Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!

(Cool Google, eh?)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


I found this at allegro. It's called Typealyzer, and it basically determines the personality of your blog. This is what I got:

ESFP - The Performers

The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead - they are always in risk of exhausting themselves. The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation - qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.

Long Shadows

Seeing that I had waited almost three months for this book, I was expecting something wonderful. Dramatic. Shocking. And I got what I wanted.
316 pages, Long Shadows is chock-full of mystery, lies, drama, adventure, and more secrets than you could have ever forseen. I was shaking as I read it- which just goes to show how exciting it was.
The only two things that I didn't like were:
1) Erin Hunter tried to squish too many events into 316 pages. Some events seemed unreal because they flew by so quickly.
2) The middle of the book was filled with Warrior/Tribe history and ancient clan/tribe lore. Necessary for the story, I suppose, but boring all the same.
Now that I have given my review, I feel compelled to spill out all the spoilers. So here goes.
MAJOR SPOILER WARNING (spoilers in no particular order)
  • Lionblaze, Hollyleaf, and Jayfeather (he got his medicine cat name!) are not Squirrelflight's kits. But we still don't know the mother. Leafpool. most probably. (I think the parentage is going to be revealed in Sunrise, but still, we have to wait for another half-year!)
  • Ashfur was the traitor who tried to kill Firestar. And he hates Squirrelflight. He knows about the kits-not-being-Squirrelflight's-thing.
  • Squirrelflight murdered Ashfur.
  • Millie almost dies, but she becomes healthy in the end. (Noooooo, Millie, why couldn't you have died???)
  • Practically the whole of ThunderClan was infected with greencough (Firestar too!)
  • To avoid everyone getting sick, Firestar (in his sickly condition) takes all the sick cats to the abandoned Twoleg nest to recuperate and stay away from the healthy cats.
  • Firestar's AWESOME! (sorry, just my personal opinion)
  • Firestar loses a life.
  • Ah yes. Whitewing is going to have kits, and the lucky father is....Birchfall!!! (Who's about a million years younger than Whitewing *roll eyes*)
  • Possible LeafpoolxAshfur shipping...or it could just be Jayfeather's unknowingness. (I keep thinking Jaypaw!)
  • Since Sol took over ShadowClan, Blackstar wanted to be called Blackfoot. Tawnypelt and her three kits came to ThunderClan. However, the all-powerful Three went to ShadowClan, and with the help of two StarClan warriors, they got rid of Sol and ShadowClan went back to normal.
  • Three new StarClan cats! Brightspirit, Braveheart, and Shiningheart. These cats appeared in honor of Jimmy, Dana, and Emmy Cherry, who all died in a tornado in Arkansas. The three StarClan cats help Jaypaw save his Clan from greencough.
  • Heatherpaw becomes Heathertail. She HATES Lionblaze.

And Now, My Favorite Quotes (you knew this was coming!):

"'Did you see Firestar die?' Berrynose meowed, his eyes wide. 'What was it like?' Lionblaze glared at him, and didn't bother to answer. As he padded away, he heard Brambleclaw's voice raised scathingly. 'I might expect a question like that from a kit, Berrynose, but nor from a warrior, especially one that I mentored.'" (p.243)

"'Upset?' Ashfur echoed. 'I'm not upset. You have no idea how much pain I'm in. It's like being cut open every day, bleeding onto the stones. I can't understand how any of you failed to see the blood....'" (p.273)

"'Stay there!' Turning to face Squirreflight but keeping one paw on the branch, he hissed, 'I can't believe you didn't know how much you hurt me. You are the blind one, not Jayfeather. Who do you think sent Firestar the message to go down to the lake, where the fox trap was? I wanted him to die, to take your father away, so yo'd know the real meaning of pain.'" (p.274, said by Ashfur)

"Squirrelflight raised her head, her gaze locked on Ashfur's crazed eyes. 'Kill them, then,' she meowed. 'You won't hurt me that way.'" (p.275, referring to the Three)

"'If you really want to hurt me, you'll have to find a better way than that,' Squirrelflight snarled. 'They are not my kits.'" (p. 276)

"Wedged behind a rock just below her paws, the lifeless body of a cat floated in the swollen water, his fur dark and sodden. His tail streamed out into the current, waving as if he were still alive. Dustpelt was the first to speak. 'It's Ashfur.'" (p.305)

"Jayfeather knew they were all thinking of the scene on top of the cliff, when Squirrelflight's terrible secret had been shared in storm and fire. That, and that alone, had to be the reason for Ashfur's murder. Now, for their own sakes and the sake of their Clan, they must all conspire to keep the truth hidden forever." (p.316)

Mwa ha ha! Long Shadows was awesome!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Long Shadows Book Release Eve!!!

Long Shadows is coming out!!! I can't wait! It's going to have tons of drama and murders and secrets revealed. When I finish reading, I'll post about it.

Favorite Quotes from Eclipse:

"'I was just...' Jaypaw searched for the right words. How could he explain his need for the stick?...'I have to have that stick!'...'It matters very me.'" p. 124

"Firestar leaped down from Highledge, landing lightly, and padded toward Onestar. The Clans drew back to let him pass. He stopped, unblinking, a whisker away from the WindClan leader. 'If you want a battle,' he growled, 'then you have one.'" p. 177

Go Jaypaw/the stick and Firestar!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Clearly Harry's story isn't over yet. Bestselling author J.K. Rowling has a little more to say. Tales of Beedle the Bard, a book that appears in Harry Potter 7, will be released on December 4. Beedle contains an intro, drawings, and notes from Rowling herself and commentary from Dumbledore. A must-read for all Harry Potter fans!

