3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge Day 3

Last but not least….

Day One

Day Two


“Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?”

He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. “No. I’m pretty sure it was Cinder.”

-Marissa Meyer, Cress-

Oh, look. It’s the love of my life. Carswell Thorne.

And just look at this meme; it pretty much sums up my love life entirely:

my love life
I found it on Google, in case you’re wondering.

Today I’m nominating…

You. And even if you don’t have a blog, there’s always social media like Instagram and whatnot. But please don’t feel forced to do it if you don’t want to.

If you’ve read anything with Carswell Thorne, I will accept any amount of fangirling that may take place in the comments, because I do it too.



3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge Day Two

Here’s day two of this challenge! Here’s day one.

“Opportunities don’t often come along. So when they do, you have to grab them.”

-Audrey Hepburn-

Of course there’d be one from my role model here. There are so many Audrey Hepburn quotes I love and find worth living by, and this one is exceedingly true.

I nominate…

Princess Liselotte

Annabeth @TheJr.Inklings

Kyera @Kyera’s Library

Do you like Audrey Hepburn?


3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge Day 1

Happy Presidents’ Day!

Angelica nominated me to do this challenge in which I’ll share a quote with you every day for three days.


• Thank the person who nominated you.

• Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).

• Nominate three new bloggers each day.

“So long as you fight the darkness, you stand in the light.”
-Sabaa Tahir, A Torch Against the Night-

I love quotes like this; they’re both beautiful and encouraging, especially as a Christian. There’s a Biblical principle there.

I nominate…



Windowsill Books

Have you read A Torch Against the Night? What’s your favorite quote?


A Late Valentine’s Day Write Tag

Long time no see, again. Life is completely crazy with me so there hasn’t been a lot of blogging for me lately. I was going to do a post on the actual Valentine’s Day, but that clearly didn’t happen (Wednesdays are nothing short of insane for me almost every week).

But anyway. I don’t think I’ve ever done a writing tag and this one just seemed like fun and a chance to talk about my deep love for the romance in my books. Before I get started, I just want to let you know that I will be talking about characters in all my current projects, not just Captain Guinevere.

Also, no one tagged me but I’m doing it anyway.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you (in my case, that would be yours truly) and link back to the original post.
  • A short description of your WIP(s):
    Captain Guinevere (which is available here): Run! She has to run. Gwendolyn Patience has no intention of marrying a man she doesn’t love, but when her parents betroth her to the prince of Voyagea to unite their countries, her only option is to run. With the help of some new friends along the way, she commandeers a ship to sail away from her troubles, but instead she encounters the evil Ravenoth who has other plans for her. While trying to defeat the evil faerie, she finds the secret lies within herself. What she doesn’t expect is to fall in love with the very man she detests. The Nikolai Project (which isn’t the official title; you can find more about it here and here): Amira has been raised in a country ruled by men. Nikolai has been taught to respect women for his whole life. Both of them have had the same nightmare every night for years, neither knowing why. When they are forced to marry, they begin to build a tentative trust, but tensions arise between their two countries and threaten to rip them apart. (This project is so hard to describe. For real.) Till the End of Tomorrow (this is one I’m writing with a couple friends, Annabeth Tyler and Victoria Greenpeace): We don’t have a set blurb yet, but basically this book is about a bunch of teenagers from different time periods who are brought into the present and forced to survive. It’s very fun for everyone but the characters.
  • Don’t use the same character for every question if possible!

The Questions!

If there is a couple in your WIP, what are their plans for Valentine’s Day? And if there is no couple in your WIP, is there someone your main character would like to spend Valentine’s Day with?

Hardest. Question. Ever. There are so many couples to choose from, but I’m going with Nikolai and Amira. These two are precious if I might say so myself. Nikolai would do something so sweet and adorable for Amira and she would probably forget about the holiday until the day before and get something for him last minute, but somehow manage to put a lot of thought into it. She’s just like that. Nikolai would buy her something fancy and take her somewhere warm.

