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tessasclockworkangel · 3 hours ago
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Its kinda funny (and amazing, ily you have impeccable taste) how most people who read fantasy or YA have an immediate and weird obsession with Taylor Swift's music and and the queen herself
Anyways stream Red TV
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winterhoneybears · 6 hours ago
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Book Review: You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
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Synopsis: “Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it's okay -- Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz's plans come crashing down . . . until she's reminded of her school's scholarship for prom king and queen. There's nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she's willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She's smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?”
Rating: (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) 5/5
Review: I wish this book existed when I was a teenager! It is a super fun to read; and gives a wonderful teenage romance between two high school girls without them being sexualized. I think this book is a great read for any teen or young adult.
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sincerelypatroclus · 11 hours ago
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Hello everyone! Below the cut is my review for rereading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo! 
TWs: m/rder, w/ar, d/eath
It was nice rereading something I enjoyed so heavily in high school!
To begin, I’ve taken a long time away being drenched in a fantasy world in the young adult genre. Even though it’s only been a couple years since I’ve been in highschool, rereading Shadow and Bone reintroduced me to the love I have for young adult fantasy. 
As I get older, reading something in the young adult category feels childish, but damn, does Leigh Bardugo deliver. Despite the book coming out almost ten years ago, it remains as a well done piece of work that is rich in culture, history, and depth. 
I fell for Ravka - as corrupt as it was shown. The culture felt so real, with its social hierarchy and language. 
I hate to say it, but I fell for the Darkling as the bad boy. I always fall for them. Men with mommy issues with dark hair and eyes, with something hidden deep within, I just fall for it every single time.
But Mal! I hate to say it, but I also fell for the best-friend-turned-lover. It felt more stilted than Alina’s budding romance with the Darkling, however. Mal coming for Alina seemed to be rooted in their time together as orphans, but when they kissed, it suddenly turned to a romance out of left field. Not that I’m mad! I just wished for more buildup, especially since in the beginning of the book, Mal seemed more interested in drinking with his buddies and breaking into Grisha tents than spending more time with Alina.
But still, their first kiss felt like a long time coming. Alina spends the whole book missing the one person she’s ever felt comfortable with, that much is clear. Without the romance that seemed random, the romance between Alina and Mal still fell in the background when considering their friendship. I felt that it would have been better to put their friendship in the front lines and let the romance come later - perhaps in the second book - but still, I can’t help but fall for the romance here.
Like, read this and tell me you’re not in love with Leigh Bardugo’s romances. 
     …”Did you miss me, Alina? Did you miss me when you were gone?”      “Every day,” I said honestly.      “I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I’d catch myself walking around to find you, not for any reason, just out of habit, because I’d seen something that I wanted to tell you about or because I wanted to hear your voice. And then I’d realize that you weren’t there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me. I’ve risked my life for you. I’ve walked half the length of Ravka for you, and I’d do it again and again and again just to be with you, just to starve with you and freeze with you and hear you complain about hard cheese every day. So don’t tell me we don’t belong together,” he said fiercely. He was very close now, and my heart was suddenly hammering in my chest. “I’m sorry it took me so long to see you, Alina. But I see you now.”      He lowered his head, and I felt his lips on mine. The world seemed to go silent and all I knew was the feel of his hand in mine as he drew me closer, and the warm press of his mouth.
Hello? Stomp on my heart and make me bow to your whims, Bardugo.
I was so deeply interested in the world of Ravka and the Grisha universe as a whole that my slight dislike of the ending was hardly noticeable. Alina grows from being a scrawny, clumsy, scared woman in a big world ravaged by war and greed, to a woman who hardly has control over the power that can save the world, to a woman who owns this power, as unwieldy as it may be, because it is wholly hers, as it has always been.
The ending was… concerning. For those that do not remember, Alina is on the skiff with the Darkling and ambassadors from other countries. The Darkling threatens to use his power over the darkness that is the Fold to force his adversaries in the war to bow to his new vision of the world. Alina, awoken with the power of the stag that was killed for a necklace to amplify her power, is fueled with the realization of mercy and control over herself, mimicking the mercy she showed when refusing to kill the stag. 
But.. that mercy only goes as far as Bardugo’s words do. Alina screams to the others on the skiff, Grisha and others alike, begging for their help against the Darkling’s clearly fanatical plans to rule the world. 
They’re stunned. They were just threatened with death, spurred on by power that is unimaginable to them. Power that they do not recognize and they fear taking one step as it means the probability of stepping closer to that death.
