Monday, 27 June 2016

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly || I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH.


LET ME SHRIEK AT YA'LL JUST HOW MUCH I ADORED THIS BOOK. IT IS NOW A PERMANENT FAVORITE. I LOVE IT. I normally don't read murder mysteries, so I was hesitant to pick it up. What first attracted me was the cover. Creepy, yet really pretty.
These Shallow Graves also depicted how confined women were back then, and how little they were allowed to do. Be a reporter? Absolutely not. Have opinions on things? Unthinkable. Walk down a street alone? Congrats, you are now a women of bad reputation. But what's that, you want to get married to this rich guy and have kids? OMG YES DO IT. IT'S THE BEST(and also only) THING YOU'LL EVER DO AND OMG I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU.


*sighs* Thank God I live in 2016.

LOVES:

- Jennifer Donnelly's writing style is so crisp and sharp. I was drawn in from the first sentence.

- Jo was such a strong character. She had a really great character ARC too. She started off as sort of independent, but not really strong enough to do things on her own; and by the end of the book she's a strong, very independent woman who doesn't need anyone.

- Can I just say how much I adored New York City in this book? It was so realistic(not that I've ever been there) but I felt like I was there.

- Can I please be a reporter? And work with Eddie Gallagher? Thanks.

- Grandmama. Most obnoxious old lady ever, but she's so hilarious. In a very bawdy way.

- THE MAP. IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL.

-The murderer was NOT who I was expecting it to be. I was so surprised. A++

DISLIKES:

- Anna Montfort. UGH. WORST MOTHER EVER. Although she did sort of redeem herself at the end, so yeah.

- WHAT HAPPENED TO TRUDY? SHE JUST SORT OF DISAPEARED FROM THE STORY HALF WAY THROUGH. I NEED CLOSURE ON HER CHARACTER.






Have you read These Shallow Graves? Do you like murder mysteries? TELL ME BELOW!!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Rising Authors || TAG

                                                                             


Aiya! Today I'm doing a tag! It's been such a long time since I've done a tag, it's not even funny. I was tagged by Elly from @On The Other Side Of Reality to do this. Thanks Elly!

Rules:

1. Write a post thanking the person who tagged you: include the tag, the 11 questions asked, your answers, and, in reply to the request for a small piece of prose or poetry, share a 150-word story.
2. At the end of the post, provide 11 new questions.
3. Request a brief 150-word story from the people you tagged.
4. Tag at least one person, and include a link to their blog.


*cracks knuckles* LET'S DO THIS.

1. What is your favorite genre to write? Least favorite?
Fantasy hands down. I adore fantasy, although it is also difficult(at least it is for me)

2. Do you read the same genre you write?
Oh definitely.

3. What are some of the most helpful pieces of writing advice you've heard?

Idk. I've heard lots of helpful pieces of writing. I think, though, that the most helpful was something along the lines of 'keep writing, even if what you write is crap."

4. Do you write poetry?
Sort of? Their actually songs, not poems.

5. Have you ever written fanfiction?
What me? Write that degrading thing called fanfic??? HAHAH...HA...haha...ha.. Yes. I've written plenty of fanfics, including a full length parody of the Fellowship of the Ring. Which was actually quite good, if I do say so myself....I think I might edit it and put it up on Wattpad sometime in the future.


6. Do you tend to have larger casts of characters or smaller ones?
It depends on the story. My fantasy stories almost always have Jupiter sized casts, all with long, virtually unpronounceable names, whereas my #SecretSummerWritingProject (which is a contemporary) has a cast of about 15 characters that are important to the plot.  


7. Would you ever write something in collaboration with another author?
YES! I did this with a friend once, and while we never finished it, it was sooo much fun.

8. What actors would you cast as the leads in your stories?
Okay here's a list of some of my main characters, and who I'd want to play them:

Lynna Whitby(from Gearbound) = Lilly Collins! She's everything I imagined Lynna to be.

