Book Review: “Everything, Everything” By Nicola Yoon

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Blurb:

Risk everything . . . for love.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Review:

This book was definitely a quick read…and an enjoyable one at that. The chapters were short and sweet and kept my interests to read more. It only took me a couple of days to complete. I loved the main characters Maddy and Olly. I loved Maddy’s story. I could somewhat relate to her story. She felt trapped within her own home because her mother told her her whole life that she was sick with a rare disease that could kill her if she were ever to walk outside. It is set up with a diary feel and had email convos between the characters. I think people with short attention spans who can’t read long chapters with just all text would like this book. Teens especially would enjoy the read with the modern day technology and speak that goes on in the book. I can’t wait to see the movie and am excited to see that the girl who played Rue in the Hunger Games is playing Maddy!

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars!

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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Manga Edition by TokyoPop Review

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We were finally given a Disney live action version of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” on March 17, 2017. Now, Japan top manga novel publishing company (or one of them, anyway) TokyoPop has release a manga version of the live action version of the tale. But, that’s not all. They also published a version of the story being told by the Beasts Point of View. At Walmart, you can get both tales in one big book!

As many of you may not know, I am a HUGE manga/anime fan. So, when I saw this while browsing the book section of my local store, I got excited and decided to splurge a bit. Now, I can tell you that the spend was not wasted!

I loved the Beast’s story since I already know what happens in Belle’s POV. You are given a bit more background info on his history but most of it goes by the live action version that was recently released. The other characters (Cogsworth, Lumiere, etc.) were all close to the live action versions as well. If you don’t like the singing parts of Disney films, maybe this version will be your favorite.

If you are a Disney music fan, like I am, you could easily hear the live action OR animated version in place of the characters. The art is spot on, love Belle’s character in the manga version. Will we see an anime version coexist with the manga? Who knows! I would watch it if some top notch anime voice actors were in it…I could totally see Vic Mignogna (the voice of Ed in Full Metal Alchemist and Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club) as Le Fou or maybe Lumiere!

But, anyways, great job TokyoPop for and thank you for this awesomesauce version of one of my favorite Disney tales! 🙂

Gold star

Week 2 of The Artists Way

Okay, this week, I kind of forgot about The Artists Way and went about my day. Did not do any morning pages (I did say in week one how they weren’t working for me so I decided to do a sort of “art journal” thing and catalog how I was feeling via drawings and such. That sort of happened. I’m getting better at doing something pertaining to either drawing or writing everyday. More of the drawing part though. I need to start writing again, need to get book 2 done! 🙂

This was my Thrift Store find during my artist’s date. A CD player/radio jukebox! So, I can go completely offline to draw or write without using Spotify or YOUTUBE.

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But, anyway, this week was a good week overall. I will get better at them.

GOING SANE

In this section of the book, I learned about the meaning of spewing hatred to oneself. I have always went and said how I’ll probably never get this book 2 done. I’m actually outlining another book in another series right now…so book 2 of my published series has taken a break for a bit. I was about 25k-ish by the time I took the break. I have also doubted myself as a writer and author in one way, shape or form. I’m working on positives about myself.

POISONOUS PLAYMATES

I had this friend who used to draw a lot during school. She used to draw the most beautiful wolves. She is a mom now and uses that as to why she doesn’t draw anymore, even though drawing was her thing. I need to try to help get her mojo back when I see her next.

I’ve had tons of people tell me “Don’t let people get to you. You wrote and published a book! A lot of people wish they can do that.” I don’t know why but I took that in a bad way when they tell me that at the time, even though I shouldn’t.

CRAZYMAKERS

I’ve had tons of crazymakers in my life. But one in particular likes to dabble in every now and again. I’ve told this person that you have to spend money to make money in the business of published novels. That person just doesn’t want to listen. I can understand her point of view but I want to do this job as a living in the future. Deaths of family members also cause me to stray from what I love doing if the member was close to me.

SKEPTICISM

I have been working on this part for years because it’s been a big part of me my biggest thing I have said to myself was, “I am a small town, self published author with no contacts with any big authors to even get my foot in the door. No one is even going to notice I’m there.”

I cry after people tell me to just keep pushing and something will happen…and you know what I say back? “Yeah, after I’m dead!”

I’m a published author because I want to prove to kids that even if you have a speech impediment and a disability you can still accomplish your dreams. That is my goal from this project to be in that mindset.

ATTENTION

In my first book ReAwaken, I wrote about death in that book. I lost two good men (my grandfathers) during the time of finishing up the first draft. Those deaths are what, I guess, got me to buckle down and finish the story. I had the habit of starting, doing a few chapters and then losing interest and moving on. I regret doing that. Most author’s already have a ton of stories already written and ready to to edited and published and some even published more than one a year. I feel so alone because I don’t work like that. I have to work on finishing one story at a time. It took me 4 years to finish and publish ReAwaken. I don’t want that to happen to the rest of the series. I hope to get this book 2 ready and published by the end of this year so the readers don’t have to wait long.

Artist’s Way: Week 1 Review

Hello everyone! This is the end of week 1 of The Artist’s Way! Instead of doing a video, like everyone else I see, I will be blogging my journey. So, let’s go!

So, to start off. I found out the Morning Pages kind of works for me. I can’t keep up with remembering in the morning to write three pages. One of the days I wrote half a page. I may have to tweak it a little. Instead of a journal-type of Morning Pages, I may just do a art journal . Three pages of art on what I’m feeling for the day or something like that. I just can’t do writing real life stuff. I’ll do the other exercises though!

