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Artemis Fowl

First Line: How does one describe Artemis Fowl?

About: Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories—they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure. (Goodreads)

Pages: 396

Author: Eoin Colfer

Publisher: Disney Press

Review: The about thingy basically says it all. This first word that comes to mind when I think of this book is clever. very clever. 

Artemis Fowl: I liked him from the start, he's smart, witty, funny, and he's only 12! but Artemis really isn't your average 12-year-old. For one, he's interested in fairies. Even if these fairies are epic warrior fairies, how many 12-year-old boys spend all their free time searching for fairies? But at the end I was confused whether Artemis was the Protagonist or Antagonist. I don't know, but I still liked him.

And like every great master mind, he has his band of people to do his biding. Butler, the scary man servant who can crush a skull in one hand, and Juliet, Butler's little sister. Juliet is probably the only one who can bring out the fuzzy side of Butler. Butler is very protective of his little sister.

Then we have the various mythological creatures from the fairy world at the center of the earth; Holly... er... Captain Holly Short, the only girl in the LEPrecon squad. She is, in one word, fiery. Holly, like Artemis, was fun from the start. She has an awesome personality, but she can sometimes get on Commander Root's nerves. 

Commander Root is... well, the Commander. He's sort of in charge of the whole operation. He can be a bit... temperamental? 

Then there's Foaly, the genius centaur who is the only one who can yell at Root without getting fired (since he's irreplaceable). He was one of my favorites, he's just smart. Really smart. 

The whole book was really fun. Even though the chapters were ridiculously long (like 40 pages per chapter), once I got over that it was a really great read.

Again, it was really clever, and just all out awesome. 

My friends have been trying to get me to read this for a while (like a couple years...), but here I am, got it done, and, i must admit it was a really cool book.

This book would be a great read aloud book for little boys especially. My brothers actually asked me about it when I was reading it, but when I told them that it was about fairies they just laughed, and thought that Artemis was a loser for looking for fairies instead of playing video games or buying every single lego set in existence. So... you might want to leave out the fairy part before you read it aloud to a bunch of little boys.

The only thing that is a bit, I don't know, bad, is that Root cusses a bit. nothing bad, just the occasional "Damn". I thought him using the word was what his character would do, but if you don't want to cuss when you read this aloud, just skip over the word, it won't make a difference.

so, a recap. Artemis Fowl was really, really good. Read it now!

Romance: none

Violence: these fairies are hard-core! they are violent. Plus Butler hurts a couple things, and there's a troll that does some damage.

Recommend Age: anyone 10+ would love this book!

Other Fun Stuff: quotes!

“Confidence is ignorance. If you're feeling cocky, it's because there's something you don't know.”~ Root

“If I win, I'm a prodigy. If I lose, then I'm crazy. That's the way history is written.”~ Artemis

“Trust me. I'm a genius.” ~ Artemis

“Butler could kill you a hundred different ways without use of his armoury. Though I'm sure one would be quite sufficient.” ~Artemis

“I don't like lollipops.” ~Artemis

“Let us proceed under the assumption that the fairy folk do exist, and that I am not a gibbering moron.”~ Artemis

Rating: 

Never Judge a Book by its Movie

I saw this ^ (title) on a picture on pinterest, and was just like... 'yeah!'.

And I just knew I had to talk about it.

Don't you absolutely hate it when you get all excited over how your favorite book is being turned into a movie (unless there are some people who cringe over the thought of their favorite book being turned into a movie) and then the movie doesn't deliver? It just doesn't do the book justice, or totally butchers it. Cuts the book into tiny pieces of the things only the producers/directors/screenwriters want to be shown on screen. It's horrible. 

But one thing we have to realize is that movies are simply based on the books.

Based as in the movie producers had no imagination, liked a book, wanted to do something similar with the book characters so that people will come see it, but couldn't without the rights, got the rights and is now slashing and slaying it to their liking.

But sometimes they simply can't include a scene, whether they don't have to resources to do it, or they don't have the money.

Of course, I'm not a movie producer (I wish) but this always seems to be a problem. Movies of books can't ever please every fan of the book because the movie isn't the book's exact parallel. 

I keep hearing mixed opinions over The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, and even The Lord of the Rings.

I guess we need to realize we (the loyal fans of the book) probably won't ever be pleased with the movie version. but if the producers totally slashed a part that wouldn't have been hard to put in the movie, well... then you send a letter of disgust.

And remember, (sort of quoting Blimey Cow here) the movies are made to be enjoyed by the lowest common denominator possible.

And, hey, if the movie gets someone interested in the book, it's a win! :)  

She Dreams of Love

Valentine's Day for me can be depressing sometimes.

I guess it's no secret I don't have a boyfriend, I keep broadcasting it, hoping that some guy will taker pity on me and ask me out or something (Okay... just kidding :( ) But really it can be difficult for someone like me whose never been on a date, whose never been kissed to watch all of this Valentine's Day stuff explode around me.

