First Thoughts #1

So I’ve come across some excerpts of books while I was on Twitter and just on Scribd, so I thought that maybe I’ll start making posts of my first thoughts of upcoming books or books that I plan to read after reading their excerpts. Kind of how people react to movie and TV show trailers before it’s actually premiered.

In this post I’ll be looking over Liars, Inc by Paula Stokes and Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa.

 First thoughts on Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes:

I found this book to be more of the slower YA novels that I’ve come across, but it still holds out on its own. I kind of wish that Liars, Inc. had more time to become its own before shit kind of hit the fan. While I like drama and the mystery behind Preston’s disappearance, it kind of came too quickly. Maybe it’s selfish thinking on my part, but I really wanted to see Liars, Inc. Roll in the cash and have some really good fun before things turned for the worst.

I do like how Matt has his relationship with Parvati and I definitely feel some sympathy towards them since I know how the whole strict father thing can be. Also the whole thing that Parvati is half Indian is also another plus in my book. I’ll definitely try to get my hands on the full story for this one. I mean, I have to find out what happened to Preston.

First thoughts on Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa:

This excerpt was definitely the quicker read of the two. I liked the kind of misfit trio friendship that was starting to build up and I think it will appeal to a lot of readers that like to root for the underdog. I felt a little bit of the special snowflake kind of syndrome going on here, but it wasn’t suffocating–so it’s still really enjoyable.

Jeremy and Mira both have really troubled pasts before we’re introduced into the story and Sebby has this odd rebellious streak with him too. It’ll be interesting to see how they all impact each other and let’s hope that they come out as better people. This seems like a coming of age novel that would give a shout out to everyone who felt like they didn’t belong or were alone in high school and I’m hope I’m right (fingers crossed, guys).

While I can see it going really wrong, I can also see it going really right. So I’m excited to see where this story goes.

Final Thoughts:

Now before you say anything, I know that Liars, Inc. has already been released. It’s just I had an excerpt lying around and I haven’t actually read the full work. I actually missed that recent Kindle deal by about half an hour (yes, I regret it). It’s just something to start this new thing I wanted to do. I’m hoping to have this out every week since excerpts are far more easier to go through then full novels. I’ll try to have this out every Monday.

Book wise, I’m pretty excited to go and read these two novels because of what I read in the excerpts. I’m hoping that Fans of the Impossible Life ends up being on my good side because I really want it to and I really want to get to the bottom of the Preston mystery in Liars, Inc.

Thanks for stopping by today.
 Before you leave, I’d like to ask you guys:
 Have you read any excerpts lately?
 Did it make you excited (or more excited) about an upcoming book? 
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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Mass
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Pages: 404
Published: August 7, 2012
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository | B&N |
Rating: 4.5/5
Throne of Glass

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Throne of Glass is one of those novels I found myself drawn to immediately as I started reading it. I thought the premise was interesting, though Celaena was obviously arrogant in her skill, it was quite interesting and fun to read. I also just love reading about badass female characters like Celaena. I thought that overall, this book was a very good way to introduce us to the characters, to the big villain they’re fighting against, and the world that they live in. Honestly, I think it could’ve stood on its own without any sequels, but I heard they’re just as good as Throne of Glass.

While I was reading the book, I really came to enjoy Mass’s use of somewhat period writing as well as some modern writing. It’s not entirely Game of Thrones medieval writing, but it’s not entirely contemporary YA writing either and I think Mass did a really great job at balancing the two. I personally love both styles of writing in their own right, but I found that GoT really tired me out by the end of the first novel, so having that kind of balance really made it somewhat easier to read and kind of a more quicker read given the fact that this was a whopping 400 pages.

The characters, oh the characters. I really enjoyed how we got to see all sides of Celaena and she didn’t only stay as this static “I’m totally badass and can kill you in two seconds” kind of character that is really easy to do, just as Dorian and Chaol weren’t total tropey and static characters as they could’ve been. We get to see all sides of them–well maybe 2/3 of Chaol–and we get to see how they change in over…six months I think. The only character I really have a complaint about is Kaltain. She was kind of the typical, power hungry female character that I see a lot and that was really all she was, which was kind of disappointing and I didn’t really feel anything towards her character at all. Whether or not this is on purpose, I’m not so sure.