Bumble Bee(also known as Finn, from Bumble Bee) = Cara Delevingne. No more words needed, eh?

Her Highness Gwinlaf Khaeis Beroan Miromenor, Moon Daughter, Star of the 1st Legion, etc(from my fantasy WIP that has changed names more times than Michael Clifford has changed his hair color) = Evangeline Lilly.

Skye Volk(from Planet 5, my sci-fi novel) = Kaya Scodelario.

lol I just realized that all of my main characters are girls. Eh. Whatever.

9. Do you enjoy world building?
YESS. It can be stressful, but once I'm in the zone, it's so much fun.

10. Where do you find your writing inspiration?
Usually from music, or some dark recess in my brain.

11. Do you have a specific system or method you use for editing?
I wish. My version of editing is simply go crazy, and re write everything.

And finally, the 150 words snippet(It's from Planet 5. I've never shown you guys it, so I thought giving ya'll a snippet would be nice of evil queen me. Also the main character's name is Skye Volk)

I strap my simulation sensors onto my wrists, feet, and the back of my neck, so that the chips in my wrists, feet and neck connect with the simulation, allowing me to enter the sim. I don’t need to glance at Thorn to know he’s doing the same. Walking up to the weapon distributer, I scan my wrists and wait. The distributer hums, and a gun, and a case of knives slides down the chute. The gun’s a Standard EXL 360.
I grimace. Standards, especially the EXL 360 are not my favorite weapon. I prefer the new Electrick bow, which instead of using arrows, uses a new form of electrical energy which forms arrows. It has 5,000 shots, far more than a normal bow. The arrows are far more effective too. I slid the knives into my belt. Four are throwing knives, and the other two are hand-to-hand combat knives. Straightening my shoulders, I take my place in the line up to go into the arena. My hands are slightly shaking from pre-fight adrenaline. Thorn takes his place behind me. The door to the arena opens. One by one we walk through. I almost gasp as I walk through the door and into the sim. I’ve never gotten used to the sudden change from normal environment to whatever environment the sim has created.

I'm pretty sure that that's more than 150 words. *sighs* Oh well.

My 11 questions:
- Do you write to music?
- How many stories have you written?(and completed)
- First person present, or third person past?
- Do you prefer to write fantasy, or contemporary?
- Do you act out scenes before you write them?
- Kill the main character, or kill everyone they love?
- Write on paper or on the computer?
- On average, how many words do you write in one session?
- Fanfiction: yea or nay?

- Do you ever want to be published?

- Do you plot everything out before you start writing, or do you just make everything up as you go along?
AND THAT WAS THE RISING AUTHORS TAG.

I tag:

Rain@Ivyclad Ideas
Finn@Spiel
Sarah@Being Me
Sophia@Ravens and Writing Desks

Anyone else who'd like to do this can do it too!
Namarie!


Sunday, 19 June 2016

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes | OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!


I love anything to do with Alice In Wonderland. The books, movies...everything. So naturally I needed to read this book. Like, major levels of need. It completely lived up to my expectations. I was expecting something a little more light hearted, but this book got so dark I thought I was lost in Gollum's cave. This is not the Wonderland you know and love, this Wonderland is a dark, twisted place, where everybody dies. A place where sickening things happen that nobody knows about, and gloriously horrible stabby murders reign.* Now if that doesn't convince you to read Queen of Hearts, then maybe this will: Dinah(the main character) is awesome, with just the right amount of vice and virtue. I felt she had a bit of an anti hero arc throughout the story(which naturally I loved, since morally grey characters are sooo interesting)

*And yes, it is perfectly normal to love horrible stabby murders, IN FICTIONAL STORIES. Sheesh.


LOVES:

- Dinah was, as I said, a bit of an anti hero. She was also very strong and independent, and I liked how she wasn't super beautiful, like a lot of heroines tend to be. I didn't like how she pined after Wardley, though. BUT I do ship them.  There were other aspects of her character I didn't like, but this is the section where I'm supposed to be telling ya'll about what I loved sooo........

