Saturday, January 31, 2015

Update on Millionth Book Idea

Actually, it's not my millionth book idea. I know. I lied already, and it's only the beginning of the post. Shameful.

But it is one of the many, MANY ideas I've already had this year-- and it's only the end of the first month. *sigh* I like ideas, but they either come all at once or not at all. For a person whose life is practically planned on Post-It notes, this is extremely infuriating.

But, hey-- can't have everything.

For some reason, Shadows Dancing (my WIP about a ghost-come-back-to-life girl) is being a lot harder to write than I anticipated. I churned out the first few chapters fairly quickly for me, but now I don't know what to make happen, even though I made an outline.

The only solution, for me, is to write something else until I receive a burst of genius/inspiration for aforementioned WIP.

That solution came in the form of a book about aliens, guns, and kick-butt sisters taking on a severely damaged world.

I haven't even decided on a name, since the idea is fairly new, but I've gotten a good start on it and some serious stuff has went down.

Enough so that I can post some quotes.

Quote 1: The following is a conversation between an enemy-dude, alien Xak, and main character Quinn.

His eyes lit with hope. "Okay. Okay, I work for a man named Crazy Pete."
"Crazy Pete?" Xak asked. "Sounds like the criminal name of a demented child."
"It's his name, I swear."
"Does anybody know his real name?" I asked.
"His right-hand man does." He said.
"Who's his right hand man?"
"Buffalo Joe." Xak offered.

Quote 2: The following convo is between Xak & Quinn.

"Calling someone demonspawn is not endearing. In fact, most people would view that as an insult."
"You called your sister a wet sock once." He said.
"Yeah, I was definitely insulting her. Everyone hates a wet sock."

Quote 3: The following is between Quinn and her sister, Luna.

"Fine." I growled.
She smiled victoriously. "Knew you'd say yes!"
Okay, yes, very good. Now shut up.
I muttered angrily under my breath as we went down the stairs and out the glass double doors. Well, at least what has used to be glass double doors.
We kind of smashed them.

Quote 4: A leader of a large group of raiders.

"You find yourself wanting to trust him?" he asked. "Remind yourself of what the aliens do. Remind yourself of the state of humanity. And remind yourself that this is what they did to us."

Quote 5: 

All around were dead bodies. Pile after pile, children slit open from their chins down. The smell of blood was so strong I could nearly taste it, and I wondered why I hadn't noticed it before.

Anyways, I'm quite enjoying writing this story. It's a bit out of my comfort zone (aliens and dead children and all that), but hey-- I've written guns and fighting before. The aliens are very, very interesting because I make them whatever I want. *cue evil laugh* 

I'm not entirely sure how to sum up this idea in a sentence. It feels sort of impossible. 

I'll try to put up a few updates of whatever project I happen to be working on at least once a month. So, um... Any favorite quotes? 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Reviewing: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

*giggles madly*

I've only read two Holly Black books-- the other being The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (rated 4 stars)-- and in my opinion, they both were good, but this one is so epic it blew my mind.

Okay, okay. I'll try to be rational and calm. 

The story focuses on siblings Hazel and Ben. They were fabulous in completely different ways. Hazel was brave and strong and never ever gives up. Ben is quieter and softer, but he is also wonderful (he was also given a "gift" as a baby. his music, quite literally, puts people and fairies in a trance). As children (and I'm fairly sure this doesn't count as a spoiler because it's in the first few chapters, but just in case, you've been warned) Hazel and Ben hunted the fairies in their town. 

As children.

Of course, it is not a Holly Black book without the delicious, mysterious magic. That's why Hazel and Ben live in a town by a forest filled with fairies. But I think what is probably the most mysterious, magical thing that first draws the reader into this book is the horned boy sleeping in the glass case. I don't even know how to talk about him, or describe him. The simple idea of him was so incredibly intriguing. 

Now to Jack and Carter, who are brothers but not really. Jack is a changeling. Once I actually read that he was changeling, all I could think about was how much I was not going to not read this book. I LOVE reading about changelings. I once read hundreds of websites talking about them and dreamed of writing a book with them in it. Changelings, from what I had read, were dark and evil fairy children, traded with human children at birth. What's not to love?

True to my expectations, Jack and Carter were also awesome.

Everything was awesome. There is really no other way to describe it.

Holly Black has a way of writing things that makes them sound so deep and profound that you feel chills just looking at the words. Honestly, that's probably what gave this book the rating it got. 