For more details, click here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Madam President

by Lane Smith

When I first got this book from the library, I didn't know it was a picture book. I thought that I wouldn't like it, but I couldn't resist, and I quickly read the book in a couple of minutes.

Although it was only a children's book, it was one of the most entertaining and adorable picture books I've ever read. The story is about a young girl who imagines herself as the President of the United States of America during school. The sentences delegate the tasks that a President has to do everyday, while the pictures add an entertaining look into how the main character acted out her "duties."

This book was absolutely hilarious...with vetoing the school lunches, attending "important" funerals (of frogs, in this case), Madam President sheds a new light on the life of a President. I would thoroughly recommend reading this book (even if you have to hide it under your jacket in order to not be embarrassed).

Thursday, November 13, 2008


I hate book spoilers- although I do give out a lot of those quite often. One thing that annoys me with spoilers is when the book is viewable before it comes out! ARRGH! What's the point of getting the book then?

That's why I try and avoid those as much as possible. I cover my ears and close my eyes when my sister tries to tell me spoilers, and I have officially made myself the rule that I shall not go onto any chat forums, websites, etc. that may contain spoilers. Really, it's quite irritating when you have to ask your sister if a website is safe to read or not before going there. It would help if those publishers didn't publish the book early, but...

still, there's that wonderfully innocent but horribly tempting and tantalizing "Browse Inside" button that my fingers are just itching to click on...

Monday, November 10, 2008


Take a looky at this!!!

It's the cover for the next Warriors book, Sunrise!!! Ain't it purdy?

Hollyleaf looks a little weird in the cover...more like a lump of black fur with two green eyes sticking out and a bluish nose...

Sunday, November 09, 2008

The Tooth Fairy

Seventeen fairies were excitedly clustered around a small wooden table. Their wings glimmered with the blue of the ocean and the warm colors of leaves on a crisp autumn morning as they flitted back and forth. Infinitesimal necklaces of mother-of-pearl hung from their necks, the tiny, buttery beads iridescent against their pale skin.

One of the fairies was sitting at the smooth, chocolate-colored table with a fountain pen and scrolls. The parchment crackled as she scribbled frantically on it, the thick creamy paper entirely covered with calligraphy writing. The fairy, was, as everyone knew, the fabled Tooth Fairy, who lived in a milky white palace made entirely out of children’s teeth.

Being one of the most finicky queens in all of fairy history, she conducted daily examinations of her kingdom to make sure everything was in pristine condition. The drawbridge had to bisect the moat exactly into two pieces. After a celebration or feast, the palace was to be remitted and cleaned until it was back to its original state. All the teeth had to be sparkling clean and glued together without any excess paste or spaces. According to the Tooth Fairy, even a miniscule hole between two teeth could lead to a cavernous aperture big enough to hold a whole human child inside. The most important rule in the queen’s realm was that everyone must brush their teeth- even the clever ogres at Beast Woods who never bothered to use proper utensils when eating and ripped the meat off their prey with their fang-like teeth.

As everyone loathed the Tooth Fairy (and especially her contradictory, paradoxical remarks), all the citizens of the queen’s land eagerly awaited the day when their savior would finally arrive. They imagined a tall, young, good-looking hero with flyaway black hair, glasses, and a scar on his forehead. He would courageously stride into the palace and challenge the Tooth Fairy to a duel… Or maybe they were just reading too much Harry Potter.

The convention of fairies was disturbed by a loud, thunderous noise. The walls of the palace began to quaver uncontrollably, and the glass chandeliers on the ceiling trembled and swung to and fro. A short man in a top hat entered the room, and a collective whisper of “The Candy Master!” swept through the fairies. The Tooth Fairy rose to meet the intruder, her longtime adversary, and the magical creatures anxiously awaited the outcome. Some hoped that the Candy Master would win and annihilate the queen from the world, but others hoped that their mistress would kill the opponent instead.

And the sun rose and set and rose and set and once again rose and set as the two fought, until…

Saturday, November 08, 2008

The Plumpuppets

When little heads weary have gone to their bed,
When all the good nights and prayers have been said,
Of all the good fairies that send brains to rest
The little Plumpuppets are those I love best.

If you pillow is lumpy, or hot, thin, and flat,
The little Plumpuppets know just what they're at:
They plump up the pillow, all soft, cool, and fat-
The little plumpuppets plump-up it!

The little Plumpuppets are fairies of beds;
They have nothing to do but watch sleepyheads;
They turn down the sheets and they tuck you in tight,
And dance on your pillow to wish you good night!

-By Christopher Morley

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Lemon Cupcakes

The small lemon cupcakes sat forlornly in their plastic packaging. As an unsuspecting hand carefully opened the box, some cupcakes clung to the lid while others tilted over lopsidedly in the container. Although the cupcakes looked delicious from the outside, they were really "evil" on the inside.

The cupcake was as hard as a rock. The color and taste of stale cardboard, the inside cake was capable of causing indigestion, diarrhea, and much worse. The yellow swirl of frosting on the outside, if anything, was comforting. Overly sweet, the frosting was lightly blanketed by miniature crystallized pink-and-white sprinkles. The sprinkles and sweet frosting helped to balance out the bland flavor of the cupcake, but it did not improve the softness and quality of the cake. Sickening and disgusting, the lemon cupcakes were sure to cause nothing but trouble and misery to any unfortunate soul unlucky enough to try the sweet out.

*These cupcakes really do exist! I tried one myself and almost gagged. I threw it away after the first bite. :-)*