(Book Review) The Stolen Kingdom by Bethany Atazadeh // Spoiler-Free

I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.

Title: The Stolen Kingdom #1

Author: Bethany Atazadeh

Publisher: Grace House Press

Genre: Fantasy, Retelling

Goodreads Synopsis:

How can she protect her kingdom, if she can’t protect herself?

Arie eagerly anticipates becoming Queen of her humble kingdom. Even when a Jinni’s Gift manifests before her 18th birthday, she fights to hide the forbidden ability.

But when a neighbouring king attempts to marry her and steal her kingdom, discovery feels imminent. Just one slip could cost her throne. And her life.

A Jinni hunter and his crew of thieves are her only hope for removing this Gift. And she must remove it before it’s exposed. Or die trying.

The Stolen Kingdom is a loose “Aladdin” retelling. Set in a world that humans share with Mermaids, Dragons, and the elusive Jinni, this isn’t the fairytale you remember…

Review

One word: hooked.

I am not a fan of retellings but this book hooked me good.  I cannot put the book down. It has bewitched me into a devouring beast that needs more after reading the first few chapters.

It is loosely based on Aladdin as Atazadeh says in her YouTube video, and I understand why. This is uniquely different. I am grateful that the author stuck with the main elements of the story — the lamp, the jinni (or genie), the commoner, princess, a sorcerer, and the sultan. But she also added her own twist to them. Even though the story she is recreating is far different from the Disney’s version, the essence of the folktale is still there. The story is captivating. There are more characters to root for and THAT kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I like it when I don’t know what is about to happen…I love surprises.
 
Slow burn romance. Yes, I love reading slow and steady romance. Arie and Kadin have one of the best relationships I’ve seen in books. They had cute moments and tense ones which were fun reads. The pacing was not too fast, it had the right tempo—nicely paced. It was action-packed the whole way, I don’t think I ever once got bored.
 
I recommend this promising series to anyone who enjoys fantasy or retellings. This entertaining story will make you hunger for more.
 
I rate this 4.5/5.
 
“The Stolen Kingdom” is coming out on 20 August 2019.
 

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(Movie Review) AVENGERS: ENDGAME // Spoiler-Free

Based on the comic, The Avengers by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Directed by Anthony and Joe RussoAVENGERS: ENDGAME SPOILER-FREE REVIEW

Screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

Produced by Kevin Feige

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, and Josh Brolin.

Synopsis: it picked up where it left off in Infinity War

Review

Wow, I have a lot of mixed feelings about this movie. I am going to come out and say it, this finale was too hyped. I get it why it’s hype though; to end the saga, of course! But was it worth the hype it was getting? Half yes, and half no. The movie was any superhero movie. It had action scenes, torn relationships, good friendships, and tragedies. But the storyline was boring, only until the ending was near where they found a way out, and settle this once and for all — it became better.

I like that the main characters were well-developed enough that it was easy to care about them while watching them suffer on screen. But I couldn’t connect with the new members of the Avengers.

With that being said, the movie was still pretty entertaining to watch. Seeing Peter Parker’s and Tony Stark’s relationship grow as an apprentice and mentor touched my heart. We get to see that Iron Man has a heart made up of not only steel but love too. It was cool and far more interesting to watch them fight alongside their allies.

Some of the questions were explained in the movie. But I didn’t get this one because of spoilers, not gonna say it. I still prefer Infinity War to Endgame. It had a good start at the beginning, everything was well built up, but things went downhill in the follow-up movie when the solution is brought up. The plan was the simplest solution. I feel like they were taking the easy way out. I just wished the writers came up with something other than that.

Also, I felt like Thanos wasn’t at all a villain. Yes, he made humans suffer and almost destroyed their planet. But he wasn’t that developed as the other characters were which was disappointing. It felt like something about him was missing. I thought Captain Marvel and he will have an EPIC battle, considering their powers were quite similar. But nope, I didn’t get any of that. I needed more action scenes with her in it if not why would they make a movie all about her. 

