recommendation,

BOOK REVIEW: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater 

Release Date: October 10, 2017

Age Group: 14+

Genres: Magical Realism, Romance, Fantasy

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Add it to your Goodreads TBR here.


Disclaimer: 

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.

This is a long text post.

There may or may not be spoilers in this review. I tried not to spoil anything since this doesn’t come out until October, but then again, my definition of Spoiler often differs from others’. 

You can check out my original post on Goodreads here.

Also, I know about the drama circulating Goodreads regarding this book. I will not tolerate any hateful comments made regarding my opinion of this drama. 


First of all: 

I’ve read what I like to think is a good chunk of Maggie Stiefvater’s books and though I can appreciate that she has a magical way with words, I have never actually fully stopped to say, “Holy crap. That was beautiful.” This book had me doing that. A lot. I might even call it one of my favourite reads of the year so far. (It has been a good year for books).

In my very honest opinion, All the Crooked Saints is potential one of the best Stiefvater books out there. There are so many components to this book that it’s hard to fully even describe what exactly enthralled me so much about the story. The writing, the weirdness, the matter-of-fact reasoning behind the characters’ lives–it was all done so masterfully. This was truly a modern piece of literary art.

First, let me mention the elephant in the room: the use of Hispanic characters that has apparently become an issue with this book. I’m not Mexican, but I am Latina and I honestly didn’t see anything wrong with the book. The Mexican culture was not appropriated–the Latino concept of religion was flirted with in this novel, but a lot of the stories and mythology (I believe) were a creation of Stiefvater’s mind. I might be wrong, so you’re welcome to correct me (in a polite manner). But honestly, I just saw a story about kids who happened to be Mexican living in New Mexico and whose parents happened to speak Spanish. Frankly, I loved the whole concept of being able to read the Spanish sentences and grasping that extra layer of storytelling. I’m Cuban and if Stiefvater decided to write a story with kids who happened to be Cuban, I’d be all over it. For a world that begs for more POC in YALit, we judge non-POC authors harshly when they write characters that aren’t white, or stereotypical creations of the race they just happen to be.

Now that I’ve voiced my thoughts on that, back to the review!

In true Stiefvater fashion, this book is really weird, but in a beautiful way. The writing, at the beginning, felt very verbose but as the story progressed I began to appreciate it more. With every word and every sentence, Stiefvater created a more detailed picture of the world were miracles could happen. After all, it has to be a very magical world. 

One of the things that always made me feel not entirely invested in The Raven Cycle quartet was the writing because at some level, some of the lines connecting the storylines were occasionally lost on me. While I loved that series, I always felt like I was a step behind in understanding why it was so beautiful and so memorable. I finally understand with All the Crooked Saints. Something just clicked for me as I read and the magic of the writing made it really hard to put this book down. 

The Soria family is made up of peculiar people that together make Bicho Raro (Strange Bug, or Strange Thing–so fitting, imho) a very surreal place. I love the different kinds of people that inhabit this very tiny place in the middle of the desert. Everyone had a story to tell and because Stiefvater is a a fan of showing us different stories that all link up to the main story, we get to hear from a large portion of them. In my opinion, all of the characters in this book are cautionary tales of the imperfection of what it means to be human. We can all learn a little something from each character who is struggling with some aspect of themselves.

The romance in this novel is slow burning but wow, when Stiefvater finally gives it life, it’s a wondrous thing. You’re prepped early on for the potential for romance in that foreshadowing way that this author loves to use, but when it happens it happens like the very miracles that we are told about. There are many layers of miracles in this book that surpass the power of The Saint and of the eye, and the romance is a perfect example. 

My friend, who is an avid fan of Stiefvater, commented that she loves how some of the otherworldly and superstitious stories that Stiefvater included in this book were just stated matter-of-fact, like they just existed. I agree with her because this book makes the unbelievable believable, especially set in a time where anything could have happened. It also plays into the idea that magical and unknown things could potentially happen in very small and rural areas. Its small and remote location is one of the reasons why Bicho Raro was so endearing to me, so add a dose of magic and I’ll be adding it to my must-visit list. 

