Doctor Strange // A Movie Review

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Hey guys! So, in the hectic-ness of NaNo, I managed to head down to the theater with a friend and watch Doctor Strange.

AND IT WAS SO GOOD.

Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe

High Lights:

  • The ACTION. It was never dull and all the fight scenes were really well done.
  • The HUMOR. For real though, it was hilarious, and really kept the mood light.
  • The special effects were AMAZING. It was really interesting to watch and I LOVED how the ‘magic’ was portrayed.
  • Also, there’s this adorable little cape that is just…adorable.❤ He’s hilarious and alive and it’s great.🙂
  • The plot was really thought out and I know some people will see the whole ‘time is relative’ thing as old hat, but I really liked it in this movie.
  • DOCTOR STRANGE. The entire reason of this movie. At first, he’s kinda of a mean guy, but as the story progresses, he’s actually really cool and funny. I LOVED how Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed him. And I also thought his American accent sounded very strange (ha, see what I did there?) He did it really well, it just felt weird, you know?
  • Wong is hilarious. That is all.🙂

Low Lights:

  • I was a bit wary at first, since it really seemed to be pushing the sorcery and occult and such. And there is a good deal of that in the movie, but I felt it didn’t detract from the story.
  • A few parts were super, super intense. Like, really scary. But they helped push the story along, so I didn’t mind it too much.
  • As with all Marvel movies, there was a bit of swearing, but much less so than I’ve seen in other movies (at least I think so).

Conclusion:

If you haven’t already seen it, (and even if you have!) I highly recommend watching this movie. Plus, I have a feeling Doctor Strange is going to be a big part of the MCU (*cough cough* THE TWO CLIPS AT THE END *cough cough*), so that’s exciting.😀

There you are, my little review. :) I hope you got something out of it, and if you’ve already watched the movie, WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT. LIKE, A LOT.❤

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A Breaking Novel Update // Beautiful Books 2016

Hey guys!

Just a short post today. I’m busily hammering away at my novel (and getting distracted, like, a lot…hence this blog post), and I thought I would give a bit of an update via Cait’s and Sky’s link-up for this month!

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Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?

Well, I’d say my mental state is fine, but my family might say otherwise…😄 No, but seriously, I’m feeling pretty confident. I’m doing much better than I did last year which is encouraging for me. The novel itself is going. That is all I can say. Good or bad? Who can know? Not me.😄

What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?

It’ll probably go through many, many, many, edits, but here you are!

       “Ouch!”

Paige stumbled over a rock, and fell, cutting her hand on a sharp stone. A large cut surfaced, ink emerging from the slit. She groaned and got to her feet, leaning against her staff.

Maggie beside her in an instant. “What’s wrong? Are you okay?”

“Yeah, fine. I just cut myself on accident.” Paige rubbed her hands together and a soft blue light glowed in between them. When she pulled her hands apart, the cut was gone. She sighed.

They’d been wandering this forest for three days and hadn’t found any sign of civilization. Nothing but trees. Trees for miles and miles.

Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?

Currently, I’m exploring more into Saymeth’s character, and I’m finding he’s totally fun to write. He’s a real sweetie and he’s also awesome and doesn’t hesitate to help other people.🙂

What do you love about your novel so far?

Just the fact that this is the last book in this series and it’s got all the characters I’ve created and they’re all interacting and such. I really love the dialogue between…everyone, pretty much.❤

Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?

*bursts out laughing, then cries instead* Pretty sure you don’t even want to see this mess of mine. Though more repeated words, sentences that are mixed up, and general all-round mistakes then typos.

What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?

I’d say somewhere in between the middle and the end, because that’s the epitomical point in the story and everything pretty much rests in the balance. And then after that is the big climax/fight scene. So, that’ll be interesting…

What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!

I wouldn’t say I have very many writing habits. I don’t eat while I write (I get too distracted by my love of food and such, you know), but I do love listening to music while I write. I’ve also found this website, Noisli, that plays different sounds that are either productive or relaxing, or whatever combination you want, for when I’m tired of music. And I usually write most in the afternoon for 1-3 hours.

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Here’s my workspace!

 

How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?

I am okay with saying I write more like Batman.🙂

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I do tell my family a little about, like how I’m a 1,000 words behind, or if they ask how things are going, though.

What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?

The love for my characters and my story.❤

What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?

