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Where The Wolves Read

A blog where I review mostly books. I also review, if my appetite allows, movies, music, and video games. Enjoy the feast!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (movie+spoilers)

I had a huge problem with how Half-Blood Prince was made into a movie, but after a lot of encouragement from friends I decided to give movie-makers another shot. Boy am I glad I did. This movie definitely did the book justice. There were some minor differences and I really wished they had introduced Bill into the movies before this one, but overall it was really good. The scenes they took from the book were mostly on key. Of course some parts had to be condensed like when Harry, Ron and Hermione waited and observed the Ministry of Magic in order to sneak in. That entire part of the book took a bit of time, but they shortened it well for the movie. I also loved how they incorporated Dobby in this movie. He was always a secondary character, but I hated how he was neglected after Chamber of Secrets. Even the smallest moments with Dobby had the greatest impact. The end when he was stabbed was especially tragic after having all these refreshing memories of such a light character. I loved the dance scene! That and the scene with Harry and Hermione at the Potter's grave are tied for my favorite. No the dance was not in the book, but I think it was a great way of showing what a fantastic friend Harry is. I thought it was beautifully done and I have no problem with them adding that into the movie. The two scenes that made me want to cry the most were both towards the beginning. The first was when Hermione wiped her parents' memories. Reading it in the book didn't bother me, but seeing her images disappear from the pictures around the house was especially hard to watch. I've always respected Hermione for being proud of being muggle-born, but I never realized how much I cared for her as a character until that scene. The other scene that was difficult to watch was when George and Lupin came to the burrow and George's ear was cursed. The twins are my second favorite characters so to watch Lupin stumble into scene while supporting George was rough to watch. I'm sure part 2 will be extremely sad for me because of the final battle. There were some little details that were wrong, and there were some things I would have liked to see but they didn't include them. It was still a fantastic movie and I most certainly look forward to part 2.

4 howls

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New in the Den (IMM 20)

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Summary: Rose Hathaway knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa-the last Dragomir princess-must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken...

But since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling right. Something dark has begun to grow in her mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy's iron gates. And now that Lissa and Rose's sworn enemy, Victor Dashkov, is on trial for his freedom, tensions in the Moroi world are higher than ever.

Lying to Lissa about Dimitri is one thing but suddenly there's way more than friendship at stake. The immortal undead are on the prowl, and they want vengeance for the lives that Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmare, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most..but will her choice mean that only one can survive?

Review: I was really hoping to see more Strigoi in this book. The summary makes me think that there would be this huge thing throughout the book with them, but they only appear in the last few chapters. The whole ghost part was really interesting though, and I wonder how Rose will deal with being shadow-kissed later on. I'm a already a bit thorough Blood Promise as I write this and there have already been new developments surrounding that. I will say that Rose's mom has slightly redeemed herself in Shadow Kiss. I'm still not a huge fan of hers, but she's getting there. I can't think too much less of her than I did in Frostbite. I think it would be pretty great if she turned Strigoi though. It would be pretty amazing to read an epic battle between mother and daughter when both of them are such great fighters. Ah but that is only my speculation of what could happen. I enjoyed this book, and I'm ready to catch up so I can get The Last Sacrifice when it releases.

4.5 howls