Friday, February 28, 2014

Month two of 2014 is OVER. Can you believe it? The shortest month of the year. Just drifted by. And before we're in March, why don't we review what February was like? :D


Books I read this month

Divergent by Veronica Roth (4 stars)
Unite by Jamie Campbell (2 stars)
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufmand and Meagan Spooner (5 stars)
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (4 stars)
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (3.5 stars)
How to Love to Katie Cotugno (3 stars)
The Polaris Uprising by Jennifer Ibarra (3 stars, although it deserves 5 stars for concept)
Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards (4 stars)
Daylighters by Rachel Caine (5 stars)
Peaceful Genocide by J.A. Reynolds (3.5 stars, but also deserves 5 for concept)


Breakdown: 7 physical copies, 3 e-copies

Total: 10 books since Jan 31

Average Rating: 3.7 stars


Reviews

How to Love by Katie Cotugno
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Mini Reviews: Bloodlines Series 1-3
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner [Late ARC Review]
Unite by Jamie Campbell
Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #1)


Wolfie Wondered

Scheduling
What the Point Was
Accuracy


Life of a Blogger

I discussed places I would like to live
I debated whether I was an introvert or an extrovert 
I made a list of some possible plans for the future

Blog Tours

Unite by Jamie Campbell [Excerpt and Giveaway]
The Polaris Uprising by Jennifer Ibarra [Excerpt and Giveaway]


Other

I made a list of ten books that made me cry
I wrote a scene from my novel-in-progress
I wrote a more fact then fiction story
I shared some music
I talked about how my writing was going
I made a list of ten books/series that will make you swoon
I posted another segment for my VWRP


2014 TBR Reading Challenge Wrap-Up


Progress:

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
Daylighters by Rachel Caine
How to Love by Katie Cotugno
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales


5 books this month +
1 book last month

Grand total: 6 books out of 21 books


In other news...

Trying to write more! Trying to read more. I want to teach myself some more html stuff. And other kinds of coding. I want to teach myself how to ice skate (might settle for some real classes, though). I want to volunteer. I want to be a better person.


Many things I want to do! Let's see how productive this next month is.

Have a great day, you guys!


-Wolfie

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Goodreads Summary

Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he's never seemed to notice that Reena even exists until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated-and pregnant-Reena behind.

After: Almost three years have passed, and there's a new love in Reena's life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena's gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she's finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn't want anything to do with him, though she'd be lying if she said Sawyer's being back wasn't stirring something in her. After everything that's happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?



Review

This freakin book. I have no idea if I love it or hate it. I think it's a little bit of both. Why's that?
Well, first off, it's pretty damn obvious where all of this was going. Me After You had basically the same premise (girl gets pregnant, doesn't get the chance to tell the guy before he leaves for years), and the girl from Me After You and the guy from How to Love shared the same name. So, excuse me for comparing them. They are different, obviously. But the similarities kept me from enjoying this one like I enjoyed Me After You.

In this book, Reena has a daughter and a boyfriend by the time Sawyer comes back. (Spoiler for Me After You: Sawyer, the girl, left her hometown after her guy did. Moved to Seattle and met her future husband. Her husband died a few years later and she went back to her hometown, only to fall in love with the guy who left. Typical.) Spoiler for How to Love: someone dies in this one, too. And for the record, why? I'd have understood if it was emotional enough to make me cry. But honestly it creeped me out because of what happened after. Someone dies, so you go for the girl you've supposedly loved all along? Errrr.... (This makes more sense when you actually read it.)

Strike one against Sawyer.

What was strike two? The drugs and making Reena skip school. I mean, come on, dude. I can deal with messed up. But I never got why Sawyer was messed up. The guy from Me After You (Honestly, I can't remember his name and I'm too lazy to look it up right now.) was abused by his father and he was not a bad influence at all. So when he left because he felt he wasn't good enough I was like, NOOO COME BACK. Sawyer from this book left and I was like, YOU JUST RUINED HER LIFE, DAMN YOU NEVER COME BACK. I get having a crazy crush, but she really should have been smarter about this. Maybe it's just me, but I would dump a guy who, not only uses drugs, but uses them in front of me. Just saying.

And strike three?
Well, honestly, he just kept hitting foul balls, but never stuck out. If that's the proper analogy for this. Because while I didn't like him in the Before part of the book, I couldn't help liking the After version of him. He was a little too cocky at times, considering what he did Before. But still pretty sweet and seeing him with Hannah was.. nice.

