Pokemon Go Book Tag!

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I. Cannot. Believe. This. Exists.

For those of you who don’t know, I am a HUGEEEE Pokemon geek, so I freaked out when I saw this tag and I’m so excited to share my answers with you guys!!

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So this is a weird one, but my favorite book when I was a kid was “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London. I read it so many times and I still have the horribly damaged copy. Like no joke, that book looks like it got in a fight with a mongoose and lost. (I don’t really know what a mongoose is but I feel like it’s the right animal for the job, in my heart.)

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I don’t have a Pika in game yet and it makes me curl into fetal position and sob at night. HOWEVER. To answer the question, I will always always always LOVE “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte. It was the book that introduced me to the classics and renewed my love of reading at the time.

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Definitely “The Twilight Saga” by Stephenie Meyer for me. As terribly written as those books are, I still found the first one to be super addicting. I probably would’ve finished the series if not for the twi-splosion.

Also, an open letter to Zubats: go away.

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One of my favorite series of all time is the “Shatter Me” series by Tahereh Mafi but it was soooo similar plotwise to everything else at the time. BUT IT WAS SO. WELL. WRITTEN! Love love love love love. Love. Love some more.

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I’ve really been wanting to read “The Bronze Horseman” series by Paullina Simons, but supposedly they’re bricks, and I’m terrified. Momma didn’t raise no coward, but… 800 pages in the first book alone?? *shivers*

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“Looking for Alaska” by John Green wins this one easily. I could not stop thinking about it for AGES. I would flip back and forth with the characters speaking to me in my head while I tried to sleep. WHY JOHN GREEN. WHY YOU GOTTA PLAY A GIRL LIKE THAT.

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Oh jeez, so manyyyy. I think my vote is for America x Maxon from the “Selection” series by Kiera Cass. (Which is a fantastic series, by the way!) Ugh, my heart. *swoons*

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“The Monster at the End of This Book.” HAVE YOU READ THAT THING? THAT THING IS INTENSE. You can’t deny it.

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Okay, so… I really don’t like series, as you may know. But does anyone else want more of “The Hunger Games?” Because I sure do. PLEASE MS. COLLINS, I BESEECH YOU!

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I expected literally nothing when I started “The Summoning” series by Kelley Armstrong, and I ended up being blown away. I thought the plot, writing, and character development were incredible. Those books are pretty darn close to perfect.

Pokemon-Tag12-Legendary

So, I have sinned. I haven’t read past book one of the “Mortal Instruments” series. *ducks tomatoes* BUT! BUT! I’m planning on it! I am very excited to read more of that series even though you probably would overfill the ocean with all of the hype and fangirling over it.

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I don’t care much for collector’s editions; however, I would loveeee a signed copy of “Angelfall” by Susan Ee. That book was the bomb dot com. (Look at my hipness. LOOK AT IT.)

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“My Heart and Other Black Holes” by Jasmine Warga looks phenomenal. I can’t wait to smell it– er, read it, I mean read it! That’s what readers do! No smelling involved. …Okay maybe a little smelling involved.

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Lauren DeStefano and I are soulmates, she just doesn’t know it yet. She is so boss. I love her creativity, writing style, premises, and execution. Rarely does Lauren let me down.

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In all honesty, I haven’t been waiting on anything that’s not already out or won’t be out within the next few months, so I’m going to go with a book that may or may not exist: I want somebody to write Romeo and Juliet x Fire Emblem: Awakening. Andddd go! (I beg you please write it ;-;)


Thank you guys so much for checking out this tag! I hope you enjoyed! I’d like to tag anybody who wants to take this tag on, because everyone deserves to have as much fun as I just did writing this.

Thanks guys! Read on!

 

 

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July Book Haul!

So… things got a little crazy in July.

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First there was Leviosa Con, and then there was a super awesome sale at Barnes and Noble, and then I found a bunch of awesome books at Goodwill…

Send help.

I spent ALL the money. All of it. BUT GUYS LOOK AT MY NEW CHILDREN OMG.

book2book1This set of twelve was from the Barnes and Noble sale. I got them, all hardcovers, for less than $10 each PLUS an additional 30% off. Them deals tho. THENNNN…

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14 books, all signed by their authors and personalized to me, from Leviosa Con!!!! I will treasure these forever. Finally…

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I got Fablehaven and Cinder from Barnes and Noble at regular price and got the rest at Goodwill, “on the cheap,” as the young, hip children would say nowadays.

