Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: Movie Review

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: Movie Review

Title: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: 4/5 stars

Everyone in the Harry Potter fandom has been on the edge of their seat waiting for this movie for two years. Hundreds of theories have been made during this time, based off of the Potter series, the last Fantastic Beasts film, and the small bits of information we’ve been getting for this one. This movie connects more to the Harry Potter series, what with Dumbledore, Hogwarts, and the big reveal from the final trailer: Nagini. Expectations were high, and I believe the movie met them.

Now, I’ve seen the movie twice already, and the whole time I was so tense and nervous about everything that was going on. This movie is much more intense and complicated than the last one; it’s like having a ton of information thrown in your face for two and a half hours straight. J.K. Rowling did say the first movie was to set up the characters and the story so the viewers got to know them, and this second movie would tie in a lot more with the Harry Potter series. I think it might tie in too much to the original series all at once. Everything seems to happen so fast, and the scenes keep switching between characters, so it’s pretty hard to keep up with.

Warning: There are spoilers beyond this point!

Let’s talk about the characters first. From the very beginning, Queenie seemed to be acting strangely, and not at all like herself. She cast the enchantment on Jacob and just wasn’t as upbeat as she had been in the first movie. I thought everything she did was very out of character for her, although I do understand why she went over to Grindelwald’s side; mostly because of her love for Jacob (speaking of which, their relationship was so cute, but so sad when they were fighting! I love how Jacob called Queenie all the pet names you can think of, aww.). I also think she felt pulled towards Grindelwald because, at the time when he talked to her, she was in a city she didn’t know, and had just lost track of both Tina and Jacob, and therefore didn’t know anyone in Paris. She was vulnerable (ugh, every time I say this word now, I think of the movie Elf, and it’s so annoying) and overwhelmed when Grindelwald reached out to her, and I understand her motives completely.

Which brings me to another amazing thing about this film: Grindelwald. He’s such a great character and villain! Unlike Voldemort, Grindelwald had the ability to love and he had emotions, so he seemed more human. In the Harry Potter books, Voldemort just went around killing everyone, which wasn’t very realistic, so wasn’t very scary. Grindelwald, however, didn’t kill whenever possible, and used words instead, to convince people to join his cause. When he was speaking, you could actually understand his reasoning, which made him a much more real, convincing, and scary villain. I was also a little worried at the end of the first movie that Johnny Depp would portray Grindelwald as half crazy, which Grindelwald wasn’t; he was Dumbledore’s equal, and very intelligent. But this movie proved my thinking wrong; although Grindelwald looked crazy, he didn’t sound crazy. I would still prefer someone other than Johnny Depp to play Grindelwald though (coughcoughCOLINFARRELLcoughcough).

Abernathy was suddenly working for Grindelwald in this movie and we didn’t get an explanation as to why. In the first movie, it seemed pretty clear he was against Grindelwald. Also, I couldn’t help but notice the names of future Death Eaters associated with Grindelwald: Travers, Rosier, and Carrow, as well as one other familiar name in the cast list, associated with the Ministry: Chang.

Someone we know was close to Grindelwald is Dumbledore, WHO IS AMAZING!!! Jude Law did a fantastic job of capturing Dumbledore’s character and spirit in this movie, and I don’t think it could have been any more perfect. As you might know, Dumbledore is one of my favourite characters in the Harry Potter series, and I was over the moon when I heard he would be in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Dumbledore’s personality and essence seemed exactly the same to me, and several times made me laugh out loud at how perfectly Dumbledore he was. It was said by J.K. Rowling that Dumbledore wouldn’t be explicitly gay in this movie, but I thought it was pretty much as close as you could get without saying it. The scenes with young Dumbledore and young Grindelwald were pretty obviously romantic, as well as middle-aged Dumbledore’s reactions to them.

Dumbledore, in turn, was very close to Newt as well. My favourite character. Just as in the first movie, I loved Newt. He’s so relatable to me, as a Hufflepuff, and as a person in general. I’m still so happy the main character in this franchise is such a lovable Hufflepuff. I think the famous quote by Dumbledore, so similar to what he later says to Harry, describes Newt perfectly: “Do you know why I admire you, Newt? You do not seek power. You simply ask, ‘is a thing… right?'” Something I thought also fit Newt’s character well, and which I surprisingly liked, was how Newt doesn’t like picking sides. He sees the gray in everyone and knows that even though Grindelwald should not come to power, the Ministry should not necessarily be the one to defeat him. Young Newt was also so cute and looked exactly like older Newt ahhhh I love him!

