Musings of Jeff Zentner

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Voices In Your Head: Writing Vivid Characters
By Jeff Zentner

There’s a common bit of writing advice out there: Write what you know. But I adhere to a slightly different formulation of that concept: Write who fascinates you.

Every story I’ve ever written has come not from a great plot or story idea, but from the desire to inhabit the life of a certain type of person who intrigues me, and from there, to see how they would react to some trying circumstance.

I start by imagining the life of this person. I use social media when I can. For example, writing the character of Lydia in The Serpent King involved a lot of following Internet-famous fashion bloggers on Twitter and Instagram and watching how they interacted with the world and each other. From this process arises the initial voice of the character. Once I have a character’s voice and at least a provisional name, I invite them into my head for what I call “The Residency.”

The Residency is a period of several months in which the characters of my story will just live in my mind, interacting with one another and interacting with me. They tell me about themselves. They tell me about each other. What they love. What they fear. What they want. What they need to overcome. Their history. Their hopes.

For months, I have voices and people in my head. They speak to me at every quiet moment. And I just listen. I listen until I know for a fact that when I sit down to begin writing their story, I will be writing down them telling me their story and not me telling them their story. When characters tell me their story, I find out what it most important to them, which are the things most important to most real, living humans: who they love and who loves them. I think the best way to create vivid characters is to show them loving and being loved. Nothing is more relatable or universal than the experience of loving or being loved.

I take the task of creating characters very seriously. In many religious traditions, there is the story of a god or gods creating humankind. I see and reverence the process of creating characters as no less godlike. Done right, creating characters is creating human beings. Real human beings. People that readers can love and root for and cry for, just as they would real human beings. Why not? We love and root for and cry for real human beings who have lived and died and whom we will never meet. We love and root for and cry for real human beings who we only know online and may never meet.

Why should the characters in our books be any different?

 


IMG_4024About Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He came to writing through music, starting his creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. He’s released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Lydia Lunch, among others.

Now he writes novels for young adults. He became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. As a kid, his parents would take him to the library and drop him off, where he would read until closing time. He worked at various bookstores through high school and college.

He speaks fluent Portuguese, having lived in the Amazon region of Brazil for two years.

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The Serpent King

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.

Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.

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Huge thank you to Jeff for being such a kinda and wonderful guest. We truly appreciate your time and effort put into telling your story and helping future writers.

As always, a huge thank you to all publishing/writing professionals who have, will be, and are participating in this feature. Thank you for helping our future writers.

We hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week, and a safe and happy weekend!

 

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TRAITOR ANGELS Blog Tour: Playlist + Giveaway!

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Welcome to the next stop on the Traitor Angels blog tour. Today Anne Blankman shares songs that best represent the book. Hope you enjoy the song choices as much as I did!

 

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I have to listen to music when I write. A certain song will get me in the right mood to write a particular scene or to get into a character’s head. Here’s my personal playlist for Traitor Angels. Listen and enjoy!

 

Indigo Girls—“Galileo.” How could I write a book that features Galileo without including this classic song about the scientific genius?

 

Yuna—“Rescue.” This song about female self-empowerment reminds me of the main character, Elizabeth, who is definitely not a typical girl from the 1600s.

 

Ellie Goulding—“Burn.” Listen to this while reading chapter thirty-two, and you’ll understand why I had to add it.

 

Fallout Boy—“Alone Together.” I’d better not to say much here or I’ll give too much away. When you reach Part Four, listen carefully to this song’s lyrics and you’ll see that they sound as though they could be about a certain character.

 

Coldplay—“A Sky Full of Stars.” I love this song’s bittersweet, hopeful feeling. To me, it captures the ending of Traitor Angels perfectly.

 


About Traitor Angels

Six years have passed since England’s King Charles II returned from exile to reclaim the throne, ushering in a new era of stability for his subjects.

Except for Elizabeth Milton. The daughter of notorious poet John Milton, Elizabeth has never known her place in this shifting world—except by her father’s side. By day she helps transcribe his latest masterpiece, the epic poem Paradise Lost, and by night she learns languages and sword fighting. Although she does not dare object, she suspects that he’s training her for a mission whose purpose she cannot fathom.

Until one night the reason becomes clear: the king’s man arrive at her family’s country home to arrest her father. Determined to save him, Elizabeth follows his one cryptic clue and journeys to Oxford, accompanied by her father’s mysterious young houseguest, Antonio Vivani, a darkly handsome Italian scientist who surprises her at every turn. Funny, brilliant, and passionate, Antonio see just as determined to protect her father as she is—but can she trust him with her heart?

