Saturday, 30 January 2016

My Thoughts and Feelings on Cruel Crown by Victoria Avyard | Book Review

                                                                             

I have been dying to read the novellas for EVER. It was breaking my bookish heart not being able to read them(I don't have a Kindle or anything) Yesterday I went to my library, and they had just got Cruel Crown in. You can imagine my joy. I actually squealed when I saw it. Rather loudly. In the library, where you are supposed to be quiet. Oops.

                                                                                   
 
I really loved these novellas. AND THE COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL *pets cover* What? Everybody pets book covers!!
VERDICT: AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AND PAINFUL. 5/5 STARS.
 
 
 
SPOILERS
 
 
 
 
 
Queen Song: My Thoughts And Feelings
 
-I really enjoyed being able to read about Coriane as a character instead of just a name. In Red Queen we don't get to met her, so I really appreciated this. I was hoping the novella would not show her death. IT DID THOUGH AND MY HEART WAS BROKEN.
 
-I liked how we met Elara almost right away. UGH even when she was young, she was a total witch.
 
-Coriane's meeting with Tiberias was so touching. I liked being able to see Tiberias as a teenager, because it showed a different side of his character. In Red Queen we're not entirely sure whether he's completely evil or not. At least I wasn't sure. So getting to see him as a teenager, who has a soft, kind side was really nice.
 
-I found it really hard to watch Coriane go downhill after having Cal. She became so..messed up mentally. At the end though, when she's dead, the way her death was described it sounded like a suicide. Did Elara actually kill her? I can't remember if that was mentioned in RQ. SOMEONE HELP ME PLEASE.
 
-FUN QUESTION: All the whispers seem to be really cruel, heartless beasts. But they can't all be like that just because they're a whisper, can they? I would like to met a nice, kind Silver whisper.
 
Steel Scars: My Thoughts And Feelings
 
-I didn't like this novella at first as much as Queen Song, because I found it hard to get into. I take that back now. I love Steel Scars and Queen Song equally.
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So Farley is actually 22 years old? I kept envisioning her as like 40 years old! Also her real name is Diana. I feel like I know the character of Farley so much better now.
 
-ALSO ARE FARLEY AND SHADE IN LOVE?! PLEASE TELL ME THEY ARE BECAUSE I SHIP THEM SO HARD.
 
-I didn't like Farley in RQ. She was cold, kind of rude, and altogether a easily dislikable character. Reading from her P.O.V was quite enlightening as to her personality, showing us that she does have a softer side to her. A more likeable side.
 
-LOL that moment when she finds out that Shade is a newblood and in order to prove to her that he's actually a Red, not a Silver, he let's her cut his wrist so that she can see that his blood is red. So funny and perfect. And then he asks what her real name is, and it was so cute and sweet.
 
-I really liked reading that scene where Mare falls off the balcony during the Queenstrials from someone else's P.O.V. It was neat to see Shade's reactions, and Farley's and everybody else's that were watching it on one of the screens in the market place.
 
ONLY TWO MORE WEEKS UNTIL GLASS SWORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Namarie! 

Friday, 29 January 2016

Problems Of A Booklion

Here are 10 problems that I have all the time.

                                                                            

1) Reading the most amazing book ever, and needing someone to go 'ASDFGHJKL OMGS I LOVE THIS BOOK IT'S AMAZING AND PERFECT AND BRILLIANT' with, but no one you know has read it.
THERE SHOULD BE A SUPPORT LINE FOR THIS. WHY IS THAT NOT A THING. SOMEONE MAKE IT A THING.

2) Organizing your bookshelf in rainbow order, and then getting annoyed beyond reason because all your series are out of order.
GAHHHH THIS IS THE WORST, I SWEAR. I TRIED DOING RAINBOW ORDER ONCE AND I NEVER DID IT AGAIN BECAUSE IT WAS SO ANNOYING.

3) Walking through a bookstore like you own the place, and picking up a bunch of books, but then finding out you don't have enough money to buy them all.
UGH THE PAIN IS TO REAL. IT'S THE SECOND WORST THING EVER.

4) When your favorite book has the worst, most ugly cover in the existence of covers.
Some examples of this include all of Zane Grey's books, The Wheel of Time series( I wish they'd scrap the artwork, and make them look like leather, with a symbol from the book on each cover) and the Airborn by Kenneth Opple(I love this trilogy, sadly the books have horrible covers)

5) When your TBR pile is so large that you feel genuinely stressed just by thinking about it.
HHAHAHA MY TBR PILE ISN'T OUT OF CONRTOL...HAHA...HAHA..HA...ha...yeah it is out of control. I spend my nights thinking about how to cut my TBR pile down instead of sleeping. #TRUESTORY

6) When someone spoils a book you've been dying to read.
ARGHHH THESE PEOPLE ARE EVIL!! ASDFGHJKL I had Allegiant, TFIOS, THG, and basically every major series spoiled for me. *questions the universe.*

Anyway, tell me in the comments if I missed anything, or you have something to add!
Namarie!