Leta Lestrange was introduced in this movie, and I actually love her character! She was the Slytherin we all deserved to see. What I don’t understand, though, is why her father sent her to America from France, and then she somehow, for some reason, got to Scotland to go to Hogwarts when she was eleven. If she was in America, why not go to Ilvermorny? Now we might never know, since she died at the end of the movie, which I also don’t understand. She was such a great character, but they killed her off after only one movie? What was the point of that? She had such potential for playing a bigger part in the following movies, seeing as she didn’t do much in this one. The only reason Leta seemed to be in the movie was to create drama with the whole Theseus-Leta-Newt-Tina love square and to prove that Corvus Lestrange is, indeed, dead. Which leads to another character who I found very unnecessary, Yusuf Kama. He didn’t really do anything the whole movie besides explain his, Leta’s and Corvus’ story because he believed Credence was Corvus; but because Leta proved him wrong, pretty much all that information is pointless, and confused the audience. Who did he make an Unbreakable Vow with? And where did he go after he left Nicolas Flamel’s? Another unecessary character was Nagini. She was really just an onlooker during all the action, and the only information we got from her was that she was on the good side and that her and Credence had something going on. I do hope she’ll have a bigger part later on.

The big reveal at the end of the movie was that Credence is actually Aurelius Dumbledore. Now, we’ve never heard this name in the history of Harry Potter or anything about another Dumbledore child. I really hope J.K. Rowling didn’t just throw this in for dramatic effect and does actually have a good plan, backstory, and explanation for this character. I looked him up as soon as I got home from the movie, and my personal favourite theory is this: in the books, Albus was mentioned to have an aunt. In the credits of The Crimes of Grindelwald, there is a cast member listed as Credence’s aunt. The theory states that one of Albus, Aberforth, Ariana’s parents had another child with someone else and passed it off to the aunt so as not to tarnish the Dumbledore name. The aunt, in turn, brought the child to America for unknown reasons. I guess we’ll find out what really happened in the next movie, which is ANOTHER TWO YEARS AWAY! (And it’s so much worse than last time because everyone knew Jacob would get his memories back, but there are so many more unanswered questions in this movie.)

Next, the music is absolutely beautiful. I’ve become more and more entranced with movie soundtracks over the past couple years, and the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts ones are by far my favourites. Like the first movie, we hear a small excerpt of Hedwig’s Theme for the Warner Brothers logo, and the the Fantastic Beasts theme during the movie title. Hedwig’s Theme also plays when you get the first glimpse of Hogwarts, which is perfectly nostalgic. Throughout the film, you can hear tidbits of pieces from the first movie intertwined with new pieces, which is very creative and exciting to hear. I love how Newt Says Goodbye to Tina, from the soundtrack of the first movie, is incorporated into the scenes whenever Tina is mentioned, as well as when Newt is tracking her and during the Salamander Eyes scene.

Finally, the plot. One thing I noticed during the whole movie was the darkness. In the first movie, the music was mostly cheerful and upbeat, Newt wore a peacock blue coat and his Hufflepuff scarf during some parts, Queenie wore lots of pink, even Tina wore blue sometimes, and the scenery was also generally bright. In this movie, though, the music is more suspenseful, the lighting is darker, the costumes are less colourful (Newt’s blue coat is replaced with a gray one, I’m sad), and even Queenie’s hair is less curly. As J.K. Rowling said, the tone of this movie is much darker.

I found the opening scene of the movie very confusing. How did Grindelwald escape his cell to make Polyjuice potion and become Abernathy? We also had no idea what the blood pact vial is until later in the movie, and who was the lizard and where did Grindelwald get it? I’m guessing it would be simple enough to use a switching spell on Grindelwald and Abernathy’s tongues. The whole scene just happened so fast with little to no explanation, and was hard to keep up with.

We got to see Newt’s house in this movie, where he had so much space for all his beasts and it looked like his suitcase but in house form, and it was crazy! I am glad we got to meet at least a couple new beasts in this movie (like the kelpie and zouwu). Newt also hired someone to help with his beasts, unless he always had someone to help and we just didn’t see her in the last movie because it was set in New York. She quite obviously liked Newt, but I mean, who doesn’t? He’s my soulmate.

During the first half of the movie, Newt was obsessing over seeing Tina again, and was disappointed when he realized she didn’t come with Queenie and Jacob. On his way to Paris with Jacob, he was overthinking what he would say to her when he sees her, and Jacob tried to help him. Newt was so adorably and obviously in love with Tina the whole movie. The Salamander Eyes scene was SO CUTE! “I’m not supposed to say,” gets me every time. I love how the relationship between Newt and Tina is slowly building, instead of happening all at once. It fits their characters perfectly, especially Newt’s, and is different than what happens in most movies these days. It shows that the plot isn’t all about romance. The ‘they’re going to kiss!’ feeling was present during this scene as it was at the end of the first movie during the boat scene, but of course they got interrupted. I personally think (and hope) that Tina will make the first move.

I’m sure all of you noticed that Professor Minerva McGonagall was teaching at Hogwarts both at the time the movie took place (1927) and when Newt and Leta were attending (1910 – 1913). This should have been impossible since the McGonagall we know and love started working there in 1956. There are several theories on this, and I honestly don’t know what to think. I certainly believe J.K. Rowling put her in for a reason, though, because she would not have been able to overlook it. It could not have been an ancestor of McGonagall, since that was her father’s name, and he was a Muggle. It could have been an aunt on her father’s side who was previously unknown to us, but her distinct snappish personality was clear, and I personally think it’s the McGonagall from the Harry Potter series. The only question is, how? There is another theory that McGonagall was using time travel and her and Dumbledore had a secret past of working together for some important reason. This is a little far-fetched, but I truly don’t think J.K. Rowling would have included Professor McGonagall without an explanation.