There's a monster in our wood
She'll get you if you're not good
Drag you under leaves and sticks
Punish you for all your tricks
A nest of hair and gnawed bone
You are never, ever coming...home. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

20 Things You May Not Know About Me

I got tagged by the fabulous Briana@Reader, Writer, Critic! Her post can be found HERE.

1. How tall are you?

Uh. I don't know. Around 5'5'', I think.

2. Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

I can throw a spiral. My aim is actually pretty dang good. (Football, for those of you who don't know.) Ermm... nothing else, really. I'm a pretty good singer, but I don't know if that counts.

3. What is your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

This is going to sound pretty mean, but when bloggers clearly have NO IDEA how to design or format their blog and when nothing is capitalized. I typically don't read past the first couple sentences when that happens.

4. What is your biggest non blog-related pet peeve?

Somebody doing something noisy repeatedly. Like clicking a pen. Or drumming their fingers on a hard surface. Repetitive noises drive me insane.

5. What is your favorite song?

Are. You. Kidding.


List of Current Favorite Songs (this will probably change by next week):

Blank Space by Taylor Swift
Chandelier by Sia
Shatter Me by Lindsey Stirling and Lzzy Hale.
Pompeii by Bastille
Moonlight by EXO

6. What is your favorite Etsy shop that isn't yours?

I don't go on Etsy at all (unless I spot something cool on Pinterest and decide to check it out) so I don't really have any favorite shops. I saw one that made these super awesome fandom necklaces though.

7. What is your favorite way to spend free time when you're not alone?

Just watching a movie with the family and playing MMORPG games with the sis.

8. What is your favorite junk food?

Maybe cheetos? French fries? Oooh, ice cream. Ice cream is great because all the flavors. My favorite flavor is probably cookies and cream, but vanilla comes a close second.

9. Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind, and what are their names?

I have one dog. Her name is Dora, and she's part every-breed-in-existance, but most noticeably Labrador. She's got long shaggy black hair and a black-spotted tongue. (This is supposed to mean higher intelligence.) In my opinion, she's kinda little, but this is coming from a girl who thinks Great Pyrenese are average, so...

10. What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?

Um. Nonfiction? I don't think I've ever read nonfiction for pleasure, but the one that maybe had the biggest impact on me was Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. 

For fiction, I have a thousand. I'll have to direct you to my Goodreads account, which still only has, like, half of my actual faves. But my most recent favorite is probably Angelfall by Susan Ee. 

11. What is your favorite beauty product?

I only started wearing beauty products a few months ago, and I still hardly ever wear it because it takes so long. But if I was actually good at putting it on, probably eyeliner. As it is, I mess up and then go absolutely crazy with it for the kick of it and end up like this:

12. When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

Oh, wow, um. Last time I was embarrassed? ... I get embarrassed all the time.

Probably when I was doing community service and I had no idea what I was doing and it was probably super obvious because there were people walking around the track that's around the basketball gym and I was just holding the dry mop and staring at it like What is this? I don't know how to use it???? Do I just????? I'm so confused?????????? 

Actually that whole day was pretty nerve-racking.

13. If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) what would it be?

I have no clue.

Maybe fruit punch. I don't think I could drink sodas, tea, or coffee all the time and be reasonably okay. (I really do not like tea, anyways.)

14. What's your favorite movie?

Most recently, Austenland. (It's hilarious.) But Marvel movies are really great too! (There totally needs to be a Black Widow movie). A while back my all time favorite movie ever was Peter Pan (2003). I LOVED it. I practically lived and breathed the darn thing and I could still quote 80% of the movie.

*Wendy gets shot down by a Lost Boy's arrow because EVIL TINKERBELL and cue Peter's rage*

*staring down at Wendy, who has unceremoniously fallen on the ground from WAY UP HIGH* (I mean, c'mon. If the arrow didn't kill her, the fall totally did)

Lost Boy 1: Tragic.
Lost Boy 2: Horrid.
Lost Boy 3: Terribly saddening.
Lost Boys: ...
Slightly: Good shot though.

SPOILER ALERT: Wendy totally lives.

ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT: Peter Pan is a drama queen in this movie.

15. What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

I'm only a freshman so I have no idea. But judging from the way I'm a hermit and I have zero friends, loner.

16. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Not here. There are bugs and humidity and mud and BUGS. More specifically, mosquitoes. Darn the mosquitoes.

Erm... probably somewhere in Europe. I just want to eat all of the food.

17. PC or Mac?

PC, since the last time I touched a Mac was probably a decade a ago.

18. Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

*loud laughter is heard*

I've never received any romantic gestures. The only things I have ever exchanged with guys are awkward hi's, awkward eye contact, awkward smiles, or sarcastic quips.

