The Real Neat Blogger Award

Leona nominated me for the Real Neat Blogger Award! 

The Rules:

Display the award logo on your blog
Thank the folks who nominated you and provide links to their blogs
Answer the 7 questions asked by your nominator(s)
Nominate any number of other bloggers to share the award 
Notify the nominated folk
Ask the nominees 7 questions of your own

real neat blogger award

Leona’s Questions:

How many books do you own?

I am clearing out over 30 of them… I’d say that, aside from my school books, it’s probably around 50 or so. I use my library a lot, so it’s not often I buy books.

Describe your perfect pizza?

Half ham and pineapple, half chicken and bacon. From Papa John’s.

What book/books made you fall in love with reading?

Percy Jackson and the Olympians really got me into it, but also all of the King Arthur legends. I still can’t believe my mom let 7-year-old me read those legends. Honestly, reading them now that I’m older is just… Let’s just say most of it went way over my head.

What type of blogs do you like to read?

Book blogs! Lately I’ve also gotten into a few beauty blogs, since I want to be a makeup artist to supplement my writer’s income.

What type of posts do you like to write?

Tags are always tons of fun, but I really love doing discussion posts (latest one here), because they’ve resulted in some really good thoughts being shared in the comments.

Do you prefer writing or reading or both (not just blogs, in general)?

I think that really depends on my mood. If I’ve got writer’s block, you’re more likely to find me with my nose buried in a book than sitting at my laptop typing. But in the long run, I think I enjoy writing more than reading. I love populating my own world with people I create. It brings me so much joy (and heartache too).

Are you writing a book? Or have written one?

I’m a self-published author, which you probably know if you’ve been reading my blog for a while (if not, welcome!). Captain Guinevere is available here. I’m currently working on the second book in that trilogy, and there are tons of other stories in my head just begging to be written. It’s a blessing and a curse. 😉 Plus, NaNoWriMo is coming up, so I’ll have another project soon enough.

My nominees: 

thriftybibliophile

annielikeswords

Bay Area Beauty Blogger

And my questions:

Why did you start your blog?
What posts are your favorite to write? To read?

Music while you work: yes or no?

Do you have a favorite film score/composer?

Your favorite genre of book?

Favorite movie?

The one makeup product you can’t live without?

 

Thanks for reading y’all, and thank you Leona for the nomination!

-Clara

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Books I’m Hoping to Read This Fall

It’s finally here. Fall. The glorious season of boots, sweaters, and pumpkin spice lattes. It’s also the season where I crave long high fantasy series. 

Ok, so it’s not officially autumn yet, but it’s beginning to feel like it and I’ve seen enough people in boots and sweaters to consider it that time of year. 

Today I’d like to share with you some of the books I’d like to read during the fall season.

1. The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

I said I was going to read this last fall… And I didn’t. Maybe this year I’ll make it happen? My motivation is being able to watch the movies straight through (I saw them when I was 8, but my mom skipped a lot). Even if it’s only to stare at Legolas because he was my first ever crush of any sort and I still love him. 

2. Dracula by Bram Stoker

I’m saving this one for October, but this is a favorite of my dad’s and I think I’m going to enjoy it. Plus, I’ve never read a vampire novel. Not even Twilight. And then I may watch the French musical. I’ve heard some of the songs and they are amazing. 

3. InkHeart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke

This would be a reread. I absolutely adore this MG series and I want to take a look at the world-building for writing purposes. Cornelia is a master of high fantasy. 

4. Books by Brandon Sanderson

Everyone seems to rave about Brandon’s magic systems, and I want to know what the hype is all about. 

5. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

This doesn’t even come out until November… But Marissa is my favorite author and this book cannot get here fast enough. Seriously. Plus, it looks like there’s going to be an amazing ship in it and romance is my favorite. 

What do you want to read this fall? Any Brandon Sanderson recommendations? Are you excited for Renegades? Let me know in the comments!

-Clara

What Makes An OTP? A Discussion

Hi y’all!

After last week’s discussion on why female villains make us angrier than male villains, I decided to do another discussion post, this one about one of my favorite aspects of YA: the ships. 

Ah, OTPs. One true pairings. I love them. And there are lots I support (and a few that I don’t). 

