Friday, July 31, 2015

5 Stages Of Grief After Finishing A First Draft

So this title is not entirely accurate, but I wanted to talk about the five stages I go through after having completed a first draft, this mainly goes for when I've done something like NaNoWriMo.

1. Excitement! - It's done! It's epic and I love everything about it, it came out exactly how I've been seeing it in my head and I can't wait to jump into revisions.



2. Exhaustion - I want to sleep all day every day because....that was so. much. WORK. Seriously. The thought of even looking at again makes me want to curl in a ball, make like a bear, and hibernate.

3. Despair - The exhaustion has faded after a week long coma(where I sleep till 3pm and watch lots of TV) and the world is so dark. I can't think of the book without the despair welling up and preparing to drag me back down into it's depths. I mean there's so much wrong with the book, my character has no character, my writing is flawed, DO YOU SEE THE SIZE OF THAT PLOT HOLE!? The world will never be okay again.


4. Shiny New Idea/Confliction - It's the middle of the night, I'm avoiding all thoughts of writing, because, hello! it's a mess! When bam. Shiny new idea arrives on a white horse, only what do I do? Do I jump right into this perfect, loving, new idea and ignore my book, or do I put the idea on hold and dive into the deep ocean to drown myself in revisions? I love the shiny new idea, it's shiny and new and promises such excitement, but the book! It's always lurking in the back of my mind and will not rest until all plot holes have been filled, all characters fleshed out, until all those pesky commas are fixed, and the plot bunnies chased out with pitch forks!


5. Acceptance - The moment you realize that the book was once a shiny new idea too, and that it can be that way again(shiny not new), but first you must devote time to it,. You must watch it grow, you must feed and water it, you must weed out all the bad seeds, you must find better metaphors. And so, leaving the despair behind and your shiny new idea off to the side, you dive into the endless darkness that is revisions.

Well, there you have it. Basically, I sleep, procrastinate, clean, bake and do anything possible until I can no longer ignore revisions. It's just a brief feeling of accomplishment, finishing a first draft, but it also gives you hope, my friends. Hope that one day it will be a shiny new hardcover book.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Let's Do This: ARC August

I'll be honest, I just recently heard of this but I've wanted, for a while now, to catch up/get ahead in my ARCs so that I don't have to do my frantic rush to get even a small number of them read on time. Therefore, I have decided to join in Read Sleep Repeat's ARC August event!

Don't know what ARC August is? You can check out their post here and join in on the fun! Basically, it's just all about reading those ARCs and takes place in August. =)

I'd like to read a minimum of 10 ARCs as that's about the average number of books I'm managing to read a month at the moment, plus I have a lot of editing planned for August so I don't want to try and overextend myself. Having said that, I did pick 12 to put on this list, these are one's I hope to read just in case I feel ambitious. =)

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Joining in on ARC August? What's the ARC your most excited to get to? If you aren't joining in, what book are most excited to get to next month?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

#Review: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski



16069030The Winner's Curse
by Marie Rutkoski
Release date: March 2014
Format: Hardcover
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Goodreads Link

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love... 
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. 
One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. 
But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. 
Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart


My Rating:




Review:

Well I'm sure by now you know what this book is about, but basically, Kestrel lives in a world(that we don't know a ton of history about or where really is...) where her people, the Valorians ten or so years ago invaded and took over the Herrani and enslaved them. One day while at the market Kestrel, who is the daughter of the general, ends up buying Arin, a Herrani slave. Of course, not all is perfect in this world and even as feelings spark between Kestral and Arin they're both overly aware of the fact that they come very very different places and have very different futures.

I'm going to try and keep this short, I was kind of worried when I picked this one up because I have heard a lot of mixed things, mostly that it kind of has a big focus on romance and not many people seem to like the ship but um,..I kind of love Kestrel and Arin. I really enjoyed this one for the most part and it kept me interested up until the end. I kind of got bored at the end which is bad because that's when all the action finally starts and what not.

