10 Struggles of Writing

Hello, everyone!

It’s Melia here today and I have put together a list of struggles that often occur while writing.

So, I noticed that a lot of us, here in the book blogging community, love to write and want to write novels for people to enjoy. Ally, Laurena and I all fit into that category and I am sure a bunch of you do too so I thought that this would be a fun, relatable post to write.

Okay, here we go!

  1. People who don’t think writing is a real job. E.g. Person: What do you want to do with your life?       Me: I want to write books. I have this great idea and–   Person: Oh, I meant real job
  2. This question: “Are you good at writing?”     What are you supposed to say? Answering yes will seem arrogant but answering no won’t make any sense because if you think you want to write a book, you sort of need to be a decent writer. And if you just don’t answer, everything become very awkward. So, in the end you usually reply looks a little like this……………..tumblr_npzz2k7cza1u2aztro1_400
  3. When someone asks what you are writing about and you just can’t explain.                   Person: What’s your story about?       Me: Uh………. It’s… like… It’s complicated
  4. Getting a great idea and planning and writing for days and thinking “I am actually going to be the next J.K.Rowling” and then coming across a plothole which completely ruins everything. 14959201
  5. Getting stuck in the endless spiral which is… The Internet *cue ominous music*
  6. Wanting to write but not knowing what to write about. You know when you are just like, “Yes, I am going to write for hours today and get so much done!” and then you realise that you don’t really like this idea or don’t feel like taking the time to plan something out or….
  7. Writers Block. Enough said
  8. When you’re making a ton of progress and then life gets in the way.                                Me: *writing like crazy*    Mum: Hey, we are going to get three cats, ten dogs and seven birds for you to look after on your own because, why not?            Me: Well, there goes any chance of writing ever again  e60a
  9. Reading a great book.      Me: This. Book. 😍😍😍     Me: Oh my gosh… I will never write something this good…      Me: my life has no purpose…
  10. Listening to music while writing and realising you missed your favourite song because you were too engrossed in what you were writing.  *favourite song starts*       Me: I love this song           *song ends*          Me: Wait, I just missed the whole thing. *sighs* I’ll just play it again               *cycle repeats*

 

There you have it. A list of 10 writing struggles.

Until next time!

-Melia

Fantasy Book Recommendations

Hello! It’s Laurena, Melia and Ally here and we have some fantasy book recommendations for you!

Fantasy is our favourite genre by far and this list would be miles long if we didn’t limit ourselves. We will give a brief reason of why we recommend the books.

In no particular order…

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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Throne of Glass is a high-fantasy. It’s one of those books that you can’t say anything about it without spoiling something. We can’t even reveal the characters name!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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This book is set in a fantasy world that sort of resembles Russia. There’s magic, mayhem and anything else you could hope for in a fantasy.

Akarnae by Lynette Noni

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Perfect for fans of Narnia and Harry Potter

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Fast-paced, gripping.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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No. It is nothing like Twilight if that is what is steering you away from this series.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Fabulous Sci-fi/Fantasy retelling of Cinderella

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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The world-building is perfection!

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

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Magic, action and all of that fun stuff!

Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh 

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An incredible twist on a fairytale

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

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Original characters and a gripping plot

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Unlike anything we have ever read!

Firstlife by Gena Showalter

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Unique and action-packed

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

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Two of the best fantasy authors come together to create this AMAZING series!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy

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If there is going to be an apocalypse, let’s just hope it’s nothing like the one in this book

There you have it! 14 fabulous fantasy books. If you haven’t read any of them, you should go do that.

-The Immortal Readers

All of the cover images are from Goodreads.

Top EoS Quotes

Hello my lovelies! Remember Top 15 Favourite Throne of Glass (Series) Quotes!? Well, I was looking through the blog the other day, and I saw that post. I thought, why not do one for Empire of Storms? I mean, it was incredible so… Let us begin! I was going to do 15 quotes but then I started skimming the book and ohmilord– too many fabulous quotes! So, the number will be infinite… (If I wish!)

Any spoilers will be in red.

