Archive | July 2014

Booking Through Thursday (#7): Price


 

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading hosted by Booking Through Thursday where I’ll answer whatever question is thrown at me. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking the link to the host’s blog page.

 

This Week’s Question:

If I could give a brand new, really good book by your favorite author (living or dead) RIGHT NOW, what would you be willing to do for it?

 

My Answer:

This question has me stumped. How am I supposed to answer?

Could I just drive to the local bookstore and buy the book myself? I may be a poor college student, but I’m sure I can scrounge up the money for a book by a favorite author (seeing as I do it all the time).

Is it the last surviving copy? Because if that’s the case, I probably can’t financially afford it.

So what can I give that not everyone else would offer?

Want a free massage? I heard I’m good at those.

Still in school? I could write your next A+ paper for you.

How about my soul?…

Haha. I’m kidding. Unfortunately for you, I still need that. 😛

 

What would you be willing to do/give? Leave a comment below.
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Book Review #5: Futureless, by K. J. Draeghan


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not paid by or affiliated with any organization, author, or publisher, and everything I write here is of my own opinion.

 

          Title: Futureless (Beyond Oblivion Trilogy, #1)

          Author: K. J. Draeghan

          Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

          Length: 496 pages

          Publication Date: Monday, 28 July 2014

          Buy This Book: Amazon

          Synopsis: 

          In a world far, far away, there exists a giant mass of land that five                         unique races call their home – Ilreya.

Long ago, Ilreya was torn asunder by the gnashing jaws of a vicious war: The Blood War. The five nations of this land had never known true peace, their racism and distrust creating great rifts between them. With this war, the rifts grew wider still. When all the continent seemed about to perish at the hands of its inhabitants, a treaty was struck. This treaty, despite ending the bloodshed, did not mend the hate the races felt for each other and soon all contact ceased between them.

Now, many centuries later, war threatens to rear its hideous head yet again. The barbarous William Blaise, current ruler of the weredragon nation, has grown mad with his desire for power. With his awesome might he plans to bring the other races of Ilreya to their knees and claim the entire continent as his own.

There is only one way he can be stopped: A group of youths from the Ilreyan nation of Coruka must band together and bring an end to the monster’s rule before war begins anew. Though they will face incredulous peril and devastating trials, success is their only option. If they fail, if they cannot find it within themselves to defeat such a formidable foe, the only world they’ve ever known will languish under the weight of the chains Blaise will bind it in.


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“He grinned at the way she was scrutinizing him and revealed pearly white fangs. ‘If you think this part of me is good . . .’ And then he stepped completely out of the shadows and she gasped. Enormous membranous wings, black as the darkness form which he emerged, unfurled behind him.”

My Review: 

While reading Futureless, I found myself willingly drawn into a world filled with creatures and characters I had never before imagined. From Kuljians to werecats, there were so many different beings and races that I couldn’t wait to see what would appear next. Though Futureless has many appreciable qualities, there were three aspects that made an impression on me the most.

  1. Detail: Draeghan wrote with such thorough detail and imagery. Every situation that occurred and every new creature that emerged were painted so vividly in my mind that I felt as though I had been transported into the universe she had created.
  2. Dialogue: I was amazed at how perfect the majority of the dialogue was in this book, especially because dialogue is one of the writing facets I have the most trouble with. Draeghan did an exemplary job at using dialogue to enhance and reveal her characters’ backgrounds and dispositions; her word-choice was clever, humorous, and dead-on.
  3. Romance: Though I did get a glimpse into some budding affections, there were no we-just-met-and-now-we’re-in-love-and-will-live-happily-ever-after moments. The emotional development was realistic, and I was impressed to get through an entire book without reading even one actually defined relationship – just the promise of potential ones.

The biggest critique I found in this novel was that some of the names and places (though beautiful in their own right) were extremely hard, if not impossible, to pronounce. I found myself pausing to wrap each word around my tongue for much too long a time, until finally giving up and skipping over the words whenever they reappeared. I understand that these words were meant to amplify the fictional world of Ilreya. That being said, I dislike it when I attempt to have a bookish conversation with another reader, and instead of discussing the book, we get sidetracked in arguing over whose pronunciation is correct. This has happened to me with various books, and I fear Futureless will become one of them.

A page-turner at its best, Futureless had me intrigued to the point where I struggled to put it down. I would recommend it to any fantasy fiction lovers. I, for one, enjoyed it immensely and will be (im)patiently waiting for book two to be released.

My rating: ★★★★ (4/5)

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Next book. Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up… Please.


