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gingerbreadbooks2020 · 9 hours ago
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So... it’s been a while! 
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[Image discs: Left: The cover of Four by Veronica Roth. The top half of the cover depicts the silhouette of a man looking over a cityscape, with the phrase ‘One choice will free him...’ to the left in silver lettering. The title is centered below this, subtitled as part of the Divergent collection, and the author’s name at the bottom of the cover.
Right: Four by Veronica Roth open to the contents page, listed below are: Introduction, The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, The Traitor, “First Jumper - Tris!”, “Careful, Tris”, and “You Look Good, Tris”. These images are my own.]
So I’ve been absent for a while, that’s not something I can ignore. But I’ve been reading, just a little here and there. It’s not that I couldn’t find the time, I won’t lie. 
Regardless, I just finished up Four by Veronica Roth. It’s kind of a prequel [for lack of better term] to the Divergent series. Divergent was one of my favourite series growing up and I’ve wanted to read this book for years. A close friend bought me this after I mentioned it off-handedly to her, and it took me stupidly long to get to. 
The book follows the character Four - whom we also know as Tobias Eaton from the main series - in four major events, most of which take place before he meets Tris - the protagonist from the main series. 
I’ll try not to go into too much detail as I don’t want to spoil it for fans like me who took way too long to get to this book. But it was really, really amazing to be able to see the world Roth created from Four’s point of view. The book answered some questions - big and small - that were raised during the first book in a natural way. There were several times when I had a lightbulb moment as puzzle pieces fit together. 
The main Divergent series is, of course, told through Tris’ eyes, as does the film series. It’s refreshing to be able to see into Four’s mind, how he thinks and feels, how he fits more intimately with the action from the main series. While we learn about who he is and why he’s in Dauntless during Tris’ story, it’s different to be able to see how that affects him during his initiation into the faction, and how it affects his choices, his actions, everything leading up to, and after, meeting Tris.
Just like in the main series, the relationship between Tris and Four isn’t the main theme throughout, however in some moments it is more pronounced. And this isn’t a bad thing. The scenes between the two are chosen and placed in a manner which allows us, the readers, to see the impact that Tris has on Four, and it was really enjoyable to see him change - even in little ways - because of her, and to see him react to how she grows as a result of her time in Dauntless. 
The main four stories of the book bring us up to the main action of the Divergent book, so I’m itching to go back to the main series. I’m a little mad that I’m away at university, as I can’t simply reach for the book series. 
The book also includes three short scenes from the Divergent book, this time told from Four’s perspective. These scenes are only a few pages, not much compared to the four main stories of the book, but it was nice that they were included. Three moments where Tris and Four interacted, at differing stages of their relationship. Fans of the series are obviously well-acquainted with Tris’ perspective, so seeing Four’s thoughts in these scenes was interesting. 
Reading this book has given me a new appreciation for Tobias/Four. Although he certainly wasn’t an underdeveloped character in the main series, being able to have this deeper insight into his character is something I really appreciate as a fan of the series.
Something else that I’d like to mention is how easy it was to read this book. And that’s probably simply because it’s a modern book, written for a young adult audience. The language wasn’t something you’d find in those heavier King books or old, classic novels. And I liked that. It’s not something profound to pick up on, but I thought it’d be worth a mention. It just felt a lot easier to get into because the level of vocabulary used was comfortable, something I use on daily basis. If you’re like me that that regard, then this book might be worth a read. And if you’re a Divergent  fan this book is certainly worth the read. Goodness knows why I spent so long waiting to read it, I’m definitely an idiot for that!
So, what next? Either I’ll be reading Call Me By Your Name by Andre Acimen, or Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Other than the first four volumes of the Attack on Titan manga, I only packed three books when I came back to Uni after Easter so my selection is quite limited.
Thank you for reading, for sticking with me even in this huge absence, and for following the blog!