  1. “We’d better eat before we raise hell.”
    “Raise hell.”
  2. “Rowan’s always looking for an excuse to show off. Dramatic rescues give him purpose and fulfillment in his dull, immortal life.”
    And someone *cough Aelin cough* is going to pay. 
  3. “Aelin was insane, Dorian realized. Brilliant and wicked, but insane.”
    I like to think that I am like Aelin. Eg. I like chocolate. And books. And Fae males. We are both brilliant and wicked and insane. Quite possibly. 
  4. “You will find, Rolfe, that one does not deal with Celaena Sardothien. One survives her.”
    One of my favourite quotes. Ever. 
  5. “I’d walk into the burning heart of hell itself to find you.”
    A beautiful declaration of love. 
  6. “You know, you ladies can let us males do things every now and then.”
    Feminism! Strong female characters are important…
  7. “Power called to power among the Fae. Perhaps Aelin Galathynius was unlucky the cadre had been drawn to Maeve’s power long before she was born, had chained themselves to her instead. Perhaps they were the unlucky ones, for not holding out for something better.”
    If only… If only. 
  8. “Gavriel’s son was bellowing Whitethorn’s name. A gods-damned victory cry. Over and over, the men taking up the call.
    Then Fenrys’s voice lifted.
    And Gavriel’s.
    And that red-haired queen.
    The Havilliard king.
    On into battle, on into bloodshed, they called the prince’s name.”
    Rowan… Aelin would be so proud… Only she is incapacitated. 
  9. “A gold coin says he misses,” Fenrys rasped.
    “Save your breath for healing,” Aelin snapped.
    “Make it two,” Aedion said behind them. “I say he hits.”
    “You can all go to hell,” Aelin snarled. But then added, “Make it five. Ten says he downs it with the first shot.”
    Go Aelin and Rowan! OTP!
  10. “She wasn’t fine, not even close.
    But she wasn’t dead.
    And that was a start.”
    A positive attitude! I like it!
  11. “She hated Death. And Death could go to hell, too.”
    Manon, Manon, Manon…
  12. “I’ll make one more promise,” she said, folding her bloodied hand into a fist as she lowered it before them. Darrow tensed.
    Her blood dripped onto the sacred soil of Terrasen, and her smile turned lethal. Even Aedion held his breath beside her.
    Aelin said, “I promise you that no matter how far I go, no matter the cost, when you call for my aid, I will come. I promise you on my blood, on my family’s name, that I will not turn my back on Terrasen as you have turned your back on me. I promise you, Darrow, that when the day comes and you crawl for my help, I will put my kingdom before my pride and not kill you for this. I think the true punishment will be seeing me on the throne for the rest of your miserable life.”
    Please just kill the idiot. 
  13. “His wife. Gods above.
    He was over five hundred years old – and this… this girl, young woman, she-devil, whatever she was, had just bluffed and lied her way into a job. A sword-thrower indeed.”
    Elide and Lorcan… I don’t know how I feel about their shipping… Probably won’t last but who knows? SJM controls them… 
  14. “Lysandra… Lady of Caraverre.”
    “There is no Caraverre,” Darrow said.
    Aelin shrugged. “There is now.” Lysandra had settled on the name a week ago, whatever it meant, bolting upright in the middle of the night and practically shouting it at Aelin once she’d mastered herself long enough to shift back into her human form. Aelin doubted she’d soon forget the image of a wide-eyed ghost leopard trying to speak.”
    “There is now.” My, my… Lady Lysandra of Caraverre… Has a nice ring! (Just like Princess Lysandra Ashryver…)
  15. Aelin and Aelin looked at each other. The one in black grinned up at the newcomer. “Oh, you ARE gorgeous, aren’t you?”
    So, so sassy… My lil munchkins!
  16. “And tell Rowan,” Aelin said, fighting her own sob, “that I’m sorry I lied. But tell him it was all borrowed time anyway. Even before today, I knew it was all just borrowed time, but I still wish we’d had more of it.” She fought past her trembling mouth. “Tell him he has to fight. He must save Terrasen, and remember the vows he made to me. And tell him . . . tell him thank you—for walking that dark path with me back to the light.”
    Oh god! Where is the tissue box?!
  17. “I’m going to call in old debts and promises. To raise an army of assassins and thieves and exiles and commoners.”
    Darrow… Lord… You have made a massive mistake young (old) man! 
  18. “I know you two are old and up past your bedtime so I’ll keep this quick.”
    That girl and her sass…
  19. “TERRASEN REMEMBERS EVALIN ASHRYVER.
    DO YOU?
    I FOUGHT AT MISTWARD FOR YOUR PEOPLE.
    RETURN THE GODS-DAMNED FAVOR.”
    Is it just me or should the demi-fae from Mistward come into play in the sixth book? I really want to read about their reaction to the mating bond between Rowan and Aelin… Luca’s face…
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  20. “I was told to come to this temple. I found it occupied. So I unoccupied it. You’re welcome.”
    Sass. 
  21. “The sunlight gilded the balcony as Asterin whispered, so softly that only Manon could hear, “Bring my body back to the cabin.”
