Reading Pet Peeves || Part Two

I’m back again with more Reading pet peeves, this time focused more on the stuff inside the book and not the people who are annoying as you read the book.


1. When you thought a character was going to go away forever but then comes backgiphy (2)

Why do you need to come back!?


2. when a character makes decisions you absolutely hate but you’re trying to stick by them

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3. When you so truly believe that a character is good and then they stab you in the back with their evilness

giphy (7).gifI cannot believe I allowed myself to defend you time and time again.


4. When the book is really boring and your so close to giving up and then it becomes really interesting

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It is even worse if the interesting part doesn’t happen until the last third of the book.


5. ‘I released a breath I didn’t know I was holding’ or any other variation

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Why did you have to go there?

On a totally unrelated but related note: Kiera Cass in one of the Selection books has a line that is ‘He released a breath I didn’t know he was holding’. Like yeah, of course you didn’t know he was holding it, it’s his air not your’s.


Until next time,

Three Cinderella Retellings For When You Want To Feel Like A Low Key Princess

Does anyone else love retellings???

I do.

And that is why I am here today with some Cinderella retelling. I only have three, as I wanted to just put in the ones I have read.


The Lunar Chronicles [Marissa Meyer]

The first book in this series, Cinder, is a Cinderella retelling set in future China. Out of the following retellings, I think this one stays the closest to the fairytale we all know and love.

Cinder is a cyborg and Beijing’s top mechanic. When the prince comes to Cinder for help with one of his androids, her life turns upside down.


Throne of Glass [Sarah J Maas]

Okay, you won’t believe me, but it is true. A very loose base. Sarah J Maas got the inspiration to this book when listening to the Cinderella soundtrack. From their she thought the music was very intense considering Ella was just leaving the ball. So she figured, maybe she was leaving for a reason, maybe, just maybe, she was there to kill the prince.


The Selection Series [Kiera Cass]

“Cinderella never asked for a prince. She asked for a night off and a dress”

Yep, said by Kiera Cass herself.

This retelling is more to do with the ball and fancy dresses, then to do with step sisters and fairy godmothers. But it is still amazing!


What are your thoughts on retelling?

Until next time.

That Time I Explained The Book I’m Writing

One of my goals of this year was to finish the book I’m currently writing before the end of may. Ummmm…. I may have procrastinated #alot but it’s still May and there is a *cough small* possibility that I will get it finished on time (just the first draft guys don’t get you’re hopes up).

I’m about four chapters away from the end!!! How exciting??

For a while, I wasn’t writing or focusing any attention on this book. But then procrastination kicked in one day and I felt like creating a playlist for this project (still haven’t finished the playlist but hey, it takes time). However, while I was choosing songs, my homeroom buddy at school who is also on bookstagram asked if she could read what I had so far. So I kicked into action and am now currently both drafting the first couple of chapters and finish the final ones #wow


So all the boring introduction stuff is out of the way…. here is what this is all about


Dieheart

*faint cheers and claps in the distance*

Aren’t I just great at picking names? (don’t answer that). Here is some info on it:

Where can you find the first couple of chapters????

Right here my friends. As I draft the chapters and my friend does another check on them, I will be posting the chapters here on fictionpress

(my username is really weird, but I made it a long time ago and don’t feel like changing it)


What on earth is it about?

Luckily for you, I have created a very awful synopsis

I was always used to not being needed. No one needed me around. That was why I was chosen to be this years sacrifice. To be offered up to the Gods as payment for their ongoing protection. I was meant to die. But here I am. Still alive. And now I am expected to help the Sun God retrieve something stolen from him, not that they would let me know what it was.


Pinterest?

1Hell yeah I have a pinterest board going for this. Here you go


Wasn’t this meant to be for your camp nanowrimo?

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Some character names please???

Main character: Billy Raiherfu (aka #whatisgoingon (aka the only reason I chose the name Billy was for the Billy Goat reference))

Awesome sort of main characters: Mantus (aka #bossbabe)

Charles (aka #hungryasthewolf)

Itari (aka only hot because he is the Sun God #burn)


And that is all for this procrastination session.

Until next time,

Why Contemporary confuses me

You may have seen a contemporary book review (or two) I have done before. 

