January 2017 Wrap-up

So last month I did something I never usually do and that is start off the month with a TBR list. I was pretty skeptical that I would read all the books on that list and it turns out I was right because even though I set my expectations really low and set my TBR list at 5 books I somehow managed to not read  any of the books on my list. I am currently reading Wayfarer, (which was on that list but I’m only halfway through) but that doesn’t count. Even though I didn’t read any of the books on my TBR list I did manage to read a total of 9 books this month.Read More »

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Writing Update #2: The One in Which Very Little Actual Writing is Done

As you may guess from the title of this post, this month was not the best writing month. By the end of December I had a little over 11,000 words and now as I sit here writing this that number is now 11,234. I only wrote 200 words. It’s safe to say I’m very disappointed with myself, my goal was to reach 22000 words by the end of the month but as you can see that did not end up happening.Read More »

Speed Reading?

I’d like to think that I’m a fast reader. Everything else I do pretty slowly but the act of speed reading…I’ve got that on lock-down. For as long as I can remember I’ve always been a fast reader. I quickly outgrew those picture books in 1st grade with a maximum of three words on each page and began reading chapter books that summer starting with those Magic Treehouse and Babysitters Clubs books. Read More »

A Gathering of Shadows Review

Title: A Gathering of Shadowsagatheringofshadows

Author: V.E Schwab

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Publisher: Tor Books

Page Count: 509

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Overall thoughts:

I have no words to express just how amazing this book was. I loved Lila in the first book and Kell as well, and I fell in love with them a hundreds time more in this book. This was just absolute perfection from the writing style to the plot and down to that cliffhanger ending, if you haven’t read it yet, I would HIGHLY recommend reading the first book A Darker Shade of Magic then reading this.

Synopsis:

It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

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Theft of Swords Review

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Author: Michael J Sullivan

Release Date: November 23, 2011

Publisher: Orbit

Page Count: 681

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THEY KILLED THE KING. THEY PINNED IT ON TWO MEN. THEY CHOSE POORLY.

There’s no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are two enterprising rogues who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the murder of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it’s too late.

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The Rulebook Review

therulebookcoverTitle: The Rulebook

Author: Jennifer Blackwood

Release Date: May 9th 2016

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Page Count: 290

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Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide
1. Don’t call your hot boss the antichrist to his face.
2. Don’t stare at hot boss’s, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!)
3. Don’t get on the malicious first assistant’s bad side.
4. Don’t forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.
5. If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.
6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In.
7. “The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half dressed.
8. Don’t break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.
10. Never forget the rules.

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A Shadow Bright and Burning Review

a-shadow-bright-and-burning-by-jessica-cluessTitle: A Shadow Bright and Burning

Author: Jessica Cluess

Release Date: September 20th, 2016

Publisher: Random House

Page Count: 416

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I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves.

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Why the Chosen One is Always the Best One

Fantasy is my all time favorite genre (argue any other way and you’re wrong) and a lot of the time urban and high fantasy alike are constantly using a certain trope and that is the Chosen One. The word trope is not used in a bad way here, actually if there was one trope I would say I could never get tired of it’s this one. It may seem boring and repetitive to some but if done well each time the book will make you fall in love with it and that is what a good book regardless  of the tropes employed is supposed  to do.Read More »