But then there was Aaron, Reena's current boyfriend. You know, the one who stuck around for her. (Me After You: Sawyer was going to stay with her husband, but he died.) So how does she pay him back? I'm sure you can guess. Again, I say, predictable.

But I'm a sucker for a great ending. And I have to admit, I liked this ending. Did it maybe send the wrong message? AKA: it's okay to be a teen mom because your parents will support a road trip with your baby when you're eighteen. Yeah. Didn't like that. Doesn't convince me that I shouldn't get pregnant before I'm at least an adult. (Me After You totally did, though. I mean, this is obviously something I knew before. But Me After You made that message a bit clearer.) But still an enjoyable read.

So because the book didn't say it: DON'T GET PREGNANT IN HIGH SCHOOL

Jeez.

Rating: 3 stars


Recommendation: For those who like contemporary. (And haven't read Me After You)

-Wolfie

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

This is a Wednesday feature for Writer Person. Here I showcase little writings that I have written and share what I've been up to writing-wise. The writings may be recent, old, relating to book I'm working on, or a random scene that came to me.

So I had no time to come up with anything for this week. I don't want to post another poem, either. So how about some VWRP?

What is VWRP you might ask? Well, it stands for Vampire/Werewolf Role Play. Sound familiar? Mayhaps you've seen the little page on my blog titled the exact same thing. If so, have you checked it out? Have you noticed the section saying "New"? That's because every now and then I update it. And while I might forget to update it right now, I will post a new section right here for you. Warning: The whole thing is pretty long. But if you read it bit by bit, it's not so bad. Be aware that it's also unedited and it was written by two thirteen-year-olds. And I wrote Kat's POV. Just saying.


VWRP


STEPH
He was kissing her hungrily and forcibly. He was hurting her. All of a sudden, I could somehow hear her thoughts and feel her feelings. *Steph please save me.* She couldn't take it. She never wanted to mate with him, EVER! She despised his every cell. He was going WAY too far.
"Steph!" She cried. Then Jared smashed his mouth to hers while he tried to rip her clothes off. Oh God. It was hideous. Well, not Kat. Jared and the fact that he thought she actually wanted to have sex with him, wanted him, wanted to look at him.
I ran he fastest I ever ran in my life. *I can't take it anymore!* I was coming to her as fast as I could.
I sprang at Jared. He staggered backwards and let go of Kat. He warped into a hideous wolf. Not that all Werewolves were ugly, just him.
He jumped and knocked me over. He leaped onto my chest and scratched angrily at me. My shirt was ripping to shreds, but every time he scratched me, it healed within seconds, so no real damage was inflicted.
I pushed him off me. And ran to him, my teeth bared. He pounced at me, but I countered the jump. I leaped onto his back and sank my fangs into his neck. I decided to let this be painful. I sucked up his blood. His terrible, foul, bitter blood. It reflected his personality. When I tasted no more blood, I withdrew my head from his neck. Jared collapsed to the floor, dead. He slowly shifted into a human. I noticed the two holes on his neck. The holes that saved Kat's and my lives.

KAT
Oh. My. Lord. Steph. He was so beautiful and graceful. So fast and efficient. I wanted to help. But then I wouldn`t have Steph like this. Yes, he was somewhat scary and cruel, but aren`t I sometimes? I`m part animal, he`s a bloodsucker. But we`re both human. Or at least the best parts of us are.
So I watched. In amazement. Loving him all the more. *I guess you`re forgiven.* I thought after he finished. He looked towards me. His eyes angry, dangerous, beautiful. Tears stung in my eyes. Steph would never have done what Jared did to me. Then I remembered. My clothes were all torn. I didn`t care enough to get up. My body hurt to much. Sitting up was hard enough. I couldn`t take it anymore. He was looking at me. I wanted him to come. To hold me. And even if he was lying, to tell me that everything would be okay. He walked towards me slowly, unsure. Tears streamed down my face. Would he still want me? After what happened with Jared? It hurt to think about it.
“Why would you think such a thing, Kat?” he said softly. I closed my eyes, tears still running down my cheeks. He got on his knees. Pulled me close. I wrapped my arms around him. Buried my face in his chest. Cried. He stroked my hair. Softly. Lovingly. My clothes were torn apart. My body violated. My emotional stability in ruins. All because of Jared. But Steph didn`t care. He loved me. He`d help me through this. “I love you, Steph.” I whispered quietly. Still crying. Still holding on.

