Monday, November 30, 2015

Introducing To Read Or Not To Read {November 2015}

Hello lovelies, today I'm revealing To Read Or Not To Read to the world! This is my very first time hosting a link up, and I'm really really nervous and super hypery excited. Like totally ecstatic. Now lets stop thee blathering, and get on to the real important stuff. This month I got to pair up with Mel!!!! You know that girl from The Daily Prophecy? Check out her To Read Or Not To Read post... I double dragon dare you! [Last month: None | This month: November 2015]

To Read or Not To Read {TRONTR} is a blog link-up made to keep up with your reading, and help you shove your favorite book in other peoples' faces recommend the books you like. On the last day of every month I'll pair up with a different book blogger to bring you this bookish monthly link-up. If you're interested in being a co-host please shoot me an email here.

So first you look back on what you read the previous month, you list books you would recommend in the To Read section, and books you disliked/DNFed will be put in the the Not To Read section. Finally if you'd like you can list the books your planning on reading this month in the Reading Next Month section. Feel free to add any other categories you come up with in that superior brain of yours.

{Optional}Underneath/next to every book {but the ones in  Reading This Month} there should be a starred rating or link to a review if you've written one. For the Books I'm Reading This Month section you can link to the book's Goodreads or Amazon page if you'd like.

Me {Cassidy} Hello, I'm a crazy teen blogger from the good old USA. I've been obsessed with books since the second grade, and my life is now consumed by them. Also I adore nightfuries and curly brackets beyond known measure.

Thee Royally Amazing Co-host {Mel} Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years. Her blog: The Daily Prophecy

Forget thee not to grab thy button and/or link to this page on your fabulous blog. {Fine I'll quit the Shakespeare}

To Read
{Books I Enjoyed That You Should Really Read}

The Fill-In Boyfriend | The Last Ever After | Saint Anything | The Heart of Betrayal | Everything, Everything | Eleanor & Park | How to Fight a Dragon's Fury


Not to Read
{Books That I Didn't Much Like Or Didn't Finish}

Empress Fallen | That Summer

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

{Quartz Gazette #1} Retiring Reader's Ramblings + New Meme

Quartz Gazetter November

Yasss! It's time for another new blog feature. Are your heads spinning from confusion yet? I do love myself a brand new shiny feature, and it doesn't help that my brain is constantly churning out more and more new ideas that I can't resist. Quartz Gazette will be basically be replacing Reader's Ramblings, but that one still might pop up from time to time when I have the urge just to talk. Also I have a feeling this will be posted every Friday but since this was on a whim, I'll be figuring out all small stuff later. Happy turkey day peoples!!!!! {The Quartz Gazette is inspired by the Sunday Post, which is a weekly meme created by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer}

  • As I see it I will most likely not be winning NaNoWriMo this year, which sucks, but Princess Lara of The Paperback Palace so kindly reminded me that just cause November is over doesn't mean you can't keep on writing your butt off.
  • Also so proud to announce that on the 30th of November, I will be revealing my first ever blog link-up! And my first co-host will be the amazing, fabulous, fellow fairytale retelling lover, Mel of The Daily Prophecy {that name is purely made of goals}
  • Thanks to Thanksgiving break I've been on an audiobook roll, I've quite literally been devouring them.
  • The speakers on my computer busted unfortunately, ugh no more Dell computers for me.
  • Though I just updated to Windows 10 and it's actually quite good.
  • Also breaking news!!! I'm getting into book photography, though I'm only proud of one photo so far.
  • Apparently I'm getting ice rain? Oh joy . . .

Articles AKA Latest Posts


Picks From The Good Ol' Social Medias AKA My Tweets & Pics


Book Notes AKA Quote Love

  • ELEANOR & PARK "Hey, mister, I don’t think so. You go outside and yell at sky, you so angry."
  • THE LAST EVER AFTER "And Rat #3 negotiates world peace?” Tedros bellowed, glaring at the shaking, shivering rat in his palm."
  • BETTER OFF FRIENDS She stood up. "I think I'm going to talk to anybody or anything that isn't so negative. That wall looks tempting."
  • SAINT ANYTHING "The future was one thing that could never be broken, because it had not yet had the chance to be anything."

