Thursday, 31 December 2015

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016!

See Ya 2015, Hello 2016. Hello To The New Year

So??? Can you believe 2016 is already here? I mean like woaaahhhhh slow down! I remember starting 2015 and thinking it will be the best year ever! 
This year just like every year was a roller coaster ride, but I would say a good one. I lost some things and gained better instead, like they say old things need to go for better things to be replaced. I am thankful for everything that has happened, it has made me become stronger as a person and know myself better. The only thing I wish for everyone is...

My Wish For The New Year 
2016 just Believe That Good Things Are On Their Way

~Again, I...
I Wish You All A Happy New Year

New Year Resolution: The one thing I hope to achieve is make more time for reading books, I am terrible at it. 

Does anyone have any new year resolutions? What are some of things that you guys would like to accomplish in 2016? Dream big, always fight for your dreams and never let anyone tell you cannot do anything. You can be anything and do anything that makes you happy. Always stay true to yourself! :)


Tuesday, 8 December 2015

The Lakewood Series #1

Title: The Concealed
Author: Sarah Kleck
Published: 1st November 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes

After her parents died in a car accident when she was just a child, Evelyn Lakewood was left alone in the world. Now grown up, she enrolls at Oxford University, where she begins to create a new, stable life.
But when she encounters Jared Calmburry, who she later discovers is an orphan with his own tragic history, the equilibrium she was striving for is thrown off. Instantly drawn to this mysterious stranger with the incredible blue eyes, and confounded by the unusual events that occur whenever they meet, Evelyn resolves to investigate further. What she finds will startle her beyond measure: an ancient legacy of magic, a centuries-old secret society, and a foreboding legend with her and Jared at its center. As she follows a cryptic trail, Evelyn will discover clues to her own painful past, answers she hadn’t even been looking for—and a passionate love she cannot resist despite the dangers it brings.

I received this book in an exchange for an honest review, thanks to Xpresso Book Tours

First of all, can we establish the fact this book was written in German and it is translated in to English??? :O LIKE OHMYGOSH!!! This book is soooo good, it reminds me of why I like reading mythical folklore legendy type books! What a beautiful cover, this day just keeps getting better and better! :D 

I really like the way Sarah twisted this book in another direction with the British Literature and combined it with romance, drama, action, magic and hot gorgeous boy? (who doesn't love a handsome fella right? *swoons*)

Evelyn is a very strong character with a lot of tenactity, however she has cracks like there are in every mirror. She is very fragile and distraught after what happened to her sister Zara and her parents :(. I love how easygoing she is and is instantly liked by everyone (except by Karen, Madison and Aiden maybe). She is a very fierce lover and would do anything for her loved ones. I love how she starts new friendships with Ruth and Sally, both are instantly likeable. They both become close to her like family which she is constantly craving, I like the connection Evelyn forms with these two!

Felix is a bit psycho if you ask me, I don't like him very much. I don't feel sorry for him, but unsure whether he deserves the pity or not after what he does.

Cole? He is another hotser! (did you just make up a word that does not exist? *confused face*). I love how he immediately has faith in Evelyn and Jared's love and his faith never wavers even if other authority figures are not so happy! He does not blame Evelyn for what she is not at fault for and supports her everyway even though he does not know her properly. In fact, he even tries to help Evelyn and Jared with understanding one another when they are forced to be separated thanks to a certain someone *mentions no name*

Finally, Jared!!!! ohmygod!! Don't even get me started! Is it possible for someone as handsome, totally hot, charming, generous, loyal and fierce like him to even exist??? He is so amazing once we get to know his backstory and why he disappears every time he sees Evelyn and comments with very vague answers. I was totally surprised with the heritage for both Jared and Evelyn, now that was not something I was expecting!

Let's just say, these two people go back way in time, like way in time and are forced to be apart by a certain someone whoe does not want Jared to die as she thinks this is because of Evelyn. And then the cliffhanger? Like why then! Why I am tortured for another year until the second book comes out? Nevermind, I cannot wait!
Till next time! Adios! 

Westbrook #2

Title: Numb
Author: Laura Clark
Published: 4th September 2015
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes

Laila has read that letter a thousand times, and yet she still doesn't believe it. He left too many things unresolved. She desperately wants to find answers, but it's impossible since the one person that can give her those answers is MIA.

Each day melts into the next. Laila tries to keep herself busy, but it's not enough. No matter how hard she tries to forget, there is always something that reminds her of him.

At her very best, Laila is numb.

What happens when Laila is suddenly confronted with her past, and she is forced to make a choice between the boy who owns her heart, and the one that wants to steal it away? 

