Mad World

Hey, reader! My sincere apologies for the delay between posts. I’d give some big noble reason, but….I don’t have one :p

Anyway, it is time for the third and final installment of my trilogy of book-series-devoted fangirling blog posts. And fittingly, this one is a trilogy–possibly the most well-known trilogy ever. Trust me, ask anyone and they’ll have heard of it. I’m speaking (typing?), of course, about the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

This series consists of three books:

  • The Hunger Games
  • Catching Fire
  • Mockingjay

…which in turn have been made into four movies:

  • The Hunger Games
  • Catching Fire
  • Mockingjay, Part 1
  • Mockingjay, Part 2

First, The Hunger Games is mainly spent following the 74th Annual Hunger Games, so I shall provide a list of the tributes that competed in that Games. They will be listed by order of district, and within that category, girl then boy. Here goes:

District One:

  • Glimmer
  • Marvel

District Two:

  • Clove
  • Cato

District Three:

  • -unknown-

District Four:

  • -unknown-

District Five:

  • Foxface
  • -unknown-

District Six:

  • -unknown-
  • Jason

District Seven:

  • -unknown-

District Eight:

  • -unknown-

District Nine:

  • -unknown-

District Ten:

  • -unknown-

District Eleven:

  • Rue ❤
  • Thresh

District Twelve:

  • Katniss
  • Peeta

My  favorite? At the risk of being totally cliché, Rue. And Thresh. And possibly Foxface.

Then, in Catching Fire, we have the 75th Annual Hunger Games…also known as the third Quarter Quell. Our tributes in this one (in the same order):

District One:

  •  Cashmere
  •  Gloss

District Two:

  •  Enobaria
  •  Brutus

District Three:

  •  Wiress
  •  Beetee

District Four:

  •  Mags
  •  Finnick

District Five:

  •  -unknown-

District Six:

  •  “the morphling”
  •  “the morphling”

District Seven:

  •  Johanna Mason
  •  Blight

District Eight:

  •  Cecelia
  •  Woof

District Nine:

  •  -unknown-

District Ten:

  •  -unknown-

District Eleven:

  •  Seeder
  •  Chaff

District Twelve:

  • Katniss
  • Peeta

Now, Mockingjay. There was no technical Hunger Games in this book, although Finnick and Katniss do refer to their trip through the streets of the Capitol as “the 76th Annual Hunger Games” (and personally, I kind of agree!). So instead of a list of tributes, I’ll just mark down some notable deaths (because this book was like the goshdarned Deathly Hallows!!):

  1. FINNICK ODAIR- presumably, eaten by the seriously creepy lizard mutts.
  2. PRIMROSE EVERDEEN- blown up by a silver-parachute bomb 😦
  3. CORIOLANUS SNOW- either choked to death or was crushed by the crowd at Coin’s assassination. Nobody knows, and “no one really cares” (Katniss)
  4. ALMA COIN- shot by Katniss
  5. BOGGS- got his legs blown off by a land mine, and bled to death
  6. MITCHELL- caught in a pod on a Capitol block
  7. MESSALLA- literally melted. ‘Nuff said
  8. JACKSON- destroyed by the Meat Grinder

My thoughts on the whole trilogy:

  1. I LOVE IT!
  2. How do people come up with this stuff?
  3. To be honest, I liked most of the characters better than Katniss, even the tiny side characters. Katniss was OK, but not my favorite. However, I really liked how she was a strong, independent, self-sufficient female lead who didn’t perpetuate the “damsel in distress” stereotype, and how she stayed strong even as she was faced with circumstances that would make anyone fall apart. I also loved how she didn’t go from “strong heroine” to “fancy princess” as soon as she got into a relationship, and how she was always herself.
  4. So who IS my favorite character? Well, that’s really, really hard. I love (in no particular order): Rue. Johanna. CINNA. Thresh. Finnick. Annie. Effie, for her ridiculousness. And many many others.
  5. I have to pick ONE?!? What is this nonsense?!?! Fine. Johanna Mason. There, I did it. Are you proud of me? Good, you should be.
  6. No, wait! Cinna!
  7. No, Johanna.
  8. No, Cinna.
  9. No, Rue.
  10. Ugh. I can’t do this!
  11. I have never seen the movies. Any of them. So sue me.
  12. The worst death for me was Cinna or Rue. Again, cliché, but I can’t help it. I loved them so much. The next two would be Finnick and Prim.
  13. I loved Katniss’s decision to assassinate Coin instead of Snow, and how District Thirteen actually was, compared to what they thought it would be.
  14. This series is awesome.
  15. I cried.