Tuesday, 26 January 2016

My Writing Goals For 2016

This is late. Very late. Ridiculously late. I don't really care. #SWAG
Awhile back, I did my #Booknerd Goals For 2016 post, but those were my BOOKNERD GOALS. NOT WRITING GOALS. ALSO SOME RANDOM QUESTIONS ARE INCLUDED.

1) What do you plan to do with your Wattpad?
UMMMMMMMMMnothing. HAHAHA JK JK. Actually I really don't know. I'm currently writing the last chapter in my Carmilla fanfic which has 3.6k reads! OMGS YOU GUYS ARE SO AMAZING, and after that, I have no idea. I want to put something original on there.

2) What do you hope to have accomplished by the end of 2016?
Middle-earth domination. Oh wait, this is writing goals. Hm.. as soon as I finish editing and revising, I hope to find a literary agent for my book, and then sign a big book deal and make a million dollars off my book so I can BUY ALL THE BOOKS.
I'd also like to try my hand a writing some poetry.
                                                                                   


3) When do you hope to finally stop procrastinating and get around to finishing editing/revising?
*hides behind Barad Dur* *SCREAMS* NEEVVVVVERRRRRRRRR!
Well what happened was, half way through writing my book, the main character's point of view on certain things in the book changed. In fact, the whole plot line also changed. So now I'm have to re-write the whole first half of my book. And then revise the whole thing. *jumps down a rabbit hole*
                                                                    

4) Any tips for editing and revising?

-run around screaming like chicken with it's head cut off, and once you've got that out of your system, sit down and edit till your finger fall off. Yes I realise that this was a gruesome idea. NO REGRETS.
-eat pizza(pepperoni)
-wear nice fuzzy socks
-listen to music
-drink 1,000 cups of tea
-print your whole book off and then revise it that way. It'll be easier.
-drink coffee. While I do not consider coffee to be as good as tea, it'll help you stay awake at 12:00 at night when your trying to figure out what character to kill off next.
-take a shower. All of my best story ideas have come from thinking while in the shower. Also some of my worst story ideas, but that's not the point. If your at a loss at what to do, maybe you need to change something, or maybe the main character is annoying you, TAKE A SHOWER!


5) WHAT IS YOUR BOOK ABOUT?! TELL US.
First of all, you don't demand a Dark Lord to divulge her secrets. And secondly, it's too early to really say anything! I will tell you one thing: It's YA, sci-fi and I'm planning it to be a trilogy. That was three things so now be grateful and bow down to the Dark Lord who graciously shared with you.

6) How many story ideas do you have floating around in your head?
Too many. I try and write them down. I have an idea for a steampunk story, a contemporary, a Lindsey Stirling fanfic(which has something to do with pirates), and a low fantasy story set in the UK(so England, Scotland Wales and also Ireland) that has faeries. Badass faeries. And those are just a few of my story ideas! *groans* I can't write them all. It's starting to kill me.

7) Will you participate in NaNoWriMo?

                                                             
No. I don't think I'd do well with all that stress.
                                                           
8) Do you like to kill characters?
Yes. I love it. The more painful the story, the better. Basically I sit down at the computer and do this:
PLOT PLOT FIGHT DEATH DEATH DEATH DIE DIE DIE EVERYBODY DIESSSS MWHAHAHAHAHAHA HEARTBREAK DEATTTTTHHH

So my plan with my book is to make it as heart breaking as possible so that my readers will drown in their tears. :) Aren't I a nice person?


Anyway, that's what I'm planning for 2016. Namarie!




Music = Amazing Writing

My dear creampuffs, we all know that music is essential to writing. In fact, I cannot write without music. But we all also know the struggle of searching through Youtube and Spotify, trying to find THAT ONE SONG THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR WRITING AND MAKE IT BETTER.

                                                                             

I've found that instrumental music is best, although if a song has lyrics that fit your book, that is also good. SO NEVER FEAR, MIRONIEL THE DARK LORD OF THE WORLD OF MUSIC IS HERE TO HELP YOU. I KNOW ALL THE MUSICS. I mean songs. Depending on the genre, you will want different styles of music. Unless we're talking about Two Steps From Hell. I swear you could be writing a story about fluffy pink killer bunnies who live on Mars and the perfect song would be a TSFH song. Besides, I love their slogan 'Music Makes You Braver'.
In the course of my life(which hasn't been all that long) I've become a music junkie, so I can help you with your quest to find that perfect song!*

*Disclaimer: I don't have all the genres on this list and here's why:
a) the genres on this list are the genres that I am familiar with writing in, or reading.
b) I haven't read many vampire novels, so that's why they are not included.

