Christmas Giveaway!

 

So everyone,
I’ve decided to spread the Christmas spirit by holding my first giveaway! It will be international as long as the Book Depository ships to your country!
The Giveaway will run until the 25th December and I will contact the winner on Boxing Day and give them until the 1st to contact me back before picking someone else.
The prize is a book of your choice up to the value of £10 (or your respective currency equivalent) from the Book Depository.
To be eligible to enter you must do one of the following (if you’d like to do all three then I would much appreciate it):

 

To enter please comment on this blog post saying which of the 3 places you follow me on, your username and what book you would like to win (please check The Book Depository before you do) and i will count the comments and use random.org.

You can also enter for a second chance to win on my Youtube Video about this giveaway:

Please remember I will need to ask for your address so if you are under 16 please get permission from your parents/guardians.
I wish you all the best of luck and hope you have a very merry Christmas!
P.S I reserve the right to change or cancel the giveaway at any point.
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Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone By Laini Taylor

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Looking for a wish? Then this book is the exact place to find one.

This book was something I had heard a lot of hype about and was itching to get my hands on so it was only natural that I finished it pretty quickly, because once I picked it up I could hardly put it down. Laini Taylor has created a world where mythical beings take a new perspective and keeping your teeth has never been more important.
So this book follows the life of Karou who was raised by Brimstone a Chimaera and she collects teeth for him in return for wishes. Things become complicated when the Seraphs learn of Brimstone’s existence and before she realises Karou’s life is turned upside down and she has to trust the people she is told to run from. But there are other things that Karou doesn’t know that change her view of the worlds she lives in forever.
I would like to start off my saying that this book was a breath of fresh air because it combined an unusual duo of species that I have never encountered before. Chimaera are beings that have various body parts from several animals. For example, Brimstone has a ram’s head and the legs of a lion. On the other hand Seraphim are similar to angels in so far as that they have wings and they are beings of godly creation. The combination of these characters is really unique and because Karou is of a Chimaera perspective it also challenges the views that people have of angels.
The protagonist Karou is a well-developed character. She has a love of art and languages and, as well as attending art school, she also happens to be an errand girl. With eccentric blue hair, it is easy to tell from the start that she has a unique personality and I would happily spend some time with her at the Poison Kitchen at ‘Pestilence’. She is a dreamer and because of this she is always looking for more from her worlds. She is curious by nature and this leads her into a lot of perilous positions
without realising.
In contrast we are introduced to Akiva a slightly obsessive, stalker Seraph who becomes infatuated with Karou but doesn’t quite know why. The plot thickens significantly when he discovers why she is so important to him and one of my favourite features of the book is the section that introduces us to his past. His character is somewhat dis-likable at the beginning but after this discovery I felt a lot of empathy towards him and genuinely felt sorry for the struggles he faced.

Until next time guys!

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Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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This is the first book that’s taken my breath away in a long while. This book conjoined reality with fantasy in a dazzling and frightening manner. This book is awesome. It genuinely fills me with awe. The depth of research and innovation needed to create such a complex and illusive plot is perplexing. I tip my hat to Neil Gaiman and his craftsmanship.

Shadow is a grounded, humble, mucky character. Not mucky in the physical sense but his life is filled with realistic turns and twists which makes his story all that more believable to me. Compared to Wednesday’s mysteriousness that makes him so unbelievable to balance the mind.

At no point did I find myself guessing what would happen next with each page a new surprise took over and a new plot was unveiled. The plots that, despite starting off so loose, were tightly woven by the final part of the book.

I especially loved the chapters that were unrelated to the main plot. The little side stories about other Gods and humans, that weren’t anything to do with the overall book but in a sense provided evidence for all the claims made my Wednesday throughout the book.

A thoroughly delightful read. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an engrossing world to pour themselves into.

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Novel Notions: Reviewing my 17-year-old self.

Novel Progress


Word Count: 54,133
Chapters: 9
Pages: 99
Pages Edited: 15
Aim by 20th July: 25 pages edited and Prologue released.

It’s a bizarre experience to look back at your own work from years previous. I’m sure many writers would agree with the statements I’m about to make. In this case, I started writing a novel in 2010, as part of National Novel Writing Month, and have recently found the time to continue it. I’ve tried several times to continue writing, but I found that I had to concentrate on exams, essays and other deadlines and just didn’t have the time to really commit to working on it. So I decided that while I’m working and I don’t have any University work to do, I would set aside some time to work on it.

I quickly realised that after having such a limited amount of contact with the novel that some of the finer details had escaped my memory so I decided I would re-read what I’d currently written. This was when I realised that the current 19-year-old me and and the then 17-year-old me, had totally different writing styles. So I would have to edit the whole thing before I could even begin to write any further.

This is currently the stage where I’m at with regards to progress, as you can see at the top of this blog. My aim in relation to how my blog will relate to my writing is to update either once or twice a week on my progress and give you guys a bit of information about characters and some snippets of prose too, when I’m feeling generous.

One of the first things that I found that will need some severe hacking and re-wording was my love of run-on sentences and I will endeavour to fix them all within the first draft. It’s mostly odd because, even though I know no-one will read it until I let them, while reading certain parts, I’m almost embarrassed by my writing. I would still say in no way are my grammar and spelling perfect or near that, but I can say with confidence that my progression in the two aspects have improved since I was 17. So its almost like I don’t recognise my own writing at some points.

Another thing I discovered when reading through is that some parts didn’t make complete sense. What I mean to say is that I made sense when I wrote it, though looking back it doesn’t. Meaning that I’m either missing something as my current-self or my then-self just forgot that conveying meaning through writing is an essential skill for a writer. Here’s an example; I started a paragraph with,

“Now I had no idea what would happen,” 

then two lines later, referring to the same thing,  had written this;

trust me, I know what happens.”

The whole thing just confused me. So I deleted it. It wasn’t intrinsic, so I felt a slight cleansing feeling as my finger fixed itself to the backspace button.

So, I will update again with Novel Notions on the 20th if not before, it will depend on my progress. Keep you eye out though because I will be adding some Character Bios and hopefully the Prologue so you can get a sneaky preview of the Novel. Since I realise that I’ve not actually told you anything about it then it should be quite the opening to the world of my writing.

Take care!

Kyra x

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