When the two discover that Milton has planted an explosive secret in the half-finished Paradise Lost—a secret the king and his aristocratic supporters are desperate to conceal—Elizabeth is faced with a devastating choice: cling to the shelter of her old life or risk cracking the code, unleashing a secret that could save her father…and tear apart the very fabric of society.

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About Anne Blankman

Anne Blankman may have been meant to be a writer because her parents named her for Anne of Green Gables. She grew up in an old house with gables (gray, unfortunately) in upstate New York. When she wasn’t writing or reading, she was rowing on the crew team, taking ballet lessons, fencing and swimming. She graduated from Union College with degrees in English and history, which comes in handy when she writes historical fiction.

After earning a master’s degree in information science, Anne began working as a youth services librarian. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her family. When she’s not writing young adult fiction, she’s playing with her daughter, training for races with her husband, working at her amazing library branch, learning to knit (badly), and reading.

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GIVEAWAY

*3 Finished Copies of TRAITOR ANGELS (US Only)

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

 

 

A huge thank you to Hannah @ The Irish Banana Review for organizing and giving us the opportunity to be a part of the tour. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!

Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

4/25: Love At First Page – Guest Post
4/26: Paperback Princess – Review
4/27: Live Love Read – Playlist
4/28: Supernatural Snark – Review
4/29: No BS Book Reviews – Q&A

Week 2:

5/2: The Irish Banana Review – Top 10
5/3: Lisa Loves Lit – Review
5/4: Alexa Loves Books – Q&A
5/5: The Petite Book Blogger – Review
5/6: A Book & A Latte – How I Write

 

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The Rose And The Dagger Release Day Blitz + Giveaway!

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We are so excited that THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by Renée Ahdieh releases today and that we get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by author Renée Ahdieh, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER and an awesome candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only!  So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

 

 

About The Book

Title: THE ROSE & THE DAGGER
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook

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The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

 

Praise for The Rose and the Dagger:

“Above all there is the shattering, triumphant catharsis of love… In a story about stories, love is ‘the power to speak without words.’ Thrillingly full of feeling.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fiery romance, a spirited heroine, shifting loyalties… With more than a few heartrending twists and turns.”—Booklist 

 

Read an Excerpt!

 

About Renée

Renée lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, will be published on May 12th, 2015. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.
She’s also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

 

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN, a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER, and a His Calipha candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only.

Ends on May 3rd at Midnight EST!

Enter the Giveaway!

 

 

Good luck everyone!

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Top Ten Bookworm Delights

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday we’re discussing what book related experiences make us truly happy.  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. When our books fit perfectly on a shelf – It’s such a satisfying feeling when books naturally fit on a shelf without wasting space; like fitting a puzzle together. We’d also hate to run into a situation where a series has to be broken up or all the books by one author take up two shelves or even all of our favorites don’t fit

2. When covers of a series match/ Bookspines form a picture – It’s a big pet peeve of ours when publishers decide to change covers mid series, but unfortunately we can’t do too much about it. Save for The Winner’s trilogy. We also love repackaged look of Harry Potter paperbacks because the spines shows us Hogwarts and the new Percy Jackson covers form a larger image.

3. Owning a series in the same format – We’re sure a lot of you feel the same way.

4. Binge reading a really great book/series – Rarely do we find that one book we can’t put down until we read it all the way though and stay up all night for. Even rarer when it’s a whole series. (unless you’re Melissa who has no issues with this whatsoever)

5. When you use your favorite character bookmark, who greets you every time you open the page – The latest craze are those cute little magnetic bookmarks taking shape of our favorite book characters. Always discovering the ones we need to buy is a health hazard. We recommend (HappyHello, Magic Bookmarks , Beedoo, )

6. When you over hear people talking excitedly about a favorite book/author – It just warms our hearts! Though meeting new people who share the same interest in books is even more thrilling.

7. When you discover the book has a map inside, a surprise under the dust jacket, beautiful end pages, or art inside the dust jacket – We’re just like

8. Rainy days are the best excuse to stay in bed all day and read under the covers or wherever your favorite reading spot is

9. Pop Culture References in Books – We love discovering books that incorporate these references because it makes us happy! Most of the time you’d find pop culture references in contemporary books only. There are a few authors who’ve added it to their sci-fi dystopian (The Darkest Minds) or mythological retelling (Heroes of Olympus). Actually Becky Albertalli previously discussed the dilemma of including pop culture references, which can be found here.

10. Coming home after a rough/ tiring day and getting lost in a book. – There are just now words to describe how rewarding that feels.


 

Let us know if you share similar bookish delights or link us to your list! We’d love to check them out!