Of course they can’t help. They’re stunned and horrified, and Alina just leaves them in the Fold to die. Alina hardly gives them a moment to think before jumping off the skiff to run away with Mal. Yes, this seems to haunt her, though… the power of mercy wasn’t as strong as we were told. While not innocent, the ambassadors and other workers bent to the Darkling’s will did not deserve that death.
Overall, this book had me turning each page, genuinely curious as to how Alina’s story was going to unfold. I really, truly enjoyed Leigh Bardugo’s first step into the Grisha world. I need to reread the rest of the trilogy, along with the Six of Crows duology, the King of Scars duology, and her new series beginning with Ninth House, because Bardugo’s way of writing captivates me. I’m interested in reading these books to see how her writing has developed over the last decade.
4.5 out of 5 stars!
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msborkborkrevolution · 12 hours ago
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I just think there should be more fantasy books with dragons playing a major part in the story, like newer novels perhaps cause all the lists I keep seeing are like (a) very old recs some of which I have already read and (b) for 10-13 yr olds and I enjoy books for all ages but that's not what I want right now
I just want dragon companions, people who turn into dragons, DRAGONS, I don't care how as long as they are truly part of the world and story
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butterflybuchanan · 14 hours ago
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WHAT I READ IN JUNE
ok, technically the month hasn’t ended yet but I’ve read too many amazing books this month to wait another second. I won’t be posting reviews yet (I don’t want to post any spoilers), but I NEED to get this out there.
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Beach Read by Emily Henry
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I adored everything about this story, I cannot recommend it enough. I literally just stayed up all night to read this. An adult romance with poignant moments scarcely seen in the genre.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Similarly to Beach Read, I read this book in one sitting. It’s such a fun and sweet enemies to lovers, one-bed trope kinda vibe. I 100% recommend it to everyone.
We We’re Liars by E. Lockhart
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
I do think this was a fun read, I enjoyed the storyline however the writing style was not my to personal taste. I still recommend it though, it’s a good book to get out of a reading slump.
You Have a Match by Emma Lord
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
This was more YA than adult romance but I enjoyed it none the less. A quick, feel good story that was interesting in concept and enjoyable to read. Similarly to We Were Liars, it’s a good book to help get out of a slump. The writing style of this book was more palatable to me however.
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I’m going to make a seperate post for the comics I’ve read this month but fair warning, it’s mostly House of M.
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cromulentbookreview · 14 hours ago
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Wo die Bäume aus Holz sind!
You ever find yourself bent over a copy of the collected fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm in the original German, translating the damn thing sentence by sentence, thinking to yourself “why am I doing this? when will this ever be relevant?” And then you find it’s actually very relevant when it comes to reviewing retellings of those same Brothers Grimm fairy tales?
No? Just me?
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Brüder Grimm, you devious bastards. 
Did you also find that while I was distracting you with my tale of translating woe suddenly a whole bunch of your jewelry disappeared and all that was left behind was a red penny? 
And by that, I mean: Little Thieves by Margaret Owen!
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Es war einmal...
Once upon a time...there was a little girl named Vanja. Born the 13th daughter of a 13th daughter in a magical land with no reliable methods of birth control, Vanja is considered unlucky. Wherever she goes, catastrophe follows, or so her mother says. So, one snowy winter night, Vanja’s mother takes her to a crossroads deep in the woods and abandons her to Death and Fortune. Not metaphorical death and fortune, but the actual gods Death and Fortune, who take four-year-old Vanja in and make her their goddaughter. 
Thirteen years later, the glamorous Gisele-Berthilda Ludwila von Falbirg, princess of Sovabin, fiancé to the Margrave Adalbrecht von Reigenbach of Bóern, is attending a party thrown by the count and countess von Eisendorf. The princess has a little too much Glöhwein so the countess von Eisendorf offers the use of one of her guest parlors to the Prinzessin, so she can, you know, have a lie-down and sober up a little before dinner. And thus, the drunken princess is left alone with only her loyal maid Greta to attend to her. 
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“Gretaaaaaaa.....”
Or so it would seem.
Because no one in their right mind would guess that the princess, as soon as she’s alone, would take off her pearls (a lady is never seen without her pearls) and transform into someone completely different. Namely, Vanja Schmidt, goddaughter of Death and Fortune. 
Because this, good people, is a heist. 
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Cue the overture to The Thieving Magpie!