Quartz Reviews AKA The Leaning Pile of Books

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

People Who I Owe My Blog & My First Born Child(s) To

People Who I Owe My Blog To Top 10

It's Thanksgiving in a few days and boy do I know it! No other time of year do you ever see so many huge raw chickeny things AKA a turkey. I still don't get how people finish that thing! This is my first time participating, so cue the extra giddiness. By the way, that graphic took forever to get right!!!! I redid it like ten times. Looks simple, isn't. {Top 10 Tuesday is a link-up hosted by Broke and Bookish}

Since this is my first Thanksgiving in the book blogging community . . .

Thou Who I Owe My Blog To 

  • Long before all of this I had a second grade teacher who sparked my bookish craze. Ms. Salim introduced me to The Little House series by Laura Wilder. Those books, it was love at first sight.
  • I must thank thee polandbananasBOOKS. Yes I know she's a booktuber, but . . . I actually entered the online book community through booktube. She's the reason I even considered writing book reviews. Also if your wondering, yes I tried to be a booktuber, but it didn't work all to well . . . 
  • Next on my list is XOMISSE, she deserves many thanks. Without her QuartzFeather would probably still be overly pink, and a basic blogger design.
  • Of course since I've mentioned her book, I must remark upon my immense gratitude to Laura Ingalls Wilder. Without her I wouldn't be such a bookdragon, and without her I wouldn't have such a love for history. {yes I'm a total history dork}
  • Thank you Stephanie from These Paper Hearts. Not only do I happen to use lots of her coding tutorials {examples: pink heading up above, social media buttons, currently reading gadget, and on and on} I also adore her book review format {so unique!} and don't even get me started on her blog's design.
  • I endow my thankfulness to the Goddess of Code, Ashley of NoseGraze. And even though most of her posts are about Wordpress, they're still informative and lot's of fun to read.
  • I extend my greatest gratitude to thee Queen Cait of Paperfury, for writing thee most enjoyable reviews ever, and for having the most entertaining blog ever.
  • Thank you Marissa Meyer for being the awesome writer you are. I actually met Marissa around the time I started blogging, and my first blog post is actually about Winter's cover begin revealed. {I kid you not}
  • Thank you to Erin of The Reader's Hollow for being my first bookish blog friend, beta reading my book in progress, and welcoming me into your group of indie reviewers. Also many thanks for helping when I was still a confused blogging youngling.
  • If your reading this THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I adore all of my readers. You are the greatest and the bestest.

 Oops no numbers this time . . . I can't number my thankfulness! How bout you? Any people you owe your bookishness to or your blogs?
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Saint Anything "Gorgeous, Heartfelt & Striking" {Book Review}

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen Review

The 12th book in Sarah Dessen's serie-ish definitely handles some darker topic, such as drunk driving and assault, but I think the author did a really good job overall.

AMAZON|GOODREADS|BOOK DEPOSITORY

Title: Saint Anything
Author: Sarah Dessen
Series: Stand Alone
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Source: Library

Sydney has always felt invisible. She's grown accustomed to her brother, Peyton, being the focus of the family’s attention and, lately, concern. Peyton is handsome and charismatic, but seems bent on self-destruction. Now, after a drunk-driving accident that crippled a boy, Peyton’s serving some serious jail time, Sydney is on her own, questioning her place in the family and the world.

Then she meets the Chatham family. Drawn into their warm, chaotic circle, Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance for the first time. There’s effervescent Layla, who constantly falls for the wrong guy, Rosie, who’s had her own fall from grace, and Mrs. Chatham, who even though ailing is the heart of the family. But it’s with older brother Mac—quiet, watchful, and protective—that Sydney finally feels seen, really seen, at last.

Saint Anything is Sarah Dessen’s deepest and most psychologically probing novel yet, telling an engrossing story of a girl discovering friendship, love, and herself.


Rating

★★★★★

Favorite Quotes

“The future was one thing that could never be broken, because it had not yet had the chance to be anything.” 


In most of Sarah Dessen's other books romance plays a large role in the plot, however in Saint Anything it kind of take the back seat, in this one I feel like family had the larger part.

