July. The last books of an ending series are always the best yet also the most heartbreaking. It marks naturally, the ending of a book that has fascinated you. a better understanding of necessary sacrifices of the characters that it housed. It gives a better understanding of the true nature of your most loved and probably most despised character and it answers all the hanging questions and finishing the air of mystery. Deathly Hallows is definitely my favorite Harry Potter book. The boy that was Severus Snape was the most touching, the worst of all the deaths for me was of Fred Weasley, I had shed a tear or two for Sirius on Book 5 and definitely felt the lost of professor Dumbledore at 6 but Fred Weasley was young and of have so much potential, and a revered friend, the death of Rookwood upon Aberforth's hand wasn't enough. The only thing that I wish had more on it was the Ginny-Harry love, it feels so hidden, I was hoping for a sweeter ending and for a more explained details on the future that has become them rather than having it researched on Harry Potter Wiki. I honestly thought too that Voldermort would have another chance of a more better life, but I guess the mutilation of souls were too severe and too inhuman to uphold. It definitely did not disappoint. J.K Rowling will be forever the best author for me. To create a world truly her own, some concepts borrowed but definitely evolved and shared with billions of people, was sooo awesome. 5 stars is not enough to rate this book. I seriously think that her books aren't thick enough. haha. I also couldn't have thought of a better duel between Potter and Voldemort, I can't get over the intense scenario of that moment, from the moment he casted Protego! till his signature spell of Expelliarmus! A spell so simple yet very fitting. The Tale of the Boy Who Lives and his loyal friends from the D.A, Order of the Phoenix and the House of Gryffindors are like my old friends if you need to escape and have a good time all you have to do come to them.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Carpe Corpus (Morganville vamps 6) by Rachel Caine

In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace—until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He’s kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants—the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power?

Another long wait is over, Book 6 is here, and I just love book stores who release books earlier than its original release date. Book 6 is where the cliff hanger from Lord of Misrule ends. At first you'll get the feeling that our beloved Claire is seriously in a very pitiful, helpless situation. Our beloved Shane is in captivity / hostage and Mr. Bishop is just being Mr. Bishop and the usual gang of the Glass House are obviously on their own. But not for long, be patient. Shane was set free but with a heartbreaking consequence, One of the good vampires die and I found myself being extremely sad about that. It has new characters, new weirdness, Monica Morell back to her usual bitchy bully predatory self and WTF moments that at some point I thought wouldn't quite fit with the whole plot but worked. Yes im talking about the introduction of Ada... So who's really killing the girls in town? Nope it wouldn't be the one that you would most likely suspect. This is my favorite book in the series, The characters are fully developed and it marks the change of everything. And did Shane and Claire finally do it? Nope not going to give out any clues, read and find out. Are the vampires noe really cured? Is this new equalized status of vamps and human going to work out for the best? Who's the next bad guy?... And now I'm back to waiting...

Fade Out will be released on Nov. 03, 2009 - Chapter 1 link below:
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