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Emotions

As writers, we often need to make ourselves feel certain emotions. The thing is, when I’m sitting in my bedroom eating ice cream and trying to type at the same time, the likelihood of me feeling extreme sorrow over a breakup that isn’t mine, is pretty low…until music comes along. If you’re a writer and you don’t use music to help you write, let me just say, I have no clue how you’re doing it. Anway, here is a list of songs that are fabulously full of emotions.

Remembrance/Looking Back: I’ll Remember This by Chris Howland and Matthew Parker and Sailing by Holly Starr.

Sadness Over A Breakup: Not The End of Me by Group 1 Crew, Summer Again by The Afters, Say It Now by The Afters, and Love’s to Blame by For King and Country

Recovery: Braver Still by JJ Heller and Sane by For King and Country

Trust: People Change by For King and Country, Ghost by Matthew Parker, and Let Down Your Guard by JJ Heller

Bravery/Courage To Fight: Run the Race by Holly Starr, Warrior by Hannah Kerr, Long Live by For King and Country, It’s Not Over Yet by For King and Country, and Never Going Back To OK by The Afters

Friendship/Love: Steady by For King and Country, Never Giving Up On You by Matthew Parker, How to Fall by Josh Wilson, and Until You Came Along by JJ Heller

 

 

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Into Lion’s Den by Linda Fairstein Review

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About the Book: Into the Lion’s Den in the first book in the Devlin Quick series by Linda Fairstein. It has 315 pages and was published on November 15th, 2016 by Dial Books. It has a Lexile measure of 740 and is a modern day, middle grade mystery about a map theft twelve year Devlin Quick and her two friends Liza and Booker solve.

My Review: Into the Lion’s Den is an entertaining book that has some pretty awesome characters. Overall had a pretty cool storyline but wasn’t what I would call a thriller. It wasn’t boring by any means but there wasn’t tons of action; it was more collecting evidence and hunting down the thief rather than intense fight scenes and high-speed chases. As stated before, the characters were pretty awesome, especially Devlin. Although Devlin had shortcomings, she was a good character who was always ready to lead and didn’t stop when things got tough. Devlin’s grandmother was also a really great character, as she cared about changing the world more than anything else. All the rest of the characters, Liza, Booker, Devlin’s mom, Sam Cody, and Natasha were also enjoyable to read about. Some parts of this book were a little hard to follow and had to be re-read to fully understand what they really meant, but overall it was a fun story. One of the things I most loved about this story was the theme. It was really fantastic, as it shows the importance of fighting for what you believe in and standing up for your for your friends. Even though this story wasn’t completely realistic, it did have many interesting elements and I will definitely be reading the sequel.

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Spray Painting a Pig Part 1

My friends and I are doing something different this weekend. Something special. We’re spray painting a pig. Yes, you heard right, we are going to take spray paint and coat a pig in it. Of course, this graffiti is legal, if it wasn’t I wouldn’t be telling the public, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t going to be epic. By now I have a feeling you wondering where the heck I live, because as far as you know spray painting farm animals isn’t legal anywhere on the planet. Well, as far as I know it isn’t. Still, this is an exception. Why? Well, this particular pig is made of concrete. Yes, in our town there is a store that has a concrete pig in its parking lot and it is free range to do graffiti on.

I’ve wanted to paint the pig for a while now but was always unsure how legal it was. Finally, we called the store and asked. They said it was fine so all was left was to buy the spray paint. Being the Silas Marner I am, I was appalled at the current prices of spray paint. Then, one day, everything changed. No, actually my mom just found some cheap spray paint at a close out store. So now, in a plastic bag, with a German yodeler on it, sit seven cans of spray paint. It’s been in my room for a couple weeks now and this weekend me and my friends will get to use it. We’re planning to go at night and channel our inner juvenile delinquents.

Well, by the title of this post you can probably tell that there will be second part to it. If all goes well I’ll have some pictures to share, so be watching!

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Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick Review

 

yourstrulyAbout the Book: Yours Truly is the second book in the Pumpkin Falls series by Heather Vogel Frederick. It follows Absolutely Truly and has 336 pages. It will be published on January 31st, 2017. It is about the mysteries Truly Lovejoy, her cousin Mackenzie, and the Pumpkin Falls Private Eyes, solve over spring break.

