30 Days of Writing Prompts: Day Four

A little information before I get into my actual story.

This idea was created by Ali from HardbackHoarder on YouTube. She’s posting a prompt everyday to get her, and anyone who participate’s, creative juices flowing. I found it to be such a fantastic idea. I think it will help get us all in shape for the crazy month that is the National Novel Writing Month. You may even find inspiration for dialogue, characters, or plots within these prompts! Anything can happen.

You can find more information at these links:

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Day Four: Imagine Person A, a student at the local university, drunkenly hitting on their professor, Person B, at a bar.

This prompt was found at OTP Prompts.

His eyes follow her as she stumbles across the derelict, hardwood flooring of the hole-in-the-wall bar. He’s never seen her here, though he knows her. She sits in the third row, three seats from the aisle every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of his 12:30 English Literature class.

Her beautiful dark hair, normally pulled messily atop her head, now hangs in loose curls down her shoulders. Her copper skin glows in the dim lighting of the bar.

He’s never heard her voice. He wishes to.

She’s a student. Not again.

His eyes pull away from her to find a tall, young man pulling himself onto the rusty red barstool next to him. The man’s eyes flash to meet his own. He looks away quickly, hoping the malice he saw there wasn’t directed at him.

Dark malice.

He feels warmth and smells lilac under tobacco smoke before he sees the person next to him. She moves close and slips her arm around his waist. He inhales deeply, shoulders straightening. Dark eyes are on him, then adverted.

“Vanessa, what are you doing?” He turns slightly to look at her, trying not to shift to much. He doesn’t want to shake her off.

“Mr. Cooper,” her smile is sinuous and the smell of mint and whiskey on her breath is addictive.

A voice just as smooth as her skin looks.

Her hand slides across his back and into his hair. She massages the blond curls between her fingers.

“This is inappropriate,” he wishes his voice held more conviction.

“I hear you’re quite—disciplined—in the inappropriate,” her hot breath brushes against his ear as she stumbles to form the sentence.

Her words register. A rubber band in his mind snaps into place, “what?”

“Ambition and success are very attractive,” with slightly less difficulty.  The hand not in his hair slides down his chest as she rocks on her feet. He puts his arm around her under the guise of keeping her steady.

“Maybe I should take you home,” his mind far from wanting to take her home.

“I can think of other things I’d rather do with you,” her lips touch his neck lightly. He hasn’t had someone in so long. The need builds inside of him. He’s reminded of last time, he doesn’t care. His larger hand encases hers and he slides from the barstool. His arm closes around her waist to pull her strongly into his side.

She doesn’t protest as he pulls her outside, he doesn’t give her a chance. They are at his car parked near the back of dark lot, the only lighting near the bar entrance.

He spins her around and pushes her up against the cold door of the black SUV. His lips are on her. Neck, cleavage, anything he can reach. His hands slide around to grasp her curves.

He pulls back slightly, finally noticing her stillness. There’s a small, malevolent smile playing on her lips.

“Revenge come’s in all shapes and sizes. This is for Sadie,” vengeful hate coats her voice.

Sadie.

“Wait—” the knife pierces his back, perfectly placed to puncture his heart. The knife is immediately pulled out and he stumbles forward. He misses Vanessa as she spins out of the way and hits the car.

Gloved hands catch his wrists as he falls to the ground and flip him over.

Blackness mars his vision as those dark, malice-filled eyes meet his once again.

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#DiverseAThon TBR

Here we go again! 

I seem to always find out about Read-A-Thon’s I want to join the day before they start. I really wasn’t planning on doing another one so soon after #ReadThemAllThon but I’m willing to do it for this. 

The #DiverseAThon is the reaction of four lovely, amazing ladies to the video questioning and putting diversity down that’s been going around lately.

I haven’t seen the video, nor do I intend to give it any attention (it doesn’t need another view, I’m sure) beyond supporting diversity in literature and in life.

I owe my open-minded inclination to inclusivity to reading. I’ve learned more than I even realize about the world and all of the different people that live in it from reading a wide selection of diverse books. These books have fueled my desire to travel and experience different peoples and cultures outside the United States. 

Diversity will always have a place and purpose in literature. Whether it be sexuality, race, religion, socio-economic…etc, a person cannot go through life without experiencing diversity. 