I received this book in an exchange for an honest review

This book was so heartbreaking, I really felt all of Laila's emotion, I was sad when she was sad, numb when she was and felt like my heart was broken in to a million pieces with her!!!

I cannot belive what she went through all because of Kyle and Sam, why did you Sam? I fell in love with you in the first book and vouched for you? How could you do that to her? Did your heart not crack when she cried?

If you thought Laila was conflicted in the first book, then your in for a surprise in this book! She is very conflicted in this book but all within good reason! How could you not feel something for Sam and Trevor? With those piercing green eyes and sparking blue eyes? Exactly! You would be weak in the knees, that is exactly how she and we as the reader can't help but feel!

Avery and Trevor are really supportive and help Laila through this heart break, I really enjoyed watching Laila become stronger and work through this. She even takes a job and starts dating Gavin to try and move on and get on with her life.

Did I mention I love Marge? No? Well I do now, she is such a breath of fresh air, you cannot help but fall in love with her personality. She is such a likable character, never judging Laila for being involved with three guys. I am so glad she was introduced in this book! I think Gavin won me over with his politeness and how easy going he is. He really likes Laila and makes her feel she does not need to impress anyone but herself. I really admire that about 


The ending? What a shock, now that was something I was not expecting to happen! I cannot wait to read the next book although Trevor did not need to be a jerk towards the end!

Friday, 4 December 2015

Westbrook #3

Title: Laws of Motion
Author: Laura Clark
Published: 4th December 2015
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes

Everything is finally as it should be, or so it seems. As Laila attempts to settle into her new relationship, she finds it difficult to surrender her heart. Deep down, she’s worried about getting hurt again. Desperate to remain in control, she makes some rash decisions that could jeopardize her future. Will Laila be able to salvage her newfound happiness?

Trevor gets caught day-dreaming during Physics class. Unfortunately, it is the wrong class for him to space out in. Mr. Bonner has it out for jocks and Trevor is no exception. As punishment, he is forced to write an essay about how the Laws of Motion apply to his every-day life. Trevor doesn't realize the significance of this assignment at first, but he quickly discovers that Newton's Laws might be exactly what he needs to understand how to deal with his own struggles with relationships.

Physics might just end up being the simple answer to everyone's uncertainty about love.

I received this book in an exchange for a honest review

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Laura!!! Why did you do this!!!! I had a feeling this was going to happen no!!!!! I feel like you ripped my heart out and stomped all over it! Why did you do this to my poor baby (Sam)? WHY!! :'(



The grief has taken over every emotion I feel right now, will this ever end? :'(

Oh God! How do I even begin to write this review? I have been postponing this for as long as I can, I knew the moment I was writing the review I will fall apart! This book continues exactly where it left off between Sam and Laila kissing but it has fast forwarded a month I think.

Things get really intense for Laila, as she is juggling between Gavin, Sam and Trevor. There was always this heated intense moment between Trevor, Sam and Laila already without including Gavin. But does it get intense in this book, it goes off the charts!

How do I describe this book without telling the story or giving too much away?

I think this book everyone sort of knows what they want and go after it, they also face the mistakes they made and either live with it or make amends; it doesn't go that way for everyone though (you will know what I mean if you have the read the book).

Laila grows up alot in this book, she tries to be honest and just admit what she is feeling not much lies are being told. Albeit, she is running away from the situation at times and is very conflicted with her feelings for both Trevor and Sam. We also see Avery being very friendly with Kyle who shares the same sentiment. Avery is a very good friend, she has Laila's back at all times considering she is very popular and how beautiful she is but that does not stop her from being a good person I liked her alot in this book.

Kyle cares and loves Laila alot, the only thing is he has a very funny way of showing it and can act oblivious to how much his words can hurt her sometimes but it is good to know that he does have a affectionate side, I just wish he would stop being a complete jerk to his sister especially when he is always calling favours from her! Seriously grow up man!

I am glad with the way things ended, although it was alot of confusion to go through and wondering who Laila will end up with but I can see why she does. It is a very bittersweet ending! I love that Trevor finally gets Laila cos he toally deserves her as he suports her through thick and thin whereas Sam doesn't. I kind of feel like because Sam does not fight harder for and because he broke her heart that summer he leads Laila to Trevor otherwise she would have ended up with him! What a bummer, I had high hopes for Sam. I am still secretly wishing that Laila and Trevor break up and she gets back with Sam. Wishful thinking? Maybe, but I fell in love with Sam which is most likely why I am blind to Trevor's love for Laila. Lol I have this sense of deja Vu where Laila feels and says the exact same words. What I loved most about this series was how real life it was, this story could have been anyone, I could have been Laila or will be :).



