Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Review – Cress by Marissa Meyer

Image result for cress marissa meyer(see my review for Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) and Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

Title: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy (and a bit of Sci-Fi… basically the best combination ever)

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Pages: 552

Synopsis: In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.


Every page was a turn deeper into this magnificent adventure. Every chapter was a gripping, glorious read. Every book further into this series is a spiral twisting deeper and darker into a long string of shocking, captivating and marvellous events that make up The Lunar Chronicles.

This book has so many twists to it. So many surprises I never expected! I love how everything fit together so perfectly, and simply cannot wait to continue reading this series. I’ve started reading Fairest now, I’m currently just at the beginning and a bit impatient to get it over with and reach the ultimate finale!

I loved all the action. Trust me, guys, if this book somehow seems to be boring or dull or monotonous for you, reconsider. It is one hell of a rollercoaster.

I love all of the characters! My favourite in this book is probably Cress, who is actually based off Rapunzel, just because she’s so sweet and lovable and so skilled and strong at the same time. But I also really like Thorne for his ability to crack jokes in such dire situations, and Wolf for being… well, Wolf.

I love all the different settings this book contains. Places such as the satellite, the Sahara desert, New Beijing, Lunar. There really is a very wide diversity of places included in this book, and I really enjoyed reading about them and exploring them with the characters.

The writing is pretty perfect! I didn’t have a single problem with it, it flowed very well, I really loved the variety of words used, and also the vocabulary of this world and time is amazing.

If you are a fan of YA Fantasy especially, this book will be totally perfect for you! If you generally don’t read fantasy, I’m still recommending it. It’s fantastic.

So, who’s your favourite character in the book? Who do you prefer more… Thorne or Wolf, Cinder or Scarlet? What is your favourite book in this series?

Speak soon!

Book Reviews, Mystery, YA fantasy

The Unbound (The Archived #2) by Victoria Schwab

Image result for the unboundTitle: The Unbound (The Archived #2)

Author: Victoria Schwab

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she’s really safe.

Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin

See my review for the first book here.

OHHH MYYY GOSHHH. I finished this book in one day. One day. That being the day I finished The Archived. I just sat down and read for six hours straight. That, is how good this book is. It is so much more action-packed than the first book (although I still love The Archived!).

The plot is absolutely magnificent. Some people find it slow in the beginning, or boring in general, but I genuinely did not. Everything was captivating and intriguing. This book is smart. I love all the flashbacks to Da, and all the questioning – of her past, the present, and the future. 

There is definitely a lot of doubt in this book. I found myself questioning everything more and more the deeper I went in. There are a lot of other alternatives to what could have happened, and that just makes it more gripping. I know with every book its like anything can happen, and I felt this very keenly with this book. The suspense was pretty much unbearable towards the ending. 

The charactersss… Mackenzie, Wes, Owen, Roland. Mackenzie. But to be honest, as much as I love Mackenzie, my favourite is still Guyliner. He’s just so amazing, basically. I also really like Roland (I mean who doesn’t?). I was debating the role of Mackenzie’s parents a lot. Like, were they bad parents in their ignorance, and believing all the lies? Or was it simply that Mackenzie was so good at what she did?

I’ll have to say it’s a bit of both. I understand that the parents may have had a lot of trust installed in their daughter, and she is definitely responsible and sensible in general, in that aspect. But also, they’re her parents. They should have been more aware of the lies, but also, this may not be fair since Mackenzie has been lying since a very young age, and even when things began to speed up considerably, they were distracted with their new lives.

There are so many twists to this book. You know that moment where you read a shocking line in a book and you’re just reading it over and over unable to comprehend it? Well, that moment happened quite a few times throughout this book. Definitely not a read you’d want to miss.

So, did you think that Mackenzie’s parents were bad parents? Which is your favourite character, Mackenzie or Guyliner? (AND WHO CAN ABSOLUTELY NOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK AND THINK ITS ABSOLUTE TORTURE THAT IT ISNT COMING OUT FOR YEARS YET?!)

Speak soon!


How to SLAY Your Exams #1

Hey guys!

