Small is Beautiful // A Celebration

Hello bloggers! Today, I just have a short post that I saw (and was featured in! Thanks Jenelle!😉 ) over at Jenelle’s blog. I decided to get in the fun and list a few of my favorite ‘tiny’ blogs.🙂

Rules:

  1. Feature 3-5 blogs with fewer than 100 followers.
  2. Write 1-3 paragraphs about each blog, including information like what the blog is about, a brief bio of the blogger, and/or why you recommend their blog. Don’t forget a link to their blog!
  3. Include an image for each blog, whether it’s a blog button, profile photo, header, or simply a screenshot of the blog.
  4. Thank the blogger who featured you, and include a link to their blog. If you like, you can even include them as one of the blogs that you feature (especially if they joined the tag without having been featured by someone else).
  5. Include the tag image somewhere in your post.

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Winter’s Falling Fast

Winter, as she is known as, has a quaint little blog where she writes poetry, short stories, and little life posts. She enjoys reading, books, writing, and ice cream.🙂 I find her blog very fun and fascinating. We share many interests, including a mutual love of poetry and Marvel movies.

Bernie’s Musings and Doings

Over at Bernie’s blog, you will find whimsical writings, poetry, and the occasional tag or two. I find that me and Bernie are muchly in love with the same types of things, such as music, writing, and reading. I enjoy reading her posts, and I would definitely recommend you go check her out!

The Page Dreamer

I knew Deborah before she created her own book blog from her larger writing and life blog, (which is also fabulous and you must check it out). This wonderful little corner of the book blogosphere is full of fangirl-ish rants, reviews, and tags. Deborah is a reader that loves to write, which is made known in her fun reviews. She’s managed to add several books to my tbr-pile just by her reviews…😄

The Book Owl

Madi, though not quite as active as other bloggers, has a fabulous bookish/writerly blog that is filled with fun tags and life posts. She loves writing, reading, and most importantly, chocolate. When I see her posts in my emails, I just know it’s going to be something fun. I highly recommend her blog!

Zachary Totah

Zachary Totah

Zachary has a fun, fandom-filled blog, with famous character interviews and funny genre-themed posts. He enjoys writing, reading, playing sports, and watching movies. His posts always manage to make me happy, either in a humorous, or intriguing way. He’s also a regular contributor over at SpecFaith.

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There you be. Some of my favorite ‘small’ blogs. If you have any smaller blogs you enjoy, I highly suggest you try out this fun little celebration of lesser-known blogs!

Until next time!❤

 

Five Glass Slippers // A Review

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INITIAL RESPONSE
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. FOR REAL.

I’ll review each story separately, because I have so… many… FEELS… on all of them. I’ve marked the spoilers in white text, so highlight the space between the ellipses if you care to see!

WHAT EYES CAN SEE
Initial Response
*squeals* So. stinkin’. ADORABLE.

Painfully shy Arella begs her stepmother to let her stay home from the prince’s ball. But kindly Duchess Germaine is determined that her beautiful stepdaughter should be presented at court along with her own two daughters. So, dressed in a gorgeous gown and a pair of heirloom slippers, Arella catches the eye of the crown prince . . . and finds her life suddenly far more complicated than she ever desired.

High Lights
– I really love that the stepfamily is portrayed in a good light. Germaine is kind and considerate, Anastasia and Drusilla also.
– Back when I first read this, I had only rated it 3 stars. Silly me! The reasoning for it, I think, was because I didn’t really understand Arella. And I think that was because… I didn’t know she was in love with another man. …But she is a sweet character and very endearing to me now.🙂
– Drusilla is my favorite character out of this story. She’s witty, wise, and…  I’m just really glad she ended up with Frederick. I think they’re an adorable couple.❤
– The writing style was really nice and flowing, and I got a perfect image of what was happening in my mind.

Low Lights
– Sometimes I found Arella’s shyness a bit overdone, even though I relate and am a quieter person myself.
– The ending was a bit abrupt for me, but I quickly got over that.
– I found Frederick’s shallowness somewhat upsetting… How could you love a girl for her beauty only? Though I suppose that is very similar to the original story and I’m glad that it was addressed in a different light.

