Review: Truthwitch

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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  • Read: May 25 – June 4, 2017
  • Rating: 4 stars

[Goodreads] : In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands. 
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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Mid-year update of 2017 !

Mid-year update of 2017 !

This year has been very stressful and tiring, nevertheless I’ve managed to read 26 books ! You can find me on Goodreads here !

I’m finally finding a sort of balance with what and when I post on my blog, but I’m still exploring a bit and I’m just enjoying it (without worrying about the amount of followers/likes/views that I have or don’t have). 

It hasn’t been such a great year when it comes to writing but up until now (and for another week or so) I’ve been really busy with classes, assignments, tests… So, I’m just trying to not be so hard on myself and to just enjoy my free time however I like without feeling guilty for doing or not doing something. Life’s too short to worry about that and so are my holidays.

(This post was also kind of inspired by Danielle @thechroniclesofdanielle  so go check out her blog because it’s lovely and so is her bookstagram !) Also, this will be a long post…

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Short Review: Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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  • stand-alone novel
  • Read: April 26 – May 4
  • Rating: 3  stars 

 

[Goodreads]

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.
Eleanor
… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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Writing : Keep & Dropping Stories

We’ve all heard writers saying to jolt ideas down. We’ve also all heard famous writers advising aspiring writers to finish their work. Jolt the idea down, develop it and finish it (at least the first draft and then you can focus on editing, proofreading, etc).

If you’re like me, you’ve probably experienced moments/days/weeks when you have no ideas, no motivation, no inspiration whatsoever; and you’ve also had a time when you have about a million and one ideas a day, especially when you’re on some sort of deadline, and have other things you should be doing.

So you have your idea on paper, you’re starting to develop it, the characters, outline, etc…. Do you ever have a moment when you’re working on developing those things and there are just too many things not working out?

I’ve hit this point with some of my ideas throughout the years. (I’m currently facing this issue with my idea for last year’s NaNoWriMo. I started that thing last minute trying to outline and figure things out as I went along – which didn’t work; and it wasn’t the first time). Now, the thing is I like this idea. I like the characters, the world building, the plot…. But something’s not working and I’m not feeling it – namely that feeling you get when everything’s going well,  right. (So it’s just on-hold at the moment until I decide.)

So, when do you drop an idea? I don’t mean give up because it’s too much work, and maybe get back to it when you’re feeling it. I mean – drop it permanently and use what you can for other stories.

It’s a difficult choice because you’ve not only put time and effort into it, but you’ve probably grown attached to certain characters, or certain scenes, or just the story in general.  It takes a lot of considering, possibly a pros-and-cons list or two – or if you really wan to save your story – maybe reorganize/change your story until it doesn’t look like same anymore. 

Nowadays you can follow authors on lots of social media websites, and sometimes you’ll find out about their new projects years before there’s any sort of announcement from publishers or goodreads. That’s great because they sometimes also give advice and share their work methods and whatnot – but you don’t really hear about the books that could’ve been and why/how they decided not to pursue them. Which to me, would be really interesting. 

So, how do you decide?

Review: The Raven King & The King’s Men

The Raven King & The King’s Men, by Nora Sakavic

[ You can find the ebooks for The Raven King and The King’s Men for $0.99 each in Smashwords and Amazon. You can also purchase the physical editions on ebay or Amazon, but sadly they’re frigging expensive and they’re not available on Book Depository. ]

*This review may contain spoilers if you haven’t read the previous book.* 

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Summer : To Be Read

I’m super excited it’s finally summer! I love the summer holidays because I get almost three months vacation from classes to do everything I didn’t have free time to do before which includes, of course: 

  •  to finally get around to reading the unread books on my shelves; hopefully, before I buy more books

I’ve listed 15 books in my TBR list for this summer, which I most likely will stray from. Still, I’ll probably read most of these and I don’t want to force myself to read either – so if I don’t read those books, then I don’t, and it’s fine. 

I’ve been meaning to read this series since I they first arrived December last year and I’m finally getting around to it! (Hopefully soon, because Tower of Dawn is coming out this year in September(?)and I’m excited about it!)