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

- It's refreshing that instead of a main female character who wants to become a fighter but can't because female fighters aren't allowed, we have a female main character who doesn't want to become a fighter being pressured to be one. I loved that. It was kind of confusing though, because women can fight in the military, but they can't walk through the market without an escort...?

- I loved the characters. Kestrel was awesome, she's badass but not in the typical YA fantasy way. She's only a so-so fighter but she's extremely smart when it comes to strategies and she loves music. Arin is also a great character, he was very well developed for a character who only had a few short POV chapters and didn't talk much at all in most of the other chapters. He was sweet and everything but also, he never forgot his duty for his people, and he could be vicious when needed. I completely shipped them, right from the beginning, I'm not what made me ship them I just loved the slow building romance, the kind of frowned upon love. But again, the ending kind of made it weird, I'll explain more down below. Most of the side characters were also great.

- The writing! Sigh. The writing, I loved the writing. It was so fast-paced and flowing and lovely. And I don't know, just great.

A Few Of My Not So Favorite Things:

- One pet peeve I have about this book is that we never really get to see the action. When Kestrel has to duel someone you see the beginning and it skips to afterward. When there's a battle, you see five minutes of it and then it skips to afterward. When someone might die you the thirty seconds where they might be about to die and then it skips to afterwards. I guess it's a case, in this aspect, of telling instead of showing.

- The End: My problem came at the end of this book. So much happened so quickly and I never really felt like Kestrel felt anything for it, almost like it wasn't affecting her at all. It was just such a drastic change from the rest of the book and it was kind of disappointing because it was almost boring. I mean, a lot was going on, but it was kind of just talked about. I didn't FEEL the tension, I didn't FEEL that anything all that important was going on. and I definitely didn't FEEL Kestrel's confusion and conflicting feelings about Arin, the Herrani and her own people. I just feel like I should've felt more at the end while I was kind of just bored.

- World building defiantly wasn't on point. I mean, how much territory have the Valorian's captured? And why? Just because they can? Also, what's with the barbarians??? Not much at all of the world is explained and that's kind of disappointing.

Overall: I really enjoyed this book, if only for the amazing characters and brilliant writing. The ending was definitely disappointing and while I'm excited for the next to find out what happens with Kestrel and Arin, I don't think I'm all the invested in the actual plot and story. Also, I gotta say, even though I haven't read any reviews, purely from this ending and the next ones description, I'm kinda worried about how I'm going to like it. I'm worried, for me, it might suffer second book syndrome.

Would I Recommend This? Yes.
Who To? People.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yes!


Monday, July 27, 2015

#MakeMeRead Read-A-Thon Recap

If you weren't aware this last week there was a readathon hosted by Val @ The Innocent Smiley and Ely @ A Book So Fathomless, called Make Me Read It. Basically, people(you) voted on what people participating would read and then we read. Anyway, I just thought I'd do a short recap of what I read, a few vague thoughts on each book(full reviews to come) and whatnot.

*All ratings mentioned are subject to change, by the way.

I put up 5 books to vote on and said I'd get to 2/3 and I read 3 so...bam!

16069030 The Winner's Curse
by Marie Rutkoski
Rating: 4 Stars
Vague Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this one! It was very gripping and I wasn't often bored with it, I even shipped the ship which is something I know a lot of people had problems with with this one. There were some things I didn't like but overall, a good pick!













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Made You Up 
by Francesca Zappia
Rating: 4 Stars
Vague Thoughts:

Um, I loved it obviously. The feels! My heart still hurts from them. I had to get reassurances from Twitter before finishing this one because I was so afraid of how it would end! So, thanks everyone for that! Altogether, this was definitely another winner.











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by Robin LaFevers
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Vague Thoughts:
Ermahgerd. That's all.














So obviously, you guys did an excellent job in your voting and choosing because I loved all these books! And the feels! I am overwhelmed with them. Don't look, it's too painful.

