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Review: The Queen of the Tearling Part 2/Book II & III

Posted by Lilysowl On September - 23 - 2014

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This is the second part of my review of The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.  My first part of the review was posted here.  I was trying to have a professional tone to impress Harper Collins and our webmistress, but I made an error.  The novel has three “Books”, not two; and there are fourteen chapters, not twelve.  Also, I must add that the novel has a lot of adult content and adult language.

As noted in the first review, The Queen of the Tearling is about Kelsea Raleigh who was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa.  She grew up in a cottage in the woods, raised by Carlin and Barty who were devoted servants to her mother.  Though taught well by her guardians, Kelsea is unaware of all the details of her kingdom’s “haunted past” and how much control she has over its fate with a sapphire necklace that was given to her on her nineteenth birthday just before the remnants of the Queens’ Guard come to escort her back to the capital of Tear to ascend the throne as the new Queen of the Tearling.  By the end of Book I, Kelsea reached the throne with a lot of difficulty and discovered the evil that had power over her kingdom.

Though the many bits of the story had started to fit together at the end of Book I to formulate Kelsea’s awakening to the evil, Ms. Johansen’s tendency for too much – yet not enough- information was still apparent in Book II.  But by this time, I had more appreciation for every tidbit I was getting because I knew it would be an important contribution for whatever was to come.  That made the story’s pace more tolerable, though I personally thought the pace quickened as the pieces of information clicked into place in my mind like the pieces do in a jigsaw puzzle.

That made the story exciting when the fate of Kelsea’s uncle was revealed and when Kelsea had to prepare for another confrontation with the evil in her kingdom.  A part of that preparation was to convince the Queen’s Guards that it must be done, for she was forewarned by an unexpected source.  This happened at the end of Book II.

Once Kelsea started her journey to save her people in Book III, it was very difficult to put the novel down because of what was about to happen and how everyone was affected by this particular event, even the Red Queen herself who wanted to know why she had a feeling that something was wrong in Tear.  She had to call upon a dark force to get an answer.  That was just as chilling as Kelsea’s fight for her people.

I’m not sure I should mention the outcome of Kelsea’s confrontation which led to the ending of the book, for I would not want to risk upsetting Dijares and baty4potter by reporting any spoilers in my review.  Also, I’m sure Harper Collins would prefer that all of you find out for yourselves by purchasing the book.

All I can say is The Queen of the Tearling is the first book of a trilogy, so I will let you guess as to how Kelsea Raleigh fared.  But I would recommend obtaining the book to get a satisfying answer, providing no immediate gratification is needed.

Coincidentally, there is a mention of the Harry Potter books as “the seven volumes of Rowling”.  As to where, how, and why, you may ask – well, that remains to be seen when you read this book.

I would like to thank Harper Collins and Dijares for giving me this reading experience.  I’m looking forward to the reading experience I will have with the next two books.

Now, I can understand why Emma Watson accepted this role.  I’m sure it will be quite exciting to see on film with David Heyman at the helm.

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Watson Webcast: UN Women’s He For She Campaign

Posted by Lilysowl On September - 21 - 2014

Emma Watson - UN Women Goodwill AmbassadorRecently, Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) was appointed by UN Women (a United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women) to be their Goodwill Ambassador.

According to the official announcement, Watson’s role as the organization’s goodwill ambassador is “to promote the empowerment of young women and to serve as an advocate for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign in fostering gender equality That campaign is a solidarity movement which brings women and men together to fight against gender inequalities faced by women and girls globally.”

One of Watson’s recent duties in the role was to co-host the launching of the campaign at a special event last evening in New York City.  It was broadcast on a live webcast.

Though she does not speak until the 31:25 mark of the video, Watson was acknowledged by the first speaker who mentioned the strong following the Harry Potter star has and how they had crashed the He For She website.   Lolol.  Watson’s speech is approximately 13 minutes long.  I thought it was quite eloquent and profound, in spite of the nervousness to which she confessed.

Source: Emma Watson Official Facebook Page

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Emma Watson To Receive Britannia Award

Posted by Lilysowl On September - 21 - 2014

Emma WatsonAccording to an article posted in Variety, Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) is scheduled to receive one of the Britannia Awards at the BAFTA Los Angeles ceremonies on October 30.  The event will be held at the Beverly Hills Hilton in California.  However, it will not be broadcast on television until November 2

The Britannia Awards were created by BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) to honor “individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the U.S., U.K. and beyond.”

