Favorite Songs Book Tag!

So I’m officially making it tag week (except for tomorrow; I have to do a wrap-up).

The idea behind this tag is that you pick your favorite songs and make up your own questions, using each song as inspiration. Here’s mine, and yes, they’re all French songs.

Laissez-les Kouma by Zaho: A book you love so much you really don’t care if people talk bad about it.

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It’s my favorite book of all time! I have a review right here.

Quoi de Neuf? by Florent Mothe: A book that takes place on the moon or another planet.

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Most of it’s on the moon. It’s the conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles, and it’s completely amazing. Here’s my review of the series.

Nos Corps à la Dérive: A villain that’s romantically interested in the heroine. 

love having this in books, and it’s so much fun to write, but I honestly haven’t really read a lot of it. Tell me, please, if you know of any like this. I beg you.

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The sons of the King Under Stone want to marry the 12 Dancing Princesses, and the trilogy is fantastic.

Le Monde Est Parfait: A book with a perfect world.

(I love Charlie Boisseau’s voice- I could listen to him forever and be perfectly happy.)

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Unless you have no choice, don’t waste your time reading this. It’s the dumbest book in existence. But “le monde est parfait” in this book.

Dernière Danse: A book with dancing.

Entwined again. And it really fits the song- the girls dance to mend their broken hearts.

Thanks!

-Clara

Reading Winter: A Vlog Series

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So… Basically this book is killing me. I’ve yelled at Levana at least 10 times (and wanted to strangle her twice as many), nearly cried both sad and happy tears (I teared up during one scene and thought I was losing it), and let’s just say it’s been really, really rough. And I’m only on chapter 36 of 97. I’m making a vlog series while I read this, so here are the videos I have up right now:

 

 

Musings of a Teenage Writer: Algebra from my Perspective

Those Ancient Greeks had way too much free time. If you’ve got time to sit around and invent a torture device that would be used for the next few thousand years, you seriously need to get a life. Because if you don’t, there’ll be plenty of people hating you long after you’re dead.

Algebra is, in my personal opinion, the most useless and torturous thing in all of creation. It is a waste of my time, a waste of my brain, and is the most boring thing to ever happen. Every single adult I ask (save for my aunt who loves it) says that they never ever use algebra. Did you get that, oh gods of the school system? The adults I ask do not use algebra. At all. 

The conversations go something like this:

“Mrs. Smith, do you ever use algebra?”

“Oh, heavens no!!!”

Whose idea was it to teach useless information anyway? It gets in the way of writing. Of reading. Of hobbies. Of every little thing.

If you’re reading this and you love algebra, good for you. I respect that. But my views will not be changed.

Seriously, every time I sit down to do a math lesson I’m just like:

“Why do I have to do this? It’s completely useless to my writing career, okay? I. Don’t. Even. Care.”

And then I start singing this awesome French song (the title means “you’re gonna pay for it.”):

 

So that’s it. Algebra from the perspective of book-loving teen writer. Love you guys!

-Clara

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

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I read yet another Melanie Dickerson this week. I really haven’t decided what I’m going to do about Winter– do I buy it or get it from the library?  Help me! I’ve got a $5 gift card to Books-A-Million… but I kinda want something completely unfamiliar. Suggestions?

 

Anyway… The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest is a Robin Hood retelling with hints of Swan Lake. I liked it, but it wasn’t my favorite. I adore Robin Hood. A lot.

The thing about Melanie Dickerson’s books is that the characters instantly fall in love. They don’t really admit their feelings until the end, but still. I love her books, but I wish it wasn’t so clear who’s going to fall in love with who. You know what I mean?

I also found this book highly predictable. So all-in-all, not my favorite Melanie Dickerson.

However, I’m very excited about The Silent Songbird, a Little Mermaid retelling, which is being released in November.

-Clara

Original Merlin Book Tag!

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BBC’s The Adventures of Merlin is the best TV show ever, so I thought I’d make a book tag. Here goes…

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Merlin: The wizard.

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Harry Potter; who else? The series is absolutely fantastic, too, and Harry’s a great character.

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Arthur: Handsome, noble, but sometimes snobby.

It’s a tie between these two wonderful men:

jake rosenbloom       carswell thorne

Jake Rosenbloom from The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers and Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles. They’re both handsome (I think so, anyway), noble, and can be snobby. Especially Jake. He was a total jerk at first.

 

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Gwen: A Forbidden Love Story

I couldn’t think of anything else off the top of my head, so…

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I haven’t read this, but I’ve seen the French musical, if that counts….