- Gingerbread ♤
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betweenthosepages · 9 hours ago
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Critique: Les Éblouissants
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Auteur: Eve Patenaude
Maison d’édition: Bayard Canada
Résumé: À la suite d'une étrange explosion violette, Lilah et son copain se retrouvent dans une réalité parallèle tandis que des clones d'eux-mêmes demeurent statufiés, là où ils se tenaient quelques secondes plus tôt. Les deux adolescents sont déconcertés de constater qu'une lumière intense émane désormais de leur corps. En quête d'explication, leurs pas les conduisent jusqu'à une cité aussi éclatante qu'eux où ils apprennent qu'ils sont maintenant des Éblouissants et que s'ils veulent survivre, ils doivent rester à proximité de la lumière vitale de la ville. Celle-ci peut toutefois s'avérer mortelle quand des geysers lumineux s'en échappent et déchargent les Éblouissants de leur énergie. Lilah réussit à s'intégrer à cette nouvelle vie, jusqu'au jour où son copain est victime d'un éclair lumineux qui le plonge dans un profond coma.
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Je commence à approcher de la fin de mon sac de bibliothèque avec toutes les lectures que j’ai fait dernièrement. Voici donc la critique d’un des derniers livres qui me reste!
Ma déception provient surtout de l’idée préconçue que j’avais de l’histoire. La couverture et le résumé du livre laissaient sous-entendre que j’allais lire un roman de science-fiction avec de l’action. On tombe plutôt dans une histoire d’amour entre Lilah et Benjamin. Il n’y a aucune explication quant au pourquoi les jeunes sont devenus des Éblouissants ni à quoi sert cette ville étrange et lumineuse. Cela m’a un peu déçu. Malgré tout, j’ai trouvé la relation entre Lilah et Benjamin très forte. La narration au “tu” donne une ton mature et intimiste à l’histoire. On sent l’amour que Lilah porte à sa tendre moitié, son espoir que tout ira mieux.
Une histoire très courte, mais tout de même agréable dès qu’on réalise que l’histoire en est une d’amour. À découvrir!
Note finale: 7/10
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rukhsandbooks · 16 hours ago
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“She straightened her shoulders, smoothed her shirt, and ran her tongue over her teeth to ward off rogue lipstick. You only got one chance to make a first impression.”
Excerpt From
The Roommate
Rosie Danan
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rukhsandbooks · 19 hours ago
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3.5/5
This story was not at all what I expected! It was also definitely better than I thought it would be.
I enjoyed how the story jumped back and forth between people and points in time. A tale that was woven together with a certain power indeed.
The book is full of an interesting mix of characters, some lovable and others not so much.
I did find Layla's portrayal of her devotion to the Imam a little odd at times. Perhaps other people are devoted in this way (e.g. the secret recipe for the Imam) but it felt odd for me. That was of course until Ali provided a bit more of a back story to Layla and then it made a little more sense. It did feel rather strong and out of place in the beginning though.
I was sad when the story ended and not because of the events that transpired, but rather because I wanted to know what happened to the rest of the characters. Perhaps I am too accustomed to happily ever afters, but did Layla and Ashif find joy?
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titanya-fatigue · a day ago
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Bundan kötüsü gelemez başımıza demişti,geldi bak.Bundan kötüsü bulamaz bizi demiştin,buldu bak.Hiçbirşey yolunda gitmiyor,yeni yol çizmeye de gücüm kalmadı artık benim.
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nourishedbybooks · a day ago
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Sunday Shelfie on Friendship
❤️The children have had a few inset days and poor Nancy had tonsillitis again so they’ve all spent a little more time with each other than usual. It really was no surprise when they chose the theme of friendship for today’s shelfie as they’ve been joined at the hip! ❤️We love that some of these books address the behaviours don’t constitute a healthy friendship as well as look at what makes a…
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titanya-fatigue · a day ago
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İzliyorsun biliyorum.Mutsuzluğumu,yalnızlığımı,uzaktan sessizce gizlice izliyorsun.Sensiz hayatımın nasıl devam ettiğini,sensizlikle nasıl başa çıktığımı izliyorsun,neler yazıp çizdiğimi,kime itiaf ettiğimi merak ediyorsun.Acaba diyorsun,acaba cümlelerinde ben var mıyım?Belki,bazen yazmak bile geçiyordur içinden,vazgeçiyorsundur.Çünkü korkuyorsun kendinden,benden,bizden.Ama izliyorsun biliyorum.Çünkü hala içimde hissediyorum seni.Her ne kadar uzağımda olsan da,gitmediğini orda biryerlerde olduğunu biliyorum.
