Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#27): Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour





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Author: Nina Lacour
Pages: 384 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: May 15th, 2014
Status: standalone

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

This seems like my type of book. I've never read anything by Nina Lacour, but this seems like a cool story about a super smart, super talented girl who ends up falling in love with another girl that she never thought she would.

I feel like this book will be able to get me out of mourning period, and I feel like this will be a quick and easy read!

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi


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Author: Veronica Rossi
Pages: 341 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: January 8th, 2013
Received From: my public library
Status: Under the Never Sky #2

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death. Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first.

Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

Through the Ever Night was adventurous, action-packed, and thrilling! I enjoyed everything about it, and it made me fall in love with the characters all over again!

This story takes place literally right after the Epilogue of Under the Never Sky, where Aria and Perry reunite after months of separation. It's a wonderful moment for everyone, but that happiness that we all feel quickly plunders when all our characters realize that they aren't in the same place as they were before.

Aria and Perry get their relationship tested a lot in this book, and there was even a part where I thought they were not getting back together anymore. This story really did centre on their relationship, and how them falling in love has affected the people around them that they care the most. I really did like how Aria (for the most part) was the one with her head straight, with Perry being a little distraught after her departure; it's nice to see the boy moping around and grieving than the girl for a change.

This whole book did centre around finding ones place; the first book was mostly about adapting to new surroundings, while this book was finding a place in the new surroundings. It was a very relationship-based book, and I think the biggest relationship that got to me the most was the Roar-Liv ship. I didn't read the novella, but I was still sobbing like a baby at the end of this book.

I really did enjoy seeing Aria being a badass in this book! I cannot tell you guys how much I enjoyed that! She wasn't this meet scared Dweller anymore; she's a fighter and a protector. I really would've liked to see her punch Brooke in the face though. That would've made the story flawless for me.


I was really hoping for more information on the Still Blue in this book. We got some new information, and some very BIG serious information literally at the end about the Still Blue and one of the characters, but I would've liked more explanation. I remember in the first book I was like, halfway in the book before I realized what Aether really was.

But overall, this book was amazing! I think I'm going to have to do a Bookish Book Theory for Into the Still Blue (since I haven't read it yet!).

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

Monday, 28 April 2014

Blogger Life: Bloggers, I Need Help!



Hey guys! Sorry, but no Bookish Book Theories again this week! I didn't get a chance to set it up on the weekend (it takes a while, trust me), and I also need to READ books to make THEORIES, so yeah...and I'm behind on that.


I mostly spent the weekend sleeping, fixing my blog up (by the way, like the new template guys?), and setting up my Facebook page: http://facebook.com/sleeplessreads, where I will be announcing an Art of Lainey giveaway soon! SO GO LIKE MY PAGE! (PLEASE?).

Anyways, I decided to post this Blogger Life post for numerous reasons, one of them being a big secret that I don't usually tell many people: I don't know how to use Google Time Analytics. Which is  a huge problem. I made one when I first started this blog, but I haven't really been using it because I really don't know how to. I usually just rely on the statics given to me by my blog.

So, if anyone knows any good tutorials, PLEASE LINK ME! Or if you're very tech savvy, please feel free to tweet me and help! I really appreciate it!

That's it for me tonight. Tomorrow, I post my review for Through the Ever Night (which I swore I posted months ago, but apparently didn't).

Saturday, 26 April 2014

#MadWritersClub: Week 5 Update

It's time for my Mad Writer's Club weekly update...oh, and Christine will not be happy about this one!



Week Five: How much are you closer to your goal (hopefully, 1/3 of the way)? For those who are working on a novel, one month should be more than enough time to become familiar with a character. So, please introduce the main character, villain, or your favorite character~
If it’s not a novel nor do you wish to share your novel at the moment, how do you flesh a character? A villain?

Okay, so since last week's post, I have been out of my writing rhythm because I just hit a writing slump. Not writer's block, writer's slump.


I had reached the point that if I continued the way I was going, I would have been a little over the 1/3 mark by today, but I reached a number of problems:


1) I wasn't feeling any of characters.


I think one thing I learned in drama class is that to bring a character to life, you have to be able to connect with it. Of course, this advice isn't really in the same context, but it has a good point: if you love something, you'll totally be 100% committed to it. And I wasn't feeling any of my characters, so I wasn't really into it.


