Book in Progress#1

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I close my eyes and inhale deeply. The smell of spices distract my nose and my taste buds are full of sea water. Once I know I’m calm I open my eyes again and point my gun at my target. Counting to three, I take off the safety and close one eye. My heart slows and everything stands still for a moment as my target picks up his newspaper and waves happily at a neighbour.

Before I lose all my nerve I press the trigger listening to the soft sound the bullet makes and the loud, ear-splitting scream that comes from the neighbour as Walter Goodwin’s mouth falls open and his body falls to the ground with a thump. Still. Motionless.

That, right there is part of chapter one of a book I’m writing. The problem with the story? It’s probably the only thing I sort of like out of the 5,000 words I’ve written.

This wasn’t the case back in December. Hell, I could get an idea for a story from a commercial and write a whole freaking story that I loved. But with this, this unknown story that doesn’t even have a name, it’s harder. I’ve always wanted to write a story about an assassin. But every time I try, I get stuck. Maybe I’m losing my love for writing (I’m really hoping this is not the case), maybe I  should just stick to contemporary, or maybe, I’m stuck because I know this story counts.

This is the first story I will send to an agent.

I hate almost everything about it.

Aahhhh, The joys of being a teen writer.

Book Review: The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris (Book Tour+ Giveaway!)

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Welcome to my stop on The Exemeus blog tour by Folami Morris and Abeni Morris hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule!

16189172The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris

Publisher: Independent

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: January, 2013

Pages: 337 (Ebook)

The Exemeus (The Exemeus#1)

Hyalee Smith is dead, she just doesn’t know it yet.

Her short life was devoted to love and to hate. Love of the man who stole her heart, hate for the man who stole the world. Murdered by the government she swore to destroy, she has been given another chance to make it right. But to save the planet, she needs the help of the most powerful mystic the world has ever seen—unfortunately he hasn’t been born yet.

In a world where fear is the only currency, Dephon has committed the ultimate crime:inspiring hope.

His only goal is to make it safely through ninth grade, but on a post-apocalyptic Earth run by the Treptonian government, it isn’t that simple. Heir to a legendary power, Dephon Johnson is the only threat to the government’s rule. And on Trepton, all threats must be eliminated. When hundreds of assassins are dispatched to neutralize him, Dephon is forced to fight back. His only chance of survival is to enlist the aid of the greatest warrior the world has ever known. The only problem is, she’s been dead for 13 years.

(My Opinion)
Most of the book is told from the perspective of Hyalee and her life on Earth while Dephon is just reading about her. The Exemeus
isn’t a bad book, but it is a bit on the mediocre/ mainstream side. The romance in the book has been done before. With the insta-love and everything that goes on with the couple, it gets very annoying. But I still liked the book with the many different types of magic, worlds, and love. The Exemeus is a (mostly) fun read that many people will enjoy.

It’s blind-fully obvious that Hyalee and singleton are in love. Many books have this type of insta-love that also shows the couple facing many obstacles. What makes me dislike the romance is that they feel the need to touch each other every second of every day. There is a line between affectionate couples and too affectionate couples. Not only this, but some of the characters are boring and dull. I especially didn’t like reading about Dephon and his sad, wimpy ways.

Usually, when I read a book, that’s in third person, it takes me a while to feel connected with the book and enjoy the writing. This isn’t the case with The Exemeus in fact, the writing makes it more enjoyable and tolerable of the romance. I love the idea of having two stories fit into one book almost perfectly. It also better that Dephon and Hyalee have a connection to each other. The ending is a surprise! I was not expecting what happens because when you think its predictable, it takes a sharp turn and you are left in the dark. I was only expecting about a quarter of what happens.

Jacqueline is an awesome character. She is so laid back and all hakuna-matata-like about everything. I love her and her blue tipped hair! This book isn’t perfect but the action and adventures Hyalee faces is worth the read. I recommend this to anyone who loves stories with different perspectives, magical beings, and a world full of destruction where the only hope for peace is far too young to understand.

