Writing Update!


Why hello, seems it’s been a while since I posted something other than a review here. But, I would like to officially announce something that has been in the works for the last year or so. While I was an intern at Walt Disney World, I collected information bits and tips about the parks that I’d now like to share with the rest of you. I am in the process of formatting, illustrating, and publishing the first edition, a guide to the Magic Kingdom. I’ll keep things updated here as they progress!


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Review Rendezvous: 12/24/16


Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult, fantasy, science fiction
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 395
Publish date: January 3rd, 2012
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

cinderHumans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Holy cow was this a good book. A great opening to an even better series. This is the Cinderella retelling that I had no idea I wanted. I love the Disney classics, but there is something about throwing Cindy into a whole new world (pun very much intended) that I love!

Cinder goes through such great character growth in this book, and she has plenty of room for more. I hate when authors build their character up too far or flesh out their problems too much and then do not have anywhere to go in the coming additions to the series. But seeing how Cinder isn’t the perfect Cinderella (she’s none to quick to forgive her stepfamily, she isn’t particularly the best dancer, although there’s a logical reason for that) makes the story just that much more realistic. I don’t know how realistic you can get with a futuristic society involving moon people, androids, and old fairytales though.

The fight she has between herself, her duty, and her current situation makes for such a good read. I was afraid that she was gonna ditch everything and we were going to be left with a terrible conclusion, but that evidently did not happen. I was right there with her, feeling the anger at her terrible life circumstances. She certainly didn’t choose them, after all.

Then in the end there is also quite the revelation that completely turns the tables. Meyer has done a great job of interconnecting the fairytale but also throwing in her own twists and changes that keep everything fresh. I loved the fact that it was Cinderella, but Cinderella as you’ve never seen her: kicking butt as a half-human, half robot android.

I would one hundred percent recommend this book. I’m waiting on a hold at the library so I can read the last book in the series, and boy am I excited!

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Review Rendezvous: 05/03/2016


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult, fantasy
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 383
Publish date: February 10th, 2015

Red QueenThis is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a fantasy novel I’ve well and truly liked. Well, I did read another today, but that one I’ll have to get to later because this book blew my mind so much that I couldn’t possibly resist writing up a review for it.

I’ve had the first chapter of this book on my Kindle for a while since it was the free sample available on Amazon’s store. I’ve wanted to read this book for a while as well, but just couldn’t handle paying for it because I never really find that to be worthwhile to me. But, I did recently find out that my sister actually owns a copy, and thus set forth to read it automatically.

It took a second for me to get into this world, but once I did I was in and did not put this book down for a second. I genuinely felt for Mare, as she was thrown into a world where she had no idea how to handle herself or what to do, and it was no fault of her own.

She’s forced to become a princess and deny the very life she was so accustomed to living. One would think that she’d have a much better life in a gilded palace, but that is not so as the palace is rife with vipers willing to cut her down at a moments notice. The worst part is that one hides in plain sight, and towards the end commits such an act of treachery that I was stunned and did not see it coming at all.

Aveyard builds her world so well, though it takes a bit to learn about as we learn the rules of the Silver world along with Mare. For a debut author, she has written such a compelling book, so much so that it was a Goodreads Choice 2015 winner. I cannot tell you just how excited I am to get on to reading the sequel to this one.

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Flash Review: The Crown by Keira Cass


Okay friends, I hate going all unorganized and not posting an real review yet, but I just finished The Crown five minutes ago and I’m still reeling. The final installment in the much-loved Selection series just hit stores today, and by today I mean two hours ago. I pre-ordered the Kindle version, and was about to fall asleep when my phone dinged to tell me it’d been delivered. So, naturally, I had to read it.

I will admit, Eadlyn was quite a bit on the whiney side when she first started out, but the character development is marvelous. In this book, you see how much she’s grown and what she really has to deal with as a queen-in-training.

Also, there’s the matter of the Selection. So much drama going on there, I’m not even going to poke it with a stick. And it doesn’t help that someone from the outside actually ends up forcing Eadlyn’s hand. She also makes such a stunning choice, I had to reread a few times. I was so afraid she was going to make the wrong one, because she was about to up until the last few moments of the book. Gah, everything is just so beautiful!

Well, there’s my thoughts on the book right now. Official review to come soon!


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Review Rendezvous: 3/29/16


Linked by Imogen Howson

Book stats:
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Young Adult
Medium: Hardcover
Number of pages: 368
Publish date: June 11th, 2013

LinkedElissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.

Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes.

Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.

Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world.

It’s been a while since I read a space sci-fi that I actually finished. I don’t know, maybe I’m just not suited to the niche, but either way Howson’s portrayal of the twins and their struggle in this book is spot on. I’m always a fan of books that have a deeper meaning than just “oh, the heroine escapes death because she did something and falls in love”. The idea of the ‘spares’ being (spoiler alert) the batteries for Sekoia’s ships is terrifying, but it showcases just what humans can do if they’re pushed to the breaking point.

The conflict between the twins about Lin’s lack of humanity or regard for humanity also throws in a new component. Normally if there are two main characters, they somehow automatically trust and understand each other. But with Lissa and Lin, they don’t automatically agree on everything and the conflict shows just how human these ‘spares’ can be.

I will admit to being slightly frustrated with the random romance that seems thrown in at the last moment. I feel like Howson could’ve waited on that and made it a component in the next book, rather than establishing it now. There would be a better payoff once they finally got together, you know? But, such is life in YA. You must have a romance or no one will read it apparently.

Overall, I would definitely suggest reading this one. It was quite enjoyable, I even stopped surfing YouTube to read it haha.

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