eARC Book Review: Free by Susanne Valenti

Free: Freedom comes at a price... (Cage of Lies Book 5)Goodreads Synopsis

Alone and surrounded by the enemy, Maya doesn’t know which way to turn. In a prison built of corruption and blind faith, does the truth even stand a chance? All paths lead to this and finding a way through will be the toughest test yet. The might of the city stands against her and she must remain defiant in the face of it. Presented with challenges she never thought possible and changes she couldn’t have imagined, she will need to be stronger than ever before. The fight of her life is coming to an end but will she survive to see her dreams become reality?


I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I first started this book I had forgotten so much from the previous books because the wait was definitely a long one but I didn’t need to worry because with each chapter I read, the memories started coming back.

The gang is now in The City and they’re working with their contacts within the wall to get the word out that the Outside isn’t as dangerous as they were led to believe. New characters are introduced and you’d think that that’d be weird and hard to get used to so late in the game but Valenti made them blend in so easily it was as if they’d always been around. One of the people introduced is Cutter. He’s a scary dude and you’d actually be smart to stay out of his way but I actually liked his character a lot. I like what he stood for. Family is everything to this guy and he protects his own.

Naturally there were a few…setbacks in the story that of course was supposed to help the plot but I don’t think that all of them made complete sense. I feel that the beginning of the book dragged mainly because it was mostly from Maya’s POV and I was starting to get a bit annoyed with her. I can’t place my finger on what exactly irked me about her but I didn’t mind her at all when she was surrounded by others.

I certainly hope that there’s another book coming because that ending left quite an opening. There’s basically a bridge between the Outside and The City so I hope the new ‘alliance’ between the two is looked at more closely. Certain things in this book did feel a bit rushed and I felt that too much time was spent on the planning and not enough on the action and that played a part in things going haywire.

There have been further developments in both the characters and the story which is always a good thing to see and I’m definitely glad that Susanne one again did not disappoint in that department. Out of all the books in this series, this doesn’t come close to how I feel about Broken and is not my favourite but I did like it a lot.. I can’t wait to see what new ideas Susanne can produce for us.

Read: 8 October 2017
Rating: ★★★.5

Publication Date: 16 July 2017
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Susanne Valenti

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Wrap Up: June – December 2017 (and January TBR)

Doing this a bit differently. I continued reading while I was on hiatus and since I’m back to the regular schedule as of today, I figured I’d just do an overall wrap up. I did not skip a month accidentally, I just didn’t finish anything during the month of July. Exams, ya know.

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June:

Revival, Vol. 3: A Faraway Place

August:

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) The Great Gatsby Teeth: The First Bite 

September:

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2) The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1)  Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8) Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1) Adventure Time With Fionna and Cake Frostbite

October:

Red Thorn (2015-2016) Vol. 1: Glasgow Kiss The Punisher MAX: Born Free: Freedom comes at a price... (Cage of Lies Book 5) Othello

November:

Between Shades of Gray Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens 

December:

Not a Fairytale  

Reviews to come soon for all except The Hostile Hospital.

Total Read: 20 Books


 

 

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Unfinished

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) Life of Pi Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) Me Before You  (Me Before You, #1)

ARCs

Afflicted Sleight

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2017 Book Haul

I’ve acquired 33 books this year.

Currently Reading

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) 

Read

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2) Third Time Lucky (The Princess Diaries, #3) Mia Goes Fourth (The Princess Diaries, #4) The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard, #1) An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2) Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1) The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1) The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8) Othello Between Shades of Gray Not a Fairytale

Reviews:

Unread

Harry Potter Magical Places and Characters Colouring Book Fairy Tales The Secret The Girl on the Train  138397 25628776 24704894  The Kite Runner Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1) Pet Sematary Cat's Cradle The Snow Spider Trilogy Pride and Prejudice The Picture of Dorian Gray

Current Tally: 361

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2017: A Year in Books (ahem, but not really) 👀😶

I’ve had a lot to think about where my blog is concerned and I want to take fewer breaks. I know I’ve been taking them for valid reasons due to mental health issues and/or life outside of the blogosphere but I don’t want it to seem that my blog comes second…because it doesn’t. In my two years of blogging, I’ve taken two lengthy breaks and I’ve neglected the very thing that I claim keeps me from tipping over the edge. I certainly hope that the next year will be better and that I’ll be able to manage all these things on my plate and still have room for the unexpected circumstances life may throw at me.

