Writing Wednesday | Here

Hello booknerdigans,

I thought I would try a new feature on the blog. I am a reader y’all know that, but I am also a writer and other than my creative writing class and book reviews I never really show my writing to anyone. So I thought every Wednesday i would show a piece of my writing so 1. you guys get to see how my brain works 2. to boost up my confidence with my writing and keep to it.

I would absolutely love if you other bloggers would join in on this. I would be so excited to see your writing pieces every week 🙂

So now without further ado…this is my poem called Here


Here I walk down the crowded and dirt-filled roads of the Pernambuco city. Car honking and people talking coming out of every corner bringing the city to life. People in business suits lining up by the blue bus line, waiting their turn to start the day.

Here the sound of a powered saw brings me to reality and away from the pages of the typewriter. I see my hard working mother from the corner of my eye looking over her coworkers as the scene of wood fills up the room.

Here the sand of the beach is warm beneath my feet. Taking a sip of the sweet milk of the coconut, I immediately close my eyes to the feel of the sunset shining upon me.

Here I laugh out at the sight of the two Fernandas’ dancing dramatically to the beat of Brazil.

Here my eyes widen at the sight of this monstrosity standing in front of me. Thinking to myself for the billionth time “Why would my grandma get this painting?” The clown seeming to get even more real as the seconds pass by.

Here I am holding my little brother’s hand. Half my size but squeezing my hand tighter than I ever could. He becomes mesmerized at the sight of the airplanes passing by him one at a time.

Here the sound of rain patter patter onto the window. Sitting on my grandfather’s lap, counting sheep, I slowly fall asleep to the warm feeling of him hugging me.

Interview with Alexandra Bracken!

In honor of Alex’s new book Wayfarer I posted a video of my boyfriend interviewing Alex at the Miami Book Fair! I wasn’t there because I was in Brazil and trust me when I tell you that I cried for three days straight because I couldn’t go. BUTTT I did come up with pretty awesome questions to ask Alex about her books and I really hope you guys enjoy it 🙂

Watching it and “editing it” was so much fun! And by “editing it” I mean “squealing at every second of this video”

I cannot wait to get into Wayfarer so keep an eye out for my review when I finish the book!

And also keep an eye out for more author interviews 😉

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh BardugoCrooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #2
Published by Orion Children's Books on September 27th 2016
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 536
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted
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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.

My Thoughts

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

My heart. My poor small heart. Oh my this is just as amazing as Six of Crows. Crooked Kingdom literally made me not breathe. I read this beauty in school and you do not know how hard I tried not crying in school because of it. I don’t know how it did but this book made me love the character so much more than I already did especially Inej. Now before I really start I would like to say to the people who have not yet read Crooked Kingdom nor have they read Six of Crows that I SHUN YOU until you do. Leigh Bardugo enjoys people’s pain this book just proves that.

The characters is the reason that this book gets so much attention. It isn’t only the amazing plot or the writing but the characters. Kaz is not an open book and one of the meanest most stubborn characters that I have ever read about…but why in the living skittles would he be my favorite character *shrugs* he just does it. He can literally make any reader weak in the knees.

Jesper is my second favorite character and he is the second most meanest and stubborn characters in this book. Ugh why does this happen to me? The relationship between Wylan and Jasper…dear help me poor heart and make it beat again. Just thinking about these two puts a smile on my face and I just wish I could read some fanfiction about them this instant.

Nina is a bossass biotech. I read @twirlingpages post about characters who can most likely make it as president and I completely agree with her when it comes to Nina (and having Inej as her VP) Their friendship is something that I really enjoyed whilst reading this book. It reminded me of a Clary/Izzy relationship and it just brought me back to those good times.

Matthias…my heart.

As for the ships in general. THEY SAILLLLLL NOT SAILLL I DO NOT CARE THEY ARE FREAKING PERFECT AND THEY MAKE MY HEART HURT AND THAT IS SOMETHING!

Now this review is literally the smallest review I can ever do for this book. I did not want to spoil anything for the virgins of Six of Crows BUT there is one review by this amazing reviewer that I thought was a perfect resemblance of my feelings towards this book 🙂 LINKY LINK

I seriously cannot believe this is over. Just the thought of not being able to read more about these amazing characters bring tears to my eyes. I beg all of you who are indeed virgins of this series to read it. Some may think that you’d have to read Leigh’s other series but I didn’t and I still read Six of Crows. SO please please pleaseeeeeee READ THIS BOOK!

