Thursday, October 30, 2014

NaNoWriMo Freak Out!!

People! NaNoWriMo starts in less than two days and I've decided to join along with all the fun!! I'm so completely not ready!!! This is my very first time participating in NaNo, I've been reading up and watching videos on how to prepare, and I feel totally out of my depths. I'm not ready at all. I get the distinct feeling I might flop on completing this year since I'm so ill prepared. I'm just gonna have to wing things. There are a few tips I've learned recently that I'm hoping will help me this month, so I figured I'd share some of those tips with you. 


1. Have a set plan.

This tip involves everything from a daily word count to a simple outline of your story. 50,000 words in a few weeks is an extremely daunting task. I should know, that was one of the reasons I didn't join last years NaNo, far too many words in too little time (That's what I kept telling myself). But if you set a specific goal for each day, for example only 1-2k words, then the task seems a lot more manageable. It will also be easier on you if you have an outline of the story you plan on writing. With an outline you'd be less likely to lose sight of your plot and you'll have a clear focus of where your story is headed. (I unfortunately don't have a complete outline so this will be where my winging it comes into play)  


2. Join the community. 

I've heard from more than one source that getting involved with the other Wrimos that are participating in NaNo is all part of the fun. What could be better than banding together with others writers? Helping each other with ideas and motivation, freaking out with one another, and any other nonsense that could happen during this wild experience. People have made great lifetime friends through the NaNo community.


3. Stay healthy.

You have to be able to think clearly and push, push, push for your words and staying healthy will help with that. What I mean is, get as much sleep as you possibly can, drink lots of water, take a break from your computer and go outside. You don't want to feel like a prisoner to your computer, that won't help you write your story, you need to give yourself a moment to step away and then come back later. Sometimes taking a break will help get you out of a funk or it will help you regain your focus. It's good to just take a step back.


4. Have caffeine and snacks.

Yes, I realize how this sounds, especially right after the last tip I wrote, however who doesn't like to be a little unhealthy once in a while? Sometimes you just want to keep writing, or you need to catch up on your word count, and you just need that little kick of caffeine or maybe that one extra piece of candy. I support you in your decision to indulge yourself. I obviously will be and it shall be glorious. As long as you don't judge me for it, I won't judge you. (;


5. Have fun.

Novel writing shouldn't be overbearing or feel like a chore. You should have fun with it. Get lost in your world and in the feels you're trying to portray to your readers. Fall in love with your characters and make your story all it can be. I believe you should write because you love it. NaNo has the capability to stress people out, so try to keep it all down to a minimum if you can. Talk with your other writer friends and play games with yourself to help you move your story along. Anything. Just enjoy the adventure as much as you can.


I hope these few tips help. Mind you, I'm no NaNoWriMo expert, seeing as how this is only my first year participating. Perhaps next time I'll have better tips for you. But for now, these seem the most important. That, however, may change in time. Well just have to see. So how many of you are doing NaNo? Are you as ill-prepared as I am? Or do you have a clear direction? Leave me a comment below letting me know. I'd like to talk to you about it all. Good luck fellow Wrimos!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Yes. #1
Pages: 338.
Source: Shelf.
Genre: Paranormal | Young Adult | Dystopian
Published Date: November 15, 2011
Publisher: Harper




 GoodreadsBook Depository | BAM!

Summary:

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I'm more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.


My Thoughts:

You know, I never really understood the hype around Tahereh Mafi's books, but everything is different now. After reading this book I think I'm already hooked. Though I thought it was funny that the whole time while reading this I was major team Warner while everyone else is usually team Adam. Maybe I have issues. Who knows?