Conclusion
I ADORED IT. I found myself smiling throughout the pages and though the ending was a bit abrupt for my taste, I was still more or less satisfied.

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BROKEN GLASS
Initial Response
*hugs story* Me + Broken Glass = LOVE. BUT THE EPILOGUE WHERE’S CORRODED THORN I NEED IT.

The slipper fits . . . but on the wrong girl! Rosalind never once danced with Prince Marius at the ball, for she is in love with his brother Henry. If only Rosalind and Marius would stop bickering long enough to invent a scheme, perhaps the three of them can find the real mystery lady. But they must work quickly, for dark deeds are afoot, and the kingdom is poised on the brink of disaster.

High Lights
– THE SASS. Oh, the sass.
– Henry is my favorite and he’s just wonderful and nobody can tell me otherwise. *nods*
– Rosalind and Marius are HILARIOUS. There is much banter and wit and yes-ness.
– WORLDBUILDING. Like, how do you have such great worldbuilding in a novella?! It was fabulous.
– The COUPLES!… At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole ‘I thought I loved you but I don’t actually’ thing, but I’m muchly satisfied with it now. Mostly because Rosalind and Marius are ADORABLE together. And Henry and Evelyn are cute too.🙂
– Just the story in and of itself pretty much. The whole thing. Everything about it. Yep.
– THE EPILOGUE…. DARCY. Seriously, ‘Mine will be the last face you see for a while…’ YOU CAN’T END A STORY ON AN ELLIPSIS HELP. Where’s Corroded Thorn. Because I need it DESPERATELY. *dies*

Low Lights
– I…can’t really think of anything, honestly.
– How about…IT’S TOO SHORT I NEED MORE. No? Okay.

Conclusion
I simply adore this story. The wit and humor is wondrous and hilarious, especially between Rosalind and Marius. And I just really love the idea behind the story. I thought the twists were done very well, and I was sitting on the edge of my seat by the end. Corroded Thorn is now on my tbr-pile!

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THE WINDY SIDE OF CARE
Initial Response
…Wow, that was…intense. O_O

Alisandra is determined to have her rights. She knows that she is the king’s secretly dispossessed daughter, the true heir to the throne. Prince Auguste is an imposter, and if she plays her cards right, Alis will prove it to the world! That is, if charming Auguste doesn’t succeed in winning her heart before she gets her chance…

High Lights
– The humor in this story is fabulous. Alis is a plucky, hilarious main character.
– Auguste is the best. Period.
– I really liked the other characters as well, especially Ellen-Best and Lord Humphries. At first I had a sneaking suspicion that he was the evil sort, but the more I got to know him, the more I liked him.
– The writing style is very rich in descriptions and metaphors, which I applaud any writer who can write those with ease. Because I certainly cannot!😄
– The ending was witty and wonderful. Just, yes.

Low Lights
– At times, I felt like the original Cinderella story was lost. Which, even though I enjoyed the story, I was still hoping for more of a retelling rather than a whole new story. Just a minor thing.
– I didn’t like the king and queen very much. Once I knew what they had done, I disliked them even more.

Conclusion
This was a really enjoyable tale. Though not my favorite in the collection, I still thought it was a really good, well-written story. Even though it slightly veered away from the original tale. But don’t let that stop you from reading it!

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A CINDER’S TALE
Initial Response
That. was. EPIC!

It’s a dangerous life, yet Elsa wouldn’t trade this opportunity to work at Tremaine Station, mining cendrillon from the seething surface of planet Aschen. Nevertheless, when a famous deep space explorer and his handsome son dock their starcraft at the space station, Elsa finds herself dreaming of far galaxies beyond Aschen’s blistering heat. There is no time for dreaming, however, when danger threatens the space station, and Elsa and her fellow miners are tested to the limits of their courage.