So, what did you read during the readathon!?? All good choices, bad, some of each???? If you didn't do the readathon, still answer the questions in regard to whatever you've been reading recently!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Retelling The Story: Weekly Wrap up #3

I am linking up with these two epic memes:

The Sunday Post Stacking the Shelves
Sunday Post hosted over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer & Stacking The Shelves Hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Recently In My Life: 
So I won Camp NaNo last week but my internet died so I couldn't do a wrap up last week. I also completed my 60k In 5days which nearly killed me but was very fun. This week I mostly just relaxed, read, watched movies, and lazed about.

Tuesday I did go see Minions and Ant-Man on five dollar movie night. Minions was completely awesome - long live King Bob! And Ant-Man was...good but the first half of the movie was kind of boring. Then I saw Pixels Friday night, and yeah, that movie is awesome!

New Books/Read This Week:
Bought:



Dogsbody, The Tough Guide To Fantasyland, House Of Many Ways, Castle In The Air, The Chronicles Of The Crestomanci books 1&2, The Blind Wish

So...yeah, all of these but The Blind Wish are by Diana Wynne Jones the author of Howl's Moving Castle which I read and loved last year. She's an awesome fantasy author who wrote a ton of childrens/middle-grade fantasy years ago and I've become slightly obsessed with her books and am systematically buying and reading them all.

Read:

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It's the Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon and it has not let me down! Technically, Charmed Life was before the read-a-thon as I finished it Sunday night but it was a fun book. I LOVED both Winner's Curse and Made You Up and ahhh! Just SO GOOD.

Recently On The Blog:

- I posted my ARC Review of Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid, which I loved and hated but mostly loved.

- And I did a Camp Update thing which also including my camp playlist.

Upcoming:
Things! I'm working on ideas for real this time. I'm going to be reviewing at least one book which is good because I haven't reviewed much of anything recently. And a Make Me Read It read a thon wrap up. I'm also working on revamping some of my features that I haven't done in MONTHS. And, I don't know, maybe I'll come up with a discussion of some sort? Also, it's the last week of camp! So I will be working on finishing up my novel.



Currently reading:
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Tell me, how was your week? What are you currently reading??? Any new recommendations?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

ARC Review: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

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by Adi Alsaid
Expected Release date: August 4, 2015
Format: ARC
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link

Never date your best friend 
Always be original 
Sometimes rules are meant to be broken 
Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they'd never, ever do in high school. 
Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never die your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he's broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It's either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember. 
Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they've actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.
I received this book from the author to review honestly

My Rating:



Review:

Never Always Sometimes is a book about two people who've been best friends forever. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he's known her it seems, Julia loves Dave too...as a friend. Then there's the list, the Nevers, which they made before starting high school, of all the cliches they wouldn't do in high school. Now they're months away from graduating and bored so they dig out the old list and start crossing things off. First up? Going to a legendary Kapoor party where Dave meets Gretchen.

This book made me feel the feels. It made me fall in love with Dave and Julia together and apart. It made me ship them. It made me fall in love with Gretchen and ship her with Dave even while I was hoping for Dave and Julia to work out. And even though it's more or less a fluffy contemporary it broke my heart a little bit.

Julia is one of my all-time favorite characters, she's awesome, and badass, and not really afraid to be who she is, and she hates shoes and I hate shoes...I think we should be best friends. And I hated Gretchen the moment she was introduced because I knew she'd get in the way of Dave and Julia, yet I couldn't not fall for her character too. All the characters were exceptional and very well written. I loved the book and the only thing I didn't love is the last third...

I didn't hate the ending, but things started happening really fast and I had mixed emotions about it. The book was still amazing, but I wasn't happy with all the flip flopping and, most of all, Dave towards the end. I kind of just felt like Dave was, I don't know, changing very suddenly and acting in ways that I didn't feel totally meshed with everything we knew about him., and just in general I didn't like the way he was acting. I will give the author props for taking things a different way and making the characters so REAL though.

I saw a few early review mentioning the inappropriate things Dave and Julia do, but I don't see it that way. Yes, Julia tries to seduce a teacher, but it's mostly a joke that I think most readers will see just as that. Nothing else seemed that inappropriate to me. Some things Dave did towards the end weren't the best but, hey everyone makes mistakes!

