Mystery Blogger Award 5.0/6

MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD 5.0/6.0

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Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
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THE RULES:

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.

2. List the rules.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog!

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

6. You have to nominate 10-20 3 people.

7. Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).

9. Share your link to your best post(s)

 

Thank you Kayla for tagging me! I love doing book tags and while it’s taken me a little while to get round to it. I HAVE DONE IT.

MY FACTS:

  1. I have fallen back in love with Animal Crossing New Leaf <3.  After a super stressful day at work it’s just so chill. And Wolfgang is a grumpy little cutie :3
  2. I am writing a sequel to my unpublished novel. Sad, really. But I can’t leave the characters alone and I look forward to doing it so much it really brightens my day. And so I’m at 35k words…
  3. I’m currently working in China. It’s a bit of a love hate relationship currently.

Kayla’s QUESTIONS:

Where was the last place you travelled, and when was it?

The last place I travelled to would be Hong Kong, which is just a series of train rides and a couple of border checks. That was about a month ago but that was the last major place I went. The reason…because there’s a nerd store there that’s four stories high and I AM A NERD.

Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!

“He floated into the air high above the sleeping forest, his green hat spinning a few feet above his head. In his hand was the open suitcase and out of it spilled a whole sky of stars.” – I’ll Give You the Sun.

It’s not the most quotable of books but I love the story as whole. And I love how Noah thinks of all these amazing pictures, like the one I just quoted. It gives the novel a little bit of magic despite being normal.

 

What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)

Anger by Sleeping at Last. It’s super moody but I’m writing this really sad part in my book where all the characters are having a bad time and it’s working pretty well for that.

Otherwise when I’m being normal and not listening to the same song for five hours straight it’d be Eraser by Ed Sheeran.

Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?

If it was really boring? Down-right offensive with no reason, or if the characters are really clueless and annoying halfway in to the book. I used to DNF a lot of books, I’m on a good streak actually for not doing that

Share your favourite meme or GIF!

It will forever and always be this.

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MY QUESTIONS!

  1. What quote has changed your life (name the book it’s from!)?
  2. What’s the best book you have ever read?
  3. Favourite character from a book/movie/anything?
  4. Do you buy books knowing you’re never going to read them?
  5.  I’m going to steal Kayla’s question. What song is stuck in your head right now? (Link it if you can!)

I NOMINATE…

Alicia @ The Grumpy Librarian

Charlotte Annelise

Natalie @ The Hedgie Press

The School Subjects Book Tag!

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 So I saw this book tag on the amazing Icebreaker694’s blog but then I forgot to do this weeks ago because my life suddenly became incredibly busy, which it still is but I am currently not drowning in work as much as I was before (woo, I think…).

And out of laziness you are ALL tagged. If you want to do this tag do it. Link back to me so I can see your wonderful answers! 🙂 I love reading book tags and answering them 😉


MATH—A BOOK THAT LEFT YOUR HEAD SPINNING IN CIRCLES

The City & The City by Chine Meaville. It’s not YA but I loved it and I wrote about it in my final year of my literature degree. Then I re-read and it made my head spin as I realised there could be so much more to it. It’s definitely one those books you want to read more than once to go theory crazy on.

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ENGLISH—A BOOK YOU THINK HAS BEAUTIFUL WRITTEN EXPRESSION

The City & The City by China Meaville.

PHYSICS—YOUR FAVOURITE SCIENTIFICALLY MINDED CHARACTER FROM A BOOK OR FILM

Book: Sam from Abhorsen by Garth Nix. He was more scientifically minded in a magic sort of way but he is the first character to come to mind.

Film: Newt Scamander. Not the most scientific person buuut he knew his magical creatures down to a T. That takes some science =3.

CHEMISTRY—YOUR FAVOURITE LITERARY COUPLE?

Rowan and Aelin.  Feyre and Rhysand. Emma and Julian.