19. Favorite celebrity?

Robert Downey Jr.

20. What blogger friends do you secretly want to be best friends with?

I have no idea. 

I seriously have zero idea who.

My sister is my blogging friend, but we're already best friends, so... *shrugs*

I tag...

Aimee@To The Barricade!


Charnell@Reviews From a Bookworm

Reviewing: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

You know how I loved the prose and writing style of Shatter Me but couldn't stand them in Mind Games? This book kind of falls in the middle.

I think it was supposed to be haunting, but it fell short and hit something like wow this main character is seriously mentally unstable. Which, she is. There's no questioning it, not even by people who whole-heartedly loved this book. (I think. I haven't asked all of them). 

You know how the blurb tells you nothing? Yeah. I went in blind, and I had no idea what I was reading 99% of the time. Who is who??? How are they related??? Why do all of the houses have different names??? 

Not only that, but just... the main character's family is absolutely terrible.

Not terrible as in horribly written, but terrible as in insane, as in what the heck are they thinking.

Half the time while reading this book, I didn't even know what I was thinking.

The writing style was also kind of emotionless. Don't get me wrong-- the words are big and beautiful and descriptive. But they never describe how Cady feels. She just says: He is warm. (Which is so creepy out of context, my bad.) She talks about everything like she is an onlooker, not like she's actually experiencing it.

everything in
the book
is written like

Okay, not everything. More like half.

And the book wasn't all bad! I've only said negative things so far, but there were some things I loved about this book, like:

  • The plot twist.
But I didn't quite like how it was further explained later. It was still confusing. You get like three different versions of what happened. One at the beginning, two at the end. Only one of them is true and it's the WORST ONE EVER. (by worst, I mean depressing)
  • Jonny.
Yeah, nothing more to add. He was just fabulous. I nearly laughed at some of the stuff he said, and believe me, this is not a laughing book.
  • How the book shows the affect of their parents' craziness on the Liars and their struggle to fight it.
It just felt so real. The hate and anger-- I mean, I'd probably be just as crazy as most of the people in this book if I was raised like them. 
  • The fairytale sections about the king and his three daughters.
I loved how it linked in to the following chapters.

Now, more about the plot twist.

It was delivered in such a way that I had to stop reading for a second just to think Wait, what did I just read? Did that seriously just happen? How is that even possible? DID THAT SERIOUSLY JUST HAPPEN.

And, yeah.

I cried at the ending.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fangirling: The 100 + Links

Yo! So, in my recent post, I blabbed about stuff I obsessed about in 2014.

In this post, I want to talk about a specific that I obsessed about.

I kind of already talked about The 100 a little, but... I didn't exactly get to blab all I wanted. (I basically have two moods: don't say anything or say everything. Neither are very good.)

*Some of these names are people that only enter in Season 1's finale or in Season 2. Don't freak out if you don't know who I'm talking about!


So, anyways. 

I told you about Bellamy and Clarke, and how they're the leaders.

I mentioned Octavia, Raven, Wick, and Monty. 


The first thing I want to talk about is the cast. They're from all nationalities and are hilarious and adorable. And although it can be argued that the cast is dominantly white, you've got a BUNCH of POC (people of color) characters. (Ex: Raven, Bellamy, Monty, Chancellor Jaha, and WAY MORE but I don't want to list all of them because of spoilers.) And a lot of them are in positions of leadership.

Also, a lot of the leaders are female. (Ex: Abby, Clarke, Anya, etc.) That's not to say all of them are. But there are so many powerful women in this show. And even if they're not all that powerful, they're strong in their own way. The men share similar roles.

And don't even get me started on the character development in the show. Sometimes characters change for the best or the worst. But they are always changing. (Ex: EVERYONE.)

I think the biggest theme in the The 100 is loss, and how we let it affect us. 

Now that I've talked about the strengths of the show, I'll talk about the weaknesses, because let's be real: Every show has them.

  • Unrealistic insta-love happens. (At least, in my opinion.)
  • Some really stupid and not-well-thought-out decisions are frequently made. 
  • Positions of power are constantly shifting and sometimes it doesn't make sense.
  • Wait, so... what made this character go insane???
  • Sometimes characters are jerks for no reason at all. It's mostly the adults.

So yeah, there are some continuity errors. But I think most of the stuff that happens (I'm ignoring the "romance" here) makes absolute sense. 

If you're just sort of watching the fandom from afar and not watching the show, then you know about a couple of ships. And by a couple of ships, I mean Bellarke

Also, maybe Linctavia.

