Win 10 Bestselling YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books!

My good friend Maaja Wentz is hosting a draw for 10 bestsellers on her website! Check it out here!

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I have to say I have only read one and a half of them. Cassandra Clare’s work I really don’t care about, but I have heard The Gender Game is one of the hottest Dystopian Sci-fis since The Hunger Games, and I have read The Paper Magician and loved it. Yes, the research is a tad dodgy and the first book is slow in terms of the main character being the centre of action and story progression, but there are some heartwarming characters, quirky lines, and a great magic system — the last of which makes this Fantasy a must-read. Check out my review of The Paper Magician here.

 

 

 

Film Review: Jurassic World

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Dinosaurs are cool. Dinosaurs are awesome. Jurassic Park was a good portion of my childhood, so this new film is going to be amazing. Right?

If disbelief is worth £1 per “WTF” moment I might be stinking rich, but eh, I enjoyed it.

Contains spoilers, duh.

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Film Review: In Time

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I watched in time, a dystopian sci-fi, to gain some more inspiration as I plot March City 2. In Time follows a future where everyone stops ageing at 25 years old and their internal clock starts to tick, and that clock is used as currency. Time is life.

Cue cries for justice and overthrowing the oppressive system.

Contains spoilers, duh.

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Completing March City

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28 November 2016 marks the upload of the last chapter of March City: The Land of the Gifted, my first attempt at NaNoWriMo back in 2014. This story took almost two years to complete simply because of the long hiatus I took not long after the 50k, so that, along with Seeker: Demon Killers, are quite special accomplishments for me. I pulled through. I completed those works.

Contains a bit of spoilers.

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NaNoWriMo Plotting


I had three plot bunnies for potential NaNo. One was a March City sequel, one was a new sci-fi story, and the other a new fantasy. Sadly the March City sequel wouldn’t work for NaNo as the timescale doesn’t quite cater to me finishing the current March City, but it’s something I’ll look into developing as a future next project.

I was banking on the sci-fi, but as with a lot of my plot bunnies, they generally thrive to a certain point before I either lose interest or run out of ideas, or both. I think that sci-fi definitely has potential, but I can’t seem to plan enough for it to be confident I can do the whole 50k (whilst working potentially up to 70-80 hr weeks including night shifts). I’m no pantser and with the aforementioned busy job, I can’t afford to not plot properly. When November 1st rolls round, I need to hit the ground running and just write, with as little thinking as I can afford.

So that leaves the fantasy. I’m a fantasy writer at heart anyway so it didn’t matter terribly to me which one I were to do for NaNo. I’m sure all three bunnies will thrive at some point.

I didn’t plan on writing this fantasy bunny at all. When thinking about what to write in the march city sequel, I started watching Fullmetal Alchemist brotherhood again. It was inspiration for bits of The Windcaster (mainly the snow storm bit in Gwent — inspired by the winter in Fort Briggs) and because its such an amazing mind-blowing story, it sent my mind reeling again.

Currently the working title is The Rune Mage. It follows the story of eighteen-year-old Seiren, who graduated at the top of her class at King’s Academic of Magic, but her motivation is not to do well or for fame. When she was twelve, a rogue from the neighbouring country broke into her house and killed her father and twin sister, Madeleine. An accidental illicit spell Seiren fired in revenge killed her mother and she desperately tied her sisters soul to an amulet. She lives in hopes of bringing her back to life and her chance lies at the top of the state mage ladder.

I’m squashing as many details as I can get before I start. I’m also drafting the backstory to each character in hopes it’ll help me get to know them more and make their interactions realistic. Most of the stories won’t make the actual story but it will definitely help!

How is everyone feeling and what are you planning for NaNo?

Coming next week, blurb and cover reveal!

(BTW I’m KatrinHollister on NaNoWriMo — add me!)

March City Resumes

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So as I’m making serious progress in continuing my NaNoWriMo 2014 project to completion, I’ve started posting March City again on Wattpad. It’s strange delving back into Ari’s world again. Everything is so familiar and I even remember the depression and lack of motivation coming back, which was why I didn’t want to start posting straight away in case I go back on hiatus from lack of inspiration. I remind myself that I’m better now and I got through that dark period in one piece and began to enjoy writing it again.

After leaving it for two years I’ve also had time to mature a bit more as a writer and give the whole story more thought. I don’t want to go along the stream of young main character rebels against government a la Divergent, The Hunger Games, Maze Runner etc. It seems too cliche and impractical. Who listens to teenagers (don’t take this the wrong way. I literally mean adults often don’t take teenagers seriously with regards to worldly topics) and what can a teenager do that adults can’t?

Unless the world is made of teens, I guess.

Darnit, I’m putting myself into that same cliche.

The Paper Magician trilogy by Charlie N. Holmberg

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I read “The Paper Magician”, the trilogy, about a month and a half back. I’m not usually a steampunk or Victorian fiction fan, but I do love fantasy and magic and I bought the eBook when the first in the series was free. My memories of the books’ events are a bit hazy now we’re six weeks or so on from when I finished it, but I loved the series. It was time and money well spent (I bought the subsequent two in the series) and I chased the story, page after page, sequel after sequel.

It centres on a girl called Ceony, who graduates at the top of her magic school, only to become an unwilling apprentice in the art of paper magic due to lack of interest in the area from general magicians. Her tutor is a quirky but talented magician named Emery Thane. Her training doesn’t go as expected — just like any good story! — and we are catapulted into an exciting adventure when Emery’s ex-girlfriend (literally) rips his heart out.

Contains a bit of spoiler for all three books.

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