Saturday, July 14, 2018

Rip It or Ship It? Tag

(Why I am I here? Shouldn't I be on hiatus? Well, I am. But today marks the almost half way point in July! Also, I was bored) 



In Which I Use Too Many Gifs To Make Up For the Fact That I'm Not Actually Here
*Note: All gifs are from GIPHY*



A few days before I left on my July Hiatus, Lila Kims @The Red-Hooded Writer tagged me with the Rip It or Ship It Tag

 It's fairly simple. You write names of characters on slips of paper and draw them at random to create couples! Then you list them in a blog post and decide whether you love or hate the pairing. 

But I've decided to do the tag with a bit of a twist...
You know all those love triangles we're bombarded with in YA? 

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I had the great idea to use ONLY people from love triangles...that turned out to be not as easy as I'd thought, since most of the triangles and girl-boy-boy and that messed with my girl-to-boy ratio. 

I DID manage to find four couples...and I decided to make the couples based off the loser (I guess?) of the love triangle. 

(So they're may be spoilers? I will list the books/series at the top of each ship, so you can skim through it if you want to avoid any accidental majorly huge spoilers...)

I also scrambled up some other characters from various books I've read...






- THE LOVE TRIANGLES! -




Percy Jackson and The Olympians + The Hunger Games


Percy, Annabeth and Rachel + Katniss, Peta and Gale

I think Rachel and Gale would get along amazingly. Obviously it wouldn't work out after the end of the last book, but...hey, a girl can dream. 

SHIP IT!









Little Women + Pride and Prejudice

 
Laurie, Amy and Joe + Elizabeth, Darcy and Wickham 

I am laughing unbelievable hard at the idea of Josephine and Wickham. He would try and be all dastardly romantic and she would hang upside down out of a tree with her arms crossed or something. Or she would be like, "Sure we can hang out. I'm going to run madly through the woods." and then she'd just take up and poor, poor Wickham would try and keep up, but end up just gasping for breath in the middle of the woods. 

As funny as that sounds, RIP IT!









The Lord of the Rings + The Phantom of the Opera
 

Aragorn, Arwen and Eowyn + Christine, Raoul and The Phantom 

As soon as the Phantom tried any of his over controlling  abusive boyfriend shit, Eowyn would whip out her sword and CHOP CHOP. Then she'd give his dead body a clever, powerful one liner, flip her hair and leave. 

RIP IT




The Selection + The Ranger's Apprentice 
  
 
America, Maxon and Aspen + Will, Alyss and Evelyn 

I don't think it would work out...Especially if Aspen acted like he did at the beginning of the series. Evelyn would just move on and find someone better. 

RIP IT











So what did you think? I'm leaving this tag open (since I'm not actually reading all your posts...so I don't know who has been tagged or who is already planning on stealing it from someone else...) 

Well, I'm out of here.


See you at the beginning of August!
MK




Thursday, June 28, 2018

Half Year Recap//Hiatus





Blogging Things:



January Posts: 11
February Posts: 14
March Posts: 11
April Posts: 11
May Posts: 14
June Posts: 10

Disney Princess Book Tag//Shh! I Stole It
Pros and Cons of SUMMER!
Twelve Golden Windows and Those Weird Raisin Cookies
What If...? Fantasy Tag
Throwback Book Review: I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You
The Greatest Showman Book Tag
Books To Read By The Beach//because we all want books filled with sand
My Summer TBR 2018
Two Five-Star Sequels of June: Love and Luck + Legendary 


  • I reached 20,000+ Blog Views this month!!!







Writing Things:

January: Small writing break, plotting and then work on Twelve Golden Windows begun.
February: Some of Twelve Golden Windows written. Not much. (Lots of school though.) Whirlwind plotted.
March: Halfway point in Twelve Golden Windows reached. And then it was realized that the majority of the story needed to be tweaked. Not enough to scrap scenes, but almost everything needed the scenes rewritten so that minor things could be added in in the overall scene.  A read through in preparation of Camp NaNoWriMo and the rewrite of Twelve Golden Windows.

April: Camp NaNoWriMo. Twelve Golden Windows, First Draft completed. Given to Alpha's and a detailed read through by the author (me) was completed.
May: A few minor breaks scattered throughout the month for graduation and the preparation of. Second Draft of Twelve Golden Windows begun. Second Draft of Cakes, Coffee Shops & Cake begun.
June: Not much of anything really....Working on Capes, Coffee Shops & Cake and plotting a possible novel for July's NaNoWriMo...(Not sure if I'm going to do NaNoWriMo next month though...We'll see)



Reading Things:

So far I've read a total of 36 new books. 2 of those were from June.