Overall: This book is fun and at first glance may appear to be a simple light and fluffy read, but it's more than that. The emotions and characters in Never Always Sometimes are extremely incredibly REAL(and slightly heartbreaking). Feels abounded in this book partly because of the great characters and partly because of the great writing. I thought I had it all figured out half way through but then there were twists, twists that made me FEEL(mostly angry at the author for making me ship so many different people and then kept sinking them). Basically, I loved this, you should read this, even if you, like I, might hate the ending.

Would I Recommend This? YES!
To whom? Everyone? And fans of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Will I read more from this author? YES!

So... What's a cliche you didn't do in high school but wish you had?
Personally, I was homeschooled so I did NO cliches, however in my town it's very cliche to go bowling after prom, while still all dressed up, and I totally would've done that.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Camp NaNoWriMo: Update and Playlist!

Update: So, I had a weekly update all ready for this past Saturday but then my Internet crashed(and is still kind of crashing because the Internet gods hate me) and I lost the post and then...well the Internet was broken so I couldn't very easily redo it. Anyway, here's the writing basics the rest should be in this weeks wrap up post!

60k in 5Days: sooo... I did mention I believe once or twice that my brother dared me to try and write 60,000 words in just 5 days. Now, keep in mind, this time last year I did my first 50k week where I wrote 50,000 words in 7 days and it almost killed me... Anyhow... I DID IT! In fact, I ended the five days with not 60k but 60,047...so... BAM!

That also means that I won NaNo, as my goal was 100k and I've written just over 102k. Yay! As for how I managed to do this... I have a theory. You see, much like a cat I have nine lives and to write so much so quickly (I finished this all on the 16th) I had to lose a life... I'm now down to like seven, don't ask how I lost the other. ;)

I haven't written since, because I was tired and then still tired and then feeling migrainey but I do plan on writing a bit more by the end of the month to at least finish up my second novel Codename: Wonderland. Here's my writing playlist for it, it includes lots of Wonderland-y songs and, of course, my NaNo months anthem, Go The Distance from Hercules. Also, obviously some Fall Out Boy...and some rap? Blame my brother but it turns out listening to a little rap really helps me concentrate when writing. Who knew?


What have you been up to? I'm about halfway through two books for the Make Me Read It read-a-thon, if you're doing it, hows it coming? If you're writing anything, I want to know! Just, TELL ME THINGS! Please?


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Beautiful People #1: Ren & Farrah

PAPERFURY

Beautiful People is a meme created by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. The meme's for writers to share all about their characters! It's super fun, find out all about it here.


Since I'm in the middle of Camp NaNo and endlessly writing and I love this meme and I didn't want to do just a random update post for my 60k in 5days, I decided to join Beautiful People this month!(and write a long run-on sentence about it!) I've actually done this a few times, on my old writing blog Grace&Steele(I'm Steele!) but haven't done it much recently and it's so much fun!

For the sake of this post, I am using two characters, and they are the two main characters from my first camp novel, Ren&Farrah. Ren is 10, Farrah is 14, and they're sisters. They live in a renaissance faire, by the way, but it's set in real world and our time.

1. What’s their favourite ice cream flavour?

Ren: Old school, she loves chocolate.

Farrah: Likes to mix chocolate and strawberry.

2. Your character is getting ready for a night out. Where are they going? What are they wearing? Who will they be with?

Ren: Haha. She's ten, and lives at a renaissance faire... Basically, if she's going out, it's to snoop around the faire, if she has company it's invisible to everyone but her.

Farrah: She's much too good for that(read: she's angsty and likes to mope at night).

3. Look at your character’s feet. Describe what you see there. Do they wear dress shoes, gym shoes, or none at all? Are they in socks that are ratty and full of holes? What do they consider comfortable and what do they consider agony?

Ren: She's barefoot. Her feet are covered in dirt but no scratches, she has calluses developed from being barefoot all the time. She hates shoes but is fine with socks as long as they're brightly colored.