High Lights
– The whole premise! Cinderella…IN SPACE!😀
– Elsa is such a spunky, witty main character who I love very much.
– Also Jaq and Gus and Bruno.❤
– All the hidden references!! Jaq and Gus? And Bruno? Also, Jaq’s last name is Perrault. Charles Perrault wrote the original Cinderella story! I love me some hidden references.🙂
– Despite being mean and nasty, I really liked Nebraska’s character…. She’s a cyborg! How awesome is that?
– Karl is adorable and Elsa and him need to be a thing.❤

Low Lights
– I…can’t think of any, if I’m being honest!
– I guess one thing was that the glass slippers, even though they were mentioned, weren’t really a part of the story. But that’s a totally minor thing to a fantastic story!

Conclusion
I LOVE this story! There’s nothing more I can say really. It’s just FABULOUS.

❤❤❤❤❤

THE MOON MASTER’S BALL
Initial Response
SO. MANY. MIXED. FEELINGS.

After her terrifying experience there several years ago, the one place young housemaid Tilly longs to avoid is Bromley’s Circus. But when kindly Lord Hollingberry begs her to deliver a message to the mysterious Moon Master hidden away among the circus dwellers, Tilly can’t refuse . . . and finds herself ensnared in a web of enchantment cast by the loathsome Mrs. Carlisle and her beautiful goddaughter.

High Lights
– Tilly is just such a great main character. I really love her personality.
– Mystery is my favorite, and I ADORED the suspense. Even though it was killing me.😄
– The Moon Master is awesome. Just, yes.
– SCATTER IS ADORABLE.
– The writing style was really easy to read and I loved the autumnal setting.
– Magical… evil …circuses are always fun.

Low Lights
– SCATTER…. WHY??? WHY MUST HE DIE??? It’s not FAAAAAAAAIRRRR!!! *sniff*
– RODGER…. Seriously Tilly? You went for Jasper instead of Rodger? I mean, I’m not saying Jasper isn’t awesome and such, but YOU’VE KNOWN RODGER YOUR WHOLE LIFE. I mean, come on. Plus he’s just great, period.:\

Conclusion
This was a delightful, whimsical tale! I loved the mystery, suspense, and magic. Even though some THINGS happened…I’m still really pleased with the story. A great way to wrap of the collection!

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FINAL CONCLUSION
This book is AWESOME! If you love Cinderella retellings, or any kinds of retellings, I highly recommend this collection.

❤❤❤❤❤ out of❤❤❤❤❤ !

Bookish Book Lover Tag

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Hey all! Today I have a quick tag for you. I was tagged ages ago by Deborah over at The Page Dreamer, which I thank her heartily for. Hope you enjoy!🙂

What book are you currently reading?

It’s a re-read! Five Glass Slippers by various authors/bloggers.

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What’s the last book you finished?

The Word Changers by Ashlee Willis.

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Favorite book you read this year?

Ooh, tough choice! I would probably say Illusionarium by Heather Dixon.

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What genre have you read most this year?

Definitely fantasy! But there’s a fair amount of sci-fi/superhero-ish thrown in there too.🙂

What genre have you read least this year?

Probably contemporary. Most of the books I read have at least a dash of the unbelievable in them.😉

What genre do you want to read more of?

I would really like to get into steampunk a bit more. I read Illusionarium and ADORED it. I’ve scoured around a bit more and found a few others that look interesting, so they are now on my tbr-list.

How many books have you read this year, and what is your goal?

Goodreads tells me I’ve read 32 of 70 books. So…kind of behind…😄

What’s the last book you bought?

This may or may not be correct, but I believe it was the three fairytale collections put out by Rooglewood. Two of them are re-reads, and I’m considering putting reviews up for all three.

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What book are you saving up to buy next?

I’m not sure honestly…😄 I don’t usually ‘save up’ to buy books. I usually just buy what I can when I have the money. Libraries are my friends.🙂

How many books did you check out last library visit?

Sadly, I think it was only two…*sniff sniff* And they weren’t even chapter books. They’re about movie production and animation, which is really interesting actually.

What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

So, so many! O_O But if I have to be particular (picky, picky…) I would choose Heartless by Marissa Meyer and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

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What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?