    Something in Manon’s chest broke—broke so violently that she wondered if it was possible for no one to have heard it.”
    The cabin… Asterin… My heart broke at those words.
  22. “Where are our allies, Aelin? Where are our armies?”
    Too soon Aedion… Too soon. Give it a couple of days.
  23. “Ansel smiled, a winning grin. “Half of them are on their way there now. Ready to join with Terrasen. The country of my friend Celaena Sardothien, who did not forget it, even when she was in the Red Desert; and who did not stop looking north every night that we could see the stars. There was no greater gift I could offer to repay her than saving the kingdom she did not forget. And that was before I got her letter months ago, telling me who she was and that she’d gut me if I didn’t assist in her cause. I was on my way with my army already, but . . . then the next letter arrived. Telling me to go to the Gulf of Oro. To meet her here and follow a specific set of instructions.”
    Surprise! Aelin is now a war genius… 
  24. “All Rowan now had to offer his queen were the strength of his sword, the depth of his magic, and the loyalty of his heart.
    Such things did not win wars.”
    I am sorry, but what?! You have a lot more! (A.K.A. convincing the Whitethorn family that they should fight Maeve.)
  25. “Tell Aelin Galathynius that Wendlyn has never forgotten Evalin Ashryver,” Galan said to him, to Aedion. “Or Terrasen.”
    … No comment! 😢
  26. “Then Manon Blackbeak whirled and brought Wind-Cleaver down upon her grandmother.”
    ‘Bout time girlie! 
  27. “Rolfe unlocked the door, muttering, “This had better be worth my time,” and stalked into the awaiting dimness beyond. Then stopped dead.
    Even in the watery light, Dorian could perfectly see the woman sitting at Rolfe’s desk, her black clothes dirty, weapons gleaming, and her feet propped on the dark wooden surface.
    Aelin Galathynius, her hands laced behind her head, grinned at them all and said, “I like this office far better thank your old one Rolfe.”
    Oh god. Oh god! I love it. Loving it. Rolfe and Celaena’s relationship is so good. And then Rolfe and Aelin’s relationship is alright. 
  28. “And then Aelin said to Rowan with a secret smile, “You, I don’t know. But I’d like to.”
    Rowan’s lips tugged upward. “I’m not on the market, unfortunately.”
    “Pity,” Aelin said, cocking her head as she noticed a bowl of small emeralds on Rolfe’s desk. Don’t do it, don’t—
    Aelin swiped up the emeralds in a hand, picking them over as she glanced at Rowan beneath her lashes. “She must be a rare, staggering beauty to make you so faithful.”
    Gods save them all. He could have sworn Fenrys coughed behind him.
    Aelin chucked the emeralds into the metal dish as if they were bits of copper, their plunking the only sound. “She must be clever”plunk—“and fascinating”plunk—“and very, very talented.” Plunk, plunk, plunk went the emeralds. She examined the four gems remaining in her hand. “She must be the most wonderful person who ever existed.”
    Another cough from behind himfrom Gavriel this time. But Aelin only had eyes for Rowan as the warrior said to her, “She is indeed that. And more.”
    “Hmmm,” Aelin said, rolling the emeralds in her scarred palm with expert ease.
    Rolfe growled, “What. Are. You. Doing. Here.”
    Aelin dumped the emeralds into their dish. “Is that any way to speak to an old friend?”
    This is fabulous. Poor, poor Rowan. 
  29. “Rolfe blinkedjust once, then straightened. “Get out of my seat. And put back that emerald you slipped up your sleeve.”
    Aelin snorted, and with a flash of her fingers, an emeraldthe fourth one that Dorian had forgottenappeared between her fingers. “Good. At least your eyesight isn’t failing in your old age.”
    “And the other one,” Rolfe said through clenched teeth.
    Aelin grinned again. And then leaned back in Rolfe’s chair, tipped up her head, and spat out the emerald she’d somehow kept hidden under her tongue. Dorian watched the gem arc neatly through the air.
    It’s plunk in the dish was the only sound.”
    And her skills come into play. And so does Rolfe. 
  30. “Rolfe turned to Rowan, Fenrys and Gavriel. “You want my assistance in this war? Here’s the cost. Kill her. Now. Then my ships and men are yours.”
    Fenrys eyes glittered, but not at Rolfe, as Aelin rose to her feet, her black clothes were travel-work, her golden hear gleaming in the grey light. And even in a room of professional killers, she took the lion’s share of air. “Oh, I don’t think they will,” she said. “Or even can.”
    Rolfe whirled to her. “You’ll find that you are not so skilled in the face of Fae warriors.”
    Tut, tut. Never, ever underestimate her. Never.
    First rule of surviving Aelin Ashryver Galathynius: Whatever you do, don’t misread or downgrade her.
    Second rule of surviving Aelin Ashryver Galathynius: Don’t insult her in front of Rowan ‘Rutting’ Whitethorn.
    If you follow these rules, you won’t find yourself in a grave by the end of the hour.
    Good luck. 
  31. “Impossible. No one could get through those shields. Not even Rowan-rutting-Whitethorn.”
    And Lorcan is obsessed with Rowan. Go figure. 

