30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 18

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Day 18 – Describe Your First Love and First Kiss (Of Significance)

This could be… interesting. Good prompt and we could probably say a lot on the matter.

I’ve definitely taught myself not to look back in anger. It is my past and we live on regardless of it.

Let’s disregard silly things we do as kids when boys were yucky and I was more interested in rolling down hills and climbing trees.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 17

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Day 17 – Your Favourite Place to Go

This is kind of a hard one for me because for the past few years, what with life and work and university, I haven’t really had nearly as much free time as I would have liked. Now that I’m driving and am in a different working environment I have a little bit more freedom but, as it turns out, that hasn’t really helped too much. I still don’t get out nearly as much as I’d like to, I’m always just too tired. I’m thinking that I will keep this prompt more local rather than choose someplace across the world (far and unreasonable). So, my favourite place to go is actually anywhere in the Scottish Highlands and sometimes the Islands.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 16

Day 16 – Do You Ever Feel…

Not all creative minds are troubled minds but many come from difficult times and are shaped by the forces that bend them. Those who face hard times often learn to find beauty and power in something that can be associated with something outside of the hardship, some learn to find beauty in the hardship. We use the experience that we have, regardless of whether it is good or bad, to create.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 15

Day 15 – Your Five Literary Heroes

Life is so noisy right now, but it’s going in the right direction. So, part of my catch-up here is the next prompt.

In no particular order, my five literary heroes;

  • Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby I love The Great Gatsby. It’s the only F. Scott Fitzgerald book I can read but I love it. The thing I really love about this book and the characters is how truly over the top it all is. Hysteria is a great word for it. It’s infectious. There are so many flaws in Gatsby, but ultimately he just wants the girl he fell in love with the idea of. From someone that came from nothing, he built himself an empire just the prove to Daisy that he could give her the life she wanted in return for her affections. However, despite the parties and the lush life, he is a very lonely man in a crowded room. He is very misunderstood but eventually, someone sees him for who he is. Nick sees Gatsby for the real man that lies beneath the facade, but by then it is too late. (My first ever tattoo, which was of course book related was from The Great Gatsby and I love it).

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FREE EBOOK – Still: Still Series, Book 1: Camilla Monk

Hey guys. Enjoy a free book. Same author that wrote the Spotless series which is amazing so I’ve got high hopes. Check Still out in the relevant Amazon site!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Still-Book-1-Camilla-Monk-ebook/dp/B077VZ6FFP

30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 14

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Day 14 – What Tattoos You Have & If They Have Meaning

I think tattoos and piercings are a great way to express yourself. More so tattoos, but the principle still stands. It’s a way to express yourself without going out of your way to affect others around you, it subtly tells something about who you are and what you love. I feel like they both get such a bad rap but I’m a firm believer of each person to their own so you want to write it on your skin then you do you.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 13

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Day 13 – Something That You Are Currently Worrying About

I am naturally a stressed person. I get so unbelievably stressed over everything and sometimes it makes things incredibly difficult to deal with. My body has a really terrible way of dealing with the stress too, and it is often crippling.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 12

My first writing challenge and I’ve ruined it. I’ve been working the early shift at work and by the time I’m finished I’ve just been so tired and so emotionally done that all I’m doing when I get home is sleep. I managed to wash the car yesterday which is something, at least. So now I’m three days behind. I’ll catch up, I promise.

Day 12 – Your Best Friend

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Ebooks – Let’s Get Excited!

Hey guys,

PC gamers live for the Steam summer sale. It’s an excellent time to get all the popular games for buttons and I’ve caught myself up in it a few times. However, as bookworms we don’t really get much to get that syked for. Until today. Today marks the start of the Kindle summer sale(!) and I have been busy.

I have to slow down with the buying paperback books thing. My fiancé and I live in a one bedroom flat in Aberdeen and my books currently take up half the flat. Compromises had to be made and so if I want new books, unless they are part of an existing series that I have in paper copy or breathtakingly beautiful, then I have to get them on my kindle. It’s a hard life. My attachmemt for my kindle is growing in a way I never thought it would and with me moving into clerical work my kindle is going to become my buddy for quiet periods in work.

There are hundreds of titles that have been included in the sale from all genres and I’ve been sifting through some of the titles. I’m rather impressed, I must say. There is a lot of titles I recognise and some I have already read. Some of them I’ve already bought not on sale and an kicking myself for not waiting until the sale to buy them. But, worse things have happened.

I’ve bought some new titles from the sale that I’m rather pleased with.

  • How to be Champion by Sarah Millican – This is an unusual one for me because I’m not a big lover of autobiographies. Maybe I’ve just never found one I really enjoy. That being said, when I saw this one and who the author was I thought I’d give in a bash. For 99p, if I hate it, I can’t be too upset. I love Sarah Millican as a comedian. She reminds me a lot of myself but she is hilarious, totally appeals to my sense of humour. I stumbled across her work by accident but I’ve never regretted a moment of it. If this book is going to be anything like her stand-up comedy then I will not be disappointed.
  • The Grisha trilogy – these are titles that pop up again and again for me, recommended based on my most common reads. You can currently get the whole trilogy for less that £7 through the kindle store which, considering you’ll pay £7+ for one of the books in paper copy, is a great deal. I actually have no idea what these books are about, I don’t want to read the description or anything because it’s actually rather nice to go into a series totally blind to what you might find. I’m excited to what I’ll discover.
  • Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven – this is the last of my purchases. It was recommended because I read Beautiful Broken Things which was a book that I really enjoyed (I read the whole thing in one sitting). If this is going to be anything like Beautiful Broken Things then I’m certain I will enjoy it. From the author that wrote All the Bright Places, I’m hoping for some feel good plot line with some angst and heart string pulling.

