june 21, 2016

Hey!

What I’m Reading
So last time I went super mega fangirl about My Lady Jane and alluded to a book I was reading, but decided to save it for my next blog. Well, I am ready to tell you about that book, but first we need to talk about My Lady Jane again.

So last Tuesday, the authors were at Books of Wonder for an event. But you might remember I was seeing Florence and the Machine that night. I was really, really sad I had to miss it because I read an interview Cynthia, Jodi, and Brodi had done in the Epic Reads book they gave away at BookCon. It was so funny, and I instantly knew I wanted to see these three in person. Alas, that could not be. But, I did order myself a signed personalized copy from the store (cause Books of Wonder is awesome like that–and they ship worldwide).

I finally got around to taking some pictures of my beautiful gorgeous book!

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And now!! To the other wonderful book I read recently and absolutely adored.

Side note: this was the first book I read and tweeted about that attracted people I didn’t even know to tell me how good it was. The tweet actually got way more attention than I thought it would. Right away I had a feeling I was in for something good.

Ummmmm…. so yeah, let’s talk about how AMAZING The Dark Days Club was???? I was not prepared to be blown away by this! Right away, the writing jumped out at me, and I loved how many rich female relationships Lady Helen had.

I’m just gonna embed the Goodreads review, even though now I know they look boring :(, but I honestly don’t think I can write coherently about this book again cause I loved it and need book two right now!

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This cover is unfairly beautiful. Look at the lace! Look at the fans and skeletons and all the intricacies of it!
The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1)The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ummmmmm this was perfect bye.

Reasons This Book Is The Best
-So many lady friendships/relationships! The story opens with Helen’s concern for her missing maid and the ruin of one of her close friends. Women are integral to the plot and Helen takes her relationships seriously. Her bond with her (parabati) maid Darby is so sweet, as is her desire to be there for her friend who is now disgraced. I loved the role Millicent plays throughout, as well, as the friend and lifeline to the normal world Helen is gradually leaving behind as she learns more about her abilities. Then there’s her complicated relationship with her aunt, and the loss of her mother, who actually plays quite a role in the book. There are also the other women in society, who are not Catty Evil Mean Girls… but just girls, acquaintances, etc. MUCH LOVE. *heart eyes*

-THE NEW SHIP OF MY HEART. ugh. No one prepared me for its perfection. It was subtle, but swoony af and reminded me of Lizzie/Darcy and Jane/Rochester. Like a perfect blend of both those ships. A particularly *fans self* scene with Lord Byron reciting stirring poetry, demon exorcism hand holding, the fight/first aid scene, the next to last chapter showdown OMG.

-Regency England. Goddamn, this book is amazing. Alison Goodman knows everything about the Regency Era, I am convinced. There are lots of historical books that go for the glitz and glamor of an era, but never follow society’s rigid rules. This book never takes an easy way out. Helen has to sneak out to attend a public hanging? Well she can’t just climb out her bedroom window, but instead this book is excellently plotted and constructed to really live in its time period. Regency jargon! Apparently even the weather in the book is accurate to its date (see: author’s note). I’m just in awe of how perfectly in synch this book is with Regency conventions, rules, and daily happenings. It’s a marvel of a book that feels like Austen reinvented with some actual magic.

-Physically, this book is so beautiful. The art at the top of every single page. The typography of the letters. The dates.

-A refreshing take on The Chosen One and an actual choice for Helen. So, we all know the YA fantasy where the MC has this special power than can quite literally save the world (not that I don’t also enjoy those books from time to time). Helen is also a special lady, but she actually has this amazing choice if she wants it or not, and I love it. Like, there are real stakes/consequences for whichever choice she makes and it was riveting.

-On the same line, the world-building. Along with giving Helen a choice and consequences, the mythology in the story is fascinating. It’s also the reason the fact Helen has a choice works so well. I never felt flooded with too much info. It’s well paced and artfully spread out, and feels familiar yet new.

-WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR READ IT NOW

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I want to marry this book. MARRY IT. I also want to marry Carlston. *cough*

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Just… just… please everyone read it. And then come at me so we can swoon and fangirl and WAIT tortuously for The Dark Days Pact.

And since this section is technically called “What I’m Reading” and not “What I Just Read and Loved and I’m Pretty Sure I’m Now Dead,” I’ll say I’m listening to the audiobook of Jenn Barnes’ The Fixer, and it’s so good!! YA Scandal, basically. I’m all for it.