I’m also looking forward to reading the books I bought this past month [ Book Haul May 2017 ], namely,

  1. Kinslayer – Jay Kristoff
  2. Endsinger – Jay Kristoff
  3. Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton
  4. Spice & Wolf: Light Novel Vol. 2 – Isuna Hasekura
  5. Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

Now, from my unread books that have been on my shelves for quite some time: 

  1. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan
  2. Blind Widow, Sleeping Woman – Haruki Murakami
  3. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. Revealed – P.C. Cast

I’ve started all of these but I put them on-hold for some reason at the time, so I’d really like to finish them. (Fun fact: I was a huge fan of The House of Night series when I was younger, but as I got older and started reading them in English, I realized that they’re not that good.  Since I own this one I thought I should read it – though, I’m not particularly interested in finishing the series. I’m surprised it managed to get this many books though. Revealed is the 11th book in the series.)

May Wrap Up !

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Finally! My classes have all ended except for one and I have no more finals except for one in the second half of June! From what I heard, pretty much everyone in my uni thought this semester was far too long for the amount of work we had. Most of my grades were good with the exception of three very infuriating ones that at this point I don’t even care about. 

I didn’t write anything other than my assignments and I don’t feel bad about it at all. I mean, of course I wish I had had more free time to write and of course I wanted to write but this month was insane! So, no regrets. 

Somehow, I managed read 6 books. [Reviews coming soon] and I bought 9 books total [ Book Haul May 2017 ]. They were almost all amazing, too, so I was just really lucky this month. 

  • Eleanor & Park  3 stars
  • The Raven King 5 stars !
  • The King’s Men 5 stars !
  • A Court of Mist and Fury reread 5 stars !
  • A Court of Wings & Ruin 5 stars !
  • The Rose & The Dagger 4 stars!

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I also went to the movies to watch Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 and as someone who loves all MCU movies, especially the first Gardians of the Galaxy movie, I thought this movie was a bit too much. The humor in this one was a little too done, the plot/pacing was kind of a mess until the finale and was there that much character development, really? (Except for Nebula and Gamora’s relationship which took a surprising turn). 

Book Haul! (May 2017)

I bought a total of nine books this month!! I had been planning on buying some books this month for a couple of months now but I didn’t quite plan on so many. Now, my birthday’s coming in the middle of June and my mom’s already promised a bunch of them too, though I’m thinking of waiting until I’ve read a few more of the unread books on my shelves. 

*click on the titles to be redirected to the book’s goodreads page

A Court of Wings & Ruin – Sarah J. Maas [Status: Read]

Probably the book I’ve been looking forward to the most of 2017! It was as amazing as I expected and I can’t wait to share my review and theories about the future of this series!

The Rose & The Dagger – Reneé Ahdieh [Status: Read].

The first book of this duology was one of the best books I’ve read this year and one of my favorites and I love it to death. This one, although not what I expected in many ways, was very exciting and satisfying. 

Kinslayer & Endsinger – Jay Kristoff [Status: TBR]

I’ve been meaning to buy these books since I finished Stormdancer last year in two days. Honestly, one of the more exciting, well-written books I’ve ever read. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first found out about it! Japanese steampunk with mythic creatures & a strong female character!?

 

Traitor To The Throne – Alwyn Hamilton [Status: TBR]

The first book which I reviewed earlier last week was absolutely amazing and I’m really excite to read this next one, though maybe not as excited as I was to the first because from what I heard this one is not as action-packed or filled with magic…Which doesn’t mean it won’t be amazing as well!

Spice & Wolf: Light Novel Vol. 2 – Isuna Hasekura [Status: TBR]

Although I am of course super excited to read this book, it’s not on top of my tbr list at the moment and it’s definitely a book I want to take time to enjoy. I haven’t thought that much about the length of this series, but it’s 18 books! So I’m having a few second thoughts on whether I’m going to buy them all or try to read them online. And I probably won’t be buying the third one this summer….

The Raven King The King’s Men – Nora Sakavic [Status: These Books Killed Me]

These books were hands-down one of the best thing that happened to me. I read them in the first week of May and I still can’t form a proper review and I can only say that I’ve been obsessed with a certain otp lately and I don’t think I’ll ever get over them. 

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Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard [Status: TBR]

Honestly, I bought this book on a whim and I didn’t even want it that much. I was having a shitty day and I wanted to buy a book and the bookstore was lacking other books I wanted so I ended up buying this one. From what I’ve seen, people either love it or hate it….. We’ll see what I think of it. (I’ve never returned a book but I’m seriously considering keeping the receipt so I can exchange for some other book)