Just like every other book by Ms. Dessen, expect the feels, expect to cry and laugh out loud {and have other people stare at you as you do so} So far I haven't met a Sarah Dessen novel that hasn't reduced me to a dramatically emotional puddle. Whether it's sadness or happiness the way she injects emotion into her novels, makes it so I can't help but cry or laugh along.

Spoilers
My favorite thing about this entire book is the title and it's connection in the story itself. When I first started Saint Anything I was slightly confused about the title choice. After all most of her books have self-explanatory titles like What Happened to Goodbye, and Saint Anything made like no sense what so ever.

Then enter Mac and his saint pendent, and it kind of made sense, but not really. Then when he gave Sydney a charm like his own but with an unknown saint on it and she nicknamed it Saint Anything, it was kind of like an ah-ha moment, and made me really appreciate Sarah Dessen's title choice. Also the title and the story behind it kind of reminded me of Lock and Key and Ruby's key necklace. {which is always a plus cause Lock and Key will always be my fav}

Prepare for the onslaught of memories. If you're like me and you've read a couple of her other novels before, then you'll recognize at least some if not all of the references to her other books in Saint Anything. Such as UMe.com {a popular social media site created by Jamie from Lock And Key} Perkins Day {a prep school for wealthier kids in Lakeview} and The Arbor {an upper class community also in Lakeview} I feel like these added an extra layer, and the connections between the books makes reading them extra special.

Layla was by far my favorite character {which is a first because normally it's the main character or their love interest} but her own unique quirks seals the deal, such as her love of how-to manuals, and the fact that she's a self-proclaimed french fry connoisseur.

SELF-PROCLAIMED 
FRENCH FRY CONNOISSEUR

Also her ex Eric was hilarious {though that was most likely not his intention} with his long epic 'poetic' monologues rivaling Shakespeare, and like Layla you can't help but love him.


Final Thoughts


Saint Anything is a must read, especially if your a fan of Sarah Dessen's or if your just a big reader of contemporary and romance. I really enjoyed this and can't praise it enough, this is definitely one of those books I'd shove in peoples faces politely recommend. I highly encourage you to read it or at least put it on your TBR.
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Sunday, November 15, 2015

{Reader's Ramblings #4} More NaNoWriMo & Christmas

If you've been reading some of my latest posts you'll know I'm doing NaNoWriMo and I haven't been doing too hot. Though there are only two weeks left I've only got 17,154 words. So the next two weeks I'm going to try to kick it up a few notches and finish strong, however my chronic case of writer's block isn't going to be much help.

This experience has been a lot of fun, before NaNo started I had like 14 pages and now I have 38. While that probably doesn't seem like a lot to you, judging from the fact that those first 14 pages took me like six months it's a pretty big achievement to me to have written 24 in two weeks. So wish me luck as embark on the second half of my National Novel Writing Month adventure.

Header, lets talk about my header, particularly that reindeer hanging out over there. {Just so you know phone users, you can't see the header in mobile view} Yes, I'm already celebrating Christmas. But this whole decorated header isn't only for jolly old Saint Nick, I'm also planning a few for other holidays. That's all the news I got {my life isn't particularly eventful} so see you soon.
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Monday, November 9, 2015

The Writing Process {Beautiful Books #2}

The Writing Process Beautiful Books #2

Second beautiful books! If you don't already know Beautiful Books is a link up hosted by Paper Fury for NaNo novels. Now that we all know what it is let's begin!

Is the book turning out how you thought it would be, or is it defying your expectations Well...yes and no. So far what I have written is very much what I had planned. However I have been developing a lot of plot points that I didn't have when I begun.

What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)? "A slender woman sat at the window of a palace hidden in the northern forests of Beilin. Mareilla's long black hair draped over her small figure, in one hand she held an embroidery hoop; fitted with a white quilt square, in the other a needle. Stacks of thread spools were piled on a table to her left. A nearly finished quilt was draped over the chair beside her, it only need three more squares."

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Well for the beginning and end I'm a plotter but for the middle I'm mainly a pantser.

Have you ever tried both methods and how did it turn out? Well I have, for me plotting is much better as tend to take a while to destroy writers block, so it always a good idea for me to plan ahead.