Nigel Daly, the BAFTA Los Angeles chairman was quoted to have said this about the Britannia Awards:

“There is a long and prolific history of collaboration between the entertainment industries of the United States and United Kingdom, and the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards are a heartfelt celebration of this fruitful relationship.  This year’s honorees are the true definition of excellence. Each have committed themselves to the pursuit of excellence in our craft, serving as inspirations to practitioners on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Watson’s Britannia Award will be for “British Artist for the Year”.  Other recipients for the Britannia Award are Robert Downey, Jr., Dame Judi Dench, Mark Ruffalo, and Mike Leigh.

Congratulations to all the recipients!

Source: Emma Watson Official Facebook Page

 

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Review: The Queen of the Tearling Book I/Part I

Posted by Lilysowl On September - 8 - 2014

The Queen of the Tearling - Project for Emma WatsonWhat is The Queen of the Tearling, and what , by Merlin’s Beard, does it have to do with Harry Potter, you may ask.  Well…for Harry Potter/Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) fans who do not know this, Warner Bros. has secured the rights of this novel for Emma to star in the film adaptation of this story by Erika Johansen, and it will be produced by Harry Potter producer, David Heyman.  Watson will also be the executive producer on this one, according to Variety!

The publisher of The Queen of the Tearling, Harper Collins, asked Harry Potter’s Page if we would be interested in writing a review for the book in lieu of this fact.  I immediately “raised my hand” as fast as Hermione did in Snape’s class, since I was eager to read about a character that appealed to Emma enough to want to do another film of fantasy and magic.  And not only that, this book is the first one of a trilogy.  So, I was quite pleased that Harper Collins was willing to send me the hardcover book.

The Queen of the Tearling is divided into Book I and Book II, for a total of twelve chapters.  It is about Kelsea Raleigh who was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa.  No one knows who her father is.  She grew up in a cottage in the woods, raised by Carlin and Barty who were devoted servants to her mother.  Though taught well by her guardians, Kelsea was unaware of all the details of her kingdom’s “haunted past” and how much control she has over its fate with a sapphire necklace.  The necklace was given to her on her nineteenth birthday just before the remnants of the Queens’ Guard came to escort her back to the capital of Tear to ascend the throne as the new Queen of the Tearling.

However, Kelsea does know the facts of her history which is her forefathers had sailed away from a decaying world to a new land that had no modern technology.  After three hundred years, the feudal society of this new land was divided into four nations.  Three of them pay duties to the Red Queen who rules the fourth nation of Mortmesne.

Kelsea’s journey to Tear’s capital was not an easy one, for it was the first one she has ever taken away from the sanctuary of the cottage and the woods.  Her escorts weren’t guarding her by choice but by the honor of an oath to the previous Queen of Tear.  Kelsea had to earn their loyalty and respect for them to remain in her service, if they survive the journey.  For there are people in power who do not wish to see her on the throne which include her uncle, the current Regent of Tear and the Red Queen herself.  Kelsea’s youth and lack of experience, particularly in the art of fighting, made the guards’ mission a precarious one.

Yet once Kelsea arrived at The Keep and discovered an evil happening in the heart of her kingdom, she was willing to use what she does know to fight it, even if that meant incurring the Red Queen’s wrath.  Her challenge against the evil brings upon a range of enemies – from ones who use deadly weapons and the darkest blood magic to the crimson-caped assassins known as the Caden.

In spite of the plots to destroy her, Kelsea continues to grow as a ruler in her resolve against the evil, earning her the loyalty of the allies she needs, particularly the secretive Lazarus who leads the Queen’s Guard and the mysterious outlaw “the Fetch”.  Both of the men are an intimidating force on their own.

With such a synopsis, I had high expectations for this book, but I became slightly disillusioned by the familiar writing devices of the princess raised in the woods (Sleeping Beauty) and an evil Red Queen (Alice in the Wonderland).  Also, it was frustrating how too much background information would be added to a current incident, yet the given information was not enough to comprehend the cryptic behavior of the characters who interacted with Kelsea nor to understand the power of her sapphire necklace.

I thought the pacing was a bit slow.  That made it easy to put the book down until the next time I was ready to read it again.  Still, the story did have enough illusionary power to draw me back into it each time I did open the book.

I did not appreciate the artistry of Ms. Johansen’s writing until I reached the last part of Book I (Chapter 5).  That was when all the accumulated information she gave to me as a reader formed into an intricate understanding of Kelsea’s awakening to the subtle evil that has been in her kingdom for a very long time.  Her awakening was climatic, leaving me to look forward to reading Book II.