P.S. Does anyone know what Lysandra’s last name is?? Has it been mentioned? In The Assassin’s Blade maybe?

I will most likely do a sequel to this but this is all for now!

I typed all these up. Now my fingers hurt…

Xox,

Laurena

Interview With a Fangirl…What Could go wrong?

Have you ever wondered what goes on in a fangirl’s mind? Well, here is some insight:

*Warning: Most fangirls are a LOT more sane than we have portrayed with Lucy*

Interviewer: Good morning Miss Herondale. How are you today?

Lucy: (mutters something incomprehensible)

Interviewer: Pardon Me?

Lucy: Mundane fool.

Interviewer: How… nice of you. Now tell me, when was the last time you read a book?

Lucy: Well, I finished And I Darken an hour ago, so then.

Interviewer: And what was it about?

Lucy: *takes a big breath* Well, it’s about a girl of whom’s father is like super mean. Like serious daddy issues. Anyway, her father doesn’t think she is worth anything because she is a girl so he basically abandons her in a faraway empire in the hands of her enemies and she has to bide her time until she can basically kill everyone and claim the lands for herself except she ends up falling in love with her enemy which is seriously bad and so-

Interviewer: -moving on. I understand you collect books- how many do you own. A hundred, two hundred?

Lucy: *thinks* Well, before I went to Dymocks last week, I counted two hundred and thirty-

Interviewer: That’s a lot of boo-

Lucy: -On the one shelf. Then, of course, I have my Cassandra Clare shelf and my Rick Riordan shelf and my Rangers Apprentice shelf and my classics shelf. In total that’s about five hundred or so books.

Interviewer: That is quite the feat isn’t it-

Lucy: Plus my other bookshelf and my biography shelf. Oh, and the ten books I got from Dymocks. It was my birthday and my mummy likes to keep me happy. *Mentally adding up* Hmm…. I’m actually pretty good at maths. I once got a D+! Anyway, but I’m totally not bothered to figure that out, but it’s around one thousand books. Give or take a hundred.