STEPH
I looked at Kat. Her clothes were ripped, she couldn't move. I slowly walked toward her. Tears streamed down her beautiful face, causing me a universe of pain. she wasn't sure if I would still want her.
"Why would you think such a thing, Kat?" I got on my knees and pulled her close, so nothing would ever happen to us again.
She wrapped her arms around me and buried her face in my chest, and let it all out. I stroked her hair. She felt violated and unstable. All because of Jared. I hated him and was glad I killed him, but I felt like a murderer. It was a terrible feeling, but Kat felt worse. I didn't care about what Jared did. My love for Kat would overcome everything. We had an undying love. Nothing would ever change that.
"I love you, Steph."
"I love you more."

KAT
I fell asleep in his arms. Safe. Warm. Loved.
I woke up in his arms.
We were surrounded by Wolves.


-Wolfie

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!
This is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there's a new theme and bloggers from all over choose their top ten.

This week's theme is...

Top Ten Tuesday REWIND! 


Since I get to choose any previous topic I want, I choose..

Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon

 

I missed this one and I've been thinking about it ever since. So this is the perfect opportunity to do it :D

1. Any book with Adrian in it
(Vampire Academy or Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead)
Yes, this counts. Because he is absolutely amazing and if you ever read about him, you will thank me. He's ridiculously charming and he can be so dang sweet. Brooding artist? Check. *sa-woon*

2. Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine
This also counts. Because Shane is in every one of these. And let me tell you, he's got the bad-boy/tortured-soul thing going on. It's amazing, really. And if you're more for the sunshine-y musician, Michael's also in this series. 'Nuff said.

3. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
This has quickly become one of my new favorites. And part of it is the romance. Which means part of it is Tarver. And I must say, he's a bit harsh at times. Because they're trying to survive. But those times where he's unbelievably sweet and caring? Yeah. Good stuff.

4. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Ian is an old love of mine. Not even joking here. While my love for Twilight quickly faded, I never stopped loving The Host. Even though the first half is SO BORING, it was worth it for Ian. This is a guy who initially wanted to kill Wanda/Melanie. And he ended up falling for Wanda so hard. I love that. There's this one scene in particular I never get tired of. (Guess which one?)

5. Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
Adam is a new love of mine, as I told the author herself on Twitter. (That was a pretty exciting moment, especially because she replied!) And while it wasn't instalove for Chloe, it was definitely instalove for me. I don't know how you resist the misunderstood guys. Seriously.

6. Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
(Particularly the last two books)
Another misunderstood guy! And another Chloe. But here, the amazing guy is Derek. And I must say *swoony sigh* Apparently he's not particularly hot, but why should that change anything? He's still freakin amazing. I just wish I had a few more amazing scenes between him and Chloe.

7. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Another new love of mine. It took a while for Liam to make his way into my heart, but it happened. The romance wasn't a focus in this book, but it was still swoon-worthy. And that ending damn near broke my heart.

8. Divergent by Veronica Roth
FOUR! Again, the romance wasn't the focus. And Four wasn't exactly "nice." But STILL. I couldn't help loving him and treasuring every scene with him.

9. Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
Slightly more focus on the romance, but not much. Even so, those scenes with Cole were amazing.

10. Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
Last, but certainly not least. Will is a love of mine that I recently had to say goodbye to. Damn that prologue. That's all I'll say about that. But I loved him from the start. I treasured every single scene, every conversation, every witty remark, every stolen kiss. But if you don't go for that, there's also Jem. But I've always loved Will.


-Wolfie

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Goodreads Summary

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.








Review

Well I totally agree with that last paragraph in the summary. Just a few pages in and I was literally laughing out loud. I tried not to because I was in class, but I couldn't help the occasional chuckle. I mean, this girl. How the hell doesn't she have friends? She's funny and insightful and her MUSIC. I mean, SERIOUSLY. She could be my best friend. We could take over the world together.

ER, forget that last part.

All that being said, I could understand why people wouldn't like her. She's one-of-a-kind and people suck. People are mean. People try to step on those they feel threatened by. So while I can't believe she doesn't have friends.. I guess I can believe it.

