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I Hath Fallen in Love With French Literature...

Dear normal world where normal people live,

I come to you from a distant past where phantoms sing under opera houses. Where hunchbacks save beautiful gypsies. Where there are men in iron masks, and counts of Monte Cristo. Musketeers and all that jazz. I write to you from the world of French Literature (because I can't think of a better name for this land I have  fallen into).

I can't help but silently giggle like a fangirl when I read that above paragraph. Because it's true. My mind is in France.

My obsession with French lit. started a couple years ago when I read The Phantom of the Opera. That is probably my all time favorite classic book.

And now I just started  reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and I realized... I have had this unknown respect for French Literature for awhile.

The Frenchies were pretty creative, weren't they?

Okay... yeah I've only read one book and 30 pages of anything French, but hey, who says there's no such thing as love at first sight?

Stay tuned for more of my French adventure, I'm sure there's going to be more ;)

Clockwork Prince

First Line: The fog was thick, muffling sound and sight.

About: In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart. (Goodreads)


Author: Cassandra Clare

Pages: 528

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Review: I don't know how many series I'm in the middle of reading right now! It has to be more than five. 

(I regret nothing!)

I was actually planning on saving this lovely book for later, but after having an intense conversation with my friend Sarah on Team Will or Team Jem, I finally couldn't take it any more and got the book from the library. 

I read the first book (Clockwork Angel) last year and really loved it. Except for the whole demon thing. Now that I look back on it, I think I overreacted a little to the fact that there were demons in the book... oh well, my first book with demonic things, cut me some slack.

I kind of forgot what happened at the end of the last one (the downfall of reading too many series, you forget everything!) but I eventually pieced it all back together while reading this one. (Looks like someone [Me] has  a bit of re-reading to do :P) 

Ahhhh..... I kind of, sort of, loved this book... just a little...

Okay, a lot! 

Maybe even more than the first one, But I don't know, I still have to reread the first one. (Dear authors of series, maybe your readers would like it better if you try a little harder to fit your story into a stand alone... just a thought. [jk {But seriously}]) 

This book has those fangirl "feels" oozing out of the pages! 

Tessa, I don't blame you for being completely torn between Will and Jem. Quite frankly, I, myself, am too, ripping my hair out over what team I should be on. When I finished Clockwork Angel I was just barely on team Jem, but now that I know more about Will... Gah! I can't decide. I'm glad I'm not in Tessa's place. I was absolutely crying with every kiss...

Speaking of kisses... there are a lot of them in this book. There was also one giant awkward scene between two people (by awkward I mean slightly inappropriate) but I just skipped those couple pages. :P

But that ^ way probably the only bad part in the whole book. (And that strange thing with Magnus... but I won't get into that.)

I loved the plot, and the sub plots, and pretty much everything.

I totally guessed a couple of the surprises at the end... but of course, Cassandra Clare outsmarted my ability to guess endings with a total cliffhanger! Ugh. I might have to start Clockwork Princess before I was planning to...

Anyway. There are so many twisties, and since I can't give them away, I must leave you with this;

If you've read Clockwork Angel, but aren't quite sure if you should read Clockwork Price, READ IT!

Romance: Way more than the first book. I cried... several times. I just... I can't.... THE FEELS!

Violence: Oh yes... bunches! Blood simply everywhere! (mwahahaha)

Other fun stuff:

“We live and breathe words. .... It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt--I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted--and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.” 
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

*
“Ah,” said a voice from the doorway, “having your annual ‘everyone thinks Will is a lunatic’ meeting, are you? 
“It’s biannual,” said Jem. “And no, this is not that meeting.” 
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

*
“They’re not hideous,” said Tessa.
Will blinked at her. “What?”
“Gideon and Gabriel,” said Tessa. “They’re really quite good-looking, not hideous at all.”
“I spoke,” said Will, in sepulchral tones, “of the pitch-black inner depths of their souls.”
Tessa snorted. “And what color do you suppose the inner depths of your soul are, Will Herondale?”
“Mauve,” said Will.” 
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

*
“I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you.” 
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

*
“Jem is nothing but goodness. That he struck you last night only shows how capable you are of driving even saints to madness.” 
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince


(I'm fangirling here, reading these quotes! :D)

Recommended Age: 14+

Rating:
A giant five apples!

You can come anytime, Summer!

So, yet again I'm drowning in school... I feel like as long as school is going on, this pattern is going to continue.

I am just ready for summer. Maybe I will get a better routine, and better time management magically going during the summer.


This summer is going to be different for me.

Usually summer is choke full of 4-H and rushing around the fairgrounds. We hide from the world in our little 4-H bubble.

But this summer I'm hoping (for me anyway) to do more stuff. Less 4-H, more... other things.

For one I'd like to get a job. I've been talking about getting a job for awhile now, and think I can get one over the summer. I have as much money that the average high school freshman never has.

I also am planning to write my first draft manuscript. This month I have been outlining, and once May starts, I'll be writing like the wind. I hope to finish the manuscript in early September.

I'm making goals  which is good,I need them.