Some popular OTPs you most likely know, even if you’re new to YA:

1. Katniss and Peeta

2. Ron and Hermione (I don’t ship these two. Sorry y’all, but no.)

3. Percy and Annabeth

4. Cress and Thorne

So I want us to discuss exactly what it is that makes a good, strong romantic relationship worth rooting for. 

For me, there are the ships I’d be willing to separate, if the male side fell in love with me instead. *sighs dreamily* And then there are the ones that, no matter how much I might want to marry the male love interest, I would never ever ever separate them. Some characters just need each other so much that the thought of one without the other is just plain awful. 

I want to take a look at the OTPs I ship the hardest: Wolflet (The Lunar Chronicles) and Everlark (The Hunger Games). 

Let’s start with Wolf and Scarlet. 

While Cresswell is certainly the most popular ship from this series, Wolflet is the one I love the most. I want my future husband, whoever he may be, to love me the way Wolf loves Scarlet. They have this relationship that is indescribably beautiful. And I know that part of it could be attributed to Wolf’s genetic tampering and wolf instincts, but regardless, he loves Scarlet so much and he shows it constantly. I love how he calls her his alpha female. He protects her no matter the cost, and even when Princess Winter is there, he looks at Scarlet like she’s the only one who matters. If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is.

*Spoilers for Cress, Winter, and Stars Above by Marissa Meyer*

Remember when Scarlet was kidnapped? Remember Cress seeing Wolf cradling a can of tomatoes and just laying on Scarlet’s bed because he missed her so much it nearly drove him insane? The times when he and Cinder sparred, and Cinder could sense his hollow, heartbroken, terrified bioelectricity? And when Wolf and Scarlet are finally reunited, it is nothing short of beautiful. 

And then the wedding in Stars Above. I cry at real weddings. But that one, fictional though it may be, remains the most beautiful wedding I have ever “witnessed”. I cried happy tears the entire time. 

*End of spoilers*

And then there’s Katniss and Peeta. I would not separate them if you offered me the universe. They need each other. They know what the other is going through. They went through so much, together, over the course of the Hunger Games series that they need each other so much, I believe that separating them would make them both go literally insane. 

*Spoilers for The Hunger Games series*

Mockingjay is a heart-wrenching book. Peeta is the Capitol’s prisoner; Katniss is in District 13 with no way of knowing if Peeta’s alive. She is going crazy not knowing. And who knows what was going on in Peeta’s head, because he didn’t know if Katniss was ok either. 

And the thing with these two is, Katniss loved Peeta long before she ever admitted it to herself. One of my favorite parts in Mockingjay is the scene with Finnick, when he tells Katniss that she loves Peeta, deeply, in some way. 

Katniss and Peeta just couldn’t ever be separated. Never again. It would destroy them both.

*End of Spoilers*

Don’t get me wrong, I believe relationships need independence. But at the same time, if you’re going to love someone, and especially if you’re going to marry someone, make sure you love them so much you need them. 

So, I want to hear your thoughts: what makes a romantic relationship truly work in a novel? What is it about certain ships that make them so beautiful? Let’s talk in the comments.

-Clara

My Favorite Fashion from Books

Hey y’all!

Today I would like to talk about my favorite fashion from books or their movie adaptations. It’s not a secret that I love fashion, and sometimes books can be fabulous inspiration for outfits. And, as in the case of The Hunger Games, the movies convey the clothing of the book marvelously.

Here are my top 5 favorite looks from books:

5. Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind

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I don’t much remember the clothes being overly described in the book, but I adore poofy dresses and Scarlett’s are absolutely beautiful. And it’s not just her Southern belle dresses that are gorgeous- the below is probably my favorite of her costumes. It comes a bit too low, but I love the color.

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4. Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby

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I have never seen the movie, but I love the book. The 1920’s is one of my favorite eras for fashion, and the clothes in Gatsby are stunning.

3. Azalea’s ball gown on the cover of Entwined

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Yet another poofy dress- and I have been in love with this cover since the first time I saw it. I love the neutral tone of the dress, but at the same time it is a graceful gown that would make Azalea the belle of any ball.

2. Katniss Everdeen in Catching Fire

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Mesmerizing, isn’t it?

I want clothes that light on fire. Seriously. And that dress is dramatic on its own, no flames needed. I love Katniss’s entire ensemble: the dress, the hair, the makeup. It’s not only beautiful, it’s dramatic and makes her look just as powerful as she is.

