Monthly Archives: January 2015

Writing Playlist #3- Don’t Come Back/I’m Stronger Without You

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Archive- Fuck You

You are scum and I hope that you know/That the cracks in your smile are beginning to show/Now the world needs to see that it’s time you should go

Placebo- Battle for the Sun

You are a cheap and nasty fake, fake, fake, fake, fake, fake, fake/And I, I, I, I, I am the bones you couldn’t break, break, break

Demi Lovato ft. Cher Llyod- Really Don’t Care

But even if the stars and moon collide/I never want you back into my life/You can take your words and all your lies/Oh oh oh I really don’t care

Hanna Pakarinen- Out of Tears

You crushed my heart/So don’t bother trying to hurt me anymore/I’m out of tears

Ariana Grande- Break Free

I only wanna die alive/Never by the hands of a broken heart/Don’t wanna hear you lie tonight/Now that I’ve become who I really am

Daughtry- Over You

And when you slammed the door shut/A lot of others opened up/So did my eyes so I could see you never were the best for me

The Pussycat Dolls- I Don’t Need a Man

I don’t need a man to make it happen/I get off being free/I don’t need a man to make me feel good/I get off doing me thing

Beyonce- Best Thing I Never Had

So sad, your hurt/Boo hoo,oh, did you expect me to care/You don’t deserve my tears/I guess that’s why they ain’t there

The Veronicas- Leave Me Alone

Don’t call me on the phone/Because I’m all out of words/I’ll face the unknown/Thinking about all the ways that I’ve grown

Bob Dylan- Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

I ain’t a-saying you treated me unkind/You could have done better but I don’t mind/You just kinda wasted my time/But don’t think twice, it’s alright

The Civil Wars- Falling

Please, please tell me you know/I’ve got to let you go/I can’t help falling/Out of love with you

Cher- Strong Enough

There no more to say/So save your breath and walk away/No matter what I hear you say/I’m strong enough to know you gotta go

Character Spotlight #5

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Name: Penryn Young

Book: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Get to Know Her: Penryn is a seventeen-year-old girl caught in the middle of the apocalypse caused by angels. She’s really good at self defense. She’s holding her family together–her schizophrenic mother and disabled little sister. She is determined, strong, brave, and kindhearted. Penryn will stop to nothing to save those she loves. Despite everything going on around her, Penryn is still a teenage girl, with the same problems and feelings and thoughts. She’s intelligent and loyal. She’s so human, but not in a bad way. She’s one kickass character.

Why I Love Her: I love that Penryn is badass. I felt so confident in her. I didn’t have to worry if she would get herself into trouble because I knew she would, but she knew how to get out of it. I loved trusting her. I loved loving her from the very first page. That sort of connection hardly happens to me. I really enjoyed reading about her. She had an admirable strength. She was quick-witted and vulnerable at times, but that only made me love her more. She stood up to an angel, to more than one angel. She was just fantastic in every way.

Favorite Quote: “I never thought about it before, but I’m proud to be human. We’re ever so flawed. We’re frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I’m proud to be a Daughter of Man.”

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier- A Book Review

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Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring is originally a painting made in the seventeenth century by Johannes Vermeer. This book explores who the girl in the painting might have been, and what the story around the painting could have been. With my meager knowledge of the Dutch, the time period, and the painting with its artist, I can tentatively say that this book had a lot research behind it. That, or the author managed to make it seem like she did, and so I still have to say good job on bullshitting.

Going into this, I expected it to be hard to read, but I was pleasantly surprised. It flowed very nicely. I didn’t have trouble understanding anything. It didn’t have the regular chapters. It was split in four big parts with little symbols to break up the scenes. This isn’t an action packed book. If you go in thinking about drama with fights and tears or something similar, you will be severely disappointed. This is a slow, quiet book, but that doesn’t mean it is boring. Griet, the narrator, is anything but boring though I think she wishes she were.

