I'm the kind of person who starts a series and has the unfortunate need to have to finish them. Though that didn't happen to a few series such as "Fallen" because it literally sucks. I read fiction to escape reality.
You can read ew.com's summary/ review here.
This is digital spy's.
If you have read the book, just skip the articles above and everything I write and watch the trailer below.
Anyways, the all souls trilogy is good. This is a simple summary, really. You should see how thick the book is. The trailer is meh in my opinion. The book is much better.
Book 1: A Discovery of Witches
Set in the present, Matthew Clairmont (1500 years old vampire) meets Diana Bishop (Bridget Bishop's descendant, basically who will become the most powerful witch because the goddess is like her fairy godmother), a witch that doesn't use her magic. Matthew sought out Diana because she found the missing book of life. But they fall in love, and they break the covenant where creatures (vampires, witches, demons) don't mix. <Cues lots of drama and conflict which everyone can identify with when you want to be with someone who doesn't seem to fit you>. Diana gets tortured by a Finnish witch Satu Jarvinen who is a member of the Congregation (like creature government). Matthew helps her get in touch with her magic. They decide to time walk into the past at the end of the first book to seek out the mystery of the book of life and find powerful witches in the past to help Diana with her magic (Diana can time walk, told you, she can do every witchy thing, and creatures are "dying out" and becoming lousier because of the no mixing thing). All along the way there are many secrets to uncover. And I low key aspire to be like Ysabeau (Matthew's vampire mother/maker).
Book 2: Shadow of Night
They go back to 1590 (think Shakespeare, Elizabethan England), Matthew "changes" because of his multiple identities, I like all the historical references and stuff. Deborah Harkness did her homework (and a lot of "magical storytelling"), so there's a lot to google along the way and read up on like Grisham's Exchange etc. Enters Gallowglass, Matthew's nephew, who eventually falls in love with Diana and protects her from the past all the way until the present, which is in book 1, and then has to leave because he cannot have her :( There's Prague as well, magical lessons, alchemy, spy stuff, vampire stuff, hunting for the lost book etc. Courtly life in both Prague and England (where Elizabeth doesn't like Diana, unsurprisingly). This book touches on a lot of historical figures, so wikipedia away. They get to see the book of life before its broken, three pages get torn (like how it was at the start of the story when Diana unknowingly met the conditions of the spell), many people get killed along the way, and they go back to the present at the end of the book. But by then Diana is a pretty powerful witch already. Her witchy teachers are cute, especially Goody Alsop. Oh, and Diana is pregnant with Matthew's child. Mixing.
Book 3: The Book of Life
They go back to the present, Benjamin (Matthew's vampire foe turned son with blood rage -> Too many biological explanations really so it can't go in the summary) endangers Diana and other witches like her by trying to impregnate them, Diana gives birth (basically breaking the rules and becoming targeted by like, everyone), Matthew gets captured and tortured like his awesome father Philip, Diana and all goes on a rescue mission, they find out Benjamin was the one who tortured Philip, kills Benjamin. On the sideline there's also the discovering of the magical significance and finding the three missing pages, in the end they realise the congregation was set up to prevent creatures mixing and giving birth to powerful beings that are magical and long lived, the convenant is repealed, Matthew heals, and the world is saved.
Okay I think that's most of it even though I left out like 60% of the people and story.
COMING SEPTEMBER 2018: TIME'S CONVERT!!!!
Omg I can't wait haha.
The lotus flower is a beautiful flower that can be found all over the world. But the start of this flowers life is not as beautiful is one might image. It’s unlike many other flowers.
When the lotus first begins to sprout, it is under water, making its home in lakes and ponds in areas where the water remains fairly still on the surface. But underneath the surface, the lotus is surrounded by mud and muck and by fish, by insects, and simply dirty, rough conditions
It is then that the lotus slowly opens each beautiful petal to the sun, basking in the worldly beauty surrounding it. The lotus flower is ready to take on the world. Despite being born into dark, murky conditions, where hope for such beautiful life seems dubious, the lotus grows, rises above adversity. Ironically, this same dirty water washes it clean as it surfaces. As the lotus opens each petal to the air, not a stain or spot of mud remains externally. The inner lotus too, has never seen a drop of mud or dirty water. It is pure, and bright, and beautiful.
I guess in life, the adversities we overcome make us the people we are.
The tougher the circumstance, the stronger we grow to become.
But at the same time, just like the stems underwater in current, we need to learn to bend in order not to be broken.
Strength, With Love.
Facts adapted from https://withanopenheart.org/2013/01/04/the-story-of-the-lotus/ on 16 June 2018.
This is probably going to be my longest post ever, and its a rant post, please stop reading unless you like family drama or are here to find out more about the SMU JD application process.
Anyways, my point is, I was so emotional on 26 May because that marked 1 year since I tendered to quit teaching. I wanted to post something on that day actually, but guess what, I didn't have time to sit down and draft a post. And "1 year and a day ago" sounds lame so... I guess I let that post fly and waited for a good time to Mayday.
A week ago I was faced with the dilemma of whether to continue running Enchanted Fiore (and study at the same time) or to give up studying and run my dad's new venture idea of a Seafood Grill restaurant + Desserts Cafe. Trust me when I say I'm very sure there is no way I can study, run Enchanted Fiore AND 1.5 restaurants. Twin said the requirement would be to duplicate myself rather than just split myself in half. Its true. So yeah, cannot be done. We've made a family decision since then.
So now that I've paid advance tuition fee of $5,400 to SMU, I guess I can share about it.
I. so. did. not. expect. to. get. in.
Its like when I paid the $100 application fee I kinda felt like I was throwing it to lottery you know, like, there was no chance I was going to make it. But why did I even try? I was reading rotten relatives' affidavit and drafting our draft affidavit reply to our lawyer when I thought, I might as well read law. Oh yah, you know we draft our reply on email, to send to the lawyer so that the lawyer can draft a draft affidavit to send back for our confirmation before it becomes an affidavit filed to court (and they send a copy to us after its filed). So haha, a lot of reading for a non-law person.
Never considered another course other than the SMU JD, because what was the point of trying multiple schools when there's just one you aspire to get in. I've been browsing the course for a few years.
Rotten relatives' were relishing kicking us around like defenceless puppies for the past decades because my Dad is a nice man. They were my Dad's siblings. I can only imagine how much bullying he had to suffer since young. They are not correct, and they are not right, but they are bullies who in Hokkien "Dua Sia Yah" (Win because they're loud). And they spread rumours and tell stories to the extended relatives to make my dad out to be the villain, which hurts him when his elder relatives chastise him. But he doesn't speak up for himself. I'll just direct people who think my personality is too strong to this rant post. Family makes you the person you are. And now that we have a lawyer who relishes in bullying bullies, Evil puppet goes like (wayanging dated 1 June 2018, sent to the group with their siblings, cousins and elder relatives):
Pardon the angst, its fresh today, and I get a refill of angst around three days a week.
Back to the SMU Juris Doctor application. Summarised timeline with possibly useless comments:
When the letter dated 20 April came, I couldn't believe it. Its a surreal feeling where I'm filled with disbelief on the inside, the surface of me is ecstatic, and the aura around me feels like a dream.. and I need to get back to work now.
If you think this post is too long to read, law isn't for you. This is my favourite high court judgment to date:
If you're interested in the SMU JD Application, write in and I'll answer what I can.