Sunday, 29 May 2016

The Trials Of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan | Apollo's Back With More Ridiculously Awesome Haikus

                                                                                       



*shrieks* I LOVED THIS BOOK. I WAITED SO LONG FOR IT. AND NOW I'VE READ IT, AND I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW LONG I HAVE TO WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON THE NEXT BOOK??? *shakes fist* YE GODS OF OLYMPUS. THIS IS UNFAIR. I PROTEST THIS.

LOVES:
- I first and foremost adored the levels and sass and sarcasm in this book. They were off the charts and headed straight for Olympus. *applauds this*

- We are all familiar with Apollo's terrible, yet strangely wonderful haikus. Apollo really outdid himself this time, though, as he put one at the beginning of each chapter, and each was worse/better than the last one.

- THE DEDICATION. UNCLE RICK'S DEDICATIONS ARE INFAMOUS *glares at The House Of Hades one* BUT THIS ONE WAS THE BEST.

-GETTING TO SEE PERCY AGAIN WAS SO AWESOME. PERCY AND ANNABETH GOING TO COLLAGE TOGETHER IS LIKE 1234567890 HEADCANONS COME TRUE. Also can we just talk for a sec about Percy being so worried about failing his exams?

-The fact that this takes place at the same time as Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. I kinda hope the two series overlap a little. That'd be soooo cool.

- Apollo had such a huge character ARC throughout this book, and I really adored it.

- All the secondary characters were fantastic. They didn't feel under-developed or useless to the plot.
                                                                           
                                                                                 
DISLIKES:

- Um....I got nothing. This is one of those books were I literally have nothing bad to say about it, because I freaking loved it to the ends of the universe and back. SO HURRAH FOR THAT!


HAVE YOU READ THE HIDDEN ORACLE YET? IS SO, LET'S CRY TOGETHER. IF NOT, ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 1,000,000, HOW EXCITED ARE YOU?


Monday, 23 May 2016

The Crown by Kiera Cass | MY HEART IS FULL OF FEELS RIGHT NOW.

                                                                                   

The Crown was perfection. *sobs in a dark corner* I CAN'T BELIEVE THE SERIES IS OVER. I NEED MROE BOOKS, AND POSSIBLY 123456789 NOVELLAS ABOUT EADLYN AFTER SHE'S MARRIED AND HAS KIDS. PLEASE??!!

LOVES:
-Eadlyn from The Crown was so much more mature, compared to Eadlyn from The Heir. I guess all it took was her mom *SPOILERS* to have a heart attack to make her realize that she needs to grow up.
- I loved who Eadlyn ended up with! In The Heir, I had no idea who to ship with who, but in The Crown it became quite clear not far in who she'd end up with, and I was very pleased, needless to say.
- All the boys were so kind and sweet. I loved them all lol.
-LOL remember how annoying Josie was in The Heir?! To m greatest surprise, she matured too, right at the end, and I actually liked her character. Miracles do happen.
-THE COVER OMGS.
-All the wonderful diversity.
-There were so many moments where Eadlyn said something sassy and smart, and I was just like 'YASSS YOU GO GIRL! YESS' the whole time.

DISLIKES:
- Okay so it was much to short for my liking. ONLY JUST OVER 200 PAGES!!!!!! The ending also felt kind of rushed. I really wanted to see how a certain very big change at the end played out in the epilogue, but we didn't get to see that *cries*
                                                                                             

And that's my review of The Crown. BRB while I go hid in a corner crying.....BECAUSE IT'S OVER.
SO. HAVE YOU READ THE SELECTION SERIES? HAVE YOU READ THE CROWN? IF SO, HOW'D YOU FEEL ABOUT IT?(also which cover is your favorite...I think The One is my favorite)

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Ten Books I Decided To Eat On A Whim | Top Ten Tuesday

                                                                     


So today I'm participating in Top Ten Tuesday for the first time! And the prompt for today is Ten Books I Decided To Pick Up On A Whim . This is very easy for me, as not to long ago 50% of the books I read were books I randomly picked up from the library, cause that's just how I roll.
                                           
                                          *dances around throwing glitter and sparkles*
                                                                                     
 
I've been meaning to participate since the beginning of time......and it never happened. So with out further ado, here are my top ten books that I decided to eat on a whim.
 
