Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The cursed child is actually me. Surprise!

Well. It’s 5 am. I finished the book. I’m cursed…emotionally. I’m dead on the inside but I’ve also never felt more alive. Sigh. I must stop beigng overly dramatic.  Not gonna write much, just kinda felt the need to tell the rest of the world that I, Alaire, am experiencing the same amount of bittersweet feelings that you are. I finished in a longer time than expected (it took me four hours!!) because at times I literally could not read, I was so full of feelings that I had to shut the book, snapchat myself making a double chin face that reflected my innermost thoughts, and send said snapchat to all of my friends so they will all wake up tomorrow (or, today) and want to read the book and experience the heart wrenching feelings I felt!!! Hahahahaha!!! Just kidding. My real motive for sharing my completion of a book is probably the same motive for all book lovers all over the world. We are selfish bookies. We want to the whole world to know how much we loved this book, and how we read it with such fervor and excitement it might seem like we won a lottery. But that does not make the bookies bad people, as we just want to share this feeling with other fellow bookies and savor the feeling of reading something that can make us feel so comfortable and safe despite it being a completely new story. Or in this case, a completely new, but totally familiar, book that is the biggest source of joy and love and tears and more love for a huge slice of people in this world, a portion of the population almost as huge as Hagrid’s heart itself.

(Haven’t been on this blog in forever, I know. Just needed to get this out ASAP. Further review to come, but I needed to tell the world how Harry Potter affected me, another insignificant fan, immensely. Love you J.K!!! And I love #scalbus #alpius ???? Idk??? even more.)

 

also so sorry for all the grammatical errors and sentences that make zero sense  this will be probably sites later, depending on if I actually don’t feel lazy for once heheje  also it’s five am and I got my book at midnight after chugging tons of butterbeer, if you can’t tell, I’m going a tad crazy!

-hopefully will see you next time in a much later hour of the day, with more sleep and less craziness,

Alaire

Carrie Pilby

Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner is unlike any other YA book I’ve read. It was a very refreshing read, and to tell you the truth, the reason I picked it up is because I really liked the cover.

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The skirt convinced me. Sorry, but it looked to much like blue cotton candy to turn away.

Now, I know I’m really behind boarding the Carrie Pilby train, but it came out in 2003 when I was a small, chubby kid that would only eat mini blueberry muffins and could probably only read Bob books. ( Remember those?)

When I started the book, I was like what the heck is going on here. But as I got further into the book, I was like WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON HERE? What I mean by that gibberish, is that when I started the book, it was a little confusing and tricky to understand Carrie’s POV. But when you eventually get used to her thought process and voice, you are like whoa. That is one unique brain. One unique brain that happens to be inside of a teenage prodigy who is just a tad bit crazy.

The second I picked up the book, read the synopsis, and found out Carrie is a 19 year old prodigy, my brain went boom. About 100 assumptions about the book immediately flooded into my brain when I heard the word “prodigy,” because, well, books like An Abundance of Katherines have taught me a lot about what I can expect when it comes to child geniuses. That much intelligence comes with a cost of a whole bunch of awkwardness in the social area, so I knew that Carrie would be kind of anti-social. However, I had no idea that she would be COMPLETELY ANTISOCAIL AND THAT THE ONLY PERSON SHE HAD MORE THAN A MINUTE LONG CONVERSATION WITH WAS HER THERAPIST!!!! AND I DID NOT PICK UP THE BOOK EXPECTING HER TO BE SO LACKING IN THE REALTIONSHIP DEPARTMENT THAT SHE WOULD CONSIDER HAVING A RELATIONSHIP WITH A GUY WHO WAS ALREADY MARRIED!?

See, very refreshing, am I right?

Part of me really didn’t like it, because her thoughts on life were super random and made me uncomfortable for no particular reason, but the other half of me is so amazed by how different this character is from any other character I have read about. The book is told through Carrie’s perspective, and boy, do you get a lot of thoughts out of her. Throughout the story, you read about her views on people( which are very complicated/confusing I might add) to her views on herself and just life and human nature and ugh her thoughts are so scattered but so interesting and I don’t even know how to describe it. Some of the time I was annoyed with her character, but I didn’t realize how much the book made me think or how good it was until I finished it. This isn’t really the kind of book you should read if you want a perfect ending and a perfect plot, in my opinion. I hope this isn’t convincing you not to read the book, because it actually was a really quirky and cute story, but just not in your typical way.

