Wednesday, March 30, 2016

On Repeat: March 2016



This is a feature where once a month I will share the top ten songs I've had on repeat!


March was hectic month music wise, I jumped around a lot (I say like this is unusual?). My brother and I went together for Distributed with Breaking Benjamin concert tickets and ohmygod, I'm so excited even though the concert isn't until August. So I listened to a lot of both of them. I also got back into Five Finger Death Punch and Hollywood Undead. I did some more lighthearted stuff while writing and then the new 3 Doors Down album came out and GAH! I was so excited. I have mixed feelings on it but I listened to it a ton anyways.

There was also a lot of Imagine Dragons listened to this month, along with Owl City. And AHHH a new A Day To Remember single that I'm obsessed with. Oh and War of Hearts by Ruelle is my biggest obsession more recently because I'm obsessed with Shadowhunters and MALEC, this is the MALEC SONG!!!!

Okay, now I'm rambling about music, so here's my top 10 or so songs from March!

March On Repeat:





What do you currently have on repeat!?!
Favorite song at the moment???

Sunday, March 27, 2016

SST: Review+Giveaway: Where You'll Find Me

Song Of The Moment - Up All Night by Owl City

25666024Where You'll Find Me
by Natasha Friend
Release date: 3.8.16
Format: ARC
Genre: MG Contemporary
Goodreads

The first month of school, thirteen-year-old Anna Collette finds herself... DUMPED by her best friend Dani, who suddenly wants to spend eighth grade "hanging out with different people." DESERTED by her mom, who's in the hospital recovering from a suicide attempt. TRAPPED in a house with her dad, a new baby sister, and a stepmother young enough to wear her Delta Delta Delta sweatshirt with pride. STUCK at a lunch table with Shawna the Eyebrow Plucker and Sarabeth the Irish Stepper because she has no one else to sit with. But what if all isn't lost? 
I received an advanced copy of this book to review honestly

My Rating:

Review:

To be honest, I've never read a lot of middle-grade contemporary. When it comes to contemporary I usually stay in the YA age range so I wasn't really sure what to expect of this one but I ended up really enjoying it!

Anna's thirteen, just starting eighth grade and her life is kind of falling apart. As girls will do, Anna's best friend decided they should spend this year hanging out with new people. On top of that, Anna's mom hasn't been right since long before her dad left her for a younger woman and now she's in the hospital recovering from a suicide attempt. Leaving Anna to live with her dad, stepmom, and new baby sister. Things aren't looking very hopeful to Anna and she's just waiting for everything to go back to normal. Unfourtantly for her, it's not that simple.

The author did such an amazing job with this book. Handling the issue of suicide along with so much else for a young audience in such a great way. It was never glossed over, while it was very much seen from a 13-year-olds perspective; where Anna didn't really understand it fully, how messed up her mom was and how much work it was going to take her to be better again.

There was so much I loved about this book, first and foremost being the girl power feel to it all. It takes Anna a little while to make new friends after being abandoned by her lifelong best friend. But when she does, it's with a bunch of amazing misfits who Anna judged at one point but quickly came to realize they were fine with who they were and having more fun than everyone else in the eighth grade combined. I loved the friendships between the girls, I loved when they signed up for a talent show together. It just gave off this amazing girl power feeling that I'm so happy to see in a middle-grade book.

Besides that, I was really happy with how Anna's relationship developed with her stepmom. Anna starts out hating her and her dad and blaming them for everything like any normal teenage girl. But there was some amazing development and some of my favorite parts were seeing her and her stepmom start to get close. They have a girls weekend away and everything. Again with the girl power!

The writing was great and fast paced. The whole story kind of reminded me of a Mary Amato book, she's one of my favorite authors who writes kind of lower YA contemporary and so that's a big plus in my mind. The downside came for me where the book felt a little bare-boned...it was more dialogue than anything and I would've liked a little more plot and story. Having said that, it is middle grade, not YA, so it didn't ruin the book for me or anything. Plus, isn't it always a good thing to walk away from a book wanting more?

I highly recommend this, especially to younger readers. This is something I definitely would've completely loved when I was 13. I loved it now when I'm almost 20!


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Preparing For Camp NaNoWriMo #1: What To Write?


Welcome to the start of what will probably be a 3 part series of Camp NaNoWriMo related posts!