See, after living for a while with Death and Fortune, Vanja became a servant in Castle Falbirg. After toiling for several years as a maid-of-all-work, Vanja became the lady’s maid to the real Princess Gisele-you-get-the-idea von Falbirg. The girls spent practically every day together. They became best friends - until the rest of the world made it painfully clear that one of them is a princess, and the other a servant, and, in this world, only one of those has value.
So, last year when Gisele was sent off to Bóern to eventually be married to the Margrave, Vanja saw an opportunity and took it: she stole Gisele’s appearance-altering pearls, assuming the identity of the Princess von Falbirg, leaving her former BFF penniless and alone. 
Sound familiar, Brothers Grimm fans?
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But Vanja-as-Gisele hasn’t just been living the high life while her fiancé is off fighting wars and shit - no, she’s been stealing from the rich and - 
Sorry, there’s no and. 
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Vanja is stealing from the rich and keeping it for herself because she needs the money. See: Vanja doesn’t want to actually marry the godawful Adalbrecht and be a Margravine, God, no. Once she’s saved enough money fencing her stolen goods, Vanja plans on getting the hell out of the Empire of Almandy, and going somewhere where she can live far, far, far away from the influence of her Godmothers. She almost has enough saved - stealing from the rich has been easy, after all, who among them would suspect a princess of being the notorious jewel thief known as the Pfennigeist?
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(Pfennig: penny and geist: ghost, by the way - the pfennigeist’s calling card is a red penny left in place of the stolen jewels)
Anyway, all of this brings me back to...
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While the princess is trying to sober up, her maid, Greta (Vanja herself, dressed as a servant, sans-enchanted pearls) pulls off yet another successful heist, emptying the Countess von Eisendorf’s jewelry box. Just as “Princess Gisele” returns to the party, the jewels safely stashed in her carriage, two massive wrenches are thrown into Vanja’s plans:
1) It’s suddenly announced that Adalbrecht von Reigenbach is on his way back from the warfront, eager to finally marry his fiancé,
And!
2) A prefect from the Godly Courts (basically this world’s equivalent of a detective) has been dispatched to locate and apprehend the Pfennigeist.
Both of these are bad. Really bad. But Vanja’s life motto is, and always has been: don’t panic. She can manage both of these situations. Really, she can! Adalbrecht is the absolute worst, - a grade A chauvinist pig - but she can manage him by playing the part of the empty-headed princess, playing to his ego while making herself seem harmless. And the prefect - sorry, junior prefect sent by the Godly Courts, Emeric Conrad? He’s a human bean-pole in an ill-fitting uniform, in way over his head, easily riled and completely flustered whenever he’s in Gisele’s presence. Vanja doesn’t need to worry about him.
Does she?
But then, just as she’s left the Eisendorf’s with her stolen jewels, Vanja runs into the biggest wrench in her plan: Eiswald, the low god who oversees the land on whom the Eisendorf’s castle sits. Furious that someone would dare steal in her domain, Eiswald curses Vanja: unless she makes up for all that she has stolen by the next full moon, Vanja will become her greed. Her body will slowly calcify into a bunch of rubies and pearls - starting with a ruby teardrop Vanja’s face. 
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Yikes.
To make sure Vanja doesn’t try to wriggle out of her curse, Eiswald sends her shapeshifting, half-human daughter Ragne to monitor Vanja’s progress. Ragne isn’t quite used to being human all the time, and she often gets confused by human things like wearing clothes and sitting normally in chairs, but she takes her job to watch Vanja very seriously. Because the clock is ticking, and Vanja’s curse will come to an end, one way or another. But Vanja doesn’t quite understand how she’s supposed to break the curse - how exactly is she supposed to make up for everything she’s taken? And how is she supposed to do it with a relentless prefect (ahem, junior prefect) hot on her heels and a fiancé who is clearly up to something sinister? 
Well, first thing’s first:
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Have you ever encountered a book that just feels like it was written for you, specifically? Like, it checks all of your own personal boxes when it comes to story, setting, characters, and, well, everything? 
