Friday, July 18, 2014

Figments Friday

(The picture above is mine. Please don't use it without linking back to me or giving me credit as a source. I also would like to recognize the amazing Brooklyn street artist that painted this.)

Welcome to round two of a brand new weekly writing feature called Figments Friday. If you didn't read the original post or just need a refresher, here's what its all about, every Friday I am going to share a figment of my imagination with you guys. It may be a synopsis draft, an excerpt a character interview or description, a teaser quote, ect.. You are welcome to join in as long as you link up with me. You can use my picture as well or create your own.

P.S. I'm sorry about the crazy formatting issues last time. I've never really tried embedding documents before and to do what I wanted I couldn't use a regular google doc, and well things got complicated, but I think I've officially figured it out.
NOTE: I reserve all rights to all of my original work. If you quote or reference any of it I ask that you give me credit. All of these snippets are works in progress and may have typos or need more editing, for the most part they are first drafts. 

This week's is a bit different from the last one, but I'm really excited about this, I think it will be a fun one. Short and simple though. Four of my more major characters are going to discuss their current favorite song.

Kali
Oh wow, um my favorite song? I don't know I don't really have favorite songs. I have favorite artists. I like The Black Keys and City and Colour. I love the soulful passion that comes through from the artists and the lyrics. 
Miss Malu
I love old music and music that makes people happy! Louis Armstrong is one of my favorite artists. I love that brassy, rough, and distressed, quality his voice has. I love "What a Wonderful World," but "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is a close runner up.
Finn
Oh, man, um I don't know. I like Eric Hutchinson's music and I really like Death Cab For Cutie. I guess I like softer indie music the most. Something that's a little bit, I don't know, spunky? Lyrics are important to me, but how it sounds over all means more to me. I love a song with great bass, but the two I wan't to share don't really fit that. 
Kanuha
One of my favorite songs right now is "Am I Wrong" by Nico and Vinz. I guess I relate to it a lot or something, but I just let people think I like it because it's catchy and what's popular right now. Everyone thinks that I'm like that. One of those popular kids that's perfect, and shallow and just follows what's "in," just because I like a lot of stuff that is popular, I play football, and I hang out with some people that are like that. I hate that people just take me at face value and I really hate that I'll never get a chance with the one girl I really want because of it. 

P.S. I'm signing off for a while, but Catherine @ Stray Imaginations  may pop over to keep you guys company sometimes. Also, all of the weekly meme's I participate in will proceed as usual thanks to all this newfangled technology. Have a great rest of the month! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

It's time for yet another round of Teaser Tuesday! This time the teaser is from Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper.


"The trunk should have gone to my mother years ago, but instead my grandmother kept it in the cottage, and although I slept with this thing at my feet for my entire life, I'd never looked inside. I'd never been invited." (pg.5)


Stacking The Shelves


I kind of went crazy and raided Liberty Bay Books this week so. Here is my haul! What does yours look like?
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Link up with Tynga @ Tynga's Reviews!



Salt & Storm: This one comes out September 23rd and I am SO excited to read it! Witches, romance, history, what's not to love?

The Bodies We Wear: September 23rd is the expected publication date on this one also. It sounds really intense and I'm excited to dig into something gritty.

Cruel Beauty: I've wanted to read this one for a really long time and I've heard great things about it so I was ecstatic to get to add it to my pile!

Sorrow's Knot:   This one sounded really interesting and quite unique, so why not, right?

Two Boys Kissing: I've yet to read a David Levithan book, but I've heard great things and I''m excited to finally read Two Boys Kissing. 

The Castle Behind Thorns: I usually love middle grade fiction...once I actually read it. I have issues deciding to read one, enjoy them once I do, but I find it hard to pick them up. I'm excited to dig into this one nonetheless.

Uncaged: Suzanne from Liberty Bay Books recommended that I read this one. I love mysteries so I'm looking forward to reading it and hoping it'll be great!

What do you guys add to your shelves this week?




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

It's another terrific Tuesday so here's another tremendous teaser from The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler.


"Had they spared a thought for him at some point during the day? Somehow, he doubted it."(pg. 206)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Figments Friday

(The picture above is mine. Please don't use it without linking back to me or giving me credit as a source. I also would like to recognize the amazing Brooklyn street artist that painted this.)
It's another Figment's Friday. If you didn't read the original post or just need a refresher, here's what its all about, every Friday I am going to share a figment of my imagination with you guys. It may be a synopsis draft, an excerpt a character interview or description, a teaser quote, ect.. You are welcome to join in as long as you link up with me. You can use my picture as well or create your own.

NOTE: I reserve all rights to all of my original work. If you quote or reference any of it I ask that you give me credit. All of these snippets are works in progress and may have typos or need more editing, for the most part they are first drafts.









Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Swoons


If you're new to this whole thing, Sunday Swoons is a weekly meme (you don't have to post on Sunday. If you can't or don't get it up on the day it doesn't matter, what matters is that you post it and have fun!) Feel free to use my logo, theme, ect, as long as you link back and mention me! You can link up by using the linky button at the bottom of the post.

It's another sensational Sunday! Enjoy the swoons and link on up! Don't be shy!

This weeks topic is: Book Boyfriends

Admit it, if you read at all you have at least one if not a collection. Or maybe you have book girlfriends! Either way it's the same concept. So I'm going to spotlight a few of my favorite book boyfriends. (Some of these characters and books may have been used in other Sunday Swoons, but I just can't leave them out! I love them too much!)