Um…I’m still trying to figure things out, so I don’t know if I’m apt for giving advice, but

1. Word sprints.

One word. They are FABULOUS. I’ve benefited so much from word sprints, because they give me that little bit of motivation I need to get started for the day. Because I probably wouldn’t otherwise, if I’m being honest.😄

2. Character development.

Even if you’re story is great, and your plot is awesome, if your characters are dull, your novel will be too. As I’m writing, I carefully try to through in a few hints of character growth throughout the draft so I can flesh them out later on when I’m revising. Which brings me to the last thing…

3. It won’t be perfect. So try to have fun.

First drafts are never good. Trust me. They’re usually horrid little mess of characters and plot and going-off-on-a-limb. (At lest mine are! If you can write fabulous first drafts, I applaud you heartily.) The what next months of January and February put out by NaNoWriMo give you that chance to work out the story later on so it’s the best that you can make it.🙂

So there you go! My short and snappy update. (You don’t have to laugh at the lame pun, it’s okay.)

How are you guys doing? Are you flying through your story or feeling stuck in a bottomless writer’s block-filled pit? And if you’re not participating in NaNo…How’s life been on the outside?

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The Imprint Trilogy + Erase (NaNoWriMo 2016)

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Hey guys! Okay, so I thought it high time to finally delve a little deeper into what I’m actually writing. And since I wanted to share a bit about Erase, my NaNo novel this year, and it being the last book in the trilogy, I kinda have to bring the others in.

This story…Oh my word, this story.

It’s consumed me for the better part of nearly two years, but I don’t care because I love it so very muchly.🙂 I got the idea back when I was like nine or ten, but it’s been a persistent little bugger. So finally, after trying to begin it several times, (without an outline, which I believe was a huge mistake for me), I finally wrote an outline and in the summer of 2015, I wrote Imprint during JuNoWriMo.

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It was so. much. FUN. I found that I really like the challenge of finishing it in a month, (translation, I needed motivation to write otherwise I just…wouldn’t.) It was my first experience actually writing. I had, of course, started about a bajillion stories before, but I’d never finished them until now. I felt professional, basically.

About the actual story…I’m terrible at blurb type things, so I’ll just paraphrase a bit.

Paige lives with her family in Fallcoast, a pleasant little town in Minnesota. She’s never wished for anything more.

But lately, she’s been having strange dreams. And one day when a cashier at the grocery store attacks her, she knows something is up.

That very night, Paige is transported to a mystical world called Nore, where she has been cast as the main character of a fairytale.

Enlisting the help of her friend Markus, she is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery. And she soon finds herself entangled in an evil scheme she’d only dreamt possible.

And here’s snippets. Because…why not?

“Um…” he said examining the box. “You…you wouldn’t want to help me…would you? I just need you to come in the back for a minute.” He seemed to hold his breath.

Paige noticed she was holding her breath too. “Um…I’m sorry, but…but I shouldn’t go places with strangers.”

The man blew out a relieved breath and nodded like he was expecting her to say that.

“That is a very good rule,” he said still nodding.

Paige painted on a smile, nodding.

“Yeah…But I’m gonna need you to come with me anyway.”

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“Why are you here? It doesn’t make sense…”

“But it makes sense that you’re here? I don’t think so!” Paige snapped.

Markus held his hands up defensively. “Hey, I wasn’t saying it did!”

“You’re acting really weird!”

“Me? You just slapped me!”

“I said I’m stressed out!”

“Fine!” Markus said, getting up from the bed. “We’re both weird. Whatever!”

~

Markus stood in the doorway, dripping with ink. “Didn’t know how much more of this I could take,” he replied with a weak smile. He locked the door behind him, saturating the knob in ink.

“You look…”

“Wet? I could say the same for you,” he rubbed his arms up and down, in the process, slathering himself in ink.

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 A little about the characters maybe? As they’re my favorite part of this story.🙂

