Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The Burning Page By Genevive Cogman || This title gives me anxiety. PAGES WEREN'T MEANT TO BURN.


First of all, this title gives me anxiety. Pages(and books in general) weren't meant to burn. Second of all, can we just appreciate what a lovely shade of green this book is? It makes my Slytherin heart happy.
Basically this book improved greatly upon the last one, which should have been impossible, because book two of the Invisible Library series was fantastic. This series is like cheese. It only gets better with age.
This review will be shorter than normal, since The Burning Page is the third book in a series, and there's not much I can talk about without seriously spoiling it. Trust me, you do NOT want to be spoiled.



- Our main characters have grown so much, and become so much tougher and ready to do things that a younger version from previous books would nEVER EVER DREAM OF DOING LIKE REALLY....*clears throat* Irene, I'm looking at you. *coughs violently*

- The plot of the novel was very well executed.

- DAMNIT ALBERICH. DIE ALREADY. He's a perfect villain. Like, the type of villain that anyone of us could become, and that's what makes him scary.

- Kai is such a sad, violent, smart cinamonroll. I love him.

- The ending of the book was INSANE. I could not stop reading. I stayed up all night finishing it.

- The writing is very, very good. Me likey.





- I'm not sure how this series is going to continue. Like, there's two more books coming, but surely Alberich can't escape AGAIN.

- HOW. IS THE SERIES GOING TO BE STRECHED INTO ANOTHER TWO BOOKS. One more books, I could see that happening. But two?? I'm a little doubtful. We will see.

- ZAYANNA. That is all I will say.


Thank you to New American Library publishing (ROC) for the review copy! The Burning Page(The Invisible Library #3) goes on sale 1/10/17.
Librarian spy Irene has professional standards to maintain. Standards that absolutely do not include making hasty, unplanned escapes through a burning besieged building. But when the gateway back to your headquarters dramatically malfunctions, one must improvise. And after fleeing a version of Revolutionary France astride a dragon (also known as her assistant, Kai), Irene soon discovers she's not the only one affected. Gates back to the Library are malfunctioning across a multitude of worlds, creating general havoc. She and Kai are tasked with a mission to St Petersburg's Winter Palace, to retrieve a book which will help restore order.
                                                                                                   
However, such plans rarely survive first contact with the enemy - particularly when the enemy is the traitor Alberich. A nightmare figure bent on the Library's destruction, Alberich gives Irene a tainted 'join me or die' job offer. Meanwhile, Irene's old friend Vale has been damaged by exposure to Chaotic forces and she has no idea how to save him. When another figure from her past appears, begging for help, Irene has to take a good hard look at her priorities. And of course try to save the Library from absolute annihilation. Saving herself would be a bonus.

AND THAT WAS MY REVIEW OF THE BURNING PAGE BY GENEVIVE COGMAN! HAVE YOU READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS YET? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THE BURNING PAGE? TELL ME BELOW!



Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven || This book + me = happiness.


Words cannot describe how happy this book made me. This was one of my most anticipated books of 2016, and it was a bit of a surreal feeling when I *finally* got it in my hands. To be honest, I was slightly afraid to read it after reading All The Bright Places, which destroyed me. I kept expecting someone to have a stroke or get hit by a truck or something. Luckily, no one died, and what I got was a beautiful book about accepting yourself for who you are, and being happy that way. Jennifer Niven is my favourite author of ever, (besides Tolkien.)
I would like to say to all the people who were hating on this book before it even came out: No. It's not what you were thinking it was. Just like ATBP, it's based off of Jennifer's own experiences and the experiences of those who are close to her. She's not writing about things she 'doesn't understand'. So please, give this book some respect.



- Libby and Jack were the cutest couple. I ship it so hard. I kept expecting them to not work out, and it stressed my poor heart out so badly! But everything ended all nicely with a bow on the top, so #happy.

- The recurring theme of 'hypothetically'. *dies from adorableness*

- ALL THOSE BEAUTIFUL SUPERNATURAL REFRENCES.  I just love how Libby used to pretend to play with Sam, Dean and Cas and how they were her best friends.

- The book's theme, accepting yourself for who you are (among others, like weight doesn't matter) and I loved how well it was done.

- Jennifer Niven's writing is LIFE. If I could choose any author to write like, it'd be her.

- All the characters so well done, main characters and minor characters.




-So here's the thing....I COULD NOT THINK OF ONE THING I DIDN'T LIKE. ALTHOUGH THAT IS A GOOD THING, I SUPPOSE. RIGHT??




And that was my review of Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven! Have you read a JN book? Are you going too? What are your thoughts on Holding Up The Universe? Tell me in the comments below!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

October 2016 Wrap Up || In which I'm totally behind on all things fandom.


Being a fangirl is EXHAUSTING. There's this constant need to be reading the latest book, whilst catching up on 20+ TV shows and 500 movies, AND BLOGGING ABOUT IT ALL, AND CREATING EDITS AND I JUST *screams* I'm not saying I'm quiting the fandom life. I wish, but no. Once a fangirl always a fangirl. Some months I'm just so behind on all the news that I feel super stressed, which is why, from now on, I shall mostly be putting stuff in the fandom news section of these monthly wraps ups, only news from fandoms that I'm in. Starting now.



