Saturday, August 11, 2018

Catwoman: Soulstealer Launch Event!






If you caught my review for MMGM this past Monday, you know that I have very quickly turned into an avid Sarah J. Maas fan. And I officially have the best mother ever, because she bought me and a friend tickets to see her in Philadelphia for her launch event! (!!!)

It was one of *the* best days ever.

We wanted to get down in the Philadelphia area early, just in case traffic was bad later. So we drove to King of Prussia, and walked around the KOP Mall for a few hours. The mall was so big, we actually got lost. :P

But, I'm guessing that you probably don't want to hear about my adventures in the biggest mall ever. So, ONTO THE BOOK TALK!!!


There's me, and my gorgeous friend, Amber. We were very excited, if you can't tell. :P



Sarah was very interesting to listen to. (I feel odd calling her Sarah, like we're on a first name basis or something. She has no clue who I am. XD) She talked about her writing process, played Kiss, Marry, Kill with her characters, and even brought along Taran, her adorable baby boy. (He didn't cry or fuss or anything, even when one-hundred or more people cheered.)

Sarah shared that she had the ending for her Throne of Glass series planned from the beginning, but it shifted slightly over the years. When she was in a cloud forest in Costa Rico back in 2013, she had a major breakthrough, and the last sentence of the series just popped into her head. And she cried. Profusely.

As I stated before, Sarah played Kiss, Marry, Kill--but with a slight twist. She played as the characters from Catwoman: Soulstealer, answering about the characters from her other books. (That was one of the most complicated sentences I've ever written. :P)


Kiss, Marry, Kill


Silena Kyle


Throne of Glass universe:

-Kiss Dorian

-Kill Manon

-Marry Chaol


A Court of Thorns and Roses universe:

-Kiss Rhys

-Also, Marry Rhys

-And kill no one, because she'd want to enjoy herself


Luke Fox


Throne of Glass universe:

-Kill Celaena

-Kiss Manon

-Marry Lysandra


A Court of Thorns and Roses universe:

-Kiss Nesta

-Kiss Mor

-Marry Elain


Sarah was also asked about which character from each of her books she would spend the rest of her life with, if she had to.


Catwoman: Soulstealer: Luke Fox

Throne of Glass: Dorian

A Court of Thorns and Roses: Rhys, Cassian, or Azriel



And which character was her favorite character to write, main characters off the table.



Catwoman: Soulstealer: Poison Ivy

Throne of Glass: Manon

A Court of Thorns and Roses: Nesta (with both Feyre and Rhys off the table)


Wow. That was a lot of lists. Whoops.

Also, for fans of her ACOTAR series, she's planning on releasing a spin-off focusing on Cassian and Nesta, which she hopes to release in 2020.

And for TOG fans, here are a few *slight* spoilers for Kingdom of Ash, below (because I know some people like those :P):

-There’s going to be a hidden Easter Egg somewhere in the book
-Fleetfoot survives
-The book is close to one-thousand pages long
-There will be an appearance by Nox Owen

This sum-up really doesn't do justice to how awesome of a time I had. Alas, this will have to do. :P

If you're interested in seeing any more pictures, you can check out my Instagram post

And wow--three posts in one week! I think that's a new record. And while we're on the subject of posting, I'm going to be on a small hiatus. It won't be long--I'll be back by the end of August--I promise!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Get to Know Me Tag// Writer's Edition

If you've been around the blogosphere for the past few months, chances are, you've heard of (or participated in) this Get to Know Me Tag. And guess what? I was tagged!!

(Also, you may notice that this is most definitely *not* a writing prompt. I was tagged on Saturday, and completed the tag on my lazy Sunday. It was supposed to go up this Friday--but yesterday was a LONG day (I'll elaborate in another blog post) and my brain was too frazzled to come up with something coherent for a prompt. :P)



Rules

-Link back to the person who created the tag
-Thank the person who tagged you
-Share the tag graphic
-tag eleven bloggers


This tag was created by the wonderful Savannah at Inspiring Writes

Thank you so much to the always awesome Danielle for tagging me!! <3

And most of the bloggers that I follow have already participated in this tag, so if you see this, and you want to participate, then go ahead and consider yourself tagged!


Vital Stats and Appearance



Name: Kara

Nicknames: Well, my name isn't one that really has a whole lot of variations and/or nicknames--but I do have one friend that calls me Mega-Nerd. :P

Birthday: I don't really like putting my birthday on the internet.
(Creepy people are real, man.)

Hair color and length: Brown, and it used to be close to two feet, but I cut it back to my shoulders this week
(Perhaps a new blog profile picture is in order?)

Eye color: Green

Braces/piercings/tattoos: No tattoos and no piercings. I have a retainer, if that counts.
(The byproduct of two awful braces-filled years.)