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Album review: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop by The Maine

images (1)Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop by The Maine

Record Label: Fearless Records

Genre: Pop/Punk

Release Date: July 8, 2008

Songs: 13
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The Maine  is an American rock band from Tempe, Arizona. Formed in 2007. The band was founded by Pat Kirch (drummer) and Garrett Nickelsen (Bassist) when they were still in high school. Even though they’re from Arizona, the name Maine comes from a song by a very respected band called, Ivory. They got their name from their song, The Coast Of Maine (great song as well). The Maine have four EPs: stay Up, Get Down, …And A Happy New Year,  In Darkness And In Light and Good Love. And 3 albums out: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Black And White, and Pioneer. Members of the band are: John O’Callaghan (vocals), Jared Monaco (lead guitarist), Kennedy Brock (back up guitarist), Garrett Nickelsen (bass), and Pat Kirch (drums).

(My Opinion)

No one will ever fully understand just how much I love The Maine. They showed me what good music is. I remember when they just started out with their white van (that their fans got to sign because they’re so lucky!) and some of them were fresh out of high school. John was the crazy one who danced a lot (still does). Jared’s the quiet one who wanted everyone to do things. Pat and Garrett were the childish ones who always going wild. And Kennedy was the one who was very…weird, I guess. But I love them all because they make up my favourite band (plus all the people who have helped them along the way!) And the first song I ever listened to by them is off of this album and I swear that one song,  Into Your Arms changed my life.

A lot of bands start off with a pop/punk sound before they move in other directions. The Maine seems to end their album with a techno tune called, The Way We Talk. This is a very repetitive song that I rarely ever listen to because of how annoying it is. Other songs like, Time To Go and You Left Me have a lot going on too. While the use of different sounds isn’t the problem, what is, is the way all of them collaborate with each other. Most of the tunes in, You Left Me play on top of each other rather than with each other. There are too many sounds to focus on just one with songs like these.

Every song on Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop are light, playful songs. Everything I Asked For,  Into Your Arms, Whoever She Is, Kiss and Sell, and I Must Be Dreaming are all songs that mostly focus on romances and first loves that left you wanting more. The album jumps back and forth, keeping it interesting with songs, We All Roll Along, We’ll All Be…, and Girls Do What They Want that are more about fooling around, looking back at good memories and never wanting to grow up. I love the use of different instruments in We’ll All Be…, it sounds like a huge party and never gets old. John hits the high notes beautifully throughout this album while Pat keeps a steady beat that doesn’t overpower the tone of most songs. I like how the guitarists get a cool solo in This Is The End. I also like that I can easily distinguish the bass from the rest of the band. It doesn’t just blend in out stand out too much in most songs.

Overall, I recommend this album to everyone. My favourite songs are, Whoever She Is, Into Your Arms, This Is The End, and We’ll All Be… Even though it’s not perfect, it is a great album about first loves and good times that will keep everyone who listens reliving those memories that were made in their high school days.

4 awesome Treble Clefs
4 Awesome Treble Clefs

 

Songs On The Album

1. Everything I Ask For-2:38

2. We All Roll Along-3:50

3. Girls Do What They Want-3:16

4. I Must Be Dreaming-3:04

5. Into Your Arms-4:11

6. Time To Go-2:55

7. This Is The End-2:54

8. Whoever She Is-3:41

9. Count ‘Em One, Two, Three-2:46

10. Kiss And Sell-3:05

11. You Left Me-3:38

12. We’ll All Be…-5:46

13. The Way We Talk-4:14

 

Book Review: You Know What You Have To Do by Bonnie Shimko

16290037You Know What You Have To Do by Bonnie Shimko

Publisher: Amazon Children’s Publishing

Genre: Thriller and young adult

Release Date: March 26, 2013

Pages: 240 (Ebook)

You Know What You Have To Do

This quirky, appealing YA novel turns formulaic teen fiction on its head as funny, feisty fifteen year-old Mary-Magdalene Feigenbaum (otherwise known as Maggie) suddenly faces more than the usual typical YA concerns: a voice in her head that is telling her to kill people. Not just anyone—each time the target is someone who has done something terrible to a person Maggie cares for. You know what you have to do, the voice commands. Maggie struggles to resist, but the voice is relentless.

