Saturday, November 11, 2017

Caraval - a Book Review

Alright, faeries, I know what you're thinking, this is a magical book about carnivals and clowns and romance. Right? Wrong! This book is not about carnivals. You were right about one thing. It has romance. :P But no carnivals, no clowns, no elephants, no ringleaders, no unicycles. No, wait, scratch that. It does include a unicycle.

Yeah Points
  • The place called Caraval is so awesome! There was an air of mystery about the whole island and its inhabitants. And you're not sure who to trust and what's really real. And, like they often remind you in the book, "it's just a game...
  • The way the Stephanie Garber describes the Scarlett's emotions is very unique. Scarlett feels in color and then the author says what the feelings are behind the colors. It made the book really beautiful sounding and poetic. I enjoyed it. :) Here's a quote from it:

 “Shades of the rich ruby love she’d felt during the game mixed with hues of deep-indigo hurt, turning everything just a little bit violet.”  -Stephanie Garber, Caraval

  • Julian was a dashing young man and quite clever. He had a Captain Hook (from Once Upon a Time) and Carswell Thorne (from The Lunar Chronicles) feel to him. 
  • Legend was a very intriguing character. I'd like to learn more about him in the second book, Legendary. 
  • The book had a very different take on magic. It was hard to tell real magic from fancy tricks in Caraval. There definitely was some real magic, but it didn't always come the way you think magic would. 

I really only have one thing against this book and it was, sadly, a rather major thing in the plot; and it was the romance. 

Nah Points, Ahem, I mean, Nah Point

  • I really, really, really wanted to love the romance between Scarlett and Julian totally. But I couldn't. I just can't. There were to many incidents where Julian or someone else (like Dante) was looking at Scarlett lustfully. Like, ew, why. And Julian had to pretend to be Scarlett's fiance which meant that they had to have the same room in a hotel. And Julian did not seem to mind that problem one bit. (Double yuck.) Thankfully, Scarlett could avoid anything bad from happening. Here's a example of Julian's... "charm":  

“Inside the house, violin music, richer than the darkest chocolate, started playing. It seeped outside and whispered to Scarlett as Julian’s smile turned seductive, all shameless curves and immoral promises. An invitation to places that proper young ladies didn’t think about, let alone visit.”  -Stephanie Garber, Caraval

How could I root for any of the guys in the book when they acted like that?

Also on a side note, there were a few characters that got drunk. :/ Phooey.

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All in all, I did enjoy the book. It was written quite well and I truly wish those distasteful things weren't in there, but they were. So I'll just have to live with it. But I wouldn't recommend this book to younger readers at all. I think I'll give this book 3 stars.

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I want to say... Happy Remembrance Day to all my Canadian readers!!!! And happy Veteran's Day to all my American readers!!! I'm so glad we live in such awesome countries!!! :D   

Have any of you faeries read this book? If not, will you? And if you have, what did you think? And what do you think of my nickname for you readers? Does "faeries" sound good to you? :D   

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Books of October + This Needs a Better Name

Wow! It feels like October really flashed right by.* :O I can't believe that it's the 4th of November already! 

I've been making this a monthly thing, writing about the books I've been reading. When I started doing it this last month I was gonna just do my favorite books I've read in the past month. Now I decided I'm going to change that and do any books I've read and feel like talking about. And this series of posts needs to have a better name. I tried to come up with names but they are all really cheesy. XD I wrote a list of names and you guys can tell which is best or you can suggest a totally different name in the comments.

Beware! The names you'll read below may be too cheesy and awful. If you get hurt in the process of reading them, Faeries and Folklore will not be responsible for it.  

  • Faery Good Books
  • Books, Books and More Books
  • Tales of the Month (credit to my bro for this name. XD )
  • Folkish Books
  • Opus of the Month (credit to my sis, Lostfairy, for this one)**
  • Reading Creations (credit again to Lostfairy)
  • Reads I've Been Reading 

Yeah, that was all I could come up with. :( Thank you, Josiah and Lostfairy for your help!!! It was much appreciated! XD

Now on to the post I promised you all! 

*Wink, wink. Did you see what I did there? XD

**Opus means books. XD
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The Kill Order by James Dashner

I don't know what to say about this book. I have such mixed emotions about it. I really, really loved the story and plot and snuff, buuuut there were a few more swear words in this book than in the first three books.* What I did like about the book was that we finally got to see what the world was like after the Flare and before the Cranks were around and before WICKED stuck their noses into EVERYTHING! *glares at WICKED disapprovingly* The book had a very different feel to it, but it was also very much the same as the other books.**

I'm really looking forward to reading the final book in The Maze Runner series! 