Who has no shame about going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day alone?

Marie from Till the End of Tomorrow. The girl is shamelessly single.

One of your characters requests a song on the radio for their crush! Which song and for which character would they pick it?

Antonio would so do this for Akilah. I’m kinda thinking Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” would be the song he chose. Or “Love is an Open Door” from Frozen. Because he’s just Tony.

Is there a character who would organize an Anti-Valentine’s Day party?

Veronica from Captain Guinevere. Yes, the girl has a love story, but honestly, she would do it anyway because all the flowers and pink hearts would drive her crazy.

What romantic gesture would swoon your main character?

Nikolai takes Amira to a cabin in the woods in the Nikolai Project and that’s the moment when she really falls for him. I will say it’s probably my favorite part so far.

Which character would buy a bunch of red roses and hand them out to strangers on the street, just to make their day?

Antonio de Luca. But he would coat them in confetti.

What are your main character’s favourite Valentine’s movies?

Gwendolyn Patience doesn’t necessarily strike me as a big fan of movies, but I can see her enjoying the love story in Pirates of the Caribbean (come to think of it, she’s a lot like Elizabeth).

Who is ready for February 15th, just to get all the chocolate on sale?

I really feel like this would be Eira, Gwen’s little sister. She strikes me as quite the chocolate lover.

Is there a character who never spends Valentine’s Day alone and always has some sort of date?

Akilah (Till the End of Tomorrow) is the one I can see this applying to; she’d either be on a romantic date with Tony or throwing a party with her friends and watching a bunch of chick flicks.

The bonus question is to create a Valentine’s Day aesthetic for a character (or several), but I thought it would be fun if I asked you guys which character you’d like to see me do this for. Leave me a comment with the character’s name and I’ll do one for the character with the most votes!

Since it’s after Valentine’s Day, I won’t be tagging anyone, but feel free to do it if you want!



An Enchantment of Ravens Review/Makeup Tutorial

Hey guys!

A couple weeks ago I read An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson and I absolutely loved it! It was the first YA novel I’ve read about fae and it was a good start to this area of fantasy. I know this one has mixed reviews, but I personally adored it and read it in about three days- the first time I’ve done that in a long while.


Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and trade valuable enchantments for Isobel’s work. But when she receives her first royal patron – Rook, the autumn prince – she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes, a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then perhaps even love, a forbidden emotion that would violate the fair folk’s ruthless Good Law. To save both their lives, Isobel must choose between sacrificing her Craft or using her art to defy the ancient malice of the fairy courts… for Craft may hold more power over the fair folk than she ever imagined.

Ok, and I’ll just go ahead and admit it: Rook had me swooning from the beginning. More on that later.

Rogerson’s writing was lovely. It was descriptive, but not overly so, and she kept the pace moving at the right speed. I loved her descriptions of the fae lands, the way she showed you the transitions between seasons. Her writing style is pleasant to read but still keeps a sense of urgency.

I loved the characters- and that’s my main thing. If I don’t like or relate to the characters, I probably won’t like the book very much. I loved these characters; Isobel was great and I’ve already mentioned Rook…

swoon gif

He is amazing. A little dark and brooding, a little funny, and undeniably handsome. And even though he’s technically fae, he acts human in a lot of ways.

I liked all the side characters, too- Gadfly was particularly amusing and I loved how there were multiple sides to him.

The plot was unique. Of course, I knew next to nothing about fae, but my knowledge is a little more substantial now, maybe? The way “Craft” was dangerous to the fair folk? I’d never heard of that before. But again, I had next to no knowledge about this subject. The only thing that bugged me was that we never learned Isobel’s real name. Other than that, everything was great.

I loved the settings. Most of the book was Rook and Isobel travelling through the fae lands, and Margaret described everything beautifully.

The romance was great, too, just FYI. That’s very important.