Which sounds pretty sad, but hey! At least they were both worth 5 stars...

Love and Luck by Jenna Evan Welch
and
Legendary by Stephanie Garber


Life Things

  • Now that I'm done with school, I'm getting ready for...more school. *weak cheer*
     
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And as you may have guess from the title, Sarcastic Scribblings will be on a hiatus for the month of July!

If you tag me, make sure you comment on my blog because while I will try to catch up with blog posts at the end of my hiatus, there is always the chance that I won't see it...

Farewell until August!

-Mary Kate

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Two Five-Star Sequels from June: Love and Luck + Legendary




LOVE AND LUCK BY JENNA EVANS WELCH: Minimal Romance and ALL THE FEELS!

(Love and Luck isn't really a sequel...it's a companion novel...I think?)

I expected Love and Luck to be more like Love and Gelato. A short sweet story with a slightly less sugar coated, but still sweet romance and food references.

Well...I was right about the food. (There was dry cereal eaten throughout)


Love and Luck takes place over three days (I think) and so it makes sense that there is very little romance between Addie and the love interest. It wasn't a love story, it was a story about friendship, sibling bonds and healing.

 One thing I really loved is how much Addie loves working on cars. It was kind of fun to see her constantly being the one fixing things (be it a leaky roof or a dragging tailpipe) while the boys kind of awkwardly stood by.

The book setting was amazing, set in a magical yet constantly raining Ireland. The side characters, as in Love and Gelato, were brilliantly written and vibrant characters.




To all my readers out there who love books with no romance or very little romance, I highly recommend this book.

But to the rest of my readers, my readers who want a short sweet story...I'd still suggest you give this book a try.





LEGENDARY BY STEPHANIE GARBER: I'm still screaming 


 I thought Caraval was good. But Legendary? It was million times more magical, more colorful, more exciting, more adventurous...

Maybe because Tella is the narrator in this book or maybe because this Caraval is special.

One thing I loved about Legendary is that fact that Tella is not a girl who needs saving...At one point, Tell gets herself into a rough spot and she's thinking "Oh, where is so-and-so when you need him?" And then, when all hopes seems lost...and right at the moment that I expected the before mentioned so-and-so to show up...Tella gathers her strength and fights through and wins.

And don't worry all you people who want at least one swoon worthy rescue...you still get one. Just not then.

I probably should be making this review longer, but I only just finished yesterday and I'm still internally screaming...




Have you read any of these books? Are you planning to?


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Books To Read By The Beach // because we all want books filled with sand

This post was inspired by the Top Ten Tuesday Prompt. Top Ten Tuesday is a book blogger link up run by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's prompt? Beach Reads!


What's the perfect beach read? 

A Shark Horror Story!



I kid. I kid. 




Fluffy Quick Reads...why do we always think of these as SUMMER reads? Because there's always something fun going on. If you're reading that dark fantasy book that will take you half the day to read, then you'll be stuck in the book world.

Not that that is a bad thing. Often the book world is exactly where we want to be! But it's harder to peel yourself away from that epic high stakes fantasy. The fluffy, semi-cliche teen romance? Not so much.




Light Hearted Stand Alones?


1. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

2. By Your Side by Kasie West




A series?

3. I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter//The Gallagher Girls series (6 books and 2 short stories)

4. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch and companion novel Lucky In Love


5. Dragon Slippers by  Jessica George Day  (A light hearted trilogy of shorter novels.)




Something a little more....classical? 

6. Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer (

7. Simon the Cold Hearted by Georgette Heyer (Set in medieval France...)




A less lighter hearted book, but still...stand alone. Fairly short...could possibly creep you out while you're sitting near the ocean...

8. Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. 



-MK

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Greatest Showman Book Tag

If you forgot to post on time again, clap your hands *clap clap*





Find a blog, steal it's tags...

That's how it works, right?

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Actually, I found this tag on The Edge of the Precipice, but I figured I could just hop back one more person to Eva at Coffee, Classics & Craziness. She is the one who created this tag, so....

(Also, I'm pretty sure I follow her blog, so why didn't I see this sooner?)

   

THE GREATEST SHOW: Name a book that's as entertaining as a circus

 Tuesdays In The Castle by Jessica George Day


  
A MILLION DREAMS: Name a book that's set in a fantastical world

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. *heart eyes*
Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

 
COME ALIVE: Name a book that makes you outrageously happy

The Star Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
Sky in the Deep by Andrienne Young
The Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


   
THE OTHER SIDE: Name a book that changed your mind about something

*whispers* If I hold really still maybe they'll not notice that I didn't answer this question...
   