First, I know you're dying to know, am I doing Camp NaNoWriMo in April? But, I mean really, if you've been here for any length of time you more than likely would just assume that I am...because I always do. Literally, since I discovered it back in July 2014 I haven't missed a session! Making this my 4th Camp experincae and my 7th NaNoWriMo all together which I find very exciting!

Participant 2016 - Web Banner

For newbies:
What is Camp NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo stands for: National Novel Writing Month and takes place every November wherein a ton of writers attempt to write a novel (50,000 words) in just one month. Camp happens in both April and July every year and differs in that you can customize your word count goal, you can write a first draft or rewrite or edit or whatever, and you can choose to be put in a cabin with 11 other writers to have lots of virtual fun around bonfires.


Now that that's out of the way, we're starting this series of posts with a very important question, one I often find hard to answer.

So you've decided to do it, try your hand at camp NaNo, you have your marshmallows packed, you've met up with a group of awesome cabinmates...but what are you going to write???


The reason this is a hard question for me is I have so many ideas. Some half formed, some outlined, the barest thread to build a story on or one I've had in mind for literally years. And it's an important question, you're going to try to write a whole novel in one month, you don't want to pick something you aren't completely invested in and give up halfway through the month. On top of that, I, personally, am a chronic overthinker.


(source)

Literally me.

Therefore I have invented a checklist for you in case, like me, you are horrible at making decisions.

A few things your Camp novel (or screenplay or fanfic or ect.) should come with:

-  excitement. You should be brimming with excitement for this project. Don't pick something you're only halfway invested in, I did that for my very first NaNoWriMo and I haven't touched that book since.

Okay and that's about it.


So, now comes the part where you have a million projects you are super excited about. Do you write them all? How do you pick just one?


In my humble opinion, and just in my experience, I don't recommend working on more than one project, it's distracting and can just mix your head up so much. BUT you could plan to write one 10k novella and one 40k Middle-Grade novel or something like that.

Now to choose between projects, I suggest making pro/con lists. Take a blank piece of paper for each novel you want to work on and list out the pros and cons. What about this project makes you excited for it? What are you excited to work on? What makes this novel something you could potentially run into trouble with? Maybe there's a giant plot hole that you don't how to fix and you could run straight into it while writing. Maybe you don't have as good a grasp on the characters in this novel as you do in that other one.

As a massive plotter the details are what help me decide, so, do I know this world? Do I know these characters? Am I going to lose the plot halfway through the book and just wander around aimlessly?

Then as you jot down random ideas you should (hopefully) find yourself gravitating towards one and BAM! You have your project.


In the end, I really just recommend working on something you're excited about, that you'll have fun writing. And if none of this helps then play eenie meenie minie mo, or have your brother pick for you (I've done both these things before).

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bookish Mind Control #2 / Happy Release Day To Kimberly G. Giarratano's Dead and Breakfast!



Bookish Mind Control is a feature I started last year and did like...once? It's where I try to convince you all to read some of my favorite books! I brought it back today in celebration of Kimberly G. Giarratano's newest book release! Dead and Breakfast is out today and you should all just hurry along and get it and read it and then let me say "I told you so".

I've been a fan of Kimberly's books since I read her first novel, Grunge Gods and Graveyards back in like 2014. I LOVE that book so much and I loved The Lady In Blue which was a sort of companion novel to that. I've been excited for Dead and Breakfast since before I even knew what it was, all I knew was that she was writing another book and it too was going to have ghosts.

Congrats Kimberly on your new release!

About the book:

29438431Dead and Breakfast
by Kimberly G. Giarratano
Release date: March 22nd, 2016
Genre: YA, paranormal/mystery
Add it on Goodreads / Buy it on Amazon!

Despite living in Key West his whole life, 18-year-old Liam Breyer is a skeptic of the supernatural until a vengeful spirit, murdered fifty years ago, nearly drowns him in a swimming pool. Luckily help arrives in the form of pretty — albeit homesick — ghost whisperer Autumn Abernathy, whose newly-divorced mom has dragged her to the island to live and work at the Cayo Hueso, a haunted bed and breakfast.
Although they initially mistrust each other, Autumn and Liam team up to solve the decades-old mystery. But on an island where every third resident is a ghost, dealing with an unstable spirit has deadly consequences. If Liam and Autumn don’t unmask the killer soon, they’re likely to become Key West’s latest haunted attraction.


