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October 2015

Getting Busy With Novel Writing- And Stuff!

Hey, book lovers.

So, it’s been a while since I’ve written one of these posts. I usually tend to post book reviews, but scarcely even those, lately. Term has started again, and the Christmas retail period, as well as actually trying to be social with loved ones, leaves little time to update. But, for now, I thought I would at least try to add something to this page. We can only start somewhere, right?

I’ve very, very recently finished writing my first, proper novel. I say proper, because my very first, which I wrote during my second year of A Levels in Sixth Form, has a lot of improvements still to be made. I think that book was my learning curve for writing a novel. I won’t give too much detail on that one. Maybe another time, once I’ve sat down to alter it. This one, which I now call my first, shows my development in writing since my course, I think.

I wrote this one not long after finishing the first draft of the practice-novel. It was completely different, altogether YA, and the kind of thing I wanted to write. I love young adult novels, reading them and writing them. I had a lot more fun with this one than with the last, and learned a lot about character development and plot through my experimentation. I’ve received some very, very useful feedback from this, which I am honestly so grateful for. Again, I don’t want to provide details, but I am so glad I had started to re-vamp this one again. I am now having a full edit of the whole manuscript again, and taking the advice into account, and it has honestly really helped me to see what exactly I was doing wrong, but I have a lot of confidence in the novel now, aswell.

I did this alongside writing the novel I am currently writing, which is also completely YA, and focused on another girl, of the same age, who makes a discovery about her family life. This discovery leads her into the world of a family she never knew existed, and she struggles through trainings and other dangers of her own. This novel is on its way to being finished, with maybe another five or six chapters to be written, but it is slowly coming to an end. For now, at least, as I’ve already had ideas for its sequel.

And, on this note, this brings me back to the recently completed one. As of tomorrow, I am going to be attempting NaNoWriMo this year, for the first time! I’ve heard lots about it, and thought it would be worth the challenge, at least. So, for this, I’m going to be writing the sequel to the one I have received feedback on, and then potentially, after that, I will come to write the sequel to the one I am currently writing.

In the meantime, my Special Project at university is also going to be the beginning of a novel, which I have an idea for, but that one won’t be started until after the Christmas term, as we have other units first. A presentation and an essay, for one unit, and a fantasy short story piece, for another. Busy! But I love being kept busy, and anyone who knows me well enough will tell you that.

Perhaps there will be more details of these in the future. For now, let me know if there’s anything you’re doing like this, or if you’re doing NaNoWriMo! It should definitely be fun.

Happy reading 😀

April

xxx

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Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass Series, Book Four)

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Hey, book lovers.

So, rather recently I finished reading the fourth book in the amazing epic fantasy series by Sarah J. Maas called Throne of Glass, and this novel was the journey of Celaena Sardothien, queen and assassin, in a world full of magic, war, destruction and a mixture of all of those things. It’s pretty difficult to explain without spoilers, particularly if you haven’t read the first three books, (go and read them first, then come back!). There is Throne of Glass, its sequel Crown of Midnight,  and the third book Heir of Fire, which I have recently posted a review for. You can find that one right here: Heir of Fire Review

In this book, we are introduced to Aelin Galathnyius, not Celaena Sardothien. (Hope I spelled those right! Oops. Damn, these names are long and complicated.) She is now the queen of Terrasen, well, the princess, really, but everyone constantly refers to her as the queen, so yeah, we’ll just go with that. As for most of the first few books, she’s sassy and defiant and won’t take no crap from anyone. She is exactly what I love about feminine, kick-ass characters in young adult novels. Yeah, I said it. She is freaking amazing. Okay, maybe this series excites me a little too much, but there are so many pages and so many chapters and so many words and they all go off into different routes and perspectives and it took me about three weeks to read it, but every time I read it was wonderful. I have work and uni now, and writing my own books and stuff, so please don’t judge me. If you hadn’t already guessed, I’m in love with this series and have been, since the very first book. You can find my other reviews for those on the blog. Probably not as hyper-active in those as I am in this one, ’cause they just seem to get better and better.

