Saturday, 17 September 2016

WIP DAY ZERO // What my secret summer writing project is about.


"Everyone has their day zero, when they just...end. Sometimes I think my day zero is peeking at me from around the corner." ~ Calsey White, Day Zero.

1) What is Day Zero about?
It's about friendship, the value of family, and learning to take risks and be brave. But mainly about friendship.

2) Synopsis?
Seventeen year old Calsey White constantly thinks about her day zero. It's how she copes with everything that's going on in her life. Her dad died when she was fifteen, leaving Calsey alone with her mother and younger sister Georgina. Mrs. White was never the best and most kind of people, but she and Calsey had always been close. Then Mrs. White started seeing someone from work, Bradley Scottson. And that's when things went from bad to worse. He hangs around a lot, but every Friday night he comes around and stays late, drinking. One night he kicks her out, after she suggested that he should go home, and possibly get hit by a bus while going home. She ends up spending the night on a park bench, and that's where the story starts. Then she meets Lizzie, a crazy, blue haired girl who works at the local Tim Hortons. The two girls immediately get along.(They also share the same taste in music, so I guess that helps) The story is really about them, and their friendship, and how they help each other.
UGH this is not a proper synopsis. I'm really bad at them. *sighs*

3) What's Calsey like? Interests? Things she dislikes?
Bitter, depressed, prone to self harm. The one person in the world that she loves is her little sister, Georgina, and that's the only reason why she's hasn't left home yet.  She also has a sarcastic sense  of humour, which puts most people off, and that's why she doesn't have any friends. She has black hair, hazel eyes and snake bite piercings.
She loves music. Her favourite band is a nu-metal band called Poltergeist(I made Poltergeist up. They are not a band IRL). Her favorite kind of pizza is pepperoni, and she loves her coffee black. Her favorite season is autumn.
She dislikes people. Like, people in general. As stated, she's very sarcastic, and people take that the wrong way, ending up with her not having any friends. Also she hasn't seen the best side of humanity. Her world is small, and the people in it are few. Lizzie shows her the better side of humanity.


4) What's Lizzie like? Interests? Things she dislikes?
Lizzie comes from a large family. They aren't rich, but they are happy. They have a good family life. Lizzie is carefree, very much a risk taker, loud and opinionated. But she has a kind heart, and likes to help people. She has blue hair, blue eyes and a lip ring.
She likes nu-metal/goth rock, Hawaiian pizza, the colour black, poetry (especially Emily Dickinson's poetry. Her favorite is 'I Felt A Funeral') lattes with 2 shots of caramel. Her favorite band is Poltergeist, and she her favorite season is winter.
She dislikes eggs of any kind (unless it has cheese on it) the colour pink, being lazy (she always has to be doing something) and rude people.
Quote: "Fuck what people think, and you'll have a hell of a great life."


5) Describe it in four words:

Friendship, music, the colour blue, and sad.

6) What are the goals for this WIP and where do you see it going?

I'd love to get it published! The first draft isn't even finished, however. I still have quite a ways to go before I'm done.

SO. THAT WAS THE EXPLANATION OF MY 'SECRET SUMMER WRITING PROJECT'. What do you guys think of it? What you ya'll currently working on? Tell be below!!

Saturday, 10 September 2016

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman // Basically it's the best book I've read in a long time.


I ADORED THIS BOOK. ABSOLUTLY ADORED IT, DARLINGS. If I had to choose three words with which to describe this book it would be: vivid, thrilling, creative.


- So there's these 'snippets' at the beginning and the end, from: 'The Student Librarian's Handbook', 'Irene's Top Five Books Heists,' and 'Legends of the Library'. These didn't really pertain to the actual story, but they were SO interesting and informational.

- The political side of things (the feuds and relationships between Fae/Dragons, Fae/Humans, Dragons/Humans and Fae/Humans/Dragons) was much more prominent in this book than in the first one, and I LOVED it. Honestly I cannot resist a book where there is a strong political slant (as in fictional politics, just to be clear. Not real life politics)


- We learned so much more about the Fae and the Dragons, which I really enjoyed. (The Fae are so crazy and interesting omg)

- Is it bad that I actually liked some of the Fae? I think my favorite was Zayanna.

- THE VENICE SETTING. WAS. THE. BEST. SETTING. EVER. To be honest, I wouldn't mind living there, even though it's a completely chaotic world. It was just so vibrant and crazy and exotic.





- The prologue is Kai getting kidnapped, but then the first five or so chapters are set before he was kidnapped. I honestly got a little confused. Like, did they catch him, maybe put a tracking device on him and then let him go??? WHAT IS HAPPENING.

- Irene feels a little like a Mary Sue character. Just a bit.


Thank you to New American Library publishing (ROC) for the review copy! The Masked City(The Invisible Library #2) was published September 6, 2016.

Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers he's been kidnapped by the fae faction and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai, but for whole worlds.

Kai's dragon heritage means he has powerful allies, but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people - and the forces of order and chaos themselves.

Irene's mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it's always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.


And that's it, my friends!
Have you read The Masked City, and did you like it? Do you like alternate worlds?(answer: yes) Dragons or Fae?(I think I'm going to go with Fae) Tell me below!





Wednesday, 7 September 2016

August Wrap Up // My Worst Reading Month Ever


UGH! ugh. wot is life.
So as you may be able to tell, my reading month was UGH. That stands for 'Unfortunately Gone to Hell.' ahem.


BOOKS READ:

-The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett. OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. IT WAS UTTERLY DELECTABLE. I reviewed it HERE. 5/5 stars.

- Waking Rose by Regina Doman (book 3 of the fairy tale retold series) So this was probably my favorite out of the series. I read it in a day. 5/5 stars

- Always Neverland by Zoe Barton. This was the first Peter Pan retelling I've ever read and...well. It was okay. 3/5 stars.