Farrah: Beat up sneakers. They clash with her princess dress, but she doesn't care. She hates her nice princess shoes on principal but actually hates the smelly sneakers that make her feet sweat.

4. Do they have any birthmark or scars? Where are they and how did they get them?

Ren: Ren has a small scar on her right hand, she got it from playing with a sharp sword.

Farrah: A small scar on her forehead, above her right eye, she got it when Ren was playing with a sharp sword... Haha. Joking... I think.

5. What kind of music do they listen to? Does it change depending on their mood or is it always consistent? (Feel free to share samples!)

Ren: Um. Whatever the minstrels happen to be playing?

Farrah: She really loves folk music. Also, stuff like Riversong by Brunchville. Also, classical stuff.



6. Do they have any musical talent? Play an instrument? How’s their singing voice?

Ren:  She played with the minstrels for a season but doesn't really have any sort of musical talent. Of course, when her and Farrah sing together for their performance at the end of the season, they sound amazing, only together though.

Farrah: She dances. And sings with Ren, only sometimes, not often anymore as she has that whole angsty teenage thing going on.

7. What kind of book would you catch them reading?

Ren: The Knight's Guide To Slaying The Dragon? Something along those lines.

Farrah: Hmm. Probably...plays? Like Shakespear and whatnot.

8. How would they spend their summers (or their holidays)?

Ren: At the Ren Faire.

Farrah: That's faire season. She'd rather be at the beach or something though.

9. It’s Saturday at noon. What is your character doing? Give details. Ex. If they’re eating 
breakfast, what’s on the menu? Are they hiking, shopping, lazing around?

Ren: Ren's most likely running through the faire, probably on the hunt for some new magical creature, her wooden sword strapped to her side. Possibly hanging out with the knights.

Farrah: Farrah is probably sulking in the trailer, laying across the floor to try and keep cool, sipping lemonade and listening to music.

10. Is there anything your character wants to be free of?

Ren: The real world.

Farrah: The faire.


I'm doing Camp this month and attempting a 60k in 5days challenge set forth by my brother. Here's my stats:

60k In 5days:

Day 1: 20,277
Day 2: 9,000
Day 3: 10, 543

Total: 39,820
Left To Go: 20,180

Today's day 4! And I'm procrastinating by writing this...

I'm over halfway through the week and over halfway there! Yay!

If you're linking up with Beautiful People please leave me links below and let me know if you're doing Camp this month/how your writing is going! If you aren't...tell me, who do you like better, Ren or Farrah?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

An Open Letter To The First Book That Broke My Heart

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Dear Bridge To Terabithia,


I first read you, what feels like forever ago, I was but nine years old and didn't understand you, I was simply excited about the fact that reading you meant my class got to go on a field trip to see the movie. Even then, I knew that the movie, that you, we're all the things. Sad to the point of heartbreaking, my mom hated me when I forced her to watch it and was angry for a week about your ending. Full of meaning my fourth-grade mind couldn't grasp. But also, you were full of happiness and excitement and MAGIC. I watched the movie again and again but I never picked you up and still, I knew it was sad, but all I saw was the magic.
I'm nineteen now and haven't visited you in forever. It took not much more than an hour to read you and I fell in love all over again. First, I felt all the feelings, I saw the magic, I ran through the mythical world that is both real and never was and I knew the bad parts were coming, even saw all the little hints for the first time, but I couldn't not be swept up in you. Lost to the world of Terabithia, fighting Giants and swinging across ropes. I fell for the characters who were best friends and your writing that I could appreciate for the first time.
And then came the moment, towards the end of the book and I wanted to stop reading because I was in love with this world, these characters, this writing, and I wanted it to live on forever and ever unbroken. But that's not the way it works, is it? So I read on and I had stop to hunt down tissues and still I read, and at the end I realized that you were still magic. That laying across my bed, sobbing even though I knew it was coming the whole time, I'd rediscovered something I'd never fully appreciated the first time around. You laid there on my pillow, I picked you up again, read your ending again and I was still crying, but I'd found this appreciation for you and I knew, in that moment, I'd never forget you again.
Thank you, Bridge To Terabithia, for being amazing and breaking my heart after I'd forgotten that you'd done it in the first place.


