Which Harry Potter Character Are You?

You are Hermione.
You're a bookworm always in search of answers. When pressed, however, you can always be counted on to put away the books and help your friends.

Which Hogwarts House Would You Be In?

You would be in Gryffindor.
You are bold, passionate, and brave. You have a highly-defined sense of right and wrong, and you are not afraid to speak your mind or fight for what you want.

(quiz @ brainfall.com)

Tee hee...As you can probably see, I'm having quite an enjoyable time taking these quizzes and learning more about myself. I'm a little astonished that I got sorted into Gryffindor. I thought I was going to go into Ravenclaw. But I got into Gryffindor! How cool is that? :-D

Which Disney Princess Are You?

It's a tie!

You are part Cinderella. You are hard-working and never complain, however, your trust is sometimes misplaced and people sometimes take advantage of you. Still, you are beautiful inside and out, and one day you will realize it and find true love.

You are part Pocahontas. You defy convention and sometimes do what is considered taboo. Unfortunately, others do not always appreciate your differences, so it's good that you are so strong-willed. You are loyal and you believe in fate. Your true love will find you one day.

Wow, I wasn't expecting that! I would've liked to be Ariel or Belle, but Cinderella and Pocahontas do sound like me, pretty much. I think I'm more like Cinderella than Pocahontas though, but I like them both!

(more awesome quizzes @ brainfall.com)


The Year of Secret Assignments

The Ashbury-Brookfield pen pal program is designed to bring together the two rival schools in a spirit of harmony and "the Joy of the Envelope." But when Cassie, Lydia, and Emily send their first letters to Matthew, Charlie, and Sebastian, things don't go quite as planned. What starts out as a simple letter exchange soon leads to secret missions, false alarms, lock picking, mistaken identities, and an all-out war between the schools.
(synopsis taken from the back of the book)

I really loved reading the Year of Secret Assignments! It was a quick, fun read and it had everything I love in a book- action, comedy, suspense, adventure, romance, etc. (I also learned a lot about Australian schools and what their fire alarms look like.) It was captivating and there are many unpredictable twists. There's this one part in the book that made me gasp out loud
and I never gasp out loud. It's that unpredictable. What I really loved about the book were the characters. They're so hilarious! You get so connected to them and grow to care for them by the end of the book. From Cassie's lawyer dad to Charlie's siblings, you can't help but love them!

I have to admit, I was a little uncertain about whether or not to read this at first (partially due to the cover) but when my friend begged me to read this, I decided to just give it a try. (See, I didn't know what the red thing with the smiley face on it was. Only later when I was reading was when I realized it was a fire alarm! Hehe...I can be a bit clueless at times.) I'm really glad I ended up reading this book and it will probably be my favorite book of 9th grade (or at least one of them). I would give this book 5 stars and recommend it to anyone who likes a fun, quick (because you can't put it down!), and an engrossing read!


The Last Olympian

Yay! I finally get around to posting my first blog entry! I’ve made an environmental blog (Evergreen Aura), but decided that making a personal blog would be really cool. I created this blog a long time ago but never actually had time to post anything. Now I do and my first post will be a little review for…The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan, the final book in the Percy Jackson series. In the final chapter of the Percy Jackson series, Percy Jackson, the son of the Greek god Poseidon, and his friends have the final battle between Kronos to save the world and the Olympians.

I finished reading The Last Olympian last night, and I would have to say it was really…epic. It was so exhilarating and mind-blowing. It had a different mood than all the other books but I guess that’s because it was basically all battle scenes. All the characters that we’ve grown to love are back and there’s a few minor characters that you get to learn a lot more about. There are so many twists and turns in this book, and most of the time you’ll be like “oh!” or “woah…didn’t see that coming!” The climax of the book was stunning and is probably one of the most emotional moments in the series.

The ending was satisfying, cute and wrapped up Percy’s story nicely, leaving no questions unanswered. Since I get emotional at the end of everything, I got tears in my eyes when I read the last sentence, and I realized that after it, there would be no more Percy Jackson books. Well, since there was a new prophecy and Rick Riordan stated in the acknowledgments “As my first Camp Half-Blood series ends…” at least we know that there will be more demi-gods to come in the future. But it’ll be really awkward and sad not reading about Percy and his friends. Hmm… I really hope that the main character’s first-person narration in the new series will be as humorous as Percy’s. (After all, that's one of the things that drew me into the series in the first place.)

Oh...I realized one thing! Even if the PJ series is over, there will still be the movie adaption of "the Lightning Thief" (the first book in the PJ series.) I’m a little anxious to see how they show it on the silver screen. I know the casting is a bit off and they’re changing the storyline (due to all the gods that we never meet in the book being casted) but I’ll be optimistic. The Lightning Thief is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and if Chris Colombus and the rest of the cast/crew capture the story and the mythical feeling it has, I believe it’ll be just fine. :-)