• Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
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    Evil Queens Reign Forever

    I took pleasure in consuming the story of Xifeng and her ascension to the Imperial Palace. The interest I took in court intrigue, the world and the rivalry between the concubines was enough to keep me reading. The prose was beautiful and captivating, it was SO ELEGANT!! The descriptions of the many parts of the Imperial Palace and the Great Forest were so appealing and beautiful, I loved the world that I was exploring. A fair warning to say however that this story isn’t for the faint hearted as there are a few graphic descriptions within the story. However, they helped paint a vivid image in my mind, no matter how disturbing it might’ve been! Let’s just hope no one wants to come after my heart for some lifeblood.

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  • A Year Of Creativity
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    2018 Goals & January TBR

    Hey everyone! It has been a while since I’ve posted on the blog and I’d like to start by apologizing. I became unexpectedly busy for the last two months of the year and there was a lot for me to get done. But now it’s January 2018, a time for people to reflect and make plans for themselves over the next year. As someone who always seeks ways of self-improvement, I find New Years Resolutions to be an exciting time because I make goals in alignment with who I want to become by the end of the year. Whilst I’m…

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  • Wunderkids Part 1 by Jacqueline Silvester
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    YA Costumes that are already in your closet!

    Hey everyone! This is my first Blog Tour that I’m on and I’m so excited to be sharing Jacqueline Silvester’s latest release of Wunderkids, Part One of Wildwood Academy. On this day of the Blog Tour, Jacqueline and I have both teamed up to figure out some awesome and easy YA costumes that you can easily put together for any Halloween bash. There is a part of the novel where there is a big Halloween party, and it mostly inspired this list if there were to be a Halloween Party for YA bookworms. Most of the stuff you should already have in your wardrobes or they’re very inexpensive to buy in shops!

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  • NaNoWriMo 101
    The Basics of NaNoWriMo

    After posting the question in one of my Instagram stories, you decided that you’d love to see a post explaining NaNoWriMo with some of the basics of it! I’ve had so much fun participating in NaNoWriMo since 2013 and it’s definitely been one of the most productive times of the year in terms of writing. What is NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo or (Na)tional (No)vel (Wri)ting (Mo)nth is a 30-day challenge where participants aim to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Statistically, that’s 1,667 words a day! If you’re under the age of 13, you can also join the Young People’s NaNoWriMo…

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  • Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
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    A Warrior Is Never Weak

    Flame in the Mist was a good read but it only excited me near the end. Flame in the Mist had so much potential, but I think between a plot that didn't engross me until the final third and a handful of bland characters (they aren't food, Joel), it failed to meet my hopes for the story. It was still a good read though, don't get me wrong. Ahdieh's descriptive prose painted wonderful pictures in my mind of the beautiful forests in Feudal Japan and I loved some of the characters. But, I definitely believe that Flame in the Mist could've been better.

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  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
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    My Heart is Not The Same

    Crooked Kingdom took my heart and ripped it to shreds. I wasn't prepared, although I don't think you ever be prepared for the events that occurred in Crooked Kingdom. Leigh Bardugo's writing was on point, her characters were on point and the story was just asdfghjkl. There's just something about the way that Bardugo writes that has me so engrossed within the world she creates. Seeing the many choices each of the characters had to face was interesting, it definitely exposed some of their underlying issues and the problems they still had to face. This further emphasized many of the obstacles they still had to face, that Six of Crows wasn't the end of their problems. For some of them, it was merely the beginning.

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  • Writer's Self Care
    Refilling the Creativity Well

    As writers, creativity is our natural fuel in which we use to craft our stories and characters. The worlds we create with our minds are so extended and full of imagination, it takes a lot to come up with them. Hence, this well can run dry and we encounter something called Writer’s Block or a Creativity Block. We can sometimes work our way through it but other times, we stress ourselves to no end coming up with a solution for our stories. However, we’re putting so much care into our stories, we’ve forgotten to care for ourselves. I myself, have…

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Hey! I’m Joel Rochester; a 17-year-old teenage bookworm, traveler of the worlds and self-titled Prince of Stories.
I hope to share my love of stories with you through this blog. So, let’s pursue a reading and writing adventure together!

 

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