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Morgana: The gorgeous (or, in my case) extremely handsome villain. Because Morgana is totally beautiful. My brother would marry her right now.

Keeper from Entwined. I can’t find a picture, but to my mind he’s unbelievably attractive. And go read the book if you haven’t. It’s perfection.

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Uther: The tyrannical ruler.

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Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles. She’s crazy.

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Gaius: The father figure.

Mo from InkHeart. If I had to have a fictional dad, it would be him.

That’s it! Love ya!

-Clara

 

 

Cress

Hello, world. Today I finished Cress, the 3rd book in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles.

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(The French edition has a beautiful cover, by the way. Take a look before I go on.)

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Anyway…

What a whirlwind. A roller coaster in the form of a book. This 400+ pager could easily be compared to the Intimdator at Carowinds (a theme park in NC). It’s length makes it, well, slightly intimidating, and it’s extremely fast-paced, with plenty of twists and turns.

I love Cress. She’s incredibly sweet, one of my favorite fictional girls of all time. And besides that, she’s a computer genius, which is pretty cool.

And let’s not forget Carswell Thorne, who has made it onto the long list of fictional guys I would possibly marry. He’s so much like Jake Rosenbloom from The 39 Clues, I couldn’t help but love him. He’s so kind to Cress, even though he’s a bit vain and stubborn.

People nearly died in almost every chapter of this book. Parts came as a complete and total surprise, and the romance was phenomenal.

If you didn’t know, this series is a quartet of fairy-tale retellings. But it’s sci-fi. I didn’t really expect to love it, since sci-fi is not my genre. Sure, I like it every once in a while, but I prefer it in movies or TV shows. But this series is fantastic.

As I’ve said in my videos, I will not be reading Fairest, a side novel that tells the story of the villain. There’s some inappropriate stuff in it.

I’m anxious to read Winter, the conclusion to the series.

Love y’all!

-Clara

 

The Coffee Book Tag

I love coffee. Personally, a hot drink (and a little music) makes a book even better. I don’t know who created this tag, but whoever did, if you’re reading this, thanks a ton!

So here goes…

Black: A series that’s hard to get into but has hardcore fans.the-lord-of-the-rings-book-cover

I’ve only read the first one. I know, I know, shame on me. I’ll read them, eventually, but for now…

This is the series with the hobbits, and the unbelievably attractive elf played by Orlando Bloom in the movies. You know what I’m talking about.

Peppermint Mocha: A book that’s more popular at a festive time of year. 

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This is one of my favorite classics of all time. And besides that, peppermint mochas are pretty good, too.

I read this book for school… In February. But I thoroughly enjoyed it, because I absolutely love Christmas. The story is short and sweet, perfect for reading while sipping, well, a peppermint mocha.

Hot Chocolate: Your Favorite Children’s Book

Okay, I’m going to pick a book I still love, even if it was written for little kids:

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It’s a rare find, but, oh, the illustrations are hilarious. This is by far my all-time favorite children’s book.

Double Shot of Espresso: A book that kept you on edge the entire time you were reading.

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I read this in three days. Literally. This is just… Extraordinary. Amazing. Wonderful. Impossible-to-put-down. J’adore!

Starbucks: A book you see everywhere.

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I haven’t read these either, but I do want to. But seriously, along with the Hunger Games (which I also haven’t read), you at least hear about these books everywhere.

That Hipster Coffee Shop: A shout-out to an indie author

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It’s a great high fantasy steeped in romance. Book two is coming out soon; I’m excited!
Oops! I accidentally got decaf: A book you were expecting more from

I’m really not hard to please, so this is a bit difficult, but…

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Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely loved it. But I was expecting something a bit more… creepy, I guess. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read it. By all means, do. It’s highly entertaining.

The Perfect Blend: A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but satisfying.

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I loved it and hated it and laughed and cried the whole way through. Beautiful, unforgettable love story that takes your heart and yanks it inside out but feels sorry afterwards and makes everything better. Oh, wow. Whenever you’re in the mood for something long, pick this up. You won’t regret it.

Green Tea: A book or series that is quietly beautiful. 

Hmm… I wonder what I might pick for this… Hints? It’s a lesser known book that’s my new favorite.

Are you right? Let’s see…

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From the cover to the final page, this book is beautiful. Handsome villain, strong-willed heroine, dancing, romance, magic… The recipe for perfection. And the book is seriously is perfect.

Chai Tea: A book or series that makes you dream of far-off places.

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I’d move to the Inkworld tomorrow. Enough said.

Earl Grey: Favorite Classic

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Again, another school book. But there wasn’t a second I didn’t love.

That’s it! Love ya!

-Clara