Genre: Fantasy
Music:
~Any Two Steps From Hell song. Their music is mostly epic orchestral stuff, so it's perfect for monster-slaying quests. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3swwxiALG5c0Tvom83tPGg
~Adrian Von Zeigler. His music is perfect for fantasy I swear. Also he has some other music that is good for other genres so yeah. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSeJA6az0GrNM4_-pl3HQSQ
~Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit soundtracks. If you've never heard at least ONE song off of the soundtracks, you must be from the stone age. Or possibly have been living under a rock and ignoring the past decade of pop culture. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqLIiXXhwRbB9FhwsZpMoI6dMek1AKNlz
~Ivan Torrent. While his music is not(in my opinion) as good as Adrian's, he still has some very epic pieces of music that you should go listen to NOW. https://www.youtube.com/user/IvanTorrent
- This World Of Warcraft Night Elf music mix. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkS9LPWWit8&index=67&list=PLqLIiXXhwRbBqUcudnxnA7H0Vx6sfZBqk

Genre: Contemporary
Music:
~Anything by Ed Sheeran. Honestly.
~Anything by the Gardiner Sisters. Honestly. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRO6muF8v1EmW3tICz4o-rg
~Cimorelli's Hearts On Fire mixtape. Honestly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVSw3WWjlzQ&list=PLqLIiXXhwRbDOFD0mVT6vDzbNplgl59Ab&index=35
~Born to Die by Lauren Cimorelli. Honestly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrHMkuS5CLM
~Miracles album by Two Steps From Hell. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIJA_pbjTkJc_E4WiwSwQ6QXf-a17qdZ8

Genre: Dystopian/Sci-fi
Music:
~The Hunger Games soundtracks/OSTs. Honestly, if your writing a dystopian, you need to listen to THG soundtracks. It also works for sci-fi and fantasy.
~Two Steps From Hell's Skyworld album. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIJA_pbjTkJc_E4WiwSwQ6QXf-a17qdZ8
~Adrian Von Zeigler's dark electronic music and some other songs of his work really well for his genre.
~The trailer song for the first THG movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2X6H_8MEqM&index=3&list=PLqLIiXXhwRbA4vfAzhTFERL4xJMdHurvB
~ Aftermath by Amy Lee. Honestly, this album is just right for dystopian/sci-fi. It's also Amy Lee, which is another reason to listen to it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7nvVyr3BG8&index=33&list=PLqLIiXXhwRbA4vfAzhTFERL4xJMdHurvB
~ The trailer music for the City of Bones movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYC-BQXyaM0&list=PLqLIiXXhwRbA4vfAzhTFERL4xJMdHurvB&index=35
~ We Are by Thousand Foot Krutch. The whole sentiment of this song is perfect for a revolution. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWanpTrtY6I&list=PLqLIiXXhwRbA4vfAzhTFERL4xJMdHurvB&index=37
~ TH3 AWAK3N1NG by Ivan Torrent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqh7N_4FZDw&list=PLqLIiXXhwRbA4vfAzhTFERL4xJMdHurvB&index=25

Genre: Mystery:
Music:
~The BBC Sherlock soundtrack. Need I say more?

Genre: Steampunk.
Music:
~ I CAN NOT EXPLAIN HOW MUCH I LOVEEEE THIS SONG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wfboKtXdUo&list=PL2BBDEFBBA168DF41
~Roundtable Rival by Lindsey Stirling. It's Lindsey Stirling, 'nuff said. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvipPYFebWc
~ Any steampunk song by Brandon Fiechter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZQ9KgH6Z9M

Anyway, if you know me, you are probably wondering why I have not included the best band of all time, Evanescence. Well, while some of their songs are good for characters(I have some one my playlist for my book) they aren't as a whole good for stories. So yeah. I hope this post was helpful(or possibly not, as you are probably now overwhelmed by music recs).

Namarie creampuffs, and happy writing!

Monday, 25 January 2016

There and Back Again: My Journey(aka my way of telling the world how nostalgic I am for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit)

Remember 2014 and how everyone was insanely excited for TBOTFA? Remember when we got the very first trailer for An Unexpected Journey? UGH I'm so nostalgic for the good old times when the movies hadn't come out yet. But I think I should start at the beginning: The day I first read The Fellowship of the Ring. I was ten and was so excited to read it! (Probably because I'd spent most if my life wondering what LOTR was) In fact, before I'd read LOTR, I thought it was about a red planet that had a red tower, and these weird people in black dresses who screamed a lot and rode black horses. Oh yeah and there was a rat creature that talked to itself. I think this weird idea came from this cover( the red one) and my overhearing people talking about LOTR:

                                                                              
 
When I started LOTR and my childhood dream of LOTR was completely smashed(in a good way) I sped through FOTR in less than a week, TT in a week, and ROTK in a month because I got grounded from reading(I would read it when I was supposed to be doing other things).
I then watched the movies, and was officially obsessed. I learned words in elvish, I learned to write the inscription from the One Ring on paper(yes, even at a young age I wanted to be a dark lord and was planning Middle-earth domination) and I could never talk about anything else. Observe:
 
Person: Heyyy how's it going?
Me: Bad.
Person: Why?
Me: Frodo has been caught by Shelob.
Person: ..........
 
Mom: what should we have for dinner?
Me: Lembas.
 
Friend: Do you want to go to...
Me: Rivendell?!! YES PLEASE!
Friend: I was going to say 'park'...but whatever.
Me: oh well you can do that I'm saving Middle-earth right now.
 