This is the first study post I’ve done on this blog, and I figured this is about the right time to do it since a lot of people have begun to revise for their GCSEs. I’m not sure whether A Levels or SATs are taken around this time of the year too, but you can apply these tips for any exams.

These are what I use and what work for me personally. We of course all have our own personal preferences, so you’ll have to judge what you think would work would you also… if you’re definitely not a morning person, I wouldn’t recommend getting up early, some people really need their lie-ins 🙂

Start early. I mean both getting up at around 7-8am and beginning revision a couple of months before your actual exam. In the morning your brain is fresh, and even if you are a slow learner, a few months will hopefully be enough to help everything sink into your mind steadily. I think we’d all rather not cram the night before the exam, but who hasn’t done it?

Make a timetable! Or if you’re like me and just feel so daunted by sitting down and planning one out, at least write a list of the specific tasks you want to accomplish that day. It really helps. Personally, I designate a certain hour for something I want to get done, like if I wanted to cover a past paper for Geography. I’d work solidly for that hour, and then take a 30 mins break. This is just for me, I know some people like to have several small breaks within an hour, and that’s fine too, whatever works with you, basically 🙂

Use highlighters or coloured pens to underline/highlight key words. This really helps the main words to find out. If you are a visual learner, this could be the best thing ever. If you don’t know what type of learner you are, take this quiz to find out. I took this quiz a year ago and came out as visual learner, and then I took it just now and came out as auditory learner!

Switch off all electronic devices, including your laptop. If you need it for revision, try and download whatever you need and disconnect from the Wi-Fi. The internet is the number one place to go to for procrastination. Trust me, you don’t want to waste the amount of time I’ve wasted just aimlessly scrolling through YouTube and watching weird stuff I end up regretting watching. Even Googling unnecessary searches just leads to another click and another and another, and before you know it, a whole hour has gone by. And then you feel guilty and try and rush through your tasks.

That’s all for this post! I hope you found this helpful, and stay tuned for the next two posts of this series 🙂

Speak to you all soon!

Book Lists

Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books I Don’t Talk About Enough

Top 5 Tuesday last week, Top 5 Series I want to read this year, was so much fun, so despite my pressing schedule, I decided to clear time to take part in it this time, too! This week’s topic is, Top 5 Books I Don’t Talk About Enough.

The Hunger Games

I’m sorry, ok? You might have come onto this post looking for some new amazing books to add to your TBR, and chances are, you’ve read this trilogy, watched this trilogy, and love this trilogy, just as much as I do. But I just had to! It’s one of my favourite books of all time, (the concept, the characters, the setting, the writing (even though some people may argue its not that spectacular), the everything) and if you read my review on it, you’ll get the ultimate fangirling version, but since we have some other books to get on to, I’m going to leave it here.

The Raven Boys & The Dream Thieves 

Can I even begin to explain how smart these books are? You simply cannot read them with a half-asleep brain. Trust me, I found that out the hard way, and I had to go chapters back and re-read because I genuinely had no clue what had happened. It’s so amazing (well, looking back it is, at the time I was rather annoyed with myself).

In The Raven Boys, yeah, the plot is really good. But let’s admit it, the majority of the people who love this book don’t love it because of the plot. They love it because of the characters. And I am in no way in the minority. The characters are amazing! Am I just boring, or is Blue anyone else’s favourite? My favourite Raven Boy is probably Gansey, just because he’s so cool. I could never have that much dedication over something so seemingly hopeless, and as much as I would like it otherwise, unless the subject really intrigues me, I generally dislike reading non-fiction.

At the time of reading The Dream Thieves, I was pretty exhausted, and I found the lack of actual action (I’m not sure what I was thinking at the time, of course there was action but the action simply didn’t catch my interest at the time), other than an increasing pace to a coming climax, somewhat boring. However, I went back to it and realised it had honestly just been me. That’s the reason I haven’t posted a review for this book, because when I did write it, it was such a big mash-up and I was like, you know what, let me just leave this! I had really mixed feelings on it, and I was trying to express my frustration but it just ended out all confusing. Even I was confused.