I might say either Tales of Goldstone Wood (for clean readers) and/or The Lunar Chronicles (for those who can look past a bit of violence and language).🙂

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Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?

Ooh, definitely Shannon Hale! She’s been under the radar for quite a bit (aside from her very young readers Princess in Black series). Please Mrs. Hale! Write some more riveting fantasy!🙂

A few books you heart adores?

Illusionarium and Entwined by Heather Dixon, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, the Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Princess Academy and the Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, and The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo, to name a very few.🙂

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What series’ coming conclusion make you sad?

I’m drawing a blank here so I’m going to steal Deborah’s answer and say Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

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What books are on your wish-list?

There aren’t actually very many books that I would like to own. I usually like to get the book or first book of a series from the library first before investing in my own copies. Yep, total risk-taker here.😄 But I do really want Crooked Kingdom, Heartless, A Branch of Silver, a Branch of Gold by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, and the other two Jackaby books by William Ritter.🙂

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That’s the tag! Thank you again for tagging me Deborah! And since I’m horrible at tagging people, consider yourself tagged if you’re reading this.🙂 Thanks for reading! Oh, and you may or may not have noticed my new banner and background. I’m also working on a few fun graphics. Let me know what you think!

Until next time!❤

The Fall Time Cozy Book Tag

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Hey guys! You may or may not have noticed I had a slight hiatus this past week. It wasn’t intentional, I’ve just been trying to get my blogging schedule in order.🙂

So here’s a little tag I’ve typed up for you. I know, I know, it’s not technically autumn, but this tag looked so fun!

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Crunching Leaves // The world is full of color. Choose a book that has reds, oranges, and yellows on the cover.

Five Magic Spindles by various authors. I just bought it recently and I can’t wait to read! Maybe I’ll do a review…🙂

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Cozy Sweater // It’s finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

 I don’t read very many books that are…warm and fuzzy.😄 I will say though I have pleasant memories reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo when I was younger.

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Fall Storm // The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favorite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

It really depends on my mood. Sometimes I like funny books that make me forget about the weather and other times I like reading action-packed, adventure stories.🙂

Cool Crisp Air // What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

I would really love to trade places with all my favorite characters.🙂 But in particular, I would choose Cress from the Lunar Chronicles.

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Hot Apple Cider // What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

Ooh, tough one…I might pick either Illusionarium by Heather Dixon, or Jackaby by William Ritter.

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Coat, Scarves, and Mittens // The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

Hmm…Sometimes if I’m reading a particularly…young book/series, it can get embarrassing (even though the books themselves are really good!) So I generally don’t bring those ones with me in public.😄

Pumpkin Spice // What’s your favorite fall time comfort food/foods?

yum: ALL THE FOODS. *yum* More specific answer? Okay. I like apple crisp, pie, and cider. Pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Hot chocolate with marshmallows. And pumpkin spice everything! ^_^

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That’s the tag! Hope you liked it! Feel free to do this tag too if you want! I’d love to see your answers! Until next time!❤

Character Conversations: Queen Kako

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Hello dear bloggers! I am sad to say, but today is my last character conversation for a little while now. *sniff* But don’t worry! I’ll have plenty of other posts and such up. And when I’m ready, I’ll definitely be posting more CC posts again.😉

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Jadis in Charn, before entering Narnia and becoming the White Witch:

The Evil Queen

Cruel

Beautiful

Tries to kill Snow White

Vain

Has a magic mirror

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Queen Kako of Nanova

Sweet

Still beautiful

Is afraid of Snow White

Giving and generous

Can travel through mirrors

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Me: Hello, your Highness.

Queen Kako: Oh, just call me Kako, please.

M: Alright, Kako, thank you for allowing me to interview you today! To start off, tell me a bit about your family.

K: Well, I live with my Mom and my brother, O, in a giant castle. Mom is nice, she cares for me. Almost to much. She plans everything out for me. She does the same to O…

M: It seems that your mother is a bit…pushy. Bossy? I can’t quite find the right word.