I would give little descriptions of all of these but there’s like… um… *counts*

A lot.

So I’m not gonna. BUT. I hope you enjoy the eye candy as much as I do!! ❤

Review: “The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett” by Chelsea Sedoti

The first thing that happened was Lizzie Lovett disappeared and everyone was all, “How can someone like Lizzie be missing?” and I was like, “Who cares?”

A Red Raven Reads Review of “The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett” by Chelsea Sedoti

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-I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.-

THE STORY (Goodreads):

A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

THE GOOD:

I freaking loved this book. I was laughing, crying, and curled-into-a-ball-ugly-crying. (Lots of crying—happy and sad.) The author definitely wrote in a way that teenagers can resonate with (ignoring the beginning which made me kinda mad. Deets later.) It was funny, sparky, witty, and fresh. I enjoyed every moment and finished the book in one sitting. My lovely, precious lil book. WHO’S THE CUTEST LIL BOOK. YOU ARE. And Hawthorn. Kicks. Ass. I stood up and danced around at one point. I feel also that the book had important commentary to share concerning the world, expertly shielded behind a fantastic story.

THE BAD:

I really couldn’t get into the book until about the 20 percent mark, because the beginning sort of… flopped. It was super expositional and seemed to dredge along without offering much activity of interest. When it got going, it certainly got going, but I’m obligated to take this into account. The formatting and typos were difficult to deal with as well. But guys, real talk, the worst part was that this book couldn’t go on forever. I love Hawthorn so freaking much and I wanna hear every freaking detail about her wonderful freaking life. Loveeeeee. (I know this is the “bad” section but OMIGOD THIS BOOOOOOOOK GUYS)

THE CONSENSUS:

The second this book comes out, buy it. It was so flipping incredible. I literally want to cuddle with it like it’s a stuffed animal but it’s on my kindle. Plus, dang thing won’t hug me back for some reason. I DON’T NEED YOU ANYWAY, BOOK. I’m sorry baby I didn’t mean it like that, you know I love you.

BABY COME BACK. YOU CAN BLAME IT ALL ON MEEEE

THE RATING

5 stars. “Maybe. Probably.”

Musings: Dear Author, Write Fantasy

I saw a post the other day that really made me think. It was from an independent author who was contemplating writing erotica instead of fantasy because nobody was reading fantasy anymore. To you, dear author, I must ask: do not stop writing fantasy.

Why?

A simple question.

Fantasy has been a celebration of the underdog since the beginning. Fantasy concerns a normal person who becomes special in some way—due to being chosen or destined for some greater feat than existing in monotony. Fantasy thus becomes the greatest escape. Never have I been more sucked into a book than with fantasy—never have I felt more at home than when I’m among unicorns and dragons and fairies and elves.

Fantasy is for dreamers. Normal people have often scoffed at the visions that fantasy presents, discouraging make-believe and creativity for the sake of practicality and logic. In fantasy, these people are the villains of the story. Imagination and creativity and innovation become the key to existence in these magical worlds, these worlds far worse and far better than our own.

Fantasy is strength. It’s taking the demons of the world and defeating them through kindness and justice, intelligence and bravery. Fantasy is the power of good in the face of evil.

Fantasy is LOVE. It is a labor of CREATION and REFLECTION, a combination of SOUL and SPIRIT, a RAGING TRIUMPH, a RALLYING CALL, a FEAT UNLIKE ANY OTHER.

Fantasy is the inspiration of children and children-at-heart, the bane of evil, the bonds of the earth that keep us together, and the hope of millions.

But I must ask, dear author, if you no longer feel in love with the magic that you create: stop.

It has ceased to become magic the moment you doubt its importance and existence.

If you are writing for popularity, money, or fame: stop.

It has ceased to be magic the moment you ask it to furnish your home or feed your stomach with anything but the joy that it is.

However.

If you aren’t writing what you love… start.

And if you’re writing fantasy and you love what you do: never, ever stop.

It is the work you are doing that saves and enriches lives, it is the spell YOU are casting that makes people fall in love with literature, it is the wonder you weave that makes life a little less normal.

To you, dear authors, I must ask: do not stop.