That being said! Here’s my TBR for this week long Read-A-Thon, starting September 12th and ending September 19th in which you can discover exactly what diversity means to you. There aren’t any challenges, the only guidelines being that it’s a week long and you read and discuss diverse books. 

Links to the hostesses YouTube announcements:

Christina Marie, Joce, Monica, and Whitney

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an-ember-in-the-ashesAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Goodreads Synopsis

Sabaa Tahir identifies as a “British-born, American-raised South-Asian descended writer,” which makes her extremely diverse to me. I’m not sure how much diversity is within the book itself, but I feel it is every bit as important to support diverse authors as it is to support diverse content and characters!

This book has also been on my TBR forever, and being so late to the party, I already had it on hand.

 

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The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Goodreads Synopsis

I loved the Wrath & the Dawn. I loved the world, diversity, and learning about Middle Eastern culture through a Fantasy book.

The sequel is sure to be every bit as diverse. Not only is the book and characters diverse, but Ahdieh is also of mixed race. 

I adore her writing and the way she supports diversity in her books and makes it incredibly magical.

 

ari-and-danteAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Goodreads Synopsis

I have been needing to read this book for months. I’ve heard so many good things about it. I support everything that is LGBTQ+, and always will. 

I love seeing more and more LGBTQ+ because I remember a time when the only place I could easily find such topics was diving through the depths of Mibba and Wattpad. 

My TBR’s are ALWAYS ambitious. Reading 3 books (including the semi-mammoth that is An Ember in the Ashes) in the span of a week, working full time, working out, and keeping up with my blog and bookstagram just doesn’t seem possible! But I’ll do my best. I love that we’re all coming together to support diversity in the best way we know how!

#ReadThemAllThon Wrap-up

My first ever reading challenge has come to an end!

I’m very happy to have participated in this challenge. Even though I didn’t reach my goal, I read a lot of good books and put a dent in my TBR!

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My goal for this Read-a-Thon was to read 8 books, each following the rules of one of the challenges and earning me a gym badge and combat power points for the Pokemon I chose.

In the end, I completed 5 out of the 8 challenges…which I’m pretty happy about since my list was entirely over-ambitious.

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Book Choice: The Raven Boys by Maggie SteifvaterCover_ravenboys_300

Status: Completed August 30th

Pages: 409

Thoughts: I don’t currently have a full review posted on this book. I’m not sure if I’ll post one but it wouldn’t count anyway. Just know that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I gave it a 4/5 Stars and I can’t wait to continue with this series!

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Book Choice: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera9781616956776-400x600

Status: Completed August 15th

Pages: 300

Thoughts: This book hit me so hard. It was the perfect mix of incredible happiness and the deepest, darkest sadness. I cried so much. So much. I gave this book a 5/5 Stars and I would read anything Adam Silvera created. I have a full review of it posted!

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911Xmhn9+rLBook Choice: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

Status: Completed August 16th

Pages: 327

Thoughts: This was hyped before it was even contemplated by J.K. Rowling. I didn’t find it fantastic, not anything compared to the 7 book series. It’s something completely separate for me. My advice: go into it with an open mind. I gave this playwright a 3.5/5 Stars. My full review is posted!

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Book Choice: The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh51ZanRZ7R4L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Status: Completed September 3rd

Pages: 388

Thoughts: I fell in love with this book from the beginning. It took me no time at all to become enthralled in the beauty and darkness that is The Wrath & the Dawn. I loved the characters, the plot, and the writing. It was an all around amazing book and I gave it 5/5 Stars. I hope to get a full review up soon just because I need to express my thoughts on this book!

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Book Choice: Outlander by Diana Gabaldonoutlander

Status: Completed August 28

Pages: 627 (might as well have been 850)

Thoughts: THIS BOOK. This book is the one that killed all of my chances at completing this Read-a-Thon…and it was beyond worth it. I adored this book. I loved the plot and the characters. Gabaldon is a fantastic writer. This romance was more than epic and I will never get over Jamie and Claire, nor do I want to. I will be reading the entire series and I don’t care that it’ll take me forever. I gave it a 4/5 Stars and can’t wait to read the next one!