“You cannot evade your past. I have been here, inside of you, waiting for you to awaken. You cannot evade the present. You are my child and I am your daughter. Your hate is my hate. Your blood is my blood. You cannot evade your future. I will be your fangs; your claws. I will bring you infinite power and joy. I will bring you unrelenting weakness and sorrow. You cannot evade me. Our hearts will beat as one for the rest of all eternity.”

About the Author: 

K. J. Draeghan was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1991. Soon after this she moved to the United States, where she grew up. Due to her tempestuous home environment she became very familiar with stories, taking particular interest in ones that drew her into a different world. Finding solace in writing shaped her into a wordsmith, her ability to write coming naturally to her. Later in life she was often credited by her professors as having a “gift” for writing. Her results of the English aptitude test she took for college were quite nearly flawless – surpassing even university-level graduates.
Draeghan now lives in Quebec with her hedgehog Pearl.

Official Fan Email: K.J.Draeghan@hotmail.com

One-Minute Mondays


Welcome to Week 11 of One-Minute Mondays.

It’s amazing how our brains work and how we can form a connection between coffee → your favorite coffee creamer flavor is cinnamon vanilla creme → you used to have a dog named Cinnamon → now you have a dog named Pepper who just left a trail of socks from your sock drawer to her bed, because she couldn’t decide which pair she liked best.

This unsystematic train of thought is the basis behind One-Minute Mondays, an original weekly meme where I’ll post writing prompts that consist of one or two random, out-of-the-box words. The goal is to read the prompt, set a timer to one-minute (or click the youtube timer I’ve provided below), and write the first thing that comes to mind.

 

Rules:

  1. Let your mind wander like it’s supposed to.
  2. Don’t worry about sounding perfect and making complete sense.
  3. Don’t let your pencil/pen leave the page or your fingers leave the keyboard.
  4. Don’t stop to overthink. Just write.
  5. When your time is up, take a moment to read what you’ve written, and you may be surprised at how many potential writing prompts you’ve just created for yourself. 
  6. If you are interested in where your response is headed, you may exceed the one-minute time limit.
  7. You may participate in this exercise just for fun, or you may post your one-minute response to your own blog or any other form of social media.
  8. If you post your response, be sure to include a link back to this blog, Writing My Legacy.
  9. Paste the link for your post (NOT your blog) as a comment below before the end of Friday.
  10. If you do not have a blog or form of social media in which to post your response, you may copy it into the comment box below.
  11. Each week, I will pick one response and post it here the following Monday.

 

And the theme for this week is…..

FAMILY

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday (#8): Authors Who Take the Most Bookshelf Space


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where I’ll post my top ten book choices (in no particular order) based on certain themes. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

1. Patricia Briggs: I don’t have all her books, but I will. If you enjoy strong female characters and mythological/fantasy themes, this author is a MUST read. Unfortunately, not many people know about Patricia Briggs, because her books fall under “adult fiction” instead of YA. But I haven’t read a fantasy fiction author who has been able to surpass her. Check her out. Her novels are worth it – especially her Mercy Thompson series.

 

2. Jane Austen: The only reason Jane Austen is on this list is because I own about five or six copies of Pride and Prejudice. What can I say? I’m a sucker for fancy covers.

 

3. Cassandra Clare: I have all The Mortal Instruments books and am in the process of purchasing the last two novels in The Infernal Devices series.

 

4. Nathaniel Hawthorne: This is another case of the “I just can’t seem to stop collecting all these fascinatingly different and captivating editions.” If someone knows of a cure, PLEASE feel free to advise.

 

5. Kelley Armstrong:  My favorite of her series is Darkest Powers. Of course, I also own several of her other books since she is one of my favorite authors.

The Darkest Powers Trilogy

 

All of my books have been packed away for the big move, so I had to create this week’s list from memory. Unfortunately, these were the only authors that stood out in my mind, and I couldn’t make it all the way to ten. Sorry about that. In any case, wish me luck at the University!

What are your favorite authors? Leave your answer as a comment below. My bookcase (and floor) always have room for more. 🙂

 

Collided Souls


Congratulations to tamer of wild beasts’ “Collided Souls” for being last week’s Photo Fridays selection!

tamer of wild beasts

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I believe souls are recycled and certain souls will always be connected, by a force too great to describe.  It’s the same force that makes the waves crash against the sand, the sunrise, and the blood pump through your veins.  It is the force that makes everything as harmonious as the most beautiful song.  I remember the moment I saw him, as I looked into his translucent blue eyes reminding me of the clear blue waters of paradise.  His eyes spoke to my gut, that feeling somewhere deep inside my stomach and heart.  Maybe it is because his eyes are so clear that he saw me the true me, not the tore up me that sat in front of him, with one outfit, and a bruise on my neck where a man choked me a little too hard as I let him fuck me.  I did not know who…

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