Oddly enough, I love the fact that she's so antisocial. Like, she accidentally hooks up with the guy her friend slept with. I mean, come on. That's a pretty basic unwritten rule, right? But since she's never had friends, it's understandable that the rule never crossed her mind. And that whole situation annoyed me a bit. I wanted to like Char, really I did. And I pretty did like him. Until some comment Vicky made that basically confirmed he's a jerk and she should focus on Harry. That's all I'll say about that.

So what's the best part about this book? Hm. THE MUSIC REFERENCES, maybe. Or maybe the way it just gives you a new perspective on life. For such a short book, it's got an awful lot of insights. And the ending was pretty damn perfect in my opinion. But back to the music. That was obviously the main focus here - a love of music and the people who play it and the people who listen to it and the people who become the awesomest DJ in the history of ever.

Overall, I don't think I have any complaints about this. Maybe that it was too short. Maybe that Char should have been taken care of sooner. Maybe that Harry should've gotten more than a couple of scenes. (Seriously, I was shipping him and Elise so bad...) But this was honestly a great read. I've never been close to what Elise has been through, but I can relate to some level. And I don't know how I could have lived without this book.

Rating: 4 stars


Recommendation: anybody who remotely likes contemporary or music or self-discovery

As a side note: I love the name Leila. I have no idea why. And I love the cover - even (or especially) the fact that the pink letters spell love. I think that's beyond clever.

-Wolfie

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

This is a feature on Writer Person that is partially discussion post, partially question post, and partially observation post. It changes with my mood and whatever my pressing concern is.

Okay, so I'm back. Er, this feature is back. I'd like to thank Lakin for her comment. It was encouraging and definitely reminded me that the reason I do this in the first place is because I want to. Not because of anyone else. (But seriously, don't hesitate to comment. Say hi. Tell me what you ate for breakfast. Or, you know, actually respond to my topic.)


Today, I want to wonder about my accuracy. With what, you may ask? With my older reviews and ratings, particularly those on Goodreads. You see, I've had a Goodreads account for almost 4 years now. There are A LOT of books on there, most of them I remember pretty well. And some of them I just.. don't. And I see them with four or five star ratings. And very few of them have reviews, so I don't remember why I felt the need to give them that rating. And futhermore! I can't change it. Because I don't know what to change it to.

Especially since those higher ratings are based on one or more of these principles:

* interesting topic
* interesting execution
* gave me all the feels
* can relate to the character(s)
* too true to be anything else
* inspired me in some way
* so freaking beautiful

And with such a wide range for those high ratings... It's hard to re-rate them. But I'm a mission to try. Or at least sort them out somehow.

So my question to you:


How accurate are your older reviews? Do you feel the need to re-rate them? What are your standards for a five-star review? Have they changed over the years?


-Wolfie

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

This is a weekly meme for Writer Person where I recap my posts, what I've been reading, and highlight some upcoming posts I have planned. (I'm still debating a name change)

Posts This Week

Sunday - Unite by Jamie Campbell [Review]
Monday - Music Anyone?
Tuesday - Divergent by Veronica Roth [Review]

Wednesday - Writing Adventures #4
Thursday - The Polaris Uprising by Jennifer Ibarra [Tour Stop and Giveaway]
Friday - Life of a Blogger [Introvert or Extrovert]

Finished This Week

How to Love by Katie Cotugno
Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
The Polaris Uprising by Jennifer Ibarra 


Currently Reading


Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Peaceful Genocide by J.A. Reynolds
Daylighters by Rachel Caine (finally!)


Up Next

Illuminating Gracie by Lisa C. Temple
Across the Wire by Stella Telleria
Naomi Grim by Tiffany Nicole Smith


Look Out For!

Reviews:
This Song Will Save Your Life
The Darkest Minds
How to Love< Six Months Later The Polaris Uprising



Posts:
Writing this Wednesday (always a "hopefully"!)

And I'll probably be doing the Top Ten Tuesday this week


In Other News:

My writing is... coming along. Slowly. More info on this on Wednesdays.
My reading is... probably going to slow down. One, school is a priority. Obviously. Two, I'm running out of books. It's not an immediate threat. But once I run out - who's to say when I'll be going to the library? My parents tend to ban me from places with books I haven't read when they think I should be withering away and doing homework *sigh*
And other than that! Not much. Got a lot of reviews planned. I'm not sure yet how often I'll be doing my Wolfie's Wondering posts. But I guess we'll see!


