A Camp NaNoWriMo Update

Thursday, 23 July 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Goodness, July has been a busy month. (Like, 'I'm drowning in a hole' kind of busy.)

And so I've been off the Twitter. (But I will go back on to post the link of this over there because blog promotion on social media makes a HUGE difference.)


I know.

It's been hard, but I don't need to worry about everything that's going on in the bookish community when CAMP NANOWRIMO ENDS IN EIGHT DAYS.




So you all remember when I was like "I'm going to get writer's block at 2k anyway" and then I reached 2k and didn't get writer's block? Well, now I'm at 15k (as I'm writing this, I sit at 15,298 words) and I kind of have everything crossed that I'll reach 20k.

But let's not forget:

  • All my words suck.
  • I will only have 20k at the end of this.
  • Nothing happens whether I win or lose Camp NaNo.
  • It's the experience that counts.
  • I've written more consistently this month than probably ever before.
  • I have read like zero books over the past few weeks. (Will remedy that in August.)
  • I have awesome people cheering me on. (I'm looking at cabin mates and everyone on Twitter and Erin Bowman who provides some amazing advice whenever you think you're going to go burn your WIP in your backyard.)
And that was a list of everything I have learned this month (writing wise). Hopefully you found that information useful. *insert me giving you two thumbs up and a closed-lipped smile/being my awkward self*

So good luck whether you're doing Camp NaNo or anything exciting and just need someone to root for you.

See you all soon!


One Year of Blogging + Review of ACOTAR

Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

One year ago today, I made this blog. ONE WHOLE YEAR. That is insane. So to celebrate, I will throw imaginary confetti and review ACOTAR as an homage to my first review EVER which was Throne of Glass. (I'm a hard-core, dedicated fan. Promise.)

And I'm also having a Twitter party at 4:00 pm EST TODAY to celebrate. (Couldn't think of a better way to do so.) So use the hashtag #HACTwitterParty if you want to join in! (I'm @HeartsAndCrowns over there in case you didn't know. :)

Anyway, let's get to the review so I can stop rambling.

Book:  A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Young Adult, Fae, Fantasy, Sarah J. Maas Men

Rating: 10000000000000000000000000000000000000/5 Stars (As you may or may not be able to tell, I haven't changed that much over the past year.)

Summary: A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Review: Can I get a hot fae to come to life and become my actual boyfriend? Preferably Tamlin.

Yes, I absolutely loved this book. From start to finish, I was enthralled in the story. Not only is Sarah a fabulous writer (to quote myself, "From beginning to end, I was hooked and when the story ended, I was left craving more."), but I loved the characters...a lot. 

Our protagonist Feyre is a hunteress (a.k.a. badass human being who is not as kick-butt as Celaena but can still kill wolves and otherworldly beings) wasn't annoying (and we are in her head). She didn't know anything or magically remember the answer to all of her problems *cough* The Maze Runner *cough*--which was something I really liked.

When it comes to the boys *squeals*, there were some that I favoured over others.

Tamil: My high fae beautiful, sexy, gorgeous fictional boyfriend who I adore. I only had a small problem with a certain scene in the book and the way he acted, but other than that, LOVE HIM.

Lucien: My sassy fae whom I want a spinoff series for. (If you're reading this Sarah, please give him one.) Lucien is the kind of character who I'd want to be friends with. He has a backbone and is very loyal to his friends. Definitely enjoyed his character!

Rhysand: Did someone say Hades? I am not his biggest fan. Rhys comes in halfway through the book and I didn't think his actions were the most honourable which sort of threw me off. I don't despise him, but I wouldn't save him if a beast attacked him. 

In terms of how sexual this book is (so basically is it appropriate for younger readers), this book does not fade to black the way most YA does. It is not implied or done off the page, so you know exactly what characters have done with one another.

If you don't feel comfortable with that, don't read this books or skip over those parts because you won't enjoy what you're reading.

Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this book and will gladly take ACOTAR 2 off anyone's hands. *waves to Bloomsbury*

Here's to many more years of my rambling on the Internet, and I'll talk to you all again soon!

- Liran

Review of The Heir

Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Today I bring you my glorious review of The Heir by Kiera Cass! 

Book: The Heir
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Rating: 10000000000/5 Stars (Can you tell I loved it?)

Summary: Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

Review: Guess who absolutely loves this book? MMMMMEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Imagine me raising both hands in the air and screaming at the top of my lungs in full fangirl mode.)

I am a huge fan of this series (shocker, I know) as you may have been able to tell from my previous review. (Fact: I recommend this series to everyone I know.)

(Fact #2: I'm a hipster Selection fan who read it a month after it came out and have been a hardcore fan ever since.)

(Fact #3: I secretly believe you can read The Heir without reading The Selection, The Elite, or The One. While you won't have the background about Maxon and America, it rarely comes up and you should be fine.)

Reasons Why I Loved This Book:

- I have 35+ of them (not really) but they mainly consist of boys.

- There's also the magical-ness of Kiera Cass's writing that allows you to finish The Heir in no time at all. (I did it in under 24 hours including sleep.) It's a very easy read that will get you out of a reading slump/hangover and give you a worse one. (See the ending of The Heir.)

- Eadlyn is quite the feminist. (Gender equality, not female dominance.) She doesn't let the boys boss her around and knows what she wants in life.

- It is basically one of my all-time favourites and I will never stop reblogging Tumblr posts about it.

To sum it all up, you need to read this book. Like go to the bookstore right now and buy it. You won't regret it.

- Liran


Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

So here's another non-bookish blog post because Camp NaNoWriMo is here and I'm plain old nervous I will fail at 2k.

Jokes. I'm almost at 5k. I think I'll stop there.

Not going to lie, I lack consistency when it comes to writing. I do it whenever I feel "inspired" (which is hardly ever).

But something has changed. And that something is the TSBSC/a group of fellow aspiring writers who also think Pinterest is the greatest site on the Internet (besides my blog) and who also enjoy reading unpublished, uncompleted (except in Kiara's case) word documents. Because isn't that the dream?

What writing groups do (which I can't do by myself is PESTER me to write.)(Go semipersonal cheerleaders!)

And so, while we aren't chatting on Twitter, on Pinterest, or writing... I don't actually know how that sentence was supposed to end. Oops. But we have a Tumblr (http://tsbsc.tumblr.com) full of bad writing advice. And a Pinterest page with boys and cats. I highly recommend checking both out.

And while we're on the subject of cats, Skittles (Kiara's cat) is me in cat form. (Not joking about this.)

Anyway, I'm off to write!

- Liran