  • Paige ~ Back when I first got the idea for this story, I had a really hard time with the characters, so my main character was essentially…me. Well, that was creative… But I decided I needed to change that (thankfully…I don’t think anyone would want to read an entire story with me as the MC). She still has some aspects of me, but I made sure she wasn’t a Mary Jane. And she’s just plain awesome.😉
  • Markus ~ Markus’ name changed a lot during this story. First it was James, then it was Write, and finally, we ended up with Markus, which I think suits him nicely. He’s the humorous one of the duo and I sometimes take inspiration from my brother and use it as material. But he’s also the really sweet and sensitive type. There may or may not be some crushing going on between him and Paige… <3
  • Celthic ~ During the beginning stages of the story, Celthic wasn’t even going to be a huge part of the story. Just another henchman for the bad guy, (and he was actually originally a character for a different story.) Well, that’s not how things went, and now he’s one of the major characters, and I’m so glad of that. He’s snarky, stubborn, and an all-around joy to write. (Possibly because I’m snarky and stubborn…Just possibly…)
  • Zyke ~ Another henchman gone major character. I apparently really like fleshing any and every single character in my stories, so…That kinda makes for a larger cast, but that can be fun, right?😉 He’s much like Celthic in ways, but then not at all in others. Celthic is the quiet, introverted type, while Zyke…He’s quite the opposite. But he is stubborn, that’s one thing that remains the same between them…
  • Drilidric ~ Okay, so this character kinda just crept into the story without me even noticing. Like for real. I was writing a prologue and it was just BAM. There he is. And that is a very good thing, because he is an AWESOME character. Like a strange mix of Sherlock and Iron Man… Yeah, it’s hard to explain, but trust me, he’s great. Maybe I’ll have a CC post about him…

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This book is where things start picking up. After the…ahem, events…that took place at the end of the last book, things got a…crazy? Is that even the word I mean? I don’t know. But I tell you, this book is for real the problem child out of the three. I started it in my first attempt at NaNo, and I…didn’t do so hot. But, I was well prepared when JuNo rolled around with nearly 14,000 words ahead of my goal. And that went well. I didn’t finish it, but I’m pretty good with the progress I’ve made so far.

I suppose I can try at another blurb thingie…

Since her incident in Nore, Paige has been carrying a few too many loads than she should.

But with her friend in danger, having to go to public school, and trying to handle all this magic stuff, can she be blamed?

And when good and evil seem to mesh together, Paige must get the help of a new friend, along with some old pals, to stop the evil from ravaging her home.

And some snippets…because…snippets.

“You’re the boy,” Jack said hefting his sword up into the air, “Where’s the girl?”

Markus ignored him. “May I ask why you’re here? And what of the beanstalk?”

Jack barred his teeth. “Kaidan, he’s being offensive, attack!”

Markus stumbled back. “Whoa, wait, what?”

~

Celthic glared. “I trust them more than anyone else right now, seeing as how it’s you who’s keeping me locked up in here.”

“Following orders,” Zyke replied.

“Following orders?” Celthic was raising his voice now, but he didn’t care. “So following orders means betraying your friends?”

Zyke gritted his teeth. “Now you’re just trying to mess around in my mind!”

Celthic could’ve laughed. “Or, I don’t know, maybe that’s a little cricket trying to tell you something?”

“Oh, shut up!” Zyke snarled.

~

“Markus, this is Vasi. He’s from Nore. In fact, he’s a main character.”

Vasi nodded. “I’m the Pied Piper? I think?” He held out his hand for Markus to shake.

Markus took it, but not without a hint of worry. “And why are you here?”

“I could ask you the same question young man.”

Markus bit his lip shut.

~

We’re introduced to a few new characters, most of which I’ve interviewed, but here’s a bit of background.

  • Vasi ~ Fairytale characters weren’t originally going to be major characters in the story, but that changed once I started writing Rewrite. Vasi is one of these examples. And the snippet above provides that he is actually the Pied Piper. He’s a super nice guy, and he just wants things to be right. But because of problems in Nore, that’s not something that’s possible right now.
  • Tizini ~ Oh Tizini…😄 If you remember from the CC post I did with him, you’ll know that he has a bit of an attitude…to say the least. Nonetheless, these characters tend to the be the most fun to write (for me at least…is that saying something…?) And of course Tizini is no exception. I will say, he softens up quite a bit as the story progresses.🙂
  • Saymeth ~ Saymeth was a troubling character to come up with. I felt he was lacking in creativity when he first appeared in the story, so I’ve definitely tried to flesh him out a bit. If you’ll remember the interview, I believe he stated he was a ‘telepathic wolf anthromorph’ or some such thing. Also, he has silver eyes. He’s a huge softie though…quite the opposite of Tizini.😄
  • Koki ~ Koki is the yin to Saymeth’s yang. She’s the quiet type of girl that looks like she wants to hurt you. And probably does. Which is why, of course, I had to put her and Saymeth together. I really love the ‘opposites attract’ troupe. But Koki herself is a really fun character to write because she comes off as very cold and cruel, yet that’s not who she is. It’s a complicated thing which makes her really interesting to write.🙂

Now, finally, we can get to the actual novel I’m writing…*drum roll*

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Ta-da! I’m actually feeling really daunted by the task of this book. I mean, it has to resolve every problem and be believable…*nervousness* But outlining has been super fun so far, and since I only have FIVE DAYS LEFT GUYS I’m hoping to finish it in time.

