Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Writer Habits That Other People Find Odd

Hey guys, this is Abi here, 
And I was looking through some blogs today and I thought of a pretty interesting idea:
Writer Habits That Other People Find Odd
And I thought it was a good idea to try it!
Enjoy!

1. Terrifying search history 
For a non-writer, it's probably not a good thing to have things like "machete killer mask" and "creepy alleyways", but for a writer, it's just normal. To be able to write an interesting story that may or may not include those things, you need to learn about them first. Which means a pretty "interesting" seacr history. 
creepy tv land GIF by YoungerTV

2. Odd Sleeping Patterns 
Every writer knows that you reach a certain point in your downward spiral to only wanting to work on your book and do absolutely nothing else (and you'll reach that point). It might come and go, but it'll happen. And then you'll learn, that you get your best writing mojo at night. And from that point, you never really get back into that regular sleeping pattern of going to sleep at night and waking up in the morning. But that's okay, because you'll get some pretty good writing done.
little women la crying GIF by Lifetime

3. Searching baby name websites for character's names
Now, this is one that I've done a number of times. I'm always terrible at names. First it was for the Sims, and now for this. For the life of me, I cannot think of the perfect name to symbolise any number of things that are probably unrealistic to start with. But let's face it, it helps you to think your being productive at least. 

4. Losing days wearing pj's, because they're comfy!
No judgy. If you're going to be working on one piece of manuscript for months and months... AND YEARS AND YEARS (oh god...) no one (except normal human beings) is going to judge you for dedicating days to wearing the comfiest clothes that you have in your drawer: 
PYJAMAS.
So, why not wear pyjamas? If you're going to be tortured by self doubt and the trauma of your characters, why not be comfy while your doing that?
(And if you want to stay in bed, why not do that too?)
june allyson 1940s GIF

5. Staring dramatically into space whilst thinking about book
It's not our fault. When you're sitting, or standing, and you get lost in the thought "I wish I was writing." (*Sigh*), and you start thinking about it, you can't help but get lost staring into space, or even worse, staring at somebody! And you don't even realise it! But you can't blame yourself- odds are you'd rather be writing! 
staring dj khaled GIF by iHeartRadio

6. Eavesdropping for anything- whether it be plot ideas, or dialogue
And finally... I don't really do this, but I've heard most writers do, like they don't specifically sought out people for conversational sentences, or plot holes, but since we always seem to have a notebook and pencil handy, (is that a thing too?) then we can't seem to help writing down everything we hear, because, who knows? It might end up being a main point in our book. 
You never know.
spying season 3 GIF


So that is all I have for you guys today!
I apologise to all the writers that look at this blog for giving away what we do (especially that last one).
But let me know in the comments if you do any of these, or even any that I missed! I'd love to have a chat about any quirky behaviour you all do!
I hope you have a wonderful week and I will see you on Friday!
Byeeeeeeeee!

-Abi xxxxx

Monday, 15 January 2018

Introducing... A Thousand Perfect Notes

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I'm here with another anticipated release introduction for 2018!
And it's by Cait (@PaperFury in twitter)!
She's so funny, you have to check her out!

And she has a new book! Here's the cover:

It comes out 7th June, 2018, and from what I've seen of this, it's a jolly good book, even if it's super dark and intense.

A Thousand Perfect Notes is about Beck, a pianoist that is forced to spend hours upon hours after her abusive mother lost the chance after her illness all those years ago. Afraid to stand up to her mother, all Beck wants is to compose his own music, but even the smallest possibility of rebellion, ends in violence.
Until he meets August, somebody full of life and possibilities, he begins to fall for her, and glimpses a way to escape his daunting future. But dare he reach for it?


This has everything that I love to see in contemporary books. A passion, a problem, a love as bright as the stars- yes, it looks like it may be cliché, but I'm willing to give it a try, especially because of the author.

That's all I really know about this book to be honest, so feel free to let me know in the comments, if you are interested in reading this too!
So that is all I have for you today, I will see you all on Wednesday, and happy reading!
Byeeeee!