But if I read back, it was just my mood at the time. The Dream Thieves is an amazing book, and because I was forcing my way through it just to finish it, and not enjoying it because I wasn’t in a reading mood, I ended up kind of hating it, but going back to it (which I did), it’s amazing (I’m still leaving the review for now, though, it’s just complicated territory).

So guys, don’t pick up a good book when you’re not in a reading mood, you will end up ruining it! I learnt the hard way (again). I’ve only finished the first two books in The Raven Cycle, and I fully intend to pick up the next one (in fact, it’s on my dressing table) once I’ve finished the current reads I’ve got going.

The Woman in White

Look, I know this book is old, I get that. And I know, since a lot of people in this book-blogging community focus more on modern books (and new releases) there is a low chance any of you would have read this book (or even heard of it), from what I’ve currently gathered from what I’ve seen from everyone’s TBRs and reading preferences.

And there is no way I would have ever picked this book up if I hadn’t had to read it for a book club. And then (!) it was cancelled because the teacher of the club decided the book was too advanced for the people of this group since she felt that they would (personally) struggle, seeing their performances/feelings to the other books we had done.

I was kind of bummed. Ok, I was really bummed, because I was so excited for this book! I had never read a book as long as 800 pages before, and the concept really intrigued me. I had been looking forward to it, since I hadn’t ever read book like this before, and as a young teen, eager to explore new grounds.

I still read it though (clearly). And wow, it was one long and arduous read. I still definitely enjoyed it, I’d rate it a 4/5. It was a very longwinded book (and I don’t mean that in as much of a bad way as a good way…) It’s long! Sometimes it just goes on and on and on and I felt like giving up. But no, I was going to do this. I simply couldn’t pass off the opportunity to boast to everyone about reading an 800-page-book (no, really, my young teen mindset).

This book is complicated, intriguing, shocking. There was one time where I was so absolutely flabbergasted I just kept reading the same line over and over, unable to completely comprehend what had just happened. But it is an advanced read, the writing is very dense, but since I was accustomed to reading a lot of classics at that time, it wasn’t too difficult for me.

Either way, I didn’t get to discuss this book with my book club, so I can talk a lot about this book (as you can see from the previous paragraphs). I’m not done talking, so I may or may not end up doing a review on this, just to fully release all of my thoughts and feelings. If it wasn’t for this blog to vent my ranting (and fangirling) about books, I think I may have actually (finally) gone mad (if I haven’t already?…I guess its debatable 😉 ).

The Help

This is one of my most favourite books on this universe and I could read it a gazillion times and still love it just as much on my first read. Not a book to be missed! There may be some doubts on The Hunger Games, concern on The Raven Boys and skepticism on The Woman in White, but please, don’t walk away from this precious book!

I love the characters, the storyline, the whole setting, the every single thing from the fried chicken to white babies and moments that will leave you clutching your stomach from hysterical laughter (trust me, I know).

Anne of Green Gables

For those of you who know me well (or have been following this blog for a while and have read this and this post), you were probably waiting for this book to come up.  I mean, how could it not, you would think?

I’ve been loving this book since the age of eleven, and I can still talk and talk and talk about this book. The characters, their problems, their stories, how they grow and shape and become the amazing characters that I (and so many other people) love so much.

This book will always have a special place in my heart ❤️

And that is it for this post! Wooh! That was long, but it just comes to show that all of the books I chose for this week’s Top 5 Tuesday are 10/10 spot on, since I clearly can’t shut up about them (and guys, that is not a bad thing – let’s embrace it as epic bookworms!).

Have you read any of these books, and are any of the things I said something you would agree or disagree with? Which of these books are your favourite? 

Let me know about all your thoughts on this post! I would love to read them!

Speak soon!

Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Review – The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Image result for the archivedTitle: The Archived

Author: Victoria Schwab

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost, Da’s death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself may crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

“I’ve been thinking.”

“A dangerous pursuit.”


I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It’s extremely well-written, gripping from page one, with an extraordinary uniqueness to it, as well as some fantastic characters, and a plot that will keep you hooked until the end, with constant twists and turns to keep your mind whirring.

I was so, so glad that I had the sequel on my hands because I picked that up straight away and I don’t know if I would have been able to survive if I hadn’t had it so close at hand.