Now I have read Dead and Breakfast and my review should be up later this week (I've been busy and behind on ALL. THE. THINGS.) but, in case the awesome synopsis and my yelling at you to read this isn't enough, I have a list of reasons you should read it! Because what's better than a list??? Nothing, that would be the correct answer.

You should read Dead and Break because....

- GHOSTS. I can't be the only person completely in love with ghost stories, can I? And YA ghost stories on top of it all??? It gives me intense gabby hands and obviously this book as the ghosts.

- Not just ghosts but mysteries. I love a good mystery in a book and Kimberly doesn't fail to deliver with her newest release.

- AMAZING characters. Not only did I love the main characters in this book but some of my favorites were the side ones (again. I seem to have a habit of falling in love with her side characters and then begging for more of them which you can look forward to me doing in my review).

- Fast paced, eerie when needed writing. The atmosphere in this book is second only to Grunge Gods and Graveyards and I've already proven I'm biased when it comes to that book.

- Because I said so? And don't you want to read more amazing books? Amazing books with ghosts and mysteries and great characters?

And basically that's all I can say coherently without simply flailing. You see why my review isn't ready yet?

In all honesty, though, if you haven't you must check out this author's books because they are amazing and I wouldn't lie to you. Also, make sure to wish her a happy book birthday!

Find Kimberly G. Giarratano at her Website I Twitter I Goodreads

Her other books:

http://www.amazon.com/Grunge-Gods-Graveyards-Kimberly-Giarratano-ebook/dp/B00KPBSGA0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421369873&sr=8-1&keywords=grunge+gods+and+graveyards     

Sunday, March 20, 2016

SST: Beyond The Red ARC Review+Giveaway!


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Beyond The Red
by Ava Jae
Release date: 3.1.16
Format: ARC
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Goodreads Link

Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.
Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.
When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves into the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide

*I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss to review honestly*

My Rating:





Review:

Beyond The Red reminded me a lot of Winners Curse at its very basics but more than anything it was like nothing I've read before. There was the whole alien aspect and it being set on an alien world but it wasn't really...an alien book? That doesn't make sense. What I mean is it felt almost more like a fantasy book with just another race more than Syfy aliens type things.

Beyond The Red is the perfect mix of Syfy and fantasy. Everything's very advanced technology wise, everything is run by nanotes but everything with the different races the humans and aliens just felt FANTASY to me along with how the world is run and everything. 

There was a lot happening through this whole book. It's very fast paced and so hard to put down which I LOVED. And while there's so much going on it's never an overwhelming amount where things get confusing. 

I am in awe of the writing. While I felt the author neglected a lot of backstory and world building, which was kind of annoying, in order to keep it so fast paced I just LOVED the writing. There are so many quotable parts and while I didn't understand a lot of this world it was still very vivid in my mind.

The characters were amazing and the relationships and everything were great. This book kept me invested the whole time, there were some plot twists and a few things the caught me totally off guard, which I loved.

Really my thoughts on downsides with this revolve around not enough world building. We don't get to see much of it or learn a lot about how humans got to be on this planet from earth and who the Sepharon are exactly. There's one sentence, I think a good halfway through, that mentions humans coming from earth and being turned into slaves... And that completely threw me off. It's never really explained that I can remember how the nomads came to be nomads and everything. I was also confused by a lot of their terms, some I still don't completely understand. Towards the end I wanted to know more of what was going on behind the scenes with Kora's brother and the main leader dude and exactly what led to what happened happening... If that makes sense. 

Also I didn't FEEL a lot shipping wise. And that came because I never really felt what Kora was feeling. I never understood her as much as I did Eros and the little romance there was just felt kind of strange... Especially when it came to Kora's courting. I was never sure what she was feeling towards everyone. There were hints of almost insta love between Kora and one of the other leaders of this world. And it was just... Strange. Eros was a little better but... I liked them as characters I just didn't feel much for either when ti came to relationships.

Overall: I really enjoyed this book. I think it could've been super super great with more world building and backstory but I still loved it, I'd still read it again and I'll still leap at anything else this author writes.


Giveaway!

About the author:

Ava Jae is a writer, an Assistant Editor at Entangled Publishing, and is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. Her YA Sci-Fi debut, BEYOND THE RED, is releasing March 2016 from Sky Pony Press. When she’s not writing about kissing, superpowers, explosions, and aliens, you can find her with her nose buried in a book, nerding out over the latest X-Men news, or hanging out on her blogTwitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Goodreads, Instagram, and YouTube.