And every time I write one, I kind of want to rip the book apart. Well, not really, but it is still highly frustrating. The thing is, Contemporaries are just so hard to review. How am I meant to compare a book like Fangirl, with a little bit of romance and issues about turning in an essay on time, to a book like Air and Ash with powers and epic sea battles?

I don’t think I can.

And that is a bit of an issue.


When I read a contemporary I FALL IN LOVE, I do, I really do. They are very cute books and for the most of them, I adore them. But even when I stay up all night to finish one, like Coming Up For Air, I can’t compare it to when I stay up all night to read Empire of Storms.

Contemporaries are nice and sweet and easy to get into. But Fantasies are EPIC and full of so many tiny little details that have me gasping and wanting more.

So I have decided, that when I give a contemporary five stars, it does not always mean it equal the five stars I give to a fantasy novel. I. Just. Can’t. Compare. The. Two. It’s too hard to, it’s like comparing cats to oranges. Yes! I went there, not apples to oranges, cats to oranges. They are so different and it drives me insane trying to figure out how to rate them.


Things I love about (Most) contemporaries:

  • Easy to get into
  • Characters eat a lot of food
  • Real life issues
  • Eye opening
  • More realistic but yet impossible to reach boyfriend standards
  • Characters are easier to relate to

Things I dislike about (Most) contemporaries:

  • No dragons
  • No witches
  • No epic battles
  • No curse that they have to undo
  • No hot fae male princes
  • No plot line that has me turning the page at 100km/h
  • Doesn’t bring me the same extreme range of emotions as fantasy
  • No Rhysand
  • No little tiny details that you don’t care about until later when they become MAJOR and have you saying ‘Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh that was clever.”

I just don’t think it’s far to compare the two. Some people might love contemporaries and know exactly what a great one looks like, but I’m not one of those people. I mainly rate books based on how they made me feel. If I was driven into a whirlwind of emotions then it’s normally a five from me.

And it just so happens that Fantasies do that a lot better, in my opinion.


That is pretty much all I have to say. Do you have the same issue? Or is it just me?

Also do you have any good contemporaries to recommend?

My awful attempt at a bookshelf tour #itried

Hey all, the other day (aka yesterday) someone suggested I make a bookshelf tour… and seeing I don’t have that many books I figured this would be a rather quick thing to do, and it sounds pretty fun! (edit: one hour later I have just finished this, I should be studying guys!)

I have no fathomable idea on how to do this, but let’s just go ahead.


I have two mini bookshelves, both have three shelves and can hold about 6-10 books normally.

Except I fancified (it’s a word now) my shelves so there is only about 5 each shelf…. I’ll explain in a moment.

I also arrange my selves in alphabetical order by book not series because it helps makes it look colourful


Bookshelf 1:

row 1:

The Assassin’s Blade [Sarah J Maas]: My one and only love! You could give me a thousand better books than this one and I would still claim this one to be my favourite.

Cinder [Marissa Meyer]: Not my favourite book in the lunar chronicle series, but I do really want to reread this soonish

a Court of Mist and Fury [Sarah J Maas]: I need to hurry up with my reread on this one… ACOWAR is coming up soon and I must have this read by then.

a Court of Thorns and Roses [“”] This book is actually placed cover forward so I can see Feyre in all her beauty. Behind it are all my bookmarks that are not currently in use.

Cress [Marissa Meyre] aka, where I will be putting ACOWAR

also on this shelf is my Rhysand candle from @koolandco and I have stuck a ‘I love you thorns and all’ bookmark from @glimpses_of_me on the front


row 2:

The Elite [Kiera Cass]

Empire of Storms [Sarah J Maas]

Glass Sword [Victoria Aveyard]: I have my tiara (because I’m a queen) placed above this one. Also this one is placed cover forward as well (do you see the pattern yet… each row has one facing forward)

The Heir [kiera Cass] to be completely honest, I think the original three selection books where amazing and these extra two were unnecessary…. but still good!

Heir of Fire [Sarah J Maas]

also on this shelf are four mini candles from @koolandco and are all scented/themed around Manon from Throne of Glass


row 3:

Red Queen [Victoria Aveyard]: Hidden partly behind some spray perfume thingy I have and a tealight candle scented/themed as Lysandra [from throne of glass] from @koolandco (thats the last of the koolandco items)

Scarlet [Marissa Meyre]

The Scorch trials [James Dashner]: Originally I wasn’t going to put the maze runner series on my shelves but then I decided why not?