Yeah, Little Thieves felt like that to me. I loved every moment of it. I loved that the whole novel was a retelling of The Goose Girl but from the perspective of the “wicked” maid. And, most of all, I loved the character of Conrad, the collection of billiard cues that unionized to solve crime. I loved Ragne and her aversion to clothes and chairs and how if you threaten her or her friends she will turn into a bear and claw you. I absolutely loved Vanja as a character - she is a hilarious and wildly entertaining narrator, but she is also very, very unaware of her own blind spots. She’s so convinced that she is always, always right that she doesn’t even begin to consider that she might, maybe, possibly be just a little tiny bit wrong about certain things until its almost too late. And it’s not like she believes she’s right for no reason - Vanja has learned certain truths the hard way, but, as we all do, we learn that those truths aren’t always universal. Like how, sometimes, it’s OK to panic. Or need help. Or accept that you’ve made mistakes and apologize. Vanja may come off as abrasive at first, but watching her as she transforms from petty criminal to hero is an absolute joy.
I also loved all the references to German language, mythology and culture that permeate the book - especially Owen’s inclusion of some of the more, uh, let’s say... interesting aspects of German cuisine (Weißwurst??? Blegh! Euch, of course Adalbrecht likes Weißwurst). And, if you, like me, spent over fifteen grueling years painstakingly learning the language of your ancestors only to be told your accent sounds ridiculous,  then you, too will love all of the German-language easter eggs sprinkled throughout Little Thieves. Seriously, the language nerd was positively giddy the whole time. There is, for example, a moment where Vanja calls out Conrad for being a northerner because he said “prost” instead of “prosit” when he held up his wine for a toast.
Me, during that scene:
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Speaking of which, perhaps my favorite part of the whole novel was the relationship between Vanja and Conrad. Though it takes Vanja some time to realize it, there is way more to Conrad than the nervous, easily embarrassed rookie detective. In fact, Conrad might be the first person ever to cut straight through Vanja’s bravado and see her for who she truly is and, honestly, I just love the two of them so much.
Me, literally every time Vanja and Conrad are together:
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Seriously, I could go on forever about how much I enjoyed Little Thieves. I really could. I can’t wait for the finished copy to come out so I can read it again. I need legendary Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon to take Margaret Owen’s sketches of the characters and turn the book into an animated movie. I need it. Seriously, look at Owen’s artwork and then watch Wolfwalkers or The Secret of Kells and tell me Little Thieves wouldn’t work as a Cartoon Saloon movie. 
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Seriously, if you take anything away from this review, it’s to pre-order Little Thieves. Go ahead, the link is right there in the text. 
RECOMMENDED FOR: Fans of YA fantasy, fellow Teutonophiles, anyone up for a retelling of one of the Brother’s Grimm fairy tales, the little thieves who are just trying to live, damn it!
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR: The big thieves who steal kingdoms. Seriously, those guys never get sent to the gallows and yet they’re literally the biggest thieves of all. Also anyone who doesn’t like YA, romance, fun, joy, reading...or if you’re someone who really likes Weißwurst. They’re barely even cooked!!
RATING: 5/5
TOTALLY UNBIASED GERMAN-SPEAKING FANGIRL RATING: 5,000,000,000,000,000 / 5
RELEASE DATE: October 5, 2021
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guide-to-galaxy · 16 hours ago
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Top 5 (books I want to reread) Tuesday
Top 5 (books I want to reread) Tuesday
Peep over to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads to see all the other prompts and what books she wants to reread. Maybe you have something in common? I think it’s always a good idea to re-read books! You might find out things about the book that you didn’t see or realise before. Or maybe you like to reread series before the newest book comes out! I think they should give us like summaries of what happened…
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personaltrumpetblasts · 19 hours ago
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I instantly dragged my fingers across a shelf of book spines, in love with each one already. Books were a safe place, a world apart from my own. No matter what had happened that day, that year, there was always a story in which someone overcame their darkest hour.
The Siren by Kiera Cass
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bookreviewdirectory · 19 hours ago
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Editorial Review – Sieging Manganela
Editorial Review – Sieging Manganela
  Title: Sieging Manganela Author: Charon Dunn Genre: YA / Science Fiction   Sieging Manganela is a prequel in terms of chronology, but it can easily be read by itself. Featuring a few of the main characters from One Sunny Night and Retrograde Horizon, it primarily centers on the unlikely friendship between Turo, a soldier in the Vanram army, and Zeffany, a tech specialist who lives inside the…
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thelovelycovers · 20 hours ago
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by M.T. Anderson
“In a future world where internet connections feed directly into the consumer’s brain, thought is supplemented by advertising banners, and language has gone into a steep decline, a little love story unfolds. Titus, an average kid on a weekend trip to the moon, meets Violet, a brainy girl who has decided to try to fight the feed. Assaulted by a hacker who interrupts their connection, they struggle to understand what has happened to them – and to everyone around them.”