I sadly couldn't give this book a 5 star rating since the world building was practically non-existent. But the characters were great. Each one I was introduced too had me intrigued one way or another. Tahereh's writing style is probably the most unique I've read up to date. I really enjoyed reading all the scratch outs and mental instabilities that were present in this story. I thought Juliette was an intriguing character to get to know. Even though there were some times when I got more than a little irritated with her. But there were sometimes, in small moments, that I felt like I could relate to Juliette.
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“Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too.” 
                        _________________

The writing style of this book is very poetic. I loved being able to read the story in such a creative way. And there were some brilliant quotes that I fell in love with all throughout the pages. This may sound bad, but I also really loved the mental illness aspect of this story. Juliette isn't a completely sane character. She understands that her mind doesn't function like 'normal' peoples do and in a way she uses it as a shield. Yes, there were times when I felt that Juliette made stupid decisions and wallowed in her self-pity too much, but there were also times that I really enjoyed reading her mental thought process.
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“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”
                        _________________

The ending left me with a lot of questions and a burning desire to read more. Tahereh Mafi wrote a brilliant story. I felt it was a refreshing, quick read, and I felt like it was different than the other dystopians I've had the pleasure of reading. I've read the 1.5 novella and the second book, so reviews on those will be coming out soon. If you're in the mood for a fun page-turner, then maybe you should consider checking this out, if you haven't already that is. If you have read this, tell me what you thought of it, did you enjoy it as much as I did? Or do you think I'm crazy?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Little Look At What I'm Working On: Beautiful Books #1



So I thought, since NaNoWriMo is coming up, I should join along with some of the writing fun. I'm still not 100% certain if I want to actually DO NaNoWriMo, but I thought doing this little Beautiful Books thing would be a good filler type of thing. What do y'all think? Should I just suck it up and do NaNoWriMo too? Haha! I don't know how great this little survey will be since I'm skeptical to answer some of the questions due to spoilers, but I figured: 'why not?', I'll be fun. This event was created by Cait at Notebook Sisters and Sky at Further Up and Further In. If you wanna know more about Beautiful Books then just click either of their links. 
 


  1. What came first: characters or plot idea? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
    My characters came first. I still pretty much have no clue where exactly I’m going with the plot, but my characters are practically fully developed already and I know generally what I want to happen. I would say that I’m a mixture of both. I plot, but not much, I’m more-so a pantser.

  2. Do you have a title and/or a “back-cover-blurb”?
    At the moment my title is “Transcendent” I think it works really well with the overall theme of my story. I do not have a blurb created for it yet. I know the beginning and some random scenes here and there, but as a whole, I’m still mulling over things. I’ll get there eventually though, haha!

  3. What wordcount are you aiming for when your novel is finished?
    I plan on my story having a lot of information and crazy things all packed into it, just one huge epic… Epicness. Yes, that’s what I want. And in order to achieve that I believe I’ll need, at the very least, 100,000 words total. That sounds good. I love long stories. (:

  4. Sum up your novel in 3 sentences.
    These are going to be pretty random sentences:
    Modern era female assassin somehow falls into an alternate medieval universe.
    Dragons and magical things.
    Kingdoms, royalty, secrets, betrayals, a complete mixture of ‘what?’

  5. Sum up your characters in one word each.
    There are going to be quite a few characters. I don’t want to list them all. In fact.. I think I mostly want to keep them as a surprise. So that’s what I might do.

  6. Which character are you most excited to write? Tell us about them!
    My main character, Viper, is the one I’m most excited to write. A morally corrupt assassin who’s so complexly complicated it’s hard to tell whether she’s good or evil? Oh yes. She is definitely my favorite. :D
     
  7. What about your villain? Who is he, what is his goal?
    I’m not totally certain about my villain yet. I’ve had different ideas about them overall, but nothing has really clicked as a ‘wow’ factor yet. Plus Viper is so corrupt that she could very well pass as a villain. I just need to keep brainstorming on this until I figure out what’s right.

  8. What is your protagonist’s goal? And what stands in the way?
    Viper has varying goals as the story progresses. First she wants one thing, then situations get changed, and she has to fight for something else. I don’t want to say too much about this cause I feel like it gives away spoilers.

  9. What inciting incident begins your protagonist’s journey?
    It’s a “call” type of thing. An extremely loud noise, that only Viper can hear, which leads her to a crack between the two worlds.