One last thing: why have we never heard of Grindelwald’s different coloured eyes before? There was no mention of it in the books, and the young and old Grindelwald in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movies both had two blue eyes. There must be a new plot twist it connects to since the Harry Potter movies, and I’m excited to find out what it is.

To sum up my review, here are some unanswered (for now) questions I’m sure everyone has after seeing this movie. Where is all this new kind of magic coming from and what exactly is it (referring to all the non-verbal spells and the magic Newt used to track Tina)? When and how did Abernathy start working for Grindelwald? What happened to Queenie during the year to make her act so differently? How did Newt just Apparate to the exact spot Dumbledore was standing when he was chasing after Dumbledore and Dumbledore Disapparated first? Why are all the Hallows included in the title but only the Elder Wand appeared in the film? What happened between Newt and Theseus to make their relationship so complicated? Why did Grindelwald and Dumbledore make the blood pact? How are there baby nifflers if the original niffler is male? What exactly was the point of including Leta Lestrange, Nagini, and Yusuf Kama in this movie? We still don’t know the whole story of Newt getting expelled from Hogwarts? How was Minerva McGonagall teaching at Hogwarts before she was born? WHO IS AURELIUS DUMBLEDORE?

Those were my thoughts on The Crimes of Grindelwald, and I would love to hear yours in the comments! The movie itself was a little hard to keep up with and confusing, and there were several details that kind of undermine what we already know about the Harry Potter universe, so I had to give it less than five stars. If, however, J.K. Rowling provides reasonable answers and explications for these inconsistencies either in an interview, on social media, or in the next movie, I will gladly up my rating. Overall, I did love the movie despite its flaws. The characters, music, and filming were all spectacular, and left me with a feeling of awe.

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The Harry Potter Spells Tag

The Harry Potter Spells Tag

I’m actually posting… what??? Yes, I know, I haven’t posted in a while, and I’m sorry. I’ve just been so busy, and I’m afraid my life is just going to be getting busier for the next few years. I’ll just be posting when I can and you guys are going to have to deal with it. (Sorry!)

I thought I would do this tag since it’s almost fall and fall is Harry Potter season (not that every season isn’t Harry Potter season), and also it just seems fun. 🙂


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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. I heard so many good things about this book, but it was honestly disappointing. I liked the ideas, but I thought the writing was bland.

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To say something other than Harry Potter… I would have to say Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This book was amazing and definitely made me decide to read the rest of the Lunar Chronicles series, which was also amazing.

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I have to pick two for this one; What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, and Archenemies by Marissa Meyer. Both these books come out in the fall, but I NEED TO READ THEM RIGHT NOW!

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The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan is the third book in the series Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard and there are just SO MANY GOOD THINGS ABOUT IT AHHHH.

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I felt a lot of emotions while reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, and confused was definitely one of them.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (although also a little Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda). Who doesn’t relate to this book?

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This made me think at first of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, but I think A Drop of Night by Stephen Bachmann is a better option; it’s definitely more twisted.

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I read so many Rainbow Magic books when I was little. They inspired so much creativeness and led me to wear sparkles to attract fairies. I loved these books so much! I will say, though, that once I got older, I realised that all Daisy Meadows’ books are the same story with the fairies’ names changed.

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I actually didn’t like Everything, Everything as much as everyone else seemed to, so I didn’t have high hopes for The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, but I actually loved it so much!

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Don’t worry, I have already read this book! I was reading it for the second because I read it so long ago, haha.

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I don’t really read humorous books, but Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is so relatable it makes me laugh. I also thought of Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.

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A lot of awesome books I would have told you about a couple years ago have gained a lot of fame recently (The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs), so I’m going to say I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. It was just really good and different than other contemporary books I’ve read.

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SPOILER ALERT! (Even though everybody should have read Harry Potter now, you Muggles.) I overheard my mom reading part of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling to my brother when I was little. Unfortunately, it was the part when Dumbledore dies.

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We had to read Anthem by Ayn Rand for my grade 11 English class. I thought it was actually pretty interesting, and I like reading for school; I like being exposed to different kinds of books and being forced to read classics, because I probably never will on my own time.

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Swim the Fly by Don Calame was another book I had to read for English class, but in grade 9. And let me tell you, the story was for 10th graders but the writing was for 7th graders. It was full of second-hand embarrassment, and I did not enjoy one second of it. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera is another good one for this spell, but it was painful in a good way. I mean, not good, sad, but IT WAS SO GOOD ANYWAY! Just go read my review of it.


So, that was fun! Let me know if you have any comments about my choices, and tell me which book was a painful read for you! I have links to my social media, Goodreads, and fan fiction on my blog, so please check them out! Until next time! (Wow, that was a lot of exclamation points, oops!)