*That was kinda disappointing. :( 

**That makes, like, zero sense when I say it that way, but it's true! XD

Crossed by Ally Condie

I loaf this series so much! XD This book again had a slight hint of bitter sweetness about it. I love the romance between the characters.* I'm not sure if I liked this book as much as the first one, but it still is a book I would buy and recommend. :) I liked how the book was from both Cassia's and Ky's point of view. I loved learning bits and pieces of their past, it was so sweet and sometimes heartbreaking. 

*Ky is my one of my book baes. XD  

Cake Pop Crush by Suzanne Nelson

If you have not picked up a Suzanne Nelson book, what are you waiting for?! Go pick one up NOW!!!!  XD Seriously, though, they are so good. I've read Cake Pop Crush before but it was just as good the second time round as it was the first. This was the first ever Suzanne Nelson book I read and it has a special place in my heart. ^.^ The relationships between all the characters was so enjoyable and cute. Dane was a real cutie. XD

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkin

This book is such a fabulous classic. The humor and style is priceless. ^.^ I've read this book a long time ago and reread again last month. I forgot most of what happened so it kinda felt like a new-ish read for me. I loved the characters way more reading it this time round and I was far more connected to the story than before, too. Bilbo is such a sweet little hobbit. And Gandalf has this uncanny ability to come when he's needed most. XD It's great! 

If you haven't read this book yet, you totally should! 

Save the Cupcake! by Lisa Papademetriou

I love reading this book so much! The characters feel so real. And the recipes in the book are really unique!* The book is a beautifully written story about friendships and how they can change for better or for worse. So the book can kind of feel really sad but there's a enough happiness in the book for it to be a middle grade novel. 

*I haven't tried them out yet, so I don't know if they taste good. XD

Sticks and Stones by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, Emily Jenkins

Like the first book in the Upside-Down Magic series, this book was a delightful, quick read! The story and characters are just as charming as they were before. And in Sticks and Stones the authors write the book from two of the characters' point of view, instead of one. :D I loved learning more about Bax's backstory in this book. 

Wayfarer by R. J. Anderson

Wayfarer is sooo different from the first in the series, Faery Rebels! Honestly, I'm not sure if I like that or not. In the first book I loved Knife and Paul together tons, and in the second one I liked Linden and Timothy together buuuut not nearly as much. :/ I wish I had liked this book more because the first book is one of my favorites now and I wanted the second book to live up to that. 

Don't get me wrong, I really did enjoy Wayfarer! I liked seeing what the world looked like from outside the Oak and the new magical abilities were really cool. It just simply wasn't my favoritest book in the whole wide world. :P

Unblemished by Sara Ella

This book was good and kinda cheesy at times. I'm not sure if there were too many deaths that weren't actually deaths. Like if the main character thinks a person is dead, they most likely are not; and if someone else in the book says someone is dead, they are more likely to ACTUALLY be dead. The romance in there wasn't too bad. I like Ky and Joshua a fair bit.* But the main reason I want to read the next book is the epilogue. Seriously, it's the epilogue that draws me in to read more.  

*There is way too many Ky's (or Kai's) in the book world. DX :P  
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How was your month? Did you get lots of reading done? Have you read any of the books I talked about? Which post series name do you like best? Do you have a better name?

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Online Art Again!

I'm back with another online art post! There's a lot of art I haven't shown you guys yet, so get ready, people, for arrrrtttt!!!!

In case you were wondering, the heading picture that says "Online Art" is a screenshot of the Animal Jam art program I use to make online artwork and then I used Fotor to add words. :)

CHIBI ANIMAL JAM YOUTUBERS!!!!! It took hours to draw this art. I used the Animal Jam YouTubers avatars as inspiration and from there I made them into chibi people. From left to right is: Aparri, Bepper, Snowyclaw, Wisteriamoon, and Julian2. I don't really watch YouTube all that much. And I've never watched a Julian2 video in my life, but I felt like doing some of the most famous AJ YouTubers and Julian2 was one of them. I've watched a few videos from all the other YouTubers that I drew and the one I've watched the most of is Aparri. He can be pretty funny, actually. XD

