Alex was doing so well. I'm so excited she got out of her remedial classes. I'm wondering what a hodag is though. I'm willing to bet that Larry will make one up--hide in the woods and pretend to be one. Great chapter.
Realizing that I'm an adult who is somewhat jaded, I'm not satisfied with Ms. Grimm's explanation of everything that's happened to Alex. Just because she says not to worry doesn't mean there isn't something to worry about. I thought she was being condescending to Alex. That locket is still a mystery. Great chapter.
Wow--I did not expect that. I thought maybe something would happen to one of the neighbor kids but I didn't expect a fire that would burn Alex's house down. They were so lucky. It also sounds like Alex kind of discovered the true meaning of Christmas. But what was that light Alex followed almost to the interstate? And, will she be punished for what she did? Did she pull the curse back in time? Great chapter.
I guess I kind of suspected who Alex's father might be, although all of the evidence isn't in yet. I had also forgotten that her punishment only lasted through Thanksgiving and thought she was in trouble when called to the Dean's office. I'm proud of Alex. She really seems to have made an effort at turning things around. Great chapter.
That jarvey is something else:D And I might add, how appropriate it is that one of the stuck-up girls bought the jarvey unknowingly. There is justice in the world:D I'm thinking that someone did something so that Alex's potion blew up. I don't know how but things can happen. My heart just melted to think that Anna sat with Alex until she woke up and later confessed that Alex was her best friend. How cool is that? You're really illustrating how difficult it can be to be the child in a mixed marriage. Great chapter.
That Alex is sure stubborn but I'm sure she'll find out her information. I want to know what the Rash twins know about Alex's father. Why would they say something like that to Alex? Alex can't be the only student on campus who's into Dark magic. Actually, I'm a little suspicious of those Ozarkers--but I'm kind of paranoid:D I can't wait to find out more about the Thorn Circle. Great chapter.
Hmm, it would seem to me that detention in the library wouldn't really be like detention at all:D I think someone is trying to kill Alex but I agree with Anna--you'd think Ms. Grimm would be more powerful and be able to kill her more easily and not botch up all of the attempts. I was very impressed that Larry saved Alex. I wouldn't be surprised if the two became friends at some point. I think they've each given the other something to think about. Great chapter.
I'm kind of getting the feeling that Alex and Larry are trying to get along a little better--or maybe they're tired of turning into rats. I thought they were goners when all of a sudden Charlie showed up. I'm realizing that the raven was a really good familiar for Alex to get. I don't know if I buy that Ms. Grimm is trying to kill Alex though. I don't see any motivation. I forgot to mention that I love the weird talking ferret that has nothing but rude remarks to make. Great chapter.
Oh Alex--you just can't stay out of trouble can you. Actually, I'm very impressed with Alex's ability to "enchant" the Clockworks to do something to the older boys. I was also impressed with her aerial duel with Larry. He deserved everything he got. I'm fascinated with doggerel verse. I think that in the long run Alex's use of doggerel verse will come in handy as a back up to the proper spellwork and charms. She's already used it when she really needs it. Great chapter.
I think if I was Alexandra I'd wear the nickname of Troublesome proudly. As you know, I love David but I'm growing to love Alexandra too. I mean, I liked her but I'm really starting to love her. She's not afraid to say what she thinks even if it might get her into trouble. I'm really glad I found your series of books. Great chapter.
I totally agree with Alexandra. If they're setting up the classes according to ability but the students have no experience with the concepts--I don't know--something's not right here. Basically they're segregating the students. At Hogwarts everyone was sorted into a House and it didn't matter if you were pureblooded or muggle-born. Everyone learned together. Something is strange at Charmbridge. I also agree with Alex that the teachers aren't doing anything for student self-confidence by their thoughtless comments. Very interesting. Great chapter.
Did I mention that I love David? He has a way of getting to the heart of the matter and he's not afraid to speak up. I'm not sure I like golems--they sound a little boring because they seem to have no personality. I loved David's analogy of owning house elves to slavery. I was reminded that Alexandra hadn't been given a study guide. That still seems a little weird. Great chapter. Can't wait to see what happens next and to find out why she and David fell off the bridge.
Wow--I have a morbid fear of heights and I felt nervous just reading about the invisible bridge. The thought of Alex and David falling through the air--well, the feeling I got was very unpleasant. I think I'm going to love the David character. I got the "just one drop" statement. Was it Darla who was overexplaining that they're down in the Wizard Census as being purebloods? I wonder what the Ozarkers would say about that:D I can't wait to find out why Alex and David seemed to fall and how they were saved. Great chapter.
Well, that was really interesting. To me the most interesting parts were the ones with the discriminatory overtones. It seems that the Ozarkers are the purebloods and the most old fashioned. I got a kick out of David, first accusing Gwen of being racist towards him--was she telling him not to steal because he was black--to the Rash twins calling the other students "furriners," sorceresses, and was it Mixed Breeds? I could just hear the argument. I can't wait to see what Ms. Grimm has to say about all of this. Will Alex get another Howler? Great chapter.
I enjoyed watching Alex get her wand. I'm still suspicious of Lilith Grimm since she hasn't told Alex too much. I'm sure you'll clear those questions up before too long:D I'm also fascinated by the Ozarkers. They seem so old fashioned--like they're from the past century or maybe way past the past century. Great chapter.
I loved the description of the Ozarkers. And what names--Constance and Forbearance. The wizard bus sounded cool--better than the Knight bus:D This is just amazing. I'm glad I discovered your writing. Dean Grimm seems to have quite a reputation. I can't wait to find out why Alex is so special that she didn't have to take the SPAWN and why she merited a visit from Dean Grimm. Great chapter.
I can't imagine having 99 ice cream flavors all in the same cone. I love Howlers. I think Alex is in for a rude awakening unless she learns to follow the rules. I feel kind of bad about her friendship with Brian but I think he's just had it with her odd behavior and stories. I'm getting the feeling that he doesn't quite believe her anymore. Another creative chapter.
Well, that was just amazing. I kind of thought Alex's parents were agreeing with things a little too readily so of course they were under a Confundus charm. Ms. Grimm is a very strange character. I liked the analogy to someone who would steal children and shove them in an oven--the description seemed to fit. I loved the magic highway, the trollbooth, and the entry into wizarding Chicago. You've taken JKR's wizarding world and put your own special stamp on it--making it a totally new experience. Great chapter.
Well, this is intriguing. Did Alex lose her friends? I can understand that she wanted something so much but she risked her only friendships. I can't wait to find out who's driving the car with the Lilith license plates. Great chapter.
Oh no--not little Bonnie. I kind of expected Alex to fall in but not Bonnie. Why is it always the innocent? Will Alex's secret come out to both her family and Brian's? I can't wait to find out how she gets to magic school. It was her father who was a wizard wasn't it? Great chapter.