Want More Book Reviews?

A lot of times, when I finish a book, I don’t have enough time or inclination to write a full blog post review.

So, I have recently started doing Bookstagram again and I’ve been posting mini-reviews of every book I’ve ever read, including going back and writing a review of every book I’ve read and never received in the past as well as going forward.

 

Give me a follow: My New Bookstagram

Biannual Bibliothon – Write A Synopsis From The Villain’s Perspective

 Biannual Bibliothon – Day Two Challenge: Write A Synopsis From The Villains Perspective


This was forever ago and I didn’t participate really but this was in my drafts so enjoy!


Day 3 of the blog challenges is hosted by Dominique @ Pirates and Pixie Dust. Her prompt is to write a synopsis from the villain’s point of view. Basically:

  1. Choose a favorite book.
  2. Create a blog post sharing your villain’s short synopsis.
  3. Visit Dominique’s original post and share your link in the comments.

I wrote a poem from The Evil Queen’s perspective from Snow White.

Read it here: Poem: The “Evil” Queen

Queens may not cackle
They must be fair
But they may poison apples
To kill an unworthy heir
Snow White falls
At the hands of The Queen
Yet home, Snow crawls
The how, yet to be seen
The winter princess with stars in her eyes
Just as well has blood staining her teeth
And though they cannot see her lies
The Queen sees the girl underneath
She just wished her stepdaughter knew
She was once the princess, too


I hope you guys enjoyed this!

Is anyone participating in Biannual Bibliothon?
Did anyone else write a villain synopsis?
Did you like this?

Let me know!

Discussion: How To – Start A Book Blog

Advice from a Not-So-Seasoned Not-Quite-Professional

A long while ago, I wrote a discussion with my advice on ARC requests.

Surprisingly, to me at least, a lot of people liked it and found it useful. And I realized something, I feel like a floundering child when it comes to this blog, but with a year and 460-ish followers, I have a marginal about of experience and advice I can share with some form of authority.

So, since my best friend has finally caved to my wishes and is soon starting her own book blog (and yes, I will hype and promote the hell out of her, be prepared), I thought an advice post would be a good way to help her, and anyone else reading this blog who wants help starting a blog, or just to see my insights into blogging, to see a different point of view.


Practical Blogging Advice:

  • Be realistic with yourself. Don’t say you can post 5 times a week if you do not realistically have that time. Start with one well written post a week. Its more important to be well written and consistent than to have a lot of posts.
  • Follow and interact with other blogs. Be a part of the community.
  • Followers do not happen overnight. Do it because you like it.
  • DO NOT OVER REQUEST NETGALLEY ARCS IT WILL HAUNT YOU FOREVER.

Book Blogging Essentials:

  • A separate email account you feel comfortable sharing.
  • A blog directory
  • A Netgalley account
  • A Goodreads account

Memes, Features, and Common Types of Book Blog Posts:

  • Top Ten Tuesday / Top Five Wednesday
  • TBR (To Be Read)
  • Book Hauls / Unhauls
  • Book Reviews
  • Book Adaptation Reviews
  • Book Coming Out This Month/Year
  • Favorites
  • Week / Month in Review – Weekly/Monthly Reading or Blogging Wrap-ups

Connecting With Fellow Bloggers:

A big part of blogging is connecting with fellow book bloggers.

Comment on other people’s posts, and don’t be afraid to start a conversation. People will want to talk to you!


Social Media For Book Bloggers:

You can’t blog in a void.

Well, you can, but then, no one will read what you’re writing. If you want to make friends and gain readers you have to network.

Comment, like, and follow other blogs. Join twitter and follow bookish-peeps there. Get a Goodreads and join some blogger/reader groups.

Trust me, it works.

And this is coming from someone notoriously bad with both technology and people.


Other (more) helpful advice & tips:

How To Start A Book Blog By The Sassy Book Geek

Discussions by Sparkling Letters

Realities of Book Blogging by Ardent Attachments

Rave Worthy Blogging by Rant&Rave About Books

Blog Graphics Tutorial by Read At Midnight


Bloggers I Look Up To/To Follow
(Blog-speration)

This is of course, not a comprehensive list of all the bloggers I like/follow/love, its just a list for the newbies to get a feel of some amazing book blogs and shoutout some people I admire.

This is in no particular order.

That Bookshelf Bitch

Thoughts & Afterthoughts

RakioddBooks

Heir of Glitter

My Tiny Obsessions

Calliope The Book Goddess

52 Letters in the Alphabet

Freedom Library

Bookshelves And Biros

Genie Reads

Icebreaker694

The Orangutan Librarian

Rant & Rave About Books

Read At Midnight

Bookish Things & Tea


So, what do you guys think?

Any bloggers you want to shoutout? Any advice you want to give to newbies or fellow book bloggers? Did you find anything I said helpful? Do you want me to do more of these types of discussions? Are their any topics in particular you want to see?

Let me me know down in the comments!

 

 

A Little About My Novel: Legacy Of Stardust

Synopsis:

Connie Ranvir is the daughter of a war hero, and the mirror image of him too. Too bad she never knew him, too bad she doesn’t want to be like him.