Celaena/ Aelin and Chaol’s relationship is dead and gone. She still misses Rowan, as he is back in Wendlyn, and her friendship with him has grown enormously towards the end of the third book. You can still sense in Chaol’s narrative that he still feels for her, that he misses the way things were before, but Aelin knows she is a different person than she was then, and she isn’t afraid to tell him that. I really loved her relationship with both Dorian and Chaol when they were closer, but I also grew to enjoy her narratives between herself and Rowan, who at first had always been quite distant with her. She breaks down his walls, and he breaks down hers. And now, there is Nesryn, another kick-ass female rebel who at first challenges Aelin, then tells her she is working with Chaol, and the two are together once again.

Now, Aelin is back in the world of Arobynn, King of the Assassins, her old master, who rescued her from the water when she disappeared after the murders of her parents. He is quite creepy, to be honest. He treats her as a lover, not a brother or a friend. He acts as if she belongs to him, along with Lysandra, the companion, and she is tied down to her own mistress, but she and Aelin used to be very close. Arobynn knows her as Celaena Sardothien, and he has always done, but she chooses to go along with some of his workings, to a point. She pretends she cares for him the same, and eventually grows fonder of Lysandra, following along with his demands, when Aedion and Rowan end up moving into her old apartment with her, and they all become friends, even despite Rowan and Aedion’s bitter jealousy of one another for their closeness to the princess.

Chaol is bitter over his old love for her. Her cousin Aedion had expected to take the blood oath to protect her, the same one that Rowan had taken in the previous book, and he is bitter over that thought. Rowan is not jealous, but does not particularly enjoy Aedion’s pettiness towards him and the situation. Their territorial, fae attitude is actually rather amusing, and Sarah relates to them as like a pair of hungry dogs. As always, I enjoyed Aelin’s witty comebacks, especially towards them. She’s not without her faults, and is often stubborn, finds it difficult to keep control of her own emotions sometimes. It makes her real, as strong a character as she is.

Aelin still acts on her own, despite the insistences of the two men she has brought into her court. They want her to confide in them, to share her worries, but of course, Aelin is too independent for that. She often sneaks out into the night, and eventually, she starts to trust herself enough to let go a little.

We see Arobynn’s character more, as a power-hungry, controlling individual who only works for himself. I did not like the man one bit. I think the only part I enjoyed of his pieces was when Lysandra finally killed him, with Aelin’s insistences that she take the chance. When he dies, she receives the land, and then forces the assassins already living there to buy it from her, earning Aedion enough money to buy weapons and more soldiers for their fight against the enemy city of Adarlan, before in the end, Aelin and Dorian kill the king together, setting Dorian free from the noose at his neck and the Valg princes controlling him.

Throughout the book, we have seen Dorian trying to fight the forces from within him. It is only when Manon, the witch from previous books, tells him his real name, that he starts to come back into himself again.

Alongside these perspectives, we have seen Manon working with and against herself, following the orders of the duke, being forced to send her witch-clans to his men and to be impregnated with these strange, half-demon, half-witch creatures, which the king aims to use in the war. Manon has become more caring throughout the story, defending a servant girl with witch-blood, and calling her her own, which was not something she had typically intended to do previously.

And, when Manon and Aelin meet, they fight. It is glorious. Aelin is wonderful, and Manon is a witch, strong and immortal, and they almost kill each other, until the world breaks apart beneath them and they are forced to flee, which is when Aelin decides to change her intentions and save the witch from dying. Later, Manon realises her blood oath, and returns the favour by helping them in their fight.

I can’t describe enough how amazing this book actually was. It was definitely my favourite in the series, because there was just so much going on. There are six books in the series, and yes, I cannot wait for the rest.

Happy reading:

April

xxx

Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Hey, book lovers.

So I just finished the fourth book in this series, Queen of Shadows! (Screams internally.) I have been reading this book for about three weeks, (I swear they take so damn long to read!) and now I’ve finally finished it, and ahh, it was bloody amazing. These books excite me so much, I can’t even describe the feelings. Also, I tweeted about the book and she favourited it! That made my day. Anyway, since I’ve only just finished the review to Crown of Midnight, I thought it would make sense if I actually reviewed the third book before the fourth, right? Guess you’ll have to wait a while for that one, huh! Just kidding, it will be up here soon and then we can all talk about this brilliant series together. Obviously. Duh.