I love all of Katniss’s clothes, whether it’s her Capitol party dress, that fancy wedding dress, or her day-to-day outfits. Cinna was a fabulous stylist *cries*.

katniss clothes collage

  1. Effie Trinket, The Hunger Games series

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Although I’m not fond of her pink ensemble at the first reaping, Effie’s clothes are some of my favorite in this world. I love how they manage to be a little out there but still modest; Effie never shows too much skin. My favorite is the metallic lavender dress in the middle right.

What’s your favorite outfit from a book or its adaptation? Tell me in the comments!

-Clara

*Please note: all pictures are not my own and all credit goes to their owners*

Female Villains vs. Male Villains: A Discussion

Hey y’all!

So I had this thought while I was trying to go to sleep the other night, and wanted to see if anyone else agreed with me.

I realized that it’s the female villains that make me scream the most. Yes, I do scream at books. No shame. Don’t get me wrong, I will yell at President Snow all day long, but even he doesn’t make me half as mad as Queen Levana. And I’m pretty sure all of us hate Dolores Umbridge more than Lord Voldemort.

Why is that? Sure, there are a few books where the male villain has really made me mad (the InkHeart trilogy, for instance), but really, no one has ever made me as mad as that psycho Lunar queen, Levana. 

So I want to know your thoughts: is it the male villains or the female villains that make you angrier? Why do you think this is? Please tell me in the comments!

-Clara

August Wrap-Up: The Month of Non-Fiction

Hey y’all!

So somehow September showed up… Yay, fall fashion is coming! I just wish I could have fall fashion without school.

Anyway, August was, as you probably got from the title, a month of non-fiction. I didn’t read a single novel in August. What is going on with me? I did start rereading Winter, however, so it wasn’t completely a month sans fiction.

Why did I read so much non-fiction? Well, recently my interest in fashion and beauty has been revived, and I guess I need a way to support myself while I’m working on my novels. So I read mostly books on fashion and makeup. Doing my makeup is one of the best parts of my day, and I’d love to be a makeup artist, whether that’s for film, runway, or the everyday woman.

So the books I read in August:

1. Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn-Ferrer; 5/5 stars

This book was amazing; here is my review.

2. How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World by Jordan Christy; 4.5/5 stars

This book was revised and retitled How to be a Hepburn in a Kardashian World. I enjoyed this book very much; it had lots of good advice every girl ought to hear.

3. Running for my Life by Lopez Lomong; 3.5/5 stars

This was for school, and I liked it, but there was something off about the writing style that I just didn’t like- I would have been fine not finishing it if I hadn’t had to for school.

4. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton; 4/5 stars

This book was mostly pictures, so rating it is kinda hard, but I did read the text parts and it was fascinating. I’ve been a fan of McQueen’s clothes since I discovered that his house did some of Effie Trinket’s costumes. They’re so unique!

5. Beauty from the Inside-Out by Bobbi Brown; 5/5 stars

For starters, this book has me wanting to eat maybe just a little healthier. The book was quick and easy to read, the recipes looked delicious, and the bits of makeup advice were very helpful- especially the part about makeup for glasses.

6. Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual by Bobbi Brown; 5/5 stars

This one was solely makeup with a dash of skincare- and it was fabulous. I love Bobbi’s straightforward writing style, and the advice, along with the gorgeous photographs, made this one of the best books I read this month.

It was also a great month for blogging; these are the posts I wrote in case you missed something:

For a brief update on the sequel to Captain Guinevere:

The editing is still going on; I’m waiting on my editor. Also, I’ve been working with the amazing Rebecca Treadway  on the cover! Rebecca did the last cover, and I’m super excited to be working with her again.

How was your August? What was the best book you read? 

-Clara

Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn-Ferrer Review

Hello.

So I’ve been reading non-fiction lately (trust me, it’s shocking even to me) and a few weeks ago I finished reading Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit. It’s a biography of the actress, written by her son.

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I’ve loved Audrey’s clothes for a while; she was just so classy and that’s something I respect and admire. But I’d never known much about her life.

Reading this book was amazing. I loved it. And by the end, I felt like I’d known Audrey Hepburn, like she was an old friend. It’s also the only non-fiction book I’ve ever cried over. It was just such a beautiful book, Audrey’s story told through her son’s eyes and in a quiet, graceful style, and it was simply stunning.