The use of religion in this book is much like the genre that Stiefvater appears to love to write: it is magically realistic, meaning that while religion is obviously a platform for this story, it isn’t really the message. I like to believe that the message is that while we search for miracles in the holy, it is us who come to terms with what we need to change in ourselves to truly get our miracles. If that makes any sense. 

I may or may not be rambling at this point. 

I think this is a must-read, especially if you’re a fan of Maggie Stiefvater’s previous books. This is such a well-rounded story that you will be aching for the next book from this talented author. The writing is beautiful and weaves a unique story. I don’t know how she does it, but she is a master of really using her gift for words to their full effect. 

Happy reading!

anonymous asked:

hey i didnt see this taegi on here so i thought id rec it! its a fantasy au with witch taehyung and baker yoongi. the world building was so well done and the writing was so descriptive, do check it out! archiveofourown. org/works/11704419

I put a spell on you (and now you’re mine) by cosmicoffee

IVE READ THIS ONE TOO OH MY GOD YOU GUYS KEEP REMEINDING ME OF THESE AMAZING STORIES IVE READ BLESS U GUYS

- N (i literally sneezed while typing bless you what is this sorcery)

Weekly Fanfic Recommendations 181

Originally posted by jimiyoong

ahhhh what a cutie, honestly i love bon voyage so much, i bought the package and ahHHHHHHHHHH you could literally just see that bangtan is a family, im so weak for this

anyway do check out my selling post with the tag #fafsells

lets start~

1) The Tenth Floor

by @notsoguiltykpop

a yoongi x y/n fic and taehyung x y/n fic 

ongoing series with 7 parts out 

ceo au 

in which you landed yourself a job as  a secretary for min yoongi, a busy ceo who apparently went through 34 secretaries in the past 2 years, will you be able to handle it?

2) Burning Like Liquor

by @won-heol

a seokjin x y/n fic 

one shot 

when you find out your boyfriend cheated on you with your best friend, youre standing in front of the arrogant kim seokjin who could give you more comfort than anyone could 

3) Fourth of July

by @93-jpg

a jungkook x y/n fic 

ongoing series with part one out 

( i love the fob reference so much )

when you thought your relationship with jungkook was good, but guessed it went off too soon

4) Joyride

by @sugaminxx

a yoongi  x y/n fic 

one shot 

who knew you would be doing it in yoongi’s car

5) A Broken Spell

by @houseofbangtaninternational

a jimin x y/n fic 

one shot 

in which jimin cant seem to get him off no matter how much he tried and so he decides to follow his hying’s advice and try this hotline 

6) I’ll Wait

by @into-the-new-w0rld

a jimin x y/n fic 

one shot 

( THIS GOT ME WEAK NO LIE )

he will wait for you, always

7) Storage Room

by @namjoonilicious

a jungkook x y/n fic 

one shot 

who knew being trapped in a storage room with jungkook would turn out like this 

lastly

8) Hippogrifs

by @beeguks

a taehyung x y/n fic 

one shot 

hogwarts au 

part of a series called, ‘Hogwarts: Bangtan’s School of Romance and Wizardy’ which features all member x y/n fics and so far only taehyung’s one is up

( im a legit sucker for hogwarts au )

you wondered why you had been sorted into the house of gryffindor but even more when you meet taehyung, a boy who is definitely braver than you

this is all for this fic rec, another one up soon~

faeron-the-wanderer  asked:

My guy, what's the name of the manga you've been reblogging?

Its called 

DANBERU NAN KIRO MOTERU?

Or in English

How Many Kilos are the Dumbbells You Lift?

I literally found it yesterday All thanks to @jake-everfree 

and its about these 2 girls which eventually turn to 5 

who want to start working out and going to the gym 

so theres Sakura Hibiki the blonde girl and my personal favorite whos basically just trying to lose weight cause she eats like Goku

and  Akemi Souryuuin the Dark Black Haired girl who is OBSESSED with Fitness and has a muscle fetish

And they get a BEAST OF A Personal Trainer named Machio

And he’s Just a Monstrous Intelligent Fitness Training Obsessed with helping them become Great!!