Review: “Angelfall” by Susan Ee

“Ironically, since the attacks, the sunsets have been glorious. Outside our condo window, the sky flames like a bruised mango in vivid orange, red, and purple. The clouds ignite with sunset colors, and I’m almost scared those of us caught below will catch on fire too.”

A Red Raven Reads Review of “Angelfall” by Susan Ee

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THE STORY:

Earth is a shell of what it once was; smartphones line the pavement, houses are raided nonchalantly, and people are being cannibalized for their nutrients. Why? The angels.

The angels took over civilization and left humanity in shambles. We meet protagonist Penryn as she tries to escape from a swarm of angels, only to have her little sister stolen. Penryn now must cooperate with the enemy, a darkly sexy former soldier angel named Raffe, if she ever wants to see her sister again.

THE GOOD:

This book is a dark, striking, beautifully accurate portrayal of humanity. For a simple “young adult” novel, it proves itself to be anything but. It sinks its claws in and refuses to let go until you’ve stepped off the ride. The writing is immensely powerful, the tension is palpable, the gore is grotesque, and this book is a FORCE ripe with worth and meaning. I’ve never loved a character the way I love Penryn. Her situation is “done before” but unique thanks to mind blowing character development and a fascinating family history.

THE BAD:

I tried so hard to find something bad to say about this. Really, I did. But I can’t. I love every bit of this book, every single intelligently-chosen word, every touching moment, every heart-stopping bit of action. All of it. I am undeniably, unequivocally in love with this book.

THE CONSENSUS:

I loved every moment of this book and could scarcely peel my hands from my kindle. I am not a series person and I find myself drooling over the idea of the next installment of the series. MORE SHIRTLESS RAFFE, PLEASE. (And the book boyfriend saga continues.) Further, I couldn’t find any personal or objective faults. This book, in my humble opinion, is a masterpiece. I truly think so.

THE RATING:

Romance. Intrigue. Gore. Love. Loss. One INCREDIBLE story I KNOW will be stuck in my head for months. And a very, very easy, 5 out of 5 star rating.

Review: “Complicate Me” by M. Robinson

“You look beautiful, Alex,” Lucas whispered from behind me, his voice broken and torn.

A Red Raven Reads Review of “Complicate Me” by M. Robinson

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THE STORY:

It’s complicated. SEE WHAT I DID THERE? …I’m so sorry. In all seriousness, it’s a pretty typical friends-to-lovers plotline (at least from what little I know about friends-to-lovers plotlines). Guy and girl grow up together and seem to be in love from the very beginning, but everything has to be difficult (I mean, it is a romance) so they don’t get together, and they may or may not at the end.

THE GOOD:

Robinson is known for being the “Queen of Angst,” and damn, did this book ever prove it. I felt like I was twelve with my first crush again. Horrid, horrid memories. Thanks M. But this book was so well written for a romance—especially an indie romance. It surprised the hell out of me. The entire time I was just like YOU GO GIRL! THIS IS HOW IT’S DONE! I was freaking elated and addicted throughout the entire book. It was super awesome, and I rarely enjoy contemporary “adult” romances, but I definitely enjoyed this one (minus the intense, sobby feels).

THE BAD:

I feel like this book was missing something. Maybe not the book, but the story? I just felt kind of empty at the end instead of the emotion I should’ve been feeling. I also struggled a lot with the constant repetition of phrases. It didn’t seem lazy per se, but it certainly didn’t feel creative. I was definitely thrown a bit.

THE CONSENSUS:

This is simply a great romance and would be an awesome introduction to the genre. I mean, it kind of was for me. I’m definitely more of a YA girl, but this was a great “out of my cozy lil’ box” experience. I truly enjoyed this book and would certainly consider reading more from the series. However, it does have some flaws that are hard to ignore.

THE RATING:

This gets a 4 out of 5 from me, dawg. (Randy out.)

Journal: Leviosa Con Day Three, 7/10/16

The last day of Leviosa Con was undoubtedly the hardest. Knowing I would have to leave this paradise of books, authors, and fellow readers has continued to pull at my heart. I want nothing more than to go back, even as I write this now. However, I know that next year I’ll be right back first in line with an extra suitcase ready for all of the books I will buy.