Hope you guys have a great day :D

-Wolfie

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Friday, February 21, 2014

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This is a feature created by Jessi over at Novel Heartbeat. Each week there will be a non-book-related topic that we can discuss. This is to give us a chance to get to know each other better(:
This week's topic is:


Introvert or extrovert?


Well! Ain't this an easy one?

Yes? No? Maybe?

Okay, I'm a contradiction. I'm just as likely to be loud as I am to be quiet. I'm just as likely to keep something to myself as share it with others. So what the heck am I?

Since I read, write, and generally ponder a lot. Since I listen to music loud enough that I don't have to listen to others. Since I generally stand outside of a conversation, quietly observing others like a creeper.

Yeah, I think I'm an introvert.

But I do have those moments where I'm loud and crazy. Where I say the stupidest things, by which I mean plain stupid, not even funny stupid. Because I'm not thinking, just kind of blurting stuff out. And I hate those moments so much. Which is why I believe I'm more introverted than extroverted. That's also what some informal quiz I took while writing this post told me.

I write to express myself. I don't care much about fame and status and wealth. Although I would like enough money to live comfortably. Make of that what you will. I like talking one-on-one to people, but I also love just hanging out with a group of friends. Because, you know, I'm a teenager and all.

And since I'm trying to keep these things short, I'll leave it at that!

As the helpful quiz reminded me, no one is entirely one or the other. So I can definitely be extroverted sometimes. But I'm mostly introverted (:


How about you? Are you more one or the other? Or somewhere in between?


-Wolfie

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Thursday, February 20, 2014


The Polaris Uprising by Jennifer Ibarra (Polaris #1)
Publication date: October 30th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Synopsis:

In less than seven years, eighteen-year-old Ryla Jensen will succeed her father as the president of Neress, a nation where all citizens are cared for from the moment they’re born. Fed, sheltered, even educated—every need of theirs is met.

The only price they pay is their free will.

Groomed since childhood to take on a role she’s not even sure she wants, Ryla’s only escape from the pressures of duty is her sister, Alanna. But when her eyes are opened to the oppressive regime her father built, she begins to question everything she’s set to inherit—and finds herself at odds with her sister’s blind allegiance to their father.

Torn between loyalty to her family and the fight for freedom, Ryla must decide just how far she’s willing to go to make a stand and risk losing the person she loves most in the world: Alanna.

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes and Noble

Excerpt

      “So what happens now?”
      “I can’t let him take the fall for this,” Ryla said, looking up at her. “I have to get him out, and I need your help.”
      Gates’s eyes widened, blinked back at her.
      “That detention center has the highest level of security—even under ordinary circumstances. And now it’s guarding the country’s most notorious prisoner… Ryla, what you’re planning is sheer insanity.”
      “So you won’t help me?”
      Gates was quiet for a long time. She issued no denial but offered no confirmation, either. Finally, she turned back to Ryla.
      “You want my help? Here’s how I’ll help: I’m going to give you some advice, and if I were you, I’d listen very carefully. Go back. Go back to your comfortable life, where you’re safe and you’re oblivious and you can pretend you never got involved with us. Too many things have already been set into motion, and this is bigger than any rescue mission you could possibly stage.”
      “You mean there’s a war coming. A genuine uprising.”
      Gates didn’t look at her this time. But Ryla knew the answer was yes. It had all led to this moment, even if no one had said it out loud until now.
      “You’re asking me to sacrifice him, then. He’ll be a casualty while Polaris gears up for the real battle—is that it?”
      “There will always be casualties, Ryla. Remember that.”
      “Maybe so. But if I have it in my power to save someone from becoming collateral damage, I’m not going to pass up the chance.”
      “So you’re going through with this? Whether I help you or not?”
      Up ahead, the camera ticked by.
      Ten…eleven…twelve…
      “Yes.”


Author Bio

Jennifer Ibarra grew up on a steady diet of books, Star Wars, and other fantastic feats of the imagination. Her debut novel, The Polaris Uprising, is the first book in a trilogy and mixes dystopia with family drama, romance, and political intrigue.
She lives in Silicon Valley, where she does marketing for a tech company and spends her time running, cooking, baking, and keeping up with celebrity gossip.
Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads




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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

This is a Wednesday feature for Writer Person. Here I showcase little writings that I have written and share what I've been up to writing-wise. The writings may be recent, old, relating to book I'm working on, or a random scene that came to me.