The characters in this book are all really well written. The story was so easy to grasp and accept. The ending was perfect. I will definitely be looking for other books written by this author.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – Book Review

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Anyone who’s into Young Adult books, or books in general, has heard about this highly popular book. We Were Liars blew up, and at one point it seemed like everyone was reading it. I was put off by the mixed reviews, and the knowledge that there was some kind of twist at the end. “Wow,” I said to myself, “like I’m ever going to read that.”

Fast forward to a boring night in which I ventured to my Kindle in search of a new ebook. I looked at We Were Liars, and I thought I might as well give it a shot. It was short, after all, so even if I hated it, I wouldn’t have wasted much of my time on it.

I gotta say, this book blew my mind to pieces. It fucking destroyed me in every possible delicious way. The verse was poetic and simple and poignant. Every word was there for a reason. There were parts in which I felt I was reading a poem, and I was reminded of the times when I loved poetry. It made me want to pick up a poetry book. It was just stunningly written.

The characters were impactful. Cadece Sinclair should have bugged the shit out of me. She should have been annoying, but she was far from it. I loved her voice, her mind, her thoughts. The rest of the Liars really grew on me as well, especially Gat. That Gat was my favorite. I loved his vocabulary and his view of the world. I loved Johnny and his humor. I loved Mirren and her dreams. I loved all four of them so much. And the best part was that I didn’t realize this until the end. Until the very last page, when the story ended, and I felt like someone had punched me right in the stomach.

This book was beautiful. It was heart-wrenching at times, but worth the read. It was so unique, even though it really wasn’t. What I mean by that is that a lot of the story wasn’t anything new or extraordinary, but the way it was delivered made it special. It made it so much more. I’m so glad I decided to give this a shot after all.

If you’ve heard about this book and you’re hesitant about reading it because of the hype, I suggest you suck it up and read it anyway. It really is incredible.

Our Writing Projects-Update #1

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During this new year we are going to be posting a lot more about writing. Posts like this one to talk about our ongoing writing projects, and hopefully keep us constantly working on them. Also coming soon should be writing prompts, and our own fulfillments of those prompts.


Dreadful Dreams

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Adult, Family
 Dreadful Dreams
Summary: Like every other human, Erin Reed makes mistakes. Growing up in rural Montana allowed Erin to create a dream life, consisting of riches and fame. When she finally leaves home for college, Erin knows she has finally made it. Free from the reigns of her past, Erin gambles her future for a chance at success in Los Angeles. Everything goes according to plan, until Erin meets with the cruel reality of life.
Sometimes, you have to make rash choices in order to improve your lifestyle. Sometimes your so called dreams lead you to the most dreadful situations.
Word Count: 29,633

Blindfolds
Blindfolds Take Three
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Summary: Elva is eighteen, the youngest in her demanding family, going to college while digging a massive debt, and has no idea what she wants to study. Buckling under the pressure, she decides to runaway. But not in so many words. She goes on a fun-loving road trip with her two closest friends. The only thing is, it doesn’t turn out so fun-loving as she hopes it will be. It turns out that outrunning problems only causes more problems to pile on.
Word count: 42,526

Summer Storms
Summer Storms Take Three
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Thriller, Contemporary, GLBT, Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Fairies
Summary: Ailsa has a fae-tal problem. Her body is suddenly changing, so much that she fears even her brother, Leon, won’t recognize her. Or worse, that she’ll die before finding out what’s wrong with her.
In the quiet town of Red Oak, Diego drinks away his past. Bound by a special sight, Diego helps out his favorite bartender, and is brought into Ailsa’s haunted life.
Together, they set out to weather through the storms that plague their summer.
Word Count: 53,514

Angelfall by Susan Ee – Book Review

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Here’s a little fact about me: I LOVE ANGELS.

And my favorite type of angel is evil.

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I also love kickass nerdy angel dudes who learn to love humanity.

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So, it’s really no surprise that Angelfall was right up my alley. But the angels became a secondary entertainment for me. After all, with a wonderfully amazing main character, Penryn Young, there really was no comparison.