1) All The Bright Places by Jennifer Nivan.
I literally had no idea what this book was about. And then one day I prowling the YA shelves at my library, and I saw it, and I was like,
'Oh didn't that book win an award on Goodreads?? Eh why not. I'll read it." BEST.DECISION.EVER. All The Bright Places is my favorite book in the world. It's almost on level with LOTR(but not quite, because LOTR will always be the best)
 

2) The Vanishing Game by Kate Myers.
I read this book awhile ago. I wanted a really creepy story, and so when I saw this book sitting on the YA shelves at my library, I was like 'YASSSS. THIS LOOKS GOOD.' And was it good? you ask. IT WAS GREAT. I highly recommend it.

3) Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.
I got the first three books second hand on a complete whim. My friends had been raving about them, so naturally I decided that I too needed to read them. They did not disappoint. It's basically Percy Jackson on crack + awesome, and sometimes crazy fairies.

4) Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
Now this was before I'd gotten a Goodreads account, so I knew nothing about this trilogy at all. I bought it completely on a whim, AND ADORED IT. I love this trilogy sooo much.

5) Blood Red Road by Moira Young.
My library has a book shelf full of books that you can buy, $2 for a hardcover, and $1 for softcover. Every time I'd walked past that shelf, I saw that book calling to me. So one day I decided to look at it, see what it was about. According to the blurb, it was better than The Hunger Games, so I bought it, and ate it, and adored it. However I hold firm on the fact that THG was better.

6) Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire.
This is one I picked up because of the cover. It was okay, but not the best. I gave it 4 stars because of Baba Yaga, who was the best part of the book.

7) Legend by Marie Lu.
I'd just finished The Hunger Games, and I was dying for another really awesome dystopian. Legend was everything I ever wanted.
                                                                                  



8) In Real Life by Jessica Love.
This one happened because of the theme of the book. Girl and boy have been friends online since forever. Girl and boy would like to meet each other IRL. Girl meets boy IRL, they are in love, but can't admit it cause he's already in a relationship. Add bands and music, and I thought it'd be the perfect cutesy contemporary. Sadly it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

9) Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra.
I read this one because it was written by a Canadian author. It was very awesome.

10) Need Joelle Charbonneau.
This was the biggest disappointed meant EVER. There were so many POVs, and nothing made sense and it was BORING AS EFF. I wished I had loved it, because the concept was really awesome, but the way it was executed was not.
                                                                                    

AND THOSE ARE TEN BOOKS I ATE ON A WHIM. WHAT ARE TEN BOOK YOU ATE ON A WHIM?? DO YOU FIND THAT BOOKS YOU PICK UP RANDOMLY TEND TO DISAPPOINT YOU, OR AMAZE YOU? TELL ME DOWN BELOW! ALSO LINK ME TO YOUR TOP TEN TUESDAYS!

Monday, 16 May 2016

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman Book Review | CALLING ALL SHADOWHUNTER FANS

                                                                             


THIS BOOK WAS SO FREAKING FANTASTIC. Basically it's demon hunters(or demon repressors??) in the Regency Era.
BUT MIRONIEL, you say, HASN'T CASSANDRA CLARE ALREADY DONE THAT??!! ISN'T THAT WHAT THE INFERNAL DEVICES ARE ABOUT??
Not quite. While the books both have similarities, they couldn't be more different. In fact the 'demons' or Deceivers, as they are called in the book, are more like the ghouls from the show Tokyo Ghoul. The demon hunters also don't usually kill the demons.
WHAT???!!!!! YOU SCREAM.
Let me explain. So the demon hunters are called 'Reclaimers' which I will not explain, because if I explained everything you wouldn't read it. And I want you to eat this glorious book. AHEM. Anyways, there are only two hundred Reclaimers in the world, and eight of them are in England....and there are at least 10,000 Deceivers in England. So they made this pact with the Deceivers: If you don't kill people we won't kill you type of thing. And it makes sense!!! Especially as it's incredibly hard to kill the Deceivers.
                                                                                    
LITERALLY THE DARK DAYS CLUB.