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Book Choice: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwabthis_savage_song_cover

Status: Not completed by the end of the Read-a-Thon

Pages: 427

Thoughts: I didn’t finish this book in time for it to count for the Read-a-Thon. Although I could get points for the pages I did read, I’m not going to bother because I’m lazy. I enjoyed this book. I had some issues with it, but overall the good far outweighed the bad and I can’t wait for Our Dark Duet! I gave this book a 4/5 Stars (after changing my mind multiple times between 3.5 and 4).

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Book Choice: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maasacotar

Status: Not started/finished before September 4th

Pages: 416

Thoughts: I just started this book and am about 100 pages in. Enjoying it so far!

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Book Choice: The 5th Wavethe fifth wave

Status: Still chilling on my TBR shelf…

Pages: 457

Thoughts: None because I probably won’t pick this book up until October if I’m lucky.

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August Wrap-up & September TBR

The fall is coming! The fall is coming!

Can you believe it is already September? Where has this year gone?

I’m about to experience my first fall in Ohio…meaning I’m about to experience fall in all it’s glory for the first time in my 21 years of life. Florida doesn’t do seasons. I’m ready for the cool weather and all the beautiful colors!

As August is now over, I felt this is the perfect time for my first (ever) book wrap-up and TBR. Being relatively new to book blogging, I’m excited to give it a shot!

August Wrap-Up

Disclaimer: This post will contain my opinions and they are not meant to offend in any way.

That’s a Wrap!

I had a fantastic reading month (for me), thanks in large part to the #ReadThemAllThon hosted by Aentee at Read At Midnight. I finished 9 books and started a 10th!

The Selection by Kiera Cass: I gave it 3/5 Stars. I found it to be entertaining enough to keep me reading and finished it in a day. It was a quick read and especially good if you’re looking for something relatively light.

The Elite by Kiera Cass: I gave it 2/5 Stars. I had to force myself through this second installment. It started becoming incredibly repetitive to me and a lot less entertaining.

The One by Kiera Cass: This one got back up to a 3/5 Stars. It was still repetitive, maybe even more-so than the second book. But, I also thought this one gave me what I needed to be a conclusion (which is why I don’t plan on reading the other books in the series). I liked how it all wrapped up. I still feel as though these three books could have been put together into one book. There wasn’t a need for three.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: I gave this book 5/5 Stars. It was fantastic, one of the best fantasy novel’s I’ve read. I loved the world, and learning about the world. I loved the characters and the plot. It’s one of those books that just has everything. I would read anything set in this world.

Check out my full review!

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: It was the perfect sequel and I rated it 5/5 Stars (higher if possible). I couldn’t put this book down. It gave me everything I wanted. It had so much world building, history, character development, and conflict that I’m amazed it could all fit into one book. Erika Johansen is by far one of my favorite authors at this point and I can’t wait until November when The Fate of the Tearling comes out!

Check out my full review!

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silver: I couldn’t give this book anything other than 5/5 Stars! Silvera had my feelings and emotions running wild from page one all the way to the last page. A book that makes you feel as much as More Happy Than Not does should not be taken lightly. It is an amazing book with incredible darkness.

Check out my full review!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne: I generously gave this script a 3.5/5 Stars. I don’t consider it cannon (at all), but I think it had entertainment value. For me, many of the characters left much to be desired. In a way some of it even unraveled the original 7 books, and I didn’t like that at all. The plot was flimsy, and couldn’t be fortified well. It’s redeeming quality for me was Draco Malfoy’s son, Scorpius. I fell in love with him, and he’s most of the reason I finished the play. All that being said, I would still see the play live if I ever could.

Check out my full review!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: It received a 4/5 Star rating. It took me about 12 days to read this book, which is a lot longer than I expected it to take. The book was amazing, but it required concentration for me because of the dialect. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to read and understand 1740’s Scottish dialect! It did add something amazing to the book though. I felt enveloped by the setting. I loved the characters. Claire was so strong, but never forced herself or pretended to be something she was not. And the story was so unique and Gabaldon told it beautifully.

There may be a full review for this book coming.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: I deliberated so much on the rating to give this book and ended up going with 4/5 Stars. I loved it. I loved every character. Blue and the raven boys are the kind of people I would have wanted to be friends with in high school. It was such a fun, exciting, and unique read. I can’t wait to read the next one!