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History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera: Book Review

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera: Book Review

Title: History is All You Left Me

Author: Adam Silvera

Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: Contemporary

Back cover description

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

My thoughts

This book is sad beginning through end, and I honestly didn’t think I would like it very much because it was so sad. However, it was beautifully written and emotionally complicated and realistic, and after a few days of thinking it over, I’ve decided I do like this book. It’s like when you’re scrolling through social media and you read a post and you think ‘huh that’s nice’ or ‘that’s cool’ and then you keep scrolling but a few seconds later you scroll back up because you’re still thinking about that post and you don’t know why exactly, but you have to repost it.

As I already said, I like how realistic this book is. The characters are all flawed, and I didn’t even really sympathize very much with Griffin. My favourite character by far was Wade, who was always trying to do the right thing and didn’t let his emotions rule over logic. It reminds me of the quote from Dumbledore: “There will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.” All the characters do or did something they regret during the story, and it’s usually the easy thing to do, not the right thing.

Adam Silvera’s writing in this book is a stark contrast to other contemporaries I’ve read; instead of being cute and fluffy, it’s neutral and sad, but appealing all the same. I’m excited to see what his other books are like.

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli: Book Review

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli: Book Review

Title: Leah on the Offbeat

Author: Becky Albertalli

Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: Contemporary

Back cover description

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

My thoughts

This was a really good book, I liked it a lot. There were so many references, and not just from Harry Potter (I caught some Percy Jackson and Gilmore Girls as well!), which I loved, loved, loved! It was super interesting to get to know Leah better and get a peek into her life, because we don’t see a lot of it in Simon.

Becky’s writing style is amazing, as always, because of the references that teens nowadays are definitely going to get and because she writes the way we speak. Like Simon, it’s just really relatable.

There were a couple things, however, that were not as good, in my opinion. While seeing inside Leah’s head was really cool, I can say that I liked the story from Simon’s point of view better. And I don’t think it’s just me wanting to see more Simon and Bram. A couple of the characters changed noticeably (Bram’s promposal was out of character for Bram, as was Nick auditioning for the play, let alone getting the lead), but especially Abby. I couldn’t imagine her as the same Abby from Simon at all, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because I think I understand why. Simon is so clueless, so it would make sense that he didn’t see this part of Abby in his own book, and that he didn’t see through Leah’s exterior personality, either. (SPOILER!) All the Leah and Abby moments seemed fan fiction-like to me (as well as Nick and Taylor and Garrett and Morgan getting together in university), and I’m not sure I really felt they were meant for each other. But that doesn’t mean I’m against the idea. It was cool to see that all the Leah-Abby awkwardness in Simon wasn’t because Leah liked Simon or Nick, but because she liked Abby. Huge twist, and again because Simon was so clueless. I honestly thought, though, that Leah and Garrett would be cute together. (UNSPOILER!)

Leah has a lot of confusing thoughts going through her mind, so I laughed and cried multiple times while reading this book, which is always fun, and the mark of a good author. The confusing thoughts were super relatable for the intended audience of this book, and I think the fact the Becky is a therapist helped with that a lot.

There were so many good scenes in this book, notably the times when Leah and Bram talked about Simon, when Garrett made prom night dinner reservations at the American Girl Bistro instead of the American Grill Bistro, and when Leah goes shopping with Wells.

Throughout the book, I realised how much Leah actually hung out with people other than Simon and Nick, because in Simon it seemed like they were her only best friends, and I thought this detail was really important to her character.

I think Simon is Becky’s best book so far, and Leah is a good sequel; it definitely adds to the first book. I 100% recommend reading it, but only if you’ve already read Simon because it will definitely spoil the entire plot!


I’m so happy I’ve read Leah already! Since I live in Canada, the release date is April 30th, but I preordered it and it came yesterday and I’ve been binge-reading it since last night. I haven’t gotten anything done, but it was totally worth it.

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The Ultimate Book Tag

The Ultimate Book Tag

Hey people of the Internet! I haven’t posted in a while (I’m always saying this, so you should probably just expect long gaps between posts. Also, here comes the life update of why I haven’t been posting:), because I went to Quebec and got my wisdom teeth out as well as all the usual stuff. But it’s now March break, and I haven’t done a book tag in a while, so I thought it would be fun to do one!


1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Unfortunately, yes.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you, and why?

This is so hard! Every author has a different writing style that I associate them with! But I think I’m going to have to say Becky Albertalli, because she writes like a teenager would talk, and not just in the dialogue. She makes the story so relatable!

3. Harry Potter series or the Twilight saga? Give three points to defend your answer.

Um… HARRY POTTER. One, because I’ve never read Twilight. Two, because magic. Three, because J.K. Rowling writes so well and makes the story believable and realistic.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?

Not really, but kind of? I always have a book in my backpack at school, but I never have one in my purse, and when I go for a car trip I bring a bag with my phone, headphones, charger, and a book in it.

5. Do you smell your books?

I do sometimes, when it’s a really good book or pretty old or really new.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

With. They’re so cute, and they add a little art to the pages.

7. What book did you love while reading, but discovered later wasn’t quality writing?

Insurgent, Allegiant, and Mockingjay. I still love the ideas but I’ve reread them and realised they aren’t as great as I thought they were when I first read them.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood?