Whoo. Gotta catch my breath, I’m dying from that endless amount of rambling that just happened for 20 years. Sorry?!

I apologize for that really unorganized and chatty post, but that is all the junk in my head emptied out on a piece of paper. (Or a screen of some sort, technically speaking.) This post was also a tad bit negative, so sorry for that too.

Well, to put you guys back in a good mood I’ll use this gif of a super adorably kitty, because, well, kittens.

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In case you’re not happy yet, here’s a picture of Matthew Lewis, mostly know as Neville Longbottom, because one,  his very pretty face can make anyone happy, and two, he is NEVILLE LONGBOTTOM PEOPLE!

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There is always enough time for some Harry Potter throwbacks.

Until next time,

—Alaire

Anna and The French Kiss

Ooops. You know how I said I was going to post a lot more? Well, this is kind of my only post of the week. Sorry guys, I know it was World Book Day on Thursday, but I’m trying. I just started watching Friends last weekend, and let me tell you, I have been going on a non-stop Rachel and Ross driven emotional roller coaster. Anyway, back to the book.

Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins might just be the newest addition on my list of favorite books ever. I don’t even know how to describe how much squealing and freaking out happened while I was reading this book. Like, I had to close the book out of frustration/ excitement/ spazz attacks about two times PER CHAPTER. Which is saying a lot, considering normally I only do that once every other chapter. My reaction while reading this basically varied from:

AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

WhAt tHE HeCk aRe YoU dOInG AnNA?!?!

omg. *sob* I want a boyfriend . Particularly from France. Or England. I’m fine with both.

WHEN. AM. I. MOVING. TO. PARIS?!?!?!?!?!!!!!

OHMYGOD OHMYGOD OHMYGOD FREAKING ÉTIENNE ST. CLAIR WHERE CAN I GET ONE???

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…and so on.

Let me tell you, I have A HUGE list of book boyfriends. Definitely more than 50 on my list, and that isn’t even counting book husbands/book crushes. Yup, there’s a difference. And don’t judge, because this is a judgement free zone people!! Well, Étienne St. Claire, the love intrest a character in the book, is probably topping the book boyfriend chart with a 10 in personality, 10 in appearance (Ummm perfect brown hair and big brown eyes? Yes puh-lease!), 10 in quirkiness and just a full out billion in total package. Cute boy with british accent, who, you know, ALSO SPEAKS FLUENT FRENCH AND HAS AN ADORABLE PASSION FOR HISTORY AND IS PROBABLY THE NICEST PERSON EVER?!!! HOW MUCH BETTER CAN YOU GET?!?!?

So, I’m gonna do y’all a little favor and just give you a basic rundown of the book so I don’t spoil to much. Like, I don’t know if I’m doing this book justice with my review. I don’t know if you guys understand how amazingly cute this book was. It was SO amazingly cute. ( I know, I’m so descriptive)

Any who, the basic (as in very very very basic) synopsis of this book starts out when this American girl named Anna moves to France to go to this boarding school. Wow, that was a generic sentence wasn’t it? Anyway, Anna is a movie buff, who is kind of  girl next door type, and was super excited to spend her senior year in Atlanta, where she’d grown up, until her parents are like, boom, you’re going to France sweetheart. So, she’s not very pumped to be going to this new and foreign school (which is an American school btw, so like everyone speaks English) until she meets an awesome group of friends. And, one of her ~friends~ happens to be my boyfriend Étienne St. Clair. So, she stars to develop a MAJOR crush on Étienne, (I mean who wouldn’t?) but there is just one little problem. He already has a girlfriend. (And when I figured this fact out I almost started crying because I want Étienne to my self, duh.) As Anna spends more and more time in France, it’s not just the city, the school or the movies she starts to fall in love with. ( Hopefully, based on the clues I’ve given you kinda get the hint about who that person might be…)