 
NEVER ENOUGH: Name a book that you've re-read more then once
   
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims
The Girl from Everywhere and the Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
 The list goes on...

THIS IS ME: Name a nook with a character that reminds you of yourself

I'm not going to answer this...

   
REWRITE THE STARS: Name a book with a forbidden romance
   
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (...Not so much a forbidden romance as it was a doomed romance)



TIGHTROPE: Name a book with an adventurous main character

...Basically every book I read? 

   
FROM NOW ON: Name a book with a wonderful family. (Related or otherwise.)
  
The Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter
 Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer  (They weren't actually a wonderful family, but they were crazy and wonderful to read about...)







Bonus!
Greatest Showman songs listed in order of my least to most favorite



9. Never Enough
8. A Million Dreams
7. From Now On
6. Rewrite the Stars
5. Come Alive
4. This Is Me
3. Tightrope
2. Other Side
1. The Greatest Show


And yes. I hate never enough.
It was a mixture of who sang it in the movie and that it played on repeat in my house for over three weeks.

And I Tag!

(Yes. I'm actually tagging people)

Catherine @ The Rebelling Muse
Elle T @ Angel Wings and Writer Things

Lilah @ The Singing Writer

Feel free to steal the tag anyway if you weren't tagged.

(I know you're going to do it anyway, so I'll give you permission and take all the fun out of it...)



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Throwback Book Review: I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You

***Contains Spoilers for I'd Tell You That I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You and for The Gallagher Girl series***

The spoiler will be marked though, if you want to skim past the huge warning sign here. When you get to the ***SPOILERS!!!*** sign, just skip on past to the ***END SPOILERS***



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Apparently, not everyone has read The Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter.
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Which I suppose means I've been doing a terrible job.
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I first read I'd Tell You That I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You in 2016.

Four long years ago.

At the time, while I loved books and read as many as I could get my hands on, I wasn't reading as many books as I do now. I wasn't a blogger or even a reader of blogs. I didn't have a thousand new books on my TBR pile. I basically just read whatever was lying around the house or what happened to be stocked at the library.

Since I read the Gallagher Girls (And let's be honest...probably BECAUSE of the Gallagher Girls) I've fallen in love with the Cold War Era and Spy novels.

Out of the 34 books I've read this year, 9 have been spy novels. (And that is not counting novels that involve spies/people spying.)

Spy novels tend to have a pretty set pattern.

Spy is going about their life peacefully but in boredom/ spy is calmly going through a "boring" "standard" (but highly dangerous) mission.

Spy gets attacked/called in to HQ

Spy gets new mission and their story begins. They figure out who the bad guy is...they hunt him down...They kill/capture him.

In YA Spy novels (at least the ones about girls) the big drama usually circles around a boy.

A civilian boy! *Horrified gasp*

How could she do such a thing? She is forced to juggle her spy life and her "normal" life. (And of course she manages to hide this from her spy parents/supervisors) AND THEN SHE MUST MAKE A DECISION! She has to chose between them!

But naturally she figures out a way to do BOTH!







*** SPOILERS!!!***


 




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Alright! I warned you.



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I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You is a little different...

Not much...It follows the same basic pattern.


But in the end, she decides between the two...and she leaves the boy. It still wasn't an easy decision for her. Or rather, it wasn't a painless decision.

And her mom/Headmistress of Gallagher Academy/Amazing Spy...knew. The whole time.








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Ok. You're good now....




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***SPOILERS***



What I really love about the Gallagher Girls series (besides the properly used spy lingo and trade-craft terminology) is the quiet diversity. All of the girls are different. They're unique, they're flawed...

I also love the fact that this book has no "girl-hate"

An all girl school? A lot of authors would have made A LOT of the drama based off the girls. There is some mild drama (obviously) but that's more along the lines of "prickly new girl is rooming with us" sort of thing.

And it isn't resolved by her quitting, leaving, getting kicked out...

I won't say how (since I already left my happy little spoilers above)...but I really loved these stories.

And even after four years, after all the spy books I've read (fictional and non-fictional) I still love them.


-MK


Saturday, June 9, 2018

What If...? Fantasy Tag

Your car breaks down. The cast of the most recent fantasy book you read comes to your assistance...who are they? Will they be helpful? 

The last fantasy book I read was Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. And depending on WHEN I got the main characters....well....they'd either be
A.) To busy fighting each other/trying to escape to get anything done.
B.) An ultimate power team that gets everything done right away or C.) Too busy kissing each other to be of any use!

