The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory Review

Posted February 15, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory Review

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory My rating: 3 of 5 stars Publisher: Touchstone, 2006 Length: 390 pgs Series: The Tudor Court #1 Format: Paperback, borrowed from my Grandmother.  Find it on Amazon here Goodreads Synopsis: “I am Catalina, Princess of Spain, daughter of the two greatest monarchs the world has ever known…and I will be Queen of England.” Thus, bestselling author Philippa Gregory introduces one of her most unforgettable heroines: Katherine of Aragon. Known to history as the Queen who was pushed off her throne by Anne Boleyn, here is a Katherine the world has forgotten: the enchanting princess […]


Angelfall by Susan Ee Review

Posted February 10, 2014 in Reviews / 11 Comments
Angelfall by Susan Ee Review

Angelfall by Susan Ee My rating: 4 of 5 stars Publisher: Feral Dream, 2011 Length: 282 pgs Series: Penryn & The End of Days, Book #1 Format: Paperback, purchased from Amazon Goodreads Synopsis: It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on […]


Oxford: A History of Children’s Literature

Posted February 8, 2014 in Travel / 3 Comments
Oxford: A History of Children’s Literature

While on my travel course last month, I was able to take a day trip from London to Oxford. While the primary attraction in Oxford was the two hour Harry Potter Walking tour, we also had five hours of free time to wander the quaint, beautiful area. What we came to learn was that Oxford has a history of Children’s Fantasy Literature, from C.S. Lewis to Lewis Carrol to one of the largest bookstores in the UK. First up on the day’s agenda was Christ Church College (see above), notable for having many Harry Potter movie scenes filmed on its […]



Remember when I said I was going to Hogwarts?

Posted February 6, 2014 in Harry Potter Musings, Travel / 8 Comments
Remember when I said I was going to Hogwarts?

(Members of Ravenclaw house outside the Warner Brother’s Studio Tour.) Well, technically it was a Harry Potter travel course offered by my university- same thing, really! I posted about it this summer, and I just got back two weeks ago, and it was literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for anyone and everyone, especially an avid reader and Harry Potter fanatic like me. (Oh hey, Tom Riddle Sr.’s Grave) The course was an honors course, titled “Deconstructing Hogwarts: A Critical Examination of Harry Potter in Context.” Only twenty students were selected to go, evenly divided into the four Hogwarts houses, and each […]


Martin Miggs

Posted August 16, 2013 in Harry Potter Musings / 0 Comments

Can we all just take a moment to let it sink in that in Chamber of Secrets, Ron has a collection of comic books titled The Adventures of Martin Miggs, The Mad Muggle. … Am I the only one who can’t get over how hilarious this is?


Summer Reading Series 2013: Onyx

Posted August 5, 2013 in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
Summer Reading Series 2013: Onyx

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book was the book of the summer that had me reading in every inappropriate place and circumstance: parked in parking lots instead of going into stores, in the bathroom, while waiting for other people to use the bathroom, when I had guests, and basically every other moment when I should have been doing something else. I was addicted. I was shocked. I’ve noticed a trend in YA novels that the second book in the series tends to disappoint the most (for example, the introduction of the inevitable love […]


Summer Reading Series 2013: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Posted July 24, 2013 in Books, Reviews / 5 Comments
Summer Reading Series 2013: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor My rating: 4 of 5 stars When I heard about this book for the first time, it was not from all the hype it has apparently received from readers of the YA genre. I was guided to it by a whimsical YA-novel specialist who worked at my (then) local independent bookstore. I told her that I was in my twenties but still loved reading YA, yet found some of the options to be way too youthful, in terms of oversimplified writing, plot devices that made me want to roll my eyes, and […]


Breaking My Own British News

Posted July 23, 2013 in Travel / 1 Comment
Breaking My Own British News

With all eyes, ears, and media outlets focused on the arrival of the newest heir to the British throne (also, mad props to Kate Middleton, who had to appear a cheery and glowing pregnant woman in the face of severe morning sickness, constant comparisons to Kim Kardashian, and a baby who just seemed to be fine hanging out in the womb as long as he pleased), I also have my own exciting news to announce… I’m getting the amazing opportunity through my university to go to London next term for a Harry Potter travel course! As if this wasn’t reason […]