Writing Wednesday – Week 7

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As promised, (finally committing to one of my promises on here! WOO!) for this week’s Writing Wednesday I’ll share some secrets about my current WIP.

  1. I’m 10K words in, and it feels like magical realism right now, but it very may well become fantasy. I’m not sure yet.
  2. It deals with emotional problems, like anxiety, depression, etc. (But there’s also some good emotional stuff as well.)
  3. Weather plays a big role. When it rains (in reality), that is prime writing time! It really gets me in the zone for the usually rainy settings I’ve got going in the book.
  4. There’s a certain clique (even though that word is typically negative, I mean it positively!) that I’m in love with. They’re all unique and real and sometimes funny. ūüôā
  5. It takes place in the¬†city I grew up/live in. So I have a lot of fun when I can mention actual places‚ÄĒit makes the characters come to life for me more.

I’ll close with this: A teaser sentence I posted to Twitter/Instagram with a picture that I’m very proud of taking, which is also relevant to the WIP.

There’s a storm brewing inside of you. All you need to do is catch it, and mold the power as your own.¬†image

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Writing Wednesday – Week 6

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It’s Writing Wednesday! And let me just put this out there: I suck terribly at keeping up with this. (I’ve been neglecting my blog very much this summer actually. *whispers: sorry, blog*) I realize it’s been well over a month since my last post. The main reason I suck is a positive one at least and has to do with this week’s Writing Wednesday.

Being on summer vacation, I’m taking advantage of the time I have to put all my focus into writing. So that means three things.

  1. I have been attending to comments left on my MS by my kind beta readers (who include my good friend/old roommate Carina-she’s been a rockstar!-and my sister plus her boyfriend). Mostly little things, but some big things that really needed to be pointed out to me.
  2. I have been researching agents and sending out queries. So far I’ve sent about 10. I went through a few round of edits on that letter, with help from Lori Goldstein and Laura Silverman. (I can’t thank them enough for their pointers!) Querying is so scary. I’m still sending out emails because I know this industry is filled with rejection, and I accept that.
  3. Due to the above statement, I realize my MS might not make it. SO, I’ve started on another novel. Basically, I’d forgone blog writing for WIP writing. If I’m not a terrible person and miss it, next Writing Wednesday I’ll share a little more about this WIP.

That’s all for this week! If anyone has any query tips and any personal experiences they wouldn’t mind sharing, I’m all ears!

The Book Bug Tag!

It’s summer time and that means bugs are flying and people are reading. So, in honor of that, I’ve created The¬†Book Bug Tag.

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The rules are simple:

  1. Copy/paste the rules and the tag logo
  2. Thank whoever nominated you, and don’t forget to link to their blog
  3. Come up with a book for each bug category
  4. Nominate as many or as little bloggers as you’d like

Butterfly: A cover you found aesthetically pleasing
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Ignite Me is gorgeous!
Ant: A book/series that had, in your opinion, incredibly strong writing
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Maggie is a writing genius. Three  cheers for the Raven Cycle!
Moth: A book that had you up at all hours of the night
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I remember I could not put this down. It had me absolutely hooked!
Fly: A character that really bothered you
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Zofia. Ugh.
Bee: A book that you want to read that’s had a lot of buzz (either recently¬†or in the past)
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Lauren DeStefano raves about Legend. Plus, it was a gifted to me, so I really need to read it!
Firefly: A book that makes you light up, which you always want to bring up
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How could anyone not want to talk about this gem!?!?
Flea: A book that hasn’t been released yet and you’re itching to read it
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Leigh is an amazing writer so I just know that this book will be just as (or more) amazing as Six of Crows.
Cockroach: A villain you despised who had your skin crawling
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The Commandant gives me the heebie jeebies.

BONUS: Do you have any books with bugs on the cover? Share it!
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I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my shelf!
I now tag:
One Less Lonely Blog
Flying Through Fiction
Gone With The Words
Emily Reads Everything
Book Nerd Addict
Always Opinionated Girl
A Kernel Of Nonsense
Blankslaters

And anyone else viewing this, I tag you, too!

“A Court of Mist and Fury” Reviewed

I preordered Sarah J. Maas’s¬†A Court of Mist and Fury¬†(ACOMAF) a VERY long time ago. So long ago that I had¬†planned on buying ACOMAF at a signing on Sarah’s book tour only to receive an email the week before that the book had shipped. I didn’t even get preorder swag because I realized much too late that I could have. ūüė¶ But on the bright side I got to meet Sarah and hear her talk and cackle, so that more than makes up for my loss. And I still got the preorder on time and got the chance to dive into ACOMAF, which was asdfhjdkgmnufgjuv (tanslation: wonderful.)