What do you reward yourself with after meeting a goal? Nothing really, for me the act of writing is the true reward, {I like to tell myself that at least, in truth...} sometimes I'll reward myself with that book I've been eyeing {*cough cough* Winter}

What do you look for in a name? Do you have themes? Where do you find your names? Quirkiness, hey I've named a character after a time period {Regency}, after a metal {Silver}, and after renegade the word that means deserter {Renagade} without meaning to of course. Odd enough she's the victim in my story.... soooo.....

I wish I could say I had a theme but it's all random, however I guess I was guided by my eternal love for unusual names, all my character have quite interesting words representing them. The names often time come across me in my daily life, I like them and so I record them, and sometimes I use them.

What is your favorite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why? I love endings, I dunno why. I've never written one but I always look forward to one. {Pray that I'll reach one one-day, as I have a tendency to abandon novels}

Who’s your current favorite character in your novel? Silver, but in all fairness she's the only one I've really fleshed out so I'm more than a little biased.

What kind of things have you researched for this project, and how do you go about 
researching? (What’s the weirdest thing you’ve researched?!) Ummmm.... I researched the difference between strangling someone and choking someone....

Do you write better alone or with others? Do you share your work or prefer to keep it to yourself? Definitely alone, when it comes to writing I have to do it by myself, though I prefer to share my work, feedback is always something I value.

What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space. I'm honestly not much of an eater while writing, and I've tried listening to music but it normally it just distracts. Also I write all the time no specific time period. I don't know if any other writers are like this but for me I have to type my stories, I just can't get them out right with paper and pencil.
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Sunday, November 8, 2015

"A Book I Wished To Love" Empress Fallen {DNF Discussion}

Empress Fallen by Bethan Scott

I wanted to love Empress Fallen so bad, I wanted to fall for it. But that just didn't happen... It just didn't capture me and I was getting a little bored. Though if I'm honest lately I've been in sort of a reading slump, so maybe it wasn't entirely the books fault. However I do kind of feel that the book played at least half a role in my decision to not finish it. I just got stuck at about 37% and wasn't really feeling it.

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Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 9, 2013)
Series: Through Darkness
Pages: 518
Source: Author

Does love have the power to overcome evil?

It is the year 7056.

In a solar system hundreds of light years from Earth, the broken and weary human race has lost its path, tainted by millennia of suffering and oppression. The corrupt Empress has utterly succumbed to the dark seductions of greed and now hides a deadly secret, one that could bring about the annihilation of humanity.

Will the greatest conspiracy of all time go undiscovered?

But revolution is stirring. Slave girl Aliya Soter and rebel pilot Miriam Ferox are embroiled in a daring race against time as a mysterious anomaly hurtles towards the solar system. The slave colonies are revolting, the stock markets are poised on the brink of collapse, and overhanging everything are the forbidden rumours of a mysterious resistance force . . .

Can they bring down the Empire once and for all?

But all is not as it seems. And with this simple realization it becomes clear, this is just the beginning of something far greater . . .



I did like Bethan-Ann Scott's writing style especially in it beginning, it was quite unique and had a whimsical touch to it. 

"Space was cold. Deathly cold. But inside the frigate, it felt even colder. Silence and anger fused together to form a terrible, icy atmosphere, where even the harsh electric lighting seemed unwelcome."

The main characters weren't the worse, but I kind of went into Empress Fallen expecting it to be like Cinder (which is one of my favorites) and I raised my hopes a little to high. As with most books I DNF I will most likely take another stab at it another time in the future, but for now I don't have plans to finish it.
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Saturday, November 7, 2015

{Reader's Ramblings #3} Discussing NaNoWriMo & HTML

NaNoWriMo has started and I'm determined to {actually} participate this year. Last year I signed up and everything, then I forgot about it, but this year my dream of being an author got bigger. Hehe... if your wondering I already warned my family and friends. They already complain about me holing myself in my room on a regular basis but this month it's about to get way more serious.

Speaking of NaNo if you'd like to to read a few excerpts of my novel you can find some here.

So far this month had been a fun one {though that probably won't last due to the fact that I've only lived 7 days of November 2015 and I've already managed to lose a few precious objects of mine.}

NaNo is quite the fun experience so far though I don't have all the time to dedicate to it as I'd like to due to school and all the homework. But this month has been crucial for the development of my novel and a lot of old plot holes that have previously haunted me have been filled.