I have a review up on Goodreads but will probably post a full review here!

September begins!

Here is my ambitious TBR for September! Only time will tell how many of these I actually read. This month I’d really like to start writing more too!

I’ve only ever heard good things about Six of Crows and now it’s on my TBR! I’m so excited to read it and finally see what all the hype is about. Hopefully before Crooked Kingdom comes out on the 27th!

These are 3 out of 4 of the books I have yet to finish for the #ReadThemAllThon…I blame Outlander and work for being behind! I’m about halfway through The Wrath and the Dawn and am absolutely loving it! I can’t wait to read This Savage Song and A Court of Thorns and Roses…can you believe I haven’t read anything by S.J. Maas? Me neither.

Next three in by TBR pile! I am incredibly excited about them. I’ve heard so many good things about these books. I absolutely love fantasy, retellings, and magic! The Name of the Wind, And I Darken, and A Darker Shade of Magic will definitely give me all of the above.

Finally, these are the last three on the list (although it’s in no particular order that I’ll be reading). I want to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children before the movie comes out, so it’ll probably be one of the first I read. I have heard nothing bad about the Cinder, or the Lunar Chronicles, and I finally get to start it! Plus I’ve been wanting to read more retellings. Supposedly, Captive Prince is controversial in some ways…but personally I think the premise sounds interesting and I’d like to see how it goes!

There it is! Goodbye summer, hello fall!

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne

“Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.” –Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Read: August 15-16

Pages: 328

Official Synopsis:

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Review:

3.5/5 Stars           

Simply put, Harry Potter was my childhood (as it was for a lot of people). They were the books that began my love for reading and I owe a lot to J.K. Rowling for creating the magical world full of love, friendship, growth, and facing your demons. I picked up these books in 5th grade and haven’t put them down since. When I found out she was releasing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I was excited because I would get to revisit this world, reunite with all of my favorite characters, and meet their children.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child isn’t a novel, it’s a playwright, which does change some things. If you are reading a playwright, you aren’t getting all of the details you would normally get from a novel. The reader gets the base, the script, and you learn everything about your characters from their interactions with others and small expression blurbs. I love reading plays because they give readers the opportunity to use their imagination even more than a novel. I also like that it’s almost completely dialogue. But, this being a play, it definitely removed it from the 7 book series for me. I don’t consider it cannon, even though it is supposed to be ‘the eighth story’, it’s more like a very long epilogue with its own plot.

I enjoyed getting to know the children of original characters, and I loved them (in the end). Something I felt that, for me, brought down my overall rating of this book was that there was such a big discrepancy in characterization. For the first half of the book I constantly asked “Who is this person?” when Harry, Ron, or Hermione were speaking. They didn’t seem at all as I would imagine them turning out. I also wasn’t a huge fan of Albus’ character in the beginning. The only character I can say I loved through the whole work was Scorpius Malfoy. He was perfect and definitely redeemed the entire work for me. If I didn’t have him as a main character the book may have been put down…

This is definitely a book you need to go into with an open mind. You need to look at the facts, this is 19 years later and a lot has changed. Our heroes aren’t going to be the same people they were. But I can see why people have issues with it because I had issues with it, too. The plot wasn’t amazing, but it did keep me entertained. If you go into this book thinking you’re going to get everything you got from the original books, you’ll be disappointed. If you go in with an open-mind and separate the stories, you’ll enjoy it a lot more.

As a whole, I felt the story had good themes. It was your typical Harry Potter themes of love, friendship, expectations, and growth told in a bit of a different way. All the same, it was as exciting story and a quick read. It definitely gave me a dose of the world I miss so much, and is probably going to be a big reason why I’m going to reread them in the near future (typical).

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Book Review: The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

“Fortune favors the bold, history tells us. Therefore, it behooves us to be as bold as possible.” – Erika Johansen, The Invasion of the Tearling

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Goodreads Synopsis:

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

Review:

5/5 Stars

I have such an obsession with this world, as you can tell from the overkill of sticky note annotations…

This trilogy fought its way into my heart and quickly became one of my favorites (without the third book even being out yet!). Not only is it one of my favorite series, but also one of my favorite worlds to immerse myself in. If Erika Johansen hadn’t proven her ability to create an intricate and realistic world in The Queen of the Tearling, then she definitely proved it in The Invasion of the Tearling. Johansen has a way of making me want to know everything about the Tearling and its history. If I wasn’t attached to the characters, if I disliked every one of them, I’d still read these books purely to learn about this world. I want a textbook that covers ‘pre-crossing’ and the history of the Tearling and William Tear.

