30 June 2014

Camp NaNoWriMo July Session 2014

Hello Everyone!

So as you know, I am a person who wants to be a writer. Obviously I did not complete the April session but it was because I was in the middle of school, so I made the decision that I would only do the summer July sessions from now on. I don't think I can afford to do NaNoWriMo during the school year again. School is far too important.

For this NaNo session, I decided to do something a little different, I am going to divulge a little about myself. I write fanfiction. Yes, make fun of me if you will, but it has helped me get experience with criticism and I think it's a great place to gather some sort of foundation to put my feet in. I will be posting my NaNo work on Wattpad as I go. My fanfiction is called The Prince and it features a member of One Direction and I am a huge fan of them. I have already began writing this, but I moved all the previous chapters out of the manuscript area on Scrivener so feel free to check it out. Here is the cover :D

I am super excited to continue writing this story. It is very different from the other stuff I have written on Wattpad. It's a prince story and Harry Styles is that prince. How cool is that? People seem to really enjoy it, a few people even sent me these things:

I think everyone is so sweet with these. I  adore the fact that these four people took their valuable time to make me these. I am so grateful for everyone who reads it thus far. I am also very excited to see where the story goes :D Hope everyone will have a wonderful July nano session :D

13 June 2014

Anna and the French Kiss Series (Books 1 and 2) by Stephanie Perkins

Hey Everyone!

So today I have a review of the most fantastic contemporary reads I have read this year by far. Now, if you have no idea what these books are all about, then I suggest you stop buying your copies of Game of Thrones and pick these up, pronto!

If any of you know me at all, you will learn that I am not really into the whole contemporary style thing. I love living in worlds that are different than my own. I love living in the dystopian worlds where they have to overcome the government just to survive and make the change. But these books, they make me feel things I never thought a girl like me could feel before...and that is saying something.

The first book, Anna and the French Kiss, is about a girl named Anna who is a film reviewer. She runs a blog (much like me) and writes reviews on movies she sees and critiques them. Her parents have shipped her off to boarding school, get this, in Paris. Who wouldn't want to live in the beautiful city of love and go to school, right? Well, it's there she meets the cocky and all too handsome, and very off limits, English boy, Etienne, or St. Clair as he seems to prefer.

The first book was flawless, I mean, come on guys, Etienne, as small as he may be in height, he makes up for it in charm! This book literally blew me away and when I reached that last page I literally said to myself out loud at work, "This can't be over." I was just in awe of the perfection this story has created. Before I read this book, I had no aspiration to even visit Paris, but after reading this book, will some English boy please come and take me to Paris, stat? Someone fall in love with me? Please.

Lola and the Boy Next Door is the second novel in this "series." Now, the unique thing about this series is that it doesn't necessarily need to be read in order. However, if you would like to know more about St. Clair and Anna, I would suggest reading the book I just reviewed first because their characters are tied into this one. I would say the series is more of a bunch of companion novels meaning that they themselves could be stand alone novels. When that book is finished, there is no more to their story and I love/loathe it because I want to know more right away, but it was perfect where Perkins ended it.

Now Lola is a girl who was adopted by her biological uncle and his partner. Yes guys, you read right, "partner." Stephanie Perkins blew me away by going into something I am finding still so uncommon in literature today and that is gay parents as the main character's guardians. So I applaud you, Stephanie Perkins, because this was phenomenal. Anywho, Dolores Nolan, Lola, is an eccentric girl who loves creating costumes and has a rockstar boyfriend named Max. When her new/old neighbors move back home, her whole life is kind of turned upside down. Well, more than it was when her birth mother turned up for them to help once again.

I think I loved this book ten times more than the first one. There. I said it. I was just so pulled into the story of Lola and Cricket that I couldn't help but smile at the thought of falling in love with a boy out my window. Sorry, spoiler, they fall in love. I mean, Cricket isn't as perfect as Etienne, but he's Cricket. You know, he's that character in a TV show that you couldn't see yourself falling in love with, but you would date him because he is cute in his own way. You know, that kind of guy?

The feelings I felt in this book were just... indescribable. Lola's life had me sucked in because it was more of problems that I can relate to than Anna. Lola had parents who were far too strict whereas Anna's were more lenient. Lola's dads were probably the highlight of this novel, they were funny and just good parents. They weren't airheads like most novels I read. Her dads tried so hard to not be the stereotypical gay people and sometimes, it showed and they even acknowledged it. I laughed out loud at the end when one of her dads said he was trying so hard not to say fabulous.

I would recommend these two books to anyone who has a heart. Anyone who wants to feel romanced for the night because, my friend, these books are for you. No, this is not Twilight nor some cheesy Nicholas Sparks novel, this is a one of a kind book. These two couples aren't perfect, in fact, they are us. Go pick these books up! Now.

August 14, 2014 is when the third book in this companion series is released. It's called Isla and the Happily Ever After. I personally am ecstatic to pick up this book and just love it forever and ever. I may even cry when it's over.

Word to the wise, if you know anything about this series, you will know there has been a cover change after the second book (annoying, I know). However, if you're like me and ordered the pretty new covers and want the third book now and want the covers to be similar in size, I would recommend preordering from bookdeposiotory. I recently purchased a soft cover edition of a 2014 release, though it may be slightly taller than the other books in its series, they are all at least soft cover.

Here is the link to that: BOOKDEPOSITORY 

03 June 2014

COVER REVEAL: The Rose Master by Valentina Cano

Hey Everyone!

Here is the cover reveal for Valentina Cano's The Rose Master. I am honestly excited to go and buy this when it is available! I hope everyone thinks this cover is as perfect as it is. I can't wait to hold this book in my hands and enjoy every second of it!

Here's the blurb!
The day Anne Tinning turns seventeen, birds fall from the sky. But that's hardly the most upsetting news. She's being dismissed from the home she's served at since she was a child, and shipped off to become the newly hired parlor maid for a place she's never heard of. And when she sees the run-down, isolated house, she instantly knows why:

There's something wrong with Rosewood Manor.

Staffed with only three other servants, all gripped by icy silence and inexplicable bruises, and inhabited by a young master who is as cold as the place itself, the house is shrouded in neglect and thick with fear. Her questions are met with hushed whispers, and she soon finds herself alone in the empty halls, left to tidy and clean rooms no one visits.

As the feeling of being watched grows, she begins to realize there is something else in the house with them--some creature that stalks the frozen halls and claws at her door. A creature that seems intent on harming her.

When a fire leaves Anne trapped in the manor with its Master, she finally demands to know why. But as she forces the truth about what haunts the grounds from Lord Grey, she learns secrets she isn't prepared for. The creature is very real, and she's the only one who can help him stop it. 

Now, Anne must either risk her life for the young man she's grown to admire, or abandon her post while she still can.

Sounds chilling doesn't it??? So excited to read this!

Want to get to know Valentina Cano a little bit? Here's some info!
Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. She also watches over a veritable army of pets, including her five, very spoiled, snakes. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. She lives in Miami, Florida.