It’s just so unique (I know I’ve said that already). This whole concept of a library of dead people, with keepers, and crews, and librarians and all of these secrets spiralling around at every corner. It’s thrilling! And I might even say a little scary at times (it’s not marked “horror” on Goodreads genres for no reason).

The characters were fabulous stuff. Mackenzie… I can relate somewhat, though generally I am a talkative person so I don’t know how long I’d last lying like that. Also, I might add, I’m a particularly awful liar.

Battling curiosity and torn between disguises of right and wrong, Mac is forced to make tough choices, and whether she should harness her feelings or let them guide her to forbidden quarters.

And by far my favourite character…. Guyliner, is the name. If you haven’t read the book it’s natural you have absolutely no idea what I am going on about, read the book and you will totally understand (and agree) with me.

Mackenzie and Wes, their friendship, aaaand… guys you’ve just got to read the book, trust me when I say, you will be surprised! Um, that’s enough hinting for now, yeah. And then there’s also Owen, and there is a lot of doubt. Trust me, a lot of doubt.

Definitely one of my favourite books of the year so far (well I haven’t read that many so far, so….)! Highly recommend it to lovers of YA fantasy. Stay tuned for my next review on the sequel (*fangirling alert*)!

Speak soon!

Book Lists, TBRs

Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Series I Want to Start This Year

Hey guys!

Today I’m taking part in Top 5 Tuesday created by Shanah from the Bionic Bookworm!

Although I’m already knee-deep in a load of other series/trilogies/duologies:

  • Six of Crows Duology (I’m on Crooked Kingdom – second book)
  • Grisha Verse trilogy (I’m on Siege and Storm – second book)
  • The Lunar Chronicles (I’m on Cress – third book)
  • The Raven Cycle (I’m on Blue, Lily, Blue – third book)

(I hope that’s all of it, but I’m not sure!)

…I of course want to explore a load more! The more the merrier, right? However, I can’t guarantee I will end up reading the rest of the series of these books, because I may not like the first book enough to want to read the rest.

Blood Song  (Raven’s Shadow #1) by Anthony Ryan

Image result for blood songTitle: Blood Song

Author: Anthony Ryan

Series: Raven’s Shadow

Genres: Young Adult, Epic Fantasy

Synopsis: “The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm.”

Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch

Image result for the lies of locke lamoraTitle: The Lies of Locke Lamora

Author: Scott Lynch

Series: Gentleman Bastard

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part “Robin Hood”, one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling…

An orphan’s life is harsh — and often short — in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains — a man who is neither blind nor a priest.

A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected “family” of orphans — a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.

Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld’s most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful — and more ambitious — than Locke has yet imagined.

Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi’s most trusted men — and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr’s underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game — or die trying…

Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown

Image result for red rising

Title: Red Rising

Author: Pierce Brown

Series: Red Rising Saga

Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Synopsis:  “I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

The Queen’s Poisoner (Kingfountain #1) by Jeff Wheeler

Image result for the queen's poisonerTitle: The Queen’s Poisoner

Author: Jeff Wheeler

Series: Kingfountain

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: King Severn Argentine’s fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles…and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king’s hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.

Seeking allies and eluding Severn’s spies, Owen learns to survive in the court of Kingfountain. But when new evidence of his father’s betrayal threatens to seal his fate, Owen must win the vengeful king’s favor by proving his worth—through extraordinary means. And only one person can aid his desperate cause: a mysterious woman, dwelling in secrecy, who truly wields power over life, death, and destiny.

The Crown Conspiracy (The Ryria Revelations #1) by Michael J. Sullivan 

Image result for the crown conspiracyTitle: The Crown Conspiracy

Author: Michael J. Sullivan

Series: The Ryria Revelations

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy


The Crown Conspiracy is book one of the multi-book saga: The Riyria Revelations. The series is told through six novels conceived as a single epic tale. Across the entire chronicle, mysteries build, characters evolve, and plots thicken, but each is self-contained and can be read independent of one another.

In the first episode, the reader is introduced to Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, who make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles until they become the unwitting scapegoats in the murder of the king. Sentenced to death, they have only one way out…and so begins this epic tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.