My 2017 book of the year goes to Not a Fairytale by Shaida Kazie Ali. It took me a while to finish this book simply because I rock at procrastination. It’s my first ever book by a South African author and I jumped at the opportunity to get it. I was drawn in from the first page and I’d recommend it to everyone and their cat.

Over here you will find My Year in Books on Goodreads so have a look-see. I think I did pretty well this year even though I was super busy.

💙 Obsessions 💙

Sometime at the beginning of the year I hopped on the Hamilton bandwagon and become entirely mad about it. I love history and that used to be my favourite subject at school but I never really went out on my own and looked things up. I’m not American so it’s not like I grew up hearing about the Founding Fathers but this musical really piqued my interest. My birthday gift to myself is going to be the Alexander Hamilton biography as well as the Hamilton: The Revolution book. Another thing: the musical makes for an awesome study playlist!

Gilmore Girls! I started the series from the beginning because I couldn’t remember everything that happened and I fell in love! Sadly I could only watch till the sixth season because I had to actually sit with my books and not pretend that I was studying.

Adult Colouring Books because who wouldn’t be. My commitment issues used to be so bad that I couldn’t even finish colouring in a picture, thank goodness that’s all over now. These books really help with stress and you become so focused on what you’re doing that your mind becomes this blank space and for a while your problems don’t exist. Maybe this is why kids are always so happy while they’re colouring.

Nat Geo Wild! This channel is a gift, I swear to the big G.O.D. When there’s nothing on TV, Nat Geo Wild comes in and saves the day. It’s because of this channel that I found out that Honey Badgers are immune to snake venom. Try saying a Hufflepuff is weak. I dare you.

Hot Topics on the Wendy Williams show is my ultimate  guilty pleasure. The whole show actually if I’m being honest. I don’t know what made me start watching the clips on YouTube but over the past few months I found myself getting up early just so that I could watch the show disturbance free. That woman is so sassy and I love it. How you doin’?

 

📢 Changes 📢

I have a new blogging schedule. Technically the schedule’s been around since May but since I’ve been ‘away’ for a while, it’s only right that I re-announce it. I’m really hoping I can stick to the 5-day posting schedule and plan my posts accordingly. As I mentioned above, I don’t want to keep taking breaks.  You can find my blogging schedule over here. At this current moment, I’m not sure if I’ll continue the My Week and Happenings because the data struggle is way too real.

I also now have a review policy. I wanted to be more professional when it comes to my blog and I do take that review policy quite seriously (she says as she’s procrastinating reading an ARC). Check out my review policy here.

🍃 Everything Else 🍃

 

I took English as a private candidate this year and it turns out that it’s a really awesome subject. I could’ve done without a few poems here and there but otherwise I loved it. Since I haven’t been blogging these past few months, English gave me the opportunity to write via essays and I had a lot of fun viewing one story from various angles.

I started editing my own writing earlier in the year but haven’t found the time to continue. Who knew that editing takes so much time? I do hope to start writing again soon even though the will is there, the inspiration isn’t. I have been imagining weird stories though but I don’t have the will to put pen to paper. These past 2 years haven’t been fruitful in the writing sense for me if I’m being honest.

I’ve been on a mission to go through the book previously despised (The Great Gatsby) and giving them second chances. There are a few on the list and I know which ones I’m definitely staying away from. I can already see myself getting frustrated during the process but it’s okay. It’ll be a bit if a challenge for me so really, it could end up being quite exciting.

 

Anyway, that’s how my year’s been. It hasn’t been all amazing, there were definitely some downsides but I choose to look past that and move on to new and better horizons. Thank you all for sticking around and here’s to another amazing blogging year ahead.

Caron xx

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Expected Releases for August 2017

Goodreads synopsis included.

1 August

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 7

Ms. Marvel Vol.7 by G. Willow Wilson

Civil War II is behind her, and a brand new chapter for Kamala Khan is about to begin! But it’s lonely out there for a super hero when her loved ones no longer have her back. It’s time for Kamala to find out exactly who she is when she is on her own. Plus: it’s election time! Kamala gets out the vote!

COLLECTING: MS. MARVEL 13-18

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See What I Have DoneSee What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.

