THE VALENTINE’S DAY WRITE TAG!

I wasn’t tagged for this, but I saw it over at Drizzle and Hurricane Books and thought it looked like a lot of fun.

I’ve mentioned it before, but if you don’t know I want to be an author. I have a handful of WIPs in varying stages. The most I’ve done is about 17k of a WIP I’ve titled “Disheartened”.


RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post!
  • Provide a short description of your WIP/story!
  • You can check out this post to find out more about Arcadia!
  • Don’t use just one character for all answers if possible!

Short Description

Morgan is a Disheartened, his heart was taken as an infant and as a result he can’t feel emotion, and he can’t find his soulmate. At 18, he’s decided he is done with his father’s life of piracy and sets out to find his heart and his soulmate in a kingdom where magic is outlawed. He meets Kell, a magic dealer who wants revenge for his father’s death – killed by Morgan’s father, and Thea, the princess who runs away after discovering her own magic.


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

If there is a couple in your WIP, what are their plans for Valentine’s Day?

And if there is no couple in your WIP, is there someone your main character would like to spend Valentine’s Day with?

I don’t think my main couple would be super into Valentine’s day. Well would probably be ironically into it to embarrass Morgan though.


Who has no shame about going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day alone?

I don’t think any of them would have any shame – though they’d probably make it a group thing. Thea would probably roll her eyes on Morgan and Kell a lot.


One of your characters requests a song on the radio for their crush! Which song and for which character would they pick ?

Not romantic really but

Trouble by Sleeping with Sirens would probably remind Kell of Morgan.


Is there a character who would organise an Anti-Valentine’s Day party?

Morgan after the end of the book would probing not be able to deal with Valentine’s day AT ALL and try to rebel against it. Kell and Thea would humor him but turn it into a Valentine’s party.


What romantic gesture would swoon your main character?

Honestly Morgan would try to kill someone if they tried to be all romantic.


Which character would buy a bunch of red roses and hand them out to strangers on the street, just to make their day?

Thea, 1000%.


What are your main character’s favourite Valentine’s movies?

(Note: Valentine’s movies don’t have to be romantic!)

Morgan would like:

Kell would like:

Thea would like:


Who is ready for the February 15th, just to get all the chocolate on sale?

Kell 1000%.


Is there a character who never spends Valentine’s Day alone aka always has some sort of date?

I guess Prince Klaus would fit this the best. He’s kind of smarmy, and he’s the prince that is betrothed to Thea.


Bonus:

Create a Valentine’s Day aesthetic for one or several of your characters!

So, I guess I’ll make an aesthetic for Morgan since he’s my protagonist.


Tag:

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Roses Book Nook

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Power Couples Book Tag

I was tagged by the extremely amazing Icebreaker694. Go check out her blog!

And look at me being timely with a tag!


A couple that share big passions and goals

 

 

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Big goals is pretty solidly Katniss and Peeta as a couple I’d say.


A couple that love and respect each other

 

 

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Lily and James Potter. You can’t have a power couples list without them.


A couple that is stronger together than apart

 

 

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Magnus and Alec Lightwood are one of my favorite couples ever. And we’re getting a Malec series and I need it already!


A couple that wholly support each other

 

 

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Percy and Annabeth to a T!


A couple that is genuinely cute together

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Spoilers for The Raven King!!!

Adam and Ronan are super cute together – even if we don’t see much of them as an official couple by the end of the series. Ronan literally dreams up hand cream for Adam and helps get him away from his dad and they essentially adopt a dream child together. I am so ready for the Opal short story!

 

 


I Tag

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Melting Pots and Other Calamities

Roses Book Nook

 

Recommendations: Funny Music and Videos

 

A character-centric comedy about an unfortunately friendly demon and the apathetic highschooler he’s supposed to be haunting.

This is a super entertaining short animated film. It reminds me a little of Fran Bow, just watch it, its nine minutes long.


I would watch this if it became a real show. It reminds me a little of the show “Growing Up Creepie”.


I’m not going to explain each individual song below, but they’re all Bo Burnham. And hilarious. My friend showed some to me the other day and now I’m obsessed.

Kind of inappropriate so don’t listen to these if you’re under 14-15.

 

 

 

The Book Courtship Tag

I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian who is amazing and you should definitely check out their blog!

