16 Aug 2017

Wendy Darling: Seas

I need to start doing reviews, I am notorious for reading a book, then picking up another one with out missing a beat. Which would be fine, but when it is time to review them, I forget things, names, important plot points, and titles. I also lose a lot of the emotions good or bad, that I had towards each book.

Anyway onto the review. I read these out of order, which was not intentional. I had requested a whole bunch of books off of  Netgalley, I have learned since doing this. I am alot more selective now considering I had to read quite a few horrible books, and because I am a perfectionist I couldn't just leave them unfinished.

I found 'Wendy Darling- Seas' after reading a string of really awful, not even worth 2 stars books. I had no expectations, I was just trying to get through my ebooks.

I loved it! I have read an alarming amount of Peter Pan retellings this year, that and Beauty & the Beast were my obsession. Most of them were disappointing for one reason or another. A lot of them had a darker version of Pan and since OUAT's take on him. I was really loving it.


So I read 'Seas' not knowing it was a squeal to 'Stars'.



'Seas' starts with Wendy waking up on Hook's ship the Sudden Night. It's quite a ride from there. I finished 'Seas' in a day. I was completely entranced, I loved the slightly more mature take on it. Might have something to do with the fact that I'm supposed to be an adult. This wasn't the Disney version of Pan, there is violence, innuendo, attempted sexual assault and language. It wasn't graphic, at least to me. It was there, but it wasn't trying to be shocking or overdone. Colleen handled all of these topics really well.

Wendy is young lady, aboard a pirate ship of murderous cutthroats and the book was very plain about how this was not a very good idea. I think Hook sold this book for me, he was not at all what I was expecting. I have read books like this where Hook is the love interest, and to be honest I don't like it. Since Pan was maniacal and  evil, I thought that was the turn this book was taking.

I was relieved to find that Hook was not the least bit interested in Wendy. Right off, he tells her to give him a reason to keep her and her brother Micheal alive. She tells him that Peter Pan is in love with her, from there the two of them form a unlikely partnership to take down Pan.

I loved this. I like when two unlikely people join up, out of sheer need. It worked great, Wendy and Hook's scenes are the strongest in the book. I loved the character development, we through Wendy's eyes go from hating and despising this band of rogues, to them all becoming a strange family dynamic. (with the exception of Barnabas) who I hope the fish eat his flesh and his eyes.

The visuals were really good, the writing was crisp and clean. I really liked how Colleen developed the world. It came to life, the characters were all very unique and well developed.

In other words I would give this book five stars.

Oddly enough, my thoughts on the first and third book are completely different. That will be another post.





 

9 Aug 2017

Beautiful People # 27






Welcome back, it is once again time for my favorite link up thing. It's hosted by the lovable Cait and Sky

I had a perfect choice for this month, and it's...

(drum roll)

 Chayse, who I have had described as a fire dancer boy, thanks Maddie

He is from 'Falling Snow' which is my Snow White retelling for the Roogle Wood Press contest

Here is the link to the pinterest board for it  Falling Snow

For clarity's sake my version is set in a fantastical version of a 1940's ish circus.


This is Chayse, minus the nose ring but details.



1. What are you addicted to/can’t live without? 

My jacket, which is a well worn monstrosity and my cats.

His "cats" to clarify are tigers and lions.

So.




2. Name 3 positive and 3 negative qualities about yourself.

This is a terrible question. I can't think of anything positive

weak

disreputable

pushover

 He has a lovely singing voice.

Shut up!







3. Are you holding onto something  you should get rid of?

My mother *cough* I mean bitterness.




4.  If 10 is completely organized and 1 is completely messy, where do you fall on the scale?

I really don't give a flying-

Well, that answers that. I would put that down as a one.


5.  What most frustrates you about the world you live in?

The hierarchy and misuse of power. 



6.   How would you dress for a night out? How would  you dress for a night in?


Like a hobo.

I happen to think it's nice.

He will wear his ratty, yet well made coat. Paired with his usual shirt, pants, and boots. He puts a lot of effort into his effortless look. As for going out his mother has made him wear all kinds of things, so something lavish. 

I am a man of many sides.

Ha!


7.How many shoes do you own, and what kind?



One pair of falling apart boots.

One long lasting pair of boots.


8.  Do you  have any pets? What pet do you WISH you had?

My cats

His beasts, no normal person has those kind of pets. 


9. Is there something or someone that you resent? Why and what happened?


*cough* Mother and Prince Trillion, simply because he annoys me.

*cough* Mommy issues 


10.  What’s usually in your fridge or pantry?

He has an insatiable sweet tooth.

Sweets and raw meat

Eww!

The meat is for the cats.


  





 
I spent almost two hours sorting through blonde models and actors. I had to sit there and look at wildly attractive dudes for this post. I hope you guys know the sacrifices I make for you.

Also if you read this and thought omigoodness I need this story in my life. You can beta it if you want, just tell me in the comments. So far I have sent off the first two chapters.


2 Aug 2017

Footnotes Linkup








I don't know if any of you remember Starting Sparks. I do! It was a really fun linkup created by the awe inspiring Emily and the ever clever Ashley they have created a new linkup called Footnotes. As you can tell by the lovely graphic above.

They decided to start easy with this one. Basically you post an Author Quote and why. Join up, I want to read everyone else s posts.






I feel like my reasons for posting this quote should be fairly obvious.


It's also just my round about way of saying read 'Howl's Moving Castle' it is one of the best books. You will not regret it! Also that Howl is just amazing.





 

26 Jul 2017

Jack Sparrow's Beach Day

I think you guys are probably used to my utter weirdness at this point. At least I would hope so, most people outside of my family aren't. It's always nice to find people who are. Like Cat, who when I saw her dreads and was like I must make you into a female Jack Sparrow. She seemed unfazed and actually ecstatic about it. The world needs more people like her.
 (Thanks for the fantastic shoot, Catherine)

(Also I stole this song idea from the Hillywood Show's parody of Pirates of the Caribbean)




















 I'm sorry this post is so long, I had a hard time choosing the pictures. This was a last minute shoot, we did a value village run, went home threw the costume together. Got Starbucks and headed to the beach, really happy with how it turned out. Had an absolute blast!