When I was little, I loved the Rainbow Magic books. My younger sister, our friend, and I made a club that wore sparkles to try to attract fairies and make them come out of hiding.

My brother and my friend read Harry Potter before I did, and they both begged me to read it. My mom thought I would love it too, but I absolutely refused to because I thought it was a book for boys because the main character was a boy (even though my friend who read it was a girl). I overheard my mom reading parts of them to my brother, though, and when I reread them now I can still remember what I was picturing as I listened when I was nine or ten. I finally started reading them (I forget what convinced me), and I am so happy I did.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I do write as well, and hopefully I might someday be an author!

12. When did you get into reading?

I’ve been into reading since I was a baby. My mom has always loved books too, so she read to me all the time, and I remember in preschool always reading the books over and over again, to the point where the teachers didn’t want to read to me anymore. I became obsessed with reading, though, and collecting books and having a bookshelf and paying attention to authors and new books and things like that, after I read Harry Potter. That was also when I made my Instagram fan account.

13. What is your favourite classic book?

I’m pretty sure Harry Potter is considered a classic now, so definitely that. However, if we’re talking about really old classics, I haven’t read a lot, but Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is interesting.

14. In school, was your best subject Language Arts/English?

Well, I’m still in school, and almost all my classes are my best class. I definitely enjoy English, French, and Spanish classes more than my other classes, and I think I generally get slightly better marks in them.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated… what would you do?

I would say thank you and either put it on my shelf anyway (but not in a very prominent spot), or give it to someone who I thought would like it.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

This series is more well-known than it used to be, but The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! Some other good series are Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Legend by Marie Lu, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?

When I’m talking about something that I’m really passionate about, I tend to talk really loudly without noticing, and I talk a lot about it.

18. What is your favourite word?

I really like the word fizzle (it sounds just like the sound!) and bibliophile, because it sounds really intelligent, when you’re pretty much just talking about a fangirl.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I think more nerd, but a little bit of all of the above. They’re almost the same thing, as I found out while googling exact definitions of each.

20. Vampires or fairies?

Fairies, because they’re magical and kind and they can fly. Vampires can kill you (not that fairies can’t, they just don’t usually want to).

21. Shapeshifters or angels? Why?

Angels, because I would like to believe there is life after death.

22. Spirits or werewolves? Why?

Spirits, again because I want to believe in heaven or something like it, and werewolves would, again, like to kill you. Plus, spirits are pretty interesting.

23. Zombies or vampires?

Zombies, I think, because they’ve been dead and would be interesting to talk to.

24. Love triangle or forbidden love?

A love triangle is so much more infuriating, and therefore so much more fun to read. You can choose sides and watch as the person who’s the point chooses one or the other.

25. AND FINALLY: full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Full on romance. In romance books, I like to be able to concentrate only on the love story, and in action books only on the action. Although, I also like to have ships and small things like holding hands in action books.

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Love, Simon: Movie Review

Love, Simon: Movie Review

Title: Love, Simon

Rating: ★★★★★

OH. MY. GOD. I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MOVIE SINCE SEPTEMBER, WHEN I FIRST LEARNED IT WAS COMING OUT. (Aha, coming out.) I LAUGHED. I CRIED. I GOT BUTTERFLIES IN MY STOMACH AND I COULDN’T STOP SMILING. GO READ THE BOOK RIGHT NOW AND THEN GO WATCH THE MOVIE. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.

I want to watch Love, Simon again right now. I’m definitely going to see it again next weekend! It was so amazing, and almost exactly like the book! They changed a couple things and left out a couple things entirely, but it all worked perfectly. Wow. I wish I could just pour all my thoughts into the computer because there are so many things I want to talk about and I’m afraid I’m going to forget them all. So, as always, I’m sorry if it’s a bit of a mess.

Let’s try doing this in chronological order. I walked into the movie theater and the first thing I saw was a huge poster for Love, Simon that said, “Dear moviegoers, please form a line at the concessions. It doesn’t have to be straight.” which is literally perfect!!! And then the movie starts and I’m smiling and OH MY GOD SIMON’S ROOM. Can I please have it?? It has a chalkboard wall in a nook that fits his bed perfectly, and a desk and a bookshelf with The Upside of Unrequited on it (which, if you didn’t know, is also by Becky Albertalli).

I love how the emails worked in the movie, and I love how each time Simon thinks of Blue as someone different, we see Blue as a different person too. I was a little confused about this at first, but caught on after a little while.

I do wish Alice had been in the movie, and the talent show and the end after the talent show, but this ending was super perfect too. My friend said this about the ending and I totally agree: in language classes when writing stories, we’re always told to make the ending the beginning with the changes to the character’s normal life the story has made happen, and in this movie you could see that and it really worked and I loved it! SPOILER: At the beginning of the movie, Simon picks up Nick, Leah, four iced coffees, then Abby on the way to school, and at the end, he picks up Nick, Leah, five iced coffees, Abby, and Bram. UNSPOILER! AND IT WAS SO CUTE. LITERAL COUPLE GOALS HAPPENING IN THIS MOVIE I CAN’T STAND IT!!!! I was a little relieved the bar scene wasn’t in the movie, it would have been too much second-hand embarrassment.