K: *sighs* Yes, she is both pushy and bossy. But I can’t complain. She keeps us safe.

M: I heard from your brother that you enjoy painting. He says you’re up in your room all day. Is that true?

K: Yeah. It’s kind of my escape from all the trauma of the royal life. But sometimes, I’ll spy on people through the mirrors. That way, I know what’s going on without ever having left my room!

M: …Explain?

K: Well, I can travel around through the mirrors and reflections. My Mom has a giant mirror in the throne room and O has one in his room too. Plus there are many more scattered all over the castle.

M: Sounds fascinating. Does that also mean…?

K: Oh yes, I can be in different places at simultaneously. Of course, there needs to be light and reflection around in order to do that.

M: What else do you do around the castle? When you’re not up in your room?

K: We have a big art gallery on the east side. I love wandering around in there. Someday, I hope to have a painting hung in there. Not just a picture of me. *makes a face*

M: *laughs, then pauses* You seem…I don’t know how to put it…lonely?

K: *looks away* I…I try to hide it. I can’t let Mom see or she’ll force me to another party. She knows I don’t like them. It’s a kind of punishment.

M: You have O though, don’t you?

K: He’s been acting strange lately…ever since his journey to Woodcrest Wood. He seems…off.

M: I’m…sorry to hear that. I hope you get that sorted out soon. *mumbles* It may take a while, but…

K: Did you say something?

M: Oh, no, I just talk to myself sometimes is all. So, I’ll leave you with some parting questions. What is your favorite food?

K: Poached quail eggs with red sauce.

M: Sounds…tasty. Do you like music?

K: Yes, I love music. The few times I actually want to go out are when we go to the symphony. So beautiful…

M: Can you sing?

K: *laughs* Only when I want to upset anyone nearby.

M: *smiles* Thank you Kako. It’s been a pleasure.

K: The pleasure is all mine.

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There you go! She’s a really sweet character, but terribly shy sometimes… Thank you so much for reading! And if you’ve been following these posts, I thank you too for all your likes and comments! This has been such a fun segment, and I can’t wait to share more characters someday soon!

Until next time!❤

 

Character Conversations: Prince O

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Hello bloggers! Today’s interview is with a very generic character…Or is he?

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The Prince of a Fairytale (take your pick of which one!)

Brave

Handsome

Usually saves the damsel in distress

Sometimes arrogant

Usually boring, if we’re being honest

Prince O:

Prince O of Nanova

Still brave and handsome

Bored of his life

Arrogant and challenging

But deep down, sweet

Anything but boring

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Me: Welcome, Prince O!

Prince O: Thank you fair lady! I am pleased to meet you. *smiles flashing grin*

M: To get down to business, who exactly are you? And can I call you O?

O: *hesitates* I am crown Prince Olistair Oleander Octavious Oakenragemanrivergaze. The III. And yes, just call me O.

M: *bursts out laughing* I couldn’t quite catch that last name…*pants* Could you repeat it?

O: *rolls eyes* Hilarious. And no. Moving on?

M: *wipes tear* Okay, so. You’re royalty, right? So what’s it like?

O: *sighs* Horrible. Mother makes me wear these ridiculous outfits and pushes me to attend all these balls and parties and…Ugh!

M: Well…you are the most eligible man in all of Paramythi.

O: Oh really! Poppycock. The princes of Nell and Omorfia and Gorgona…All of them are just as fine as me!

M: *shrugs* Well, you kind of are… The prince.

O: Just because I rescued a girl from a poisoned apple doesn’t make me a better hero. And I won’t lie, she was super cute…

M: So if you don’t enjoy all the finery and such, what do you enjoy?

O: I’d much rather go on an adventure with my horse, Haypenny, and meet damsels in distress than attend all those stupid parliamentary meetings and junk. Just the other day, actually, I was thinking about heading over to Prink. I hear Princess Orinthia is more beautiful than they’re letting on…

M: *rolls eyes* You seem kind of…obsessed with all these girls…

O: What’s wrong with a girl or two? It’s not like I’d actually consider marrying them. Mother’s already arranged that.