I specifically drew this one simplistically. I used a the circle tool and a straight line tool for most of the drawing. There's not really a whole lot to be said about this art, expect that it was fun to do. XD

Pixel art is super easy! :o I enjoyed making this one a lot. When I had first set out to make the Masterpiece on Animal Jam, I was planning to draw kawaii cherries. But, then I saw how cool it looked without a face and so I made two masterpieces out of it. One with no faces and one with faces and the word "cherry." I'm not sure which one I like best, I think they are both pretty equal. XD

Okay, confession time, I love Disney Fairies. When I was younger, I read all the Disney Fairies chapter books my library owned over and over again because I loved them so much. I loved fairies so much, I seriously thought they were real.* 

Again, I wanted to draw a simple picture. I tried to draw a face for chibi Tinkerbell but she looked better without one.**:P

*Obviously, I'm mature enough now to believe otherwise. *snorts* And I totally don't have a homemade fairy house downstairs that I check every day to see if a fairy has come to live there. Pfffft, why would I have that?!  

**I know she has a strapless dress all the time but I wanted to change her slightly. 

MOMO, THE CUTEST WITTLE FLYING LEMUR IN THE WORLD.* There was one scene in the Avatar TV show where Momo sticks his wittle coot face in the camera and it's too adorable. So I got inspiration from that scene for this picture. And he makes the cutest little sounds too! *tries really hard not to think of the actor who makes those noises for Momo and Appa* #theTricksterfromtheFlashTVshowsomehowmadecuteanimalnoisesandheisacreepyoldman

*He's from Avatar: The Last Airbender. 

I haven't really done much scenery up to this point. So I wanted to try my hand at drawing the perspective from up high and far away. I think I did okay. And I like the way the butterfly looks. XD

I drew this for my sister, Lostfairy. She likes The Legend of Zelda a lot, like me. XD So that's why there is a Legend of Zelda fairy on the Masterpiece. And the background was supposed to look slightly like stone but I don't think most people would see that when they look at it. *shrugs* Oh, well. XD

I made a username Masterpiece for myself as well. For the two Masterpieces, I did one object that suited our personalities, and a fairy tale book is so me. XD I have a collection of a bunch of fairy tale books and children's classics. 

This is a inside joke between Lostfairy and I.* It may or may not have to do with a certain boy being certainly cute... :P

*It may look a bit like a dab but it is so not. XDDD 

I had a hard time with her nose and lips, to be honest. XD I think I did okay-ish... I still need to work on those two things. It was fun to draw such a big eye.* For the words, I used the straight line tool again. And then I used my mouse to draw tiny squiggly lines to make it look like it's breaking or something. XD

*And not have to draw another one to match. Sometimes it's really, really, really hard to match them up. >.< If anyone has any tips for having identical eyes in drawings, please tell me!

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Sorry, guys, that this post turned out to be shorter than I wanted to be. I'm kinda tired right now so hopefully next week's post will be longer and better. :( 

How's your guys' week been? Did you like the art? I haven't posted all my online artwork yet, would you want to see more of it soon? 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Chibi Step-by-Step

I've always wanted to show you guys a step-by-step of how I do my art, so today's the day I'm gonna show you!! 

You, obviously, need a blank piece of paper and something to draw with. I like drawing with a Ticonderoga pencil, but any good ol' pencil works. And a eraser that doesn't smudge is handy, as well. 

I start my drawings with a circle for the first base of the head.* And it's okay if you can't get a perfect circle. You erase most of that anyway, so it doesn't really matter if it's perf. 

*I said first base because I then add a chin (second base) and later add hair. XD

Here I started getting the base for the chibi person body. If you don't know what kinda of pose you want you can look up chibi bases or find a picture of a real person doing the pose you want. 

I found a pose a real person was doing online and felt like making the whole person into a chibi drawing, so I did. In case, you were all wondering which picture I was using for my chibi person, here it is >>>
I know the pose is super model-ish, but I thought it would be kinda fun to try to do something like that.*

*I haven't really done that many poses with chibi people doing arm stuff. So I was kinda unsure of how this would turn out. XD

Here I added the eyes/month/nose* and a little bit of clothing. I've heard that the eyes on a manga person and chibi person are the most important part because they are so expressive. So I did them first for before I add anything like hair and most of the clothes. 

*Or, in less words, I added the face.  

Now I have drawn the clothes. Wrinkles make the clothes look like they are actually on the person. I haven't mastered where to put the wrinkles yet, but it's super helpful to have reference picture to look at. XD   

Hair time! I love drawing hair so much. XD I also added eyebrows and ears and pupils and light to his eyes.