                                      NOW FOR ALL THE LOVES AND DISLIKES.
 

                                                                         LOVES:
- Lady Helen was so independent. Like she'd say 'yeah sure I'll be a compliant lady' and then turn around and do what she wanted to do, leaving me the whole time screeching 'YAAAASSSSS YOU GO GIRL.' She also almost always managed to keep a level head, even in crazy situations.

- The writing style was AMAZING.

-The secondary characters were all fully fleshed out and PERFECTION, even if a few of them are cloaked in mystery.....*coughLORDCARLSTONcough*

-The way the whole demon killing thing works is so neat! And dangerous. REALLY dangerous.

- The whole Regency era thing felt so real. You can totally tell (without reading the author's note, which you should btw) that Alison researched everything.

- There was hardly any romance! Which was a little strange at first, because I think we've all sort of gotten used to Regency era books to have tons of romance. While there were hints at romance to (maybe?) come if future books, The Dark Days Club was basically devoid of romance. I loved that! Lady Helen was able to focus on what she needed to do, without swooning over some guy, like a lot of heroines in her time period tend to do.

                                                                      DISLIKES:
- It was quite slow. Not boring, necessarily, but slowww. It took us like 150 pages (maybe more, I didn't count) before Helen found out about the Dark Days Club, and another 200 before things started to get really serious.

- Lord Pennworth's view of women was, to say the least, HORRIBLE. Now I get that that was the way he was supposed to be: you weren't supposed to like him, he was just expressing the 1800's view on women etc. BUT! IT WAS JUST SO ANNOYING!

- Helen's brother, Andrew. GODS YOU'D THINK HE'D BE MORE SUPPORTIVE AND NICE TO HIS SISTER.

                                                                                     


Honestly, this book was everything I ever wanted. *hugs it forever* EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT. ESPECIALLY FANS OF THE SHADOWHUNTER CHRONICLES. 5/5 stars

HAVE YOU READ THE DARK DAYS CLUB? ARE YOU A SHADOWHUNTER FAN?(if so, read this book) DO YOU LIKE REGENCY ERA BOOKS?? QUICK TELL ME DOWN BELOW IN THE COMMENTS.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

In Which I Pretend I'm Experienced Enough To Give Valid Writing Advice

                                                                             


I read Cait's post on her blog @Paperfury about How To Write The Perfect Bestselling Novel Of Ever and that inspired me to share some writing advice with you lovely creampuff writerlings(I KNOW THAT IS NOT A WORD. I HAVE DECIDED THAT IT IS A WORD, HOWEVER, SO YOU'LL HAVE TO PUT UP WITH IT) So let's pretend for a bit that I actually know what I'm talking about.

1) DON'T LET OTHER PEOPLE COMMANDEER YOUR STORY.
This one is really important. I've noticed that a lot of people, especially relatives, keep trying to tell me how to write my stories. And it's super annoying, because they aren't offering constructive criticism, they're simply stating how they think it should go, because they personally don't agree with whatever it was.  Example: "Oh don't make your character use a minor swear word! It's going to ruin your story!" It's as if they're trying to replace me as the author.
So I guess my warning is: Don't let other people commandeer your story and try and tell you how it goes. You want to have your cute contemporary story suddenly invaded by fluffy zombie rabbits that swear like sailors on leave?? Go ahead! Ain't nobody going to tell you to do otherwise, and if they do, just avada kedavra their face.
                                                                                      


2) WRITE WRITE WRITE UNTIL YOUR FINGERS FALL OFF AND YOUR EYES DIE FROM STARING AT THE SCREEN.
 

Even if what you write is terrible, JUST KEEP WRITING. NEVER STOP. NOT EVEN FOR FOOD. Okay, maybe for food. BECAUSE FOOD. Also drink lots of caffeine. Lots and lots of caffeine.
 
