Book Review: “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard

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Hey guys,

Okay, so as you can see I have read and finished a book this year! My first book of 2016! That..honestly doesn’t sound so exciting, but for me, it is! I didn’t (nor did my mom) think that I would go back to reading books. I say it a lot, but I need to start reading again. I really do! Coloring and reading keeps me away from my laptop and makes me take a break for an hour! And I think we all need those moments!

I’m a bit off subject, am I? Sorry about that!!

I found this book a few weeks ago, at the start of the month. It was at Walmart at a reduced price of $9.34; the original was $10.99. I knew it was on my TBR list, but I didn’t think I’d actually purchase a book. I should have grabbed the second while I had the chance! It’s okay though, I’m borrowing my cousin’s Harry Potter books at the moment!

I think I should come out and say, I’ve never read a book or series where the girl is the hero. I’ve only watched the movies where it’s like that! I know, I’m bad! I was a bit worried if I would like that or not, but from the time I started reading I kind of got sucked into it.

The story is of Mare Barrow who is a Red. She lives in a small village called the Slilts with other Reds like her and Silvers. Mare lives with her family, mother and father and younger Gisa who works in the square and three brothers, all fighting in the war.

Mare has one friend named Kilorn and he has a sticky situation. His master has died and now he has no job and is being the next to send off to war, but she has the idea of being smuggled out of the village by another friend Will, who is a local merchant. In the mist of finding a way out, she meets Farley, an important figure of The Scarlet Guard, a rebellious group of Reds fighting for equality from the royal and noble Silvers. In their escape plan to work, things go absolutely wrong and Mare runs away to the river and meets a strange, but warm person who she tries to pickpocket before heading home. Instead of yelling “thief” for everyone to hear, he learns more about her, but she only learns of his name Cal.

Everything is divided by their blood. She has red blood whereas others have silver-metallic blood. That’s not all that makes them special, they have “powers” different abilities like the controlling of elements: fire, water, and some of them can do things to you with their mind.

The land is ruled by a Silver king, Calore Tiberas, who has the power of fire. He’s wife Elara, is a whisper, she can go inside your mind and tell you do things against your will. He has two sons, Calore is his oldest and heir from his first first wife Queen Coriane, who was a singer. They can sing their way into making things happen. Youngest is Maven, who is the son of Elara and also shares his father and older brother’s power of pyro. The king is holding the Queenistral, which is for the nobles to offer up their daughters to the boys. Evangeline is the biggest candidate to be chosen and gets a chance to show off her powers in front of everyone and in the mist, something special happens to the least expected person there: Mare.

This is a good sci-fi, royalty book. I think it has the essences of Game Of Thrones, The Hunger Games and a bit of X-Men too. Trust me, once you start it, I’ll want to find out everything that happens! Everytime I thought would happen, didn’t and I loved that! I was always second guessing myself and I felt Mare was like that too, especially towards the end. I’m still reeling about the damn ending! Ugh!

Have you read Victoria Aveyard’s debut yet? If you have, what were your thoughts about it?

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“Mini” Birthday Book Wishlist

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I became a reader in a very different way than maybe other kids. I’ve talked in my other blog posts that in school, I basically hated reading because we were never taught to read to ourselves, we were always reading out loud. And I was one out of like six people in the class that was a slow reader and stumbled on my words. In elementary, we were taken out of class to be read with a teacher aide or my aide in general. They would either read the story or we would do it, but sometimes we wouldn’t finish it at the same time as the rest of our class would and have to continue reading it the next day. The moral of the story, reading sucked! However when we entered our freshman year of high school it was pretty hilarious for us slow readers to hear our peers mess up just as bad when our teacher brought us the Shakespeare stories! Romeo and Juliet was a blessing in disguise! It was a bitch to read for every single one of us. I was happy that I only had to read that book once.