Six of Crows [leigh Bardugo]: With it’s beautiful cover on display

The Selection [Kiera Cass]

This is where the world ends [Amy Zhang]:  This book is seriously amazing and deserves more attention. But it does involve a suicide and some mention of rape, but not in detail about either. (just warning anyone)

Throne of Glass [Sarah J Maas]:  almost forgot this one, my sister is currently reading this but I think will be done by the time this is up.

Bookshelf One complete (17 books in total)


Bookshelf two:

Crooked Kingdom [Leigh Bardugo]: This book took me a while to get into, but I think if I had read it right after soc I would have found it easier, I kind of just lost the momentum.

The Crown [Kiera Cass]: This lovely purple book is the only colour on the otherwise grey/black shelf.

Crown of Midnight [Sarah J Maas]: I do have these books in paper back, but my sister has taken it off my shelf so she can start it right after TOG.

The Crown’s Game [Evelyn Skye]: Cover on display! I cannot wait to read the next book in this series, but I have heard of some mix reviews.

The Death Cure [James Dashner]: Please do not tell me I was the only one who thought this book series got worse as it went on. It is still good don’t get me wrong, but no were near as amazing as the first book.

Also on this shelf is a Green Pair smelling Candle from Kmart (seriously the best smelling candle out of all the ones on my shelves)


Row 2:

King’s Cage [Victoria Aveyard]:  I really really enjoyed this book. But I also felt like not much happened.

Looking for Alaska [John Green]: I only really like two of John Green’s books, this one and The Fault in Out Stars (but I have no clue where that book is at the moment)

The Maze Runner [James Dashner]: did you hear the third maze runner movie is being pushed back! It been so long since the second one.

The One [Kiera Cass]: I kind of feel like the selection series could have been one book. But they are all so nice and sweet so I don’t really mind.

Queen of Shadows [Sarah J Maas]: On display! I love this cover so much, I think it is my favourite throne of glass cover.

Rebel of the Sands [Alywn Hamilton]: Do I think I will ever pick up the second book to this? no…. do I still keep it on my tbr? Hell yes! I loved this book but have lost all motivation to read the second book in the series

Also on this shelf is my Celaena and Rowan Lip balms from @behindthepagesstore and a little bottle with a message in it from my friend for my birthday


Row 3: (aka the nothing shelf)

Winter [Marissa Meyre]: WHAT AN ENDING? This book was amazing, but is also so heavy!

The Perfect Tear [Connie Lansberg]: Yes i know it isn’t alphabetical order, but I kept a couple of books in my warbdrobe and decided to take this one out right after I organised the shelves (There is now one lone book in my cupboard… but it isn’t actually mine it is just my family’s)

My kindle… well my dad’s which I have stolen and claimed mine.

And that is all on that shelf

13 books in total on bookcase 2


That is the end of this bookshelf tour. I might do one again in a month or so. I have some books arriving in the mail (hopefully next week) plus am planning to get ACOWAR

Until next time,

Author Q&A: Kieran Scott (Blog Tour + Giveaway)

Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott has got to be one of my favourite books I’ve read this year! It was released just a few days ago, so make sure you look out for it (see my review here). Thank you so much Kieran for stopping by my blog to do this fun Q&A.


Book Description:

9781492637981-PR.jpgTitle: Pretty Fierce

Author: Kieran Scott

Pub Date: April 4, 2017

An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat novel about a teen who, when backed into a corner, fights back, from the author of What Waits in the Woods

Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows danger—and she’ll do anything to survive. After her parents vanished during a job gone bad, Kaia’s spent the last year in hiding, trying to blend in as an ordinary teenager, and there’s no one who makes her feel more normal, more special, than her boyfriend, Oliver.

But when she’s attacked by someone from her mother’s past and Oliver catches her fighting back, Kaia’s secret is exposed. In a split-second decision, she flees the small town, taking Oliver with her. Stalked at every turn, Oliver and Kaia must protect each other…or die trying.


About the Author:

a.jpgKIERAN SCOTT is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including the Non-Blonde Cheerleader trilogy, the He’s So/She’s So trilogy, and Geek Magnet. She also wrote the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Private and Privilege series under the pen name Kate Brian. She is a senior editor at Disney/Hyperion and resides in New Jersey with her family. Visit kieranscott.net.