BIOLOGY—YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK/SERIES/FILM/CHARACTER

Book: A Court of Mist and Fury

YA Series: Throne Of Glass

Manga Series:  Fruits Basket ( I watch more than I read now, which still isn’t much. I feel like I’ve exhausted them a bit. )

Film: Spirited Away

TV Series: House

Character: Karou

ART—HAVE YOU EVER JUDGED A BOOK BY ITS COVER, EVEN IF YOU WEREN’T MEANT TO?!

The Crusade trilogy. I read all three because I really like the covers of the books and I needed to validate buying them. I didn’t love the story, I liked them at times but I LOVED THOSE COVERS.
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HISTORY—THE LAST HISTORICAL BOOK YOU’VE READ

Wayfarer I guess? They did go back in time I guess? Otherwise it’d be the time re-read Jane Eyre about six months ago.

GEOGRAPHY—A DESTINATION YOU WOULD REALLY LIKE TO VISIT

Venice, Japan, the lake district in England again because I love that place far too much.

DRAMA—A BOOK YOU THINK HAS A LOT OF OVERDRAMATIC HYPE

Caraval. I have not read it but all I see is Caraval, Caraval, Caraval and it makes me have no  desire to pick up this book. I could missing something amazing but I can’t make myself do it.

 

So that was the Book Subjects Book tag! Have fun if you choose to do it too! 🙂 Bye!

For Women Who are “Difficult” to Love

you are a horse running alone
and he tries to tame you
compares you to an impossible highway
to a burning house
says you are blinding him
that he could never leave you
forget you
want anything but you
you dizzy him, you are unbearable
every woman before or after you
is doused in your name
you fill his mouth
his teeth ache with memory of taste
his body just a long shadow seeking yours
but you are always too intense
frightening in the way you want him
unashamed and sacrificial
he tells you that no man can live up to the one who
lives in your head
and you tried to change didn’t you?
closed your mouth more
tried to be softer
prettier
less volatile, less awake
but even when sleeping you could feel
him travelling away from you in his dreams
so what did you want to do, love
split his head open?
you can’t make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that
and if he wants to leave
then let him leave
you are terrifying
and strange and beautiful
something not everyone knows how to love.

 

–  Warsan Shire

 

Thought this was a beautiful poem and needed to be shared <3.

A gloriously annoying but true writing tip.

“If your beginning can be cut from your story and it doesn’t change anything, you’re starting too early.”

– Said by many people, in many different ways all the time and now by yours truly.

 

I’ve lived and breathed this phrase since I’ve started writing and I thought I’d been doing it. But it’s hard to cut away at something we love. I’ve sent the beginning of my novel off four times already to different agents but part of me had been wishing see chapter two instead. Which is bad. So I listened to my doubt and I’ve started editing again.

The Perfectionist Chronicles continues!

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Don’t know when I’ll finish it and there’s no date set but as I said to everyone who bitched at me for doing this again “you can’t rush genius”. If only I believed that. I feel more like I’m patching up some dilapidated building with sellotape. Moral is be ruthless as hell with your novel.

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Flash reviews of the books I read in February. And a brief intro of me making excuses about why I don’t post regularly.

Hey, so I don’t normally make a list of what I’ve read last month but my life has been pretty hectic and so I haven’t had the time to cover as much as I want. This month I finished a novel and am now trolling through the processes of queries, synopses and receiving my first rejection – what a milestone! XD And I moved back to China to finish the last few months of my contract working as a teacher. I also feel like I owe myself to make the effort to see more of the country, which I have been failing to do. And I feel like I need to make this blog more regular. So I’m thinking I’m going to start regularly posting weekly, likely Tuesday and when I say Tuesday that could mean Wednesday but my heart’s in the right place.

Pros

Cons

 

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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

3.5 / 5 stars

 I found it pretty slow. I preferred Passenger. This was all shrouded in a bit too much mystery for me. I wanted a character to have all the facts so they could act upon them. Instead of it being divided but we, the reader knows and becomes incredibly frustrated watching the characters bumble around. I liked the story but there were times it dragged on a little and I couldn’t enjoy Nicholas’ POV.