Mom: Let's go on a walk!
Me: One does not simply walk into Mordor.
 
You get the point. And the reason why I've never understood why people say 'I can't read LOTR I tried it's so boring' IS BECAUSE I READ THEM AT 10. IF YOUR A GROWN ADULT, AND YOUR TRYING TO TELL ME YOU CAN'T READ LOTR, THERE'S A PROBLEM.
Anyway, LOTR was my first fandom. Sadly, I was pretty much alone in my fandom, because
a) none of my friends were that interested in it(actually I didn't;t have many friends. I was pretty lonely.)
b) didn't have access to the internet.
So I continued like that, all alone. I read Tolkien's other books, The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales. Funny story: When I tried to get The Silmarillion out of the library(don't forget, I was like 12) the librarian, probably unaccustomed to 12 year olds wanting to read The Silmarillion, tried to stop me from getting it out. Apparently she thought that it was too mature for me. I got it out anyway, and loved it so much. AND THEN THE TRAILER FOR AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY DROPPED. And my LOTR obsession, which had died down a little, came back with a crushing force. I re-read The Hobbit like 50 times leading up to the movie, I re-read LOTR etc etc.
I loved the movie, needless to say, and spent the entire car trip home singing Far Over The Misty Mountains.
Then something magical happened I got an internet access, and made friends with other Tolkien fans.
FINALLY after having no one to talk to about my Middle-earth obsession, I could talk to my heart's content about various Tolkien things. I was able to fangirl over the trailer with them, share fan theories, write fanfics, and all the things fangirls do. I refused to listen to anything except the soundtracks for LOTR and The Hobbit. Literally.
I consider that year, my gr.8 year, the best year of my life. DoS came out, and I loved it(and Tauriel) and valiantly defended the MINOR changes made.
Then in 2014, things got even crazier. I decided that I was going to cosplay Tauriel for the last movie. Unfortunately, I didn't get started on this until 1 or 2 months before the movie came out. I also decided I was going to go to the first showing on opening night. I watch the World Premier in London live...when I was supposed to be doing other things. I distinctly remember the day the teaser trailer came out. I hadn't been home, and had to wait a whole day and a half to watch it. TALK ABOUT TORTURE. The day the trailer, the official one, came out, I waited the whole day by the computer, determined to watch it the second it came out. And I did, and I cried, and I was a mess the rest of the day, because that trailer wounded me. Emotionally. If you are not a fangirl, you won't understand.
Then the day of the movie came. It was the day after my birthday, so I guess it was the best birthday gift ever. Me and my mom literally finished the costume 5 minutes before we left to go see it. I had to change into it in the car(which was difficult). My hair was done like Tauriel's and everything. ASDFGHJKL waiting for the movie to start was the longest moment of my life. And then it started, and I burst into tears the moment I saw the WB logo appear on the screen.(WHAT? I WAS EMOTIONAL) I loved the movie so much. Sadly, I was such a wreak after the movie, so I forgot to take pictures. I'm still mad at myself for that one.
In 2015 we got the extended edition, which for some reason I haven't watched yet. I need to get on that.
So. That was my journey. But it hasn't ended. In fact, I think it's only the beginning. I have to finish the Tauriel cosplay and do a photo shoot for it, I have other characters I want to cosplay, I haven't marathoned the movies yet, I have yet to listen to the full 10 hour version of Their Taking The Hobbits To Isengard in one sitting, I want to visit New Zealand, and I'm moderating a discussion on the One Ring.net forums on February 14-16 for the chapter from TT, 'Journey To The Crossroads'!
There are still lots of Happy Hobbit videos to watch.
What was this post? you ask.
Well I'm not sure actually. I just felt incredibly nostalgic, and I wanted to share what Tolkien's universes means to me. Middle-earth is my happy place. Whenever I'm sad, I go back and re-read FOTR(my favorite book out of the LOTR trilogy). I think, to sum it up, LOTR/TH is to me what Harry Potter is to other people.(I love Harry Potter too, but I only just started the series...so yeah)
Namarie mellons!

Friday, 22 January 2016

The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

I have some 'unpopular opinions' on books...so why not share them using this tag?
(Also please don't get offended. These are just my personal opinions on books.)



1) A popular book/series that everyone loved, but you hated.
99 Days by Katie Cotungo. UGH The main character was so stupid, and I just didn't like this book.




2) A popular book/series that everyone seems to hate, but you loved.
The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner. I personally adored this trilogy, but I know that a lot of people hate it.
Also everybody says that City of Bones is their least favorite book from the Mortal Instruments. Am I the only one whose favorite book from TMI was City of Bones?!!



3) A love triangle where the main character did not end up with the love interest that you wanted them to end up with.
Actually this hasn't happened to me yet.



4) A popular genre that you never seem to read.
For some reason I don't seem to read very much YA sci-fi(and by sci-fi I mean intergalactic-adventures type sci-fi)
I was going to say YA contemporary, but I've been reading quite a few contemporaries lately. I'm basically on a contemporary binge read, because that's all I really want to read.