 
You are allowed to take coffee breaks however.
 
 
3) KILL. EVERYONE.
Okay, maybe that's slightly drastic, but if you're writing a dystopian/sci-fi/action/adventure story thing, you can bet your pizza (don't bet your pizza, because you might suddenly be pizza-less, and that would be sad) that it wouldn't be realistic if 99.9% of the minor and major characters didn't die. Killing everyone the main character loves is awesome. It's so much fun (in a painfully weird way) to make them suffer.
                                                                                     

Or you can kill the main character, and leave all their loved ones grieving. Either way works. As long as your readers end up groveling in a dark corner of their closet, hugging their shattered soul and sobbing, eh?
 
                                                                               
 

4) FINISH WHAT YOU START.
I'm one of those people who sadly finds it really, really hard to finish a WIP. I'll get half way through, and a new idea will hit me, and then I rush off and start writing that idea. I HAVE THE ATTENTION SPAN OF THOSE DOGS FROM UP.
 

 It's because of this that I've only ever finished two of my WIPS (the sci-fi one, which I haven't finished editing yet. UGH. And the Carmilla fanfic. WHICH NOW HAS 4.6k READS ON WATTPAD??!!)  When you get these shiny, new glittery ideas, write them down. Have a notebook specifically dedicated to books that you will one day write!
But never fear! There is a cure for this debilitating disease of not finishing. It's called Wattpad. Once you start posting chapters, people are going to expect you to continue! Which means you CAN'T stop writing. It works I swear. So go finish your stories! Be Squidward! You'll feel awesome once you've finished (and then have a minor break down because of editing???)
                                  
                                       

5) WATCH BRANDON SANDERSON LECTURES.
Now I have never read a Brandon Sanderson book(YET! I have so many books to read that I just haven't been able to get around to it) but his lectures on writing are so fantastic! I highly recommend binge watching them all ;) Youtube Playlist Of Brandon Sanderson Lectures

6) JENNIFER NIVEN'S TIPS ON WRITING.
Jennifer Niven is my all time favorite YA author, and her tips for writing are beyond helpful! I highly suggest poking around on her website, and reading her different posts on writing and publishing etc. Very helpful, awesome stuff. http://www.jenniferniven.com/writers/

7) Listen to music!! I can't tell you how much this works! I've found that often times certain song inspirire my stories. This is especially helpful when I've got writer's block. I did a post on lots of different artists whose music is good for listening to when writing HERE .

AND THAT WAS MY COMPLETLY *VALID* LIST OF COMPLETLY *VALID* ADVICE THAT TOTALLY SHOULD BECOME THE OFFICIAL WRITING LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE. ahem.
                                                        


SO. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF MY ADVICE?? WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE? DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TOO ADD TO MY LIST?? TELL ME ALL!

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Beautiful People Linkup #17 | May Edition

                                                                            

So today I'm linking up with Cait from @Paper Fury and Skye from @Further Up And Further In to do the Beautiful People meme! LET'S DO THIS.

(I'll be using Lynna from my Wattpad story Gearbound for the questions)

1)How often do they smile? Would they smile at a stranger?
Lynna is almost always smiling, even when she's sad.

2) What is the cruelest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?
Lynna's mother told her she was worthless. Lynna said that if she was worthless, it was because her mother hadn't raised her properly.
 
3)What is the kindest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?
Great Uncle Elias told her she had it in her to be a truly great inventor. She was very happy for the rest of the day, until her mother managed to dampen her spirits.
 
4) What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
To be honest, I'm not sure how to answer this question. The first time she saw a warlock use magic really impressed her.
 
5)What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading?
Lord of The Rings. Everybody should read LOTR.
 
6)Have they ever been seriously injured? How severely? How did they react?
She fell off the crowsnest when she was ten, and broke her collar bone and her left arm. She didn't really react, as she fainted from the pain.
 