The friendship between the characters was so perfect, and in a live video on Instagram, I found out that parts of the movie were actually just the actors being friends between takes, which is super awesome (like the part where they’re dancing in the car).

SPOILER: Also, I wish they hadn’t made Leah be in love with Simon. I wish they’d stuck with Nick. It would have been simpler and less sad, in my opinion. Although I forget if it’s even said directly in the book that Leah likes Nick, or if it’s just the impression you get? Hopefully, though, it’s Nick. There are definitely hints about it in the book, and it really doesn’t make sense about the whole Leah not liking Abby thing if it’s not Nick. UNSPOILER!

Mrs. Albright was totally awesome, and I just have to say that the vice-principal reminded me of Michael Scott from The Office.

One more thing I wish was in the movie is how Simon is a Harry Potter fan. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, as you probably all know, and I love it when it’s mentioned in other books! The least they could have done was have him still dress as a Dementor for Halloween. I feel like that was a big part of Simon’s character, being a fanboy of Harry Potter, and I was really excited to see it on-screen.

The characters and actors were so perfect I really wanted to be friends with them too, and pretty much the whole movie was even better than I expected. It really reflected the book well and I think they did a really, really good job on it. I also think it’s so great that this movie is here and so huge because it’s the first movie I’ve heard of where the main character is gay and that’s the focus of the whole story. It’s just all so realistic and perfect. I wonder how many times I’ve said perfect in this review. Probably a lot.

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On ne va pas nous changer

J’ai Ă©crit ce poĂšme pour mon cours de français, encore une fois, et je voulais vous le partager puisque ça parle de la discrimination, et c’est un sujet que je tiens Ă  coeur.


On ne va pas nous changer

On ne peux pas changer qui on aime

Ni la couleur de notre peau

Les fleurs peuvent ĂȘtre emblĂšmes

De ce dont on parle Ă  propos

 

On ne peux pas changer d’oĂč on vient

Ni nos qualités faiblesses

Mais on peut choisir comment on agit

Et vous devriez y penser aussi

 

Si on vous dit

Que les humains sont des fleurs

Allez vous nous croire?

 

On aime tous les fleurs différents

On ne les jette pas

Parce qu’ils ont un pĂ©tal de moins

Parce qu’ils ont une teinte opposĂ©

On les met ensemble pour un bouquet

Si on aime tous les fleurs

Pourquoi pas les humains?

 

MĂȘme si on pouvait changer notre apparence

Comment est-ce que ça fait une différence

Pour vous?

 

On ne va pas changer notre genre

Pour vous

Ni notre religion

Vous ne faites pas la convergence

Avec nous

C’est plutît l’abolition

 

Les humains, comme les fleurs

Sont tous Ă©gaux

Pourquoi vous ne voyez pas ça?

 

On ne peut pas nous changer

On ne veut pas nous changer

On ne va pas nous changer

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Exciting Things in 2018!

Exciting Things in 2018!

New year, new books! (And movies!) I would just like to start off by saying that I read 44 books in 2017 which is less than I’ve read in past years. However, I was very busy this year with my new job, my piano exam, dance, and being in grade 11 so I forgive myself and hope to substitute some Netflix time this year with reading. That’s one of my New Year’s resolutions; the other one is to only focus on things that matter. Anyway, here is a list of exciting books and movies coming out in 2018!

  • January 30th: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli special edition
  • January 30th: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli in paperback
  • January 30th: Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer
  • March 16th: Love, Simon (movie adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda)
  • April 24th: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  • June 28th: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 20 years editions
  • October 2nd: What if it’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
  • November 6th: Renegades #2 by Marissa Meyer
  • November 16th: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

So many of these come out so soon, I’m so excited!!!!! When Fantastic Beasts first came out I thought it would never be 2018, the wait was so long, but here we are and I still think November is too far away!

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Je suis un dragon par Martin Page: critique de livre

Je suis un dragon par Martin Page: critique de livre

Bonjour tout le monde! Je pensais que ça serait amusant de faire une critique de livre en français, puisque je suis bilingue, mais aussi parce que ce livre est en français. Mon amie me l’a recomandĂ©e pour mon classe de français Ă  l’Ă©cole, et je l’ai adorĂ©e beaucoup plus que les livres qui m’Ă©taient assignĂ©e.

Titre: Je suis un dragon

Auteur: Martin Page

Note: ★★★★★

Genre: Fantaisie

Description du derriĂšre du livre

Margot est une jeune orpheline timide et solitaire. Un jour, elle dĂ©couvre sa vĂ©ritable nature : elle est douĂ©e de capacitĂ©s extraordinaires. Ces pouvoirs la terrifient, elle les dissimule jusqu’Ă  ce qu’un Ă©vĂ©nement tragique la contraigne Ă  se dĂ©voiler. On lui demande alors de mettre ses dons au service de l’humanitĂ©. Sa vie se partage dĂ©sormais entre son quotidien de jeune fille espiĂšgle et des missions d’une grande violence. AdulĂ©e et crainte, elle devient une icĂŽne. Mais peut-on sauver le monde si l’on s’y sent Ă©tranger ? En s’inspirant de l’univers des superhĂ©ros, Martin Page se rĂ©approprie les codes habituels du genre. Captivant, bouleversant, Je suis un dragon est un roman sur la puissance de la fragilitĂ© et sur la possibilitĂ© de rĂ©inventer sans cesse nos vies.