Westbrook #1

Title: Distraction
Author: Laura Clark
Published: 22nd August 2015
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes

Seventeen-near-old, Laila Patterson, would never describe her heart as fickle. She understands the difference between reality and fantasy, which is why Sam Woodson is not realistic boyfriend material. After all, he is in college, and college boys simply do not date high school girls. Plus, he is Laila’s older brother’s best friend. According to the unspoken bro-code, messing around with your friend’s little sister is pretty high on the list of forbidden taboos.

What happens when Laila discovers that her secret crush on Sam isn’t quite so one-sided? What if the only way to keep him is to keep their relationship hush-hush? Is Sam worth all of the lying and sneaking around?

As if things weren’t confusing enough with Sam, an old family friend suddenly shows up after being gone for more than three years. She isn't expecting Trevor Maddox to move back to Westbrook. She isn't expecting him to attend her high school, and she certainly isn't expecting him to be so damned gorgeous.

Laila doesn't want or need this unexpected distraction. . . or does she?  

I received this book in an exchange for a honest review


OHMYGOSH!!!! What have you done to me Laura? This series is all I can think about when I am not meeting my deadlineS or revising my ass of for a test! I JUST CANNOT GET HOW HOT SAM AND TREVOR ARE!!!

There is truly no way to describe this book, anyway I do will not do the book any justice. I cannot believe this is your first series, the way you have eloquently written this book proves something else. Honestly this is one of the best books I have ever read and it seemed to get me out of the reading slump so thank you for that! Hooray!

Laila is pure innocence in this book, there is no way to describe her anyway else. Avery? Truly a best friend with a heart of gold, getting to know her throught out the whole book makes me want to make her my best friend. I hope I meet a Avery one day! :)

Kyle is shown to be very annoying in this book or atleast from Laila's perspective, they are not really close even though the age difference is not very big at all but Kyle acts like it is which is why he broke Sam and Laila up. I can't decide if I hate or love Kyle, I guess it is one of those things that you hope will knock some sense in to him.

As much as I want to favour Trevor and how much it is emphasised how hot it is, I can't help but favour Sam. He is like my Sammy boy (lovestruck). I have to admit what he did to Laila was him being a BIG FAT JERK!!! It doesn't make it right even if he did think he was doing the right thing, it seemed like he was choosing Kyle over Laila which I get it I do but seriously?

If you want a book full of romance, laughs, action, drama then this book is for you! 

Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Diviners #2

Title:  Lair of Dreams
Author: Libba Bray
Published: 25th August 2015
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes

The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners.

Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.

As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?

In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City.

I received this book in an exchange for an honest review

Okay first of all, I did not realise this book is 600 pages. Blimey! No wonder it felt I was going through mud to finish this book. I have not finish a book like this since the Twilight Series!

This book would have probably been to understand if I had read the first book, but since I didn't I read it anyways.

So at first I had no idea this is part of the series and I had no idea what was going on, but luckily this book was a continuation from the first book, however the predominant characters were Ling and Henry. I immediately fell in love with Ling's character, I felt sorry for her too. I wanted to know what was wrong with her legs that she had to wear braces? I didn't find out until 1/4 of the book that she had infantile paralysis and that she could never walk again. It is no brainer to know why she loved to dream walk so much.

Henry on the other hand was searching for his lost love, Louis. They get separated thanks to the restrict ideologies his family have, mainly his father since the mother is shown to have lost her sanity (atleast that is why I gathered unless I am wrong). I really liked his friendship with Ling!

And Evie? I found her annoying after a while, she clearly had feelings for Jericho but was not acting upon it because of Mable. I did love it when she was with Sam, if it does not work out with Evie and Jericho I would love to pair Sam and Evie together! :)

I loved Sam and Jericho, both of these boys were clearly conflicted when it came to Evie. Sam just wanted to find out what happened to his mother, not realsing that Project Buffalo would soon involve all of these characters.

How can I forget Theta and Memphis? What an adorable couple! I was a bit disturbed by how Memphis was made to feel by how he looks, I can't say I liked that! :(. Memphis better realise what Billy is up to and save his brother, he seems like a creep to me! Yikes!

It was interesting to see how these characters were brought together in the second part, whilst in the first part it was just individual's tale.  

