Fears And Regrets

This speaks resounding truth. Indeed, regrets can eat you alive. The fear of trying might be paralyzing, but it’s never as heavy and tormenting as the feeling of regret. Please read this! 🙂

Heartstring Eulogies

“The fear of trying will never measure up
to the feeling of regret if you don’t.”

Darling, trust me when I say that the fear of trying will never measure up to the feeling of regret if you don’t. I know I would rather know the truth, good or bad, than to spend my life wondering what ifs and what could have beens. Those are the ones that will haunt you at night. Those are the ones that will never let up, even as the years pass by.

© Sarah Doughty

So what’s the worst that could happen?

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What I’m Reading: January 2019

Hello everyone! I decided to share my readings and upcoming reviews for the month starting this January! I thought this would be fun for both of us. You will see the categories divided like this: Personal readings (Hardcover, Paperback, Kobo, Kindle) and ARCs and free copies (a.k.a upcoming reviews).

As always you’re invited to share your thoughts on these readings, whether you want to read them or already have. 🙂

Enjoy!

Personal Readings

Hardcovers

  • The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #2) by Melinda Salisbury (Library Book)
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  • Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
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Paperbacks

  • That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E. K. Johnston
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  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke (Library Book)
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  • Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
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  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
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Kobo (eBooks)

  • A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
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  • Wendy Darling (Volume 1: Stars) by Colleen Oakes
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Kindle (eBooks)

  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
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  • Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1) by Brenda Drake
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  • Echo in Time (Echo Trilogy #1) by Lindsey Fairleigh
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  • Heir of Illaria (Illaria #1) by Dyan Chick
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ARCs and Free Copies

Upcoming Reviews

  • Unwritten by Tara Gilboy (NetGalley)
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  • Comics Experience Guide to Writing Comics: Scripting Your Story Ideas from Start to Finish by Andy Schmidt (NetGalley)
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  • Tommy Hopps and the Aztecs by Vic Connor and Austin Briggs (Reading Deals)
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  • Invincible Assassin 2.5 (Novella) by John Darryl Winston (LibraryThing)
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  • The Initiation by Chris Babu (Direct review request)
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I hope you’re as excited as I am!

What do you think of these books? Have you read them? Do you want to?

Which ARC are you most looking forward to?

See you next post, lovelies!


Isola Volume 1: A Book Review

by Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl, Msassyk

Amazon.com

Amazon.ca

Comixology

Indigo

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Image Comics (Publisher)

Goodreads

LibraryThing

WorldCat

Genre: Comic books, Graphic Novels, Magic, Fantasy, Spiritual, Adventure

Pages: 136

ISBN: 9781534309227

Format: Paperback

Publication date: October 30th, 2018

Publisher: Image Comics

Type: Comic book

Collects Issues: #1-5


*A special thanks to Edelweiss+ and Image Comics for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.*

The Blurb:

Isola Vol.1 is a fantasy and adventure comic book series brought to you by renown Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl (Gotham Academy creators) and MSASSYK (Gotham Academy colorist).

Olwyn, Queen of Maar, has been changed into a gorgeous black-and-blue tiger thanks to an evil spell. Accompanied by her loyal Captain of the Guard, she will travel far and wide to reverse it in hopes of finding Isola, a mythical island also known as the land of the dead.

Embark with them on this grand and surprising quest! Be ready for beauty, brilliant colour choices, spirituality, and an emotional journey you won’t regret.

Introduction:

When I first lay eyes on this comic book, the colours and strange animals in this adventurous scene caught my attention. I’ve got to admit I’m a real sucker for bright and/or thematic colours. Also, Isola? What does it mean? Such a beautiful word! Did you see the glyphs that represent an unknown fictional language? As a polyglot and language lover, this appealed to me!

Then, I read the summary. A queen, stuck in a tiger’s body, travels the world with her Captain of the Guard to reverse the curse placed on her? Fantasy and adventure? Plus, a queen as a main character?!

There was no other choice: I had to read this book.

Thanks a lot, Edelweiss+ and Image Comics!

The Positive Sides:

Since I have several positive points, I figured it’d be nice to present them in a… bullet list, yay!

  • It is INSANELY GOOD! (see other points)
  • I love the colour themes and contrasts! They add a lot to the story and the emotions, mostly.
  • Gorgeous drawings. There, I said it. They’re a beautiful mix between American and Japanese comics (manga), which is simply lovely.
  • Speaking of drawing, the depth techniques the artists used resulted in amazing effects! The characters and important items somehow look closer to the reader than the background itself. It’s mesmerizing, honestly.
  • As for the characters, their facial expressions are great and quite believable!
  • The Queen, dear Olwyn, I love her (I hope that’s clear) and she looks AWE-FREAKING-SOME as a human! I love her skin colourit’s a surprise but a very pleasant one at that.
  • Also: LGBTQ+ representation, YAY! This time, it’s lesbians, yes! FANTASTIC *throws confetti*! It’s so rare in general and even more in comics! Excuse me while I sit there squealing about this oh-so-cute relationship in Isola.
  • Did I tell you about my emotions while reading this work of art? No? Here I come: AH, my emotions! The story tugged on them so hard I feared for my safety. And damn, how I love Olwyn and Rook (her Captain of the Guard)!!!
  • There is tension and a hella lot of mystery. The story’s also mystic and spiritual (in terms of these characters’ beliefs, not ours).
  • Animals play a big part in this story (the ever-present fox is awesome!) and it’s so refreshing.
  • Last point but a very important one to me, the symbols of unknown languages (at least to us) are just woooow. As a polyglot, let me tell you they excited me!

