Monday, August 28, 2017

Writing Prompt #5

Hello! I started doing writing prompts last year during NaNoWriMo, and I decided to continue doing them from time to time. If you are interested in seeing past writing prompts, I've added a new label for writing prompts to help keep them organized from the rest of my writing posts. I hope at least one speaks to you and helps you get your pen moving!

For today's prompt, you first need to pick two numbers between one and twenty. No, they can't be the same number.

Got them?

Now, look at the list below and find the word or words next to the numbers you selected.

1. Pocket watch
2. A thank you note
3. Apron
4. Paper airplane
5. Stapler
6. A pair of old combat boots
7. Potion
8. Fire escape
9. Designer sunglasses
10. Baseball bat
11. Walnut
12. Spiders
13. Poster
14. Concert ticket
15. Dragon
16. Earrings
17. Glass
18. Screams
19. Polio
20. Wallet

Here's your challenge. Try to write a scene, a poem, or a short story that includes both words. Remember that if it's not working, you can also pick new words and go from there. There's no cheating--it's all about inspiration!

I hope this gets your pen moving!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Hello everyone! I'm here doing a review on a book I read yesterday called THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER.

The book is by Sarah Dessen, who recently released a book called ONCE AND FOR ALL. I haven't read anything by Dessen before, but since I've heard such good things about her work and I couldn't get my hands on ONCE AND FOR ALL, I decided to try out THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER.

What it is about:

THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER is follows a girl named Macy, who lost her father about a year and a half ago. Since his death, her family has splintered, and Macy tries to be the perfect, "fine-just-fine" daughter her mom wants.

But that isn't who Macy is. She's miserable at her summer job, and she finds things feeling a little...empty. But when her summer gets sidetracked by a catering crew, Macy begins to see what could be if she just let go of the barriers she built after her father's death and allows herself to not be perfect.

My review:

After reading this book, I understand why Dessen is such a popular author. I really enjoyed THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER. It covered topics that aren't usually discussed in YA fiction and did so quite well. A lot of teens feel trapped in the cycle of achieving "perfection," and I don't think I've read a book that tackles the topic so well.

There's a lot of symbolism and so many literary devices that make this book so much deeper than just a YA novel. While it may not have the same difficult language as, say, Shakespeare, THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER would certainly make for a good YA book club read. There's a lot that could be discussed and unpacked.

The plot was well-constructed. It never felt like there wasn't enough or too much going on. There were a few surprises along the way, but I will say that I ran into one of the most cliche cliches to ever cliche near the end. That was pretty painful and really threw me out of the story.

The writing was not as good as many other books in the contemporary YA genre. I didn't feel pulled in to the story in the way similar books do. That's not to say the writing isn't good. It's just not as addicting as other writing I've read.

In addition, I didn't like the way the romance arcs ended up. (warning...slight spoiler) For once, I'd like a book where the main character and a guy can end the book as friends rather than as romantic interests.

If you want to read a YA book that's both light and deep at the same time, check out THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER. I would certainly recommend it, and I'm looking forward to reading more work by Dessen soon.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Review: ROAR

Hello everyone! I'm back today with a review of ROAR, the book I got in my FairyLoot box back in June. You can check out my unboxing post/review of the box here.

It took me FOREVER to get around to reading this book, but I'm super happy I finally did! I read it in one sitting, which certainly tells you something about how engaging the story is.

There are slight spoilers in this review (for the first third of the book), so be warned!

ROAR is by Cora Carmack. I've never read anything by her before (probably because this is her first YA novel, although is she a very established Adult author), and while I don't think her Adult books are my sort of thing, I am definitely open to reading more of her YA stuff and I can't wait to read the second book in the Stormheart series.

So, you might be wondering, what is ROAR about?

Aurora (or, as she's sometimes called, Rora) is the princess of Pavan, a sort of city-state in the lands of Caelira where magical, somewhat sentient storms threaten the destroy pretty much everything. Supposedly the only thing that can stop the storms are Stormlings, people who are born with magical powers to battle them.

As queen, Aurora's job will be to fight of the storms that threaten Pavan. The only problem? Aurora doesn't have a drop of Stormling magic. In order to keep her lack of power secret and keep the throne, she agrees to marry the prince of another city-state who is rumored to be extremely powerful.

But she soon learns that the prince she's planning to marry has his own agenda and the things she thought she knew about Stormlings and magic aren't quite true. There's a way for Aurora to become a Stormling--if she's just brave enough to take it.

I have to admit that the plot of the book is pretty straightforward.

Anyway, onto the review!

First and foremost, I think it was the characters that I liked the most. Rora is multidimensional, and I liked that the author made her reactions to things feel natural. Cassius, the prince she's betrothed to marry, is my favorite character by far. He has a Draco Malfoy thing going for him, and the way he thinks is really interesting. I hope that I'll get to see more of him in the second book!

I also liked that the author dipped into the heads of multiple characters. While Rora is certainly the main character, I loved reading scenes from different perspectives, and it did a good job adding conflict to the story.

The writing style feels like fantasy but is also very accessible, which makes it an easy read for people who aren't huge fantasy fans. There are moments when the writing style feels more contemporary, but that only brought me in closer to the story.

ROAR works to set the stage for the sequel, and I could definitely tell that was the case when I was reading it. It felt like not enough happened. In a way, I almost feel like its 378 pages could have been condensed to 200 and then the reader (aka me) could have seen more happen.

I also felt like the magic could have been better defined. I'm not quite sure what the rules are or if there are any. I think this is partially because Rora is learning about the real state of magic, but as a reader, it bugged me not to know what was possible and what wasn't.

Overall, it was a great read, and I feel like I trust FairyLoot's taste in books a little bit more now. A solid our stars.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Nothing This Week!

Hello everyone! I've been pretty busy lately, and I won't have a chance to do a review this week. I hope you have an amazing Friday!