So I'm just renaming this feature to what I originally had. Sorry if that's confusing. It's basically the same thing. And this title is a lot more accurate.


So I've made a new friend. Her name is Ashtyn from Wonderland's Reader. I feel so weird for mentioning her, but I'm doing it for a reason, I swear! See, I was talking to her a lot over the weekend and we've made a couple of goals that I desperately need to accomplish.

What are those goals?

* Get some sort of writing in every day

*Finish a dang book, hopefully by the fall. I'm hoping before school starts again, even though it hasn't ended yet. (Even though I wish it had...)

How are these goals working out for me? Well.... I got a really good outline for my sci-fi. The beginning is totally different and I'm debating a name change to one of the minor characters. I have no idea why, it doesn't matter one way or another. But it does. It so does. So maybe a name change!
But, um, as for writing every day... Nope, I just have that outline. I'm hoping to squeeze in some old-fashioned writing during class. By old-fashioned I mean pen and paper, since I hardly have my laptop in between class assignments. (Sometimes I wish, though.)

And that second goal is up in the air, because I have several months to do that. But if I don't get started on the first goal, I may never get there. So I must write!

Because of a serious time crunch, I don't have any miscellaneous writing for today. I couldn't even dig up a lame poem, sorry about that.

But I can post one of my favorite poems!

Hope you enjoy it!

(Sorry if it's a little depressing o.o)


The Hollow Men

Mistah Kurtz—he dead.

A penny for the Old Guy

I

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom
Remember us—if at all—not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.

II

Eyes I dare not meet in dreams
In death's dream kingdom
These do not appear:
There, the eyes are
Sunlight on a broken column
There, is a tree swinging
And voices are
In the wind's singing
More distant and more solemn
Than a fading star.

Let me be no nearer
In death's dream kingdom
Let me also wear
Such deliberate disguises
Rat's coat, crowskin, crossed staves
In a field
Behaving as the wind behaves
No nearer—

Not that final meeting
In the twilight kingdom

III

This is the dead land
This is cactus land
Here the stone images
Are raised, here they receive
The supplication of a dead man's hand
Under the twinkle of a fading star.

Is it like this
In death's other kingdom
Waking alone
At the hour when we are
Trembling with tenderness
Lips that would kiss
Form prayers to broken stone.

IV

The eyes are not here
There are no eyes here
In this valley of dying stars
In this hollow valley
This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms

In this last of meeting places
We grope together
And avoid speech
Gathered on this beach of the tumid river

Sightless, unless
The eyes reappear
As the perpetual star
Multifoliate rose
Of death's twilight kingdom
The hope only
Of empty men.

V

Here we go round the prickly pear
Prickly pear prickly pear
Here we go round the prickly pear
At five o'clock in the morning.

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
Life is very long

Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

For Thine is
Life is
For Thine is the

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.





(In case you were wondering, yes, my favorite part is that last stanza. Actually, the whole fifth part. But mostly that last stanza.)


-Wolfie

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Goodreads Summary

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.


Review

I have to admit. This was pretty amazing. The world building was pretty great, even though I still have SO MANY questions. But for now, I'm good. I'm hooked. I can't WAIT until I can finally get my hands on Insurgent and Allegiant.


I really liked Beatrice's POV. Or, I guess I should say Tris. She is pretty kickass, in a way that's subtle at first. But as you read on, you discover that she's real. I had no trouble believing her personality, her feelings, her actions. She can be selfish just as easily as she can be selfless. She's human. And every now and then, that's pretty refreshing. She's not overtly pretty, as far as I could tell. But I'd love to have her as a friend. I feel like I could count on her. Is it just me?

Four. Oh my goodness, Four. I really admire Roth for this aspect of the book. Because even though I absolutely wanted Four and Tris to become something, that was just about the last thing from Tris's mind. I mean, sure, there's a few funny looks and weird fluttery feelings. But Tris brushes it aside. She focuses on what's really important. And while I was sometimes begging, PLEASE GET WITH HIM ALREADY. On the other hand I was like YOU ARE SO AWESOME. Because she doesn't need a guy. At all. But damn, is Four awesome. And I loved watching them get to know each other. That was the best.