5) A popular or beloved character that you did not like, but everyone else seems to love.
Gale from The Hunger Games. I didn't like Gale right from the start, but I know a lot of people do like him.



6) A popular author whose books you just can't get into.
I'm a very easy person to please when it comes to books. Rarely do I dislike a book or an author. So I guess I don't have an answer for this one.



7) A book trope that your tired of seeing.

That one where two characters fall in love on first sight. THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN IRL AUTHORS. PLEASE STAPH WITH THIS TROPE.


8) A popular book series that you have no interest in reading.

Twilight.


9) What tv show/movie adaptation of a book/series did you enjoy more than the work it was based off of.
I know a lot of people are going to be really mad....but The Hobbit.
There. I said it. Don't get me wrong, I adore the book, it's just the world is not completely developed, I found the elves to be portrayed in a very different light than the ones in LOTR(the ones in TH are...childish) and I hate how we didn't get to see Fili and Kili's  deaths. All we got a was a sentence about their deaths, and then like a whole five pages for Thorin's death scene, wheras in the movies, everything is fully developed, the elves are not childish, we get to see things that were going on at the time of the Hobbit, but were barely mentioned in the book, and we see Fili and Kili's deaths. Also I love Tauriel, and she wasn't in the book...so yeah. The movies make for a better prequel to LOTR than the book did.

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | Book Review


                                                                             
*cries* This was such a beautiful, amazing, heart wrenching book. You know that book that changed the way you look at the world? That changes your life? All The Bright Places was that book for me. It was funny though. I didn't like it at first. I was reading it and thinking, 'oh this is going to be another one of THOSE books' and somehow it just snuck up on me and grabbed my heart, and then brutally ripped it to pieces and then buried it. I cried my way through the last hundred pages. There were spots where I literally had to put the book down because I was crying to hard to even see the words. Thank you Jennifer Niven, for such a beautiful book.
I always read the acknowledgments of a book, and in the acknowledgments of this book, Jennifer tells us that the story is based on something she went through when she was younger, and I kinda thought that before I read that, because only someone who did go through something like that could write a book like this one with such understanding.
What I don't like is how people say this book copied other books like TFIOS and Eleanor and Park. I hate to burst your bubble, but it doesn't copy them. All The Bright Places is based off of Jennifer's personal experience with a boy she loved killing himself, and I think it's almost disrespectful to say that it's a rip-off of TFIOS and Eleanor and Park.

SYNOPSIS: The story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.
Finch and Violet met on the bell tower of their school, and save each other from jumping, and things go on from there.

That's all I'm really going to say for the non-spoilerly part. BYE NON-SPOILERLY PEOPLE.






At first, as I said before, I didn't like this book at first. And slowly, somehow, it stole my heart, and that's why it's number two on my list of favorite books of all time(LOTR had to take first, sorry Jennifer) I didn't connect with the characters at first, but later on I really connected with Violet and her love of writing.
I never quite understood what Finch meant by the 'Asleep'. Did he mean he went into a waking kind of coma or something? I was rooting for him the whole book like 'YOU CAN BEAT THIS FINCH!' and then he killed himself(well it's never quite confirmed that he committed suicide, he may have accidentally drowned) and my heart broke. I'm still not done crying.
When they found Finch's body and brought it up and it was all blue and stuff, and Violet was like 'that's not my Finch. I don't remember him looking like that' I lost what little bits of my heart I had left.

So because I really don't know how to review this book, I'm going to list my favorite scenes.

6) The bell tower scene. This was so sweet and it was Violet's and Finch's meeting, and they save each other from jumping, so of course it had to make it one the list.

"I want you to throw your shoes toward the bell and then hold on to the rail, just grab right onto it, and once you've got it, lean against it and then lift your right foot up and over. Got that?"

5) The first 'wander' they went on. It was so cute!

"He leans forward over the handlebars, eyes on me. "I'd go to Hoosier Hill with a beautiful girl."


4) The Bookmobile Park. This was the coolest thing ever. I wish that I could visit one, because that would just be....heaven.

"There are seven trailers in all, different makes and models and years, and they sit in a line with the corn growing up around them. Each one advertises a specific category of books."

3) The Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect. *sobs*

"But I bring it up to let you know that this is the way I feel right now. Like Pluto and Jupiter are aligned with the earth and I'm floating."

2) The scene where Finch is trying not to fall Asleep and he drives and drives until he's lost, and the gets out of his car and runs six miles, after which he finds a commercial flower growing place, and it's closed though, because it's winter, but the old couple who own it give him flowers to take to Violet for free, and there were violets in the bouquet, and my heart melted.

"I'm sorry to disturb you, but I'm on my way home, and I just happened to pass your nursery. I know you're closed and you have company, but I wonder if I could pick out a few flowers for my girlfriend. It's kind of an emergency."

And when he gives the flowers to Violet, she says:

"No more winter at all. Finch, you brought me the spring."