Okay, but here is some real talk. I really liked this book for two reasons. One, I wanted to be in this book. Of course, that really applies to any book I read/ have read, but for some strange reason I have a newfound love with France that my friends and family all seem to think is weird. Any guesses why I want to go to France? If you guessed Étienne, you would be right. I have probably reread the book about four times, and I spend all of my free time complaining to my friends who have yet to agree to move to France with me so we can get ourselves an exotic boy exactly like Étienne. I just realized that was most likely the nerdiest sentence ever, even for me. Ooops? Anyway, Anna thinks she is a really awkward person, but the truth is, she really isn’t. She seemed to me like the kind of girl you wanna be friends with, because she speaks her mind and is just so fun to be around. I really loved Étienne and Anna’s relationship though. Throughout the book, they pretty much become best friends, who feel so comfortable with each other and just feel like more of themselves around each other, which I think was great. The way their relationship developed was also very refreshing compared to most chick lits, where the main characters become romantically involved right away. In this book, though, there was enough time for a solid friendship to happen first, which made it even cuter and even more squeal worthy when they got together.

Well, that is it for today’s rambling, but I definitely will attempt to post more often this week!

Make sure to go buy Anna and the French Kiss like right now. Go. Scat! Read it. Pronto!

Have you bought it yet? The clock is ticking people!!!

—Alaire

National Reading Month

Ahhhhhhh. That is what my brain feels like write now. Ahhhhh.

First of all, I would like to apologize for my lack of blog posting this past month, or basically me not posting anything since January. I know, I know, it has been a long while, and I don’t really have a big excuse or anything because I don’t even know what I was wasting my time doing. All I’m gonna say is, I remembered my Netflix password, started watching Vampire Diaries again, and boom. All six seasons plus The Originals. Every single second of my spare time was spent watching love triangles form, blood being sucked out of people, and drooling over Ian Somerhalder and basically every other extremely attractive character in the show.

Anyway, even though I haven’t been blogging, I’ve definitely been keeping up with my reading, probably because of all the snowdays/ snowstorms we’ve had recently, which has been a huge plus for me. Of course, when the weather is blustery, there is nothing better than to curl up with a cute chick lit that makes you smile as you try to drink a cup of lukewarm tea, but end up spilling it all over your book because of all the excitement you get when the main characters kiss. Or maybe that’s just me…

But, I figured that there is no better time to start writing about books again than National Reading Month, (I hope that’s what March is, but I might be completely wrong???) and I hope to catch y’all up on all of the books I recently have read.

Future reviews include:

Anna and the French Kiss

The Ruby Circle

The Geography of Me and You 

Carrie Pilby

and more!!!!!!

So, that is it for this short little update, but hopefully I can stick to my word and start posting some more.

See ya!

—Alaire

We Were Liars

We Were Liars.

By E. Lockhart.

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“A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.”

I’m being completely serious when I say this is one of the best books I have ever read. Saying that, it is also one of the most wonderfully disturbing books I have ever read. I don’t really know how to write this review, because I feel like I will write it horribly and give people a horrible description of the book, but hopefully my writing doesn’t make you hate it. Whoo. Well, that was a mouthful.

I don’t even know what to say about this book.

*takes a deep breath*

*does high school musical warmup thing about 20000 times*

*channels inner Sharpay to make herself feel more peppy*

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Okay. Here we go. I don’t think I have ever cried as much as I did after I read this book. Sure, after I read Allegiant and The Fault In Our Stars, I was totally sobbing my guts out, but after I read this book, I was sobbing my brain and my heart out. It was such a beautiful tragedy, this story. It was sad in a way different than any other book, a sad that chilled me to the bone. #deep, I know. ( *says in sarcastic Miranda Sings voice.) I probably am making this book seem like a horror story, but it wasn’t gruesome or scary, it is just really, really messed up… but messed up in the greatest way possible.