Sci-fi Tropes in YA, my first panel of the day, was simply fascinating. Every author on the panel was perfectly selected for the job and I loved hearing each and every one’s thoughts on the topic. The panelists included Alexa Donne, Elizabeth Briggs, Stephanie Diaz, Beth Revis, and Axie Oh. Favorite tropes were discussed, of course, but the best part of this panel was the discussion on prejudice against women in Sci-Fi as well as the stigma against young adults who enjoy Sci-Fi. The panelists were clearly passionate on the subject, and I loved the cumulative “cry to action” to write more sci-fi and to embrace the young, female, Sci-Fi reader.

Inside the Publishing Process was probably the biggest letdown of any of the panels I went to, as it only discussed the basics that most of the audience was already aware of. The biggest fall, however, was that there was no time for audience Q&A, which was the part I was most excited for. It was insightful, but only mildly so, and if I could go back and change the course of the panel I would have.

The final panel of the day was probably the most informative out of every panel in the entire conference that I attended, and it was the Query Workshop. Carlie Webber, Joanna Volpe, and Suzie Townsend told us everything they could about querying, and I have never learned so much in such a short span of time. Format, structure, intent, creativity, comparative titles, readability, keeping an agent’s attention, and even horror stories were discussed over the course of an hour and a half, and I clung to every word. I ended up with a full page and a half of notes, and will treasure them for as long as I am a writer (therefore, I would assume, forever).

I learned more than I have ever learned before over the three days I spent at Leviosa Con, and I also had the most fun. I hope I can attend next year to get even more books and learn even more knowledge. I loved every minute, every second of this conference and I am so grateful that I of all people had the opportunity to attend.

Thanks so much for reading through this trial blog idea with me. I hope you enjoyed hearing about my experiences and an inside POV of Leviosa Con. Read on!

Journal: Leviosa Con Day Two, 7/9/16

The second day of Leviosa Con has been a whirlwind of elation. I got some pictures and signed copies of books that I will forever treasure, and have learned so much! Most importantly, the more I listen to these authors and agents speak, the more determined I am to follow my chosen career path of writing/publishing with my Creative Writing and Marketing majors.

The first panel of the day was “Booktube Tell-All” with Sasha Alsberg. Kat O’Keefe was sadly missing from the panel due to a family occurrence. Sending prayers your way, Kat! However, Sasha Alsberg is truly inspirational. She was so sweet and down to earth. She discussed hating the word “fans” and instead called us all her “friends.” She told us to be successful on Booktube, we need to be ourselves and show our passion for what we’re discussing. I loved this panel and everything that Sasha had to say. If I wasn’t obsessed with her before, I definitely am now. (And I got to hug her and take a picture with her and Lindsay Cummings!! EEK!! MY FRAGILE FANGIRL HEART!! ❤ )

The next panel, “Advice for Young Writers,” was probably my favorite panel of the entire weekend thus far. Lindsay Cummings, Stephanie Diaz, Sarah J. Maas, and Robyn Schneider contemplated the stigma behind young, female writers, and it was fascinating to hear the panelists opinions on the subject. The beauty of the YA audience was discussed: human beings struggling to make light of themselves, to understand the world around them, through literature and escaping into better worlds than our own. YA readers are voracious, they said. Tenacious and determined, and that’s why they wrote for the YA audience. This panel truly was a celebration of proving the villains wrong, beating the odds, and following your dreams. Never has an hour of conversation made me so proud of what I love to do until now. I even got my picture with Robyn Schneider, author of my favorite book so far this year, “The Beginning of Everything.”

Next, after lunch and some book buying, I attended the YA Fantasy Heroines keynote lunch. We were served a feast of chicken, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, salad, and baby carrot cakes and cream puffs. I definitely have a bit of a food baby now. (Worth it.) During the lunch, Alexandra Bracken, Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard, and Victoria Aveyard discussed the power of the female protagonist. It was feminist, it was uplifting, it was determined, it was encouraging, it was thrilling. I clung to every word.

The third panel I attended for the day, Career Planning 101, featured information on the publishing process, agents, and self-publishing versus traditional publishing. Certainly I am now aware that an agent is necessary for you to be the best writer you can be, and I loaded up on resources for writing and publishing of all kinds. It was truly fascinating to hear about the publishing process and writing itself from an agent’s perspective.

The next panel, “The World as Character,” primarily concerned world-building and setting. Katelyn Larson, Victoria Aveyard, Alexandra Bracken, Susan Dennard, Lindsay Cummings, and Roshani Chokshi were the authors selected for this panel, and I think the choices were perfect. The authors talked beginnings and the “fleshing out” segment of world-building, how to get to that point from an image. They discussed the escalation of story and how to reflect it in your world, setting research deadlines for worldbuilding, how to research world-building as a fiction reader, and to erase fear. This was probably the single most informative panel I’ve attended so far, and I adored it with every fiber of my being.