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Kobo | iTunes | Indiebound


Author Q&A:

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m an author and editor who lives in New Jersey with my husband and my two sons. I’ve published over sixty novels for young adults under my own name and my pen name, Kate Brian, plus I’ve done a ton of ghost writing and book doctoring and written a lot of nonfiction as well. Right now I’m very much into writing action and romance for some reason, but it seems to be working, so I’ll go with it. If I’m not writing I’m either hanging out with my family, baking or working out to burn the calories from all the baking.

  1. What inspired you to write this book?

I had a dream about Chris Hemsworth and when I woke up I wrote down the basic premise of what was then titled RUN. It was about a boy who is on the run from drug dealers and ends up taking his girlfriend with him because she’s in danger if she stays behind. Obviously, it changed a little from the first iteration. In the dream, I was Chris’s girlfriend, but I couldn’t kiss him in public because if people knew we were together, my life was at stake. That’s the first time a dream ever inspired a novel!

  1. How long did it take you to write this book?

It took about a year from first having the idea to completing what I would say was a good draft.

  1. Where there any alternative endings you were considering?

I can’t really get into details without spoiling the ending, but there were some people who were originally supposed to die who ended up not dying.

  1. Are you writing anything now?

Yes! I’m working on a story that’s about a family that suffers a devastating loss, but later finds out that another member of the family might have been responsible.

  1. Where is your favourite place to write?

Anywhere I can find the time! I probably get the most done when I have a few minutes in my home office, which is bright and sunny and painted a very soothing shade of green. But with my insane schedule, I’m more often writing on the go. At my kids’ baseball practice, their tae kwon do lessons, in between watching Big Little Lies and passing out a night . . . .

  1. Can you describe your book in three words?

Girl is hunted.

  1. Do you have any unique/ quirky writing habits?

I almost never end a scene the first time I write a scene. There’s a writers device we use when we can’t think of something or want to come back and fix something. We type in TK for “to come.” Almost every scene or chapter I write inititally ends with the line “REALLY COOL ENDING TK” I hate writing endings.

  1. What is your favourite trait of Kaia?

I love how much Kaia believes in herself and her instincts. She makes a decision, she acts on it. That’s why it’s so difficult for her to have Oliver on this road trip with her, because she realizes that she can’t make decisions on her own anymore—she has this other person to consider.  And that kind of messes with her mojo.

  1. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Read as much as you possibly can in every genre you can get your hands on. It not only builds your vocabulary and your literacy, but it builds your understanding of the world. You might find out there are styles of writing you love that you otherwise never would have known existed. It helps you find your voice, to read and hear as many other voices as you possibly can.


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Thanks for sharing Kieran Scott, and congratulations on your new book!

Nanowrimo and where to find my new story

Hello writer fans,

The month of November has come and gone and so has Nanowrimo. Now, i had been intending on editing a book I wrote earlier this year.

It took three chapters for me to realise it was leaning more towards terrible than okay. So I sort of gave up on it. It needs a lot more than a months work on it. Seeing it is the holidays now, I might get around to just rewriting the whole thing. i love the story but my writing was… well it wasn’t good.

And I get it seems worse because it’s myself judging it. But honestly, this was not good.

However, I started writing a new book which I am currently in love with. I haven’t finished it yet or edited it. But i reread the chapter three times before i go to the next, so it’s something.

I am calling this work ‘Dieheart’ which is a term used in the book. This is a young adult fantasy novel. So it is set in a world where creatures like dragons, sirens, Gods, fae and unicorns etc exist. It also had limited technology and the main character lives/lived in a tribe so she cannot read and doesn’t understand some concepts.

this is what I have for the description so far:

I was the chosen one, and by that I mean, the one who was intended to be sacrificed to Itari, the God of the sun, moon and all the stars. He was also the bastard who failed the one job he had. Although I won’t forgive him from trying to kill me, I would help him get back the item he lost. I was a Dieheart after all, and he was in desperate need of help.

You can find it here

If you do read it please let me know what you think. I’m feeling that I need to find new ways to describe things because saying that they were angry or annoyed has been repeated 101 times in the exact same way.

Until Next time,