Despite everything, it was a good movie but not the best. It was enjoyable but draggy for most parts especially the beginning leading up to the middle. I rate Endgame, 6/10

That concludes my review.

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How to write without looking back at what you have written?

Have you had an idea that you have simmered for some time now? But when the time comes to write it down, you get frustrated when writing the first page?

As you write, you feel like an imposter writing the story you want to tell. You feel like you’re not good enough to be writing this story. Your fingers hover the keyboard. You don’t know what to think; whether you should press delete, or keep going.

Not looking at what you have written is easier said than done. KICKSTARTING on your draft is terrifying. Though it is an exciting adventure, it is also a challenge. There is no such thing as a perfect draft, only a rough one. Sometimes, with other authors’ drafts, we are afraid that they are better, more polished. But HEY, who said that their very first drafts were excellent?!

So how to write without looking back at what you have written? This is not an easy task, not even for me. Even writing this post makes me feel like I’m an imposter. Should I be even writing this?

Here are some ultimate weapons that I find useful when writing the first draft. The first draft can be of anything, may it be a blog post, an essay, assignment, a story/flash fiction.

ULTIMATE WEAPON #1: Writing Sprints

This has taken me to a whole new level. you set your timer for any amount of time and you WRITE, WRITE, WRITE, and then when your timer rings, you take five or ten. Then, you start again. The point is to shut out everything and focus on what you’re doing. Put your fingers on the keyboard and type away while the clock is ticking down.

I recommend using a timer either on your mobile, watch, or computer. The one I always use is https://www.tickcounter.com/timer, and I 100% recommend it! It is easy to use and user friendly.

ULTIMATE WEAPON #2: Join Camp Nanowrimo

Here is what the website looks like

This coming April, Camp Nanowrimo is rekindling. Before I go further, let’s make sure we’re on the same page. Hang on,


Camp Nanowrimo is not an actual camp set out in the wilderness. Neither there are no people around the campfire singing nor telling ghost stories. Well, the ‘stories’ part is true on what the website is about. Camp Nanowrimo is a virtual writing retreat, where you can work on or edit your past drafts or start anew.

Before you tune out, did I mention it is completely free?

It works a bit like the official one, National Novel Writing Month. It is where you set up a goal for your project and keep track of it project every November.

You may be wondering,
“why should I join Camp Nanowrimo when I can join the official one?”
“Wait, isn’t this website for writers? I’m not a writer.”

THE THING WITH CAMP NANOWRIMO, IT’S…

Hear me out, anyone can join Camp – and when I say anyone – I meant anyone who likes writing in general. If you feel like you work better and faster with a deadline reaper lurking, this retreat is for you! Camp Nano happens twice a year in April and July when Nanowrimo happens annually. Though, that is not the only difference.

One of the things I like about Camp is that it has adjustable word counts (like you can change it anytime you want). You can set hours or minutes you want to spend on your project. This is beneficial especially if you have a full-time job or cannot write as much as you want to. Also, you can set your goal to pages, like you can write or edit how many pages you want.

So this is a bit similar to writing sprints. Before the start of April, key in your project and set a goal for yourself. Once you have done that, wait for the event (don’t forget to come back to it) and then when it begins, you write like there is no tomorrow. There is no time to be wasted especially you have 30 days to finish it. You cannot afford to waste time reading back your work and editing/rewriting it.

Sit down, and type it all out. You can also use comic sans font to oppose you from seeing your previous words. I like the font but I have heard from other people that they can write better if they use that font. Different people have different opinions, I guess.

Inside look of Camp Nano

To take part, you must first have an account on the official website, https://nanowrimo.org/ and then use those requirements to surpass the guards at Camp Nanowrimo website, https://campnanowrimo.org

Thank you for reading. I appreciate every read. Hope you have a wonderful week!

This post is not sponsored but I love Nanowrimo. One of my go-to to fast drafting. Have you added your project yet?

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When life gets in the way of writing // Week 4-5 of Camp Nanowrimo + I made a decision to not…

WEEK 4

Tues

So many things happening! And I didn’t write much.