   


You go to bed one night and wake up in the lair of the villain of the last fairy tale you read. Where are you and how do you plan to get out?

The last fairy tale I read was this crazy Russian fairy tale and there wasn't...really...a villain?

Or a plot.

Or...much of anything.





You are transported to a mythical realm and given a mythical creature as a companion and best friend...which mythical creature do you get?

A talking cat. Because really! What would be better then a talking cat?!?





In a strange series of coincidences, you end up needing to take the place of your favorite fantasy hero or heroine. Who are you?

My favorite fantasy book changes from time to time... So lets go with A Crown of Wishes by
Roshani Chokshi. Which would make me Gauri.








    
 To go along with question #4, now that you are that character, is there anything you would do differently than that character, now that you are running the show?

I actually really like A Crown of Wishes because I related to Gauri. SO. MUCH. 
Personality wise...not actually...you know...experienced the same horrible things.  

So I feel like I would make a lot of the same decisions and be just as violent, grumpy...but less skilled in fighting...


MUCH less.


  

 If you were yourself in a fantasy novel, what role do you think you would play in the story?

That one person who is really quiet and nobody really knows and nobody really even knows why they're their...and then one day someone says "If only we had a ---!" and I shrug and say, "Oh, I can do that."




 One morning, as you are going about your daily business, you pick up an everyday item and a voice booms in your head with prophetic words about your future. What object is it, and what is your prophecy?

A knife. And the voice would say, "If you stab him for being annoying YOU WILL GO TO JAIL.
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Probably."




You are transported into a magical realm and turned into a mythical beast… what beast/fantasy creature do you want to be?

A shape shifter.


   

If you could read your way into any fantasy realm, but the catch is that you can never leave, would you? Which realm would you choose?

BYE!!!

Middle Earth would be pretty nice if I got there AFTER the final book ended.

The world from A Crown of Wishes would be pretty awesome...after the book ended.

Hogwarts might be pretty cool IF I was still in school AND if Harry wasn't mucking everything up.

Not the fae world in the Cruel Prince...

Or Wonderland...

 Or Ketterdam...


Ok, never mind...I'll just stay here.


 


As you are going about your normal day, you discover that you have a magical power. What is it?

That I can shapeshift.

Or have the power of invisibility.

Or can eat an entire cake without making myself sick...




Ok. I'll just not go to a fantasy world. Thanks, I'm good.

-MK

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Twelve Golden Windows and Those Weird Rasin Cookies



A week later they rode off the desert and through the city gates of Taria. They still had plenty of money, though the supply of raisin filled cookies had diminished long ago.



The raisin cookies I mentioned were shirini keshmeshis! (Is that the plural form of shirini keshmeshi? I don't even know, but we're going with it.)

The shirini keshmeshi cookies are to Iranians what chocolate chip cookies are to Americans. So of course I had to make them...

And for someone who hates raisins, I actually enjoyed these cookies a lot!

Of course that may just have been because I was starving and needed something to eat while I was writing...

Now, like chocolate chip cookies everyone has a slightly different recipe. The recipe I used was:






Persian Raisin Cookies
(Shirini Keshmeshi)

1 ½ sticks unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cup flour
1 ½ cup raisins


Firstly, mix the butter and sugar. (Standard cookie baking step.) (Actually, I lied. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees first.) Add the eggs one at a time. Then bloop in the vanilla. Mix flour until you have a smooth fluffy dough. Fold in raisins. Drop teaspoons of dough onto waxed cookie sheet and bake until golden! (12-14 minutes for people who don't know how to bake food "until golden")

And then eat them all in one disgusting display of hunger! (I suggest milk so that you don't choke.) 


-MK





Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Pros and Cons of SUMMER!


Pro: 

At long last! IT'S WARM!

Con: 

It's TOO warm. 
Who want's sweat RUNNING DOWN THE BACK OF THEIR LEGS? 
HUH?
HUH?

Pro:

 FAMILY ROAD TRIP!

Con:

Family road trips...

Pro: 

The foods of summer...
Watermelon, corn on the cob, ice cream...

Con: 

Flies.

WHY ARE THERE ALWAYS FLIES

Pro: 

Getting a tan

Con: 

SUNBURNS

Pro: 

No School!

Con: 

Stressing out about college

Pro: 

County Fairs and Parades!

Con: 

County Fairs and Parades aren't all they cracked up to be...
I mean...bagged cotton candy, are you serious?

Pro: 

Flowers blooming all around your big, old house

Con:

That big old house has no AC.





And look how happy I am about it...

MK