I’m usually really bad at getting to tags, but I figured I should try and get this done now in February because it fits best now.


PHASE 1: INITIAL ATTRACTION –

A BOOK YOU BOUGHT BECAUSE OF THE COVER?
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These are completely for the covers. I have 0 idea what the series is about, all I know is that people adore it.


PHASE 2: FIRST IMPRESSIONS –

A BOOK YOU GOT BECAUSE OF ITS SUMMARY?

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Its such a unique and interesting premise!

Netgalley Review: The Love Interest


PHASE 3: SWEET TALK –

A BOOK WITH GREAT WRITING?

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 Buddy Read – Book Review: The Night Circus


PHASE 4: FIRST DATE –

THE FIRST BOOK OF A SERIES THAT MADE YOU WANT TO PICK UP THE REST OF THE SERIES?

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 I’ve only read Red Queen but I’m dying to continue with this series!

Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard Book Review


PHASE 5: LATE NIGHT PHONE CALLS –

A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU UP ALL NIGHT?

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 I read this is a single sitting pretty much.

Book Review: Peter Darling


PHASE 6: ALWAYS ON MY MIND –

A BOOK YOU COULD NOT STOP THINKING ABOUT?

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 I love this series so much!


PHASE 7: GETTING PHYSICAL –

A BOOK THAT YOU LOVE THE WAY IT FEELS?

I’m not even sure what this question means. A book thats gives you fluffy feelings? I book thats nice to hold?

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I’m going with these they make me happy.


PHASE 8: MEETING THE PARENTS –

A BOOK YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS?

I don’t have a book I’d recommend to all my friends and family.

Like, my friends and my cousins have very different ages and reading tastes.

I will say more people need to read:

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NetGalley Review: The Edge of Everything


PHASE 9: THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE –

A BOOK OR SERIES YOU KNOW YOU WILL RE-READ MANY TIMES IN THE FUTURE?

Avoiding the obvious like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Twilight (all of which I’ve re-read more than three times each) I’m going with:

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 I’m actually currently re-reading them for the first time.


PHASE 10: SHARE THE LOVE –

WHO DO YOU TAG?

B @ Icebreaker694

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Roses Book Nook

Liv @ Curly Haired Bibliophile

Throwback Thursday: Argumentative Essay Value of Public Opinions

Throwback Thursday, where, essentially I post old writing samples, essays and short stories that I dig up from my pile of hoarded papers and school assignments or from the depths of my computer. So everyone can see how my writing has changed/improved over the years.


In America today, information and opinions can reach millions in minutes, the spread of information has never been easier; though for much of history this was not the case – the spread of information was limited to personal interactions and letters – opinions could not be easily shared.  This changes the access to, and role of, opinions in America – it does not change their worth. Opinions, ideas, thoughts, information all have worth – even if not equal in weight or worth – in a democratic nation like America. In fact, the first amendment protects the freedom of speech and expression, every opinion may not be correct or agreeable but every opinion carries worth by fostering democratic values – every voice given a chance to be heard.

Democracy relies on equal consideration to all, and acquiescence to the majority. But the majority cannot truly be found if not all voices can be heard –  this makes all opinions worthwhile in furthering democracy. This is why the very first amendment made to the constitution ensured free speech. When information and opinions spread, more can be learned. The opinion of the majority can shift – as history shows it does – on the grand scale, to progress. Accessibility of information has always been important, even back in world War One with FDR’s Freedom of Information Act – the keeping of information and opinions aids no one. If an opinion is wrong or infactual, by being voiced and listening to other voices, progress is made as people can learn. When wrong or unfavorable opinions are not allowed to be expressed, there can be a bias – progress can standstill when discussion is curtailed. Those with factually wrong opinions never have a chance to be corrected and wrong information continues to fester and influence. Though often, there is no possible objective truth, the truth in democracy is the will of the majority – which cannot be reached if all opinions are not considered worthwhile, even if to varying degrees, no opinion is worthless.

