Dystopian Delights – Discussions, Interviews & Reviews (1)

Published September 1, 2013 by booksforbirds2013

INTRODUCTION – 

For those of you who don’t know I’ve been planning this special/feature of posts for the month of September all related to or about Dystopian fiction. There were two reasons why i decided to do this: 1) Is that I’m going back to school tomorrow and starting Year Ten, and my timetable is is soooooo full this year that I won’t be able to post as often. Though I’ll try for at least two posts every seven days. 2) It was just an idea I had that I thought would be really fun to get different people (authors, and bloggers) involved.

Even though this took a bit of planning and adjusting it was really fun and I just want to thank everyone who contributed and helped make this possible! 😀

So, without further ado, I give you the first post in this month long feature.

Dystopia: What’s the Inspiration?? by Charlie from To Another World 

Hi! I’m Charli and I blog at To Another World. I was asked to write a guest post here, on any topic about dystopic fiction, so today we are looking at the inspiration of dystopic fiction


DYSTOPIA: An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. So, basically, a dystopia is a “horrible future.” So, I’ve always wondered how authors come up with how it is in their world. Most dystopic novels can be quite similar, for instance, The Hunger Games and Divergent are both split worlds, into districts and factions respectively. Love triangles are common, too. The thing that gets me, however, is that all dystopias are unique, no matter how many similarities they have to other dystopics. You could never compare Matched to Uglies, or Breathe to The Hunger Games, because they all have unique factors to them. I can’t really imagine how Veronica Roth came up with all the aspects of Divergent that made us gasp, that made us cry, that made us want Allegiant so, so much. How did she come up with the detail of the Dauntless compound, was it through dreams or real-life? We don’t know. This makes me wonder how dystopic authors come up with their plots, places and situations, because they don’t have anything to base this on.

OR DO THEY.

In a way, they do. From Dystopic novels we can see what will happen if we let things go on. Example
 If we keep letting the people who have money or the loudest voice rule over us and tell us what to do, our freedom and justice could be taken away and you could have no choices in life (Matched). Perhaps if we keep cutting down trees how the Government are, we won’t have any air and someday won’t be allowed out of an area without artificial air (Breathe). The situations of Dystopia are highly unlikely, but they are normally based on something currently happening in society, in our world, right now. They aren’t just novels
 They’re thought provoking, tough reality books. It’s hard to imagine actually being ruled by a Society, living in a Pod, being at war with others. It’s unlikely
 But it all shows us that if we carry on how we are, we could be living like this, or similar. So next time you pick up a Dystopia, think about what it might be telling you. That might sound quite cheesy. Oh well! Thanks for reading


Charli x

Thanks Charli! I really loved Charlie’s post, and it was something that I had been thinking about recently as well. Have a look at Charli’s amazing blog – To Another World! I hope this has wet your bookish taste-buds for the rest of the great Guest Posts that will be put up during the month!

Keep Reading,

Fionnuala xo

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3 Signs You Are a Book-A-Holic

Published August 20, 2013 by booksforbirds2013

Okay, so I’m sure we’ve all seen the same signs among us book bloggers. Obviously, why would we book blog if we didn’t show these ”signs”?? haha, If you are a book lover, a someone in denial, hopefully these 3 signs will help you decide!

#1 Your Local Librarian/Book Owner Knows You-

So, it’s pretty simple why this would happen; you go to your local library or book shop so often that the person who works the regular shift knows you well enough for a wave, a smile, a ‘How ya doin’?’ And, yes, I have experienced this, and in no way is it a bad thing, it is nice to walk into a bookish place, and not have someone who is a complete stranger hovering over you while you are trying to find good books. Its also nice to walk in, and someone, you see every-time you walk in, nod and be like ‘You’re back, go ahead and get your books. Spend as much time as you like.’ Inside their heads of course, but you can tell.

#2 You Are Personally Close To The Characters (Especially in a Series) –  

You have to admit it, once you get really into a book, you CARE about the characters. And in a series, once you’ve read about the characters over the course of two books (or more) its even closer. Like… when I was reading… (casting around for ideas here…) The Hunger Games (Mockingjay); I kinda expected it in my ‘bookish instinct’, or whatever you call it, but at the moment in the end of Mockingjay when Prim dies, I gasped and covered my mouth with my hand, it was like shocking-but-I-knew-it-was-going-to-happen-but-I-didn’t-want-it-to-happen-so-I-was-hoping-it-wasn’t-going-to. 

3# When You Find Someone Who’s Read A Book You’ve Read Immediate Bonding –

Yes, the subheading was long-winded but; moving on! I find myself doing this, perhaps not constantly, but quite a lot. Like, for example, when I was speaking to Amber (The Mile Long Bookshelf) for the first time I unearthed that we were both Super-Potterheads and for about and hour, I think, we were quoting the books and the movies… *cough* haha sorry, about that Amber. But you get my point, when you meet someone who’s as big a fan as you about the books you’ve read you can’t help yourself, really.

Anyway, I know this has been my first post in a while. So, I hope that was a little refreshing. It would be great to hear in the comments if you’ve experienced any of these signs! Look out for my next review: Rebirth by Debbie Brown. 

Fionnuala x

 

What Endures – Book Blitz!

Published August 6, 2013 by booksforbirds2013

What Endures by Katie Lee

Release Date: August 1st, 2013

Jason Kincaid is young, hot and successful.