On the other hand I'm taking some time to learn coding, I am currently taking a course on Khan Academy, and while it's probably more aimed at tiny children as it seems to focus a lot on rabbits, it still has a lot of knowledge to offer. This has been a long goal of mine to learn to code {well actually moreover a three month old goal} and I'm quite proud to have started it {let's just say I'm an infamous procrastinator} The reason such a thing has crossed my mind is because I have a secret fear that I will single handily ruin my blog and not be able to fix it.

Also, Winter is coming very soon! *happy dances* I have waited for this book since forever, I've was waiting before QuartzFeather even existed! {which actually isn't that long} It's hard to believe that soon I'll have my hands on that 800 page beast!

Among bookish news, I've added another jewel to my crown of favorite books. *drumroll* It's The School For Good And Evil By Soman Chainani! Odd thing about this one is I tried reading it as a physical book but I found it boring and dropped it within the first few pages, then the audiobook I'd put on hold a while before finally was checked out to me and I absolutely fell in love. Like I mean heads over heels and hysterically laughing type of love. Just totally adored it! So that's been my life, see you on Monday!
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: November 2015

Glass Sword WOW

GLASS SWORD
By Victoria Aveyard

Publication Date: February 9

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

Ahh so excited! I finished the Red Queen this summer and loved it to death, and now the sequel is so close (it comes out four day before my birthday! hint hint) Also the cover, just look at that beauty. The crown is serious perfection. I think this cover might be even prettier than the first, though it might just be a tie since I real loved the first one. You know I love a cover when I do a Books Around the World for it. {Spoiler For The Red Queen} Plus the love triangle was so intense where the first book ended. Though honestly I'm team Calore, and the triangle kind of doesn't exist anymore...
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Monday, November 2, 2015

Books Around the World: Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard

Books Around the World: Red Queen

Well.... I tried to write a review for the Red Queen, but just about the time I finished Red Queen I went into a book frenzy and polished off four books in a weekend, and well now I have a case of book dementia.... So since I loved this book so much I decided to do a Books Around the World, and if your wondering I would give Red Queen four stars out of five.

Today's Book is Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood - red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of
power.

Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart...



My opinion on the US cover: *no spoilers*

Breathtaking! The US cover is simple but gorgeous and makes it point. If I'm honest the cover is why I picked up this book, just look at it! I know, I know I'm not suppose to "judge a book by it's cover," but I do have a weakness for pretty ones.

The crown is stunning and catches your eyes first, but then you notice the dripping blood... The background is plain, but not in a bad way, it certainly makes the crown pop. The drips of blood are perfect, I love how they connect with the title. When you see the crown you instantly think royalty, which is further backed up in the title. Red the other word in the title is also portrayed through the dripping blood. The blood dripping from the crown screams "THIS IS NO FAIRYTALE, THIS CROWN COMES WITH A PRICE!" (which totally describes Red Queen) Overall a stunning cover that achieves what a cover's goal is, to make me want to pick it up and read it, now.

My opinion on the German cover: *no spoilers*

Oooooooooooooh... flowy red silky fabric, me likey. The bold streak of red is crying for attention, while the figure in the background takes a more subtle approach. The downward eyes add some mystery to the cover and the blurriness of the torso adds to the allure. This cover might be a little stereotypical in my opinion, it doesn't grab me as much as the first one.

Personally I think it could have done with out the crown, it was just kinda there... I think I might have preferred if she was wearing it instead. While the German edition is very pretty it doesn't really say much about the story. This cover says romance which while is in Red Queen, it isn't the main plot, Red Queen is much more than just a love story, it tells about war, corruption, blood, revolution, and power. So while this edition certainly is a looker, it just doesn't match the book very well.

My opinion on the Bulgarian cover: *no spoilers*

*Takes deep breath* Oh my god!!!!! This thing is beautiful! The crown is made of supposed fake blood and the background is pure white. This is one of my favorite foreign covers ever!

However I think the font was a little to light and hard to read, perhaps it's easier to see in person but I find that normally grey text on a white background isn't always the best idea. 

The little droplets and the unevenness of the crown adds to the eye catching qualities of this cover, they also added imperfections which in turn makes the cover look like it wasn't staged. Like (minus the stark white background) it was just a random blood splatter that just happened to look like a crown. 


