May Wrap-Up \\ rereading, June goals and finally writing

Happy Wednesday bibliophiles!

It’s almost June, and that means it’s time for my monthly wrap-up. I managed to do a decent amount this month; I finished some books, wrote a bit of my story and did some actual real-life things!

So let’s talk about that:

*and also tell me what you read and accomplished this month! I’d love to hear it!

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Your WIP in Gifs Tag \\ basically getting to share my excitement about my own ideas

This tag could not have come at a better time!

I was just thinking about different ways to talk about my most-recent writing project. Mainly because I finally had a break-through and this world is coming together! Finally, everything is lining up and it’s making me giddy. 

I’m calling it Melora, for now (because book titles are hard and no one warned me).

 

Thank you to the people who tagged me! Savannah from The Book Prophet & Elizabeth from Redgal Musings! Both of these ladies have really awesome blogs and I highly suggest you check out their WIP posts! 😉  

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#ReadingPride Book Challenge & Giveaway \\ For Bookstagram and\or Book Blogs & Booktube

Hello Bibliophiles!

Exactly one week from today (Friday, May 24th) is June 1st. AKA the start of Pride MonthI’m sure a lot of you already knew that, but this June is particularly important to me because this is the first year that I’m out as pansexual.

So why not celebrate? This challenge is a fun way to help you get through some of the LGBTQ+ books on your TBR, shout out some favs and also get the chance to win some bookish prizes! Because who doesn’t like free bookish things?

I’m going to go over rules for all the different platforms and the prizes will be at the bottom of the page!

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How to Find the Right Character Names \\ Writing with Marrill 002

A character’s name can literally make or break a story.

Of course, a good name can’t guarantee you have a decent story, but a bad name could make a reader want to throw your book into Tartarus.

No pressure or anything.

I also know that it can be hard to write about a character that you can’t find a proper name for. So today my post is about…

A) Some tips for finding a good name and B) a few pieces of advice as to how to not annoy the reader. Both of these are essential (in my very unprofessional opinion).

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What I Look for in YA Friendships \\ do they even exist??

I like friends.

Not the show – I’ve never seen it – I mean two people loving each other platonically and being supportive. It’s one of my essentials to a perfect story!

I was thinking about this the other day and I realized I don’t have any YA friendships to gush about. The only thing close is the Argo II crew from Heroes of Olympus (which is an excellent series but technically middle-grade).

And what irritates me the most is the fact that I haven’t come across any friendships in YA fantasy books! A lot of fantasy – and even contemporary – books have “friendships” and not friendships. What’s the difference? You ask.

 

Well, allow me to tell you my basic rules for fictional friendships:

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A Court of Frost and Starlight \\ Spoiler-Free Review

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. MaasTitle: A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.1)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Spoiler Review: To be posted


Synopsis

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

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How to find the right Point Of View (POV) \\ Writing with Marrill 001

Hello Book Ravens! 

Starting a story is hard. There’s no way to really get around it; in order to write a story, you have to start somewhere. Including, but not limited to, finding the right point of view.

I know a lot of my writer friends don’t stress about this – they usually choose which POV they prefer – but for me, it’s an essential part of the story and not so easy to figure it out.

I’m assuming some of you agree, so I have for you all a list of different POV options and how to decide which fits your story juuuuust write (get it? Write? Like right?).

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The Cruel Prince \\ Spoiler-Free Review

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)Title: The Cruel Prince (Folk of Air #1)

Author: Holly Black

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Hardcover (Owlcrate Exclusive)

Spoiler Review: Coming soon


Synopsis

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
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April Wrap-Up \\ The Cruel Prince, Camp NaNo and Drivers ED

Hello Book Ravens! 

Crazily enough, it’s now May. Which, for me, means trying to read more and forcing myself to write SOMETHING be it good or bad.

But as far as April goes, it wasn’t a complete fail. I actually did productive things for one, and for another, I managed to finish a complete book (actually three of them).

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A Map for Wrecked Girls \\ Spoiler-Free Review

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A Map for Wrecked GirlsTitle: A Map for Wrecked Girls

Author: Jessica Taylor

Publisher: Dial Books

Genre: Contemporary, Adventure

Format: Hardcover

Spoiler Review: coming soon


Synopsis

Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them.

Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart.

To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?

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