September 2017

  • 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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  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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    Perhaps My Favourite Group of Characters Ever?

    Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is one of my favorite reads of this year. From the outstanding diversity of the characters to the sensational world building and magic that goes into this world, I will forever have Ketterdam and The Dregs in my heart. While this was a book that I've wanted to read for a while, this was also a book that I needed in my life.

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  • Wonder Woman & Hearts for Sale?
    August Unboxings

    Hey readers! I'm introducing a new feature to my blog, which is my monthly unboxings of subscription boxes. I usually do these unboxings on my Instagram story. But, I decided to also post them on my blog for people who don't have Instagram or miss my story. Throughout the month of August, I received two book subscription boxes from Owlcrate and Illumicrate. I was anticipating their arrival for since I had ordered them / was sent them as part of being a rep. For those who aren't aware of book subscription boxes, these companies curate a box, sometimes according to a theme and bookworms/book dragons (such as myself) subscribe to them and they're made on a scheduled basis.

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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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