Speaking of freshman year, ironically enough the class that we would be reading Shakespeare and other classics throughout the whole year. It was also the class that got me interested in reading for once in my life. Our teacher told us during our first day of class. On Friday it would be our reading day. We had to find a book to read for the whole period. He explained in the past some of his students have fallen asleep in his class and he’d done almost everything he could without getting himself in a lot of trouble. The one story that scared me apparently was when kids did fall asleep in his class, that he’d grab a book from another student’s desk and slap it on that student’s desk or drop it hard on the floor so the blast was loud.  At this time, I had the same teacher for two periods at the beginning of the day back-to-back. So you can imagine the horror I faced if I never brought a book to read in his classes. It took me a couple of weeks to figure what I would like, because before I only rented books that had very little paragraphs and a lot of pictures in them. I think after a month I started to read nonfiction books like it was nobody’s business!

I even took two separate reading classes as an electives later on! I loved my Novels class, it was a nice smallish class and our teacher was amazing. I actually had another English teacher than the one I always had which was weird at first, but it was cool. In this class, we read a lot of classics like Frankenstein and Silas Manor. My favorite though was Night by Elie Wiesel. My second class was called Short Stories and I was back with my favorite English teacher but we had a large class. Honestly, I liked Novels better. I read a lot in school! I even read at home whenever I had a really good book. I was a bit surprised that when I graduated from high school I actually kept up with my reading, even getting into more mature book genres like erotica, which tends to scare everybody sometimes, but it’s understandable! I’ve almost completed my first ever series and I’m starting to get like favorite authors and I honestly didn’t think I would. I don’t think anybody in my family thought that either!

Now that I’ve said this, I’m sad to say that I haven’t been in a big reading mood lately. The last time I read a book was probably in June when I finally finished The Fault In Our Stars I think I only finished it so I could watch the film. Although I haven’t been reading, it doesn’t mean I didn’t stop looking for more books. Sometimes I wish I did, it would be a lot better for me! I decided to write up a wishlist because since I can’t get like iTunes cards at the moment, I would rather be given Barnes & Noble gift cards instead for either my birthday or Christmas.

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Before I get started on explaining all these books pictured above, I wanted to say that I have left out a couple of series. In the past, I’ve started the Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Evermore by Alyson Noel, and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead series but I’ve never finished them but I have been wanting to get back into all three of them. I’ve even deleted the film adaptions of VA from my DVR and forcing me to stay away until I’ve actually finished the first book. I need book two for both HP and Evermore, but I’d like to reread both first books before starting on the rest of them. Something that is kind of interesting to me is that i don’t like a lot of sci-fi/fantasy novels, but I’ve found quite a few lately that I’m willing to take a chance on some like Fallen by Katie Barber, The Scarlet Deep by Elizabeth Hunter, and Throne Of Glass by Sarah A. Maas. Getting through all of these books that I’ve mentioned in this paragraph alone would be an accomplishment.

While I was forced to read in my 9th grade English courses, I found a genre in the nonfiction that seemed to work a lot better than anything else. I love books about royalty, whether it was of real people or not, the concept of the lives of royals just made the happiest person ever! I have a real weakness of The Tudors and Romanovs eras, so The Rival Queens by Nancy Goldstone and Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie just kind of collided with me. I would like to read the Marie Antoinette series by Juliet Grey someday since I’m also a lover of that time as well! Three other books that talk about royalty even though the characters are made up, The Selection by Kiera Cass, Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen and The Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. Since we’re basically discussing about history in a way. There are a couple of books that are about historical people or things that happened in the world. Like, The Astronaut Wives Club by Libby Kebbel. I never got to see the last episode of the show based off this book. I had already planned on reading this book when I watched the first episode! The others are The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grisson, A Girl Aboard The Titanic by Eva Hart, Dear Abigail by Diane Jacobs, and Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood.

The rest of these are my “electives” if you will. I have a problem with finding a book and if it’s too expensive I’ll find another book to replace it and I think that’s why I’m including this next batch of books because I figured quite a few of these it’ll take me some time and money to actually get, so with that being said they are: Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse, Outlander by Diana Galabdon, The Rabbi’s Daughter by Reva Mann, My Soon-To-Be Sex Life by Judith Tewes, Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney, Matched by Ally Condie, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, Annie’s Ghosts by Steve Luxenburg, and .The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler. Now onto my last bit of electives in the erotica category: Tell Me When by Kaylee Ryan, Nobody’s Hero by Kallyspo Masters, Tempted by Megan Hart, and lastly Conviction by Nicole Edwards

I think I’m finally finished listing all of the books I’d like to get some time soon… I think I’m going to trying to wish on a flying star! So much for a “mini” wishlist! My bad.