Righty or lefty: Righty

Ethnicity: Caucasian, but most of my family hails from Europe.


Firsts



First novel written: Eesh. It was about four years ago--and was about a girl who passes out and wakes up in another dimension. (The logic was *very* shaky. :P)

First novel completed: This past June, I competed my first novel, a middle grade fantasy.

Award for Writing: This past year, I won a golden key during the regionals for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. 
(That same story went on to win a silver medal at nationals.)

First publication: Nothing yet--but hopefully someday!

Conference: Again, nothing yet.

Query/pitch: I feel like I should just be copying and pasting my answer, because once again, nothing yet. :P


Favorites



Novel (that you wrote): Well, I've only ever completed one--but right now, I'm going to say my new WIP. The old one is being too difficult in revisions right now.

Genre: Fantasy all the way!

Author:
Middle Grade--Shannon Messenger
YA--Stephanie Perkins or Sarah J. Maas

Writing Music: Lately I've been writing to the Zelda: Breath of the Wild soundtrack. But my go-to bands/artists are Lindsey Stirling, OneRepublic, and Imagine Dragons.

Time to Write: Late at night--there are less things to distract me.

Writing Snack/Drink: Popcorn! It's my favorite snack in general--but I have to be careful not to get my keyboard oily, so sometimes it can be a pain. :P

Movie: Okay, there's no way I can choose just one, so: How to Train Your Dragon, Murder on the Orient Express, Incredibles 2, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, or Set it Up.
That was a lot. Whoops.
(I love Ferris so much. There's a picture of me floating around the internet where I'm wearing a grey T-shirt that says SAVE FERRIS. :P)

Writing Memory: Probably finishing my first novel.

Childhood Book: Anyone else grow up with Skippyjon Jones? Ooh--or Elephant and Piggy!


Currently



Reading: To All the Boys I've Loved Before, by Jenny Han
(Can't wait for the Netflix movie to come out!)

Writing: Another fantasy novel, and a few flash-fiction pieces

Listening to: Imagine Dragons, and Chuck Berry

Watching: The TV show, Bones (It's SO good!)
(Although it's a detective show, so if you're squeamish about bones and blood and, uh, killers, you might not want to watch it.)

Learning: Nothing much--it's summer vacation. :P But I am doing some novel research, so I guess that counts.


Future



Want to be Published: Absolutely!
(I have, like, zero backup career plans.)
(Whoops.)

Indie or Traditional: Traditional! It would be awesome to have a whole publishing team behind me.

Wildest Goal: To write a New York Times bestseller. Or visit Australia. A girl can dream, right?


Wow. That was fun!


So what about you guys?
What was one of your favorite childhood books?
And do you want to be a published author?
Indie or traditional?


Have an amazing week!

Monday, August 6, 2018

MMGM--The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas

Yay!! I'm back! Whooop whooooop!!
(You're probably not nearly as excited as I am. :P)

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The Assassin's Blade, by Sarah J. Maas




Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful Assassin's Guild, she yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes and questioning her own allegiance. She will have to risk it all if she hopes to escape Arobynn's clutches--and if she fails, she'll lose not just a chance at freedom but her life.

A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers readers a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling--and deadly--world.




My friends have been recommending these books to me for some while now, and I finally got down to reading them. And, Sarah J. Maas' books are SO GOOD. I am totally in love with her writing style! She concocts amazing descriptions and even better action sequences--not to mention the characters. *fangirls eternally*

After Arobynn Hamel--The King of Assassins--saved Celaena Sardothien's life when she was eight years old, he trained her and molded her into his protegee. Now, eight years later, she's known as Adarlan's Assassin, and is notorious across the kingdom.

But just because Celaena has a knack for killing and fighting, doesn't mean she's not a person. When it really matters, Celaena proves that she does indeed have a heart, even going to far as to teach a barkeeper, named Yrene, how to fight, as well as leaving Yrene the money she needed to get out of her bar job and to go the one of the most highly ranked schools in the kingdom. And Yrene isn't the only one that Celaena has gone out of her way for. She cares for her partner in crime, Sam Cortland, more than she would ever admit.

While Sam and Celaena might trust each other--and only each other--it doesn't mean that they always get along. They're almost equal in skill, but Sam had always been known as the "second best" while Celaena Sardothien is a household name. And although this sometimes causes some tension between the two, Sam respects Celaena, and risks his life to help her (on multiple accounts). Sam is snarky, dangerous, but has a heart of gold. (He just might have been my favorite character.)

The character development that Celaena goes through during this book is truly spectacular, as is the evolvement of Celaena and Sam's relationship.

Before reading this book, I was very closed minded about assassins--as odd as it sounds. (That was one of the most peculiar sentences I've ever typed for a blog post.)

