Something Grisha this way comes! Join our Goodreads group to participate in the Official Grisha Trilogy Re-Read!
April 21 – May 2: Shadow and Bone
May 1: Q&A with Leigh Bardugo
May 19 – May 30: Siege and Storm
May 29: Q&A with Leigh Bardugo
June 17 – June 27: Ruin and Rising
June 26: Q&A with Leigh Bardugo
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My birthday is nigh and I thought it would be fun to give away one of these fancy blogger boxes (designed by the amazing kayte-ghaffar) to celebrate. The branded wooden box contains three candles (soldier: siberian moss, summoner: rainwater, saint: orange chili) for those long Ravkan nights, and a sampler that includes the prologue and first three chapters of Ruin and Rising.
To win it, just reblog with hashtag #ruinandrising or tweet with the tags #ruinandrising AND #fireandfrosting (you do not need to tag me in the tweet!).
I’ll choose the winner at random this Sunday, April 6th. Which is also (ahem) my birthday and the season premiere of Game of Thrones.
And yes, this is an international giveaway because birthday.
(photo credit to balibaby4)
DONT EVEN TOUCH ME LOOK AT THAT WHEELCHAIR IN THE BACKGROUND LOOK AT IT LOOK LOOK I CANT DO THIS
Agatha Christie Book Haul
NEW FOOTAGE FROM THE TFIOS MOVIE.
A long time ago we used to be friends…
I’ve thought of you lately, Veronica. In fact, I’ve thought about you enough to annoy everyone with tragically off-key renditions of the Dandy Warhols and put together a list of Marshmallow-appropriate reading.
White Cat, by Holly Black
Cassel is just trying to get by in his posh boarding school, running an unofficial bookie operation for his wealthy classmates and concealing his past with his con-running family and the mob princess love of his life…whom he may or may not have murdered. Black combines magic, noir, long cons and lies, heartache and politics into something unique and engrossing.
Confessions of a Murder Suspect, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Tandy is in danger of taking the fall for her powerful parents’ murder, but that might be nothing compared to the danger of hunting down the truth.
The Basic Eight, by Daniel Handler
Senior year is stressful. You’ve got gossip, drugs, conniving classmates, tyrannical teachers, party-planning, school plays, ill-fated romance, tests, oh, right, and scandal, murder, and tabloid coverage. But Flannery Culp and her sharp-tongued, high-achieving clique of girlfriends aren’t going to back down from the challenge.
Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
This original story picks up after the movie, with Veronica back in Neptune and back on the case.
Heist Society, by Ally Carter
Kat thought she’d pulled off her last con: stealing herself a spot at an exclusive private school and a life away from her high-flying criminal family. But there’s always one last job.
One For the Money, by Janet Evanovich
It’s New Jersey, not California, but if you’re looking for side-splitting mystery with larger-than-life characters, a wise-cracking heroine, and a selection of unsuitable love interests to choose from, check out Stephanie Plum.
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Melinda Sordino begins her freshman year as a cynical social pariah with a bad attitude and a nightmare she won’t talk about. Speak is a stark, poignant, darkly funny depiction of high school hellscapes and the aftermath of sexual assault.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by F. Lockhart
Frankie was mild-mannered. Frankie was well-behaved. Frankie wouldn’t pull pranks, date a senior, infiltrate a secret society, smash the patriarchy, or become a criminal mastermind. Frankie needed a change.
What I Saw and How I Lied, by Judy Blundell
Loyalty, betrayal, and secrets in the wake of World War II.
Rob Thomas’s new Veronica Mars novel: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line — coming March 25!
The first book in an original mystery series featuring twenty-eight-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of old friends—Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas—Veronica is ready to take on Neptune’s darkest cases with her trademark sass and smarts. Read an excerpt here: http://bit.ly/1gxkTb1
Okay, so maybe I splurged a bit, but therapy was really good today, I went to all my classes this week, and I’m on spring break now, so.
Is that a paperback of The Virgin Suicides with the original cover? Want.
Close your eyes. Close them. Now describe what you see. (Dead Poets Society 1989)
(via this isn’t happiness)
Seize the day.
TFiOS Visual Development, Part 1: Hazel and Gus character model sheets
After weeks of ceaseless toil, here it is, the first part of my personal project, a visual development portfolio for a hypothetical animated version of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars!
Okay, before I proceed, I’d like to offer a disclaimer: I am not related to the animation industry in any way, even though I’d kill to be. Instead, I am an architecture student in Malaysia who is partial to artistic endeavours not necessarily related to my chosen profession. Therefore, there are probably plenty of inadequacies and errors in the above pieces, but please understand that this is a labor of love, so cut me some slack, ‘kay? Secondly, I think of this project of mine as a thought exercise, so I am basically drawing the characters as I see them in my own head, not as likenesses of the actors in the upcoming movie. Third of all, TFiOS is the intellectual property of John Green, and so on.
Now that that’s out of the way, a bit of commentary on the above character model sheets. I was really inspired by the work of the fantastic Jin Kim and Glen Keane, so you may see some influences here, even a few borrowed expressions, but again, cut me some slack, re: not related to the animation industry in any way. I scoured the book from cover to cover to get the characters as close to the descriptions as possible, so I gave Gus “messy, straight hair, sweeping down over his forehead” (Chap. 7), as well as “a hell of a jawline” (Chap. 1). Hazel has her pageboy haircut and her “ridiculously fat chipmunked cheeks”. I wanted to let their faces contrast each other, so Gus’s face is angular while Hazel’s is softer and rounder. I also tried to capture their personality in these model sheets. Gus is rakish and exudes confidence, so I made his expressions more extravagant and exuberant, whereas Hazel, who “walks upon the earth lightly”, has slightly more subdued expressions. The last sheet is my own headcanon, since I’m sure their exact heights aren’t mentioned in the book, but you’re free to imagine otherwise.
That’s all I have to say, so constructive comments and critiques are welcome. I’ll be working on hand studies and Hazel-Gus interactions next, so stay tuned.