But the Alliance has other ideas, wants her to conscript, follow in his footsteps and be a martyr for a cause that isn’t hers.

Four years ago she left it all behind, and now she’s back on Earth, surrounded by memories, and people, she’d rather forget. But the clocks counting down until she’s 18 and doesn’t have a choice anymore, so she strikes a deal: help her ex-best friend turned enemy figure out whose invading, and destroying, alliance ships, and he’ll keep the general the hell away from her.

Too bad she hates him now.

Too bad she needs him.

Too bad good old dad wasn’t as golden as everyone thought, because when his past comes around to haunt her, she’ll have to live up to the legacy he left her if she wants a chance to escape it. If she even lives that long…


Short Synopsis/Back Cover Blurb:

Everyone has secrets.

Everyone has a past they’d rather stayed hidden.

Everyone has a dark side.

And if she wants to see her future, Connie will have to live up to a legacy she doesn’t want,  a past she doesn’t understand, and discover that, though she may have survived the accident that should have killed her at birth,  life doesn’t give second chances.


Excerpt:

Connlynn Ranvier hated no day so much as she hated her birthday. Her seventeenth was no different, not for the bar fight, which was not even her first birthday bar fight let alone bar fight in general. It wasn’t different for her injurgies, a jagged cut down her cheek which would scar. It wasn’t even different for the sympathy directed at her from those who recognized her, which in these parts was most folks. She had long since come to terms with the fact that her birthday would never be a day to celebrate. It would always be the anniversary of her fathers death.

No, the things that made this birthday special was that it was her first day earth-side in exactly four years. Having left this same bar on her 13 birthday and never looking back since. Until now. Seems people aren’t as forgetful as she’d like them to be.

Which lead to the second reason her seventeenth birthday was made memorable: The bar had, in the intervening years, become frequented by alliance cadets. This, in turn, brought her face to face, for the first time in those four years, with her once time best friend turned enemy, Luxcian.

With a soldier at her side holding her still, she smiled despite the blood dripping into her mouth at Luxcian. Though she was out of practice with false pleasantries and she was sure it seemed more a grimace. But after all he’d done, he deserved nothing but her public mask, despite his once time adaptness at seeing right through it.

“Long time no see” she said brightly. Like they weren’t enemies. Like they didn’t know each other better than anyone. Like there wasn’t a four year gap in their history. Like it wasn’t her 17th birthday and this wasn’t her first time back home since that night four years ago when he joined the alliance and sent her away without another word.

He smiled back, but it didn’t reach the rest of his face. “Didn’t think you’d come back here” he said his tone conversational, despite his words. “I didn’t think I’d ever see you again”, he sifted at these words, voice becoming something softer, betraying him of his youth: A mere 3 years older than herself. Either he truly missed her or he was playing her for a fool and she honestly couldn’t have said which scenario she disliked more.

Connie settled for scowling. They were under no illusions for what would follow. He’d been promoted, perhaps for his own merit, perhaps for his insight into her mind. Either way, the night would go as most birthdays with the alliance went. The general would go on some spiel about her legacy or destiny or how her father died to save her and she should follow in his footsteps while trying not to make it sound like he wanted to make a martyr of her despite those exact intentions.

She’d be put in front of cameras commemorating her father.

If she plays along she’s a dutiful daughter living up to her fathers sacrifice.

If she doesn’t, she an example for how aweful a tradgey his death was, that without her father his daughter grew up poorly and that is why we need more people to join up so we can end the fight.

No matter what she does she’s stuck as a martyr for their cause. And now they want to draw her back in, with the customary thinly veiled threats that if she doesn’t join willingly, they will forcefully conscript her when she turns 18, though if she escaped their radar for four years she has no doubt she could do it again.

“You know me” she replied, “I’m good at finding where the trouble is.” Four years ago, he would have laughed, half entertained by her and half scared for her safety. Now, the words rang truer than either of them would have liked to admit.

He cut the civilities then. “Look” he started, paused looking unsure , and plowed ahead saying “we both know you could take any of my men, hell you could take all of them and get out of here without us being able to do a damned thing about it. But I think you came back her for a reason, even if that reason is just you being bored and looking for what is possibly the only challenge left in the universe for you after four years away. So, why don’t you come back and humor us.”

So he was going with a mix of honesty and avoiding the conversation they should, but really don’t want, to have. She’d leave in frustration but if she’s going to follow his take of honesty, she is bored.

“Fine” she agreed. Lightly dancing out of the grip of the cadets holding her despite each of them being three times her size easily. The others looked at her in awed confusion and Luxcian smiled ruefully and amusedly.

“Just like that?” he asked.

“Just like that” she confirmed. “On one condition, two to be exact.”

“Which are…?” he prodded when she paused.

“First, I get a clean slate” At his confused look she clarified. “I don’t know you and you don’t know me. No history. We don’t speak about that night. Agreed?”

“Agreed” he told her uneasily, looking for the first time, not not exactly scared of her the way the guards were, certainly weary, “and the second thing?”