Watch me attempt a blurb for a third time…

Paige’s worst fear has come about. She has found herself trapped in Nore!

And not only that, but she’s being hunted viciously on all sides by the evil ruler Zedidiah, who will stop at nothing to see her dead.

As she makes her way through Nore, she comes across many new friends, as well as enemies.

But Paige is not herself. As the wizard has finally Rewritten all of Fanastasia, he will now stop at nothing to see Paige Rewritten herself.

How can Paige and her friends end Zedidiah’s reign and save all of Nore? The answer is more complicated then you would think…

Not to bad…hopefully.😄 Writing blurbs is hard! But I thinks this gives a pretty good general idea.

Now, a few new characters. I don’t know much about their personalities yet, but I bet I can describe them all somewhat with three words.

  • Pyrallis ~ Friendly, independent, and curious.
  • Fasaria ~ Inventive, condescending, and withdrawn.
  • Prince O ~ Charismatic, argumentative, and a quick-thinker.
  • Queen Kako ~ Artistic, competitive, and sensitive.

I’m both excited and nervous to begin this NaNo season, but I hope to remember that the most important thing is to have fun! If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, I will cheer you on heartily! And if you would like to be buddies with me, you can follow this link to my profile page.

So, are you participating in NaNo? And if you are, what are you writing? Let me know down below!❤

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Ten Characters I’d Name My Children or Pets After // Top Ten Tuesdays

Hello all! Just a quick post today, as I’m madly trying to finish somewhat of an outline before NaNo…So, it’s been fun around here.😄 I probably won’t be posting much during November, except for little mini updates and possibly snippets, so I have a couple more posts set for October.🙂 And when I saw this Tuesday’s topic over at The Broke and the Bookish, I just had to give it a try! I LOVE names of all shapes and sizes! So without further ado, let us begin!

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I’m going to do half and half, five names for children and five for pets. Children first!

I. Jonathan

Illusionarium is possibly the best book I’ve read so far this year, and I must pay it justice because Jonathan is great. Plain and simple.

II. Wylan

I’m currently reading Crooked Kingdoms, and I really think Wylan is the nicest kid ever. So I wouldn’t mind having my son named after him.🙂

III. Jackaby

Okay, so maybe this one is a little strange, but Jackaby is brilliant and fabulous and needs to be named after. Besides, we could always just call him Jack, right?

IV. Thorne

I just finished Stars Above. OH MY STARS. *cries forever* But the last story was totally worth it.🙂 And Thorne is totally the best guy character out of the series, at least in my opinion. Sure, he’s a bit cocky, but he’s also lovable and hilarious.❤

V. Eanrin

Maybe this one’s a stretch, but I LOVE EANRIN SO MUCH OKAY. I’m all for giving him the nickname of Ean. That’s a pretty common name, though the spelling is different. But I DON’T CARE.❤

Um…I’m just now noticing they’re all guy names…But oh well.😄 Now, on to pets!

VI. Lionheart

I could totally picture this being the name of a giant fluffy dog that’s super cuddly and adorable. I don’t know if I could do with a giant dog in the house, but it’d still be a great name.😉

VII. Cress

Finally, a girl’s name!😄 Cress is one of my favorite characters, so it only makes sense. Plus it’s just a really pretty name and it’s short for Crescent. Then I could call her Crescent Roll.😄

VIII. Blaze

This one will be pretty obvious if you know about Twinepathy and my obsession with one of the characters. Ahem, Blaze, to be exact  And you know, if I ever got that dragon I’ve been considering, it would be the perfect name.😉

IX. Lockwood

DIDN’T SEE THAT ONE COMING I’LL BET.😄 I can just imagine a German shepherd or some such big, gruff dog with this name. And then on the inside he’s a sweet little softy.😀

X. Azrael

Paper Crowns is SO WONDERFUL, and Azrael is possibly the best character of ever. There is no question as to why this name should be chosen. *nods*

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There you are! The names of all my children and pets! Somehow, there was only one girl in the mix…Don’t know how that happened… Hope you enjoyed!