1) The scene when she goes to the last place that Finch had left something for her before he died, and she's reading the song he left hidden in the pages of that bible in the Taylor Prayer Chapel. By this point I was crying so hard that I had to get up and drink water because I was so congested from crying that I couldn't breathe, or even see the words on the page 0_o

"I am crying - loud and hiccupping, as if I've been holding my breath for a very long time and finally, finally can breathe."

I don't know if you'll ever see this Jennifer, but if you do, I just want to say thank you for writing this beautiful book. It was pure perfection.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Black As Night by Regina Doman | spoiler-free book review

                    " 'Who's the fairest in the land' games don't always end up so well."



Can we all agree that that is possibly the best synopsis EVER? Short, too the point, and catchy.
Black As Night is the second book in Regina Doman's A Fairy Tale Retold series. Each one can be read by itself, so you can technically read them in any order you want, as each is a retelling of a different fairy tale, but with the same characters. The first one, In the Shadow Of The Bear, was a retelling of Snow White and Rose Red. This one is a retelling of Snow White. Now I'm not going to really tell you anything other than that, because I think the best way to go into this book is without really knowing much and with no expectations whatsoever. I would suggest reading the books in order, though, because you get to know the characters better that way.

I really enjoyed this book. It was much better than the first book, which didn't really feel like a retelling of a fairy tale at all. This one took a couple chapters to get going, but once it did I honestly couldn't put it down! It was such a neat twist on Snow White, and to be honest, it's one of the best retellings of Snow White I've ever read. The writing was beautiful, the characters well developed. Not only is this a retelling, but it's also kind of a mystery novel too, so kudos to Regina for managing that! It was much darker than In The Shadow Of The Bear, which was more lighthearted. This book definitely deserves a 5/5 stars. I can't wait to read the next book, Waking Rose!

Friday, 15 January 2016

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs | Book Review

So recently I finished reading Library of Souls, the third and final book of Ransom Riggs's Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children trilogy, and DAMMM it was good! I'm going to miss this series so much!
A lot of times I've found that the last book in a trilogy is mostly disappointing, because the author fails to satisfyingly wrap up the story, but Ransom Riggs obviously doesn't have that problem! I could not have asked for a better conclusion to this trilogy! Well....except for one thing that I will be ranting about in the spoiler section. LoS was very well paced, the humour was as good and fresh as ever, and the world even more peculiar than the last two books(which is saying a lot!) I really enjoyed the way the romance progressed, as it did not take over from the story and was kept to small, subtle moments. This book is definitely 5/5 stars!


NOW LEAVE, BECAUSE IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT, YOU REALLY, REALLY DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED FOR LoS BECAUSE THINGS HAPPEN. LOTS OF THINGS THAT ARE MAJOR SPOILERS.


















OK. SO. WHY THE HECK IS FIONA DEAD?!! Her death did not help the plot at all; I feel like Ransom just wanted to kill off somebody so he did. It would've made more sense for someone like Millard or Hugo to die, but nooo. Throughout the whole book I was expecting her to come back and not actually be dead, because her death was never actually confirmed, and so here's me at the end of the books waiting for Fiona show up with the rest of the peculiars, and, of course, she didn't! R.I.P FIONA
LOL that moment when their on the train, and those two teenagers walked in while Addison was talking, and they screamed. PERFECTION.
And that moment when they got off the elevator, and walk straight into the midst of a Comic Con thing with all those cosplayers, and Emma and Addison freaked out, and Emma wants to know why everybody is dressed up so weird, and this happened:

Addison: "Judging by their attire, it appears to be some sort of religious holiday."
And then Jacob's just like "Something like that." ASDFGHJKL RANSOM RIGGS DOES IT AGAIN!

When we first met Sharon, I really thought he was a weight. He was so freaky and weird. But then when we reached Devil's Acre, and he scared those people off by showing them his face, I thought he was some kind of monster.
   Can we talk about Devil's Acre? UGH THE NON-PECULIAR SECTION IS SO GROSS!!!!!! Ransom did a really good job of making me want to puke when he talked about the water being filled with years of refuse and garbage, and then THE INHABITANTS DRINK IT. UGHHH. Luckily the peculiar section was much nicer. LOL when Jacob described Oozing Street as the sort of quaint street his parents would like to visit.
   The whole 'selling peculiar talents' was really creepy and messed up. I wonder how well Lorraine actually treated her peculiar children.
   Unlike Emma, I was not disappointed by the weights' lair. I really loved how it was all white and blank, kinda like their eyes.
   Ok so when Jacob said, "The bridge could be sprinted across in under a minute, I guessed, but why run? Because, I thought, a line from Tolkien materializing in my head, one does not simply walk into Mordor," I literally screamed and danced around my room, because I'm one of those fangirls who loves having a fandom of her's reference another of her fandoms. I'm still ASDFGHJKLing over it. It's my favorite quote from LoS.
    Why is it that the bridge heads reminded me of those three sisters from Greek mythology(also PJO) that had only one eye between them? I'm not sure, but maybe it's because they were talking about their eyes and stuff....hm. Was anyone else reminded of that?
     So when Addison got into the fortress, I was reading so fast that I thought he had died. For some reason. I freaked out, shut the book, and had to calm down, and then went back and re-read it, only to find out that my heart attack had been for nothing lol.
     Was I the only one who was slightly suspicious of Mr. Bentham the entire time? I never liked him, even though he sort of was the key to saving the peculiar children and the ymbrynes.
      When I found out that ambrosia was made from peculiar souls, I almost barfed. Like...NO. JUST...NO.
    Abaton(the Library of Souls) was sooooooo cool! Though I didn't quite understand why Caul and Bentham turned into monster-peculiar-things when they took those powerful peculiar souls. Idk, it was kinda strange....but then again I guess strange is a word that makes a lot of sense when talking about this trilogy!
      Am I the only one who was actually kinda fond of Jacob's first hollow? I grew sort of attached to it...I know it was a monster, but it did save their lives(ok, ok only because Jacob made it do that, but still.)
       The ending was awesome. I had a feeling Miss P. and the children would show up to save the day, and they did! I really liked how their ages were re-set so that they could live in the modern world, cause Emma and Jacob can be together now XD I loved the ending lines "And it occurred to me, standing there, just breathing with her, quiet settling around us, that those might be the three most beautiful words in the English language: We have time." Reading those words I got all teary, and the picture that went with it was so fitting and I loved it.