Friday, March 11, 2016

#Review Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

IF YOU HAVEN'T READ FIREFIGHT TURN BACK NOW!
I DON'T spoil this book (3rd in the trilogy) I DO spoil the first 2 and I DO reccomend reading Calamity before reading this review!


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Calamity
by Brandon Sanderson
Release date: 2.16.16

Goodreads Link

When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David’s fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy.
David knew Prof’s secret, and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners’ leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He’s disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there’s no turning back... 
But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics—Megan proved it. They’re not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying.


My Rating:

Review:

Note: this is the last in a series.

Calamity picks up not long after Firefight ends. David's figured out the secret to Epic's weaknesses, Megan's rehabilitated, Regalia is dead, and Prof...has gone all evil epic on everyone. Naturally, David is now trying to save Prof, doing everything he possibly can in fact. There's also the whole Calamity is an epic thing (which I mean, that was an amazing plot twist in the last book, okay? Can we appreciate that for a moment?).

Prof has moved on to Atlanta, otherwise known as a moving city made of salt... Okay, one of my absolute favorite things about this series are the settings. Sanderson brings all the cool settings, a city of steel, a drowned city with glowing fruit, and now a city of salt that continually moves. Destroying and then rebuilding itself all the way. So, yes I loved that so let's start with the positives.

- David is one of my absolute favorite main characters. He continues to grow in Calamity, finally starting to realize the downside to some of his rashness and just continues to be a flawed, annoying, awesome main character. There's the added bonus of the mystery to what the heck Calamity did to him.

- I loved that we got more Megan in this book, we get to know more about her powers and really understand the Epics better in general because of it. I loved how she was still struggling with her powers and everything. I loved that Abraham and Cody were back, two of my favorite characters! Plus, we get a few new Epics and other new characters.

- Plot twists! Calamity, much like Steelheart and Firefight, doesn't disappoint in the plot twists let me tell you. Seeing as this is one of my favorite things about the series I was super happy to see it continue in the last book of the series.

Okay, sadly, I think we have to talk about the not so good things now...

I wanted to love this book so much. Steelheart was amazing, Firefight (in my opinion) was even better, I was left with a huge book hangover after finishing it earlier this month, there was nothing but plot twists (seemingly) and such a big cliff hanger and then...

Okay, Calamity in no way was a bad book, but I did have problems with it. It was TOO fast paced. On the one hand, this is a good thing because I could just devour it in basically one sitting and never wanted to put it down. On the other hand, we get to over halfway through and I felt like nothing really had happened. It was all a bunch of lead up and then the actual climax was...20 pages???? 

Literally. 20 PAGES. I'm here waiting for my answers, waiting for something to happen with Prof so we can move onto the real issue (Calamity), WAITING to find out what the hell is with Firefight and then...I get 20 PAGES. I am not okay with this. I am not okay with the Calamity explanation, it felt like a cop out because nothing was really explained??? Through the whole book, I'm waiting for all these amazing things to come together, you have a great plot, the mystery of Calamity and Firefight, you have the feels coming from everything with Prof, you have amazing writing and equally amazing characters and you EXPECT THINGS and then... It's over?

Without giving away spoilers, I have to say I hated the end. I hated the whole thing with Firefight's world, I mean, plot twist alert which I was excited about but then...that's not what I was expecting and that's good but I feel like I would've enjoyed it better if it'd been drawn out instead of just randomly thrust in my face then BAM. End of book.

And CALAMITY. OH CALAMITY. *deep breath* Okay, I loved what was going on here first, I didn't see it coming (both things from the last book and this one) but then... *releases breathe slowly* WHAT. WAS. THAT. If there's one thing I can't stand it's books that gloss over an explanation for something, that don't actually explain something important and that's what this did and I can't even with it, okay? I can't even.

Okay, I feel better.

Now, let me be straight, I didn't hate this book. I hated parts of the ending but I still overall loved it. It had flaws, I thought, but Sanderson still manages to write such a compelling novel that I had to love it even while hating it. I feel a little like we were cheated at the end but I think it's worth reading, the whole series and this last one. I'm disappointed but also still oddly satisfied with the ending and sad that there won't be anymore. =(

Would I Recommend This? YES.
To Whom? All the people. But also mostly the people who love superheroes and villainy things, and, most importantly, the line between.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Of course.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Retelling The Story #14: Where'd I Go?