A Thousand Nights

Title: A Thousand Nights
Author: E.K Jhonston
Published: 6th October 2015
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister's place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin's court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

I received this book in an exchange for an honest review

This book was quite hard to comprehend as the characters had no names, can you believe that? A book with no names? Yep, you heard that right!
You have no response right? I was exactly the same, I had to pick up my mouth from the floor and read the book which was hard to do at first but it was alright after the end. I have to say although the book was very quirky in that regard, I enjoyed it very much! (no hate please! Joke)

This book is basically about Lo-Melkhiin choosing so many brides (who die after their first night) that they had to outlaw it,and for him to choose a bride from each village. This begins with Lo-Melkhiin choosing a bride from the main character's village (getting a bit difficult to explain without names, I retract my statement!). But she knows her sister will be chosen as she is described to be this beautiful woman that man has ever laid his eyes upon. In order to save her sister, she sacrifices her self and tells her sister to make a shrine for her. The first night comes, Lo-Melkhiin asks her about why she is not afraid and why she sacrificed herself to which he is very amused. So the tale begins and each night turns to a thousand nights she survives, with a turn of twist she seems to be gaining magic. The story then revolves around how she uses the magic that she gains to save everyone.

[ Spoiler alert: Lo-Melkhiin does not behave the way he is, it is because he is possessed. By what you wonder? No idea since the author did name it. 

Prometheus: The Complete Fire and Stone


Title: Prometheus: The Complete Fire and Stone
Author: Kelly Sue DeConnick and Paul Tobin
Published: 3rd November 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The Book of Ivy #2


Title: The Revolution of Ivy
Author: Amy Engel
Published: 3rd November 2015
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes

Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty--forced marriages and murder plots--for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall's borders.

But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy's life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she's fought for

I received this book in an exchange for an honest review, thanks to YA Book tours

WOAAAHHHH!!!!! OHMYWORD!!! This book was amazing, I loved it so much!

This book picks off exactly where it left off, I have to say I was devastated with the ending in the first book and this book is so much worse! I can't get over the horror and enormity of what happens to Ivy out of my head.

Ivy is a truly remarkable character in this, her tenacity and willingness to survive is something we can all reflect from. I love her so much! 
Oh and Bishop! The way that both of them meet is sooooo romantic and at the same time heartfelt, bitter-sweet is how I would explain it. Bishop is sooo hot! ;)

Mark takes a very surprise comeback in the plot, I am finally happy that he ends up dying that too by Bishop. Yay Bishop!

But honestly, seeing and reading the way Bishop and Ivy work on themselves and their relationship is truly inspiring. It is even more difficult for them to reconcile after the events of the first book, but they get an unexpected family in the form of Ash and Caleb. I really loved both of these new characters, they added more spice to the story and made it more enjoyable reading.

Thanks for checking my blog, please check back soon! :)

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Life and Other Near-Death Experiences


Title: Life And Other Near-Death Experiences
Author: Camille Pagan
Published: 1st November 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Libby Miller has always been an unwavering optimist—but when her husband drops a bomb on their marriage the same day a doctor delivers devastating news, she realizes her rose-colored glasses have actually been blinding her.
With nothing left to lose, she abandons her life in Chicago for the clear waters and bright beaches of the Caribbean for what might be her last hurrah. Despite her new sunny locale, her plans go awry when she finds that she can’t quite outrun the past or bring herself to face an unknowable future. Every day of tropical bliss may be an invitation to disaster, but with her twin brother on her trail and a new relationship on the horizon, Libby is determined to forget about fate. Will she risk it all to live—and love—a little longer?

From critically acclaimed author Camille Pag├ín comes a hilarious and hopeful story about a woman choosing between a “perfect” life and actually living.
I got this book in an exchange for an honest review

Feels like forever since I wrote the review :O, the review right...

Whoah! This book was unbelievable, I feel like I came off the rollercoaster!
SPOILER ALERT!!!! If your planning on reading this book make sure you carry a pack of tissues with you, your deffo going to need them!



Libby is a very vivacious character, I loved reading her from her perspective, she is a very ideal and strong character. The way the Author has shown her courage, bravery is truly remarkable, I think there are very few people like that in this world. She truly was a lovable character. 

I absolutely adored her twin, Paul. He was perfect in every way. I fell in love with him. Shiloh? don't even mention him. I was over the moon with him, he was the true essence and definition of perfection. The way he faced his obstacles in his life was spectacular and inspirational, makes me want to try harder and become a better person.

This story was a real eye opener, not just for me but for everyone else too. Time is really precious, we don't really value it or know the essence until it is gone which is normally too late then. A good reminder to live in the present, not worry about the future and take control of what I can and face my fears head on :)

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Castle of Sighs Release Day!!