Love,
Shay



What's one book that broke your heart that you want to write a letter too? Telling it how much you love(or hate) it?

Friday, July 10, 2015

Retelling The Story: Weekly Recap #2

I am linking up with these two epic memes:

The Sunday Post Stacking the Shelves
Sunday Post hosted over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer & Stacking The Shelves Hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Recently In My Life: 

Camp NaNo! What? That's all my life has been recently! So before camp started I did a post talking about what I was going to write.. That post is now a lie. Instead I wrote my first Middle-Grade book in like two years, middle grade is where I started but we don't talk about that book because it's my baby and it's a mess. Anyway, it was so much fun to get back to MG, and, also, it was my first attempt at magical realism and this book... I love it. I finished writing it Wednesday I want to say it was, it's short, 41k, but I was just so sad when I finished it because it was SO MUCH FUN. Since then I took a break, read a bit, caught up on a few things, and I've been outlining a new novel! I'm rambling now so I'll just say it's YA and an Alice In Wonderland retelling. Next week I'm going to try and write 60k in 5 days. Why? My brother dared me to and I can't say no to a dare from my brother!

Stats:

Where I'm At: 42,129

Where I Should Be: 35,483

How Far Until The End: 57,871


New Books/Read This Week:
For review:

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Bought:

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Read:

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Brave New Girls was so much fun and just has such an awesome message. Grayson was not my favorite comic or my favorite version of Dick Grayson aka Nightwing. The Royal Ranger was awesome and it was so much fun returning to the world of Ranger's Apprentice after ignoring this book for so long.

Recently On The Blog:
I failed at posting this week...Nothing new though. I'm also so so behind on comments and it makes me feel SO BAD!

Tuesday I shared my top 10 hyped books that I haven't read.

Then I reviewed a short story collection all about badass girls and awesome gadgets called Brave New Girls: Tales Of Girls and Gadgets. Which I LOVED.


I'm hosting a small giveaway to celebrate Camp NaNoWriMo but no, you don't have to be participating to enter, you only have to be interested in winning a few writing related books. =)
Click here to enter!

Upcoming:
I have no idea! I'm a  mess, ignore me.





Tell me, how was your week? What are you currently reading??? Any new recommendations?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Mini Review: Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets


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by Paige Daniels (Editor), Mary Fan(Editor), Lara Hogan (Foreword), Martin Berman-Gorvine, George Ebey, Kimberly G. Giarratano, Valerie Hunter, Evangeline Jennings  , Stephen Kozeniewski, Jason Kucharik, Kate Lansing, Tash McAdam, Kate Moretti, Ursula Osborne, Josh Pritchett, Aimie Runyan, Davien Thomas, Leandra Wallace

Release date: June 2, 2015
Format: ARC
Genre: YA, Sci-fi
Goodreads Link

This collection of sci-fi stories features brainy young heroines who use their smarts to save the day. Girls who fix robots and construct superhero suits, hack interstellar corporations and build virtual reality platforms. Who experiment with alien chemicals and tinker with time machines. Who defy expectations and tap into their know-how—in the depths of space, or the bounds of dystopia, or the not-too-distant future—to solve despicable crimes, talk to extraterrestrials, and take down powerful villains. 
All revenues from sales of this anthology will be donated a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. Let’s show the world that girls, too, can be tomorrow’s inventors, programmers, scientists, and more.

I received this book from one of the authors to review honestly

Review:

So this is a collection of short stories and it's really awesome because they're all about badass girls. What's better than sci-fi settings and badass girls? Nothing I tell you! I had to read this because of the premise, I mean did you see the description? "Let’s show the world that girls, too, can be tomorrow’s inventors, programmers, scientists, and more." Yes, let's.