So now I wait, and hopefully miraculously pull through with my school.

P.S. I learned that the maximum number of blogs you can follow is 300. (who knew!?) And until I find a time to go through and delete some that don't have posts anymore, I'll have to put followering on hold for awhile. So if I promised you that I would follow you, then I am still going to, just be patient.

Pride and Prejudice... part 2?

Okay, so I have gotten some requests for more pictures from Pride and Prejudice. And because I'm so nice, I decided to do it. :)

Just note, none of these pictures are mine, so no stealering! (not that I think you would ;)

the Bennetts' 
The first ball scene 
This is one of the only pictures where you can see me... man, I'm short :P
This is some of the dancing. (the dance I wasn't in)
...more dancing
Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingly, Elizabeth, and the Footman
Mr. Collins and his "creepy smile"



The second ball scene
Kitty, Mr. Denny, and Lydia
The unknown romance between Mary and Mr. Collins <3 data-blogger-escaped-nbsp="">


more dancing

Mr. Collin's proposal 

Kelsey as Lady Catherine
Playing cards
Georgiana and Wickham in a flashback scene (hence the red lights)
Elizabeth and Mr. and Mrs. Gardener
Mr. Darcy at Pimberley
Lydia introducing her new husband... 
Lady Catherine and Mrs. Bennett
Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth... together at last! 
Yet another picture overload. Oh well, you ask for more pictures, you're gonna get more pictures! 

*Surprise Review!* Mind Games

First Line: (Fia) My dress is black and itchy and I hate it.

About: Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future. 

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.
In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost. (Goodreads)

Author: Kiersten White

Pages: 237

Publisher: HarperTeen

Review: I honestly have no idea why I chose to read this. I was scrolling through the new books at my library, and this one came. I had seen it a bit online, but didn't really know what it was about. I shrugged and put it on hold.

When I first got it I was scared to read it, because it was the exact size and shape as Eve and Adam (a book I really didn't like). So I decided to read it quickly and get it over with.

It is a really quick read, 237 pages, I read it within two days, and probably could've finished it sooner if I didn't have a bunch of school to do in between reading.

Even though I did read it quick, I didn't really care for it.

To start, I absolutely hated Fia. I understand how she was important to the story, but she just didn't feel real to me. She curses way more than she needs to, and every guy who so much as glances at her falls desperately in love with her! ...?

Pretty much every girl in this book is described as "extremely beautiful." It feels like they all have no faults. They don't even have a single pimple! And, while they all deny being beautiful, every other character is there to reassure them that they are. Especially Fia.

I cannot begin to tell you how much I couldn't stand Fia! Her personality was annoying, and just didn't feel real. And it was hard for me to understand what her part in the book was. I eventually got it, but it was confusing.

I did however liked Annie. She was sweet, and I understood her way better then Fia. I really only looked forward to Annie's parts in the book, and wished I could just cut out Fia's part with scissors.

The way the book was plotted was kind of genius. It was told in a way that you had to put all the puzzle pieces together. There would be a chapter in the past, then a chapter in the present. It definetly helped make this book a bit more painless and interesting.

one thing I did not understand was Fia's relationships. It kind of felt like the author was trying to do a love triangle, but failed.

Honestly I hated both James and Adam. James was, like Fia, really annoying, he loves drugs and cursing and blah. And Fia and Annie go on and on how they can't stand him. /but what does Fia do? She goes dancing with him and kisses him. :P And Adam there was so little of him, and Fia doesn't really think of him much, until she sees him again near the end. Adam was the least developed character ever. I just did not care for the romance.

While I absolutely hated the characters in this book, I loved everything else. While the story was a bit confusing, I did feel like it was a good idea. I just wish the author explained the purpose for all this better. Would've made it way less confusing.

The ending was also really weird, but you'd have to read the book to know what i mean.

So if you're looking for a quick easy book, I would recommend this for you. If you can forgive the icky characters.

Romance: The worst love triangle ever! Between Fia, James, and Adam. But it was so stupid, I wouldn't even consider it a love triangle.  There is kissing, dancing, and drinking (which leads to kissing, but nothing more).

Violence: Fia injures and kills several people. This is a violent book...

Recommended Age: 14+

Rating:
Yep. 

She is 5!!!!

Sunday was a really big day in our house, it was the day my beautiful baby (well, not baby anymore) sister Emma's birthday. <3 data-blogger-escaped-p="">





It seems like it was only just yesterday when she first came home from the hospital. I remember how tiny she was and how amazed that she was my little sister. I have four other younger siblings, but Emma has a special place in my heart. She was the first one I actually got to watch grow. With all my other siblings, I was too young to really remember them grow.

I was there when she took her first steps, and when she spoke her first words. I watched in horror as she learned how to open doors. And I fed her until she graduated to "people food". 

I've been with her her whole life. Through the good and bad. And she probably has the same good/bad memories of me too. 

oh well, love you Em! <3 data-blogger-escaped-:d="" data-blogger-escaped-p="">

Scarlet

I did a review for a book titled Scarlet before, so not to confuse anyone, this is Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Not Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen. Thanks, and enjoy the review.


