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While you’re here you will be able to find a little bit more information about me, Jade Hemming, currently Entertainment Editor for Strike Magazine, copywriter at Copify, & author at Channillo. When I’m not reading or writing, I’m usually blogging and reviewing.

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7 Sins Saturday · Just For Fun · Random Musings

Seven Sins Saturday – 7 Authors I’ve Never Read – But Maybe Should

Any of the Bronte sisters

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I’ve heard Wuthering Heights is a big complicated mess of ugly personality characters, and I don’t even know the plot of Jane Eyre – but they’re classic British female writers from t’north of England so I feel I owe it to them, as a British female writer from t’north, to go back and actually read some of their novels.

John Green

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Ok so recently I bought The Fault In Our Stars at a charity shop, and maybe like a week later everyone was screaming because of the recent news he’s got a new book coming out. I’ve heard bits and pieces about John Green which may or may not be entirely favourable, from personal conduct to quality of stories, but he’s such a big presence in YA I have to at least read something from him.

Roxane Gay

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I read a teeny excerpt in one of those “books coming out in June” or whatever things and I enjoyed it, but I haven’t ever read a book from her. I know she’s an incredibly influential writer, and her stark observations on modern day women and the situations surrounding them are second to none. I’m actually excited to read from her.

Margaret Atwood

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YAS MY FELLOW SCORPIO LADY! The Handmaid’s Tale is EVERYWHERE right now and I keep hearing how Margaret is exceptional with her storytelling. I feel so guilty I haven’t read anything from her. I will amend, I will amend.

Ursula Le Guin

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ANOTHER FELLOW SCORPIO. Maybe I should do a list of Scorpios. SFF Queen. Duchess. Whatever. I need to read her books, because she genuinely seemed ahead of her time and absolutely breakthrough in terms of storytelling and subject matter. I’ll actually look for a book RIGHT NOW.

Robin Hobb

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……that’s a lot of books. Queen of Fantasy, yeah? Forshame that I haven’t read any of her books! I think it’s a distilled need in me to avoid her novels, simply because when I was a kid I skimmed the blurb of her books in the library and didn’t really ‘get it’. I’ve still had no real interest to delve in to a fantasy world – adult fantasy worlds always seem so bloody complicated to get into – but I will definitely have to try and sample some of her work soon.

Terry Pratchett

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Holy heck. Now I may have told a teeny lie here – I have actually read some of him, mostly in Good Omens which he co-wrote with Neil Gaiman. The only thing is, I found Pratchett’s chapters almost unbearable to get through not because the writing or plot was bad, but because the rhythm was so staccato. It didn’t flow, it jarred me out of the story, and I couldn’t relate to the characters. It was the same when I read the first few pages of a Discworld novel I can’t remember, and the footnotes at the time weren’t cute or funny, it was more like an essay. I will try him again one time, but my previous experience has kinda put me off.

What about you guys? Any recs from these authors, or any ‘classics’ you need to read?

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite “Unlikeable” Protagonists

People always tear down “unlikeable” protagonists. But tell us the ones you pulled for! 

Ok so this is a hard one, since I don’t really have many books that feature ‘unlikeable’ protagonists. In fact, a few of the characters many adore, I don’t like (hiiii Feyre!)

The characters I sometimes like are more… anti heroes? Maybe? I know a fair few TV shows, though, that I love the main person and others don’t.

DRACULA from…. well, fucking DRACULA

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Come on, you’re not meant to like Dracula. He sucks people’s blood, has temper tantrums and is downright fuckin’ creepy. Yet – I actually loved the vampire genre (not Twilight’s version) way before I read Dracula, so I think that influenced my decision to want Dracula to really win. In (most) of the movies, I’m like GO ON MY SON! Especially when he was played by Luke Evans. So, yeah. That.

FRODO BAGGINS from LORD OF THE RINGS

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Frodo gets so much hate, man! He’s like poked at, people say he’s whiny, and yeah he is but he’s FRODO FREAKING BAGGINS. He stands up to take the ring to Mordor, he battles fucking huge spiders, he wears a ring of unbearable power around his neck, cut him some slack. He has every right to be a whingebag. Plus he has no shoes and he’s walking on sodding rocks, it’s the longest cross-country thing ever.

Honorable mention to GOLLUM, who while not being a protag, I wanted to win. GO GOLLUM.

RONAN LYNCH from the RAVEN CYCLE

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I WILL DEFEND RONAN TO THE DEATH. I mean… he swears, he’s got a bad attitude, he snaps, he’s a tearaway, he hates school, he’s cocky, he’s closed off, he drinks – but he has the absolute heart of gold and while I’m sure he maybe meant to be an unlikable protagonist, everyone I know adores him. Maybe a cheat here just to include my steel muffin ❤

Honorable mention to Gansey, who is a flawed baby white boy with mountains of privilege but at least has the decency to recognise and amend.

VICTOR VALE from VICIOUS

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Another one who’s supposed to be unlikable – he’s killed, he’s high on power, he’s on a mission to exact revenge on his former best friend and he has little moral compass – but I ADORE Victor. He’s seriously fascinating, and you can tell beneath it all he cares. Even if he doesn’t want to. And… I love him. *pets Victor*

ELEANOR from ELEANOR AND PARK

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Ok so… I didn’t like her at first. I was so frustrated with her, like – come on, take Park’s hand ffs, and why are you self-sabotaging?! What is wrong with you?! Why are you being so bloody moody?! And then half way through the book I warmed to her, and I realised I was so annoyed with her because she was a younger version of me, basically, before I grew in confidence and knew how to Life. So yeah a lot of people still don’t like her (or the book) but I do.