 

 

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Musings with Isabel Bandeira

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Is there any advice you would give to young writers?
By Isabel Bandeira

I love catching mental snapshots of moments in the world: A group of private school boys still in their uniforms and soaking up the sun on a hill, or two girls rocking out in a convertible with their hair flying behind them, or a young couple on a date at the ice rink, laughing as they stumble together against the boards. There are stories in these moments, magic that I might someday translate to the page in a scene or a feeling or just background noise to round out my fictional worlds.

I love new experiences. It might take shutting my eyes and hitting send on buying a plane ticket or signing up for a new volunteer opportunity as I step outside of my comfort zone (to a degree…you’ll probably never see me skydiving), but I’ve never regretted those choices. Because of that, I’ve watched the sun set over Nariman Point in Mumbai, tried First Nations cuisine in Ottawa, and fenced on a men’s collegiate fencing team (foil and epee). I’ve climbed to the tops of castles and visited Revolutionary battle fields, imagining the knights or colonial militia who stood on those sites.

I love recapturing things that have been a part of my world since forever. When I go for walks, I memorize the feel of sugar sand under my feet (even though it’s impossible to forget after years of dragging sleeping bags through it) and love the weird-sticky feel of mountain laurel flowers under my fingers when they’re in bloom. And there’s nothing like the feeling of that butterflies-and-fireworks moment of a first kiss with someone you like.

Dear young writers, the most important piece of advice I can give you is to make sure to pull your head up from your writing every once in a while to be a part of the world. We tend to put so much focus on word count and butt-in-chair and outlines that we forget one of the most important parts of being a writer: living.

Be present. Try new things. Keep an open mind and let the moment take over. Sometimes, shut your eyes and hit send. Feel silly and laugh and get mad and cry. These moments are our reservoir of emotions, ideas, places, people, and events that will color and populate our stories. This life we live in this amazing world of ours is our continuous education as authors. Make sure you get all the credits you can.


About Isabel

Growing up, Isabel Bandeira split her time between summers surrounded by cathedrals, castles, and ancient tombs in Portugal and the rest of the year hanging around the lakes and trees of Southern New Jersey, which only fed her fairy-tale and nature obsessions. Even though she’s a Mechanical Engineer and tones down her love of all things glittery while designing medical devices during the day, it all comes out in her writing. In her spare time, you’ll find her at the dance studio or at the rink, working on her jumps and sit spin.

Isabel lives in South Jersey with her little black cat, too many books, too much yarn, and a closetful of vintage hats. She is represented by Carrie Howland of Donadio and Olson, Inc.

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Bookishly Ever After

In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary.

But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

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HUGE thank you to Isabel for being a wonderful author and providing us with this post last minute due to a change in the schedule. We truly appreciate your time and effort put into telling your story and helping future writers.

As always, a huge thank you to all publishing/writing professionals who have, will be, and are participating in this feature. The words you post on this blog have a larger effect than any of you could imagine. Thank you for helping our future writers.

We hope you all have  a safe and happy weekend!

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: A Court of Mist and Fury

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

 

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Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Page Count: 640
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

Summary:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


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About the Author:

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today

bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Empire of Storms, Book 5, will be out in September 2016), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Sarah lives

in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

 

 

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Ten Books That Made Us Laugh

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For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday we’ve picked out Ten Books That Made Us Laugh. As always Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies of The Broke and the Bookish.

 

Kelly’s Picks

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

The Iron King by Julie Kagaway
(Because PUCK!)

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Lauren’s Picks

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Melissa’s Picks

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
(because RONAN)

All books by Rick Riordan

P.S I Like You by Kasie West

Musings of Roshani Chokshi

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Putting Yourself Into Your Writing
by Roshani Chokshi

I think it’s impossible not to put a little of yourself into your books. Books are wondrous and persnickety beasts. They steal things from you. They’ll take your favorite time of day and magically turn it into the setting for an important scene. Your favorite snack might be found on the long dining table of a side character’s house. Your favorite phrases and words will slink into paragraphs and sew themselves into dialogue. But I don’t think any of this was conscious. In fact, I tend to cringe whenever someone asks me if Maya (the main character) is based off of me or anyone I know. No. She is not. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that certain aspects of her are lifted from my life. Like anyone else, the people I know or who have had an impact on me cobbled together most of my life experiences. So is Maya part of me? Or is she just me “adjacent”? And does it really matter? Probably not.

I think many authors write to recreate an emotion. Sometimes that emotion draws from personal life experiences so the book’s plot/characters mirror that. Othertimes it’s the emotion that takes center stage and everything about the book only borrows coincidental slivers of that author.

I fall in the latter camp. What I tried to create in The Star-Touched Queen was my sense of wonder. That’s the purest thing of myself that I see on every page.