With rising suspense, this story of psychological horror introduces a narrator whose own unique voice and irreverent humor are unforgettable—an unlikely hero fighting a desperate battle against incomprehensible evil.

(My Opinion)

I hate when a synopsis mislead me and lie. I went in hoping for a quirky, fun read like it says, but instead, all I got was a very dark, slightly insensitive story about a teenage murderer. This is not a light or simple read. Quite frankly, I’m surprised I even finished it.

Maggie, as a character is very dull. There is close to no fight or feelings of remorse (that don’t feel forced and awkward) in the book. Every time the voice comes into her head, I waited, hoping that she would fight back and show that weirdo who’s boss! That doesn’t happen. Ever. She gives into the voice almost immediately and it really frustrated me. Also, Maggie doesn’t sound like, nor does she act like a fifteen year old. When I first started reading this, I honestly thought she was just starting middle school and not already in high school.She’s very petty and whiny, Bonnie Shimko did a poor job trying to get the protagonist to sound and seem the right age. I mean, I don’t even know thirteen year olds who would allow their parents to drive them to their first date. That is just so weird!

I hated how, for every new thing/person introduced in the story, there is immediately a summary or a bunch of facts about it. Although I don’t mind this happening a few times I cannot stand to have it right away for every single thing. Especially when it’s on things that are never mentioned again in the book. The ending isn’t much of an ending either. It just sort of stops and that’s it. It isn’t a cliffhanger, where she’s about to die or something intense and cool that leaves readers wanting more. It’s confusing and odd, I didn’t care for it at all.

Sadly, the only good thing I can say about this book is that I got through it. And I know that sounds awfully mean but even thinking back to everything that I like and dislike about this book, the like portion is nothing. I would not recommend this to anyone. It isn’t interesting, there is no fight in the protagonist that keeps me on my toes about what will happen next. Everything just kind of…sucked.

1.5 Clouds
1.5 Clouds

Weekly Update#2

What have I been up to? What have you missed on my blog? This is a weekly update of the new posts and books/album I’ve read/listened to. Click on the pictures to see my reviews.

Book reviews on my blog 

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Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions#1) by Louise Rozette

Eighth Grade Bites (Chonicles of Vladimir Tod#1) by Heather Brewer

Album Reviews on my blog

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Devil by Lydia

Other

 

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#19

Favourite Album Lyrics Of The Week#3

Books Read This Week (Pictures are linked to Goodreads summaries)

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Albums Listened To This Week

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Currently Reading (Pictures are linked to Goodreads summaries)

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Currently Listening To

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Favourite Album Lyrics of The Week#3

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My favourite lyrics from the albums that I’ve listened to during the week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite lyrics are!

Appeal To Reason by Rise Against 

ATRFinal Favourite Lyrics:

1. A hero of war is that what they see

Just medals and scars, so damn proud of me

And I brought home that flag, now it gathers dust

But it’s a flag that I love, it’s the only flag I trust
(Taken from, Hero Of War)

2. 1000 miles away
There’s nothing left to say
But so much left that I don’t know
We never had a choice
This world is too much noise
It takes me under
It takes me under once again
I don’t hate you
I don’t hate you, no

(Taken from, Savior)

Close The Distance by Go Radio

go-radio-Close-The-Distance-2012-album-coverFavourite Lyrics:

1. And did you ever dream
You were something great
That you changed a life
Weren’t so afraid
That none of the colors we know fade

(Taken from, The Ending)

2. Go to hell if you’re reading this and I’m not here
Take your someone else and let me make this crystal clear that,
That I don’t need your help and I’m okay by myself
You can go to hell

(Taken from, Go To Hell)

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop by The Maine

images (1)Favourite Lyrics:

1. Love is a luxury
She said “I’d rather be in love than dead”
But now it’s her, oh God now it’s her
She’s the type of girl who makes love… hers

(Taken from, This Is The End)

2. She could be money, cars, fear of the dark
Your best friends are just strangers in bars
Where ever she is, who ever she may be
One things for sure,
You don’t have to worry
She could be rainy days, minimum wage
A book that ends with no last page
Who ever she is, who ever she may be
One things for sure,
You don’t have to worry

(Taken from, Whoever She Is)

3. I’m falling in love
But it’s falling apart
I need to find my way back to the start
When we were in love
Things were better than they are
Let me back into…
Into your arms.
Into your arms.