BOOKS I READ:

- The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan. YASS FINALLY THIS BOOK CAME OUT. I DEVOURED IT AND DAMN IT WAS FAN-FRICKING-TASTIC! 5/5 stars. I did a review for it here:

- The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee. So, I have really mixed feelings about this book. I liked it but I had a lot of problems with it. However, the ending hooked me, so I will be reading the next book. 3/5 stars.

- Rebel Heart by Moira Young. Liked it, but again, I had some problems with it. 4/5 stars.

- Requiem by Lauren Oliver. Sooooo,. The ending of this book was completely unsatisfactory. I NEED CLOSURE PEOPLE. 4/5 stars.

- Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld. *tears at hair* I LOVED IT, BUT I HAD SOME PROBLEMS WITH IT. 4/5 STARS

- The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati. OH. MY. HOLY. GODS. OF. OLYMPUS. THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING I'VE WANTED FROM A CONTEMPORARY SINCE I READ ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES. DEFINITLY RECOMEND IF YOU LOVED ATBP. 5/5 stars

- Harry Potter #6 by JK Rowling. AGH MY HEART. I'M A PUDDLE OF TEARS. 5/5 stars.



BOOKS I BOUGHT:
My library was given some non fiction books about writing, and thought I might liked them, and gave them to me! There was also a nice edition of all of the Brother Grimm's fairy tales. I was also sent a copy of The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman by ROC publishing! Thanks ROC. I will be reviewing that soon. Oh and I bought a copy of The Hammer of Thor. 

WRITING NEWS:
- I reach 15,550 words on Gearbound! Nearly at 20,000 words, which is my goal for the first draft. This first draft is really just the bare bones, so by the time I'm done re-writing and editing, I think it'll be around 65k. Also I came up with a super crazy plot twist. +Claire Aelin Evangeline Aurae 's reaction to it was pricless, and it made my day: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106266716366927021535/posts/UYyJ2b1Cwbn?sfc=true

FANDOM NEWS:
- We're getting a new edition of Tolkien's Beren and Luthien May 2017!
-PJ is directing a new movie! It's an adaptation of the Mortal Engines series, and it sounds very steampunk-y and wonderful. I've never read the Mortal Engines, so now I must read them! I'm sure with PJ at the helm, it'll be awesome!
- Ransom Riggs is writing a new Miss Peregrine's trilogy! SO EXCITED. I always felt there was so much more to discover.
- EVANESCENCE HAS WRITTEN A NEW SONG FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 5 YEARS. SO FAR WE ONLY HAVE BADLY RECORDED LIVE VERSIONS TO LISTEN TOO, BUT FROM WHAT I CAN HEAR IT'S AMAZING.
- We're getting a Carmilla movie!!!! *wooohoo!*
- The trailer for Wonder Women dropped, and it looks hella fine. DC better not mess this one up!
- We're getting a biopic movie of Tolkien's life!!!


And that was my November! What was the best/worst novel you read this month? How's NaNoWriMo going for ya'll?

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Beautiful Books || ~Novel Update~


Hello smol writer beans of the internet! Today's post is part 2 of Beautiful Books, a link up hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @further up and further in.

LET'S DO THIS!
1) Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?
My mental state? Overdrive. My mind is short circuiting, and not all of it is due to the novel. Basically everything is crazy, and then the writing just adds. My novel is.....going. My writing has slowed down again, but I expect once I get past this certain little bit that's bugging me, it'll pick up again.
My brain probably.

2) What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
'Lynna stood in the crows nest of her family's dirigible, letting the wind buffet her.'

3) Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?
Hm. That's a hard one, to be sure. I'd have to say either Reyn or Elly.

4) What do you love about your novel so far?
The fact that I am able to do whatever the heck I like. It's steampunk, and so a craziness is more than acceptable: it's expected. THE WACKIER THE BETTER, I SAY.

5) Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?
There was the time I wrote Liar instead of Lynna.

6) What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
THE END. GOD YES THE END. Endings are always so fun to write, and also easy! Everything just flows nicely.

7) What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!
  • I get up almost every single morning at 6:00 AM to write.
  • I eat granola.
  • I listen to music. Lately I've been listening to Sleeping With Siren's 2015 album, Madness.
                                                                               
  • I write best in the mornings.

8) How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?
I work alone. Like.....not like Batman, 'cause I don't like him. Like Frank Iero (since MCR isn't an idea anymore..... *cries*)

9) What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?
I'm not sure. There are a lots of things that keep me writing: The hope that this book will be one day published, that satisfying feeling when you finish, wanting to know how things end.

10) What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?
  • Persevere.
  • Write what YOU want to write, not what others tell you
  • Have fun! Writing shouldn't feel like a chore.


AND THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL BOOKS(part two of three.) How are all your novels doing? Tell me all! Oh and also link me to you Beautiful Books posts so I can read them.