- THE MAD HATTER. No, not the song by Melanie Martinez, THE Mad Hatter. The relationship between Dinah and her brother Charles(The Mad Hatter) was so sweet and adorable. RIP MY FEELS THOUGH. IF YOU'VE READ THE BOOK, YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.

- The cover of this book is freaking gorgeous! The only thing that's missing is a map. Seriously, where is my map? There are so many different places mentioned, that I need a map so I won't be perpetually confused on the whereabouts of geographical points.

- The writing style was delicious. I want to read all the books by Colleen Oakes now, just because her writing is that good.

- This book was just so gloriously dark and twisted. Me likey. Oh yeah and there were parts where I had to put the book down, things were so gruesome.

- Wardley/Dinah. I ship this to the ends of Wonderland and back.

- Cheshire was such an interesting character. Like is he bad, or is he good? Whose side is he really on? I NEED ANSWERS.

- The relationship between Dinah and Harris was so cute. Harris was like the father figure she never had and *starts sniffling*

- Mort the Hornhoof. BEST. HORSE. EVER.



DISLIKES:

-The story didn't grab me at first. I had to read about 50/60 pages before things started to get really good, and I became emotionally invested in the story.

-Dinah was...mean. Like super mean to her sister. I mean, couldn't she have gotten to know her first, before deciding she was a bad person? Maybe have been kind to her? ARGH. Also she whined. Not very much, but enough for me to want to slap her a couple times.

-The King. I know you're supposed to hate him, but gods, I hated so much. I think I hated him more than you're supposed too, which is why I'm putting him under 'dislikes'.

- Wardley was a little bit to perfect. Maybe we could have him do something really bad in the next book.....like murder the King or something. Not that I care if the King got killed....

All in all, Queen of Hearts was fantabulous. Everyone should read it.




HAVE YOU READ QUEEN OF HEARTS? DO YOU LOVE ALL THINGS RELATED TO ALICE IN WONDERLAND? (you're answer is yes, because really, who could dislike Alice In Wonderland) LET US DISCUSS THIS IN THE COMMENTS.

Monday, 13 June 2016

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman || It's got everything you could ever want: dragons, libraries, sassy characters...and books. It's like bookception.

                                                                                    

Basically The Invisible Library can be described as a conglomeration of my favorite things: libraries, magic, dragons, sassy characters and alternate worlds.
Needless to say, I adored The Invisible Library. It was one of those book that you know you're going to love even before you start it. Right away you're plunged into this world(or worlds, because of all the alternate worlds?) sweeps you away, and then leaves you in an unforgiving reading slump, because it's just that good. Let's discuss what I loved and didn't love, shall we?
 

LOVES:

- Kai, KAI, KAI, KAI. He's such a fantastic character! Secretive, hot, intelligent, and totally badass.

- Irene was a perfect main character, with a really distinct voice. Even when she's panicking, she manages to keep a level head, and makes the (mostly) right choices. She's sassy, smart and very strong. Plus she loves books, so she's an A++ main character.

- The writing style. I really don't know how to describe Genevieve's writing style, but it did remind me a bit of JK Rowling's style.

- The dragon. Those of you who've read the book will know what I'm talking about.

- Bradament. Okay, I know she was kind of a jerk, but I just like how confidant and unapologetic about it she is. Idk, don't judge me.

- The whole concept of the book. CAN I PLEASE BE A LIBRARIAN??! LIKE WHERE DO I SIGN UP. I WANT TO TRAVEL TO ALTERNATE WORLDS AND LIVE IN A GIANT INVISIBLE LIBRARY. PLEASE.
 

- Peregrine Vale. First of all, best male character name award goes to him. Second of all, he's like an alternate world version of Sherlock Holmes.