But need to do these TO-DOs:

  • book review
  • outline
  • blog post
  • a poem
  • pictures
  • IG Post

Gotta at least finish something today.

Wed

though didn’t do much of yesterday….so am going to try to finish them so I can treat myself to a movie.

a f t e r  l u n c h

  • send those pictures
  • book review
  • outline

1 – 1.40pm

  • read a few pages (gosh, I’m slow.)

(finished a chapter. Yay!)

4pm

  • gotta do the pictures and then do the outline…argh

5.01pm

  • opening the document
  • while editing my IG profile (more like fiddling)

5.35pm

  • actually started writing

7.06pm

  • finished a good writing session 🙂

TOTAL: 161 minutes

– supposed to start work but wrote some poetry for #micromuse

9.30 – 10pm

  • written poems (micro ones)
  • checking out Patreon + IG + watching YouTube videos…I know insane right…

– in a lazy mood now

taking a break and looking through YouTube, catching up with ALL the videos I’ve missed. And write more poetry.

11.21pm

time to go to bed

ohh! before I forget, need to update my Camp Nano goal

Thurs

3pm

  • came back from The Lion King movie (review coming soon!)

Now feeling a bit down, and want nothing more than to rest and wonder and watch YouTube.

  • started a thoughts notebook where I jot down all my thoughts and now, I feel much, much better.

3.56pm

  • again, I write more poems.

Today is more of a reflect day. ALSO, got some ideas for one chapter in the shower. What is this, my fountain of ideas? Maybe.

9.41pm

  • back from dinner, feel more refreshed. Time to do work so that I can be focused on my outline tomorrow.

I AM GOING TO try TO FINISH IT BEFORE I SLEEP. Send help, please!

11.20pm

  • thank goodness……..I finished it.

I cannot wait for tomorrow to write an outline of the chapter. Worse thing, that all the other chapters have no titles (for now) because I need to get the scenes done in the correct order so that I can choose the chapter titles.

 

Fri

4.35pm

  • finish editing + adding more words into the article for work.

Now, starting Project Fire. *screams*

GOAL FOR TODAY: outline more than 120 minutes

5.30pm

  • currently watching Kate Cavanaugh’s latest video (her ‘I tried writing like’ videos are one of my faves.)

Woooo! Just realised that I outlined for an hour. Another hour to go!

Thoughts so far: the scenes are so much easier to write through a human’s perspective than a humanoid. I miss writing through the eyes I’m familiar with.

6.06pm

  • time to focus

7.16pm

  • stopped for a shower break….and I know what to write for my later scene.

TOTAL: 142 minutes…HAPPY WITH THAT

Sat

Today, am feeling under the weather. Vomited twice and can’t eat much and feeling ugh.

So decided to suck it up and write becoz I cannot go one day without writing something.

TO-DOs:

  • outline
  • read
  • post poetry #micromuse via stories
  • get ready to post on IG tomorrow morning

4pm

  • started outlining

4.41pm

  • doing research on local titles

5 – 5.30pm

  • had my second lunch since the stomach is weak + needs more time to digest

so now eating in smaller amounts.

REMINDERS:

  • edit short story
  • 2 movie reviews + 1 book review
  • post ‘Celebration Saturday’

7.21pm

  • doing mundane stuff

10.09pm

  • gonna outline a bit more
  • finished writing a chapter….idk @ 10.55pm

TIME TO TOTAL UP the minutes: 257 min
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I didn’t see this coming but I won July Camp Nanowrimo???!

~ FINAL THOUGHTS ~

I didn’t validate Project Fire because I didn’t finish outlining it as I hoped…..so that means I didn’t officially win Camp Nano even though I reached the 2000 minutes goal.

It’s alright. I’m fine. NOW, gotta look ahead! I need to complete the outline before National Novel Writing Month starts.

The actual scariest part is that is 2 months away.