Interviewer: …

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Interviewer: *clears throat* Alright then, moving on. I’ve heard of things called ‘fictional boyfriends’. What or who is your fictional boyfriend?

Lucy: *pulls out list three miles long* Well, at the top I have Rowan and Rhys- I mean who wouldn’t want a hot fae immortal warrior, right? And then we have Dorian and Will Herondale, Etienne St. Clair, Dimitri Belikov, Tobias,Harry Potter- he was my first fictional crush- Day and Sam Cortland. Of course, Sam’s dead now so- Oops. Spoilers. *giggles* I really need to be more careful!

Interviewer: *gulps* And… and how many… do you have again?

Lucy: In total?

Interviewer: In total.

Lucy. *reads list* About seven hundred or so. I’m in a lot of different relationships. It can get sooooooo tiring keeping up with all of them! Honestly, they waste all that precious screen time on keeping up with the Kardashians, but really, they should be keeping up with my boyfriends!

Interviewer: Lets call a quick break, please.

Lucy: Sure! I’ll just be over here re-reading Twilight if you need me!

Interviewer: *speaking to technician* SHE IS BLOODY INSANE! Did you hear about her boyfriends? She hasn’t got one brain cell in her head!

Technician:  *looks at Interviewer* Tommy, she’s a fangirl. Of course she’s insane.

Interviewer: *sighs* You’re right.

Technician: Just finish the questions Tommy, and please, don’t be a such a muggle!

Interviewer: …

 

Hi guys! We hoped you liked that quick little sketch!

Ally, Melia, Laurena xox

 

 

 

 

The Chosen One- Pantera Press Giveaway!!!!

 

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#Draekora #TheChosenOne

Magic, danger, friendship and mystery- No, it is not another one by J.K Rowling, but rather Draekora by Lynette Noni. In anticipation of the upcoming release of the third book in the Medoran Chronicles, the wonderful Pantera Press is holding a giveaway in which participants must answer a few questions about their love for the books. I would really love to win in order to meet Lynette Noni and to be able to host a giveaway for you guys would be awesome!

Here is my entry:

      When I first read Akarnae, I quickly fell in love with Bear, Alex and DC, harbouring a secret crush on Jordan (I still ship Jalex) and I was able to hide from my own world and enter one where I felt safe and happy.  And that is why I love the Medoran Chronicles, because unlike most fantasy books I have read, Akarnae had a plot that was unique and interesting, but most of all, allowed me to hide and lose myself among the pages.

I feel a connection to Alex and her friends because they are human. I have read too many books where the main character is flawless and a faces a problem that can be solved in a few chapters. But Alex, Bear, Jordan and DC have problems that most of us will face one day: going to a new school, oppressive parents and the likes.

In Draekora, I am expecting more character development, more shadow walking (seriously, who wouldn’t want more of that?), more Kaiden and frankly, just more (pages? I hope!).

After looking at both covers under a microscope for a long time (MY EYES! MY EYES!), I feel like Akarnae reflects summer and Realia reflects… autumn? And if my hunch is correct then the colour that will dominate the cover of Draekora is… most likely a white/silver/blue, to reflect Winter. At the same time, though, I feel like I should say yello- nope. Sticking to my hunch, I am going to go with a shade of bluey-whitey, which is now a word. (I’m going to feel very dumb if it is yellow, though…)

Am I the chosen one? Probably not, but I am definitely choosing to read Draekora, no matter whether I win or not, and thank you for the oppotunity.

So that is my entry for the Chosen One competition- good luck to everyone entering!

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That Pesky TBR Pile Dominating The Room

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Hello readers! It is Laurena here!

Sorry we have been absent, we had a Science assessment due (on my birthday!), and English assessment due on the last Wednesday of term, a Geography test to study for, an Art assessment to prepare, a Technology assessment… You get the drift! Too much schoolwork…

But, as it is almost holidays, we will post more frequently!

I have been buying/ borrowing far too many books in the past month! And I shoved them aside because I got my hands on a copy of Empire of Storms. So, my TBR pile has been slowly creeping up on me!

I thought that I should record them here along with a couple of tips to help shrink that pile down…

So, without further ado, my TBR list!

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