Finally, the panel we’ve all been waiting for… “Imaginary Boyfriends.” Oh dear lord yes. The panel featured Sarah J. Maas, Sasha Alsberg, Robyn Schneider, and Jessica Watterson. The panel talked tropes, and rambled about the sexiest guys in the book world. It was hilarious, if not very insightful; I loved every moment. Sarah J. Maas was an absolute riot, even with her husband sitting in the back of the room. I was literally crying from laughing so hard.

And with eyes full of tears from laughter, I got the rest of my books signed and headed back up to the room to get some much-needed rest after an incredible day. I’ve been having such a blast and am sad that it’s almost over, but this conference has definitely been worth all the money and struggle. It truly is the greatest thing I have ever been able to participate in and I am so grateful I’ve been given the opportunity. One day more!

Journal: Leviosa Con Day One, 7/8/16

The day started off with Starbucks and nerves. I couldn’t help but wonder how badly I was going to mess up—like I wouldn’t take the right notes, or my questions would be stupid, or, when I got my mountain of books signed, I would make a complete and total fool of myself.

All of those fears went away after the first panel.

These women were friendly, noticeably pleased to be present, hilarious, and so beautifully real. To meet people who have gotten you through the roughest times in your life with their art is an experience I can’t describe until you’ve had it yourself, but it has been beyond rewarding for me.

The first panel, “Pantsing vs. Plotting: How To Novel,” was phenomenal, featuring Kamilla Benko, Lindsay Ribar, Michelle Shusterman, Robyn Schneider, Susan Dennard, and Alexa Donne. It was amazing to watch how the panel shifted off-topic to deliver golden nuggets of knowledge. Every one of the panelists, minus two, were plotters. I personally would’ve guessed a more even ratio– my pantser roots were indignant. The primary discussion revolved around a debate between plotting and pantsing, and methods for each direction of novelcraft, as well as inspirational author quotes, the struggle of writing, honoring the book you wanted to write, various stages of drafting and revision, and gut instinct.

As for my favorite moments: I was thrilled to learn that, according to the panel, very few pieces of the first draft appear in the final draft. As I’ve been writing my novel I’ve personally struggled with throwing a lot away, and knowing now that I’m engaging in a common practice has lifted weight from my shoulders. “Failure is a part of your research.” Mind freaking blown. Finally, Susan Dennard ended the panel with a rendition of “Stay True to Your Heart,” which was the funniest and downright best thing I have ever had the pleasure to witness.

The next panel, YA Fantasy Worlds, featured moderator Kamilla Benko and speakers Victoria Aveyard, Sarah J. Maas, Roshani Chokshi, Stephanie Diaz, and Lindsay Cummings. (Holy crap those names are huge!) The panel began with the authors discussing their favorite tropes, and they proceeded to discuss the hope, encouragement, and frame for processing the real world that fantasy gives readers. For a long while the panel discussed the importance of the “chosen one” trope and their love for it, which I found to be fascinating, as I have never enjoyed that particular trope.

And that led to some of the most beautiful literary discussion I’ve ever heard.

The authors talked about hardships overcome through fantasy, powered by the “encouragement to keep fighting” and the inspiration of “a regular person being chosen to save the world.” It was a celebration of the genre, and it was truly magnificent to listen to the passion these authors have for their genre and craft. The primary bit of gold I gleaned from this panel was to focus on detailing the big picture to make an intimate piece of art that would resonate with readers. I know this tip will help me personally with my writing.

The third panel, “Ravenclaw Your Writing,” was all about accuracy, research, and creating realism through facts. As a Ravenclaw, I was in heaven. The panelists were Mary Elizabeth Summer, Alexandra Bracken, Beth Revis, Robyn Schneider, and Alexa Donne. This seminar frequently mentioned “it” and “the thing,” which was described as the part of your novel that may not make sense without research or explanation. For example: why isn’t “it” possible, and why don’t we have “the thing.” However, the most refreshing part of this particular learning experience (minus the ideas for resources in research) was the idea that “your story always has to come first.” In essence, story prevails, and while your world should be well-researched and your characters accurately portrayed, story is the most important piece to consider, and to make a reference to something that’s only barely plausible is perfectly alright if it’s for the sake of a better story.