Mes pensées

Je m’excuse en avance si ceci semble un peu maladroit, j’ai Ă©crit des paragraphes pour un projet de français sur ce livre et je l’ai ai mis ensemble le mieux que je pouvais.

J’ai beaucoup aimĂ©e ce livre. La premiĂšre chose que j’ai remarquĂ©e Ă©tait que c’est vraiment bien Ă©crit. Tout semblait passer vraiment vite, et je suis sĂ»re que si c’était Ă©crit d’une façon diffĂ©rente, je le trouverais ennuyant. C’était fascinant de voir seulement une personne avec une pouvoir surnaturelle dans un monde trĂšs semblable Ă  celle qu’on vit aujourd’hui, et que le gouvernement essaye de le rĂ©soudre avec de la science au lieu de la magie. J’aime beaucoup comment Margot a commencĂ©e Ă  penser au Manoir comme sa maison et Bamberski et Xanadu comme sa famille plus loin dans l’histoire. C’est intĂ©ressant Ă  voir comment elle gĂšre sa vie quotidienne en plus de sauver le monde une fois par jour. Le plan du docteur Poppenfick Ă©tait terrible, et on voyait bien que le docteur pensait seulement Ă  Margot comme une expĂ©rience de sciene et non un ĂȘtre humain avec des sentiments. C’Ă©tait aussi terrible que Sean a acceptĂ© de faire ça, et je dĂ©teste que quelqu’un ne l’a pas dit que Xanadu et Bamberski ne savait pas Ă  propos de ce plan. Elle a pensĂ©e que tout le monde l’a trahis, quand c’était vraiment seulement le docteur Poppenfick et les gouvernements français et amĂ©ricains. Margot commence a changer et grandir, et encore, c’est intĂ©ressant le style d’écriture de l’auteur, et comment il montre son histoire avec beaucoup de narration et de morceaux de leurs vies et pas beaucoup de dialogue. L’histoire elle-mĂȘme Ă©tait vraiment bon; ça dĂ©crivait des situations de la vraie vie et des sentiments rĂ©alistes, mĂȘme avec une personnage avec des pouvoirs d’invincibilitĂ©.

Il n’y a pas vraiment des personnages bons et mauvais dans cette histoire. Tous les personnages sont un peu dans le milieu gris, comme tous les humains. Par exemple, si on regardait seulement les actions violents de Margot, on pourrait l’appeler une mauvaise personne, comme les policiers ont faits, mais si on voit le tout (son histoire, son Ăąge, son rĂ©action Ă  ce qu’elle a fait) on pourrait dire qu’elle n’est pas vraiment une mauvaise personne (mais qu’elle est dangereuse), elle a seulement fait quelque chose sans penser pendant qu’elle Ă©tait en train d’ĂȘtre harcelĂ©. Aussi, c’est possible que le docteur Poppefick, par exemple, faisait ce qu’il pensait Ă©tait la bonne chose, mais que d’autres personnes Ă©taient en dĂ©saccord avec. Ceci ne lui fait pas une mauvaise personne, ça veut dire seulement qu’il a une façon diffĂ©rente de penser.

Il n’y avait pas non plus de stĂ©rĂ©otypes dans ce livre, qui est trĂšs bien. Margot est montrĂ©e comme une jeune fille courageuse et forte, mais, comme tout le monde, a besoin d’ĂȘtre guidĂ©e. Bamberski et Xanadu sont aussi montrĂ©e comme forts et dĂ©cisive, et ils veulent surtout ce qui est meilleur pour Margot, qui leur montre aussi comme ĂȘtre gentils et doux. On peut voir que le docteur Poppenfick est trĂšs intelligent, mais il semble regarder Margot seulement comme une problĂšme Ă  ĂȘtre rĂ©sout, pas comme un ĂȘtre humain, et ça me mĂšne Ă  ne lui pas aimer autant que les autres personnages. Je trouve que les personnages sont trĂšs rĂ©alistes, que j’adore.

