Wondrous Knight.

The wondrous knight,

Carries his sword gallantly,

Striding through the moonlight,

With his horse and man in tow.

He will save any damsel in distress,

With one hand,

He will take the damsel in red dress,

And carry her away to safety.

But wondrous knight,

So seemingly wonderful,

Glowing in the light

And fighting like a gallant warrior,

Against the signs of darkness,

And supposed decay.

She is the damsel,

Not so in distressed,

Watching as he carves

The life out of lives,

The breath of last breaths,

A blade too sharp,

And gallant, not quite so,

And she cries,

Cries,

As the red,

Deepens in her dress,

The material, silk,

Caressingly close to her skin,

The wondrous knight,

Does not know,

That his beauty,

His gallantry,

His knighthood,

Does not hide,

The core inside,

The core of unforgiving,

Turning the yin and the yang

A neverending circle,

Of good deeds,

And brewing hate.

Oh wondrous knight,

The damsel should cry,

But she does not.

Instead,

She holds unto her heart,

The burden of the sorrows,

And whispers to the pains,

That she will,

Undoubtedly carry away,

As she runs,

And runs,

From the so-called Wondrous Knight.

Random Music Moment #130

So First off, sorry guys!  I’ve been busy with uni stuff.  It’s weird being an Honours student, I’m one year older, and well, I’ve technically finished a degree.  But yet the level of work, it’s different even though it’s somewhat the same, and I’ve yet to adjust from Undergrad level to half posgrad level.  It’s stressing me outt…..AND so I’m taking a break from my blog (temporarily) and not posting everyday. But I’ll try and get stuff asap like when I procrastinate….haha

Anyways to today’s post, I heard this song on the new TV show showing down under, it’s called Resurrection, heard of it?  It’s interesting.  But mostly, it was the promos that got me to watch the first episode.  And I’ll say, it wouldn’t have been a success if it weren’t for this song:

Today’s RMM is Gabrielle Aspen’s The Power of Love

 

I love it because she’s got this great voice that’s really endearing in this song.Really powerful too.  And the overall tone of this song…love it.

 

And the Promo:

 

Liebster Blog Award~!

First off this was a great surprise from LittleOnionWrites over at LittleOnionWrites!  Thank you so much for this!!  This award is to recognize fellow bloggers and help others discover new blogs.  Which is agreat idea (like all other blog awards)!

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So, there are rules:

1)  Link back to the blogger who nominated you.

2)  Answer 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.

3)  Nominate 9 new bloggers and come up with 11 new questions for them to answer.

4)  Notify your nominees by visiting their blog and commenting.

And the questions LittleOnionWrites gave me are:

1. What book introduced you to the infinite world of reading?

As I kid I read heaps.  But to pinpoint precisely which book got me hooked, well that’s hard.  But I guess, the names that used to pop up a lot were Andy Griffths and Paul Jennings.  I loved Paul Jennings “Un-” series with books like Unreal, Unmentionable ,  Uncanny and others.  While they’re children’s books, and mostly humour and comedy,they were also a little strange, bringing in bits of the macabre.  But hell, once I got over my fear of all things frightening (except spiders, I still hate those), then reading Paul Jennings was a riot.  And then, well from there on, Harry Potter introduced me to wider reading, and fantasy of a different, like the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix.    All of these books are old favourites of mine that I’m pretty sure I’ll read over and over.

2. What is your favorite band/genre of music?

Favourite band/genre? Hmm, pretty easy.  I generally like my rock or alternative rock with a splash of indie pop here and there.  Muse is my all time favourite, because they just have everything, but I’m also a big fan of 30 Seconds to Mars and the Killers.  And lately, I have discovered Imagine Dragons.  On the indie/folk/pop side, I like Ed Sheeran, songs from Eurovision, and Owl City, and other random music moments! lol.

3. What is your favorite book, and what do you think is that book’s theme song?

Well, my favourite book right at this moment is The Darkest Minds and the sequel Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, mostly because they’re awesome books, and while i have plenty of favourites, these two just always hit the top of the list.  Theme Song:  Monster by Imagine Dragons.  I love that song, and I could totally use it as a theme for several other books and my own pieces of writing, but it would definitely fit with this series too.  Particularly in one moment of Never Fade (which I won’t spoil here!!!)

4. What inspired you to make a blog?

I totally wanted to share my writing where it was good or bad, I wanted to just write whatever I want.  And it started as a blog of 55 fiction stories, and well, now, it’s more of a poetry blog with various posts on random music and suggestive reads haha.

5. Divergent, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson: If you have read any (or all) of these series, which faction/district/House would you be in, and who is your godly parent?

