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Monthly Wrap-Up: April-May

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I'm excited for May! It's a month of family birthdays (including mine!) and I'm hoping we'll get lots of rain, too. These last few days have been deliciously cold and wintery, and I just luuuuuv it. The cold is perfect.

I'm reading a lot, watching lots of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, and I have finally started editing my WIP so GO ME. I was feeling so intimidated by the whole editing process, but I want to make this story work and I want to be able to say I've written a finished novel. Unfortunately, that includes the whole editing process too. So here I am. Wish me luck!


Blog Posts from this month
The WIP Diaries: THE WOODS Saga
Blog Tour & Extract: SHE'S BAD NEWS
Romanticised Abuse: THE ORPHAN'S WISH
Blog Tour & Blitz: VISIONS
Marvel Universe Collaboration with Abby
The WIP Diaries: MORGANA
Romanticised Abuse: Jeb and Alyssa in SPLINTERED
5 Reasons To Read LETTERS TO THE LOST
Blog Tour & Excerpt: SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE


My favourite post to write this month was …

THE BELLES (The Belles #1) - by Dhonielle Clayton

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THE BELLES (The Belles #1) - Dhonielle Clayton
Published: February 2018 - Disney Hyperion.
Genres: Young adult / fantasy /
Pages: 440.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Occasional violence / one scene of sexual assault
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is n…

Blog Tour and Excerpt: SONG OF BLOOD & STONE - by L. Penelope

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I'm so excited and honoured to be spotlighting this beautiful fantasy debut today! Check out the amazing excerpt below.
Hope you enjoy the post :)




"This debut, which won the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Self-Publishing Award, shines a bright light into epic fantasy. Battle-scarred lands and peoples, ancient powers at war, star-crossed loves and hints of racial and refugee themes gives this a solid place on library shelves." — Library Journal, STARRED review 
“Penelope parallels our own world, exploring a refugee crisis and race relations with emotion and nuance...Fresh, suspenseful, and perceptive, Penelope’s first in a new series will appeal to historical-fantasy readers, especially fans of N. K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.” — Booklist 
"Penelope delivers an engrossing story with delightful characters in this fantastic opening to a promising series." —Publishers Weekly, STARRED review 
“L. Penelope’s page-turning apocalyptic epic …

5 Reasons To Read LETTERS TO THE LOST by Brigid Kemmerer

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Today I'm sharing 5 reasons why you should read (and re-read and re-read and re-read) the amazing YA contemporary that is Letters to the Lost. I first read this book a year ago, and it completely blew me away. I gave it 5 stars without hesitation. It's one of the best books I've ever read, and I'm also so excited for More Than We Can Tell, Kemmerer's latest novel that follows the story of one of the secondary characters form LTTL.

Here's why you should read Letters to the Lost.



Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Goodreads    /    Amazon    /    Barnes and Noble
My Review
Writing
Kemmerer's writing is flawless. There's no purple prose, the scenes are so vivid, her sentences are razor-sharp and expertly structured, and there some gorgeous quotes as well. For example:

- "One day isn't your whole life. A day is just a day." 

- "We're all united by grief. And somehow divided by the same thing."

The profoundness just creeps up on…

Romanticised Abuse: Jeb and Alyssa in "Splintered"

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Our goal is to raise awareness and draw attention to romanticised abuse in films, books, etc, in order to fight it
- Join us! Start posting whenever you want.
- Share examples of romanticised abuse you've seen in books or films - doesn't even have to be a whole book or film; simply one scene is enough, if there's an instance of romanticised abuse in it. - Please link to my blog as the original creator. - This is not only about romanticised abusive relationships. It is about romanticised sexual assault, rape, and harassment, as well. - Please consider the following statement a trigger warning: this blog series explores and draws attention to themes of abuse in fiction. I will discuss sexual assault, abusive relationships, and rape. I will infrequently explore those topics in depth as the fictional example requires it. Please read on with care. These subjects could be triggering.



Today I'm drawing attention to the romanticised abuse in Splintered by A.G. Howard. It's a YA…

Weekly What's Up - back to school...

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This week I started up with school again, and it's going alright. I also got to see a blogging friend - Ruby - on Saturday, and we had a great time at a bookshop together. 
I've also been doing quite a bit of clothes shopping this week. It's really unusual for me, because clothes are so expensive and I struggle to allow myself to spend money on them, and I've never been particularly into fashion or shopping, etc, etc. But recently I've just felt like I want to "define my style", if that make sense. I want to be more conscious about the colours and styles I wear.  So I had a wonderful time clothes shopping ;) 
P.S. I also made a Pinterest board for my clothes style. Check it out :)   

Posts of the Week
I did a collab with Abby and we answered a bunch of Marvel related questions in preparation for the upcoming Infinity War :)

I shared some info about one of my WIPs: a spin on the King Arthur legend.