The first amendment shows a central tenant of democracy – if public opinions are stifled, democracy is stifled. But there are always considerations to be made – some statements are not permitted by the freedom of speech, as established by the supreme court with the “clear and present danger” clause – you cannot shout “fire” in a crowded theater for example because of a physical safety hazard. With public opinions, there is a greater threat in preventing opinions than in allowing them. Especially in today’s world where opinions are shared on social media – physical safety is not the primary concern. Whether an opinion is personally deemed worthwhile or not, in general, public opinions are worth something because they further the conversation and can influence or add to change the majority – which is how democracy functions. By allowing the spread of ideas, the change of ideals, and the voices of all to determine the majority is how democracy functions.

Public statements of opinion have differing value based upon the value assigned by the person hearing the opinion – but all opinions do have value, have worth – even if not equal worth. They have worth, because every voice must be heard – allowed to speak – for democracy to function – because hearing every voice is how the majority is found and allowing every voice to be heard is one of democracies central tenants.

Discussion: What Makes A Good Book Boyfriend?

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Alternatively could be titled: Types of Book Boyfriends

What Makes A Good Book Boyfriend:

Book boyfriends are different from your OTP or preferred choice in a love triangle.

Book boyfriends are book characters YOU would date.

I have below a non-definitive list of my own book boyfriends, grouped into three types of book boyfriends – in honor of today being valentines day.

But what makes a good book boyfriend?

 – They are usually attractive (for whatever you find attractive – this varies by person)

– They have a great sense of humor usually

-They are good boyfriends to their love interest in a given book, sweet or caring, or good with kids/animals. Tragic pasts and the “ability to be evil but aren’t due to love” are also common.

– Hot, dark and brooding is also common

– Anti-hero/villain a common theme

– If you’d date him in real life – he’s a book boyfriend


Strong and Silent:

Strong and silent ones are a sort of middle between good guy and bad boy. Less snark but more guarded. Usually, they don’t want to hurt another boy in a love triangle, they have a horrific past, and really don’t want to fall in love but do. They are physically strong, and usually have training scenes. Usually, the girl is the only one to make him laugh or seem to let his guard down and just be himself. Usually in a power of duty, and very hot. Not very flirty.

Fang – Maximum Ride

Dimitri – Vampire Academy

X – The Edge of Everything

Chaos – Throne of Glass


The Bad Boy:

Some bad boy types of love interest skit the line between Bad boy and actually evil boy, but we still love them. Usually, they’re guarded, a little mean at first and very snarky/sarcastic. Usually part of a love triangle. They are funny, and almost always very very hot. Very flirty too.

Daemon – Lux Series

Jace Wayland – Mortal Instruments

Adrian – Vampire Academy Aeries

Warner – Shatter Me Series

Zach Goode – Gallagher Girls Series

Will Herondale – Infernal Devices Trilogy


The Good Guy:

The good guys are usually not love interests to the protagonist, they’re background characters etc. Some try to be bad boys but can’t pull it off. They are very sweet, caring etc. Virtually the only guy capable of communicating his feelings. They are much more common in contemporary books.

Jase – My Life Next Door

Liam – Darkest Minds

Day – Legend series.

Kenji Kishimoto – Shatter Me

Seth Clearwater – Twilight Saga

Noah Czerny – The Raven Cycle

Finnick – The Hunger Games

Jem Carstaires – Infernal Devices

Carter Blume – Bad Girls Don’t Die

Levi – Fangirl


Do you share any book boyfriends with me?

Do you disagree with any?

Do you have another type/category of book boyfriends?

Let  me know!


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Book Review: The Chalk Man

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In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown and thinks he’s put his past behind him, but then he gets a letter in the mail containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank–until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

Hardcover, 280 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for ann honest review!


4 Stars


This book is great for fans of creepy, mystery character driven stories – it reminds me a lot of shows like Stranger Things.

I love the dual narrative – present day and the 1980s. And the characters are all realistic – even if I couldn’t really relate to most of them (narrator is in turns a 12 year old boy and a middle aged man).

Its a good thriller, even if its a little slow or unclear in some parts. The writing style is really nice. I enjoyed it a lot overall.

TW: there is a rape, so beware of that if you pick this up.

Netgalley Review: Please State the Nature of Your Emergency

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The sapient roaches of our planetary future, when they seek to understand the sickening dismay, abysmal grief and goofy absurdity of the Anthropocene in Donald Trump’s America, will reach for their dog-eared (or bug-horned) copies of Aaron Anstett’s PLEASE STATE THE NATURE OF YOUR EMERGENCY. In these impossibly crystalline poems, Anstett has distilled from the ironic bile of our vast, unbearable tragedy the steely essence of our predicament.