55 Fun Writing Prompts

After this past week, our internet has been off for most of the week and on Wednesday I had remember that I saved a file on my laptop of a bunch of different topics to blog about and even though I couldn’t exactly publish it right away, I did work on a couple and saved them to when our internet decided to come back on. So yesterday, I had one of those thoughts about what if it happens and I want to write a story instead. I went on my Pinterest and looked on Google for different websites, Writing Forward helped a lot. to get some more writing prompts for a case of emergency. After I was finished, I put a tweet on my Twitter right before I went to bed and one of my fellow blogger friends, Talicha J. sent me a tweet this morning asking for me to share them. I went for ones with adventure/sci-fi/personal prompts. Those are usually my favorites and I can express myself fully. I actually worked on one this morning and I already have three pages of it saved on my laptop. The prompt I’m using for that one is a man pulls a gun out on you. I’m pretty sure I still have Thor: The Dark World flowing through my head because I’ve got a bit of Loki and Sif running through my mind, plus got a vibe of Selene from the Underworld movies. I couldn’t just made something simple, no, it has to be more complex than that.

  1.  Write a scene that starts with the word “blue” and ends with the word “face.”
  2. Write about the morning after the day she died.
  3. Write a short story where the main character has to face your worst fear and where the character’s nemesis is the hero.
  4. Create your super villain alter-ego.
  5. 22nd Century City.
  6. A woman with an axe.
  7. Write the following death scenes for your protagonist:
  8. 1. A peaceful death as an elderly person.
  9. 2. A violent death.
  10. 3. All alone.
  11. 4. By your character’s worst fear.
  12. Create a character that is a villain to both your antagonist and protagonist.
  13. Margaret Atwood was asked, “What will be the fairy tales of the future?” She answered: “Dark, those fairy tales of the future. But fairy tales have always been dark.”Make up your own fairy tale of the future. Or retell a fairy tale you know, in a future world as you imagine it.
  14. Write about a coffee spill that caused trouble.
  15. Write about the opposite of grief.
  16. Write about Number Four.
  17. Your antagonist  has four children, name them.
  18. Not all haunted places are houses.
  19. She had only seen dead bodies in photographs.
  20. Random First Line: “As the dream faded, she chased it, forlorn…”
  21. Write about the thing you wish you’d never seen.
  22. Write a story that takes place in a parking lot.
  23. Write a scene that involves tomato sauce.
  24. Write a scene that involves bumps.
  25. Write a scene that involves a milkshake.
  26. Write a scene that begins with something falling from the sky.
  27. Write a scene that starts with the line, “Darling, stop.”
  28. Fantasy: You have just stolen a dragon’s egg.
  29. Fantasy: You have discovered the fountain of youth.
  30. Travel: Write several letters between you and your imaginary pen pal.
  31. Travel: You are a passenger on the Titanic.
  32. Crime: Develop your plan for world domination.
  33. Fantasy: Create a terrifying, mythical beast.
  34. Science & Technology: You have been granted immortality and lived to the year 5,000
  35. How do you destroy a monster without becoming one?
  36. Animals: You have been changed into a cat, how do you convince your family who you are and how do you change back?
  37. Personal: You are blind, navigate through your typical day.
  38. Historical: How will this decade be remembered 100 years from now?
  39. Fantasy: You just found the warlock/witch’s spell book.
  40. Events: An apple falls from a tree.
  41. Fantasy: You have angered the Kraken.
  42. Crime: A man pulls a gun on you.
  43. Write a scene that captures a group meeting of Dead Anonymous (DA), a support group for people who’ve died and are having trouble accepting it.
  44. The Earth has been ravaged by war, famine, disease, and devastating storms. In less than a decade, the population has dwindled from 7 billion to less than 42,000. There is no law or order. The grid is gone. Everyone is struggling to survive.
  45. A man who sees ghosts checks himself into a mental institute, not realizing that the facility has been closed for almost 30 years.
  46. Choose a period of history and a place that interests you, and write a multi-generational saga about a family that lived during that era.
  47. A young girl and her mother walk to the edge of a field, kneel down in the grass, and plant a tree.
  48. A woman has three sons, all of whom are soldiers in a military that is at war. Within the last of three days, she learns that two of her sons were killed in combat. Six weeks later, there’s a knock at the door. When she opens it, she finds her third son standing there.
  49. A pair of baby shoes.
  50. A guitar pick.
  51. You have a chance to take an all-expense paid trip to anywhere in the world, but you’ll have to spend three months there.
  52. Where do you go and why?
  53. You’re flying somewhere–anywhere–but when your plane lands, you and the other passengers quickly realize you didn’t reach your intended destination. In fact, you’ve arrived in a strange, wondrous world that you never knew existed.
  54. There’s a guy sitting on a park bench reading a newspaper.
  55. And you thought dragons didn’t exist…