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What I’m Doing 
FOOOOOOODD! Okay, well wait. I have some other things to blog about before we get to the food.

So firstly I was at Books of Wonder last week to see three amazing people: Steph Perkins, Nina LaCour, and David Levithan. Also on the panel were Lisa Williamson (The Art of Being Normal), who has the best English accent and read from her book SO well; Jane Mason (Without Annette); and Billy Merrell (Full Spectrum). They were also amazing, I just didn’t know it until I found out about them at the event 😉

Unbeknownst to me, this event was part of the Openly YA series Books of Wonder was doing in celebration of Pride Month. I felt so honored to be in that room with so many queer teens and allies, especially just a few days after the horror in Orlando. All the authors on the panel recognized the importance of this event, in supporting lgbtqia teens and literature, and standing up to hate with love.

In David’s words, the readings that night would begin with tragedy, but end with Pride. He was right. We started with a scene from one of his older books were a girl is lighting candles at a 9/11 memorial, and from there moved to Stephanie Perkins reading an excerpt from Tim Federle’s short story in her anthology Summer Days and Summer Nights where a gay couple just broke up.

Next was Lisa who read a scene where her main character was being bullied. Then there was Billy who read an excerpt from one the new essays in Full Spectrum about sex and gender.

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Jane read the opening of her book where the girls are arriving at boarding school. And then, Nina and David stood up and owned the floor.

 

They read the opening two chapters from their new book You Know Me Well, and then read a bit from the end (and the crowd was freaking out about spoilers). It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. The two of them were acting it out, being silly and adorable, and reveling in their unapologetically gay book about teens being HAPPY and THEMSELVES and ALIVE. I haven’t read my copy yet, but I am so so SO excited.

That was Wednesday night. And then on Friday….

 

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I did my waiting! 12 13 years of it! In Azkaban. 

Jess and I went to see Finding Dory! We went to an 11am showing haha because we could just not wait any longer. Plus, we wanted to avoid screaming loud children. It worked out very well.

The short film, Piper, before the movie is too cute. Like, I reached my capacity of cuteness before the actual movie even started.

Finding Dory was really good! It was just cute. There was no horrible traumatic scene we’ve come to expect from Pixar movies. It was lighthearted and adorable and I loved how Dory’s neurodiversity was celebrated. They did such a good job with it, which is why it was a letdown when they failed to do the same two side characters (find an article about it here). That was the only blah part of the movie for me.

Then we went to eat.

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My French toast after I’d taken a bite out of it. I love me some French toast ❤

I promised you food, didn’t I? Well, here’s more!

Yesterday, Mom and I had a day out and enjoyed lunch at this Italian restaurant we’d never been to before in Park Slope.

The first being my appetizer, mozzarella and tomato! ❤ You can never go wrong with that. Then I had penne fiorentina, which is spinach pesto and fresh ricotta! My mom had fillet de sol. For dessert we split a pear tart with hazelnut ice cream. Yuuummm!!

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Oh, I almost forgot. There was also an excess of vodka pizza for Father’s Day, and I only managed to grab this picture before it was all gone.

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Pizza is the best. Pizza is life. Piiiiiizza.

What I’m Thinking About
-I just found these 2 articles I wrote on a short lived blog I was running last year, and I’m still really proud of them a year later! 🙂

-Vote vote vote in November to remove all the awful Senate Republicans who voted against stricter gun laws. They’re not even strict gun laws; they’re common sense gun laws. Obviously you should have to pass a background check to buy a gun. Obviously if you’re a suspected terrorist you should not be able to buy a goddamn assault weapon.

-Sometimes you cut toxic people out of your life for a reason. But sometimes they reappear, seemingly to have changed, but then pull the same crap. It just sucks, when you’re hopeful something is different now and you can get back to a good place. And then you have your heart stomped on again.

-My cat is a celery fiend.

What I’m Writing
Nothing! Right now, anyway. Because I finished my draft!!!!!!!!

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What I’m Watching
The Bachelorette. Gotta say though, last night’s episode was pretty boring with Chad gone and all the guys turning into jerks/blobs/sexists. I need a good show! Recommendations?

That NBA finals game was intense.

