Thursday, 13 October 2016

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan || THOR'S HAMMER IS STILL UNOFFICIALLY MISSING.


ASDFGHJKL THIS BOOK WAS SO FREAKING FANTASTIC! Rick Riordan does it again. ALSO: how does he write TWO books per year?! The guy must have godly writing powers or something. Also this book was freaking huge. Like, could-squash-my-toes huge (if I dropped it on my toes, I'd have pancake toes) There will be a few spoilers, so read at your discretion!



- The incredible amount of diversity in this book. Few writers (including myself!) excel at weaving diversity into their writing, without fudging it. Rick doesn't make a point of saying, 'THIS CHARACTER IS MUSLIM!' it's just sort of taken for granted, like it's a very normal state of affairs, and nothing to through pies over. (Although pie fights do sound fun???) In fact, all of Rick's book demonstrate this admirable trait.

- Alex Fiarro. Alex is my favorite character in the series, so far. Alex is sarcastic and has green hair, so I guess it was a given that I love him/her. Alex is SUCH a tragic, angry cinnamon roll that would totally kill you, if provoked, and I LOVE THAT.

- Rick's writing style is so awesome that I wish I could just EAT IT ALL. It never fails to make me laugh, even when the situation is dire (which is always) and the wit and the jokes and...and..*doesn't know how to describe it*

- We got to see so much more of Loki! Which I really enjoyed! Loki is nothing like the Marvel Comics version. This Loki is so devious and evil and I love it. Probably because I have an obsession with villains. #Causethat'sjustwhoIamthisweek

- We got another scene with Annabeth!!!! AND PERCY MIGHT BE IN THE NEXT BOOK. MIGHT. IT'S PRACTICALLY ASSURED HE WILL BE. OH GODS I AM SO EXCITED.




- IT TOOK ME SO LONG TO READ. To be fair, I was reading two other books at the same time, and I was trying to make it last as long as possible, but wow, was it ever long. Granted, not as long as a WoT book, or a Cassandra Clare book, but STILL. I'm not complaining, I'm just sayin' it was really long.

-Magnus' face on the cover. SO UGLY. Now I liked the rest of the cover well enough...but Magnus' face was rather....strange.


LET'S DISCUSS! HAVE YOU READ THE HAMMER OF THOR? WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT? FAVORITE SCENE? FAVORITE CHARACTER? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF POOR MAGNUS' STRANGE FACE ON THE COVER?

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Beautiful Books 2016 ~ Introduce Your Novel || Even Though I'm Not Doing NaNoWriMo, I Decided To Do The Beautiful Books Link Up #Rebel


Today I'll be doing the Beautiful Books link up, hosted by Cait @Paper Fury and Sky @ further up and further in. This is supposed to be for NaNoWriMo, but even though I'm not participating, I really wanted to do this link up. #rebellious
NOW FOR THE QUESTIONS!!

1) What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
I'm not sure what inspired Gearbound. I have a love of all things steampunk, and I think that the idea for Gearbound just sort of...happened. I've had the idea for Gearbound for about half a year now.

2) Describe what your novel is about!
Lynna Whitby is a teenage girl who loves inventing, living in a Victorian steampunk England. Her biggest dream is to attend Gearbound Academy for Inventors, Scientists and Spies. There's only one problem: Gearbound is just for boys. So when her parents decide to send her to a ladies' college, Lynna, along with her pet, a talking sarcastic mechanimal dragon,  decides it's time to take matters into her own hands. With the help of her Great Uncle Elias, (who is the Principle of Gearbound, and who has always encouraged her inventing) and a friendly warlock, she escapes and masquerades as a boy at Gearbound. Things are fine(apart from the fact that her room mate is evil), until she discovers a plot to assassinate the royal family, and no one believes her. It's up to Lynna, her dragon and the few friends she has to solve this mystery and save the royal family...before it's to late.

You can read what I've written of it so far on Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/story/51769498-gearbound

3) What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
You can find the pinterest board for it here: https://www.pinterest.com/mironiel/gearbound-wip/

4) Introduce us to each of your characters!
(The characters will be introducing themselves. That way it's more fun)

Lynna: Hello! My name's Lynna. I'm seventeen, and my favorite thing to do it invent things!

Elly: I thought it was playing games with me. Oh, I'm supposed to introduce myself? Alright then. Hi! My name's Elly, and I'm Lynna's mechanimal dragon sidekick. My favorite pastime is chasing cats and destroying their dirty little souls.

Reyn*to Elly*: You're hardly capable of destroying their souls. I, on the other hand, am very capable of doing so. Greetings! My name is Reyn Knowland, and I'm an apprentice warlock. I don't really have a hobby, since being an apprentice takes up most of my time. I do love reading, though.

And those are our main characters! There are others(who aren't main characters, but are essential to the story) , Great Uncle Elias, Jacobi, Mr. and Mrs. Whitby, but they aren't available to talk at the moment, since Great Uncle Elias is dealing with a rogue student, Jacobi is helping plot against the royal family, and Mr. and Mrs. Whitby are having tea with the new family in town, so that Mrs. Whitby can find out what type of people they are.