The Negative Sides:

Hmmmm… None?

Perhaps the fact that the story is sometimes confusing due to a lot of spirituality and flashbacks involved, but really, it’s not off-putting. But then again, it fits the story… This is not a negative side per se, only a small confusion.

In Conclusion:

Seriously? If this were an attraction at a park, I’d stand in line again after every. damn. time. I get off it. I genuinely loved Isola! All-in-all, I want to KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS STORY! I’ll be damn sure to read the rest of the series and subscribe to Image Comics newsletter just to know when each issue is out and all that jazz. Count me in as a big fan!

On this joyous note, I give Isola a rating of *gasps* 5 out of 5! (I swear I would give it more if I could, like 10 out of 5, but hey!)

If you want to learn more about the artists, you can visit their Web sites: Brenden FletcherKarl Kerschl, Msassyk. Their book is featured on the publisher’s Web site. You can also add Isola Vol.1 to your bookshelves on Goodreads and LibraryThing.

Interesting Writing Updates for YOU!

Hello, hello!

I’ve got a bunch of updates and most them benefit you, so please read on!

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Did Someone Say Poetry?

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’d try my hand at a poetry workbook for you. Well, I’ve decided on the title, the topic, the format, and I’ve started writing the explanations and finding ideas for exercises. Your poetry workbook is coming!

What About Languages?

I’m also working on a language learning blog with a focus on Japanese and Italian. Did you guess it? Yes, I’m working on a workbooks and checklists for language learning in general and these two languages!

Remember that 100-Follower Gift?

I promised you a short story for reaching 100 followers on this blog in October! *Yay!* Well, I can announce you I’m almost ready to publish it on here! The story just needs polishing and the ending tweaked before it entertains you. I can’t wait for y’all to read this short story! I‘m so giddy we reached this number *squeals*.

And Book Reviews Galore!

I’ve got three book reviews lined up for you this week and the next. Then, a few more in the following weeks! Party! (No, but sincerely, I hope you will like them.)

Nighty-Nightshade

Yesterday, I noticed a MEGA plot hole in Nightshade, which is lame because it‘s right at the start. And what does this roadblock mean? Yup, more plotting AND rewriting.

However, there‘s good news: I’m almost done plotting the specific issue! So the rewriting will take place soon…

Then, off I keep going on a writing adventure!

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Once Upon a Time…

How about a fairy tale retelling? Well, that‘s what you‘re going to get! I asked my Twitter followers which one they’d prefer, and a dark Snow White retelling won!

At first, I wanted to write a novella. However, the idea grew into a standalone novel… until it reached a trilogy idea! Are you ready for a dark Snow White retelling trilogy? 

I am!

Let’s Bullet Journal Together!

A while back (maybe a year or two?), I told you all about a new hobby of mine: bullet journaling!

But now, I’m confiding in you: I’m tweaking my bullet journal techniques to fit my needs as a writer!

The best part? I’ll be sharing those new techniques and tips with you starting next week!

So, be on the lookout for the Bullet Journaling for Writers blog posts series.

There Will Be: A Glossary!

Yes, yes, dear fellows! I’m working on a new blog post series (another one!): Glossary of Literary Terms and Concepts

I will cover both obvious terms and concepts as well as more in-depth and obscure ones. As of now, I haven’t decided on how many posts there will be, but rest assured it will be over 5. I’ll also create a new category based on this series so you can easily find the definitions and explanations

How great is that?


Phew! Now, that was a load of updates, right?

What do you think about them?

Are you looking forward to these updates and stories?

Leave your thoughts below!

See you next post, lovelies.

 

Party Time, But I’m Bringing the Gift!

OYÉ, OYÉ!

I’ve got fun news for you:

The sweet Little Thoughts from Torn Pages (Uzma) is my most recent follower, fresh from today. This means I’ve finally hit the 100 followers milestone!

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Wait.

What does that give you, you ask?

Dear friend, I have decided to write a free short story to celebrate this with you! Once written, I will post it on here so all of you, lovely followers, can enjoy it!

How great is that?!

I hope you like this idea because I’m so happy about writing a story for you all!

Thank you SO MUCH for following me for 5 whole years now! It means a friggin’ lot to me!

Do you have any preferences?

A specific idea you want me to tackle?

Please let me know your thoughts!

Because:

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A Breakthrough & Paradise

Hello folks!

Okay, get this (like Sam loves to say in Supernatural):

I lied only ever so slightly in the title. I didn’t have a major breakthrough… I had two! Yes! I realized what was missing in both my Nightshade series and Heaven’s Army: Down to Earth. *shocked face*

Thus, I was able to outline better and now know the endings along with the villains’ implications in the stories. There were also ideas about the infamous saggy middle, as we writers know, but trust me: there won’t be one anymore! I’ve got so many exciting plans for this particular part.