  10. Where is your novel set?
    In an alternate universe set in medieval times.

  11. What are three big scenes in your novel that change the game completely?
    Viper’s call.
    The first real test of Viper’s moral compass.
    Dragons.
    I’m sorry; this is really all I can say about this. I really don’t want to spoil important things.

  12. What is the most dynamic relationship your character has? Who else do they come in contact with or become close to during the story?
    Viper’s relationship with Huon will be one of the most dynamic. But there will also be two other relationships she gains that will be extremely complex as well.

  13. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
    … Mmm… Uhh… Spoilers…

  14. Do you have an ending in mind, or do you plan to see what happens?
    I’m going to wait and see what happens. I think that’s more fun for me in the grand scheme of things.

  15. What are your hopes and dreams for your book? What impressions are you hoping this novel will leave on your readers and yourself?
    I feel like this is an obvious answer, but I would really love for my book to get published. I really care about this story and the characters; I want others to read this one epic-ly emotional adventure and fall in love with them as I have. I also want to try to stop some of the hate on New Adult novels. They’re not all bad.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #11

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created to discuss the upcoming releases of books we're dying to call our own; hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan

Expected Publication: October 6th 2015

Synopsis:
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he's never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Rick Riordan's making another book people! That's all I need to know!! He's writing another series and this time it's about Norse Gods?! Oh, I'm so beyond happy, I can't even express my complete elation for such news. One of my favorite authors. It's like he KNEW I needed more from him. I only hope the series is just as amazing, if not more so, as Percy is! I'm so excite!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

TMI Tag


 Hey everyone! I was tagged to do the TMI Tag by the lovely Regina at Wordhunters. This was created by Jii over at JiixBooks on the YouTubes. There's so many questions, a total of 50 in all, but I'm excited!! Let's do this...

1) What fictional character has the best style?
I like Karou's style a lot. I would say she has my favorite style, it's so unique.
 
2) Your book girlfriend/boyfriend/fictional crush?
Ohh... So many... My main is Jamie Fraser. But I also love Warner and Noah Shaw. Those men... Mmm. Forever.
 
3) Ever loved a character but than started hating them?
Theon Greyjoy from A Song of Ice & Fire series. HATE HIM.
 
4) Biggest/Longest book on your shelf?
Uhh... I have A LOT. I like big books (and I cannot lie). The Song of Ice and Fire series is pretty huge. I also have Gone With the Wind, Anna Karenina, War & Peace, and Les Miserables.
 
5) Heaviest book on your shelf?
Isn't this the same as the question above? Well if I had to pick... Gone With the Wind is most likely the heaviest.
 
6) Do you have any book posters?
Sadly no. ): This needs to be rectified at some point.
 
7) Do you have any book themed jewelry?
I have a Mockingjay pin! I love it. (: But I think this is all.
 
8) Book OTP? 
I don't knowwwww.... Percy and Annabeth from PJO. Hermione and Draco from HP (Yes I ship them. Haters can go somewhere else, please). Jamie and Claire from Outlander. 

9) Favorite book series?
OUTLANDER!!! Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Hunger Games, and the Shatter Me series is becoming a favorite to, I think.

10) Favorite Book-to-movie soundtrack?
I don't know many, cause I'm a loser, but I would have to say the Catching Fire soundtrack is pretty amazing.
 
11) A book story you miss/ wish would continue?
Harry Potter!!
 
12) Favorite stand-alone?
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
 
13) Since when do you read books?
I've always read books, ever since I could read haha, if I found a book that interested me, I read it.
 
14) Which Hogwarts house are you in?
I'm a proud Ravenclaw :D
 
15) Quality you look for in a book?
Epic.
 
16) Favorite book quote 
“I have dreamt in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind. And this is one: I'm going to tell it - but take care not to smile at any part of it.” 
- Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

17) Favorite author? 
Rick Riordan, Diana Gabaldon, Laini Taylor, Tahereh Mafi

18) Favorite book cover?
Here are a few of my favs...

