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Friday, September 29, 2017

A Brief Update + Short Story

Okay so I know I told you guys I had four blog posts written up but I've been trying to better my content and so I scrapped those ideas. I just started school so I've been a little behind in the reading department but I'm going to have a book done by Monday at the latest. In the meantime I've been thinking about writing short stories and see what you guys think. I have a horribly short attention span and so I haven't been able to stick with an idea long enough to finish writing a book but I thought I would try my hand at short story writing. Here it goes. Remember that it's my first short story.

The girl looked down at the water below. It's okay. A voice whispered in her head. One step forward and all the pain; all the suffering will be over. She felt one tear fall down her face. The voice was right, it always had been. When it told her in the fifth grade that all the fighting her parents were doing about her would cause them to split and it would be all her fault she had doubted it. But thn her parents had split, it was only for a little while but it still shook her to the core. When her Dad echoed words that the voice told her, or maybe the voice echoed her Dad, she didn't want to believe it. But soon she started to notice all the little thing. How people would only half listen to her, how people would talk about her behind her back, how nothing she ever did seemed to please everyone; everything she did seemed to mess everything up more and the voice became louder.
In Freshman year when the voice first told her that the world would be better off without her she brushed it aside. Sure she messed up but her parents and friends still loved her. Right?
But then the fights started getting worse. The hatred started to grow and no matter how many times her parents said 'I love you' she couldn't bring herself to believe it. And everytime her friends chose their boyfriends over her the furthur she fell into the pit she had found herself in.
When the voice first told her to hurt herself as a test to see if anyone would care enough to notice she scoffed. Of course people would notice. So she did, one cut across the wrist... then two... then three. No one noticed. But it felt good. No one cared about her pain, emotional or physical. So why not show her internal heartbreak on the outside? Why not show the world just how bad it had hurt her? So she did it again and again and again.
In Junior year when the voice again brought up how better the world would be without her she didn't brush it aside. She thought about it. She thought long and hard about it. Her parrents odviously wouldn't care and her friends, if they even thought of her like that, would get over it soon enough. Hers was one inconsequential life out of billions, it couldn't possibly matter that much.
That`s how she finds herself standing on the bridge at one in the morning. For a second she questions if this is the right choice, if this is what would really be best. The voice starts whisper words into her head. Bitch, Ass, Self-centered, Awful, Horrible Daughter, Dramatic, Attention Seeker, Hated, Brat, The Cancer of the Family. Her decision made she takes one final breath and steps over the edge.

I know that was deppressing you guys and I'm sorry. This is what happens when I write at 11 pm. I've kinda been in a dreary mood lately. This story is trying to show how much words can have an effect on people. You don't know how someone is feeling or what their life is like. Sometimes when people say hurtful things to someone, even in the heat of a fight, it can stick with them for year and haunt them. Just a reminder to think over your words carefully. If you guys think that was a bust and I shouldn't write short stories for the blog anymore then let me know. The same goes for if you liked it. I absolutly love feedback. Thank you you guys!

Friday, September 1, 2017

ARC Review- Girls Made of Snow and Glass

  Guys I'm the literal worst! In the last post I promised a new post at least every other week...
And that was a month ago! In my defense I was grounded for two weeks and I've had serious Reader/Writers block. But I swear I'm back now. I have four (no lying I swear) posts written up.
There's this one book (the next post is based on it) that helped me through my block. I've finished four books and I'm half way through a fifth this week.
 So... now onto my super overdue (again I'm sorry) post. 

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust                                                                                                                                           Release Date: September 5th, 2017                       Goodreads Av. Rating: 4.1 out of 5                       My Rating: 4.5 out of 5                                         
Pre-Order links:    
Barnes and Noble                                     

 Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale

At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.  

   How about we start with the plot. It's absolutely intriguing. There was never a dull spot where I was forcing myself to continue. In fact sometime I was so into it I had to put it down and take a deep breath before continuing. Especially with the way the book was written. It switched point of views between Mina and Lynet but Mina's POV starts when she was a little girl and Lynets starts nearing her 16th birthday. It's like two different stories that eventually collide. And let me tell you it's a mess when they collide.
   The characters in the book are very well developed. When you read about how they feel it's like your experiencing it as well. The author puts you into the characters thoughts and feelings as if they were your own. And not just the main characters but the supporting characters as well. And it's amazing.
  This is actual a fairly happy book. I didn't cry during it (very rare) but I did get frustrated. When you know something the other characters don't you kinda just want to yell at them. All of this could have been solved if you two would just talk to each other! But I guess there would be no plot then... Still, communication is absolutely wonderful. 
  My favorite thing about this book however has to be that it's a fairy-tale remake.  I love all types of YA, I'm not that picky, but I've always loved re imagined fairy tales. I had such high expectations for this book and let me tell you this new snow-white story does not let down. It defiantly deserved the hype it's been receiving. 

  I would say this book is perfect for people looking for Snow White without the "Evil" step-mother. A female empowering change to the classic tale. Where women are the heroes. 

  I absolutely love this book and I think you will too. Be looking for it on shelves September 5th (or pre-order it. That's great too!)

 Thank you to the publisher for letting me read this amazing book!
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