AND. For your enjoyment, you can now see how well YOU would do in the Hunger Games, theoretically. Click here or here to play the Hunger Games simulation and see how long YOU would last!

Finally, our song! Here:

This is Mr. Brightside by The Killers!

(I ADORE this song!)

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Thinking Out Loud

Salutations, reader! What’s going on?

I’ve made a decision. You know how last week, I dedicated my post entirely to the Percy Jackson books? Well, I’ve decided to make that into a trilogy: I’ll do two more posts (today’s and the next one) about two of my other favorite book series. Today, I’m going to address what is arguably one of the best series of all time, and what is definitely the most well-known: Harry Potter.

The Harry Potter series by Joanne Kathleen Rowling (pen name J. K. Rowling) is comprised of seven wonderful book, which are:

In addition to those, an eighth book, called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is to be released on Harry’s birthday this year! For all of you non-Harry-Potter-geeks, that’s July 31, 2016. Huzzah! Huzzah!

The three main characters are Harry Potter (obviously), Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley. I am challenging myself to make an A-Z list of characters from the series!

  • Albus Dumbledore
  • Bellatrix Lestrange
  • Cornelius Fudge
  • Draco Malfoy
  • Emeric the Evil
  • Fenrir Greyback
  • Ginny Weasley
  • Harry Potter!
  • Igor Karkaroff
  • Joey Jenkins
  • Kreacher
  • Lucius Malfoy
  • Minerva McGonagall
  • Narcissa Malfoy
  • Octavius Pepper
  • Penelope Clearwater
  • Quirinus Quirrell
  • Rubeus Hagrid
  • Severus Snape
  • Ted Tonks
  • U- ?
  • Voldemort (gasp! I said the name!!)
  • Wendelin the Weird
  • Xenophilius Lovegood
  • Yaxley
  • Zacharius Smith

Ack! Does anyone know any that start with U?!? Please comment and let me know!

Now, for this post, I have pulled out my World of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit game, and I invite YOU to play along with me! I shall post some trivia questions, ranging from simple to very specific, and then I will link to a page with the answers. Here are the questions(randomly picked):

  1. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, who impersonates Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody in order to enter Harry into the Triwizard Tournament?
  2. This imposter turns Draco Malfoy into what sort of animal?
  3. What is the name of the reverse-spell effect that happens when twin wand cores duel, as occurred between Harry and Voldemort in the graveyard?
  4. What spell does Harry perform that causes him to have a disciplinary hearing at the Ministry of Magic?
  5. Who are the four students chosen to compete in the Triwizard Tournament?
  6. What is written on Dobby’s gravestone?
  7. What are the phrases that activate and deactivate the Marauder’s Map?
  8. What are the names written on the Marauder’s Map, and who do they refer to?
  9. What sort of spells are Gilderoy Lockhart gifted at, which allow him to take credit for others’ work?
  10. What employees do Harry and Hermione impersonate to infiltrate the Ministry of Magic, and what potion do they use to do so?
  11. How and where did Moaning Myrtle die?
  12. What is the profession of Hermione’s parents?
  13. After Dumbledore’s death, who is the true master of the Elder Wand?
  14. What is Voldemort’s true name?
  15. What are the initials on the fake locket, and what do they stand for?

And for extra credit…

  1. What “spell” does Ron use on the Hogwarts Express to try to turn Scabbers yellow?
  2. What is the name of the orphanage in which Albus Dumbledore finds the young Voldemort?
  3. Name three books by Gilderoy Lockhart.

Click here for the answers!

Alrighty then! I suppose that I will just end with a song. Here it is:

This is 7 Years by Lukas Graham!

See ya, reader!

Demigods (yes, this is a song!)

