Saturday, February 14, 2015

Beautiful People #6 // Valentine's Day Edition!

Beautiful People is a monthly meme for writers hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury. Seeing as it's Valentine's Day today, I decided to post about... the relationships in my current WIP!

1. How long have they been a couple?
Okay, so far, my Work In Progress has no romantic couples, so I'll be talking about Chessie and Dalena... a friendship that I ship so hard in my book. They've been friends ever since around when Ronan passed away, so about three years.

 2. How did they first meet?
Dalena was there when Ronan drowned, and she consistently checked up on Chessie to make sure she was doing all right. When she moved out of her parents' home, Dalena allowed Chessie to live with her in her house. (Until she was kidnapped)

 3. What were their first thoughts of each other? (Love at first sight or “you’re freakishly annoying”?)
At first Chessie was acted irritated about Dalena's check-ups but was secretly grateful for them. Dalena felt sorry for Chessie despite being her age, she had gone through a lot of loss as well.

4. What do they do that most annoys each other?
Dalena is annoyed when Chessie is rash or over-uses curses. (Not the word kind, the magic kind, ha.) She doesn't like hurting people. Chessie is annoyed when Dalena objects to this.

 5. Are their personalities opposite or similar?
Opposites, for certain. While Dalena is more of a Hufflepuff, Chessie is a Slytherin. Now that Dalena has become the Queen (which releases the Dark Curse instantly, making her the bad guy in the story...) their personalities are surprisingly a lot similar.

 6. How would their lives be different without each other?
Chessie wouldn't be on this intolerable quest with a six year old, a stranger cursed with Insanity, and the assistant that always reminded her too much of Dalena.
Dalena, of course, would not be the Queen.

 7. Are they ever embarrassed of each other?
Before the Dark Curse I am assuming. No, they weren't really embarrassed of each other, although even-tempered Dalena was always embarrassed to be seen at a Curse shop.

 8. Does anyone disapprove of their relationship?
Of their friendship? Oh, yes, Maia thinks that Dalena can't be saved and wants Chessie to forget about her, but Chessie would never do that. Nobody in the castle knows that Chessie wasn't captured... they thought they had captured Chessie, and Dalena pretended to be Chessie.

 9. Do they see their relationship as long-term/leading to marriage?
They will always be friends, even if Chessie does not break the Dark Curse bound to Dalena.

 10. If they could plan the “perfect outing” together, where would they go?
Not to the docks, if Chessie could help it. (Poor, Chessie. Has had a terrible fear of water ever since Ronan drowned.)

There you have it! Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

January Reading Wrap-Up

January 2015 has come to an end, and I am actually very proud of the amount of books I have read this month. All links lead to my review on Goodreads. Without further ado..

This month I read 7 books.

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip (By Jordan Sonnenblick): First book of 2015! Whoot whoot! Sonnenblick is my friend's favorite author, so she allowed me to borrow her copy of the book, and since they are fast reads, I got through this one pretty quick. I rated it 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

Zen and The Art of Faking It (By Jordan Sonnenblick): I also borrowed this from a friend. My review for this one was short. I couldn't really relate to this one as much as his other one, but I still liked it enough to give it 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

Lost World, Jurassic Park #2 (By Michael Crichton): I got this from my school library. I was surprised to see how many people on Goodreads disliked this book. I certainly really enjoyed it, and Crichton's writing style is always so refreshing and makes the book hard to put down. This book easily earned a 5/5 stars on Goodreads and even a spot on my favorites shelf.

Tiger's Curse, Tiger's Curse #1 (By Colleen Houck): I got this book used but in good condition from my favorite bookstore (because, let's face it, it was really cheap). But in my defense it had been on my TBR for a long time. My review on Goodreads, linked in the title, is very long, so if you'd like to know more about my mixed feelings for this book, you can find out more there! It earned 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

Tiger's Quest, Tiger's Curse #2 (By Colleen Houck): This book I got at the same time as the first one, and I didn't regret it once I had read it. It was better than the first book, in my opinion, and the last chapter or so... the feels! 4.75/5 stars on Goodreads from me.

Tiger's Voyage, Tiger's Curse #3 (By Colleen Houck): This book was the best one of the series. I read it during Finals Week and it may have kept me from studying for some points... I literally sat down and read this book for three hours straight, and it very nearly nabbed a place on my favorites shelf on Goodreads... 5/5 stars from me, no question.

Tiger's Destiny, Tiger's Curse #4 (By Colleen Houck): Yes, I marathonned this series. I'm happy I did, because it takes a lot of energy for me to do so, for some reason? Maybe I just get drained. And with all the feels at the end of this book...the last three chapters... oh, I am surprised I didn't end up bawling! 5/5 stars, but still not as good as the third book.