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Five Enchanted Roses // A Review

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Hey guys! I just finished this fabulous book, so I thought I would share a review! I’ve marked the spoilers in white text, as I did with my previous review.🙂

INITIAL RESPONSE
Okay…NOW WHAT DO I DO WITH MY LIFE?!

ESPRIT DE LA ROSE by Kaycee Browning
Initial Response
OH. MY. WORD. I LOVE IT!

To steal from the Fee is to suffer their wrath! So Cecilia learns when these fabled beings charge her father with the theft of a certain mirror and sentence him to torment. But when she is taken as substitute, Cecilia discovers that the punishment meted out by the Fee is far stranger than she could ever have imagined. Trapped aboard a ghost ship with a crew of condemned souls and aided only by charismatic Captain Pepin, can this pirate’s daughter unlock the secret to the Fee’s dark omens?

High Lights
– THE ENTIRE THING. Not even joking.
– THE CHARACTERS. Cecilia, Pepin, William, Frank, Curly, JUST YES.
– THE WIT. There is just so much wonderful wit and sarcasm and it pleases me greatly.
– The writing style is beautiful too! I found it very easy to just get lost, turning and turning page after page…🙂
– THE IDEA. Beauty and the Beast + pirates + magic = YES YES YES.
– Also, yes to all the little references to the movie and original tale. They made me dance a little. Just a little.😉

Low Lights
– Um…None? Seriously. None.
– Well…If this even counts for anything (which it doesn’t really) I think when I read this for the first time (when I was younger) I was a little scared of some of the monsters…Totally minor thing though.

Conclusion
I ADORE THIS STORY OKAY. It’s just so fun and wonderful and AWESOME. Also…THAT ENDING IS NOT OKAY I NEED MORE. Ahem…ah, yeah. So. There’s that. BUT SERIOUSLY THIS STORY IS YES.

❤❤❤❤❤ out of❤❤❤❤❤

WITHER by Savannah Jezowski
Initial Response
*stares intensely at the wall* What. Epic-ness. Just. Happened.

As penalty for the merchant’s theft of a single rose, the Beast of Briarstone Abbey demands his youngest daughter, sweet and innocent Sookie. But Lilybet Haverly will never allow her sister to face such a dreadful fate! Armed only with a butcher knife and her own determination, Bet climbs the wall and plunges into the Neverway, where the dead walk and ghouls hunt human flesh. She will find this Briarstone Abbey—and the Beast who lives there—whatever the cost.

High Lights
– Bet is such a great main character! She’s stubborn, witty, and just plain awesome.🙂
– CORWIN IS…You know, I just don’t really have words. Just, read the story and you will understand his wondrousness.
– Quarrel is adorable for being a giant, monster dog thing. Just sayin’.
– Also the Lonely are quite fun…I’m intensely curious about their background…
– Also… THE ABBEY IS ALIVE.😀 How wonderful is that?! AND IT AND CORWIN SHARE A CONNECTION AND I JUST… *sighs* It’s great. Really.
– Victor. That’s all you need to know. I mean, he’s not even really in the story…but I’m still  vastly curious about him… Ahem, THE EPILOGUE.

Low Lights
– Some of the fight scenes were a bit scary. But they weren’t overly graphic or gory, which I appreciated muchly.
– Nothing else I can think of presently.🙂

Conclusion
In closing, this is a fantabulous story with a few scary scenes that had me turning pages furiously. IT’S SO GRIPPING. Back, when I had first read this collection, I had skipped this story entirely. That was a mistake on my part! And also…is there a planned sequel/novella type thing? BECAUSE I NEED ONE.

❤❤❤❤❤ out of❤❤❤❤❤

STONE CURSE by Jenelle Schmidt
Initial Response
I. LOVE. IT. SO. MUCH. *hugs story to death*

Years ago a terrible curse swept over the revelers at Thorndale Castle, turning them to stone and transforming Prince Barend himself into a hideous beast. But Karyna, a former lady-in-waiting, will not abandon either her father, who stands in the throne room among the other statues, or the prince. Indeed, she sets out alone on a dangerous quest to find the one responsible for this dreadful spell. If she can but discover the reason why the stone curse was cast, perhaps she can also discover the solution.