M: *stares in disgust* Don’t you care?

O: I suppose I care a little…but as long as she’s nice and pretty, I think I’ll manage.

M: *shakes head* Moving on…Do you get along with your family?

O: Oh, well enough I suppose. Kako’s always up in her room, painting away, avoiding everyone. And mother…well…She’s not not unkind.

M: *tries to decipher sentence and gives up* Okay. Do they know of what happened in Woodcrest Wood?

O: *looks choked* Huh?

M: You met a…fairy was it? Of the ruder sort and you with your arrogance somehow made her mad and she cursed you and…

O: Are you trying to make me angry?

M: *eyes widen* No! I was just…saying…

O: No. They don’t. And I don’t plan on telling them. Let’s keep it that way.

M: *gulps* Fine by me. Parting questions now. Can you cook?

O: I’m a prince! I’ve never had the need to learn!

M: *glares* Have you ever been outside of Fanastasia?

O: Not that I remember…the farthest I went was Woodcrest Woods.

M: *looks away* Sorry. Do you dread being first in line for the throne?

O: *shrugs* I’m perfectly fine with it. I don’t look forward to the responsibility, but I’ll be married by then, so I’ll have a wife to help me.

M: Alright, thank you, O, for answering my questions!

O: *smiles* You’re most welcome.

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He’s been a really fun character to write! He’s kind of laid-back but still mysterious… What do you think? Thanks for reading! Until next time!❤

Twinepathy // A Review

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Hey all! Today, I have a review of Twinepathy by C.B. Cook!🙂

Initial Reaction

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*flails like a dying seal* I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. But seriously, like, where’s the next book?

“Albany and her twin sister, Brooklyn, have spent years successfully hiding their 26793603telepathic connection. But when a girl falls unconscious at their doorstep, the girls learn that they might not be the only people in the world with extraordinary powers and that a memory thief is on the loose. As the twins try to help the girl find her memories, they discover that the superhero world might be bigger—and more dangerous—than they ever imagined.”

High Lights
– All the action that’s happening! Everything is so well-paced!
– BLAZE. Enough said.
– Denver and Ezra’s relationship. *squeals with delight*
– The suspense! It was killing me the entire. time. *dies*
– Also Maddie’s adorable-ness.❤❤❤
– ANVIL. I NEED MORE OF YOUR BACKSTORY AND STUFF OKAY OKAY.
– The amazing idea! I mean, memory theft? How awesome is that?!
Low Lights
– Virtually none, thought I may be a bit biased…🙂
– Albany did kinda do silly things sometimes, but it all worked out in the end.
– MAKE IT LONGER.😄

Favorite Quotes
“She’s in the middle of something really important. What do I tell her?”
“Tell her she gets to hack into the CIA’s system. She won’t be able to pass that up.”

“I’d prefer silence and random jokes about the passing billboards and scenery, but I know how he likes music. I just hope he doesn’t start singing.”

“Antarctica. You know, that giant continent at the bottom of the earth that’s ruled by penguins and seals.”

“Can you please explain this?”
“That would ruin the suspense.”

Conclusion
C.B. Cook is a really talented author who can really transport you into a story. I actually followed the serial story of Twinepathy on her blog before she was published. I congratulate her on her success of publishing and I can’t wait to read on!

FIVE STARS!

Character Conversations: Fasaria

Character Conversations

Hello all! We’re getting close to the end of my character list for my Imprint series…*sniff* But never fear! I have many more characters from other stories…🙂

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Aladdin. Jirka Väätäinen Design released this collection of art this morning showing the Disney Princes/Guys in a more real life way.:

Master of the Genie of the Lamp

Kind and generous

Adventurous and brave

Loves the princess

Grants the Genie his freedom

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Fasaria:

Master of Tizini (or at least used to be…)

Quiet and thoughtful

Accident-prone but can be brave

Doesn’t ‘have time’ to be in love

Lost the genie in a dangerous portal-collapse

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Me: Hello Fasaria. Would you mind if I interviewed you today?