19) Action or Romance? 
I love them both. Let's have a mix! 

20) Where do you go when a sad moment happens? 
Uhhh.... In my mind palace. That's a great place.

21) How long do you need to finish a book?
It depends! It can vary. It can take as little as one or two days or it can take up to a few months.

22) How long is your mourning period? 
Again, this varies. Depends on the book, the ending, my dedication to the characters and whatnot.

23) Least favorite Book?
The Shipping News by and The Road by

24) Turn on in a character? 
Badassery... mainly. I really like strong, complex characters. They're the best.

25) Turn off in a character? 
Whiny characters who don't use their brains. Those are the worst.

26) Reason I joined Booktube? 
Well... Technically I haven't joined Booktube. But I made a blog cause I wanted to talk about all the books I love/hate. I wanted to be able to express my feels with people who would understand them. IRL all my people just think I'm crazy. They don't understand. Poor muggles.

27) Name a scary book? 
I haven't read many scary books. Dr. Jekal & Mr. Hyde? That seems pretty freaky.

28) Last book that made you cry? 
Haha! I cry at almost every book. That last one.... Probably Outlander.

29) Last book that you gave 5 stars? 
Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi.

30) Any favorite book titles? 
Uhm.. Perks of Being a Wallflower. Or Fangirl.

31) Last book you read? 
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon.

32) Book you're currently reading? 
Dragonfly in Amber by DG and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

33) Last book adaptation you watched? 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

34) A book character you always wanted to talk to? 
Jamie Fraser (that accent.. mm) or Karou from Daughter of Smoke & Bone.

35) An author you always wanted to talk to? 
Tahereh Mafi sounds pretty awesome to me.

36) Favorite Book snack? 
Whatever I'm in the mood for.

37) Book world you want to live in? 
Apart from the obvious? Wizarding World I'd say.... Tolkien's Middle Earth sounds pretty friggen fantastic.

38) Book world you DON’T want to live in? 
Hahaha! Pretty much ANY dystopian world.

39) Last time you smelled a book? 
A few days ago. The books I've been reading lately have all been on my kindle.

40) Weird insults used in books?
One of my favorites: “Asscrown," I muttered under my breath as I headed to my next class. I wasn't proud of swearing at a complete stranger, no. but he started it.

Noah matched my pace. "Don't you mean 'assclown'?" He looked amused.

"No," I said, louder this time. "I mean asscrown. The crown on top of the asshat that covers the asshole of the assclown. The very zenith in the hierarchy of asses," I said, as though I was reading from a dictionary of modern profanity.

"I guess you nailed me then."
- Mara and Noah (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer)
 
41) Favorite romance book? 
Lol I think this is obvious. OUTLANDERRRRR!!!! Haha!

42) Do you write? 
Yes I do. Often.

43) Favorite magical item? 
Magic anything is my favorite.

44) Your quidditch position? 
Seeker I think would be best for me.

45) Name a song you connect to a book 
I have no clue. Elastic Heart by Sia with Catching Fire. But this feels like a cop out.

46) Favorite book related chat up line?
I think this one is pretty great:

47) Have you ever used it? 
Haha! No, never.

48) Favorite book fandom? 
I love all my fandoms!! You can't make me choose. Off the top of my head though.. SuperWhoLock is a fav, as well as the Harry Potter fandom.

49) How many books do you own? 
Over a hundred or two.

50) Who do you tag?
Lol I'm going to take the loser route and say anyone who wants to do this tag, I tag you! Go ahead and do it! It's fun. Then link your post into the comments below so I can see your answers!! :D

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #10

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created to discuss the upcoming releases of books we're dying to call our own; hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Suspicion
Alexandra Monir
 
Expected Publication: December 9th 2014
 
Synopsis:
Mysterious. Magnificent. Creepy. Welcome to Rockford Manor.

"There's something hidden in the Maze." Seventeen-year-old Imogen has never forgotten the last words her father said to her seven years ago, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family's English country manor.