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8 August

The Last Tudor (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #14)

The Last Tudor (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #14) by Philippa Gregory

The latest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory features one of the most famous girls in history, Lady Jane Grey, and her two sisters, each of whom dared to defy her queen.
Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days, dying on the scaffold for her faith. But few people know about her two sisters, cousins to Elizabeth I who also faced imprisonment and death sentences for treason.
Katherine Grey was the beauty of the family who earned the lifelong hatred of her cousin Elizabeth I when she married for love. Mary Grey was an extraordinary little person known as a dwarf in Tudor times, who defied convention to marry the tallest man at court in her own secret love match.
The fascinating story of three idiosyncratic Tudor girls and their challenges to the most powerful Tudor woman of all is the subject of the next novel from the author who defines what it means to be a writer of historical fiction (RT Book Reviews).

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Paper Girls, Vol. 3Paper Girls Vol.3 by Brian K. Vaughn

The multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and CLIFF CHIANG continues, as newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac and Tiffany finally reunite with their long-lost friend KJ in an unexpected new era, where the girls must uncover the secret origins of time travel… or risk never returning home to 1988.
Collects issues 11 through 15!

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15 August

Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1)

Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1) by Lana Popović

“Lush. Delicious. Bewildering. And darkly magical. Popovic has created a world that you tumble into from the very first words and wish you could stay in forever.” —Evelyn Skye, author of The Crown’s Game

“Wicked Like a Wildfire was like devouring a succulent fairy fruit—it will rob your time, settle into your dreams, and leave you starving for more.” —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

Fans of Holly Black and Leigh Bardugo will be bewitched by Lana Popovic’s debut YA fantasy novel about a bargain that binds the fates—and hearts—of twin sisters to a force larger than life.

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first in a two-book series. Readers will be rapt with anticipation for the sequel.

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24 August

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The Store by James Patterson

The Store knows you better than you know yourself.

Imagine a near future of unparalleled convenience. A powerful retailer, The Store, can deliver anything to your door via drone, even anticipating needs and desires you didn’t know you had. Most people are fine with that, but not Jacob and Megan Brandeis. New York writers whose livelihood is on the brink of extinction, Jacob and Megan have made a drastic decision–they’re going undercover to dig up The Store’s secrets in a book that could change the entire American way of life–or put an end to Jacob’s. When they arrive at The Store’s distribution center in the Midwest, it appears to be an idyllic workplace. But after a series of unsettling discoveries, Jacob and Megan’s worst fears about The Store seem like just the beginning. With nothing escaping The Store’s watchful eye, and Megan’s commitment to the cause in doubt, Jacob quickly becomes a major inconvenience that The Store will do anything to silence. Harboring a secret that could get him killed, Jacob has to find a way to publish his expose before the truth dies with him.

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29 August

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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Thirteen Rising (Zodiac, #4)Thirteen Rising (Zodiac, #4) by Romina Russell

Romina Russell’s epic sci-fi fantasy series reaches its breathtaking conclusion with this fourth and final novel.

The master has been unmasked. Rho’s world has been turned upside down. With her loved ones in peril and all the stars set against her, can the young Guardian from House Cancer muster the strength to keep fighting? Or has she finally found her match in a master whose ambition to rule knows no limits?

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Dress Codes for Small TownsDress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens

The year I was seventeen, I had five best friends…and I was in love with all of them for different reasons.

Billie McCaffrey is always starting things. Like couches constructed of newspapers and two-by-fours. Like costumes made of aluminum cans and Starburst wrappers. Like trouble.

This year, however, trouble comes looking for her.

Her best friends, a group she calls the Hexagon, have always been schemers. They scheme for kicks and giggles. What happens when you microwave a sock? They scheme to change their small town of Otters Holt, Kentucky, for the better. Why not campaign to save the annual Harvest Festival we love so much? They scheme because they need to scheme. How can we get the most unlikely candidate elected to the town’s highest honor?

But when they start scheming about love, things go sideways.

In Otters Holt, love has been defined only one way—girl and boy fall in love, get married, and buy a Buick, and there’s sex in there somewhere. For Billie—a box-defying dynamo—it’s not that simple.

Can the Hexagon, her parents, and the town she calls home handle the real Billie McCaffrey?

Author Courtney Stevens delivers an honest, funny, and endearing account of a girl coming to terms with the gray areas of love, gender, and sexuality while facing the opposition that follows.