Goodreads Synopsis:¬†Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court‚ÄĒbut at a Screenshot 2016-06-17 15.05.09steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms‚ÄĒand she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future‚ÄĒand the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Alright. So let me just start off with this. I’m on chapter two, everything is going fine and dandy. I’m getting near the end of chapter two, reading ever so innocently, when I have to do a double take. Oh, yes. I read that correctly. I continue. Look up from my book and declare, “Oh my god, I found literal book porn.” I was caught super off guard because in the usual YA I’ve come across, all the physical scenes have a lot of implied and metaphorical wording. This book did not do that. Let me tell you, Sarah is fearless. She has no shame. There is plenty more of this later on in the book, and, honestly, I love it! Keep small children away though! Very inappropriate for them!

Moving on to plot reactions (no spoilers, I promise!). I’ve heard people say that books are either plot driven or character driven, and I feel like this book does both. The characters give so much to the plot. Oh the feels! The emotion makes such a smooth transition from words to reader. And so much unfolds and there’s action, romance, drama, comedy. Rhys is hilarious, the girls are feisty, and everything comes together to make the book fabulous.

For those of you who have not seen the actual book. It is enormous. Immediately I felt like the book would eat me. (Well, in your face, book! I ate, you!) I, somehow, managed to finish this book in a few day–quite a feat for me given how slow of a reader I am, and that I had work on top of that.

This book is incredibly–as Rhys would say–delicious. 5 out of 5 stars!

“The Heir” Reviewed

Ever since¬†The Crown by Kiera Cass came out, I’ve needed to get caught up with the series. So I picked up¬†The Heir.¬†And I have to say that I was surprised¬†when I started reading because I didn’t realize the story was continuing so many years later.Screenshot 2016-05-22 01.30.14

Synopsis: Maxon and America are happily married, but dealing with conflict in the country. Not all of their people are happy with the casteless system. In order to calm the public, they decide to have another Selection, with their daughter Eadlyn, the next queen. Eadlyn is not completely on board with their idea, but she eventually concedes. And she may be unhappy about having to go through with it, but along the way she realizes that she may actually find happiness with one of the Selected boys.

I decided to pick this up after reading¬†Crown of Midnight‚ÄĒI needed something lighter after all the drama and intensity. The Heir¬†was great for fulfilling my needs: something much more fluffier.

I loved all the cutesy moments and anytime America and Maxon were mentioned, but I honestly had no clue before starting this book how much Kiera would fast forward into the future. For me, it was more of a spin-off series. I¬†was a little bit confused and surprised that I didn’t hear more about the book not really revolving around America/Maxon. But it was still the same fun and awkward moments of finding love. Though it wasn’t as great as the original Selection.

I’m all for a strong female lead, but, like some characters in the book, I felt like Eadlyn¬†was cold. I couldn’t connect to her as well as I did with America. I understand she had a different upbringing, but she was just so spoiled and obnoxious most of the time, it was hard to get past that. She did open up gradually as the book unfolded, but hardly as much as I would have liked. The boys were adorable, and even the not-so-good guys¬†were intriguing. They were the ones who kept me going.

The Heir receives 3 out of 5 stars.

“Crown of Midnight” Takes the Crown

It only took me two days to finish Sarah J. Maas’s¬†Crown of Midnight.¬†It kept me up late at night because I just could not put it down. This series will completely ruin my sleep schedule! Exhibit A:Screenshot 2016-04-28 00.08.13

Goodreads Synopsis: From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black Screenshot 2016-05-08 22.36.33as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances‚ÄĒnot the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

This book was twice as intense as the first. SO MANY FEELINGS! Celaena has serious anger management problems and boy did she let loose. My heart beat a mile a minute because her anger was frightening. Once I finished reading the book, I took a break and read The Heir by Kiera Cass to get some lighter reading in and calm myself.

I’m sorry, but I’m still Team Dorian. Chaol is great, but, to me, Dorian is my baby. I can’t get enough of him. And this book also upped Dorian’s cool factor, so I’m still holding on to that ship.

As for the plot, it was just as intense as Celaena’s emotion. So much happens and I can’t risk spoiling anything, but it is well worth the read.

I’m still reeling from all that I’ve read that I’m practically speechless. I can say this:
Just like my Throne of Glass review, 5 out of 5 stars to this one too.