However, I liked the coverage on Henry and wished their could have been more. And to see Sophie develop as a character was nice too.

I feel like I owe this series a re-read honestly because Wayfarer seemed so different in comparison to Passenger. I want to believe it is me being an idiot and forgetting the details of a book I read a year ago.

 

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Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

3 / 5 stars

This is a retelling of the fairytale Wassalissa the beautiful and I hope I might have a better understanding of this book if I read the original. Because Vassa in the Night seemed so strange. I like strange but this was another level.

I also feel like Vassa could have had some more motivation as a character.

But I did love Vassa’s doll, Erg. She reminded me of a time when I was a kid and wished my toys were real.

 

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The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

5 /5 stars

I loved it and cannot wait until the next book comes out. I’m planning on writing about the three books as a collective because this series needs more hype. Secret agents. An evil baddie. Alternate worlds. Magic. My list will go on in a future post. Pick up The Invisible Library if you haven’t tried this series yet.

 

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Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

4.5 / 5 stars

I got to spend some time with the characters I love. This book is just a homage to all the characters from   Cassie’s Shadowhunters series’ I recommend it if you loved those.

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

4 / 5 stars

See my review here. I liked it.

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

5 stars

Also see my review. I freaking loved it.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I loved this book, I flew through it and then…I reached the ending and I didn’t.

( AND I AM BACK WITH MY INCREDIBLY AMATEURISH PHOTOGRAPHY! Are you not entertained? )

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

4 / 5 stars

There are some books that I almost wish were stand-alones not because I didn’t like them but because I felt like they would have an insanely strong ending if they didn’t have to carry on. But hey, that’s just my opinion. I am also seeing way too many series now, which is great because I get to visit the lives of the characters I love all over again but I am beginning to want books to end. (Never expected that).

And I can’t really say much about my thoughts on the ending of Three Dark Crowns without obviously spoiling it. What I will say is something happened right at the end with Arsinoe and Katherine and I kind of guessed this was the case from like a few chapters in after I learnt the lore surrounding their story. So yay I was right and I mean I actually liked the twist at the end but I didn’t like how it ended. There was this huge build up to the three queens’ battle and I did not find the ending fulfilling.

That aside, I loved it.

I loved Katherines voice – who we meet first. She is just this sweet girl who has never been good enough but still tries so hard. She is the poisoner queen.

I was rooting for Arsinoe too who has no powers and despite the very hopeless future she has I was constantly rooting for her to find her familiar.

There was a lot of POV jumping and that didn’t make me hate the book as it was interesting learning about everyone’s lives I did at times want a little more on the queens etc. But everyone always has favourites when it comes to multiple POVs!

Let me know who you were rooting for below!

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Did you know you can a have different cover according to what queen you’re rooting for? I wish I’d known but then I have Arsinoe’s cover so that’s not so bad. Although Katherine’s green poisoner cover looks lovely.

I will be picking up the sequel Dark Throne. I do recommend this book! 🙂

I finished my novel. Where’s the party?

 

IT’S DONE. IT’S FINISHED. I DID IT…where are the streamers? The balloons? I’ve got my life back and I’m not sure what I should do with it.

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It is a tad anti-climactic. Like finishing a book and realising that’s the end of the characters you’ve followed through an intense journey but one that sucked up far more of my time.

If anything, I guess it means I don’t want to stop writing. Which is good. And I have a lot of projects to start…so perhaps it’s on to the next one. After I send this novel off to some agents (ahh reality). I think I do need to have a party…even if my book won’t give one to me :’)

 

Result:

Name: Lionhearts

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Total Word Count: 108,000 (maybe a little big :S)

 

Maybe something will come of this, either way I completed a novel and I just sent it to an agent!!

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