Okay, February was kind of a flop blogging and reading wise for me. I was okay with it, I knew I would have a ton of time to read and post. I'm NOT OKAY with the fact that I totally dropped the ball on commenting. I kept reading posts and then telling myself I was going to go back and comment on them...and I DIDN'T. Anyway, this month should be better? Who knows really?

The BOOK SLUMP. TI've been slumping. It has to do with being so caught up in editing and editing killing me and carving my soul out and all the things. I've really only felt like rereading things (Delirium and now Mortal Instruments) and that I've been doing really slowly... I DON"T KNOW. It's DRIVING ME INSANE though.

So yeah. Most February for me was spent trying to fight off the self-doubt demons while I edited. I'm officially dying as I sent out queries for my novel (TWIG). And like...I don't know how I feel. I'm mostly super relieved to be done with this book. I've queried it before, I've been writing and rewriting and editing it since November 2014 and it's a relief to not think about it right now. Besides that, the anxiety is killing me but I'm getting ready to start working on something else which makes me feel better.

I spent a weekend in San Fransico earlier this month (which is responible for part of my absense this month or at least I used it as an excuse to not blog). It was really fun and nice. I went with my mom and brothers and we mostly went to hunt Pops... I'm sure most of you know what Funko Pops are, right? Well, my brothers are huge collecters of them and so we went to San Fransico to hunt for them. But it was lots of fun, we tend to get crazy when it's just the four of us, some highlights being when we were screaming out the name of random places we passed and I mispronouced something screaming out "won cocks" like right in my mother's ear.

My brother is a terrible driver so we legit almost died a few times and then we forgot to take into account traffic on the way back, because we live in Reno and you have to pass through all the big ski resort areas to get back from San Franscico and apparently everyone in that part of Calafornia had decided to go skiing that weekend.






Um, my mom randomly informed me her favorite word is "moron". She also said she wanted to get a motorcycle and I'm like: Haha. No.

Oh we were stuck in traffic so my brother (not the one driving the other one) starts blasting the Rick Roll song.

OH! I also got to visit my first Half Priced Books which I found exciting!

Here's my haul from that trip, my brothers were super proud of me for actually buying a few Pops myself. I was super excited because I found Calamity by Brandon Sanderson out early and got a few other books of course. Also, turns out places in San Francisco sell more Splat brand hair dye than anywhere here. I was so excited, you have no idea, I mean, they had colors and things I didn't even know existed!










So...yeah. I think that's pretty much all I did for February. I admit, I was feeling really...yucky there for most the month with my editing and everything but I'm feeling so much better after finishing that.

So hopefully everything will be back to normal around here posting wise and I'm working on finally actually really this time I mean it, setting up my guest shippers for my Ships I Ship/Ships I Don't Ship posts, I MEAN IT THIS TIME. I'm also oddly obsessed with Shadowhunters and it's killing me slowly. I mean, when I get obsessed with something I get REALLY INTENSELY OBSESSED and it's HAPPENING and I can't stop it!

Okay, enough.

What about you? How was your February? Anything new/exciting/not exciting? Oh, who collects Funko Pops???? Who's watching Shadowhunters??? WHERE DID THE MONTH GO???

Monday, March 7, 2016

Steelheart/Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

So I sat down to write my review for Firefight after finishing it and realized I never actually reviewed Steelheart so this is going to be a two-part review! But, be warned, if you haven't read Steelheart it's safe to read my Steelheart review it's NOT safe to read the synopsis or review of Firefight.


17182126Steelheart
by Brandon Sanderson
Release date: 9.24.13
Format: ARC

Goodreads Link

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.
Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.
And David wants in. He wants Steelheart — the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning — and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.


My Rating:

Review:

When David was 10 he watched Steelheart kill his father, watched his father think Steelheart was going to be one of the heroes he dreamed of and then die. All David wants is revenge. The only problem? Steelheart is one of the most powerful High Epics -- supervillains, basically -- and not even the Reckoners -- only people fighting back -- are brave enough to attack him.

Every Epic has a weakness, it's just a matter of finding it. And David's the only one who's seen Steelheart bleed.