US men’s soccer team vs Argentina tonight! I’m excited! Am bummed UEFA and Copa America are happening at the same time, though. I wish they were one after the other so we could have more soccer over a longer period of time. Alas.

That’s all from me for now. Be kind to each other,
Mic ❤

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june 15, 2016

Hey there!

What I’m Reading
Oh my gosh, I just read listened to the best book ever!!!!!

I’ve never listened to an audiobook before, and when book blogger Sarah tweeted about listening to it, I thought, “Hmm… this is supposedly a sassy book, it seems perfect for audio.” So I looked into Audible after hearing about it everywhere, decided to do a free trial, and plucked My Lady Jane off the digital shelves.

I’m so glad I did because it was literally perfect. The narration was amazing. It felt like a movie in my head. The voices for each character, sometimes even different accents, were spot on and lovely. It felt like Katherine Kellgren truly loved this book she was performing. And the sass! There was so much sass. And horse jokes! ❤

If I had to describe My Lady Jane, I’d call it 1/3 The Princess Bride, 1/3 JKR’s Animagus creature thingy, and 1/3 Tudor England. It’s 100% charming and delightful.

I loved Jane, Gifford, and Edward. Not only their POVs and interactions, but also their own individual arcs. It’s been awhile since I read something with developed arcs that sing and you can see how far a character (and this time 3!) have come. It makes reading an adventure, like you’re growing alongside the characters. They become real.

If you don’t believe me, look how perfect this book is!

SASS BEYOND BELIEF:

And this gem of marketing:
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In conclusion, you all need this book. It’s amazing. You don’t even know the half of what you’re getting into. I really hope these three talented authors team up for another book, because I WOULD READ IT NOW. Hell, I’d have pre-ordered it yesterday.

(I was going to talk about the book I’m reading now, but I think it’ll be overshadowed by all the fangirling above, so I’ll hold off until my next post.)

What I’m Doing
Well, I did promise you more exciting stuff! I can happily deliver.

So when we last left off I was waiting for all my plans to begin.

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I went to see Finding Neverland last Friday, as previously mentioned. I’m actually listening to a song from the show (Stronger) right now, ha. I’d heard the song before, while watching last year’s Tony Awards, and on an 8tracks mix called ‘Get Shit Done’ or something like that.

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I really wasn’t expecting much from this show. I am a Pan nuthead, but I just wasn’t feeling anything I’d heard or seen about this show. So I went in with really low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised.

The 4 little boys in the show were cutie-pies! And so talented, I would watch a show with them just putting on fairy tale plays for two hours. The sets were beautiful. There wasn’t much humor but when there was, it was on point. I also loved how Pan never overshadowed the main story, and when it comes time for opening night, the story we’re all there to celebrate is still very subtly shown.

But.. uhh.. it’s not really a kid’s show. Like, the kids around me seemed not into it. And it’s also kind of dark. Even I was like, “Enough with the angst!” Friend and I were also bothered with a line in act 1 about writing being “grown-up.” We were like, “It’s not,” and then started laughing. It wasn’t until midway act 2 that there was a song that captured the feel of writing for me (and it wasn’t even about writing, but acting).

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It’s closing soon, so get your tickets while you can!

My next big adventure was the following day for #BFestBuzz. I really wanted to score an ARC of Stalking Jack the Ripper. I got to B&N about half an hour before they were supposed to be handed out, so I paced the YA section and resisted the urge to buy all the things!

The person in charge of BFirst told me he was filling in for someone that had called out sick, so he really had no idea what he was supposed to do. It took some time until he could find the arcs and lay them out, and then SURPRISE, there were lots of books being given away! I came home with far too many, and actually ended up buying a tote bag to manage the trek back.

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I’m going to have to do some giveaways, since I made a grave error haha and can’t possibly keep all these. If you’re not already following me on Twitter and want to win some books, then do hop aboard. That’s where I do my giveaways. I previous gave away a preorder of Blackhearts and, recently, an ARC of A Shadow Bright and Burning.

And look, here’s a cute dog I found!

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The following day I was back at B&N to support Friend (the same from Broadway night ;D) on her YA Blogger Panel!

Basically, have fun, be kind, be yourself! Those are the secrets to blogging like a pro. And if you wonder which books they recommend, wonder no more!

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And then! FINALLY last night.

I’ve been waiting for this concert for months. I can’t even remember when I bought my tickets, but it was definitely dark, cold, and wintery. I want to say January, but I honestly can’t remember at this point.