The Sun is Also A Star

The Sun is Also A StarThe Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Press on November 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 348
Format: ARC
Source: Gifted
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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Holy

Skittles.

Damn.

NICOLA YOON!

HOW?!

She keeps doing this to me! First it was Everything, Everything and now this wonderful amazing spectacular so fudging unique book! Wowwwwwww. Boy oh boy was this book good guys. One of the best contemporary book I have ever read.

I am going to start with my favorite part of the book which is the writing. I don’t know how Nicola came up with this. The book is told between two people. Natasha and Daniel. BUT it also includes the POV of some very minor characters that don’t seem that important to this book but they end up building the plot as well. Such as the train conductor. There is a chapter dedicated to the train conductor and I found this absolutely amazing because you never get to see what these minor characters are thinking and now…it blows my freaking mind.

The writing isn’t only that though. There are also chapters dedicated to cultures or traditions that are main characters go through. And this couple is probably the most unique couple I have ever had the honor to read about. A girl from Jamaica who isn’t philosophical whatsoever and sees the world in a scientific matter. And an Asian boy who loves poetry and loves love. They are complete opposites.

But opposites attract.

This whole book takes place in one day. And usually I hate books like that. I really do. I don’t know what happened with this one though, because I loved how they put the entire story into one day. it is a story about falling in one day even if you don’t believe in it. There are plenty of hardships that go through this book and honestly it wouldn’t be complete without it.

I love the karaoke scene, and please if you read TELL ME WHAT YOUR FAVORITE PART WAS!  And I really don’t know what else to type. I went into this book only knowing the names of the characters and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. So please. If you haven’t read this beauty yet DO IT! It will not disappoint. I promise you.

As you can tell I loved this book. There really isn’t much else to say. I am gonna go on a limb and say this book was probably my favorite book of 2016. Let’s see what else Nicola Yoon has in store for us. All I know is that it is going to be fan-freaking-tastic.

By Your Side by Kasie West

By Your Side by Kasie WestBy Your Side by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on January 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
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In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.
When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.
Only he doesn’t come. No one does.
Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Ok.

Kasie West

+ Boy

+ Girl

+ LOCKED IN A LIBRARY

=

BEST BOOK EVER?!

Oh dear lordy people this book was goooooood. I am most likely going to post another review of this book when it comes out so it could be spoiler-full. I thought this book was only going to be romantic cheesy and just plain lovey dovey. But hell nah. This book does go into some stuff that I wasn’t expecting and I am so freaking glad it was like that.

Let’s commence with Autumn. She gets locked up in a library. Already love her. I am a sucker for a clumsy character because of how clumsy I am. She is very unique to me at least, and I wish I could see more of her. She has a teeny not so tiny love problem going on in the book. Two guys. I wanted to hate one of them but I could bring myself to it URGHHHH.

Dax is love. Dax is life.

Again very unique character, he comes from foster homes something that isn’t common where Autumn is from and he you know picks on her because of that. And the book really gets into some stuff. Stuff that I didn’t even know but now I am glad that I do. Autumn also has some problems with anxiety and the books really shows the true being of a person with anxiety and really love how Kasie put that in, because I also deal with that and again with whole relatable thing.

The story itself doesn’t entirely focus on the premise of them being locked in a library. That is something I think readers get confused on. The whole locked up in a library think is about a third of the book, the rest is what happens after the library. What happens with Autumn and her friends (which I really would’ve liked to seen more background to) and that other guy. But secretly between you and me, the library is my favorite part 🙂

Guys I really recommend this book. I love all of Kasie’s books and I feel like this is one of the best. When the release date gets closer I am for sure going to be posting a more detailed review of the book so look out for that 🙂

Once Upon A Mattress

Hello booknerdigans!

So I was challenged by Leesa on how I have a perfect day/night in! What are my ‘staying in essentials’? What books would I read? How many blankets are I be cuddled up under?

