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2012-07-22

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Author: J. K. Rowling
Titel: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's                                Stone
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9-780747-549550
Rating: 8/10

Blurb: Harry Potter thinks he's an ordinary boy - until he is rescued by a beetle-eyed giant of a man, enrols at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The Reason: HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD!
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Inspired by Potterthon and all posts revolving around it both here and on ll-lit I decided to finally making an attempt on reviewing Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (and the following books, but I think that's going to take some time), even though I will never do this book any justice whatsoever. This review will probably be full of spoilers, quotes, mindless babbling about how I love the series and childhood memories, so don't read it if you're not interested or haven't read the book (your loss...), I just thought I'd give you a fair warning.

2012-07-21

Slated

Author: Teri Terry
Title: Slated
Publisher: Orchard
ISBN: 978-1-40831-946-8
Rating: 7/10

Blurb: Kyla's memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever. She's been Slated. The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance - as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla's mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is at it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?
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2012-07-17

Fragile Things

Author: Neil Gaiman
Title: Fragile Things
Publisher: Hodder Headline
ISBN: 978-0-7553-3415-5
Rating: 5/10

Blurb: Let me tell you stories of the months of the year, of ghosts and heartbreak, of dread and desire. Of after-hours drinking and unanswered phones, of good deeds and bad days, of trusting wolves and how to talk to girls There are stories within stories, whispered in the quiet of the night, shouted above the roar of the day, and played out between lovers and enemies, strangers and friends. But all, all are fragile things made of just 26 letters arranged and rearranged to form tales and imaginings which will dazzle your senses, haunt your imagination and move you to the very depths of your soul.
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2012-07-16

Anna Dressed in Blood

Author: Kendare Blake
Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Publisher: TOR Teen
ISBN: 978-0-7653-2867-0
Rating: 7/10

Blurb: Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: he kills the dead. So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead - keeping peksy things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal burder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home. And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.
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2012-07-12

Potter Quotes #2

And once again in Pottermode! I actually read the book completely this week, couldn't hold myself back, but I decided that I wanted to share my favorite quotes of the individual chapters with you anyway, so here goes part 2 including chapters 5 to 8 - have fun and feel free to post your own favorites!


2012-07-11

Salem's Lot

Author: Stephen King
Title: Salem's Lot
Publisher: Anchor Books
ISBN: 978-0-307-74367-1
Rating: 8/10

Blurb: Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive, Mears begins to realize that there maybe something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.
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2012-07-10

Der Goldene Kompass

Autor: Philip Pullman
Titel: Der Goldene Kompass
Verlag: Heyne
ISBN: 978-3-453-40548-6
Bewertung: 3/10

Klappentext: Der Auftakt der sagenhaften Fantasy-Trilogie:
In einer Welt, die der unseren sehr ähnlich ist, lebt das Mädchen Lyra. Wie jeder Mensch hat es einen Dæmon, eine Art zweites Ich, von dem es sich nie trennen würde. Doch immer wieder verschwinden Kinder aus der Gegend und man hört gräßliche Geschichten: Die Entführer entreißen diesen Kindern ihre Dæmonen! Lyra macht sich auf in den Norden, um ihren Freund Roger zu retten. Auf ihrer Reise trifft sie gefährliche Panzereisbären und fliegende Hexen und findet schließlich hinter dem Polarlicht eine ganz neue Welt.
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2012-07-09

Ukulele POWER!!

Today UPS FINALLY delivered my Ukulele :D I've been waiting for it for about a week now and I was sooooo excited, so I will make all of you suffer from some pictures I shot just now! Bear it!




She's sooooo beautiful (yes, it's a girl)... AND she's turquoise, now who could resist that? I think I'll name her Luna :D


They even sent me a bag with the Ukulele and it's color-coordinated, isn't that nice :3 ?


There's no use for an Ukulele if you can't tune it, so here goes the Tuner....


And finally my mother made this gift for me yesterday so I can pin it on my Ukulele-Bag... she's so cute. It's a turquoise Jack-Skellington-Flower !!

There's one last thing though... You all know it's Potterthon-Month and as I just got the Ukulele today and couldn't keep my hands off of it until now, I learned a little something that fits perfectly in this months' theme.... Here you go and forgive me if it's not that good, I'm only starting ;)

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2012-07-05

Potter Quotes #1

This weeks Potterthon on Lauren's Loquacious Literature/saz101 has me totally captured and as I already read the 4 chapters for this weeks readalong THRICE and still can't get enough I had the fabulous idea (haha) to post some  of my favorite quotes from these first few chapters - feel free to share yours!


2012-07-04

Smoke and Mirrors

Author: Neil Gaiman
Title: Smoke and Mirrors
Publisher: Hodder Headline
ISBN: 978-0-7472-63685
Rating: 8/10

Blurb: In Gaiman's richly imagined fictions, anything is possible - an elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat in a second-hand store; under a bridge, a frightened little boy bargains for his life with a very persistent troll; a stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect his unsuspecting adoptive family
                                                           from unimaginable evil...
                                                           these miraculous inventions and many more
                                                           await in this extraordinary book, revealing
                                                           one of your most gifted storytellers at the
                                                           height of his powers.
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The first thing I ever read by Neil Gaiman was 'Coraline', and only because I adored the movie so much, I wanted to know if the story the book told was identical. I really enjoyed the story and the authors style of writing, so when I saw this book in the 'English Books' area in my local bookstore I just thought: 'GO FOR IT!' And I did.

2012-07-03

Potterthon

Okay, this post comes sooner than I promised it to, but I just found something surfing on the web and I thought it would be great to share a little bit of Potterlove for all you fellow Harry Potter Maniacs out there....



We're starting with the "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" Readalong and there's also an option to participate in a poll with the following questions...
  • "What Does Harry Potter Mean To You"
  • "What's Your Favourite Harry Potter Quote"
If you want to join the fun, simply click HERE or HERE and sign yourself up!

Neuer Anfang, Neues Glück!!

Da ich mit meinem letzten Blog und den generellen Funktionen nicht allzu zufrieden war, hab ich beschlossen das Ganze noch einmal auf Anfang zu setzen und es in einer anderen Umgebung nochmal zu versuchen.

Hier werde ich es wahrscheinlich auch so handhaben, den englischen und deutschen Bücher auch sprachlich unterschiedliche Rezensionen zu geben: die Deutschen in deutsch, die Enlischen in englisch, man lernt ja nie aus. Die bisherigen Rezensionen von meinem alten Blog sind immer noch bei Lovelybooks vorhanden falls da Interesse bei euch besteht, ihr findet sie auf der Seite "Rezensionen" und werdet von dort aus weitergeleitet.

Ich werde wahrscheinlich direkt morgen anfangen, wieder ein bisschen was zu posten, damit das hier etwas voller wird. Viel Spaß beim Stöbern!