There were 2 opening acts, which was kind of pushing it. I mean, I was overexcited for Florence to play us her perfect music, but that in no way influenced my opinion.

She came out in this beautiful purple outfit that was sheer and flowy and so perfect. It fanned out behind her every time she twirled around (and she twirled a lot). She ran around the stage and into the audience, and still sounded amazing. I don’t even want to know what her cardio workout is like to be able to do THAT for 2 hours every night.

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She did a blend of songs from all three albums. But the stand out moment was her tribute to the Orlando Massacre victims. First she came out with the lgbtqia flag and held it up. Spectrum played. She waved the flag, spinning with it, and running t0 each end of the stage.

Say my name, and every color illuminates. We are shining. And we will never be afraid again. 

It was the perfect song she could have chosen.

And then she spoke. Love is love is love is love is love is love is love. 

She had everyone hug each other. I see so much love in this room. Take your love out there.

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It was a magical night. A perfect concert. With a beautiful soul sharing her music and stories with us. Championing love and freedom. At the beginning of the show she said she wanted to see people on shoulders. “Lift up your girlfriends! Lift up your boyfriends!”

Thank you, Florence + and the Machine.

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What I’m Thinking About
-I’m so grateful the Tony Awards were on Sunday night. Queer teens needed to see positive representation in the face of the horror. In the past years I’ve noticed the Tony’s seems more geared towards inspiring the next generation of theater actors and giving hope, and they did not disappoint that night. I wanted to hug everyone in that room for the beauty they displayed.

Say Their Names

What I’m Writing 
My name–> Ban the AR-15 from Civilian Ownership

We need gun laws, and we need them now. I was barely processing the news of Christina Grimmie’s murder at her own goddamn concert when the Pulse Nightclub Shooting happened. The United States is the only country in the world where mass shootings and gun violence is out of control. Gun laws work, as proven by other countries that have them and are much safer than ours. Sandy Hook was supposed to be a turning point. Let this be one, please.

What I’m Watching
Republicans and anti-lgbt voices offering their prayers and sympathy. And then doing nothing.

The conversation about gun laws being derailed because of terrorism and Islamaphobia. The conversation about homophobia being derailed because of terrorism and Islmaphobia.

People in pain wanting change. A reporter walking off a TV set when the anchors refuse to acknowledge this was a hate crime. A Democratic representative boycotting a moment of silence because no action ever follows it.

Florence Welch with the Pride flag and a stadium full of people saying they will never be afraid again.

That’s all from me for now. Be kind to each other,
Mic ❤

june 10, 2016

Hello!

What I’m Reading 
In a turn of events, I just read a screenplay! Book blogger Celeste sent me the script IN THE DEEP aka THE SHALLOWS starring Blake Lively and a mean shark.

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It was really interesting. I’ve never actually read an entire script before. I didn’t know they could have epigraphs! There were also some bits of character motivation on the page that I loved. The writing was snappy and flowed easily. It was a compulsive read.

I was interested in this film after Blake gave an interview with EW. She talked about how the movie isn’t ‘Bikini vs Shark’ and I liked how the shot of her standing on the buoy in a bathing suit like a badass didn’t sexualize her. There was no side boob. She wasn’t striking a pose. She looked locked in battle.

But she claims The Shallows is deeper than you think. Says the actress, “It’s really a story of us all trying to survive on this planet. It sounds lofty, but when you boil it down, that’s what it is. What I really liked about this is that it wasn’t just Bikini vs. Monster.” She pauses. “But you still get a little bikini and you still get a little monster!” [x]

The thing about me, though, is I’m a major baby. One thing I can’t do is super bloody gory body parts. So I was worried as epic this movie looked about one woman’s survival, I wouldn’t be able to stomach it. After reading the script, there were several moments that had me feeling sick, so I might just wait until I can watch it at home, cover my eyes, and squirm alone during some moments.

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BUT all the trailers so far have been cut so well, the script is good, and I recommend it!

Aaaaaaannnndd, back to books!

I’m late to the party. THE WALLS AROUND US by Nova Ren Suma. Holy. Shit. Balls.

I loved the opening pages, but then had a hard time for like the first 70 pages. I hung in there cause Goodreads was full of praise for this book + I did think the writing was gorgeous, and then I don’t know when it happened, but suddenly it had me and I was reading frantically. So, I mean, if you’re one of the few people that haven’t read this yet, DO IT.