Haunted by her parents' deaths, Imogen moves to New York City with her new guardians. But when a letter arrives with the news of her cousin's untimely death, revealing that Imogen is now the only heir left to run the estate, she returns to England and warily accepts her role as duchess.

All is not as it seems at Rockford, and Imogen quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind the mansion's aristocratic exterior, hinting that the spate of deaths in her family were no accident. And at the center of the mystery is Imogen herself--and Sebastian, the childhood friend she has secretly loved for years. Just what has Imogen walked into?

Combining a fresh twist on the classic REBECCA with a spine-tingling mystery and powerful romance, SUSPICION is an action-packed thrill ride.
 
 
Oh my God, guys. It's like a Rebecca retelling. Gah! I'm so excited. This sounds so great. I'll admit thus far I haven't had the pleasure of finishing Rebecca (I really need to rectify this), but I've read a good majority of the book, and I LOVE it. It's such an intriguing story and if this book comes anywhere close to as good... I'll be golden.   
 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

September Monthly Recap!

So I think I'm going to start doing a monthly recap. I like the idea of them so I'm going to see how this goes. I just hope I can keep up with these every month. :P
Overall my reading this month wasn't bad considering school and all that I have going on. I'm fairly happy with this month's progress.

Read:


Reviews:

(I know.. I read more than I reviewed. *shakes head* Shame on me. I will make up for that this month.)

Books I Aquired:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardogo
Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
The White Princess by Philippa Gregory
Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

Currently Reading:

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

October TBR:
(We'll just have to see how well this turns out..)

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (Obviously)
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan  

 

Friday Reads (10.3.2014)



I FINISHED OUTLANDER!!! And oh my.. I think I'm very much in love. I will be posting a review on it soon so I don't want to say too much. But wow, just wow.

I have already started the second book, Dragonfly in Amber, and I'm obviously loving it thus far. Though I'm scared. I constantly hear that the feels in this book are massive. Thanks to this knowledge I have lots of tissues at hand. I may end up needing more though if everything I'm hearing is true. Books have a strong claim on my soul. I knew when I started Outlander that I was going to be hooked, obsessed even, but I feel like I'm so much more than "obsessed" now. What's more than obsessed? Psychotic? Whatever it is.. that's me with Outlander. I can't believe it took me so long to pick up this series and now I'm in it till the end. There's no way I could not continue. It has Jamie. Honestly. He's all I need in my life. Well... him and cookies, maybe.


I also finished Shatter Me and Destroy Me. Those were good. My review on Shatter Me will be posted within the next few days (since it's the weekend I have time to write more). I'm trying to decided if I want to post a review of Destroy Me too, but I'm not sure. What do you think? Should I show some love for the Novellas as well? I think I probably am. It was a completely different feel, switching from historical fiction to young adult, so that was a bit odd, but still a couple of great reads. Again, however, I don't want to talk too much about those just yet. In a couple of days a few friends and I will be reading Unravel Me together. I won't lie to you... I'm super excited to pick this up. I'm ready for all the Warner feels!! Yes, I am team Warner. Don't hate.

Even with school and all it's annoying distractions I've been having a couple of great reading weeks and I know this next week will be no different (albeit a lot heavier with the feels). I'm so excited to continue with both of these series and I'm looking forward to seeing how all my beloved characters handle the situations they're thrown into. I just hope I can deal with everything they're put through. Haha!

So, how about you? What are you reading this weekend? Have you read any of the books I've mentioned above? If so, let's fangirl about them. I love being able to fangirl and go crazy with others.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #9

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created to discuss the upcoming releases of books we're dying to call our own; hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Atlantia
Ally Condie

Expected Publication: October 28th 2014

Synopsis:
Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.


I'm usually not the type to go for mermaid books. I'm not saying I don't like mermaids. Only that when reading them I find I'm always disappointed with how they are betrayed. I'm not sure how this story is going to work out, but it's safe to say I'm very intrigued. Mermaids drowning after hearing human voices, what? That just sounds awesome.