Review: Shiver

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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[ Goodreads ] For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever. 

Rating: 4  stars

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Review: The Song of the Sirin

The Song of the Sirin by Nicholas Kotar

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An evil omen clouds the sky. A song of lore returns. Can one man’s quest save the world?

Voran can’t help but believe the rumors. As blight ravages the countryside and darkness covers the sun, the young warrior of Vasyllia hears of an ancient spirit that devours souls. He feels powerless to fight the oncoming devastation until a mythical creature entrusts him with a long-forgotten song. Legend has it that such a song can heal the masses, overthrow kingdoms, and raise humans to divine beings…

Armed with the memory of the song, Voran must hunt down a dark spirit before it achieves its goal of immortality. His quest takes him through doorways to other worlds and puts him on a collision course with seductive nymphs and riddling giants. With each step of the journey, the strength of the villainous spirit grows, as does Voran’s fear that the only way to save his world… is to let it be destroyed. 

The Song of the Sirin is an epic fantasy retelling of the Russian fairy tale Prince Ivan and the Grey Wolf.

  • Book 1 of the Raven Song series
  • Published July 1st, 2017 by Waystone Press
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I obtained an advanced reader’s copy of this book through Story Cartel in exchanged for an honest review. You can buy it on Amazon

 

Rating: 2. 5 stars

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Reading Update: Crooked Kingdom

Since I seem to be terrible at keeping a posting schedule for my blog (or just writing blog posts in general), I’m going to tell you about what I’ve been reading!

Earlier this week I started reading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, which is the sequel to Six of Crows [ My review ], and part of the Grisha universe. I’ve loved every book in this world so far and most of the characters and I’d love to read more about it! (She’s releasing a new book called The Language of Thorns, which is a short-story collection that supposedly includes some Grisha universe stories.) 

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My Thoughts So Far: I’m barely halfway through this absolutely epic, amazing novel and I am shocked at the sheer amount of things that have already gone down and are currently happening. How did Leigh Bardugo even keep track of everything!? (Not that it’s confusing for me, but to the writer planning all that stuff out with the what if’s and other possibilities and edit cuts…) 

I am loving it! I missed all of these characters and I’m really loving all the chemistry and flirting going around. (Sadly, I already know about that horrible thing that happens to that one character that I will not name and I’m scared as heck of that!) It’s nice to see some of the old characters from the Grisha trilogy (it’s a good spoiler) and I can’t wait to see how this ends!

I’m taking a lot of time to read it though and I kind of feel bad because it’s awesome! I just haven’t been very up for reading these past few days, though I have been watching a lot of movies. (I have a list of all the movies that I’d like to watch this year). 

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to read this weekend because I’m going to spend it with some relatives. I’m excited about visiting my family but at the same time, I want to read this wonderful book! (I’m not even going to try to take it with me because I have a lot of young cousins (below the age of eight) – who I love but are a bit annoying – and it would be nearly impossible to have time and peace and quiet to read. 

So, that’s what I’m currently reading! I’m not sorry for not being active lately because I’m on holidays and I’ve done lots of good things while on holidays including the most important thing which is resting. (And I’m pretty sure I won’t get much of that when the semester starts….) So, even though I wish I had posted some reviews or something else, I’m not that upset about not posting. 

What is everyone currently reading/doing right now? Hope you’re all enjoying your holidays!

 

 

 

 

T5W: Books Without Romance

I haven’t been doing any Top 5 Wednesday posts lately because I simply didn’t like any of the themes (and I didn’t want to post them just for the sake of posting…). This month’s themes look interesting so I might do some more. – and this Wednesday’s is definitely my favorite.

Cópia de 2017 debuts (2)

Books Without Romance

 

It’s very rare for me to find a book without any romance. There are the ones that are full-on about a couple and that’s it (not my favorite kind of book, to be honest) – and there are some(most) fantasy books that have romantic subplots – which may or not involve a couple that was already together before the events of the book. 

But there are few where romance isn’t actually a thing that matters to the characters. These books to me are like a breath of fresh air because they’re so rare – and most of the time they even feel more realistic. It doesn’t matter if these two characters are going through a traumatic experience together or if they lots of things in common – if they’re in several life-threatening situations – they should focus on what’s important. And some people aren’t always up for relationships, or simply have other more important goals in their lives.

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Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017 !

Camp NaNoWriMo, one of my favorite times of the year

 

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It’s that wonderful time of the year again when lots of writers all over the world band together over a common deadline and try to be incredibly productive in 30 days. [ My username’s RG_YN, feel free to DM me there if you want to start a cabin! ]

I’ve been participating in Camp NaNoWriMo for a few years and I’ve always preferred it over NaNoWriMo. The atmosphere feels better somehow, the idea and concept more welcoming than the ‘real thing’. 

I decided to participate not with a specific project but with the goal of writing every day. (Preferably, writing 500 words or more every day since I’ve set 15 000 words my word goal for the month and that’s the minimum words that I have to write every day to achieve it.)

As I mentioned in my previous blog post [ June Wrap Up ], in the last few days of June it felt really good to finally be able to write regularly. Camp is usually a really fun and productive time for me, so I’m going to try to keep that feeling and that productivity going and see if I can write more. 


First Day Update,

I just passed my daily word goal and it took me way longer than I wish it had, way longer than it usually takes me to write that amount of words. I remember last year’s Camp, in April, (my most successful yet) – I had an outline and I loved that story and I just… wrote. At the end of the first day I had 3000+ words. 

It’s not easy to get into the rhythm. I can’t just start writing. I like to have a basic outline of the scene I’m going to write or a base feeling but even then it’s hard to get into it… But if I keep at it I’m sure it’ll get easier. (I’m also kind of nervous because I really want to succeed!)

(I’m going to post weekly updates of Camp instead of daily ones like I usually do in tumblr).


To all the writers out there, are you participating in Camp this July? Tell me about your projects and what you think of this event!