Inking is next! My sister, Lostfairy, and I own three artist pens which we got last Christmas.* The brand is Faber-Castell. I use the black pen with the smallest nib most.**

*I adore them so much!! XD

**For those of you who don't know what a "nib", it's the pointy writing part of a pen. :P XD

For inking, don't ink all the extra lines you drew for the base.* I forgot to ink everything on this picture, so please forgive me. XD I accidentally didn't ink all the wrinkles on his left arm.  


Once I was done inking, I erased all the pencil lines. Note: if you don't draw lightly with pencil, it will be much harder to erase when you are done inking. And it will be more likely to smudge.

On to coloring!!! WOO!!! I was going to color this with colored pencils, but decided not to because it's fun to do black and white sometimes. I did the darkest shadows with my brush pen.* And little lighter shadows with my smallest nib pen and drew thin lines for the shadows. And for the lightest shadows I used my gray brush pen. :) 

I didn't fill in the eyes because I wanted them to stand out. And I think it worked. ^.^ 

*It's so fun to use!

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Well, guys, I think that's it. What did you think of the step-by-step? Do you think I should do more???

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Art Post and Posting Schedule Revealed!

The post you guys have a been waiting all week for is here!!* Art post!!! Yay!!! :P

*Actually, I have no idea if you been waiting for this all week or not... Maybe that's cuz I haven't said my blogging schedule yet... Hmm. That's probably it. Okay, I'm gonna say it now! Imma gonna try to post every Saturday! So check back here every week if you want to see more. 

So on to the art post! 

This girl turned out more like a Tinkerbell character than I thought I would have thought at first.* It took me months to actually finish this drawing. XD I had it left it for awhile with just a bit of coloring to do and for some reason didn't color it for ages. 

I think I like the way it turned out but it's not my fave. Don't ask me what happened to her hands and feet... They are hard to draw. XD I think I did okay-ish at the hallway, but I need to work on backgrounds/scenery more.

*If you know which Tinkerbell character, I will give you an imaginary cakey chocolate chip cookie. (I made those cookies with my sis, Lostfairy, this week. XD And they're yummy. :P) 

DA FLASH!!!! CHIBI STYLE!!!!! I had a lot of fun doing this! It was a bit challenging doing a side running pose. I didn't feel like inking this one because I felt like it didn't need it. I think it would make it look too bold and I wanted it to look like he was actually running. :P

Remember when I said I would post the first picture I did with my "new" colored pencils. Well, here it is, folks!!! I did a drawing of me and my sister and around us I wrote a bunch of our little sayings and inside jokes.* I drew us wearing clothes we actually wore a lot in the summer, so that was fun.** :3 

*I cropped the words out of the picture because they wouldn't make a lick of sense and they are kinda private. XD 

**In case you don't know who is who, Lost is on the left and I'm on the right. :P

For all of you who can't tell what it says on the bottom, it reads "Scary Sword Master Samurai with pet Dragon." 

I drew this with my sisters, Lost and Tracey, one evening. We were playing the Idea Game, which we got from my book Manga Crash Course. It's where you put together random personalities and abilities and other things and then draw a character with all those things you got. As you can see I got a Scary Samurai person with a pet dragon. XD 

I rather like the way it looks in the end. :) My shading has definitely gotten better. And I enjoyed making him look semi-evil. XD I love Chinese dragons and dragons in general and this is my first time* drawing one. :P I think this is one of my fave drawings I've done so far. :D

*At least, that I remember doing and doing well. XD

What do you think of these drawings I've shown you today? And are you excited that I actually having a blogging schedule?! XD

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Best Books I Read in September

Hey people! I don't know about you, but I've been reading a lot of good books lately and I want to share a few with you! :D

Here goes nothin'!

Winter Turning by Tui T. Sutherland 


Man, this was a great book. The first part of the Wings of Fire series was good but not great. And now that we have a new set of dragonets to read about, it's just been fabulous!! The main character for Winter Turning was fun to read from his point of view. The main character, Winter, and another dragon named Qibli have the greatest snappy remarks to each other all the time.

If you haven't started Wings of Fire you totally should!