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betweenthosepages · a day ago
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Critique: Sextos
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Auteur: Ariane Charland
Maison d’édition: Éditions de Mortagne (Collection Tabou)
Résumé: Transférer des photos osées d’un ou une mineure est criminel : il s’agit de distribution de pornographie juvénile, ce qui est passible d’une condamnation. Qui plus est, les gens touchés sont souvent victimes d’intimidation, de moqueries et de harcèlement. Ces images sont privées, et seule la personne photographiée peut en disposer à sa guise.
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J’ai reçu l’alerte comme quoi un livre électronique était arrivé dans mes réservations. Puisque je venais de terminer mon dernier roman, j’ai décidé d’embarquer tout de suite dans celui-ci. Voici ma critique!
Au départ, j’étais un peu mitigée sur les deux personnages. J’ai trouvé Romane un peu trop naïve sur les bords. J’aurais voulu qu’elle se pose davantage de questions sur le soudain et mystérieux “kick” qu’Antho éprouvait pour elle alors qu’il ne lui a montré aucun signe d’intérêt. J’ai trouvé Cédric trop influençable et lâche, incapable d’assumer la faute qu’il a commis (même s’il a fini par avouer). Comme Gabriel l’a si bien mentionné, Cédric a quand même partagé la photo à une personne (même s’il avait confiance) et il a quand même gardé la photo pour la regarder plusieurs fois. Il y a beaucoup de zones grises dans cette situation et c’est finalement ce qui m’a fait réaliser que le livre nous forçait à réfléchir sur les actions de chaque personnage de l’histoire. Il y a les gars qui éprouvent du remord, mais qui assistent impuissant à tout ça, y’a des filles qui en rient et qui en profitent pour rabaisser celles qui vivent des situations difficile. Par contre, il y a aussi ceux qui défendent, ceux qui s’élèvent contre l’hypocrisie et le double standard du partage de “sextos”.
La fin m’a un peu fait rouler des yeux. J’aurais voulu que Romane prenne davantage de temps pour se reconstruire, pour reprendre confiance en elle avant de s’embarquer dans une relation qui, disons-le, est sortie de nulle part. Malgré tout, j’ai passé un bon moment de lecture et j’ai trouvé ce livre de la collection Tabou un peu mieux travaillé. À découvrir!
Note finale: 7/10
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betweenthosepages · a day ago
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Critique: Black Wings - Black Heart (Tome 6)
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Auteur: Christina Henry
Maison d’édition: Milady
Résumé: Après avoir sauvé Chicago d'une invasion de vampires, Maddy est poursuivie par les récupérateurs de l'Agence, qui souhaite se débarrasser d'elle. Avec Nathaniel, elle se réfugie dans un nouveau monde. Mais les complots de Lucifer et de ses frères la suivent. Elle envisage alors de recourir à un sombre pouvoir pour protéger l'enfant qu'elle porte.
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Je ne sais toujours pas pourquoi je m’accroche à cette série alors qu’elle a pleins de défauts. C’est peut-être ma curiosité qui veut voir si le tout va mener à quelque chose de bon, mais je ne sais vraiment pas. On va garder la critique courte!
L’action est toujours autant mal dosé. En plus, avec l’ajout d’un portail qui a mené Madeline sur une autre planète (vraiment?), j’ai trouvé que le tout manquait d’originalité et de sens. Il n’y a jamais de temps pour le développement de personnage. D’ailleurs, je ne comprends toujours pas comment le bébé de Madeline existe encore dans son ventre avec toutes les choses qu’elle vit. Il a beau être un ange, une créature magique, mais il y a pourtant des limites, non? Je n’approuve toujours pas l’amour que Madeline porte à Nathaniel (il a quand même essayé de la violer?!).
Bref, un amalgame de choses qui font en sorte que je porte de moins en moins la série dans mon coeur. Ce ne sera jamais ma série bit-lit préférée, ça c’est sûr!
