#1 – Mysterious Stranger
Now this is something I’ve seen more commonly in novels that have a little romantic side.
Book – So, it goes something along the lines of ‘He walked out of the darkness, and they’re eyes met. From that moment he knew she was the one,’ or something similar, not that I pay much attention usually my irritation clouds my thoughts .
Reality – Its a lot different in reality I mean come on! Some stranger walks out of the darkness and stares at you intensely? I would start running, why on earth would that be something good or romantic, it’s like he’s a stalker or something just waiting to grab you…
#2 – Good Always Wins
I’m not trying to be pessimistic or anything with this, but look at it logically, our lives aren’t books. The word fiction exists for a reason! I don’t wanna sound all end-of-the-world but, c’mon good does not always win, not matter how much we want it to.
Book – Right well, I have never read a book where the hero/heroine dies, ever – so in essence that really mean that their being cowardly and hiding out or have defeated their enemy, like so; ‘She looked into his eyes, and saw not cold ice but fear, his hands were shaking. “I’m sorry,” she whispered, and with that thrust her dagger,’ and there you have it the evil is destroyed, main character still alive everyone’s happy.
Reality – Time and time again, our hero or heroine won’t always win and that’s the truth of it. Sometime they’ll miss, or they’ll be too slow, or the opposition was just too great. Again, I’m not trying to make you sad or anything, but reality IS reality.
3# – Miracles Do Happen
There’s nothing bad in this one so keep reading! This last one, I’ve saved to put a smile back on your face. Because miracles do exist, in every shape and form. It one of the few things that is as amazing in life as it is in a book.
Book – ‘He took his last breath, and his hand stiffened, his face went still, his eyes glazed over. “Nooo!” she shouted, “I won’t let you!” She got onto her knee’s and began praying fiercely to every and any god that would hear her, slowly rain began to fall, and she stopped praying. Her tears mingled with the rain water, as she sobbed. Then there was a coughing, spluttering noise. She opened her eyes, and saw him sitting up, weak though, he was alive.’ This is quite a fictional rendering of my point but it carries the idea, I hope.
Reality – I really don’t know how to write this, there’s so many things that I believe are miracles, you know? I mean cancer survivors who went through the very worst that they thought they’d never make it, but they’re standing here today, medical miracles. Any miracles. But they DO exist.
Foot-note: This was quite different from some of my usual posts, little bit of nitty-gritty. But, again, I just want to stress this wasn’t to make anyone sad, or whatever, it was just to show that we have fiction for a reason. And that reason; is so we as writers and readers can me our own decisions about life.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
Calaena Sardothien was once, and is, the most feared person in the realm; Ardlan’s Assassin. She was 17, when she got caught and sent to work in the salt mines of Endovier. The crowned prince Dorian arrives, along with the captain of the guard, to take her to be his father’s champion in a contest. If she win’s she will be the King’s Champion, and after four years of servitude unto him, she would be free. Though a year in the salt mines have robbed Calaena of good health, her skills as an assassin have not been forgotten.
In a land where magic has been outlawed there are still touches of it, where any care to look.
When the competition begins, champions start dying. Each surrounded by strange marks of old,, not magic exactly, but something different; drawn in their own blood. With each death, another competitor grows stronger. Is it; whatever is killing of the champions, coming for her? A dark evil has been awakened and though it started as a fight for Calaena’s freedom, it turns into a battle for survival. With a visit from an ancient half – Fae queen, Calaena is thrust with a quest to find and destroy the evil before it comes to even greater power, the consequence of not succeeding would be her world.
With a interesting, yet predictable love triangle between Calaena, Dorian (the prince) and the captain of the guard it gave the book reason to slow down a bit instead of jumping from action scene to action scene, which I thought was a clever use of literary tools.
Overall I enjoyed this book, but there were quite a few times when I knew what was going to happen when I would of preferred to be surprised, I understand this may have been an important writing element as it was from the point of view of Calaena, mostly, so it’s not that big of a thing. Other than that though, I thought this book was something different, compared to other novels I’ve read, and am eagerly awaiting the next installment; Crown of Midnight.
Hello! Before I start this lovely re-cap of the last week I would like to apologize, officially for not being around on the ‘blogosphere’ for the past few day. But I’m back and bad!
11 Random Facts About Me!
1. I love mint-choc-chip ice cream.
2. I have BIG feet.. (size 10) :-S
3. I’m a big philosophical person; which came first the chicken or the egg?
4. I love playing table-tennis or ping pong.
5. I’m a huge potterhead!
6. I have dark brown eyes, and many of my friends have said they look like cats eyes…
7. I procrastinate a lot, I even procrastinated writing this 😀
8. I can’t choose a favorite book, it changes all the time!
9. I’m running out of random facts.
10. I’m a Capricorn, and am always the youngest in my class.
11. I have a brother.
If you get nominated by me here is what you have to do:
My Questions –
1. What would you say is you most common bookish habit?
2. What is something you constantly notice or are aware of in books?
3. Can you focus on reading whilst there’s noise about?
4. If you had the choice of living the story of a dystopian novel, which would it be?
5. What genre do you tend to stay away from?
6. If you had to have a book character as an enemy which would it be?
7. Mouse or Hamster?
8. What is something you absolutely can’t stand in a book?
9. Can you make one similarity between a book moral and real life?
10. What character trait do you love in a book?
11. Who’s your favourite author?
My Nominee’s –
But her heart never wavers.
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.
Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.
Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?