July 2017

  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
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    Games of Power and Deceit are my Favourite

    I don't want any of the queens to be devoured, however, because I love them all. Three Dark Crowns was an incredible story, and knowing Kendare Blake's wonderful prose from her Anna series, I knew she wouldn't disappoint in this first installment in this new series. My excitement for One Dark Throne is real, and I cannot wait to see where this series is taken to next.

    Three Dark Crowns pits sister against sister and constantly debates whether you are family by blood or by the connections you make. Each queen is also going through their own personal set of problems throughout the novel while the main story arc continues of preparing for the Beltane Festival. At the Beltane Festival, the queens will have to prove themselves before the fight can begin.

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  • It's essential for our future
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    Diversity in Literature

    Today, we live in a world where we pride ourselves on how diverse we are. We all come from different backgrounds, have different experiences and different tastes and these should all be celebrated in one way or another. We are different, and that's brilliant.

    But, think about diversity as a mirror. Marginalized people only get a small fragment of that mirror while others (namely, white allocishet people) get bigger and better pieces.

    It's important that we show diversity in popular culture such as literature. We need to show everyone that they have a place in the worlds that they read about. It's also essential that we read books that include diversity too, as it can help expand our horizons. By doing so, we can become more informed about the cultures that we read about. However, the aim of diverse authors is not to educate people on the marginalization, it's to show that these people are worth representing. 

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  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
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    Diversity, Magic and Dancing Galore

    The Bone Witch is definitely one of my favourite reads of this year. It was my cup of Tea. (I'll stop with the puns... maybe) Perhaps, not enough to beat Strange the Dreamer but it still ranks very high! Exploring the story of The Bone Witch along with its world and the Eight Kingdoms was delightful and impressive. The diverse elements of world-building were clearly shown which WAS EXCELLENT and seeing these diverse elements integrated into the society so well had me in awe. The prose was captivating, it clung to me and didn't let me go.

    The story is told from two different perspectives (Tea and the Bard) from two different periods of time, and both are very distinct. I do like how both perspectives rely on each other to tell the story which proves they have a purpose. Also from my perspective, this book had next-to-no romance apart from a few occasions of flirting but it mostly focuses on the relationship between Tea and her brother, Fox.

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  • Author Writing Process
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    Beautiful People

    Beautiful People is a writing blog meme hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further. They post questions at the beginning of the month generally to do with characters but this month it's all about me! (in the least narcissistic way possible)

    Since I'm currently doing Camp NaNoWriMo, I've been writing my current WIP as fast as I can and it's been going great! I've managed to get everything outlined (apart from one subplot) and I should hopefully finish this draft by the middle of August. To anyone else doing Camp NaNo, good luck!

    The questions today focus on the writing process and how I go about drafting a novel. I thought it'd be interesting to share this and also see what other writers do as well, seeing if our processes are the same or different.

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  • Guilty As Charged
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    Series I've Been Meaning To Start
    Version 1 - 2017

    As a reader, if I'm guilty of one thing it's that I haven't started series that I've been meaning to. I want to read all of the books, but that also means that my TBR pile is massive. I'm currently being drowned in my TBR but once I've discovered the secret to immortality, I'll finally beat it!

    It really bugs me too because I've bought many Book #1s of series but I just haven't started since they're deep in my TBR pile. I see a new series that I'm interested in and I'm immediately taken away by it but then if I even get to read the first book, I don't ever continue the series. Or, I'm never able to start the series when I want to.

    Hence, today's post is dedicated to a series of book series that I've been meaning to start but haven't.

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