5) How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)
I don't. I'm very much a panster. Outlines rarely happen, research is sporadic, chocolate is hard to come by (all my money is spent on books/merchandise and other necessities, so I substitute chocolate for tea) and howling is in great abundance. What writer doesn't howl at some time in their writing career? I make a point of howling every two hours. I'm sure that by this point, my family thinks I'm a werewolf. #writerproblems


Basically me while writing.


6) What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
Well this is more about the second draft, since I'm nearly done the first draft, so what I'm most looking forward to about the second draft is all the changes I'm going to make, that will really improve the story.

7) List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
-  Steam powered castle that is constantly changing it's shape
- Warlocks
- Dirigibles

8) What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
Lynna's first goal was to attend Gearbound, but now her second and third goals are so 1) Get evidence of the plot and eventually 2) to stop the plot. What stands in her way? Oh basically everyone and everything.

9) How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Not sure yet. My characters change in ways I don't expect them too, so yeah. I don't know.

10)What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
If people don't believe in you, ignore them and do it anyways! Doing things yourself is always better than relying on other people, and remember, stopping an evil plot is impossible without a cup of strong tea.
My readers should feel something similar to what happens when an atomic bomb goes off. And pain. Lots of pain. Gearbound is a duology, so the pain is more for the ending of the second book.
How I hope my readers will react to the ending of book two of Gearbound.

And that was the Beautiful Books link up! What are you guys doing for NaNoWriMo?Part of the reason why I'm not doing it is I'm kinda scared to. Please convince me to do it next year. Oh and link me to your Beautiful Books!! Good luck with NaNoWriMo, I hope you all survive.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

September 2016 Wrap Up || SO MANY THINGS HAPPENED.


September was a much better month than August. I read nine books, which is five more books than last month! GO ME. *pats self on back* For some reason I always read more during the school year than I do in the summer. WHERE DO I FIND THE TIME???? *looks for time* I DON'T KNOW. *cue terrified screams*

BOOKS READ:

- The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr. I loved this book. I related to Lucy very much, although I really wanted to strangle her when she makes certain decisions. 4/5 stars

- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. JUST LET ME DROWN IN MY TEARS, OKAY? 5/5 stars.

- The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman. I was sent an ARC by Roc Publishing (thanks!) and holy schisternoodles. IT WAS AMAZING. I loved it even more than the first book.
 I did a review for it HERE.

- Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I really enjoyed this book, although the beginning was slow. 4/5 stars.

- Chicken Soup For The Writer's Soul. Now this will sound silly, but this book was literally a form of chicken soup for me. 5/5 stars

- The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey. I picked this book up because it was recommended for fans of Cassandra Clare (who I adore, just so you know) and I ended up really liking The Girl At Midnight! I will definitely be reading the second book. 4/5 stars.

- Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. WHOA. This was a big change from the first book, which as I said, I found the beginning slow (there was a few character problems too.) Pandemonium was so much better it's not even funny. 5/5 stars

- A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. Everyone dies, tEARS ALL AROUND! 5/5 stars

- Cress by Marissa Meyer. FINALLY. I HAVE READ IT. Now I only have to read Winter and Stars Above, and I shall have conquered this fabulous series. Wish me luck. 5/5 stars

BOOKS BOUGHT:
I got two books this month.



- The Masked City Genevieve Cogman. I was sent an ARC of this book. So I didn't buy it, but whatever.

- The One by Kiera Cass. I bought this second hand for $1 at my library, and it's in almost perfect condition, so YAY.

WRITING NEWS:
I have so many ideas for the second draft of Gearbound. So many changes that are for the better, I think. I'm getting towards the end of the first draft, there's about sixteen to twenty more chapters. Maybe less, depending on how long my chapters are. Anyways, SO EXCITED TO FINALLY BE PAST THE HALFWAY MARK. My word count is currently 12,884 words, I'm expecting to be at 25,000 when I finish. I KNOW IT'S NOT A LOT, BUT HERE'S THE THING. My second drafts always have higher word counts, because I change and add so much. First drafts, are really just bare bones for me.
As for my other writing projects, (Bumble Bee, Planet 5, untitled high fantasy) I'm not working on them right now, as I entirely focused on Gearbound.
I also told you all what my secret summer writing project was! Here's the post about it: Day Zero


FANDOM NEWS:

- Dan and Phil are releasing another book, called: Dan and Phil Go Outside. GAH I'M SO EXCITED.

- My Chemical Romance released the re-issue of The Black Parade(The Black Parade/Living With Ghosts) AND GAH IT WAS SO FREAKING AMAZING. Naturally I celebrated the tenth anniversary of TBP with style. My favourite track as of right now is All the Angels. *whispers* that album was released when I was six.

- The Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children movie was released. I haven't seen it yet, but I will, and GAH I'M SO EXCITED.

- As part of The Black Parade Tribute Album, Twenty One Pilots released their cover of Cancer, which was so beautiful I cried.

- We're getting a live action version of The Lion King. That movie was literally my childhood.

- We're getting a Red Queen colouring book. I NEED THIS GAH.


AND THAT WAS MY SEPTEMBER. HOW MANY BOOK DID YOU GUYS READ? On average, how many books you buy?(I would buy like 25 a week, but like, who has that kind of money. NOT ME) How are your WIPs going? TELL ME ALL.