Fasaria: I suppose not. But it really depends on what kind of questions you’ll be asking.

M: Um…regular ones? What other kind could there be?

F: Deep, intellectual, life-changing questions about the world around us and life in essence. Or small talk.

M: I don’t really know any…life-changing questions…But can I start off by asking you to tell a bit about yourself?

F: I was born in Alldinia as a poor boy. My mom died when I was four and I never knew my father.

M: So…you live alone?

F: I prefer it that way. Alone with my own thoughts and reasoning.

M: …How do you eat? And where do you sleep?

F: *glares* I’m not a punk who wanders the streets begging. I earn my keep by doing odd jobs when they’re asked of me. I can usually find work in the market square, moving crates, displaying fruit or trinkets, and stuff of that sort.

M: Being much of recluse (which I can understand!), how did you stumble upon the lamp?

F: *narrows eyes* How do you know about that?

M: I heard it through the grapevine. So, how?

F: *sighs* I was walking alone down the streets when an old man came up to me and asked if I could help him. I said yes, and he led me to a dark alley that somehow ended up in a cave. It still confuses me…How could I’ve walked right into a cave if I were in the middle of town?

M: Sounds like that man had some form of magic.

F: Ugh, magic…I hate the stuff. Not that it’s above my skill level of understanding. It is after all the most difficult gift to cultivate, and…

M: So how did you find Tizini?

F: In the cave of course. Then the old man trapped me down there with him. But I tricked him and stole the lamp before he could swipe it from me. The barbarian… And that’s when I met Tizini, who is not very nice, if I’m being honest.

M: Oh I know. Trust me. So he must’ve granted your wish, then, right?

F: I’m sitting here aren’t I?

M: You didn’t happen to lose him on purpose…did you?

F: Believe me, I’ve thought about destroying the lamp several times over, just so he would shut up about his ‘horrible circumstances’. But no. Losing him was an accident.

M: Huh…Well, thank you. I’m going to ask a few parting questions now. Do you like cats?

F: What kind of ridiculous question is that? And no, I hate them in fact. They’re always hissing from inside abandoned alleyways, and-

M: Were you born with any type of gift, such as magic?

F: Yes. The one thing I remember my mom telling me was how I had an incredible capacity of intellect.

M: Which is…?

F: *rolls eyes* Worlder…It has to do with the mind. I chose never to develop it very much though, only choosing a few skills to practice.

M: Okay…last question. *smiles* Do you enjoy inventing?

F: Oh, I love it! I’m working on a steam-powered hot-air balloon right now. Well, I’ve written the plans, but I don’t actually have any of the parts to build it yet, but I’m going to-

M: Alright, thank you Fasaria, for answering my questions!

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Well…he’s quite a talker for a ‘recluse’…😉 I hope you enjoyed! Until next time!❤

Character Conversation: Pyrallis

Character Conversations

Hey all! It’s a little late, but here’s another convo with a very curious character of mine…

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Robin Hood

Robs from the rich and gives to the poor

Generous and thoughtful

Skilled in archery

Loves Maid Marian

Travels with his Merry Men

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Pyrallis:

Still gives whatever he can to the poor

Bubbly and outgoing

Skilled in archery as well as hand-to-hand combat

Loves no one (yet🙂 )

More of a loner

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Me: Hello, Pyrallis!

Pyrallis: Hey! How you doing?

Me: Good, thank you. So, I’m here to interview you today. Tell me a little bit about yourself.

P: Oh, let’s see…hmm…I live alone in the woods. *shrugs* Well, I guess not entirely alone. My mom comes to see me every now and again. Other than that though, I work alone.

M: Sorry to interrupt, but you said you work. I…I know for a fact you’re more into…

P: Stealing? Yeah, well it feels like work, so that’s what I tell people. And I’m pretty sure if I ever told anyone, besides you of course, that I steal for a living, I would get in huge trouble.

M: Yeah…*blushes* Sorry, I…I just can’t stop staring at that bandana. Covering your eyes. Why…why is it…?

