While writing: music or not?

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Lately, I started lots of projects for my books, contests etc. etc. and it became a habit to listen to music while writing.

When I am writing, I really love to listen to a song that fits the scene I am writing about. If I wanna make a horror scene, a horror mix. Traveling scene, traveling mix. It helps me a lot with fitting  faster into character’s skin. Before, I couldn’t concentrate with music on the background, but it looks I have evolved? (neah, kidding)

When you really feel the urge to write, what do you do? Does music help you?

 

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Totally should’ve read it earlier

In this post I will write about book series that I totally should’ve read it earlier. But hold on, I am going to read them this summer. (lots of reviews soon)

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  1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I heard lots of things about this book series and everyone recommends it, so after I finish Queen of Shadows and A court of Mist and Fury, this is my food.

2. Harry Potter series

I have watched the movies 7 times and I loved them, but I couldn’t find myself to start the books. Before, I had a fear of +400 pages books, but now I am loving them so…. I am really excited to start these ones.

3. Hush Hush series

Patch and Nora were my OTP for so long. These books marked me, making me believe in fate.

4. Strange Angels

I remember when I read the first 3 books that I really liked them, so I am considering to start it again.

5. Bloodlines

I am really REALLY excited to start this series as Vampire Academy made me adore reading  and Adrian still is one of my favourite characters.(2012 yay)

6. Morganville Vampires

Okay, I read 8 books because those were translated in Romanian, but I plan to re-start reading them soon.

7. Lux series

I caught spoilers from everywhere, but I will finish it for the sake of one of my friends.

 There are more series, but these I remembered. How about you? Do you have any series you wish to finish ?

New release: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Expected publication: September 27th 2016 by Orion Children’s Books
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world
Some days ago, my Shadow and Bone copy arrived like a big queen (not so big, quite a short book) and I am so excited to start reading The Grisha trilogy. I heard lots of things about Six of Crows too, which apparently, is a whole different story but set in the same Universe.
Crooked Kingdom (LOOK AT THAT COVER, SO BEAUTIFUL) is book 2, after Six of Crows.
Although, for me, these books are covered in mystery, I am more than ready to grab my Indiana Jones hat and start digging through words.
Have you read any books written by Leigh Bardugo?

Review: Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer

Watch the teaser trailer here

TALE AS OLD AS TIME……Made into a modern movie.

I totally adore Emma Watson, my Hermione, but I confess that I didn’t want to watch the teaser trailer. I tried to avoid the moment as Beauty and the Beast will always be my favourite Disney movie and I didn’t wanna be disappointed but… HOLY BELLE MOTHER OF BOOKS. (and Hermione too)

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I was so sceptical about this, but when I saw the castle with all those chandeliers, I melt. Every childhood memory came like a hurricane, making me feel like I’m flying. The rose, Emma looking like a beautiful book lover princess, transformed my awful day. That song brought me back, I swear. I can feel the tears slowly reappearing.

Someone please prepare some tissues for when the official trailer appears.

Book Quiz (30 short questions)

I was searching for something to do and I found here an interesting book quiz. Feel free to answer the questions in comments below.