High Lights
– I really liked Karyna, I though she was really believable and likable, and I sympathized with her so, so much.
– The magic in this story is phenomenal. It was really well explained and I found simply fascinating.
– Barend is just great. Yep.
– RITTER. Where do I even begin? HE’S GREAT.
– The writing style is so easy and flows really nicely. I had wonderful images of scenes playing out in my head as I read.🙂
– Also, kind of random, but there was this one scene where… SUITS OF ARMOR ARE ATTACKING KARYNA AND RITTER. I just thought that was totally epic.
– The ending!! … At first, I wasn’t sure how I liked Ritter ending up with Bellenya…But it’s totally cute and I love them together now.❤ Plus, Karyna and Barend are together, and that makes me so happy.😀

Low Lights
– I…really can’t think of any. This story is just flat-out amazing!😉

Conclusion
YOU JUST NEED TO READ IT OKAY. It’s such a funny, riveting story and I was very, very sad to see it come to an end. I really need to read some of Jenelle’s other books…😀

❤❤❤❤❤ out of❤❤❤❤❤

ROSARA AND THE JUNGLE KING by Dorian Tsukioka
Initial Response
WHAT. Okay, okay, but seriously THAT WAS INSANE. In a good way, of course.

Maor has determined to take her as his third wife, by force if necessary. But Rosara would rather risk her life alone in the jungle than submit to any man’s brutality. When a beautiful jaguar tells her that it knows where to find one of the karawara, she resolves to seek out this jungle spirit and request its aid. The jaguar warns Rosara, however, that gifts from the karawara are never without a price…

High Lights
– I just really love Tupa. This needs to be said.❤
– Also, I DISLIKE MAOR SO MUCH OMGOODNESS…*ahem* So yes, there’s that. What I mean to say, is that his villainous character was done very well.
– I’m really at a loss for words…
– Rosara is really great, and I’m ever so glad… her and Tupa are together. *smiles like a maniac*
– Jaguars are pretty. That is all.❤
– The writing style is really fast-paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I was stressed out the whole time I was reading…In a good way.🙂

Low Lights
– A few bits of the story were a little graphic, but nothing horrible. It only added to the suspense.
– … THE ENDING. Like, okay, I’m super glad Rosara didn’t die and her and Tupa are together and it’s GREAT. But seriously, what about Rosara’s village? Maor is still there! Hello?! And her father isn’t chief anymore, which makes me sad because he’s great. SOME RESOLUTION PLEASE.
– Much of the story centers around the karawara, which are jungle spirits…I was a little wary at first that things would get strange, but it was totally fine.

Conclusion
In short, this story is RIVETING. It’s a very good one, and the idea is very original. Beauty and the Beast + jungle = YES. Definitely a great story! Though there are a few things that put me off a bit, I still really enjoyed.

❤❤❤❤ out of❤❤❤❤❤

THE WULVER’S ROSE by Hayden Wand
Initial Response
OMGOODNESS…This is ADORABLE.

A life is a high price to pay for stealing a rose. Nevertheless, Bonnie honors her father’s agreement and travels to the remote, ruinous castle wherein dwells the legendary creature known as a wulver—half man, half wolf. Though he is monstrous to behold, this beast is oddly gentle, tenderly caring for his beautiful rosebush, which blooms out of season. Is there more to the wulver than meets the eye? Is he somehow connected to the frightened child who visits Bonnie in her dreams?

High Lights
– Bonnie is just so sweet. So sweet.
– Calum is just GREAT… and I totally wouldn’t care about those scars if I were Abigail…just sayin’…😄
– LAUCHLAN. *cries an ocean*
– I really appreciate how tight knit and loving Bonnie’s family is. It makes me so happy to see that, because I feel like families never get along in books…🙂
– The romance is INCREDIBLY well-written and believable! No insta-love here!
– Also, I feel like Sorcha is me half of the time…😄

Low Lights
– MORAG IS HORRIBLE. But, you know, you kinda love to hate her…?
– … I’m kind of curious as to how old Lauchlan actually is… ’cause Bonnie’s only like eighteen or nineteen…And he has a child. I’m not saying I don’t think they’re an adorable couple, just…wondering…

Conclusion
THIS IS SO CUTE GUYS. It’s possibly the story that most closely follows the original, out of this collection. But there’s still many unique twists that were really enjoyable.🙂 I’d also say it’s the most romantic out of these stories… Which, I am totally good with!😄❤

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CONCLUSION
I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK GUYS. Seriously, why did it have to end? WHY?! But no worries, I suppose. Bring on Five Magic Spindles!😀

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There’s my review! I hope you enjoyed, and comment below if you’ve read this wonderful collection!