-Speaking of which, A++ for all the Sherlock Holmes references.

- The alternate London. It was so strange and steampunk-y, and I really loved that.

DISLIKES:

-So I'm not sure if this is a something I actually dislike, but I had nowhere else to put it. Okay, so there was lots of death in this book, and some really gore filled scenes. But the way they were described...seemed kind of...inconsequential. Like it's told from Irene's P.O.V, and she isn't really disturbed by all the civilian deaths. She's just like 'Oh look dead bodies.' I understand she tends to try and ignore her feelings, but I wish she had been a little more feeling in those particular scenes.

- I felt that Irene guessed Kai's secret a little to early on. I think that in real life, it would have taken her a bit longer.
I'm not a DC fan(MARVEL FOR LIIIFEE) but I couldn't help myself from using this gif. Marvel fans, please don't kill me.

                                                                                    

                                       
Thanks very much to New American Library publishing (ROC) for the review copy! The Invisible Library(The Invisible Library #1) goes on sale June 14, 2016.

One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction...
  
Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects
important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it's already been stolen.

London's underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something—secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.

Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option—because it isn’t just Irene’s reputation at stake, it’s the nature of reality itself...


So what did you guys think? Have you read The Invisible Library, and what did you think of it? If not, are you excited too? Do you love dragons and magic too? TELL ME ALL THE THINGS BELOW.

Friday, 3 June 2016

May 2016 Wrap Up || HURRAH Because I Read And Bought Quite A Few Books This Month

                                                                              


THIS MONTH WAS SUCH A GOOD MONTH FOR READING. Which is strange, because this month I've been slowly dying from the amount of final projects for school I've been doing. I don't know what that says about me...maybe I just have a reading super power or something, and I didn't know it. Ah well. *sighs, and turns to stare at homework, then at book that is glaring at me from shelf* I guess a few more pages wouldn't hurt, right??

ALL THE BOOKS I READ THIS MONTH:

-Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater.
ERMAGOD THIS BOOK.WAS.SO.GOOD. I can't wait to read The Raven King(my library hasn't got it yet. Which sucks, but yeah) 5/5 stars!

-Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel.
THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD ENDING TO THE MATT CRUISE TRILOGY. (Which, if you didn't know, was the trilogy that got me into YA books. It's also fantastic, so you should read it.) 5/5 stars

- Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire.
Um...so this book was very convoluted and unnecessarily long. It also didn't help that I wasn't fond of the main characters. But the writing and scenery was wonderful, and Baba Yaga is now of my favorite characters ever(wouldn't it have been cool if the book was told from her POV?! Or even better, how about a book chronicling interesting events and stories in her life, told from her POV. I NEED.) I gave it 4/5 stars, because BABA YAGA.

- Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.
OH YEAH THIS BOOK TOTALLY DIDN'T DESTROY ME AHAHAHAHAHA. 5/5 stars

- Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong.
So this was a big improvement on the first book, Sea of Shadows! (which I gave 3 stars) Empire of Night was sooo much better and the action was crazy and ARGH. *screams* If you've read the first book, and wasn't sure how you liked it, DO CONTINUE WITH THE TRILOGY. IT GETS SO MUCH BETTER, I PROMISE. Also I'm meeting the author at a book signing on Saturday, and I'm taking my copy of the last book, Forest of Ruin, for her to sign! SO MUCH EXCITMENT. 5/5 stars

- The Crown by Kiera Cass.
BRB WHILE I DROWN IN MY TEARS. I did a review for it HERE . 5/5 stars
 


- The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan.
SO I'VE BEEN WAITING FOREVER FOR THIS BOOK, AND I READ IT, AND I LOVED IT. ALSO WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR FOR THE NEXT BOOK?! *SOBS* I did a review for it HERE. 5/5 stars

- The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye.
AH THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD AND THE ENDING ARGH I CAN'T EVEN. ALSO THERE WAS SO MUCH FOOD. SO.MUCH.FOOD. I got so hungry reading it. 5/5 stars

- Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.
HAHA BRB WHILE I DROWN MYSELF IN A VAT OF CHOCOLATE TO SOOTH MY TORTURED BOOK DRAGON SOUL. *is crying* Seriously, everyone should read this book, as it's such an important story. It should also be a movie. I feel that if it ever was turned into a movie, it'd be even sadder than the Titanic movie was. Maybe because the ship wreak in this book was the worst ever in the history of ship wreaks, claiming over 9,000 lives. 5/5 stars
                                                                                   
 
 
 
 
                               RUTA SEPETYS WHILE WRITING SALT TO THE SEA
 

BOOKS BOUGHT:
I BOUGHT FIVE BOOKS THIS MONTH. This is a record for me, as I never(like almost ever) buy more than two or three books a month.

1) The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. I was going away for two days, and needed something to read, and The Girl From Everywhere has been on my TBR for awhile, so I decided, 'eh why not'. IT WAS SO GOOD. 4/5 stars

2) Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. I LOVED Finding Audrey, so you can imagine my joy when I found a hard cover copy, in perfect condition, for two bucks at my local library......

3) The Crown by Kiera Cass. I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH, AND THE CROWN WAS A NEAR PERFECT ENDING TO THE SELECTION. 5/5 stars

4) Forest of Ruin by Kelley Armstrong. As I said earlier, I'm meeting Kelley Armstrong at her book signing, so naturally I needed to buy one of her books for her to sign. There will be a blog post about this, I assure you.
 I'm currently in the middle of reading FoR, and it's giving me major nerve attacks.

5) The Magical Worlds of Lord of the Rings by David. This book was a impulse buy, as I love Tolkien, and this book is chock full of interesting little facts. 5/5 stars

6) The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. AHHH I HAVE ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD FOR THIS BOOK. 5/5 stars.
 

WRITING NEWS:

So this month I released three chapters of Gearbound! I missed a week because I was drowning in school work, but I made up for it the next week with a particularly long chapter.
I haven't been working on anything else, because a) blogging b) GEARBOUND and c) homework. You can read Gearbound HERE .
I'm also preparing the outline for my secret summer writing project. I am DYING to tell you all about it, but sadly, it's a secret. Which means I can't tell you about it until September. MWUAHAHAHA.


FANDOM NEWS:

-SO CIMORELLU RELEASED THEIR FIRST ALBUM, UP AT NIGHT, AND OH.MY.GODS.IT.WAS.THE.BEST.THING.EVER, I SWEAR. ARGH.

-The Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver has *finally* got beautiful book covers! I haven't read Delirium yet, but I'm planning too, as soon as I read the 3277632342 books on my TBR. *frowns at TBR*

- As I'm sure we all remember, filming on The Death Cure stopped, because Dylan o'Brian got hurt. (First of all, that's an outrage. How dare that happen) But we now have a new release date for the film! *shrieks happily* It's set for January 12, 2018. I know, I know. It's like, two years away. But at least we have a release date????
 


- WE GOT THE TEASER TRAILER THING FOR THE LIVE ACTION BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL.

- Magnus Bane is getting his own trilogy! And it's going to be adult lit..... *questions this decision a little, because what if younger readers want to read it.....*

MUSIC:
Okay so I found this band called 5 Seconds of Summer........you may have heard of them. I avoided them forever, because I was under the impression that they were boy band, when in fact they are not..they are a rock band. I will fight anyone who says otherwise. My favorite songs are Rejects and Permanent Vacation(because they describe my life.)
 
 
                                                                               

AND THAT WAS MY MAY. WHAT WAS THE BEST BOOK YOU READ THIS MONTH? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG THIS MONTH?(because let's be real: favorite songs change on a daily basis.) ALSO WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING THING HAPPENING IN ONE OF YOUR FANDOMS IN JUNE?