I knew they killed people for a living and . . . that was about it. I never really put much thought into why someone was an assassin, or how they became one. I think that over my years of reading novels where the assassin is one of the Bad Guys, I (sub)consciously decided that assassins and protagonists were too different to ever be on the same side--but in the Throne of Glass books, they are one and the same. Sarah J. Maas has managed to shine a completely different light on what being an assassin means, in this truly one-of-a-kind book.

You can find Sarah J. Maas' website HERE and you can read a free excerpt of  The Assassin's Blade HERE

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Writing Prompt


Sorry there was no MMGM review this week. I had a very hectic weekend and didn't have time to sit down and write a review. I tried--but I just couldn't seem to do the book justice. But don't worry, I will be back this coming week with a review. :)

Happy writing!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Monday, July 23, 2018

MMGM--Mark of the Dragonfly

The Mark of the Dragonfly, by Jaleigh Johnson




Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields. 

The girl doesn't remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she's from the Dragonfly Territories and that she's protected by the king. Which means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home. 

The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year. And stowing away is a difficult prospect--everyone knows that getting past the peculiar green-eyed boy who stands guard is nearly impossible. 

Life for Piper just turned dangerous. A little bit magical. And very exciting, if she can manage to survive the journey.






(I have been planning on reviewing this book for quite some time. As in, I started writing my review two months ago, and then let it sit and gather dust before I finally came back and finished it. Whoops.)

One of my favorite things about this book is the re-imagining of the use of magic. In this book, magic comes from within a person and helps them in one area of expertise, instead of coming from a book of spells or magical potions. I have always been a fan of magic that is born into a person instead of the kind that is learned over the years.

Along with the magic-system, the world that Jaleigh Johnson has created is well thought out, and over all fun to read about. I can personally say that I would love to live in the world of Solace. (Although I'm not so sure I would want to take up residence in a Scrap Town, like the main character, Piper, does.)

After Piper is left without parents, she is forced to care for herself. Thankfully, Piper is an extremely talented machinist. To make her money, she scrounges around the Meteor Fields--often times with her friend, Micah--and repairs the gadgets she finds to sell. However, for many people living in Scrap Towns, finding objects to pawn at markets is their main source of income, which means the longer people wait to search for items--the slimmer the pickings become.

One day, Micah decides to risk going to the Meteor Fields in the middle of a Meteor Storm. Piper, being the loyal friend that she is, runs the find him. No one in the right mind would leave the shelter during the middle of a Storm, (except, you know, Piper and Micah) so imagine Piper's surprise when she finds an unconscious girl in the fields, named Anna.

 Anna was found as the only survivor of her caravan heading to Scrap Town Sixteen. To make matters even more difficult--Anna has absolutely no recollection of her life before Piper finds her. But don't underestimate her--even though Anna may come across as dainty and small, she is definitely quite the fighter. Piper, however, can barely make a living for herself, let alone another human being, so she decides to get Anna aboard the 401--a train heading out of Scrap Town Sixteen. But not everything goes according to plan when the girls are caught by Gee.

Gee is the security boy for the 401. He's been a part of the train's crew for as long as he can remember, and definitely does not tolerate potential trouble makers, ie--Anna and Piper. But under his tough exterior is a big marshmallowy heart of gold (because that's totally an expression). He often comes off as abrasive--because the crew that work on the train have become his only family, and he couldn't bear to let something happen to them. Because of this--he fiercely guards everyone on the 401, including--much to his disdain--Piper and Anna.

I read this book for the first time about three years ago. This was my first reread in nearly two years, yet even before I picked up the book, I could still remember the descriptions. I could remember how the food tasted to Piper on the 401, and I could remember Piper's pain after Anna was injured.

Now, if you've read my previous book review, I know what you might be thinking. Back when I reviewed The Lord of the Flies, I complained that the descriptions were too lengthy. So if you're sitting here and thinking "SHE'S SUCH A HYPOCRITE!!!" for now saying that I like descriptions--I have an explanation. Jaleigh Johnson's descriptions aren't long or over-the-top--they're just very well-worded. Her descriptions are also paired awesomely (if I do say so myself) with lots of high-action sequences that move the plot along at a fast pace.

This book is a perfect library addition for anyone who enjoys well written descriptions and amazing world building. You can find an excerpt of The Mark of the Dragonfly HERE and you can find Jaleigh Johnson's website HERE

Happy Reading!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Writing Prompt (On a Thursday)

OH. MY. GOSH. 

I forgot two weeks in a row!! What is wrong with me???

In my defense, I was binge-reading a Sarah J. Maas book yesterday. (How is she so talented?)

Well, here you go. Late for the second time in a row. :(

(You'd think that after being late the first time I would have learned.) *facepalm*



Catwoman: Soulstealer Launch Event!

If you caught my review for MMGM this past Monday, you know that I have very quickly turned into an avid Sarah J. Maas fan. And ...