Honestly, this was an amazing book that I definitely recommend if you like fae or want to get into it. Also, any recommendations for more YA fae novels that aren’t by Sarah J. Maas (no offense to her but there’s some stuff in her ACOTAR series I don’t need to be reading)?

I only had one teensy issue with this book that didn’t merit taking away any stars, so this was a 5-star read for me.

Okay, so in branching out and adding a beauty element to my blog, I wanted to do a makeup look inspired by this book. I wanted to incorporate a little bit from each of the four courts in the book: Spring Court, Summer Court, Autumn Court, and Winter Court. So basically it’s the four seasons. Seeing as Rook is the Autumn Prince, I wanted to be mostly autumnal, so I did a fall look on my eyes and lips. For the Summer Court, I did a little more bronzing than normal to give that sun-kissed look, then paid homage to the Spring Court with a pop of peachy blush. I used a frosty white highlight to finish it all off and to make sure I had something a little wintry on my face.

(Please excuse the poor quality of the photos; I took them at night with my rather bad phone camera.)

I started with my Nyx Photo-Loving Primer; I use the green one to cancel out any redness. After that, I applied my Maybelline Fit Me liquid foundation (shade 112) with my fingers. I’m not exactly sure what it is, but I find it’s easier for me to use my hands to apply foundation and concealer. I love sponges, but there’s just something about the feel of foundation on my hands that I just really like. The concealer I was using at the time was the Nyx HD Photogenic Concealer in the shade 00, I think. I set it all with my Makeup Revolution Luxury Baking Powder in Ghost, taking a small shadow brush to concentrate it under my eyes. I also took a damp beauty sponge and baked under my eyes and my chin; the under eye powder helps keep the fallout from making a complete disaster.

Next, I did my brows using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Medium Brown and my e.l.f. Duo-Ended Brow Brush (and I seriously love that thing so much), then set the brows with e.l.f clear brow gel.

Now for the eyes.

I primed my eyes with concealer and powder.

Using the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette and a fluffy brush, buff the shade Chaser into the transition area. Next, take the shade Sauced and put it on top of Chaser, followed by Low Blow, mostly in the outer corner but blended towards the inside.

Next, take the shade Pukey from the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette and put in the transition area, focused on the outer corner but still bringing it inwards. Apply the shade Mocha in the outer corner, bringing it in just a tiny bit. Lightly put the shade He Devil from the Naked Heat palette all over the transition area, being sure not to make it too dark. Going back to the Jaclyn Hill palette, take the shade Jacz and put it in the outer corner and bring it down to the lower lid, lightly and only on the outer corner.

With a pencil brush, blend it all together just to make sure there are no harsh lines, no shadow on the brush. Lightly dust the shade Cayenne from the Naked Heat palette all over the lower lid. With an eye definer brush, take Ashes from the Urban Decay palette and put it on the outside of the lower lid, then a tiny bit of Soda Pop from the JH palette right on top. Take En Fuego from NH and pop it onto the center of the lid, then put a little bit of Jacz (JH) on top. On the inner lid, put the shade Hunts (JH) in the inner part of the lid. With your finger, take the shade Ember (NH) on the outer corner (you can use a brush, I just find using my finger lessens fallout and increases pigmentation). On the center of the lid, apply Dirty Talk (NH), with Scorched (NH) on top, bringing it out on top of Ember. You can really heavily apply Scorched if you’d like; it’s a gorgeous shade. On the inner corner, place the shade Lumbre (NH). Blend it all out.

Now for the lower lash-line. Dust away any baking you may have done, then with the tip of an eye definer brush dust He Devil (NH) all over the lower lash-line. With the same brush, put Jacz (JH) on the outer corner, blending it up just a little to connect it to the lid shadow. Deepen it with a little bit of En Fuego (NH) all over and a hint of Ashes (NH) on the outer corner. On the inside of the lower lash-line, place Hunts in towards the inner corner of the eye. Dust a little bit of Lumbre (NH) all over the lower lash-line.