The second installment of the trilogy is full to the brim with character development, specifically Kelsea’s. It can be easy to forget that Kelsea is a 19-year-old who has taken her place as queen and made some very emotionally and morally driven decisions. Her heart is in the right place, but there are consequences to every decision. Kelsea is finding out exactly what the consequences are for the decisions she’s made throughout the second book. Often, Kelsea the 19-year-old girl and Kelsea the queen clash, which makes her an incredibly realistic character with intense internal conflict. It can’t be easy to protect and fight for an entire kingdom of people while balancing magic, sexuality, and depression. Through the novel, I could see Kelsea changing. I saw her at her lowest, and I saw her begin to pick herself back up. Add the significant development of other minor characters and Lily Mayhew and we have a book jam packed with incredible characters that are growing and changing through the entire book. The way Johansen develops her characters is realistic and meaningful.

The Invasion of the Tearling covers many more themes than its prequel. Themes in this book ranged from coming of age and finding yourself to human morality to how the past can affect the present and future. In this novel, we see Kelsea growing and fighting not only her inner demons, but also physical demons. Johansen shows how past strife can ultimately make or break a person for the rest of their life. And, arguably the strongest theme is human morality or immorality.

Johansen is an incredibly talented writer. I love that she has put so much into this world and has given it its own history. It’s intricately crafted and always leaves me wanting more. I would read spin-off after spin-off of these characters if Johansen wanted to give them to us! The Invasion of the Tearling pulled me even more into the world. It gave me answers to so many questions while still forcing me to ask new ones.

November needs to get here quicker! 

Book Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

“In that moment, I wish my existence were as simple as being set on fire and exploding in the sky.” -Adam Silvera, More Happy Than Not

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Official Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy that leaves him reeling. He’s slowly remembering what happiness might feel like this summer with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but it’s his new best friend, Thomas, who really gets Aaron to open up about his past and confront his future. As Thomas and Aaron get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that threaten to shatter his newfound contentment. A revolutionary memory-alteration procedure, courtesy of the Leteo Institute, might be the way to straighten himself out. But what if it means forgetting who he truly is?

Review:

5/5 Stars

More Happy Than Not was the first book I read for Aentee’s #ReadThemAllThon. It’d been on my ‘to be read’ list for a while and I’d been hearing that it’s a book that can make you drown in your emotions. So, of course, it was perfect to do for the Cascade Badge: Read a book that might make you cry challenge!

It definitely made me cry.

Adam Silvera’s debut novel did everything it needed to do and more. It established him as an incredibly talented writer, made me want to read more from him, and kept me thinking about the book for days after I finished it. He weaves symbolism and foreshadowing into his story so eloquently that when you go back and read little bits and pieces over again you have epiphany after epiphany of things you wished you noticed before but didn’t. I’ve never read a more unpredictable book. It was refreshing and heartbreaking to try to figure it all out only to be completely wrong.

The characters were probably my favorite thing about it, though I absolutely loved the plot. Silvera’s characters brought the unique plot to a completely different level with their diversity, developed personalities, and flaws. I found bits and pieces of myself in almost every character. Being able to relate to them in different ways was a driving force for my reading, I needed to know how they ended up. He was able to lighten the book at times using character interactions that made me laugh between bursts of sadness, regret, and anger. His premise and plot made me open the book, his characters made me unable to close it.

Everyone can learn something from a book that covers such a wide range of themes and issues. He works with everything from depression and suicide to homophobia to drug abuse. By far, my favorite theme was hope and happiness, probably not in the way you think. I wasn’t able to use my favorite quote at the beginning of this review because I felt it spoiled too much but just know that this book brought me so much hope while I was drowning in heartache.

More Happy Than Not will break your heart, but it will be worth every minute of it!

There was absolutely no way for me to give this book any less than five stars. It made me feel so many different things from the very beginning. It made me laugh and cry and want to throw it at a wall. It made me more happy than not (what a terrible pun).

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