Matched by Ally Condie

I loved this book so so much. The writing style was a tad bit hard to get into but once I was in, I was totally in! XD The book wasn't so much about romance as I thought it would be, but that was completely fine. It was such a bittersweet book, just enough sweetness to counter the bitterness. And the story was so beautiful, gah! I just love it so much. XD

Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins

Yes, I know this is middle grade book but sometimes those are just to cute to resist. XD And this book was definitively cute. The plot was sweet, the characters were adorable, and the different types of magical abilities was awesome. ^.^ And the humor in the book was so perfect for the book. I like this book a ton. :3
 Spell Hunter by R. J. Anderson
I read this book years ago and for some reason didn't like it that much. I reread again last month and I LOVED IT!!!! The way the fairies did things had a magical feeling even if they weren't magical anymore. The author has such a different take on fairies and it's awesome! Also, the romance was so darling between the main character and the boy. :) I think I may now have a minor crush on Paul... >.< XD

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
Oh my goodness! This book was the darlingest thing ever!!!* I can't even!! I love this book soooooo much. Reading about all the characters you know and love as younger kids/tweens was adorable. This series, The Lunar Chronicles, is probably on my top list of book series. The characters were just priceless and the romance was the sweetest thing ever. (I could fan girl over Kai for forever...) 

If you haven't read that series yet, you must stop reading this and head straight to a bookstore and buy 10,000 copies to read and give to your friends. (Cause, trust me, you'll be recommending this series to everyone who you meet. It's that good.)

*Yes, I know "darlingest" isn't a word, but it should be!

The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
The author who writes this book is so creative. He takes the fairy-tales we know and turns them completely upside-down! I love the mystery and adventure feeling in this book. It may be a reread for me but it feels like a familiar book and a whole new one at the same time.* The humor can be a little boyish at times but I still find it funny. XD Most of the time, anyway... :P

*Maybe because I forgot a lot of what happened... Or it's that good of a book.

The Return by Dayna Lorentz
DOGGOS! HOW CAN YOU NOT READ A BOOK ABOUT DOGS???! This was the last book in a trilogy called Dogs of the Drowned City and it was really sweet. Because dogs. I loaf doggos so much. XD The ending of the book was perfectly bittersweet. And the cover is so awesome! Shep and Callie are the cutest dog couple ever. <3 

Half Upon a Time by James Riley
You may or may not be able to tell by now, but I love fairy-tales, especially retold fairy-tales. So this book was very fun to read. I liked how it was a different take on people from our world going to another one, because the main character was from the fairy-tale world and the second main character was from our world. ^.^ The author sense of humor was clever and sometimes just kinda kooky. Even the author's bio in the back was funny. XD

Behind the Gates by Eva Gray
Truth be told, I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. But it was way better than I first thought! I don't think I've ever read a dystopian book where it takes place at a boarding school and this one did. The characters's personalities were all unique from each other, so that was a plus. XD I liked how all the characters had to each use their skills to figure out what actually was going on at the school. And the boys that are in the book for a little may possible be the best thing in there. XD 

What books did you read last month? Have you read any of the books I talked about in this post? If not, YOU MUST READ DEM ALL!!!!!! (Kidding! XD Maybe, sorta, not. :P)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

A Study in Scarlet - Book Review

Hi guys! Sorry I haven't posted in forever!! I don't really have any excuses why I didn't post, I was just being lazy. Sorry.

As you know from one of my last posts called a Small Art Post, I had said I bought the book A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I read it in the middle of August sometime. It was really good and way different than I thought it would be. I guess, I was kinda excepting Nancy Drew feel but the main character is a guy (obviously!) and it being old fashioned. XD 


Yeah Points
  • The main characters are just so kooky together.
  • Sherlock is super smart and comes up brilliant thoughts on how to solve a case.
  • There's some humor and it's funny. XD
  • I could not figure out the mystery! (I think that's a good thing... right?)
  • There's a bit of romance in the book.

Nah Points 
  • Well, in the middle of the book, they switch the point-of-view completely. Like, the first half of the book is from Watson's view and then the second half is telling the whole tale of how the murderer came to be. (AKA. the first half is London and then, boom! It's in the New World/U.S.! Like, what? How could you do that to your reader?? I had a bit of a hard time getting into the second half because it felt like a totally different book. But it was still good. ^.^) 
  • And I could not figure out the mystery. (Bad-ish because the author doesn't give enough clues and you don't even know who the murderer is before they are caught. And I kinda like knowing the villain before you know they are a evil mastermind.) 

To sum it up, it was a good book and if you like mysteries, you should read it!