I received an e-arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


4 Stars

This is a short poetry book, about 50 pages. The poems range in length, but most are pretty short,  and they are free-verse for the most part. Not all are explicitly political, but knowing the context that most of these were written in response to Trump’s presidency certainly helps them make more sense.

I love the title and the cover. They fit so very very well.

Some poems didn’t made a whole lot of sense, or were pretty so-so, but most were pretty good. Some even great. I found some parts, especially the poem titles really funny. I really enjoyed it as a whole.

Netgalley Review: Treknology – The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive

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Treknology

The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive

by Ethan Siegel

The name Star Trek conjures images of faster-than-light spacecraft, holographic crew members, and phasers set to stun. Some of these incredible devices may still be far from our reach, but others have made the leap from science fiction to science fact—and now you can learn the science and engineering of what makes them tick.

Treknology looks at over twenty-five iconic inventions from the complete history of the Star Trek television and film universe. Author Ethan Siegel explores and profiles these dazzling technologies and their role Star Trek, the science behind how they work, and how close we are to achieving them in the real world today.

This stunning collection is packed with 150 superb film and television stills, prop photography, and scientific diagrams to pull you into another world. Brace yourself for a detailed look at the inner workings of Star Trek’s computing capabilities, communications equipment, medical devices, and awe-inspiring ships. This book is one that no fan of Star Trek, or future tech, will want to miss.


I received an e-arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


4 Stars


This book explores the technology of the Star Trek universe. As I huge Star Trek nerd, I loved this. I think the technology they chose to showcase were well picked, well organized, and the sections were well written. Though, if you don’t know Star Trek, you will be fully lost.

Each section is helped by stills and pictures from pretty much every iteration of Star Trek, focusing raining on TOS, TNG and the new movies (having both TOS and new canon stills was a bit weird because you have two faces labeled Captain Kirk etc. but it didn’t negatively impact the book).

Some sections were written as if in-universe. With the science behind the technology explained as if it were a real technology. With history and discovery dates etc. which I loved. Other parts left the in-universe and compared the technology to real world technologies etc. and elaborated the role said technology played in a specific Star Trek show. I think it might have benefitted from being one or the other rather than both.

In all, I thought this was a great book, though it would have been much better in person, as the digital edition resolution isn’t great or easy to flip through. I recommend this for any serious Star Trek fan.

The Book Blogger Test

I was’t tagged, but I saw this over at K Drew the Bookworm and thought it looked fun. Check out her blog, because she is seriously an amazing blogger.


THE RULES:

– Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog

-Answer the ten questions asked on this post

-Nominate at least five people to do it also

-Let your nominees know you nominated them


THE QUESTIONS:

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 BOOK PET PEEVES?

  1. People DOG-EARING PAGES AND BENDING SPINES OF BOOKS!!!
  2. When an author randomly creates a love triangle in the middle of a series.
  3. When covers DON’T MATCH.

DESCRIBE YOUR FAVOURITE READING SPOT.

My bed. Surrounded by blankets and pillows. With Netflix or music on.


TELL US 3 BOOK CONFESSIONS.

  • When I first read Deathly Hallows, I stayed up past my bedtime to read with a mini flashlight and got my book taken away for my troubles.
  • When I read Mockingjay, I cried so hysterically my dad nearly called 911.
  • I used to think it was okay to destroy paperbacks because they weren’t as important as hardcovers.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED DURING A BOOK?

I’m not sure. I don’t really cry when I read.


HOW MANY BOOKS ARE ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE?

I don’t have a bedside table…


WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SNACK TO EAT WHILE READING?

Tea. Which isn’t a snack, but I don’t really eat while reading.


NAME 3 BOOKS YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE.

Excluding the obvious, like Harry Potter.


SHOW US A PICTURE OF YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK ON YOUR BOOKSHELF.

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DESCRIBE HOW MUCH BOOKS MEAN TO YOU IN 3 WORDS.

Ever-Y-Thing


WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST READING SECRET?

I don’t think I have one…


I TAG…

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Melting Pots and Other Calamities

Emma @ Corn Reviews Books

Roses Book Nook