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Strangest Browser Searches {September Edition}

 

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Hey guys! So, this post is going to be a little different today… I was trying to come up with a blog post idea, when I got the sudden impulse to look at my search history… Oh dear…😄

Nonetheless, I thought it would be great for a laugh, and maybe even a touch of inspiration. I’ve put them into categories, Innocent, Getting Stranger, and What Even. Let me know if you like this kind of post and I might make into a monthly thing, or maybe even a tag…?

Innocent…

fantasy items in literature

Okay, so, I’m a writer and I do this kind of stuff for research. You would think there would just be a list of magical items from literature, right? Well, after a bit, I kinda just gave up hope. Apparently, Google thinks I mean Final Fantasy items… So I compiled my own list off the top of my head instead.😄

who is the girl in rogue one

A legitimate question. I had no idea what her name was until I looked it up. Do they say it in the trailer? I don’t know… *shrugs*

the old Barbie site

So maybe this one is kind of…embarrassing. But. I seriously loved that site as a kid. You could go in all the different rooms of Barbie’s house and play games. Good times. But, unfortunately, I can’t find a way to play any of the old games or look at the old site! *sniff*

candy shops with white chocolate

You would be surprised to find that there is little to no white chocolate when it comes to candy bars. This is a tragedy and must be addressed, obviously.

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This was one of those times where I was pretty sleep deprived, and therefore couldn’t think. I mean, there’s got to be a word for it… Oh yeah, impassive. *shakes head*

quince

A little-known fruit I did a report on. Nothing exciting here.

Getting Stranger…

jobs that don’t pay well

I’m a writer. Most Some of my characters are poor, and I need to know these things. Is it so wrong?

book in which if something is written it happens

Not the best wording ever, but I’m sure you’ve heard of books that if written in can make certain things happen. I wanted to know if it was a single book in and of itself or if it’s just an idea. Google doesn’t know what I’m talking about, that remains to be seen.

websites that sell futuristic tech

I have a few book ideas that take place in the future, and I was curious to see what’s already been developed and what hasn’t. The results are scary… But good writing material!

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I, being an INFJ, am always trying to improve on myself. And its not like I’m going to ask my real-life friends what they think of me. That’s where the internet comes in.😄 Results are sparse, (which is a…good thing?) but evidently INFJs can be too harsh on themselves (which I agree with immensely, personally), which in turn upsets other people.

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Just, follow this link. It’s very muchly fun.🙂

What Even

kuduo pot

So I read this book, The Grimm Legacy, by Polly Shulman, and it has something called a kuduo pot in it. It’s a pot that takes away something important to you, say, your sense of direction, in exchange for something else (from the repository in the book, usually). How cool is that? I mean, it’s not, good or fair maybe, but still…And I kinda wanted to use that idea. So I went to look up what a kuduo pot actually was…and got nothing. It was made up by the author. *applause for her* But since I’m not an idea thief…well, there goes that idea.

how to turn poptropican back into person when she is a pig

Oh my, does this ever need some explaining…😄 If you’ve never heard of Poptropica, it’s a cute little online game where you can create a little person, go on quests, and play with your friends. It’s quite fun. Well, me and my siblings were playing one day, and somehow, I managed to turn my little sisters’ person into a pixelated pig. Um…oops.😄 And since I had no idea how to turn her back, this search was needed.

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Um…what? Yeah, I don’t know either. I think one day I was trying to read a note my Mom had written…And I couldn’t decipher it. (Sorry Mom!😄 ) But I don’t really know why looking it up would’ve helped. Because it didn’t.

abilities snakes have

This, in and of itself, is not strange. The reasoning behind it, however…is another story.😄 So, a certain character in my Imprint series, may or may not become a snake-like monster at one point…*feels incredulous looks being pressed at me* Yeah…so.

…There you are. Some of my strangest browser searches this past month. What about you? As a writer, reader, or anybody, do you look up weird stuff? Please tell me I’m not alone… XD Also, do you think this could be a tag somehow? I would love any ideas you have!

Until next time!❤

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 by Elisabeth Brown
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 by Emma Clifton
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 by Rachel Heffington
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 by Stephanie Ricker
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.

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THE MOON MASTER’S BALL by Clara Diane Thompson
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.

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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!❤