What kept this from being a five might have been the plot. It was a steady pace and it kicked up at the end. But for the most part, it focused on the initiation and that's great, but it took up most of the book. And the whole time I'm wondering, is there a point to this? I was more interested in the subplot at times. Like, what's Tris's mother up to? How's Caleb doing? What the hell is going on with Erudite and why is it affecting Abnegation and Dauntless? And then the main thing: what's up with those walls, and what the hell is outside them? Why are we still in this initation process??

Don't get me wrong. I liked it. The fear simulations and the knife-throwing and the final test. The rankings and competition. The insight into Dauntless and a reflection of Abnegation. The subtle looks into what their society should be like, but what it's really like. I love that kind of stuff. And I want more.

Rating: 4 stars


Recommendation: Those who read dystopians. Or sci-fi. Or anything remotely cool (;

-Wolfie

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Monday, February 17, 2014

How unoriginal can I get?
Ain't that the question of my life the day?

So I didn't want to do two reviews in a row. And I haven't talked about music in a while. And I recently got a few iTunes gift cards and I basically bought all my favorite songs from my 2000s Indie radio station on Pandora. Have I mentioned that the freakin greatest radio station ever?

Yes?

Well, I'm mentioning it again.

For those of you who don't know, I love a wide variety of music. Which is why I'm such a fan of Pandora in the first place. I can't just make one radio, whenever I do make one. I have to make a whole bunch. And I have yet to delete a station. Soooo... yeah. I have quite a few stations. And while there were three or four I alternated between, that switching back-and-forth died a few months. Why? Because I went on a genre-radio-spree and made radios according to suggested genres: I got the rock, the alternative rock, today's indie, 2000s indie. You'd think, based on my love of rock and alternative, that one of those two radios would have stolen my heart. But alas, I gave up on them rather quickly.

2000s Indie is the only station I listen to now.

This has never happened to me before.

And I find it funny how shortly after I discovered my indie station, I rediscovered the world of blogging. And then found a bunch of indie books that I absolutely adore.

Okay, so I'm thinking of one in particular, but there are others I swear.

The point is-

I like indie. That's about it. There's no other point to this.

My favorite songs:

(They're not all indie, but I can't stop listening to them/singing them)
 
Miss Missing You by Fall Out Boy

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Armistice by Phoenix
Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis
Whistle for the Choir by The Fratellis
Counting Stars by OneRepublic
3rd Planet by Modest Mouse
The Call by Regina Spektor
Demons by Imagine Dragons
Ships in the Night by Mat Kearney

The indie books I hinted at earlier:


Flawless by Jennifer McGill-Sadera




What about you? How do you feel about indie books/music? Maybe even films?

(Though I know next to nothing about that last one)

Got any recommendations?


-Wolfie

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Goodreads Summary

United They Stand.

Seventeen years ago an entire generation of aliens were sent to Earth in order to save their home planet and integrate into the human population. Now, those aliens are being hunted.

Amery Jones is your typical teenager, except for the fact she is an alien and a member of the government’s secret Project Integrate.

When Amery’s best friend Lola is kidnapped in order to get to her, there is only one person that can help – the exceedingly annoying and charming Lochie Mercury.

Together, Amery and Lochie must put aside their differences and attraction in order to rescue Lola before it’s too late.



Review

So this is a pretty weird review to write. Because on one hand, I liked it enough to want to continue. But on the other hand, this wasn't a very good book. The idea was interesting, but the execution... Not my style, in the least.
 

The world building was... weak. I got the purpose of the project. I got why the project was important, I just don't think hiding aliens among humans and then revealing them out of nowhere is a good idea. Have you seen Men in Black?

"Why the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it."
"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow."

People freak out. I mean, hello! There's already people hunting the aliens! And THEY LOOK EXACTLY LIKE US.

Which brings me to another issue I have. The only thing that separates them from us is some star-shaped birth mark on their wrist. How is that noticeable, or a problem? Do people not have tattoos? Have not a bunch of human cultures done exactly that? Why would people be suspicious when they see that? Why can't she explain it as a weird family thing? It's just a star, right?

What I did like was the way Lochie and Amery hated each other. But it was SO OBVIOUS that he was holding back his feelings for her. It was SO OBVIOUS that they were going to end up together. But I liked them together. So it was okay. That was fine.

Which brings me to my final issue: the way this story was told. Which is a big-y for me, but not as much as it usually is. See, Amery did not sound like a real person to me. She seemed really forced and everything that happened seemed forced and there were probably easier ways to get the story moving, but instead it was complicated and totally not... natural. It didn't flow. Which is a major turn off.