I am proud to say I have read all these books.  I guess I would be in Dauntless Or Erudite but then I kind of overlap with all the other factions lol!  My district in the Hunger Games would be District 12 because well, a quiz put me there lol.  I’d be either Griffindor or Ravenclaw.  And Percy Jackson.  My godly parent would be Artemis, goddes of the hunt and Apollo’s twin, also associated with the moon :P

6. What is your favorite classic?

Oh goodness, saying Pride & Prejudice, I’d feel is too cliched, though I do love P & P.  So to be different (as I do have plenty of favourite classics), I’ll say To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

7. Have you ever pretended to read a book for the sake of a conversation?

I have?  I think once, but then I felt bad afterwards and went and read the book.  But this was years ago.  So long, I can’t remember which book it was now.  I think it was a kid’s book actually. Lol!

8. Would you rather spend time reading, creating an outline for one of your many story plots, or fangirl over your favorite TV show?

Both a and b lol.  I’d definitely spend time on reading and writing.  And then, if I’ve hard enough of doing both of those, I’d fangirl over a favourite TV show!

9. What is your favorite book?  Least favorite book?

There are too many favourites!!!  Gosh I repeat myself haha, The Darkest Minds and Never Fade By Alexandra Bracken,  The Study Series by Maria V. Snyder, Reached by Ally Condie and Bloodlines by Richelle Mead.  PLUS a whole list of other favourites that I can’t list off the top of my head lol.

My least favourite books…probably Twilight.  That definitely heads the list at the moment, I guess, but it’s not the only one.

10. What book are you currently reading?

Currently, I am reading Hidden (Firelight #3) by Sophie Jordan, I like that it’s short, and easy to finish, hate that I have so much other things to read that are not novels, such as academic papers and  scholarly books.

11. What’s the funniest picture you’ve seen online recently?

Well, currently MKR (My Kitchen Rules) is running on TV, and well:

And any other MKR memes are just too funny!

And My lovely Nominees!

1)  Poison For the Senses

2) Peter Wells aka Counting Ducks

3) In Her Avenue

4) Cloud ‘n’ Cups

5) Belsbror

6) I Didn’t Have My Glasses On (KSBeth)…

7) Walking With Alligators

8) Story Smitten

9) Peace, Love & Great Country Music

My Questions For You:

1)  What is your favourite book of all time?

2) Who is the person who inspires you the most?

3) What was your secret dream as a child?

4) Continuing from Q3, are you still chasing the dream?  Or have you given up?

5)  Who is the one person you ever want to meet in this world?

6) If you could be someone else, who woul you be?

7) Favourite quote?

8) Favourite season and why?

9) Do you have a place you like to use as like a ‘secret garden’?

10) Where do you want to fly the most?

11)  What is your favourite imagined place – can be from a fiction, movie, mind space and so on..?

Thanks again Little Onion Writes for this award!!  I really appreciate it and I hope, many others will go and visit all these lovely blogs!

Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2). Alexandra Bracken.


16150830Never Fade
by Alexandra Bracken

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How can I do this book justice? It has been two days since I’ve finished it, and I can’t even think straight for either the thesis proposal I was supposed to be working on and the words I’d use to describe Never Fade.

It’s mind-blowing how perfect (this is not even an exaggeration) the sequel of The Darkest Minds is as a sequel. It’s just..sjhahuhfbdl. There are plenty of sequels that are slow, unsatisfactory, doing a bunch of nonsense, and really are kind of a pointless waste of a book, but usually are a lead up to the explosive book three. Never Fade, unfortunately does not fall in that category. See, I make it sound disappointing, but it’s anything but. I say ‘unfortunately’ because really, this book is as explosive and well-written as its predecessor, and you just know the third book will smash it’s predecessors out of the water without disappointing. Because really, in experience, when the sequel is equal to or better than the first book, then the third is bound to be even better. And I’ve yet to find a trilogy that excites in books one and two, and then horribly disappoints in book three.
So, yes, I want book three right now. And Alexandra Bracken, you’ve once again made your way to the top of my favourite authors list (again).