-Abi xxxxx 

Friday, 12 January 2018

The K-Pop Book Tag

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
Now, I got tagged for this a while ago, yet I follow through on my promises, and here I am doing the tag:
The K-Pop Book Tag!

Now, you might be a newbie, like me, having just been introduced to a few; you might be a pro, having watched for years, or you might have no clue what K-Pop is. So, K-Pop basically stands for Korean Pop Music. It's getting more and more popular with each passing day, which I'm not surprised about because it's so good!

This tag was created by The Book Prophet , who is absolutely amazing. I am so glad that she decided to create this tag, and I can't wait to do it!

Elenaoftheuniverse tagged me in this- I love reading her posts, so go check her out!
Thanks Elena!

Without further ado, here is the K-Pop Book Tag!

-Rules-
-Credit the creator of this tag, The Book Prophet, and link back to her original post.

-Thank the person who tagged you.

-Answer all the questions to the best of your ability.

-Tag as many people as you like.

-Have fun!


BTS- A BOOK EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT

There are a number of these I could list- Harry Potter, all the Cassie Clare books, Hunger Games, Throne of Glass, the Rick Riordan books, the Six of Crows duology. There wouldn't be a book community without these YA books, but I have to go with what everyone undoubtedly went with, and that is Harry Potter.


EXO- Favourite Companion Novel
 Although I don't read many companion novels. In fact, I don't think I've read any! So can I just opt out of this one...


NU'EST- NAME A BOOK/SERIES/TRILOGY THAT DOESN'T GET THE ATTENTION YOU THINK IT DOES

I haven't chosen this trilogy for a while now, so I'm going to go with the "Medusa Girls" trilogy. It tells the story of three identical sisters from totally different backgrounds (it has a couple of tropes but it's still a decent trilogy) learning to work together to prevent a future where the world will be overrun with medusa's monsters, centuries after the curse was created. I highly recommend you check the trilogy out.

ASTRO- A BOOK THAT GAVE YOU A HAPPY FEELING WHILE READING
I have to go with the first choice that popped into my head: I'll Give You The Sun, by Jandy Nelson. This book, particularly the ending, shows the inescapable bond of siblings in the best way. I don't know it for the low points in the characters' stories, but for the truly beautiful moments.

MONSTAX- A BOOK CONTAINING A DIVERSE SET OF CHARACTERS
I have to go with Six of Crows for this. There has never before been a more diverse cast of characters than this book. (I mean, there probably has, but I haven't read it, if that's the case).

A.C.E- A FAVOURITE RECENT RELEASE
I'll have to go with my most recently read new release, Mortal Coil, by Emily Sumada. Heavy sci-fi, which I love, and although I had a couple of problems with it, I will definitely be picking up the sequel. You can check out my review for it here.


BLACKPINK- A BOOK THAT STICKS OUT FROM THE REST OF IT'S GENRE
Even though I have yet to finish it yet- I'm about halfway through, because it is a hefty book- I already know that Strange the Dreamer sticks out a mile in the Fantasy genre. It's so hard to explain! But I guess you'll see more on my thoughts on this in my review, once I've finished.

SEVENTEEN- A BOOK WITH MULTIPLE POV'S
Because I've included pretty much every multiple POV books in this list (not on purpose) so I'm going to have to go with The Raven Boys quartet. I got an insight into all four boys whilst reading this stories, and one of my favourite parts about the series was how well the POV's were written.

BIGBANG- A MODERN CLASSIC
I'm going to go with The Perks of Being A Wallflower. When it was published, it opened doors for the mental health community, and was more or less a foot in the door towards banishing the stigma that people have had about mental health. It is as close as I can think of as a modern classic.

SISTAR- A SERIES YOU WISH NEVER ENDED
Oh, definitely the Songs About A Girl trilogy, by Chris Russell. The final book in the trilogy comes out in June and I AM NOT READY FOR THE TRILOGY TO BE OVER. I have no clue how Chris Russell is going to wrap it up, and even though I want to see what happens, it'll be kind of bitter sweet as I love this trilogy so much.

RAIN- FAVOURITE STANDALONE
Oh this is so hard! I think... I'm going to have to go with
The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak!