My Review: Ever since I read Absolutely Truly in the winter of 2015, I’ve wanted to re-visit Pumpkin Falls. From the hilarious characters to the wonderful small town feel, Absolutely Truly was fantastic. Yours Truly picks up only a week or two from where Absolutely Truly left off. Beginning with Truly’s thirteenth birthday. I really enjoyed this book, but unfortunately not as much as the fist Pumpkin Falls book. Maybe I read it too fast but it just seemed to be lacking some of the humor Absolutely Truly possessed. I guess you could say this book was a little more focused on the mysteries Truly has to solve and a little less centered on the characters and their amazing personalities. Although the characters are portrayed well I really missed Jasmine and Cha Cha, and frankly, wished Mackenzie hadn’t been in the book at all. I suppose some of this could be because Truly is no longer new to town so she’s no longer observing things from a new comer’s perspective; still, I missed the frog dissection and snowball attacks. Nevertheless, the book was still good and had two points I really couldn’t resist mentioning. For one, the private eyes have a stakeout. This was fairly entertaining but seemed to have a little less excitement than one would expect when a group of seventh graders sneak out of the house. Secondly, there was another MDBC crossover! Not a major one or anything, but Felicia, Jess’s cousin, was present for several scenes so that was pretty cool.

Lastly, at a later date I’ll be doing a post all about Pumpkin Falls as a town, so be ready for some small town fangirling.

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Three Songs for The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen *Spoilers*

A while back I did a review and outfit for The Scourge; since then I haven’t mentioned this amazing book once. Well, in the time that has passed, I have compiled a short list of songs that I believe represent The Scourge wonderfully. Note: if a section has the same color -other than black- the commentary applies to the entire colored section.

Steady by For King and Country (Ani and Weevil’s friendship)

You’re my true north when I’m headed south   (Weevil tells Ani she balances him)
My constant solid ground   (Weevil is always there for Ani)
You are my lantern in the night   (Weevil helps guide Ani, he comes to her when she’s locked in the cage at night)

When I’m twisted up and shaken  (Ani balances Weevil, he balances her, they calm each other down)
You’re the one I put my faith in  (They trust each other to an unbelievable extent)
Yeah, you’re the reason I survive   (They couldn’t survive without each other, Weevil helps her figure out what’s wrong with the medicine, he gives her food, she tells the colonists to dump their medicine)

[Chorus:]
You keep me steady when the sky is falling   (They support each other unconditionally, they men on the island hold on to Ani so she doesn’t fall off the treadmill)
And I’ll keep steady after You   (They stick together to the end)
I’ll carry on when my strength is failing   (Even when Ani is exhausted on the treadmill she keeps going to protect Weevil)
Take heart ‘cause You’re with me   (They always are there for each other, Weevil goes to the island even though he doesn’t have to)
So let the stars drop, whatever comes  (Once again, no matter what they stick by each other, Weevil always is there for Ani)
I’ll be ready, You keep me steady   (They’re always ready to help each other, they support each other)
You keep me steady  (Same as before, undying loyalty)

You’re a river, You cover me   (The flooding river, they cover for each other no matter the price)
When the bombs fall, You’re the cavalry   (They’re always ready to sacrifice their own comfort for the other)
Somehow You’re always standing right by my side   (Even when it doesn’t seem possible Weevil is there for Ani)

So no matter what I will be facing   (They overcome crazy odds)
I will not be over-taken   (They won’t allow themselves to be overtaken, Ani in the snake pit)
And You are the only reason why   (If it wasn’t for each other they would have never made it through)

[Chorus]

You’re my hiding place, my home (They keep each other safe)
And fear cannot invade these four walls   (The cave they find where the survivors live)
I need You near, I need You here   (They need each other more than can be expressed)

[Chorus]

You keep me steady   (They support each other)
You keep me steady   (They balance each other beautifully)

It’s Not Over Yet by For King and Country  (The main theme of the book: don’t give up)
They are inside your head
You got a voice that says
You won’t get past this one
You won’t win your freedom
It’s like a constant war   (There is always that voice telling them that they can’t make it)
And you want to settle that score   (They try to fight for what’s right)
But you’re bruised and beaten   (They are injured but they don’t give up hope)
And you feel defeated   (Sometimes the odds seem impossible and nothing seems to work but they don’t stop trying, it seemed like it was over when Ani was in the snake pit but she didn’t give in, she held on and fought)

This goes out to the heaviest heart   (Weevil’s heart is heavy with worry and responsibility)

[Chorus:]
Oh, to everyone who’s hit their limit
It’s not over yet
It’s not over ye-et
And even when you think you’re finished
It’s not over yet
It’s not over ye-et   (They have a limited amount of medicine and sometimes it feels like not having it will kill them, but in truth, it makes them stronger)
Keep on fighting
Out of the dark
Into the light   (They have to fight to see the truth and share it)
It’s not over
Hope is rising
Never give in
Never give up
It’s not over

Yea-et-et, whoa
Yea-et-et, whoa   (They won’t give up, hope will rise)