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taylor-its-me · 20 hours ago
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"Kate in Waiting" by Becky Albertalli
“Kate in Waiting” by Becky Albertalli
Becky Albertalli does it again y’all! She has created a fun, fast paced book that will force you to read it in one go. And yes, that is what I did! Kate in Waiting follows Kate, who’s in love with theatre and has a incredibly close friendship with her best friend, her platonic soulmate Andy. The two of them have also always developed crushes on the same guys, but it was never an issue because…
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afittingdistraction · 20 hours ago
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On My Shelf | Book Review {Lycanthropy And Other Chronic Illnesses ~ Kristen O'Neal}
On My Shelf | Book Review {Lycanthropy And Other Chronic Illnesses ~ Kristen O’Neal}
I was originally excited for this book even though I don’t really read YA. The main character has Lyme disease and although I don’t, one of my main disabilities is M.E which is also a neuroimmune condition and being the same age as the mc (19) I was looking forward to seeing myself on the page for once. Which I did in a way. One thing this book has going for it is how it absolutely nails the…
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jasminereadsbooks · a day ago
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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag
Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag
Hey Bookworms, So I didn’t end up posting on Wednesday because I worked in the mornings, which is not what I normally do, and I have read so much this week that I haven’t found time to write up posts for this week. I am a bit behind on a lot of things, but it is worth it. So it is that time of year where everyone reflects on all the reading they have done so far this year and all they want to…
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willowcroftdreaming · a day ago
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Five Things Friday: Mini-Interview with Author Eva Pohler
Five Things Friday: Mini-Interview with Author Eva Pohler @EvaPohler @willowcroft16 #mystery #adventure #author #thriller #paranormalromance
This week’s “Five Things Friday” author is Eva Pohler! Eva Pohler writes everything from “mysteries, thrillers, and young adult paranormal romance based on Greek mythology,” as mentioned on Eva Pohler’s website: https://www.evapohler.com/. Let the adventure commence! Willow Croft: I enjoyed the video tours of your house and writing space, and I read that you are also a HGTV fan. (I, myself, spend…
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The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen | Book Review
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen | Book Review
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen was so much better than I expected. I’ll admit I went in with not a lot of expectations. This book has mixed reviews on my goodreads. Still, I wanted to pick it up because I just absolutely love the design of the cover. Also, I’ve been on a roll of reading contemporary YA and just wanted to switch it up with some fantasy. Lucky me, because it turns out that I…
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theeafricangeek · a day ago
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reminder that constance from cinderella is dead is a black ginger (yes they exist). i’ve been seeing people use white redheads with curly hair to portray and even refer to her as merida (disney pixar). the author describes her books as a story of two black girls i.e sophia and constance.
for a visual aid this is what constance is supposed to look like
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gigi-writing · a day ago
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All about Giselle!!!
Okay, so first my full name is Giselle, but everyone calls me Gigi. I’m sixteen years old and have been writing for ever. I’ve been horseback riding since age 4 and do competitive showjumping and equitation. I’m from an Iranian-American family, but am adopted so, I don’t really know what I am. My favorite actor is Ramin Karimloo, because of his angelic voice. #Angel of Music. With that being said, I am a lover of musicals. Les Mis, Moulin Rouge, Phantom/LND have to be my top three. My favorite version of Phantom of The Opera is the 25th Anniversary. My favorite show is Avatar The Last Airbender, and Azula is my favorite character followed by Sokka. 
One funny quirk about my writing is before I start writing, I will cast the book. So for my next post I’ll share who I cast as who. It helps me create a vision for the characters so I have something more to go off of than just my own imagination. For example, I cast Hades as Ramin Karimloo because I’ve seen him play The Phantom, and Hades being Ruler of the Underworld I can draw from that. For Anastasia, I took inspiration from myself, Azula, and Wanda Maximoff and Natashs Romanoff. 
The Nightshade Chronicles was inspire by Percy Jackson mainly being twelve I wanted to create my own take of the Greek Gods. I just made it a bit more mature and a lot darker. Fair warning, there is some dark stuff in the books, and it progresses gradually through them. If needed there will be trigger warnings.
My dream is to create a following and fandom who enjoys my books. If that doesn’t happen that’s okay too, because I really wrote the books for me and whoever else wants to enjoy them!
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