My mom told me that Audrey was a classy lady, at least in her dress; my mom didn’t know much about her life. After reading this book, I went to her and told her that she didn’t have to worry about her lifestyle. She was married three times, and she did smoke, but other than that, she was a very good woman. Reading this book gave me a role model.

It’s not written like a novel, not at all, but it’s written elegantly, beautifully, and it feels almost like it should be read while drinking a cup of tea. There wasn’t a second I didn’t love, and the text was just as interesting as the gorgeous photographs.

I can’t think of any negatives, really. I’m sure they’re there, but not for me. It was a beautiful book that I absolutely loved, and I certainly see myself rereading it someday, so most undoubtedly 5/5 stars.

If you’ve ever had an interest in Audrey Hepburn at all, please read this book. You won’t regret it.

-Clara

Captain Guinevere Reviews + Short Story

Hello everyone!

Recently my novel, Captain Guineverehas received some reviews, and I’d like to share them with you. It’s been very exciting for me to see my book reviewed, and has made me more aware of what needs to be edited in the sequel. Here are the links to the reviews:

BookPrincessReviews

AnnieLikesWords

And Leona over at inkgirlwords did a video review!

I’d like to say thank you to all of these bloggers for their reviews- it means a lot.

Ok, so today I’d also like to share one of my short stories. I wrote it around a year ago, I think, and it is sort of a prequel to Captain Guinevere, but you don’t have to have read the book to understand the short story.

Even in Death

(c) Copyright Clara Bennet 2017

He throws his head back, laughing. “Oh, Isolde, you’re so funny!”

I smile, green eyes glinting in the sunlight. “Regenold, I love you.” It’s something we tell each other every day.

“I love you, too.”

“I’ll race you to the glade!” I take off on my chestnut mare, cantering smoothly through the forest.

I beat my lover to our clearing. There’s a creek, and you can always hear the birds. Regenold and I are the only ones who know about it. This is our place.

I dismount and walk over to the creek, kicking off my shoes and stepping in, letting cool water flow over my feet. Regenold joins me, and we stand on the same rock, close together. His lips brush mine, and I feel myself start to fall, but he catches me in his muscular arms.

“Thank you,” I whisper, running a hand through his soft, curly black hair.

“Of course.” He kisses my forehead.

I never want this to end. This bliss- it’s wonderful.

We stay for an hour, talking, laughing, and enjoying each other’s company. But all too soon, we must return home.

When we reach the edge of the forest, we part ways.

“Goodbye, Sir Regenold,” I say.

He leans over and plants a kiss on my cheek. “Goodbye, Lady Isolde.”

He rides away, towards his mansion, and I return to the stables belonging to my family.

“What have you been doing, Izzy?” My little brother, Ian, appears as I dismount. “Kissing Regenold?”

My being in love with the knight is no secret. “It’s none of your business, and don’t call me “Izzy”,” I snap.

He responds by making kissing noises. And then he shouts it to all of the stable hands, “Izzy kissed Reggy! Izzy kissed Reggy!”

“Shut up!” I yell. “And it’s “Sir Regenold” to you.”

He doesn’t stop. Nearly ready to strangle him, I hand my horse to a servant and head inside, walking to my bedroom.

Jenny, my servant, greets me. “How was your time with Sir Regenold?”

“Wonderful,” I breathe in response, falling across the plush pillows on my bed. “Where’s Iliana?”

“I haven’t seen her,” Jenny answers.

“That’s odd; she usually greets me when I return.”

My mother, Ilissandra, rushes in. “Isolde, thank goodness!” She hugs me tightly.

“Mother? What’s wrong?”

“It’s Iliana- she’s been kidnapped!”

“What?” It couldn’t be- my sister could not have been captured.

“Come, come; the Council is assembling.”

I follow my mother into the Council chamber. My father, Lord Isaac Anouk of Oska, is at the table’s head, and Regenold is already there. I take my seat beside him, and the other members come in and take their places. Father begins to pace the room.

“My daughter, Iliana,” he begins, “has been kidnapped.”

Gasps from around the room.

“It is unknown who took her, but she was last seen walking with her maid. The servant escaped and made it back to tell us what had occurred.”

“What is to be done?” Sir Brian asks. He strokes his beard.

“I need someone to rescue her. I’d go myself, but I have a very important meeting with the King tomorrow.”