An All-Star outfielder for the Seattle Mariners, he finally had everything he ever wanted,

including a second chance with his high school sweetheart, Megan Williams.

But their hopes for a ‘happily-ever-after’ are dashed by tragedy.

A horrific car accident wipes out most of Jason’s memories. Unable to recall anything from

the last fifteen years of his life, Jason is suddenly adrift, his once charmed life now in ruins.

Megan finds herself in the untenable position of having to deal with the fact that the man

she’s helping to rebuild his life may look, and even act, like her beloved fiancĂ©, but in reality,

isn’t any longer.

Trying to protect herself, as well as Jason, Megan fights the attraction between them. . .to no

avail. As their potent connection inevitably draws them closer, Megan wonders,

With the memories of their relationship gone, can love endure?

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Excerpt from Book:

“It’s really quite remarkable,’ the doctor said, his voice sounding genuinely surprised. “We

never expected this. This is. . it’s really uncharted territory.”

“But the. . .” Megan’s voice faltered. She was having trouble processing what he was telling

her. She had been sitting in the doctor’s office for close to an hour. Much of that time had

been spent listening to the doctor explain how the brain worked and how it functioned

and what they knew and what they didn’t know. But she had focused in on just a few key

phrases.

Brain-damaged.

Long-term memory loss.

No memories of the last 15 years.

Jason.

“I understand this is hard to take in,” Dr. Glennon said softly.

“I just. . . .I don’t understand how he can remember his childhood but not. . .” Again

she faltered. She didn’t want to sound selfish, but the question remained. How could he not

remember her? Them?

About the Author

Katie Lee has had a lifelong love affair with books. She fell in love with her first book in the

second grade and hasn’t looked back since. She first took up writing as a hobby, wanting to

craft her own magical adventures, and through the love and encouragement of family and

friends, decided to get serious about writing and share her stories with the world.

She currently resides in Maryland in the United States. She works for the government

during the day, and her spare time is devoted to writing. She gains inspiration from all

sorts of things, but mostly from the fun and adventurous trips she takes when she can. She

loves hearing from her readers so drop her a note!
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Twitter, Holiday, and Writing

Published August 4, 2013 by booksforbirds2013

Hi all!

As you’ve probably noticed I haven’t been posting for the past few days, due to some ‘stuff’ that I’ve been doing, haha – wait, why is that funny? – anyway I just thought I’d post a quick update. Don’t worry you’ll get a proper bookish post tomorrow!

Okay, so, first of all I now have over 100 twitter followers which is… haha, I don’t know what to say, really, I’m speechless. But it’s so amazing, so thank you to all you wonderful followers!

Next; I’ll be going on holiday on the 8th of August until the 17th and will have pretty sketchy WiFi, so I’m not sure when I’ll be able to post on the blog, or check in with any social media.

Lastly, I’ve been writing a lot recently and thought I’d share a wee bit with you guys:

The Desolated Walls

These walls would hear,
the small padding of paws,
as sly tomcats slide across,
their surfaces in the night.

They would hear,
the heated wind sigh,
as it passed them.

They would hear,
the crumbling of their own bricks,
yet feel no pain.

In their early days,
they would have heard,
the labored breathing  of men,
as they laid more bricks,
upon the young walls.

The walls would hear,
the scrape of concrete on metal,
as indentations were made.

They would hear,
the silent sobs of a maiden ,
wishing for shelter,
from the walls.

They would hear,
the innocent laugh of a child,
upon stubby legs,
chasing a mangy mutt.

The walls, they would hear,
the mutts excited barks and whimpers,
as the child followed.

These walls would hear,
the earth around them age,
and never die.

Yeah.. you can probably tell I’m not a BIG poetry person, anyway…

Hope you enjoyed that quick update!

HAPPY READING,

Fionnuala xx

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 3

Published July 29, 2013 by booksforbirds2013
Day 3: Who are your blogging BFF’s?
This one actually took me a bit to decided, lol, because there’s a difference between BFF’s and just blogging friends you know? Anyway, I think my blogging BFF’s are:
Rita @Weaving Pages, I didn’t know Rita that well until recently, when I did an interview with her, but she is so kind and fun!
Amber @The Mile Long Bookshelf, I met Amber through school believe it or not! I found out she had a blog after we became mates and checked-up in it every day because it was just sooo fabulous, then I saw her posts on ‘Blogging 101’ which is pretty much the reason this blog exists!! She’s always helpful if I’m stuck on something, and.. we are super-potterheads together, yay!
Erika @The Red Bookmark, I knew Erika vaguely from school, then became part of the school magazine and got to know her a lot better! I think she started her blog about a week or so after my own, she has such a bouncy personality, you should go check out her blog… NOW! 😀
So, there you have it. Don’t forget; all you have to do is grab the image and start working on it. Fell free to post a link to you 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – Day 3 in the comments!!
Have Fun,

Books VS Reality

Published July 28, 2013 by booksforbirds2013
Now this post is sort of a chance for me to rant a little on book situations versus real life. I got the idea from a few video’s I watched age’s ago, though they were slightly different. In all fairness I think I haven’t done a full on rant, I’ve been containing myself for a bit 😀 Anyway, here we go!

#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. 

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

Published July 28, 2013 by booksforbirds2013
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. 



  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.