I went ice skating a couple days a go and everywhere you turned there were couples skating all around me. Kissing (and I mean seriously kissing, yeah, you shouldn't do that in public), hugging, mocking me and my friends (who are also single)

So yes, I do want a boyfriend. Every girl dreams of a guy who loves her, and no other girl (well, except his mom and his sisters ;) ). Who will tell her she's beautiful on her worst bad hair days. And who will just hold her if she's having a hard time.

just the other day I was up in my sister's room just pouring out all of my frustrations. My hormones kind of exploded and I was quite emotional. (they should be called horrormones!) "Why do guys have to be sooo complicated!?" "They're horrible!" "I'm in love!" "blah!", it was that kind of scene.

But I have to realize that, no matter how much I want a boyfriend, it just simply isn't time yet. (Plus my dad wouldn't like my having a boyfriend just now.)

  I'm sure that there is a guy out there that God's saving just for me, and I most likely haven't met him yet.

So I just have to wait. And, I guess, enjoy being single? I mean, when I'm married I'm going to wish I did more with my single life. 'Cause when I'm married and have kids, there won't be much time to tour Europe or write a best selling novel (not saying that these things are impossible when I'm married, just more difficult)

If you're tired of being single, with all these couples floating around, just remember, God hasn't forgotten you, he's just saving you. :)

I'm not single, 
I'm simply reserved,
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~ One of my many mottos

Happy Valentine's Day

Watership Down

First Line: The primroses were over.

About: One of the most beloved novels of our time, Richard Adams's Watership Down takes us to a world we have never truly seen: to the remarkable life that teems in the fields, forests and riverbanks far beyond our cities and towns. 

It is a powerful saga of courage, leadership and survival; an epic tale of a hardy band of adventurers forced to flee the destruction of their fragile community . . . and their trials and triumphs in the face of extraordinary adversity as they pursue a glorious dream called "home." 

Watership Down is a remarkable tale of exile and survival, of heroism and leadership . . . the epic novel of a group of adventurers who desert their doomed city, and venture forth against all odds on a quest for a new home, a sturdier future. (Goodreads)


Pages: 494

Author: Richard Adams

Publisher: Avon (first published November 1972)

Review: Have you ever had that feeling? That feeling that people say you get when you finish a book, and all 
of a sudden you have this empty feeling inside? Like you can't believe that the story is over. That you don't want
 the story to be over? I've actually never felt this feeling before... okay, maybe I have but I don't remember. But
 I certainly had it when I finished this book.

I have so many happy memories with this book. I remember my dad reading Watership Down to me (almost)
every night. Back then, of course I didn't really understand it that much. I just remember Daddy being so excited 
to read it to me. I don't really remember if we ever finished it, but I don't think we did. I've always known that, 
at some point I would love to read it myself someday.

I know it took me forever to get started, with so many other books out there to read I kept starting and forgetting
it soon after a few chapters.

So, like I did with The Hobbit I put it on my to-be-reviewed list to give me a bit of a reason to read it, but you
 can see how well that worked. But you see I have now read it, and from the first paragraph, you can probably
 guess that I LOVED it!!! :)

Okay, it did take a couple chapters before I was really into it, but after that I was hooked.

This book is most defiantly a classic. It is a bit dark for a children's story, but it was very good when I was little,
and Fiver's talk of blood didn't scare me. I guess people have mixed reviews for it... it's too creepy, or gory, and
 i guess for a bunny story it is. i mean people don't expect to open a thick book with a fluffy rabbit on the cover 
and have a story about blood and fighting, but this is what this book is.

It's gory, but in a some what beautiful, poetic way. And it's defiantly not as gory as the movie (which i am actually 
watching on youtube right now.) 

Yes, these aren't your baby fluffy bunnies, these are hard core fighting rabbits, that's what you have to realize 
before reading this book. Just except it and it will help you enjoy it.

But one of the things I especially liked about this book has to be the actual characters. The rabbits all have their
own personalities, and you actually fall in love with them. Everyone has to have their favorite, mine has to be Fiver,I'm always attracted to the weak characters with the strong spirit, but Bigwig and Hazel have to be close  seconds.

The whole journey is just completely captivating. While the thought of my own pet rabbit, Olive, going on an adventure
like the rabbits in Watership Down is a bit ridiculous, these rabbits are pretty awesome.

Overall, Watership Down is an amazing, lovable classic that I would love to read again. :)

Romance: None, but they do have to go find does to bring back to the warren. Rabbits just don't do romance.

Violence: in like every chapter there's violence, so yes, lots. Oh and a lot of talk of blood and such from Fiver.

Recommended Age: 10 years old, maybe younger. it depends on how uneasy your kids might be. But remember,
even adults would LOVE this story for themselves.

Other Fun Stuff: Quotes! 

"Lots of little Bigwigs, Hazel! Think of that, and tremble!" ~Bigwig

"My Chief Rabbit has told me to stay and defend this run, and until he says otherwise, I shall stay here"~ Bigwig

“My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped running today.”~ Richard Adams

“Many human beings say that they enjoy the winter, but what they really enjoy is feeling proof against it.”~ Richard Adams (I liked this quote because it is winter)

Rating:
 Five(r) apples. ;)


The Hobbit


First Line: In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.