Good afternoon, my lovely reader, and welcome back to Maddie’s Missives! I hope you’ve been well since I saw you last. First things first: the Easter Candy Countdown! Last weekend, I estimated that my delicious candies would last for fifteen days. It’s been eight days, and so far, I’m still going strong! That is, there’s still some left, anyway. I’ve eaten all of the crème eggs, though 😦

ANYWAY. Before I get into today’s topic, there’s a quick list I’d like to post. And that is:

MY MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2016! (That have yet to be published)

  • The Midnight Star by Marie Lu (release date: October 11, 2016)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling (release date: July 31, 2016)
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer (release date: November 8, 2016)
  • The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (release date: May 3, 2016)
  • The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (release date: October 4, 2016)

Alrighty then! Now that I’ve done that, it’s time to move on to our topic for today. That topic is: The Percy Jackson series (is “series” the plural of “series”? because there are two) by Rick Riordan!

NOTICE: IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THESE BOOKS AND YOU DO NOT WANT SPOILERS, DO NOT READ THIS POST. I’M SERIOUS. IT CONTAINS MANY, MANY SPOILERS. 

Okay, well, I warned you. If the books get spoiled for you, it’s not my fault. I told you not to read this.

Anyhoo. Hello, reader who I hope is still reading. Let’s discuss.

There are two series that I’m going to talk about here: the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and its follow-up, the Heroes of Olympus series. Let’s go over the characters, shall we?

Percy Jackson (both series)

  • Godly Parent: Poseidon/Neptune
  • In a Relationship With: Annabeth Chase
  • Camp: Camp Half-Blood
  • Greek or Roman?: Greek
  • Powers: Control over water and can communicate with horses and pegasi
  • Backstory: Percy was brought to Camp Half-Blood by Grover Underwood (his protector) after being attacked by a Fury posing as a math teacher. On the way, he was stopped by the Minotaur, who he killed. He went on his first quest soon after arriving, in which he searched for Zeus’s master bolt and encountered monsters such as Enchidna, Medusa, the Chimera, and the Furies.

Annabeth Chase (both series)

  • Godly Parent: Athena/Minerva
  • In a Relationship With: Percy Jackson
  • Camp: Camp Half-Blood
  • Greek or Roman?: Greek
  • Powers: Incredible intelligence, as well as amazing logic, strategy, & planning skills. She can turn invisible by putting on a special Yankees camp, which was a gift from Athena.
  • Backstory: Annabeth came to Camp Half-Blood at a young age with her former friends Luke Castellan and Thalia Grace, who had become her family after she ran away from home. She goes on Percy’s quest for the master bolt and they become inseparable after that!

Grover Underwood (mainly Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

  • Godly Parent: N/A
  • In a Relationship With: Juniper, a dryad
  • Camp: Camp Half-Blood
  • Greek or Roman?: Greek
  • Powers: Uses nature magic by playing his reed pipes and communicates with animals
  • Backstory: Grover is a satyr (half man, half goat). He is assigned as Percy’s protector, and brings him to Camp Half-Blood. He accompanies Percy and Annabeth on the quest for the master bolt, and on the way, he and Percy become best friends.

Jason Grace (Heroes of Olympus)

  • Godly Parent: Zeus/Jupiter
  • In a Relationship With: Piper McLean
  • Camp: Originally Camp Jupiter, but switches to Camp Half-Blood
  • Greek or Roman?: Roman
  • Powers: Flies and controls lightning/other things from the sky
  • Backstory: Jason was a praetor at Camp Jupiter, partnered with Reyna Avila Ramirez-Arellano. The goddess Hera/Juno kidnapped him and wiped his memory and he was sent to Camp Half-Blood with Piper McLean and Leo Valdez. He is one of the seven demigods in the Prophecy of Seven, and in the line about “storm or fire,” “storm” refers to him. Thalia Grace is his sister.

Piper McLean (Heroes of Olympus)

  • Godly Parent: Aphrodite/Venus
  • In a Relationship With: Jason Grace
  • Camp: Camp Half-Blood
  • Greek or Roman?: Greek
  • Powers: Charmspeaks
  • Backstory: Piper came to camp with Jason Grace and Leo Valdez, and she is one of the demigods in the Prophecy of Seven. Her father is an actor named Tristan McLean, and he is kidnapped in the first book; she starts out on the quest only to rescue him and is going to betray her crew, but starts to like them and defies expectations by saving her friends AND her father.