Tags
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But, of course, if anyone wants to participate in this tag, feel free to do so!
(And then let me know in the comments :) ).

So that is all I have for you today!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend (I'll be working)
And I will see you all on Monday!
Byeee!

-Abi xxxxx











Monday, 8 January 2018

Movie Releases I Can't Wait For In 2018

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I was initially going to be posting an Introduction to The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, which I bought yesterday, but I decided on something I'd like to post.
There is a new post that everyone seems to be posting- Favourite Anticipated Book Releases in 2018, and even though I myself have done one of these, and I love to read these?
What's the reason not to do the same for films?
So here is my anticipated film releases for 2018!


January Anticipated Releases
19th January: Coco

February Anticipated Releases
9th February: Peter Rabbit

16th February : Black Panther

23rd February:  Every Day                           Game Night
        (Based on David Lethithan's book)


March Anticipated Releases
9th March:   A Wrinkle In Time   

16th March:   Tomb Raider   Love, Simon   
                                                 (Simon vs The Homo Sapien's Agenda)

23rd March:   Sherlock Gnomes   Midnight Sun

30th March: Ready Player One (from the novel by Ernest Cline)

April Anticipated Releases
20th April :Finding Your Feet

May Anticipated Releases
4th May:   Avengers: Infinity War

18th May: Slenderman

June Anticipated Releases
1st June:   Deadpool 2 (Though I have yet to see the first one- need to get on that)

15th June:  The Incredibles 2 (my childhood is back) & Tag

22nd June: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

July Anticipated Releases
4th July: The Purge: The Island

20th July:  Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again

August Anticipated Releases
10th August: Untitled Anne Hathaway/ Rebel Wilson Comedy

September Anticipated Releases
14th September (My birthday): THE DARKEST MINDS

28th September: Boy Erased

October Anticipated Releases
19th October: Halloween   Mowgli (From the Jungle Book)  The Girl In The Spider's Web

November Anticipated Releases
2nd November:   X Men: Dark Phoenix   Mary, Queen of Scots  The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

9th November:   Dr Seuss: How The Grinch Stole Christmas   Holmes and Watson

16th November:  The Crimes of Grindelwald

21st November:  Creed 2   Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It-Ralph 2 

December Anticipated Releases
14th December:  Spider Man: Into the Spider Verse

25th December:   Mary Poppins Returns    Bohemian Rhapsody


Other films that do not have a release date:
Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors  Cruella    Triple Threat
Mary Shelley     Backseat


So those are my anticipated film releases! These are only the US dates, but I'm sure they're all out at some point!
Let me know in the comments if there are any anticipated film releases that you have for 2018!
Byeeeeeee!

-Abi xxxxx

Friday, 5 January 2018

This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1), by Emily Suvada

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I've kind of thrown reviews to the side in the past couple of months. Granted, I did say I only wanted to post reviews for books that I have a lot of thoughts on, but I haven't posted any in months!
So, why not start the year with a review? I finished this book last night and it is the perfect time to post a review!
Enjoy!

Title: This Mortal Coil
Author: Emily Suvada
Genre: Sci-fi
Release date: 30th October, 2017
Status: Book 1 in a trilogy
Pages: 450
Blurb: "My darling girl, if you're reading this, it means
I am dead. I know you want to grieve,
but there is something I need you to do.

When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of
Lachlan Agatta's death, all hope seems lost for Catarina.
Her father was the world's leading geneticist, and
humanity's best hope of beating a devastating virus.
Then, hidden beneath Cole's genehacked enhancements,
she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine.
But only she can find and decrypt it... if she can
unravel the clues he left for her.

The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from
Cartaxus, a shdowy organization with the stronghold on
the world's genetic tech. But it's too late to turn back.
There are three billion lives at stake, two people who can
save them, and one final secret that Cat can unlock.
A secret that will change everything."

My Thoughts
Reading through this: I was trying to decide "Do I like this?" Because, to be honest, it could have gone either way.
There were factors I liked, but there were factors that could have been done better, in my opinion.

