Bumble Bee’s new favourite book is The Raven King by @maggie-stiefvater ! Despite knowing Gansey would hate her for very obvious reasons (he might not want to get too close), he is definitely her favourite character. She does admit to being a bit scared of Chainsaw.
Rating: Mature / PG-13 through NC-17 TImeline: Season 7 Summary: Fresh off a particularly brutal case, Mulder tries to finally make good on his promise to take Scully on a nice trip to the forest, only to stumble onto evidence that there may be more to a local urban legend than just rumor and superstition.
A/N: Special thank yous to @kateyes224 for being the best friend and beta extraordinaire for this beast, @2momsmakearight for the non-stop brainstorming, and @gilliansboobs for the unwavering support through my late night meltdowns while writing this and the amazing gif and banner. I couldn’t have done this without you guys xo
Her shoulder muscles screamed at the tension that had twisted into them, the hours of hunching over the paperwork of the case and his profile notes etched out sloppily across lined sheets. The rolling of her neck did little to pacify the muscles, instead they coiled tighter and burned like fire up to base of her skull.
The keypad above the doorknob beeped twice and flashed a green light as Mulder swiped the card and unlocked the door to their motel room, then stepped aside, allowing her to cross the threshold first.
“I’m exhausted,” she said as she dropped her coat onto the chair. Neither of them made a move towards the lamp, content in the quiet that the darkness offered. Instead, he pressed his chest to her back, his arms wrapping around her waist, and a deep sigh reverberated through her signaling to him that her eyes had drifted closed and she was finally allowing herself to relax. The past few days had gotten to her just as much as him, though she’d never admit that to him. Always the strong one. Always ‘fine.’
“I’m sorry you got as wrapped up in this case as you did,” he whispered in her ear, his arms tightened around her. “As much as I appreciate that you were there, I hate that you had to see me that way.”
She turned in his arms, running her hands up the length of them to the back of his neck, pulling his face close enough so that she could press a kiss to the tip of his nose.
Reading slumps are hypothetically like mental warfare. No, I’m serious. All you want to do is take your mind off important things like a) does my car have enough gas to get to school? b) should I go grocery shopping this weekend? c) I’m in five group chats about the same topic when I couldn’t give less of a fuck about the color of Sarah’s cousin’s prom dress…and so forth. We all have our reasons for reading, but real life always manages to gets in the way (especially now that exam season is upon us). So, what better way to combat a slump than by balancing it out with another, equally entertaining method of transportation from reality? Yup, I’m talking about music.
Apps like 8tracks, Spotify, and Soundcloud are all very helpful…if you know what you’re looking for. Personally, I love creating playlists on 8tracks that coincide with the book I’m reading. I feel as though listening to music that reminds me of the atmosphere of my novel can make the reading experience seem way better AND far more likely to keep my attention (in other words: it’s the book-hangover elixir you didn’t know you needed). All that being said, I’ve asked you guys to request some books that you’d like to see a music adoption for. Here’s a list of bands/ singers that I find have similar vibes with those novels! Feel free to add your own discoveries to the list!
Uprooted by Namoi Novik: Fleet Foxes, Lord Huron, James Vincent McMorrow, Bear’s Den, Daughter, Tom Rosenthal, Ben Howard,
The Secret History by Donna Tartt: Little Red Lung, Keaton Henson, Susanne Sundof, Palace, Novo Amor, Rhodes,
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass: Adrian Von Ziegler, Florence Welch, Ruelle, Aurora, James Newton Howard, Woodkid, Glasser,
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo OR Deathless by Catherine Valente: Foreign Fields, French for Rabbits, Julianna Barwick, Jeremy Soule, Erik Satie, Dario Marianelli, Sarah Blasko
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater: Radical Face, Jake Isaac, The Black Keys, The Jungle Giants, Glass Animals, Benjamin Francis Leftwhich, Annie Eve,
Raven: the Pirate Princess has been announced and I got the exclusive interview with the writer/creator himself! In this first part, we talk about Raven’s character, how she got her solo series, AND LGBTQ representation in comics!
You want action?
You want (LADY LOVING) romance?
CHECK OUT RAVEN: THE PIRATE PRINCESS THIS JULY
Talking Comics is holding Princeless Month so visit the site for an EXCLUSIVE 8-page preview for this series. Also don’t forget to download a FREE copy of the original series in which Raven was first introduced HERE
Nobody wants to read about the background characters…Or do
they? In my opinion, the story is never truly about the main character. Rather,
it is about that character’s journey from point
A to point B and all the funky things
in between. That includes the other characters they meet, because not only do
those characters help the main protagonist reach a certain goal– they also go
through an adventure of their own making.
Think of it this way: your friends
aren’t secondary just because they don’t share your point of view. It’s all a
matter of perspective! That being said, meet some of my favorite secondary ladies of YA Lit…
Blackbeak from Sarah J Maas’ Throne
of Glass series.
“…Then one day, I just woke up and
decided to fight. I trained. I healed my body. I grew strong –stronger than I’d
been before. And I stopped thinking about it. A month later I went hunting for
Crochans, and walked back into the Keep with three of their hearts in a box. If
your grandmother was surprised I hadn’t died, she didn’t show it. You were
there that night I came back. You toasted in my honor, and said you were proud
to have such a fine Second.”
from Leigh Bardugo’s TheGrisha Trilogy.
“I’m a soldier of the Second Army.
This is where I belong.”
Sargent from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven
“Blue didn’t envy Orla’s clairvoyance.
She did envy her ability to be different without even trying.”
Nováková from Laini Taylor’s Daughter
of Smoke and Bone trilogy.
“I want to build spires in their
minds and dance shadows through like marionettes, chased by whispers and hints
of the unspeakable.”
Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn
“Tonight is a night to turn heads.
Make them remember you. Make sure they never forget. You are the Calipha of
Khorasan, and you have the ear of a king.” Despina put her hand on Shahrzad’s
shoulder and grinned at their shared reflection. “More important, you have his
heart.” She bent forward and lowered her voice. “And most important, you are a
fearsome thing to behold in your own right.”
Collins from Cassandra Clare’s The
Infernal Devices trilogy.
“It’s all right to love someone who
doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as
they deserve it.”
Samos from Victoria Aveyard’s Red
“Evangeline appears through the steam,
knives swirling around in a glinting display.”