Castle of Sighs (Forest of Whispers #2)
Author: Jennifer Murgia
Release Date: September 15th, 2015


In this sequel to FOREST OF WHISPERS, Some secrets cannot be kept—in life or in death. Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another.
After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon and Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs—shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping to find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.
As secrets unspool, the delicate thread of Rune’s world is threatened when she realizes the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew
"Murgia’s dual narration makes this historical fantasy a compelling read. The plot-driven text quickly moves the story forward, and the vivid descriptions of 17th-century southwestern Germany pull readers in . . .  the pacing and narrative are absorbing. A solid novel for fans of historical fantasy that are looking for a fast-paced, action-filled tale." ~ SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"NOT your average teenage witch! Jennifer Murgia's FOREST OF WHISPERS is a dark, brooding mystery/thriller that captures the paranoid, plague-driven frenzy of 17th Century Europe with the speed and power of a galloping stallion. Rune, a 16-year old with formidable abilities that she herself can barely understand, must fight her own inner demons as well as what seems to be a whole world gone awry with bloodlust for her kind. This is a thrilling read." ~ Molly Cochran, author of LEGACY & POISON

About The Author
Jennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (Angel Star, LemniscateThe Bliss), to contemporary gut-punchers (Between These Lines). Her latest, Forest of Whispers, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner. Look for the sequel,​Castle of Sighs, to hit shelves 9.15.15 from Spencer Hill Press. In 2012, Jennifer Co-Founded YA FEST with YA author/friend, Cyn Balog. She coordinates this unique annual festival, bringing teens and fellow Young Adult authors together at her hometown library in Easton, PA.

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Monday, 26 October 2015

The Fading Dusk Blog Tour!

Title:The Fading Dusk (Smoke and Mirrors, #1)
Author: Melissa Giorgio
Release Date: July 19th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder—murder by magic.
Real magic, the kind that’s been forbidden since the old wars.
Irina finds the idea of flashy showman Bantheir using actual magic to kill someone laughable, but she’s the only one who sees how ridiculous the claim is. But how can she convince everyone Bantheir is innocent when they’ve already made up their minds? Desperate, Irina must decide who she can trust to help her win her freedom. Is the surly, handsome Captain Leonid telling the truth when he says he believes Irina is innocent, or is he just using her to get to Bantheir? What about Aden, the sweet soldier and longtime fan of Irina’s who claims he’s on her side?
Irina said she wanted to know the truth, but when she stumbles across a dark secret that changes everything, will she be strong enough to survive?

Looks quite interesting eh? :) 
Wondering where you can buy this? Don't worry, you can find the links below!
Melissa Giorgio is a native New Yorker who graduated from Queens College with a degree in English. She’s always dreamed of being a writer and has been creating stories (mostly in her head) since she was a little girl. Also an avid reader, Melissa loves to devour thick YA novels. When not reading or writing, she enjoys watching animated films, listening to music by her favorite Japanese boy band, or exploring Manhattan. She is also the author of the Silver Moon Saga.


WAIT! Show is not over my friends, I have a guest post too! Yay me!    

"My guest post idea is, do you use montages to help you with anything? If so, what is your selection technique?" 

When I wrote The Fading Dusk, I hadn’t even heard of Pinterest, but I wish I had because I definitely would have used it during the drafting of the book! I joined last year, and now I make boards for all of my books. So my montage was created after The Fading Dusk had been written and edited, but it was still a lot of fun looking for images that reminded me of the book! Besides pinning a ton of curly red hair images (because Irina, the protagonist, has curly red hair), I searched for images from Victorian England. The Fading Dusk is set in its own world with its own set of rules, but from the very first outline I knew it had a Victorian feel to it. I love the gothic buildings of that time; they fit perfectly with the dark, gritty image I have of the city of Dusk. When it came time to write the second book in the series, I created a secret board (sorry, you can’t see it yet!) and pinned while I drafted. Some images I picked before I even started writing, but some I pinned as I was writing. In the second book there’s a scene that takes place in a hedge maze, so I searched Pinterest for images of hedge mazes. Having examples in front of me helps me visualize the scene and allows me to describe things I might not normally even think about (the stones on the ground or the shape of the hedges, for example). I also like to search for images of people, although finding exact matches of my characters is difficult most of the time. I’m better off finding the image first and then creating the character because once I’ve written an entire story about them, their image is fixed in my mind, and I’ll never find someone who matches. I’m pretty picky about what images I pin, which is why my boards only contain around forty images, instead of hundreds. Although I’m sure, as I write the next books in the Smoke and Mirrors series, that I will be adding more images to my boards!

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