Let’s talk a little about Penryn. This girl is holding her family together a few months after the angels struck the world, bringing on the apocalypse. Her family consisting of her schizophrenic mom and wheelchair bound little sister. Penryn has the weight of the destroyed world on her shoulders, and it only gets worse. When she’s caught in the streets by demented angels fighting each other, her little sister Paige gets taken by one of them, and she’s left with nothing but a dying angel who she decides to rescue in hopes of him leading her to Paige.

Not only is Penryn super smart, she’s also an excellent defensive fighter. She is not afraid of anyone, not even the angel she kidnapped. She is the very definition of brave. I cannot express my love for this girl.

Then there is Raffe. The poor guy who got his wings sliced off and was left to die in the middle of the street. If it hadn’t been for Penryn, he would have never made it. Except now he’s weak and half bled. I just loved his sassiness. I loved the way he mourned for his wings. I loved the way he treated his angel sword, as if it was another limb. Raffe is a soldier, and his one goal is to get his wings attached back again.

That is how Penryn and Raffe unite forces and go in search to recover what they each lost. The thing is, their trip is never easy. There are obstacles in every turn. There are other threats aside from the angels, disturbing things that I’ll never forget. I never liked action sequences in books, but the way the author wrote them in this book was so incredible that I enjoyed every word.

The friendship that develops between Penryn and Raffe really got to me. It was so pure. They built a deep affection, and it wasn’t complicated, although it had every reason to be. What I really admired about this story is that it didn’t have petty moments. Penryn could have been annoying and whiny and she had every reason to whine, but she didn’t. Raffe could have been overly cocky, but he wasn’t. He felt so human at times.

I truly enjoyed every minute spent reading this book. I kept wanting to burst from my excitement. As soon as I picked it up, I was completely consumed by it. I forgot where I was, I forgot who I was. All I wanted was to keep reading.

The writing style was beautiful. The characters were well crafted. The storyline was phenomenal. This is the type of book that make me keep reading. This book reminded me why I love reading so much, and why I want to write my own books.

Read this book. Read it and you’ll never look back.

A List of Our Favorite Female Protagonists

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  • Eleanor Douglas (Eleanor & Park): One of the most memorable, beloved female characters of mine is Eleanor. I adored her from the start. This girl was sassy. She was unique. She had struggles but she didn’t whine. She survived. She was lovely and inspirational.
  • Penryn Young (Angelfall): Wow this girl is so cool she puts angels to shame. I cannot state how badass she is. She’s strong and feisty and brave. She’s completely independent and intelligent. She’s determined. She has direction. She’s what every young girl should look up to. This girl should be a superhero.
  • Mia Hall (If I Stay): I think my favorite thing about Mia is her passion for music. I thought I loved music, but Mia makes my love for music seem microscopic. She’s so loving and she’s sweet. She’s a great friend too. I felt so much for Mia. I always understood her.
  • Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice): This woman surprised me in the best ways. She stood up for herself. She was so bright and confident. She considered everyone her equal, no matter the gender or society status. She was so amazing that I didn’t know if I liked her or Mr. Darcy more.
  • Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games Series): It took me a while to really love this girl, but when I did, it was the kind of irreversible love. I obviously admired her. But her hard shell exterior–and often, interior–really didn’t impress me. I get it. She was in a tough situation. But I wanted more feeling from her. And when I got it, it killed me. I love her so much.
  • Scout Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird): An innocent child experiencing not-so-innocent events. It’s hard not to like this little girl.
  • Cather Avery (Fangirl): Socially anxious people are usually hard to read, but only because their anxiousness spreads to the reader. Cath, as she likes to be called, is very passionate about Simon Snow and fanfiction. She loves her family, and often has to be the pillar of strength.
  • Regan (Luna): She is a typical sixteen year old, awkward and self conscious and moody. She resents her parents, and loves her sister.
  • Eileen Tumulty (We Are Not Ourselves): From a poor immigrant family, all she wants is to make it big. She pushes herself and her family around her even when it isn’t exactly what she or they wants. She is a very strong woman, a little distant and cold, but she loves her family and wants the best for them.