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SipSip by Brian Allen Carr

A lyrical, apocalyptic debut novel about addiction, friendship, and the struggle for survival

It started with a single child, and quickly spread: you could get high by drinking your own shadow. At night, lights were destroyed so that addicts could sip shadow in the pure light of the moon.

Gangs of shadow addicts chased down children on playgrounds, rounded up old ladies from retirement homes. Cities were destroyed and governments fell. And if your shadow was sipped entirely, you became one of them, had to find more shadow, at any cost, or go mad.

150 years later, what’s left of the world is divided between the highly regimented life of those inside dome-cities that are protected from natural light (and natural shadows), and those forced to the dangerous, hardscrabble life in the wilds outside. In rural Texas, Mira, her shadow-addicted friend Murk, and an ex-Domer named Bale, search for a possible mythological cure to the shadow sickness but they must do so, it is said, before the return of Halley’s Comet, which is only days away.

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RST: Fandom Related Dreams

This post is a little different…it’s still book related, kind of, but I was talking to my mom a while ago about this weird dream I’d had and I thought of the idea of posting about it since most of them involve characters that I’d either read about or seen through TV and/or movie adaptations.

For many of us sleep is a gift that should be eternally treasured, so when that wretched alarm blares at an ungodly hour, all we want to do is hit the snooze button two or ten times.

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I don’t know the exact mechanics behind dreaming but I’ve heard that it has a lot to do with our subconscious. For some, if they keep thinking about something or may have had a very important subject on their mind just before they fell asleep, it’s possible that they could end up dreaming about it. Some say that our dreams are our subconscious’ way of showing us what we really want.

I believe that dreams are very powerful and me being a very spiritual person, I believe that it often holds messages even if we don’t know it at the time. I dreamt of my granddad and uncle’s deaths just before they passed away and for years I felt guilty about the dream regarding my granddad’s death because why didn’t I say anything? I could’ve spoken to him more. But I’ve moved on from that and I’ve made my peace. Anyway, we’re not here about those kinds of dreams. We’re all about the books and my…weirder dreams.

I’ve never experienced a lucid dream before and I don’t think I’d actually want to. I don’t really like dreaming at all. Sleep is when my brain is supposed to rest -trust me, it needs resting since I’m always thinking overtime -and by entering that REM stage and having the possibility of dreaming means that my brain is still very active. Maybe this is not the way that it actually works (REM is supposed to be important and good for you?) but whenever I dream, I always feel so crappy when I wake up. I feel as if I hadn’t slept at all. By saying that, I definitely prefer not to dream. In any case, my dreams are always weird and I wake up thinking: ‘WTF?’.

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Since I’ve dragged you around the bush a few too many times, let’s get on with the actual point of this post shall we?

As yes, fandom related dreams. I haven’t had too many but I am keeping track of them because it’s like a little game I play…with myself, in my sleep. Hmm, that might be a little sad. I’ve had dreams about Hannibal, The Hobbit, one character in Harry Potter, The Doctor and Misha. I have to be honest with you and say that I was waiting for Misha’s dream ever since I realised that I’ve been having these kinds of dreams.

I can’t remember if it was the first or second season of Hannibal when I had the dream. I’m pretty sure it’s the first though. The Hannigram ship was just setting sail and Tumblr was going crazy and all the fans were reading into every little thing -yes, me too- so naturally I’d dream about this. I can’t remember exactly what happened but Hannibal was chasing Will all over town and Will just did not want to be captured and refused to be Hannibal’s play thing and knowing Hannibal’s tagline -‘Eat the rude’- that didn’t end up every well for him. Skip this if you get creeped out by slightly gory things. Hannibal got angry and ended up finding Will and cutting him up and Will’s bloody severed foot was left in the middle of the road and that’s when my dream ended.

My sister told me I should stop watching the show since it was causing me to have such disturbing nightmares but I ignored her and thank goodness I did. That’s a really good show and I love everything about it. #WaitingForSeason4

You know that scene in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey when the Stone Giants are fighting? Yea, that’s the site of the next dream. Bilbo, Thorin and The Company were camping either at the foot of the mountain or somewhere nearby and somehow I ended up being smack dab in the middle of everything. Not the giants fighting, the company camping. Thorin tried to kill me! With Bilbo’s letter opener. The disrespect. I still don’t know why. All I know is, I entered the dream and The King Under the Mountain was after me and Bilbo was trying to protect me. I’m pretty sure Gandalf came and saved me but I can’t remember because I was so shocked that I was randomly attacked this way.