GIF to describe this moment:

 

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Shuffling scenes in Act 2 that drive me crazy! WEEK 2-3 of July Camp Nanowrimo | mini update + a poem

It has been a long two weeks since I popped here and update you guys on how it is going…

WEEK 2

Wed

There was a poetry contest happening on Instagram and it is coming to an end SOON! Last night I had written three poems, and was I ready to send one of them?

Nope. Those poems weren’t to my liking so I had to write another. LET ME TELL YOU it wasn’t a walk in the park. How to write a poem inspired by folklore, mythology and magic? This question had been bugging me since last night. So I looked over to my other poem, f a n t a s y to see how I wrote that one. No inspiration, no nothinghow can I do it again? I cannot repeat the same style as that one that…wouldn’t be original.

I had to write something that feels original and when someone reads it, it must feel real to them. THE DEADLINE IS TOMORROW! Instead of dilly-dallying, and having second thoughts, I let my fingers type away. It took me about an hour to write something I was satisfied with.

Read  f o l k l o r e  here

THURS

*Cue in the Eye of the Tiger song*

3.26pm
I open the outline document and my jaw droppedI haven’t touched my outline for 8 days. Wow, wow, wow! A few days ago, I wanted to throw my laptop away but my inner voice says ‘no, I will not give up on this outline even if it drives me mad.’

Looking away from those messy scenes, today I will only focus on ONE thing. 

And that is to: WRITE

A few minutes in,

TRYING SO HARD NOT TO GIVE UP HERE >.<

I keep telling myself…

Finally!

Finished writing @ 5.30pm

Woohoo! Spent 124 minutes!

FRI

Friday came too fast. Time is running out…

Update: I have been planning and planning which scene to go in first….argh my mind is all a jumble.

11.30am – 1pm
Started writing/brainstorming/planning

And then again at 5pm – 6pm

TOTAL: 210 minutes 🙂

yay for progress

WEEK 3

WED

OKAY so now is the third week — am I happy with what I have so far?

YES.

Am I going to reach my goal?

We all know the answer.

But I am optimistic so I am going to say I KNOW I CAN DO THIS!

So many to-dos but we’re going to focus on Camp Nano….after I’ve finished work.

4.33pm – 7.15pm
Outline and wrote down the scenes.

Spent 228 minutes!

I am getting there, guys!!!

THURS

  • watched Spiderman: Far From Home (review coming soon!)
    Why didn’t I watch it earlier? Even I can’t answer that….
  • had a sudden inspiration/idea for a short story at the end of the movie. Came home and started writing it!

Did I outline the Camp Nano project?

NOPE. Sucks when another idea strikes you on your head and you cannot help it but write it down especially you ask yourself ‘what ifs’ questions and the story grows. Ahh…I really cannot help it.

Update on the short story:
wrote down the main points and dialogue. Now I have an idea sitting here, and staring me in the face but does it have a conflict that moves the plot forward.

No… SO why did I even start it?

Typical Alex. Welcome to my life!

It’s 5.55pm, going to ‘try’ outlining Camp Nano Project.

UPDATE:
decided to change the target goal to 2000 minutes instead of 5000 because I’m wanted a realistic goal and not an impossible one.

7.20pm
finished writing = 195 min

  • had dinner + watched MKR (My Kitchen Rulesawesome show—must wait for the results though)

9.30pm – 10.20pm
and then started outlining again…. = 110 min

yay for some progress!

TOTAL: 305 minutes

And then the rest of the night, checked out some poetry blogs…first time I’ve heard about this term. Curious to know what it is about. Checking out as many poetry blogs I can find.

ALSO, have been listening to Peder B. Helland recently — who is now my favourite composer. He is one heck of a composer — love his calming and soothing music.

On Friday, I didn’t write. Had to go out. Friends meet-up. Thought I can write some more during the weekend but something came up…..I hope week 4 and 5 will be better. I hope I can surpass my goal. I hope I can at least reach my goal. *fingers crossed*

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WRITING EXPERIMENT: My FIRST narrative poetry// how it all started

I have never written one before. I have written poems but never in a narrative style. So this is a first for me. I don’t even know whether there is a genre for this: fantasy-poetry.