I'm gonna make a list of my top three ships in the show...
  1. Bellarke (Bellamy x Clarke)
  2. Linctavia (Lincoln x Octavia)
  3. Rick (Raven x Wick)
I laughed so hard when I was thinking about Raven and Wick's possible ship names and got Rick. Of course, Waven is a possibility, but it sounds more like something you call a baby named Raven while squishing its cheeks and cooing. Ew.

I'm going to be totally real here. 

I didn't like Linctavia for the longest time ever. With all the guys Octavia had been paired with within the first five or six episodes, I wasn't even sure if Lincoln was gonna last very long. 

I also didn't like Bellarke until nearly the end of season 1. I didn't get it when people talked about how they immediately loved Bellamy. I thought Bellamy was an a-hole at first. Plus he had bad hair that first episode. 

And, well... Rick doesn't happen until season 2. And... they're not canon. And... it's a teeny ship. I don't even know if anything's going to happen between them other than snarkiness.

Anywho, this is getting preeetty long so I'm going to stop here. Want to watch the show with no ads ANYWHERE?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Beautiful People {2} Author Edition

Beautiful People is an AWESOME (monthly) tag hosted by Cait@Paper Fury and Sky@Further Up and Further In. You should definitely check it out. There's a page on Cait's blog that talks all about Beautiful People, and you can find that HERE.


1. How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’?

I've been writing for almost eight years. (I started when I was 7, and, needless to say, my writing was horrible). I officially considered myself a "writer" after I finished my first book (which was still terrible) when I was... erm... probably eleven.

2. How/why did you start writing?

'Cause that's what all the cool kids were doing. ;)

I started writing because my sister started writing.

3. What’s your favorite part of writing?

Ooh, probably the same thing as my last favorite part. Discovering all the shiny ideas!!! I love having an idea and creating a world and then being able to put it all on paper. It's so much easier writing what I feel than saying it. 

4. What’s your biggest writing struggle?

Sticking with a project for more than a couple days. I always get super distracted or just stop having ideas. Ohhhh, and finding out when it's time for the ending. I can never force myself to think up an outline so, yeah. Endings are always super hard.

5. Do you write best at night or day?

Day. That being said, I've never really written at night. 

6. What does your writing space look like? (Feel free to show us pictures!)

I write wherever I've got my computer and a place to curl up, so my writing space is pretty much wherever I happen to be when I'm writing.

7. How long does it typically take you to write a complete draft?

Since the last time I completed a complete draft was over a year ago, I have no idea. Okay. It typically never happens. But the two books I have finished that I will actually acknowledge as books were completed (1) in over a year and (2) in eight days.


8. How many projects do you work on at once?

ALL THE PROJECTS ALL THE TIME. Who says you need your sanity?

Right now I'm narrowing down my projects but usually around three with a couple on the side.

9. Do you prefer writing happy endings, sad ones, or somewhere in between?

A little bit of both. I love writing bittersweet endings. 

10. List a few authors who’ve influenced your writing journey.

Erm. Well, Tahereh Mafi and Michelle Hodkin both helped me learn how to write better and more creepily. 

11. Do you let people read your writing? Why or why not?

Only one person ever reads my writing, and that is my sister. Mainly because we're best friends and I tell/show her everything.

12. What’s your ultimate writing goal or dream?

PUBLISH A NON-SUCKY BOOK. That's it. That's all I want.

13. If you didn’t write, what would you want to do?

I've never really thought about it. Writing's all I've ever wanted to do, but recently I've been looking into what I might want to do for a college degree (fascinating, I know) and I think maybe engineering, but I'm not sure.

14. Do you have a book you’d like to write one day but don’t feel you’re ready to attempt it yet?

Not really. I kind of dive into everything head-first so any idea I have that I'd like to write, I just try to write. I don't really think about whether or not I'll be able to attempt it.

15. Which story has your heart and won’t let go?

There's a book I started, like, five years ago, and it's still sitting unfinished in my documents file. It's called Beautiful Ashes (ashes as in burnt objects not burnt people, just in case you're as morbid as my dad) and is centered on four teenage mutant ninja turtles.

Sorry, no.

It is centered on four assassins, though. I've re-written the beginning a gazillion times and I've cut characters out and jammed new ones in and completely re-arranged the plot so many times that I honestly have forgotten the plot of the original one.

But I know the characters like the back of my hand and I love them too much to just not-write their stories.

'Til next time!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

2014 Recap

(for some reason the spaces between pictures and words and stuff is wack so sometimes there are huge gaps between stuff. sorry.)