I really loved this when I read it though it took me a while to get to it. The story and premise grab you right away -- super villains! A world -- our world -- now run by something similair to an eveloved human with super powers and the people who want to fight back! The writing is really fast paced with short chapters that kept me interested and invested the whole time. I want to say I found the begining a little slow but by the end I was flying through it and the only reason I dind't pick up the sequel right away was because I couldn't afford to buy it!

David is such a great character. He's funny and likable, and he does stupid things and makes mistakes. While his main goal is revenge and he's selfish sometimes and a little too cruel at points maybe, he also just really wants to help people.

There's equally great side characters and so many plot twists. Seriously.

Also THE WORLD. First, the actual world (at least the city in this book) is coated in steel...it's just such a cool idea. But then you have the Epic, these superhero-esque people only...they're all villains. They all seek power and see themselves as more than mere humans and seek to rule over humans, stepping on them like bugs under their feet. And yes, also there's those who still believe the good guys have to come, where there's evil there has to be good. And this is my favorite part of this book and the next ones. It's this struggle between good and evil, the same old same old but on a whole new level. David no longer believes in good Epics, he believes in the Reckoners, the only group who fights back. He believes in revenge. But he grows so much and at the end of this one I mostly couldn't wait to see what would happen next, what David would do next.

EVERYBODY READ THIS, OKAY?

15704459Firefight
by Brandon Sanderson
Release date: 1.6.15
Format: paperback
Goodreads Link

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson presents the second book in the Reckoners series: Firefight, the sequel to the #1 bestseller Steelheart.
They told David it was impossible—that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart—invincible, immortal, unconquerable—is dead. And he died by David's hand. 
Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs. 
Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David's willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David's heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic—Firefight. And he's willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers. 

My Rating:

Review:

I always worry with sequels that they won't stand up and Steelheart was such a fast paced constant action kind of book I was really worried with this. For absolutely no reason. If anything I loved Firefight even more than Steelheart. Everything's amped up and there's a lot going on and a lot to figure out as the story progresses and still so many plot twists. A lot I saw coming but that didn't stop me from enjoying them any less.

Basically, this book was FANTASTIC. I was never bored, I loved the plot and the character growth. David got even better and I loved the dynamic between him and Prof in this book where Prof is almost resenting David. There's the whole, what do I do after completing my life's goal thing going on. David's second guessing a lot of things. David's trying to figure out how to save Megan and the rest of the world. And the plot twists!!! They kill me but also give me life.

Basically, if you liked or loved or just felt meh about Steelheart READ THIS. If you haven't read Steelheart, read it so you can read this. Basically, just everybody read this, okay?


Would I Recommend This? YES!
Who To? ALL THE PEOPLE.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Why do I insist on asking myself this question? OF COURSE!

This, of course, begs the question, if you could have a super power what would it be? But, let's be honest, the more important question is...would you be a hero or a villain? Personally, I'm a fan of the anti-hero, the line that straddles good and evil. But honestly, even if I had superpowers I'd still be the book-ish/nerdy introvert that I am and probably not leave the house long enough to be a hero or a villain...so I'd use my powers selfishly, I guess?


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Ships I Ship: The Harry Potter Edition



OH MY GOD!!! No way, Ships I Ship is actually BACK!

It's been awhile. But I used to do a feature I call Ships I Don't Ship, where I talk about fictional relationships that I just do not like, this is a feature that is the opposite of that! Meaning I talk all about my OTPs (one true pairing) otherwise known as fictional relationships I obsess over. =)

Shipping: The act of wanting, nay needing, two characters to be together. Believing with every inch of your heart and soul that two characters belong together, whether it's that way in the book/tv show/movie or not.
Example: I ship Harry and Draco so hard, they just belong together!

OTPs: One True Pairing or a set of fictional characters that you believe no matter what belong together whether it was ever a real option in the book or not.
Example: Katniss and Peeta are my ultimate OTP




So I've done a Harry Potter ships I don't ship before...I featured Harry and Ginny. However, I've reconsidered things with my newest reread which is what brings me to this post. First we're going to start with my OTP from Harry Potter.

Hermoine Granger and Ron Weasley:
Status: OTP level shipping

From: Harry Potter
Spoilers? Um...if anyone doesn't know how this plays out?

