The Fairy Hunter

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Malinda Lo’s Ash is about a girl, Ash, and the tales of fairies. Ash lived with her mother and father in the beginning of the novel. She was always told stories about fairies by her mother Elinor, much to her father’s dismay. Her father, William,  disliked the viewpoint that Elinor had on fairies, but would not disallow Elinor to tell them to Ash. The two, at one point in the novel, got into a heated argument one night while Ash was eavesdropping.

Elinor passed away and left Ash heartbroken. She would sit where her mother’s grave was most nights and stay there late into the dark night. Maire Solanya, the greenwitch, was good friends with Elinor. She would eventually take a big role in Ash’s life when her mother passed away. She too was a believer in fairies.

When her father remarried, Ash was extremely distraught.

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This was the exact forrest Ash hunted in (maybe). 

One night, Ash went to the Woods to try to find the Fairy Hunt. After successfully finding the handsome men riding on the horses like her mother once told her, the men were angered and sent her back to where she came from. The next day her father came up sick, eventually passing away and leaving Ash with her step-mother and step-sisters.

My favorite part of the book is that it was different from the normal Cinderella stories. Both parents passed, the sisters and step-mother weren’t so ‘evil’, and Ash fell in love with a woman. The story exemplifies how a Cinderella story does not have to be between a man and a woman. In the first couple chapters there was a story of the farmer and the Fairy Hunt, it was a sad story of a man named Thom who was in love with a girl, Grace. She turned into a fairy and Thom wanted to go with her, but Grace turned him down and told him to forget about her. Sadly, he tries to find the hunt again and eventually dies. There were hints of foreshadowing in this tale.

 

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Muggle World

As a child, one of my favorite things to do was read. Oh, how things change.

When you’re a child, your imagination runs wild. There’s no overthinking, analyzing, comparing and contrasting, just a free running mind. My favorite part of the day was sitting down and reading a book. The best part about reading was that you could let your thoughts flow just as fast as the words in the book would come. I saw every book in movie form while I was reading, or so it seemed.

The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, tops the list of my favorite books. I remember not being able to wait until the next book would come out. In the magical tale, Harry Potter was admitted into a school of wizards and learned the ropes of witchcraft and wizardry. He and his new best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger work together throughout the books to learn wizardry, explore the world, and fight the evil beings.

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The moment when the newest book comes out!

One of the coolest things about the Harry Potter series is that the first book came out when I was 1 year old, in 1997. Obviously, when I was 1 I couldn’t read. I first started reading the books when I was about 8 years old, my older sister would read them to me. She always would make me laugh by calling Hermione in a different way. Her reading the book to me helped me get into the book. The 7th and last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, came out in 2007, a whole 10 years after the first release. By the time the last book came out, I was all caught up and roaring for the final book to come out. My aunt came to pick my sister and I up to take us to Sam’s Club to buy the last book. When she came inside she tried to fool me.

“Harry dies! I saw people outside in the street revolting because Harry died!”

She lied, but boy did she have me going. I was crying. I couldn’t tell if I was crying because Harry died or because that spoiled the book for me.

P.S.

The movies were good too!!

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Netflix and Chill?

Everybody knows about the TV show/movie streaming website Netflix. It is (or should be) a household media player. You get the bang out of your buck with the amount of shows/movies and quality of service for $9.99. With what seems like millions of options to watch, it is often hard to find something to binge watch or have a movie night with.

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Currently, the show that I have chosen to watch is the thrilling action series The Blacklist (2013) on NetflixThe Blacklist is about Raymond Reddington, otherwise known as “Red”, a world renowned fugitive who concedes his knowledge to the FBI. He does this so he can execute a ‘blacklist’ of criminals he has arranged as the most dangerous to society. In exchange for his services, he requires just one condition: he will only talk to rookie agent Elizabeth Keen. Red starts to become what seems to be protective over Keen, who Red eventually starts calling Lizzy. Keen, so far in what I have watched, has not figured out why Red, the world’s most dangerous criminal, has made his only stipulation her communication. At some points in the show, FBI head officials begin to become suspicious of Keen, often trying to remove Keen from various cases. All in all the TV show is awesome and I highly suggest you watch it if you have not. If you have already seen it, watch it again. 

While Netflix is my primary source of watching TV shows and movies, I also watch a lot of sports on television. My favorite channel to this on is ESPNThis channel hosts the best basketball, soccer, and football games. ESPN helps keep me updated in the sports world and without it I would be pretty lost. The best part about ESPN is the show SportsCenter. It is the easiest way of catching up on everything that has happened in sports the past few days.

 

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