(Review for Cinder)

First Line: Scarlet was descending toward the alley behind the Rieux tavern when her portscreen chimed from the passenger seat, followed by an automated voice: " Comm received for mademoiselle Scarlet Benoit from the Toulouse Law Enforcement Department of Missing Persons."

About: The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth...

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner. (Goodreads)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Pages: 452

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Review: Oh where, oh where, oh where do I begin with this one? I think it's safe to say that I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for this book to come out forever and a day!... Okay, maybe just a little over a year, but... same thing!

I read Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles last year, and loved it! (review above ^) But, dear Marissa Meyer left us with such a giganto cliff-hanger! I was dying! I had to wait a whole year for the next book! 

But I waited. During my wait I occupied myself by pacing back and forth, checking amazon and goodreads to see if they posted the cover image yet, and comforting myself "it'll be okay, the book will come out and everything will be okay." Oh, and read. I read a lot during those months.

As soon as I saw it was available for pre-order I waited until after Christmas, and, armed with my amazon gift card, bought the book. It came right on the release date, but me being me, I didn't want it to end, so I read it as slowly as possible. 

But it has ended.

Ah, this book lived up to all expectations! It was beautiful.

The good, the bad, and... other stuff?

I absolutely loved Scarlet! (the character) Maybe even more than Cinder. She's sarcastic, funny, and just a fun character. I loved the new addition to the story. Wolf was... I don't really know what to think about him. We had sort of a love/hate relationship, but whatever, towards the end he was okay. 

Cinder, awesome as always. It felt to me like she has gained a bunch more confidence since the last book. It's been awhile since I've read it, but if I remember, who Cinder was in the first book wouldn't do any of what she does in Scarlet. She knows who she is, and what she has to do for the people she loves.

Thorne... oh, Thorne. I didn't really... I don't know. He was really funny, and I often laughed whenever he said something. But I don't particularly like him. He didn't do much in this book, just followed Cinder across the globe, but I can't wait to see what exactly his purpose is in the books.

The romance between Scarlet and Wolf was kind of weird. You just met the guy, and you're kissing! Oh well, it was better than some I've read.

The plot had so many twists and turns, and I don't know what Ms. Meyer's going to do next! Now I have to wait a whole other year for Cress! Somebody hold me...

Romance: Again, I found the romance between Scarlet and Wolf weird, but I can live with it. But I did like the romance between Kai and Cinder. There was none! At least in this book. What I liked about it is that, Cinder isn't going straight to find Kai and fix everything, she is waiting until the world is saved before professing her love for him. It's what any cyborg girl trying to stop an evil queen would do.

Violence: I can't list everything, cuz there was a bunch. but don't let that turn you away, this is a good book! Every good book has violence.

Recommended Age: Anyone 13+ would love this book. Okay, 13 1/2.

Other fun Stuff:

“I knew they would kill me when they found out, but…” He struggled for words, releasing a sharp breath. “I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.” 
― Marissa Meyer, Scarlet

“But you're the only one, Scarlet. You'll always be the only one.” 
― Marissa Meyer, Scarlet

“I don’t see that her being cyborg is relevant.” 
― Marissa Meyer, Scarlet

“A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?”
“If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.” 
― Marissa Meyer, Scarlet

“A captain always knows where his ship is. It's like a psychic bond."
"If only we had a captain here.” 
― Marissa Meyer, Scarlet


Rating: 
five apples! XD

And now I wait....

Rekindling the Passion

You've heard me say it over one thousand times; I love this story, this is the one. This is the one I'm going to publish someday. It's perfect. The characters, the story.... But then eventually the passion wears off and a new idea starts bubbling in my head.

So, here's a question for all y'all. How do you stick with a book. How do you rekindle the passion you have for your book.

I think we all struggle with this problem.

We think that our story isn't good enough, or won't ever compare to this book in the same genre.

So whatdoyoudo?

Springery

If I haven't mentioned it before, the weather where I live is weird!

It can be snowing, raining, and blistering hot all in one day! And these past few weeks have been no exception. They can go into the record books for strangest weather.

Three days after the first day of spring, it snowed. hard. We had like, no kidding, ten inches of snow. People kept posting on facebook stuff like "This is spring!?". And then A couple days later it got really warm and nice out. Like spring. But there were still mounds of snow unmelted from the giant snow explosion.

Sometimes our weather gets on my nerves. Make up your mind!

But Easter was absolutely beautiful! the weather, and, no snow! (I love snow, but when it's suppose to be spring? no!) It even had that springy smell. (you know what I mean.)

And even though my hair was an absolute wreck, I agreed to have a photoshoot with my sister, who was just dying for a new profile picture for facebook (rolls eyes).

I don't usually do this, but here is a photoshoot post, to celebrate the newcoming of spring, let's just hope it stays like this.





of course she needed pictures with her guitar.

the three of us girls. if only Emma was there.





And now... the pictures of me. I hope I don't regret this...




yes, I changed outfits... so what?




We got all of us in a picture! Except Emma... I think she was taking a nap.

Have a great day :)