(Taken from, Into Your Arms)

Devil by Lydia

Lydia-Devil-200x200Favourite Lyrics:

1. I really do hate that place
Because I think about her all my days
I’ve got to laugh it all off, laugh it off, baby.
She says, “Darling just shave your face, so we can be on our way.”
I might go my own way

(Taken from, Holidays)

2. She, she hates winter and apologies.
I found her swimming out in the sea.
You know, yeah, you know what I mean.
La da da da da da da.
But oh, I know where you’re going,
and no, no it’s not too slowly.
But you gotta tell me,
what’s it gonna be? Hey.

And she looked right at me, and said,
“God, I love how you say that.
Sounds so epic.”
She says, “all your friends will be waiting,
so just come back, back to bed.”

(Taken from, Back To Bed)

3. So if you have to think about it?
Just think about it real slow
We’re on a mission for the devil,
Even if it breaks some bones
It’s blue and red as far as I can see
I know you’re going to find that devil
But you’ll need some company

Happy are we, in our own world
Happy are we, bare bones my girl

(Taken from, Devil)

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#20

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris

16189172Favourite Quotes:

1. “Life isn’t about how long you live it, but what you do with it. When you have lived for too long and experienced so much, the lines between right and wrong, good and bad, begin to blur. Immortality isn’t a goal, it’s a temptation–a punishment.”

2. “But sometimes you have to sacrifice your life for the safety of others, even if you don’t know who those people are.”

3. “It is always better to die like a hero than live like a coward.”

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

51737Favourite quotes (There are MANY):

1. “An empty frame, in which the picture is always changing, makes a statement about how time is always passing. It doesn’t really stop, even in a single image. It just feels that way.”

2. I’d long ago learned not to be picky in farewells. They weren’t guaranteed or promised. You were lucky, more than blessed, if you got a goodbye at all.

3. I’d been doing so well, as far as everyone was concerned, for so long, that it seemed like it would be a failure of some sort to admit otherwise. As with so much else, I’d missed my chance.

4. I am not a spontaneous person. But when you’re alone in the world, really alone, you have no choice but to be open to suggestions.

5. “God,” she said, sighing as she pushed her hair out of her face, “doesn’t it seem, sometimes, that the whole damn world’s uphill?”

6. But that was the problem with having the answers. It was only after you gave them that you realized they sometimes weren’t what people wanted to hear.

7. “But if everything was always smooth and perfect,” she continued, “you’d get too used to that, you know? You have to have a little bit of disorganization now and then. Otherwise, you’ll never really enjoy it when things go right.”

8. That was the thing. You never got used to it, the idea of someone being gone. Just when you think it’s reconciled, accepted, someone points it out to you and it just hits you all over again, that shocking.

9. But it was okay not to fit everywhere, as long as you did somewhere.

10. It was weird, I thought, how much you could have in common with someone and, from a distance, never even know it.

11. Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, to how it holds you to a place.

12. “Just because someone’s pretty doesn’t mean she’s decent. Or vice versa. I’m not into appearances. I like flaws, I think they make things interesting.”

Book Review: Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles Of Vladimir Tod#1) By Heather Brewer

530848Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles Of Vladimir Tod#1) By Heather Brewer

Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: August 16, 2007

Pages: 172 (Ebook)
Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod#1)

 

Junior high really sucks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: his mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: he’s being hunted by a vampire killer.

(My Opinion)

Eighth Grade Bites isn’t your typical vampire story. There aren’t vampires trying to go ‘vegetarian’ or that kind of insta-love thing going on. Told in third person and mostly focuses on Vlad the half vampire who doesn’t know much about his vampire side comes a funny yet dark read.

The whole book moves a bit too fast for my liking. Because of this, the characters don’t jump out at me as much as I would like them to. They just go through the motions without lingering on the important topics and the friendships that go on in the book. Although this book is quite mysterious, the clues given are not. They are pretty mediocre and not exciting as they should be with a plot about death and family secrets.