Note finale: 5/10
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littlebookshopgirl · a day ago
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Hello fellow Readers! Do I have a review for you today. I am reviewing the 4th book in the series for Air Awakens. If you have not read the series please stop here! I do not want to spoil anything for anyone! Waters Wrath (Book #4) by Elise Kova 2 out 5 stars. Alright I am not giving a synopsis for this book because I want people to read it and feel it out for themselves. These are just my thoughts on the book. This book will put you in a reading slump. I am so thankful that I never bought this book. I read it on kindle unlimited. I hate this book. All the expectations I had from the cliff hanger in the last book were ruined. My biggest pet peeve with authors is when they kill off characters that do not need to be killed off. If a death does not further the storyline, or is in no way connected to the plot then do not do it. It feels like a cheap death to me. It feels like it was thrown in to add something in boring chapters. Then at some point your at the end of the book, and you have no idea where the plot went. Then! The guy you actually want to see die, die`s but its just mentioned in like casual passing. It felt like season 8 of Game of Thrones. I do not regret that statement. There is no growth in this book that I was expecting. There is no plot furthering in this book. Also the main character just becomes even more annoying! As much as this book upset me I still grabbed the final book. I am going to see this ship to the end.
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rwhague · a day ago
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Using Anxiety as a Character Arc
My last few blog posts were discussing what anxiety is from a clinical standpoint. Today, we’re going to bring all the pieces together and discuss how you can use this to form a character/story arc.
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If you have been exposed to any writing theory at all, then you are probably at least a little familiar with standard story structures. This is the form in which most stories go: First there’s an introduction followed by an inciting incident, then there’s the middle stuff as the character tries to manage the change in their world that was caused by the inciting incident. Everything comes to a head in the climax followed by the resolution. Now I’m going to describe this using what we’ve previously discussed in anxiety terms.  
Character is living life in a relatively normal way whether they be a young teen or an expert secret agent. Then a stressor occurs: teen is in a major car accident and loses her leg; secret agent is betrayed and watches helplessly as his entire team is killed. This stressor will cause a psychological and physiological response in the character (see post: Anxiety for Writer’s Summarized). Depending upon what type of story you are writing, you may want to linger here for a bit. If your character is a teen suffering from loss of limb, a good portion of the story might be spent on failing to accept herself, falling into a depression, and journeying out. (Keeping in mind that these mental health conditions are linked and anxiety often leads to depression. For more information on types of anxiety disorders, what they look like, and why they might manifest, see post: Writers Guide to Mental Health: Anxiety Disorders)
At some point in the story, a decision by your character, conscious or otherwise, needs to be made. Are they going to live in a continual state of anxiety? Or are they going to move forward and out of that state?
Your character may not come out of it. They may fall into a depression and that’s how the story ends. Keep in mind that is an option. A tragic option, but an option nonetheless.
If your character does seek help and healing, they will probably go through some sort of a process where they face their fears and become more courageous. This can be through self-initiative or with the formal help of a therapist. How this happens will be determined by a lot of factors including your story type, setting, and character’s personalities. For information on how anxiety is treated in a clinical setting, check out my post: Writers Guide for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders.
Probably the best, well-known story to use as an example in bringing all this together is Batman. Bruce Wayne is afraid of bats. They cause an anxiety related response, so he exposes himself to these bats until he is braver. Then he channels the bat in order to defeat the underworld.
Of course, this is just a superficial representation of what is taking place in the broader story as a whole. Bruce Wayne experienced a trauma when his parents were murdered by members of the criminal underworld. For years, he struggled with the grief and fear of this event. Then he channeled his fears, became a criminal vigilante, and confronted them and defeated the criminal underworld.
It’s a simple formula, really, but it is scientifically and psychologically based and serves as a good formula to create story arcs and character arcs. If you can think of other stories that follow this similar pattern, please name them in the comments below.
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rukhsandbooks · a day ago
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“She straightened her shoulders, smoothed her shirt, and ran her tongue over her teeth to ward off rogue lipstick. You only got one chance to make a first impression.”
Excerpt From
The Roommate
Rosie Danan
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appleinducedsleep · a day ago
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She was a dreamy, thoughtful girl, slow to decide and act.
Liz Braswell, Straight on Till Morning: A Twisted Tale
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Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness
Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness #bookreview #bookreviews #mystery #suspense #horror #readingcommunity #writingcommunity #booklover #bookblog #bookblogger #recommendedreading #amreading #reading
This week I read: This book was spooky and creepy and seriously messed up! What begins with a teenage girl who has a supernatural ability to find things using her power to locate and end the reign or terror of a man who ‘feeds’ on the souls of children ends with the same girl – now a woman – trying to save her own son from the same man. At it’s core it’s a book about people with special powers…
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bydianareads · 2 days ago
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Hello! It’s a beautiful day today and I hope everyone’s having a good one so far! 