The fourth panel was titled “Planning your Book as a Series,” and feautured Stephanie Diaz, Tobie Easton, C.L. Gaber, Michelle Shusterman, and Mark Oshiro. I was wary of this panel, being a fan of standalones and having never truly considered writing a series myself. However, after this discussion of the beauty of series literature, I may change my mind. An idea too big for one book is gorgeous, in a strange way. They talked about character arcs and how the ending determines the beginning, middle, and everything inbetween—for each individual standalone and the series as a whole. And, of course, they mentioned pitching novels as a “standalone with series potential.” My main pull from the dialogue was this considering if the story was REALLY done. If not? Series time.

My final panel of the day was “The Art of Critique” with Alexa Donne, Mary Elizabeth Summer, and Laura Ferrel. These ladies were clearly very knowledgeable on the subject but also were close friends and thus chatty and “clique-y.” It was a little hard to deal with, but I learned so much terminology that I previously hadn’t understood, if I’d even heard of it. Different types of literary relationships were discussed, as well as different types of work performed within those relationships, like copy editing, line editing, content editing, beta reading, editing summaries, and providing useful feedback and suggestions. As a newbie to the world of asking people for help, I was terrified to learn that critique exchange was critical to the development of a writer. But hey, at least I will know what the hell I’m talking about when I critique now!

The last events of the day for me were signings, and it was simply magical. Roshani Chokshi admired my nails and was adorably humble when I called her pretty (she looks like a supermodel, I kid you not). Susan Dennard and I talked The Legend of Zelda. Lindsay Ribar told me to never give up on my writing dreams. Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings said I reminded them of a character in their book, Zenith. Victoria Aveyard and I talked about earthquakes and moving and Wisconsin and Massachusetts. Sarah J. Maas was thrilled that her book messed with my heart. Beth Revis and I discussed Science Fiction. Finally, I told Robyn Schneider that “The Beginning of Everything” was the best book I’ve read this year (which is true) and she seemed so thrilled and flattered. It absolutely made my day.

As I write this, I’m getting a bit teary-eyed. When you dream of something for so long and it finally happens, the sheer joy is impossible to describe. It’s sort of like when I wanted a horse since I was 3, and the day I got my first horse when I was 12. It’s joy like that I’ve been feeling today. I can’t wait for tomorrow, to learn more about the thing I love most and to hear more from the people who have made such a beautiful impact on my life.

Review: “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas

“The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice.”

A Red Raven Reads review of “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas

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THE STORY:

Think a semi-erotic version of Beauty and the Beast and throw in some fairies. Tada! That’s the book.

We meet our protagonist Feyre (supposedly pronounced “fey-ruh,” but I say “fair” in my head) after she’s just killed a big, bad wolf—that was really a fairy. This breaks the treaty between the mortal and fairy world, and in exchange for the “wolf,” Andras’s life, she must give her own in the form of tossing away her life as a peasant hunter and living as a guest in the “beast,” Tamlin’s, manor. And sexiness ensues.

THE GOOD:

This book is beautifully written, focused, creative, romantic, nostalgic, and shows the excellence typical of miss Sarah J. Maas. All hail the queen! Concerning the romance, it was descriptive in a way that I totally wasn’t expecting, that was totally well done, and that I totally loved. Totally. It reminded me of experiencing fairytales as a child, and I adored every moment.

THE BAD:

Feyre is MUCH, MUCH better than Celaena, the protagonist from Throne of Glass, but she’s still… difficult. She’s naïve and kind of stupid, both traits that are difficult to appreciate, but at least she wasn’t mean. She’s likeable but her actions sometimes were just like… what?? You dumbass. However, I still liked and sympathized with the character despite her downfalls.

THE CONSENSUS:

A Court of Thorns and Roses is sexy, fearless, and spellbinding to the very end. It’s a book that will take you back to your childhood and throw you right into the here and now all at once. It’s a kind of magic that’s difficult to explain. I suppose you’ll just have to read it to find out. Wink wink, hint hint.

THE RATING:

This book earns every one of its four out of five stars. It was a great read, and even though I’m not a series person, I can’t wait for the next chapter of Feyre and Tamlin’s love story. I highly recommend this book to lovers of YA, fantasy, and romance that will take your breath away.