Oh, game set match
It’s time to put it in your past, oh  (Weevil has to get over the fact that Ani helped his family without telling him and focus on the important things)
Feel the winter leavin’
It’s redemption season   (Things will get better)
Long live the young at heart (Here we are)   
Cheers to a brand new start (Here we are)   (They’re young and they keep trying, they go back home and get a new start)
We’re revived and breathing   (They start to get better)
To live a life of freedom   (They finally earn their freedom)

[Chorus:]
Oh, to everyone who’s hit their limit
It’s not over yet
It’s not over ye-et
And even when you think you’re finished
It’s not over yet
It’s not over ye-et   (They have a limited amount of medicine and sometimes it feels like not having it will kill them, but in truth, it makes them stronger)
Keep on fighting
Out of the dark  
Into the light   (They have to fight to see the truth and share it)
It’s not over
Hope is rising
Never give in
Never give up
It’s not over   (They won’t give up, hope will rise)

Life is a race we run
So run till the race is won
Don’t you ever give up (Here we are)
Oh no never give up (Here we are)
Life is a race we run
So run till the race is won
Don’t you ever give up (Here we are)
We will never give up (Here we are)   (On the treadmill Ani is running a race that never seems to end but she doesn’t give up)

[Chorus:]
Oh, to everyone who’s hit their limit
And even when you think you’re finished
It’s not over yet
Oh, to everyone who’s hit their limit
It’s not over yet
It’s not over ye-et   
And even when you think you’re finished
It’s not over yet
It’s not over ye-et   (They have a limited amount of medicine and sometimes it feels like not having it will kill them, but in truth, it makes them stronger)
Keep on fighting
Out of the dark
Into the light   (They have to fight to see the truth and share it)
It’s not over
Hope is rising
Never give in
Never give up
It’s not over   (They won’t give up, hope will rise)

Yea-et-et, whoa
Yea-et-et, whoa
Yea-et-et, whoa
Yea-et-et, whoa

To the Dreamers by For King and Country  (The plot and theme)
Beat up but won’t be broken   (They’re beaten but they won’t let themselves be broken)
Lonesome but always searching   (Weevil saying Della needs a friend)
Homesick but nobody’s heading home soon   (They want to go home but can’t)
Keep on, keeping on, keeping on   (They just have to keep fighting)

Long days; too many short nights   (They don’t get much rest)
Wrong ways that almost felt right  (Weevil messes with  the medicine, trying to fix it, they try to make things right but can never quite get it)
Lovesick but no one you’re holding on to  (Della is in love but her lover is not there)
So keep on, keeping on, keeping on   (They just have to keep fighting)
And sing along, sing along, sing along… Yeah   (The men sing with Ani to get rid of the wardens)

[Chorus:]
To the dreamers
Wide-eyed believers
Hanging onto hope by a thread
To the soulful
Heart open hopeful
Keep on charging ahead
‘Cause, when you feel it, once you see it, and you breathe it
It’s unforgettable
When you know it, once you know it, and you hold it
It’s unforgettable   (They almost appear crazy for what they believe but they know it’s true, they keep fighting, they hold on to hope even if it’s only a thread)

God knows you question your courage   (They do question if they can make it)
And some days I can’t walk for stumbling   (Somedays it’s too hard, Ani stumbles on the treadmill)
If we could only see what we’re becoming  (Ani can see she’s getting better, they try to share this with the other colonists)

So keep on, keeping on, keeping on   (They just have to keep fighting)
And sing along, sing along, sing along… Yeah    (They sing to get rid of the wardens, people pay Ani to stop singing and she uses the money to help Weevil)

[Chorus]

When you feel it, once you see it, and you breathe it,
It’s unforgettable
When you know it, once you know it, and you hold it
It’s unforgettable

When you feel it, once you see it, and you breathe it,
It’s unforgettable
When you know it, once you know it, and you hold it
It’s unforgettable    (They almost appear crazy for what they believe but they know it’s true, they keep fighting, they hold on to hope even if it’s only a thread)

I was wondering and I was wandering   (Della was wondering on her own, Ani and Weevil running through the forest and get separated)
So down and out, I was lost not found   (Sometimes things seem to be so off of what they want and need)
History said, oh someone said, that you could never exist   (History said the disease did exist, Ani proves it doesn’t exist)
But then a whisper, start of a kiss   
Came to me in all of a sudden like a dream, a fantasy
That day didn’t feel quite real   (They seem some proof of the medicine hurting them, they kiss, it doesn’t seem real that the governor is selling them)
You took a half dead soul and You made me believe
I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe   (They were almost dead, the colonists eventually believe)

To the dreamers
Wide-eyed believers
Hanging onto hope by a thread
To the soulful
Heart open hopeful
Keep on charging ahead   (At first they don’t have much proof, not many people believe them, they keep their hope, Ani keeps on walking on the treadmill)

[Chorus x2]