2) My plot was being revealed a little to early.


Originally, I had my story being told from a 3rd person POV, rotating between four of my characters: Rory, Seb, Imogen and Anna. Since I was doing rotating POV, I was having a lot of fun and really proud of myself because I was getting my plot moving fast. What I noticed by Chapter 6-7 was that my plot was being revealed a little too fast. I tried to keep going, reminding myself that I would fix it in revision/editing, but then I realized that since 'this' happened 'there', I had no room to reveal 'this' because 'that' ruined it. So, I went back (after a long moment of debate), and tried to fix it by adding a new part. It wasn't working. So I put it back to it's original state, but it wasn't working. My plot wasn't a 100% solid enough to make it to the climax. After this incident and talking to the awesome Michelle Madow, she told me it was better to fix it now than later on when it was finished, so I went back, and re-worked the plot.


After doing this, and watching a little documentary on Dr. Joseph Bell (I'll get to him in a later post), I realized that continuing with the rotating POV wouldn't be smart to do, so I ended up telling the story from ONE character's POV. His name is Seb.


3) I did a character interview with my now one-POV narrating character, Seb. That changed everything!

After doing the interview, I realized that Seb was more complexed than I imagined him/fleshed him out to be. When I first figured out my characters, I wrote character bios like Michelle suggested. But, when I did my character interview with my own character, I realized his personality brought something bigger to the story: hope. Seb is a character I still have a bit trouble of getting the hang of (I've only been writing him for a week), but he made me think of my plot as a whole and what his character meant in the entire story.


4) I realized that Seb deserved a better story line.


My original story line was, in a word, crap. It had too many holes, and it was written for another character who was supposed to narrate, Rory. She will be appearing in Seb's POV, but in a different way. After watching a documentary of my inspirations for my WIP, I realized that everything needed to be changed for Seb. So. All the characters I had planned to appear will still be in this version I'm writing now. Just, differently.


Okay so enough of my sad excuses. Week 5 is supposed to be about my characters, right? I bet you'd want to see my character interview, right?


Well, I'm sorry, I can't share that because that's a little TOOO spoilery! It contains a lot of questions about my character during the story.


But, you all can still meet my characters! All of them in fact. Ladies and gentlemen, fangirls from around the world, I would like you all to meet the characters of the Legendary series! You can check out my Pinterest board for my story on my account (click the button in the sidebar), underneath the WIP: VATH. :D


Note: the introduction of these characters are in order of appearance. There are non spoiler descriptions of my characters as well. 


The Narrator: Seb Cameron



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Born Lord Sebastian William Arthur Edward Cameron, he is the youngest son of the family, as well as the black sheep. Not only is he kind-hearted, Seb's very introvertive and enjoys non-upper class hobbies like photography. He prefers being called Seb, and works for Mr. Graham.


The Boss: Mr. Grant Graham


(Face claim: Ewan McGregor)


Grant Graham is Seb's very infamous and shady boss. He runs an equally shady investment company in Temple Bar, which employs very desperate, and sometimes questionable, people. He scares Seb a lot (which he enjoys to do), but pities the young lad. 


The Gatekeeper: Arthur C. Doyle


(Face claim: Eddie Redmayne)

Yes, that's right. My story features the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his struggle to fame. We get to see the mastermind behind the Sherlock stories in my own story. He was only supposed to be mentioned in the original draft, but now plays a minor (but important) role in the story.


The Inspector: Ben Blair


(Face claim: Jeremy Ivrine)

22 year old Benjamin 'Ben' Blair is the newest recruit of Scotland Yard, who is about to give Ben the chance to gain everything he lost back if he complies with his demands.


The Client: Rory 'Victoria Homes' Lochan



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Mysterious, charming, and heartbreakingly gorgeous, this 17 year old beauty is about to turn Seb's life upside down.


So that's it for my non-spoilery main characters. For now. My Pinterest can give you more clues about what my story is about.


Also, my friend, Haley, made some fan art for my story! Here's Rory and Seb: 



Aren't they adorable? Well, that's it for me. If you haven't noticed, I didn't really post who my villain is yet. It's a surprise :D



That's it for me this week! Hopefully, I'll have more progress than excuses next week!
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