How it all started?
  • Back in July 2018, there were too many things going on with my life. I was in and out of the hospital. So I wanted to put myself at ease, and had to put my mainstream novel on hold so I can work on something simple! Something like a collection of poems, and since I love writing poetry, so why not!
 
A few months back, I wrote a poem about a feather and a creature that lives in the woods, and then it hit me! This would be the simplest story idea and it would be easy to make my way through it at the end of Camp Nanowrimo. That’s what I did. I finished the first 50 pages, but, it wasn’t finished…yet. The story had no end! And no essence of a story… it was boring…to me at least.

So I had to do some major tweaking here and there…but did I survive writing this project?

I didn’t. Haha.

Thoughts of wanting to abandon the project were in my mind. I wasn’t thinking straight. A part of me wants to work on something new, and another was feeling like, ‘No, I’m not going to do that, that is cruel.’ Even though this is a quirky story, I still want to make it work.

One day, I decided to sit down and create an outline for it. And from there, I wrote a pitch for it, and a logline in case I needed to refer in the future. I also can keep in mind what this quirky, fun story is about. I tend to forget stuff so yep!

And I got it! I know what this story is going to be.

Project Sprite’s aesthetic: 

(not official, will have to do some tweaks):

You must be wondering…Alex, where are the humans? Yea…about that…no, your eyes aren’t playing tricks. See that hand picture there, yea, that’s not the MC.

My main character is a Feather (yes, you heard that right.) He is a quill in the story. It is about his life of how he accepts that everything around him is evolving from simple machines to advanced ones.
 
Oh man, the way I summarise it is boring. But that’s how I can sum it right now haha.
 
Thank you for reading about my latest WIP: Project Sprite. I’m scraping a bunch of things and making some tweaks here and there to make this story readable. And at the same time, finding my characters’ voice.
 
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I’m back with an update… // Week 1

Hey Dreamers,

I am back with an update.

The new month is here ⁠— and I am currently doing…well I am participating in July’s Camp NaNoWriMo!

Wonderful. More stress haha.

WEEK 1

MON

GOAL FOR JULY: there’s only one

And that is SPEND 5000 minutes outlining my Acts 2-3

Not doing any word count goals….this is only outlining.

6 – 7pm
wrote for an hour

10 – 10.57pm
wrote for 57 minutes.

TUES

I realised if I have a list of to-dos, I can get things done fast and time wouldn’t be wasted.

  • outline (estimated 2 hrs 30 mins)
  • read

It’s the second of Camp Nano…. it is the same time every camp, it’s always put your fingers down on the keypads and type.

Let’s write!

4 – 4.35pm
finish writing for 45 min. Now time for a break ⁠— a game.

5.30 – 6.30pm
wrote for one hour! Yes! Happy that I got some words down. Outlining is crazy hard. So many messy scenes that need fixing.

10 – 11.25pm
wrote for 1 hr 25 min…YASSSSS!

Total: 190 mins

Just hope that is correct hahaha. God, I hate maths. 0_0

WED

What to say in this journal when there is only one sentence to say

IT’S ANOTHER DAY TO WRITE!

12 – 1pm
starting to write now….currently, am by the way…. just gotta jot this moment down in case I forget

GOAL for today: 105 minutes

Can I do it with work piled up ⁠— we’ll see!

That is 60 minutes down!

4.51 – 6.30pm
wrote for 141 minutes

10 – 11.21pm
wrote another 81 minutes. Yay for some progress.

TOTAL: 282 minutes

I thought I couldn’t make it. Outline ⁠— oh gosh ⁠— how did it become a mystery?

UPDATE on others: Nope, didn’t read. Oh gosh, how do you juggle work, writing and reading? I know the answer. Planning is key.

Am tired—> going to sleep now. Good nite!

SAT

Spoiler Alert: I didn’t write since Wed.

So so so so behind.

The weekends are my only free time to focus on something else.