7)Do they like and get along with their neighbours?
Oh yes! Lynna is a very social person, and gets along with most people, unless the person is really nasty.
 
8)On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being easy and 10 being difficult) how easy are they to get along with?
I'd say Lynna is a 6. She's nice, but she also is opinionated and has a bit of a temper.
 
9)If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go?
 Egypt, hands down. Lynna is fascinated by Ancient Egypt

10)Who was the last person they held hands with?
Back when this story takes place, it isn't really appropriate for young ladies to hold hands with a boy,(and I don't think girls held hands either.......???) so nobody lol.
 
And that's all!
 
ARE YOU GOING TO DO THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE LINKUP? IF SO, LINK ME IN THE COMMENTS SO I CAN READ THEM!!!!!!

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

April 2016 Wrap Up | In Which I Read A Pitiful Amount Of Books And Released The First Three Chapters Of Gearbound

                                                                                   


So I read six books this month. SIX. What is happening to me?! Hopefully May will be a better reading month. (I was sick yesterday, and I read three books while lying in bed feeling awful. At least being sick can be productive...) Luckily most of the books I read were AWESOME, so let's count them down, okay? Okay.

-Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. THIS BOOK OMGS. It was FANTASTIC. I'll be reading the next two books in May. (hopefully) 5/5 stars

- In Real Life by Jessica Love. Um...so this book happened? I liked it, but it wasn't mind blowing. The only aspects of the book that I really loved was the band parts and the message that online friendships are REAL friendships. 3/5 stars.

- Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix. OMGS I HATEEEE UMBRIDGE. HATE HER. 5/5 stars.

- Welcome To Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS. George's Scottish accent is life giving lol. 5/5 stars

- The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson. I recived a digital ARC of this book, and omgs it was everything I have ever wanted! I did a review for it here: The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You By Lily Anderson Review
The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You comes out May 17! Add It On Goodreads

-Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE MY LOVE FOR THIS MARVELOUS BOOK. 5/5 stars. I did a review for it here: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare Review



BOOKS BOUGHT: Two. I went to my library's book sale, and I was sadly disappointed. The selection of books wasn't as good as last year's. Hopefully the Fall book sale will be better.

-Starbreaker(Matt Cruise #3) by Kenneth Oppel. This is the trilogy that got me into YA. I highly recommend this trilogy, especially if you like Jules Verne's books.

- Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. This is basically the high-fantasy, middle-grade version of the Selection. I read it like four years ago, and had forgotten about it, but when I saw it at the book sale, I KNEW I needed to get it.
                                                                                           


WRITING:

I uploaded the first three chapters of Gearbound! New ones will be posted every Friday. Read chapters 1-3 here: Gearbound chapters 1-3 . I've also added warlocks to the story. In chapter four, we're going to meet Reyn Knowland, warlock extraordinaire.

I haven't really been working on my other stories, because I've been focusing on my blog and reading. I have like seven drafts for new posts here, plus like six Netgalley ARCs I need to read. #book/bloggerdragonproblems #HALP

FANDOM NEWS:
I've been kinda out of it lately, but here's some stuff I managed to scrounge.

- Cimorelli's been releasing a stream of music videos (ALL OF WHICH ARE FANTASTIC, BTW) and started a (tv?) show where they document their life. It's pretty awesome.

- The Raven King got released!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *grabby hands* I haven't been able to read it yet, so NO SPOILERS.

MUSIC:
Lately I've been addicted to Sarah Jaroz's music, especially Run Away and Build Me Up From Bones. For some reason, they give me a Hunger Games vibe (the first book) Probably because the soundtrack for the first movie had a lot of acoustic on it????

 
Run Away could have been written about THG.........
 
                                                                                
                                                          And that was my April.

SO. WHAT DID YA'LL DO THIS APRIL? WHAT WAS THE BEST (or worst??? Your choice) BOOK YOU READ THIS MONTH? WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT FAVORITE SONG? DID YOU BUY BOOKS? DOES YOUR LIBRARY DO BOOK SALES???? I MUST KNOW ALL THE THINGS.