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Archive for 05/06/2017

Tales from the Shadow Hunter Academy – Cassandra Clare

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. At least Simon’s trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

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A series of unfortunate events – Lemony Snickett

The series follows the adventures of three siblings,

Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, after their parents were killed in a fire at the family mansion.

In The Bad Beginning, they are sent to live with Count Olaf,

who is the siblings’ “third cousin four times removed, or their fourth cousin three times removed”.

The siblings discover that he intends to get his hands on the enormous Baudelaire fortune, which awaits Violet, the eldest child, when she turns eighteen.

Olaf, each time in different disguises, follows the children wherever they go so he can get closer to the orphans and steal their fortune.

Children’s classics

Macbeth – William Shakespeare

Three witches  decide to confront the great Scottish general Macbeth on his victorious return from a war between Scotland and Norway. The Scottish king, Duncan, decides that he will confer the title of the traitorous Cawdor on the heroic Macbeth. Macbeth, and another General called Banquo, happen upon the three witches. The witches predict that he will one day become king. He decides that he will murder Duncan. Macbeth’s wife agrees to his plan. He then murders Duncan assisted by his wife who smears the blood of Duncan on the daggers of the sleeping guards. A nobleman called Macduff discovers the body. Macbeth kills the guards insisting that their daggers smeared with Duncan’s blood are proof that they committed the murder. The crown passes to Macbeth. More murders ensue and the bloodied ghost of Banquo appears to Macbeth. Lady Macbeth’s conscience now begins to torture her and she imagines that she can see her hands covered with blood. She commits suicide. Macduff kills Macbeth and becomes king.

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The wide window (A series of unfortunate events) – Lemony Snicket

The Wide Window introduces Josephine Anwhistle, A.K.A. “Aunt Josephine.” It describes the Baudelaires’ stay with their Aunt Josephine, who seems to be afraid of everything except Pretty Penny and cold cucumber soup.. Then, when Olaf shows up disguised as Captain Sham, things take a turn for the worst, and the adventure starts.

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Children’s classics

The fault in our stars – John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling

The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling’s spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart-such revelations, battles, and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that no fan will make it to the end unscathed.
The heart of Book 7 is a hero’s mission-not just in Harry’s quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man-and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore’s warning about making the choice between “what is right and what is easy,” and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling’s skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise.

A spectacular finish to a phenomenal series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a bittersweet read for fans. The journey is hard, filled with events both tragic and triumphant, the battlefield littered with the bodies of the dearest and despised, but the final chapter is as brilliant and blinding as a phoenix’s flame, and fans and skeptics alike will emerge from the confines of the story with full but heavy hearts, giddy and grateful for the experience.

Have you been paying attention? (TV series)

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