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I have this thing where I’ll become obsessed with a character, very rarely an actual person, and I’ll read up on them as much as I can. For the characters, if there’s fanfiction, I’ll read it. The person: watch most if not all of their filmography. One of these people ended up being Lucius Malfoy and the actor who portrayed him, Jason Isaacs. This was a crazy time in my life. I was a senior in high school and my obsession was starting to get a bit insane because I’d end up trying to say something about him and no sound would come out. Obviously, this all resulted in a dream. I was a student at some boarding school? University? I’m honestly not sure, but I figured it made sense since Hogwarts and all that. Lucius Malfoy ended up being my English professor and that in itself was weird, because…why was I dreaming about being in school? It’s not a place I’d choose to go to in my free time. Anyway, Lucius ended up hitting on me and I rejected him (yes, you read that right) because it was inappropriate. Caron has morals…even in her dreams.

My most recent dream was of The Doctor. You know, Doctor Who. In this one, The Doctor was my grandfather? No, my dad, and I think I graduated from school or something then he took me out to a clearing with my eyes covered and when I opened my eyes, there stood my very own TARDIS. I’m still ridiculously happy about this because imagine! My own TARDIS! It was amazing and the cloaking device worked perfectly, and one of the disguises was this huge fluffy white dog. It was so awesome.

And so…I’ve saved the best for last. Misha Collins, amazing man that he is. The dream that featured him happened a little while after Lucius’. A friend said that it was strange that I was dreaming of all these other characters/people but my role model hadn’t been one of them yet. I thought so too and I started to become worried. Cue me finally dreaming about Misha.

Somehow I made it to SDCC- San Diego Comic Con- and I’d been waiting to meet Misha all day and there was no sign of him. In the dream I was his biggest fan and word had gotten around that I was there and we had to meet. Misha heard about this from someone and agreed but was busy with signings and photo ops and the like. When he did end up being in my vicinity he totally brushed me off and walked away without acknowledging me or anything. I was so sad, I woke up immediately and was bummed for the rest of the day. I relayed the events of my dream to my friend and she said that it was unfortunate since all the videos we’d seen and stories we’d heard made Misha seem like such a great person. I know it was only a dream and I was over thinking as I usually did. That still didn’t make me feel any better though.

A few nights later, I ended up dreaming about Misha again and this one was so much better than the first. Misha came back and apologised for walking off without saying anything and bought me a cupcake as an apology. I was instantly happy. My friend said that only I would re-dream about someone so that my image of them wasn’t tainted.

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I know this post was slightly different but I figured why not write a post that’s actually related to its theme: Random Story Time.

I have such weird dreams when I do end up dreaming and even though I don’t enjoy the experience, I always have a story to tell. I can probably count on one hand the amount of relatively normal dreams I’ve had. This was just a little something against the norm. I rather enjoyed writing out this post and I’m a bit curious what other fandom related dreams I’ll have.

Thanks for stopping by.
Till next time,

Caron xx

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#31): The Chamber of Secrets

The Book

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second novel in the Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling. The plot follows Harry‘s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, during which a series of messages on the walls of the school’s corridors warn that the “Chamber of Secrets” has been opened and that the “heir of Slytherin” would kill all pupils who do not come from all-magical families

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As tiny as this book is, the movie has nothing on it. I too want a flying car because that sounds totally awesome. What I don’t want, is to get beaten up by the Whomping Willow. Again, this book sets off all the switches in your head and opens up that door to imagination. This wasn’t my favourite in the series but there was a lot of suspense and I think as the years go on, I felt more sorry for Harry. Poor kid just couldn’t get a break.

The Movie

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 British-American fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.[2] It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the second instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman.

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When I first watched this movie, I was scared to death. I was alone in mine and my sister’s bedroom and all the lights were off so that added to the effect. Of course now, it being years later and me having watched the movie many more times, I’m not scared anymore but jeez, that snake though. I always did like that they made the movie version of Dobby so adorable.

The Decision

Book, book, book. Loved the movie and I will gladly watch it again. I’m actually due for a HP marathon but the book wins for me.

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