So the perfect night for me would be raining. Yes raining. I love rain. Explains my blog name 😉 It would be really cold inside my house, and nobody would be home. Or at least not in my room. I would have my favorite candle London Tea and Lemon burning, and I would be on my bed. I have this blanket I got last year in New York at the M&M store and I SWEAR that it is the tiniest blanket you can ever have but it warms you up like no other.

Eating in my bed is a big no no so I would just order pizza and watched Hairspray while eating my delicious stuffed crust sausage pizza. After I would get in my bed, close all the curtains, turn on my reading light, and start reading The Mara Dyer Series. And I KNOW FOR A FACT that if I do not sleep that night I would probably be able to finish the first two books completely. Mara Dyer to me is the perfect ‘saying in’ book and I think it would be my…5th time rereading that wonderful amazing book.

Of course I have to have my ice cream. You scream. I scream. We all scream for ice cream. HAHAH (i’m so sorry) and there is this place right next to my house that sells ice cream that was made out of nitrogen. My usual order is cake batter ice cream with brownies and berries, and I wouldn’t have to get up to get it. If this were my perfect night it would magically appear in my hands. Playlists for this night would be anything and everything Broadway. Most likely Rent or Evita 🙂

Some advice to make this the perfect night. 1. Turn off all electronics (unless you’re watching a movie). You don’t need to be bombarded with all these notifications from social media when you are trying to relax. 2. Make sure you get all your work done the day before. So you don’t have to think about all the stuff you have to do the next morning. 3. Take a nice relaxing bath/shower with the heat turned all the way up before starting your perfect night. Gives you a head start 😉

Thank you Leesa for challenging me to do this and now I challenge all of you to describe YOUR perfect night/day in, and then make it happen! Your might be different that mine and I want to read it! So do it!

Don’t forget to check out Leesa’s awesome mattresses who gave me the idea for the brilliant posts 🙂

But honestly…

A thousand pillows surrounding me. My M&M blanket. Tea Candle. Mara Dyer. Rain in the background. Broadway music. Stuffed Crust Pizza. Hairspray. Ice cream.

Can this BE any more perfect?

Interview with Kara Thomas|Author of The Darkest Corners

Interview with Kara Thomas|Author of The Darkest CornersThe Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
Published by Delacorte on April 19th 2016
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted
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The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.
There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.
Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.
Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.
But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.
Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.

Author Interview

 If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

There are small little changes to the finished book I would make here and there— a book never really feels done. But I’m really grateful for my publishing experience and how the book has been received, so I would have to say no.

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, action film, science fiction, or other genre of film?

If anyone spent a day in my house, they’d probably describe what goes on in here as a dark comedy!

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

All I Really Want is a Teacup Pig

What cartoon character best represents your personal philosophy?

Probably Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants, because I can be very antisocial.

If you had to pick to be one character from any book ever created, which would it be? But here’s the catch…this character needs to go on an adventure with one of your characters. Who would be this dynamic duo? Would they have a team name? Would they fight crime or create it?

I would want to be Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings. I think she and my main character from The Darkest Corners, Tessa, would be a really good crime-fighting duo.

In the book Tessa and Cali separate, but if you were one of them, do you think you would want to separate? Is there anything you would do differently?

Tessa and Callie’s friendship is based on a real-life experience. My friend moved away and stopped talking to me, and I was really hurt by it and never even tried to reach out to her and confront her. If I could do it over again, I would have told her how I felt instead of spending all those years in silence, wondering why she cut off our friendship.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Everything! Just kidding. I always find plotting challenging, since I write mysteries that tend to be a little complicated. It’s super important that all of the pieces and clues fit together perfectly, and that’s tough to do without making plot holes.

A good villain is hard to write. How did you get in touch with your inner villain(s) to write The Darkest Corners?

I started with wondering, What is the worst thing I’ve ever done? What sort of things are unforgivable? I like morally gray protagonists— that’s how I wound up with Tessa. Is it okay to lie to protect someone you love, even if it has consequences for an innocent person?

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

No spoilers, but the very last page was my favorite, because it’s a big twist.

Did you learn anything from writing The Darkest Corners and what was it?

I learned that I should ALWAYS write the book that’s in my heart. At first I didn’t want to write The Darkest Corners because I thought it was too dark and violent to be a YA novel. I didn’t know if it would sell, but I wrote it anyway because I loved the story.

See Kara Thomas at The Miami Book Fair this November!