So that was my review of Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs! I tried a new format of reviewing, please tell me what you think of it! ALSO CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIES ASDFGHJKL.
Stay peculiar!
    

Monday, 11 January 2016

A Journey Through Time | Passenger Book Challenge

*Tardis noise* Hello everybody! Today I'm going to be recommending books from different historical time periods. This challenge is inspired by Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, and it is a time travel novel. I haven't read it yet, but I really want to as I've heard great things about it.

So my first recommendation is Shadowhawk by Andre Norton, and it is set in Egypt in the year 1590 B.C. "Rahotep is more than a simple captain of the Nubian Desert Scouts. He is heir to the Nome of the Striking Hawk, which for over a generation has been under the harsh rule of the Hyksos. Accused of a crime he didn't commit and driven out of Nubia by the ascension of his scheming half-brother to the throne of Viceroy, Rahotep flees north to Thebes, accompanied only by a loyal band of Nubian archers. Here he takes refuge in the court of the Pharaoh Sekenenre III. Treachery, this time at the hands of murderous and power-hungry priests, throws Rahotep into a cell, deep beneath the Temple of Anubis. He must escape, not only to prove his innocence, but to join in a battle upon which hangs the freedom of Egypt."
 I read this book a LONG time ago, and I re-read it all the time. Guys, it is such an amazing book I cannot stress how much you should read it.  The characters are amazing, the writing is amazing and the plot is FABULOUS.
                                                                             
 
Next is the Raven King trilogy by Stephen Lawhead. This trilogy is literally my all time favorite historical fiction books ever. Like EVER. It's a retelling of Robin Hood, but it's set in Wales when the Normans were taking over, and Robin Hood is a prince, and his name is Bran. His father is killed by the Normans, and he is determined to avenge his father and reclaim his kingdom.
I read(well actually I marathoned them) in three consecutive days. If that doesn't convince you to read them..well I don't know what will.
 
Next is The Finishing School series by Gail Carriger. While it is a fantasy-steampunk series, it is set in Victorian England. LOVE this series to bits!
 
Next up is the Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfield. This is another steampunk, but it's a steampunk/alternate history of WW1. I loved the first book, but I found the second book, Behemoth boring. I'll hopefully get around to reading the last book, Goliath soon, and hopefully it'll be better than Behemoth!
 
Next is one of another of my all time favorite books, Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey. It's set in Utah in 1871. I've talked  about this book before, and it's honestly the best western 'romance' novel I've ever read. I adore this book, and apparently there's a movie too!
 
Next is the Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children trilogy by Ransom Riggs. The peculiar children travel throughout many different time loops, but the most predominant one is the September 3, 1940. I LOVE this trilogy, I highly recommend it. I'm currently reading the third book, Library of Souls and it's amazing!
 
Obviously the Ruby Red trilogy has to be on this list. The characters in this trilogy travel to lots of places in time, so I won't mention any, as it'd spoil the series. SUCH PRETTY COVERS THO.
 
 
 
Now traveling to the future( because time travel can take you anywhere) I pick the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. This is probably the most believable dystopian trilogy I have ever read, next to the Hunger Games. I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!
 
 
And that's all. I hope to read Passenger soon! XD
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 9 January 2016

BOOK HAUL | Birthday + Christmas 2015

YASSS! Finally! Another book haul. Like a real one, where I bought a bunch of books in one go XD
In 2015 I would spontaneously buy books, but usually only one at a time, which is why I haven't done a book haul in a while. This year for my birthday and Christmas I got some money for books and some books were given me.