I highlighted my brow bone and inner corner with a mix of Enlight and Beam, the first two shades in the Jaclyn Hill palette.

Please note that you don’t have to use exactly what I use, you can use whatever you have.

For the lips, start with a base of Nyx Lip Lingerie liquid lipstick in the shade French Maid, followed by a coat of gold lipgloss (I think mine is from Forever 21). Use your finger to put a little bit of Queen from the Jaclyn Hill Palette on top if you’d like.

Again, I used bronzer to give myself a sun-kissed glow with a peachy blush and a frosty white highlight (I combined a bunch, but the one in the Makeup Revolution Love the Revolution palette is good).

And that’s it for this look! If you try it out, let me know how it goes!

Have you read An Enchantment of Ravens? What do you think of the makeup look? 



Here’s How I Started my Year…

Hi. It’s been a while. Sorry about that…

I had, to say the least, a crazy start to my year. I had my birthday at the beginning of the month, and that was interesting- my whole family woke up to no running water and we didn’t have any for 11 days. That was fun. During that time I had tech week for another show and have been performing every couple of weeks. And school started. So things have been a little insane for me lately.

But on a better note, I’ve been editing Lady Gwen and I have been reading some more. I finished Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (and everyone in America needs to read it; it is extremely important) and also read An Enchantment of Ravens (review coming soon). For my British literature class, we read Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. Currently, I’m reading Beautiful Creatures, but I’m not far enough along to tell if I like it or not.

That’s just a little update on where I’ve been for a month; hopefully I’ll have another post up within the next few days!

How has your month been?


Non-Bookish 2017 Favorites

Hey you guys! Today I want to share with you some non-book-related things I’ve loved this year: movies, music, makeup, etc.

Also, I want to just make a small announcement: Next year, I’m planning to start adding a little bit of a makeup/beauty element to my blog. I’m planning on going to cosmetology school instead of college and I want to start really getting into that realm and sharing my opinions on different products.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get into this thing!

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) was downright amazing! I ended up seeing it a second time simply because it is so much fun to watch. This is my review.

The Hunger Games series (2012-2015) did not disappoint after reading the books. It’s a series I both hate and love- hate because the plot still sickens me and because some of my  favorite characters die, love because it’s so powerful and I do truly love the characters.

Titanic (1997) could have gone without the crazy amount of cussing and sexual scenes (we skipped through those), but other than that I did love the movie. I related so much to Jack and Rose and I do wish the ending had been different.


Le Monde a l’Envers by Zaho: I discovered Zaho back a couple years ago when I found French musicals (she was playing Morgane in La Legende du Roi Arthur at the time) and when she started releasing songs from this album I knew I’d love it, and I do. It was released in February and my favorite song is probably “Salamalek”, but I really can’t decide.


Acte 1 by Charlie Boisseau: I am so so so proud of Charlie for getting himself an album! I loved him the first time I heard him sing as Lancelot in La Legende du Roi Arthur and he did not disappoint with his debut album. His voice is so unique and I love his music style. My favorite song from Acte 1 is “Jonathan”.


Les Trois Mousquetaires Musical: This is my most recent French musical love! I adore the soundtrack (particularly Olivier Dion and his beautiful voice).


The Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette: I seriously just got this for Christmas, but I have used at least one shade from it every single day since. The shades are stunning and versatile and they swatch like a dream.

Nyx Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in the shade French Maid: I love the formula and color of this lipstick; it stays all day and on me, it’s a beautiful deep purple that I love to wear when I’m feeling like a bold lip.

e.l.f Brushes: I love this brand in general, but the three brushes I have from them are the best ones I own. The dual-ended brow brush is absolutely wonderful and the eye crease brush is easy to use and blends my shadow perfectly.

Bath and Body Works Essential Oils Body Wash in the scent Almond and Vanilla: This is hands-down my favorite body wash ever. It smells wonderful and the lather is unbelievably creamy.