Be sure to check back for my review on Book II! ;)

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Emma Watson Graduates From Brown University

Posted by Lilysowl On May - 25 - 2014

Emma Watson - graduating from Brown UniversityEver since the last two Harry Potter films (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) has been taking classes and studying towards this day of graduating from Brown University in Rhode Island here in the States, even though she has appeared in other films such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Noah.  According to the article posted by The Washington Post, Watson was among the 2000 graduates of the Ivy League college to participate in the graduation ceremony which was held today.  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature.

To myself, it seems like Watson started attending Brown only last year, but she became a freshman in 2009.  So, I guess after five years of a lot of work and study, naturally the time has come for her to be given the well-earned degree. Lolol.  She posted this picture of herself on her  official Twitter and Facebook pages.

Click here to read the complete article.

Congratulations, Emma!

Emma Watson - Brown University Graduate

 

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Free Download: Emma Watson For Wonderland

Posted by Lilysowl On April - 6 - 2014

Emma Watson - Wonderland Magazine.We previously reported that Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) had been a guest editor for one of the recent issues of UK’s Wonderland Magazine.  It included her interview with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

In honor of the UK release of her latest film Noah with Russell Crowe and directed by Darren Aronofsky, Wonderland Magazine has allowed Emma Watson fans to download her section – which specifically pertained to the film -  for free.

The section begins with a brief note to the reader from Watson herself.  There is a sweet, young, black and white picture of her beside the note.  The first part of the section is an interview of the Harry Potter actress herself, conducted by one of her personal friends.  The next part is her interview with Mr. Aronofsky.  Following his interview is the one Watson did with the film’s costume designer, Michael Wilkinson.  Watson also interviewed the film’s cinematographer Matty Libatique.  That was followed by her interview with the songwriter for the film Patti Smith.  Her interview with fellow actor Logan Lerman was saved for last in the Noah part of her section of the issue.  Lerman had starred with her in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  He is best known for his role as “Percy Jackson” in the two Percy Jackson and the Olympians films.

Intermingled with the interviews are lovely photos of Watson as well as the ones of her from the film Noah.

Click here to get the free download.  Unfortunately, it does not include her interview with Rowling.

Source:  Emma Watson Official Facebook Page

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Emma Watson: Academy Awards Presenter on March 2.

Posted by Lilysowl On February - 25 - 2014

Emma Watson Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) is on the official list of celebrities who will be presenting an award at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony.  At this time, there is no confirmation as to which category she will present the award.  Ellen DeGeneres will host the event which will air live on ABC-TV this Sunday, March 2 at 7pm EST/4pm Pacific Time.  Check your local listings for the exact time and channel. Click here to view a photo of Watson in the 2014 Oscar Presenters Photo Gallery.

Source:  The Leaky Cauldron

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Emma Shares Prisoner of Azkaban Photo

Posted by Lilysowl On July - 15 - 2013

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban London Photocall On her official Facebook Page, Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) shared this photo taken at the London photocall for the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. From left to right, there is Dan Radcliffe (Harry), Gary Oldman (Sirius), Emma Watson, herself, (Hermione), Michael Gambon (Dumbledore), and Rupert Grint (Ron).

Click here to see a slightly larger copy of the image in the photo gallery.

Click here to view Emma Watson’s Official Facebook Page.

Her cover photo is a cute promotional photo for her film The Bling Ring.  She is sitting on a chair, applying lip gloss to her lips.

I think it’s great that Emma is willing to share her memories of the Harry Potter films with us fans.

Thanks for sharing, Emma!

 

 

 

 

 

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Trailer: Emma Watson in The Bling Ring

Posted by Dijares On April - 24 - 2013

Emma Watson on Bling Ring setA theatrical trailer for The Bling Ring has been released.  Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) stars in the film portraying a young American girl who wants to be part of the Hollywood glamour and will do nearly anything to get there.  It’s based loosely on the Bling Ring robberies that took place in Southern California.

“She’s superficial, materialistic, vain, amoral. She’s all of these things and I realized that I hated her,” said Emma to British GQ about her character, Nikki.

She took the role because she felt the character portrayed some of the qualities that she’s opposed to.  ”When I read the script and I realized that essentially it was a meditation on fame and what it’s become to our society, I had to do it. The character is everything that I felt strongly against.” she said.

The film hits theatres June 14th.

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Video: Emma Watson the Zombie!

Posted by Dijares On March - 28 - 2013

Emma Watson Zombie - MTV Movie AwardsEmma Watson will be part of this year’s MTV Movie Awards.  The theme for the awards is The Walking Dead and the new video released shows many celebrities becoming zombies, including Emma Watson.

You can see the video below.  Don’t forget to vote for your favorites, including Emma,  for the awards here!  The awards take place Sunday, April 14, 9/8C PM.

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