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I don’t even know what the plot of the story was, to tell you the truth. I personally find the writing style in this book oddly wonderful, but I would not recommend it for any one who gets annoyed by short, choppy, thoughts and sentences that can completely change topic in just one word.

Not only is it full of suspense, but it has the biggest plot twist out of any plot twist in the history of plot twits ever.  It might be because when I was reading it I got so enticed that I could not even think, or that I’m not as clever as other people, I don’t know, but there is no way I would ever, ever, guess this twist. Normally, I can pretty much make accurate predictions for books, but a plot twist to the far extent this book went to… Oh my gosh. It was cray-cray, to say the least.

This is the kind of book you need to read if you have at least a 6 hour block of time free from having to do anything. 6 hours because it takes about 3 hours to read (Only 240 pages, but you need sometime between chapters to process what the heck just happened) and then another 3 hours to cry the pain out of your soul. Wow, that sounded intense. haha, what I’m trying to say, is that it is not a very good idea to read this book over a long period of time, because then you will be in a very bad/ distressed mood until you finish the darn book. But, just because this book was a downer, doesn’t mean it was any less amazing than any other book.

Well, I don’t know what else in the world to say, because I have been thinking about writing this review for so so long, but in my head, it sounded so much better and actually made me seem somewhat smart. Please excuse my rambling and GO READ THIS BOOK PRONTO!!!!

See you next time!

—Alaire

Books to Read When You’re Sick

Do you ever have one of those days when you wake up in the morning, sneeze, and realize there is no way that you are getting out of bed to do anything productive? Yap, well, that’s me and about half my whole school/town during this time of year, with the horrible cold weather that makes you want to curl up in a ball and hide from the rest of the world. When I’m sick, there are  really only four things that I can muster up the energy to do.

1.) Eat. (Basically my whole sick diet ends up being alphabet soup, toast, and Whole Foods chocolate chip cookies. Yum.)

2.) Sleep.

3.) Netflix. (Binge-watching all 10 seasons of Friends, here I come!!!)

4.) And of course, reading.

Even though I love to read, like all the time, when I’m really really sick, I can barely even see in front of me, so reading is out of the picture. But when I’m feeling a little better and I’ve watched almost very single sitcom available, re-reading some of my favorite, easy reads is a way to keep myself occupied so I don’t end up poking my eyeballs out from boredom.

1.) Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres–I know that when I’m sick, I need something that will make me laugh, and Ellen always manages to make me crack up.

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2.) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan– Since I literally know every single word in this book, and I’ve read it about 300 times, Percy is always really comforting to me. I know, I’m a weirdo, but this book is definitely on my list of favorite books ever.

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3.) Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern– Now, being sick is always a great time for more froufrou romances, especially my favorite one ever!!! Which, may I add, is coming out as a movie later this year! (The movie will most likely be a poor rendition of the book, but it stars Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, possibly the two most attractive people on the planet!!!!) I figure that when I’m sick, I already use up like 200 boxes of tissues, so I might as well read a book that makes me cry because, whatever. This isn’t really a sad book, but I cried during the many breakups/ makeups of the two main characters because I cry during basically everything.

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I can not seem to stop sneezing my head off so I’m gonna have to end this short post at 3 books that might help some of you when you’re stuck at home with the flu.

—Alaire

Books I’m So Pumped For In 2015

Wow, that was a long blogcation I just had, wasn’t it? Well, don’t worry, although I haven’t blogged in a week, I definitely made sure not to take a vacation from reading. And believe it or not, but over the past week I read MY NEW FAVORITE DYSTOPIAN SERIES (which I will tell you about later) and also managed to get giddy with excitement over the sequels, prequels, and spinoff books coming in 2015. Let me just say, this is gonna be a great year of new spazz-worthy books.

Btw, all these new book releases happen to be continuations of 5 of my most favorite favorite favorite book series ever in the history of the whole wide world ever.

(The first two covers haven’t been released… but what can you do?)