And the Manga goes in detail explaining Exercises.

Now I’m a Personal Trainer myself. I’ve been Certified the last 7 years and graduated college last year 

PS if you wanna hire me for online coaching just email me at jdownsfitness@gmail.com ;)

so I HONESTLY am Impressed with the facts they are spewing out. and THE MANGA IS F*CKIN FUNNY AS HELL! Because sometimes its slice of life fun.

Like a 29 year old teacher who loves to cosplay started working out so she could cosplay better 

and then it can turn into an ACTION BADASS SERIES just because Hibiki has Natural Gifts 

And everyones facial expressions will change to match the mood 

And its HILARIOUS, Its Fun, and just has so many things I appreciate as a Personal Trainer myself I LOVE THIS MANGA AND REAL TALK. Itss giving me 10x the Motivation to do better at fitness than OPM and yes even DBZ did back in the day 

SO GO READ IT NOW! 

https://mangadoom.co/danberu-nan-kiro-moteru/1

Its only 18 chapters right now! So Go Read it and tell me what ya think. Also 

@train-go you should check this out :)

And I can start another poll! 

Like I when I got 1021 people to read the One Punch Man manga way before the anime premiered :) Booyah! Let me see how many we can get! Making a video on this on my channel later ^_^

https://www.youtube.com/user/jaxblade07

anonymous asked:

Is there a book that has changed your life or has made you a better human, in a way?

Sure. I get asked this a lot so I’ll just make a kind of master post. I’ve worked through a few books but these have been the most transformative:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo
(great for clearing room for a new era in your life)

The Power of Now and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle (both helped me get a sense of awareness and control over my thoughts, helped me understand myself, people around me, society in general. Indispensible)

The Places That Scare you by Pema Chodron
(helped me learn to make peace with my negative emotions, to stop running from the moment, to be present for the whole of life, not just the ‘good’ bits)

Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations by Jules Evans (a great overview of various philosophical techniques that people have used over the ages to cope with life)

Also, there are a couple of talks that I love to listen to. They always bring me a sense of peace. They’re like 1-2 hours long and really condense the spirit of the books I mentioned above.

This Moment is the Perfect Teacher by Pema Chodron (I listen to this like once every two weeks or something. Really amazing talk, funny, compassionate, enlightening. I think this is available to buy, but it’s like $30 or something, idk. I’m broke so I just downloaded it as a torrent from here)

In the Presence of a Great Mystery by Eckhart Tolle (again, a super transformative, warm and funny talk about personal growth etc. again, I got this as a torrent here)

I also use an app called Headspace which taught me the basics of meditation, I use it daily to help keep my mind somewhat grounded.

Hope that helps! x

anonymous asked:

COULD YOU BY COLEY_MERRIN (i think) IS ONE OF THE BEST TAEGI FICS I'VE EVER READ I LOVE IT so basically taekook r roommates and yoonkook are brothers and yoongi's a rich lawyer so he pays for everything and shit and taegi fall in love and It's Cute and FLUFFY AND JJSNZNNSBS v smutty just sayin

I KNOW EXACTYL WHAT STORY YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS!!!!! I NEED TO REREAD!! I FORGOT ABOUT THIS ONE OH MY GOD BLESS YOU FOR REMINDING ME OF IT!!

Could You by coley_merrin

- N

anonymous asked:

Top 5 favorite performances by Jimin?

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatttttt? Ok I’ll try 

(This ask is deadly, do not click any link or watch any video if you have a weak heart … wait nevermind, you will not survive it even if you were healthy. carry on dear^^)

Originally posted by softjvngkook

But first, some (a lot of) honorable mentions: 

  • 170114 JIMIN MEDLEY HERE
  • 161231 JIMIN rehearsal fire HERE
  • 161231 JIMIN BST HERE
  • 161229 JIMIN LIE  HERE
  • 161018  JIMIN fire HERE
  • 160723 JIMIN House Of Cards HERE 
  • 160604  JIMIN fire HERE
  • 160702 JIMIN No More Dream HERE 
  • 151009 JIMIN I NEED U HERE
  • 150802 JIMIN  Tomorrow HERE  
  • 151219 JIMIN Run HERE
  • 141231 JIMIN Intro + Danger HERE
  • 141203  MAMA HERE
  • 130929 JIMIN N.O HERE   

Number 5:  160828 M ON! a nation stadium fes Fire (THOSE PANTS)

Number 4:  161231 MBC Music Festival Blood Sweat & Tears (You will be thankful to the wind)

Number 3:  161027 21 century + Blood Sweat & Tears (just … RIP every Jimin and non Jimin stan) 

Number 2:  160725 Ulsan Summer Festival Fire Jimin focus (He was disrespectful … and you, I, your parents, my friends, their cats, the world loved it)

Number 1:  151231 MBC Music festival BTS Perfect Man (Come ON, This one is legendary and thanks to it Jimin focus became even more popular. When Jimin owned a dance that wasn’t even his)

I mean …. look. Every Jimin focus is a work of art sent by the heavens. I am just a human I can’t defy holy decisions. Enjoy this list friend ^^

Summer Anime 2016

This summer we have so many anime with an all-male cast, I was so happy I decided to to a rec/ranking/review/summary. Note: I only watch anime with mostly males I’m sorry it’s just what I like lol so this list may not match yours. (I cannot stand female leads - except maybe Gintama? - because they will escalate into romantic relationships and they annoy me to no end. It’s like the only purpose of females is romance and I hate that.) And a warning is that I’m kind of shallow so I normally look at the guys’ looks and then their character. But good character and relationship developments are definitely essential to me too.

1. Fukigen na Mononokean

I’ve rec it so many times I feel like I’m part of the official publicity comm but it’s really good :) My favourite character is Abeno cause he’s really adorable and tsundere (?) haha. If you like youkai, friendship and touching moments, do try this out!! It’s a little similar to Natsume Yuujinchou too.

2. Servamp

It looks really interesting so I watched it and when I saw the OP I screamed cause all-male cast! Compared to Spring 2016 this season does look more appealing to me. And I’ve ran out of anime with all bromance (other than sports anime) and no romance. So anyway for Servamp, Kuro was a really cute cat, and the setting seems interesting enough for me to chase. I feel like I might not like the main character as much though but we’ll see. 

3. Fudanshi Kokou Seikatsu

Ahh this is really cute I can relate so much to the main character as a Fujoshi myself :D and I can hardly find friends who can fangirl with me. It’s really sad to be embarrassed for liking gay ships ;n; The only bad thing about the series is that it’s too short each episode haha.

4. D.Gray-man Hallow

I’ve read the manga but didn’t understand most of it. Still, it’s likeable and I like Allen and Kanda. I felt like this season they beautified all the characters and Kanda definitely looks better with his new hairstyle/fringe :DD I hope they can animate most of the manga and I hope we can finally understand what is going on with the 14th.

5. Handa-kun

I just watched the 1st episode today and all I can is that it’s really good and hilarious omg. Only it’s too short with the first 9min trying to break the fourth wall and I couldn’t understand the humor at all. Still, the rest of the episode was worth it! Can’t wait for the rest!

Keep reading

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If there is one fanmade video for Betty & Jughead that you should watch, it’s this one. Perfect. From the editing, to the song, to the lyrics and for the perfect duo. by melprodz

MADE IN ABYSS - MANGA/ANIME RECOMMENDATION

SYNOPSIS FROM MYANIMELIST:

The enormous cave system, known as the Abyss, is the only unexplored place in the world. Nobody knows how far down this titanic pit goes, inhabited by strange and wondrous creatures and full of mysterious ancient relics whose purpose is unknown to modern man. Generations of bold adventurers have been drawn by the cryptic depths of the Abyss. Over the course of time those bold enough to explore the dangerous pit came to be known as “Cave Raiders.”

In Oosu, the town at the edge of the Abyss, there lives a little orphan named Rico, who dreams of becoming as great a cave raider as her mother was and solving the great mystery of the pit. One day exploring the murky depths she stumbles upon a little boy, who turns out to be a robot… 

BUT REALLY THOUGH….LOOK AT THE CAVE SYSTEM

IT ALSO HAS A REALLY CUTE ARTSTYLE AND I REALLY LIKE THE SHADING~ IT’S KINDA LIKE BLACK/WHITE WATERCOLOUR 

ALSO VERY INTERESTING MONSTER DESIGNS~

IT’S GONNA GET AN ANIME SOONNNNN

I’m very sleep deprived and incredibly emotional about the Adventure Zone in general and specifically about the second Story and Song episode. But guys. Friends. Internet people. If you ever listen to me on one recommendation ever in your lives go listen to this podcast. Doesn’t matter if you’re into d&d or not. Just go listen. It starts a little slow and goofy but by the end of the first arc (Here There Be Gerblins) Griffin has started breaking from the guide and doing his own shit and it fucking takes OFF. The balance campaign is drawing to a close so if you want to jump in when they start their next story that would probably be a lot of fun. But guys this campaign they’re on now…. I seriously don’t have words. Just… go listen to it. For me. And then come yell with me about it.

Favourite Male Yandere List

1. Katsuki Hoshino from Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria (Light Novel)
You wouldn’t expect a normalcy-obsessed boy to become pretty abnormal for the sake of the one he cares. I don’t want to spoil but he’ll become one of the most crazy yandere in creepy first person narrative you’ll ever find if you read and endure reading all seven volumes of this light novel which is already amazing itself.

2. Kairak from Abide in the Wind (Webtoon)
This is a pretty known yandere, so I’ll sum him up briefly. He’s a dragon and only have one girl he cares about in this whole world. I don’t want to spoil so let’s say his yandere glare to other guys while getting all gentlemanly to the main girl would make you fangirl all day XD

3. Onodera Punpun from Oyasumi Punpun (Manga)
This one is also relatively unnoticed. Throughout my whole career of seeking out a male yandere in a manga. This one never came up. I didn’t expect the male MC to be a yandere either. But, trust me, the latter part of the novel would shock you with his antics and logic in order to save his love. If you can stand him being drawn as a bird head, that is. The manga is amazing as well, not only well drawn but also one-and-only of its kind.

4. SeJoon from Flowers of Evil (Manhwa)
While seemingly sane at the beginning, this guy is certainly the craziest, most jealous in the story. Warning: So shojo and TWINCEST

5. Akiharu from Hakuji
The guy next door is a painter. He’s obsessed about your porcelain like complexion… in a sexy-crazy but not too creepy (at a cute level) way… Not a smut though

5. Kait from Dokuhime
A very cute MC (you’ll see :D!) who’s secretly murderous. He’ll grow to love the girl so much that he’d protect her with all his badass move. A well written story worth checking out anyway~

anonymous asked:

Okay JAX since no one has asked what this show you've been rebloggin is. I'll Bite. What is it because that last video was hilarious xD

Oh okay sure thing I just got into this show thanks to a friend who wishes to remain nameless xD

The show is called 

Mitsudomoe

Originally posted by yushiyuki


Its about these 3 triplet sisters who all have their own unique quirks

The Eldest one Mitsuba is like a fusion of Eric Cartman  from South Park and Angelica from Rugrats except WAAY bitchier

She loves to eat and is sadistic and wants everyone to call her Sama and kneel before her. 

Originally posted by muushin

Then theres my personal favorite and spirit animal Futaba

Originally posted by xanimerulesx

Now Futaba is the Lovable GOOF of the sisters.

She’s a bit of an airhead but she’s got a great heart. Also SHE IS INSANELY STRONG and ATHLETIC

Originally posted by antidepressant42

But the key thing about her is SHE LOVES BOOBS.

Like more than anything.

 She even has her own BOOB Love theme song for when she does stuff really athletic

Then theres Hitoha 

Originally posted by antidepressant42

She’s this really reserved girl who doesn’t know how to socialize or talk to people so she’s usually very quiet and she always carries this book around with her that she becomes GRUDGE scary Level if you try to touch it 

Originally posted by antidepressant42

She’s also a TOTAL FANGIRL of this Show called the Gachi Rangers (A Power Rangers parody) 

and she collects all this stuff but she doenst know how to talk to people cause she’s so anti social so she ends up scaring them off or making them sad

Originally posted by loveme334

Now you think the show is gonna be this G rated fun slice of life……BUT NO

NOT AT ALL

This show is a HARD R. The Humor is this show is honestly like a fusion of 

South Park

Originally posted by team-southpark-fuckyeah

and Drawn Together 

Originally posted by xesoteric-extraterrestrialx

AND ITS HILARIOUS

Though I will warn Pedophilia, sodomy and rape are contextual jokes in the show nothing Graphic but if you’ve seen South Park you know how they work their magic so waring there ya go lol

There are so many Three’s Company-esque Misunderstandings that I will admit later on do get overplayed but the ones that HIT ARE HILARIOUS.

TONS OF GREAT BackGround/Secondary Characters 

For example the teacher always gets mistaken for doing something foul with his students even though he’s innocent

Though real talk some situations will make you say this dude should be fired.

Then theres this mother who’s interested in her daughters 6th grade students cause she’s pent up and you’ll be thinking this bitch needs to be arrested.

and theres their father who keeps getting mistaken for a prowler or kidnapper when he’s just a good man who loves his daughters

Originally posted by mitsudo-moe

But its really short, It came out in 2010

So Theres 2 seasons
1 had 13 episodes

the second have 8

and 1 OVA

It took me like a day and half to marathon all of this on CrunchyRoll.  THE INTRO GETS ME HYPED!

 its just a funny SHOW. Like I didnt realize how funny it would be I was crying laughing hard in some of the episodes 

Originally posted by kureijiotaku

So I’d def recommend it if you’re looking to laugh. Though Episode 2 has a really gross scene in the first 15 minutes of it so you might wanna skip that xD

So check it out if you want 

http://www.crunchyroll.com/mitsudomoe/episode-1-the-marui-sisters-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-543890

Originally posted by mitsudo-moe

5

Today in history

August 5th 2014. AC Rogue cinematic trailer released on this day. And my life began to change thoroughly with it.

Three years passed. On this day 2017 I had the first (and perhaps the only) tattoo all my life, a Shay made by my favorite artist 30-DORADUS aka @clownkid666 since 2008 when I became an AC fan. Now my dream of obtaining one of her art came true.

I thought I’ve never met Shay in my dreams. Every time my friends told me they met Shay in their dreams and they did some sort of happy things I got super jealous. Until months ago I read my old diary and found a forgotten dream I wrote down.

There was nothing about happiness in that dream. I watched him being binded, many skewers came from above and pierced him through slowly. His muscles cramped, his skin sweated, his eyes shut tight and the pain on his face broke my heart. Sometimes I was the one being skewered, and I felt his pain.

Nothing romantic happened to us in that dream. We just, shared the pain in complete silence, without a single word. It was so painful that I wrote it down then buried it deep in memories.

After these three years, I think I grew brave enough to make this dream into reality, to carve him in my body with thousands of needling, to remember him all my life.

Because he is the one who freed my soul from the shell.

Hide in the captious crowd

Seek that star once night falls

Travelers come and go depleting my passion

But you are still young and naive

like a fresh billet-doux

Have We Met Somewhere Before by Joker Xue
我好像在哪见过你 by 薛之谦

anonymous asked:

I love your art so much! You always give the advice of studying anatomy but do you also own books on the subject you could recommend?

Hello, I strongly recommend this book as they give many breakdowns, explanations, samples of anatomy.

Edit: It’s by Editors of ImagineFX magazine, the publisher is Fox chapel publishing

#RMusic

Hi guys! Since it’s #NamMonth I made a playlist on spotify and on youtube of all the songs Namjoon recommended, I know there must other people who have done this already, but I couldn’t find one that was complete and updated so I made my own! Just trying to spread love for Namjoon, hope you guys enjoy!!!