PitchWars · Uncategorized

#PitchWars Advice

I ended up copying and pasting my tweet feed here! For all of you entering PitchWars this year, GOOD LUCK but also take a moment to review information on self care, and taking a step back when you need to –

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Ok so I kinda wanna tweet advice for #PitchWars since I’ve entered twice now, and this year will be my third

AND last year I was lucky enough to be an unofficial mentee with the lovely @mkengland and @jamiepacton #PitchWars

Since it’s almost time for the blog hops and the competitions and the sheer joy of it, I wanted to point out something

A major thing about #PitchWars is that it can overtake your life. NGL. It’s very easy to obsess about the PW milestones / events

In my case, I’d stay up til the early hours watching the mentor talks which were SUPER helpful #PitchWars

I’d watch the feed all the time, engage with the community (I love you, PW community) and anxiously prepare my MS

BUT – and this is a big but (heh) – *anxiously* slipped over into actual anxiety for me. Because #PitchWars meant so much

Now my advice is to SELF CARE at every opportunity. #PitchWars is an incredible asset, it’s true, but it’s not the end OR beginning of your writing journey.

It can seem that way for some people. Especially if you’re passionate about writing and getting your work out there, PW can seem like a life line

But you will not enjoy #PitchWars if particular aspects of your health are exasperated by what’s supposed to be a wonderful & unifying experience.

Be sure to take time out and see this for what it is – an opportunity, on the long road to publication, to give you a helping hand.

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#PitchWars is a competition, yes. But I doubt ANYONE in the community would want you to burn yourself out just to be a part of it.

If you feel like you’re too nervous, take a step back. Engage with your writer friends, privately if you like, and voice concerns.

Nobody will judge you, nobody will think you’re not up to it. It’s perfectly natural to worry about your writing cause let’s face it

Even bestselling authors still wonder about their ability and have crisis of confidence. It’s not wrong to experience that.

But don’t compare yourself to the other hopefuls. Especially if #pimpmybio comes back, don’t compare yours to others. It’s just graphics.

Some people can pitch better than others, what matters is that you’re a) writing something you love and b) not an asshole

I guess my ultimate advice is – be excited, be happy, be engaging in #PitchWars but draw the line if you start feeling overwhelmed.

#PitchWars is ultimately a place of love, encouragement and help. Get to know other writers, bond with CPs. That could be your focus 🙂

Alright, I think I’m done. That was waaaay longer than I intended! GROUP HUG!

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Reviews

The Fallen Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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5* 

Lesbereal.

The last 10% of this book was what gave it the additional star, because it surprised me. And any book that can actually surprise me earns an extra star. Well done, Final Empire!

The story follows Kelsier (known as Kell – what’s with Kell in fantasy?!) a man who’s making himself into a myth by leading a rebellion, and Vin, a ska worker recruited to his crew. It took me about 100 pages to really get into it, because I felt it was a bit surface level, and the metal magic took a bit of getting used to but I did enjoy the winding story.

One of my peeves was Vin’s feelings for a nobleman during her time infiltrating the Nobility. While Elend was cute, I would have loved Vin to actually be queer or just be more focused on her abilities than “falling for a nobleman she’s barely spoken to”. The romance was very sparse, there wasn’t much depth to it. Very thin at best. But Vin as a character proved interesting and I loved her place in the final 20% of the book.

Kelsier was complex, but he was a typical hero in my opinion. But my favourite character had to be his brother Marsh, who went so deep undercover…. well I won’t spoil it. But I love characters like him, the ones you have to think about.

It was interesting, and a good addition to Adult Fantasy and I love, love, LOVE being surprised. So it was a classic case of middling plot and book and characters before BOOM big payoff and amazing scenes. So… I recommend!

 

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday – Books For Your Hogwarts House

Slytherin Represent!

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Or perhaps in Slytherin

You’ll make your real friends

Those cunning folks use any means

To achieve their ends

I did the sorting hat thing 5 times when it was on Pottermore over the years, and every time I was dubbed a Slytherin. I am immensely proud to be a cunning folker. It also happens to be my favourite character type – SO. Here we are. My top 5 Slytherinny books.

Six of Crows

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Kaz Brekker is Slytherin through and through. The whole gang manipulate, lie and sneak their way into and out of trouble and they’re the epitome of cunning, even stooping to the level of their villain. They all have their secrets, but they’re all fiercely loyal to the few friends they have.

And I Darken

And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)

I’ve yet to read this but hell – if I haven’t heard of a more Slytherin princess! Brutal and wise, she’s had to learn to be ruthless to survive. My kinda woman. It’s still on my TBR and I cannot WAIT to read it.

Vicious

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A story about supervillains where nobody is the hero, this novel blurs lines between what it is to be good and what defines bad – is it control? Is it power? Is it wanting revenge, even if it will earn your freedom? Victor isn’t necessarily a good person with his deep need for knowledge and ability, and what he’s done in the past isn’t really forgiveable – but he’s absolutely captivating in his drive to stop Eli and undoubtedly the best non-hero-saviour-protagonist I’ve read.

City of Saints and Thieves

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I’m currently reading this, a story about a girl called Tina who’s lived on the streets of Kenya for four years and has built herself up as a thief to get back at the people whose empire is built on lies and corruption. It’s gripped me so far, and while she’s very much like a Gryffindor in places, it’s that quiet resolve and planning I admire about Tina.

The Dream Thieves

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The second book in the Raven Cycle Trilogy follows Ronan, an angry boy into drag racing and self destruction, who can sneak into his own dreams and bring out whatever he imagines – even nightmares. It’s a Ronan Lynch book. And Ronan Lynch is a Slytherin. Fight me.

I’m looking for recs! Hit me up with your fave Slytherin Books!