“I’ll go,” Regenold volunteers.

“No,” I start to say. He could die- or worse. But that is the way of knights, isn’t it? They risk their lives.

“Thank you, Sir Regenold. You will be rewarded.”

“That won’t be necessary,” my beloved replies. He rises from his seat. “I’ll go saddle up my horse.” He walks towards the door.

“The Council of Oska is adjourned,” Father says.

I run after Regenold. “You can’t go- you could die!” I cry.

He turns around, pulls me to the side of the hall. “I know.”

There’s no changing his mind, I know it. “Be safe,” I whisper.

He kisses me softly. “I will.”

“Come back to me.”

“I will, Isolde,” he murmurs. “I promise.”

He kisses me once more, and I feel a necklace go around my neck.

“What’s this?” I ask, fingering a skeleton key charm.

“My father gave this to my mother when he first told her that he loved her. She left it to me in her will, with the hope that I would give it to the woman I love. Father said that it was the key to his heart; now it’s the key to mine.”

“Thank you,” I murmur, knowing how valuable this must be to him. And now he is giving it to me, a token of his love.

We walk to the stables, hand-in-hand, and I help him tack up.

“I should go,” he says when we’ve finished. “There’s only a few more hours of daylight left.”

I put my arms around his neck, drawing him close to me.

“I love you,” I whisper.

“I love you,” he replies, a hand in my fiery red hair. “I’ll come back, Isolde. I promise.”

I kiss him, intending for it to be quick, but I linger. This could be the last time I ever taste his lips.

He pulls away. “I have to go, my love. I love you.”

He mounts his horse and rides away. And I pray to every god I know of that he’ll come back.

*

            “Isolde!” Iliana rushes into my room and hugs me.

I draw her close, breathing in the scent of her golden hair. “Iliana, are you all right?” I kiss her cheek, so glad to have her back.

She nods.

“Where’s Regenold?”

Mother comes in, her face solemn. “He’s gone, Isolde.”

“Gone?” I repeat. The look on her face confirms the worst.

The tears- hot, wet, salty tears- flood my face; I’m on my knees, screaming my sorrow to the world. This can’t be true; he can’t be gone; he promised…

“He promised he’d come back!” I yell. “He promised!”

Iliana tries to comfort me; I shake her off. Mother hands me an elegant envelope and then leaves with my sister.

“No,” I murmur to myself. “He can’t be dead. He simply can’t be.”

I rip open the letter and read slowly.

Dearest Isolde,

I’m so sorry. I know I promised to come back, but I haven’t. My love, forgive me. I beg you, Isolde.

Do not let my death prevent you from loving others. Do not blame anyone for my death. Be happy, my beloved Isolde. For me. Find someone else who will love you as I have.

I love you. More than anyone else, I love you. Your name is precious to me; every kiss worth more than gold. Oh, Isolde, I wish I was there to hold you. Never forget me, my love, and remember that I will always love you, even in death.

With all of my love,

Regenold

I trace the letters of his name, tears falling onto the paper.

“I love you,” I whisper, kissing the page.

I change into a black dress, letting my hair hang loose, and touch the necklace he gave me. I would fulfill his last wishes. At the very least, I would try.

*

            The sun is shining brightly as my family and the people of Oska gather in the town square. I look at the bright blue sky, hating how happy it looked. It mocked my grief.

Regenold’s body had never been found, so his armor and a shroud had been lit on fire. I kneel down beside the fire, tears falling softly. I’ll never cease to love him, even in death.

(c) Copyright Clara Bennet 2017

Please let me know what you think of “Even in Death” down in the comments!

Thank you all for reading!

-Clara

 

The Disney Princess Sidekick Tag!

Hello everyone!

This tag was created by Mandy over at BookPrincessReviews, who also tagged me.

I dragged my friend Charlotte into doing this with me, and I’m super excited about it!

Here we go:

MUSHU FROM MULAN/OLAF + SVEN FROM FROZEN

THE COMIC RELIEF – NAME YOUR FAVORITE HILARIOUS CHARACTER OR YOUR FAVORITE COMEDY/FUNNY BOOK

Charlotte: Keefe Sencan hands down! Keefe Sencan from Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger is one of the best written comical characters ever! Part of the diversity of his character is that he uses humor to cover up his sadness and anger, so he cracks jokes a lot. His best moments are all over the book and by the time you first meet him, you are already in love.