I’m pleased with my takings so far from this sale. Definitely watch this space for the outcome of my read throughs. Have you read any of my newly acquired titles? Are they worth the read?

30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 11

Day 11 – What You Wore Today

Hey guys,

So today was a rare day off work that I didn’t have anything planned. I was thinking of doing so many things but in the end I decided to go and see my younger brother and his girlfriend who live up in Inverness. It was a beautiful day, perfect for a trip to a beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands. My fiancé was working so I headed off myself for what was rocking up to be a relaxing day out.

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30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 10

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Day 10 – Put Your Music on Shuffle and Write the First 10 Songs

Anyone that knows me knows that as well as my books, my great love is singing. I don’t think I’m good at it but I love singing out loudly (the louder, the better it comes out). Long drives are the best because it very quickly turns into a live show featuring yours truly. for this prompt, I just stuck my Spotify on shuffle and this is the result. I’m quite happy with the little playlist it created. Maybe it will be turned into a new CD for my car. Read More

To Kill A Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

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Hey guys,

I’ve got another gem of a book to share with you all. So I recently went on holiday to Berlin and needed some new reading material for the week away (I didn’t really need a new book, but you know how it is). I filled my kindle up with some golden oldies and some new books I found on the Kindle store, one of them being To Kill A Kingdom, and I was ready for a week in Berlin. The reason I chose this book was that I decided to read the reviews (for once!) and it mentioned the first line of the book which is more than enough to capture your undivided interest.

I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive. There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom.

Talk about an engaging opening for a book! As well as an excellent opening line, the book is also recommended for fans of Sarah J. Maas books, whose work I adore, and Leigh Bargugo (I haven’t read her books, she’s the author of the Six of Crows series. Would you recommend I read this series?). So really I had no choice but to get stuck in about this book.

The book is told from two points of view, Lyra and Elian and it flicks between their points of view each chapter. Lyra is a siren who steals the hearts of princes and Elian is a Prince who longs for a life sailing the sea. Lyra is known as the Princes’ Bane among the humans, notorious for her desire to only steal the hearts of Princes, ripped straight from their chests. Lyra disobeys her mother’s orders and is punished by being turned into a human, left floating in the ocean. Elian is a siren killer and self-declared Pirate finds her and takes her aboard his ship. He wants nothing more than to put a stop to the notorious Princes’ Bane but takes Lyra aboard his ship, unknowing she is what he hunts in another form. The two embark on a journey to put a stop to the Sea Queen’s rule and recapture a long lost legend.

Something I loved about this book was the initial way that our two main characters both see themselves as bad people. Each of our main characters often takes the time to reflect back on the bad qualities that they both possess. Both of them very openly admit to being murderers, of varying degrees and their actions and views could be considered morally questionable at best. I find a relatable aspect of Lyra’s relationship with her mother (not to say that my mum is an evil sea-queen who steals hearts, but she isn’t entirely a saint either). But then, diamonds are formed under pressure. It just depends on how you chose to embrace. I feel it.

It was pleasant to see that Lyra didn’t give up who she was for a man. That much stays apparent throughout the whole book, although there is a very clear character development. She is by no means of the word good but, forged by something as twisted and cruel as the Sea Queen, it is unsurprising to see the values she holds at the beginning of the book. In a life where cruelty and bitterness are nurtured it is hard for love and compassion to bloom. But even in the darkest of hearts such feelings still bloom. Our anti-heroine doesn’t become soft, but instead alters her moral standing and forges a unity that stands to serve a much bigger picture. It is fair to say that this book is has a rather large undercurrent of romance to it but not in a conventional type of way. It grows but it is a very slow-burn but completely worth the journey. It very much progresses into it from two people not willing to find the time or care enough to try to two people drawn together under a common goal.

In the pits of our souls – if I amuse myself with the notion that I have a soul – Elian and I aren’t so different. Two kingdoms that come with responsibiliites we each have trouble bearing. Him, the shackles of being pinned to one land and one life. Me, trapped in the confines of my mother’s murderous legacy. And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.

Lyra sets out to steal the heart of a prince. In the end, he gives it up freely. I wouldn’t recommend this book if you chose your fantasy based on the romance factor but if you are willing to give it the time to bloom then you won’t be disappointed.

How strange that instead of taking his heart, I’m hoping he takes mine.

It is a dark and vicious story, fantasy with a slow-building romance. It has fairy-tale qualities and some parallels to The Little Mermaid (but it is in no way a retelling). Both of our protagonists are bad-ass and witty with such a dry sense of humour you might be tempted to drink the ocean water. It is a refreshing fantasy, if not a brutal at times.

I’m sad this book is a standalone book but but butUntitled

So I’m super excited about that.

Until next time, guys!

 

To Kill A Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

ISBN: 978-1-4717-0740-6