My Paradise

Believe it or not, I have found Heaven. It might not be to everyone’s tastes, but it sure is to mine.

Here’s what it looks like:

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(Copyrighted Catherine G.V., Saint-Luc Library, iPhone, 2018)

Yes, my local library, of course! And you can see I’m reading the second volume of the Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat. Good LGBTQ+ stuff. 😉 It’s in French, by the way.

Now, why did I take this picture?

Because due to family complications (my grandfather has Alzheimer’s disease and my grandma has serious heart issues like me), I spend a lot of time studying for university at the library. We don’t have the Internet yet at my gramps’.

I feel so good and at ease, even at peace, in this library (in most libraries to be honest) that I figured showing you guys how much a paradise it is would be a great invitation for you. I mean it for both work and pleasure, since in my breaks I peruse all the aisles and pass my hands over books lovingly.

Really, you should try and shake the routine by doing some work at the library (unless you already do, haha!). If you love the library, it’ll be a perfect experience, I’m telling you.

P.S.: Please forgive me for my lack of posts in the last weeks; like I mentioned above, I must take care of my grandparents, so it has delayed my publications on this blog. But don’t worry, I’m picking the pace up again!

See you next post, lovelies!

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Ireland the Best: A Review

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by John and Sally McKenna

Amazon.com (Released on September 1st, 2018)

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.ca

Indigo

B&N (Released on September 1st, 2018)

Goodreads

LibraryThing

WorldCat

Genre: Travel, Reference, Guidebooks, Travel guides

Pages: 424

ISBN: 9780008248819

Format: Paperback

Publication date: March 22, 2018

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers

Type: Travel guide

 

*A special thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.*

The Blurb:

Ireland the Best is a fully comprehensive and independent guide to Ireland which gives you only the very best recommendations, whatever your budget.

Brought to you by the McKennas, who have over 30 years’ experience writing and talking about Ireland’s amazing food, drink and hospitality. Following the format of Scotland the Best, Scotland’s bestselling guide for 25 years.

Local experts John and Sally McKenna are your personal guides to the very best of Ireland, from the streets of Belfast to the hills of Galway. They have visited, rated and remarked on every entry to help you get the most out of the Emerald Isle.

This book is the companion to the series originator Peter Irvine’s bestselling Scotland the Best, and utilises the same design template.

Introduction:

Ireland, O Ireland… You’re calling me.

I remember reading my first Irish author along with the country’s history when I was fourteen years old. I can also tell you I fell in love with the people’s accent, its landscapes and simply put: Ireland itself.

Hence there was no refusing picking up this guide about Ireland. I hoped to learn more about this country and explore it through gorgeous images and sceneries.

Whilst I liked the information, I was also disappointed. How could a guide about Ireland let me down?

The Positive Sides:

I always prefer to lay the positive points of a book first, which gives a better and kinder “image” of the work. I found this guide, Ireland the Best, to be quite informative. In the places and activities’ descriptions (often lengthy and detailed), they give us snippets of these places’ history and explanations as to why it came to be or how it was named the way it is. Moreover, the guide presents awesome, diverse and funny categories such as historical, ethnic restaurants, amusing pubs, libraries, and more of the sorts! This feature is what I loved best about this book because it dared go beyond the traditional formula for guides.

The authors wrote all the addresses, phone numbers and web links. Maps are also present and although the image referencing system is somewhat good, it’s a bit messy too. You need to do a lot of coming and going from the number associated to a certain map to the actual image in the last pages of the book.

The research put into this guide is undeniable! A wealth of information is in there for whoever’s willing to dig to find gold.

The Negative Sides:

Most of the times, I try to focus on the positive of a book, but the huge lack of pictures made this read almost impossible – or at least, unattractive and uninteresting. There are no visual references nor is it pleasant to gaze at despite how thoroughly researched and organised it is. It’s plain-looking, though practical without a doubt. Take your pick! One thing’s for sure: reading it all from cover to end is out of the question! This guide makes it way too boring; I know, I’ve tried and gave up when I noticed how awfully redundant this book was with no pictures.

In Conclusion:

Overall, good for quick info on locations, history bits and fun things to do when in Ireland, but the lack in visuals is extremely annoying and disappointing. So I give it a rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. I don’t see how a guide about a country, which contains such great and varied information, doesn’t have pictures here and there to make itself easy and pleasant on the eye. I’m not asking for a picture with every location or fact, but at least one for major attractions.

Although I don’t recommend this book, if you want a great source of reliable information and just need to look up locations and fun tidbits sometimes, then please, do have a go at it! I’m sure it will be useful to you. But as a discovery guide out of curiosity or even a guide you plan on actually guiding you through Ireland, it’s not doing the job it set out to do.Deux point cinq

If you want to learn more about the authors, the McKennas, you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @McKennasGuides. Their book is featured on the publisher’s Web site. You can also add Ireland the Best to your bookshelves on Goodreads and LibraryThing.