So why do I want to continue? I have no freaking idea. Honestly. I guess I'm interested to see what happens? But I'm not dying to find out or anything. 

Rating: 2 stars


Recommendation: for those who want a sci-fi, but don't expect too much


-Wolfie

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

This is a weekly meme for Writer Person where I recap my posts, what I've been reading, and highlight some upcoming posts I have planned. (I'm still debating a name change)

Posts This Week

Sunday - Wolfie's Wondering: What's the Point?
Monday - Bloodlines Series (Mini Reviews Books 1-3)
Tuesday -The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead (Review)

Wednesday -Today is the Day I Write: A More Fact than Fiction Story
Thursday - Life of a Blogger: Plans for the Future
Friday -These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Late ARC Review)

Finished This Week

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken


Currently Reading

How to Love by Katie Cotugno
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Polaris Uprising by Jennifer Ibarra


Up Next

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Peaceful Genocide by J.A. Reynolds



Look Out For!

Reviews:
This Song Will Save Your Life
Divergent
Unite


Posts:
Writing this Wednesday (hopefully!)


In Other News:

I'm clearing out my TBR shelf on Goodreads!
I went from 832 books down to 700!
I'm still not done, but that's a hell of an improvement, if you ask me (:
 
I'm also back to writing the novel I was trying to write during NaNoWriMo. I'm starting over (again) and now everything is changing! So that's exciting, right!?

Hope you guys have a great day :D

-Wolfie

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Goodreads Summary

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.



A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

Review

I know, I know. This book came out back in December. And I'm reviewing the ARC. I won it in a contest and didn't get it until the release date was already upon me. So I kind of kept pushing it aside, hoping I would get the finished copy soon. But since that didn't happen soon enough, I just went ahead and read the ARC. And now I'm reviewing it, because I'm too impatient to share my feelings.

This is easily one of my new favorite books. I'm not even kidding. Sci-fi has to be my favorite genre, both reading and writing. Not sure if I love it because I write it or I write it because I love it. But I do know that I think of each sci-fi I read as a lesson: this is how you world build, this is how you character build, this is how you get the plot moving, and this is how everything moves along naturally, without seeming forced.

My lessons here: 


1. World building
I mean, it's incredible. They are stuck on this unknown planet the whole time. This is beyond world building. It's freaking universe building. Which is incredible in and of itself. Yes, they got the setting down, and that was cool. But somehow, these two women managed to get every important fact about the rest of the universe. Notice that I don't say every single detail. They don't give us that. But what they do is this: we're stuck on this planet, so let us reminisce in a way that is totally natural.

2. Character interaction and point of view
One of my favorite things to write is scenes from different points of view. Same scene, different eyes seeing it. Or an overlap of some sort. And that's exactly what happened here. Every chapter alternated between Tarver and Lilac. Sometimes the scene overlapped, or at least their trains of thought. So it never seemed disjointed and random. It picked up where it left off, even if it wasn't necessarily the next second. If that makes sense. It was really pretty cool, looking back on it.
And that dialogue. Seriously, I fear I can never be a good writer because my dialogue can be pretty crappy. This puts me to shame. Everything seemed so natural, so believable.

3. Plot development/twist
So lately I've been saying how I predicted this and that and I totally saw that coming.
This was not one of those. Sure, I predicted the romance. But the whispers? Why the planet seemed to be terraformed but was abandoned? I was stumped. And I loved it, because it kept me reading. I could not put it down.

4. Get the reader emotionally invovled
So something happened at the end that is USUALLY UNACCEPTABLE. I'll admit it: it's a bit of a sellout move. Like, oh shit we didn't actually mean that *magically fixes the situation*. But all I have to say was: I was freaked out. I literally had to skip ahead and make sure what had just happened really didn't happen. I was almost in tears. Seriously. This is why sci-fi is great. You can DO this, if you do it right. I want to do that to people - do something almost unacceptable but not have them care because THANK GOD THAT WORKED OUT.

If I can't follow through with shocking them completely and leaving them torn apart because dammit that really happened (Jennifer Sadera - Flawless), then I at least want to pull this off.


Rating: 5 stars


Recommendation: sci-fi lovers. Even if you don't appreciate the character/romance aspect, focus on the fact that humans are colonizing on other planets. And what's inhabiting their deserted planet


-Wolfie

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