#FWF – A Demon’s Fate

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It was a bedtime story for centuries, about the creatures that would come out in the late hours of the night. They wouldn’t take any of your belongings, just your blood from your veins. As some children had their parents or grandparents make up stories using that child’s name in the actual story, we got told about the dark creatures that came out and you couldn’t do anything about them. The elders have the families tell their children about them because one day that might realize that not all stories are make believe. As the night were the moon is at its brightest are the nights of the legendary hunters. They feed on the weak and strong. They are very powerful and don’t like to take prisoners. Nothing can keep them away, unless there’s a child around that person they’re about to feed on. According to the elders that’s their one rule, is to spare the children. They elders’ theory is that they watched their family get bitten and drained and that was their punishment for the rest of their lives. They would have to be turned if they saw a child watching them. Once they talked about one who was detoxing from blood, upon orders from one of their elders, and knew he was killing a mother of three in front of her children and as the others of his kind were feeding of their victims, they heard three small screams and rushed to aide him. They found him with his fangs out dripping of their mother’s blood, instead of helping him kill the little children they put him out of his misery and took out his heart. The children stopped crying and were hushed to go back to sleep, but their queen came in too late and saw one of her kind lying on the ground with the women of the children. There was no father in the pictures of the house. Their queen had to make the decision of leaving them there or taking them along.

Our mother was killed that night. She was beautiful and wise. She had told us about the stories of the night creatures. Everybody knew they had fangs and drank the blood from their victims, but nobody knew they had a name of their kind. Vampires. As that night brings back sad memories for not only myself, but my brother and sister too. My name is Faye; I am the oldest and have been a vampire for ten years. After the night we were taken out of the house for good, my siblings and I were raised by one of the other elders of the vampires. Their hive was in a dark cave lit up by the beams of fire and sealed from the outside world as the vampires aren’t allowed to go in the sunlight. We were raised by a woman by the name of Celeste. She has been a vampire for seven centuries. As we grew up under her care, she told us stories of places across the oceans and the smells and tastes, of each country. We thrived on her stories as she only talked about happiness as to the stories we were told by our mother. They were awful, but very true. When it was time for my feeding, I was very scared because my scenes were very heightened and I couldn’t bear the screams of women and the cannons exploding and killing some of the family I had come to know after all this time. As the moon reached the peak of the night, the wind picked up and I embraced this new woman I had become to be. I killed my first victim that night and as I made sure there was no children in the house, the feeling of being haunted by a spirit scared me out of there before I was finished. My brother Auguste felt the same way, as we fed in the same house. As we ran back to the cave. Our elder mother had told us, we killed a couple in the very house our mother was killed in. We felt like we betrayed her.

My sister Anne was too small to remember our mother and how she died. She doesn’t get to relive the memories of a detoxed vampire draining the life out of her as we watched and begged him to stop. She fought back for us and then another vampire hushed us to sleep. We were told that Cassandra had been the one to make us go to sleep and pull the heart of the dying vampire. Cassandra was the one who saved us from him and brought us into their hive. Anne is the last to be changed into a vampire. She will have the same training as her brother and I had when we first fed on human flesh. The ceremony will be when the moon is at its peak, and the blood moon comes out. Once she feeds, we move on. We can finally move to another place and find new victims who hopefully don’t the stories of the hunters of the night. When Anne completes her training, we will be able to rule the colony together. It is a demon’s fate.