Clara: *cough* Carswell Thorne *cough* Or Percy Jackson. Both of them never cease to have me laughing my head off.

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THE SEVEN DWARFS FROM SNOW WHITE

FAVORITE GROUP/ENSEMBLE

Charlotte: I have to go with Keeper of the Lost Cities again: the Black Swan’s collective. Consisting of a group of masterminds with outrageous and ridiculous disguises, they seem very peculiar at first, but as you get to know them you find that they’re some of the most amazing characters ever!

Clara: The Rampion Crew, of course! I love every single one of these people (and it’s not just because of my beloved Captain Thorne), and I will never tire of reading their adventures. Especially in Winter. 

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PASCAL FROM TANGLED

THE LOYAL CHEERLEADER CHAMELEON (NOT A FROG, FLYNN RIDER) – NAME A BOOK THAT STARTED OUT ONE WAY BUT CHANGED FOR YOU

Charlotte: The first book in The Land of Elyon series. At first the book seems a little strange, but as I read on, I found that I really liked how Patrick Carman broke the cliches that appear a lot in fictional writing and the book ended up being AMAZING!

Clara: Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers was kinda dull for a lot of it, but I ended up enjoying it quite a bit by the end. I have yet to see the French musical, but I plan on seeing it soon because it’s finally on YouTube!

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MEEKO FROM POCAHONTAS

POCAHONTAS’S SLY AND SNEAKY RACCOON FRIEND – NAME A PLOT TWIST THAT YOU DID NOT SEE COMING

Charlotte: SPOILERS FOR ENTWINED BY HEATHER DIXON:

Discovering that Keeper was the High King in Entwined. I knew that there was something seriously off about Keeper and that he was hiding something or not giving the full story, but I really thought that he just knew the High King. I probably should’ve picked that one up, but if all else fails, it added more of a twist in my experience reading Entwined.

END SPOILER

Clara: So… I felt really stupid after I learned this book was a Persephone and Hades retelling, because I wouldn’t have been so shocked then, but The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi really had a plot twist. And of course I read that part before I went to bed. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep that night.

RAJAH FROM ALADDIN / FLOUNDER FROM THE LITTLE MERMAID

GENTLE WITH THEIR PRINCESS BUT PROTECTIVE WITH EVERYONE ELSE – NAME YOUR FAVORITE BEST FRIEND IN A NOVEL

Charlotte: I really love Erin from There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones. I don’t think she got enough page time, but she was very supportive of Finley and gave her a lot of confidence.

Clara: This is kinda hard for me. Friendships are kinda pushed to the side in YA, unfortunately. But I love Shazi’s relationship with Despina in The Wrath and the Dawn. There’s a lot of back-and-forth between these two, but reading about their friendship was so much fun.

LOUIS FROM THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG / SEBASTIAN FROM THE LITTLE MERMAID / COGSWORTH, LUMIERE, MRS. POTTS, & CHIP FROM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

THE MUSICAL BUNCH – NAME A NOVEL WHERE MUSIC PLAYED A BIG PART OR MADE YOU WANT TO SING ITS PRAISES

Charlotte: In Love On a Dime by Cara Lynn James, I could practically hear the elegant, old, classy music while reading this novel. It was so cool!

Clara: A book with music… Nothing really comes to mind. But I pretty much sing the praises of tons of books, particularly Entwined (I may have gotten Charlotte to read this. Maybe.)

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MAXIMUS FROM TANGLED

THE OBSTACLE IN FLYNN RIDER’S WAY – NAME A CHARACTER THAT FACES A LOT OF OBSTACLES

Charlotte: Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Katniss is such a strong character in the fact that she faces SO many obstacles, over and over and over again.

Clara: I agree with Charlotte- is there a character who went through more than Katniss? Peeta too. Both of them need lots and lots of hugs.

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HAMISH, HUBERT, & HARRIS FROM BRAVE

FAVORITE FAMILY DYNAMICS IN A NOVEL

Charlotte: The Weasleys. All the way. Ron, Fred, and George drive me up a wall A LOT (especially Ron), but you can tell that most all of them genuinely care for each other.

Clara: I really loved the family element in Two Summers by Aimee Friedman. Summer’s parents were divorced, but I loved seeing her relationships with her family grow on a number of levels.