                                                                            

So for my birthday I got the first book in the Fairy Tale series, In The Shadow Of The Bear by Regina Doman which is a retelling of Snow White and Rose Red, and it came with a free audio book, so I've been listening to it and it's amazing!! I got the sequel for Christmas, Black As Night which is a retelling of Snow White. The third book is called Waking Rose and it's a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. The first three books follow the same characters, and then the last two books are about different characters. When I got the books, neither me or my mom knew this, but the author signed both of them. In the first one she signed her name and then wrote 'Happy reading!'. SO that was a surprise indeed.

Then with my birthday and Christmas money, I bought Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, pre-ordered Glass Sword, and bought Black Widow: Forever Red by Margret Sthole, The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester, Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs and then I bought Pretties by Scott Westerfield second-hand for 2 bucks from my library XD

So that was my Birthday + Christmas book haul.
Namarie fellow booknerds.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Why I Find TBR Lists Stressful.

So you've probably noticed that I used to do TBRs for each month, and that I usually never completed them, and then I stopped. There's a reason for that. Well, ok, more than one reason.

1) As soon as I press 'post' I suddenly feel obligated to read every single book, and that I'll be judged if I don't.

2) I am a very spontaneous reader. I will randomly see a good book a the library, and pick it up, even if it wasn't on my TBR, which means that I usually read every book that ISN'T on my TBR. Which is embarrassing.

3) I can't buy every book I want to read, so I go to the library. Unfortunately, they don't always have the book and they have to bring it in from another library and it takes forever, or someone else has it out, and it takes forever for them to return it. Which means I don't always get the book in time to read it. Or when none of the libraries own the book, and so they have to decide whether they want to buy it or not. A good example of this is Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I got to read this book like 6 months after it came out, because of they didn't buy it until 6 months after it came out.

And that's why I don't do monthly TBRs anymore. It's very stressful.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

November/December Wrap Up

So because I forgot to do a November Wrap Up, I'm having to combine November AND December, and that's why this post is going to be so abominably long. So let's get started, shall we?

                                                      Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger
I adored this book! It was almost the perfect ending to the series...I did a book review for it. You can read it here:Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger book review
                                                                                5/5 stars
 
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
This was an amazing book! I love a good sci-fi story, and this was just the right one for me. However, I did a little confused about some things, so that's why I'm giving this book a 4 1/2 stars out of five.
 
Divergent by Veronica Roth
ASDFGHJKL THIS BOOK. (I know I know, I'm extremely late to the party, but whatever)
5/5 stars!
 
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
This book was really, really good, but it didn't always hold my attention so.... 4/5 stars.
 
 
The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien
What can I say...it's a Tolkien book.....5/5 stars!
(also this is my third time reading it)
 
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan does it again! 5/5 stars
 
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
This book along with City of Ashes are probably my least favorite books out of  the series.
3/5 stars
 
The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
ASDFGHJKL OMGS THIS BOOK WAS SO AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL
5/5 stars
 
 
 City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
This book was MUCH better than City of Fallen Angels, so 4/5 stars
 
 
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Not my favorite book out of the trilogy, but I still loved it!
4 stars out of five
 
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
This is probably the cutest book I have read in 2015. I finished this book feeling happy. Finding Audrey definitely deserves 5/5 stars! 
 
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
I've heard a lot about this book, everybody was(and is) raving about it. Personally, I liked it, but it wasn't like...AMAZING. It was good enough to warrant a 4/5 stars tho!(I really didn't like the ending..so yeah0
 
Pretties by Scott Westerfield
Much better than the first book.
5/5 stars
 
 
Paper Towns by John Green
It's a John Green book, which means it gets a 5/5 stars.
 
99 Days by Katie Cotugno
MEH.
2/5 stars
 
Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass
AHHH ALL THE FEELINGS. I loved reading from Maxon's POV and discovering a bit about Maxon's mother's Selection. And of course, the art work was amazing!
5/5 stars
 
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
*SOBS* WHYYYYYYY...(btw I liked this book better than Insurgent, so this is how I rate the trilogy: 1) Divergent 2) Allegiant 3) Insurgent)
I was going to give it 5/5 stars, but because of what happened, I'm giving it 4 1/2 stars out of five.
 
The Slaves of Soccoro by John Flanagan(Brotherband #4)
As usual, this instalment of the Brotherband Chronicles series was a pleasure to read
5/5 stars
 
Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan(Brotherband #5)
5/5 stars
 
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
This book was definitely an improvement on the last two! I really loved it, but City of Bones is still my favorite out of the series lol
5/5 stars
 
Four by Veronica Roth
Reading from Four's POV was awesome. It almost makes me forgive Veronica for what happened at the end of Allegiant....HAHA NO NEVER.
5/5 stars
 
I saw the trailer for the movie, and thought it was really cool. Then I saw that there was a prequel novel, and I was like, 'YASS!!' and so I read it and DAMMM it was good.
5/5 stars
 
A Madness So Discreet was a little disappointing, to be honest. The plot was lacking in some respects.
3/5 stars
 
I'd heard great things about this book, so I picked it up and instantly fell in love with it. The beginning was a little slow, but it got better and better.
4/5 stars
 
 
So I think I had a pretty good two months of reading, no? My reading challenge goal on Goodreads is 100 books. I better get started!