I reviewed The Hazel Wood, a book I neither loved nor disli…

2 Mini Film Reviews: THOR RAGNAROK and JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

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THOR RAGNAROK - 2017
Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Chris Hemsworth / Tom Hiddleston / Cate Blanchett / Anthony Hopkins / Tessa Thompson / Idris Elba
Score: Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography: Javier Aguirresarobe.
Triggers/Content Advisory: PG 13 for sci-fi and fantasy violence and action, and brief suggestive material.
Source: Rented.


Thor is imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, and must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, which is at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela.

Even though I knew it would be a light, fun film with little substance or emotional depth, I was still extremely disappointed.

Chris Hemsworth cannot do comedy, and the others struggled too - with the exception of Mark Ruffalo and Tom Hiddleston, who lit up the screen considerably every time they were present. If only we could've seen more of them.
Otherwise, the dialogue is shoddy, awkward, and cheesy. Even Cate Blanchett struggled to pull off those one-lin…

2 Mini Book Reviews: A GREAT RECKONING and THE WHISPERING ROOM

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A GREAT RECKONING (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #12) - Louise Penny
Published: August 2016 - Sphere
Pages: 498.
Genres: Adult / thriller / contemporary
Triggers/Content Advisory: Mature themes / bad language
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map. Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and…

BATTLE OF THE SEXES (film) is sublime entertainment

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BATTLE OF THE SEXES - 2017
Directors: Jonathan Dayton / Valerie Faris
Cast: Emma Stone / Steve Carell / Alan Cumming / Andrea Riseborough
Score: Nicholas Britell.
Cinematography: Linus Sandgren.
Content Advisory: PG13 for a sex scene, sexual content, and partial nudity.
Source: Rented.

The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.



This is the most I've ever been interested in tennis. I didn't expect to love this film as much as I ended up doing.


The music is beautiful, the cinematography is breathtaking (Sandgren did La La Land - you can tell immediately) and the sets are radiant. The use of colour is amazing, the dialogue is rich, and every scene is saturated with an amber tone that dates the story in the 70's. It's atmospheric, and it sweeps you into the time period. I absolutely loved drinking in the scenes and the stunning sets. They're incredible.



What a story. I laughed, I had tears…

THE HAZEL WOOD - by Melissa Albert

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THE HAZEL WOOD - Melissa Albert.
Published:  February 2018 - Penguin
Genres: Young adult / fantasy /
Pages: 359.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Violence / infrequent bad language / mild horror
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Penguin Random House SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice's life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice's grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate - the Hazel Wood - Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away - by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's…

The WIP Diaries: MORGANA series

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This is another post in my WIPDiaries blog series. You can check out my previous posts here:

MONSTROUS: a short story
What I'm currently writing...
THE WOODS Saga



Title: Haven't decided on one yet (honestly, it's the last thing on my mind ;). But the series will be a 4 book series.

Genre: New Adult / horror / Gothic / epic fantasy

Status: Brainstorming.




This series is very, very much in the "brainstorming only" stage. I haven't given much thought to anything other than the heroine and the fantasy world, but I'm excited at the prospect of a dark, mature retelling of the King Arthur legend. Morgana is a fascinating character - I desperately want to explore her origin story and relationships with other characters like Merlin and Lancelot.

It'll definitely be more New Adult than Young Adult, and I want the tone to be quite dark and serious. The characters are all morally grey, and there are a lot of villains, too. It's going to be a very twisted t…

Marvel Collaboration Part 1 // with Abby from Ups & Downs

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To celebrate our obsession with the MCU universe and the event of the upcoming MCU film, Avengers: Infinity War, myself and the wonderful Abigail Lennah from Ups & Downs are collaborating for a Marvel discussion post! Thank you, Abby, for suggesting this idea. It's been so much fun.

My answers to some Marvel related questions are below. Do check out Abby's answers HERE :)


Why do you think the MCU continues to be more popular than DC?
I think it comes back to characters. Sure, I think Marvel’s actors are typically stronger, their plots better written, but their characters are where they really shine. They work with backstory so well, something DC has never quite grasped, and they pay acute attention to character motivation, relationships, and personality. They milk their characters’ origin stories for all they’re worth and they focus on their development. DC tends to skimp on that; they don’t go deep.

What is one of your favourite arcs? (Character, group of characters, etc)