The story starts with Catarina, her father, and her (more than) friend Dax are coding, when Cartaxus (a company that has taken over basically) arrive to take Catarina's father, and Dax under their will. Catarina is warned to stay away, to never let them take her.
The story continues two years later, when Catarina is left fatherless and penniless, in the struggle to survive the Hydra Virus, a Virus that makes people explode within three days of having been infected. Of course, there's one immunisation: To eat living flesh of the people that have been infected. There's also the Wrath, a condition that takes control of your brain and your body, so that the only thing you want to do is feast on other's living flesh.
So, that feeling of survival was something that was done really well.

A recurring theme that was also done well was the intensity. It was a high intensity novel overall, and it was basically a race against time, to release the vaccine that Catarina's father created before the world dies out, and the mix between the need to save the world as well as the intensity was something that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Also, Suvada was on point with the end of each chapter. Each time I picked up this book, I was always thinking "One more chapter". But as soon as I got to the end, something would happen that would want me to carry on reading it. These end of chapters were why I read this so quickly, despite  the length of the story.

Those are the points that I enjoyed. This is what I thought needed work.
First of all, at the start, I really had to commit to the story and reading through the start. Not only was it kind of info dumpy at the start (though this was kind of necessary because I wouldn't have understood half of it if it hadn't been like that- another bad point, which I'll get to in a minute.)
But what I'm getting at is that the explanations could have more spread out, and smoother, instead of just info dumping each part all at once.

Also, I felt like you have to be a major sci-fi fan to want to carry on reading, especially at the start (this is what I was talking about a second ago). But the jargon used in this book, was so scientific, that I could barely digest myself through it to get the gist of what they were talking about. I got that it was a sci-fi language heavy story, but what could have definitely have been done better was to tone down the language used to explain all the sci-fi elements to the story.

Also, the characters. They were all super smart, but that was really their only redeeming quality. The rest I'd already seen somewhere before. Catarina's character development was decent, and it was something that I wasn't expecting, but I got the feeling that it could have been bigger. I didn't see it coming, like at all, but looking back, I felt that they could have been covered up, so I was more surprised in the long run.

Overall, it was a decent read. There were some things that I could have been written in better, and some parts to be improved on, but overall, it was a solid 4 star read, and I would be happy to continue, especially the way the story was left. There are a few things that I hope they carry on, but at this point I have no clue as to how the story will go.
I would recommend this to anybody that love heavy sci-fi and is in the mood to start a new series!

So that is my review of This Mortal Coil, by Emily Suvada! I hope you enjoyed it, and let me know in the comments what you thought!
I hope you have a lovely weekend, and I will see you all on Monday!
Byeeeee!

-Abi xxxxx





Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Most Anticipated Releases for 2018!

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And with a new year comes a new butt-ton of book releases- that I can't wait for them to be released!
They range from next month all the way through to December, and I can't wait for any of them.

What I think I'm going to do is release them in order of publication.

1. Deception (Dark Matters #2), by Teri Terry
Although I wasn't the biggest fan of the first book in the series, Teri Terry still remains an auto-buy author and I continue to read her books. Thank-fully I don't have long to wait until Deception is released and I get to jump back into the sci-fi crazy world that Teri Terry has created. 
Release date: 8th February

2. Renegades (Renegades #1), by Marissa Meyer
Now, I don't know too much about this book, except for the fact that it includes superheroes, and it involves a girl and a boy working together. However one of them is after justice, and the other is after REVENGE, which ought to be interesting. Also, every book that I have read by Marissa Meyer I have loved, which is enough for me!
Release date: 5th April

3. War Storm (Red Queen #4), by Victoria Aveyard
Now, I have almost half a year to finish King's Cage, but rest assured, it is quite an intimidating book. Nevertheless, I shall read it, because I want to pick this next book up as soon as it is released, and as soon as I can get my hands on it. I have no idea what it is about, having not read the third book. But I'm looking forward to reading it regardless.
Release date: 15th May

4. Legendary (Caraval #2), by Stephanie Garber
To be honest, I was kind of happy with how Caraval ended. But if there's another book, I'm reading it. Also, Caraval was one of my favourites from last year, and it was because of the undertone of mystery, of not knowing what was real. My expectations are high, and I would love to see my love of Caraval continued in Legendary.
Release date: 29th May