I just recently finished my buddy read of Incendiary with the great @sanjariti & @thebookoffaerie ! I had so much fun talking theories with these two and just gushing over this underrated book that I have seen no one talk about!?  
Immediately from the beginning I was intrigued with this world, the magic and the characters!  
Honestly I’m so happy that I loved the characters right off the bat because they are what make or break a book for me and that’s why I was very intrigued throughout the story. 
Renata is a fierce and strong willed protagonist that I rooted for her all the way. I felt for her and I love her tenacity. Also her power is so cool! I loved that throughout the book we found information by stealing people’s memories. A nice twist on moving the plot forward. 
I immediately preordered the sequel and I’m glad I don’t have to wait too long!  
QOTD: Do you love to buddy read?  
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ritukakar · 2 days ago
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MONDAY BLUES.... FEELING NOSTALGIC AND MUNDANE 😉😉 My writing journey started with ‘ONE PRECIOUS MOMENT’, which I call an impulse, but the feelings I experienced at the end of it was terrific. The appreciation, the reviews I received for my self-published book, was all the encouragement I needed... I just have to thank my friend, my editor of my book One Precious Moment, who also helped print it for me, Medhavi Palmar. Thank you soo much 😘🤗🤗 Well, with this, I wrote my second LOVE UNEXPECTED, a book edited and polished by my fantastic friend Mayura Amarkant and published by Srishti Publishers... thank you soo much I have to thank you all for the reviews and for making both my books popular 😉😊😊 During all this fun and high came covid 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️.. bringing a stop to life but only for a while because nothing can stop us writers/readers/reviewers/book lovers... Well, during lockdown I wrote, edited and self published LOVE, LOSS, LIFE, LAUGHTER AND MORE, a collection of short stories which, despite all the grammatical mistakes, (which I have re-edited and tell- revised it now) was enjoyed and appreciated by all...Thank You After nearly a years break I am writing again, connecting again on all social networks , and I wish to start it with thanking everyone who has helped me in my journey.. thank you, Medhavi, Mayura, Arup, Stuti and all readers/reviewers/book lovers/bloggers 😊😊🤗🤗👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 #love #networking #life #friends #family #memory #readersofinstagram #reader #readingtime #blogger #instagood #instagram #instadaily #review #appreciation #time #writing #bookstagram #bookblog #booklover #bookaddict #bookstagrammer #books4life #bookreview #booklove #keepwritingyourstory #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #write #writeaway https://www.instagram.com/p/COrdHX5gfDe/?igshid=1qmgbaxctbdu0
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bydianareads · 2 days ago
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My April Adult Bookish Box has graced me with its presence!✨
I simply adore this box with its cute items and sports romance book that sounds absolutely perfect for the warm weather! 
Included in this box we have: 
-The Book of the month: Bombshells by Sarina Bowen a heartwarming sports romance featuring a female Hockey goalie and NHL player 😉 
-A lovely Tote bag with a beautiful design and inspiring quote by Leo Buscaglia 
-Gold foil eye mask that I SO badly need! 
-Beautifully designed “Let Happiness Bloom” playing cards 
-Cute as heck chunky barretts that I’m already rockin’ 
-“The Only Way To Have A Friend Is To Be One” Monthly Tee with the heartwarming quote by Ralph Waldo 
✨If you too would like to get a box make sure to use my code: DIANA to save $5 on your @thebookishbox subscription or @thebookishshop ✨
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bydianareads · 2 days ago
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Whose still having ‘Shadow & Bone’ withdrawals, say aye! 🤚🏽  
Okay. So I’ve been a little MIA as I’ve been just taking time off reading and just obsessing over Shadow & Bone; watching casts interviews and reactions. I love this casts and their chemistry to pieces! I really enjoyed the Netflix adaptation that I seriously feel a bit slumpy as all I want to do is rewatch the series. I think we all seriously need a season 2 announcement ASAP!  
If you haven’t watched it or aren’t interested what’s a TV show you’re currently in to?  
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