Here she looked him dead in the eye and stayed straight faced as she said, “once I’ve helped with whatever problem is so bad that you were desperate enough to ask instead of tricking or blackmailing me into fixing, you let me go. For good. No birthdays, no speeches, no martyrdom. You let me get away without joining up, and you don’t use my name for causes I don’t believe in just because you can. You let me rest in peace the way you can’t seem to to let my dad. We have a deal?”

He stared her down. Of course he broke first. He was out of practice and she hasn’t had anything but practice these last few years. She wasn’t the same girl he remembered her being when she left. He blinked and conceded. “Fine” he said. Not an edge of emotion leaking into his tone. A perfect robot. A perfect soldier. A perfect Kesnian.

A perfect stranger.

“Well then” she thought ruefully as she followed. “All is right in the world when Luxcian doesn’t show emotion.”

Still, she couldn’t help but feel disappointed at this despite being the reason for it, Lucian, like most of his species reserves his emotions, or at least their expression for his family.

And these days, she is anything but.

Bookish Baking: Dean Winchester Worthy Apple Pie (Supernatural)

Okay, so, not a book, I know. so not exactly bookish. But Apple Pie is basically a requirement for any American holiday, and Supernatural is a pretty popular fandom and I’m going with it.
This recipe is adapted from various I’ve found online.
Enjoy!
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Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Large apples (I prefer Honeycrisp – Granny-Smith is also popular, but you can use any kind you prefer)
  • 1/3 cup whiskey (The alcohol bakes out, and basically every recipe I found online included it)
  • 1 T Corn starch
  • 1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3tbsp Cornflour
  • Pre-made pie crust and pastry sheet (or you can make your own, this recipe seems good)
  • 16 oz sugar for Caramel

 

Instructions:

Pie

  1. Peel, core and slice apples thinly (or to preference, the thinner the slice, the more cooked the apples will get)
  2. In a large pot, cook the apples over medium heat.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients, once well mixed, stir in whiskey. Add to apples.
  4. Cook down, until thick rather than liquid – whiskey should mostly cook down.
  5. Spoon apple mixture into crust, cut extra pastry sheet into a lattice and lay over the top.  If you choose to simply cover the top with the pastry sheet rather than a lattice, poke holes into the top to allow steam to escape.
  6. Brush the top with a little milk and/or butter, and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes at 370 F/190 C, or until the pastry is golden.

Caramel

  • In a small saucepan, add sugar, and just enough water to dissolve. Stir.
  • Stop stirring and leave on high heat until color is desired.
  • Add 1 T of butter  after it’s taken off of the heat and stir SLOWLY stirring quickly may pop air bubbles and lead to some extremely nasty sugar burns.
  • Let cool while out cooks, pour over the top when served.

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Halloween Creatures Book Tag

Melting Pots and Other Calamities tagged me in this super fun tag! A year ago…

Whoops?

Whatever, its Halloween now!

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Rules for the tag:

  • – Follow the Categories
  • – You Must Be Honest
  • – You Must Answer All Questions to the Best of Your Ability
  • – You Must Tag At Least 3 People
  • – Have Fun!
  • -Credit Would be Greatly Appreciated! (credit goes to: Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)

Witches : A book or character that is magical:

I’m stealing her answer for this one. Because The Night Circus IS one of the most magical books ever!


Mummies : A book or character you can’t wrap your mind around:

Review: Wink Poppy Midnight – its been two years and I still don’t entirely get this book.


Vampires:
A book, series, or author you can’t live without
:

harrypotter


Werewolves:
A book best read in the middle of the night
:

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Zombies:
A book you picked up for the 2nd time/Continued after DNF’ing it
:

whitecat1


Ghosts:
A book you easily predicted a twist or ending
:

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Frankenstein:
A book that truly shocked you
:
 

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Skeletons:
A book or character that chilled you to the bone
:

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Ghouls:
A book that left you hungry
:

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Goblins:
A greedy character
:

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Devil:
A dark, evil character
:

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Grim Reaper:
A character you loved/hated that died
:

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Scarecrow:
A book or character that scares you:

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The Monster Mash:
Tag 3 or more people to do this tag
:

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Night Court Reads

Roses Book Nook

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

 

 

 

Trailer Talk (And Speculation): Crimes of Grindelwald

Magizoologist Newt Scamander joins forces with young Albus Dumbledore to prevent the devious Gellert Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings.
Release date: November 16, 2018 (USA)
Director: David Yates
Screenplay: J. K. Rowling
Film series: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Before We Start:

  • As much as I want to watch this movie, I don’t think I’m going to see it in theaters.
  • I don’t want to support Jonny Depp’s role in the movie, nor JK Rowling QueerBaiting and representation issues (The whole “yes Dumbledore is gay but no his and Grindelwald’s relationship will not be shown in the movie.”)

Thoughts While Watching The Trailer:

  • HOGWARTS!
  • BB NEWT!
  • Newt’s fear is very on brand.
  • Deluminator!
  • Those cat things are creepy.
  • “I can’t move against Grindelwald” BECAUSE YOU”RE IN LOVE OR SOMETHING.
  • CREDENCE!!!!!!!!!
  • Deathly Hallows!
  • Flamel?!?!?!?!?!
  • It looks so good I’m so angry onny Depp is in it!!!!