Otis is an awesome character. He’s the kind of guy who is completely unpredictable. When I thought I had him all figured out, he does something that leaves me in the dark again. I like the writing style because even though most of the characters didn’t catch my attention, the writing is smooth and certainly did. Another thing I like is the humour. Because the book is somewhat funny with relationships between the characters that seems real and sweet.

Overall, Heather Brewer does a good job with this. It’s not perfect, nor does it start off on a great note, but I did enjoy it. I recommend it for fantasy lovers who love vampires. Or even if you’re looking for an innocent romance because the romance in the book is so sweet it broke my heart.

Three Clouds
Three Clouds

For quotes from the book click here.

Album Review: Devil by Lydia

Lydia-Devil-200x200Devil by Lydia

Record Label: Independent

Genre: Indie/Pop/rock

Release Date: March 19, 2013

Songs: 10
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Lydia is an indie rock pop band from Gilbert, Arizona that was formed in 2003. In 2010, the band took a year-long hiatus. Lydia has released five albums-This December, it’s one more and I’m free, Illuminate, Assailants, Paint it golden, and Devil.  Current band members are-Leighton Antelman (Vocals),  Justin Camacho (Guitar) Matt Keller (Keyboard), and Craig Taylor (drums, percussions). They are also, currently ON TOUR SO GO BUY TICKETS.

(My Opinion)

Lydia’s approach to music this time around leans more towards new territory. Comparing this album to their others, it’s evident that they are  branching out towards lighter, more playful music. Although it’s still clear that Hailey is still (and might always be) the inspiration for some of these songs, there seems to be a more vague sense of romance. Nonetheless, I love this album and I cannot wait for them to come to Toronto. And believe me when I say that you need this album on ‘favourites’ list.

Almost every song is amazing, blown-away worthy songs. And although I love their music and most likely always will, Lydia has added a few irritating things to their sound. One of these things is the whole, “oh woah woah oh oh’ bit. I’ll admit, for some songs, like, Knee Deep and The Exit  it helps and adds to it but for most songs it seems too over-used and forced and leaves me feeling annoyed. This is the case with, Runaway and Hurry Back Tonight. At first, I didn’t mind it but after two minutes of the very repetitive, “oh woah woah”  and, “come on, come on” I had to change it before my head exploded.

Now, onto the Happier parts of the album! Lydia is known for their exquisite talents of painting lovely, delicate, (yet somewhat a little dark) pictures with lyrics about romance, in songs From A Tire Swing, and Hurry Back Tonight,  battling your inner demons in Devil and Knee Deep as well as, of course, learning your shit like in Holidays. An example of the lovely pictures they can pain is with Back To Bed and how I literally feel like getting back to bed with my girlfriend and sleeping for days at a time. It’s a song that is full of playfulness and love with a hint of adventure.  The Exit, Devil, Take Your Time, Holidays, and From A Tire Swing start off with soft, mellowed out intros that work their way into a fast pace and into their listener’s soul.

Everything blends into each other, the guitars and bass compliment the vocals and the drums don’t over power the sound. At some point in Take Your Time  I fall in love with the guitarist and the unique sounds that Justin Camacho plays. I adore Lydia which is why I buy their music without having to listen to it first.

As always, a beautiful album made by a talented band. You don’t need to listen to their old stuff to truly appreciate their music and unique sound. I love all these songs but I keep getting Devil, Back To Bed, Holidays, and From A Tire Swing stuck in my head (which is fine by me). I would definitely say that these are my favourite songs and I recommend this album to everyone. Whether you mostly just listen to rap, pop, indie, punk, etc. Lydia will somehow touch your heart.

4.5 Beautiful Treble Clefs
4.5 Beautiful Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album

1. The Exit-3:37

2. Runaway-3:10

3. Knee Deep-2:55

4. Devil-3:58

5. Back To Bed-3:17

6. Holidays -3:38

7. Hurry Back Tonight 3:59

8. Now I Know 1:39

9. Take Your Time-3:24

10. From A Tire Swing-3:26