If you are reading this, I would assume you have read the previous two books. Anyway, here is the review for Crown of Midnight, if you would like to see it. (I’m so on the ball today, hehe.) Crown of Midnight Review

I thought Heir of Fire was bloody brilliant. It took me a long time to read it, as the others did, maybe ’cause there are so many pages, I don’t know? They’re pretty big books, and I’m not exactly a fast reader, which doesn’t help. I read a lot, but I ain’t quick at it. Don’t judge me.

Anyway, we had lots of new characters in this one. Dorian, the Crown Prince of Adarlan came to know and fall in love with the beautiful maid Sorscha, of whom he was forbidden to. I loved her parts with him, as she had been the one to heal him and Celeana and Chaol in the previous books. I loved how close they got, how she found it difficult because he was the prince but how she had been in love with him for years, and how much he cared for her. It’s like finding out that your crush has come to feel the same about you. Hers just so happened to be the prince and heir to the kingdom. Big deal.

Celeana was amazing in the book, as she was in all of the others. I just love her attitude, her kick-ass assassin nature, and her relationships with all of the characters. When Chaol sends her to Wendlyn, she meets Rowan and Maeve, the queen he has sworn a blood oath to. Rowan is a fae prince, and his powers are ice, much like Dorian’s. These ice powers are here to stem Celeana’s fire abilities, and he trains her, his attitude towards her cold and uncaring throughout most of these extracts, until later on in the book he begins to show a slight weakness for her. They become carranam, and develop a bond that she has not shared with any other.

In the book, we also come to know a coven of witches, Manon being the main wing-leader. She’s a bit of a bitch, to put it simply, but later on, when she befriends the wyvern and rescues a fallen witch, we come to see that she really isn’t quite as bad. We learn of the wyverns, these dragon-like creatures that the witches are to ride and train. Manon decides she wants to go for the biggest and most frightening wyvern, but she eventually comes to choose the wyvern that that very beast left hurt and injured, and this is how we meet Abraxos. They grow closer, and she defies the other witches’ opinions by making him to be one of the very best.

Then, there is Celeana’s family history. We discover that Celeana Sardothien is really a lost princess called Aelin Galathnyius, from the kingdom of Terrasen. We learn of her cousin Aedion, who is fighting and drinking back in Adarlan and has not seen his princess for over ten years. The story progresses to provide details of her past, with her family, of her mother and father before they were murdered, the way her mother asked Aedion to be her protector, much like a brother. He has sworn this, and always tries to hunt down his lost cousin.

There is so much detail in the book, so many long scenes, so many characters that you need to read. Honestly, believe me on that. I’ve provided some details of it all, but please give the series a shot if you haven’t already. You will not regret it.

Out for now,

Happy reading!

April 😀

xx

To Be Read (And Reviewed) List:

Hey, book lovers.

It’s been a little while. I’m still trying to read the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows. It’s an amazing book, as are all of the other books, but it’s taking me a long time to get through it, though I am nearing the end, and there will be a review on here very soon.

I also have a few other books to read and review, so when I have made my way through all of these, I will post them up on here so you can see if you like the sound of any of them. Well, don’t ask me why, but I’ve been reading a tonne of young adult fantasy books over the summer. Okay, you can ask me why. It’s because I have the chance to take part in a fantasy unit for university this year! How awesome is that? The classes haven’t started yet, tomorrow actually, and I think I’m almost 3,000 words (handwritten, so not sure yet) into my assessment piece for the unit, I’m just that excited. More on that later!

For now, here’s my list of books I will be reading and reviewing very, very soon. I have a very bad book-buying habit, but I secretly love it. (Okay, it’s not really a secret, but you get my gist.)

  1. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (mentioned above)
  2. Here We Lie by Sophie McKenzie
  3. All My Secrets by Sophie McKenzie
  4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  5. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  6. Queen of The Tearling by Erika Johansen
  7. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  8. Starborn by Lucy Hounsom
  9. The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey
  10. Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

Do you know of or have you read any of these books? Let me know what you think of them in the by dropping a comment below, if you like? But, please, no spoilers.

Until then, happy reading,

April

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