5. Midnight (Skulduggery Pleasant #11), by Derek Landy
Release date: June 2018
At present, there is no cover for this. It was only a couple of weeks ago that the release date was revealed. I am now fully caught up with the series, and ready to pick up the next one when it's released in June. This is one of those that I will continue to read, and I feel like this is a global thing as well. There is a group of people that have grown up with this series. But whatever happens, I know the 11th instalment to this series will be incredible. And I can't wait for it to be released.

6. As The Curtain Falls, by Carrie Hope Fletcher
Although I'm not madly in love with the premise of this book, because it involves ghosts that were in love 70 years ago coming back to haunt people now, and a couple trying to conceal and save those ghosts before tragedy repeats itself, there is something about it being Carrie Hope Fletcher's writing, that her stories always involve hope as a general theme, and it takes place in a theatre!
Release date: 12th July

7. Songs About A Boy (Songs About A Girl #3), by Chris Russell
The third and final book to the Songs About A Girl. A tiny part is sad that it's ending because I love this trilogy, but a bigger part is desperate to know what happens to Charlie Bloom and all the other characters. I really have no idea how Chris Russell will wrap up this trilogy, but I cannot wait to find out!
Release date: 2nd August

8. Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3), by Cassandra Clare
Again, I haven't yet caught up with this trilogy, but since the release date is 4th December, I have some time at least. But even though I've only read Lady Midnight, I have a feeling that I will want to continue after Lord of Shadows because 1) of the amazing reviews that I have been hearing since it was released, and 2) I'll be caught up on the trilogy when I finish Lord of Shadows, so why should I continue? Looking forward to picking this up (even though it's released at the end of the year).
Release date: 4th December


So that is all I have for you guys today! What anticipated releases are you waiting for in particular? Let me know in the comments, so we can talk about it!
I will see you all on Friday, so happy reading, and I'll see you then!
Byeeeee!

-Abi xxxxx


Monday, 1 January 2018

January TBR (2018)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I hope you had a fantastic new year!
But now it's 2018, and with a new Goodreads reading challenge, comes another monthly TBR!
Here's my January TBR!

1. This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1), by Emily Suvada
So, I'm already about 50 pages into this, and although all the sci-fi is a bit hard to handle, like it goes straight into it, I already know that I will be continuing on with the series after this release. Just the attention to detail, and the world that has already been described to me has me biting at the bit to pick this book up after I've finished this TBR. One critic I have at this point is that you need to be concentrating when reading this, or else you'll miss something. More details, either in a wrap up, or a review.


2. Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1), by Laini Taylor
This is now the second book that I will be picking up in January, and so I have no reason not to have finished it by the time my wrap up is up at the end of January. I have heard a million times about Laini Taylor's beautifully poetic and lyrically style to her writing, and I can't wait to start this book!

3. Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1), by Kendare Blake
4. One Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #2), by Kendare Blake

I figured that I may as well re-read Three Dark Crowns, if not to get the full impact of the story, but to recap on what happened in the first story. Three Dark Crowns was one of my favourite books of 2017, and I'm hoping that One Dark Throne continues that hype, because One Dark Throne has had nothing but fantastic reviews.
This is one world that I cannot wait to get back into, and hopefully the second is just as good!


5. Stealing Snow, by Danielle Paige
I tried to read this a year and a bit ago, and there was something about the writing that I just didn't click with. Yes, it was cold, and perfectly captured what you'd associate with a snow white retelling, but there was nothing I could like about the book. I think, if I don't click with it this time, I might just DNF it. But as of now, I am giving it another chance to see if I read and relate to anything different this time.


So, that is my January TBR (2018)! Let's get the year off to a good start, and read some incredible books! And don't forget to let me know what you guys plan to read this month!
That is all I have for you guys today, and I will see you all on Wednesday, with my Anticipated Releases for 2018!
I hope you have a lovely day, and I will see you then!
Byeeeee!

-Abi xxxxxx