Monday, 28 May 2018

'Falling Kingdoms', by Morgan Rhodes

Title: Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)
Author(s): Morgan Rhodes
Release Date: 11th December 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: Bought

Synopsis:
Treacherous betrayals, secret alliances, unforeseen murders, and forbidden love—
The world of Mytica will hold you captive:

AURANOS - Privileged Princess Cleo is forced to confront violence for the first time in her life when a shocking murder sets her kingdom on a path to collapse.

LIMEROS - The king’s son, Magnus, must plan each footstep with shrewd, sharp guile if he is to earn his powerful father’s trust, while his sister, Lucia, discovers a terrifying secret about her heritage that will change everything.

PAELSIA - Rebellious Jonas lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Witches, if found, are put to death, and Watchers, immortal beings who take the shape of hawks to visit the human world, have been almost entirely forgotten. A vicious power struggle quickly escalates to war, and these four young people collide against each other and the rise of elementia, the magic that can topple kingdoms and crown a ruler in the same day.

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

'Iron Gold', by Pierce Brown

Title: Iron Gold (Red Rising #4)
Author(s): Pierce Brown
Release Date: 16th January 2018
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher (ARC)

Synopsis:
They call him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the pale blue planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-second of his life.

A decade ago, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever:

A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.

An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.

Red Rising was the story of the end of one universe, and Iron Gold is the story of the creation of a new one. Witness the beginning of a stunning new saga of tragedy and triumph from masterly New York Times bestselling author Pierce Brown.

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Monday, 15 January 2018

Blogging Update + 'Iron Gold' UK Tour


Well, I haven't been the most prolific blogger recently, have I? *shame*

This is not going to be a long post, but, considering how little I have put up here for most of 2017, I just wanted to write a little update, to let you know the basics.

First, yes, I am still alive.

Barely.

2017 was a roller coaster of a year, with a lot of personal changes and even more ups and downs (more ups than downs, thankfully, but still enough for a bit of whiplash). In the middle of it all, reading for fun was always at the back of my mind, since I could barely keep up with my university work as it was. With that went blogging, and, as busy as I was, I barely even realized that I went months at a time without looking at the blog.

I'm not going to fill this post with promises, because that didn't go so great last year. (I did achieve more than half those goals, so, you know, glass half full). What I can say is that I'm finally in a place where I can summon the courage to read outside of my obligations, and, even though I'm not going to push myself to be a reading machine, that does at least give me the bare minimum to post about something.

The beginning of the year will still be quite slow, as I am currently on my last trimester of university, which means, among everything else, my DISSERTATION (*shudders*), but at least I'm in a mental space where I can juggle that with exciting things!

The first one being... PIERCE BROWN'S 'IRON GOLD' UK TOUR!

Saturday, 7 October 2017

'Luna', by Julie Anne Peters

Title: Luna
Author(s): Julie Anne Peters
Release Date: 1st February 2006
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Source: Bought

Synopsis:
Regan's brother Liam can't stand the person he is during the day. Like the moon from whom Liam has chosen his female namesake, his true self, Luna, only reveals herself at night. In the secrecy of his basement bedroom Liam transforms himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be, with help from his sister's clothes and makeup. Now, everything is about to change-Luna is preparing to emerge from her cocoon. But are Liam's family and friends ready to welcome Luna into their lives? Compelling and provocative, this is an unforgettable novel about a transgender teen's struggle for self-identity and acceptance.

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Friday, 30 June 2017

On Writing - June 2017


Previous Posts: January

Anyone that has ever attempted to tackle a novel length writing project will tell you that most of the the time you spend on it is not actually spent writing.

That's where I've been for the past five months.

It's not like I have given up on writing this story, because I definitely have not, but I spend more of my time brainstorming and deciding on where to go next that actually putting it down into words.


I've learned long ago that I cannot make myself write every day. If I do, most if not all of what comes out (if something comes out at all) ends up deleted. So, for me to actually sit down and write, I have to have a clear-ish image of what comes next, or at least a starting point, and then I can work with that.

Like I said in my last writing post, I have been plagued with insecurity and doubt the furthest I get into the story, and the closest I get to the end. There is a gap that needs filled between where I am now and what I have outlined for the final arc of the novel, but for the life of me I can't figure out how to fill it. The more I try to think of it the worse it gets, and after several anxiety filled weeks I decided to let it rest for a while, and that's when the next step came to me, at a very unexpected time, as I was sat in a dark cinema watching a movie that had no connection or comparison whatsoever with what my story is about or the scene that came to me.

My brain is a very, very weird place.

So, I sat down to write that scene, and in a couple of hours I had thousands of words written down that I really liked, and an entire chapter finished.

And now I'm back where I started, wondering where to go next.

This is definitely becoming a slower process than I thought it would be back in January when I planned how this writing year would be, but creativity can't be forced, as much as we would like it to come out on demand. I just have to wait for the next chapter to come to me, and the next, and the next, until I can write 'The End'. Regardless of how long that may take.


At this point I'm at just over 78k words, which means I have written 2942 words since my last update, and reached the end of chapter nineteen. I was hoping to be able to finish this first draft before I went back to university, so, fingers crossed, yes?

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Inspirational quote of the month:

'If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep,
make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise;
whatever you do, don't just stick there scowling at the problem.
But don't make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do,
other people's words will pour in where your lost words should be.
Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.'

- Hilary Mantel