New URL coming soon!

November 1, 2012 § 1 Comment

It’s going to be a liiiiitle bit quiet in the next week or so. Why?

Because I bought a domain!

To encourage myself to spend more time reading and writing, I invested a little in a domain and some web hosting. I’ll be over ‘there’ working on it and in the meantime this place may get a little ghostly.

Happy belated Halloween, to all the North American-ers!

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Blogspiration (3): Disconnect to Reconnect

October 20, 2012 § 2 Comments

Blogspiration is a weekly meme hosted by GrowingUp YA & Saz101. The meme was created to help spark inspiration among bloggers, readers & writers alike. An inspirational quote/picture/video is posted weekly, on the day of the author’s choosing, so that it may inspire creativity, conversation & just a little SOMETHING.

 

I find this so amazing.

Disconnect to reconnect.

Really reminds us sometimes that we need to step out of the house, get off the internet, unbury our heads from between the pages of a juicy book and remember there are beautiful things out in the world. If anything, at least it’s liberating!

Blogspiration (2): Hemingway got it right

October 13, 2012 § 3 Comments

Blogspiration is a weekly meme hosted by GrowingUp YA & Saz101. The meme was created to help spark inspiration among bloggers, readers & writers alike. An inspirational quote/picture/video is posted weekly, on the day of the author’s choosing, so that it may inspire creativity, conversation & just a little SOMETHING.

Isn’t this just wonderful? Hemingway, you had it down pat.

I literally do not have words to describe how inspirational this simple message is to me. Write drunk; edit sober. I mean, it’s four words, but it contains an essay’s worth of talk. When you write, don’t let yourself be constricted by your worries, by your inability to write, by the plot bunnies or the writer’s block – just write. What you get down may be horrible because of your impromptu mind vomit, but once it’s edited? I get this feeling that it’ll be something special.

Write drunk. Edit sober.

Showcase Sunday: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

October 9, 2012 § 4 Comments

Hello and welcome to Showcase Sunday. Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here.

 

I know I’m late, and technically it’s Tuesday night, but I thought I’d share what I’ve recently bought and what I plan to read for the next week.

So, I’ve finally hopped onto the Jennifer L. Armentrout bandwagon! Late, I know, I know – but better late than never. I bought Half-Blood a few days ago and haven’t had the time to do much more than read the first handful of chapters but wowzah! It’s darn great so far and I’m yearning to find some quiet down time for me to really get stuck into the book.

The premise of Half-Blood (the basics that I know, that is) kind of reminds me of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, which I loved. I really enjoy fantasy stories that include mythology about gods and legends. I’ve also bought Armentrout’s first installment of the Lux series and so I have Obsidian waiting for me as well. Wish life would give me some slack sometime so I can hole up in my room to read! *Shakes fist*

I tried to get back into reading American Gods which has been on my TBR list for so long, but the story just isn’t sucking me in. I tried to read Flat-Out Love because I’d heard such great things about it, but the first few chapters are crucial for me. I guess I really have to push myself to hit my 100-page barrier, huh?

WWW Wednesday

September 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

In the spirit of WWW Wednesday from the Should Be Reading blog:

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

1. What are you currently reading?

Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park. I’m enjoying it so far, but I’m only about 20% in. I decided to pick it up because I’d heard a lot of hype over it and really (really) needed a light-hearted, feel-good romance book to calm my traitorous heart after reading Sempre.

 

2. What did you recently finish reading?

Sempre by J.M. Darhower. And oh what a ride it was! Deeply emotional, riveting plot, charming characters that are relatable – it was a high-rate book for me. I personally loved the tender relationship between Carmine and Haven and loved the DeMarco family.

 

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Probably Love Unscripted by Tina Reber. Heard so many good things about this book particularly after the release of the sequel! I’m not usually into contemporary romances, but this one looks promising.

So many books, not enough time to read (or review!)

September 25, 2012 § Leave a comment


So apparently I’m 11% behind! I’m so close, I can taste it.

ALoL: The Almost-Loss-of-Life Moment

September 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

So I’m adding another term in the “My Ratings” page. I dubbed it the Almost-Loss-of-Life moment, or the ALoL.

This is a plot device written by the author, in my eyes, to instigate drastic action from our hero or heroine. Think of this scene:

Heroine is shockingly involved in a life-or-death situation and ends up closer to death than life. She is teetering on the edge of existence and oblivion, and our Hero is agonized and in denial. He fights for her, terribly afraid to lose her, and in that particular moment realizes he is head over heels in love. When our Heroine wakes up, Hero declares his undying and unconditional love and Hero and Heroine waltz into their HEA into the sunset.

Sound familiar?

I’m not saying it’s completely cliche because I’ve read of some absolutely fantastic, well written and craftily placed and paced ALoL moments (read: Point of Retreat review). Most of the ALoL moments I’ve read, sadly, seem like the Hero or Heroine need to make cognitive leaps into their emotions and usually skip out most of the falling-in-love process.

Badly written ALoL moments are when our hero/heroine leapfrog from panting in lust to staring deeply into one another’s eyes and whispering “I love you, I adore you, I am yours”.

When these ALoL moments aren’t written well, it’s obvious and cringe-worthy.

Hence the ALoL… or “a LOL moment”.

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