Margot a changĂ©e beaucoup pendant ce livre. Ce n’est pas surprenant, puisque l’histoire prend place au cours d’environ onze ans. Au dĂ©but de l’histoire, Margot Ă©tait une petite fille qui Ă©tait diffĂ©rente de tout le monde d’autre et qui se tenait Ă  part pour ne pas ĂȘtre remarquĂ©e. Elle n’était pas aimĂ©e et elle n’aimait personne, et quand elle se fĂąchait, elle utilisait ses pouvoirs sans se retenir, et ça avait des consĂ©quences. Elle a devenu dĂ©pressif Ă  cause de tout le dommage qu’elle a causĂ©e, mais Ă  la mĂȘme temps elle apprenait Ă  aimer des personnes et Ă  ĂȘtre aimĂ©e. Elle ne savait pas qu’est-ce qu’il y avait de mal avec son corps, et elle ne voulait pas ĂȘtre diffĂ©rent de tout le monde d’autre. Elle a rĂ©alisĂ©e qu’au lieu de vouloir ĂȘtre normal, elle devrait prendre avantage de ses diffĂ©rences pour aider des personnes. Elle a sauvĂ©e le monde plusieurs fois avant de rĂ©aliser encore une fois que ce n’était pas qui elle Ă©tait. Elle Ă  dĂ©mĂ©nager pour essayer de lui trouver, et elle l’a fait. Elle a dĂ©couvert ce qu’elle aimait faire, et qu’elle ne voulait pas vivre seul sans famille ou amis. Alors elle a dĂ©mĂ©nagĂ©e dans une ville avec Xanadu et Bamberski et elle a commencĂ©e Ă  utiliser ses pouvoirs d’une façon discrĂšte pour sauver le monde, et non d’une façon publique.

Le titre se relie au livre dans une façon constante, que j’espĂšre toujours de voir. Margot se sentait toujours comme si elle Ă©tait diffĂ©rente, et ce qui la rendait diffĂ©rente Ă©tait son invincibilitĂ© et sa force surnaturelle. À cause de ceci, elle se disait toujours qu’elle Ă©tait un dragon. Le livre ne spĂ©cifie pas dans quelle contexte elle le pensait; si elle Ă©tait un vrai dragon dans un corps humain ou si son animal d’esprit Ă©tait un dragon, par exemple. Elle aimait toujours dessiner, et elle dessinait souvent des dragons. C’est ce qu’elle faisait avant ce bataille infĂąme pendant sa cinquiĂšme annĂ©e oĂč elle a tuĂ©e trois adolescents. Et puis, quand Margot devient un super-hĂ©ro, elle choisit son nom: Dragongirl. Tout au long de l’histoire, mĂȘme quand Margot change elle-mĂȘme, elle continue a penser qu’elle est un dragon. MĂȘme si le dragon ne sauve pas le monde publiquement, il peut encore sauver le monde avec des petits gestes discrĂštes, et c’est ce que Margot dĂ©couvre qu’elle veut faire.

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Renegades: Book Review

Renegades: Book Review

Hello everyone! I’m back after an impromptu break! I’m really sorry I haven’t been posting, but I was super busy this fall. I had normal school and homework, dance, work, and piano lessons, plus I was in my dance academy’s production of The Nutcracker and I did my grade 9 piano history exam on Friday, which I was studying for non-stop in the last week. All in all, I haven’t had time to myself in quite a while, and I’m really excited for Christmas break to start! Now that I’ve updated you on my life, here is my book review!

Title: Renegades

Author: Marissa Meyer

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Dystopian

Back cover description

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

My thoughts

IT WAS SO GOOD! I was hooked from the start, and I read it more quickly than usual (besides the few weeks when I was studying for my piano exam). Marissa Meyer’s writing style is so good, and the story started right away with some action. The idea of the story is super original too.

I love the idea of having the main character being a “villain” in society. It gives perspective to what society thinks is right and not right. In the story, Nova is an Anarchist, which are the “villains”, and the other main character, Adrian, is a Renegade, which society sees as a “hero”. With this, we really get to see how the heroes aren’t always good and the villains aren’t always bad. The Anarchists have really good intentions and in my opinion, the only reason they’re considered the villains is because they don’t have the power, they’re not the ones ruling. The Renegades, who are the government, have all the power, and they’ve made the Anarchists out to be the bad guys, when really, they’re doing bad things too. I think this story really shows that there isn’t just black and white in the world, there’s a lot of gray too, and that’s a really important message to send. Also, depending on who you’re getting information from, you might not be getting all of it, or it could be biased information. (Pause, I’m checking my Instagram DMs to see what else I sent to my ibf while reading haha.) Okay, I’m back. So, continuing on this theme, I really want Nova and Adrian to be together, but I also want Nova to stay true to her cause! I think if the Renegades heard the Anarchists’ ideas and worked together, they could be great!

I feel like this review is all over the place, and I’m sorry, but I just have so many opinions and feelings and I can’t express them all!

It’s also super cool to see a main character be a double agent and how they deal with it.

And, ok, there’s a HUUUGE cliffhanger at the end, which I have a theory about. (SPOILER) We find out on the last page that Ace Anarchy is still alive after thinking he was dead for the whole book. At first we think Captain Chromium killed him by impaling his helmet and head with a sword, which, obviously, he wouldn’t have survived. Then, though, we find out that wasn’t what actually happened. What happened was that Max absorbed his powers, the Captain wrestled the helmet off Ace, who then jumped off a building into a fire. But maybe Max didn’t absorb all of his powers, so Ace would have been able to soften his landing and create a path through the fire. Though this doesn’t explain how Nova didn’t know the helmet with a hole was a fake and what actually happened, if she had been seeing Ace all this time. Hmmmm. (UNSPOILER)

So to sum it all up, this book was really awesome and I can’t wait until next year when the next one comes out! I have a few more posts planned, so stay tuned!

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