I'm bad at reviewing short story collections...I never know if I should review each individual story or want and then it's hard! Short stories are harder to review than full ones therefore this will be a short review.

Every story brings something new while keeping the theme of awesome girls in great, if sometimes, odd situations. You have the girl who just got out of jail after trying to rob this big company. The girl who's dad's were just killed and she's determined to prove it was murder. And so on and so forth. And guys, I know you love this, there's SO much diversity!

Obviously, some stories are slightly better than others but there wasn't one I disliked, if I were reviewing them separately on a scale of 1 to 10 none would get less than a five. I did have a couple favorites, Courage Is... by Evangeline Jennings, Lyra by Lisa Toohey, and Graveyard Shift by Kimberly G. Giarratano.

Basically this was a really fun read that I had to read because it's all about girls being badass. I highly recommend it to girls who are badasses(haha) and anyone who love sci-fi and short stories and diversity.

My Rating:

Monday, July 6, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Retelling The Story: Weekly Update #1

So...I'm trying out another weekly update type thing. I did it for awhile but then I stopped... I'm hoping it might help stay more on track with blogging. I wanted to come up with a new name instead of just Sunday Weekly Wrap Up though I am stilling linking up with these two epic memes:

The Sunday Post

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Stacking the Shelves

I went with Retelling The Story: Weekly Update which I decided on when I opened this post...I might keep it... I might not... I might make a cool graphic for it... I might forget... I should really stop doing this... Now. =)


Recently In My Life: It's Camp NaNoWriMo!!! That's what I've been doing. So I did a post talking about what I was going to be writing and my goals, the post was a lie, I started a differen novel, and it's Middle Grade Magical Realism and it's so much fun! I challenged myself to stay up all night writing... I tried to it day 1 of NaNo, then Day 2, and I finally acutally did it Day 3 and it was a lot of fun. The house was complelete silent I had Oreos and coffee, I got really delirious around 4am and then crashed at eight but it was great.

I'm currently at about 16,000 words which means I'm two(three?) days ahead of schedule and I'm writing this on Saturday afternoon and haven't yet written for the day.

Reading wise, I've been so behind on reading! I made it one of my challenges to make sure I read at least one book a week during NaNo and I'm going to sign up for The Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon hosted by Val @ The Innocent Smiley and Ely @ A Book So Fathomless! Check out Val's post where you can link up and find out all about the read-a-thon here. Vote below and tell me what to read! Becuase, I am so behind. Luckily I've stopped requesting books because of this so that's a plus, right?

New Books/Read This Week:
Jeez me, this post is a mess! You have no new books!

I did read some this week though! I read a writing book, a comic book, and I reread a book.
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Bridge To Terabithia made me cry, again. Teen Titan's A Kids Game is one of the BEST Teen Titians I've read, it's not orginal TT but it stars Tim Drake as Robin(one of the more interesting of the Robins) and still had Cyborg, Starfire, and Beast Boy, with a speical appearnce of Nightwing!(I really love the Teen Titian's and Nightwing is my ultimate comic book crush, okay?) Writing Magic is a really fun and short book all about writing by one of my favorite authors from when I was little.

Recently On The Blog:
I talked about the books I Re-read!
I reviewed Don't Ever Change and didn't like anything about it...


A Giveaway!
I'm hosting a small giveaway to celebrate Camp NaNoWriMo but no, you don't have to be participating to enter, you only have to be interested in winning a few writing related books. =)

Upcoming:
I have no idea! I'm thinking of getting back into TTT, which I haven't posted in forever. Probably a writing related post that you can feel free to ignore and..something else? Maybe? I don't know. I haven't been reading so I'm limited on things to review and I'm a mess, okay? =)


What should I read for the read-a-thon???

I'm going to say I will have time to read only two or three books, so here's a list of five, make sure to vote for what I should read below!


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What Book Do I HAVE To Read?

Alias Hook
Made You Up
The Winner's Curse
Mortal Heart
More Happy Than Not
Poll Maker



Tell me, how was your week and are you going to be taking part in the read-a-thon!?