I have many things to work out in all the messy scenes. I guess I was avoiding to sit down and really brainstorm properly.

A few days ago, I sat down and did what I should have done.

NOW

I cannot wait to jot down my scrambled thoughts down.

Week 2 I am coming for you!

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I am going on hiatus

This is hard explaining everything that is going on in my life right now. So, flat answer: I am taking a break from social media.
 
This is me telling that I WILL BE RIGHT BACK and yes, things are fine on my side.
 
I believe it is good to take breaks. And have a Kit Kat. I promise this is not sponsored. Haha. You know what I mean, to recharge. Do something else. Focus on other things or interests. But of course I’ll be writing, and working on polishing my Project Sprite, fantasy poetry.
 
I will ALSO be working on this challenge I made for myself last week. Because I am so behind in my reading challenge on Goodreads. I need to surpass that goal. So that I can buy that one book I’ve been keeping an eye on. The next TBR list will be flowing out of control. #readerproblems
 
Wish me luck!

 

 

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What I’m Currently Reading // June TBR + Reading Goals

Quest of 2019: read the to-be-read pile.

I want to try a little experiment to read the unread books before 2019 ends, well before Christmas to be precise. So that I can get more books after that. Haha.

To do that, I need to read as fast as I can to finish all the unread books that are collecting dust on my shelves.

Can I do it?

I am a turtle reader so challenge accepted.

Mission:  Read 5 books in June

A mission to conquer.

I know what you’re thinking. Alex, five is not enough.

Excuse me, *points at me* slow reader here. Ya…yea…

Here are five of the books I want to get to in the next month:

Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan

Goodreads Synopsis: Jasmine and Chelsea are sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women’s Rights Club. They post everything online—poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine’s response to the racial macroaggressions she experiences—and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by online trolls. When things escalate, the principal shuts the club down. Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices—and those of other young women—to be heard.

I recently picked this up and so far, am loving it. I admit that I got hooked when one of the characters is a poet. Something relatable! Love stories that have writers, artists, poets, aspiring authors. GIMME TAT! Call me bias but what can I say? I love reading stuff about that.

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Veer

Goodreads Synopsis: Delilah and Oliver shouldn’t be together. But they are together. And just as they’re getting used to the possibility that happily ever after may really, truly be theirs, the universe sends them a message they can’t ignore: they won’t be allowed to rewrite their story.

Delilah and Oliver must decide how much they’re willing to risk for love and what it takes to have a happy ending in a world where the greatest adventures happen off the page.

I am continuing with the series…? Is it a series? Am not too sure. But I know it is a companion novel. Love, love book 1, Between The Lines. That was my absolute favourite of 2018. Highly recommend this.


Draw the Line by Laurent Linn

Goodreads Synopsis: After a hate crime occurs in his small Texas town, Adrian Piper must discover his own power, decide how to use it, and know where to draw the line in this “powerful debut” novel (Publishers Weekly, starred review) exquisitely illustrated by the author.

Adrian Piper is used to blending into the background. He may be a talented artist, a sci-fi geek, and gay, but at his Texas high school, those traits would only bring him the worst kind of attention.

In fact, the only place he feels free to express himself is at his drawing table, crafting a secret world through his own Renaissance-art-inspired superhero, Graphite.

But in real life, when a shocking hate crime flips his world upside down, Adrian must decide what kind of person he wants to be. Maybe it’s time to not be so invisible after all—no matter how dangerous the risk.

Found this book in a new bookstore in my area. Happy to dive into this.

 

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Goodreads Synopsis: “What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

I have not picked up this yet. Shame on me! Everyone has been raving about this book non-stop AND I need to read it. This month is a good month to read this masterpiece. 🙂

 

Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt

Goodreads Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old River doesn’t know what to do with himself when Penny, the girl he adores, breaks up with him. He lives in LA, where nobody walks anywhere, and Penny was his ride; he never bothered getting a license. He’s stuck. He’s desperate. Okay . . . he’s got to learn to drive.