As you can see, I’m really going to delve into the fantasy genre! Have you read any of these books, and what did you think of them? Would you recommend them, or do you think that I should rethink wanting to read them?

Speak to you all soon!


My Personal Experience with Writing!

Hey guys!

I’ve had this blog for around 3 months now, and the only indication you get that I write for pleasure are a couple of references on my posts, the single poem I published and of course, the sub-header.

This post is going to be a sort of introduction to my personal experience with writing.

What got me into writing?

I feel like I have always loved storytelling, and my love of writing is definitely a huge part of that. When I was nine, we started writing a lot more stories at school, and that was when I started scribbling adventures down in my notebook. They weren’t anything spectacular (to be honest, at times I was more into the curves of my handwriting!), just little scenes from stories developing at the ends of my imagination. But it was still something.

When I was twelve years old I started this English course, and there was a lot of story writing involved. I had always loved reading (find more about that here), but hated writing, only associating it with tasks at school and aching hands.

It was this course that my love of writing really bloomed. I love creating my own worlds and characters, and doing anything I want with them. I love the feeling of having a whole world at your fingertips just as you begin to touch the keyboard. I love and loathe the loneliness of a blank document, and relish the tingling urge to fill it with wonderful places, people and plots.

What inspires me to write?

I would get inspired (and still am!) from the books I read, and hence the fifty unfinished stories that are held in various notebooks in my drawers and folders on my desktop. Nowadays it’s all I can do to force myself not to write something similar to the amazing book I had just read.

I can now understand the writers of all the fan-fiction out there. I tried writing fan-fiction before, but I ended up stressing too much about if whether that was what the characters would really do and how I didn’t want to spoil them for myself, so I stopped.

~ My Current Journey with Writing ~

When I was thirteen I opened up a blank blue notebook I had bought, felt like writing about a murder story, and just began – just like that!  This eventually turned into my first big project, and the pages went to fifty, and then a hundred, and then a hundred and fifty, my excitement growing with the turn of each page, because it was the first time I had even gone past twenty pages like this.

And thus, I learned the lesson of quality over quantity. Of course, I had already heard of that phrase. My mother kept reminding me of this as I kept sharing the progress of my story, but if you know me well, you know I tend to learn things the hard way. 

My interest in it dropped, and then I came back to the story a year later, and found it too childish for my current tastes. At first I re-wrote it and tried to expand on the story, but I simply could not. So I stopped.

I read and read and read. I began unfinished story after unfinished story, never really finding anything I felt enthusiastic enough about to continue past the twenty page milestone. Then when I was looking through my unfinished stories, I came across these diary entries about a princess, and I really liked what I had written so far, so began writing some more.

I began brainstorming more and more about the story, the setting, the characters in my notebook, and writing more and more. I became more inspired with the beginning of each page and chapter. By the previous summer holidays, I was setting an alarm for 8am, and would get up and type away at my laptop. I reached 200 pages.

I was stumbling across huge plot holes, and eventually realised, writing YA fantasy really wasn’t for me. At least, not yet. It was extremely difficult to admit, and even more painful to give up, but I knew I wasn’t experienced enough as a person or a writer to be able to accomplish such a feat. I would keep reading and scheming, and maybe I’d come back to it, maybe I wouldn’t.

And now, I have reached my third major project in my writing journey. I gave up my YA fantasy manuscript in September, and since then, I flourished in my poetry, while all the while at the back of my mind, I was plotting for my next project. In October, I began writing bios for my character, and a brief outline for my plot.

In January, now, I have a good idea of where I want to take the story and what my characters are going to be. I have a vague plan of the ending. I have written about thirty pages in total, and I’m still going!

One thing that is essential with writing, and that is perseverance. I’m telling you, writing a book is no easy thing! All authors, you should be incredibly proud of yourselves. Even if people didn’t like your book, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you created a world and characters and plot that you loved, and managed to get to the ending in one piece 🙂 

What has your experience with writing been? What did you think of mine?

Do you want more writing posts like this? Be sure to let me know!

Speak to you all soon!