- City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. I bought this for a buck from my library's second hand book shelf about five months ago.....and I never read it. But Cait from Paper Fury told me it was amazing and that I should read it, and since Cait is Queen, I followed her orders and read it. IT WAS SO AMAZING I LOVED IT. 5/5 stars

BOOKS BOUGHT:
I bought three books!


- Hood by Stephen Lawhood (Raven King trilogy #1). I've wanted to buy this book FOREVER, since The Raven King trilogy is one of my all time favorite trilogies, so when I found it in a second hand store, I bought it (obviously).

- The Shepard's Crown by Terry Pratchett. 

- Always Neverland by Zoe Barton. This was actually given to me by my grandma. Thanks Grandma!

WRITING NEWS:
Not much new. Gearbound is coming along. However, since school is starting up again, I will only be updating every second Friday. I found that last year, I was frequently unable to update, due to all the homework and stuff. This way, I'll won't feel so stressed out (cue the song by Twenty One Pilots) and I will be able to upload the chapter when I'm supposed too. Plus the chapters will be longer! Yay for that!
 You will be getting a post soon about the secret summer writing project. I honestly can't wait to tell you guys all about it!

FANDOM NEWS:

- Maggie Stiefvater is writing a series specifically about Ronan Lynch! *SCREAMS WITH JOY*

- Lindsey Stirling released her third album

- Hey Violet released their second EP, Brand New Moves

- The Silver Chair is officially being turned into a movie! I AM EXCITED. I just hope they don't ruin it...

- The An Ember In The Ashes duology is....no longer a duology. Sabaa announced that a deal has been  made for books 3 and 4. I felt it was right for it to be a duology, but I really don't know how she's going to stretch the series with two more books. We'll see.

- Evanescence is back on tour. No sign of an album yet, but they are back on tour, so fingers crossed we get an album sometime in the future.

- Amy Lee released Dream Too Much, a (fabulous) song from her upcoming children's album.

ALSO! I've been watching this BBC miniseries called Lark Rise To Candleford. It's a period drama which sounds boring I know, BUT! IT'S SOO GOOD. It will make you cry, and laugh, and it's so addictive. I swear you ALL need to give it a try and watch it.


MUSIC:

Naturally Lindsey's new album has been on repeat. My favorites are: Lost Girls, Prism, Hold My Heart, Something Wild and Those Days.



AND THAT WAS MY AUGUST! WERE YOUR READING MONTHS BETTER THAN MINE? WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THE SILVER CHAIR MOVIE? TELL ME ALL!


Thursday, 1 September 2016

The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett // Witches, witches, witches!


Alright, I'll admit I have an insane mild addiction to Terry Pratchett books (even though I haven't read even half of his books. The man wrote so many books omg. Luckily for me, you don't have to read the Discworld series in order, you can read it in any order you like.) BUT LET'S JUST IGNORE THE FACT THAT I HAVEN'T READ HALF OF THEM YET AND MOVE ON TO SHRIEKING ABOUT JUST HOW AWESOME AND PERFECT THIS LAST BOOK IN THE DISCWORLD SERIES WAS.




- Tiffany has always been my favorite character in the Discworld series, and she's come so far. She started off as a very timid witch, not really believing in herself.....and the transformation was amazing. She's so strong and powerful and independent, and utterly witch-y (that's a word! I swear it is!) and I just loved her soo much.


- Terry Pratchett's writing is absolutely delectable, and this book was no exception. I want to devour his writing and absorb it's magical powers so that I can write stuff like it (shhh that's totally normal, I promise.)

- Terry Pratchett also has a funny sense of humour, that mocks human nature and all of the silly things we mortals do and say. I LOVE IT.

"Alas for us, our dreams came true.*
*Thus proving that dreams that come true are not always the right dreams. Does wearing a glass slipper lead to a comfortable life? If everything you touched turned into marshmallows, won't that make things a bit...sticky?"

"Lord Swivel's father had inherited money and the title from his father, a great master builder, but he had become a drunkard and wasted almost all of it.*
*Lord Swivel's father reckoned it no waste, and that he had thoroughly enjoyed drinking the family fortune. At least, he thought this until he drank so much he fell over and met a gentleman with a decided lack of flesh on his bones and the definitive addition of a scythe a good few years earlier than he should have done."

- Okay so this will be a major spoiler, so don't read this unless you wish to be spoiled. I loved how the Faery Queen learned how to be good. That moment when she first did something kind for someone, and she felt happy was just way to cute. I may or may not have grinned, squealed, and then lay down on the floor for awhile.

- Geoffry and his pet goat Mephistopheles. BEST. CHARACTER. EVER. Next to Tiffany, that is. Also his pet goat is the best pet ever omg. I want a pet goat.



-As always, the Feegles were hilarious. I love them so much.



-WARNING: THIS IS ANOTHER SPOILER. SO...um....THE FAERY QUEEN DIES. THIS IS NOT OKAY! AND JUST WHEN I WAS STARTING TO LIKE HER TOO! ARGH. So unnecessary.

- The was this huge climax, to the two battles, and then, the actual battles were kinda..anticlimactic. The faeries, I felt, were beaten to easily, and too quickly, but that's just my opinion.


- IT'S THE LAST DISCWORLD BOOK BECAUSE TERRY IS DEAD. We are never going to get another Discworld book. (I really, really, wanted a book series about Geoffrey and his pet goat...) But he's dead. *A moment of silence for one of the kings among authors*


 

And that was my review of The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett. Have you read The Shepherd's Crown? Are you going too? Have you read any Terry Pratchett books, and if so, which is your favorite? (And if you haven't read a Terry Pratchett book, I recommend you do. Immediately.) Tell me down below!