Next thing, my artist’s date was a success! I wasn’t totally alone since my mom had to drive me there since it was out of town. I went to Hobby Lobby to buy a couple of Calligraphy pens and a Calligraphy ruler! When my grandpa passed away 4 years ago I got his pack of calligraphy paper. So, I was recently interested in learning calligraphy. I also went to JoAnn Fabrics and got coffee and blood stain stencils for my journaling. When we got back home, I went to my local Walmart and got a Scholar/Prismacolor manga sketching set and Prismacolor pencils. 🙂

What I found out this week was that I have a new found love for drawing. I’m doing that more than writing! lol But I am outlining a book with my new book, “Tarot for Writers”. It is really fun and refreshing to outline with Tarot cards! I have my own Raider Waite Tarot deck.

So, that was my week one review! Hopefully next week I can do more stuff! Below are my artist’s date prizes! 🙂

 

Intro to “The Artist’s Way”

“The Artist’s Way” is a book created by Julia Cameron designed to help artists “get their mojo back.” It is a 12 week self-guided course and I have decided to take on the challenge. I’ve been having trouble with the darn thing called “Writer’s Block” I just haven’t been able to just sit down and write. My mind is always on other things. So, I think this will help me get my motivation back!

First things the author of the books asks you to do is something called the morning pages, or the “Mourning” Pages. Wake up 30 minutes before your scheduled wake up time and write 3 pages of nothing but a “stream of consciousness”.  Good, bad, anything that comes to mind. You do this every day before you get ready for the day ahead.

Next is to go on a “Artist’s Walk”. Take your “muse” or “Inner artist” and go on a 20 minute walk. I will do this every day unless it is raining or icy outside. Taking a walk can clear your head and give you ideas. If weather is bad, I will turn on my walking DVD (Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home) or turn on Just Dance. 🙂

Then, once a week, you go on a “Artist’s Date”. This is as important as the morning pages. You treat yourself to a day of, example,. going to an art store and buying new stickers or crafting supplies. Or anything that’s fun to you!

It kind of like NaNoWriMo in a way, committing yourself to creativity with a few surprises along the way. I decided to show you the contract you can sign to show that you are committed. And I will also show you my Morning Pages journal.

Well, anyways, that’s what I will be doing the next 12 weeks…bringing my mojo back! So, you’ll be seeing more posts on me  doing check in’s for The Artist’s Way and a few other surprises as well! See you then! 🙂

Happy 2017! A Time for New Beginnings…

Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new beginning.  ~Carl Bard

Hey everyone! Happy 2017! I know I’m a bit late into the party on saying this. But a lot has been going on since I last posted. One, I have started doing a thing called Omni Journaling, it’s an “everything” journal and can be anything. I use it a commonplace journal and sketch diary. I’ve been practicing my drawing skills as well so maybe…just maybe I can get started on some “ReAwaken” swag! 😉

But, anyway, things are rolling along with book 2. I am halfway to 50k (Which is my first big goal since “ReAwaken” was 2k short. This feels like it will be a bit of a bigger book, but let’s see. It’s at default margins at 100-ish pages so it’s probably close to 200 pages if I transfer it to the Createspace template.

I’ll give a sneak peek sometime on here and probably a mini slideshow flipthrough of my journals that I’ve been working on. I am working on a reading project and want to read ALL of Anne Rice books (Author of The Vampire Chronicles) by the end of the year. I’m starting with her smaller series “The Wolf Gift Chronicles”.

Well, that’s an update I wanted to give on what I’ve been working on. I know I’ve said it before but I want to shift my focus to the blog since it seems I get more organic traffic here than on Facebook so you could be expecting more posts in the near future. 🙂

Book Review: “Rebels : City of Indra: The story of Lex and Livia” by Kendall and Kylie Jenner

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Genre: Science Fiction

Blurb:

Kendall and Kylie Jenner, stars on the hit reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, present their debut novel—a thrilling dystopian story about two super-powered girls who embark on a journey together.

Two cities… Two girls… A shared destiny…

In a world of the far future, the great city of Indra has two faces: a beautiful paradise floating high in the sky, and a nightmare world of poverty carved into tunnels beneath the surface of the earth. Kendall and Kylie Jenner, the youngest sisters in the Kardashian dynasty, have written a gripping tale of air, fire, and a bond of blood.

Review: I kept on hearing so many bad things about this book that I decided to check it out myself to see if the rumors were true.  In regret, I found that they were in fact true.

I found out that the Jenner girls didn’t even write the book and maybe that made me pull away from the story. The title itself is way too long, as you can see. But I can overlook that if the book has a great story within…

It honestly felt like I’ve read this story before and after reading the reviews on Amazon, I wasn’t the only one. From rumors I’ve heard, they just put a bunch of random Dystopian ideas together and gave them to a ghostwriter. I feel sorry for that ghost writer because I felt that the girls should’ve also put that writers’ name on there as well. It was like they just plastered their names on a book that someone else wrote.

I know the reason behind the ghostwriter thing and why writers do it but I feel like it’s unfair for the original writer to not get credit on the cover. I’ve read the acknowledgements and know the ghostwriter is mentioned there but…who reads that part, really?

I stopped only halfway and got tired with the story after the “feeling I’ve read this before” part. So, I slowly skimmed through the rest. That feeling never ceased.

If the girls would’ve wrote the story themselves, and put their originality into it, this would’ve been a great story. But, alas, this story falls short to my expections. I’m normally very laid back on books such as these, since I’ve read Hilary Duff’s “Elixir” fantasy series and enjoyed the books very much.

Overall, I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars!