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Morrigan and the King of Hybern

Ok but why is there little to no speculation about something going down in the third book between Morrigan and the King of Hybern???!! In the cauldron scene, after Mor dodges the king’s attack, it was made pretty clear that he was attracted to her:

The king rose. “What a mighty queen you are,” he breathed. And Mor backed away. Step by step. “What a prize,” the king said, his black gaze devouring her.

Azriel’s head lifted from where he was sprawled in his own blood, eyes full of rage and pain as he snarled at the king, “Don’t you touch her.”

Mor looked at Azriel– there was real fear there. Fear– and something else. (pp.602-603)

Many people within the fandom have been curious about Mor and the extent of her power, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she plays a huge part in the next book.

CAN WE PLEASE TALK ABOUT THIS???!!

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Forever Lost in Literature: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (Spoiler-free!)

My review for Jay Kristoff’s masterpiece Nevernight is now up! I loved this book so much and I am recommending it to just about everyone! The story is amazing and the writing is gorgeous - definitely check it out if you have a chance.

If Meg Medina’s name isn’t familiar to you, now is the time to make yourself familiar with it, especially if you’re a fan of children’s and young adult literature. Medina, who is Cuban-American, began her career in publishing books for young readers in 2008 and today, she’s become a name that readers — adults and young alike — know as a solid, dependable storyteller. Her work has earned her recognition from CNN, where she was named one of 10 visionary women, and she’s both won and been honored for her work with a Pura Belpré Award (a top honor for a Latino/a writer who writes about the Latino/a experience for young readers).

Medina’s most well-known title, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, won the Pura Belpré in 2014, though it is likely most familiar to readers as the book which has been challenged from libraries due to its title. The book led to a disinvitation from a school visit for Medina, as well. Her response, as well as her explanation of why the title matters, are eloquently discussed on her blog.

So where to begin if you want a taste of Medina’s writing? As much as it feels too easy to say that her books are worth reading in (roughly) publication order, it’s impressive to see how her writing has grown, how her storytelling has evolved, and how her stories fill a wide hole in the world of children’s and young adult fiction. These are stories about Latina characters, in contemporary landscapes as well as historical and fantastical ones, which resonate with readers who both desire seeing themselves in books, as well as those who are eager to read stories of those living in the world around them.

http://bookriot.com/2016/07/26/reading-pathway-meg-medina/

Throne of Glass // Sarah J. Maas // ★★★☆☆

I really wanted to love this, I really wanted to and I tried hard. I mean I mostly liked the story and the characters themselves but I had a few problems with it.

The names. I spent the majority of this book when thinking of characters struggling to remember their strange and difficult to pronounce names. Of course I recognised them when reading them, but even now I’m damned if I can remember the protagonist’s name. This would probably become less of an issue the more you read of the series as you get used to it. I don’t mind peculiar names in fantasy but this was a bit far.

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I loved (let me look it up) Celaena, she was such a strong character and so badass. I also appreciated that her moral compass was quite grey, it makes a change from such righteous protagonists. There wasn’t much romance in this book, I assume it’ll come later. I have reservations about the prince, the captain of the guards was more my cup of tea. He seemed a better fit, but the hinting in this book also insinuates that’s to come later as well.

I think I’ll return to this series and read the rest, but it’s not at the top of my priorities. This would be good for any fantasy fan, who wants a strong female lead.

More information on Goodreads.

G O D D E S S . J P G 

I compare boys with dead nerves and tired eyes
to gold-plated gods and statues in museums;
murals of the immortal and mature.
And they have proven to not be worthy
of being my boy wonder, or the honor
of the comparison to art — oil paints and marble.

And isn’t it I, me, who has tight fists
and cracks in my ivory armor?
Pay homage to my prevalence, and tell me
how your earth shakes as I put
my foot down and claim victory.
Perhaps I am worthy of my own creative
lens, to portray myself as something
other than omens and a victim of fool’s gold.

I am a self-proclaimed melodramatic,
hopeless romantic. Call me this generation’s
Aphrodite—with a habit of being too sensitive,
and an acquired taste for hearts two sizes
too small, spaces I cannot fit into.  

And I’ve always been on the hunt;
for a place to feel like home, true love,
and more time. I am Artemis. Eyes open.
I’m more aware of your past injustice,
and the fact that I can be good.
Are you afraid of me now?

Blank verse is my weapon; I am revenge
for each time your words clapped
like thunder in attempt to strike
me down. I am the adversary of the masculine
god-complex; a goddess so complex.
I am the moon the lone wolves howl at;
light and dark. I change with the seasons.
He called me Spring and I showed him Persephone.

Resurrect a hell above me, and set
every floorboard on fire. I’ll walk
on brimstone like I’ve felt a harsher
burn. I am Chione—born from bad temper.
Your names no longer cloud
my throat. I breathe snow instead of smoke.

5 Things Maggie Stiefvater Taught Me About Writing

Some things @maggie-stiefvater​ taught me THROUGH THE POWER OF LITERATURE.

1. Write About What You Love.

Maggie’s love of vintage cars serves to transport us into Gansey’s Camaro. Her love of horses translates to knowing exactly how Puck’s pony behaves. I read Scorpio Races years ago and one thing that still sticks in my memory is when Puck’s pony bends around to scratch its ear with a hind leg like a dog. I have seen a pony do this, and it’s adorable. It takes knowledge of horses to know that this behaviour is (1) odd but possible, and (2) embarrassing if your horse does that while you’re on his back.

Writing about what you love adds richness to the story through vibrant details.

Passion in the writer also translates to passion in the reader. I don’t give two craps about cars, but when I read the Raven Cycle series, I cared deeply about that Camaro.

2. Create Unique, Relatable Metaphors.

“A laugh like sucking the whipped cream off of hot chocolate.” “Friendly in the sort of way that an electron is friendly with a nucleus.”

I had not heard these ones before. Not only are they effective descriptions, but they’re also fun to read. Small phrases like these make the whole book stand out.

3. Focus On The Characters.

All of Maggie’s stories centre around intriguing characters with distinct personalities.

“When Gansey was polite, it made him powerful. When Adam was polite, he was giving power away.”

Characters are the most important part of a story. You can argue with me, but I will argue back. The best moments are the ones centred around interpersonal conflict. A character’s stakes, emotional journey, quirks, and unique view are what pull a reader into a book. Even rip-roarin’ action scenes can be improved with relatable emotions and internal struggles.

4. Write With Confidence.

I attended a panel in which representatives from a publishing house said one of the main things they look for in a manuscript is an “it” factor—a quality of writing that differentiates a professional novel from an amateur one.

Maggie, of course, has it. She writes with calm command. I don’t sense any fear of rejection or hesitation in her style. Instead, I sense, “Yes, I am a writer, and this is my story, and if you don’t like it, go read something else.”

You, too, can do this. Write unapologetically. Own the page.

5. Be You.

If you follow Maggie on social media, you know she injects her personality fearlessly into everything she does. Your writing and your author platform are unique. Anyone can make a story, but only you can write your story.

There’s a reason this quote is so overused: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”

Well, write your story. You’re the only person in the world who can bring all of your quirks, obsessions, experiences, and general weirdness together into one identity—your authorial masterpiece.

YA book recs

no one personally asked me for this, but i have a couple of friends who might take interest so here you go!!! (i’ll give brief summaries and warnings next to the titles. my favorites are marked with ***)


LGBT+

*** aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe (sequel coming soon!) - coming of age, best friends turned lovers, slight homophobic slurs and violence

the song of achilles - greek mythology, war, gore and violence, greek gods, brief nsfw scenes, angst

*** carry on - magic, wizards and mages, fantasy, enemies to lovers, strong female characters, action and adventure, “chosen one” main character

openly straight (sequel coming soon!) - friends to lovers, sports, slight homophobia, college students, drama and angst

will grayson, will grayson - two sides of the same story, theater production, depression, homophobia, if i remember right there’s slight nsfw content

more happy than not - depression, suicide, sci fy, homophobia, angst, plot twists

simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda (movie in production!) - secret admirer, slight homophobia, fluff, blackmail, kind of a “who dun it?” story line, a little bit of nfsw content

*** all for the game (trilogy) - made up sport, action, angsty romance, slow build, homophobia, self harm, torture, rape, strong female characters, gang members and the yakuza, drug use, violence, nsfw content, basically a lot of warnings and probably cannot be called young adult

perks of being a wallflower (has a movie) - has lgbt+ themes, coming of age, highschool life, slight adult themes, diary format

boy meets boy - fluff, angst, drag queen side character, coming of age, breakups and makeups

*** i’ll give you the sun - two sides of the same story, two perspectives, siblings, art, metaphors, coming of age, straight and lgbt+ relationships, mentions of ghosts

NON LGBT+

*** unwind (series, movie in production!) - sci fy, futuristic, action, adventure, gore, slight romance, some violence, black marketing

*** the outsiders (has a movie!) - greasers, gangs, violence, angst, strong sibling bonds, coming of age

cirque du freak (series, has a movie and a manga) - circus setting, vampires, monsters, adventure, action, best friends turned enemies, very brief romance, apprentices, a bit of everything

go ask alice - heavy drug use, diary format, rehab, long road to recovery, might be mentions of rape

me, earl, and the dying girl (has a movie) - cancer, highschool life, quirky, light and briefly mentioned romance, film production, slight violence, angst


that’s all for now! if i’m wrong on describing any of these books please let me know. if you’ve read some of these and want to talk to me about them i’m more than happy to chat! 

anonymous asked:

Fairytale-inspired book recs?

Hi there!

Sure, we have a bigger list here with books about more retellings than just fairytale inspired ones, but here is a shorter list for your reading pleasure:

*not yet released

These are not all of course, there are plenty of more, but here’s a small selection of them. We hope this helps and happy reading!

Love,
Fizzle Reads family

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 Day 15: Optimistic 

I first read I Am the Messenger when I was 18 years old and feeling adrift, which is probably the main reason I connected with Ed Kennedy so much. Throughout the book he struggled with the same self-doubt and fears as me, and as he realized that you don’t need to be a Joan of Arc or a Bob Dylan to leave your mark on the world and those closest to you, so did I. This book helped me be optimistic about the world, and my place in it.    

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Hidden Youth: Speculative Stories of Marginalized Children
HIDDEN YOUTH, the sequel to Locus and World Fantasy Award-nominated Long Hidden!

From Crossed Genres:

We don’t send out messages to our mailing list often, so when we do you know it’s important!In case you haven’t heard, Crossed Genres is running a Kickstarter to fund our latest anthology - HIDDEN YOUTH, a sequel to our 2014 World Fantasy and Locus Award-winning anthology LONG HIDDEN!

Three years ago, we launched a Kickstarter to fund an anthology of historical speculative fiction, telling the stories of people who had been marginalized throughout history. The overwhelming success of that project - both the initial fundraising and the critical praise and sales upon release - showed how important it is to tell these stories, how badly they are needed.
Now we want to continue telling these stories, giving voice to those whom history has neglected, ignored or erased. And this time, we’ll focus on young people - all protagonists are under the age of 18.As of this post the Kickstarter campaign is just shy of 95%, less than $1,200 from our goal! We’re very, very close to funded, but the campaign ends TOMORROW (Wednesday July 6) at 10PM US EDT!

In these last 30 hours, please consider backing this anthology! If you enjoyed Long Hidden and were considering backing its sequel, now’s the time! And even if you can’t back the Kickstarter, any extra help you can give spreading the world would be greatly appreciated! Even a tweet or link on Facebook (with a “Last 30 hours!” push) can make a difference.

THE KICKSTARTER: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1537879721/hidden-youth-speculative-stories-of-marginalized-c

Thank you to everyone for all the amazing support, that’s gotten us this close!