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What I’m Doing
This week has been pretty chill. I’m the world’s most boring person again.

Well, on Monday I went with my dad to his first therapy session. Mom and I sat in the waiting room and hoped it was going well. Then together we grabbed lunch at a new Turkish place, had amazing hummus (like omg the best hummus EVER), bought some shoes, and just had a really good time as a family. That hasn’t happened in a long time, all three of us hanging out and getting along.

 

Tuesday, Jess and I went shopping since she needed help getting an outfit for a hot date 😉

She wasn’t the only one who got a new outfit. I found something even cooler than date clothes…

We ordered too much food afterwards: pizza AND sandwiches. But the thing is, it was a great day, cause this particular pizza place doesn’t make the same slices every day. And my ultimate fave is one with ricotta and broccoli. And, you can imagine, they don’t make that one as often. But on this wonderful, fateful Tuesday, BEHOLD:

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I was so happy. 🙂

Later that day, went back with my dad to the therapist’s office to meet with the psychiatrist.

Wednesday it stormed.

Thursday I had been planning to go to an allergy doctor, but then wasn’t feeling well + the weather. My dad went to group therapy in the morning, and in the afternoon I accompanied him to see his regular doctor. It’s been a busy doctor week.

Friday is now. Shit. I just realized my dad came home a week ago. Wow. He’s doing better. Last Sunday was a really hard day, Monday was a little easier, and then Tuesday after seeing his psychiatrist he’s improved more every day.

This evening I’m going to see Finding Neverland on Broadway with my mom and friends. This wasn’t particularly a show I wanted to see, but I love Pan, and Friend invited me since tickets were cheap. I’ll probably have pictures in the next blog. The next blog will no doubt be cooler cause I have LOTS of plans coming up in the next few days. Broadway, book events, concert, more book events. I’m excited!

What I’m Thinking About
-Like everyone, the Stanford Rapist. But I can’t add anything to the conversation than what is already being said by lots of smart, eloquent people.

-The Tony Awards are SUNDAY! I can’t wait to see all the performances (and watch Hamilton win everything lol).

– I just created a tag on tumblr called ‘lady friendships’ and I’m happily filling with my favorite female besties of film and TV. It’s just sad more aren’t popping into my head right away.

If you’re interested, take a look here: http://thebluecray0n.tumblr.com/tagged/lady-friendships.

I asked Twitter for some suggestions too.

 What I’m Writing
I’ve made lots of progress in #fantasyWIP. Currently at 54k! I’m so close to the end. It was hard at first getting back into the groove of it, but I’m motivated to finish and loving my characters and all my twists.

^^ This was the moment I finally wrote something I was proud of since getting back into drafting seriously. It was enough to inspire me to keep going and push through all the resistance. You gotta hold onto those moments and that feeling cause writing is damn hard.

IT WAS SUCH A RELIEF TO HIT 50K. It felt like winning NaNoWriMo hahahaha.

Such a surreal and proud moment to finally be at this point of the story. It was a scene I’d been dying to write, a pivotal moment for two characters, that really sets up the rest of the conflict and where everyone goes from here. These are always the big juicy moments I love reading about, and exciting in terms of writing. You need to lead to it carefully, and then let everything explode.

And, ya know, what’s better than some musical inspiration?

What I’m Watching
I did a rewatch of season 1 of Gossip Girl. In high school, it was a rite of passage to go see Gossip Girl film and I saw Blake Lively shoot a scene! Ha, funny how this post is bookended with Blake Lively 🙂

Anyway, yeah, said scene! There were lots of paps around and they kept wandering in the shot and ruining it, so Blake got really annoyed at them. As she should since they were disrupting her work!

(Well, I got very distracted trying to find photos from that day, but couldn’t D:) (This is the best I could do.)

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Anyway, back to the point of this. Watching Gossip Girl now as an older, different person than I was back then was interesting. Firstly, the slut shaming of Serena in the first 2 episodes really pissed me off. I also used to think the take down of Georgiana was way more epic than it actually is.

Other than that though, I really loved it. I got all kinds of sexual jokes this time around hahaha. Also, Blair and Dan have some great season 1 moments. As someone who loved Dair, this was exciting to see.

