Book Review Tuesday (8/30/16)- How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel

Hi again! This is the sequel to How to Outrun a Crocodile With you Shoes Untied (see Book Review Tuesday 7/5/16). The third book will be reviewed in the weeks to come. Anyway, it’s just as good as the first one!

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How to Oustwim a Shark Without a Snorkel

Just when Ana thought her life-her crazy life living in a zoo-was getting better, her grandpa decides to make an aquarium exhibit. And he wants her to volunteer in it. With her archenemy Ashley. And chances are, she wants vengeance for the  baby crocodile incident. Will Ana survive this summer, or will she fall prey to someone who’s way more terrifying than an actual shark?

As I said in my review for the first book, I highly recommend this book for all animal freaks, especially girls in middle school. Heck, most every animal lover would enjoy it. Just read it, alright? Got it? Yay!

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Book Review Tuesday (8/23/16)- Monstrous (series)

I am so exciting to be posting this book today! It’s one of my new favorites, and I hope you will. It’s a lot like Frankenstein, but with castles, hybrids, dragons, roses, and a bit of romance and sea monsters.

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Monstrous

Kymera was created by her father, with a mostly human body with added raven’s wings, cat eyes and claws, and a serpent’s  tail (with three stinging barbs). Her purpose is to rescue the girls of Bryre, who are all ill and dying thanks to the curse of a wizard. But when a human boy spots her on one of her nightly trips, Kymera befriends him. But the dark secrets he knows will make her never the same again…

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Ravenous

Greta, one of the girls who was saved from the wizard’s curse, has a problem. Her brother Hans has been kidnapped by a cannibalistic witch! To save him, she must find the famed Cornucopia, a neverending source of food, and give it to the witch. Can she complete the quest in time to rescue her brother?

 

I highly recommend this book! Also, if you look at the back cover of Ravenous…

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Notice the witch’s hut.

Is anyone else thinking BABA YAGA?!?!? OMG

Anyone, you should totally read this book. Your life will be better if you do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, NOW It’s my 13th Birthday!!!

Yahoo! I’m a teenager! I still can’t believe it. I probably won’t for a while, come to think of it. So as I said, I got some awesome t-shirts. Here they are:

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Well said, Hermione, well said. Wise words.

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YEAAAAAAA BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE 😎

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REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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Tattered Cover= best bookstore ever

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This so describes me in a nutshell. PUSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN

Also, here’s a picture of me yestreday with my cake.

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I got new glasses on Saturday, too. Woot Woot!

SQUAWK! TEENAGER! SQUAAAAAAAAAAWK! Bye.

It’s My 13th Birthday!!!….oh wait, that’s tomorrow.

Yeah. So I’m turning 13 tomorrow, which is the first day of school. *hisssssss*

So, I opened my presents today. The majority of them were t-shirts. I’ll show you guys pics later b/c they’re currently in the wash. 😜 I also got some makeup, two AWESOME books (Monstrous and Ravenous, both by MarcyKate Connolly), and a new playlist.  Heh, so guess what I’m listening to right now??

St. Vincent? Nope, sorry.

David Bowie? Hah. Nice try, but no.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs? Okay, you really know me, but no.

You’re totally going to think I sound insane when I say that I’m listening to Nine Inch Nails. Specifically, “Head Like a Hole”. Good stuff!

Also, because of one of my t-shirts, I discovered the queen of adorable, Pusheen the cat.

Here’s an idea of how adorable she is:

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So yeah. Let’s just say I’m obsessed now…

So everyone, happy teeny-tiny remainder of summer (if you still have any) and happyish school year. Expect an awesome review on Tuesday!

A Metaphor that for some reason, I want to post on the internet

This is just a metaphor that I came up with last night.

Book genres are sort of like being in a swimming pool.

For visualization reasons, here’s a picture:

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Let’s say that this swimming pool is about six feet deep. Let’s say that you’ve read a lot of fantasy, like me. In the swimming pool, you’d probably be all the way underwater, doing crazy tricks.

Now, for science fiction. I’ve read about half as much of it as I’ve read fantasy. Here, I (or you) would probably be about halfway underwater.

Now, for…how about YA? Being a tween, I haven’t read too much of that, so I would be standing on the little stairs, the water about up to my ankles.

Then for something like romance, I wouldn’t be in the pool, period.

 

This metaphor could work for other genres, like say, music. I’ve been swimming deep in Rock and Alternative for pretty much most of my life. The water’s up to my ankles in Pop. Whereas metal, I tried dipping my toes in the water a few times and decided that it wasn’t exactly my thing (with about two exceptions).

Thank you for reading my random metaphor. Squawk.

 

Book Review Tuesday (8/16/16)- Courage for Beginners

Before I start this review, note that this book is not a self-help book.

Hello again, everyone! This is my last book review before summer ends…sigh…it went by so quickly, but it was a good summer. Anyway, here’s your book.

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Courage for Beginners

Mysti Murphy’s life is a whole lot less than perfect- her mother is agoraphobic, her dad is in the hospital after falling from a tree, and her best friend has left her for a “social experiment”- becoming a hipster to get the attention of a certain cheerleader. Life is just not in her favor. Oh, how she wishes she was a fictional character. In books, things always seem to work out perfectly. Can she survive seventh grade?

 

I’d consider this more of a light read, but that certainly doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. Have a good rest of your summer!

 

 

Graphic Novel things…

So earlier this year, my parents gave me a blank graphic novel. Exciting, right? Originally, I had an idea for the story that was sort of like Warriors, but underground.

The story followed a young barn cat named Smoky, who had just lost his mother and went out into the world on his own. After an encounter with another cat (who was later going to be the villain), he is saved by a plucky Abyssinian named Amber. Amber takes Smoky to an underground lair located under a shed. He was later was going to make friends with a tabby named Ragtag and a shy tortoiseshell named Hummingbird (who I planned on making the love interest).

Thing is, I had the beginning and a fraction of the middle and the end, and I really couldn’t formulate anything else. So, it really couldn’t have been the graphic novel I wanted it to be. I have some concept art (that’s been in my backpack for a bit. Forgive the wrinkles, and ignore the sidenotes.)Scrapped Concept Art.jpeg

From top to bottom, left to right, we have Smoky, Cinnamon Amber, Winter, Hummingbird, Highclaw Constellation (who was going to be the leader), Ragtag, and Smoky’s mother, who dies in the very beginning.

 

It would have been a good story, but…well…

Anyway, I’m working on a new story for the graphic novel. I’ve pencilled in up to page 4, and written a script up to page 35. For now, the story is a secret, so those of you who do know what it is, DO NOT SPILL THE BEANS.

In the words of David Bowie, “I can’t give everything away.”

To distract you, how about an amazing song that St. Vincent did for the soundtrack of Pete’s Dragon?

St. Vincent – “Something on Your Mind” (Karen Dalton Cover)