1.) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Release date: October 2015

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Now, over the summer, I read one of my other favorite fiction reads, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Ugh. It was so. darn. good. That is a whole different book review entirely, but in the book, the main character Cather writes fanfic about her favorite book series ever, Simon Snow( In my opinion, kinda like a Harry Potter meets Twilight kind of thing???) , and her fanfic story is called Carry On, Simon.  And while reading it, I couldn’t help thinking how cool it would be to read her fanfic, and yap, I bet you can guess, Rainbow Rowell is coming out with a whole book dedicated to Simon Snow called Carry On!!!!!! When I heard this fabulous news, you can probably guess how much I was totally freaking out. ( And totally still am freaking out.)

2.) Winter by Marissa Meyer

Lunar Chronicles book 5

Release Date: November 2015

( There is a prequel, Fairest, coming out January 27, so that is officially book 4.)

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So, the series I was talking about that I just read over break, was the Lunar Chronicles. Now, when I picked up Cinder, the first book in the series, I didn’t really know how to feel about the main character being a robot thingy cyborg. (If you don’t understand anything I’m saying right now, go read the book description on Amazon.) But anyway, the moment I got through the second chapter, I was totally hooked and I literally read for 3 hours straight until I finished. And then for the next 4 hours I presumed to read the second book in the series, Scarlet, which was even better than the first. And lastly the third book, Cress, which is about 500 whopping pages (and let me tell you, although I read this pretty fast because it was so good, it was loooooong) and is so much more fast paced and OMG I CANT BELIEVE THAT JUST HAPPENED than the first two. The books are a spin of classic fairytales, which I thought was really cool. (Cinder- Cinderella, Scarlet- Little Red Riding Hood, Winter- Snow White.) Since Cress was so long, I expected it to be the last book in the series, but when I got to the end and the journey wasn’t over, I almost had a heart attack, not even kidding. BUT PRAISE TO THE GOD OF BOOKS BECAUSE NOT ONLY WILL THERE BE A FOURTH BOOK, BUT ALSO A PREQUEL! REJOICE!!!!

3.) The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines Series book 6

Release Date: Feb 10

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( And please don’t judge a book by it’s cover here, I know it looks like one of those crappy beach reads you find at gas stations or something, but it’s not)

I think the reason I’m most excited for this is because my book husband number 1, Adrian Ivashkov, (yap, you heard me, not a book boyfriend, but a husband) is in it. Uh huh, we’re officially a thing. I just love the story so so so much (even though whenever I mention the series to my friends they stare at me like I’m crazy, which let’s be real here, I am) and I love the characters so so so much. Yah. I don’t know what else to say because I love this series so much.

4.) The Heir by Kiera Cass

Selection Series book 4

Release Date: May 5

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For me, I kind of felt like The Selection was the girly ( and non- violent) version of the Hunger Games. The second I saw the cover (Yes, I judged a book by its cover, whatever, I know I’m a hypocrite) and read the description I was like yes puh-lease! Dystopian? Check. Love triange? Check. And a competition to see who can win the heart of Prince Maxon? Sounds good to me! Anyway, I read the first book about a year ago and soon after read the sequel, and the epic third and last (or so I thought) book of the series. But when Kiera announced that The Heir was coming out I almost died. (As I do with any book basically.)

And for all of you who have read The Selection, I’m guessing you were Team Maxon from the first book, cause I know I was. And if you were Team Aspen then how dare you still be breathing.

And lastly, even though this book comes out in 2016 which is really really really far from now, I absolutely HAD to include it because I AM SO DARN EXCITEDDDDDD!!!!

5.) Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

AHHHHH!!!! AHHHHH! OMG! When Cassandra Clare announced this new spinoff series on her twitter, I literally started screaming. Not only is The Mortal Instruments a series I can read over and over, but I have to say, Will from The Infernal Devices is my second book husband, like besides Adrian, of course. Anyway, this series is supposed to follow Emma, whom we met previously in the epic series finale, City of Heavenly Fire. (aka best book in the universe!!!)

Anyway, hope you guys enjoyed this ( really long) list of mine and let me know if you want to read/ have read any of the series I mentioned! Have a great week ( I know, the week after the holidays is crazy hard to get through, but don’t worry you can do it!!! Aren’t my mini pep talks great???) and see ya next time!!!!

—Alaire