About: Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent. The text in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998), and includes a note on the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001). Unforgettable! (Goodreads)

Pages: 300

Author: J.R.R Tolkien

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 1937)

Review: Okay, I know what you are all thinking, 'Why on Earth would Hannah review The Hobbit? Everyone 
knows what it's about, and (almost) everyone has read it, and (I'm pretty sure) everyone has seen the movie! 
Why would anyone want to read a review for it?' but the truth is, I've been meaning to read this book for a long 
time. And I mean a very long time. I read LOTR in three weeks a couple years ago, and it is safe to say that I 
was pretty obsessed with anything Hobbit or Tolkien. I'm surprised I never read The Hobbit during that time (I
was very obsessed!), but maybe two years or so ago, I bought the book, wanting to  (finally) start reading it.
(my sister and I both bought it) Long story short, other books distracted me, and The Hobbit became a forgotten 
title on my bookshelf.

When it was getting close to the movie premiere, I finally told myself 'You should really read the book, so that you 
can compare it to the movie.' And so in the end, I put the book down as one I'd review to give me motivation to 
actually read it this time. But, alas, I didn't finish it in time to see the movie :( But since the movie is going to be a 
trilogy, I had only gotten to the part where they ended the first movie. I lucked out. :)

So I guess this isn't much of a "review". I really enjoyed the book, it was a bit confusing at times, but really, I did
love it. 

In my LOTR curriculum for school I had to write an essay about Bard (character in the Hobbit) so it was helpful 
I was reading it, otherwise i would've been completely and utterly confused.

I personally still like LOTR better, but The Hobbit is fantastical in it's own way. :)

Romance: none at all

Violence: Lots. It's an adventure story, of course there's violence!

Recommended Age: I think this story is good for any age, but really little kids might not understand it, since it's 
written in an older style.

Other fun stuff:


Movie trailer, since they didn't make book trailers back when it was published. :)

Rating:
I couldn't decide between four and a half, or just four, but as you can 
I settled on four. :)

Adventures in English... stuff

I can't tell you how long I've waited for my drama club to do Pride and Prejudice, and I never realized how much fun it would be.

 Besides learning how to act better, this year, I'm also learning so much about the old English culture. (Jane Austin old English culture)

I don't know if I remembered to tell you all (it was during my giant blogging slump when I learned who I was going to be in the play) but I'm playing an extra this year, you know in one the big party/ball scenes. That means I'm not on stage very much, but they are having workshops, so that use lowly extras can have a chance to learn more about acting.

But the fun part is that I actually get to create my character, which, as a writer, is always fun.

We are also learning how to act all British and proper, and etiquette and... stuff like that.

And tomorrow we are having a "British" party... and guess what I'm making... Mince Pies. I don't really know exactly what that is, but it was on the list of British foods that we could bring, so I though, "What the heck? I'll make it!".

Fingers crossed it won't end in disaster.

Beautiful Ice that cracks

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Hello February, long time no see, though the last time I saw you you seemed longer... oh well. Welcome anyway.

I don't know what it's like where you live, but I personally believe I live in the coldest place in the whole world right now! Our weather here is... weird. It's snowing, it's raining, and then it's warmer than July on the equator, all in one day! Okay, maybe i'm exaggerating (but i'm not!).

Right now, I swear, is the coldest it's been since the 1800's (and if you've ever read the Little House on the Prairie books, you know how cold it got back then.). Everything is frozen! You go outside for two seconds and you have to rush back inside because it's too cold to stay out. 

Okay, it's cold. Very cold, you get it.

Anyway, I was at drama the other day, and at the church where we rehearse at has this forest like place in the back that we all like to explore when we aren't on stage. It's really beautiful. There are bridges and trees (well, duh!) and a creek that twists throughout the whole place. I always feel like I'm in Middle Earth when i'm back there. :)

A couple of my friends and I were there, just walking across the bridges, and marveling at the frozen wonderland. When we looked down at the creek it was frozen, just like everything thing else here, but it was frozen in a beautiful way. Parts were frosty, and then other parts weren't fully frozen all the way through, allowing water to trickle underneath. I really wish I had brought my camera, but I didn't.

So my friends and I felt daring, and decided to try and walk on the ice.

We were nervous at first. Not because the creek was deep, but because we weren't actually wearing shoes that could get wet if the ice broke. but after awhile it got fun. Finding ways to walk across the creek without cracking the ice. Stepping on rocks that popped out of the ice, and shuffling ever so carefully across the smooth ice.

but there were a few places, where the ice wasn't as thick, and there weren't any rocks nearby to save us. Our weight was too much and the ice cracked. not enough to send us into a cold, involuntary bath, but enough to send water seeping through the thin cracks as we hastily made our way back to shore.

Life is a lot like walking on ice. There are the thick, frosty places, where you feel like you're flying on rainbows and eating lollipops. Then there are the thin parts that crack, and you just get cold and wet.

The thin when you feel like you aren't worth anything, that everything is horrible, and no one loves you. When the ice cracks and you fall.

but there is a rock to stand on. To save you from falling. God can be the rock that keeps you stable until you can get back on the thick ice.

Yes, life is like ice.