RAY FROM THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG / 3 FAIRIES FROM SLEEPING BEAUTY

THE ADVICE GIVERS – A BOOK THAT MOST IMPACTED YOUR LIFE

Charlotte: Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan. That was one of the series that got me into reading all of the time. And I felt that I could relate to the characters more at a younger age because Percy and the others are much younger when the series starts and grow up as the story progresses.

Clara: The Great Gatsby was really impactful for me. It taught me that novels can still be wonderful even when they carry a very clear lesson, and for that, it’s one of my favorite books of all time.

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HEI HEI FROM MOANA

NAME A CHARACTER THAT STEALS THE SHOW

Charlotte: Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games. Ah, Peeta Mellark. The boy with the bread. He is so sweet and so amazing! He makes you adore him more and more, stealing the show away from the others.

Clara: Peeta does still the show, but so does Alexei in Black Widow: Forever Red. He is my favorite character in that book and was the POV I enjoyed the most.

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GUS & JAQ FROM CINDERELLA

OPPOSITES ATTRACT – NAME YOUR FAVORITE OR WORST OPPOSITE ATTRACTS PAIRING

Charlotte: Beckett Rush and Finley Sinclair from There You’ll Find Me. Their romance has some of the stereotypical, star struck “girl falls in love with the TV star with a small ego problem” stuff in it, but their romance is still so sweet! They are SO different in just about every way possible, but when she gets to know him, she finds that deep down they have at least one thing in common that makes their relationship so strong.

Clara: For friendships, Cinder and Carswell from The Lunar Chronicles couldn’t be more different, but their relationship is fantastic.

As for romance… Once again, I’m stealing Mandy’s answer. Cresswell. Always Cresswell.

Tag, you’re it!

Journey Into Books

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Thanks for reading y’all, and thank you Charlotte for doing this tag with me!

-Clara

The Fashion Book Tag (Original)

Hey y’all!

So my love for fashion has recently been revived (not that it ever really went away) and I looked for a fashion-themed tag and couldn’t find one, so I decided to create one.

1. The Good Old Pair of Jeans: A book you could read over and over and never get tired of

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For me, that’s Tolkien’s The Hobbit. I’m currently rereading it for the third time and it’s again got me lost in its beautiful tale.

2. The Little Black Dress: A classic you think everyone should read

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. It’s short, so it doesn’t take a long time to read, and the story inside it is amazing and carries a lesson we all need.

3. The Band T-Shirt: Your favorite book/series with a fairly large fandom

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The Hunger Games is my favorite series. I absolutely love it.

But The Lunar Chronicles is a close second.

4. The Pair of Shorts: A book that’s short and easy to read.

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Again, I’ve got two answers:

What Light by Jay Asher is the perfect short read for the holiday season, and Aimee Friedman’s Two Summers is great for summer, or that particular part of winter when all you want is warm weather.

5. The Sarcastic Tank-Top: The character who makes the sassiest comments

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You’ll never be able to guess this answer, ever. 

Carswell Thorne. Hands-down, no-question.

6. The Evening Gown: The book with the prettiest cover

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I have that dress; I wore it to my spring formal and my annual end-of-school-year date with my dad, and it’s my favorite piece of clothing I own. I feel like a princess in it.

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I adore that book’s cover- and everything on the inside.

7. High Heels: A book you love, but reading it caused you pain

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Every single book I’ve ever read has caused me some sort of emotional pain.

A book I love that caused me pain? Mockingjay. Black Widow: Forever Red. Gone With the Wind. I can’t pick just one.

8. Jewelry: A trope that can either make or break a book.

Love triangles. Sometimes I love them, other times I find them unnecessary.

9. The Comfy Sweater: A book that makes you feel cozy

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Pride and Prejudice always gives me that warm and cozy feeling, whether it’s the book, movie, or 90’s TV series.

10. Runway Clothes: A book that surprised you, either in a good way or a bad way

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Alexander McQueen

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott was a bad surprise- I thought I’d love it but ended up highly disliking it.

However, my recent read Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn-Ferrer was fantastic. It remains the only non-fiction book to ever make me cry.

11. Fashion: The best-dressed fictional character

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Effie Trinket. I love love love her clothes.

I tag:

Dani @PerspectiveofaWriter

Lauren @CommaHangover

And anybody else who wants to do this tag!

Thanks for reading!

-Clara