Leo Valdez (Heroes of Olympus)

  • Godly Parent: Hephaestus/Vulcan
  • In a Relationship With: Calypso
  • Camp: Camp Half-Blood
  • Greek or Roman?: Greek
  • Powers: Controls fire and has amazing building/crafting abilities
  • Backstory: Leo came to camp with Jason Grace and Piper McLean, and he is the seventh demigod in the Prophecy of Seven. He has an uncanny ability to build things, and he built the seven demigods’ ship, the Argo II. His prized possession is a bronze dragon named Festus, which he found running around rogue and restored/improved/fixed, and he likes Festus more than most people. He is the first hero to ever go to Ogygia a second time, and he is Calypso’s rescuer. Hera/Juno and Gaea have messed with his life for his entire childhood and adolescence. Leo is hilarious, witty, and ridiculous. He died while destroying Gaea at the end of Blood of Olympus, but Festus injected him with the physician’s cure and he came back to life. Everyone else, however, believes him to be dead still. Very sad 😦

Hazel Levesque (Heroes of Olympus)

  • Godly Parent: Hades/Pluto
  • In a Relationship With: Frank Zhang
  • Camp: Camp Jupiter
  • Greek or Roman?: Roman
  • Powers: Summons (cursed) precious metals from the ground, controls the Mist, and can control underground tunnels, even the Labyrinth
  • Backstory: Hazel actually died at age thirteen in the 1940s in order to delay Gaea’s rise, and was resurrected much later. She considers Nico di Angelo her brother, and she is one of the seven demigods in the Prophecy of Seven. In her first life, she was in love with Sammy Valdez–Leo Valdez’s great-grandfather. When she died, she was sent to Elysium and her mother to the Fields of Punishment; she chose to give up comfort in Elysium so that her mother wouldn’t be punished, and they both ended up in the Fields of Asphodel.

Frank Zhang (Heroes of Olympus)

  • Godly Parent: Ares/Mars
  • In a Relationship With: Hazel Levesque
  • Camp: Camp Jupiter
  • Greek or Roman?: Roman
  • Powers: Shape-shifts, skilled at archery
  • Backstory: Frank is a descendant of Poseidon/Neptune in addition to being a son of Mars. He is one of the seven demigods in the Prophecy of Seven, and he is Chinese-Canadian. Frank is promoted to centurion and then praetor in the midst of a battle, and he commands a league of dead Roman soldiers. He’s a bit socially awkward and can transform into any animal; he once got stuck in Chinese handcuffs and escaped only by turning into an iguana! He lived with his grandmother, who called him Fai Zhang and taught him who he truly was.

Nico di Angelo (both series)

  • Godly Parent: Hades/Pluto
  • In a Relationship With: Will Solace
  • Camp: both, but more of Camp Half-Blood
  • Greek or Roman?: Greek
  • Powers: Can summon and command the dead, and shadow-travel
  • Backstory: Nico and his sister, Bianca di Angelo, were brought to Camp Half-Blood by Percy, Annabeth, and Grover. He stayed there while his sister went on a quest with Percy and the Hunters of Artemis, but when Bianca died on the quest, he left them. Nico is in love with Percy, but knows he can never have him, since Percy loves Annabeth. When Nico met Hazel Levesque, he took her in as a sister, but he often compares her to Bianca, who he misses desperately. During the time that Camp Jupiter and Camp Half-Blood didn’t remember each other, Nico traveled between the two camps, but he eventually chose to stay at Camp Half-Blood.

Well, that’s all of the lead characters, but some honorable mentions include:

  • Calypso
  • Reyna Avila Ramirez-Arellano
  • Luke Castellan
  • Blackjack
  • Thalia Grace
  • Tyson (I LOVE Tyson)

Personally? My favorite character is Leo. Who’s yours? Please, comment and let me know!!

In case you were wondering, these are the thirteen major gods/goddesses:

  • Zeus (Jupiter)
  • Poseidon (Neptune)
  • Hades (Pluto)
  • Athena (Minerva)
  • Ares (Mars)
  • Artemis (Diana)
  • Apollo (still Apollo)
  • Hestia (Vesta)
  • Hermes (Mercury)
  • Hera (Juno)
  • Hephaestus (Vulcan)
  • Dionysus (Bacchus)
  • Aphrodite (Venus)
  • …am I missing anyone?

I don’t think we need a book review today, since this post basically WAS a book review…a review of ten books, actually, all lumped together. So, I’ll just end with a song.

This is Viva La Vida by Coldplay, performed by Jessica Crosbie!