I Really Love The U.S. Cover Which Is Your Favorite?
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Sunday, November 1, 2015

NaNoWriMo Edition {Snazzy Snippets}

NaNoWriMo Edition Snazzy Snippets

This is my first time participating in both NaNo and Snazzy Snippets which is a link up hosted by Loony Literate and The Devil Orders Takeout. So I'm extra excited! Also quite nervous to be sharing my writing for the first time... So a little about my tail {I swear I don't have one, I'm not a dragon or anything} tale.

So I'm writing a fairytale retelling, I just love retellings especially fairytales {though oddly enough I was never a Disney Princess fan} All you have to do look a few of my favorite books, and if they aren't retellings of some sort, they either have royalty or fantasy in them. My story is called White As Snow, as the title totally gives away it's Snow White. Here it goes...


Snippet #1 No Dialogue 


She sat huddled in her cloak of darkness, dripping with sullen tears, and unseen fissures running free through her heart. It had been the day of running, she’d tripped and slipped her way through, though still she managed to stay ahead of her fears. Then she’d paused stopped, and been trapped, caught.

She’d done her best lies, worn her best masks. And yet, all had failed, all had cracked.

Her first, true, mother had died when she was young, now at eighteen her second had been taken, yet alive, though no doubt gone as the dead.

There was still hope, small hope that she’d been innocent after all, but would this ordeal not stain her reputation, fracture her bond with her stepdaughter?

Silver wanted answers, answers to the questions that had eaten away, as she’d talked, walked, breathed…


Snippet #2 Featuring Friend/Family 


Four Hundred and Ninety-nine years ago the peaceful rebellion had succeed, and Anasi who had once ruled over all of the four countries, had given in. But yet did the leaders know that he’d kept one card to play, and intended to win eventually.

“Mardue, we can’t do this. We’ll betray everyone who follows us.”

“I agree with her,” a deep male voice seconded. “The people who rebelled with us wanted to rule themselves, to do this would be to literally put them back where they started.”

The women, Mardue replied fiercely, “You don’t understand, we have no choice. I knew he couldn’t be trusted, he has left us no choice.”

The first voice replied softly, “I understand, but I feel like I’m betraying everyone by giving our descendants an advantage to the throne.”

A forth voice chimed in, “Well, we are adding safety nets in case one of are descendants aren’t fit to rule.”

“Still…” the second voice trailed off.

Mardue’s voice rose, this time filled with anger, “Did you hear me? I said no choice.” She paused, silence. Mardue sighed, lowering her voice almost to a whisper, her anger replaced with fear, she continued. “We must do everything to ensure the right people are on the throne we need the right ones. All of our people depend on it, how does five hundred years of lies compare to living forever under hidden tyranny? The three others nodded their heads in consent, even though none, not even the one that spoke truly agreed with what they were about to do. History would have its choice, they would be known as four of the most beloved or four of the most hated.


Snippet #3 Took Forever To Write


The princess shifted, placing her elbows upon the table. Her arm collided, and something clattered to the floor. She got down on her knees, feeling for whatever she’d just knocked over.

A speck of something in nothing, gray, white and black shapes unfurling from that point. Color, the vibrant hues from her dreams spreading, filling outlines with vibrancy. Dripping, and dribbling from object to thing, coloring in the scene before her. Memory flashed, like a rearing horse. That night that moment, colors had burned bright, for once not in a slumber.

It all came back, one after another, flowing like a trepid river. You know why you're blind, right-your, mother had a double aven. A torrent of question rained down upon her, each more painful than the last. Was Renagade hiding something, why hasn’t she explained.

No, stepmother wouldn’t, there just wasn’t time. She reasoned, unwilling to believe that Renagade would lie to her. Silver forced it from her head, she needed to focus on the task at hand. And the fact that she had sight for the second time in a week, for the first time in fifteen years her eyes had functioned right, it was a puzzling miracle.

The princess lifted her hands, staring at the palms, studying the lines that seemed to be carved in. When she’d stared long enough to be certain that this was no dream, she dropped her hands, examining her surrounds. Her eyes caught, a book lay on the floor, it’s pages opened like a bird's wings. The cover faced upwards, and she studied the markings engraved in the spine, words they were called.
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