Every setting, character, experience was born out of that desire to feel stunned. Not just surprised. Because, if we’re being honest, a plot twist can surprise you. A cat jumping around a corner can surprise you. But what astounds you? That’s the stuff of magic. It can be anything from the reflection of the night sky in the ocean, so that the sea looks made of stars. It can be how you discover parts about yourself you never knew you possessed. Or what love feels like. That’s what motivated me. That’s the part of myself I put into the book. 🙂


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About Roshani

Roshani Chokshi comes from a small town in Georgia where she collected a Southern accent, but does not use it unless under duress. She grew up in a blue house with a perpetually napping bear-dog. At Emory University, she dabbled with journalism, attended some classes in pajamas, forgot to buy winter boots and majored in 14th century British literature. She spent a year after graduation working and traveling and writing. After that, she started law school at the University of Georgia where she’s learning a new kind of storytelling.

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The Star-Touched Queen

The Star-Touched Queen

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.

A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-Touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.

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Thank you so much to Roshani for being such a wonderful author and a courteous guest. We truly appreciate your time and effort put into telling your story and helping future writers.

As always, a huge thank you to all publishing/writing professionals who have, will be, and are participating in this feature. The words you post on this blog have a larger effect than any of you could imagine. Thank you for helping our future writers.

We hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week, and a safe and happy weekend!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Raven King

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As always, Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!

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Title: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Page Count: 400

Release Date: April 26th, 2016

Summary:

The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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About The Author:

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New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

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Hamilton Book Tag

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The Hamilton Book Tag was originally created by Booktuber Maureen Keavy. I was informally tagged by Val @ Innocent Smiley.  Just warning you now I have never heard the Hamilton soundtrack.  Also I’m in NY this week and couldn’t get Hamilton tickets, but will be trying my luck with the lottery. We’ll see how that goes.

I tag anyone who reads this post and wants to partake.

 

The Room Where It Happens

Book world you would put yourself in

Anywhere King Nikolai is I’m there!! Also I’d really love to hang out with Kaz Brekker and the gang and have Grisha powers. And maybe befriend Alina, Zoya, and Genya too.

The Schuyler Sisters

Underrated Female Character

I feel like everyone loves Katsa and Fire more than poor Bitterblue. She hasn’t had it easy when you first meet her in Graceling and now that she sixteen and takes her place as Queen of Monsea, she has to try undo a lot of damage her father has done.

My Shot

A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

Ever since they were very young, Alanna and her brother knew they were going switch places so Alanna could become a knight and Thom could become a sorcerer. Alanna would let nothing stand in her way of becoming a knight.

Stay Alive

A character you wish was still alive

Uhm I don’t think there really needs to be any explanation of who I wish were still alive.

Burn

The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read

This one you just have to read for yourself to find out.

You’ll Be Back

Sassiest villain

The Darkling of course had me fooled and swooning in Shadow and Bone. Luckily he isn’t my book boyfriend from this series.

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A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming

Yeah can’t tell you! MUAHAHAHAHA! However I can tell you I absolutely ADORE this book!

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A series you marathoned

I recently marathoned a re-read of The Song of the Lioness series and I can’t believe I forgot how much I LOVED them as a kid. I think I might have to try and re-read them every year.

 

Satisfied

Favorite book with multiple POVs

This will always be my answer because Rick does it so well. Through out the whole Heroes of Olympus series you get to know each character well and witness them grow into mature teens. They each have their own distinct voice and I love Rick’s sarcastic sense of humor.

 

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

Okay I’m cheating because I JUST finished reading this two days ago, but THIS is exactly what we needed. Proper representation of trans people by a trans author. This book brave, realistic, and powerful and it opened my eyes to something I knew very little about. I adore and appreciate Meredith for sharing this story and it’s definitely something everyone should pick up.

 

BONUS QUESTIONS:

1. Helpless: A relationship you were pulling for from the very start -Lara Jean and Peter K from To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han

2. Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite fight scene – There is a few epic battle scenes in Truthwitch by Susan Dennard I loved, but Chapter 15!!!

3. Say No To This: Guilty pleasure read – I suppose Fallen series by Lauren Kate is mine. It wasn’t the best, but I loved it just the same. I still need to read Unforgiven because CAM!!

4. What Comes Next: A series you wish had more books –The Mirror King by Jodie Meadows. You can’t just leave it there!!!!

5. Right Hand Man: Favorite BROTP – James and Tobiah in The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows is a recent BROTP I adore!

6. What’d I Miss: A book or series you were late to reading – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I only read the first book and I haven’t decided if I’m going to keep reading it.


 

There you have it  my picks for the Hamilton book tag.  I seriously hope if you’ve read this you’ll also take part in it at some point in time.

 

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