Why I Think They Belong Together:

- Okay, I know a lot of people are Harry/Hermione shippers and when I first saw Harry Potter 3, I was too. But I mean, Ron and Hermione are the ultimate hate to love story. They were inevitable! You can find signs all the way back in Sorcerer's Stone! Also, yay for torturous slow building romance!

- They just work so well together! Where Harry/Ginny in the movies had no chemistry whatsoever, Ron and Hermione always did, both in the books and movies. They compliment each other (not literally of course). Ron's kind of pigheaded but has a big heart. Hermione is all smarts and brains but also cares deeply for her friends and family. They just FIT!

- The bickering and back and forth. It's LEGENDARY I say, legendary!

- Such a slow build that has the best payoff. Remember when Hermione attacked Ron with the birds??? Remember when Ron was a moron? Remember SPEW????

- Because it's canon and Ron doesn't get enough love, okay? Yes, he's not always the best, he gets jealous, he does some questionable things, but he loves Harry and most importantly he loves Hermione. Remember the book??? The one he gives Harry about how to woo a witch or whatever and all the stuff he did for Hermione??? *sigh*

- Because Hermione and Ron are OTP, okay?????

Quotes That Prove It:

"Hermione's eyes were swimming with tears again. Ron got back off the bed, put his arm around her once more, and frowned at Harry as though reproaching hm for lack of tact."

"This isn't your average book," said Ron. "It's pure gold: Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches. Explains everything you need to know about girls. If only I'd had this last year I'd have known exactly how to get rid of Lavender and I would've known how to get going with... Well, Fred and George gave me a copy, and I've learned a lot. You'd be surprised, it's not all about wandwork, either."

"... Wow," he added, blinking rather rapidly as Hermione came hurrying toward them. "You look great!"
"Always the tone of surprise," said Hermione, though she smiled."

Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley:

Now onto the complicated mess that is the Harry Ginny ship. You see I've come to realize that while I don't ship movie Harry and Ginny, I have always shipped book Harry and Ginny.

Status: Sometimes I ship it level shipping or 7 to 10 day shipping (haha, as opposed to OTP express shipping)

Why I Think They Belong Together:

- Book Ginny is so much more developed than movie Ginny. Honestly, one reason I always loved this ship when I first read the books is that like everyone wants what Ginny gets. The crush on the older famous boy who you pine for when you're little and ends up actually falling for you when you grow up. Book Ginny though, she's badass. She doesn't need Harry to fall for her she's fine living her own life and they kind of just gravitate towards each other slowly.

- In the books it's like Ginny's the only candidate but not just for convincence. She's like the only one that can keep up with Harry and I've always loved that she didn't change at all when they were together. She's badass with or without him and it's just a slow muted romance that was so much better than the uncomfortable on-screen smooching.


Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom:
Statues: OTP level shipping

From: Harry Potter
Spoilers? No???

Why I Think They Belong Together:

If you don't think they belong together...just I can't even with you right now. I'm sorry, as much as Ron and Hermione compliment each other, so do Neville and Luna. They're both weird and kind of outsiders who find their place in Dumbledor's army. They're both brave but not as in your face as everyone else. They just...they WORK, okay?

Prove It:

I've also got to do a shout out to my favorite non-canon ships:
Sirius/Remus (it's weird but I ship it). Harry/Draco (oh, how I wish this were canon). Oliver Wood/Percy Weasley...trust me on this one.

And finally: I will ALWAYS ship Lily and Snape, I'm sorry but it's true. It's tragic but true. (currently: sobbing)


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

On Repeat #4

This is a new feature where once a month I will share the top ten songs I've had on repeat!

Where the f*** did this month go? Seriously! Someone tell me, I've been down a deep dark editing hole of hell and what is life???

This month I was editing...a lot... Again. I did the same last month and now I really just want to curl up in a ball and sob for a while... My editing had me jumping around a lot this month. I always listen to music while writing/editing/reading/living. I use headphones while writing and having my stereo on in the background because I don't write in silence, quite the opposite I need loud chaos music wise. So yes, I flip-flopped a lot this month because of that, in general I've been really into Dashboard Confessional, Shinedown, and Panic! At The Disco. I also got into some early 2000s pop...don't ask.

ANYWAYS, here are the top 10 songs I had on repeat throughout February, I know it was valentines day and everything but you won't really find a romance section in my playlist.



What do you currently have on repeat???