There were lots more things I loved this year that weren’t books, but I wanted to share my absolute favorites with you all.

What are your 2017 favorites? 






























Best and Worst Books of 2017

Hello and merry Christmas!

In terms of reading, this year was an okay one. I read some that blew me away, and then there were quite a few that were just kinda meh. Of course, there were also some I completely hated. I had a really long reading slump towards the beginning of the year and over the summer I started reading non-fiction of my own free will (I still can’t believe that’s really me and not some possessed version of Clara). I’m still reading non-fiction, by the way, although I have picked up a few more novels.

So for this list, I’m going to start with the worst books and end with the best, because I’m one of those people who likes to get the negative out of the way and end on a positive note. 🙂 It will not include every book I read this year.

The Worst Books I Read in 2017:

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather. It could have been all right, if it had had some kind of a plot. I’ve never been overly opposed to the idea of a novel that follows a seemingly ordinary life, but this one was just plain boring. It was definitely my least favorite read of the year that I actually finished (and that was only because it was for school).

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I couldn’t even finish this one. I was really sad about it, too- both my brother and a good friend of mine absolutely loved it, and I was hoping I would, too- but I completely hated it. Mare was outrageously whiny and I found pretty much all the other characters to be flat and boring. It also felt like a Hunger Games ripoff. (Wow, that was brutally honest of me.)

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza. I really wanted to love this one, too, and I think I could have if it hadn’t been so slow. It wasn’t the worst, but I just couldn’t finish it because I found myself bored by it.

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. I wanted to love this medieval story, but it was boring and everything seemed a little too convenient. I did finish it, but it was a school book so I kinda had to.

The “Meh” Books:

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton. I started the year with this one, and I did like it, it just had a few flaws that I couldn’t overlook.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I was excited to start this popular series, and I’ve heard the books get much better as it goes on. I liked this book, but I was wishing it would be something more than it was.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I really, really wanted to love this; it was one of the most hyped books of the year and sounded amazing. I did enjoy it but it wasn’t what I wanted.

Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw. I picked this one up because it had Audrey Hepburn on the spine. It was inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s and had lots of life lessons, but it wasn’t my favorite.

The Best Books (does not include re-reads):

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. This was a play I was assigned for school, and I don’t think I’ve read anything funnier since Percy Jackson. It was short but wonderful.

Beauty from the Inside-Out by Bobbi Brown. I read a few makeup/beauty books this summer, and this was my favorite. It had a lot on health and I loved the way Bobbi writes.

Black Widow: Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl. SO. GOOD. Just amazing. Especially as a Marvel fan. Of course, I still need the third book. Desperately. That cliffhanger should be illegal.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. I really enjoyed pretty much the entirety of this book. It’s the first in the series (with the sixth and final book coming out in February), and in terms of enjoying the book as a whole, this is my favorite. I’ve read the first four. After Gathering Darkness, I kinda stopped reading it for the actual plot and I’m still only reading the series for my darling ship Magneo. But book one pretty much blew my mind and was exactly the fantasy I’d been craving.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. This is my favorite mystery novel ever. It was seriously creepy at times and just blew my mind. 

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. As I’m writing this, I’m not finished with this book but it is fantastic. It’s Ayaan’s memoir and although it is nothing short of heartbreaking, I love it. It is an inspiring story about standing up for yourself and I will definitely be trying to help girls who are currently growing up in oppression. 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. This. Book. I feel like I haven’t stopped recommending it to the world since I finished it. It’s just fantastic and I am in desperate need of book three in the series. 

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. This book can be blamed for the three-month reading slump I was in at the start of the year. But it was so good and so heartbreaking and just…there are no words. This book ripped apart my soul but I will never stop loving it. 

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. Roshani is one of my favorite authors and after loving her debut, The Star-Touched Queen, A Crown of Wishes was my most anticipated release of 2017 and it was amazing. I loved everything about it (especially that banter-filled romance) and can’t wait for Roshani’s upcoming middle grade novel. 

Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn-Ferrer. Despite the great novels I read this year, this biography was without question my favorite read of the year. It was beautiful and had me in tears at the end. I loved it beyond words and will certainly read it again. 

Well, that was a long one. Once again, merry Christmas! Love you all dearly and hope you have a wonderful holiday season. 

What was your favorite book of the year? Your least favorite? Do we share any favorites? Talk to me in the comments! 





Gift Guide for Readers and Writers 

Merry Christmas! I don’t know about you, but I am super excited as always. Today I wanted to do a gift guide for the readers and writers in your life. And that includes you, because if you’re going to be Christmas shopping, you may as well get a gift for yourself!

The obvious choice is books. Theyre never a bad idea, and writers love them, too. Some good ones I’ve read this year are Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. For the writer, you can never go wrong with the latest Writer’s Market.

Subscription boxes are something people seem to love. I’ve never tried one (although I’d love to try Fairyloot) but they’re all over BookTube. Uppercase Box and Fairyloot seem to be pretty popular. And beauty/skincare boxes aren’t a bad idea either, especially for writers. We gotta take care of ourselves so we can take care of our characters (or torture them). Ipsy and Birchbox are popular for that.

While we’re talking about subscriptions, Writer’s Digest is the perfect magazine for writers. I love it and it makes a great gift.

Bookish candles are also popular and you can find a plethora of them on Etsy. They come in scents inspired by everything from Pride and Prejudice to The Lunar Chronicles

Book-inspired teas can be found on Etsy as well, and who doesn’t love a hot cup of tea while reading or writing? I’d love to try this set of Hogwarts House inspired teas.

Mugs are easy to find and usually inexpensive, but they’ll definitely be used and well-loved. I’m loving the text of this one and this is the best thing I’ve ever seen for a writer.

I hope this helps you find gifts for the readers and writers you know, as well as yourself!

What do you want for Christmas? 


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This. Book. Is. Amazing. There. That’s really about all I need to say, but I’ll go into deeper detail because there are some things you should know before reading An Ember in the Ashes. 

This was recommended to me by a friend (we did a bit of a book swap; I loaned her A Crown of Wishes), and I don’t know why I didn’t read it sooner. I’d wanted to for a while before I borrowed it. 

It was amazing. It was the fastest I’d read a book in a while (I’ve been feeling super book-slumpy lately) and it was super intense.  

This book follows Laia, a girl desperate to save her brother, and Elias, a soldier determined to be free. There paths meet when Laia becomes a slave at Blackcliff, the military school. Trials to find the next emperor begin and war is on the horizon. 

Ok, that was a basic summary. There’s more craziness involved, trust me. Lots of it. 

The things I liked:

The characters. Laia is downright human and I can’t respect her enough for what she went through. Elias was relatable and I know how he feels about a lot of things. Helene was interesting, although I couldn’t decide whether or not I liked her (after reading A Torch Against the Night, she is much better). The side characters all made things interesting.

The plot. Obviously, Clara. But it is a very unique and intricate plotline, and I always love those.

The world. It was so different! The setting is similar to Ancient Rome or even Sparta, and I found it very…not fun, but entertaining, I guess is the word I’m looking for? I do think a little more could have been done to explain the magic, though.

What I didn’t like:

The romance. Ok, so I didn’t exactly dislike it, but I think it was a little odd. Both main characters having an attraction to two people (including each other) just kinda made things unecessarily complicated. 

But I ship Laia and Elias. 

Ok, also, this book is brutal, so if you can’t handle a fairly large amount of violence (including discussion of rape), skip this one.

Overall, An Ember in the Ashes is very good and I highly recommend it to fans of dystopian, fantasy, and complex plots. 

4.5/5 stars. 

Have you read An Ember in the Ashes? What did you think? Tell me in the comments!