Nah, but, I still think season 1 is a prime example of great TV. The Thanksgiving episode is one of the best of all time.

That’s all from me for now. Be kind to each other,
Mic ❤

june 2, 2016

Hello!

What I’m Reading
People of the internet, I have read some amazing books. Like, books that have floored me. I can’t wait to tell you about them. The first I loved so much I’m going to embed my Goodreads review/rambling here For Reasons.

And I DarkenAnd I Darken by Kiersten White

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ALL THE STARS OH MY GOD PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT BOOK I WILL WRITE SOMETHING COHERENT LATER

Okay okay. SO.

AND I DARKEN is a wonderful book–and that’s an understatement. It’s Game of Thrones (minus the dragons/magic/fantasy) meets The Captive Prince Trilogy meets YA in the Ottoman Empire.

There are two hearts of this book.

One is Lada. Holy. Shit. Lada is incredible. I’ve seen people call her a sociopath, but I don’t think she is. She makes brutal decisions with calculated precision. She yearns for the affection of her father. She wants power in a world that doesn’t want to give any to her because she’s a woman, and she finds a way to take it. Her fear of marriage is real. Her love and protection to her brother is gut-wrenching. The moment she learns about woman’s pleasure is eye-opening. Her relationship with Mehmed is hard, twisted, murky. Her dream is a land she calls her own, and her nightmare is a land she finds herself captive in. She is cruel. She is funny. She is loyal. She is lost. Lada is the dragon.

Heart #2 is Radu. Man, Radu. Radu starts out as a crying, fearful little boy. He grows into someone who is still scared, but has gotten his hands dirty, done some saving, but found some measure of peace and safety in Islam. He has found an impossible love, too.

Lada and Radu’s complex sibling relationship is the driving force behind this novel. Sent to the Ottoman court as wards to keep their father (Vlad the Impaler) in line, they both develop differently, despite being side by side. Lada clings to her homeland and hates everything around her, but is desperate to cleave some measure of power for herself. Radu comes to love their new surroundings, meeting new people in and out of the court, and is drawn to Islam. Where Lada is violent, rash, volatile, Radu adapts to the quiet kind of manipulation, where a smile does more than a sword.

It’s fascinating to watch.

I also love that this novel devotes much time to Lada and Radu’s birth and early years. For half the book, Lada and Radu are 12 and 11. It’s a Bildungsroman! It was done so, so, SO well. As much as I love Jane Eyre, I was antsy during those first 100 pages where Jane is a young girl in that awful boarding school. But AND I DARKEN had me gripped from the very first line and all through those beginning pages. It was beautiful too, to experience all those things with Lada and Radu and meet their father and older brother, and then be separated from them like our main characters. There’s a moment late in the book when Lada and Radu have a sweet moment after much angst, and it feels like the reader gets to reminisce and make jokes with them too.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how much I loved Lada/Mehmed. Their relationship was so messy. But the messiness was not glossed over, excused, or glamorized. When Lada called out Mehmed out about… errmm… things… it was glorious. So were the moments Lada assessed why she hadn’t run away, or where her power came from, or didn’t come from. I felt for her so much. So when she makes her final move at the end, I was rooting for her, despite the fallout and shattering of important relationships.

I could rant on and on about my deep seated love for this book. But I shall attempt to control myself and end it here.

Oh, and btw, I super want a mini series for this incredible book (and sure to be trilogy).

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I’ve never done this before so I hope it looks pretty. Anyway, I LOVED AND I DARKEN to infinity and beyond. I am so ready for the next book. This is definitely one of the books I’m SO glad I got at BookCon. I feel so privileged to have read this book early. Kiersten will be on tour this fall, and I really hope she comes to NYC so I can tell her how much I love her book in person… not that twitter isn’t great.

 

I also read WHEN WE COLLIDED by Emery Lord. I adore Emery Lord’s writing. She’s one of my idols of contemporary YA. You know what, I’m also rather proud of my Goodreads review of it, so what the hell. Let’s embed ALL THE GOODREADS REVIEWS.
When We CollidedWhen We Collided by Emery Lord

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t even know what to say. Geez, Lord, you got me again! *wipes tears away*

This book was HARD. I struggled reading it.

I related to both Vivi and Jonah, because of what is going on in my life right now. I started this book the day before my dad’s suicide attempt. I related to Jonah, learning how to be a caregiver, feeling helpless and strung out, and confused. I related to Vivi, her manic and depressive episodes, something I’ve now seen up close and personal, experienced, witnessed.