P: *smiles* It’s definitely a conversation starter, huh? Keeping you safe is its main purpose.

M: *stares* Keeping me…safe? And how do you…see?

P: *sighs* I don’t. See, that is. I can’t really explain to you why it’s keeping you safe, but it is. Trust me.

M: *mumbles* It’s kinda awkward to have a conversation when you can’t make eye contact…

P: What?

M: Nothing. Anyway, so you steal for yourself, I know. But do you give to others?

P: Oh of course! It’s what keeps me from drowning in guilt. *grins*

M: *crosses arms* Well maybe you shouldn’t do it if it makes you feel guilty.

P: Hey, it’s what keeping me alive. Nobody will hire me because of stupid cross-genre laws-

M: Cross-genre? What’s that?

P: *sighs, evidently annoyed he let that slip* It’s what happens when two people from different realms marry and have…

M: *blushes* Ohhh…*looks away awkwardly* Um…sorry…

P: *sighs again* It’s fine. It was going to come out one way or another.

M: Well, I’ll…I’ll just wrap this up, if that’s okay with you?

P: Sure thing.

M: Where do you live?

P: In the middle of a forest in Kleftis. With lots of animals. Mostly squirrels.

M: Are you musically talented?

P: If you consider whistling musically talented, then yes. I’m practically an expert.

M: *smiles* Are you glad to be in the World now?

P: *considers* It’s an interesting place, a lot like Contemporalis. But I wouldn’t want to live here.

M: Alright, thank you, Pyrallis. *realizes something* Does your name have something to do with…?

P: Would you look at that, I’d better get going. See ya! *races out of the room*

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Nice guy, right? Maybe a bit mysterious, but still, nice.🙂 I hope you enjoyed reading! Until next time!❤

By the Book Tag

Hello all! So, you may have noticed I didn’t post a CC on Saturday…I wasn’t feeling well, so I took a small break. But I’m back with a tag! I saw this on Deborah’s book blog a bit ago, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.😉

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What book is on your nightstand right now?

I actually am not currently reading anything right now. Shocking, right?😄

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What was the last truly great book you read?

I’m going to go with Illusionarium by Heather Dixon…That was like in May, but seriously, IT’S SO GOOD. *hugs book*

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If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?

Ooh, tough dilemma! I would be really curious to meet Laura Ingalls Wilder, C.S. Lewis, Marissa Meyer, and/or Shannon Hale. I don’t even know what I would ask…I would probably be to busy staring in awe or something like that.😉

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What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

Um…*stares at shelves* Contemporary books? I don’t read a whole lot of that…but I do have some favorite contemporary series on my shelves, i.e. Summerhill Secrets by Beverly Lewis and the Real Life series by Nancy Rue.

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How do you organize your personal library?

Mostly alphabetical by author’s last name. But the taller books that don’t fit on some of my shelves get organized differently. Plus I have a section for older books that my Mom and Grandmas gave me…

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What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to it?

So, so, so, many…too many…I can think of many sitting on my shelves, on my GR tbr-list, at the library…HELP.

Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read?

I wouldn’t say embarrassed, but I feel kind of left out when everyone’s read Harry Potter, Divergent, or The Hunger Games… *shrugs* I can deal with it…

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t?

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas comes to mind. I really wanted to like them too. But it just didn’t work for me.😦 I found Celaena slightly annoying, and I thought the pacing was a bit strange.

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Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?

I don’t usually do this very often, but I believe the last one I put down was Dorothy must Die by Danielle Paige. It had an interesting premise, but ultimately, it was to icky for me.

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What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

Of course, fantasy is one of my most favorite genres.🙂 But I’ve also found I enjoy retellings, steampunk, and a little sci-fi.

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If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

The Bible is always a good place to start.🙂 Also, I agree with Deborah, our Constitution would be a good choice too.😉

What do you plan to read next?

Twinepathy by C.B. Cook is next in line on the tbr-list, and I’m super stoked! ^_^

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That’s the tag! If you feel so inclined to do this tag, I heartily give you permission.😉 Hope you enjoyed! Until next time!❤