So, 2014...

It was okay, I guess.

First off, I completed my challenge! 71 of 60. Some of my favorite reads were...

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

Reviewed: here

Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Reviewed: here

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Of course, I loved more than just three out of what I read. But these really stuck out to me (plus I only rated maybe two others five stars and one of them was the second Mara Dyer book that just didn't hit me as hard as the third).

What else did I do in 2014?


The 100:

In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland... before it's too late.

Of course, the only solution to that is to send 100 of their delinquents to the ground, mainly because they're "expendable." Ahem. Actually, the reason why they send the 100 is to buy more time for the rest of the civilization back on the Ark. With less people, they'll need less oxygen. But they're still running out of time.

Fortunately for the 100, they got stuck with two very good leader-peoples. 

Bellamy Blake, who's a gigantic pain in the butt at first, but, thanks to his sister (Octavia) and Clarke, becomes a waaay better person. (Takes him some time, though). Along with being the best shot the 100 have, he's also a great motivational speaker (which comes in handy when you want to keep a big group of reckless kids in order). Plus, when it comes right down to it, they're scared of him. Like, really scared.

Clarke Griffin, who earns the kids' respect by being BOSS. Okay, sorry. By a) being their only medical assistance, b) trying to see the good in people while also c) setting goals and not backing down until she reaches them. Also, she's smart as heck and not scared of Bellamy at all.

I'll tell you how the leadership works. Bellamy tells the kids what to do and Clarke tells Bellamy what to do. Bellamy sees things from a very.. well... WE WILL FIGHT ANYTHING THAT MESSES WITH US sort of way, while Clarke sees things in more of a WE WILL FIGHT ANYTHING THAT MESSES WITH US but-only-if-we-have-enough-weapons-and-support-and-we-have-a-good-chance-of-winning sort of way. Also, she avidly seeks peace above ALL ELSE. Bellamy agrees that peace would be good, but doubts that it's possible at that point.

Also, Honorable Mentions:

Octavia, Bellamy's sister.
Monty, the nicest dude ever while also being the voice of reason when neither Clarke or Bellamy aren't there.
Raven, who's just BOSS. Everyone would be dead without her.
Wick, who's sense of humor is much needed and appreciated amongst all the dead and destruction.

Okay, I'll be honest. I was addicted to Teen Wolf before 2014. Oops.

Scott McCall (a.k.a real actual puppy) and his best friend Stiles (a.k.a real actual idiot with sarcasm) hear about one half of a dead body being out in the woods, and--because what else do you do when hear about this sort of thing-- head out to find it. Of course, it all goes down from there, and Scott finds himself in the midst of werewolves and werewolf hunters, and all the supernatural things. Such as Allison Argent's beauty. But have no fear! Derek is here!

Just kidding, still have fear. Derek is sort of helpful but mostly just roars in Scott's face and throws him around while supplying healthy doses of you're-an-idiot and why-am-I-even-here.

But that's just season 1. By the time you hit season 4, everything is different and much, much darker. Occasionally you get some of the old humor and general ridiculous-ness, but let's face it-- there's a lot more blood and gore than humor.

Anywho. I also watched a bit more than those two (I watched some Reign, The Secret Circle, and The Vampire Diaries) but nothing stuck out as much as these two.

But, do tell.

What were some of your favorite reads of 2014? And TV shows? 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Welcoming 2015

Okay, well, Happy New Year! I am quite late, I know, but I've been... erm, busy. With sleeping (a lot) and watching movies (a lot) and eating (a lot) and crying about winter break being over (unhealthy amounts of tears), I just haven't had much desire to write on my blog.

I'm also crying because I have a Wellness (a nice way of saying P.E. (which is a nice way of saying TORTURE)) class this semester. But that's a topic for another day.

I usually make my New Year's Resolution something along the lines of getting good grades or reading a certain amount of books or going outside more (ha that's still not happening). But this year I want to write a book, start to finish. I haven't actually finished a book in two or three years. I've gotten close but... yeah.


The book I want to finish writing is called Shadows Dancing which is about a ghost-girl. I did a link-up featuring her here.

I'm still figuring out what kind of character she is and I'm hoping to actually plot this book instead of just pantsing the entire thing. I never even have an outline (which is just one small example of how unorganized I am) when writing.

I'll probably post excerpts and stuff while I'm writing this one (be expecting the writing process to be quite long, especially since my winter break is almost over).

ALSO. Because of aforementioned school, I won't be able to read as much meaning not as many reviews also meaning not as much time to post on here. I'll try to post at least once every week but we'll see how that goes.