I’ve been visiting a psych ward for over a week now. There’s a psych ward in this book! And it’s not scary or dark and evil. It’s normal. Parts of my reality are painted into this book with loving detail. Thank you, Emery Lord.

I loved the Daniels, their family friend Ellie, and their darling restaurant staff. I love love love big homey books, with families that are so alive and adorable you want to squish them.

I loved Vivi’s mom, Carrie, who was trying to be the best mom she could.

I loved the observations of friendship–having a word for homesickness and heartbreak, but not one for missing your friends. I love how friendship became the ultimate love story in the end, for Vivi, and it was always her motivation. I would have liked to see more emphasis on it in the beginning, but it was beautifully done towards the end.

The insta love was hard for me to deal with, and so was being in Vivi’s head through her manic and depressive states, but I knew we were always building towards a story about mental illness, and when the climax finally happened and everything came together this book sung. Usually a really good ending/resolution can’t save a book for me, but this did.

I think I’ll have a complicated relationship with this book, but I’ll always be grateful for what it made me feel. And the way it so perfectly came into my life when I needed it most.

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And finally, I wanna talk about LOVE & GELATO by Jenna Welch.

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I’ve been excited about this book for awhile, and then when it debuted on the Times list it increased my anticipation for it. I identified a lot with this book, being Italian on my dad’s side and spending a lot of time in Tuscany growing up. I tore through this read in a day. I was so hooked by the characters and the mystery. Take this one to the beach! Warning: it will create an urge for gelato. And then you’ll have to book a ticket to Italia!

What I’m Doing
*Casually swooning over the cute guy that works at the locksmith nearby. Here’s a story.

I read EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour some time ago. It was a library book, and I loved it to pieces. As soon as I finished, I bought my own copy from Amazon. I was not home when it was delivered, and instead found one of those official notes that told me I could pick up my package the following day at X location. This was strange, as in the past packages have just been left for me. I was frustrated and anxiously waited for the following day.

Said day came, and I took a walk a few blocks over to apprehend my book. I was not expecting to open the door and come face to face with a veeeeerrrryyy cute boy. My insides turned to jello, as all the love poems like to say. We had a short exchange, I remember saying something about it [my package] being a book, and then zooming out of there with my giddy pounding heart.

So when we had our doorknob changed and needed to make extra copies of the new key, I was happy to run the errand.

Why is there something so adorable about bashful boys who can’t make eye contact? Le siiiighhh.

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*I’ve started taking long walks. Ideally I’d like to start running, but I actually really like walking, so who knows, I might just keep walking haha. I can do 4 miles easily, and am trying to increase to 5 this week. I use the app RunKeeper to mark my progress, and it makes me excited about getting fit. I can already feel the benefits. I feel more awake and creative throughout the day. And just generally in a better mood. Elle Woods was right.

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*I tried the most AMAZING drink yesterday. Basil pineapple juice! I’m going to tell the world about this drink. Everyone must consume it. It was so good and light and refreshing. I’m in love.

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What I’m Thinking About
-Writing a cute locksmith romance, hahahahaha.

-Attending this thing: http://www.lamprophonic.com/amplit-fest/

To go or not to go? That is the question. 😉

-Why is Hamiltome SO GOOD?

What I’m Writing
#FANTASYWIP! I am back at work! I crossed 46k today. And even though I think most of the words were crap, I’m still so happy to have finally made progress. I can’t wait to finish this messy draft and refine some arcs and get it looking pretty.

 

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What I’m Watching
HOLY EVERYTHING. I just watched Poldark.

My life has been changed.

*inserts Aidan Turner’s face everywhere* *Demelza, my loooovvveeeeeee*

I pretty much loved every single thing about it. Everyone must go watch it immediately. It’s on Prime, finally, for your convenience. In a time where everyone seems like they’re trying to be ~dark, edgy, gritty~ like Game of Thrones, I love how this show was not afraid to be hopeful. It was really really good. And I want season 2. Now.

I feel like there was something else I was supposed to mention… perhaps the DCOM marathon over the holiday weekend??? I DVR’d Motocrossed, The 13th Year, Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook Off, and Brink. Love them so much! ❤

That’s all from me for now. Be kind to each other,
Mic ❤