But first, he does the unthinkable—he starts walking. He stumbles upon a support group for teens with various addictions. He fakes his way into the meetings and begins to connect with the other kids, especially an amazing girl. River wants to tell the truth, but he can’t stop lying, and his tangle of deception may unravel before he learns how to handle the most potent drug of all: true love.

Got this book from Christmas last year. One thing about this book is that the title grabs you. Tell us something true. Mmmmm…makes me wonder whether this story is about a liar who is trying to turn over a new leaf.  Need to read to find out!

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(Movie Review) Captain Marvel // Spoiler-Free

Written and Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, with Geneva Robertson-Dworet

Produced by Kevin Feige

Music by Pinar Toprak

Cinematography by Ben Davis

Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.

Language: English

Synopsis: Set in 1995, the story follows Danvers as she becomes Captain Marvel after Earth is caught in the center of a galactic conflict between two alien civilizations.

Review

I am loving this alien-themed story. I find aliens associating with human-kind-of-movies fascinating. I always wonder how do “aliens” see us when in actual truth we are the aliens to them.
 
The story line was captivating. A science fiction mixed with secret agents, aliens, and superheroes. Best combination ever. It sort of reminds me of Men in Black. I like the world building. Even though it was a few seconds to get to know the setting, it was still relevant to the story. 
 
The action scenes are fast which I like. I like the theme ‘aliens and humans’ become friends in the end. I love how Captain Marvel takes charge of her own destiny. I love the twist at the last scene. I didn’t see that one coming. I AM curious to see what kind of role she will play in Avengers: Endgame.
 
I rate this 8/10
 

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Camp Nanowrimo RESULTS | Week 4 // Writing Update

If you have been following me on Instagram, you already know, but if you haven’t then you’re in for a surprise.

Day 25 – THURS

Concentration is back! I can do this!

Recap of what I have done:
Day 23 = wrote 1000 words.
Day 24 = didn’t write anything. Bummer.
Day 25 = wrote 1123 words. YAS.

A miracle is born.

Day 27 – SAT

I am losing my mind! Forgot it’s day 27 NOT day 17. Three more days to go before I reach my goal. Or try to reach my goal. This is insane.

  • Read three chapters. Oh gosh.
  • worked on a blog post and scheduled it. Yay.
  • screaming and asking myself whether or not I can reach my Camp Nano goal

Update for the night: wrote 1088 words

Day 28 – SUN

Mission impossible: write 2000 words.

No pressure right?

12.20 – 6pm
wrote 1334 words

Only need to pump out 666 words more. Wish me luck. Ahem, it’s not weird to correspond with a journal now, is it?

9.57pm
thank goodness…reached 2000. Mission, I’m possible. Okay bad joke, but you get it. 

I think I am able to catch up.

Day 29 – MON

Stop biting your nails, Alex! You can do this!

It’s not going to be easy to write this part especially when trouble resurfaces and the plot thickens. A lot of things are happening in this scene. AND continuity – ahhhhh – the hardest to write. At this point, I was telling myself that it is ONLY the first draft and in the editing phase, I could fix that later.

Update: Thank the God of Goals for letting me surpass 1500** words. Because I got 1728 words written! Woohoo!

Day 30 – TUES

Final day.

Final words.

Game face on.

Goal: reach 25 000 words

Now sitting at 24, 164 words. Need another thousand. Aaaaaaaaah!!!

3 – 7.15pm
almost the whole day writing. So far written 1893 words. I reach a thousand…but then changed my mind as I wanna reach 2000. Because you know it’s only 200 more words to go.

Challenge accepted to write another 200.

Did I succeed?

I know you already know the answer. It’s up there in that picture for crying out loud. But I’ll still say it…

10.59pm
added 151 words ….. so that meant…

Total: 2044 words.

I can’t even breathe right now. Wo-hoo! I did it.

I did it…

*pinch me!*

I did it?

I DID IT!!

It’s already the end of Camp Nanowrimo. To those who had participated, I hope you had as much fun as I did. How did you guys do? I love to hear your comments!!

And as always,

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