  1. What are you reading right now? Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? If I am high on words, I tend to read more at once. 
  3. Least favourite book you read this year: Romeo and Juliet (I re-re-re-read it for school)
  4. Favourite book I’ve read this year: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  5. What is your reading comfort zone? Fiction and YA.
  6. Can you read on the bus? I can read on the Moon, in the car, on the bus, in a tree. Everywhere.
  7. Favourite place to read: My bed.
  8. Do you write notes in the margins of your books? NO.
  9. Do you break/crack the spine of your books? It’s like cracking my own. nono no
  10. What is your favourite language to read? English
  11. What makes you love a book? The writing style and the characters.
  12. Favourite reading snack: Cherries. 
  13. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience: Lux series
  14. How often do you agree with the critics about about a book? Almost never because my opinion will never be 90% (we never talk about 100%) like someone else’s
  15. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? I am a honest person. When I will be doing that it’s because what I felt during reading the book. A bad review doesn’t mean a bad book.
  16. Favourite Poet: Edgar Allan Poe
  17. Favourite fictional character: Rose Hathaway, Tessa Gray, Feyre
  18. Favourite fictional villain: Sebastian
  19. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation: YA or Romance books.
  20. The longest I’ve gone without reading: 3 months
  21. Name a book you could/would not finish: Grey by E. L. James
  22. Favourite film adaptation of a novel: I think Me Before You is going to be the best. I adore Harry Potter too.
  23. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time: I usually buy books via Internet so… almost 200$
  24. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once they’ve been read? Totally keeping them. They are my precious babies.
  25. Name a book that made you angry: The last book from Georgina Kincaid series like……WHY
  26. A book I didn’t expect to like but did: Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (have you read it yet? A-M-A-Z-I-N-G)
  27. A book that you read more than once: The Infernal Devices trilogy (masterpiece)
  28. You don’t like a book. What do you do? Until now, I didn’t find a book like that. I loved them all. Not equally, but I didn’t give up to read them.
  29. Favourite classic: A Tale of Two Cities (WESSA ANYONE?) by Charles Dickens and Wuthering Heights.And Little Prince. And Count of Monte Cristo. AND AND AND
  30. Paranormal Romance or Contemporary Romance:Why not both?

I found it very entertaining doing this so if you’re bored, go on.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Original Title
A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Originally published: May 5, 2015
Series:A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2015), YALSA’s Best Books for Young Adults (2016)

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever

This is my first real real review and I tend to drown myself in thoughts, but I am going to do it in my own way, without boring you.

This pyramid of book has its base on Beauty and the Beast’s tale, but we all know that a pyramid is more than that. When you reach the top, you don’t wanna come back down (has anyone actually climbed a pyramid? maybe the pyramid of feels)

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When I read this book, I wanted to read the final, because I was scared. ” What if she makes the wrong choice?” I liked the way Sarah did a retelling but she didn’t. The plot is very different than what I expected when I heard about Beauty and the Beast.

Feyre, the main character, became one of my favourite female characters ever. She is strong, loyal and doesn’t disappoint you. (okay maybe this is a lie… or not) She has one goal,  fighting with all she has to reach it and I can identify myself with her in almost every part. Even though she is a mere human, this girl doesn’t get TOO scared of beasts which are stronger than, well, everyone. Feyre is ready to sacrifice everything in order to protect the ones she loves. We all know the famous library scene with Belle. You will get this in ACOTAR, but you are going to cry, because, Belle’s alter-ego doesn’t know how to read.

Tamlin, the besty beasty Beast, is roughly criticised, but until Rhysand appeared, I actually liked him. He is described as a handsome man with golden hair. Tamlin is smart (as a Lord would be), always prepared to save his kingdom. I thought he is a bit shy at start. I was wrong. I always am.

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Lucien is my sassy brother. His sarcasm and jokes were so on point that I thought I was reading about myself.(I wish I could be that cool) The way his friendship with Feyre evolves along the story is something amazing to read about.

Rhysand is William Herondale for you. He has dark-raven hair, blue-purple eyes and an attitude of a star. Perhaps, he is made of stars. This character is covered by a veil of mystery and I wouldn’t want to reveal too much. You will truly, madly, deeply fell in love with him.

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In this book we don’t have any Beasts. Just diamonds covered in dust that need to be washed by life. If you think you won’t learn anything from ACOTAR, grab from the start a sheet of paper and write down the dynamism in character’s changing.

Forget about everything you know about this book and go with the flow. It will leave you in tears or under a spell. Buy from the start some roses to argue with when someone makes a mistake.

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“Do you ever stop being so serious and dull?”
“Do you ever stop being such a prick?” I snapped back.
Dead—really, truly, I should have been dead for that.
But Lucien grinned at me. “Much better.”
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

“I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.”
Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

Stars:★★★★★

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P.S: I am currently waiting for A Court of Mist and Fury to arrive and mending my soul with Throne of Glass series.

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