So, to the story. Well, after the shocking ending of The Darkest Minds where Ruby wipes Liam’s memory of her and joins the Children’s League to save him, Never Fade begins with Ruby’s time at the Children’s League. I seriously love the way Bracken recounts how Ruby arrives at the Children’s League (like when she arrived at Thurmond), it’s paced well, and the details are there, so you never feel like you missed out on the moments. And yet, it’s all recounted in a chapter or two, easy peasy. Love it.
Then Ruby meets Cole, Liam’s brother, and Cole essentially sends Ruby on a secret mission to retrieve something he lost. The only reason he sends her is because Liam is involved. From there, Ruby goes all out to track Liam down.
The plot and subplot that unfold, unfold piece by piece and just when you think you got it, you’re falling over yourself just to catch up with the story. I will say I’m totally drooling over the story because well, it’s so engaging, I couldn’t pull my eyes away because I wanted to know what was going to happen next to Ruby. I wanted to know what problems and pains she’d have to deal with and overall, what was the big secret Alban (the head of the Children’s League) was hiding. Of course, then there were the moments between Ruby and Liam. I was totally anticipating their reunion, particularly after what happened at the end of The Darkest Minds.
And when it happened. It was explosive. Okay, so not quite. It more felt like Ruby’s heart was going to be torn into pieces after she saw him. I’m not going to spoil it, I think, because it’s such an intense moment, it totally sucks if I fail to describe how explosive it is. Actually nearly every action between them is like a spark of static because (okay so I’ll spoil it a little) Liam remembers feelings, but not the reasons why. It was awesome. I loved how Bracken handled Ruby, Liam and Liam’s confusion. I also loved how she explores Ruby’s powers a little more, expanding them in a sense of pros and cons lol.
Supporting Characters: Yay! Chubs is back. And Zu is not. As for the new characters, Vida and Jude. Well Vida has a potty mouth, and she never knows when to shut up, but yet, it’s cool because she’s the tough chick. Jude on the other hand is a whimpy like little kid, who’s not actually that little and who’s not actually that whimpy. Rather, I should probably say geeky? Tall and gangly, he’s like a child, always clinging to Ruby like she’s a mother. But he grows in the story, and becomes a little stronger. And becomes everyone’s kid including Liam and Chubs. I guess that’s another thing I love about Bracken’s work. She builds relationships, adds in the building block, piece by piece rather than like some authors, just chucking in a best friend, or people and friendship without any context in between. Of course, there are few authors who don’t build the relationships, but of those that do build ‘em, Bracken is one of the best.
The interaction between the characters is great, see:

“What?” Chubs scoffed, his voice just that tiny bit too light. “For once you’re speechless?”
“No, I’m just…”Liam cleared his throat. “Grateful, I guess. That you can looking for me and you had to do…
this. I know it wasn’t…I know it couldn’t have been easy.”
“Just shut up and start sucking each other’s faces already,” Vida grumbled, leaning awkwardly against the stump. She would never admit aloud, but I knew the burns on her back were eating her alive with pain. “I’m trying to make up for the sleep I lost when you started screeching at each other like cats in heat.”
“Miss Vida,” Liam said, “Has anyone ever told you that you are positively the whipped cream on the sundae of life?”
She glared at him. “anyone told you your head is shaped like a pencil?”
“That is physically impossible,” Chubs groused. “He’d be—”
“Actually,” Liam began, “Cole once did try to— What?”
“Oh, I’m sorry,” Chubs said, “apparently the middle of my sentence interrupted the beginning of yours. Do continue.”
“I’m going to guess you probably don’t want to hear about the time he pushed my head through the neighbour’s fence…”

See? Love it. Liam and Chubs interaction, Vida and Chubs (their interaction is quite amusing throughout). Love it.

So lastly, after what feels like I have said nothing significant except ramble (potentially incoherently) about how great Never Fade is, I want to briefly say, I love Bracken’s writing. It’s plain, yet embellished. It’s not poetic, but there is a poeticness about it when she describes Ruby’s feelings. And yet, it’s also witty, in the way of Jim Butcher, yet not as witty? In conclusion. It’s Bracken and her writing (of her own right and not in comparison to others) that makes this series come alive. Her characters too are well formed, different and totally relatable, or at the very least, amusing to read about (or in some cases, heartwrenching). And the plot. So far, I find it a flawless plot with questions raised and answered and raised again.

I absolutely cannot freaking wait for Book 3. Meanwhile, I think I’ll read the short story: In Time

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Random Music Moment #129

One of my favourite Australian artists (even if she does sing pop), I’m always interested in what new song she’s got out.  I heard this song on the promo for tonight’s episode of Revenge (I’m pretty sure, we finally get to see who shoots Emily, and I think I know, but I’ll wait and see.  I’m really glad Aidan is back in the picture, and I so far, I like the direction of the season so far and I totally hope they don’t do something kind of pointless like the ‘Initiative’ arc in the previous season.  I mean seriously, what was up with that??)

Today’s random music moment is Never Be The Same by Jessica Mauboy (Who was my favourite when she participated and came runner up during the year she participated in Australian Idol lol)