One thing I really, really, really liked about this book was how the romance was written. You guys know how much I almost despise the insta love trend that seems to plague YA. Throne of Glass, in my opinion, shows how to do it right. You can see the love triangle a mile away, but there’s a buildup and there’s a lot of intimacy that’s written in and there’s a lot of characters warming up to each other. Some of the scenes between the characters were just downright adorable and I couldn’t help but smile at it. This is how I feel that romance should be written in YA. It’s kind of the main reason I read a lot of shojo manga (manga aimed at middle/high school girls), they always have this slow buildup even though you can sense the relationship a mile away and that’s what I love about romance stories.

In the end, I really enjoyed Throne of Glass and managed to finish the book within about two days–which is kind of surprising given my schedule. I thought the world building was pretty solid, though I’m sure I’m going to get more the farther I go into the series. I really enjoyed getting to know all of the characters. I was on the edge of my seat reading the battle scene in the end and though what happens is a total deus ex machina, I still really liked it. I’m actually kind of upset I got into the series this late in the game.

This book was a really fun ride and I’m definitely going to try and follow the series.

What Cosplay Means to Me

If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you might know that I’m a cosplayer. I’m pretty knew to the community since I’ve only been displaying for about two years, but I’m planning to be doing it for some time. If you aren’t a cosplayer you’re probably really confused. What the heck is cosplay? Why do I cosplay? Well I’ll take it slowly.

What’s cosplay?

Cosplay, as I know it, is a hybrid word coming from the words “costume” and “play”. It’s like playing dress up…but a bit more extreme and a lot more expensive. Some people have made careers out of cosplay, which I think is amazing and crazy. You’re probably familiar with cosplay in places and events like San Diego Comic Con. However, I cosplay things from anime and video games rather than comic books and TV series, but that’s just a main point of reference. If you look up any really big conventions, you’ll probably see cosplay.

Why do you cosplay?

My first answer is because it’s fun. It’s incredibly fun to do and while it can become really, really expensive, I can’t see myself stopping for a long time. I’ve only been cosplaying for two years now, and I still have a lot to learn, but it’s so much fun.

My other answer is because I love creating things. I’ve dabbled in things like drawing, writing, painting, etc. but I never really continued because I had this huge bump where I was still learning the basic basics (well… except for writing). I’ve been sewing most of my life–just for fun. So getting into cosplay took away that beginner barrier. I knew a lot of the basics and I could start with things that were a little bit more complicated. Now I’m jumping into things like armor making and prop making because I feel that I can continue on with my sewing skills. I’m not a professional seamstress or anything, I just feel comfortable enough that I can still learn these things while also advancing my sewing skills.

Through cosplay I’ve met some amazing people. Some people who’ve been doing it longer than I have and make amazing work, and some people who are just as new to it as I am. It’s great to see people who enjoy my interests through cosplay and it’s really really fun to play dress up haha. This is a very basic post about cosplay. I can go deeper into how I personally go about making my costumes and how there are different things like prop making and armor making, but for right now–this is it. I’m still working on my WIP (work in progress) post for my Kantai Collection cosplay.

Until next time (*A*)

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Goodness, I didn’t realize that this page was visited so often. I kept thinking that my comments on the WP blogs were being redirected to my blogspot account instead of this one.

I apologize for everyone who’s been seeing this blog and it’s completely empty ;-;!

I do plan on using this site for the future, but I’m planning to have it when I’m much more active on the blogging side of my life since it’s been very sporadic and I would like to use WP to its full extent. So please do head over to my blogspot blog for everything until I start posting here.

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June x July Update

Hey guys! I’ve been away from some time and it’s starting to all sound the same right? Well, it’s because I’ve been kind of in the same mode for Anime Expo 2015 prep. As you may know, I’m a cosplayer and Anime Expo is kind of my big con to wear cosplay and to hang out with friends due to the size and me being in Southern California. It seems like it was a lot of time for all of this right?

Well that’s true… and then it’s not true. I was able to buy some of my costumes for insurance, but one still hasn’t gotten into the warehouse. That was a bit of a hiccup, it’s been okay so far. I was able to buy a new costume and have that shipped to me about two weeks before the con. I’ll make some update posts on my costumes from here on out so I can keep track of my own progress as well as show you where I am with my skill level.

Anime Expo was a pretty fun experience. I hung around with a fun group of people that consisted of my best friend, my boyfriend, and his cousin. For the most part, it’s a blur between costume changes and the exhibit hall. During cons, I tend to go through the Exhibit Hall and the Artist Alley quite thoroughly. However, this year I went a bit crazy with my savings on the Exhibit Hall and not enough in the Artist Alley which is a grand shame. Next year.

I’ll be writing a post on my Kantai Collection cosplay as it’s still in the works and never made it to Anime Expo as well as a general “what cosplay means to me” post.

‘Till then!