The Bad Boy:
The cover model of Kai (Wade Poezyn)
Everyone has a rebellious streak right? If anyone (fictional) were to bring it out in me it would definitely be Kai from Wendy Higgins's Sweet Trilogy. He's a classic, sexy (sorry Grandma but I have to state the facts.), sweet when he wants to be, aloof, doesn't do emotional attachments (well most of the time), and is a whole lot of bad news, but lets face it, who doesn't like a bad boy (at least a little bit deep down)?




The Protective One:
Yeah, yeah, yeah no girl (or guy) likes to be smothered and coddled by an over protective boyfriend(or girlfriend). I get that, but let's face it something is just adorably irresistible about a guy you wants to protect
you and would risk it all to see that you are safe. Jack from The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Francis Long. Our boy Jack is as sweet as it gets and takes his duty as protector very seriously. He strives to protect others no matter the personal cost, but let's a girl do what she's gotta do even if he thinks it dangerous, just not alone, someones gotta be there to help a girl out? Buddy system anyone?





The Mysterious One:
Ok I haven't acctually decided on Team Morpheus yet.
I'm still lovin' the whole Alyeb/Jeyssa thing...
Mystery is exciting and intriguing so who doesn't love a mysterious love interest? Morpheus from  A.G. Howards's Splintered Series is about as mysterious and intriguing as it gets. He's dark and no one seems to really know anything about him. Ask him a question and he'll dodge it so smoothly you won't even know what happened or realize that he didn't even hint at an answer to your question. Oh yeah he's that smooth.
(Yeah Cait this one was special just for you, but I really did want him on this list. He's not here just for you. ;))








The Unshakable One:
Ok, this one sounds bad at first, but I promise I mean it in the very best way. In fact this might be my favorite. By unshakable, I mean that person that isn't going to give up on you or leave you, change their minds about you or even let their feelings about you change (in a bad way), even when things get crazy and everything goes south. Luke Henry from Cat Patrick's Forgotten is the epitome of this. I can't say much without it getting EXTREMELY spoiler-y so you will just have to take my word on this one.









The New Boy in Town:
I'm from a small town. I pass the population sign every time I go down my street and It has hovered right at 9,500-ish for all of my 15 years and so I've gone to school with the same kids for 11 years and will for another three. It's one of those unexciting places where everyone knows everyone and their grandma and anything that is even remotely exciting closes before eight-o-clock in the evening all year long. So, I know how exciting getting a new kid in town can/would be. Naturally, you're going to want to know more and naturally your going to be really curious, and if that new kid in town is cute, whoa baby you better watch out, because you know your going to try to get to know them better, and you know it's going to get crazy interesting. Cas Lightwood in Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake is the new kid in a small town and he's everything you are looking for, including ghost protection. He's as cool as it gets, and he's really sweet and caring, and he looks good, but let's face it your mostly into him because he's as new and exciting as it gets.









Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar

by Sylvia Plath

Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.

I'm counting this as my first "adult" book as part of the challenge that my friend Dan Weedin issued. (Remember that crazy post about that?) I've wanted to read it for a while now and this was a great excuse to read it. I actually finished it a while ago, as my Goodreads friends are well aware, but I haven't gotten around to writing the review until now because I've been procrastinating it and getting distracted with other fun blogger things.
I feel badly and I apologize.  Now...

The Writing:
Oh-my-sweet-baby-goodness! The writing! I loved it! It was beautiful and used a a very complex and intelligent vocabulary but the diction always made sense and added to the story without confusing the reader. Also, it really added to and fit the character, making her personality much more apparent and real to the reader. Long story short Sylvia Plath was a genius and possibly the most amazing writer, ever. 

The Plot:
I don't really have a lot to say about the plot because there wasn't much of one. The story just followed this lady's life so it wasn't the dramatic roller coaster ride that is common in novels, nor did it have the usual formatting/ markers of plot. (Rising action, inciting incident, climax, falling action, ect.) However some how I was never bored. It was a bit languid and as I said it wasn't a thrilling roller coaster ride and it lacked the typical type of drama, but it didn't hinder me. I ate it up anyways. The ending felt a bit abrupt and like it ended in a weird place, but at the same time I felt it was very fitting. I think it be hard to find a good place to end a story written like that because human lives don't flow or end the way books do. I still thought Plath did a good job with it all.

The Characters:
Plath was an artist. Really. I am amazed by her characters. There were so many characters and we didn't get much time with any of them other than the main girl, Esther, but all of them were just as vivid as Esther. Right away you get a sense of every character's personality and how Esther sees them. They seem to jump off the page and are some of the most real characters I've ever read. Plath utilized Esther and all the supporting characters to really make a statement about how many people touch our lives and how quickly and often they come and go, as well as how they stay with us through the end. Plath said so much about human nature and life itself in the book it was crazy, but it didn't feel like messages were being shouted at you. You had to actually really think about, analyze and absorb what you were reading to recognize and fully understand what they were. 
Esther:
Esther was a very interesting character. She was strong and independent, yet the whole time she was fighting a loosing battle alone and frequently gave in and showed weakness. She was kind of a walking oxymoron. I enjoyed her dry sense of humor, and her love of irony as well as her realistic approach to life and her way of viewing the world that was sometimes very bitter, but in a very good and realistic way. She was lovable, relateable, complex, and understandable, despite the severity of her situation everyone could easily relate to something about her or the book.

Overall thoughts:
It was glorious. (But definitely for High school and up! It addresses some really tough and morally challenging issues, and has a lot scenes that are inappropriate for younger audiences.) Really go read it and bask in it's glory. I give it four and a half stars out of five.

To see it on Goodreads click the cover photo at the beginning of this post. To buy it click here!


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P.S. -Dan Weedin, I challenge you to try reading YA books every once in a while.